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Overland Bhutan Road Trip

Trip Rating


Days/ Duration

11 nights 12 days

Tour Style

Jeep Tours

Group Size

08 to 12 pax people


March to October



Meeting Point

Phuentsholing, Bhutan

Skill Level



Hotels / Homestays / Guesthouse



Starting From Heart



Explore the royal country of Himalaya, Bhutan!

Join Planet Way Round for a spellbinding journey through the land of the dragon as you are taken from breathtaking valleys to mountain hugging monasteries and alpine meadows that dot this land, Bhutan! This country is the go-to place for adrenalin junkies, adventure seekers, mountaineers, and those who wish to relax and spend some time in a quiet, tranquil region.

So, book this tour now and enjoy the experience!

  • 11 Nights / 12 Days Trip
  • Travel through majestic Punakha Dzong
  • Hike to the Taktsang (Tiger Nest) Monastery
  • Head to the highest pass of the country, Chele La Pass
  • Admire the heights of Himalayas Cross, Wangdue Phodrang dzong, and Dochu-la passes
  • Services of an experienced accompanying Guide & Backup team.
  • Terrain: Moderate
  • Mileage: 1,200 kilometers
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner & Midway Tea & Coffee breaks


Day 1 | Arrival in Phuentsholing ( 153 Kms from Siliguri )
Reach Phuentsholing border, our team will meet you here, we cross the border after all formalities ( you have to get vehicle entry permit here ).
Overnight stay at Phuentsholing.

Day 2 | Phuentsholing – Paro (185 kms )
Drive to Paro.
Overnight stay at Paro.

Day 3 | Hike to Taktsang (Tiger Nest) Monastery in Paro (900 meters above Paro Valley)
After driving for around 35 minutes, the Taktsang hike (also famously called as “Tiger Nest”) will begin early in the morning as it will be cool. You will begin the hike at the Taktsang base where a shopkeeper and horseman can be found. Your walk will be through a forest for almost one hour and 30 minutes, and soon, you will reach Takstang cafeteria. Sip some tea while enjoying a very spectacular view of Taktsang Monastery.
After visiting drive towards Paro to visit Drukgyal Dzong, although it is now mostly in ruins and under construction.

Day 4 | Paro – Chelele La Pass – Thimphu ( 49 kilometers )
*Altitude: Chelele La Pass: 3,988 meters; Thimpu: 2,320 meters Chelele La is located between Haa and Paro which is 50 kilometers away from Paro Valley. It is the highest motorable pass in Bhutan situated at 3,988 meters or 13,084 feet. From there, you can view some of the highest and un-climbed beautiful Himalayan mountain passes on a clear day.

On reaching the pass, you could see prayers flags fluttering wildly in the breeze and chilly wind. Some of the snow-capped mountains can be viewed from there during the summer too. After riding around 30 minutes, you will have lunch at Haa Valley. You will proceed towards Thimphu.
Overnight at Thimpu

Day 5 | Thimphu – Punakha – Phobjika (142 kilometers / 89 miles)
*Altitude: 3000 meters
After breakfast we start our drive towards Phobjika. The road is 100 percent tarmac and double lane. Before reaching Punakha, you may visit Chimi Lhakhang and Punakha Dzong if you wish. We can also take a trip to the longest suspension bridge and enjoy the views if you want. After visit continue with drive to Phobjika valley Upon reaching Phobjikha, we can visit Gangtey Goenpa, the Black-Necked Crane Information Center, and Phobjikha Valley. You will stay overnight at Phobjika in a Farmhouse or homestay.

Day 6 | Gangtey, Phobjikha
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you begin today’s tour with an excursion to Tangjey Lhakhang (3,050-meter distance, 10 to 12-kilometer duration, 4 to 5 hours). You set out on a day’s hike toward the southeast direction through a vegetation of dwarf bamboos that adorns the Phobjikha Valley. This valley is where the rare black necked cranes reside during the winter season, beginning November until mid-March.

