|Kolkata | Thimphu | Punakha | Paro |
Arrive in Kolkata (erstwhile Calcutta). You will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon explore the colonial legacy and heritage of Kolkata, the first capital of British in India also known as the ‘City of Processions’ and the ‘City of Joy.’
Start your day with a visit to the Kumartuli potter’s town and interact with the local potter’s community. Later roam in the massive precincts of the Victoria Memorial, a splendid architectural structure in white marble built in the early 20th century followed by a visit to Mother Teresa’s Ashram.
Kolkata - Paro - Thimphu
Fly to Paro. Meet our guide on your arrival at the airport and hit the road for a short journey to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan watching on the way the scenic landscape. Bhutan is a fascinating country with deep Buddhist ties and an easygoing lifestyle.
Spend the mornings walking in the weekend market in Thimphu and later visit other places. Later take a leisurely stroll in the scenic countryside filled with ruined forts and beautiful lakes. You will also visit temples and holy places in Phajoding and see some rarest Thanka paintings.
Drive to Punakha. Travel past the mesmerizing Dochu La pass. Visit the Chimi Lhakhang temple before settling in your hotel in Punakha. Time to soak in a bit of spirituality in the backdrop of a setting that is majestic and serene at the same time.
Visit the Punakha Dzong followed by a leisurely walk in the beautiful in the Punakha valley. Immerse yourself in the amazing scenery 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, which makes for a jaw-dropping site. Situated at the edge of a mountain with high mountain walls on the other side its magnificent location makes for a perfect picture as well. Later visit Drukgyel Dzong.
The day dedicated to Cheli La, one of the highest passes in the area. Visit the Sunday market to experience local flavor, some haggling, and to see some of Bhutan`s unique local products, including strings of chugo (dried yak cheese), exotic-looking ferns, etc.
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) or the local market before you fly back home.