You can fly into Bagdogra airport, or travel by train to NJP, Alipur or Hashimara, or travel from Darjeeling, Gangtok and Kalimpong to the Indo-Bhutan border at Phuentsholing. Upon arrival in Phuentsholing, we process route permit and then take a leisurely stroll through the market in the evening. Overnight in Phuentsholing.
Day 02: Phuentsholing – Thimphu (165 Km/5 hrs.)
Complete immigration formalities and drive to Thimphu, which takes about five to six hours. En-route visit Rinchending monastery, and stop in villages and scenic spots to enjoy and photograph the landscape which is replete with bounties of nature including waterfalls. In Thimphu visit the site of the world’s biggest Buddha statue, Memorial Stupa and stroll around the town. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 03: In Thimphu
The capital of Bhutan also has most things to see for visitors. A full day tour of Thimphu’s cultural sites and monuments may include Memorial Chorten, traditional Art school or Painting school, Indigenous Hospital, Nunnery at Zilukha, a short drive up to a view point for aerial view of the capital and its suburbs. Along the way, visit Takin Sanctuary, the national animal of Bhutan. Also visit giant Buddha statue. There are others like Zangdopelri temple, Changangkha monastery, Simtokha Dzong, Crafts workshop, Textile museum which can be visited as per available time or based on your interests. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 04: Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdue (85 Km/2-3 hrs.)
The drive from Thimphu to Punakha across spectacular Dochula takes about 3hrs. From Thimphu, road climbs up to Dochula pass (3,050m), where you have opportunity to view the peaks of the eastern Himalayas. Descend into Wangdue/Punakha valley. Punakha-Wangdue valley is lower (about 1450m above sea level) and it enjoys
sub-tropical climate. In the afternoon, visit impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of the two rivers. Later drive short distance north through the idyllic countryside and walk short distance uphill to Khamsum Chorten on Nyenzangang hill. The views from here of the terraced rice fields, dotted with traditional houses, the river and the valley surrounded by mountains is amazing! On the way to the hotel, stop to visit the township of Punakha at Khuruthang. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 05: Punakha to Paro (130 Km/3-4 hrs.)
In the morning, visit the impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of Pho and Mochu rivers. If you wish, you can also take a short (40 minute each way) walk to visit Khamsum Yuelley Chorten. On the return drive to Thimphu, we spend some time below Dochula pass to explore the botanical park and nearby surrounding for birds for diverse flora. Lunch could be planned at Dochula pass. After descending into Thimphu, continue short drive to Paro. The popular attractions within Paro include visiting Rinphung Dzong, National Museum, temples of Kichu and Dungtse, visiting local home and the stroll around the township. Overnight in Paro.
Day 06: Paro Valley (Taktsang Hike)
Drive for about hour to Paro and hike to famous Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery (3120m/10,200ft). Visible from afar, this magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 1,000 feet above the valley floor. It is one of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan. If for some reason, you are not able to hike, your Guide can arrange other interesting alternatives. You can also hire pony for the uphill part, till the first view point & cafeteria but you must be able to walk back downhill. While some will probably not make it all the way to the monastery, however it is worth even to try getting till the first view point. Return to Paro, where we may have more time for stroll around the town. Overnight in Paro
Day 07: Paro – Phuentsholing (160 Km/5 hrs.)
After breakfast, drive back to Phuentsholing (5-6 hours). Upon arrival, check-in and evening at leisure. Overnight in Phuentsholing.
Day 08: Phuentsholing - Departure
Departure transfer to Bagdogra Airport/ NJP railway station for your onwards journey.
Accommodation on twin/double sharing basis as per hotel selection
Daily breakfast and dinner in staying hotel/resort
Exclusive chauffeur driven luxury air conditioned vehicle for all transfers and sightseeing
Accompanying English speaking licensed Bhutanese Guide for entire tour
Clean drinking water for guests
24/7 Assistance during the tour
All Bhutan service charge and taxes
Any international/domestic flight
All other meals/ drinks
Entrance fee (INR 800-1200 per person approx.)
Expenses of personal nature like - telephone/Internet, shopping, laundry, etc.