1 Week In Bhutan – A Family Tour Guide Of Bhutan From Bagdogra


Bhutan is an enigma, be it the concept of Happiness or travel entry restrictions. The Himalayan country is blessed with majestic landscapes and breathtaking views, but the blending of modernization and preservation of tradition is what makes this country a destination one must definitely visit.

Which mode of travel to Bhutan is better from Bagdogra?

Bhutan can be entered through the border of Jaigaon in West Bengal. The nearest airport is Bagdogra and the journey from Bagdogra to Jaigaon can be done via road. It takes approximately 3 hours and you can book a car rental for Bhutan trip from Bagdogra safely.

Car rental rates of Bhutan from Bagdogra:

If you book Bagdogra airport car rental service then they will provide you the best rates. The rates depend on how long you need the cab and how many passengers are with you. For booking a small non-car then you may have to pay approx INR 3000-3500, for medium-sized cabs and Non-AC cabs it will be approx INR 4000.

Entry permits for Bhutan from India:

Indians do not need a visa to travel to Bhutan but entry permit is a must as soon as you enter Phuentsholing. A permit is issued only for seven days for Thimphu and Paro. If you want to extend your stay then an extra area permit is needed to visit other places in Bhutan and it can only be obtained from the Thimphu immigration office.

Itinerary tour plan to Bhutan from Bagdogra:

Day 1- Bagdogra to Phuentsholing:

After reaching Bagdogra you can rent a car at Bagdogra airport to reach Phuentsholing which is a 4 hours journey. The entry to this border town is divided by an intricate huge gate; one side of the gate is India and the other in Bhutan.

You can check in a hotel in Phuentsholing and rest there for an hour or two. In the evening you can stroll amidst the local markets of Phuentsholing and have dinner at some restaurants.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2- Phuentsholing to Thimphu sightseeing:

You can leave in the early morning after breakfast and start your sightseeing in Phuentsholing. The weather will be pleasant and you can enjoy your journey.

  • Bhutan Gate
  • Zangtophelri
  • Karbandi Monastery
  • Crocodile Zoo

From Phuentsholing you can reach after a 4 hours drive to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. As it is a small city so you can cover the sightseeing places in Thimphu.

  • Memorial Chorten
  • Buddha Point
  • Motithang Taking Preserve
  • Folk Heritage Museum
  • Tashichho Dzong
  • National Library of Bhutan
  • Centenary Farmersโ€™ Market

You can head back to your hotel and in the evening you can take a walk around the city and finally have dinner at some cafe and enjoy the ambiance.

Day 3- Punakha to Gangtey sightseeing:

You can leave early morning from Thimphu and start your journey to Punakha. The picturesque landscape will mesmerize you with its beauty. You can even stop within your drive to take pictures and reach Punakha within a time of 2 hours.

  • Punakha Dzong
  • Mo Chhu
  • Chimi Lhakhang
  • Punakha Suspension Bridge
  • Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Temple

After sightseeing in Punakha you can drive to your destination for the day to Gangtey where you can see a few beautiful places which you can cherish for your lifetime. It is a 3 hours drive from Punakha.

  • Gangtey Goemba
  • Black Necked Crane Information Centre
  • Phobjikha Valley

You can return back to your hotel in the late afternoon and in the evening you can go shopping in the markets and spend some leisure time in the hotel.

Day 4: Trongsa sightseeing:

After breakfast, leave early morning and drive to Bumthang. On the way, you can view the scenic nature and enjoy the wind touching your skin and reach Trongsa for almost 10 hours long journey.

  • Trongsa Dzong
  • The Royal Heritage Museum
  • Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park

As it takes a long time to travel so only one place can be covered on the fourth day and you can return back to your hotel and spend some leisure time at the hotel.

Day 5: Wangdue Phodrang to Paro:

Early morning start your journey from Trongsa to Wangdue Phodrang. You can halt at some restaurant for breakfast and leave for sightseeing.

  • Wangdue Phodrang Dzong
  • Archery Ground
  • Eight Chortens
  • Dzong Gate

From there you can leave for lunch in the afternoon and then leave for the next destination which is Paro.

  • Tigerโ€™s Nest Monastery
  • Chele La Pass
  • Rinpung Dzong
  • Airport View Point
  • Drukyel Dzong
  • National Museum of Bhutan

You can drive back to your hotel and enjoy the nightlife. You can have dinner at a restaurant and then take rest at the hotel.

Day 6- Local Sightseeing:

You can leave in the morning for a half day sightseeing in and around your hotel. Enjoy the cool breeze and spend some time with your family or friends at a peaceful place. In the evening take strolls in the area and have dinner at the best restaurant nearby. Spend some comfortable time in the hotel and take rest for your return journey the next day.

Day 7- Final departure to your hometown:

On the final day, leave early morning for your departure to your homeward journey. You can return back through the same road and see the scenic beauty of the road sightseeing and reach Phuentsholing. From there you can start your journey towards your home by collecting memories and making it one of your best trips to Bhutan.

Bhutan is the best country other than any other country!!

Bhutan is a country filled with loads of monasteries and temples but among them, these few places are top-rated on the list of Bhutan itinerary list. Bhutan is a place which cannot be missed and must be visited once to cherish a lifetime experience.

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