As a human being, all we want to explore new destinations and experience the best places on Earth. Exploring and travelling new places brings happiness to us as we meet with new people, their culture, traditions, cuisines and life style. If you travel, it can bring so many good memories back home. For this you must have some list in your bucket where you want to take yourself. Not very far from Kolkata, but our neighbor Bhutan is a wonderful place to choose. If you book a Bhutan Package Tour from Kolkata, you will find out a diversified country with wide range of distinctive nature, culture, festivals, food habits, dress and people. Bhutan is really a unique destination.
Located in the lap of Himalaya in between India and China, Bhutan is a small country. For long this tiny Land of Thunder Dragon was kept hidden from external world. During 1970's the country first opened its door for international travelers with a policy of "High Value, Low Impact". Since then on the country is maintaining its policy and has managed to preserve its age old rich culture and traditions while developing and adopting new technology also. Bhutan offers a deep cultural tour for people who want to experience architectural landmarks for sightseeing, spiritual journey, hiking trails for trekkers of all levels and beautiful landscapes for photography. Bhutan is one of the less crowded, untouched, pristine and carbon negative country in the world which no one can find in many other destinations in the world.
So, if you want to explore this amazing land, it is best to book a Bhutan Tour Package from Kolkata. NatureWings Holidays Limited is best Bhutan Tour Operator in Kolkata and provides all customized Bhutan Tour with best flight fare, premium hotels, english speaking trained guide and driver.
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BHUTAN PACKAGE TOUR FROM KOLKATA DURATION : 7N | 8D
Destinations Covered in 7 Nights 8 Days Bhutan Package from Kolkata : Thimphu 2N | Punakha 1N | Phobjikha Valley 1N | Paro 3N
Pickup & Drop : Paro International Airport [PBH] | Airport Road Paro, 12001, Bhutan
Altitude of Thimphu : 2,334 m [27.4712° N, 89.6339° E]
Altitude of Paro : 2,200 m [27.4287° N, 89.4164° E]
Altitude of Punakha : 1,274 m [27.5921° N, 89.8797° E]
Altitude of Chele La Pass : 3,988 m
Altitude of Phobjikha Valley : 3,000 m
Altitude of Haa Valley : 2,670 m
DAY WISE BHUTAN TOUR ITINERARY FROM KOLKATA
BHUTAN TOUR MAP
HOW TO REACH BHUTAN FROM KOLKATA?
OPTION 1 [BY AIR] : DIRECT FLIGHT TO PARO [PBH] FROM KOLKATA [CCU] BY BHUTAN AIRLINES
Bhutan Airlines operates flights from Kolkata Airport [CCU] to the Paro Airport [PBH] on regular basis. Following is the flight schedule as published by them.
|FROM 16 SEPTEMBER 2022 TO 30TH NOVEMBER 2022|
|PBH - CCU||B3 700||MON, WED, SAT, SUN||0630||0710|
|CCU - PBH||B3 701||MON, SAT, SUN||1440||1630|
|CCU - PBH||B3 701||THU||1340||1530|
|FROM 1ST DECEMBER 2022 TO 14TH FEB 2023|
|PBH - CCU||B3 700||MON, WED, SAT, SUN||1035||1115|
|CCU - PBH||B3 701||MON, TUE, THUR, SUN||0815||0955|
|FROM 15TH FEBRUARY 2023 TO 14TH MAY 2023|
|PBH - CCU||B3 700||MON, WED, SAT, SUN||1035||1115|
|CCU - PBH||B3 701||MON, TUE, THUR, SUN||0815||0955|
OPTION 2 [BY ROAD] : REACH BHUTAN BY LAND FROM BAGDOGRA AIRPORT [IXB]
Bagdogra is located in about 16 km (9.9 mi) west of the city of Siliguri in the Darjeeling district in northern West Bengal. Bagdogra Airport is very much well connected with Kolkata Airport. You can enter the last Buddhist Kingdom foothill, the Phuentsholing town which is 170 KM (4 hrs approx) only from Bagdogra Airport. Guests from Kolkata can easily fly to Bagdogra Airport from where NatureWings offers its exclusive customized Bhutan Package.
