Day 1: TRANSFER TO PHUENTSHOLING / JAIGAON
On arrival at Hasimara you will be greeted by our officials and then transferred to your hotel in Phuentsholing/Jaigaon. Phuentsholing is a border town of southern Bhutan and Jaigaon is a border town of West Bengal, India situated just beside Phuentsholing. From Hasimara it is an overall 1hr journey to reach Phuentsholing/Jaigaon. Marking the province of Bhutan Region, the prominent attractions of Phuentsholing is the crocodile breeding centre of Amo Chhu and Bhutan Gate. Check into your hotel and freshen up. After making the Inner Line Permit you are free for the rest of the evening. Overnight Stay in Phuentsholing.
Bhutan Tour Package Special Tips- About Phuentsholing: Amo Chhu crocodile breeding centre was built in 1976. It started with only twelve crocodiles. Now Amo Chhu crocodile breeding also has been helping in the rising of tourism of Phuentsholing. Here tourists will find two species of crocodile, Gharials and Muggers. Both these species are listed under the list of critically endangered species by IUCN.
Day 2: TRANSFERS TO THIMPHU
After an early morning breakfast, checkout from your hotel and start your 5-6hrs drive to your hotel in Thimphu. The capital city Thimphu is the only city of Bhutan which showcases the impeccable blend of past and present in its astounding architecture. The road leading towards Thimphu are carved on the rugged terrain through daunting hill. These roads are known for the pictorial landscape of dense conifer trees and scenic valley. Have lunch on the way to Thimphu. Check into your hotel and freshen up. In the evening you are free to rest in your hotel or you can take a stroll in the market area of Thimphu to taste the local Bhutanese delicacies. Overnight stay at Thimphu.
Bhutan Tour Package Special Tips- About Thimphu: Thimphu was formerly known as Thimbu. Thimphu is situated on the bank of Thimphu Chhu. Later on this river will become Raidak after entering India. This city was established in 1955 and became capital of the land of the Thunder Dragon (Bhutan) in 1969 during the rule of 3rd Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
Day 3: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING
Wake up early and after breakfast, start your excursion in Thimphu. The first place in your list is the Memorial Chorten. Built to commemorate the memory of 3rd Drukpa Gyalpo, Memorial Chorten is situated in the heart of Thimphu. You will find many devotees near the chorten who comes to enjoy the serene ambiance. Next we will drive you to Mothitang Takin Preserve. The preserve is the home of Takin, national animal of Bhutan. Morning is the best to time to visit the preserve as Takin comes near the fences to eat their food. The unique animal has hyped the interest of many animal lovers. Near Takin Preserve there is the BBS Tower from where you will get a panoramic vista of Thimphu City. Next we will proceed to National Textile Museum. Here you can learn to wear Gho and Kera while finding out the difference between royal dress and ordinary dress. After lunch we will drive to the famous Thimphu Dzong. Located along the river banks of Wang Chhu, Thimphu Dzong also known as Trashichhoe Dzong with its grandiose architecture and ancient artefacts has become a place which shouldn't be missed. After adorning the colourful Thangkhas and painting proceed to Kuensal Phodrang Nature Park to witness the magnificent statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. Also known as Buddha Dordenma, the Buddha View Point has become the iconic landmark of Thimphu. The evening view of Thimphu Valley from Buddha view point has ensnared the mind of many travellers. Return to your hotel after watching the breathtaking view of Thimphu Valley. Overnight stay at Thimphu.
Bhutan Tour Package Special Tips- About Takin: Takin is a unique animal. Takin's head resembles with a mountain goat and body of a cow. Takin was declared national animal of Bhutan on 25thNovember 2005. The legend behind this is an interesting one. In 15th century a Tibetan saint Drukpa Kunley popularly recognized as "The Divine Madman" is credited in creating this mystical animal. The Divine Madman was not only a religious preachers but he was also a proficient tantric. As per the legend, few Bhutanese people requested Drukpa Kunley during one of his religious lecture to do a miracle before them. The Divine Madman agreed to do so provided he was fed for the lunch a whole cow and a whole goat. Once the lunch was served, he devoured both the animals leaving only the bones. It is said then The Divine Madman took the head of the goat and fixed it in the skeleton of cow while uttering some mantra and right before the eyes of the bystander the mystical animal Takin was created. Till date Takin resides the hill side of Bhutan. Due to this magical creation with high religious connotation, Takin has been adopted as the national animal of Bhutan.
Day 4: TRANSFER TO PARO AND PARO SIGHTSEEING
After an early morning breakfast, checkout from your hotel, and proceed to Paro. The journey between Thimphu to Paro will take approx 2 hrs. Situated on the river banks of Mo Chhu and Pa Chhu, Paro is a scenically blessed town of Bhutan with many historical significant sites. After checking into your hotel, freshen up, and gear up for your sightseeing in Paro. Taktsang Monastery is the most prominent attraction of Paro. It is a monastery built on the cliff. It takes two hour trek to reach Taktsang Monastery. You can either trek or ride on a pony. From Taktsang Monastery you will get the most outstanding view of Paro valley. Next we will take you to National Museum of Bhutan which is located in the Conch shaped building of Ta Dzong. Here, you can observe artefacts dating back to 2nd century and get an insight about the early Bhutanese era. After lunch we will drive you to Paro Dzong. Known as the Fortress on a Heap of Jewel, Paro Dzong is listed under the tentative sites of UNESCO. You can only walk in the courtyard of the Dzong since the main sanctum housing the Thondrol of Guru Rinpoche only opens during the annual Tsechu. After admiring the beauty of the purple jacaranda trees and shimmering water of Po Chhu and Mo Chhu return to your hotel. Overnight stay at Paro.
Bhutan Tour Package Special Tips- About Taktsang Monastery: Taktsang Palpung Monastery is also famously known as the Tiger's nest. This is a prominent sacred Buddhist site of Bhutan. 'Taktsang' is spelled in Tibetan as 'Stag Tshang' that means a "tiger's nest" or a "tiger's lair".According to a legend former wife of an emperor, known as Yeshe Tsogyal, willingly became a disciple of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambahva) in Tibet. She transformed herself into a tigress to carry the Guru on her back from Tibet Taktsang in Bhutan. In one of the caves here, the Guru then performed meditation. As per this legend the place came to be known as the "Tiger's Nest".
Day 5: DROP AT HASIMARA
After an early morning breakfast, checkout from your hotel and proceed to Hasimara. It is an overall 6 hrs journey from Paro Bhutan to reach Hasimara. Relish the beauty of the astounding landscape of Paro while bidding farewell to the mystical land of Bhutan. After covering an approx distance of 179 km you will reach Hasimara Railway Station and your 4 Nights and 5 Days Bhutan Tour Package will come to an end.