Bhutan is well-known for its rugged, beautiful landscape and a drive to achieve Gross National Happiness for its citizens. The country is landlocked, nestled in the Himalayan highlands with India to the South and China to its North. This is one of the well-rounded packages that take you on an amazing tour to places worth visiting in Bhutan.
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Arrival â€“ Jaigaon/Phuentsholing
Our representative will meet you on your arrival at Bagdogra airport or railway station and accompany you to Jaigaon /Phuentsholing (border town).This is a thriving commercial center on the northern edge of the Indian plains. Once you reach there, you will check in to your hotel. If time permits we will take you for the permit to go further.Â
Phuentsholing â€“ Thimphu
After your breakfast, we will complete the immigration formalities for you and take you to Thimphu. The capital city of Bhutan. After you arrive in Thimphu you will check into your hotel.
Later in the evening you can visit Tashichho Dzong, which is 2 kms away from the main town. It is a remarkable architectural structure which currently is the house of the throne room and seat of the government.Â
Thimphu Sightseeing â€“ Punakha
After an early breakfast, we will take you for sightseeing to Kuensel Phodrang, the worldâ€™s largest sitting Buddha statue towering at 167 feet. The statue is situated on top of a hill overlooking the city of Thimphu. It can be accessed by road and is about 15 minutes away from the cityâ€™s center. The word Kuensel means everything is clear, and from this place you can enjoy a great view of the Thimphu Valley on both sides.Â
You will next head to Folk Heritage Museum. The museum gives you a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, in addition to artifacts from rural households; it also displays an impressive collection of typical household objects, tools, and equipment.Â Next on the tour is a visit to Motithang Takin Preserve, also known as the Thimphu Zoo. It is a small natural preserve for the Takin, Bhutan's national animal.Â Â
Your final visit is to Memorial Chorten. The chorten (stupa) is a chief landmark in the capital city and is also the most sacred place of worship for the local people.Â
After your sightseeing is over, you will head to Punakha. On the way, you will be visiting Dochula Pass, which offers an amazing 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayas on a clear day. It is also famous for the 108 memorial stupas known as â€śDruk Wangyal Chortensâ€ť located on top of the pass.
Thimphu â€“ Punakha/Wangdue Sightseeing â€“ Paro
After breakfast you will visit Punakha Dzong. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the first National Assembly here in 1952.Â Â
After your sightseeing gets over you will head to Paro.
Hike to Tigerâ€™s Nest
After an early breakfast we will drive you to the base of Taktsang Monastery. You will have to buy a ticket on your own if you wish go inside the temple. The monastery itself is located in a dramatic setting, perched on a high cliff above Paro Valley.
Paro â€“ Chele La Pass â€“ Jaigaon /PhuentsholingÂ
After having your breakfast you will drive to Chele La Pass, which is a 1.5 hr drive from the valley floor in Paro. At an elevation 3,988 m, it is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountains Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake. It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags along the road.Â
Apart from the beautiful view, the pass is also a hotspot for flora & fauna. You can see cascades of wild roses, purple and yellow primulas, and swathes of deep blue irises covering the forest floor.Â
After you arrive in Phuentsholing, check in to your hotel.
Weâ€™ll drive you to Bagdogra airport or NJP railway station. We hope you take back happy memories and await your return for another exciting trip with us.