Bhutan, one of the holy and peaceful place, in the lap of Eastern Himalayas and is Karuya BhramanTea’s favourite destination. It is bordered by Tibet Autonomous Region of China.
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 China. In 2008, Bhutan 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 bicameral 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). Gangkhar Puensum is the highest peak in Bhutan, and it may also be the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. The wildlife of Bhutan is notable for its diversity.
People visit this place to find inner beauty and to get spiritually develop. Karuya BhramanTea assist their tourists for the same.
The tourists will arrive at Bagdogra / NJP and drive to Phuentsholing Bhutan. Complete the immigration formalities on arrival to Phuentsholing and tourists will the check-in in hotel rooms.
Phuentsholing (alt. 300m / 985 ft), the most fascinating place and frontier town. It is a thriving commercial centre, situated at the base of Himalayan foothills. A very well-known place where different ethnic groups mingle prominently Indian, Bhutanese and Nepalese.
Being the border town, Phuentsholing serves as the convenient entry/exit point for Bhutan and also the important link to visit the Indian state of West Bengal, Sikkim and Assam. After relaxation, tourists will visit Zangtho Pelri Temple, the heaven of Guru Rinpoche. Dinner and overnight stay at Phuentsholing will be enjoyable too.
A drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Even though the journey is long and tiring, tourists will be rewarded with spectacular sights of the diverse range in vegetation that Bhutan is so well known for.
On the way, the first will be to visit Kharbandi Gompa, which is about 5 km above Phuentsholing. This monastery was built by Royal Grandmother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedron in 1967. From this point the road climbs steeply up into the hills, to an altitude of approx. 6560 ft.
The trip will have stoppage along the way from time to time, so as not to miss the magnificent view of the Indian plains and Toorsa River below.
On the way, tourists will have the pleasure to see the first hydroelectric project ever built in Bhutan.
Leaving Chukha, Karuya BhramanTea will stop at the small town of Chimakurthi, a rapidly growing town in Bhutan. Delicious lunch will be served on the way.
After passing through Chapcha, the road reaches its highest point of about 9158 ft, then descends steeply and runs along the banks of Wang Chu (River) to Chuzon (Confluence), where Paro Chu runs into Wang Chu. From here it is only about 30 mins drive up the valley to Paro.
On arrival at Thimpu, tourists will check in at the hotel. A bit fast relaxing, a visit to Takin Preserve will be arranged. This place is known for the houses of the national animal “Takin” which is only found in Bhutan. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family, found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo. It can weigh as much as 550 pounds. Overnight stay at Hotel in Thimpu.
Visit National Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, Handicrafts Emporium, National Library and the Thimphu Dzong are the most exciting and amazing places for Karuya BhramanTea Tourist. Overnight in Thimphu.
As, Thimphu is famous for the art and handicraft, tourists will visit Jungshi handmade paper factory. It uses traditional methods to produce the authentic Bhutanese paper known as Deh-sho, located approximately 1 km from Thimphu City. The factory uses the bark of two tree species, the Daphne tree and Dhekap tree in the manufacture of traditional paper.
Tourists are allowed to observe the entire process of producing handmade paper using ancient traditional methods that have been practiced for generations. Special tourists can even get chance to try hand on this ancient craft and make some paper of their very own as a souvenir.
Deh-sho paper was originally used by monasteries for woodblock and manuscript books and also for writing prayer books. The Jungshi paper factory continues to preserve and promote this age-old Bhutanese tradition. It also produces various other products, such as stationery and greeting cards.
About an hour, tourists will climb from Thimphu and will be crossing to the Dochula pass. If weather is favourable, then tourists can see the entire Bhutanese Himalayas; starting from east of Chomolhari to Gangkhar Puensum.
Hike lovers can enjoying hiking to Chimi Lhakhang also known as “Temple of Fertility”. After having mouth-watering lunch and tourists will visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong. Later on tourists will be driven to the rafting point and start the most adventurous Mo-chhu rafting. In the evening we will check in at the hotel.
On arrival in Paro after lunch, tourists will see the rich history of Bhutan exhibited in the 17th century National Museum. The Paro Dzong, a massive fortress built in the 17th century now houses the monastic body. A lovely stroll downhill from the dzong over an old cantilever bridge wraps up an eventful first day in this magical Kingdom.
Start early as one will hike to the most revered temple in the country i.e. the Tiger’s Nest. It hangs majestically on a granite cliff of 900m from the Paro valley.
After that visit, tourists will be taken to the historic ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong which was built earlier to guard Paro valley from the invasion of Tibetans. On the way back, we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang one of the oldest temple in the country which is believed to have been built during 8th century by the Tibetan King Songson Gompo. Evening will be stroll to old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. Leisure on your own. Overnight Farmhouse stay at Paro.
Leave early morning drive to Chele la-la pass (3988 m) a favourite place for many visitors and is one of highest motorable passes in the country. For the Buddhists, it is also a sacred place to festoon the pass with prayer flags.
For naturalists or nature lover, the Chele la ridge offers gardens of Himalayan flowers, plants and of special pheasant species. Water is scarce on these ridges and tourists are recommended to have enough water supplies with you. The View of beautiful Haa Valley is enticing. Today is going to be the longest day of our tour and later on, we would retire at a hotel in Phuentsholing.
After breakfast at the hotel, tourists will be driven to NJP / Bagdogra for return train/flight to the destination.
Included in Price
- All accommodation in standard room on twin sharing basis
- Transportation and sightseeing
- All permits and taxes included
- Meals as per Meal plan
- River rafting (Mo-Chhu)
- Heating in the room
- Museum Fees and Other Entry Fees
- Travel Insurance
- Doesn’t include flight fare/train fare
- No refreshment at any time
- No personal expenses
- Gratuity to Helpers, Guides and Drivers
- Bhutanese Hot-stone Bath
- Any additional charges will be directly collected from the clients
- Anything other than mentioned in exclusions
Frequently asked Questions
Yes, your passport must be valid more than 6 months at the time of travel in Bhutan. (For online permit) and Voters ID/Passport for the offline permit.
One Can Avail Prepaid Sim Card at Phuentsholing.
It is going to be a very cold climate so it is necessary to pack your woolens and jackets with proper head gear, Scarf and Sunglasses. And for rafting quick dry clothes are necessary.