OPTION 3 [BY TRAIN] : REACH NJP / SILIGURI / ALIPUR DUAR JUNCTION, THEN ENTER BHUTAN BY ROAD
From tech city Bangalore, there are many trains that depart for Howrah Station. After reaching Howrah station, take a cab/taxi and reach direct to Kolkata airport (15km / 1hrs drive). From Kolkata Airport (CCU) you will take flight to Paro, Bhutan. This is one of the easiest way to travel Bhutan from Bangalore.
|Train Name||Train No||Originating Station / Day / Time||Arrival Station / Day / Time||Certified Day of Arrival|
|Kanchankanya Exp||13149||SDAH / Daily / 8:30 pm||HSA / Daily /10:45 am||Monday to Thursday|
|Padatik Express||12377||SDAH / Daily / 11:15 pm||NOQ / Daily /112:10 pm||Sunday to Wednesday |
|Darjeeling Mail||12343||SDAH / Daily / 22:05 pm||NJP / Daily /8:00 pm||Sunday to Monday |
|Saraighat Express||12345||HWH / Daily / 15:50 pm||NJP / Daily / 1:45 pm||Sunday to Monday |
WHY NATUREWINGS IS BEST FOR BOOKING BHUTAN PACKAGE TOUR FROM KOLKATA?
- Company is most trusted Brand for Bhutan Tour from Kolkata since 2011
- NatureWings is authorized selling agent of Bhutan Airlines & Druk Airlines
- Company is PSA [Passenger Service Agent] of Bhutan Airlines so that we offer special airfare to our guests
- Our Pre-purchased hotel room inventory for super peak season of Bhutan Tour from Kolkata
- Company is Tourism Council of Bhutan authorized travel house
- Company operat own employee on direct payroll in Bhutan
- Company offers customized BhutanTour Itinerary from Kolkata with unique & signature tour programme
- Company has in-depth knowledge about Bhutan Territory, Hotels, Local laws and Regulations
- Assured services in the preferred manner to enrich your best experience while stay in Bhutan
- Process e-permit in advance for visiting different places and sightseeing
- Safe and secure personal attention during stay in Bhutan
- NatureWings takes responsibility for the entire duration of your Bhutan Tour from Kolkata
- Make sure hassle-free and trustworthy services in Bhutan
- Get the best deals for the best properties and services as per your preferences
- You can plan a Bhutan Trip even during weekends and holidays
DIFFERENT DISTANCE MUST KNOW FOR KOLKATA TO BHUTAN TOUR
|Thimphu||Phobjikha Valley||134.3 KM|
|Thimphu||Dochula Pass||23 KM|
|Punakha||Phobjikha Valley||81.1 KM|
|Punakha||Chime Lhakhang||9.9 KM|
|Paro City||Taksang Monastery||11.8 KM|
|Paro City||Chelela Pass||37.1 KM|
ENTRY FORMALITIES FOR INDIAN TOURIST AS PER NEW TOURISM POLICY OF BHUTAN 2022
- No visa is required for Indian citizens for Bhutan Tour. To enter the nation, entry permits is a must. A local tour agency like NatureWings Bhutan may process the entry permits for your Bhutan Tour from Kolkata.
- As per new norms, a valid Passport (minimum of 6 months validity) / Voter ID Card is required for Bhutan Tour from Kolkata.
- With single permit tourists are free to travel anywhere beyond Thimphu and Paro
- With the new Tourism Policy of Bhutan 2022, all regional tourist must pay SDF (Sustainable Development Fee) Rs.1200/Person/night excluding package price (Flight, Hotels, Meals, Guides, Transportation & Monument fees).
- All permits for Bhutan Tour will be processed online.
- Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) approved hotel booking and tour guide are mandatory.
- Online permits can process through the local registered tour operator or any international partners.
WHAT ARE THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR INDIAN TOURIST FOR BHUTAN TOUR FROM KOLKATA?
Following are the documents required for Indian tourists to travel Bhutan. Guest can carry any one of the two valid travel documents :
- A Valid Indian Passports, the expiry date of the passport should be more than 6 months from the intended date of departure from Bhutan.
- Valid Voter Identity Card / Election Card issued by the Election Commission of India.
WHICH IS THE BEST TIME TO BOOK BHUTAN PACKAGE TOUR FROM KOLKATA?
Bhutan is a small nation tucked away peacefully in the lap of Himalaya and experiences a wide range of seasonal fluctuations. As a result of Bhutan's distinctive climatic and meteorological characteristics, Bhutan experience four main the seasons of summer, winter, spring, and autumn. Throughout all seasons the Nature beautifully decorate this enchanted region with their grandeur and natural wonders. Because of this, Bhutan is a year-round destination for travelers around the world. Let's understand which is the best time to travel Bhutan.
Monsoon - June to August is monsoon in Bhutan. Sometime drizzle and sometime incessant rain disrupt work life in the hilly region. Land slide is common which result road block and heavy traffic. Travelling here and there becomes very difficult. So, monsoon season mainly June to August is best to drop any Bhutan tour plan from Kolkata.
