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Low Temp

10°c

High Temp

23°C

Season

Fall

The lush Himalayan country of Bhutan, a remarkable location of magic and mystery, is brimming with natural beauty, a vibrant culture, spiritual and historical attractions, and daring adventure.

Mysterious and wrapped in legend, Bhutan is brimming with real-world evidence of its extraordinary culture, from the stunning mountain forts and monasteries to the depictions of Buddhist figures painted or carved into cliff face sides. Prayer wheels slowly rotate with the flow of crystal-clear mountain streams, while frayed prayer flags flutter in breathtaking mountain passes.

Bhutan only opened its doors to tourists in 1974, proudly maintaining this place’s sanctity. This is a unique travel experience made even more notable by its authentic, sustainable approach to tourism, as there are only a limited number of travel visas available each year.

The Bhutan Roadtrip  takes you on an incredible journey of a lifetime.

The popular time to visit Bhutan is the fall season, which starts in September and lasts up to November.

Temperature

The average temperature varies between 10 degrees to 23 degrees Celsius approximately across the diverse terrains and altitudes of the country.

Weather

Weather is mildly sunny and chilly during this time, making it the second best season after spring to visit Bhutan. There is no rainfall and nature is equally majestic and rewarding at this time.

Significance

During this time, festivals like the Black-Necked Crane Festival that happens around the gorgeous Phobjikha Valley and the ThimphuTshechu around Thimphu, the modern-day capital unfold in full swing. Hotels are booked during this season and a lot of indigenous festivals happen across the country. The deeper you explore, the more festivals and gatherings you will find.

Why you should visit now

The landscape that you are used to seeing in beautiful hues of green turn gold, with farmers harvesting rice crops during this season! This is the time of a lot of festivals, where each place has something unique to offer to its visitors. The festivals are marked by indigenous faiths, customs and traditions.

                                                         Starting Location: Bagdogra

Tour Highlight

Zangto Pelri is a Buddhist Monastery at the center of Phuentsholing, and Dasho Aku Tongmi built it in 1990. Dasho Aku Tongmi composed the National Anthem for Bhutan.This beautiful shrine houses the statues of Buddhist Gurus. Some of these idols are as high as 4 meters. It is the tallest monastery of the district Zangto Pelri Lhakhang.Phuentsholing has the most prominent religious community of the Zangto Pelri Lhakhang. Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is one of the eminent religious communities in the lovely kingdom and interacts with the heavenly house Guru Padmasambhava.

This private chapel is opposite a flowery park.

The gateway of the land of thunder dragons, Phuentsholing is often regarded as the abode of kings and queens of the Himalayan Kingdom. Time moves at a slow pace here and the simplicity of the inhabitants complements the serenity of nature. At an altitude of only 300 meters, this commercial center in Bhutan lies adjacent to Indian town Jaigaon on the Himalayan foothills. There are a number of places to visit in Phuentsholing where you can catch a glimpse of the diversity of Bhutanese, Nepalese and Indian cultures.

The only city without street lights. Thimphu is an unusual capital city in the world. At 2400 mtrs(7,656 feet) Thimpu is a bustling town on the bank of the Thimphu Chu (Chu means River) and is set gloriously in the hills of Thimphu valley. Thimphu is home to the revered Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Govt.

Meeting point of two rivers (Thimphu & Paro). This is a tri junction of highways leading to Thimphu, Paro, and Phuentsholing in three directions. Enjoy the lovely picture of a beautiful portrait of our King and Queen placed at Chuzom, which is so welcoming to all who visit Bhutan.

The National Textile Museum, which opened in June 2001, is worth a leisurely visit to get to know the living national art of weaving. Changing exhibitions introduce the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and textiles made by women and men.

The Buddha Dordenma is located at the top of the hill in Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park and overlooks the southern entrance to the Thimphu valley.

It was built in memory of the late Third King of Bhutan and is dedicated to World Peace. The Third King is regarded as the father of modern Bhutan.

Witness ongoing live archery matches in Changlimithang: Archery is the national game of Bhutan. It is amazing to see Bhutanese archers hit targets from a distance of 145 meters. Bhutan has top archers in some categories at the Olympic Games.

Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo the religious head of Bhutan. King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the first National Assembly here in 1952. This is one of the finest and must see Dzongs in Bhutan. The Dzong stands at the meeting point of two rivers, Phochu and Mochu, making it the most photogenic Dzong in Bhutan.

