PHUENTSHOLING-THIMPU-PUNAKHA-PARO

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Overview

This PHUENTSHOLING-THIMPU-PUNAKHA-PARO tour package for Bhutan from Siliguri is apt for vacations on short notice, bypassing the expensive Druk Air flights. Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge and is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys.  Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.
The capital, Thimphu, is home to a bustling weekend market and the ornate Tashichho Dzong, which serves as the government seat. The historic Punakha Dzong, built in 1637, sits at the juncture of the 2 rivers, Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu, and hosts a lavish, multiday religious festival that features masked dances and music. The Phobjikha Valley, habitat for rare black-necked cranes, is a bird-watching destination. As independent travel to Bhutan is not allowed, most visitors book through a tour operator.
This tour is perfect for a week of respite from routine life and provides a soothing balm of lush greenery, exquisite cuisine, colour, friendly people, a great climate, fresh air free from the city pollution and memorable good times.
As International Flights are few for flying to Bhutan and are booked months ahead of departure, this tour ensures entry through India. It is a boon for those sudden vacations on short notice.

 

Helpful tips:

  • Check out the PARO WEATHER   during your expected period of travel.

  • Bhutan's unit of currency is called Ngultrum (BTN). A Ngultrum has the same value as the Indian rupee, which is also legal in Bhutan. ... INR 100 & 50 Rupee denomination may be used in Bhutan, but Ngultrum cannot be used in India. Indian Rupee denomination note of INR 500 and INR 2000 are not accepted in Bhutan.
  • Don't forget to pack your bags. Check out our comprehensive packing checklist.

  • The time in Bhutan is GMT +6 hrs, which means time in Bhutan is 30 mins ahead of the time in India (IST).

Inclusions

3 star

Transfer

Breakfast

Sightseeing

Stay Plan

PHUENTSHOLING-THIMPU-PUNAKHA-PARO

01 Night in Phuentsholing

02 Nights in Thimpu

01 Night in Punakha

02 Nights in Paro

01 Night in Phuentsholing

PACKAGE DETAILS

PHUENTSHOLING-THIMPU-PUNAKHA-PARO

  • Daily Breakfast.
  • Return airport and round trip transfers along with all sightseeing tours
  • Permit for travel to Punakha.
  • All Monument & Museum Entrances Fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All tours and transfers either on a private basis or seat-in-coach basis.

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    Punakha Dzong, Punakha, Bhutan
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    Chelela Pass, Bhutan
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    Kharbandi Gompa, Phuentsholing

Paro is a valley town in Bhutan, west of the capital, Thimphu. It is the site of the country’s only international airport and is also known for the many sacred sites in the area. North of town, the Taktsang Palphug (Tiger’s Nest) monastery clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. Northwest of here are the remains of a defensive fortress, Drukgyel Dzong, dating from the 17th century.
Closer to town, Rinpung Dzong, another imposing fortress, is reached via a covered bridge across the Paro Chhu River. A former watchtower nearby houses the National Museum of Bhutan. On display are traditional clothing and jewellery, armour and Buddhist paintings. Set amid woodlands, Ugyen Pelri Palace is a royal residence and a good example of Bhutanese architecture. The 3-story Dungtse Lhakhang, a distinctively shaped temple with a tower, features religious murals. Southwest of Paro, Chele La Pass, with views of the surrounding peaks, is the highest point on a mountain road that winds through thick forests, ending in the Haa Valley.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT PARO:

The Paro Valley has a mild climate, with warm summers (Jun–Aug) and dry, cool winters (Nov–Feb). Popular times to visit are Apr-Jun, late summer (Aug) and mid-fall (Oct). Elaborate dances mark the Paro Tshechu religious festival (spring, dates vary), which also features a huge Buddhist painting presented by monks. Monsoon season runs Jun-Sep.

BEST PLACES TO SEE IN PARO

Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, occupies a valley in the country’s western interior. In addition to being the government seat, the city is known for its Buddhist sites. The massive Tashichho Dzong is a fortified monastery and government palace with gold-leaf roofs. The Memorial Chorten, a whitewashed structure with a gold spire, is a revered Buddhist shrine dedicated to Bhutan’s third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
At 51.5 meters high, the towering bronze-and-gold Buddha Dordenma statue sits on a southern hill above Thimphu. Marking the site of the 1885 battle that established the monarchy, Changlimithang Stadium hosts football games and archery contests. Nearby, the Centenary Farmer’s Market sells food and handicrafts on weekends. The Folk Heritage Museum, in a 19th-century timber house, focuses on rural Bhutanese customs. At the Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, visitors can watch traditional Bhutanese papermaking. The Royal Textile Academy displays regional textiles from the 17th century to the present, including costumes used for Buddhist dances.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT THIMPU:

Many travellers choose Apr-Jun and Oct to visit when daytime temperatures are mild and the weather is mostly dry. Jul–Aug is the peak of the wet season. Nov–Mar is dry and cool with cold nights. A key event in the capital's calendar is Thimphu Tshechu (Sep/Oct), a colourful Buddhist festival of masked dance and prayer.

