- Day 01 –
Arrival in Paro and transfer to Thimphu.
Sightseeing (most places we will go to will be at ground level with a maximum climb of 10-20 steps).
National Memorial Chorten (iconic temple in the heart of Thimphu built by the Queen Mother) and the famous Buddha Statue, In the evening we visit the Thimphu Dzong (it is the fortress where the country’s parliament is located and is open to tourists in the evenings for an hour amidst tight security).
Relax in the hotel in the evening. Those who wish to venture out can do so, as our hotel will be located in the city, near the main street.
- Day 02 –
More sightseeing today – National Textile Museum (a veritable treasure trove of Bhutanese textile history), Weaver’s Centre, centre for traditional medicine etc. and the Clock Tower.
Another exciting place is Thimphu’s post office where one can see the stamps that Bhutan is famous for. One can also get personalised stamps made.
Evening to roam in the city. You’ll probably also cross the country’s only traffic island manned by a traffic policeman.
- Day 03 –
We check out of Thimphu and head to Punakha district. If the breakfast is had early, then we could stop at a fortress called the Simtokha Dzong (one of the oldest in Bhutan, has about 15 steps). Next stop would be the Dochu-La (a high altitude pass where 108 chortens have been constructed). After we reach Punakha, we can see the Punakha Dzong and the longest suspension bridge of Bhutan.
Evening at hotel.
- Day 04 –
After breakfast, leave for Paro. The journey will take 3.5 hours. Once in Paro, see the sights (Paro Dzong – has steps, National Museum, Dungtse Lhakhang, Kichyu Lhakhang).
Spend evening roaming the bustling main street and shopping for mementoes etc. Overnight at hotel.
- Day 05 –
Departure day from Paro after breakfast.
Terms & Conditions
- Air tickets – a) Delhi-Paro-Delhi b) Kolkata-Paro-Kolkata
- Accommodation in 3 star properties on twin sharing basis
- All meals (explained below)
- Registered English speaking Guide
- Vehicle at disposal (explained below)
- Driver charges, parking charges etc.
- All entry fees to museums, monuments etc.
- One 500ml bottle of mineral water, per person, per day
- Domestic travel expense
- Beverages, snacks, etc.
- Shopping, laundry, expenses of a personal nature etc.
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Please note a few relevant points:
- We have considered air arrival (landing at Paro International Airport) as of now as it is the most convenient way of getting to Bhutan. The land route entails nearly 7-10 hours of travel time which is best avoided.
- An English speaking guide is a friend on the trip as there are many things about the country only a guide will be able to tell you. Since most foreign tourists in Bhutan are accompanied by a guide (due to the 250 USD per day, per person embargo), you will also notice that they have few signboards inside temples and monasteries and absolutely no archeological or cultural history written any where
- When you see the itinerary you will see that almost everything there is to see in Bhutan is covered in the trip, barring for the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery climb (from the base to the top is about 900 metres and it takes about 3-5 hours to hike up).
- Hotels – We lodge our guests in 3 star category hotels on twin sharing basis. They will have heating, hot water and provision for extra blankets. Wi-fi may or may not be available given weather conditions.
- Food – The pricing is inclusive of all meals. All breakfasts will be buffet style and lunches will be Bhutanese fare and buffets in most places. Dinner will be in-house.
- We will travel by an 18 seater Coaster Bus/10 seater Hiace (depends on group size) through the country. Since it is a mountain country, travelling time between two districts is quite high as we cover about 25-30 kms per hour.
- Bhutan has hospitals and medical centres across the country. Thimphu, the capital city, where we spend 2 days has the main hospital. All hospitals have emergency service as well. Treatment to tourists is rendered free of cost as per the policy of the Government of Bhutan.
- For senior citizens on medications, it is recommended to carry them on their person.
- In terms of personal safety, Bhutan is one of the safest countries. In the 6 years our founder has been exploring the country (over 16 trips so far) as a solo backpacker, never has she been pick pocketed, robbed or molested.
- If you wish to sign up, please send us a scanned copy of your passport to book the air tickets.
- We need 75% advance to sign you up and 25%, 3 weeks prior to departure. Cancellation rules apply.