Autumn (September to November) - With less or no rain, weather in Bhutan becomes very soothing and enjoyable during Autumn. Travelling and sightseeing in various places is easy and enjoyable. This is the time when many important festivals took place in diffrent Dzongs and monasteries of Bhutan. Some of the most important festivals like Black-Necked Crane Festival, Paro Tshechu festivals, Punakha Tshechu festivals are held with great festivity among Bhutanese people. Dzongs and monasteries come into live with colorful flags and big Thonkas. Dancers wear colorful masks and perform with great energy in presence of monks, dignitaries, foreigners and even king and persona from Royal families. This is one of the best times to book Bhutan Tour Package from Kolkata.
Winter in Bhutan (December to February) is wonderful in terms of scenic beauty but in reality it is not so pleasant, rather it is very harsh. During winter the temperature of northern region drops down to sub zero. Cities like Thimphu, Paro, Punakha appeared white due to heavy snowfall. Government of Bhutan sometime declares long holidays in schools, collages, and work from home module for government employees. But life must goes on - with this mantra Bhutan tries to resurrect from the chillness of nature. Many festivals are held during winter, some of them notable are Monggar Tshechu, Trashigang Tshechu, Lhuntse Tshechu and Trongsa Tshechu. So if you want to experience the different looks of Bhutan, there is no season actually. Every season is unique and the choices are yours. You can book your Bangalore to Bhutan Tour in winter also. Winter in Bhutan is Awesome!
According to NatureWings - the best time to book a Bhutan Package from Kolkata is spring (months of March to May) when the entire valleys, alleys, streets, come alive with blooming Jacaranda and Rhododendron. Soothing weather prevails everywhere. With little or no rain at this time sky becomes clear, fog free and vibrant, so world famous Jomolhari treks and Drukpath treks happens during spring. Travelers from all over the globe specially from European countries, from western countries (USA, Canada, Brazil), China, Thailand, Cambodia and Australia flock Bhutan during spring.
Month Wise Average Temperature in Bhutan (Degree Celsius)
|Travel Months||City||Max Temp||Min Temp|
DAY WISE BHUTAN TOUR PACKAGE ITINERARY FROM KOLKATA
DAY 1 : WELCOME TO PARO AND TRANSFER TO THIMPHU [1 HR 19 MIN / 50.4 KM]
Your journey for Bhutan Tour starts from Kolkata International Airport [CCU]. From Kolkata it is almost 333 miles / 535 kilometers / 289 nautical miles and takes almost 1hr 20mnts in fligt. On arrival at Paro International Airport [PBH] meet & greet with our Bhutan representative and start for your 1st day Bhutan Tour. On the way from Paro to Thimphu, halt at Chojum to take photographs of confluence of Thumpu Chu and Paro Chu rivers. With a wonderful journey through the curves of mountain road full with scenic beauty reach Thimphu. After hotel check-in get fresh and enjoy some light snacks with butter tea. Rest of the day is free to roam around Thimphu City. In the evening stroll around roads and alley of the city, enjoy dinner with local beer and wine in a restaurant. In Thimphu there are so many night clubs and pubs where one can enjoy cool night with local band. Return hotel with full delight and have a tight sleep. Good Night Thimphu.
FOLLOWING ARE THE BARS & NIGHT CLUBS TO ENJOY NIGHTLIFE IN THIMPHU
|Mojo Park||Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan||5 PM - 12 AM|
|Space 34||Chang Lam, Main Town, Thimphu||9 PM - 1 AM|
|Om Bar||Thimphu, Bhutan||5 PM - 1 AM|
|Vivacity||Sheten Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan||7 PM - 12 AM|
|Club Ace||Thimphu, Bhutan||9 PM - 1 AM|
|Barz Brothers||Thimphu, Bhutan||Open 24 hours|
|Benez Bar||Jangchhub Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan||10 AM - 11 PM|
DAY 2 : FULL DAY THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Good morning Thimphu. This is the 2nd day of your much awaited Bhutan Trip from Kolkata. After spending a vibrant and happening night at Thimphu, it's time to get fresh and relax your mind for next day long tours and activity. As the sun spread its warmth across the beautiful Thimphu valley, begins your day with a hot cup of Suja (Butter Tea) and move towards the breakfast table. After sumptuous breakfast in your star category hotel, get ready for Thimphu local sightseeing tour. Visit:
The National Memorial Chorten or Thimphu Chorten - Also known as Thimphu Chorten is a site for evening prayer. The chorten was build in the third King memory, and it was continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. The idea to construct this landmark was proposed by Bhutan third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (the father of modern Bhutan), who has wished to erect a monument to the World for peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after Majesty's untimely death, it served as a memorial to the late King and a monument of peace.
