Bhutan Backpacking Wandering Souls

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Duration: 9 days/ 8 Night

Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. Because of its largely unspoiled natural environment and cultural heritage, Bhutan has been referred to as The Last Shangri-la.

So, March is the month to explore your hidden Happiness surrounded by iconic monasteries & great scenic beauty.

Highlights of the trip

  • Awe-Inspiring Landscapes
  • Stunning Architecture
  • Experience a rich culture
  • Find your zen in the Dzongs – visit the countrys glorious dzongs, used as much for administrative purposes as they are celebratory and religious
  • Drive through the highest motorable pass in Bhutan – Chellela Pass
  • Hike to the cliff-clinging Tiger’s Nest Monastery

 

Itinerary

Day 1 17th Mar, Sunday – Bagdogra Airport/ NJP Railway Station to Phuentsholing |Overnight at Phuentsholing

Reach Bagdogra airport/NJP Railway Station by 2.00 pm. After a brief introduction, we will catch a cab to the border town of Phuentsholing. It is a 4-hour drive through acres of tea gardens and countryside. Once we reach the border a huge ornate gate welcomes us to Bhutan. We will spend the night at Phuentsholing.

Day 2 18th Mar, Monday Phuentsholing to Thimphu |Overnight at Thimphu

After breakfast, we will go to process our permit. After all the formalities, we will visit the Kharbandi Gompa monastery which provides great views of the Phuentsholing town and the plains of West Bengal before proceeding towards Thimphu. We drive through spectacular mountain views and peaceful countryside to reach Thimphu. After checking into the hotel, we will explore the city on foot. We will spend the night at Thimphu.

Day 3 19th Mar, Tuesday Thimphu local site seeing |Overnight at Thimphu

After breakfast, we will proceed to make permit for Dochula Pass and Phunaka for the next day and then go for local sightseeing. We will visit the SAARC Building, National Library which contains some great historic photos, National Memorial Chorten (you will find elderly Bhutanese people circumambulating the chorten throughout the day, it is a great place to observe some Bhutanese tradition), Buddha Point (it has a massive statue of Shakyamuni measures at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world), Tashichho Dzong(A Buddhist monastery and fortress which is the office the Bhutanese government) and Folk Heritage Museum (which provides fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life). We will visit the bustling Thimphu market late evening. Overnight at Thimphu.

Day 4 20th Mar, Wednesday Visit Dochula Pass, Phunaka Site seeing | Overnight at Punakha

In the morning, we will drive to Dochula pass (3080 m) after breakfast. It provides a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. Here we will stop at the 108 Dochula chortens which were built by Queen Mother to honor the Bhutanese soldiers who were killed when fighting the rebels in 2003. Later we will drive to Paro to visit Punakha Dzong often referred to as the Palace of Happiness is arguably one of the most beautiful dzongs in the country, it is built at the junction of Pho Chu (Father River) & Mo Chu (Mother River). There is a beautiful suspension bridge (longest in Bhutan) near the Punakha Dzong and gives a breath-taking view of the surrounding area. Later we will visit the Chimi Monastery also known as the temple of fertility. Overnight at Punakha.

Day 5 21st Mar, Thursday Punakha to Paro | Overnight at Paro

After breakfast, we will drive to Paro. On the way stop at Lamperi to visit Royal Botanical Park – The park contains rich biodiversity of flora and fauna and features a huge species of plants and animals including endangered species. After checking into the hotel visit the National Museum which has an excellent collection of arts, relics, religious thangkha, etc, Rinpung Dzong (Rinchen Pung Dzong) meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels”. The Dzong now serves as the administrative and judicial seat of Paro. Overnight at Paro

Day 6 22nd Mar, Friday Excursion to Chellela pass, Paro local sightseeing | Overnight at Paro

After breakfast excursion trip to Chele-La-Pass (13,088 ft.) & Haa Valley the highest motorable road in Bhutan. Enjoy the scenic beauty & memorable landscapes from Chele-La-Pass. Back to Paro. We are free to explore Paro and its beautiful cafes in the evening. Bhutan is known for its karaoke culture, we will visit some karaoke bars in the night. Overnight stay at Paro.

Day 7 23rd Mar, Saturday Trek to Tigers Nest | Overnight at Paro

After an early breakfast, we will hike to the Tigers Nest Monastery or the Paro Taktsang. It hangs on a cliff and stands above a beautiful forest of blue pine and rhododendrons. it is a 6-hour hike both ways. A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen Taktsang or “tiger lair” caves in which he meditated. Tonight, we will explore the nightlife of Paro

Day 8 24th Mar, Sunday Paro to Phuentsholing | Overnight at Phuentsholing.

After breakfast, check out from the hotel, and drive to Phuentsholing. We will explore the town in the evening. Overnight stay at Phuentsholing.

Day 9 25th Mar, Monday Phuentsholing to Bagdogra Airport/ NJP Railway Station

Like all the good things this trip must also come to an end. After breakfast, check out from the hotel, and drive to NJP Railway Station/Bagdogra Airport. Say your goodbyes, this brings us to the end of an EPIC adventure and beginning of an era of travel stories with Wandering Souls. Come back for more and more.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions (Regular):

  • Airport/Railway Station Transfers (i.e. Transport from Bagdogra/NJP to Phuentsholing and back)
  • All transport within Bhutan in a coaster bus or a bolero/similar
  • Accommodation on Double/Triple sharing basis in Deluxe rooms at all destinations as per the itinerary
  • Breakfast & Dinner at all hotels
  • Entrance fees to all monasteries, museums and other places listed in the itinerary
  • All permits

Inclusions (Super Saver):

  • Everything included in the Regular Package
  • Return Flights from Mumbai to Bagdogra

Exclusions:

  • Train/ Air fare till NJP/Bagdogra(Flight fare included in super saver Package)
  • Lunch on all days
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

 

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