A Week-Long Itinerary From Delhi To Bhutan To Witness The Land Of Thunder Dragon 


The much fabled land of Bhutan has been a country of extreme intrigue for most Indians. This neighbouring country shares almost a 700km-long border with India and makes for an easily-accessible international destination to travel to from India. Though four of India's north-eastern states encircle Bhutan along its borders, but the unique culture of the country lies preserved within its bounding lines of this land of thunder dragon. (Reframe)

Come to think of it, there's no other destination on the world map that celebrates its heritage and sticks by the concepts of green and sustainable tourism in the present times like Bhutan.

Travellers from Delhi, if this got you curious, it's your turn to plan an ultimate trip from Delhi to Bhutan and unravel the mystery of this land of the thunder dragon. Here's a detailed itinerary from Delhi to Bhutan, starting from Phuentsholing in the south west to Tashigang in the far east.

Check it out.

Best time to travel from Delhi to Bhutan: The months between October to December offer a pleasant climate and sunny skies in Bhutan. To experience the season of the blossoming rhododendrons, you can plan the trip from Delhi to Bhutan during April.

Day 1

Get in to Bhutan through Phuentsholing or fly directly to Paro

To get from Delhi to Bhutan, you can take two routes. Either choose to fly directly to Paro, a valley town in Bhutan, or take a flight from a metro city to Bagdogra in Siliguri, and from there take a 4-hour bus journey to Jaigaon. This town at a stone's throw away from Phuentsholing, the border town of Bhutan. 

No visa is required for Indian nationals visiting Bhutan, but you will need to get an entry permit to Thimphu and Paro at the Immigration Office in Phutensholing using a valid voter identity card. Special permits, however, are required to travel to places other than Paro and Thimphu.

You might also like: Cheapest International Flights To Book For This April

Suggested place to stay: Park Hotel, Phuentsholing

Photo of Phuentsholing, Chhukha, Bhutan by Tripoto
Day 2

Drive to Paro for a special bucket list adventure

Distance from Phuentsholing: 160km

The drive from Phuentsholing to Paro is almost a four-hour tour of the stunning roads of Bhutan. The uninhibited views of the forests, the incredible architecture of Bhutanese houses and the Chortens on the roadside make the views super memorable. There are multiple restaurants along the way to stop for local snacks or lunch.

Suggested place to stay in Paro: Drubchu Resort

Day 3

Take a hike to Paro Taktshang

The third day on this trip is dedicated to a bucket list adventure. Hike to the Paro Takshang, popularly known as the Tiger's Nest Monastery. The hike can be completed independently, and you'll find many monks and travellers taking the trail uphill. Other major attractions around the city include Rinpung Dzong, the National Museum and the Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

Photo of Taktsang Trail, Paro, Bhutan by Tripoto

Image Credits: Nagarjun Kandukuru

Photo of Taktsang Trail, Paro, Bhutan by Tripoto

Image Credits: Arian Zwegers

Photo of Taktsang Trail, Paro, Bhutan by Tripoto
Day 4

Experience the serene views of the capital city of the kingdom

Distance from Paro: 51km

Arrive in the capital city of the kingdom of Bhutan. The awe-inspiring city lies on the bank of the river Thimphu Chu and you can find men practicing archery in open fields on the banks of the river. On this trip from Delhi to Bhutan, Thimphu can be your gateway to Bhutanese culture and art. The Buddha Dordenma, Takin Preserve, Changlimithang Archery Ground and the Clock Tower Square are some of the must visit spots in the city.

Suggested place to stay: Namseling Boutique

Image Credits: Avinash Singh

Photo of Thimphu, Bhutan by Tripoto
Photo of Thimphu, Bhutan by Tripoto
Photo of Thimphu, Bhutan by Tripoto
Day 5

Travel to the heart of the kingdom – Trongsa

Distance from Thimphu: 193km

This Buddhist country is replete with religious heritage structures that are worth travelling the distance. Trongsa is the next stop on this trip from Delhi to Bhutan and this could be your chance to visit the stunning Trongsa Dzong, which is the largest fortress in Bhutan. The city is politically important since the king of Bhutan always becomes the governor of Trongsa before becoming the crowned prince. Other places to visit in this city in central Bhutan include The Tower of Trongsa Museum and Chendebji Chorten.

Suggested place to stay: Newhlee Tse Woods Lodge

Image Credits: Anja Disseldorp

Photo of Trongsa, Bhutan by Tripoto

Image Credits: Thomas Wanhoff

Photo of Trongsa, Bhutan by Tripoto

Image Credits: Chuck Moravec

Photo of Trongsa, Bhutan by Tripoto
Day 6

Experience the mystical valley of Bumthang

Distance From Trongsa: 80km

Bumthang is known as the religious heartland of this country and this last stop on your trip from Delhi to Bhutan is home to some of the oldest monasteries and temples. Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor are the four main valleys of Bumthang.

Places to visit during your stay in Bumthang include Kurje Lhakhang and Ngang Lhakhang, both popular monasteries in the valley. The Burning Lake is another spot of religious importance in the Bumthang Valley. It lies at a 20-30 minutes drive away from the centre of the town and makes for a great day trip to the heart of the forest in the valley. On this trip, do not forget to visit the Bumthang brewery and try the local Weissbier and apple cider.

To make this trip from Delhi to Bhutan an absolute cultural extravaganza, visit Bumthang during Nalakhar Tsechu in November, the local festival where the entire valley gathers for festivities.

Click here to view hotels in Bumthang.

Image Credits: RadioFreeBarton

Photo of Bumthang, Bhutan by Tripoto

Image Credits: Christopher J. Fynn

Photo of Bumthang, Bhutan by Tripoto

On your drive back from this central eastern district of Bumthang, stop for a night at Thimphu to take some rest. You can start the drive back to Phuentsholing or Paro the next day.

This land of the thunder dragon is surreal and the warmth and civility of the Bhutanese people makes for an unforgettable experience.

Have you been to Bhutan? Tell us all about your experiences in this mystical kingdom and share your travel story on Tripoto.

1 Comment(s)
Sort by:
What would be the average cost of this trip for a solo traveller .?
Wed 04 12 17, 12:31 · Reply · Report