Land of Thunder Dragon



Bhutan is a stunning highland with rolling mountains and valleys that rejuvenates strained bonds and mends the lost senses. Start your 8-day trip by setting foot in Phuentsholing and stride through Bhutan and start your vacation in grand style. Drive to Thimphu, the capital city and witness the scale of 169ft tall Buddha sculpture ideally meditating against Bhutan’s skyline. Onwards to Punakha and stop for some great pictures at Dochu La pass. Visit Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility and get blessed by the holy spirits. Choose to visit the iconic Taktshang Monastery or the stunning panoramas of Chele la pass. Drive onwards to Phuentsholing, where you end your trip.

  • On Day 1, arrive in Phuentsholing.
  • On Day 2, drive to Thimphu and en route stop at Kharbandi Gompa.
  • On Day 3, explore popular attractions such as Kuensel Phodrang, Trashichhoedzong and more in Thimphu.
  • On Day 4, drive for ~3 hours to Punakha & Wangdue and visit Punakha Dzong and Chhimi Lhakhang later in the day.
  • On Day 5, drive to Paro descending back down from Dochu La.
  • On Day 6, choose to trek to the iconic Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) or drive along Chele la pass.
  • On Day 7, drive to the base of Drukgyel Dzong and then onwards to Phuentsholing.
  • On Day 8, depart from Phuentsholing.
Phuntsholing (1), Thimphu (2), Punakha (1), Paro (2), Phuntsholing (1)
Arrival (Bagdogra), Departure (Bagdogra)



Arrival in Phuentsholing

On arrival in Phuentsholing, you will be met by our representative and after clearing immigration formalities, check in at the Hotel.

Later in the day, if time permits visit Zangtho Pelri - situated in city centre, this small temple represents the heaven of Guru Rinpoche.

Overnight at the hotel in Phuentsholing. (Altitude 300m)


Phuentsholing to Thimphu (150km, approx 4.5 hour drive)

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu.

En route stop at Kharbandi Gompa, the beautiful monastery situated in garden of tropical plants and flowers. The monastery contains paintings depicting scenes from the life of Buddha and statues of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Guru Rimpoche. From the monastery garden there is a splendid view of Phuentsholing and plains of West Bengal and their tea gardens beyond.

Proceed further to Thimphu. This entire drive is very pleasant with numerous scenic spots en route.

Stop a few miles before Thimphu to visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language.

On arrival, in Thimphu check-into the hotel. The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With the population of about 1,00,000 it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light.

In the evening, go on an exploratory walk around Thimphu main street and market area.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. (Altitude 2,320m)



After breakfast, drive to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.

Then, visit King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. This is followed by a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang. It is a fortress like temple and monastic school perched on a ridge above Thimphu, south of Motithang. The central statue here is Chenrezig in a manifestation with 11 heads. From temple courtyard, there is fascinating view of Thimphu valley.

Afternoon visits include:

  • Textile Museum: is worth a visit to experience the living national art of weaving.
  • Folk Heritage Museum: The Museum is dedicated to connecting people with the rich Bhutanese Folk heritage and rural history.
  • Trashichhoedzong: This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot.

Evening time can be spent strolling through the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. (Altitude 2,320 m)


Thimphu to Punakha & Wangdue (75km, approx 3 hour drive)

After breakfast, drive to Punakha / Wangduephodrang across Dochu La. Located at a height of 3,088m/ 10,130 ft, Dochula is a scenic location with chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate this highest point on the road. If skies are clear, it may be possible to see the following peaks from this pass in the order left to right: Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

In the afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong or (Palace of Great Happiness), built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers. This majestic dzong served as both the religious and the administrative center of Bhutan in the past. It measures some 600 by 240 feet and has a six-story, gold-domed tower.

Later in the day, go on an excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility.

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha / Wangdue. (Altitude 1,300m)


Punakha & Wangdue to Paro (125km, approx 4.5 hour drive)

After breakfast, drive to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley.

Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m)



After breakfast, go on an excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx 5 hours round trip walk). It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’.


After breakfast, undertake a driving excursion to Chele la pass.

Chele la (pass), at an elevation 3,988 meters is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind. During season, visitors can see cascades of wild roses, purple and yellow primulas, and swathes of deep blue iris covering the forest floor. The top of the pass blooms with rhododendrons in a variety of colours-pale pink, deep pink, burnt orange, mauve, white and scarlet, in season.

Later enroute excursion to Dzongdrakha Goempa. Often called as mini Takstang, Dzongdrakha is a cliff-side temple complex on the western side of the Paro Valley. Four shrines make up the complex, dedicated to Drolma (Tara), Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity), Guru Rinpoche and the Buddha of the Future, Maitreya. Located approx 20-minute drive from Paro, these temples are built on a cliff above Bondey village, but the walk is not as strenuous as Taktshang.

In the evening, go on an exploratory walk around main street and market area.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m)


Paro to Phuentsholing (150km, approx 4.5 hour drive)

After a leisurely breakfast, drive to the base of Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress (currently under restoration) where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, ‘mountain of goddess' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong.

Also visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

Then drive back to Phuentsholing. In the evening, explore Phuentsholing market and city centre.

Overnight at the hotel in Phuentsholing. (Altitude 300m)


Depart from Phuentsholing

After breakfast, depart from Phuentsholing for your onward journey.


  • Ta Dzong – Paro (national museum): closed on Government Holidays
  • Folk Heritage Museum - Thimphu: closed on Government Holidays and on Sat open from 10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and on Sun open from 11.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • Textile Museum – Thimphu: Closed on Government Holidays and on Sun and on Sat open from 9.00 a.m. to 4 p.m.


What is included

  • 2 Nights at Phuentsholing
  • 2 Nights at Thimphu
  • 1 Night at Punakha
  • 2 Nights at Paro
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Pickup & drop at Phuentsholing
  • Pvt Vehicle for Sightseeing
  • Guide


What is excluded

  • GST