Bhutan Backpacking Trip – Summer Special
Event Date: Sunday , 17th March – Sunday , 24th March 2019
Event Cost : 29,999 + 5% GST ( Ex-Bagdogra )
Event Duration: 8 days
Type: Big Chutti Plans
Bhutan often revered as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” or ‘Druk Yul’, is still regarded as one of the last “Shangri-La’s” in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness, its spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and its unique ancient Buddhist monasteries. It is in the relatively unexplored pockets of Asia, which allows only a limited number of discerning travelers in order to preserve its fragile environment and culture in its magical purity.
Blend the profound and rich culture of Bhutan
Experience the unique architecture of buildings
Experience the largest statue of the country at Kuensel Phodrang
Visit the most beautiful and oldest Dzong at the old capital, Punakha.
Experience the 108 memorial stupas at Dochula
Drive through Bhutans highest motorable pass at Chele La
Trek to Tigers Nest, a Monastery hanging in the cliff.
Day 1: Sunday 17th March 2019: Bagdogra to Phuentsholing/ Overnight at Phuentsholing
Arrive at Bagdogra and drive to Phuentsholing. Take a walk to nearby Zangtog Pelri Lhakhang nd spend the day at leisure and take rest.
Day 2: Monday, 18th March 2019: Phuentsholing to Thimphu / Overnight at Thimphu
Process the Entry Permit, early morning and after the breakfast, we will drive to Kharbandi Goempa before proceeding to Thimphu. The drive to Thimphu is very scenic, once we climb up from the Indian plain to Bhutan foothills through beautiful forest, towns and roadside villages. Our drive will pass through Gedu, Chukha, and Chuzom before emerging ourselves into the only multicultural city in Bhutan. Check into the hotel. Overnight in Thimphu
Day 3: Tuesday, 19th March 2019: Thimphu Sightseeing /Overnight at Thimphu
After breakfast, first, we will process the Inner Line Permit and visit Memorial Chorten which was built by Her Majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her late son His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) the third king of Bhutan. Kuensel Phodrang where you can see the largest Buddha statue in Bhutan which is about 169 feet tall. If time permits, well explore Folk and Textile Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan’s living traditions and National Library where the history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts.
In the afternoon well drive to the town for lunch and post lunch we will visit Trashichho Dzong, the beautiful fortress which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. Dinner and night halt at Thimphu.
Day 4: Wednesday, 20th March 2019: Thimphu to Punakha /Overnight at Punakha
Today we will drive towards Punakha and on the way, we will make a brief halt at Dochula Pass. The pass is a popular location among tourists as it offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass After reaching Punakha and having lunch well enjoy breathtaking view from Hanging Bridge and proceed to explore Punakha Dzong which is built on the confluence of Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River) and considered as most beautiful dzong of Bhutan. Then and on the way, will visit Chimi Lhakhang which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in the 15th century (This monk is popularly known as the Devine madman for his philosophy, “Salvation through sex”). He subdued the demons with his Magical ThunderBolt. The Temple is also known as The Temple of Fertility.
Day 5: Thursday, 21st March 2019: Punakha to Paro / Overnight at Paro
After breakfast, well drive towards Paro and in the afternoon, and after reaching Paro we will visit Ta Dzong, watchtower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century since 1967 its serving as the National Museum of the country. Then well pay a visit to Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first National Museum spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. The Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. Finally, well end our day with Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century. In the evening stroll in Paro town. Dinner and overnight at Paro.
Day 6: Friday, 22nd March 2019: Hike to Tigers Nest / Overnight at Paro
After early breakfast will hike to Paro Taktsang which is one of the most popular monasteries visited by the tourist. It was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup, a cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) flew to this location from Khenpajong, Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then performed meditation in one of the caves here and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and blessed the place. Subsequently, the place came to be known as the Tiger’s Nest. Guru Padmasambhava is known for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen caves in which he meditated.
Day 7: Saturday, 23rd March 2019: Paro to Phuentsholing
After our breakfast, we will retrace our scenic drive back to Phuentsholing. Relax in the hotel and get prepared for your departure the next day.
Day 8: Sunday, 24th March 2019: Phuentsholing to Bagdogra
Time to fly back home! The trip concludes with happy memories!