After an hour of an easy hike, you reach the small settlement of Kilkhorthang village. You take a short rest to enjoy the dramatic landscape of the valley before continuing towards Tangjey, passing through vegetable fields and orchards. Tangjey Lhakhang (temple) is dedicated to Lord Buddha and its local protective deity Yeshi Gempo. The original foundation of the temple dates back to 1517-1554. After an enjoyable visit to the temple, you head back to the hotel crossing a wooden bridge over a crystal clear river. Your day can be ended, if you wish, with a little celebration of locally distilled traditional drink.

Day 7 | Gangtey – Trongsa – Bhumthang (220 kilometers / 137 miles)
*Altitude: 2800 meters
After breakfast, you take a short nature walk in the vicinity of the hotel and then after, you drive to Bumthang, crossing Pele La pass (3,300 meters / 10,830 feet) via Trongsa. Pela La is marked by a large white chorten with prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point where the mountain forest trees are replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboos. You stop, en route, at Chendebji Chorten which is patterned on the Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet. The stupa’s purpose was to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.

Also, en route to Bumthang, you visit Trongsa Dzong. The dzong is a massive structure with many floor levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it was built. You will also visit Ta Dzong, a cylindrical stone watchtower rising five stories. It was built in 1652 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa. Further 68-kilometer drive across the Yutong La pass (3,400 meters / 11,155 feet) will finally bring you to the wide open cultivated Bumthang Valley.

Day 8 | Bhumthang
*Altitude: 2,800 meters
After breakfast, you proceed on your tour of the Bumthang Valley. Bumthang is the general name given to the combination of four valleys (Chumey, Choekhor, Tang, and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600 to 4,000 meters). There are many prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries in the Bumthang valleys. You will also visit Kurjey Lhakhang. It is a temple where the saint Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock.
Later in the afternoon, if time permits, you visit Wangdicholing Palace (visitors allowed from outside only)

Day 9 | Bumthang to Tingtibi (169 kilometers )
*Altitude: 800 meters
You will travel to most extensive protected areas network in Bhutan. The northern two-thirds of the district, the gewogs of Chhoekhor and Tang, belong to Wangchuck Centennial Park, buffered by pockets of biological corridors. Southern Bumthang, the gewogs of Chhumig, Tang, and Ura, is part of another protected area, Thrumshingla National Park.
You will have lunch at Trongsa Town and visit the zong. You will stay overnight at hotel in Tingtibi.

Day 10 | Tingtibi – Gelephu (90 kilometers )
*Altitude: 600 meters
After breakfast leisurely drive to Gelephu. Here, you will spend a relaxing night.

Day 11 | Gelephu – Thimpu ( 200 Kms )
Ride to Thimpu the Capital of Bhutan.

Day 12 | Thimpu – Phuentsholing ( 163 Kms )
Drive from Thimpu to Phuentsholing. This is the end of the tour.

Thing to do extra

*Hot stone bath at Paro after your Tiger Nest hike
*River rafting

Good 4×4 SUV  – Toyota Parado / Hyundai Sante Fe

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Food and Meal

Meals – Breakfast & Dinner are included.

During this tour, you will be served Breakfast & Dinner at the place of stay. Rice forms the main body of most Bhutanese meals. It is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables.

Vegetables that are commonly eaten include spinach, pumpkins, turnips, radishes, tomatoes, river weed, onions, and green beans. Grains such as rice, buckwheat, and barley are also cultivated in various regions of the country depending on the local climate.

For Indian Traveller – Pure Veg Food is also available

Type of stay

Accommodations is provided in a Mix of  4* / Good 3* + Hotels / Guesthouses and Homestays for the duration of the tour.

Getting there


We start and ends in  Phuentsholing.

For those arriving by flight you can reach either Bagdogra and then drive to Phuentsholing in a local cab or fly directly into Paro.

For those taking self drive vehicle for the tour, you have to reach Phuentsholing for start of the trip.  ( Self drive vehicle will be provided from Day 2 till we reach Phuentsholing at the end of the tour.


