By being a part of this Bagdogra to Bhutan tour package, you are indulging in 10 days of non-stop excitement and fun. Arrive at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or Bagdogra Airport, and then reach Thimphu by road. Go on a sightseeing tour of the city, and see its popular sites like the BBS Tower, Tashichho Dzong, Changlimithang Stadium, Changangkha Lhakhang, National Memorial Chorten, Handicrafts Emporium, Motithang Takin Preserve and Buddha Dordenma statue. You could also shop for interesting items at local stores or at the well-known Handicrafts Emporium before retiring for the night. Stop to look at high mountains and to have tea at Dochula pass on the way to Punakha/Wangdue. Further in the journey, you can visit Chimi Lhakhang and the Mehsina village – the two interesting attractions near Punakha/Wangdue.
On reaching the destination, explore the gigantic complexes of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery and Punakha Dzong, and learn about Buddhism at these two sites. Go on an incredible expedition to Phobjikha Valley, and visit the Gangtey village here. Travel to Paro, the following dawn, to continue your Bagdogra to Bhutan travel package sightseeing. Explore Ta Dzong and the National Museum of Bhutan, Drukgyel Dzong, Rinpung Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. Cross Chelela, a mountain pass, on the way to the spellbinding Haa Valley, and post exploring the latter, return to Paro. Transfer to the town of Lataguri in West Bengal via Phuentsholing, and avail an optional Jeep safari through Gorumara National Park. End this wonderful expedition by boarding a flight from Bagdogra Airport or a train from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT NJP/IXB | NJP/IXB TO PHUENTSHOLING
Meet our representative at either Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Railway station, and then reach the border town of Phuentsholing in Bhutan by road. On arrival in the town, transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 02: PHUENTSHOLING TO THIMPHU (164 KM/4.5 HOURS APPROX.)
Before going any further into the kingdom, obtain a permit from the local government. Thereafter, embark on a road journey to Thimphu and on arrival in the city, check-in at the hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 03: SIGHTSEEING IN THIMPHU
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and then start the first phase of this Bagdogra to Bhutan tour package sightseeing.
Look at a beautiful 11-headed idol of Avalokitesvara and some large religious texts at Changangkha Lhakhang. See numerous protected animals in the lush pine jungles of Motithang Takin Preserve. Admire the captivating views of the Thimphu Valley from the highest storey of the BBS Tower. Later, experience ultimate peace inside the meditation hall of Buddha Dordenma – about 169-feet high gilded bronze idol of Lord Buddha. Also, do not miss out on visiting the famous Changlimithang Stadium, which is used for soccer matches and archery competitions.
In the afternoon, make a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, and see a wide collection of intricate paintings and photographs. Thereafter, head to Tashichho Dzong – a fort that now serves as the seat of the government. Complete the Thimphu tour by purchasing fine, local goods from the government-administered Handicrafts Emporium. Later, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 04: THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA/WANGDUE VIA DOCHULA PASS
After gaining the necessary permit (not issued on Saturdays, Sundays and government holidays), travel to Punakha/Wangdue. Make a halt for tea atop the popular Dochula mountain pass, which is about 10170 feet above sea level. After spending quality time amidst the snow-clad peaks of the Eastern Himalayas, recommence the journey. En route to Punakha/Wangdue you can explore Chimi Lhakhang and the quaint village of Mehsina.
The lhakhang or temple, said to be constructed at the site where a lama caged a demon, houses numerous items used during ceremonies and rituals. On arriving in Punakha, see the decorative sculptures of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, Padmasambhava, Lord Buddha, Avalokitesvara and Goddess Tara at Sangchhen Dorji Lhuedrup Lhakhang Nunnery. Visit Punakha Dzong later in the day, and see the numerous buildings, temples, stupas and assembly hall that it resides. Post sightseeing, transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 05: PUNAKHA/WANGDUE TO PHOBJIKHA VALLEY | PHOBJIKHA VALLEY TO PUNAKHA/WANGDUE
Today, this Bagdogra to Bhutan travel package will take you to the mesmeric valley of Phobjikha. Look at the contrast, which the lush forests of the mountains and the treeless expanse of the valley below present to the eyes. Also explore the village of Gangtey, on the floor of the valley, where the Black-Necked Crane Festival is celebrated annually. In the evening, come back to the hotel in Punakha/Wangdue and stay overnight.
DAY 06: TRANSFER FROM PUNAKHA/WANGDUE TO PARO
After checking-out from the hotel in the morning, drive to the serene town of Paro. On reaching the town, transfer to the hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
DAY 07: SIGHTSEEING IN PARO
After breakfast, commence the third leg of this Bagdogra to Bhutan tour package sightseeing excursion. Visit Ta Dzong, and see the various exhibits of the National Museum of Bhutan, housed in its central tower. Later, indulge in a bit of hiking by reaching Rinpung Dzong on foot. The dzong contains many ornate Buddhist stupas and temples, housed within courtyards of stones.
Thereafter, see the ruined stone walls and several buildings of the 17th century Drukgyel Dzong – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also during the day, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, and admire its rich paintings in contrast to simple exterior. After this amazing trip, come back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.
DAY 08: PARO TO HAA VALLEY VIA CHELELA PASS | HAA VALLEY TO PARO
In the early hours of the morning, embark on a scenic road journey to the picturesque Haa Valley.
Drive for about 45 km through jungles of blue pines and groves of rhododendrons, and then arrive atop Chelela. This mountain pass lies at an altitude of about 13000 feet, and it offers captivating views of two of the most significant mountains in the kingdom – Drake and Chomolhari. Thereafter, recommence the drive and descend for approximately 22 km to reach the valley of Haa. See the natural beauty of the landform, and return to Paro in the evening to stay overnight.
DAY 09: DRIVE FROM PARO TO PHUENTSHOLING | PHUENTSHOLING TO DOOARS (LATAGURI)
Leave Paro in the morning and travel to the town of Phuentsholing, and on reaching here, drive to Lataguri. Lataguri is a small town in the state of West Bengal in India, and is surrounded by thick grasslands. Massive terrestrial animals like elephants and one-horned rhinos can be seen here in plenty. On arrival in the town, transfer to the hotel/resort and stay overnight.
DAY 10: OPTIONAL JEEP SAFARI | LATAGURI TO IXB/NJP
This Bagdogra to Bhutan travel package also includes an optional Jeep safari, which you can be availed at your own cost. See as many rhinos and elephants as you can in Gorumara National Park, which is nearby. Transfer to Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station after the wildlife-spotting excursion to begin your return journey.
Duration: 9 Nights/ 10 Days
Places Covered: Phuentsholing, Thimphu, Punakha/Wangdue, Phobjikha Valley, Paro, Haa Valley, Dooars
Best Time to go: April to June, October to March
1. Accommodation With Daily Breakfast
2. Price based on 4 people travelling together
3. Exclusive NAC Vehicle for all transfer & Sightseeing
4. All Taxes except GST
1. Extras of personal nature such as personal tips, laundry charges, additional tour charges
2. Insurance, Medical & Emergency rescue costs
3. Entrance fees at monuments, monasteries, museums etc.
4. Hard drinks or liquor
6. GST @ 5.0%