We've now been running our tours to Bhutan and Bangladesh since late 2016. This trip offers a great way to see the highlights off both countries on a budget and is also a great option for those looking to use less annual leave when visting the region.
Day 1, Monday: Arrive into Dhaka on your international flight. You will be collected by our driver and taken to your hotel to overnight.
Day 2, Tuesday: Our tour starts today in
Dhaka at 09:00.
Our guide will meet us at our hotel lobby at 09:00, and we'll head toward Old Dhaka. We’ll visit key tourist attractions in Old Dhaka throughout the day, including Dhakeshwari Temple, Lalbagh Fort, Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosque, Ahsan Manjil and Sadarghat River Station with a stop for lunch at a local restaurant at midday.
at 18:00 we will embark the Rocket Steamer at Sadarghat River Station and partake in a memorable overnight journey in to Hularhat.
Day 3, Wednesday: Arise early to enjoy the riverine beauty of Bangladesh from
the Rocket Steamer before disembarking at Hularhat around 09:00.
We then set off in an air-conditioned bus, and visit the 15th century Muslim city of Bagerhat, a UNESCO world heritage site.
We’ll visit most of the remaining mosques of the city throughout the day, including the 60 Dome Mosque, 9 Domed Mosque, Rono Bijoypur Mosque and Singair Mosque. Also we’ll take a visit to the shrine of Khan Jahan Ali (the Turkish saint who came to spread Islam into Bangladesh), and Kodla Moth – a beautiful 17th Century Hindu temple from 17th century. In the early evening we drive onwards to Khulna where we'll stay overnight.
Day 4, Thursday: After breakfast we transfer to Khulna Railway Station
and depart for Dhaka at 08:30 on the Chitra Express. Arrive Dhaka at 18:00.
Transfer to hotel from train station.
End of the tour.
Day 5, Friday: Depart Dhaka by air at 13:50. Arrive in Paro, Bhutan at 14:50. Drive on to the capital of Thimpu, where we will visit the large bronze buddha statue, Takin zoo and more. Stay overnight in Thimpu.
Day 6, Saturday: In the morning, we drive to Punhaka via the scenic Dochula pass before driving to Gangtey village, located in the Phobjeykha valley. Hike around the valley and hopefully see some of the black necked cranes who start to nest here in early November. We later drive to Wangdue/Punakha where we will stay overnight.
Day 7, Sunday: This morning we will visit the Punakha Dzong, located at the confluence of the Mo and Po Chhu (mother and father rivers). The Dzong served as the Kingdom's capital for 300 years up until 1955 and was used for the royal wedding in 2011. Afterwards we drive to Khamsumyuelay Chorten for a 2 hour hike down to Lobesa. Here we will visit the temple of Lama Drukpa Kuenley, aka 'The Divine Madman'. He is known to preach Buddhism and subdue evil spirits through the use of 'erotic techniques' and 'obscene remarks'. You can be blessed here by a wooden penis to increase fertility! Afterwards return to our Punhaka hotel where we stay overnight.
Day 8, Monday: Early morning we depart for Paro where will hike up to the famous Tiger's Nest monastery. Return to Paro town afterwards where we will visit a 7th Century Temple and the Kichu Monastery before having free time for shopping or relaxing around the town.
Day 9, Tuesday: Today the tour ends. You can book onward flights with Druk Air to Nepal, Thailand or India.
Prices: Full tour (land cost): £1,310
- all entry fees
- all accommodation (4, 3 and 2 star - twin basis) with breakfasts
- all transfers and transport during tours
- all entry fees and permits
- experienced English speaking guides throughout
- Lupine guide accompanying
- 1st or 2nd class cabin (subject to availability) on Rocket Steamer in Bangladesh
- 1st or 2nd class train ticket (subject to availability) in Bangladesh
- All meals in Bhutan, 1 meal in Dhaka
- Visa support
- International flights
- Druk Air flights between Dhaka, Paro and your onward destination from Bhutan
- visas (Bhutan $40, Bangladesh $51)
If you wish to book just the Bhutan section of the tour, the cost will be £955.