Enchanting Bhutan

Phuentsholing (2n) – Thimphu (2n) – Punakha (1n) – Paro (2n)

8 days
  • Culture
  • Monasteries
  • Way of life
  • Valleys
  • Villages

Description

Embark on the “Enchanting Bhutan” tour, a captivating 7-night, 8-day journey through the heart of Bhutan’s most mesmerizing destinations. Begin your adventure in Phuentsholing, the vibrant border town, where you’ll acclimate to the unique Bhutanese atmosphere. Transition to Thimphu, the picturesque capital, where modernity meets tradition, and explore its rich cultural landmarks, including the National Memorial Chorten and Folk Heritage Museum. Journey through the scenic Dochula Pass to the serene Punakha Valley, home to the majestic Punakha Dzong and the enchanting Chimmi Lhakhang temple. Conclude your exploration in Paro, with visits to the iconic Paro Dzong, the historic Ta Dzong museum, and the sacred Kyichu Lhakhang. Delight in the stunning landscapes, vibrant local markets, and profound spiritual sites, all while immersing yourself in the warm hospitality and timeless traditions of Bhutan.

Hotels Envisaged

  Travel document for Indian Nationals 18 years & above – Valid Indian Passport or Voters ID card (anyone) 18 years & below – Student, Child or Infant – Valid Indian Passport or Original Birth Certificate

Tour Plan

Tour Plan

Day 01 Arrive Phuentsholing from IXB/NJP

Arrive Phuentsholing the border gate between Bhutan and Jaigoan,West Bengal, meet and greet
complete all immigration formalities and day at leisure.O/n at Phuentsholing

Day 02 Phuentsholing – Thimphu capital city 150 km 5 hrs

Morning we transfer to the capital city Thimphu, the drive is scenic as you will be passing
through mountains. Check in the hotel and you could relax at the hotel or take a walk to the
main town Norzin Lam. O/n at Thimphu

Day 03 Thimphu – capital city

When in Thimphu you got to prepare for surprises where this unique capital has no traffic lights
but adopted its own version of the British – Indian colonial times traffic policemen who can
startle you and memorize others with his elaborate hand gestures, sometimes he may be
signaling stop when it looks like go but don’t worry you can observe the flow and notice his smile
as you stare at him. Sightseeing includes visit to the National Memorial Chorten a stupa
dedicated to the third king of Bhutan and Buddha statue, Takin Zoo where you will find national
animal of Bhutan and drive downhill stop at the junction to take a glimpse of Trashichho Dzong.
Proceed towards National Library and Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon take a short walk to
Handicraft Bazaar to view the traditional arts. Afternoon at leisure or take a walk to the main city
from Clock tower square for shopping. O/n at Thimphu.

Day 04 Thimphu - Punakha via Dochula pass 77 km 3 hours drive

Morning drive to low lands of Punakha valley touching Dochula pass 10,000 ft and on the stop at
Hongtsho village. Stop at the immigration check point to stamp in your permit. Next to the check
point you will find small local stalls selling fresh juicy local apples available for sale in plastic bags
you could try some. You will be driving through the first mountain pass in the western part of
Bhutan. You will find the 108 Druk Wangyal chortens on the top of the pass where the ridges are
draped in colorful prayer flags greet you. You could take three rounds and offer prayers, take
some best photo shots. If the weather is clear you will be able to see the highest peaks towards
the north,Gangar Punsum among others is the highest unclimbed peak (24,000 ft) in the world.
Proceed down towards Punakha through Thinleygang village and upon reaching Lobesa turn left
and drive down further. Stop and take a short walk through the villages to Chimmi Lhakhang -
The divine madman also known, as Drukpa Kinley is a famous teacher with whom the phallic
symbol is associated. Tales told by your guide would have excited you to visit Chimmi Lhakhang.
Do not miss the master’s deeds painted on the walls. Japanese and several American couples
visited this temple and were blessed miraculously with children. Afternoon visit majestic
Punakha Dzong placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, the dzong
was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative
seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th
century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuk. Evening at leisure. O/n
at Punakha.

