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Bhutan backpacker blueprint in 8 days

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Availability : 8th-15th March'20 | 5th-12th April'20 | 9th-16th August'20 | 27th Sept-4th Oct'20 | 8th-15th November'20 | 6th-13th December'20
Bagdogra Airport
Bagdogra Airport
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 12


Bhutan, the world’s happiest country is a backpacker’s dream. A road trip which starts off at Bagdogra and goes all the way to Paro and Thimphu in Bhutan including a hike to Tiger monastery, this is an eight day backpacker road trip like no other.

Recommended Airport

Bagdogra Airport aka. Siliguri

Meeting Point

Bagdogra Aiport

Price Includes

  • All travel from Bagdogra and back.
  • Accommodation. (2 to 3 in a room depending on room size).
  • Permit
  • SDF Fee (July'2020 onwards)
  • Entrance fees

Price Excludes

  • Travel from Homecity to Bagdogra and back
  • Breakfast (Approx.  ₹ 100)
  • Lunch (Approx.  ₹ 150)
  • Dinner (Approx.  ₹ 150)
  • Heaters (Cost ₹ 100)

Must Have

What to Expect

A road trip where the trip lead is our driver who will pick you up from Bagdogra Airport on day one and drop you back to the same place on the last day.  

In terms of co traveller dynamics expect a mix of small groups of 2-4 & solo backpackers from around then round . We have event got a few NRI’s who join the trip.  The accommodation on this trip is a mix between guest houses & home stays. Each room has a attached toilet (western) & bathroom, with a double bed. The third person in the room will be either accommodated on an extra mattress on the floor or an extra bed based on what the host has to offer. 

The night life in Thimphu will surprise you. 

 

  • Best Season: All Year
  • Internet: Good 3G Connectivity
  • Currency: INR 50-100-200
  • Time Zone: +6 GMT
  • Language: English & Hindi Is easily understood
  • Hippie Vibe: Thimphu & Paro
  • Smoking is banned in Bhutan
  • Must Try: Bhutanese alcohol
  • Must Do: Hike to Tiger Monastery
  • Locals: Friendly & Warm
Blueprint

Day 1Bagdogra

– Arrive at Bagdogra by 12:00 HRS.
– Hop into an SUV and drive to Phuenthsoling. (164km = 4 hours)
– Reach Phuenthsoling by 17:00 HRS and check into our guest house.
– Rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 2Thimphu

– Post breakfast and after immigration leave for the capital city of Thimphu. (165km = 5 hours)
– Reach Thimphu by tea time and check into our guest house.
– Spend the rest of the day exploring the town on foot.

Day 3Thimphu

– Another day in Thimphu.
– Post breakfast, visit the Bronze Buddha statue & Takin reserve (national animal of Bhutan).
– After lunch, visit the museum and the Dzong.
– Rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 4Punakha

– Leave in the morning by 8:00 HRS for Punakha via Dochu-La-Pass (10,170 ft.). (85km = 3 hours)
– Reach Phunaka by noon.
– Check into our guesthouse at Punakha.
– Visit Chimi Lhakhang – The Temple of Fertility built in the 15th century., suspension bridge, Punakha Dzong, and Suspension Bridge.
– Rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 5Paro

– Post breakfast, leave for Paro. (127km = 3 hours)
– Reach Paro by noon and check into our guest house.
– Visit Paro museum and temple.

Day 6Paro

– Leave in the morning by 7:00 HRS for Tiger monastery in Paro.
– Reach the base camp by 7:30 HRS and start the 5 km hike.
– Return back to the guest house by 16:00 HRS.
– Rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 7Phuentsholing/Jaigaon

– Last day in Bhutan.
– Post breakfast, leave for Phuenthsoling/Jaigaon. (160km = 4 hours)
– Reach Phuenthsoling/Jaigaon by noon.
– Check into our guesthouse for the night.
– Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8Bagdogra

– Leave by 7:30 HRS to Bagdogra.
– Reach Bagdogra airport by 11:30 HRS.

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FAQ

General Questions

Q. Where is Bhutan located?

Bhutan is a small Buddhist kingdom located in the Himalayas.

Q. Is Bhutan a country?

Yes, Bhutan is a country which is bordered by China, India and Bangladesh.

Visa/Permit related FAQ

Q. Do I need a visa for Bhutan?

Indians don’t need a visa for Bhutan. But an entry permit is needed. Which can be obtained at the immigration office at Phuentsholing.

Q. What documents do I carry for the entry permit?

Passport and five photocopies of the same. Passport size photographs. Print out of your return flight tickets.

Q. How long is the permit valid for?

The permit is valid for seven days. But it can be extended at Thimphu.

Q. Who will extend the permit for us?

Your tlow representative will take care of all the permit work which includes the extension as well.

Q. Cost of the permit?

An entry permit is free and will be taken care of by our tlow representative.

