Paro – Phuntsholing Tour

Paro – Phuntsholing Tour

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

7 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Tigers Nest monastery (3190 m)

Group Size

Max- 20 pax.

Trial Access:

Flight and comfortable drive.

Best Season:

All over the year.

Paro Phuntsholing Tour takes you to some of the best places of Bhutan including Paro, Thimpu, Punakha. Phuntsholing, a town near the Bhutan-India Border. The country of the thunder dragon, Druk Yul is the other name of the country Bhutan. It is famous for its well preserved natural and cultural heritage sites. This small Himalayan Kingdom is the only country to follow Mahayana Buddhism as an official religion. You won’t miss the Tiger’s Nest, one of the most iconic places in Bhutan. From Phuntsholing you can continue journey onward to some other destination of fly back from Paro the next day.

If you are taking a flight to Bhutan, then you always land at the only International Airport at Paro. Thimpu being the capital city of Bhutan does not have the Airport. The reason behind this is because of the higher altitude. Thimpu is located at a higher altitude than Paro. Thus, it will be comparatively difficult for the flight to take-off and land.

Immediately after landing at Paro International Airport, you go for sightseeing in Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan, the Rinpung Dzong often described as the fort with heaps of Jewel, Khichu Lhakhang, the oldest monument. By the late afternoon, we reach the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built around the mid 17th century in the memory of the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders. Then the next day you do an excursion to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. locally known as the Taktsang Monastery. This monastery has been the identification of Bhutan for a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. The Mahayana Buddhist believes that the first Dalai Lama, Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tigress to her for Meditation. While coming down we will have lunch halfway down the hill and continue to Paro. We drive to Thimpu in the late afternoon. This is a scenic drive through the hills for around 2 hours.

The places we visit today include the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Changgangkha Monastery, Majestic Thimphu Dzong, etc. Besides that, we also go to the Central zoo to see the animals over there and among them the Takin, a goat-antelope is a major attraction as it is the national animal of Bhutan. In the afternoon visit the Weekend market famous for all kinds of local products ranging from handicrafts to vegetables. You can also visit the radio tower on a hilltop, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

We start the day in the morning with a drive to Punakha via Dochu La. The drive is around 3 hours long and is 77 km from Thimpu. This town derives its name from the river on whose banks it is situated, the Punakha River. We will make a brief visit to the fertility temple known as Chimi Lhakhang. You can receive blessings of fertility with a phallus from the Lama. Upon arrival at Punakha, we visit the Punakha Zhong in the evening.

You begin the day with a visit to Wangduephodrang town to see the stone carvings. Our destination today is Gangtey a beautiful settlement with the White Mountains and green hills around it. After spending some time at the Gangtey we take a short walk in the Phobjikha village and drive back to Punakha.

You drive to the town of Phuntsholing, a bordering town near the Bhutan-India Border. The drive goes past hilly road for 234 km and on the way, we will make a few stops, one for lunch and others for photography. Your trip to Bhutan ends here.

Starting Price

USD 1789 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Paro.

Departure from: Phuentsholing

Day 1

Arrival at Paro.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After arrival at Paro, a representative from Himalayan trekkers will greet, meet and transfer you to the hotel where you will be staying overnight.

During the flight, you will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and other famous Himalayan peaks.

You can enjoy sightseeing if you have good leisure after arrival and a brief rest.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive.

Day 2

Hike to Tiger nest monastery and scenic drive to Thimpu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive and hike to Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world which is also called as Tiger nest monastery.

After lunch, scenic drive to Thimpu, capital of Bhutan.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs hike and 2 hrs drive.

Day 3

Thimpu sightseeing.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will have guided sightseeing of Thimpu. You will explore the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Changgangkha Monastery, Majestic Thimphu Dzong, etc. Besides that, we also go to the Central zoo to see the animals over there and among them the Takin, a goat-antelope is a major attraction as it is the national animal of Bhutan.

In the afternoon visit the Weekend market famous for all kinds of local products ranging from handicrafts to vegetables. You can also visit the radio tower on a hilltop, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Overnight. 

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4

Drive to Punakha and explore.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We start the day in the morning with a drive to Punakha via Dochu La (3,100m). This town derives its name from the river on whose banks it is situated, the Punakha River.

We will make a brief visit to the fertility temple known as Chimi Lhakhang. You can receive blessings of fertility with a phallus (Symbolic representation of male sexual organ) from the Lama. Upon arrival at Punakha, we will have lunch and visit the Punakha Zhong in the evening.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs drive.

Day 5

Drive to Gangtey, explore and return to Punakha.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will start the day with a visit to Wangduephodrang town to see the stone carvings. Our destination today is Gangtey a beautiful settlement with the White Mountains and green hills around it. After spending some time at the Gangtey we take a short walk in the Phobjikha village and drive back to Punakha.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs drive.

Day 6

Scenic drive to Phuentsholing.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we have a long and scenic drive to the town of Phuntsholing, a bordering town near the Bhutan-India Border.

The drive goes past hilly road for 234 km and on the way, we will make a few stops for lunch, photography and in the required condition.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 7

Departure.

As it is the final day of the trip, you can depart from the western border to your further journey towards India and Nepal or you can drive back towards Paro for next day flight.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop
  • All Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary with all meals.
  • Bhutan Entry Fees
  • Entrance Fees
  • Sightseeing
  • Guide and Driver
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International Airfares to Paro and Airport tax
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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