That’s me enjoying the open & calm street of Thimphu in Bhutan. After coming from Bhutan, I would certainly say that Bhutan is the Land Of The Thunder Dragon and The happiest place on Earth. Read out my below Bhutan tour itinerary & save money.
WHY AM I SHARING MY BHUTAN TOUR ITINERARY?
Because I want you to experience Bhutan in the way it should be & not confined to useless package that feels more to travel with certain conditions & boundaries. Please take a moment and read on my day to day breakup and cost of traveling in Bhutan.
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WHY I TRAVELED BHUTAN & WHY YOU SHOULD PLAN
This beauty quietly lies on the eastern edges of the Himalayan foothills – far away from the chaos and frenzy that rules the present day world. Bhutan calls itself the land of happiness. I travelled to Bhutan because I wanted to know what it means when it says that. And my short trip of 5 days rationalized every bit of it so well. Spectacular landscape, amazing people, great environment and so much more.
You should travel to Bhutan because there is a lot to explore in this country. Every part of this kingdom is shrouded in mystery and you will love unveiling the truth behind them. Nature lovers will find the truest meaning of sublime natural beauty. This place is a must go if you really want to know how it would be to stay in a place untouched by industrialization and pollution.
APPROX COST OF THE TRIP WITH X DAYS Y NIGHTS
It has not been too long for Butan to open its gates to the rest of the world. Because of its geographical location, Bhutan for a long time was not a known place in the world. As soon as this lovely land got discovered, it quickly became a pace of major attraction to tourist from different parts of the world.
Bhutan is a tiny country. But it has a lot to be explored. If you are fit enough to trek through the rocky mountains and indulge in other adventurous activities, it’s good if you plan at least 8 nights 9 days trip to Thimphu and Paro.
If you want to skip the adventure part, then a trip of 4 nights 5 days is more than enough to enjoy the beauty of Thimphu and Paro. Bhutan is not a very expensive place. You can have a really nice time (with 3-star accommodation) at a budget of 20,000 INR for a couple. This does not include your flight fare and personal shopping expenses.
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WAYS TO REACH BHUTAN (THROUGH INDIA)
Very straightforward, either cut down the transit time and fly straight to Paro international airport (only airport of Bhutan) or take the more adventure road travel and time to reach Bhutan through road route. I preferred road route because Paro airport is considered as most difficult airports in the world. I wrote a detailed post on my exclusive experience about road & air route to Bhutan. Read out my post on Bhutan travelogue
DAY 1: ARRIVAl AT PARO
Whatever route you take in arriving in the beautiful country, let’s start your journey from awesome Paro. Paro is a small town surrounded by valley and breathtaking landscape. The famous cover poster of hilltop monastery you see in glossy Bhutan tour package is located in Paro.
I suggest check-in to Kamsum Hotel (3.3 Km from Paro Airport). This hotel is at one of the best locations in the town. The hotel is very close to the some of the popular tourist attraction of Paro.
LATER THAT DAY
Walk or Ride around and explore the nearby area. Check out the local temples ( Tibetan Temple), visit the Paro Peak and enjoy the beautiful aerial view of the valley from the top. In the evening you can explore the market. If you are traveling during the winters it’s good to be back to the hotel early. The chilly wind won’t let you stay out for long no matter how packed you are in warm clothes.
DAY 2: PARO DZONG, NATIONAL MUSEUM, TIGER’S NEST
Start your day very early and go directly to the Tiger’s Nest valley foot. If you want to trek all the way up, you better extend your stay by another day. It takes abotrek3 hours to reach the top and about 1.5 hrs to climb back down. You will have to go there by foot so decide properly if you want to take this adventure trip or not. (It is better you skip it if you are above 40 years old).
You can then visit the National Museum which can be covered in about an hour. From there check out the Paro Dzong which is just next to the museum. It must be afternoon by now, so head on for some great authentic Bhutanese cuisine.