The CLock Tower - Located at the centre of the Thimphu Town, the Clock Tower Square is an architectural wonder one can behold during Bhutan package tour from Bagdogra. This tower differs from every other construction or building in Bhutan. It is basically a tower with four clock faces in four directions. The tower depicts of Bhutanese architecture pattern which is basically painted or engraved on wood. The tower is decorated with many intricately carved floral patterns, paintings, and replica of dragons. The dragons on the tower are facing each clock in the tower, which is interesting to look at. The dragon is a holy animal in Bhutanese culture, and it stands for the country's independence.
As this place is a prime attraction among locals and travelers in Bhutan, most people come here in the evening to see and enjoy the exquisite carvings and paintings. This tower is one of the busiest locations in town because there are numerous restaurants, gift shops, and hotels nearby. The square is in close proximity to a number of trade fairs, concerts, and other events. The area of clock tower and its surroundings occasionally hosts live music events, which makes the place vibrant and full of life and energy. You can buy gifts for your family and friends at one of the many shopping centers in the area. There is a little playground for children that are also a great place for a picnic and a fun evening activity.
Sakyamuni Buddha - On the top of Kuensel Phodrang hill sits the statue of Great Buddha Dordenma. The 51.5-meter long gilded bronze statue would surely attract you, and the uninterrupted view of the valley would leave you spellbound. This site is also known as Buddha Viewpoint.
Changangkha Lhakhang - At Thimphu, you will come across several monasteries and temples, but Changangkha Lhakhang is the most important religious structure amongst all. The fabric is dedicated to Avalokiteshvara, a sign of compassion dating back to the 15th century, the oldest in the region, and from here, enjoy the grand view of Thimphu valley.
Takin Zoo - In here, you will find the National animal of Bhutan, "Takin". Takin is one of the most endangered species of the World, and it is available only in Bhutan, preserved in open habitat.
Trashi Chhoe Dzong - Or the Fortress of the Glorious Region is another 'must visit' site on a Bhutan Tour from Bagdogra. Situated on the west bank of Wang Chhu River, the Trashi Chhoe Dzong is the formal coronation site of the fifth King that hosts the annual Tsechu festival. This Dzong was built in the year 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, later it was reconstructed in the 1960s in a traditional Bhutanese manner, without the use of nails or architectural plans. Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 3 : THIMPU TO PHOBJIKHA VALLEY TOUR [134.3 KM / 4 HRS]
This is the 3rd day of your Bhutan Trip. Today we will visit Phobjhika Valley - one of the picturesque yet pristine valley of Bhutan which is located in Wangdue Phodrang district. Situated at an elevation of 3000m (9,800ft) above the sea level, this less habitat bowl-shaped valley in central Bhutan has wide range of hiking trails. It offers breathtaking views of vast expanses of green meadows with Takins grazing happily here and there. Infact the Phobjikha valley is one of the most beautiful destinations of Bhutan and a must visit place.
So, complete your sumptuous breakfast at the hotel and say good bye to Thimphu city. Start for Phobjikha Valley Trip. This is a bowl-shaped glacial valley situated in the background of Black Mountains. This is a beautiful must visit place for Bhutan Tour enthusiast. The serene nature, lush green forestry is loved not only for travelers but also for adventure lovers. This valley is rich in wild life specially - Black-Necked Cranes, Sambars, Himalayan Black Bears, Leopards and Red Pandas and Takin. One the way, you can visit:
Dochula View Point - The first stop after leaving Thimphu on the journey is Dochu-La Pass around 3100 m high and way above the clouds. Only an hour’s drive from Thimphu (20 km), it is a cluster of 108 memorial stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens". This pass offers visitors a beautiful glimpse of the Eastern Himalayan Range. Spend some time here, click some photographs and shoot video. During winter temperature can get down to -2°C and entire area became snowy white under thick carpet of snow which gives immense pleasure and excitement to visitors.
Then again proceeds for Phobjikha Valley, the largest and greenest valley in Bhutan. Unlike other valleys in Bhutan like Thimphu, Paro, Bumthang and Haa, there is no river flowing through the Phobjikha Valley. It is a very large valley with lush greenery. This valley is famous for Black Neck Crane - a very rare and endangered bird species in the world. These birds are migrated from Tibet during mid November to mid February and you can enjoy the Black Neck Crane festival on Nov 11, every year at the courtyard of Gangtey Monestary. Enjoy your time in the lap of pristine nature. Overnight stay at Hotel in Phobjikha Valley.
