Bhagdogra ( IXB )
3 star hotels
SHORT ITINERARY :
Upon your arrival at the airport, a cab will transfer the group to Phuentsholing – the Bhutan border town, 3.5 hours away from Bhagdogra. Enroute, we pass through a beautiful stretch, flanked by tea plantations and national parks on both sides of the road.
We will reach the border by evening. The moment you step into Bhutan land, literally, when you take those footsteps, you will immediately see how different the two towns on either side of the border are.
DID YOU KNOW ?
The word “Bhutan” translates to “Land of the Thunder Dragon” It earned the nickname because of the fierce storms that often roll in from the Himalayas.
After breakfast, we shall go to the permit office. The permit take some time processing and we shall leave Phuentsholing by 11 am. The drive to Thimpu is long, about six hours with stops including lunch. But it is very beautiful.
We’ll first go to Golden Buddha Point. Then, visit the pretty which is a great place to click some photographs, see a lot of locals, and observe some Bhutanese traditions. We are here to celebrate our new years. Lets relax a bit today, Sit in a cafe. Get to know the local Dishes like:
We can also go to the post office and buy postcards. The fantastic thing here is that you can get yourself clicked, and get a customized stamp from the same place and send a post card to your loved ones.
At 5 pm, we’ll go to the beautiful Tashichho Dzong, overlooking the palace. And spend the later part of the evening in the bustling Thimpu market area.
After breakfast, we make our way to Dochula Pass, an hour from Thimpu. Here, we are going to stop at the pretty 108 Dochula Chortens, which was built on the orders of the Queen Mother, as a sign of respect for the soldiers who died fighting the insurgents in the 2003 war. The area is beautiful, overlooks some of the highest mountains of Bhutan, and is usually shrouded in mist, giving the entire place a mystical surreal feeling.
If we make to Dochula on time, we can also visit the village Chimi Lhakhang, the Fertility temple of Bhutan, Punakha.
Later, we head to Paro. The route is beautiful, and as soon as you reach this village town, it’s almost as if you have been transported back in time. We shall stop enroute at Paro river, near a beautiful hanging rope bridge. A trip is not just about checking off sightseeing points, but also about the smaller prettier little moments that come along the way.
It is the most exciting day of the trip, as we hike up to Tiger Nest Monastery. Built on the very edge of the cliff, it is a good 2 and a half hour hike up from the base. Dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava (widely regarded as the Second Buddha), Tiger Nest Monastery or Taktsang Monastery is easily Bhutan’s symbol of pride and respect.
The trek is not too difficult, and the best way to do it is to walk at a steady, comfortable pace. Most of the walk is through a hilly forest and as you keep walking, you will see rhododendrons, pines and a lot of prayer flags.
There is an aura around the monastery, and spend an hour or two by yourself, observing the monks, the rituals, the beautiful rooms, and listening to the stories of Bhutan’s most favourite monastery. This day is easily the highlight of the trip. As we descend back and reach the base, there is a small meadow and horses grazing.
Today, after breakfast, we shall go to Chele La Pass, one o f Bhutan’s highest passes at 3880 odd metres above sea level (13,000 odd feet). On the way, there are prayer flags dotted on top of the hills, and they are fluttering away madly in the wind.
The alpine flowers, the lush greenery, the prayer flags, the views of the valley make the views breathtaking. The wind is quite strong here, and if you spread out your arms you can almost feel as if you are flying.
We will also head out to Archery: the national sport of Bhutan. Get ready boys and girls.
After breakfast, we head to Paro Dzong, sitting prettily on a hillock, looking over the entire town.
In the sixteenth century Dzong was once the centre of administration of all of Bhutan. Later, we leave back for the border town of Phuentsholing.
We leave for the airport at Bagdogra, and go back to our home cities . Hope you had a great trip, and we shall meet some where some time gain soon!
Traveling with Vyshakh is super fun. He is not just a superb organiser but an awesome human being as well. I had been to my very First trip with him to Bhutan and I am still awe struck. The whole journey was filled with so much fun and excitement which is difficult to describe in words. we had 5 birthdays on the trip n Vyshakh had ensured he planned each birthday and is celebrated uniquely in a unknown land, which was truely amazing. Going on trip with Vyshakh you are rest assured to be in happy space throughout. He has that zest to create small moments in your life which you will be carrying with you forever like strolling around deserted roads to find perfect place to cut the cake, sitting by the river (which is not part of the itinerary), to new year celebration to having long night sessions of Mafia n connecting in the bus to assuring that he is there for each one of us… all this is just the part of the unsaid itinerary… Just awaiting for the next trip together… As he always says “See you in the mountains”.
FLIGHTS CONSIDERATION :
Onwards : Before 11 am to IXB
Outwards : After 3pm from IXB
COST ( excluding 5% GST )
Rs. 35,500 / person ( Before April 10 )
Rs. 36,500 / person ( After April 10)
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Here is our 9 point checklist that we follow with regards to OJ trips.
For winters ( Dec- March )
For summers ( May- Oct )
Here’s a list of things to pack for the bhutan trip. The lowest temperature that we might get would be around close to 15 . Temperature will wary from 15-25 degrees through out the trip for may group trip.
*Things to pack *
Most people come alone for my trips. About 25% of the people bring a friend or partner.Honestly It really doesn’t matter. I have seen on all the batches I have lead. Most people really gel with everyone, even the ones who thought wouldn’t gel up, surprise themselves always with the way they got comfortable with everyone.
Each trek/ trip is rated according to the number of days we spend outdoors . If you aren’t sure where to start, go with an easy trip or trek.
I dreamed of trips where we could go out hike , get exhausted , come back to hotel and have a great evening. This is exactly why some of my trips have Day hikes in it. It is a perfect chance for people who have never hiked in their entire life. Don’t worry, We are there :).
you can start with Sandhakphu or Chandrashila . You can also benchmark yourself for the treks.
If you have never done a high altitude trek, then start with a easy or Easy- moderate trek. That way you will understand how your body reacts to high altitude and you can check you cardio strength too.
Usually, most batch sizes are between 12-20 people who are aged between 16-38. Most people come alone or with a friend. The trip would feel like you are travelling more with college friends than strangers. We tend to do more outdoorsy things than regular trips .
For example : If we find a very pretty waterfall/ a beautiful sunset / Rainbow on the way. We would stop the vehicle right away to catch the beauty of it.
We usually sleep very late on these trips as we play a lot of group games and most people feel they will miss the precious time with the group members and decides to stay awake.
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