A Journey to Bhutan- The Land of Happiness-2

I hope you must have enjoyed the first part of the series, let us move to the itinerary and some tips . You can read the first part of the series here.

Our itinerary:

Day 1: Phuentsholing to Thimphu

Day 2: Thimphu to Paro

Day 3: Paro

Day 4: Paro-Thimphu-Haa

Day 5: Haa

Day 6: Haa-Chele la- Paro

Day 7: Paro-Punakha

Day 8: Punakha

Day 9: Punakha

Day 10: Punakha- Thimphu

Day 11: Thimphu-Phuentsholing

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Tips:

Bhutan is typically divided into Thimphu, Western Bhutan, Central Bhutan and Eastern Bhutan. The first thing I do before planning an International trip is to get a Lonely Planet Guide, get a map and start reading blogs. Planning a trip on your own is fun plus you end up knowing much more about the country. You need to do your research for Bhutan as it has so much to offer: Spirituality, Museums, Arts and Crafts, Mountain treks, Day trails, wonderful wildlife, food,forests and blooms. You also have a varied choice of cities depending on the number of days you have. I planned for a holiday which had day hikes and still ample time to stand and stare, after all it is not about the destination, it is about the journey.

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So do your research, plan out your trip on what you like to do, rather than blindly following any itinerary. If you are travelling in January, carry woollen wear, you will get heaters in your rooms. Carry cash, don’t bargain as people here tell you the right price. Buy souvenirs from market area in Thimphu, find out new places to eat from the guide book. We booked our hotels before hand but you can easily get a place in off season without any pre booking.  Bhutan rises early and sleeps early, mostly dinner closes by 9, you are expected to eat by 8. We had downloaded an offline map from Maps.me which was accurate and helpful. You can easily get day guides and we availed one in Haa.

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