Bhutan is the realm of cultural authenticity. Whether it’s the landscape beauty, and the traditions, or, the ambiance and rustic charm, Bhutan offers is nowhere to be found in the world. So, if you’re dreaming about a trip to Bhutan from Singapore, then you’re at the right place.
Flights from Singapore to Paro
There is provision for direct flights from Singapore to Bhutan which operates on-Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays. Singapore to Paro flight schedule is as follows-
Flight No. KB501– From-Singapore (SIN) to- Kolkata (CCU) – a 45 minutes stopover at Kolkata for refueling. The passengers will not be required to disembark from the aircraft; therefore, visas in India will not be mandatory. After refueling, departure from Kolkata (CCU) –to Paro (PPB)
Departure and arrival Time (Singapore to Paro)-
Departure from Singapore- 0630- Arrival at Kolkata- 0830, stopover at Kolkata for 45 minutes, Departure from Kolkata-0905 and arrival at 1045 in Paro.
Total time required to reach Bhutan from Singapore- 5 hours/ excluding 45 minutes of refueling stopover at Kolkata Airport in India
Day wise Bhutan tour Itinerary and things to do for 10 days and 9 nights-
Day1- Arrival at Paro International Airport-
The only International Airport in Bhutan, Paro Airport is unique in every aspect from the other airports and is constructed amid stunning landscapes. On arrival, our agency staff will be there to pick you up with greetings. Then you will be transferred to your hotel based in Paro itself.
After refreshment at your hotel, you will be taken on Paro city sightseeing tour and to the nearby sightseeing hubs such as National Museum of Bhutan, Kichu Lhakhang, etc.
Transfer to hotel in the evening. After refreshment, you will be briefed about your next day schedule. Dinner is served at the hotel.
Note: If you’re an independent traveler, you can avail car rental in Bhutan at best rates for every purpose like sightseeing, transfers, local, and business purpose.
Day2-Trip to Paro Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest)-
Paro Taktsang is a major sightseeing destination in Paro. This Cliffside mysteriously built monastery is the significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists and a famous trekking destination for the adventure freaks.
After breakfast, you will be driven to the trekking point on Bhutan cars. After that, your trekking to Paro Taktsang begins. You will be accompanied by English speaking tour guide, porters, and mules to carry the baggage. If the altitude exhausts you, then you can even opt for a pony ride to Paro Taktsang. The journey may be tough for those that are not acquainted with the high altitudes. In the end, the trek rewards you with the engrossing views of the valleys and the snow-decked peaks that add to the grandeur of the Dragon kingdom. You will find a café in the middle of the trek; you can break your journey for some refreshments to boost your energy for the further journey ahead.
Return to hotel in the evening– refreshment- itinerary briefing- Dinner
Day3- Drive to Chele La Pass-
Chele La Pass is one of the most beautiful and a popular destination for the sightseeing, trekking, and for a stunning drive in Bhutan. During your trip to Bhutan, better regard this place as the unmissable things to do in Bhutan. The Pass itself holds the aura of tranquility and peace. You will see countless hued prayer flags fluttering against the Himalayan air against the charming backdrop of green valleys, snow-covered mountains, and a clear blue sky. During peak seasons, you can even see waterfalls and pass through dense spruce and larch forests, enchanting rhododendron woodlands, Yaks grazing on the meadows, etc. The country’s tallest peak, Mount Jhomolhari (22,000ft) can be seen from Chele La Pass, you can also enjoy the sprawling view of the Paro and Haa valley.