Skill level(s) required for this tour

*can drive for 3-4 hours
*average driving experience in mountains.
*little assistance required
*comfortable with extreme curves and leans
*average experience with unsurfaced roads
*steep ascents and descents
*Option of taking driver for tour is also available.

Including the package cost

1. Accommodation for 11 nights stay in Bhutan
2.Daily Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner for duration for tour. Except Dinner in Thimpu.
3.Care of a guide and good company
4.Planet Way Round Accompanying crew and backup team.
5.Bhutan Govt authorized accompanying Guide.
6.SDF for Bhutan entry ( Rs 1200 per pax per day for Indians )
7.Basic Travel insurance for the trip.
8.Oxygen bottles and basic medication backup for AMS
9.Accompanying experienced local guide & P.W.R team. ( or as per selection )
10.Things to carry list

Not including the cost

    1. Stay for extra days if any ( we can make bookings for you )
    2. Flights to the destination.
    3. Extra food Like Starters / drinks etc
    4. Any damage/fine/ cost.
    5. Any damages /fine/ Insurance
    6. Toll Tax if any.
    7. Fuel for vehicle.
    8. Custom duty for Vehicles entering Bhutan from India. ( Rs 4500 per day )
    9. Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals, starters (Alcoholic, Mineral, Soft Drinks, Aerated) etc.
    10. Extra guide fee, Camera & Video fee ,Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone
    11. Any activity apart from mentioned ones.
    12. Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like damage accruing from land blocks, bad weather etc.
    13. Any medical expenses incurred during the trip or travel insurance
    14. Anything not mentioned in inclusions
    15. Insurance for or against accidents, loss of life, theft etc.
    16. Refundable Security Deposit for Self Drive vehicles (Cautions fee): US $600/-
    17. GST extra ( 5% ) on billing
Applicable cost with Own SUV INR 155500 Per pax on twin / Double share basis or room
Applicable cost with 4×4  self drive vehicle  

INR 179500 Per Pax ( 4 people sharing 01 vehicle ) and stay on twin share basis or room ( vehicle – Toyota Parado  / Similar – with fuel – Driver option also available )
( Cost does not includes and security deposits )

Applicable cost with 4×4  self drive vehicle  

INR 204000 Per Pax ( 2 people sharing 01 vehicle ) and stay on twin share basis or room ( vehicle – Toyota Parado  / Similar – with fuel  – Driver option also available)
( Cost does not includes and security deposits )


Single Room Supplement


On Request

SDF for Non Indians USD 100 Extra per day ( payable above package cost )

GST extra on billing ( 5% )


  • SDF – Sustainable Development Fee
  • Valid identity proof for Indian Nationals is – Indian Passport / Indian Voter ID
  • PIO card holders will not be considered to be Indian citizens.
  • All other nationalities will have to pay SDF @ USD 200 per day


11 Nights / 12 Days



Tour's Location



Can you book a hotel for me?
Yes, sure we can book hotel stay for you for your pre and post tour days.
What is your cancellation policy?
In case of cancellation of tour/travel services due to any avoidable/ unavoidable reasons we must be informed in written. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive mail in written and cancellation charges would be as follows:
• Once the booking is confirmed – 25% of the tour/service cost.
• 15 days prior to arrival – 50% of the tour/service cost.
• 07 days prior to arrival – 75% of the tour/service cost.
• Less than 72 hours or no show – NO REFUNDS
Can you send us the final itinerary before we book the tour?
Yes we always send the tour program before you book.
Note - as we travel in the Himalayas at time if necessary we have to make changes in the itinerary due to snow fall / road closure or any other natural calamity that is beyond our control.
How do we communicate with other team mates when where is no mobile signal en-route
We provide walki-talki sets for communication to all travelling vehicles, so there we can have uninterrupted communication.
Is basis first aid available with the team
The accompanying team carries with it basis first aid, Oxygen for emergency use

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