Bhutan Road Trip - The Land of Thunder dragon

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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.

Short Itinerary

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

Fixed Departures

22nd Dec to 29th Dec Open

29th Dec to 5th Jan Open

5th Jan to 12th Jan Open

19th Jan to 26th Jan Open

2nd Feb to 9th Feb Open

23rd Feb to 1st Mar Open

8th Mar to 15th Mar Open

29th Mar to 5th Apr Open

19th Apr to 26th Apr Open

10th May to 17th May Open

24th May to 31st May Open

Itinerary (Bagdogra Airport)

  • 1

    Day 1 : Arrive at Bagdogra. Assemble and Travel to Phuentsholing

    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.

  • 2

    Day 2 : Travel to Thimphu

    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.

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    Day 3 : Sightseeing in Thimphu

    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.

    Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

  • 4

    Day 4 : Travel from Thimphu to Punakha

    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.

    Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

  • 5

    Day 5 : Travel from Punakha to Paro

    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.

    Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

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    Day 6 : 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.

    Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

  • 7

    Day 7 : Sightseeing in Paro and Travel to Phuentsholing

    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. Apart from all this, we will also visit the Chele La pass which is the highest motorable pass and is also the gateway to Haa Valley ( * as per available time and permit.) While traveling to the Chele la, we will get a view of Paro Airport and it looks amazing.

    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.

  • 8

    Day 8 : Travel from Phuentsholing to Bagdogra

    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.

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Inclusions

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

All Permits

On-Call Assistance before and during the trip

Local Trip Lead

Exclusions

Any entry fees

Any personal expenses

Anything not mentioned in inclusions

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is non-refundable.

No refund of total trip amount will be provided on cancellation, 10 days prior to departure date.

50% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 11-20 days prior to scheduled departure date.

90% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 21-90 days prior to scheduled departure date.

100% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation, 90+ days prior to scheduled departure date.

For Cancellations/ Refund Request , kindly reply to the confirmation mail and get in touch with the Team. All cancellations will be considered only after the mail has been received.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket /Main Jacket

Thermals (Upper & Lower)

Clothes

Socks

Undergarments

Gloves

Slippers

Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes

Hats/Caps

Daypack

Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)

First Aid Kit

Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

Sun Glasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Power bank

Mobile Charger / Travel Charger

Raincoat

Hand Sanitizer

Toiletries

Cold Cream

Lip Guard

Sunscreen Lotion

Things To Know

Thimpu - Khamsum Inn / Similar

Paro - Dewachen Resort  / Similar

Phuentsholing - Gadhen Hotel / Bhutan Residence / Similar

Punakha - Punakha Residency / Similar

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?

All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?

Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.

Q. Which shoes should I buy?

Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.

Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?

After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the trek?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?

Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?

No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.

Reviews

Nisha
Nisha

Great trip

Nilmani Parth
Nilmani Parth

Had an experience of life time travelling with JustWarvel. What I loved the most about JustWravel is that they don't take a group of more than 15 person on a tour. They keep it small which makes interaction with other travellers easier and joyful. I joined the trip as a stranger and came back with lot of friends. They are pretty good with hospitality. The most coolest things about travelling with JustWravel is their tour guide. Its brotherhood being in their company. Very informative, entertaining and humble guides they have. Looking forward for more trips with JustWravel in summers.

Chakshu Vats
Chakshu Vats

Strangers who became friends for life. Thanku Just Wravel for the most memorable trip. Amazing team and amazing enthusiasm :)

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