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Phuentsholling - Thimpu – Wangduephodrong –  Bumthang – Punakha - Paro – Phuentsholing - 10 Nights / 11 Days

Phuentsholling - Thimpu – Wangduephodrong –  Bumthang – Punakha - Paro – Phuentsholing - 10 Nights / 11 Days - Destination - Phuentsholling – Thimpu – Wangduephodrong - Trongsa  - Bumthang – Thimpu - Paro - Phuentsholing – New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus (Junction) / Siliguri - Phuentsholling (01 Night) - Thimpu (02 Nights) – Wangduephodrong (01 Night) –  Bumthang (02 Night) – Punakha (01 Night) - Paro (02 Nights) – Phuentsholing (01 Night) - New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus (Junction) / Siliguri

Day - 01 – Arrival New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus (Junction) / Siliguri and Transfer to Phuentsholing - On arrival at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus (Junction) / Siliguri – Guest will be received by our executive who will be waiting just outside of the airport or railway station – He will assist guest to board the vehicle to proceed for Phuentsholling – The drive is of 165 kilometers i.e.  4 to 4 ½ hour’s drive through the lush green Tea Estate of Duars - On arrival at Phuentsholing – Check into hotel - The border of India & Bhutan, the Indian side is known as Jaigaon and the Bhutan part is called Phuentsholing - Situated at an altitude of nearly 980 feet is a small settlement – Night stay at Hotel at either Phuentsholing or Jaigaon

Day – 02 – Permit to be obtained and Transfer to Thimpu (2350 meters / 7710 feet) - The drive is 172 kilometers and is 05½ - 06 hours drive – Early morning breakfast – Obtain permit with assistance from our representative -  Proceed for Thimpu  – The drive is beautiful, and one can see some waterfalls along the way – Thimpu is a charming city, probably the smallest capital in the world, resting in the heart of the Himalayas - Thimphu combines a natural small-town feel with a new commercial exuberance that constantly challenges the country's natural conservatism and Shangri La image - The juxtapositions of old and new remain part of Thimpu's charm - Crimson-robed monks, government ministers clad in traditional dress and camera-wielding tourists all share pavements lined with shops selling SIM cards and Buddhist accessories - It is situated in the western central part of Bhutan – It is a lively place, interesting combination of tradition and modernity - Thimpu is situated at an elevation of  2350 meters /  7710 feet  - Reach Thimpu - Check into your hotel on arrival - Overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu

Day – 03 – Thimpu Local Sightseeing – Early morning breakfast - Visit to the National Memorial Chorten built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang – One can visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas -  After lunch visit  Traditional Medicine Institute and to Lungtenzampa -  Visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo -  The Tashichho Dzong is open to visitors only in winter when the Je Khenpo and the monks move to Punakha the ancient winter capital of Bhutan -  Drive to Simtokha Dzong and visit the Handicrafts emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs - Over night stay in Thimphu

Day - 04 - Dochula sightseeing & Transfer to Wangdue Phodrang - After Breakfast transfer to Punakha - Morning drive to Dochula pass (3080 meters) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan - Later drive to Punakha, Wangdue visit Punakha dzong built strategically at the junction of pho chu & mo chu river in 1963 - Excursion to Punakha - It is approximately 90 kilometers and is nearly 03 hours from Thimphu - Punakha is the administrative centre of Punakha dzongkhag, districts of Bhutan - Punakha was the capital of Bhutan - It Has a population of 25,700 - Wangdue Phodrang is a town and capital (dzongkhag thromde) of Wangdue Phodrang District in central Bhutan - It Has a Population Of 34,300 - Enroute Visit 1) Dochu la Pass, 2) Druk Wangyal Lhakhang, 3) Punakha Dzong 4) Wangdue Phodrang, 5) Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten -Evening free in fascinating Punakha valley - Overnight at hotel in Wangdue Phodrong

