Budget Trip To Bhutan – The Ultimate 7 Days Trip To The Land of the Thunder Dragon “The Land Of the Thunder Dragon” – as it is rightly called, Bhutan is a little Himalayan hamlet that has gained the title to be the “Happiest Country”. And you shall feel the vibes of happiness all around you – as soon as you’ll entire Bhutan. With lofty Himalayan mountains, gusty rivulets crossing the valleys, the aroma of Momos and Datshi in the air, colourful prayer flags and huge Dzongs – Bhutan can never fail to mesmerize the visitors.This 7 days road trip through the towns and countrysides of Bhutan will let to see the country’s diverse sides, visit the numerous old forts and hike up to one of the highest monasteries in the world – and you shall return back home, a lot happier!
Itinerary:Day 0: 24th Feb 2019You will have to reach Bagdogra before 12 pm so that you do not miss out the bus that departs to Phuentsholing from Siliguri town to phunetsholing town at 2 pm. Alternatively, there are cabs that you could hire and reach Phuentsholing on 15th November.You will meet the Tour Leader at Phunetsholing town!Day 1: 25th Feb Phuentsholing - ThimpuOur day will start at the immigration office, and once we get hold of our permits, we shall start our journey from Phuentsholing towards Thimphu.Once we reach Thimphu, we shall relax for some time, get freshened up and head out for a market tour in the evening.Day 2: 26th Feb Explore Thimpu - Hike to Tango GoembaToday we travel towards the northern end of Thimphu valley to reach Tango Monastery.The hike up to the Monastery follows a zig-zag trail through forests filled with oak and pine trees. The Tango monastery built in 1689,offers breathtaking views of the surrounding regions and is guaranteed to help you find your inner peace.Day 3- 27th Feb - Dochula Pass, Lobesa Village, and Punakha DzongAfter a good breakfast, we will move ahead on our journey by driving to Punakha through the Dochula Pass.Explore PunakhaDay 4 - 28th Feb Explore Punakha: After breakfast, we will go on a short hike to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture and artistic traditions.Once here, you have the option to raft back on the Mo Chhu River (On the spot reservation).The latter half of the day will be spent visiting the Sangchchen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery which is a large temple complex.Day 5 - 1st Mar - Gangtey ValleyOur next stop is the Phobjikha or Gangtey valley.In the valley, we will visit the Gangteng Monastery. During winter, black-necked cranes visit central Bhutan to roost, circling the monastery three times on arrival and repeating the same when returning to Tibet.We will stay the night at this culturally rich valley.Day 6 - 2nd March - Paro Valley :Apart from it being home to the sole international airport in Bhutan, Paro Airport, Paro is a historic town with about 155 temples and monasteries. Rinpung Dzong a fortress-monastery overlooking the valley houses within it a collection of sacred masks and costumes. The national museum, Ta Dzong, is also set in Paro. Hence, Paro preserves the rich cultural traditions of the country.Day 7 - 3rd March- Trek to Taktsang Monastery, the Tiger’s NestThe last day of our wonderful Bhutanese backpacking trip starts with an early morning excursion to the most breathtaking spot in Bhutan. The Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest perched majestically on a cliff which is 2,950m above sea level, defies all engineering logic. View the detailed itinerary here: https://www.plantheunplanned.com/planned-treks/ultimate-7-days-budget-trip-to-bhutan/