Both my wife and I are nature admirers like no one else. The unparalleled beauty of nature and the hilly terrains of Bhutan had always fascinated us. Visiting it someday was always at the back of our minds and our anniversary seemed like a perfect occasion for planning a romantic trip to Bhutan. Bhutan’s serene environment, nature’s purest beauty, and the humblest locals greeted us right when we stepped in Bhutan. We wanted to get away for a week, away from all the stress and chaotic city life, and Bhutan came to our rescue exactly like the much-needed paradise.
From food to shopping, we explored and indulge in every little experience in Bhutan that could give us the much needed thrill and bliss. Fortunately, it did. Be it our trek to Tiger’s Nest or our stay at the 4-star hotels in Thimphu and Punakha, everything was beyond impeccable, all thanks to the meticulous planning done by TravelTriangle!
Our Bhutan romantic trip details
Trip Type: Romantic trip
Cost: INR 37,999
Duration: 5 nights 6 days
No. of people: 2 adults
Inclusions: Breakfast, Dinner, Transfers, Hotel, Sightseeing
Exclusions: Lunch, Airfare, Personal Expenses, Sightseeing Fees Other Than Mentioned In The Itinerary
Travel Agent From TravelTriangle: Golden Vacations Tours Travels
A brief glimpse of what we did on our Bhutan Trip
Day 1: Arrival at Paro Airport, transfer to Thimphu, sightseeing and leisure day, return to the hotel
Day 2: Sightseeing in Thimphu-Punakha, indulging in the local cuisine, return to the hotel
Day 3: Sightseeing in Punakha, transfer to Paro, overnight stay in Paro
Day 4: Tiger’s Nest Trek, return to the hotel, Bhutanese massage at hotel
Day 5: Local sightseeing in Paro, transfer to Phuentsholing city, overnight stay at hotel
Day 6: Check out from hotel, train from Phuentsholing city, and journey back home
Top experiences that we had on the happiest land on earth
Day 1: Kick-starting our anniversary trip In Thimphu
We arrived at the Paro Airport and were greeted warmly by our driver who was holding a placard. After meeting him, we drove to Thimpu which is around 65 kms. Upon reaching, the first thing that we did was checking into our hotel. Post a refreshing meal, we headed out to explore the nearby attractions on foot. The Local Post Office which was a very traditional monument from where we purchased some souvenir stamps, and the Taskin Reserve were some of the places we visited in the evening. Besides, we also stopped by to treat our taste buds with fried momos and ema datshi which is made of chilli cheese and are both famous local cuisines of Bhutan. It was like a perfect way to kick-start our anniversary trip so we didn’t regret gaining the extra calories at all. After the little sightseeing tour, we returned to our hotel timely since most places close by 5 or 6 PM in Bhutan.
Day 2: An impeccable sightseeing tour of Thimphu & Punakha
The next day of our trip started with a hearty breakfast after which we visited Kuensel Phodrang, a large gold Buddha statue which is actually believed to be the biggest sitting Buddha statue in the world. Located on a hilltop, it is surrounded by majestic vibes and mesmerizing charm. Post this, we proceeded to the King’s Memorial monument, a common temple for all the locals. We finished our tour with the Folk Heritage Museum which offered insight into the beauty of ancient Bhutan and the rice winery. Later, we had lunch at a local restaurant and tried another variant of Datshi this time, which was made with potatoes.
After a good long sightseeing tour of Thimphu, we drive to Punakha wherein on the way we visited the Dochu-la-Pass, which has 108 small Druks and looks way too scenic. Upon arrival, we checked into our hotel and called it a day.
Day 3: Witnessing the never seen beauty of Punakha
The third day of our Bhutan trip started with a visit to Punakha Dzong, which looked beautiful next to the river side. We then visited Chhimi Lhakhang, which is also known as the Divine Mad Man’s Temple of Fertility. On our way, we stopped for a short visit at Lamperi to see the Royal Botanical Garden where we spotted different floras and also a deer who was roaming around in search of something to eat. Later, we drove down till Paro and checked into the Golden Roots Hotel where we got a room overlooking the Tiger’s Nest Monastery and it was truly a breathtaking sight. We ended the day early as the next day was for Tiger’s Nest Monastery Trek. So, we had to gather as much energy as we could!