Following are the places one can visit during Phobjikha Valley Trip :
- Black-Necked Crane Information Centre
- Gangtey (Hilltop) Monastery or Gangtey Goemba
- Gangtey Nature Trails
- Dotsho (Traditional Hot Stone Bath)
- Experience Stay in Bhutanese Farm Stay
- Khewang Lhakhang
- Experience Archery with Local People
- Open Air Campsite at Phobjikha
- Picnic with Family And Friends
- Kumbhu Lhakhang
- Restaurant in Phobjikha
- Nyelung Dechenling
- Bird Watching in Phobjikha
- Wangmo Hand-Woven Carpet Factory (Phobjikha)
DAY 4 : POBJIKHA VALLEY TO PUNAKHA [75 KMS / 3 HRS]
This is the 4th day of your Bhutan Tour Package from Kolkata. If you are an early riser, wake up before dawn and behold the enigmatic valley wrapped with gentle mist. Gradually the Sun will rise and the silence of the valley will cleave apart with chirping birds fluttering high. Among the chill wind enjoy a cup of hot tea standing at the courtyard of your resort and take a bath with the first rays of gentle Sun spreading its warmth of love across every small buds and leaves of the valley. It's a heavenly delight that you may experience in the morning far away from the noisy ambience that you are probably habituated. Enjoy it.
Then pack your baggage and complete breakfast. Before leaving this wonder land, if you can manage some time, stroll around the vicinity and click some photo. Then board the car and start for Punakha Tour. Phojhika to Punakha is almost 75km and 3 hrs drive. As your car runs among the scenic mountain roads beautifully decorated by nature with unconditional love and care, feel the breeze, smell the fragrance of wild orchids, see blooming rhododendron and Meconopsis - the flower of heaven. Innumerable prayer flags bearing sacred mantras fluttering in high winds welcome you throughout your way to Punakha.
Reach Punakha, hotel check in and get fresh. After lunch, set out to explore some of the most important landscape of Punakha :
Punakha Dzong : Also known as The Palace of Great Happiness, Punakha Dzong is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (male) and Mo Chhu (female) rivers in the Punakha-Wangdue valley. This Dzong is the most picturesque of all Bhutan ancient fortresses and it joins the mainland by an arched wooden bridge that contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reined the Kingdom from this Punakha valley. The actual meaning of Dzong if Fort. Long before when Bhutan was invaded by Tibet, then these Dzongs were used as fort. But now it is used as the administrative offices and monastic center. During winter Punakha Dzong is turned as monastic capital. All administrative dignitaries and monks stay in Punakha Dzongs for 6 months and run the country from here only. Before Punakha was the capital city of Bhutan. Later the capital was shifted to Thimphu city. But every important royal function like coronation, the naming ceremony of 6th King, coronation of 5th King, Royal wedding all was arranged here. So in that way Punakha Dzong is the most important Dzong in entire Bhutan.
Suspension Bridge : This is one of the most important and most visited attractions in Punakha. In fact this is longest walking Suspension Bridge spanning about 180 meters over male river i.e. Mochu River. The view from the bridge over the crystal clear river with mountains all around is just awesome. On both side the bridge is draped with prayer flags and is a perfect spot for bird watching and photography. Walking on the bridge among the cool breeze and viewing the scenic beauty of Bhutan will be a life time experience during your Bhutan Package Tour from Kolkata.
Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple) : Stationed at the top of a hillock, the Chimi Lhakhang is a site dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Known as the 'Divine Madman,' Lama Drukpa Kuenley is said to use songs, humor, and outrageous behavior to preach his teachings. Chimi Lhakhang temple is believed to be the temple of fertility, and the Bhutanese hold a strong belief that childless couples are blessed by Lama Drukpa Kuenley if they visit the temple and pray for a child. The road to the temple follows a picturesque rural trail through the paddy field that takes visitors to the temple from the road, and after crossing the paddy field, you will find a tiny stream from where Chimi Lhakhang is just a short climb away. Overnight stayat hotel in Punakha.
DAY 5 : PUNAKHA TO PARO TRANSFER & LOCAL SIGHTSEEING [3 HR 8 MIN / 115.2 KM]
In the morning, after breakfast, start for Paro Trip. Situated in the western part of Bhutan, Paro is also a prime tourist destination. Every year thousands of tourist flock this little but picturesque town which is situated on the bank of Paro Chhu or Wong Chhu, which is also known as Raidak in the lower course. Due to its God-gifted geographical location, Paro is an amazing and romantic holiday destination. Paro is a verdant valley where you can see endless greeneries all around. The rural areas are almost forested and offer absolute tranquility that many people look for while choosing a holiday destination. If you are Nature lover, Paro will make you fall in love with her unadulterated natural beauty. Lots of travelers visit here for its rich history, glorious pasts, monuments, vibrant interiors of monasteries, temple complexes and other religious sites that stand as specimens of the bygone era. Let's explore some of the important places of Paro :
National Museum of Bhutan : Situated right above Rinpung Dzong in Paro, the National Museum of Bhutan is a house that showcases Bhutan's culture. Built in 1968, the museum stands inside the ancient Ta-dzong building. The museum houses the collection of finest specimens of Bhutanese culture and art and its highlights are paintings and some bronze statues, which are simply masterpieces. The items are demonstrated in large galleries and you can get to know a lot about Bhutan's art and culture from these objects.
