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Overview

Presenting a specially crafted trip for female travelers to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon!
Bhutan is a jewel of untouched beauty and profound spirituality. This serene kingdom is a haven for solo travellers from India seeking an authentic escape. Solo trips to Bhutan have picked up a lot of pace in the last few years but our Bhutan tour packages are sure to leave you spellbound. Our women’s travel groups are guaranteed 8 days of pure fun and refreshment.

The nation's commitment to Gross National Happiness is palpable as you explore the unspoiled landscapes. Bhutanese culture is vibrant, with traditional festivals and colorful attire. Majestic monasteries like Tiger's Nest perch on cliff edges, offering breathtaking views.

With limited tourism, Bhutan ensures an intimate and sustainable experience for solo female travelers.

Itinerary

  • Arrival Bagdora/Siliguri

    Transfer to Phuentsholing

    Take a flight to Bagdogra Airport (IXB) which lands at 12-12:30 pm.  We will start our road trip to Bhutan together till Phuentsholing.

    It is a border town in southern Bhutan and is the administrative seat of Chukha District. Phuentsholing adjoins the Indian town of Jaigoan, and cross-border trade has resulted in a thriving local economy. The India-Bhutan border at Phuentsholing clearly separates two very different peoples and cultures. Jaigoan across the border is larger, bustling and loud, similar to many other West Bengal Centre’s of commerce, albeit with many Bhutanese shoppers. Phuentsholing is uniquely more urban than other Bhutanese towns as it is the Bhutan financial, industrial and trading capital. It has been affected a little by the neighboring culture, but is distinctly far quieter and more orderly than its neighboring As the majority of goods traded go into Bhutan through Phuentsholing, the town is the gateway to Bhutan for trade with India.

    Overnight Stay Hotel Druk at Phuentsholing.

  • 150 km/ approx. 4-5hours drive

    Drive to Thimphu (approx. 04-05 hr.), the capital town of Bhutan.

    Upon reaching Thimphu visit,

    Memorial Chorten: The Memorial Chorten, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a large Tibetan-style Buddhist Monastery is a popular landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells. It was built in 1974 to honor the memory of the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The architecture of the chorten has been designed to present it as ‘one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu’.

    The whitewashed chorten is decorated with richly carved annexes facing the cardinal directions, and features elaborate mandalas, statues and a shrine dedicated to the popular third king. There are numerous religious paintings and complex tantric statues housed inside reflecting both peaceful and wrathful aspects of Buddhist deities. This chorten is unlike other chortens as it does not enshrine the mortal remains of the King. Only the King’s photo in a ceremonial dress adorns a hall in the ground floor. The King when he was alive wanted to build ‘a chorten to represent the mind of the Buddha’.

     

    Tashichho Dzong: Located on the northern edge of the city of Thimphu, on the western bank of the Wangchu Tashichho Dzong is Bhutan’s most stately and arguably the most impressive building. It has traditionally been the seat of the Druk desi or ‘Dharma Raja’, the head of Bhutan’s civil government, an office which has been combined with the kingship since the creation of the monarchy in 1907, and summer capital of the country. It houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan and is the summer residence of the venerated monastic community. The current dzong is the impressive result of a redesign of the original medieval structure sanctioned by the Third King, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, when he moved the capital to Thimphu from Punakha.

    The Fortress of the glorious religion houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, the main secretariat building and the central monk body. Its courtyard is open to visitors during the Thimphu Tshechu and when the monk moves to its winter residence in Punakha.

    Note: Tashichho Dzong is open during weekdays after office hours (5pm onwards) and from 9am to 5pm on weekends. 

    Overnight Stay in Hotel Osel at Thimphu 

  • 77 km/ approx. 3 hours drive

    After Breakfast, Visit the Buddha Dordenma (Big Buddha Statue),

    The Buddha Dordenma is located atop a hill in Kuensel phodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley. The statue fulfils an ancient prophecy dating back to the 8th century A.D that was discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa (Religious Treasure Discoverer) and is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world.

    This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 m, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue; 100,000 statues of which are 8-inches-tall and 25,000 statues of which are 12 inches tall. Each of these thousands of Buddhas have also been cast in bronze and gilded. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.

