Bagdogra To Bhutan Tour
Bagdogra is the nearest Indian airport to Phuntsholing. It is 155km 4hrs drive. If you reach early in Bagdogra, then traveler can also proceed to Thimphu on the same day, if not you have to hold 1 night in Phuntsholing to make route permit. Bhutan Immigration office will remain closed during weekend and government holidays. So it is suggested to all travelers to plan your trip accordingly or make the e- permit in advance but traveler should have valid passport for e- permit.
|Trip Name||Bagdogra To Bhutan Tour|
|Duration||7 Nights & 8 Days|
|Rate||From USD 1400|
Day 1 Arrival in Phuntsholing
Day 2 Phuntsholing to Thimphu
Day 3 Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 4 Thimphu to Punakha
Day 5 Punakha to Paro
Day 6 Paro Sightseeing-Tiger Nest hike
Day 7 Paro to Phuntsholing
Day 8 Departure- Phuntsholing to Bagdogra
Day 1 Bagdogra to Phuentsholing
After arriving to Bagdogra, Proceed to Phuentsholing by road (155 km – 04 hours). Drive to Bhutan Entry Point (Keep your Passport / Adhar / Pancard ready for inspection and visa processing on arrival). Drive to our hotel and check in. Evening explore Phuentsholing on your own. Also spend time shopping in Phuentsholing as it is the cheapest market in all of Bhutan. Indian Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 Phuentsholing to Thimphu
Morning after breakfast leave for Thimphu (New Road – 03 hours and 30 minutes drive). Making our first stop to visit Kharbandi Gompa. This beautiful monastery was founded in 1967 by the Royal Grandmother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedron. The monastery contains paintings from the life of the Buddha and statues of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Guru Rinpoche, continue your drive up valley of Thimphu. Enroute visit Semtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1627. Arrive Thimphu and check in at hotel. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 Thimphu sightseeing
Morning after breakfast, visit Memorial Chorten, it is a prominent landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells. Also visit The Buddha View Point. Enter to visit the tallest statue of Lord Buddha in Bhutan, Mini takin zoo, it is a wildlife reserve area for Takin ( National Animal of Bhutan),deer and Himalayan birds. Lunch at restaurant. After lunch visit The National Textile Museum: Thimphu’s National Textile Museum is worth a visit to get to know the living national art of weaving. Exhibitions introduce the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and textiles made by women and men. National Institute for Zorig Chusum: This institute, commonly known as ‘the painting school’, operates four- to six-year courses that provide instruction in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts. Students specialise in painting (furniture, thangkas – painted religious pictures, usually on canvas), woodcarving (masks, statues, bowls, etc.), embroidery (hangings, boots, clothes) or statue-making (clay). Evening Cultural Programme. Witness the cultural dance of Bhutan. Dinner in or out and Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 Thimphu to Punakha
Morning after an early breakfast, you will check out and drive towards Punakha (70 km – 2.5 hours drive) via Dochula pass. You can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. Located at an altitude of 3150 meter above sea level, the Dochu La Pass is about 30 km. Away from the capital city. Chimmi Lhakhang. The Chimi Lhakang temple houses a number of wooden phalluses that the Lama had brought with him from Tibet. Pilgrims who visit the monastery receive the blessing by being struck on the head with a ten inch wooden Phallus (erect penis). The symbol of an erect penis is said to ward off evil. The monastery is also known as the temple of fertility and is visited not only by the Bhutanese but women from countries as far as Japan and United States to receive a special blessing that can help them to conceive baby. These women receive the blessing by getting struck on the head with a 10 inch wooden/ ivory phallus. Lunch at a local restaurant. Also visit The Punakha Dzhong or the Pungtang Dechen Phortang Dzhong. The Punakha Dzhong is the second largest and the second oldest Dzhong in Bhutan. Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history and still winter resident for religious leader. Check in at the hotel. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 Punakha to Paro
After an early breakfast, we will be driving to Paro (171 km – 06 hours drive) via Thimphu .Lunch at a local restaurant in Paro. After lunch we visit the National Museum: The museum houses some of the finest specimens of Bhutanese art, including masterpieces of bronze statues and paintings. Suitable galleries were constructed to house the extensive collections. Works of art were elegantly displayed on scientific lines. Rimpung Dhong (also known as Paro Dzhong) Rinpung Dzong is a large Drukpa Kagyu Buddhist monastery and fortress. It houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag. Evening we try our hand at Archery – Bhutan’s National Sport. Return to the hotel for Antakshari Evening. Indian Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 Paro sightseeing
After B/fast Hike Tiger nest or drive to Chelala Pass. Chele la (pass) is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes and the tourists favourite picnic spot in Bhutan. About an hour’s drive along a thickly-forested road, is this Pass-a botanical paradise. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jomolhari 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 primulas; and swathes of deep blue iris covering the forest floor. The top of the pass bloom with rhododendrons in a variety of colours-pale pink, deep pink, burnt orange, mauve, white and scarlet.