Day - 05 – Transfer from Wangdue Phodrong to Bumthang via Trongsa - Morning drive to Trongsa across Dochula pass (3080 meters) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan - Then process further across 3300 meters pelrla pass and visit Chendbji Chorten en route - Afternoon visit Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral abode of Bhutan’s Royal family - Stop at Trongsa for lunch and visit its huge white Trongsa Dzong with a distinctive yellow roof - After that continue your adventure to Bumthang after crossing the Yotong La Pass - Bumthang is a district in the north-central region of Bhutan and due to the great number of temples and sacred sites, it is often referred to as the spiritual heartland of the country - Bumthang valley consists of Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor valleys - Stay overnight in BumthangOvernight at hotel in Trongsa

Day - 06 - Bumthang is justifiably regarded as Bhutan's cultural heartland where the landscape is dotted with palaces, ancient temples and monasteries - We will take the whole day to explore the Bumthang valley by visiting the grand Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakang, Tamshing Lhakhang and Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of Bumthang - After that we lead you to stroll in the village and have a close contact with the local people and visit a local handicraft shop - In the afternoon, do a short hike to the Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery, a remarkable Tibetan Buddhist monastery - Night stay at Bumathang - Morning drives to Bumthang across the Yutongla pass (3400 meters) - The enchanting valley of Bumthang is also the religious heartland of Bhutan - Afternoon visit to Jakar Dzong, Jambay Lhakhang, Kurje Lhakhang and Tamshing Lhakhang - Overnight at hotel Bumathang

Day - 07 - Transfer from Bumthang to Punakha - It is approximately 200 kilometers and is nearly 07 hours drive by road -  This morning we take a short time to stroll around the town and later start for a long drive to Punakha - This is a scenic drive, passing many small villages, waterfalls with spectacular landscape, crossing Black mountains, the ever-changing vegetation and finally arriving in the warm valley of Punakha. As the valley is at a lower elevation of about 1250 meters / 4100 feet above sea level, it enjoys subtropical climate with warm summers and pleasant winters - After a short rest at the hotel, we guide you to today's highlight - Punakha Dzong. It is a very beautiful Bhutanese architecture located at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers - Night Stay at Punakha

Day - 08 -  Transfer from Punakha to Paro - It is approximately 125 kilometers and is nearly 04 hours drive by road - After a short drive from Punakha, we start a leisure walk through paddy fields and villages and arrive at a hillock where the Chimi Lakhang is situated - This Lakhang is dedicated to a popular saint Drukpa Kuenley, also known as divine Madman - After that, we continue driving to Paro via Dochula Pass - En route, you will visit the Simtokha Dzong - After hotel check-in, you can pay a visit to Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower housing the National Museum and descend for a while to the Paro Dzong, also named Rinphung Dzong -The small and charming town of Paro lies in the center of the valley at an average elevation of 2280 meters on the bank of Pa Chhu River - Evening free to stroll around the market - Night stay at Paro

Day – 09 - Excursion to Chele La pass (3988 meters / 13084 feet) - Chele la (Pass) is situated at an elevation 3988 meters is considered to be one of the highest motor able passes in Bhutan – It is nearly 35 kilometers and about an hour later from Paro - About an hour's drive along a thickly - forested road is a botanical paradise - The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jomolhari and Jichu Drake - Made all the more mysterious and beautiful with its abundance of prayer flags - Guest can witness the  cascades of wild roses; purple and yellow primulas; and swathes of deep blue iris covering the forest floor – Back to resort - Guest may spend the day by shopping or simply walking through the town or relax  – Overnight stay in hotel / resort in Paro

Day – 10 - Transfer from Paro to Phuentsholing - It is approximately 179 kilometers and is nearly 05 - 06 hours drive by road - After breakfast, drive to Phuentsholing en route - Thimpu / Phuentsholing road was built in 1962 by Dantak, the Indian Border road organization - The drive on this route is very pleasant with numerous scenic spots en route - Just before, arriving Phuentsholing, visit Kharbandi Goemba, the monastery built in 1967 - It houses the large and attractive statues of Sakyamuni, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Guru Rinpoche – Arrive Phuentsholling – Evening free to stroll around the area – Check into Hotel - Overnight at the hotel in Phuentsholing

