Punakha Dzong

10 day escorted tour itinerary

Treasures of Bhutan with Kolkata Tour

Remote and undiscovered beauty

The tiny and remote Kingdom of Bhutan has a unique ancient culture and breathtaking scenery. Discover the charm of this medieval kingdom as you travel by jeep to see its Buddhist monasteries, dzongs (fortresses and castles) and sacred shrines. Stretch your legs on scenic walks through paddy fields and traditional villages, and enjoy views of the magnificent Himalayan mountains. Bhutan is slowly opening up to the modern world, but still limits the number of tourist in per year, so now is the ideal time to experience this mystical and relatively unknown destination.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • The sights and sounds of Kolkata
  • Magnificent Himalayan mountain views
  • Jeep touring and mountain walks
  • Buddhist monasteries and fortresses
  • High mountain passes
  • A traditional rice growing village

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
10 days
Guide Price
£3,229 per person
Price based on
Based on 12 August 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Jet Airways, meal basis as per itinerary.
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
  • 2 nights
  • Thimphu
    2 nights
  • Punakha
    2 nights
  • Paro
    2 nights
  • 1 night
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Included
  • Domestic flights as detailed. Please be aware that the domestic flight luggage allowance may be less than your international flight allowance. Maximum allowance on a domestic flight is 15 kg of hold luggage.
  • Accommodation as detailed in double or twin room with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Air-conditioned transportation in Kolkata and jeep in Bhutan.
  • Services of an English speaking local driver/guide.
  • All entrance fees during sightseeing as detailed.
  • Meals included as stated. Breakfast is usually a Western style buffet in your hotel. Most other meals are taken at local restaurants.
  • Bhutan visa and tourism and government fees.
  • International flights.
Not included
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Beverages during meals
  • Tips for the driver/guides/porter
  • Optional excursions

Itinerary Breakdown

Arrive into Kolkata, and meet your guide to transfer to your hotel. This evening is at leisure for you to explore the city or relax at your hotel.

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Park Hotel Kolkata

After breakfast, depart on your sightseeing tour of Kolkata. The tour includes a visit to the Victoria Memorial (closed on Mondays), Kolkata's most imposing marble monument, which was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921, and is often called the 'Taj' of the British Raj. After the memorial, continue to St. Paul's Cathedral as well as Mother Teresa's home.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Park Hotel Kolkata

Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to Paro. On a clear day this is a spectacular flight, which offers views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and other peaks in Bhutan. You will be met by your driver for the journey to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Before reaching the city, you will see the Tschogang Lhakhang, 'the temple of the excellent horse', a private temple that was built in the 15th century. Arrive in Thimpu and check in to your hotel. This unique city mixtures modern development and ancient traditions. It has a population of about 90,000, and is the world’s only capital city without a traffic light.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Kisa Hotel Thimphu

After breakfast, you will have a full day sightseeing tour in Thimphu valley. Visit some of the countries oldest and most culture rich siites. 

Points of Interest

  • National Library
  • Textile and Folk Museum
  • Trashichhoe Dzong
  • Thimphu Bazaar

Overnight Accommodation

  • Kisa Hotel Thimphu

Today starts with a three hour drive to Punakha across the spectacular Dochula pass at 3,080 m above sea level. After arriving and checking into the hotel, head out to visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the governing monk body. The afternoon brings a hike up through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu river to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Temple.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Damchen Resort Punakha

After breakfast visit the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery, majestically perched on a ridge amid pine trees, and overlooking the valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang. Later in the day, take a hike through the paddy fields and villages that lead to Chimi Lhakhan, also known as the temple of fertility. 

Points of Interest

  • Chimi Lhakhang
  • Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery

Overnight Accommodation

  • Damchen Resort Punakha

Today you head back to Paro. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, a place of profound tantric teaching which houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language. After checking into your hotel, proceed to Ta Dzong (closed Sundays, Mondays, and national holidays). Originally built as a watch tower, it is now the National Museum of the Kingdom, with a rich assortment of natural and historic artefacts.

Points of Interest

  • Simtokha Dzong
  • Ta Dzong National Museum

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Olathang Paro

After breakfast enjoy a morning hiking excursion to spectacular Taktsang Monastery. One of the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries perches on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. This site has been recognized as a most sacred place, and was visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646, and is now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibertan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Spend the evening having a walk around main street and the market area.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Olathang Paro

This morning, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Kolkata.On arrival, transfer to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Park Hotel Kolkata

After check out, head to the airport for you return flight or onward travels.