Bhutan - The Last Shangri-La

Bhutan - The Last Shangri-La

Phuentsholing 2N Thimphu 2N Punakha 2N Paro 2N

Highlights

Nestled in the Himalayas, Bhutan - referred to as the "Land of the Thunder Dragon” is a land of captivating natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.

Bhutan is committed to preserving its environment and is one of the few countries in the world that is carbon negative. It also follows a unique policy of Gross National Happiness, prioritising the well-being of its citizens over economic growth. Explore the country that measures its success in units of Happiness with us while we take you through the breath-taking Thimphu, Punakha and Paro

 

  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • 4* star category hotels at Thimphu (2 Nights), Paro (2 Nights), Phuentsholing (2 Nights) and Punakha (2 Nights)
  • 8 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Immerse yourself in Bhutan's rich spiritual heritage and the legend of Guru Rinpoche.
  • Discover the unique charm of the world's only capital city without traffic lights - Thimphu
  • Marvel at the majestic Buddha Dordenma statue, one of the largest in the world. 
  • Experience the vibrant mix of cultures and traditions in this bustling border town of Phuentsholing 
  • Visit the historic Punakha Dzong, an imposing fortress and monastery with stunning architecture. 
  • Visit the Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the divine madman and his "magic thunderbolt of wisdom.” 
  • Take a breathtaking hike to the iconic Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff high above the Paro Valley. 
  • Group pickup / drop from Bagdogra Airport (option 1) / Paro Airport (option 2) as per flight schedule suggested by Phurr.
  • Comfortable mode of transport
  • Services of Travel Buddy. A Fully assisted tour.
  • Small sized group of likeminded people

Please Note: Indian nationals wishing to visit Bhutan must carry 

  • Passport having validity of minimum 6 months from return date of the tour, OR Voter Identity Card, issued by the Election Commission of India.

After you arrive at Bagdogra Airport, we will proceed towards the Indo-Bhutan Border Town Phuentsholing - approx 4 hour drive. On the way pass through Himalayan Mountain, Teesta River, Dooars forest and numerous Tea Gardens. The journey from Bagdogra to Phuentsholing is full of nature with mountains, rivers, forest and Tea Gardens. 

As we approach Phuentsholing which is located on the southern border of Bhutan and India, we will need to complete immigration procedures at the border checkpoint. Stop by at the Bhutan Gate that flaunts the classical elements of traditional Bhutanese architecture.

Check into your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. If you’re feeling energetic and want to step out, you may explore the local markets and street vendors, where you can find an array of Bhutanese handicrafts, souvenirs, and local delicacies.

End your day with a peaceful dinner and a good night sleep.

4* Hotel Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you'll set out on a scenic drive to Thimphu (5 to 6 hours Drive), the capital city of Bhutan. Along the way, you'll pass through beautiful forests and mountain passes, and stop at various viewpoints to take in the scenery. Don’t forget to keep your camera handy to capture the stunning mountain views and other sights along the route! 

Enroute, we’ll visit Chuzom, the confluence of the Thimphu and Paro rivers. It is considered a sacred site and is marked by a large prayer flag.

Upon reaching Thimphu, check into the hotel.

Note: If you want to avoid road journey from Bagdogra( Siliguri) to Thimphu, you must arrive by international flight to Paro Airport today (Day 2). You can take direct flight from Delhi or Kolkata to Paro in Bhutan. We shall share flight schedule with you and would be happy to assist you for flight booking. Your pick up from Paro airport to Thimphu hotel shall be arranged, where you will meet others in the group.

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Admire the stunning natural scenery of Bhutan, with the nearby mountains covered in green forests and mist, and the river flowing gently by.  Enjoy your breakfast and gear up for a thrilling day ahead as today, you'll spend the day exploring Thimphu in more depth.

Visit the Buddha Dordenma, a towering golden statue of Buddha which is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world. The statue is surrounded by lush greenery and offers stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Proceed to National memorial chorten: This large chorten is one of the most visible landmarks in Thimphu, and for many Bhutanese it is the focus of daily worship.

Later in the evening, explore Thimphu on your own, perhaps by visiting the vibrant market, where you can shop for souvenirs, handicrafts, local goods or even try the local beer. Head back to the hotel for dinner and and get some much-needed sleep.

Dinner and stay at hotel in Thimphu.

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After a scrumptious breakfast, we will drive to Punakha (3 hours drive) via Dochula Pass which is undoubtedly one of the most scenic and beautiful routes in Bhutan. As you ascend towards the Dochula Pass, the road winds through dense forests of rhododendrons and magnolias, with occasional glimpses of small villages nestled in the valleys below. 

