That’s how people greet one another in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Welcome to the land of happiness …”BHUTAN” where the “gross national happiness” takes precedence over economic considerations. 9 Days road trip will take you to the most beautiful parts of Bhutan explore and enjoy the beautiful landscape and rich culture with mouth-watering food. The country is located between India and China in the eastern Himalayas at elevations ranging from 180 to 7,500 meters. Bhutan is mainly Buddhist, a small Hindu population of Nepali immigrant’s lives in the south of the country. Tourism is permitted only to the extent that it does not endanger the kingdom’s traditional culture and society
All the participants are required to reach Siliguri on days one. Our representative will meet and greet you at hotel. Later paper formalities will be done followed by little brief on how to travel and things to keep in mind while travelling to Bhutan..
Cross over into The Land of Thunder Dragon, Phuntsholing city, Bhutan. Phuntsholing is the point of entry for travelers arriving from Siliguri and the town functions primarily as a place where Bhutanese and Indians do business. The architecture is modern, and there is no dzong, famous monastery or in fact anything of particular interest to tourists. Overnight stay at Phuntsholing.
Today is the day to get permits and other important documents from authorities. Before head out to the next destination, get road permits and visas. Overnight stay at Phuntsholing.
Start riding toward Thimphu after breakfast. Today we will be doing a fantastic climb up to the Chele La pass (3,990 m). This is Bhutan´s highest road! We will then take the new main road into Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city. (2,400 m, approx. 50,000 inhabitants). We will visit Tashichho Dzong, the throne and office of the King of Bhutan. Admire the amazing views of Dechencholing Palace from the castle. Spend the day at leisure exploring other must visit places in Bhutan like Memorial Chorten and Kuensel Phodrang, where the biggest statue of Buddha in the world overlooks. Evening is spent exploring the city and the local bazaars. Overnight stay at Thimphu.
This day begins early as we prepare to leave for our first pass in Bhutan – the Dochula at 10301 feet. The ride to Punakha is an easy one. We have our lunch on the way and then check in to the hotel for night stay. The ride up to this place is nothing short of breath-taking, with dense vegetation and blooming flowers keeping you company and snow-capped mountains looming in the background. We spend the evening exploring the town and observing the locals and their lifestyle. A visit to the Dzong, one of the most beautiful monasteries, would definitely be worthwhile. Overnight stay at Punakha.
Once again we start the day early and after breakfast ride to Trongsa. On our way we stop to visit the 18th century stupa called Chendebji Chorten, built by Lama Shida, modelled after the famous Swayambhunath Stupa of Nepal. Legend has it that an evil spirit took the form of a gigantic snake and to cover its remains this structure was erected. The whole experience is soothing to the eyes as well as the soul. Overnight stay at Paro.
This day begins with a sumptuous breakfast followed by a 5 hour hike up to the Taktsang Dzong or Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It is undoubtedly one of the most majestic, mesmerizing and memorable places you will ever see. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this exact spot on the back of a tigress in the 8th century and meditated here for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days and 3 hours. He is also known as second Buddha for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. A temple complex was built here in 1692 and is most popular for the thirteen tiger lair caves in which he meditated. Later return in the afternoon and go for Hot Stone Bath Therapy at a farm house and relax our tired muscles. Evening is spent exploring the city.
Start journey after breakfast from Paro. It’s the same route we came from. Reach Siliguri in evening. Overnight stay at Siliguri.
Today is last day of the trip. After breakfast head toward your home destination with experience like-minded friends and lots of memories.
For Bhutan Immigration Voter Identity Card, Passport
Passport Size color Photograph (2 Nos/Pax)