Road Trip to Bhutan - The Land of Thunderdragon | Justwravel

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Bhutan, also recognised by Kingdom of Bhutan and Land of Thunder Dragon, is a tiny country in Asia settled in the lap of Eastern Himalayas. The 70% area of Bhutan is still covered with forest and this is the main beauty of Bhutan and that is why it comes under the hidden treasures in terms of natural beauty. Another unique thing about Bhutan is that it has developed the concept of Gross National Happiness in which development is measured by happiness of the residents and peacefulness.

There are ample places to visit which include Ancient forts, monasteries, trekking trails, magnificent valleys, forest, Buddhist relics, etc. One can find rare animals here such as Black necked crane and Red Panda.

The trip that we are organising will be starting from Bagdogra Airport and the places that we will cover are Phuentsholing, Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Tiger’s Nest, Dochu La & Chele La.


Day 1

Arrive at Bagdogra. Assemble and Travel to Phuentsholing

The journey to Bhutan will start from the Bagdogra Airport. Our trip leader will meet you at the airport and from here we will travel to Phuentsholing, which is the border town of Bhutan.

Phuentsholing is around 164 km from Bagdogra so it will take around 5 hours to reach there. We will depart by 12 pm from the airport. Pickup can also be arranged from New Jalpaiguri railway station. The journey is comfortable and through the plains. Amidst the way, we will also get to see the tea estates of West Bengal. After crossing Hashimara, the mountains of Bhutan would start becoming visible. We will reach by 5 pm in the evening and after reaching, check-in at the hotel and relax. You can roam around Phuentsholing if you want.

Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 2

Travel to Thimphu

The day starts with getting the permits. We all will proceed towards the immigration office after checking out from the hotel. Be ready with your passports and passport sized photographs. After getting the permits, we will head towards the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu, which is around 150 km from Phuentsholing. The journey would take around 5 to 6 hours to reach as the complete drive is through the mountains.

We will be taking a stop at Gedu or any other place to have lunch. The town of Thimphu is big and beautiful. Settled in a valley which is covered with green mountains from all four sides. After reaching Thimphu, we will check-in to our hotel and relax. We will have the dinner and roam around the local markets of Thimpu.

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 3

Sightseeing in Thimphu

This day is reserved for the sightseeing in Thimphu. After having breakfast, we will start by visiting the Tashichho Dzong which is a fortress and a monastery and is also called as Bhutan King Palace, Changangkha Lhakhang which is a 12th century Buddhist temple, National Memorial Chorten or the Stupa and Motithang Takin Preserve which is famous for Takin, national animal of Bhutan. We will also have to visit the immigration office to get the permits of Punakha and Chele La pass.

The evening will be spent at the Buddha Point as sunset looks mesmerising from that place. Buddha Point is a temple and a huge statue situated on a hill in the outskirts of Thimphu. After all this, we can visit the football stadium if time allows.

Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 4

Travel from Thimphu to Punakha

We will check out after having breakfast at the hotel and then we move towards Punakha which is around 84 km from Thimphu. Punakha is one of the administrative centres of Bhutan and is also famous as the former capital of Bhutan. The town is based along the two rivers Pho Chu and Mo Chu and these rivers enhance the beauty of this place. We will be crossing a mountain pass, Dochula, which is one of the high passes of Bhutan and is situated at an altitude of 3100 m. One can see a panorama of Himalayan peaks from the pass during clear weather.

We will have our lunch at the pass as there is a café situated there. After crossing the pass, we will drive down to the town of Punakha. The town is mainly famous for the beautiful Dzong and the longest suspension bridge of the nation. We will visit the bridge and explore the town and then we will check in into our hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 5

Travel from Punakha to Paro

We will start our day with the sightseeing at Punakha Dzong. The Dzong means the administrative centre of a district and it also comprises of a temple or a monastery. The Punakha Dzong is built beautifully on the river bed. After exploring, we will head towards the town of Paro.

Paro is a historic town, settled in the Paro valley and is home to many historic sites and palaces. The town is 125 km from Punakha and it will take around 4 hours to reach. After reaching, relax in the hotel as the next day is reserved for the trek to Tiger’s Nest.

Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 6

Trek to Tiger’s Nest

We will get ready and head towards the starting point of the trek by 9 am. The Tiger’s Nest or the Paro Taktsang is a monastery situated on a mountain cliff and is a popular sacred site for Buddhists.

The monastery is dedicated to Buddhist Guru Padmasambhava. In actual, it is not a trek. It is a hike as the distance is less, only 8 km including the ascent and descent. The trail starts from the outskirts of Paro and is not very steep. The entire hike is easy except the last half km as it comprises of stairs. After negotiating all this, we will reach the main temple premises which is built amazingly on a cliff. One can see the beauty of Paro and the paddy fields from the hike. We will explore the temple and come back to Paro after descending all the way through the same trail. The evening can be spent in the local markets of Paro.

Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 7

Sightseeing in Paro and Travel to Phuentsholing

Today, we will do the sightseeing in Paro which will cover places like Paro Dzong, National Museum of Bhutan and exploring the markets and cafes of Paro. Apart from all this, we will also visit the Chele La pass which is the highest motorable pass and is also the gateway to Haa Valley. While travelling to the Chele la, we will get a view of Paro Airport and it looks amazing.

After this, we start our return journey to Phuentsholing which is about 3-4 hrs of travel time.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8

Travel from Phuentsholing to Bagdogra

Now it’s time to leave Bhutan. We will travel directly to Bagdogra Airport and it will take around 4 hours to reach.

We will reach the airport by 1pm in the evening so book your flights/stay accordingly.

-Entire Travel in private vehicle during the trip - Bagdogra to Bagdogra

-All stay in the hotel on double sharing basis

-Breakfast and dinner at the hotel

-All Permits


-Any entry fees

-Any personal expenses

-Anything not mentioned in inclusion



Thimphu, Bhutan

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