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Rinpung Dzong - Photo Courtesy Cfynn
Drugyel Dzong Photo Courtesy Pradyot
Punakha Dzong - Photo Courtesy Lohen11
Chimi Lhakhang (Photo Courtesy: amanderson2)
Thimphu Views
The National Memorial Chorten (Nivalink Trip Dated - 26 March 2008)
Tashichho Dzong Monastery (Photo Courtesy: Christopher J. Fynn)
Tashichho Dzong (Photo Courtesy: Christopher J. Fynn)
Inside of Tashichho Dzong

Bhutan is a treasure house of Buddhist Art and magic of monasteries. Thimphu is the beating heart of Bhutan, Phuentsholing serves as a small border town and Paro has a riverside character lying on the banks of the river Paru Chhu.

Route

Phuntsholing(2) - Thimphu(1) - Punakha(2) - Paro(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrive New Jalpaiguri Railways Station / Bagdogra Airport and proceed to Phuntsholing
  • Day-2 Phuentsholing – Thimphu
  • Day-3 Thimphu Sightseeing – Punakha / Wangdue
  • Day-4 Excursion to Gangtey (Phobjikha)
  • Day-5 Punakha / Wangdue Sightseeing – Paro
  • Day-6 Paro Sightseeing
  • Day-7 Paro – Phuentsholing
  • Day-8 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Paro - Ta Dzong - National Museum (1.00 kms), Rinpung Dzong (1.60 kms), Kyichu Temple (5.00 kms), Drugyel Dzong (17.00 kms), The National Memorial Chorten (50.00 kms), Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu (55.00 kms)

Punakha - Punakha Dzong (1.00 kms), Chimi Lhakhang in Punakha (30.00 kms)

Thimphu - National Folk Heritage Museum (0.50 kms), Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu (4.50 kms), The National Memorial Chorten (5.00 kms), Dochu La Pass Thimphu (23.00 kms), Chimi Lhakhang in Punakha (65.00 kms), Punakha Dzong (73.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Bagdogra Departure - Bagdogra
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
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  • Sep
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  • Nov
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Distances
  • Bagdogra to Phuntsholing -156 kms (4 hrs)
  • Phuntsholing to Thimphu -150 kms (3 hrs)
  • Thimphu to Punakha -80 kms (3 hrs)
  • Punakha to Paro -145 kms (4 hrs)
  • Paro to Bagdogra -305 kms (7 hrs)
Route

Bagdogra - Phuntsholing(2) - Thimphu(1) - Punakha(2) - Paro(2) - Bagdogra

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrive New Jalpaiguri Railways Station / Bagdogra Airport and proceed to Phuntsholing Arrive at New Jalpaiguri Railways Station / Bagdogra Airport and proceed to Phuntsholing - The Gateway of Bhutan by Road from India. It is a thriving commercial center on the northern edge of the Indian Plains. Overnight at Phuentsholing

Day-2 Phuentsholing – Thimphu Travel to Thimphu after completing permit formalities. Visit Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion).

Day-3 Thimphu Sightseeing – Punakha / Wangdue Visit to Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Statue), King's Memorial Chorten (Monument) & Folk Heritage Museum. Later leave for Punakha / Wangdue Phodrang via Dochu-La-Pass. The pass also has 108 Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chorten which is believed brings multi fold merit to all sentient beings and which make the pass a must visit place.

Day-4 Excursion to Gangtey (Phobjikha) Spend an entire day at Phobjika Valley is a bowl-shaped glacial valley on the western slopes of the Black Mountains. You can also visit Gangtey Gompha and return back in evening.

Day-5 Punakha / Wangdue Sightseeing – Paro Punakha Dzong - It is arguably the most beautiful Dzong in the country. After that take a short excursion trip to visit the Chhimi Lhakhang - The Temple, also known as “The Fertility Temple” was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Drive to Paro.

Day-6 Paro Sightseeing  Visit Ta Dzong – A National Museum with an excellent collection of Bhutanese antiquities and Rinpung Dzong. Visit Drukgyel Dzong - Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District & Kyichu Lhakhang - one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Bhutan.

Day-7 Paro – Phuentsholing Travel to Phuentsholing. Explore the surrounding of the town by foot in evening.

Day-8 Departure Leave for your onward journey to home from New Jaipaiguri Railway Station or Bagdogra Airport.

Detailed Sightseeing

Paro :

  • Ta Dzong - National Museum - Ta Dzong is a circular fortress that once protected this valley from the Tibetan invasion. It is now the National Museum with an excellent collection of Bhutanese antiquities.

  • Rinpung Dzong - Rinpung Dzong is a impressive structure built in 1646 and is the administrative seat containing a monastic community of about 200 members.