You then have an option here, enjoy the evening in Paro or head towards Thimphu after checking out from the hotel, I would suggest do not rush while you travel and take a break in Paro itself. Pamper yourself with great local Bhutanese food and some drink!
DAY 3: CHECKOUT & HEAD TOWARDS THIMPHU
After breakfast, you can start your drive to Thimphu the capital of Bhutan, which is about 2 hours from Paro. On your way to Thimphu, stop by at the Paro Chu tourist spot and breath some fresh cool air as you enjoy the beauty of this river. The water of this river is so clear that you can even see the rocky river bed.
If it’s not too late you might even want to take the low hanging ropeway that will take you to the other side of the river. Do not worry. There is nothing to see on the other side. So it won’t take you much time at this place. Consider spending about 30-40 minutes here and hit the road again to Thimphu.
ANOTHER NICE STOP ON WAY TO THIMPHU
You can then stop at the Chhuzom. This is just at the place where the road from Paro takes a sharp turn to the road leading to Thimphu. Do not miss the Chhuzom view. IT is the place where the Paro river meets the Thimphu river. Treat your eyes with this stunning view that I bet you will rarely get to see in your everyday life. By the time you reach Thimphu, it is going to be afternoon.
Check-in to my suggested hotel called Namseling Boutique hotel. The hotel is nice & not very costly, check out the actual user’s review on booking.com. Get some rest in the hotel & awesome lunch in or outside the hotel of your choice.
DAY 4: DOCHULA PASS & THIMPHU LOCAL SIGHTSEEING
You can start exploring Thimphu from today. The first place that you might want to go is the captivating Dochula Pass. This place is about 45 minutes drive from the hotel. So plan your timings accordingly. This place is a major tourist attraction where 108 memorial stupas are built. This place is so beautiful, I am sure you won’t want to come back from it very soon. So consider spending about 4 hours of your day here (including travel time). So if you leave by 9 am you can be back by 1.
You can then check out the Buddha Dordenma. This is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the entire world, with a height of about 52 meters. The statue is made of bronze and beautifully gilded in gold. You will have to climb about 208 stairs to reach this statue which sits magnificently overlooking the city.
LATER IN THE EVENING
By the time you are done, it will be time for lunch. Treat yourself to some good food and then head straight to the Norzin Lam. This is where the main Thimphu market is. The clock square is located here. So go check it out.
You can check out the handicrafts in the handicraft market lane just opposite of the Taj hotel. The National Textile Museum is also located in this area You can spend some time there if you are interested in textiles. Head back to the hotel after dinner. By the time you reach, you will not want to do anything but hit the pillow. If that does not happen you can head out to take a walk around the area.
DAY 5: DOCHULA PASS & THIMPHU LOCAL SIGHTSEEING
You can start your day with a visit to the Thimphu Chorten Memorial which is about 10 minutes away from the hotel. This place is dedicated to tantric Buddhism. It is a great place to have a peep at the Buddhist culture and tradition. The walls are adorned with beautiful paintings and artwork that you will surely love.
The next place that you can head towards is the Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest dzong (fortresses) in Bhutan and was constructed in the early 1600s. This Dzong is now converted into a learning institution.
The 3rd place to see here is the Changangkha Lhakhang. This is one of the oldest temples in Thimphu. It is believed that people who do not have children come here to get the blessing so that they can have a kid. Make sure you throw the dice inside the temple and ask the monk what your fortune holds.
LATER IN THE EVENING
As this is your last evening in Thimphu and eventually Bhutan I strongly recommend you to take it easy and enjoy the atmosphere by having hot chocolate, tea, coffee or drink with your friends and family.
FINAL THOUGHT BEFORE I SIGN OFF
An inspirational quote by Mark Twain about the value of Spread Your Wings: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ”
THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE DID & I THINK YOU TOO CAN!
Avoid useless packages. Do not stay out for too long at night. Bhutan is a cold country and because of its high altitude, there is a constant wind blowing that makes it even colder (during winters). If you are from a hot country like India you might not like this cold very much.
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