Phuentsholing Thimpu Punakha Bumthang Paro (Bhutan) Tour 10N 11D

Itinerary Code : M2A-BHU-1011A
Places Covered : Phuentsholing - Thimphu -Tashichhoe Dzong - Takin Reserve - Drugyal Dzong - Punakha - Dochu La Pass - Bumthang - Trongsa - Trongsa Dzong - Jakar Dzong - Paro - Drukgyal Dzong - Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest) - Chele La Pass
Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days

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Itinerary Gist New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus (Junction) / Siliguri - Phuentsholling (01 Night) - Thimpu (02 Nights) - Punakha (01 Night) - Bumthang (02 Nights) - Punakha (01 Night) - Paro (02 Nights) - Phuentsholling (01 Night) - New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus (Junction) / Siliguri

Day 1 Arrival & 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 and is the business hub of Bhutan - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - (Guests are requested to be prepared with their ID card & Photograph to be collected by our agent) - Stay at either at Phuentsholling 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 forThimpu – 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 Transfer to Punakha - Early morning breakfast - Next drive 90 kilometers to Punakha and will be nearly 03 hours’ drive with a stop at Dochula&WangduePhodrong - En-route stop at Dochula Pass situated at an elevation of 3150 meters - A break for Tea and refreshment is recommended - Guests can enjoy the view of the Eastern Himalayan Mountains - From Dochula to Wangdue, it's another two hours’ drive - WangduePhodrang Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of 02 rivers - After stopping for tea and the view guests will descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha – The road is scenic - Early morning breakfast - Next transfer To Punakha - En-route Visit 1) Dochulla Pass, 2) DrukWangyal Lhakhang - In Afternoon: Visit 3) Punakha Dzong& 4) WangduePhodrang, 5) KhamsumYulleyNamgyelChorten - Check into your hotel on arrival - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Overnight Stay at Punakha

Day 5 Transfer to Bumathang via Trongsa - Early morning Breakfast Transfer To Bumathang Via Trongsa, Visit 1) ChendebjiChorten, 2) TrongsaDzong, 3) Ta Dzong - Check into your hotel on arrival - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Overnight Stay at Bumathang

Day 6 Bumathang Sightseeing - Early morning Breakfast - This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism - The Guru and his lineage of Tertons (Treasure finders), have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley - In the morning guests can hike to visit the TamshingMonastery (One of the oldest monastic schools built by Terton Pema Lingpa) and KurjeyLhakhang (where the Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock) - Visit: 1) Mebar-tsho (Burning Lake), 2) KurjeMonastery, 3)JakarDzong(Seat of the district administration) 4) JambayLakhang(One of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century) 5) Tamshing, 6) Koenchog Sum Lakhang, 7) Jakar Lhakhang, 8) WangdueCholing–Guests can also hike to Thangbi valley across the suspension bridge and visit the Thangbi Lhakhang built in the 14th century- Check into your hotel –Evening free to stroll around the area and the local market - Overnight stay at hotel in Bumathang

Day 7 Transfer to Punakha via Phobjika Sightseeing - Early morning breakfast - Bumathang To Punakha is approximately 220 kilometers and is nearly 07 hours’ drive – The Phobjika or earlier name Phubjika is a vast U-shaped glacial valley, also known as Gangteng Valley named after the impressive Gangteng Monastery of the Nyingma sect in central Bhutan, where the graceful black-necked cranes in Bhutan (Grus Nigricollis) arrives from the Tibetan Plateau visit the valley during the winter season to roost- Punakha is the administrative centre of Punakha dzongkhag, one of the 20 districts of Bhutan - Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu – Reach Punakha & Check into Hotel - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Overnight Stay at Punakha

Day 8 Transfer to Paro – Early morning breakfast - Next Transfer to Paro - It is approximately 140 kilometers and is nearly 04 - 05 hours drive via Punakha &Wangdue - Paro is a town and seat of Paro district - Paro is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area - The Valley is wide and verdant and is recognized a one of the most beautiful & scenic destination - Along with Jakar and Punakha, Paro forms the 'golden triangle' of Bhutan - It has a Population of 39,800 - Taksang Monastery, Chela Pass, View of Haa Valley are some of the best spot to visit - Enjoy the scenic beauty on the way - Check-In at Hotel - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Overnight Stay at Paro

Day 9 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 - - Early morning Breakfast and start the local sightseeing - Sightseeing starts with Visit to the following sites - 1) DrukgyalDzong, 2) View of Taktsang Monastery, 3) Kichulanka Monastery, 4) Ta Dzong, 5) Paro RinpungDzong (Museum), 6) Nya-MeyZam, 7) DungtseLhankhang, 8) DrukChoeding – Check into Hotel - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 10 Transfer 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 - 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 - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Overnight Stay at Phuentsholing

Day 11 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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