Drukgyal Dzong : Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist Monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro Valley in Paro District of Bhutan. The Dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. Closed as of Now.
Ta Dzong : Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan's National Museum in 1968.
Rinpung Dzong : Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam.
Nya Mey Zam Bridge : "The Bridge with No Fish" is the bridge that connects Paro Town to Dzong. It is one of finest specimens in Bhutan and local believes if one sees a fish in the river, it is ill omen. The earlier bridge which could be folded during war was washed away by flood in 1969.
Paro Airport View Point : This is finest valley view point to look after Paro Valley and Paro Airport. This view point overlooking the Paro river along with the all the Dzongs and Monastry. Overnight in Paro.
DAY 6 : PARO, TAKTSANG MONASTERY HIKING
This is the 6th day rather the most important day of your Kolkata to Bhutan Tour as today we will witness the beauty of that place with our own eyes which we see everywhere – in the walls, the calendar, the journal, the Google even in the dream also. Any guess? Yes it is the enchanting Paro Taksang AKA the Tiger’s Nest Monastery situated gorgeously on the high granite cliff.
So, when the Sun rays touch the beautiful Paro valley, wake up in the middle of Mother Nature and relish the beautiful view of the river and mountains in a single frame. Enjoy the gala breakfast but make sure to add some protein to it, as climbing to the top of the Taksang Monastery and back will require a good boost. Get prepared and as soon as the car reaches your hotel, set out for the hiking. It is going to be a tough day indeed.
Taktsang Monastery : After covering 1,200 meters on a fierce cliff, you will reach this sacred site known as the Tiger Nest. Once you climb to the top, take a deep breath of the fresh air and soother the eyes and soul with the stunning view of the scenic surroundings and the valley lying underneath—the Taktsang Monastery, established by Sain Guru Rinpoche, who came to Bhutan in 747 CE. Construction was of the complex was completed in 1694. After 3 hours of some adventurous trek, discover the Tiger Nest monastery, and if you wish, opt for a horse ride from the parking lot to reach the top. While trekking, witness the glorious view of the Paro town, with its lush green valleys, sparkling river, clear blue sky, and moving clouds, in short, enjoy nature at its best. Return back, rest of the day is fre for leisure and shopping. Overnight in Paro.
SOME FACTS TO NOTE ABOUT - THE TIGER'S NEST MONASTERY [PARO TAKTSANG]
|Location||Approx 11.7 km from Paro town, Bhutan|
|Elevation||3,120 meters (10,236ft) above sea level|
|Duration of the Tiger's Nest hike||5-6 hours (Back and forth)|
|Tiger's Nest Trekking Distance||4 Miles (6.43 Kilometers) - Round Trip|
|Tiger's Nest Trek Difficulty||Moderate - Steep Ascend|
|Best Months to Visit Tiger's Nest Monastery||March, April, May and September, October, November, December|
|Gears needed to hike Tiger's Nest||Normal hiking shoes, Water bottle, Some snacks, energy bars, Camera, Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Walking Pole/Stick|
|Opening time of Tiger's Nest Monastery||(October-March) 8 am-1 pm and 2 pm-5 pm |
(April-September) 8 am-1 pm and 2 pm-6 pm daily
DAY 7 : PARO TO CHELA-LA-PASS DAY EXCURSION [40KM / 1.5 hrs]
This is the 7th day of this Kolkata to Bhutan trip and this day also going to be exciting one. Today it's an excursion day for Chele La Pass. As Bhutan is mountainous regions, many places are interconnected with one another with passes. Among several passes, the Chele la Pass is the highest motor able pass which connects Paro city with Haa Valley. There are many famous trekking and hiking trail also preferred by many travelers especially foreigners. Anyhow let's explore Chele La.
How to get to Chelela Pass?
To get into Chele La, you need to start early. As it is located at very high altitude (13,000 ft / 3,988 m), you will get almost nothing to eat there. So do a heavy breakfast and packed up your bags with heavy lunch and bottled drinking water. Soon after you leave the Paro City, you will notice the topographical changes and find yourself among the thick forest of pine, far and spruce. The road is smooth, heavily thick with evergreen dense conifers and beauty around it is mind blowing. On the way enjoy the scenic unadulterated beauty of nature and feel the freshness of air. It’s amazing. Soon you will encounter with snow all around. As you go higher, more snow you experience on both side of the road along with trees gently covered with milky loose snow. Finally reach the highest point of the pass. Generally it is very windy and bone chilling cold. On a clear sunny day one can witness the spectacular views of Mount Jumolhari (2nd highest peak in Bhutan), Jichu Drake, other northern peaks. The view from here is really awesome. The place is heavily decorated with colorful prayer flags all around. You can stroll the adjacent area and capture the beauty through your lenses. There is a small shop run by local people where you can enjoy hot 2 minute maggi noodles and tea. After spending some memorable moment there, either you can proceed for Haa valley (25k,m / 1hrs) or return back to Paro. Rest of the time is free for leisure. Overnight at Paro hotel.
