Phuentsholing Thimpu Paro (Bhutan) 7N 8D

Itinerary Code : M2A-BHU-78
Places Covered : Phuentsholing - Thimphu - Tashichhoe Dzong - Takin Reserve - Drugyal Dzong- Punakha - Dochu La Pass - Paro- Drukgyal Dzong - Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest) -Chele La Pass
Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days

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Itinerary Gist : Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus (Junction) / Siliguri - Phuentsholing (01 Night) - Thimphu (02 Nights) - Paro (03 Nights) - Phuentsholing (01 Night)- Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB)

Day 1 Arrival and transfer to Phuentsholling - Arrival at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus (Junction) / Siliguri and Transfer to Phuentsholling - On arrival Guest will be received by our executive who will be waiting just outside of the airport or railway station – He will assist guest to board the vehicle to proceed for Phuentsholling – The drive is of 165 kilometers i.e. 04 to 04 ½ hour’s drive - The drive is through the lush green Tea Estate, the national park and sanctuary of Duars / Dooars - On arrival at Phuentsholling – Check into hotel - The border of India & Bhutan, the Indian side is known as Jaigaon and the Bhutan part is called Phuentsholling - Situated at an altitude of nearly 980 feet it is a small settlement but business hup of Bhutan – Night stay at Hotel (Guests are requested to be prepared with their ID card & Photograph to be collected by our agent - Stay at either phuentsholing or Jaigaon

Day 2 Transfer to Thimpu - Permit Processing and Transfer to Thimpu (2350 meters / 7710 feet) - Early morning breakfast – Obtain permit at Bhutan Immigration office with assistance from our representative & Indian Embassy - Normally it takes 03 - 04 hours) - Next is issuing of vehicle permit - Start for for Thimpu – The drive is approximately 172 kilometers and is 06 ½ - 07 hours drive by road – The drive is beautiful, and one can see some waterfalls along the way – Thimpu is a charming city, probably the smallest capital in the world, resting in the heart of the Himalayas - The skyline hardly changes as new buildings are all constructed in traditional Bhutanese style - It is situated in the western central part of Bhutan – It is a lively place, interesting combination of tradition and modernity - Thimpu is situated at an elevation of 2350 meters / 7710 feet - Reach Thimpu - Check into your hotel on arrival - Overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu

Day 3 Thimpu Sightseeing - Early morning Breakfast - Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, occupies a valley in the country’s western interior - In addition to being the government seat, the city is known for its Buddhist sites - Start with all the Major Sightseeing places - They are 1) Buddha Point, 2) BBS Tower, 3) TashicchhoeDzong, 4) The Memorial Chorten, 5) National Library, 6) The Institute of Traditional Medicine, 7) Centenary Farmer Market, 8) Changlimithang Stadium, 9) School of Arts & Crafts, 10) Handicraft Institute, 11) Zangthopelri Lhakhang, 12) Motithang Takin Reserve (Takin Zoo), 13) SemtokhaDzong - - Check into Hotel - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Overnight Stay at hotel / resort in Thimpu

Day 4 Excursion to Punakha & Transfer to Paro - Early morning breakfast - Transfer to Punakha - It is approximately 90 kilometers and is nearly 03 hours from Thimphu - Punakha is the administrative centre of Punakha dzongkhag, districts of Bhutan. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan - It Has a population of 25,700 - Wangdue Phodrang is a town and capital (dzongkhag thromde) of Wangdue Phodrang District in central Bhutan - It Has a Population Of 34,300 - Enroute Visit 1) Dochu la Pass, 2) DrukWangyal Lhakhang, 3) Punakha Dzong 4) Wangdue Phodrang, 5) KhamsumYulleyNamgyelChorten - Transfer to Paro - Paro is Destination Of Scenic Beauty, The Only International Airport of Bhutan in Paro - It Has a Population of 39,800 - It is approximately 145 kilometers and is nearly 04 hours from Punakha & Wangdue - Overnight Stay at Paro

Day 5 Paro Sightseeing - Paro is a town and seat of Paro District, located in the Paro Valley of Bhutan - It is the site of the country’s only international airport and is also known for the many sacred sites in the area - It is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area - After Breakfast start the local sightseeing - Sightseeing starts with Visit to the following sites - 1) Drukgyal Dzong, 2) View of Taktsang Monastery, 3) Kichulanka Monastery, 4) Ta Dzong, 5) Paro Rinpung Dzong (Museum), 6) Nya-MeyZam, 7) Dungtse Lhankhang, 8) Druk Choeding – Check into Hotel - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 6 Excursion to Chele La - Early morning breakfast - Next visit Chele La (Pass) & View of Haa Valley, the only border of Bhutan and China situated at an elevation 3988 meters is considered to be one of the highest motor able passes in Bhutan - About an hour's drive along a densely-populated forest road - This Pass is also known to be a ‘botanical paradise’ - The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake - It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind? - Here, visitors can see cascades of wild roses; purple and yellow premolars; and swathes of deep blue iris covering the forest floor? - The top of the pass bloom with rhododendrons in a variety of colors-pale pink, deep pink, burnt orange, mauve, white and scarlet - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Overnight Stay at Paro

Day 7 Transfer from Paro to Phuentsholing - Early morning breakfast - Next drive to Phuentsholling - The road is approximately 175 kilometers and is nearly 05 - 06 hours drive by road - Proceed for Paro International Airport Sightseeing if not viited earlier - The Only International Airport of Bhutan in Paro - Phuentsholing road was built in 1962 by Dantak, the Indian Border road organization and is generally in good shape - The drive on this route is very pleasant with numerous scenic spots en route – Arrive Phuentsholling – Evening free to stroll around the area – Check into Hotel - Overnight at the hotel in Phuentsholing

Day 8 Departure Transfer - Early morning Breakfast - Check-Out from hotel - Departure transfer to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus (Junction) / Siliguri - Next drive along the highway 31 via Madarihat - Chalsa & Sevoke - The transfer is along National Highway 31 and is generally in good shape with greenery on either side - The distance is approximately 170 kilometers and is nearly 04 - 05 hours drive by road - The drive is through Dooars i.e. the foothills of Himalaya it is plain forested area and number of Tea estates - One of the most beautiful and scenic green belt of the region - Stop at Coronation bridge at Sevoke for photography if time permits - Forwarding Journey

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