Bhutan Overland Tour
Bhutan Overland Tour is a package of 6 days that visits some of the age-old monasteries, shrines, temples, fortress of the Dragon Kingdom. Bhutan Overland Tour encompasses the three major cities of Bhutan, the colorful Paro, the tiny capital Thimphu, and the old capitl city, Punakha. The tour starts with meeting the group at the border town of Bhutan and India at Phuentsholing. It then winds along to Thimphu following Punakha, Paro and eventually ends back at Phuentsholing. The tour covers major landmarks in these cities like Buddha’s point, King Memorial Chorten, Paro Ringpung Dzong, Punakha Dzong, Chimmi Lakhang and taking along the ever popular hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ located outskirts of Paro. Overall, Bhutan tour is a great way to experience Bhutanese daily lives and its culture and traditions along with visiting some of the ancient and historical landmarks of the country tucked high up in the Himalayas.
Trip Name: Bhutan Overland tour
Trip Duration: 06 Days
Max. Altitude: 3,120m/10,240 ft (The Tiger Nest Monastery)
Best Season: March to May and September to November
Meal: Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Accommodation: Government approved 3 stars and Above
Transportation: Private car, van or bus (Depends on group size)
Trip Type: Private Tour
• Enjoy scenic drive from/to Phuentsholing into the Dragon Kingdom
• Visit the city of Paro exploding with colors and tradition.
• Enjoy guided city tour of the tiny capital Thimphu.
• Hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3,120m) outskirts Paro.
• Hike to Chimi Lakhang, en-route Thimphu to Paro.
• Pass Dochu La (3,140m) pass commanding great mountain panorama of the eastern Himalayas.
• Experience Bhutanese culture, tradition and lifestyles.
What to Expect?
Bhutan Overland Tour traverses the kingdom of Thunder Dragon with the four wheelers, while passing through the border Pheuntsholing. The tour offers the dramatic landscapes and natural beauty of Bhutan along with the sightseeing program to popular city like Paro, Thimphu, Punakha which encompasses historical and religious sites like Punakha Dzong, Chimmi Lhakhang, Taktsang Monastery, Ta Dzong and many other famous destinations.
Day 01: Arrive Phuentsholing (250m)
Arrive Phuentsholing, meet our representatives and after concluding the formalities. Check-in hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Phuentsholing to Thimphu (2350m)
Early morning drive from Phuentsholing towards Thimphu following Pa Chhu downstream which takes 6-7 hours. In Thimphu, drive on to the Buddha Terrace for a stunning view of the valley and take a drive to visit Takin Preserve to see Takin, Bhutan’s national animal – a strange looking beast which some say resembles a beestung moose! Take a view of the majestic Tashichoe Dzong, the seat of the government before circumventing the Memorial Chorten – a monument erected in memory of Bhutan’s third king H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.Visit Centenary Farmers Market, the new authentic craft bazaar, National Institute of Traditional Medicine that still dispenses traditional herbal medicines to the locals, the Folk Heritage Museum – a 300 year old traditional house converted into a museum. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (1310m)
Enjoying Bhutan Overland Tour, after breakfast, drive for about 1 & half hour to Punakha. Climb up the mountain road to Dochu La at 3140m. On clear weather, the pass commands a wonderful panorama of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass, descend through varied forest and finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. Take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, who as a favorite saint of the Bhutanese people is known affectionately as “the Divine Madman”. The temple is on a hillside in the middle of rice fields and has become a pilgrimage site for childless couples. Enjoy some tea and snacks at the end of hike while overlooking the fields. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Punakha to Paro (2250m)
Drive to Paro re-crossing Dochula. In Paro, Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan; the Dzong continues its age-old function as the seat of the district administration, district court and the monastic body. The southern approach to the Dzong has a traditional roofed cantilever bridge called Nemi Zam. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: In Paro – Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tigers’ Nest’ (3120m)
After breakfast drive towards the base camp of Taktsang for the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger’s Nest. It’s about two hours hike up the cafeteria. From this point, enjoy the spectacular view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in 8th century. Then visit the Taktsang Monastery and hike back to the road point then drive to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Afterwards, back to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: Paro to Phuentsholing (250m)
Your Bhutan Overland Tour terminates today, early morning, depart to Phuentsholing from Paro which is a 6 hours drive and cross the border back to India.
• Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
• 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
• Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
• Route Permit
• Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
• A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
• All land transportation by private vehicle
• Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Monuments entrance fees where applicable
• Drinking water
• All internal taxes and charges
• A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
• Airfare & Travel Insurance
• Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
• Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.