As you reach the Dochula Pass, located at an altitude of 3,100 meters, you'll be greeted by a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range, with snow-capped peaks stretching as far as the eye can see. The pass is also home to the Druk Wangyal Chortens, a collection of 108 chortens (Buddhist stupas) that were built in honor of Bhutanese soldiers who were killed in a 2003 conflict with Indian rebels.

Later, head to Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the "Temple of Fertility," It is dedicated to the Divine Madman, a popular figure in Bhutanese folklore known for his unorthodox teachings and eccentric behaviour.

Evening at leisure. Dinner and stay in Punakha.

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Take in the splendid views of the Himalayas and listen to the sounds of the Mo Chhu and Po Chhu rivers that simply soak up the serene beauty of this gorgeous valley.

Post breakfast, visit the Punakha Dzong, built in 1637-38 and located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. The dzong is renowned for its stunning architecture, which features intricate carvings, beautiful murals, and traditional Bhutanese design elements.

Proceed to Punakha Suspension Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in Bhutan, stretching over 160 meters long and suspended over the Pho Chhu river. Crossing the bridge is an exhilarating experience, with the sound of the rushing river and the wind whistling through the valley. The bridge offers stunning panoramic views of the Punakha valley. 

Next, we’ll visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery, a beautiful and peaceful nunnery located in the hills above Punakha valley. It was built to promote women's education and spirituality in Bhutan. The nunnery offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valley and features a large statue of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. 

You can also go for river rafting (at your own cost). The rugged, untamed waterways of Bhutan will not disappoint the adventurous seekers. Later, head back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Punakha.

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Post breakfast, we will drive towards Paro (approx 3 hours). Along the way, we will make a stop at a Paper Factory where you can witness the traditional process of paper making using natural materials like bark, flowers and leaves. 

As we continue our journey, we will visit the Paro Airport Viewpoint, which offers stunning panoramic views of the Paro Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges. Later, we will proceed to Paro and check into the hotel.

In the evening enjoy a beautiful Bhutanese cultural show. The rich cultural heritage of Bhutan is showcased through various performances which  are not only entertaining but also serve as a means to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of this unique Himalayan kingdom. Head back to the hotel and spend the evening at leisure.

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Start your day early with a stunning view of Paro valley as you enjoy a delicious breakfast. 

Today we will be going for a hike upto Taktsang Monastery, famously known as “Tiger's Nest”. The temple is one of the holiest sites in Bhutan which clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the valley.

Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, flew to the site on the back of a tiger in the 8th century and meditated there for three months.

The hike toward Taktsang follows an uphill route and takes approximately 4-5 hours. The trail follows a steep ascent through the forest, passing by several rest stops and viewpoints along the way. About halfway up the mountain, we will take a break at the cafeteria which offers stunning views of the monastery. 

Trust us, this will be a rewarding experience, taking you through lush forests and stunning landscapes. Horses are also available for those who are unable to walk much, however the horses can only go up to a certain point, and we will still need to hike the remaining distance to the monastery.

If you are not interested for Tiger Nest hike, an alternate program will be arranged. 

Dinner and overnight stay in Paro.

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As your journey through the 'Last Shangri-la' comes to an end, it's time to say farewell to the enchanting beauty of Bhutan. Take with you the unforgettable memories of the breathtaking landscapes, fascinating culture, and unforgettable experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Check out from the hotel and drive to Paro airport/Phuentsholing. 

Visit Kharbandi/Rinchending Gompa Monastery, a beautiful and peaceful Buddhist monastery built in 1967.  It is located on a picturesque hill overlooking the whole Phuentsholing town and is adorned with beautiful traditional Bhutanese architecture and is surrounded by well-maintained gardens.  Additionally, the monastery is home to a school of astrology and offers visitors the opportunity to receive astrological readings and blessings from the resident monks. Reach Phuentsholing and check into your hotel, rest and enjoy at leisure.

Note: Travellers who joined us on Day 2 at Paro, will be dropped to the Paro airport today as per the flight timings.

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Check out from the hotel and proceed towards Bagdogra airport. enjoy the journey with the sound of chirping birds, the fragrance of fresh mountain air, and the feel of cool breeze against your skin.

As this journey comes to an end, we hope you depart with a treasure trove of memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.  From the stunning landscapes to the vibrant culture, Bhutan will stay in your hearts and minds forever.

