Bhutan, the Land of Thunder Dragon is arguably India’s most beautiful neighbor. Here traditions and culture blend beautifully with a developing modern state, making it a must visit for travel enthusiasts.
GoMissing offers adventure activities like mountain biking and trekking in Bhutan. Add these to your cultural tour of Bhutan and make your trip so much more exciting!!
Traveling from India to Bhutan
Historically, India and Bhutan have had close cultural and political ties. Because of this, Indian nationals can visit Bhutan without any hassles. There are multiple ways of travelling to Bhutan from India.
Flying to Bhutan from India – The Bhutanese national carrier, Druk Air operates regular flights from Delhi, Kolkata and Bagdogra in India to Paro International Airport in Bhutan.
By road – One can drive to Phuentsholing, which is the border town of Bhutan from Jaigaon in west Bengal.
Jaigaon is 4 hours drive from the Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal. Bagdogra is well connected with the rest of India through different airlines.
Also one can reach the New Jalpaiguri railway station, which is well connected on the Indian railways network, and hire a vehicle to reach Jaigaon/Phuentsholing. The drive time from New Jalpaiguri is about 4 hours.
Indian nationals do not need a visa for going to Bhutan. However, route permits and entry permits are needed which the GoMissing team will process.
Indian nationals do need either a passport or a voter ID card to enter Bhutan. No other identity document is accepted.
Bhutanese currency is called Ngultrum (Nu) and is at par with the Indian currency. Indian currency is a legal tender in Bhutan. However, 500 and 1000 rupee notes are not accepted.
ATMs are few and far between, so make sure that you have enough cash with you for your trip.
At a Glance
- Possible activities: Cultural tour, Trekking, Mountain biking, Self drive (SUV) trips, Motorbiking tours
- Duration: Minimum 6 days going to 12 or more days
- Experience: Surreal
- Ideal for: Individuals, Groups & Families with kids
- Safety: Very safe for everyone 🙂
The following is only a tentative itinerary. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the trip customized for your family/ group.
Arrive at the Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, from where our vehicle will pick you up and drive you to Phuentsholing. Our Bhutanese team will meet you at the hotel in the evening.
The GoMissing team will process your route & entry permits in the morning. You will need to visit the immigration office for signing your documents and getting a picture clicked. While your papers get processed, you can visit the crocodile breeding centre and Zangto Perli Monastery in town.
After the paperwork is done, you will be driven to Paro which is a 6 to 7 hours drive.
Overnight at Paro
Early morning, a beautiful drive along the Paro-Chu (Paro River) awaits you. This will take you to the starting point of the trek to Takhsang Lakhang, a beautiful monastery perched on the edge of a cliff. Legend says that Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a flying tigress and landed here to meditate. That is where the monastery was built.
Overnight at Paro
After breakfast, check out from the resort and visit the Paro museum. After that you will be on your way to Thimpu. The drive is an-hour-and-a-half long.
Check into the hotel at Thimpu, and spend the rest of the afternoon/evening at leisure. Thimpu offers a variety of vistas to explore on foot.
Overnight at Thimpu
Option 1 (trekking): Post breakfast, drive for about 25Kms and trek through a thick forest to reach the beautiful Tangu or Cherri monastery. Time (and energy) permitting, trek to the second one as well. After trekking, return to Thimpu and spend some time at leisure. At 4:45PM assemble for a cultural show, a special masked dance performance, especially for your family/ group.
Option 2 (sightseeing): Explore Thimpu city – visit the painting school, the Thimpu museum and other places of historical and cultural significance
Add a dash of adventure and head out for a mountain bike ride near Thimpu. We have high quality Trek 4300 mountain bikes for cycling enthusiasts.
Overnight at Thimpu
Post breakfast, drive for 3-4 hours through lush green landscape to reach Punakha. En-route, stop at the Dochu-la pass which has the 108 stupas. On a clear day, you will get a magnificent view of the surrounding Himalayan peaks from the Dochu-la. Reach Punakha and check into the riverside resort. Relax by the river for the rest of the day.
Post breakfast, head to the Punakha Dzong, which is arguably the most beautiful dzong (fortress) in Bhutan. Come back to the resort for lunch. After lunch, spend some time next to the river and head to Chime Lakhang or the temple of fertility. This temple has young monks in residence and you will get a chance to interact with them.
Post the visit, head back to the resort and enjoy by the riverside.
Overnight at Paro
On the final day of the trip, leave from Punakha in the morning and drive for about 8-9 hours to reach Phuentsholing. Our team will drop you here. They will arrange for another car which will drive you back to Bagdogra the next day.
Overnight at Phuentsholing
Be prepared to leave around 4AM to get to the Bagdogra airport/New Jalpiguri station in time for your onward flight/train.
Adventure activities which can be added to your trip
Mountain biking – from easy grade cycling on flat terrain to easy downhill cycling and expedition level mountain biking, our expert team is capable of handling them all.
Trekking – Bhutan offers the adventure enthusiast a number of options for trekking. Choose from scenic cultural treks which lead to the cultural heartland of Bhutan to the difficult treks to the high mountain passes of Bhutan.
This trip is run as a customized trip to Bhutan from India.
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