Day 05 Punakha – Paro 145 km 4 hrs drive

Morning drive to Thimphu via same road and stop at Lamperi. Visit the Royal Botanical Park for
30 minutes. If you are lucky you could see red pandas, different species of birds, you can take
some photo shot close to the natural lake. You could watch a short documentary about the park.
Proceed to Paro via Semtokha and check in the hotel. Day at leisure. O/n at Paro.

Day 06 Paro sightseeing

Morning visit Paro Dzong, the National Museum housed in a round fortress called as the Ta
Dzong considered to be one of the best natural history museums in Asia where it has a fine
collection of natural and historic artifacts. Afternoon visit Paro Penlop Heritage Farm house the
ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a 17th century fortress that used to keep invaders from Tibet and in
1951 the fort was destroyed by fire. Kyichu Lhakhang the monastery dates back to 7th century
and is one of the oldest and most sacred. Your last stop for the day will be at the base of the
Tigers Nest. Evening visit the town for leisure or shopping. O/n at Paro.

Day 07 Paro – Phuentsholing 140 km 5 hrs

After breakfast transfer to Phuentsholing check in the hotel and day at leisure.O/n at
Phuentsholing.

Day 08 Departure

Morning transfer to IXB/NJP with good memories of Bhutan

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April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025

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3875

 (Standard/3 stars)

April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025

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4295

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April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025

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5795

(Luxury/5 stars)

Includes

  • Historical Landmarks Exploration
  • Scenic Ferry Journeys
  • Cultural Insights
  • Underwater Adventures
  • Pristine Beach Exploration

Excludes

  • Historical Landmarks Exploration
  • Scenic Ferry Journeys
  • Cultural Insights
  • Underwater Adventures
  • Pristine Beach Exploration