    Chimi Lhakhang: Chimi Lhakhang located near Lobesa, Punakha stands on a round hillock and is flanked by hundreds of prayer flags. Built in 1499, this monastery is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kinley or ‘the Divine Madman’. An accomplished master of Mahamudra Buddhist Tradition, he is also known as the ‘Mad Saint’ for his unorthodox ways of teaching Buddhism by singing, humor and outrageous behavior, which amounted to being bizarre and strong sexual overtones and inclinations.

     

    Drukpa Kinley is also a cultural icon in Bhutan around whom countless yarns, fictions, stories and legends have been spun. In founding the site it is said that Lama Kinley subdued a demon of Dochula with his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom” and trapped it in a rock at the location close to where the chorten now stands. He is also the saint who advocated the use of phallus symbols as paintings on walls and as flying carved wooden phalluses on house tops at four corners of the eves. The monastery is the repository of the original wooden symbol of phallus that Kinley brought from Tibet. This wooden phallus is decorated with a silver handle and is used to bless people who visit the monastery on pilgrimage, particularly women seeking blessings to beget children. The tradition at the monastery is to strike pilgrims on the head with a 10 inch (25 cm) wooden phallus (erect penis). Traditionally symbols of an erect penis in Bhutan have been intended to drive away the evil eye and malicious gossip.

    The Punakha Dzong, also known as Pungtang Dechen Phodrang Dzong (meaning ‘the palace of great happiness or bliss’) is the administrative centre of Punakha dzongkhag in Punakha, Bhutan. Constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal on the 8th day and 8th month of the Fire ox year in 1673, it is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures. Punakha Dzong was the administrative centre and the seat of the Government of Bhutan until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu.

     

    It is a six-storied structure with a central tower or Utse at an average elevation of 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) with a scenic, mountainous background. The materials used in building the Dzong consisted of compacted earth, stones and timber in doors and windows. The Dzong was constructed as ‘an embodiment of Buddhist values’. The first King of modern Bhutan was crowned in Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong remained the centre of government until it was relocated to Thimphu. In 2011, the wedding of the 5th King was held in this fortress.

    Overnight at Four Boutique Hotel in Punakha

  • Roadtrip

    Today after breakfast we will be driving approximately about 3 hours to Gangtey. Set close to the center of Bhutan, it is the wide open glacial valley of Gangtey often referred to as Phobjikha. Extremely diverse, sacred and protected area is a home to the most exotic as well as rare wild life species, including globally endangered Black-Necked Crane that migrate for winter roosting from Tibetan Plateau. It is believe along with the sacred arrival comes the good potato harvest and prosperity for the valley.

    Overnight at Four Boutique Hotel in Punakha

  • 180 km/ approx. 5-6 hours drive

    Dochula pass, located 30 km away from the capital, on the way to Punakha from Thimphu offers a 360-degree of beautiful panoramic view of Himalaya mountain range, especially on clear winter days. The 108 chortens that adorn the beauty of this place were built by Queen Mother to commemorate the Bhutanese soldiers who were killed when fighting the Indian rebels in 2003. The pass is also popular spiritual place for both locals and tourists because of an important temple that is located on the crest of Dochula pass.

    Besides the spirituality of the place many Bhutanese families visit the pass during holidays and weekends to simply enjoy the scenery of the place with their pack lunch and hot tea. For tourists, the place is an ideal location to capture beautiful pictures of Himalaya mountain range provided the weather permits.

    The National Museum of Bhutan is housed inside the revamped circular Ta-dzong building, an ancient watchtower above the Paro Dzong. This unusual round building is said to be in the shape of a conch shell. The original building was constructed in 1656 but the building was converted into a museum in 1968. The necessary infrastructure was created to house some of the finest specimens of Bhutanese art, including masterpieces of bronze statues and paintings gathered from different parts of the country. Suitable galleries were constructed to house the extensive collections. Works of art were elegantly displayed on scientific lines.

     Some of the handicrafts items cover the history and cultural heritage of more than 1500 years. The National Museum has in its possession over 3,000 works of Bhutanese art, rich holdings of various creative traditions and disciplines that represent a remarkable blend of the past with the present and is a major attraction for local and foreign visitors.

