Bhutan maintains solid growth and macroeconomic stability. Hydropower construction and supportive fiscal and monetary policy have contributed to solid growth. Single-digit inflation, a stable exchange rate, and accumulating international reserves attest to the stability. Nevertheless, structural challenges remain, including large current account deficits, high public debt, an underdeveloped private sector, and a high youth unemployment rate. A delay in hydropower construction could cloud macroeconomic prospects in the coming years.
What is included in the tour
· Accommodation in 3*
· All Meals.
· Transportation for all sightseeing.
· All permits.
· Pick up & drop from Hasimara.
What is NOT included in the tour
Air fare .
Any meals other then those specified in Cost Includes.
Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc
Any other item not specified in cost includes.
9 % Government service tax.
Guide & Any Sports Activities Charges.
Bhutan’s political environment has been stable and economic conditions have improved in recent years. Since Bhutan shifted to a democratic constitutional monarchy in 2008, the country has developed a solid development management system founded on the principle of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Bhutan plans to hold its third parliamentary election in 2018. The Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) is leading the preparation of the 12th Five-Year Plan (FYP) for 2018-2023. Bhutan maintains strong economic and strategic relationships with India, particularly as the major trading partner, as a source of foreign aid and as a financier and buyer of hydropower. Bhutan is vulnerable to natural disasters and climate-related risks.
Bhutan has been successful in reducing poverty. Extreme poverty has been almost eradicated, with the rate falling to 2 percent in 2012 using the international poverty line of $1.90 per person a day.
Day 1: Hasimara – Phuentsholing (19 km, 45 mins).
On arrival at Hasimara, guest will be received by our executive and proceed to Phuentsholing. The drive is of 19 km, 45 minutes. On arrival at Phuentsholing, check in at the hotel and complete the immigration formalities.
Phuentsholing is a small town in Bhutan adjacent to the Indian border. Unlike Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Phuentsholing cannot be called as a major tourist destination of Bhutan. There are not many tourist attractions in Phuentsholing and you can cover all the below mentioned spots in a day. The Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang in the middle of the town. After that it will take you 30 minutes to reach Karbandi monastery, situated at an altitude of 400 meters on a small hillock, which offers fine views over the foothills & plains of Bengal.
Day 2: Phuentsholing - Thimphu (175 km, 5-6 hrs).
After breakfast transfer to Thimphu. Thimphu is the capital and the largest city of the Kingdom of Bhutan. The distance of 180 km takes 5 -6 hours depending on the road conditions and stops is long, spectacular and also rich and diverse with forever changing vegetation. Thimpu - Phuentsholing road was built in 1962 by Dantak, the Indian Border road organization.
On arrival, check in at the hotel. In the evening visit to Tashichho Dzong (Religious Fortress).
Day 3: Thimphu Sightseeing.
After breakfast visit the following;
National Memorial Chorten (Stupa).
Kuenselphodrang, known as Buddha Point (Buddha Dordenma).
Changangkha Lhakhang (Temple).
National Takin Preserve.
After lunch visit the following;
School of Traditional Painting of Arts & Crafts.
Folk Heritage Museum.
In the evening stroll around Craft Bazar.
Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha (75 km 2.5 hrs).
After breakfast, drive to Punakha. On the way, stop at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the solemn 108 stupas. Take in the enchanting views of Mt. Himalaya if in good weather. Later, hike around 1. 5 hrs to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and where people pray for children.
After Lunch continue to visit Punakha Dzong, the beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, serving as the religious and administrative center of Bhutan until the mid 1950s. You’ll also visit Suspension Bridge nearby (the longest bridge of Bhutan).
Day 5: Punakha – Paro (130 km 3.5 hrs).
After breakfast drive to Paro. Paro is a beautiful valley, where nature and man conjured to create their dearest image, is home to some of the Bhutan’s oldest temples & monasteries – as well as its only international airport. Paro is one of the most fertile valleys in the Kingdom, producing a bulk of the famous red rice from its terraced fields.
On arrival visit to Rinpung Dzong (fortress) built in 1645 to defend the valley against the Tibetan invaders. Now the administrative seat of the Paro district. Ta Dzong (watchtower) built in 1649 to protect the undefended Dzong and renovated in 1968 to house the National Museum with an excellent collection of Bhutanese antiquities. Continue to visit Drukgyel Dzong, now in ruins is located 14 kms north of Paro town was built in 1644 – 1649 to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan-Mongol forces.
Day 6: Paro – Phuentsholing (160 km 5-6 hrs)
After breakfast drive for about 20 minutes to the base camp of Taktsang Monastery and hike up to Taktsang Monastery. Hike to Taktsang will be of 5 – 7 hours for the entire visit.
It was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Rimpoche meditated in the 7th century. Taktsang Lhakhang is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. This temple is one of the most holy sites in the kingdom and clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the Paro valley.
After lunch drive back to Phuentsholing.
Day 7: Phuentsholing – Hasimara (19 km, 45 mins).
After breakfast drive to Hasimara for departure.
We assure you that this will be one of your most memorable trips.