Day 7 Paro to Phuentsholing
Morning after breakfast leave for Phuentsholing (149 km – 05 hours drive). Lunch enroute in a local restaurant. Arrive Phuentsholing and check in at the hotel. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8 Tour End: Phuentsholing – Bagdogra
Early morning leave for Bagdogra Airport for your onward departure flight.
- Visa Fees USD# 40/- single entry
- Sustainable development fee USD # 65/- per night per person
- All the government taxes.
- Three star hotel with all meals (APAI) (4 & 5 star Hotel are available in supplement cost)
- One English speaking guide entire your tour for your sightseeing
- Private comfortable car with driver for entire your tour including pickup and drop to airport
- Medical Pick/drop and check up in Emergency
- Entrance fees to events, historic sites, museum, and park
- Complimentary bottle drinking water entire your tour
- Complimentary 1 tourist SIM (4G) in a group
- Complimentary Archery and Darts game
- Complimentary Bhutanese dress wearing and photo sessions.
- Airfare ( International or Domestic)
- Alcoholic products
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Shopping
- Tipping to staffs
- Any other outdoor activities which are not mention in inclusion.
- What is the cost for the trip and what type of accommodation do you provide?
Ans; The Daily Cost for peak season (March, April, May, September, October and November) is USD 250 per person per night and lean Season (December, January, February, June, July and August) USD 200 per person per night. The above cost includes minimum very good 3 Star Hotels with 3 times meal a day, Government’s Sustainable Development Fee $65 per night per person and taxes, good licensed guide, private car & driver and entry fees.
- What Additional Payment do I need to pay?
Ans: Bhutan Visa Fees USD 40 per person
- If you are single traveler you have to pay additional USD 40 per night per person as Surcharge
- And if you are two travelers you have to pay additional USD 30 per night per person as Surcharge and more than 2 travelers no need to pay surcharge.
3. What documents are required for the Visa and how many days is required to approve Visa?
Ans; We just need your clear passport copy for the Visa. It takes 4 to 5 working days to approve it. Bhutan Visa is approved by government of Bhutan upon receiving the full tour payment from you. Bhutan Travel Organiser team will do on behalf of you.
- Do you book our flight? If so, which cities outside Bhutan we can fly to and from Paro and which is the most convenient as for flying to/from Bhutan?
Ans; Yes we do book the flight for you and we don’t charge service charge. We have flights to and from cities like Bangkok, Kathmandu, Delhi, Kolkata, Dhaka, Singapore, Guwahati and Bagdogra
- What is the procedure for this Trip booking with Bhutan Travel Organiser?
Ans; You will have to book your trip at least two months prior to your arrival if you are travelling in a group more than 6 people in peak seasons since we have very limited good hotels and limited flight seats. So earlier is the best. Also you need to deposit USD 500 to confirm your booking with Bhutan Travel Organiser