There’s no dearth of the fun and adventure one can have in Bhutan. With endless natural beauty, peaceful shrines, and smiling faces of locals, Bhutan really is the Happiest Place on Earth! To discover this boundless beauty, Mahesh booked himself and his wife a 6 nights 7 days Bhutan tour package and set off to make memories in the unspoiled landscapes of Bhutan. Here’s an account of their thrilling, yet romantic escapade:
Trip Type: A Romantic Getaway!
Trip Duration: 6 Nights & 7 Days
Trip Cost: INR 46,500/-
Agent Name: Himavat Travels
Inclusions: Airport Transfers, Breakfast, Private Cab, Accommodation, Immigration Charges, Sightseeing
Exclusions: Lunch, Dinner, Airfare, Entry Tickets
Travel to me is a medicine for the mind and the body. Escaping to a place far away from the daily city grind and a monotonous life is what helps me de-stress.
I work in an MNC and I don’t get to travel much owing to the limited leaves I get per year. Though I’m not a hardcore traveler, I would love to be one in the near future and visit all the places on my bucket list!
I and my wife wanted to visit a place which could offer us a peace of mind without the usual crowd of tourists. After going through a lot of places, we chanced upon Bhutan and found no reason to look back. Boy, was it excellent!
Why We Chose TravelTriangle
When we were searching for packages within our budget, we found that all online travel portals were providing fixed itineraries. Then we came across TravelTriangle and liked what they promised – a chance to connect directly with the travel agent, an option to customize the itinerary, and all this within our budget! It indeed is an excellent platform to make one’s travel plans hassle-free!
Our 6 Nights Romantic Trip To Bhutan
Here’s a detailed account of our fun and peaceful escapade to Bhutan:
DAY 1: Arrival at Bagdogra & transfer to Phuentsholing
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After arrival at Bagdogra airport, we were greeted by our driver cum guide who then took us all the way to Phuentsholing. We reached Phuentsholing at around 6:30 PM and checked into our hotel – Asian Kitchen. Later, we walked around the market area and visited Zangtho Pelri which is a small temple situated in a park. We returned to the hotel for dinner and called it a night.
DAY 2: Obtaining permits and riding off to Thimpu
After an early breakfast at the hotel, we were escorted to the Immigration Office in Phuentsholing where we obtained permits for Thimpu and Paro. It took us around 6 hours to reach Thimphu and by the time we had reached, the sun had already set. Upon reaching Thimphu, we checked into the hotel – Peaceful Resorts and retired for the night.
DAY 3: Local sightseeing in Thimphu & Dochula Pass
After a filling breakfast, we visited the Takin Preserve. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan and is somewhat a cross between a cow and a goat. After that, we visited the Folk Heritage Museum and the Memorial Chorten.
Later, we spent some time at Buddha Point which is located on a hill and is a short drive away from the city center. The massive statue of Buddha overlooking the Thimphu Valley here was overwhelming!
Our driver then dropped us at the local bazaar for some shopping while he got permits to Dochula Pass. After grabbing some souvenirs for friends and family we set off to Dochula Pass. Dochula is a scenic location with a chorten (Buddhist shrine), mani stones, and prayer flags which had been put up to decorate this highest point on the road.
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We returned to the hotel early since we needed to rest well in order to enjoy the exciting day ahead.
DAY 4: Hike to Tiger’s Nest
After breakfast, we checked out from our hotel in Thimphu and made our way to Paro which is an hour’s drive from here. We headed straight to the base camp of Paro Taktsang, or the Tiger’s Nest as it is popular among travelers. We purchased the tickets (INR 500/- per person) and started our trek to Tiger’s Nest.
It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries and is situated on a cliff-side at a height of around 900 meters. One has to trek for around 3 hours and then take a flight of stairs to reach the temple. The trek itself is tiring as the path ascends gradually. If not trek all the way, then one can instead take a horse halfway and then continue walking.
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The panoramic views that we got from here were amazing! Cameras and mobile phones are not allowed inside the monastery. All of these have to be first deposited at the security counter before one is allowed to enter the temple.
After spending some time amid the breathtaking scenic views, we started our descent. It took around 2 hours for us to get back to the base. We were super tired and went straight back to the hotel to catch up on some sleep.
Since our travel agent was unable to confirm our stay in Paro, we were given a different hotel after some last minute arrangements. But despite the annoying situation, we ended up in a very cozy hotel right next to the Paro airport – Tashi Phuntshok.
DAY 5: Exploring the marvels of Paro
Post a hearty breakfast, we went on an excursion to Chelela Pass. Situated at an elevation of 3,988 meters, it is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. It is about an hour’s drive from our hotel in Paro and we went through a thickly-forested road which was a rather refreshing and scenic experience.
With wonderful snowfall and the temperature dropping to 3 degrees, Chelela Pass is nothing short of a paradise! After gorging on some delicious Maggi and momos at a van nearby, we headed back to the city and visited Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo.
After that, we visited the Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. Finally, on our romantic trip to Bhutan, we stopped by Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower overlooking the beautiful Paro Valley.
DAY 6: The lovely drive back to Phuentsholing
We checked out from our hotel in Paro and our driver drove us back to Phuentsholing where we again checked into Asian Kitchen Hotel and rested for the night.
DAY 7: Goodbye Bhutan!
We checked out from the hotel in Phuentsholing and were dropped off at the Bagdogra airport for our flight back to Bangalore.
Our WOW Moments On The Trip: The trek to Tiger’s Nest and our first ever experience with snow!
Our Not-So-WOW Moments On The Trip: Nothing except the hotel issue in Paro.
Our Experience With TravelTriangle: It was excellent! We would like to book our next trip via the same platform.
Tips For Future Travelers:
- Indian currency is widely accepted in Bhutan. No need to go through the tiresome process of currency exchange.
- Respect the local culture and follow the rules and laws of the country.
Further Read: Dochula Pass, Bhutan: 3 Reasons You Must Visit It
Enticed to weave your own tale of adventure in the Happiest Place on Earth? We bet you are! Book your trip to Bhutan at once and experience all that this beautiful country has to offer.