Bhutan officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by India. To the west, it is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim, while farther south it is separated from Bangladesh by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. Bhutan’s capital and largest city is Thimphu.
Bhutan existed as a patchwork of minor warring fiefs until the early 17th century. At that time the lama and military leader Ngawang Namgyal, the first Zhabdrung Rinpoche, who was fleeing religious persecution in Tibet, unified the area and cultivated a distinct Bhutanese identity. In the early 20th century, Bhutan came into contact with the British Empire and retained strong bilateral relations with India upon its independence. In 2006, based on a global survey, Business Week rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia and the eighth-happiest in the world. In 2016, the World Happiness Report published by the United Nations ranks Bhutan as the 84th happiest country.
Bhutan’s landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan heights in the north, where some peaks exceed 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). Its total area was reported as approximately 46,500 km2 (18,000 sq mi) in 1997 and 38,394 km2 (14,824 sq mi) in 2002. Bhutan’s state religion is Vajrayana Buddhism and the population, as of 2015 estimated as 770 thousand people, is predominantly Buddhist. Hinduism is the second-largest religion.
In 2008, Bhutan made the transition from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy and held its first general election. As well as being a member of the United Nations, Bhutan is a member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and hosted SAARC’s sixteenth summit in April 2010.
DAY 01: Pick up from NJP Railway station/ IXB Bagdogra and drive to Bhutan check-in at Hotel and free independent activities at Phuentsholing.
Day 2: After early breakfast drive to Thimphu capital of Bhutan. Check in at hotel free independent activities. Overnight stay at Thimphu.
Day 3: After breakfast,local in and around tour in Thimpu visit the school of arts and crafts, Indigenous Hospital, Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Museum, Memorial chorten (stupa) and handmade paper factory.
Day 4: Start for Punakha from Thimpu approximately(75Kms) The road climbs from Thimphu to Dochula Pass (3050m) and descends through ever changing forests into semi-tropical valley of Punakha at around 1250m.En-route stop at Dochula Pass (3050m) and view the great eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan’s highest mountain, Gangkhar Punsum(7550m).
Day 5:After breakfast drive to Paro visit in and around local sightseeing, National Museum, Paro Rimpong Dzong, Kyichu temple, complex and check-in at Hotel.
Day 6:- Early breakfast and hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery also known as Taktsang Monastery,back to Hotel and over night stay.
Day 7.Paro to Phuentsholing: After breakfast drive to Phuntsholing and visit kharbandi Lhakhang.the beautiful Lhakhang is situated on the hill top overlooking the town.(Phuntsholing and jaigaon).over night in the hotel.over night stay at hotel.
Day 8.After breakfast check out from Bhutan and drive to NJP railway station or ixb Bagdogra Airport.