Group Trip to Bhutan with Offbeat Tracks
Bhutan, the land of the last Shangri La is a small country in the Himalayas situated between the Tibet Autonomous region of China and India. Come explore the Kingdom of Bhutan on our experiential group tour with Offbeat Tracks. Trek your way up to the magnificent hills and hear the sounds of the rivers while you fall in love with Bhutan with every breath. Explore the flavors and traditions of Bhutan like never before with our culinary experience and traditional homestays. Indulge yourself into its divine architecture and spirituality as we drift across various heritage locations. Come explore the land of happiness.
Dedicate SUV with driver and guide.
Online processing of entry permits to Bhutan.
Entry tickets to all places of sight seeing as per the itinerary.
Traditional Bhutanese Hot stone bath for relaxation after trekking
Tips and gratuity
Any other cost of incidental nature
Things to carry
Carry photocopies of your identity proof, passport size photographs, and essential travel contact book (a physical book, not on phone).
At many places, you will be asked to take permits, so you will need all those.
Do carry a dry fit jacket and an umbrella as the weather is unpredictable and it can start raining any time.
Trekking shoes are a must. A light jacket or a shawl for the evenings will be good to keep you warm.
Medicines: Carry your first aid kid. The air is very thin on the top, so if you are asthmatic/ have breathing problems, make sure you carry appropriate medicines. The roads are tricky, and if you are not used to it, so something to combat the motion sickness and to stop vomiting would be preferable.
Other essentials like pain killers, antibiotics, etc. should be included.
Arrive at Bagdogra and Drive to Phuentsholing. Drive past the winding Teesta and lush tea gardens to the border town of Phuentsholing for the night.
DAY 2: DRIVE TO THIMPHU
After your immigration you are now officially in Bhutan! Drive to the capital city of Thimphu. See the magnificient structures that dot the landscape, visit the famous museums and dig into some delicious food at a traditional Arts and Crafts museum. Relax and spend some time around the homestay.
DAY 3: WELCOME TO PUNAKHA
After breakfast, we will drive you to Punakha and stop at Dochula Pass, where you will have a coffee break, regard the grand 108 stupas (sacred structures) and appreciate the stunning view of the Himalaya’s if it is a clear day.
Enjoy the adventurous river rafting at the Mo Chu and Po Chu rivers in Punakha.
Later we will hike around 1.5 hours to Chimmi Lhakang, which is a temple dedicated to the divine Madman and people come here to pray for children. Continue to Punakha Dzong, a large and spectacular Bhutanese architecture, located at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers. It was the religious and administrative centre of Bhutan until 1950 when the capital moved to Thimphu. After that we visit the nearby Suspension Bridge, which is the longest bridge of Bhutan.
Spend a leisurely day trekking around the mountains and farmlands of Punakha. Overnight stay at Punakha.
DAY 4: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING
Visit the National Memorial Chorten which is built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Thimphu Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan, is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan. Thereafter, we will drive up to Kuenselphodrang Nature Park where the 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra Throne Buddha is located. It one of the largest statue of Buddha in the world
Visit the Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts School and the Folk Heritage Museum, before continuing to the National Library and the Traditional Paper Making Factory. Overnight stay at Thimphu.
DAY 5: DRIVE TO PARO
Drive to Paro today. You can visit a few places of importance like the Paro Dzong and the Ta Dzong. You can also visit the Chele la pass today.
DAY 6: TIGER’S NEST TREK
Today you go for the Tiger’s Nest Trek after you’ve checked into the homestay. Tiger’s nest monastery: This is a strenuous day as we will hike up to the holiest Buddhist monastery in Bhutan, Taktsang (Tiger's Nest). It is located in a cliff about 900 meters (3000 feet) above the Paro Valley. After about 2 hours hiking, we arrive at this spectacular monastery, where you will appreciate the awesome architecture and take in the beauty of the Paro Valley.
The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 1⁄2 hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former beauty.
DAY 7: DRIVE TO PHUENTSHOLING
Go for local sightseeing in Paro today. You can visit the Paro Dzong and the Kyitchu Lakhang. Drive back to Phuentsholing for the night. Visit the famous monastery that dots the city centre and dig into some delicious food.
DAY 8: DRIVE TO BAGDOGRA AND DEPARTURE
Drive back to Bagdogra and leave with memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Airport Road, Bagdogra, District Darjeeling, Siliguri, West Bengal 734421