Bhutan Backpacking Trip
- Verified Host
- Logout's Trusted
- Traveler's Choice
All About It
- 8 Days 7 Nights
- 30 Slots
- Difficulty - Easy
- For 12+ years
- Best Season - Winter (Nov, Dec, Jan) October
Explore the enchanting kingdom of Bhutan on this remarkable itinerary that unveils its breathtaking natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and commitment to Gross National Happiness. Begin your journey amidst the majestic Himalayan peaks, where lush forests and pristine rivers beckon adventurers. Immerse yourself in Bhutan’s unique culture, as you visit ancient monasteries adorned with vibrant prayer flags, witness traditional festivals, and savor the flavors of Bhutanese cuisine. Experience the warmth and hospitality of the Bhutanese people as they share their traditions and beliefs. This itinerary promises a harmonious blend of awe-inspiring landscapes, cultural authenticity, and the pursuit of happiness, offering an unforgettable exploration of this incredibly special destination.
Who should attend?
Bhutan, a kingdom of serenity and splendor, extends a gracious welcome to all who seek its treasures. Female travelers will find in Bhutan a haven of safety, where the harmonious blend of tradition and modernity creates an atmosphere of comfort and respect. For solo adventurers, HikerWolf stands as the beacon, offering a carefully curated experience that allows the spirit of exploration to thrive in the company of kindred souls. In Bhutan, with HikerWolf, every traveler, irrespective of their journey, finds a home amidst the mountains.
Arrive at Bagdogra and drive to Jaigaon. Take a walk to nearby Zangtog Pelri Lhakhang and spend the day at leisure and rest.
Process the Entry Permit, the early morning and after breakfast, we will drive to Thimphu. The drive to Thimphu is very scenic, once we climb up from the Indian plain to Bhutan foothills through beautiful forests, towns and roadside villages. Our drive will pass through Gedu, Chukha, and Chuzom before emerging into the only multicultural city in Bhutan. Check into the hotel. Overnight in Thimphu
After breakfast, first, we will process the Inner Line Permit and visit Memorial Chorten which was built by Her Majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her late son His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) the third king of Bhutan. Kuensel Phodrang where you can see the largest Buddha statue in Bhutan which is about 169 feet tall. If time permits, we’ll explore Folk and Textile Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan’s living traditions.
In the afternoon we’ll drive to the town for lunch and post lunch we will visit Trashichho Dzong, the beautiful fortress that houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. Dinner and night halt at Thimphu.
Today we will drive towards Punakha and on the way, we will make a brief halt at Dochula Pass. The pass is a popular location among tourists as it offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquillity of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass After reaching Punakha and having lunch we’ll enjoy the breathtaking view from Hanging Bridge and proceed to explore Puankha Dzong which is built on the confluence of Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River) and considered as most beautiful dzong of Bhutan. Then and on the way, will visit Chimi Lhakhang which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in the 15th century (This monk is popularly known as the Devine madman for his philosophy, “Salvation through sex”). He subdued the demons with his Magical Thunder Bolt. The Temple is also known as The Temple of Fertility.
After breakfast, we’ll drive towards Paro and in the afternoon, after reaching Paro we will visit Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first National Museum spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. The Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of the Paro district. Finally, we’ll end our day with Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to the 7th century. In the evening stroll in Paro town. Dinner and overnight at Paro.
After early breakfast will hike to Paro Taktsang which is one of the most popular monasteries visited by tourists. It was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup, a cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) flew to this location from Khenpajong, Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then performed meditation in one of the caves here and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and blessed the place. Subsequently, the place came to be known as the Tiger’s Nest. Guru Padmasambhava is known for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best-known of the thirteen caves in which he meditated.
After our breakfast, we will retrace our scenic drive back to Jaigaon. Relax in the hotel and get prepared for your departure the next day.
Time to fly back home! The trip concludes with happy memories!
