Few travelers have ever heard of Bhutan—much less passed through its majestic and remote borders. The Buddhist kingdom cautiously controls tourism to preserve its culture and protect its legacy. Experience a deeply spiritual world of elaborate temple-fortresses, ancient customs, and pristine scenery.
Few travelers have ever heard of Bhutan—much less passed through its majestic and remote borders. The Buddhist kingdom cautiously controls tourism to preserve its culture and protect its legacy. Experience a deeply spiritual world.
Arrive Kolkata (erstwhile Calcutta) or the City of Joy as has been popularized by Dominique Lapierre in his book by the same name. The city which has strong cultural roots rose into prominence under the colonial rule. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later explore the City of Joy.
First visit flower market and then visit Victoria Memorial, a spectacular monument built in memory of Queen Victoria. Take road to the Howrah Bridge, later visit Mother Teresa’s Ashram. Evening explore “Kumartuli” and interact with the local potters community.
Kolkata - Paro - Thimphu
Fly to Paro. On arrival you will be met by your guide and driver and make the short journey to Thimphu, the capital of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. It is a deeply fascinating country with deep cultural moorings.
Spend the morning walking in the weekend market in Thimphu and later visit other places. Undoubtedly the monuments situated in the backdrop of clear sky and high mountains will leave you mesmerized.
Thimphu – Punakha
Drive to Punakha, over the Dochu La pass offering stunning views of nature. Visit the Chimi Lhakhang temple before reaching your hotel in Punakha. It is also the time to soak in a bit of spirituality in the backdrop of a setting that is majestic and serene at the same time.
Tour of Punakha Dzong. Immerse yourself in the amazing scenery with gentle walks accompanied by your guide, who will regale you with the story of the past, Bhutan’s tryst with Buddhism and how it is unique in its own way.
Punakha – Paro
Return to Paro. In the afternoon you can visit Paro Dzong and the national museum, which is a treasure trove of the country’s rich cultural kaleidoscope and whose collection will bring alive in front of you a picture of a delightful people.
Relish the adventure of the steep climb to the magnificent Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It undoubtedly is an amazing sight. Situation at the edge of a mountain with high mountain walls on the other side it makes for magnificent picture as well. Later visit Drukgyel Dzong.
The day dedicated to Chele La, one of the highest passes in the area. Walk and visit some local villages where you will come face to face with the life of the hardy people and who will regale you with their stories.
Paro – Kolkata – Departure
Fly back to Kolkata. The afternoon is all yours. You can make the time by visiting some of the colonial monuments or an art gallery (Kolkata is known for its eponymous Calcutta School of Art).