Tour Highlights

  • Culture
  • Monasteries
  • Way of life
  • Valleys
  • Villages

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2024-04-06
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2024-04-04
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Individual trip professionally organized Thank you Piyush for organizing our little trip from Lucknow to Agra. Everything went as planned and was organized professionally. Our vehicle was always ready for us on time and our driver Santosh took us through the wild Indian traffic in a relaxed manner. Special requests such as sightseeing were also accommodated at short notice because you, Piyush, were constantly in contact with us and asked how we were. The processing via a European bank was also very convenient as it saved high transfer costs. It was our first time traveling with you and we will be happy to get in touch with you again next time. We wish you continued success with your company
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2024-03-08
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Tour of Rajasthan I found Mr. Piyush Matur during my research on the Internet. Mr. Piyush started the travel preparations perfectly. So our initial scepticism quickly disappeared and he made us curious about Rajasthan months in advance. When the trip started, our expectations were far exceeded. The tour through Rajasthan was very well organized. We stayed in wonderful palace hotels, visited wonderful buildings and learned a lot about the country and its people. We also had a great guide, Tinku. He spoke very good German and he gave us a great insight into his country. He also immediately responded to our personal wishes and made everything possible, e.g. a spontaneous visit to a brick factory. Mr. Piyush Matur was also in constant contact with us during the trip. We also had a great, comfortable and always sparkling clean car and the driver Denis drove very well and carefully. In short, our Rajasthan trip was something very special. We experienced Rajasthan very intensively. We are overwhelmed and can recommend Piyus Matur Indienreiseleiter.de at any time
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2023-10-30
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First time in South India and I fell in love with India! After much deliberation, I booked the 18-day trip with India Travel Guide. The time in September, small group and the suggested itinerary appealed to me. The decision to book there exceeded my expectations. The trip was led and organized by Mr. Piyush Mathur, an extremely knowledgeable, German-speaking tour guide who is not only well-versed in history, culture and politics but was also an excellent host and showed us India. Our itinerary took us through the states of Tamil Nandu, Kerala and Karnataka. We were lucky enough to travel in an air-conditioned minibus with cool drinks within easy reach. Our driver was extremely reliable and always brought us safely to our destinations. The highlights of the trip were numerous, including visiting tea plantations, spice complexes, exploring breathtaking palaces and magnificent temples, as well as exciting rickshaw rides. The overnight stay on a houseboat was also particularly impressive. The selection of hostels was also first class. We stayed in charming little hotels hidden in green landscapes. Overall, the tour of South India was an unforgettable adventure. Mr. Mathur and his driver made sure that we felt safe and well looked after. I can fully recommend this trip and am grateful for the wonderful memories that I took home with me. It was an experience that I warmly recommend to every travel lover. Review by Johanna Sent from my Galaxy
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2023-10-10
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South India Individual Tour A few years ago I visited northern India and since then I have wanted to get to know southern India too. I looked at many travel suggestions and decided to book with IndienReiseleiter.de. I was lucky! During my 18-day trip through southern India: Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, I was able to see all the highlights and have an unforgettable time. We were a small group of just 4 with our tour guide Piyush Matur and tour driver. Our tour guide looked after us perfectly over the 18 days and gave us so much information about all the regions we visited. We experienced so many places, landscapes and encounters. Colorful India with its very interesting temples, lively markets and many other experiences. Our tour guide Piyush Matur planned our trip down to the smallest detail, organized it well and we were always able to check into nice hotels. He was always there for us and always answered all our questions. He also always told us lots of great stories, thank you Piyush! We always had very nice hotels during our trip and didn't want to leave them at all. I can always recommend booking with Indienreiseleiter.de. India is such a fascinating country and offers so much to see and experience. I can definitely recommend the agency IndienReiseleiter.de. Our small group was very satisfied with all the services. Barbara
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2023-10-03
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Don’t just be a spectator, but immerse yourself in the colorful world of India The tour of the Indian state of Gujarat led through a contrasting landscape and to impressive temples. We immersed ourselves in the colorful world of India, met the local people and learned a lot about culture and handicrafts. We were even able to observe the Asian lion in the national park. If you really want to get to know India, if you want to understand traditions and experience culture, you must plan your trip with India tour guide Piyush Mathur! He leads the group with great experience and empathy, inspires every participant and provides deep insights into this wonderful country. Fantastic!
