• Duration: 8 Days
  • Phuentsholing Region, Bhutan


Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, it is bordered by Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north, the Sikkim state of India and the Chumbi Valley of Tibet in the west, the Arunachal Pradesh state of India in the east, and the state of Assam and North Bengal in the south. Bhutan is geopolitically in South Asia and is the region's second least populous nation after the Maldives. Thimphu is its capital and largest city, while Phuntsholing is its financial center.

The independence of Bhutan has endured for centuries and it has never been colonized in its history. Situated on the ancient Silk Road between Tibet, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, the Bhutanese state developed a distinct national identity based on Buddhism. Headed by a spiritual leader known as the Zhabdrung Rinpoche, the territory was composed of many fiefdoms and governed as a Buddhist theocracy. Following a civil war in the 19th century, the House of Wangchuck reunited the country and established relations with the British Empire. Bhutan fostered a strategic partnership with India during the rise of Chinese communism and has a disputed border with the People's Republic of China. In 2008, it transitioned from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy and held the first election to the National Assembly of Bhutan. The National Assembly of Bhutan is part of the bi-cameral parliament of the Bhutanese democracy.

The country's landscape ranges from lush subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan mountains in the north, where there are peaks in excess of 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The highest mountain in Bhutan is the Gangkhar Puensum, which is also a strong candidate for the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. There is also diverse wildlife in Bhutan.

Known as Druk Yul, Land of the Thunder Dragon to the Bhutanese, Bhutan opened for tourism in 1974 and is perhaps the worlds most exclusive tourist destination. This fascinating Dragon Kingdom is credited with successfully retaining its distinct cultural entity in its original form enabling travellers to experience the full glory of this ancient land as embodied in its monastic, strategic fortresses known as Dzongs, ancient temples, monasteries and stupas which dot the countryside with prayer flags. The Bhutanese Government applies levies and taxes on all visitors to the country. This makes travelling to Bhutan more expensive than travel to its neighbouring countries. As a result mass tourism has not affected the country.

Detail Information

  • Day 1: Upon reaching Phuentsholing (Bhutan border town with India). Check-in at your hotel and rest. Overnight at a hotel in Phuentsholing
  • Day 2: Post breakfast, you’ll have to visit the Immigration office to process your permits, which may take anywhere from 1hour to a few hours depending on the number of people applying for permits on the same day.
    After the permits, drive to Thimphu. Depending on the weather conditions the 1st quarter of the drive may be through heavy fog. There are a few check points along the way where you’ll have to register your permits and driving license. The road is wide and smooth and scenic as you climb up switchback roads meandering along the mountain slopes. Once in Thimphu, check-in at your hotel and rest. You can take a walk around town later in the evening.
  • Day 3: Post breakfast visit the Immigration Office to extend your permit to go towards Punakha and beyond. Then, visit the following
    Kuensel phodrang The Kuensel Phodrang or the Buddha point is the world?s largest sitting Buddha statue, the statue is 167 feet high. The statue is situated on top of a hill overlooking the city of Thimphu, it can be accessed by road and is about 15 minutes away from the city's center.
    Motithang Takin preserve: The Motithang Takin Preserve also known as the Thimphu Zoo by many is a small natural preserve for the Takin Bhutan?s national animal. It was originally a mini zoo, but it was converted in a preserve later on as the Takin.
  • Day 4: Post breakfast, drive back towards Punakha and then take a diversion to go to Phobjikha, the valley of the Black Necked Cranes. This is believed to be a glacial valley and is the winter nesting grounds for the endangered Black Necked Cranes, they start arriving by October end and leave for the Tibetan plateau by February.
  • Day 5: Post breakfast visit the beautiful 17th Century Gangtey Monastery, it is the largest privately funded Nyingma Monastery in the country and was recently renovated in 2007, some surrounding beautification works are still being done. Then go for the Nature Trail hike that takes you around the valley from where you can get spectacular views of the valley below.
    Then drive towards Punakha and stop at Lobesa village and have lunch before going for a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility), it is dedicated to Lam Drukpa Kuenley (Divine Mad Man) and is the place from where Phalluses originated as the symbol of fertility and protection and can be seen everywhere in Bhutan, on house walls and roofs and altars. Childless couples usually go to this temple to get blessings so that they conceive and are blessed with a child.
  • Day 6: After breakfast, go river rafting on Mochhu (female) river: No special courses are required for anyone to run this course as long as you don’t mind paddling and getting completely wet. It starts from near Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten and is about 7 kms away from Punakha Dzong towards north and takes about 20-30 minutes of drive. The river runs a gentle course (class 1 – 2) with about 10 small rapids and is a great way to relax and cool down in the Summer and Autumn months while enjoying spectacular views of the lush green alpine valley and wild flowers, water birds and animals. The rafting guide will give you certain instructions to follow for safety while on the raft and then off you can go. Along the way you will also float right under the traditional bridge beside the massive Dzong. It will take about 1 – 2 ½ hours from start to finish and the distance covered by the raft is about 10-12kms.
    After that trace the road back up to Dochula and then to Thimphu.
  • Day 7: Have early breakfast and drive up to the base of Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The most famous and sacred site among all the places in Bhutan. Guru Padmasambhava is said to have come riding on a flying tigress to this place and meditated in a cave for 3 months, it wasn’t until Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal came to this place and meditated that it gained the popularity that it has now. The present structure is said to be built in the 15th century but was destroyed by fire in 1998 and has been restored.
    The walk is about 2 hours till the top through wide pathways which was built during the restoration works. One hour into the climb there is a tea point from where you get a very good view of the monastery, they also serve lunch here. From there it’s about another 45 minutes climb to the 2nd view point and the highest point in the hike.
    Visit any the following place after that if you have the time and energy after coming down from the Tiger’s Nest.
  • Day 8: Post breakfast, check-out of your hotel and exit Bhutan gate

Note: Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. If you would like to stay more than 8 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari etc. Please, let us know, we will follow accordingly.

Cost Include
  • Twin sharing accommodation in 3 star or equivalent hotels
  • River rafting in Punakha
  • Meal Plan: AP (All meals on buffet)
  • Dedicated certified English speaking guide/ Bike tour leader
  • Royal Enfield Motor bikes
  • Back-up vehicle for the whole tour
  • Bike mechanic for the whole duration
  • Pick-up and drop at Phuentsholing
  • Bhutan permits, royalty and other taxes
  • Kick off from the Venus Pokhara valley.
  • Acknowledge as,the utmost vantage trekking site across the globe.
  • Nature and culture create the bonds of love with trekkers.
  • Elevated mountains ranges is direful.
  • Glacial lakes,verdant forest and ethnic culture adds more excitement.
  • World's highest,namely Annapurna I 8091 meters to be found.
  • Limelight for 1st biggest conservation area of Nepal.
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Trip highlights

  • - Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia
  • - The country's landscape ranges from lush subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan mountains in the north.
  • - Known as Druk Yul, Land of the Thunder Dragon to the Bhutanese
  • - There is also diverse wildlife in Bhutan.
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Trip Facts

  • Region: Phuentsholing Region Bhutan
  • Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Cultural Observation
  • Accommodation: Lodge, Camping, Resort Hotels
  • Best Season: Autumn and Spring
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Grade: Moderate