Day – 11 – Departure transfer to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus (Junction) / Siliguri from Paro – Early morning breakfast or breakfast on the route – Check out of the hotel and start for Phuntsho Chholing (Phuntsholing) / Dooars / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus (Junction) / Siliguri – One can stay in Dooars or drive directly to Airport or station - Siliguri is roughly 170 kilometers and is nearly 04 – 05 hours drive by road - The road is scenic with Tea Estate and Forest - Stop at Sevoke Coronation Bridge if time permits - Forwarding journey

 

Some of The Hotels / Resorts in Thimpu

Hotel Druk, Hotel Pedling, Hotel Jumolhari, Jambayang Resort, Hotel Wangchuk, Druk Sherig Guest House, Yeedzin Guest House, Hotel Dragon Roots, Aman Kora Resort, Hotel Phuntsho Pelri, Wangchuk Resort, Taj Tashi Hotel, Villa Italia, Taktsang Hotel, Chuniding Retreat Resort, Bhutan Centennial Tavern, Gaa Yuel Home, Hotel Kisa, Namgay Heritage Hotel, Migmar Hotel, Bhutan Suites, Peaceful Resort, Hotel Galingkha, Hotel Ro-Chog Pel, Khang Residency, Hotel Sambhav, Dorji Elements, Garuda Inn, Hotel Ser-Nya, Khamsum Inn, Thori Resort, Tashi Yoedling Hotel, Termalinca Resort, Hotel Norbuling, Bhutan Boutique Hotel, Hotel Shantideva, Thimphu Tower, Zhiwa Ling Ascent, Sambhav Apartment, Osel, Le Meridien Thimphu, Hotel Amodhara, Namseling Boutique Hotel, Ariya Hotel, Khang Heritage, Hotel White Tara, Hotel Bhutan, Ramada Valley Resort etc

Some of the Hotels / Resorts at Paro

Amankora, Base Camp Hotel, Bhutan Mandala Resort, Metta Resort & Spa, Bongde Goma Resort, Dharma Lodge, Dewachen Resort, Dharma Resort, Gangtey Palace, Haven Resort, Hotel Dorjee Ling, Hotel Dragon, Haven Resort,  Hotel Dragon, Hotel Drukchen, Hotel Jigmeling, Hotel Khansum Hotel,  Hotel Olathang, Lhaki Yangchak, Hotel Peljorling, Hotel Paro, Hotel Phunsum, Hotel Samden Norzin, Hotel Silverpine, Hotel Sonam, Hotel Yarkhel, Khangkhu Resort, Kichu Resort,  Kuenphen Hotel & Spa, Nak Sel Boutique, Li Meridian, Namsaycholing Resort, Ngayabling Resort, Nivvana Resort, Pelri Cottages, Phendey Gakhil Lodge, Nivanna Resort, Pelri Cottages, Raven's Nest, Rema Resort, Sinchula Villa, Rema Resort, Soenam Tsokhang Resort, Spirit of Bhutan Resort, Taktsang Boutique Resort & Spa, Taksang Paradise, Tashi Namgay Resort, Tashi Phuntshok, Tashiling Hotel, Tenziling Resort, Trishing Yewong Villa, Tigers Nest, Udumwara Resort, Ugen Lodge, Uma, Zhiwa Ling Hotel, etc

Some of the Hotels / Resorts at Punakha

Meri Puensum Resort, Amankora, Damchen Resort, Dhensa Boutique Resort, Do Chula Eco retreat, Drubchhu Resort, Hotel Vara, Hotel YT, Hotel Zangtho Pelri, Khuru Resort, Kingaling Hotel, Punakha Residency, Punakha Residency, Rkpo Green Resort, Uma Punakha, Village Hotel, Zhingkham Resort, etc

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