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 has a stable political and economic environment. It has made a tremendous progress in reducing extreme poverty and promoting gender equality, while attention is needed to address inequality issues.
World Bank Group (WBG) support is guided by the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) FY2015-2019 and the 2017 Performance and Learning Review (PLR). It focuses on improving fiscal and spending efficiency, increasing private-sector growth and competitiveness and supporting green development. Under IDA18 (FY2018-20), Bhutan is eligible to receive approximately $100 million in IDA financing.
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 - Paro Sightseeing (55 km, 1hr).
After breakfast drive to Paro. Paro is also one of the most fertile valleys in the kingdom producing a bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields.
On the way visit to Tamchog lhakhang is temple that is dedicated to the 13th century saint Thangthong Gyalpo, the bridge builder. This temple is located across the river from the Paro to Thimphu. 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. Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the kingdom dating back to 7th century. Dungtse Lhakhang to the west of the road is a chorten-like temple was built in 1433 by the iron bridge builder Thangtong Gyalpo.
Later excursions around Chele la Pass.
Chele la pass at an elevation 3,988 m is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. About an hour’s drive along a thickly forested road is this Pass- a botanical paradise. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jhomolhari and Jichu Drakey.
Day 5: 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 6: 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.