The pass is at a popular location as it offers a stunning 180 degree panoramic view of the Great Himalayan mountain ranges. The view is especially scenic and very clear on winter days, with snow capped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass.

Punakha suspension bridge is considered one of the longest of its kind in Bhutan. The bridge connects the dzong with the villages of Shengana, Samdingkha, and Wangkha on the other bank of the Po Chhu river. In these small villages, locals sell their wares in tiny, traditional shops. Visitors can stop here for a quick and authentic view of true Bhutan.  In order to access the suspension bridge from the dzong, one must walk past the King’s palace and the cremation ground.

Chimi Lhakhang’, Temple of fertility: This temple is known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that childless couples can visit this temple to pray for better fertility to conceive a child. There are stories and incidents in which many visitors' dreams come true, but one must truly need to believe and follow the lama’s instructions. The hike through the lovely villages of Mesina gives a truly amazing experience. Enjoy the gentle walks from the road head.

The historical town of Paro lies at the center of a valley rich in sacred sites and ancient buildings, and forms part of the core of exceptional destinations in Bhutan.Home to the only international airport in the country, this pretty destination is covered with terraced paddy fields and quaint farmhouses scattered throughout the valley in the lower areas. In the upper reaches, coniferous forests look down onto the beautiful Paro Chhu River, which snakes its way below.Among the many temples in the area Paro is most famous for the iconic Takhtsang Lakhang (also known as the Tiger’s Nest), situated at the northern end of the valley. It is also home to the National Museum, which displays hundreds of ancient Bhutanese artifacts and artwork.

It is located on the hill overlooking the airport. This viewpoint offers the best view of the whole airport and the great Valleys of Bhutan.

Perched above Paro Dzong, it was a watchtower built in 1649 to protect the undefended Paro Dzong located below, renovated in 1968 to house the National Museum. Today, this museum houses the best collections of all historical items, making it worth a visit.

'Fortress on a Heap of Jewels', which is ranked as one of the best Bhutanese architecture. The massive buttressed walls that tower over the town are visible throughout the valley, particularly when landing at Paro Airport.  The Dzong also offers the administrative seat of the district of Paro. The Dzong was built in 1644 under the order of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. 

Tiny Paro town actually offers a lot more. There are many authentic handicraft shops; readily available Bhutanese products, grocery and imported garment shops; and many small restaurants around.

Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest Temple) is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and most visited religious Buddhist site in the world. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. The temple is one of the holiest sites in Bhutan and clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the valley. Although good trekkers can make it to the top in two hours, most of the guests take the whole day to complete the hike.

Temple considered sacred Jewel of Bhutan was established by the Buddhist King Songstsen Gampo of Tibet to overcome the giant ogress that laid across Tibet and Himalayas preventing the spread of Buddhism. The king is believed to have built the temple at the left foot of the enormous ogress. Kyichu Lhakhang was among 12 temples in Bhutan out of 108 temples said to have been constructed over a single night. Kyichu Lhakhang was initially small in size however later, the temple expanded both in grandeur and size to its form that we see today.

Monastery was built by the Royal Grandmother in 1967. It is located on a picturesque hill overlooking the whole Phuentsholing town and beyond Torsa River far into the distance till the sight disappears into a mountain. The site serves as an idle place to take photos with the town and the mountains acting as a perfect background.

Important Information

  • Accommodation on twin sharing as per the hotels and rooms mentioned below 
  • Breakfast & dinner in hotel
  • Bagdogra Airport pick up & drop 
  • Transportation & sightseeing as per the itinerary 
  • English speaking guide for the sightseeing  
  • Sustainable Development Fees for the stay in Bhutan 
  • E-Permit process and arrangement for the stay in Bhutan 
  • Complimentary a bottle of water per head

  • Flight Fare of any kind 
  • Lunch, tea, snacks, etc.
  • Single room supplement and room upgrade charges
  • Entrance/Monument visiting fees - Check Below
  • Bank charges for payment transfers
  • Any alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages
  • Other personal expenses/shopping
  • Travel Insurance must cover COVID expenses
  • Unforeseen COVID expenses & Personal PPE
  • Gratuities to guide and driver
  • Outdoor activities (Cycling, River Rafting, Motor Biking, Horse Riding, Cultural Program etc)
  • GST @ 5%