- Verified Host
- Logout's Trusted
- Traveler's Choice
Hikerwolf has become a character of a lot of travel journeys and one thing that we’re sure of is that we deliver happiness. With each trip and adventure, we’ve seen shining smiles, and an overdose of laughter packed with wistful memories. We based our foundation in 2016, and since then we have been spreading the warmth of happiness and bringing people closer to the outer lasting friendships via group tours. Hikerwolf organizes group tours, corporate trips, treks, camping events, college industrial visits, and other adventure, and travel events. How we got here Weekend trips and restaurant hoppings with his group of friends were a regular part of our Founder Smit Desai’s life during his college days. His bond with his friends was very strong, so much so that they believed that they would travel the world together. But destiny had some other plans and just like that, as they got out of college to venture into the next phase of life, everybody’s priorities started to change. New jobs, new placements, and a new set of people: a corporate lifestyle did not promise the happiness and bondings that their college buddies could provide. Although they tried catching up with their old buddies over the weekends, owing to their busy lifestyle, things didn’t quite get executed as they would have planned. While others could have sensed loneliness. Smit saw a business opportunity in this. He empathized with many others who most likely go through similar episodes and emotions in their lives. He decided to make a travel company where people could meet, make bonds, and travel as if they are travelling with a group of their old friends. The idea behind HikerWolf was born, but the journey toward the execution was not easy. Smit started and closed a few small travel ventures in 2012 before he finally decided to go big with his dream project HikerWolf in 2016. And that’s how Hikerwolf happened. Hikerwolf stirred from the same idea of bringing people together, spreading happiness, and making memories with strangers who end up becoming your friend. Our idea of spreading happiness is not only restricted to our travel ventures, we love doing the same wherever we go. Hikerwolf structures its journeys in ways that can uplift and empower the local communities across remote locations and thus make an attempt to spread happiness in their lives. So if you join us, you know that you are in for something that goes beyond travelling. Today, as Hikerwolf has evolved as a team that has a common goal as a company, we hope to instill our values through our best-curated trips and spread friendships and happiness throughout the world.
- Accommodation in Twin / Triple rooms at all destinations as per the itinerary
- Breakfast (Day 2 – Day 8) and dinner (Day 1 – Day 7 ) as per the itinerary
- Comfortable Non-AC Hiace Bus / Winger vehicle, as per the itinerary
- Pickup and drop from Bagdogra on Day 1 and Day 8, as per the itinerary
- Sustainable Development Fee ( 1200 rs per person/day)
- Entry Fees at the sightseeing points as mentioned below
- Taktsang Monastery, Paro ( Tiger Nest Trek )
- Memorial Chorten, Thimphu
- Punakha Dzong, Punakha
- 5% GST
- Train / Flight Ticket till Bagdogra & Return
- Lunch on all days, throughout the tour
- Any miscellaneous expenditure incurred during the tour
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
THINGS TO CARRY
- Valid Identity Proof (Passport/voter Card), along with 5 Photocopies for each document.
- If you do not have either of Passport or Voter ID Card, please carry an Aadhaar Card along with another supporting document such as a PAN Card / Driving License / Ration Card. In this case please inform the lead in advance.
- 5 Passport Size Color Photographs
- A lightweight Haversack or Backpack, and a smaller Day Sack
- Good pair of trekking shoes, and a pair of flip-flops
- Woollen Gloves, woollen socks, Monkey
- Cap/Balaclava, Neck Scarf
- Thermal Inners
- Waterproof gloves and windcheater/poncho
Personal clothing (Dressing Moderately is mandatory to visit Monasteries and Dzongs)
- Cap, sunglasses, scarf Camera, Binoculars (Optional)
- Toiletries – Sunscreen, Moisturizer, Light towel, Lip balm, Wet wipes, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer
- Extra Polythene Bags (To segregate used/ unused garments and wet/ dry clothing)
- Any medicines that you consume normally, after consulting a doctor Mosquito repellent
Snacks and biscuits to munch on (As some journeys are 6-7 hours long) Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
Policy and Terms
Cancellation policy for short trips (less than 2 nights)
- If cancellations are made 10 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
- If cancellations are made 10 to 5 days before the start date of the trip, 75% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
- If cancellations are made within 5 to 0 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
Cancellation policy for long trips (2 nights or more)
- If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
- If cancellations are made 15 to 30 days before the start date of the trip, 75% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
- If cancellations are made within 15 to 0 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
- If treks/events/trips are called off due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like heavy rain, heavy snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, protests, pandemic, etc.), HikerWolf will provide the best possible alternative solution or issue a voucher for the full amount. This voucher can be redeemed up to the same amount for any of our upcoming treks/trips/events in the next 365 days. No refund will be provided.
- If an ongoing Trip/trek/event cannot be completed due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, protest, pandemic, etc.). No refund would be provided.
- Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, protest, pandemic, etc.), Will be borne by the customer. The company will not be liable.
- If you are paying only the booking amount it won’t be refunded at any point.