Duration: 7 Days
The Himalayan country of Bhutan is blessed with unique traditions, varied landscapes, rich culture to fascinate tourists and the best destination for exploring culture and livelihood, etc. Bhutan is also known as the “land of the thunder dragon”. This 7 days tour from Phuentsholing to Paro is relatively small and easy trip which will believe will be memorable as we will be entering the main gateway to Bhutan i.e. from Phuentsholing.
The main highlights of this tour are hiking up to the well-known and most visited - Taktsang monastery (also named as Tiger Nest monastery) located on the edge of the high cliff.
Our tour starts from Phuentsholing which is a key viable hub in the south-west of Bhutan generally identified as the gateway to Bhutan. Phuentsholing is a distinctive border town, which is also termed as Jaigaon in India at the side of the West Bengal state. We will be enjoying a long trip to reach Thimphu. On the way, we will drive to the plain road to the uphill and pass small communities, cascading waterfalls and cross the beautiful flora.
As reaching Thimpu, we start touring by visiting the memorial Chorten (built on the memory to the late third king), visit the nunnery temple, and small zoo where we get to observe the national animal of Bhutan – Takin. We also visit some art and painting school, heritage museums and last but not least, we will be visiting the majestic Tashicho Dzong. We then drive to Punakha, where on the way, we get the spectacular Himalayan views and our trail crosses through various flora like rhododendron, hemlock and fir forests. On the way to Punakha, we will be stopping to visit the ChimiLhakhang temple. At Punakha, we will be visiting the Punkah Dzongs (the second oldest forts). From here, we drive to Paro and pass few monasteries on the way.
Next, we will be hiking to Taktsang monastery located at the high edge cliff at an altitude of 3180 meters. From here, we retrace back to Paro and sightsee Paro. We conclude our tour by visiting local market - where you get to buy some local stuff for your loved ones. Please visit our website for more package in Bhutan and feel free to contact or email us if you have any questions.
Below we list you our detailed itinerary for Phuentsholing to Paro in Bhutan Tour:
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Day 1: Arrival in Phuentsholing (300m/985ft)
Day 2: Phuentsholing to Thimphu (2350m/7710ft): 175 Km, 6 hours
Day 3: Sightseeing in Thimphu
Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours
Day 5: Punakha to Paro: 130 km, 4 hours
Day 6: Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery (3180m/10,430 ft.)
Day 7: Final departure
Includes and Excludes
- Bhutanese visa fee
- All airport pickup and drop
- All meals, tea, and snacks
- Government approved A and B category hotels and standard lodge on twin- shared basis
- Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
- English speaking, trained and experienced guide and local staff
- All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums as per the itinerary
- All required government taxes
Not Included in the Cost
- All airfares
- Personal items (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
- Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
- Tips for staff (guide and driver)
- Travel insurance
Accommodation in Bhutan
Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide comfortable accommodation. Bhutanese hotels are approved and classified by the Government of Bhutan as grade A, B, and C which is equivalent to 3 or 4 - star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time booking, Grade ‘A' hotels will be provided in cities like Thimpu, Paro and so. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement can be served on request with an additional charge.
Meals and Drinks in Bhutan
All the meals and breakfast required for you are included as in our package. A variety of meals are available in most hotels - the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common Continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan such as pork, beef, chicken, and fish. Also for the best is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend for seasonal and fresh food.
Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same hotel where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. But if you wish to drink bottled water, they are also available. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.
Best Time to Travel
Best Seasons to visit Bhutan are in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October). The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms although Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring. Bhutan can also be visited during summer and winter if one wishes to avoid the crowd. However, summers are wet and winters are pretty cold which might not suit everyone.
Luggage or Backpack for tour
You will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently on the trip. The clothes and gears that you don't need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.
Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 - pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8". You have to remember following things before packing:
- Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
- Copy of the first page of your passport
- Airline tickets
- Visa approval for Bhutan (should be brought with you)
Packing List for Cultural or City Tours
- 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
- 2 pairs of dress pants/dresses for evening
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
- 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting Dzongs, temples and monasteries).
- Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
- 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
- Insect repellent
- Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
- Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
- Lip balm
- Sunglasses, prescription glasses
- 1 visor/sun hat
- Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
- Prescription medications
- Essential drugs such as for diarrhea, headache pills, pills for cold and cough
- Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)
Personal Expenses on Trek
Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters. Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we suggest you give tip and allocate 10-15 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.
Our Greetings at Airport
We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm Phuentsholing to Paro in Bhutan Tour with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it
Our normal Itinerary includes 7 days for Phuentsholing to Paro in Bhutan Tour which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.
Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it's necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.
Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are in Phuentsholing to Paro in Bhutan Tour (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you've insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Travel insurance page for more info about it.
Booking and Payment
You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Phuentsholing to Paro in Bhutan Tour along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We also accept transactions via Pay Pal.