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Judith E
2023-04-27
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individuelle Rundreise durch Nordindien Wir haben eine individuelle Rundreise durch Nordindien mit dem Reiseleiter Piyush Mathur gemacht, 18 Tage,die wir niemals vergessen werden. Durch seine einfühlsame Art und sein umfangreiches Wissen waren wir auf ganzer Linie zufrieden. Die indische Kultur, viele interessante Bauwerke, tolle Landschaften, man kann gar nicht alles aufzählen, was erlebt wurde. Aber von vorn: Wir wurden am Flughafen in Delhi von unserem Fahrer abgeholt, mit einem schönen großen Auto, das immer sauber und gepflegt war mit exzellentem Service und klasse Fahrweise. Ein sehr netter Mann, der uns viele Wünsche von den Augen ablas. Auch lange Fahrten wurden so zu angenehmen und abwechslungsreichen Erlebnissen. Im Vorfeld waren die Hotels für uns ausgesucht und gebucht worden, so dass auch das Einchecken schnell und problemlos vonstatten ging. Aufgrund super Kenntnissen vieler Sehenswürdigkeiten bekamen wir vieles zu sehen, das in keinem Reiseführer steht. Wer kennt schon die besten Samosabuden und die besten Lassigeschäfte in jodhpur? Sehr schön war auch der Besuch einer Mädchenschule in Pushkar, hier durften wir bei der Essensausgabe helfen. Alles kann ich hier gar nicht erzählen,würde zu lang. Zum Schluss noch etwas über unseren Fahrer: er wusste, dass wir Kokosnüsse zum Austrinken lieben,und brachte uns früh morgens auf der letzten Fahrt zum Flughafen 2 schöne Kokosnüsse mit, ein toller Abschluss. Dieses Reiseunternehmen können wir wärmstens empfehlen!
Hanna J
Hanna J
2023-04-02
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Tolle Rundreise Ende Februar, Anfang März haben meine Mutter und ich mit Indien Reiseleiter Tours & Travels eine tour durch West Indien gemacht. Der Organisator Piyush Mathur war für uns vorab sowie während der Reise immer sehr gut erreichbar. Die Reise war sehr gut organisiert, und unser Guide Ravinder sowie unser Fahrer Vikram waren eckt klasse. Wir haben uns stehts sicher gefühlt und haben das Land und Leute sehr genossen. Ein großer Dank nochmals für die tolle Organisation. Sollten wir in der Zukunft nochmal nach Indien fahren, werden wir uns auf jeden Fall melden.
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Anke Menk
2023-03-27
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Gehört zu meinen absoluten Reisehighlights Reisen mit Piyush Mathur- ein Glückstreffer Für mich war die Gujaratreise die dritte Begegnung mit Indien. Nach einer beruflichen Auszeit im wundervollen Sikkim und einer Reise mit Piyush durch Südindien war ich voller Vorfreude auf Indien.Allerdings hatte ich nicht erwartet, dass die Erlebnisse der Vorjahre noch zu toppen waren. Indien ist für jeden Europäer zunächst eine Reizüberflutung. Eine ungeheure Vielfalt und Intensität vonGarben und Düften, Menschenmenge, Autos, Mopeds, Fahrräder, freilaufende Kühe auf Straße und Gassen wirken auf einen ein.Man spürt sehr schnell in einem ganz besonderen Land angekommen zu sein.Wie und mit wem man dieses faszinierende Land bereist, ist für mich ein entscheidender Faktor für das Gelingen einer solchen Reise, und Piyush Mathur ist da ein absoluter Hauptgewinn.Man hat schon vor Buchung der Reise Gelegenheit ihn kennenzulernen. Er hat uns einen Reisevorschlag gemacht, der noch durch persönliche Wünsche ergänzt werden konnte. Unser Programm war reichlich. Hindutempel, Maharadschapaläste, in denen wir zum Teil auch gewohnt haben, faszinierende Naturreservate, Safaris, Begegnungen mit Menschen in ihren unterschiedlichen Lebenssituationen etc.Piyush hat uns während der Fahrten im gut gepflegten Kleinbus mit sehr zuverlässigem Fahrer, eine Vielfalt von Informationen geboten und unermüdlich unsere Fragen beantwortet. Er war von früh bis spät für uns erreichbar. Die Hotels waren gepflegt und unsere Verpflegung war wirklich hervorragend. Doch hatte man auf dieser Reise nicht nur die Möglichkeit von außen zu schauen. Es gab viele ganz besondere Momente und Begegnungen, die Herz und Seele berührt haben und die nachwirken. Danke Indienreiseleiter Piyush Mathur!
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hightower61
2023-03-22
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Indien in allen Facetten kennen gelernt Ich habe schon einige Länder bereist, aber Indien war dann doch noch einmal ganz anders, besonders wegen der Gegensätze: Wir haben die Großstadt Ahmedabad und kleine Dörfer durchstreift , aber auch den Urwald im Reservat. Wir durften in Palast-Hotels übernachten und am nächsten Tag mit dem Maharaja eine Familie besuchen, die in einfachsten Verhältnissen wohnt. Wir haben schöne Landschaften gesehen, aber auch Salzwüsten und einen schönen Strand am arabischen Meer. Wir haben viele schöne Tempel besucht, aber auch wilde Esel, Löwen und Leoparden in ihrem Lebensraum. Piyush hat eine tolle Rundreise zusammen gestellt, wir durften viel lernen über Land und Leute, uns unbekannten Religionen und was es mit diesen "heiligen" Kühen auf sich hat. Die Jain haben jedenfalls meinen größten Respekt. Piyush war immer für uns da, hatte für alle Probleme eine Lösung parat, auch für das "eigentlich" in Gujarat geltende Alkoholverbot. Mir wird die Reise immer in guter Erinnerung bleiben und ich kann sie nur jedem sehr empfehlen, auch wenn es manchmal anstrengend war.

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