  • Documents
    • An authentic government ID Card preferably, Voting Card, Aadhar Card, Passport.
    • Full vaccination certificate (II doses & plus) with Test & Go, COVID protocols may change anytime.
    • Carry PPE & health declaration.
    • Travel insurance covering COVID expenses.
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Good quality trekking/adventure shoes and slippers.
  • Sunscreen & lip balm, good UV protection sunglasses
  • Personal Medicines (if any)
  • Power Banks

Itinerary

  • After arriving at Bagdogra Airport and transferring to Phuentsholing, on arrival in Phuentsholing, check into the hotel and relax. 
  • Phuentsholing – Phuentsholing is the border point for any goods and services entry/exit into Bhutan. Phuentsholing lies opposite the Indian town of Jaigaon, and cross-border trade has resulted in a thriving local economy. 
  • Zangto Pelri Lhakhang – It is a small temple located in the heart of the Phuentsholing town. The temple’s soothing premises also serve as a park, a good place to relax for both locals and tourists. Elderly citizens come to circumambulate around the temple. 
  • Overnight in Phuentsholing, altitude 300 m.
  • Complete the immigration formalities before starting the journey to Thimphu. The immigration office opens at 9 a.m. The feeling of being exhausted and crowded in Phuentsholing comes to an end after a half an hour drive uphill. You start feeling refreshed and enjoy the scenic beauty of nature. The journey will pass through some of the most beautiful broad leaves forest to temperate alpine zone, villages, towns, water fall, hills and mountains until we reach Thimphu, creating the history for you. 
  • Roadside Stops – Leg stretch breaks for having tea/coffee, using the restroom, and taking photographs of scenic places like waterfalls, landscapes, and villages. 
  • Chuzom – Meeting point of two rivers (Thimphu & Paro). This is a tri junction of highways leading to Thimphu, Paro, and Phuentsholing in three directions. Enjoy the lovely picture of a beautiful portrait of our King and Queen placed at Chuzom, which is so welcoming to all who visit Bhutan.
  • We will explore the city by walking – If time permits, walking through the city gives you immense joy and an understanding of modern city life. A good option for imported garments and local souvenirs, as well as unique local handicrafts. Thimphu offers a mixed bag of personalities. They take the street walk in 
  • Thimphu – the only city in the world without traffic lights. 
  • Overnight in Thimphu, altitude of 2400m.
  • Thimphu – This bustling little city is the main center of commerce, religion, and government in the country. Thimphu is the most modern city with an abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs and shopping centers. However, it still retains its cultural identity and values amidst the signs of modernization, often referred to as the world’s only city without traffic lights. 
  • The National Textile Museum – The National Textile Museum, which opened in June 2001, is worth a leisurely visit to get to know the living national art of weaving. Changing exhibitions introduce the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and textiles made by women and men. The small shop features work from the renowned weaving centers in Lhuntshe Dzongkhag, in north-eastern Bhutan. Each item is leveled with the name of the weaver and price. The textile museum’s exhibitions are centered around six major themes – warp pattern weaves, weft pattern weaves, the role of textiles in religion, achievements in textile arts, textiles from indigenous fibers, and the royal collection.
  • Visit Buddha viewpoint – The Buddha Dordenma is located at the top of the hill in Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park and overlooks the southern entrance to the Thimphu valley. 
  • Drive past the memorial – It is located close to the center of Thimphu city and is one of its most iconic monuments. Visitors will find elderly Bhutanese people circumambulating the Chorten throughout the day. The National Memorial Chorten was built in memory of the late Third King of Bhutan and is dedicated to World Peace. The Third King is regarded as the father of modern Bhutan.
  • Visit the interesting weekend market – An interesting well organized permanent set of stalls built for vegetable vendors across the country. It is open from Wednesday to Monday and closed on Tuesdays. One can find a wide range of local vegetables and fruits. 
  • Witness ongoing live archery matches in Changlimithang: Archery is the national game of Bhutan. It is amazing to see Bhutanese archers hit targets from a distance of 145 meters. Bhutan has top archers in some categories at the Olympic Games. 
  • Overnight in Thimphu
  • Start the most scenic drive to Punakha from Thimphu over Dochula pass, which takes about two hours. After the break at Dochula, the road descends into Wangdue and Punakha, taking us to one of the warmest places in Bhutan. 
  • Dochula pass – The pass is at a popular location as it offers a stunning 180 degree panoramic view of the Great Himalayan mountain ranges. The view is especially scenic and very clear on winter days, with snow capped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass. 
  • Punakha Dzong – Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo the religious head of Bhutan. King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the first National Assembly here in 1952. This is one of the finest and must see Dzongs in Bhutan. The Dzong stands at the meeting point of two rivers, Phochu and Mochu, making it the most photogenic Dzong in Bhutan. 