Day 4: Experiencing thrill and bliss with a trek to Tiger’s Nest
Being the most famous destination in the whole of Bhutan kingdom, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery was one place we were really looking forward to. For the trek, we reached the base early in the morning and saw the view of the steep mountain from the bottom which looked miles away. We began our hike with walking stick to aid the steep climb. While we had the chance to have the mule ride, we opted against it since we wanted to experience the mountain trek firsthand.
While we started off with full energy, after a few kilometers, we came across the steep climbs which slowed us down considerably. Some of the tracks were slippery too because of soft sand. After every little battle and a duration of 4 hrs, we reached the top. The monastery looked like a peaceful sight and we couldn’t help but feel proud for coming all the way to the top. On the contrary, it only took 2.5 hours to trek downhill. We seized the day with a peaceful and rejuvenating Bhutanese trekkers massage which soothed our bodies and gave us a great relief.
Day 5 & 6: Exploring Paro & bidding a sweet farewell to Bhutan
On our second last day in Bhutan, we decided to explore the heart of Paro. We visited places like Drukgyel Paro Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan which had a great collection of India Bhutanese diplomatic visits over the years with pictures of all the kings along with Nehru Ji, Indira Gandhi, and Modi. Post our little local extravaganza, we had lunch and moved to the Phuentsholing city in the evening, which is actually the closest to the Indian border. On the last day, we checked out of the hotel to catch our train. It was hard to bid adieu to this happiest land, but there was no choice but to go back home with our sweet holiday memories.
Do’s & Don’ts in Bhutan
- Always greet Bhutanese locals with a cordial smile they meet or wish you.
- Keep patience when you are in restaurants. They mostly cook everything fresh and right away after you place an order, which is the reason for serving you your meal a little later.
- Do not litter around. Carry the wrappers in your bag until you find a bin.
- Don’t talk too loudly when you’re in temples on monasteries. Respect the peace that adorns every place in Bhutan.
- Please don’t ill treat your guide or driver as they are sensitive people and may not appreciate it at all.
Other tips for visiting Bhutan
- Carry an extra jacket or warm clothing when you plan to go uphill.
- Indian cash is acceptable. So, carry a few notes for emergency.
- If possible, take out time for a full body massage after the Tiger’s Nest Trek.
- If possible, plan your trip around a festival so that you can attend it.
- Prefer a homestay of any local over any hotel since they can help you get around and help you see a true glimpse of the Bhutanese lifestyle.
- Don’t forget to try the Bhutanese cuisine, and do buy a few essential souvenirs.
Our experience with TravelTriangle
Our overall experience with TravelTriangle was amazing. Right from planning our trip to Bhutan to being there 24X7 for us, they handled everything perfectly and quite professionally. We were quite in awe to see that our whole trip turned out to be an impeccable affair right within a budget we expected it to be. Kudos to the whole team of TravelTriangle and our agent Golden Vacations Tours Travels for planning a picture-perfect vacation for us!
Commonly asked questions for a trip to Bhutan
Q. What is the best time to visit Bhutan?
A. The best time to go to Bhutan is from March to May because the weather is neither too cold nor too hot.
Q. How much does a trip to Bhutan cost?
A. It completely depends on the number of days of your trip. For around 5 days, it costs around INR 35,000 for a couple, excluding airfare.
Q. How much does the food cost in Bhutan?
A. The food costs around INR 200 to INR 250 per person per meal. For example, we took a datshi meal which is a local dish with rice and it cost around INR 200 and INR 50 was for a drink.
Q. What are the famous things to buy in Bhutan?
A. The local handicrafts, shawls made from yak, and yak jewelry are some of the most famous things to buy while shopping in Bhutan.
Q. Is Bhutan famous for all kinds of tourists?
A. Yes, Bhutan is very famous for both family and couples. It has all kinds of experiences and is very safe.
Bhutan, the happiest land on the planet is certainly the best place to visit irrespective of whether you wish to holiday with your friends or your family. If just like them, you too wish to soak in bliss and taste ultimate thrill, plan your romantic trip to Bhutan right away and head out for a vacation like none other!