 

BEST PLACES TO SEE IN THIMPU

Punakha is a town in the Himalayas of Bhutan. It's known for the Punakha Dzong, a 17th-century fortress at the juncture of the Pho and Mo Chhu rivers. The fortress hosts the Punakha Tshechu, a religious festival featuring masked dances and music. In the surrounding Punakha Valley, temples include the fertility-focused Chimi Lhakhang and the hilltop Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which has river and mountain views.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT PUNAKHA:

The Punakha Valley is a year-round destination with a temperate climate. Summers (Jun–Aug) is warm and rainy. Winters (Dec–Feb) is dry and cool. Music and masked dances mark the multi-day Punakha Tshechu religious festival (dates vary). Monsoon season runs Jun-Sep.

BEST PLACES TO SEE IN PUNAKHA

PHUENTSHOLING-THIMPU-PUNAKHA-PARO

 

Day 01: Arrival at Bagdogra / Siliguri, transfer to Phuentsholing

On arrival at Bagdogra Airport / Siliguri, get transferred to Phuentsholing. Overnight at Phuentsholing.

Day 02: Phuentsholing to Thimphu

After breakfast, begin your journey by road to Thimphu. Here, explore the magnificent National Memorial Chorten, built in honour of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third emperor of the kingdom. This three-storey stupa has numerous shrines, housing colourful statues of Buddhist deities and photographs of the monarch. Overnight at Thimpu.

Day 03: Sightseeing in Thimphu

After breakfast visit Motithang Takin Preserve, home to Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin. The protected territory has pine forests that create the perfect environment for these animals. Also, during the day, travel to Tashichho Dzong, a huge dzong-style building, from where the king rules. You could walk in its landscaped lawns or see rich Buddhist artwork on its exterior walls. The Folk Heritage Museum, exhibits the daily life of villagers, objects in use, typical village houses, livestock and stables, a rural kitchen and traditional open hot stone bathhouse. Be awed at the sight of the around 52-metre high Buddha Dordenma statue. The idol has smaller statues of Bodhisattvas, Arhats, and mandalas. Visit the National Handicrafts Museum, where you may buy Bhutanese clothes, handmade paintings, and jewellery. Stunning views of the landscape awaits you from the top of the BBS Tower, which is a high watchtower. Overnight at Thimpu.

Day 04: Thimphu to Punakha via Dochula Pass.

After breakfast, take a road trip through the mountains to Punakha. The former capital of Bhutan, Punakha is also where most of the important religious and political functions take place. En route, stop at Dochula at an elevation of about 10100 feet. Wherever you look from up here, you will see snow-covered mountains. The pass is home to a temple, dedicated to the fourth Bhutanese king, as well as 108 stupas. Continue to Punakha, where you explore the gigantic Punakha Dzong. Apart from defensive watchtowers and several halls, it also contains a temple, where the body of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified the warring kingdoms of Bhutan, is kept. Also, pay a visit to Chimi Lhakhang, dedicated to a monk, known for his unconventional ways of preaching. You can see various cloth paintings, known as thangkas, and ceremonial drums at the shrine. Overnight at Punakha.

Day 05: Punakha-Paro & Sightseeing in Paro

After breakfast, proceed to Paro. With around 155 monasteries, temples and stupas, Paro is called the religious heart of Bhutan. Though the city buzzes with tourists, the liveliness takes nothing away from its natural beauty. Here, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, where numerous treasures are believed to have been hidden by Padmasambhava. The wooden roof and white brick structure of the temple are embellished with colourful paintings. See the mighty fortress, Drukgyel Dzong, as part of this excursion. Though mostly in ruins, its strong masonry walls and cylindrical towers have withstood the toll of time. The National Museum of Bhutan, housed inside Ta Dzong, includes farm tools, ritual objects, jewellery, coins, traditional attire, religious items, paintings, and weapons including decorative guns. Overnight at Paro.

Day 06: Excursion to Chele La

After breakfast, travel to Chele La mountain pass. The journey has exceptional sights of valleys, rivers, and dense forests of pine and fir, Buddhist prayer flags, fluttering in the wind. Flowers like pink rhododendrons, yellow and purple primulas, deep purple irises and wild roses cover the pass. Overnight at Paro.

Day 07: Paro to Phuentsholing

After breakfast, depart for Phuentsholing. Overnight at Phuentsholing.

Day 08: Phuentsholing to Bagdogra & Departure from Bagdogra/ Siliguri

After breakfast, depart for Bagdogra airport, to board the return flight.