  • Visit Punakha Suspension Bridge – Punakha suspension bridge is considered one of the longest of its kind in Bhutan. The bridge connects the dzong with the villages of Shengana, Samdingkha, and Wangkha on the other bank of the Po Chhu river. In these small villages, locals sell their wares in tiny, traditional shops. Visitors can stop here for a quick and authentic view of true Bhutan. In order to access the suspension bridge from the dzong, one must walk past the King’s palace and the cremation ground. 
  • Overnight in Punakha, altitude 1350m.
  • As we proceed to Paro, we will retrace the journey, crossing over Dochula, up until Chuzom and further to Paro. The entire stretch of drive will refresh your mind and give you a second chance to enjoy the great snow capped mountain views of the Himalayas from Dochula.
  • Chimi Lhakhang, Temple of fertility – This temple is known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that childless couples can visit this temple to pray for better fertility to conceive a child. There are stories and incidents in which many visitors’ dreams come true, but one must truly need to believe and follow the lama’s instructions. The hike through the lovely villages of Mesina gives a truly amazing experience. Enjoy the gentle walks from the road head. 
  • Paro Airport ViewPoint – It is located on the hill overlooking the airport. This viewpoint offers the best view of the whole airport. 
  • Ta Dzong (National Museum) – Perched above Paro Dzong, it was a watchtower built in 1649 to protect the undefended Paro Dzong located below, renovated in 1968 to house the National Museum. Today, this museum houses the best collections of all historical items, making it worth a visit. 
  • Visit the 17th century Paro Dzong –  ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’, which is ranked as one of the best Bhutanese architecture. The massive buttressed walls that tower over the town are visible throughout the valley, particularly when landing at Paro Airport.  The Dzong also offers the administrative seat of the district of Paro. The Dzong was built in 1644 under the order of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. 
  • Explore the tiny town – Tiny Paro town actually offers a lot more. There are many authentic handicraft shops; readily available Bhutanese products, grocery and imported garment shops; and many small restaurants around. 
  • Overnight in Paro, altitude 2200m.
  • This picturesque region in the kingdom is covered in fertile rice fields and has a beautiful, crystalline river meandering down the valley. Paro has more historical sites, a high-end tourist resort, and many souvenir shops for shopping, including world famous Takstang. 
  • Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest Temple): is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and most visited religious Buddhist site in the world. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. The temple is one of the holiest sites in Bhutan and clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the valley. Although good trekkers can make it to the top in two hours, most of the guests take the whole day to complete the hike. Alternative sightseeing includes
  • Kyichu Lhakhang: Temple considered sacred Jewel of Bhutan was established by the Buddhist King Songstsen Gampo of Tibet to overcome the giant ogress that laid across Tibet and Himalayas preventing the spread of Buddhism. The king is believed to have built the temple at the left foot of the enormous ogress. Kyichu Lhakhang was among 12 temples in Bhutan out of 108 temples said to have been constructed over a single night. Kyichu Lhakhang was initially small in size however later, the temple expanded both in grandeur and size to its form that we see today.
  • Overnight in Paro
  • After breakfast, drive back to Phuentsholing. Phuentsholing is also good for buying inexpensive Bhutanese souvenirs and agro products for your relatives back home. Prepare yourself to exit from Bhutan. Roadside Stops: Leg stretch break for having tea/coffee, using restroom and taking photographs at scenic places like waterfalls, landscapes, and villages. 
  • Kharbandi/Rinchending Gompa (based on your interest) – Monastery was built by the Royal Grandmother in 1967. It is located on a picturesque hill overlooking the whole Phuentsholing town and beyond Torsa River far into the distance till the sight disappears into a mountain. The site serves as an idle place to take photos with the town and the mountains acting as a perfect background.
  • Overnight in Phuentsholing

Departure from Phuentsholing to Bagdogra Airport (4 Hrs)

Dates

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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Our Policies

Our Policies

No Refund shall be made with respect to the initial booking amount for any cancellations. However -

  • 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 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 75% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  •  In the case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and, in such cases, the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However, no refund will be provided for the same.

No Refund shall be made with respect to the initial booking amount for any cancellations. However -

  • 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 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 75% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  •  In the case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and, in such cases, the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However, no refund will be provided for the same.

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