Accommodation in triple sharing rooms at all destinations as per the itinerary
Breakfast (Day 2 Day 8) & Dinner (Day 1 Day 7)as per the itinerary
Comfortable Non-AC Hiace Bus / Winger vehicle, as per the itinerary
Pickup & Drop from Bagdogra on Day 1 and Day 8, as per the itinerary
Entry Fees at the sightseeing points as per the itinerary
SIM Card Charges (with Talktime of Rs. 200/-)
Train / Flight Ticket till Bagdogra & Return
Lunch on all days, throughout the tour
Any miscellaneous expenses incurred during the tour
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
How To Reach:
Flight: The nearest airport is Bagdogra (IXB) which is around 162 KMs from Bhutan Border.
Train: The nearest railway station is Hasimara (HSA) which is well connected with various trains Kolkata. Hasimara is around 16 KMs from Bhutan Border. The single best train from Sealdah (SDAH) is 13149 Kanchankanya Express. Else, New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is well connected with various cities and is around 152 KMs from Bhutan Border. New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is well connected with various cities. From Sealdah (SDAH), you can take overnight trains such as 12343 Darjeeling Mail, 12377 Padatik Express etc.
Road: The bordering town Jaigaon is well connected by Bus from various cities such as Siliguri, Kolkata etc.
Pickup From Bagdogra: 17th March, 03:00 PM
Drop at Bagdogra: 24th March 01:00 PM
Participants are expected to book their flights as per the above pickup and drop timings. Travel Trikon will not be responsible for delayed arrivals and early departures. In such cases, participants need to bear the cost for pickup and drop separately.
Things to Carry
Valid Identity Proof (Passport / Voter ID Card), along with 5 Photocopies for each document.
5 Passport Size Color Photographs
A lightweight Haversack or Backpack, and a smaller Day Sack
A good pair of trekking shoes, and a pair of flip-flops
Woolen Gloves, woolen socks, Monkey Cap/Balaclava, Neck Scarf
Waterproof gloves and windcheater/poncho
Personal clothing (Dressing Moderately is mandatory to visit Monasteries and Dzongs)
Cap, sunglasses, scarf
Camera, Binoculars (Optional)
Toiletries Sunscreen, Moisturizer, Light towel, Lip balm, Wet wipes, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer
Extra Polythene Bags (To segregate used/ unused garments, wet/ dry clothing)
Any medicines that you consume normally, post consulting a doctor
Snacks & Biscuits to munch on (As some journeys are 6-7 hours long)
Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
Please note that Bhutan is culturally very rich and have intentionally preserved their cultures by maintaining distances from western cultures. So please respect their culture and please refrain from commenting on bullying about Bhutanese and their culture.
Bhutan still follows the Monarchical System. Thus, please respect The King and The Queen and please refrain from commenting anything about the same. Please use His Highness or Her Highness if you need to refer The King and/or The Queen or anyone from Royal Family in public.
Bhutanese on a regular basis chew Doma which is dried Areca Nut. The smell can be an issue for some days though until you get accustomed!!
Bhutanese are very religious and follow Buddhism. Please refrain from touching holy items without permission and maintain discipline within Monasteries and Dzongs. Dzongs are also the administrative office of respective districts (Dzongkhags) and this is where the Royal Family is supposed to live. So please maintain extra caution while visiting Dzongs in particular.
You must be dressed moderately while visiting Monasteries and Dzongs. Youll not be allowed to enter in revealing dresses and thus please refrain from wearing such dresses.
Participants must carry cash in order to survive and buy anything in Bhutan. Except for high-end luxury hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops, plastic money such as credit card and debit card are not accepted throughout Bhutan.
Most Indian Debit Cards are not authorized to use in Bhutan even if International Transaction is enabled. So please carry cash from your home town.
Avoid wearing precious Jewelry, as Travel Trikon wont be responsible for any losses for the same.
Please make sure you report at the start location as per the itinerary. No refunds would be entertained by Travel Trikon. Consult your Trikon buddy in advance in case of any changes.
Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance thats illegal is not allowed. Anybody found consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund. Selling of Tobacco products in Bhutan is strictly banned. Anyone found selling Tobacco products will lead to severe punishment. However, tourists may bring in Tobacco Products after paying 200% imports duty with no more than 200 sticks of Cigarette. However please note that Smoking in Public is strictly banned and a punishable offense.
Fitness & Health Though trekking is a fun-filled activity, it demands a good amount of physical fitness. If you are under medication, please carry your medicines. During the trek, leaders will have over the counter medication for temporary treatment, so do give a heads up to them if you need any medical assistance.
Any customization in arrival and departures may lead to additional cost.
Customization would not be adjusted with any inclusions such as missed sightseeing, stay, meals etc.
Due to delay by participants if any destination gets missed same will not be covered.
If any of the points remain closed without prior intimation, we will try to cover it up with another destination if feasible.