Phuentsholing Thimpu Punakha Paro (Bhutan) 10N 11D

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

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Itinerary Gist : New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand / Siliguri - Phuentsholing (01 Night) - Thimphu (02 Nights) - Punakha (02 Nights) - Paro (04 Nights) - Phuentsholling (01 Night) - New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (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 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 - Go for Major Sightseeing Covering 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) Semtokha Dzong - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Overnight Stay at Thimpu

Day 4 Excursion to Punakha - After 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) Druk Wangyal Lhakhang, 3) Punakha Dzong 4) Wangdue Phodrang, 5) Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten? - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Overnight Stay at Punakha

Day 5 Punakha to Phobjikha - After Breakfast: Transfer to Phobjika Valley, Vast U-shaped glacial valley and for Black- necked Cranes - Visit Gangtey Gompa / Phobjikha (3,000m/9,845? ?f?ee?t): Another highlight of Wangdue is the beautiful Phobjikha Valley or “The Valley of Black Necked Cranes”. This valley is the winter home of Black Necked Cranes (BIRD) that migrates from Tibet. This valley is one of the most beautiful and scenic ones in Bhutan. On the slope overlooking the valley is the Gangtey monastery built in 17th century and is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries of the Nyingma (Red Hat Sect) school of Buddhism & Back to Punakha - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Overnight Stay at Punakha

Day 6 Transfer from Punakha to Paro – After Breakfast: Transfer to Paro, Paro is Destination of Scenic Beauty, The Only International Airport in Bhutan - Paro is a town and seat of Paro district and a historic town with many sacred sites & buildings scattered through the area - It Has a Population of 39,800 - It is approximately 143 kilometers and is nearly 04 - 05 hours drive from Punakha & Wangdue - Enjoy the scenic beauty on the way - Check-In at Hotel - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Overnight Stay at Paro

Day 7 Paro Sightseeing - Paro is a town and seat of Paro District, located in the Paro Valley of Bhutan - It is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area - After Breakfast: Visit 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? - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Overnight Stay at Paro

Day 8 Excursion to Che Le La - After Breakfast: En-route visit: Chele La (Pass) &Haa Valley, the only border of Bhutan and China situated at an elevation 3,988 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 9 Trek to Taksang Monastery - Early morning breakfast - About 10 kilometres outside Paro is the famous Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Hermitage on the face of a sheer 1000 metre / 3281 foot cliff - The place is highly sacred to the Bhutanese in that they believe Guru Rinpoche, the father of Bhutanese Buddhism landed here on the back of a tigress - The trek to Tiger's nest monastery takes about three hours one way - A scenic view of the town of Paro can be seen from the Tiger's nest - A 16 kilometre road passes up the valley to the ruins of another fortress-monastery, DrukyelDzong, which was partly destroyed by fire in 1951 - Evening free to stroll around the area and local market - Overnight Stay at Paro

Day 10 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 - 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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