Network related FAQ

Q. How do I get a sim card in Bhutan?

After you get your entry permit, you need to make a photocopy of the permit and provide the same as your proof for a sim card in Bhutan.

Q. Is there a cell phone network in Bhutan?

Yes, there is cell phone coverage in Bhutan. Tashi cell is the best network provider for tourists.

Q. Is there 3G/4G in Bhutan?

Surprisingly there is an excellent 3G network all over. Even at the highest pass Chelela, you’ll have cell phone coverage with Tashi cell. Sadly 4G hasn’t yet come to Bhutan yet as of March 2018.

Meeting point and how to reach there

Q. Where does the trip start and end?

Our Bhutan trip starts at Siliguri in West Bengal.

Q. How do we reach Siliguri?

Bagdogra air force airport (IXB) is the entry point to Siliguri and the most convenient way to reach.

Q. What time should we reach Siliguri?

Reach Siliguri anytime before 14:00 HRS on day one.

Q. How to reach Siliguri city?

From the airport take a direct bus which leaves every 30 minutes. Good options if you want to avoid spending on a taxi.

Take a taxi from the airport.

Q. Where will we meet the tlow representative for the trip?

Our tlow representative will meet you at Siliguri for the start of the trip.

Accommodation related FAQs

Q. What kind of accommodation will be provided?

We will be using homestays and guesthouses all along the trip.

Q. Will the accommodation be clean?

Since no one in the world likes to keep their home untidy, it’s safe to say that every place we stay at will be clean and will give you a homely feel.

Q. Will we get a bed, blankets and pillows?

Yes, at every place we stay at you’ll get a blanket, a pillow and if not a bed then surely a mattress to sleep on.

Q. Will we get hot water for a bath?

Every guest house and homestay we stay at will have geysers so you’ll surely get to have a bath at least once a day.

Q. Will the rooms be based on gender or mixed?

It will be girls in a separate room and boys in a separate room, for all those backpacking solo.

Food related FAQ

Q. Why is food not included?

Since this is a backpacking trip, we want to leave the eating for you’ll to explore on your own. You’ll never go hungry in Bhutan.

Q. Do we need to carry food along?

Not needed. Every place we stay at will have plenty of eating options. Both veg and non veg.

Q. What kind of food should we expect to get?

In every town and village, you’ll get a variety of food options from pastas, pizzas and Burgers to local Bhutan cuisine.

Q. Can we cook?

Yes, you can cook in our homestays. Provided you make the time.

Sickness related FAQ

Q. How to I avoid altitude sickness?

The only way to avoid altitude sickness is to rest well, keep yourself hydrated and have plenty of water.

Q. What about motion sickness?

Consulting local physician is the best for motion sickness.

Q. What about the oxygen level?

The oxygen is moderately thin in Bhutan but if you remember to keep yourself hydrated with small sips of water, it should not bother you.

Q. Is there a hospital in Bhutan?

Yes, every town and city has a hospital in Bhutan.

Solo travelers FAQ

Q. Is it okay if I enroll solo for a trip?

Yes, it’s absolutely fine to enroll solo. All our trips have 70% solo travellers who enroll.

Q. What if I don’t get along with the other backpackers?

If no one talks to you, don’t worry our tlow team members will be your friend and give you an experience of a lifetime.

Travel related FAQ

Q. What will be our mode of transportation?

The entire road trip to Bhutan will be covered in an SUV.

What is cancellation policy?

TLOW, based on the Cancellation Date, shall withhold the following amounts stated in the table below, from the Booking Amount or Trip Price as cancellation charges and refund the remainder to you. The refund shall be paid to you, within (21) calendar days from the Cancellation Date.

Cancellation Date is: Cancellation charges
– Before forty (40) calendar days prior to the date of commencement of Trip, 15% of the Trip Price
– On or after forty (40) calendar days but prior to thirty (30) calendar days day of commencement of Trip,
30% of the Trip Price
– On or after thirty (30) calendar days but prior twenty five (25) calendar days from day of commencement of Trip
50% of the Trip Price
– On or after twenty five (25) calendar days but prior to twenty (20) calendar days from day of commencement of Trip
75% of the Trip Price
– On or after twenty (20) calendar days but prior fifteen (15) calendar days from day of commencement of Trip
100% of the Trip Price

You may claim refund only in case of a confirmed booking where you have paid the entire Booking Amount. Where there is part payment of Booking Amount made the same shall be forfeited and there shall be no refund. The mode of payment of refund amount to you (whether through cash, e-wallets, bank transfers, or cheques), shall be determined at the sole discretion of TLOW.
Notwithstanding anything stated in the Terms & Conditions, there are no refunds of any kind, provided for ‘Camping Trips’.

For more information on cancellation & refund policy please read our T&C.

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