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DISCOVERING BHUTAN

Your journey starts in the incredible Indian state of Assam, where you will get to see its famous silk weavers. Your time in Bhutan will be spent visiting remote sites renown for their magical charm

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18 Days

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Destinations
Delhi | Guwahati | SamdrupJongkhar | Trashigang | Mongar | Jakar | Phobjikha | Punakha | Thimphu | Paro | Kolkata

Journey Highlights

Detailed Journey

Day 1

Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi. You’ll be met by our driver and taken to your hotel. In the afternoon you’ll have a few options. You can visit some ancient Indian sites, or you can go to the more modern colonial edifices, or perhaps you’d prefer to revel in the cultural potpourri of the old bazaars.

Day 2

Delhi - Guwahati

Fly to Guwahati and have the evening as leisure time. Known as the Gateway to the Northeast, Guhawati is renown for its rich culture, dancing and silk weaving. In ancient times, the difficult to access hinterland areas became a popular hideaway for secret sects.

Day 3

Guwahati

Visit Sualkuchi, famous for its silk weaving industry. You can even observe the process from start to end. The rearing of silk worms, the production of yarn, and ultimately, the conversion into fabric. Later visit Hajo, which boasts beautiful shrines from three major religions – Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism.

Day 4

Guwahati–SamdrupJongkhar

Drive to the Bhutanese border at Samdrup Jongkhar in the south-eastern region of Bhutan. The town became a hotbed of activity after the construction of the Samdrup-Jongkhar-Tashigang National Highway in 1960. It is also one of the most important trading cities of Bhutan.

Day 5

SamdrupJongkhar - Trashigang

Continue by road to Trashigang. The drive will take most of the day, but the journey is famous for its scenic views. You’ll have plenty of breaks to stop and revel in the epic nature of the area, and take plenty of pictures to remember it forever.

Day 6

Trashigang

Situated in the eastern part of Bhutan, Trashigang is nestled in the junction of two rivers – DragmeChhu and Gamre. We’ll visit a few lovely local spots like GomKora, ChortenKora and TrashiYangtse. The afternoon will be dedicated to the exploration of Trashigang.

Day 7

Trashigang - Mongar

Drive to Mongar via Drametse Gompa. The drive is a bit longer than 3 hours but the lush green fields rolling down the towering mountains make every moment worth it. Upon arrival we’ll visit MongarDzong, which is truly a sight to behold.

Day 8

Mongar – Jakar, Bumthang Valley

Drive to the Bumthang Valley. Another long drive that will seemingly fly by thanks to the stunning views of the majestic landscapes and towering monuments of this incredible country. Again, we’ll stop as many times as you like to take pictures.

Day 9

Jakar, Bumthang Valley

Known for its ancient fortress, Jakar means ‘white bird.’ Situated in the Bumthang district, the region is filled with ancient temples and sacred sites. At Jakar you will walk through the precincts of Thangbi Temple high up in the mountains. Afterwards we’ll visit JakarDzong.

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Day 10

JakarBumthang Valley - Phobjikha

On the way to Gangtey we’ll stop at the epic TrongsaDzong. As we leisurely maneuver through the mountain roads your drive will seem like a floaty dream thanks to the scenic countryside. Seeing the vistas unfold is a deeply mesmerizing experience.

Day 11

Phobjikha

Phobjikha is a huge U-shaped glacial valley known for its black necked cranes and its dense marshlands. A paradise for bird watchers, we’ll walk the TenkhorYuetshe Sum Trail and visit the black-necked crane research centre.

Day 12

Phobjikha - Punakha

After yet another gorgeous trip back to the western part of Bhutan, we’ll reach Punakha. We’ll stay here for the night, basking in the quiet peace. Enjoy a lovely night, chatting with your fellow travelers and local guides by the traditional bukhari stove fire.

Day 13

Punakha

Start your day with a lovely walk from Nobgang to Punakha. In the afternoon, visit the PunakhaDzong. Then we’ll take a leisurely walk in the beautiful Punakha valley. You’ll also have the option of a full day trek to Lumukha Village, where the locals are welcoming and friendly.

Day 14

Punakha -Thimphu

Finally you’ll reach Bhutan’s capital city. In the afternoon explore the amazing heritage of Thimphu, which includes the Royal Palace, Dzongs and other ancient sites. You’ll also be enamored with the delicious cuisine and the local culture.

Day 15

Thimphu - Paro

Take a short drive to Paro, a modern city with medieval roots. Get to know Bhutan’s Buddhist moorings, revel in the city’s architecture and cherish the spectacular landscapes. You will also visit ParoDzong and Ta Dzong.

Day 16

Paro

Prepare for a marvelous adventure – the steep climb to the magnificent Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It is an undoubtedly amazing sight. Situated at the edge of a mountain, the views are magnificent. Later visit DrukgyelDzong.

Day 17

Paro - Kolkata

Fly back to Kolkata. In the afternoon you can visit the Victoria Memorial. Later drive to the Howrah Bridge and afterwards visit Mother Teresa’s Ashram. You can also visit Kumartuli and interact with the local pottery community if time permits.  

Day 18

Kolkata - Departure

Drive to the airport to board your plane home. As your flight soars through the sky you will find yourself in the grip of nostalgia, wondering just how soon you can return and once again lose yourself in the leisurely Bhutanese pace of life.

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