The Last Shangrila

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

Embark on a soul-stirring odyssey through the mystical landscapes of Bhutan with our “The Last Shangrila” tour. Over 8 nights and 9 days, immerse yourself in the timeless allure of Bhutan’s culture, ancient monasteries, and serene valleys. Begin your journey in the border town of Phuentsholing, where the air is thick with anticipation and the vistas promise enchantment. Traverse to the vibrant capital city of Thimphu, a blend of tradition and modernity, where traffic lights are replaced by the graceful dance of traffic policemen. Explore Punakha’s historic wonders, from the majestic Punakha Dzong to the tranquil Gangtey Valley, home to the revered black-necked cranes. In Paro, uncover the secrets of ancient fortresses and monasteries, including the iconic Tiger’s Nest perched precariously on a cliff. As you bid farewell to this land of happiness, carry with you memories of a journey that transcends time and space, leaving an indelible mark on your soul.

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 (anyone)

Included/Excluded

  • - Accommodation at mentioned hotels or Similar as per meal plans mentioned.
  • Transportation as per above All
  • SDF (Govt. sustainable development fee)
  • - 1 English speaking guide for Bhutan tour from day 2 - day 6
  • all internal permits
  • Internal taxes, mineral water daily 1 liter per person
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any Airfare/Train fare
  • Any meals other than those mentioned above
  • Expenses of personal nature like medical expenses, phone calls, etc
  • Entry fees at Monuments
  • Government Service tax as applicable

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 2 hrs 45 min hrs drive

Morning take a leisure drive to the old capital, 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. Stop at Lamperi and visit the Royal
Botanical Park for an hour and enjoy nature. If you are lucky you could see red pandas, different species
of birds, you can take some photo shot close to the natural lake. Proceed down towards Punakha
through Thinleygang village and upon reaching Lobesa turn left and enter Punakha valley. Later we 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 and your last stop for the day will be at the Suspension Bridge. O/n at Punakha.

Day 05 Punakha - Gangtey valley day excursion 72 km 2.5 hrs drive

Morning drive to beautiful Gangtey valley via Wangduephodrang Dzong strategically located on a ridge
4,430 ft that overlooks the highway that fork to the east and south of the country. This is an old town
with Narrow Street with single storied shops and also the gateway to central and eastern Bhutan. The
legend Mahakala, the protective deity of Bhutan appeared to tell Zhabdrung of prediction, saying “at top
of rocky spur where two rivers meet, at the place where a flock of raven will fly off in four directions, you
will build the Dzong”. The Zhabdrung built the Dzong in 1638 and Punakha/Wangdi valleys are also the
winter home for many of the high altitude farmers who migrate with their cattle to the warm climate.
The Gangtey valley is one of the most beautiful open valleys in Bhutan and is the winter home to the
endangered black necked cranes (Grus Nigricllis) which migrate to this valley around mid-November
from Tibet. These cranes have for centuries captured the human imagination with their intelligence,
poise, sociality, beauty and freedom which have given rise to several myths, legends, folktales and songs.
The birds fly back across the Himalayas to their summer home towards Tibet and China. The Gangtey
village is small dominated by the yellow roofed Gangtey monastery.
Late noon return to Punakha. O/n at Punakha

Day 06 Punakha – Paro 145 km 4 hrs drive

Morning drive to Paro same road via Semtokha entering the Babesa express highway. Upon reaching
Chunzom check post, stop for a while at the bridge, stretch your legs and walk through the bridge.
Proceed towards Paro and check in the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. O/n at Paro.

Day 07 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, Paro Penlop Heritage Farm house, Kyichu Lhakhang the monastery dates back to
7th century and is one of the oldest and most sacred. Afternoon visit ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and drive
till the base of Tigers Nest. Evening at leisure. O/n at Paro.at leisure and evening visit the town for
shopping. O/n at Paro.

Day 08 Paro – Phuentsholing 140 km 5 hrs

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

Day 09 Departure

Morning transfer to IXB/NJP with good memories of Bhutan.

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