NA Breakfast
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • 4* star category hotels at Thimphu (2 Nights), Paro (2 Nights), Phuentsholing (2 Nights) and Punakha (2 Nights). All stay on twin sharing basis. We provide single sharing accommodation for a supplementary cost. In case you are interested, please let us know while making the booking itself. All rooms are base category.
  • Please note that some hotels in Bhutan might not have lifts and you may have to climb stairs. Also hotels in Bhutan do not have AC’s.
  • 8 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as per the tour plan. Breakfast and Dinner will be in the hotel. Lunch will be in local restaurants as available during sightseeing. 
  • Group pickup from Bagdogra Airport only in case flight is booked as per our suggested time.
  • All local sightseeing in Toyota Coaster / Hiace depending on the group size
  • Entry tickets to all monuments / sightseeing mentioned in itinerary except Tiger Nest.
  • Bhutanese Cultural Show
  • Sustainable Development Fees (Rs. 1200 per person per night) for Indians at the stay in Bhutan
  • 1 Litre mineral water per day
  • English speaking licensed guide for the entire duration
  • All e-permits and permission to travel within Bhutan 
  • Services of Travel Buddy experienced in taking care of elderly (45+ age group). We go along with all our group tours to ensure we provide the best travelling experience to all group members.
  • Some of the sightseeing points might get closed on particular days and we reserve the right to change the itinerary. However, we will make sure everything is covered in the best possible way.
  • Train/Airfare from your hometown to Bagdogra.
  • Entry tickets to Tiger Nest. If you wish to do this hike, you may pay directly at Tiger Nest.
  • Tax Collected At Source on Foreign Tours (TCS) which is 100% refundable at the time of filing ITR. The exact amount will be collected as per Government rules while making the payment.  
  • Sightseeing attraction and services tickets not mentioned in inclusions.
  • Please note that If traveller is not an Indian passport holder, there will be an additional Sustainable Development Fee, Visa Fee and supplement for sightseeing tickets. 
  • Any additional expenses and any penalty/change/ cancellation fee of flight/train tickets due to flight/train disruption/ delay/ cancellation in any sector domestic/ International - whether included or excluded from the tour package.
  • Tea and Coffee or any other expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, beverages, personal meal orders, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, room service charges, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any extension of stay in hotel and check-in/check-out time pre/post standard followed at all domestic hotels.
  • Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as personal health problems, roadblocks, Govt. restrictions/rules, landslide, accidents & any emergency evacuations.
  • Extra Services if taken (rafting, cycling, playing archery, Room heaters etc).
  • Room upgrade charges in case required. 
  • Any Covid related test requirement implemented by the Country.

Tour Schedule

20th to 28th Sep'24
9 Days
8 Nights
Booking Open!

Tour Cost

Per Person
Rs. 91500
Ex Bagdogra (Excluding Flights). We also have Fly in / out option from Paro. For more details, Call us now.

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  • Call / WhatsApp us on (+91) # 9999459798 / 9711596164 or email us at info@phurr.in and initiate your booking
  • Send us a copy of your Aadhar Card (front and back picture) on email or WhatsApp.
  • Pay Rs. 25,000 as 'tour booking fee' by online NEFT / IMPS transfer or cheque in favour of our bank account.
  • Pay the balance amount 40 days before the tour departure date.
  • If you want us to make train/flight booking, approx. amount of same to be paid at time of booking. The remaining is to be adjusted with the balance payment. Please call us for further details.

 

Flight Timings: 

Please note that the time for arrival in Bagdogra should be before 11 AM. Further, the drop to the airport will be around 1 PM (book departure flights post 3 PM).

Request you to not book your tickets without consulting us.

 

FAQs:

I am at X place, will I go alone from here? We don’t plan travel from a specific region as we have a clientele from all over India. Though we can still suggest you the best possible way for arrival and departure (both Flights and Train). Most of our travellers will travel in the same train or flight which has been suggested by us. So, you do not need to worry, as chances are that you won’t be travelling alone. We try to patch you up with a co-traveller from the same location.

I am a single woman, is it safe for me? We have a good percentage of single women joining each tour and we put in extra effort to for your safety by ensuring someone is always there to help you out. Talk to us and you will be more confident in joining. Just call us now!

How can I book train or Flight to reach and depart from my hometown? You are most welcome to contact us for arranging Train/Air travel arrangement from your hometown. We will charge INR 350 extra service charges for it. Total cost of the arrangement has to be provided at the time of booking. In case required, please specify at the time of booking itself. Or, take suggestions from us and book from a nearby dealer or yourself.

However, Air/Train tickets are subject to availability and we request you to book as soon as possible to confirm your seats and to get the cheapest Airfare.

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