Which is the best time to visit Chelela Pass?
Due to high altitude ((13,000 ft / 3,988 m) this pass is best visited between ends of April to end of June. This is summer season and best view of snow clad mountains, the magic of rhododendron, and vibrant landscape of the valleys surrounding the pass can be witnessed. This is best time for family vacation, picnic and trekking. After June i.e. from July to end of September monsoon will cover the area and travelling becomes risky. From October to March winter prevail the area and entire region comes under thick blanket of snow. Unbearable bone chilling cold ruin the normal life here and it become inaccessible too. So, if anyone wants to experience this pass, let’s book your Bhutan Tour Package from Kolkata between ends of March to end of June.
Chelela Pass: all you need to know
- Paro to Chelela Pass distance is about 39.8 km.
- It takes amost 1hr and 30 mnts to reach Chelela Pass from Paro.
- Chelela Pass is situated at an altitude of 3,988 m.
- It is the highest motor able road of Bhutan.
- Bhutan's most sacred peak, Mount Jomolhari (22,000 ft) can be clearly seen from this pass.
- There are so many hiking trails that start from this pass.
- Mountain slopes of this region are bloomed with white poppy which can’t be seen anywhere else in the world.
Some notable Hiking Trails that starts from Chelela Pass
|PLACE / LOCATION||DISTANCE||ALTITUDE (M)|
|Chelela - Gangkarpo||2 hrs walk||3900 - 4100 m|
|Gungkarpo - Kalela||1.30 hrs walk||4100 - 3700 m|
|Kalela - Nigula (camp site)||4 hrs walk||3700 - 3800 m|
|Ningula - Sagala||6 hrs walk||3800 - 3700 m|
|Sagala - Talung||3 hrs walk||3700 - 3000 m|
DAY 8 : CHERISH YOUR MEMORIES
Post breakfast bid farewell to the Last Buddhist Kingdom and start for Paro Airport with long-lasting sweet Bhutan Holiday memories, while chanting one mantra, "Life is short, and the World is wide".
BHUTAN TOUR FROM KOLKATA INCLUDES
- Accommodation in TCB listed Hotels (Double/Twin Sharing Room)
- Meal Plan MAP (Breakfast and Dinner)
- Transfers & all sightseeing in an exclusive Non-AC Vehicle (Pvt. Basis)
- Parking, Toll Tax, e-Permits
- Thimphu Local Sightseeing
- Paro City Tour
- English / Hindi Speaking Tour Guide
- All transfer will be on point to point basis
- SDF Charges (Sustainable Development Fee)
- 01 Bottle Packages Drinking Water Per Day on Vehicle
- Guest Service Support during the trip from Bhutan & India Office 24/7
KOLKATA TO BHUTAN TOUR EXCLUDES
- Air Fare
- Snacks, Lunch or any other meal
- Monument Entrance Fees
- Laundry, Tips, Phone Call or any such Personal Expense
- Any item which is not mentioned in the "Inclusion" Section
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BHUTAN TOUR PACKAGE FROM KOLKATA
- Tiger Nest Hiking, Paro
- River Rafting in PunaChu, Punakha
- Visit to Trashi Cha Dzong, Thimphu
- Visit to Takin Zoo, Thimphu
- Visit to Buddha Point, Thimphu
- Visit to Punakha Dzong, Punakha
- Visit to Phobjikha Valley, Phobjikha, Gangtey
- Mountain Biking, Paro
- Lunch in Simply Bhutan Restuarent, Thimphu
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS [FAQ] FOR BHUTAN PACKAGE TOUR FROM KOLKATA
Q. How is the weather in Bhutan?
Temperature in Thimphu ranges from -2.8°C in January to 22°C in summer with a rainfall of 110 mm. In the high mountain regions the average temperature varies from 0°C in winter to 10°C in summer, with an average of 350mm of rain. In the Central parts of the country the climate is cools a bit, changing to temperate and deciduous forests with warm summers and cool, dry winters. In the far Northern reaches of the kingdom the weather is cold during winter. Mountain peaks are perpetually covered in snow and lower parts are still cool in summer owing to the high altitude terrain.
