6 Days Tour
Duration: 6 Days
Altitude: 2000mtrst-3500mtrs ASL (Above Sea Level)
Day 1: Bagdora to Phuntsholing, Bhutan (Altitude below 300mtrs ASL)
You will be received by our Indian drivers (usually Toyota innova) upon your arrival in Bagdora Airport after which you head towards Bhutan which takes around 4hrs drive. In Phuntsholing, Bhutan, you will be received by our company guide and he will guide you towards immigration office to do your tourist permit. And you may like to roam in Phuntsholing town and parks.
Night hold at Phuntsholing
Day 2: Phuntsholing to Thimphu
(Maximum 2300mts ASL)
Phuntsholing to Thimphu is 150kms which roughly takes around 5hrs drive. You will have lunch at the midpoint and proceed to Thimphu witnessing dam view and other waterfalls and cliffs. Upon reaching the capital you will be escorted into your hotel room and if time permits you may take a leisurely strolling the capital or visit the grand Trashichhodzong, the seat and governance of Bhutan where the chapel of the Golden Throne of the King is also located.
Night halt at Thimphu
Day 3: Thimphu (Sightseeing)
We will keep the itinerary flexible so that you may choose the destination of your own choice and liking. However, we have identified the following places that is a must visit for all tourists visiting the capital.
- The Big Buddha: Overlooking the Thimphu valley is the Grand Buddha Dodrenma Statue, the biggest sitting Buddha in the world. It gives you a panoramic view of the capital city and the statue itself is a marvelous architectural wonder built only recently.
- The Takin Reserve (optional): The reserve houses the weird animal Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Legend has it that the beast was created by a 12 century saint, Lam Drukpa Kuenley or the divine madman, from the remains of a goat and a cow.
- The Institute of Traditional Arts and Crafts: The institute houses young trainees who will display their artistic skills on the tradition of painting, wood work, sculpting, metal works and other varied forms of Bhutanese art and culture.
- The National Library: The national library is a vast repository of ancient Buddhist texts and canons. The world’s largest book, a pictorial on Bhutan, is also on display at the museum.
- The Textile Academy: Bhutan’s rich array of textiles and its origin and history is best manifest in the Textile Academy. You can also experience young women behind the loom and the many colours and beauty of Bhutanese yarns which is on display at the academy.
- The Post Office: Apart from the rich tradition and culture, Bhutan is also known for producing some of the rarest and exotic stamps in the globe. The stamps also speak of Bhutan’s journey and transition since the early 60s when postal services were first introduced.
- Sunday Vegetable Market: The vegetable market in the capital is the perfect spot to get an insight into Bhutan’s culinary richness and watch Bhutanese flocking in hundreds to trade their local produces.
Night halt at Thimphu
En route you may make a small stopover at Tamchhog Lhakhang, the temple of the famous Iron Bridge Builder, Thangthong Gyalpo (1361-1485). The temple is located on a small knoll across the Paro River and stands like a towering giant on the otherwise silent and uninhabited landscapes. In the evening, and upon arrival at Paro, take a leisurely stroll of the quaint little town of Paro and mingle with the locals in one of the many pubs and bars spread across the town.
Day 4: Hike to Paro Taktshang (optional)
Located at an elevation of 3120mtrs, the famous Taktshang Monastery, or the Tiger’s Liar was so named because its founder Guru Rinpochhe is believed to have visited the place riding on the back of a Tigress. Legend has it that the Guru meditated on a cave in the vertical rock cliff, where the temple is built today, and subdued the malignant spirit residing in the locality. After the hike we will take to one of the many farm houses in Paro for a local hot-stone bath and a dinner with a Bhutanese family (charges applied). The 8th century temple was later rebuilt in the late nineties after it was razed to the ground by a major fire. The main relic of the temple, a statue of one of Guru’s manifestation, is said to have miraculously survived the fire when all other structures were destroyed. Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now under renovation, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The Dzong was built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate victory over an invasion from China. You may also like to take pictures of mountains cover by snow behind the Dzong. Driving to the National museum involves a 4km loop in to the Dop Shari valley. After visiting, you can walk down a path from the museum to the Dzong and back to the town, enjoying good views of the valley and of the Ugyen Pelri Palace. Alternatively, you can start the excellent hike to Zuri Dzong from just above the National museum.
Coming back from National Museum, you can visit an old Dungtse Lhakhang and then wear National dress of Bhutan and take some photos near the Paro Dzong (fortress).
Night halt at Paro
Day 5: Paro to Phuntsholing
Upon reaching Phuntsholing, your passport will be departed in the immigration office. In the evening you may like to visit Bhutan-India border and take some photos at the gate.
Day 6: Phuntsholing to Bagdora Airport
Depart from Bagdora Airport