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Yo Guyz!

Hope you are doing good.

If you are reading this, I suppose you are really looking forward to an adventurous getaway.
Things can get really monotonous in our day to day life but don't worry now that you are here I
have got your back. I'm Kabir (our mascot), a backpacker, let me take you on a ride that you
wish would never end.
If you're a passionate explorer who loves to delve into different cultures, get lost in the lanes of
new cities and trek to the top of the most challenging mountains, Chal Kabira is here to be your
travel buddy and embark with you on an unforgettable escapade.

Kuzoozangpo La - Hello travelers!!

Trust me I had always dreamt of being on the mountainous roads. The liberation you feel which
cannot be expressed in words so let me take you on a small ride of the exciting journey that awaits
you. On landing at the Bagdogra airport you will be welcomed by me where we will begin our
journey by road to Phuntsholing to enter into Bhutan. So now that we are beginning the journey
how are we planning to go about it? Here is a short itinerary for you of the places we will be
visiting:

Day -1 - Arrival at Phuntsholing, retiring at night in the hotel


Day -2 - Phuntsholing to Thimpu (6 hrs drive-165km), obtaining the permit and entering Thimpu
while visiting some beautiful places.
Day -3 - Local sightseeing at Thimpu

With this, we reach midway on our trip

Day -4 -Ride from Thimpu to Punakha (3 hrs- 90 km)


Day -5 - Punakha to Paro (4.5 hrs - 130 km)
Day -6 - Excursion to Taktsang, drive to Phuntsholing and night stay in Phuntsholing
Day -7 – Drop to IXB and departure from Bagdogra airport.

Bhutan is truly an ensemble of sacredness, aesthetic landscapes, interesting culture, magical


legends, and peace. It will give you an adrenaline rush and at the same time restore tranquility in
your soul. Already packing your bags? You definitely should but first, let me brief you through the
itinerary of our road trip:

Day 01: Arrival NJP/ IXB to Pheuntsholing (Approx. 4-5 hrs drive)
You can now officially boast in the future that you went on a road trip in mountains (), oh it is an
amazing feeling. On the first day on arrival at Bagdogra airport from where you will head to
Phuntsholing - The Gateway of Bhutan.
Phuntsholing (also sometimes spelt Phuentsholing) is the second largest town in Bhutan and is
located on the Indian border, next to the town of Jaigaon. Spend your evening sinking in the
environment and rest at the hotel in the night to rejuvenate yourselves for the drive, the next
morning. I know some of you will not be able to sleep (excitement) I get it but rest is very important
as a very long day awaits us.

Day 02: Pheuntsholing to Thimphu (Approx. 178 km/6-7 hrs drive)


Wake up and energize yourself and oh yes, don’t forget to taste Suja, a Himalayan butter tea (not
sweet, it is salty) as it's my policy to experiment with new delicacies. 09:00 a.m. onwards we will
begin the process of obtaining a permit at the Department of Immigration (Permit procedure may
take time).
After the Permit is obtained, we shall head on the breathtaking drive to Thimphu. On this ride, you
will come across majestic waterfalls, Bhutanese villages, rice fields and huge cypresses (national
tree of Bhutan).
Our very first stop will be at Kharbandi Gumpha monastery (built by the Royal Grandmother in
1967), followed by the confluence of Paro Chu & Thimpu Chu. On arrival at Thimphu, we will
check in at the hotel for an overnight stay.

Kabir Gyaan - Near every confluence, you will find a Dzong because it is believed that evil gathers
near the confluences (spooky eh!)
Day 03: Thimphu sightseeing.

Morning fellas! Try Khur le, a Bhutanese pancake, you might as well write down the recipe so that
you can prepare it once back home or just call me I'm an expert now ().
Thimpu is situated at a height of over 7600 ft on a hillside on the banks of Thimphu Chhu river.
Today we will head out and explore the Bhutanese capital (Approx. Time Frame: 9:00 a.m. to
1:00 p.m.). keep your cameras ready and snap the beautiful architecture of Thimphu. We will visit
the National Memorial Chorten- This stupa was built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan's third King,
His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern
Bhutan ; and then head to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang), visitors can get a good overview of
the Thimphu valley from here; this 169 ft high statue made of bronze, seated on a lotus throne is
a marvel, after paying homage there we shall visit Chang Gangkha Monastery, the oldest temple
in the valley which also leaves the visitors amazed with a panoramic view of the Thimpu Valley.

Kabir Gyaan - Thimphu is the only world capital without any traffic lights.
In the afternoon we will proceed for sightseeing (Approx Time Frame: 2:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m) visit
the Changlimthang Stadium (the national stadium) & Archery ground (Archery is the national sport
of Bhutan). Feel like a warrior after watching them, archers? We then head to The Jungshi
handmade paper factory (Closed on Saturday, Sunday & Govt. Holiday), that uses traditional
methods to produce the authentic Bhutanese paper known as Deh-sho and local crafts shops. A
very long day indeed, let's head back to the hotel for the night.