  • Kyichu Temple - Kyichu temple, ten minutes drive from Paro and is one of the oldest temples in the country dating as far back as the 7th century. H

  • Drugyel Dzong - Drugyel Dzong was built in 1647 and offers stunning views of the Mount Jumolhari (7314 meters or 24000 ft) on a clear day.

  • The National Memorial Chorten - The National Memorial Chorten is a stupa where locals do their evening prayers. The stupa was built in 1974 in memory of the third king.

  • Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu - Tashichho Dzong also known as the 'Fortress of the religious' is a Buddhist monastery and fortress on the edge of the city of Thimphu and lies on the western bank of Wang Chu River. Tashichho Dzong has traditionally been the seat of the Dharma Raja and now houses the government since 1952 and the central monk body.

Punakha :

  • Punakha Dzong - Punakha Dzong is a prominent landmark of Punakha and offers views of the riverside. The Dzong houses the sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Kagyu school including the Rangjung Kasarpani, and the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Padma Lingpa.

  • Chimi Lhakhang in Punakha - Chimi Lhakhang is a Buddhist monastery in Punakha built in 1499 by the 14th Drupka hierarch, after being blessed by “Divine Madman” saint Drupka Kunley.

Thimphu :

  • National Folk Heritage Museum - The National Folk Heritage Museum showcases rural life. Exhibits and cultural shows are held in the museum compound. Open: Mon-Fri 10:30 AM to 4:30PM Sat 10:30 AM to 1 PM Sun 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM

  • Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu - Tashichho Dzong also known as the 'Fortress of the religious' is a Buddhist monastery and fortress on the edge of the city of Thimphu and lies on the western bank of Wang Chu River. Tashichho Dzong has traditionally been the seat of the Dharma Raja and now houses the government since 1952 and the central monk body.

  • The National Memorial Chorten - The National Memorial Chorten is a stupa where locals do their evening prayers. The stupa was built in 1974 in memory of the third king.

  • Dochu La Pass Thimphu - Dochu La Pass is at an elevation of 10334 ft and is located on the way to Punakha from Thimpu with an overlooking view of the snow covered Himalayas. Over here, 108 memorial chortens / stupas known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens” have been built in memory of the Bhutanese soldiers who were killed in 2003 war. On a clear day, one can see the Eastern Himalayas with 7 mountain peaks including Gangkar Punsum (Bhutan's highest peak).

  • Chimi Lhakhang in Punakha - Chimi Lhakhang is a Buddhist monastery in Punakha built in 1499 by the 14th Drupka hierarch, after being blessed by “Divine Madman” saint Drupka Kunley.

  • Punakha Dzong - Punakha Dzong is a prominent landmark of Punakha and offers views of the riverside. The Dzong houses the sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Kagyu school including the Rangjung Kasarpani, and the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Padma Lingpa.

Destination Overview

Bagdogra - Bagdogra is visited for being a base point near Siliguri having an Airport from where guests access West Bengal Hills (Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Chalsa, Dooars etc.) and Sikkim (Gangtok, Pelling, North Sikkim etc).

Phuntsholing - Phuntsholing is the border town while entering Bhutan from India. It is about 180 km from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan

Thimphu - Thimphu is capital city of Bhutan and one of the most visited destinations of Bhutan. Thimphu is a city offering an old world charm of a Himalayan Kingdom alongwith Monasteries, museums and a distinct heritage character.

Punakha - Punakha Valley is a riverside town and rice bowl of Bhutan and is renowned for the countryside character it offers.

Paro - The beautiful Paro valley provides a visitor with all the essential elements of Bhutan in general. Ancient temples, massive forts, monasteries, picturesque villages, scenic hikes, and drives. Zhiwa Ling is in close proximity to the many attractions the Paro valley has to offer

Access
Prefered Arrival : No ImageBagdogra
Prefered Departure : No ImageBagdograNo ImageSiliguri(14kms), Kurseong(38kms), Darjeeling(66kms)
Distances
  • Bagdogra to Phuntsholing -156 kms (4 hrs)
  • Phuntsholing to Thimphu -150 kms (3 hrs)
  • Thimphu to Punakha -80 kms (3 hrs)
  • Punakha to Paro -145 kms (4 hrs)
  • Paro to Bagdogra -305 kms (7 hrs)

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Distances
  • Bagdogra to Phuntsholing -156 kms (4 hrs)
  • Phuntsholing to Thimphu -150 kms (3 hrs)
  • Thimphu to Punakha -80 kms (3 hrs)
  • Punakha to Paro -145 kms (4 hrs)
  • Paro to Bagdogra -305 kms (7 hrs)

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