Bhutan road trip can be one of the most exhilarating journeys of your life as there’s adventure, peace, good food, and long journeys all coupled together into one, what more can you ask from a trip?
Bhutan is also known as the Land of Thunder Dragon or as the locals say ‘Druk Yul ’. The name was derived from ancient times where the lightning from the clouds, which happen quite frequently due to Bhutan’s weather condition was associated with the presence of Thunder Dragon in the sky. The Dragon also appears on their flag which represents the same idea.
Bhutan is famous for the concept of gross national happiness along with shopping districts in Bhutan, rich heritage and culture of Bhutan and of course! It’s people. The concept of gross national happiness says that the overall happiness of the country is measured by the happiness and peacefulness of each individual living in the country.
The best places to visit in Bhutan are Rinpung Dzong, Chele La Pass, Punakha Dzong, the 169 feet tall Buddha Dordenma Statue and much more. There is also an Authentic Bhutanese Craft shop that sells hand made items of craft which is a must-have souvenir.
Best time to visit Bhutan is during the months of October and December, Bhutan in October or Bhutan In December hosts a clear sky and good weather, which results in a pleasant overall experience of traveling Bhutan.
The reasons you need to check out a road trip to Bhutan are far more than many but if you still got doubts then let us clear them up while you are on a trip to Bhutan with Justwravel.
Day 1 : Arrive at Bagdogra. Assemble and Travel to Phuentsholing
Day 2 : Travel to Thimphu
Day 3 : Sightseeing in Thimphu
Day 4 : Travel from Thimphu to Punakha
Day 5 : Travel from Punakha to Paro
Day 6 : Trek to Tiger’s Nest
Day 7 : Sightseeing in Paro and Travel to Phuentsholing
Day 8 : Travel from Phuentsholing to Bagdogra
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/ Triple sharing basis as per booking
Breakfast and Dinner at the hotel
Sightseeing as per the Itinerary
On-Call Assistance before and during the trip
Local Trip Lead
Any entry fees
Any personal expenses
Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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