My wife and I are going to Bhutan in 2nd week of May,in a photo tour, and will be having standard itinerary of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, 2 days each. After this we will separate from the group, and have 2 days extra. How shall we use them? Explore more in Paro or in Thimphu or shall we squeeze in an overnight trip to Bumthang region with a hope of different experience, terrain and additional photo opportunities?
I will be going to Paro in end April. My flight is from Hong Kong arriving to Kathmandu at 22:00, but then my next flight to Paro is the next day at 0925. It's approx 10 hours in between so I hesitate to book a hotel just for that, as well to pay the Nepal visa just for few hours.
Would that be safe to stay in the airport overnight? Or I have the access to get in to the Kathmandu airport lounge, would they be opened until the next morning?
DAY 1 "Arrival at 5:45am in New Jalpaiguri, Head to Phuentsholing" Cab 142 kms 4hours
DAY 2 Phuentsholing to Paro Cab 149 Kms 4hours
DAY 3 Paro Cab full day
DAY 4 Paro Cab full day
DAY 5 Paro to Thimpu Cab 73 Kms 2hours
DAY 6 Thimpu Cab full day
DAY 7 Thimpu to Punakha Cab 70 Kms 3.5hours
DAY 8 Punakha to Wangduephodrang Cab 13 Kms 1hours
DAY 9 "Punakha/ Wangduephodrang to Trongsa" Cab 129 Kms 4.5hours
DAY 10 Trongsa to Bhumthang Cab 68 Kms 2.5hours
DAY 11 Bhumthang to Phuentsholing Cab 415 Kms 7hours
DAY 12 Phuentsholing Cab full day
DAY 13 "Phuentsholing to New Jalpaiguri to Kolkata" Cab & Train "Road - 142 Kms; Train - Darjeeling Mail" 4hours
Rough Budget (in INR per person)
Main Travel 7500
Local Travel (Rs 600 for 12 days) 7200
Stay (Rs 800 for 12 days) 9600
Food (Rs 500 for 16 days) 8000
What are the things that need to be changed?
Does this look too hectic?
We plan to take share cabs between the above places.
Awaiting your responses!
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