Day 04: Thimphu to Punakha /Wangdue via Dochula pass (Approx 70 km / 2.30 hrs)
Today we will be riding to Punakha after obtaining a permit (Permit is not issued on Saturdays,
Sundays & Govt holidays) with a stop en route at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters), where on a
clear day you can get spectacular views of the highest mountains of Bhutan. Capture the
enthralling mountains and landscapes during a photo break then drive to the warm valley of
Punakha. Visit Punakha Dzong built at the confluence of the Po and Mo Chu Rivers in the 17th
Century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel which served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955.

Kabir Gyaan- The Punakha Dzong is closed in winter months when the monk's body is in
Punakha.
Trust me this is the most beautiful piece of architecture I have seen yet. We shall then visit Chhimi
Lhakhang in Punakha. This is known to the world as the Fertility Temple, couples wishing for a
child visit the monastery. After a long tiring day spend the night in Punakha.

Day 05: Punakha /Wangdue to Paro (Approx 160 km / 4 hrs)


Chubo Dele! Kabirians, we are heading towards the end of our trip and I bet you can't wait to head
out. Today we will drive to Paro (Alt. 2200 m/7,300 ft). For all you Kabirians who are nature lovers,
Paro will be a treat for your eyes. On the way, we will enjoy the view of Shaba River Point and
Paro airport view.

Kabir Gyaan- Paro airport is the most difficult commercial airport in the world you will know this
when you see it.

Let's check in at the hotel and then head to Rinpung Dzong (also known as Paro Dzong) which
has a long and fascinating history. Its correct name is Rinpung Dzong which means 'Fortress on
a Heap of Jewels’. This fort was used to defend the Paro Valley from invasions by Tibet. After
stepping back in history if we get time we would visit Kichu temple which is the oldest temple in
Bhutan followed by an overnight stay in Paro.
Day 06: Hike to Taktsang
Tired already? Trust me the best is yet to come. Today, have a leisurely breakfast and we will
proceed for an excursion to the famous Taktshang Monastery (Tiger Nest) which is a 5 hrs hike.
Taktshang Monastery is located at top of about 800-meter cliff in Paro (a breathtaking spectacle,
indeed.) It takes slightly more than an hour and a half to reach the monastery on foot from the
nearest road point. Taktshang or the Tigers lair, as the monastery is widely regarded as one of
the most important and sacred in Bhutan. Its history is associated with the visit of Guru
Padmasambhava, the Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD. The cave was
named Taktshang after Guru Rinpoche flew into the cave from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in eastern
Bhutan riding on a tigress. Later in 1692 the fourth DrukDesi Tenzin Rabgye started to construct
monastery and finally completed after three years in 1694. The view swept me off my feet, and I
cannot wait to see your amazed faces.

Kabir Gyaan- The original structure actually burned down in 1998. The Tiger’s Nest seen today
is the result of a 135 million ngultrums (about $2 million US) restoration and rebuilding project that
finished in 2004. Despite being built in the 21st century, the monastery’s architecture and design
resemble that of 8th-century temples.

With this our visit to this landlocked wonder will end, in the afternoon we will drive back to
Phuentsholing.

Day 07: Phuentsholing to Bagdogra airport


With this on the 7th day, our trip comes to an end. We will drive to Bagdogra airport for the
departure.

Fees- 11990/- per person (for a group size of 6) + 5% GST

Note
1. This offer is only for student. (feeling special eh! :p)
2. Join us whenever you are free. 
3. More the number, lesser the cost. Therefore, we urge you to travel in a group of at
least 4.
4. Knowing your travel dates well in advance (atleast 2 weeks) is important for us to give
you the best experience. So plzzz fill google interest form ASAP. ()
5. And folks! If the number of students are sufficient, we can arrange for discounted flight
tickets through our travel partners.
6. Fee for different group sizes will be communicated later. Don’t worry! It won’t change
much.
7. Due to economies of scale we are able to offer you this price.
8. Be a good citizen and pay GST. 

Inclusions:
 All Accommodation- double/ twin/triple sharing in standard stay
 All transfers and sightseeing on private vehicle
 Vehicle – Innova/WagonR/Tucson/ Creta/ Ertiga/Xylo/Toyota Hiace bus/ Toyota
Coaster Bus
 One tourist sim card per group

Exclusions
 Use of vehicle other than specified in the itinerary.
 Entry and exit of visa or permit
 Does not include Entrance Fees at Monasteries / Monuments / Museums etc.
 Anything which is not included in the inclusion.

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