Sikkim to Bhutan

- 11 Days Route Map
Trip Cost: $
  • Trip Length : 11 Days
  • Activities : Sightseeing, Cultural tour, Hiking
  • Difficulty : Leisurely
  • Meal : All meals Included
  • Accommodation : Hotel / Lodge
  • Transportation : Private vehicle
  • Best Month : Throughout the year
  • Group Size : 2+

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"Explore all the major cities of Bhutan and exit out of this Land of Thunder Dragon to the Himalayan State of India, Sikkim or enjoy the best cultural tour of Indian sub-continent other way around."

Sikkim to Bhutan or Bhutan to Sikkim is one of our tailored cultural tours that covers the part of incredibly India and most of the Land of Thunder Dragon- Bhutan. Once the traveler gets fulfilled with the colorful vibrations of India or Nepal, the tour enters the peaceful land of the happiest people on Earth- the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Though, travelers can first enjoy India or Nepal and then enter Bhutan but we still urge you to fly in to Bhutan and exit out to India. This is because you still have lots of options to further explore the wonderful territories of India or Nepal. Let the best cultural tour of Indian sub-continent begin with the air journey to Bhutan from any destination that links the only international airport of Bhutan at Paro. Explore all the major destinations and monuments of Bhutan including the ones at Thimpu, Paro, Punakha, Wangdrephodrang, Gangtey and Trsonga. After the thorough exploration of Bhutan we drive to the border Phuentsholing and enter India to the Himalayan State of Sikkim. Once you arrive at India, you can make your own plans to explore further or please let us know if you want to continue the tour to other regions of India or Nepal with us. 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:

Arrive at Paro; transfer to hotel

Day 02:

Morning hike to Taktshang Monastery; Afternoon sightseeing tour of Paro; Evening drive to Thimpu 65km

Day 03:

Sightseeing tour of Thimpu

Day 04:

Drive to Punakha 77km 3 hrs journey; Sightseeing tour of Punakha

Day 05:

Drive to Gangtey 83km 3.5 hrs drive; Sightseeing tour of Gangtey

Day 06:

Drive to Trsonga 59km 2 hrs drive; Sightseeing tour of Trsonga

Day 07:

Drive to Jakar-Bumthang 127km 4.5 hrs drive; Sightseeing tour of Jakar

Day 08:

Drive to Wangdueprodhang 197km 6 hrs drive; sightseeing tour of Wangdueprodhang

Day 09:

Sightseeing tour of Wangdueprodhang and drive to Thimpu 70km 3 hrs drive

Day 10:

Drive to Phuentsholing 179km 5 hrs drive

Day 11:

Drive to Sikkim 242 km; 8 hrs drive including immigration formality

What is Included

•  10 days/11 nights full Board Tour to Bhutan with full of of Meals, B.L.D.    &    Gov. Approved Accommodation
• Bhutan Visa Fee and Bhutan Travel Permit
• English Speaking Tour Guide in Bhutan Tour, his entire expenses
• All required Gov and Local Taxes

 

 


What is Not Included

• Entire cold beverage & bar bills in Bhutan trip
• Expenses of personal nature
• Travel Insurance
• Cost of Laundry, phone calls etc
• Tips

Day 01: Arrive to Paro; transfer to Hotel

Today you will enter the Land of Dragon. You have options to fly from several cities to Paro. You can fly from Bangkok, Delhi or Kathmandu to Paro. The flight to Paro is beautiful as the aircraft comes closer to Paro, we get to see snowcapped Himalayan peaks and just after entering Paro Valley the view of Paro Dzong overlooking Paro River is a great view. On our arrival at Paro, we are cordially welcomed by our representative in Bhutan who will escort you to your hotel in Paro. 

Day 02: Morning hike to Taktshang Monastery, Afternoon sightseeing tour of Paro and evening drive to Thimpu

After the breakfast, today we are going on a hike. A five hour hike to and fro to a cliff hanging monastery is probably the biggest highlight of Short Cultural Tour of Bhutan. Taktsang Monastery also knwon as Tiger's Nest because of the myth that states the visit of Guru Rinpoche on a Tiger back nestles on a cliff that hangs 90m above Paro. We hike up to the monastery, explore aorund and hike back down to Paro for the lunch. 


Post lunch, we visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. The monument was orginally a Watch Tower. However since 1967 it is a National Museum holding a huge collection of arts, artifacts, thankas and postal stamps. The final destination of the enetire Short Cultural Tour of Bhutan is Ripung Dzong which also has a long significant history in Bhutan. Overnight in a hotel at Paro.Originally built as Watch Tower since 1967 it is acting as the National Museum of the country and holding fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history.

After the sightseeing tour of Paro, we drive to Thimpu, which is 75 minutes scenic drive. Overnight in a hotel at Thimpu.

Day 03: Sightseeing tour of Thimpu

In Thimpu, we visit Trashichhoedzong, the beautiful medieval time fortress/monastery, which is now the Bhutanese government's integral building holding many governement offices and King's throne. Trashichhoedzong is also the summer home of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot in Bhutan. The cultural tour of Thimpu continues to the National Library which holds the wide array of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. Explore Arts and Crafts School to witness the fantastic ongoing workshops of Thanka Paintings and encounter the living traditions of Bhutan at Textile and Folk Heritage Museums before the lunch.

