Backpacking Trip to BhutanLeisure And Travel
What's This About?
For centuries, Bhutan has attracted people from all over the world for its sustainable living, authentic cuisine, unique culture, divine spirituality and most importantly - responsible tourism. The only nation with negative carbon footprint is majorly covered in diversified flora and fauna.
This October let us take you on an amazing adventure to Bhutan. You will be backpacking through the most jaw dropping landscapes and tranquil locations. You will experience the hospitality of bhutanese people, learn of their rich historical culture, share a delicious meal and have once a lifetime opportunity to attend the Thimphu Tshechu Festival ( Masked Dace) at the Tashichho Dzong. Get ready to be lost in the enchanting beauty of the valley and be surprised with what you experience along the way of your true escape to nature.
- Pick up and drop from Phuentsholing.
- MAP ( Breakfast and Dinner) ( Starting from Dinner at Paro on Day 1 and ending at Breakfast at Thimphu on Day 8)
- Accommodation at hotels at Paro and Phobjikha ( On double/triple sharing basis)
- Accommodation at Homestay at Thimphu and Punakha
- All local transportation
- Experienced guide
- First Aid
- Airfare till Kolkata/Bagdogra
- All transportation till Phuentsholing
- Meals not mentioned above
- Entry charges
-Personal expenses of any kind
Reach Phuentsholing , after Permits travel to Paro
Phuentsholing Drive to Paro
On your arrival at Phuentsholing, you will be greeted by our delightful tour guide. And our Staff help you obtain the necessary permits to enter the Kingdom.
Documents Required for Entry Permit:
1- Valid Passport or Voters ID ( For Indian Nationals)
2- Photocopy of the above documents
3- Passport size photograph ( 2 nos)
4- necessary hotel bookings.(We will keep it ready for you)
After completion of the necessary formalities, you will drive in a private vehicle to Paro, the capital of Bhutan. Check in at your hotel and spend the evening roaming around Paro market.
Drive from Paro to Thimphu. Thimphu Sightseeing
After an early breakfast, we drive from Paro to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. After applying for the necessary inner line permits, we spend the rest of the day visiting the various sightseeing location in and around Thimphu.
From the 169 foot tall Buddha statue sitting on top of the hill to the oldest Dzong in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong, to visiting the National Folk Heritage Museum to see the preserved Bhutanese folk arts, the day is well spend absorbing the culture of Bhutan.
Thimphu to Punakha via Dochula Pass
Dochula Pass Punakha Dzong Chimi Lhakhang
After breakfast we drive to the former capital of Bhutan until 1955, Punakha. Enroute we stop at Dochula Pass, which provides a panoramic 360 degree view of the Himalayas.
Our first stop of the day is Lobesa village famous for the Chimi Lhakhang temple. Chimi Lhakhang is also known as the ‘Temple of Fertility’. The temple is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley, fondly known as ‘Divine Madman’ because of his non-conventional and ‘outrageous’ style of teaching. He was a social critic and openly challenged the hypocrisy of the established orders. Thus, the use of his Phallus (Penis) as a ‘flaming thunderbolt’ weapon symbolizes the discomfort that society experiences while facing the truth. Devotees take blessings from the wooden effigy of the lama’s thunderbolt, preserved in the lhakhang. Couples also come to the temple before the birth of baby to select their names while newborns are brought by parents for blessings from Lama.
We have lunch at Lobesa village and then we drive to Punakha Dzong. It is undoubtedly the most beautiful and charming Dzonag in Bhutan, standing tall right at the confluence of two rivers Pho Chhu (Father River) and Mo Chhu (Mothera River). You will be completely mesmerized with this Dzong, especially in spring when it is enveloped by lilac coloured Jacaranda flowers spread against the white washed towering walls. The Dzong from the inside is equally beautiful with a large courtyard lined with administrative buildings on 3 sides and a huge temple at the front. Wooden carving of roof and windows against huge whitewashed walls adds to the charm of this beautiful edifice. Towards the end is the ‘hundred pillar’ assembly hall temple with massive gold statues of Lord Buddha, Guru Rinpoche and Divine Madman. You would love to sit in the temple and inhale the calmness deep within you.
Punakha to Phobhjikha Valley
Gangtey Phobjikha black-necked cranes
We spend the morning at our homestay in Punakha. Those who want to do river rafting can brace themselves for an adrenaline filled activity at the Po Chhu river.
Post lunch, we drive to Phobjikha valley. Gangtey or Phobjikha at an average altitude of 3,000 m is a wide and beautiful valley, designated as conservation zone within the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (formerly known as Black Mountains National Park). It is a natural habitat for wildlife, including nesting grounds for endangered black-necked cranes that migrate from Central Asia in the winter (late October and stay till March). Phobjikha valley is famous for the Gangtey Gompa and the spotting of the elusive black necked crane. A wide glacial valley with a central stream meandering through the open grasslands, Phobjikha is the perfect place to feel lost in the beauty of the himalayas.
We spend the day exploring the beautiful valley and visiting the crane centre to know more about these magnificent birds.
Visit Tashichho Dzong for the Tshechu festival. Leave for Phuentsholing later
Tshechu or Masked Dance Festival
This is the day that we were all looking forward to. Early in the morning we head off to the Tashichho Dzong for the masked dance festival or the Tshechu festival. After taking several pictures we bid a goodbye to this beautiful country and start to Phuentsholing
About Your Hosts
The Great Escape
TGE Travels is an experiential travel company established in the year 2018 founded by expert mountaineers and travellers. We believe traveling is all about experiencing a place that you go to. It is about interacting with the locals, trying out local cuisines, celebrating local festivals and exploring the off beat locations. We are here to help our travelers do just that. From staying at authentic homestays to discovering the hidden gems of each location, we help our travelers connect with the place like never before.
Try to catch up to her pace on an uphill climb, I dare you, I double dare you. An accomplished mountaineer, Reetu's love for trekking and travelling started 8 years ago. From then onwards, she left her lucrative career as an electronic engineer and pursued her dream of travelling around the world. A good book, a campsite by the river and lots of dogs and puppies is what keeps her going. Don't forget to ask her to make a cup of masala chai and Maggi for you, it's delicious. 😃
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