    Overnight at Paro Grand Hotel 

  • Tiger Nest Hike

    Hike Duration: Approx. 4-5 hours (round trip)

    After early Breakfast, Hike to Taktsang Monastery

     

    Perched on the side of a vertical cliff at 3000m altitude north of Paro, the beautiful Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’, is the most famous and an unofficial symbol of Bhutan. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) flew to this location from Khenpajong, Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then meditated in a cave here for three months and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and blessed the place. Guru Padmasambhava is known for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen caves in which Guru Padmasambhava meditated.

     

    Taktsang Monastery is a pilgrimage site for both tourists and locals. The journey up to the monastery is filled with spiritual bliss. Keeping this spirituality aside, the journey up to Taktsang Monastery is also a hiker’s delight. An hour hike up to a small wooden teahouse called Cafeteria provides a close view of the monastery. A further and a rather challenging hike of an hour and a half will lead you to the glorious Taktsang Monastery.

     

    Optional

    Later evening Visit Kyichu Lhakhang is a Buddhist temple in Paro. It is one of the oldest monasteries in the country built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism.

    To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built by precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built in the very heart of the demoness. This is one of the oldest monasteries in Paro district. There’s a belief that the two orange trees here in Kyichu Lhakhang bears fruit.

    Overnight at Paro Grand Hotel 

     

  • Approximately 5 Hours

    After breakfast, drive towards Phuentsholing en-route stop at Paro town for shopping.

    Overnight Stay Hotel Druk at Phuentsholing.

  • Bid Adieu

    Exit towards Indian bordering town Jaigoan and Drop till Bagdogra Airport(IXB). Dont forget to take your pictures before you give us a hug. (Airdrop/Telegram/Whatsapp)

Inclusions

  • All breakfast & dinners
  • Transport pick and drop to Bagdogra Airport
  • All necessary surface transfer by private vehicles
  • 7 night’s Premium hotel accommodation on Twin/double sharing
  • All the sightseeing tour and transfers as per the Itinerary with English speaking local guide
  • Bhutan Permit e-Permit
  • Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) - 1200/- per day

Exclusions

  • Domestic Airfare
  • All Lunches
  • GST 5%
  • Items of personal nature such as bar bills, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls, extra mileage, personal gratuities as tips to guide, porters, drivers etc
  • Personal insurance policy - suggested a comprehensive travel insurance covering tour and flight cancellations, loss of valuables, thefts, illness, accidents and hospitalization
  • Expenses incurred by re-routing, inclement weather, floods, famine, political disruptions, strikes, riots and other disturbances
  • Any items and services not mentioned on cost inclusions

