BHUTAN TRIP 7N/8D - Shefali | Phuentsholing to Thimphu Thimphu Sightseeing Thimphu to Punakha via Dochula Pass Visit Chimi Lakhang temple and transfer to Phobjikha Explore Phobhjikha Valley Phobjikha to Paro Tigers nest trek Drop to Bagdogra/Paro airport post breakfast  

BHUTAN TRIP 7N/8D - Shefali

Leisure And Travel

What's This About?


₹ 31500.00

8N/9D

Bhutan


What's Included?

- Private Wagon R for all days in Bhutan from Phuentsholing to Phuentsholing
- Accommodation at Homestay in Thimphu and Punakha with breakfast and dinner
- Accommodation at 3 star Hotels in Phobjikha and Paro with breakfast
- Expert driver
- Local sim card
- A detailed interactive pdf specifying sightseeing locations, tips, entry charges and stories of the places you visit
- Permits

What's Excluded?

- To and fro transportation from Bagdogra airport to Pheuntsholing
- Stay at Phuentsholing/Siliguri
- All meals not mentioned above
- Entry and monumental charges
- Guide charges
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Airfare till Kolkata/Bagdogra

The Plan

Day 1

Phuentsholing to Thimphu

Private Vehicle

Hotel

Breakfast

In the morning, at your hotel in Phuentsholing, you will be greeted by our delightful driver. 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 Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Check in at your hotel and spend the evening roaming around Thimphu market.


Day 2

Thimphu Sightseeing

Private Vehicle

Homestay

Breakfast, Dinner

After an early breakfast, head off to a scenic drive up to Buddha Point to see the 169 foot tall bronze statue of the seated Buddha Dordenma. One of the largest sitting Buddha statues in the world, it sits atop a hill where you will get the sweeping views of the valley and the surrounding mountains.
Spend the rest of the morning visiting the National Folk Heritage Museum, dedicated to preserving Bhutanese folk arts, the Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, where you will see the ancient practice of natural papermaking, the National Textile Museum, where you will learn all about the brightly colored and beautifully designed fabrics that are worn by the Bhutanese people and The Motithang Takin Preserve, to spot Bhutan’s national animal.
In the evening, visit the Tashichho Dzong, a fortress and Buddhist monastery with a distinctive Bhutanese architectural design. Sitting aside the Wang Chhu river, it is the current seat of the Druk Desi, the head of the civil government and houses the offices of the current king.


Day 3

Thimphu to Punakha via Dochula Pass

Private Vehicle

Homestay

Breakfast, Dinner

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.
We will check in our hotel at Lobesa/Khuruthang and post lunch head off to visit the most beautiful site in Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong is undoubtedly the most beautiful and charming Dzong in Bhutan, standing tall right at the confluence of two rivers Pho Chhu (Father River) and Mo Chhu (Mother 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. After our visit to the Dzong, we head back to our hotel and spend the evening exploring the local village


Day 4

Visit Chimi Lakhang temple and transfer to Phobjikha

Private Vehicle

Hotel

Breakfast

Wake up in the morning and after breakfast, head off to Lobesa village to visit 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. To get to the temple, you need to pass through Lobesa village. Lobesa village offers a glimpse of the rural Bhutan as you come across the farms and houses with unique Bhutanese architecture (huge white walls with wood carving on doors, windows and roof). And yes, Phallus (Penis) is very comfortably painted on almost every second house as you walk along.

After Chimi Lhakhang, drive down to Phobjikha valley


Day 5

Explore Phobhjikha Valley

Private Vehicle

Hotel

Breakfast

Spend the day exploring 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.


Day 6

Phobjikha to Paro

Private Vehicle

Hotel

Breakfast

After breakfast, drive to Paro.
Spend the evening at Paro market


Day 7

Tigers nest trek

Private Vehicle

Hotel

Breakfast

We take an exhilarating one-hour hike to Taktsang Monastery (or Tiger’s Nest), one of the most recognizable sites in Bhutan. Built precariously on a hillside cliff, it sits more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Accessible only by foot, we follow a trail decorated with colorful prayer flags along the way to protect travelers from evil spirits. Built over the caves that Guru Padmasambhava meditated in for three years, this eighth-century father of Bhutan Buddhism is said to have been brought there on the back of a tigress. One of the most sacred sites in Bhutan it offers breathtaking views to those energetic enough to make it to the top.


Day 8

Drop to Bagdogra/Paro airport post breakfast

Private Vehicle

Stay Not Applicable

Breakfast

Yes, with a heavy heart we need to say goodbye to the “land of Happiness” today. You will be dropped at Paro airport/ Phuentsholing to take your respective transportation back to your hometown. We bid you goodbye and hope you take back some fond memories at the end of the trip.


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Kirtiman Rathore
Kirtiman Rathore

"The Great Escape" upholds its name, literally! Among the couple of trekking organisations that I have hiked with in Himalayas, TGE is one of the best. They plan the trek very well, adapting the route and camping locations to factors like weather and the footfall. The support staff is experienced and deft, food great, and trekking practices "green". The organisers themselves are friendly and look after the group well. At the same time, they are firm, decisive, and in a mode of continuous improvement! It is a pleasure trekking with TGE, and I would highly recommend them! Good luck Reetu & Jamila...and keep rocking !


Hariprasad Sampath Narayanan
Hariprasad Sampath Narayanan

The review is long due. I went with the organizers of The Great Escape multiple times and it was a very memorable experience. Well organized and curated treks with attention given to the minutest details. The organizers Reetu and Jamila are the best and I would recommend them to any


Yogesh Raja
Yogesh Raja

Here from the past few trek experiences organised by The Great Escape are GREAT 👍 Professionally a well organised and friendly team, you guys (Reetu & Jamila) have built a great team (on & off the field) Almost this team is very good in all stages like the accommodation, food, travel, guidance & instant decision making. They value the time & money spent by their customers. This unique experience – it is much and seriously appreciated. Continue delivering the same 👏 Hope to join more trekking/trips in future with The Great Escape 😊 Best wishes to grow big & bigger 👍


Trilochan Dua
Trilochan Dua

Joined the Spiti Valley trek ...Very well organized in every aspect ( Travelling by Road , Homestays , Trekking ) ..Reetu & Jamila you both are super girls, good knowledge about the terrain, always ready to help & take care of every team member...I would recommend everyone to go with these guys ...


Barkha Bhagia
Barkha Bhagia

Very well organized treks. I know the organizers personally and can vouch for fun filled events that they organize. I have already done three Himalaya treks and taken multiple trips with them. They're my go to travel companions


Rini Biswas
Rini Biswas

I have attended only one trip/event with TGE as of now and I loved it. It was well organized, the organizer was really cooperative and helped everyone in the team to make the trip a memorable one. I'd highly recommend this group to all friends and family and would love to attend their future events. Thank you.


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