There is only one airport in Bhutan, and most tourists with limited time on their hand would fly in and out of Bhutan. However, for those of you with time on hand and some adventure on their mind can drive into Bhutan from neighbouring Indian towns. It has its own charm…driving through the endless tea gardens on the Indian side to the subtropical forests of Bhutan. Observe the plains of the Ganges rising suddenly into the Himalayan foothill, as the winding road climbs into the misty mountains and another world.
“…scarcely touched by modern times.”
If you reach states of West Bengal and Sikkim in India, it is easy to come to Bhutan by road through the Bhutanese border town of Phuentsholing. You can fly to Bagdora airport in West Bengal from New Delhi as well as Kolkata, and from there it is only three hours drive to the border town. The Indian hill stations of Darjeeling(West Bengal) and Gangtok(Sikkim) are only 5 hours away by road from Phuentsholing.
The best part about this tour package is you can combine it with a tour of Sikkim.
Bhutan by Road Tour Itinerary
Arrival at Phuentsholing
Town nicknamed the gateway to Bhutan from India.
You can fly into Bagdora Airport from New Delhi or Kolkata. Or you can come to Bhutan by road from Indian hill stations of Darjeeling, Gangtok and Kalimpong. After checking in at the hotel, you can take a stroll through the town as well as visit the adjacent Indian town across the Phuentsholing Bhutan Gate.
Night halt: Phuentsholing town
Phuentsholing to Thimphu
On the way visit Kharbandi Gonpa (monastery). Lunch along the highway at Bunakha Restaurant.
Night halt: Thimphu.
Sightseeing in Thimphu
Thimphu valley sightseeing for full day which includes: Memorial Chorten (Stupa), Bhutan Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, National Library, School of Fine Arts, Institute of Traditional Medicine, Tashicho-dzong (the seat of the Royal Government), Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional Handmade Paper Factory and Handicrafts Emporium.
Night halt: Thimphu.
Thimphu to Paro Valley
Morning drive to Paro (2 hrs). En-route visits Semtokha Dzong (oldest dzong in Bhutan). Visit 8th century Kichu Monastery. After lunch drive to Ta-Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong and Paro’s local market.
Night halt: Paro
After breakfast drive to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong (the Fortress where Drukpas won over joint Tibetan-Mongol Invasions in 1700s). Along the way, one can view the sacred Mount Jhomolhari (7,314m) – The abode of the Goddess Jhomo. Drive back to Satsam Chorten and then hike up to view the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) built on the face of a 1000 m rock cliff. End the day by visiting typical farmhouse to experience the daily life of Bhutanese people.
Night Halt: Paro.
Depart from Bhutan
Transfer to Paro Airport for your departure flight from Bhutan.