Post lunch, the sightseeing tour of Thimpu, takes you to the Handicrafts Emporium followed by a visit to Stupa of Memorial Chorten (monument built in the memory of Father of Modern Bhutan- the third king of Bhutan). After a thorough exploration of Bhutanese capital ,we drive back to the hotel in Thimpu.

Day 04: Drive to Punakha 77km 3 hrs journey; Sightseeing tour of Punakha

After the breakfast,we drive to Punakha which is 75 km drive accross Dochu La Pass 3100m. On our arrival at Punakha we drive in to our hotel in the city. Then, we set out ot explore the city.Visit 17th century strategically built Punakha Dzong which survived several fires and earthquakes. The Dzong at the confluence of Pho and Chhu Rivers is now absolutely restored. Explore the Dzong which hold significant history in this part of Bhutan. After through exploration of the city we drive back to our hotel in Punakha.

Day 05: Drive to Gangtey 83km 3.5 hrs drive; Sightseeing tour of Gangtey

Today after the breakfast, we drive to Gangtey. Three and half hours of road journey to Gangtey is a wonderful way catch few glimpses of Bhutanese rural culture. On arriving at Gangtey we are transferred to our hotel. After some refreshments in the hotel our sightseeing tour of Gnagtey begins. Gangtey is Bhutan's most beautiful surprise. Th e wide arid valley after penetrating the lush vegetation is truly the rarest experience in Bhutan. Today we explore Gangtey Monastery. In the close proximity to Gangtey Monastery, the fascinating village of Phobjhika lies. The wonderful village at the altitude of 2900m is a wonderful place to explore as we get to see wide diversity of wildlife because the village borders Black Mountain National Park.At the end of the day we drive back to our hotel in Gangtey for the overnight stay. 

Day 06: Drive to Trsonga 59km 2 hrs drive; Sightseeing tour of Trsonga

Today, Bhutan to Sikkim Tour with Access Nepal continues towards Trsonga. Trsonga is just 2 hours pleasant drive from Gangtey. On our arrival at Trsonga, first we check in to our hotel in the city and set out to explore the highlights of Trsonga. Trsonga is another beautiful destination in Bhutan, which also has magnificent landscapes. The historical town Trsonga is the ancestral home to Bhutanese Royal family. We will soak into the beautiful landscapes of Trsonga and explore most of the sites having historical significances in Trsonga before we tranfer to our hotel for the overnight stay. 

Day 07: Drive to Jakar-Bumthang 127km 4.5 hrs drive; Sightseeing tour of Jakar

Today we have a bit longer hours to drive. So we start early and reach to Bumthang till 11am after 4 and half hours of road journey. On arriving Bumthang we will be transferred to our hotel and after a short while the sightseeing tour of Bumthang begins. In Bumthang we will explore the famosu Jakar Dzong, which was built is 1667 AD. We will also explore the sacred sites like Kurjey Lhakhang and Chakar Lhakhang in Bumthang before we drive back to our hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 08: Drive to Wangdueprodhang 197km 6 hrs drive; sightseeing tour of Wangdueprodhang

Today we will spend most of the time on road. Though the drive is along the retracing road, we can still enjoy the scenic landscapes and the rural culture of Bhutan throughout the drive. After six hours of drive we arrive to Wangduephodrang. First thing we do on arriving Wangduephodrang is that we check into our hotel Then we set off to explore this tiny town on our own. Stroll around the streets of Wangduephodrang and walk back to your hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 09: Sightseeing tour of Wangdueprodhang and drive to Thimpu 70km 3 hrs drive

At Wangdiphodrang we visit the Dzong and the local market. The place also highlights bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. We have our lunch at Wangdiphodrang and head towards Thimpu. Thimpu is 3 hours drive from Wangduephodrang. We are almost at the end of Bhutan to Sikkim tour. At Thimpu we can simply wonder in the streets of Bhutanese capital hunting souvenirs. You will plenty of stuffs to do in Thimpu. At the end of the day we walk back to our hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 10: Drive to Phuentsholing 179km 5 hrs drive

Today after the breakfast, we begin the journey on the road that continues for the next five hours. After five hours of drive we arrive to Phuentsholing, a city in Bhutan that borders to the Indian State of Sikkim. There are plenty of stuffs that a visitor can do in Phuentsholing. You can visit  Amo Chuu, the Crocodile Breeding Center, Chukha Hydrothermal Project, the Bhutan gate at the border or the Karbandi Monastery. We will work with the immigration formalities so that we do not have any hassles the next day while driving into India.

Day 12: Drive to Sikkim 242 km; 8 hrs drive including immigration formality

Today we drive into India. After driving 242km today, we arrive to India's one of the most beautiful State Sikkim. From here onwards our services end. Enjoy the tour further and if you wish to continue the tour with us please let us know.

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