Additional Information

  • What are female only travel groups by Jugni?
  • Jugni is a women only travelling company based in India. We started the journey of exploring with solo female travellers in 2014. We discovered that there are adventurous women who want to travel across the globe. We organise trips for women in India and abroad.
  • What are solo travel groups?
  • Solo travel groups are organised groups of solo travellers who want to explore a place among the company of fellow travellers. Solo travel groups provide you with a safety net and allow you to be free of planning the itinerary and figuring out the stays.
  • What is the general group size?
  • Our general group size is 12-14. We like to keep our groups small, allowing us to cater to everyone’s needs and offer a personalised services to all our solo women travellers. There are a few destinations that we have been travelling for many years and have know the place inside out. For such places, our group size might be 18-20 travellers.
  • Is there any age bar?
  • We do not have any age bar. If you are an adult and want to join us on our explorations, you can be part of our Jugni family. We have seen 22 year old gel up with 60 year olds, it just your spirit that matters.
  • I have never travelled solo and feeling a little anxious about it, will I be able to do it?
  • Most of our travellers are first time solo female travellers. It is completely natural to feel a little anxious before the trip but we can assure you that this will be an experience of your lifetime where you will make friendships for life.
  • How do we ensure safety and security for our solo women travellers?
  • We understand how important safety is for female travellers, hence we take every measure to ensure our trips offer a safe and secure environment for every adventure you take on. We do personal background check of every agent involved and hand pick each hotel by personally visiting them.
  • How are the group dynamics on trips?
  • Most of our travellers travel solo, while some do join us with their female friends. We understand every traveller is unique but we also believe that forming bonds in a group becomes easier when you are going through an experience together. Our accommodations are on twin sharing basis, unless specifically requested, which we allot randomly. This allow solo travellers to form bonds from the start.
  • s Visa fee and flights are inclusive?
  • Since we have travellers joining us from different parts of the country and abroad, including flights and visa is not possible. But we do provide end to end assistance in flight bookings and also help with filling of visa forms without any extra cost.
  • What kind of accommodations do we stay at?
  • Our accommodations are selected after thorough research by our team. Most of the properties are 4-star hotels or boutique stays. These hotels also become an experience at the location. We try and select the best properties for our solo female travellers in the area. In the rural and remote areas, we try to book authentic regional homestays, which add to the experience of the location. In these homestays, due their remote locations, some things might be unavailable.
  • What if I want to cancel my trip?
  • In the event of cancellation of tour / travel services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reason/s we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: - Booking amount & Tickets: (Non Refundable) - 60 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour / service cost will be deducted - 45 days prior to arrival: 70% of the Tour / service cost will be deducted - 30 days prior to arrival: No Refund
  • Is single occupancy room available?
  • Our standard practice is a twin sharing accommodation, which allows solo travellers to gel in the group. Although upon special request and an extra charge we can arrange for single occupancy as well.
  • Can I bring my child along?
  • We do allow children above the age of 12 on our trips and their trip cost is same as the traveller’s. Each case is different and the final decision is taken after considering all factors of the location and the kind of trip.
  • Can I trust Jugni as a women only travel company?
  • Jugni has been on this journey of helping solo female travellers explore the world for 10 years. We have a 5/5 rating on Facebook and 4.9/5 rating on google with over 800 reviews. To establish trust we disclose everything to our travellers before the trip and no hidden costs are later levied. We also provide direct link to the properties that we stay at so that our solo travellers can be content. We ensure that you feel comfortable, safe and secure while taking on a trip with Jugni.

Trip Highlights

  • Land of Enigma
  • Happiness is a serious thing!
  • Only carbon negative country in the world
  • Chillies are must in their food
  • Patriarchy is almost non-existent
  • Proud of their local attire
  • Love and respect for their King
  • No traffic lights in the entire country
  • One of the smallest countries in the world
  • Bhutan practices democratic monarchy

CANCELLATION POLICY

In the event of cancellation of tour / travel services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reason/s we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows:

  • Booking amount & Tickets: (Non Refundable)
  • 60 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour / service cost will be deducted
  • 45 days prior to arrival: 70% of the Tour / service cost will be deducted
  • 30 days prior to arrival: No Refund

DISCLAIMER

Please be aware that during your participation in vacations operated by Jugni, certain risks and dangers may arise beyond our control, including but not limited to: the hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas; travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft, or other means of transportation; forces of nature; political unrest; acts of lawlessness or terrorism; and accident or illness in remote regions without means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities. Jugni will not have liability regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. While Jugni will use its best efforts to ensure that adequate measures are taken, by agreeing to participate in a vacation and/or optional excursions you agree that you will hold Jugni harmless regarding any provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care rendered. Jugni is not responsible for such risks and dangers that may arise beyond our control. Payment of your deposit indicates you accept these risks and dangers and agree to hold Jugni harmless for the same.

SAFETY

Please be aware that during your participation in vacations operated by Jugni, certain risks and dangers may arise beyond our control, including but not limited to: the hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas; travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft, or other means of transportation; forces of nature; political unrest; acts of lawlessness or terrorism; and accident or illness in remote regions without means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities. Jugni will not have liability regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. While Jugni will use its best efforts to ensure that adequate measures are taken, by agreeing to participate in a vacation and/or optional excursions you agree that you will hold Jugni harmless regarding any provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care rendered. Jugni is not responsible for such risks and dangers that may arise beyond our control. Payment of your deposit indicates you accept these risks and dangers and agree to hold Jugni harmless for the same.