Backpack trip to the world’s happiest country (8 days) - Bhutan
Did you ever thought of traveling to a land of peace and harmony? A place where almost everyone is happy, satisfied and warm to travelers. It’s not a dream. Welcome to #Bhutan - Land of Thunder Dragon.
DarkGreen Adventures (#DGA) invites you for the ultimate #backpacking trip to Bhutan.
Fees: Rs.25,000 (Ex-Bagdogra)
Non-refundable advance: Rs.10,000
Remaining amount to be paid in cash during trip
Expected Flight Expense from #Mumbai to #Bagdogra and back: Rs.12000 (flight cost info may be outdated by the time you read this itinerary)
- Excursion to Tiger’s nest, #Punakha Dzong and other famous monuments
- Ride through the heart throbbing valleys of Western Bhutan
- Wander in the remote villages
- Stimulate a new traveler inside you seeking for new landscapes and get transformed into a storyteller
Little info: (Source: Lonely Planet Book and some other websites)
Bhutan holds many surprises for open-minded traveller. This is a country where buying cigarettes is illegal, rice is red, and chillies are not just seasoning but a main ingredient of dishes. It is a deeply Buddhist land where school kids wear the Gho and Khira (traditional male and female garment, respectively).
Pristine nature, virgin #forest, spectacular mountain and valleys, fascinating #trekking trails, stately museums, sublime monasteries, formidable dzongs, exciting archery competition, pulsating markets, intricate textile handicrafts - all this in hospitable and peaceful country.
23rd Dec, #Sunday
14:00 - Reach Bagdogra airport and have Introduction. Later take jeep to Jaigaon. Some local snacks on the way
20:00 - Reach #Jaigaon
24th Dec, #Monday
Walk past the border Gate to #Phuentsholing. Be ready for immigration formalities before the office opens at 9AM.
We will reach #Paro in evening. We are free to roam around the city. Get acquainted with places of Bhutan as the thrilling trip has just begun. Try some local restaurants food.
25th Dec, #Tuesday
Visit Paro Dzong, National Museum etc. The charming town of Paro lies on the banks of the Paro and remains one of the best Bhutanese towns to explore on foot.
After Lunch travel to Chelela pass. If the weather is clear then you can get excellent views from Chelela pass.
26th Dec, #Wednesday
Visit the most famous place of Bhutan - Tiger’s nest and then the Kyichu Lhakhang. Tiger’s nest hangs on a precipitous cliff at 3,120 m elevation and about 900 m above the valley. The temple at the highest level has a frieze of Buddha. Each building has a balcony, which provides lovely views of the scenic Paro valley.
27th Dec, #Thursday
Visit Buddha Dordenma and nature trail at #Thimphu.
Finish remaining immigration formalities in Thimphu office and then visit the textile museum.
Lunch at some new restaurant and then visit Tashichho Dzong, Memorial Chorten
28th Dec, #Friday
Travel to Punakha via Dochu La pass at 3050 metres. We will stop here to enjoy the Panoramic view of Eastern Himalayas. View the architecture of Druk Wangyal Lhakhang with 108 Stupas at Dochula. Later take a halt at Royal Botanical garden. Overnight at Punakha
29th Dec, #Saturday
Visit famous landmarks of #Punakha like Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery, Punakha Dzong, Suspension bridge, Namgyal Chorten. Travel back to Thimphu in evening
30th Dec, #Sunday
In morning we can go for some more sightseeing in Thimphu or final shopping from Bhutan. In afternoon, travel back to Jaigaon.
31st Dec, Monday
Travel from Jaigaon to Bagdogra and then flight from Bagdogra in afternoon
Pictures of previous trips
June 2017 - https://www.facebook.com/darkgreenadventures/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1235279309914334
April 2016 - https://www.facebook.com/darkgreenadventures/photos/?tab=album&album_id=878269192282016
Fees: Rs.25,000 (Ex-Bagdogra)
Non-refundable advance: Rs.10000
Remaining amount to be paid during trip in cash
- Virtually all expenses from Bagdogra
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and refreshments
- Accommodation expenses
- #Travel expenses in bus, jeep etc from Bagdogra onwards for the whole trip
- Entry charges at various monasteries and other places
- Travel guidance in Bhutan
- Basic fee does not include travel fare till Bagdogra
- Any exotic or expensive food, alcoholic drinks etc.
- Any personal expenditure.
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Krishna Kuya – 9820285295 (Available on WhatsApp)
Expectations from this trip:
- This is a #backpack trip and likely to be flexible. We may improvise the trip if needed
- We will choose place of accommodation based on group’s opinion and the expertise of group leader.
- Drinking is not allowed during trekking.
- You may drink or smoke on other days but not recommended. Please note that you need to pay 200% import duty on cigarettes you bring from India.
- Our daily schedule during trip may differ from our usual daily life schedule with respect to day chores, tea timing, food timing etc. Please don’t complain about these petty issues.
- On most of the days we will wake up early to travel comfortably and enjoy the serenity of morning. Though we may take rest in latter part of the day
- Always respect the local people and their culture. We try to learn more from them about the place.
Things to be carried
- Medical and consent form -https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwDsRRLH0uscR1J1VWJ1aHhPV3c/
- Passport and 3 photocopies of passport
- 3 passport size photographs
- Jacket or sweater and other warm clothes like winter caps etc.
- Sport shoes. Extra pair of sleeper or sandal
- Umbrella and bag cover
- At least two personal water bottles all the time during trip
- Personal medical kit, soap, paste etc.
- Carry one small bag to carry necessary things while roaming in daytime. It should ideally fit inside your main luggage
Recommended but not compulsory:
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, cap etc.
- One bedsheet (if you are concerned about the hygiene)
- Juice packets, Dry fruits, Ready to eat food etc.
Note on traveling:
You can also take a train to New Jalpaiguri (NJP) or Hasimara instead of taking flight to Bagdogra.
1. Indian don’t require Visa. But they need a travel permit.
2. The most famous dish is “Ema datse”, a combination of fresh green chillies stewed with cheese and served with red rice
3. Bhutanese drink Tibetan style tea with salt and butter known as “Sud-ja”
4. The Indian rupee is a legal tender in Bhutan. Currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum (Nu) which is equivalent to rupee.
5. Giant penises are painted beside entrance to many houses, which is a symbol of protection from evil.
6. Languages spoken are Dzongkha, Hindi, Nepali, Bengali and English
7. Time - 30mins ahead of Indian Standard Time
8. Important numbers: Country code - 975, Ambulance - 112, Police - 110
9. If you are calling someone whose name you do not know. you may use ‘ama’ for women, ‘aapa’ for men, ‘bumo’ for girls and ‘alou’ for boys.
10. While visiting monastery or Dzong, dress modestly and do not expose your arms or legs
11. The sale of tobacco products and smoking in public place is outlawed in Bhutan.
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