Q. Can I use Credit or Debit Card during my Bhutan Tour?
The use of credit/debit card is limited in Bhutan. However, you can use your debit card to withdraw cash from Bhutan ATM. Please check with your Bank / Card issuing authority whether your particular card is valid to withdraw money from Bhutan ATM. However you can expect the service charges associated with the ATM withdrawal and it varies from card to card and depends on the agreement between your Bhutan ATM Bank and your card issuance Bank. So, it is advisable always to carry Indian cash and Reserve Bank of India allows carrying RS 25,000/- Per Head cash to Bhutan.
Q. Can we use Indian currency for Bhutan Trip from Kolkata?
Yes, Indian currency with small denomination is allowed in Bhutan [Rs. 50 / Rs. 100 / Rs. 200 denomination].
NOTE : New Indian Note of Rs 2000/- is not a legal tender in Bhutan and is not accepted.
Q. Can we get Vegetarian/Jain food in Hotel/Restaurant in Bhutan?
Yes, you can get Pure Vegetarian food in the restaurant of Thimphu and Paro. You can get authentic Gujarati, Rajasthani and Jain food at Nivana Restaurant in Thimphu + Paro. There is also a good vegetarian hotel at the heart of Thimphu City just opposite of Clock Tower. It is Hotel New Grand. It is a budget hotel with pure vegetarian restaurant that offer Bhutanese veg food, Indian veg thali with South Indian dishes also. It is bliss for every vegetarian travelling Thimphu, Bhutan.
Address of Hotel New Grand: Bhutan, Thimphu, Norzin Lam 1, Building Number 15, Near Clock Tower
NOTE: Other than Thimphu and Paro, you won't get pure vegetarian restaurant, but you can certainly get the Vegetarian food. On your specific order, in all Hotels, you will get the vegetarian food.
Q. Can a women solo traveller explore Bhutan safely?
Bhutan is considered as one of the safest countries for woman. So, Solo woman travelling is absolutely very safe, particularly if you take Paro to Paro Airport route. For a solo woman NatureWings recommend to avoid the land route through Phuentsholing. Now according to the new tourism policy of Bhutan, if you are regional guest (Indian, Maldivians and Bangladeshi), you must get a tour guide and driver. In fact getting a knowledgeable tour guide and driver in best way to explore various places and attractions and hearing the story from them about Bhutan is something wonderful. For that your tour guide must be a good story teller. If you feel uncomfortable with male guide, you can certainly opt for a lady guide. Travelling at night is not suggestible at all and if you smell something uneasy or unfamiliar, better leaves the place and person at early. If your intuition instigates you that a fish is spoiling the pond, get away from there. It is the best option to be vigilant as we know "Prevention is better than Cure".
So, there is no issue to travel Bhutan as solo women, just you have to abide by the tourism norms of Bhutan and be vigilant.
Q. What is Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) and how it will impact Indian Tourists?
Bhutan Tourism policy is based on "Low Volume, High Value" - This means they are in favor of restricted tourism. With the new tourism policy Indian (regional) tourist must pay SDF (Sustainable Development Fee) Rs. 1200/- per person per night excluding the tour package price (Flight, Hotels, Meals, Guides, Transportation & Monument fees). This will certainly increase the Bhutan Tour Package cost, but on the other hand, Bhutan will receive less but quality travellers.
Q. How is the medical facilities in Bhutan?
Medical facility in Bhutan is really limited, only in Thimphu General Hospital you can consult specialist doctors. Rest of the places in Bhutan, the facility is really limited.
Q. What is the free weight limit for luggage on Druk Air?
Druk Air allows 20 kg baggage in economy class and 30 kg in business class. An extra 5 kg is allowed in the overhead baggage bin or under the passenger's seat.
Q. What is the currency of Bhutan?
Ngultrum (Nu, BTN) is the official currency of Bhutan. 1 Ngultrum is equal to 1 Indian Rupee.
Q. Which is the National Game of Bhutan?
Archary is the National Game of Bhutan. During your Bhutan Tour from Bangalore, in many places you can try your archary skill with bamboo bow. In some places, you can also find recurve bow and compound bow also.
Q. Which is the National Bird of Bhutan?
Raven is the national bird of Bhutan. It has made a significant presence in the Royal Crown which is also known as The Raven Crown. The raven represents the deity Gonpo Jarodongchen - one of the chief guardian deities of Bhutan.
Q. Which is the National Flower of Bhutan?
The blue poppy or Himalayan blue poppy (Meconopsis) is the national flower of Bhutan. It is mostly found in high altitude regions and come in different colour like red, pink and white also.
Q. What is the language of Bhutan?
Dzongkha is the national language of Bhutan. In all over two dozen languages are spoken in Bhutan among which Nepali holds one major part.
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