Return to Hotel– refreshment-tour briefing-Dinner
Day4- Trek to Paro valley and Haa valley and around-
In the morning after the breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the trekking point. You will be accompanied by the English speaking tour guide, porters, and your brunch and lunch will be packed from your hotel. Besides, cars in Bhutan that are employed for the travel and tourism purpose offers complementary like bottled water, snacks, cold drinks, tea and coffee dispenser, etc. Once you reach the point you can indulge in a moderate trek through the trekking regions in Paro Valley and Haa Valley. Trekking offers the best opportunity to be in one with nature, and go to the places where the vehicles cannot take you to. You will have your lunch outside like any other day of your sightseeing tour. The duration of your tour would be approx 3-4 hours. Your car will pick you up in the evening- refreshment after reaching hotel- itinerary briefing- Dinner
Day5- Transfer to Thimphu- Thimphu sightseeing- shopping- cuisines-
The approx distance between Paro to Thimphu is 50.8 km and the time required is 1hour20 minutes. The morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The capital city is the administrative center and a major commercial hub. Not only that, Thimphu holds a bizarre blend of modernity and cultures and timeless traditions, with brilliant architectural style. Drop at the hotel in Thimphu- refreshment- sightseeing at the capital city- lunch at one of the best eateries in Thimphu- shopping hubs in Thimphu- drop at the hotel- refresh- relaxation- briefing about the tour- Dinner
Day6- Sightseeing tour- Major sightseeing places in Thimphu-
Thimphu is the beating heart of the Dragon Realm. It is the treasure chest of culture, traditions, architecture, etc. So, on the #day6 after you’re done with the breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel for sightseeing in major sightseeing places in Bhutan. The places of interest in and around Thimphu that you will cover on #day6 are as follows- Simtokha Dzong, Memorial Chorten, National Library, Traditional Medicine Institute, Institute for Zorig Chusum, Folk Heritage Museum, Trashichhoedzong, and National Textile Museum. You’ll have your lunch at the best eateries in Thimphu. We recommend you to try the national dish of Bhutan, Ema Datshi. Return to hotel in the evening- refreshment- briefing about the next day tour- Dinner
Day7- Shopping and combined sightseeing tour in Thimphu-
As Thimphu houses most of the major attractions in Bhutan, it is impossible to visit all of those in a single day. The quaint capital city is peaceful and is devoid of traffic lights and houses some of the best shopping complexes that sell every sort of Bhutanese and goods that are imported from outside. So, it’s okay to devote a day combined with shopping and sightseeing around the city. The gaiety market that turns the vicinities alive is Weekend Market of Thimphu and Handicraft shop. You can get everything from homemade cheese to ferns, juicy fruits to Yak tails in Weekend Market. Whereas Craft Bazar and handicrafts shops sell everything handmade and crafted, like cane and bamboo goods, wooden crafts, souvenirs, statues, masks, thangkas, etc.
The combined trip would be to- Cheri Goemba, Takin Preserve, Motithang, Botanical Garden, Zilukha Nunnery, Zangthopelri Lhakhang, Buddha Point, and Simply Bhutan Museum.
Return to hotel in the evening- refreshment- tour briefing- Dinner
Day8- Transfer to Punakha- the ancient and winter capital of Bhutan
Well, it will be another fascinating day in Bhutan. With the plethora of sightseeing places being seen and explored, you will be quite excited to meet the enchanting Punakha. The ancient and summer capital of Bhutan and the house for the administrative body, Punakha is one of the most beautiful regions in Bhutan. As compared to the other regions, the climate in Punakha is much warmer and serves as a perfect holiday destination during the time when the country is engulfed in severe winter snow.
So- its 8th Day, early morning breakfast- pack up- pick up from the hotel and transfer to Punakha. You will be taken to your hotel, after refreshment, your tour guide will take show you in and around the city. Get enchanted by the peacefulness and the traditional aura. Marvel at the magnificence of Dzongs and the architectural craftsmanship of ancient Buddhist devotees in the temples, fortresses, monasteries, etc.
Major sightseeing places in Punakha are- Punakha Dzong, Punakha Suspension Bridge, Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, Chimi Lhakhang, Punakha Ritsha Village, and Talo.
Pick up and return to the hotel in the evening- refreshment- tour briefing- Dinner
Day9- Soak to rejuvenate at Gasa hot springs at Punakha-
Located in the western province of Bhutan at Gasa, Punakha District, these hot springs are one of the popular springs in the kingdom. To reach the hot springs, you should trek for about 40 minutes to the base of the valley from the main road.
So, after early morning breakfast, you are picked up from your hotel, escorted by your tour guide to Gasa Hotsprings. On your trek, you will witness the luxuriant hills, woods covered with oaks and pines, etc. Once you reach there you can enjoy the natural de-stressing and rejuvenation therapy in the mineral hot springs. These hot springs are believed to possess the healing qualities to ward off the skin diseases and physical ailments by the Bhutanese people. There are provisions for bathhouses and facilities at Gasa Tsachu in order to ensure the cleanliness and hygiene of the hot springs.
Return to hotel in the evening- briefing- refreshment- Dinner
10th Day, after the early morning breakfast, your car will drive you to Paro International Airport, from where you will take a direct flight to Singapore, that will stop over at Kolkata Airport for refueling.
Paro to Singapore Flight schedule details-
Flight from Paro to Singapore operates only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
Flight No. KB500- Paro (PBH)– Departure Time 0720- Arrival at Kolkata (CCU) 0830 <45minutes fuelling stopover> Departure from Kolkata (CCU) AT 0835- Arrival at Singapore (SIN) at 1535.
The important thing to know before traveling to Bhutan from a foreign country-
Any foreign citizen having a passport needs to have a valid visa to get accessibility to Bhutan. You must book your vacation through an authorized Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international travel operating associates, who will make mandatory visa and permits arrangements. Your passport should have at least 6months validity from the date of accessibility in Bhutan. Once you land at Paro, your travel permit to Butan will be handed over to you. If you wish to extend your stay in Bhutan, please contact your Bhutan tour operator, who will further help you with the permit extension procedures.
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