Welcome to the pioneers of Gross National Happiness (GNP) index.
Through history, Bhutan has a knack of being different. It is perhaps the only nation in the world which has never been colonised and enjoys economic freedom. In 2008, the Himalayan country enacted GNP whereby they measure the happiness and wellbeing quotient of their population.
Along with GNP, Bhutan has many facets which make it fascinating. The country thrives on tourism and the locals welcome everyone with open arms and a curious mind. Buddhist monks are seen everywhere in the country. But unlike the usual, monks live carefree lives in Bhutan. They are seen playing football, indulging in street food, mingling with strangers and scrolling on their smartphones. Perhaps, this entirely depicts Bhutan’s philosophy—do what makes you happy.
The landscape is not very different from other Himalayan foothills. Alpine forests, lush plains, deep river valleys and green meadows fill the topography. The country is legally bound to have more than 60 per cent of forested land. This makes it one of the best places in South Asia for hikes, bird watching, conservation work, and related activities.
|General Season||Mar-May, Oct-Nov|
|Solo traveller||₹ 135,000|
|2 travellers||₹ 200,000|
|3 travellers||₹ 255,000|
|General Itinerary||Bagdogra-Phuentsholing-Thimphu-Paro-Punakha-Phobjikha Valley-Thimpu-Phuentsholing-Bagdogra (9N/10D)|
- River rafting
- Paro Taktsang
- Phobjikha Valley
- Dochula Pass
- Bird watching
We will exit India from Bagdogra and drive to Thimphu, the capital city. An exploratory tour around the largest city of Bhutan includes Tashichho Dzong (also known as ‘fortress of the glorious religion’), Memorial Chorten (stupa built in 1974), Phelchey Toenkhyim or the Folk Heritage Museum and the Weekend Market.
Driving eastwards from Thimphu, we will travel the mountain pass of Dochula where Druk Wangyal Chortens or 108 memorial stupas reside. We will continue to Punakha while stopping en route to dine at Zhingkham Cottages.
In the ancient city of Punakha, which was once the capital of Bhutan, our overlanding experience will make way for outdoor camping. Punakha Dzong has been strategically built, at the confluence of two rivers, Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu, and is a site worth visiting while in the vicinity.
Continuing eastwards, we drive to Phobjikha Valley where the diversity of Bhutan expands. This glacial valley is known for sighting the migratory black-necked cranes.
Driving back westwards and beyond Thimphu, our trail will take us to the historic town of Paro. The tourist destination of Paro is popular for its sacred sites like (the hike to) Tiger’s Nest Temple, Rinpung Dzong and Drukgyel Dzong, among others.
This overloading experience is a great mix of outdoor activities like camping, hiking and river rafting.
- Expedition Leader
- Outdoor Specialist
- Support team ensuring complete convoy management
- Expedition ready 4×4 to self-drive (with fuel for the entire journey)
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis – mix of homestays, guesthouses and IB/PWD bungalows
- Meals – Breakfast & Dinner (choice of pure veg is available)
- Radio communication
- Local Culinary delight & Cultural immersion
- Village walks, Local sightseeing, and Exploration
- Local guidance and support from experts
- Necessary documentation and arrangement
- Amazing photo and video opportunities
- Birthplace of the 6th DALAI LAMA
- TAKTSANG GOMPA
- Sangestar Tso Lake
- CHILLIPAM GOMPA