Bhutan and Bangladesh
Visit two of South Asia's neighbouring, but vastly different nations of Bhutan and Bangladesh with Lupine Travel!
Bhutan is a beautiful and peaceful country that has managed to escape modernisation and embraces traditions from it’s earlier ancestors, whilst Bangladesh is a busy hub of authentic street life with some of the friendliest locals you’ll ever meet.
On our tours we will first visit Bangladesh and explore the capital city of Dhaka and travel along the intercity rivers and canals. Then we will move onto Bhutan where we will head up to see the beautiful Tiger’s Nest Monastery, see the large bronze Buddha statue and visit the temple of Lama Drukpa Kuenley, aka 'The Divine Madman'.
Please note that some sections of these tours travel to areas where the British FCO advises against all travel to.
We research the security of our destinations highly and safety is a priority for us, however, we advise ytou to do your own research too to ensure you are comfortable with your trip.
Please note these travel warnings may also affect travel insurance for these regions, please contact us for advice on this.
We run our Bhutan and Bangladesh tour twice per year, starting in Dhaka and finishing in Paro.
We issue evisas for Bhutan whilst the Bangladesh visa is available on arrival.
We also offer a dedicated Bangladesh tour every October
Our current 2020 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.
|TOUR DATES||TOUR NAME||Total Nights||PRICE|
|Bhutan & Bangladesh||tour-open||2020-02-17||2020-02-25||Bhutan & Bangladesh Combo tour||8||1395||250||dynamic||6||February|
|Bhutan & Bangladesh||tour-open||2020-10-17||2020-10-25||Bhutan & Bangladesh Combo tour||8||1395||250||dynamic||6||October|
|Bhutan & Bangladesh||tour-open||2020-11-02||2020-11-10||Bhutan & Bangladesh Combo tour||8||1395||250||dynamic||6||November|
Our current 2021 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.
|TOUR DATES||TOUR NAME||Total Nights||PRICE|
|Bhutan & Bangladesh||tour-open||2021-11-01||2021-11-09||Bhutan & Bangladesh Combo tour||8||1395||250||dynamic||10||November|
Day 1 - Arrive into Dhaka
Arrive into Dhaka on your international flight. You will be collected by our driver and transferred to the hotel.
Day 2 - Tour of Old Dhaka
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 a traditional ferry at Sadarghat River Station and take an overnight journey to Barisal.
Day 3 - Waterways of Barisal
Disembark in the morning and head to our hotel to drop our luggage off before heading for breakfast. We will spend the whole day travelling through the rivers and small canals of the region and visiting markets. Overnight in Barisal
Day 4 - Barisal river and canal tour
A full day around Barisal today, again exploring the canals and rivers. We'll see a huge timber market before having a cultural exchange in a local school. At 18:00 we'll return to the ferry to travel back to Dhaka.
Day 5 - Travel to Bhutan
Arrive in Dhaka in the morning before heaing to the airport for our flight to Bhutan. Arrive in Paro 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 - Phobjeykha Valley Hike
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 - Punakha Dzong
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 - Tiger's Nest Monastery
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 - Tour Ends
Today the tour ends and you have the choice to book onward flights with Druk Air to Nepal, Thailand, Bangladesh or India.
- All entry fees
- All accommodation (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
- 2nd class twin cabin on Rocket Steamer in Bangladesh
- 2nd class train ticket 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)