Bhutan is a small Buddhist landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas. It shares its borders with Tibet, Sikkim, a state of India and the Chumbi Valley of Tibet together, Arunachal Pradesh, a state of India and Assam, a state of India. Its capital is Thimpu and it is headed by a king. Bhutan is known for being a peaceful countryand securing 1st position in Gross Domestic Happiness.
Being a landlocked country with a location in the Himalayas, this country has a chilly climate with glaciated mountain peaks, but the large spread of temperate grasslands let Bhutan experience all the five seasons. Bhutan offers beautiful landscapes, serene atmosphere, hiking and trekking places and most importantly, rejuvenates your soul.
A trek of 7 days in Bhutan will definitely relax and calm your mind and body. From luxurious hotels and resorts to the cheap ones, from grasslands to snowy mountains, you can find everything here. If you fly directly from the US, then there are no direct flights to Bhutan, but you can fly via Bangkok to Paro (Bhutan). The best months to backpack through Bhutan are from October until November end as the skies are clear with a pleasant weather.
On the very first day, you can start your journey by taking a bus/taxifrom Phuntsholing to Paro. The Taktsang Palphug Monastery, TaktshangGoemba (Tiger’s Nest), Kyichu Lhakhang, and DrukgyelDzong would be the best places to explore in Paro. The Crocodile Breeding center and Chuka Hydrothermal Project are a must visit in Phuntsholing. A night stay at Phuntsholing would be better to enjoy the view of the famous places in Phuntsholing. You will have to spend 2 days here.
The third day, you can drive or take a bus/taxi (2 hours) from Phuntsholing to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and visit monuments and buildings like Memorial Chorten (a historical stupa), SimtokhaDzong, the National Library, Buddha Point (KuenselPhodrang) and for an excursion you can take up tango Goemba. This would also cover your 2 days stay. The eternal beauty and serenity of Thimpu will be a treat to your mood. The TrashiChhoeDzong is also a famous tourist attraction in Thimphu and is a must visit for backpackers.
The fifth day, you will need to travel from Thimphu to Jakar (Bumthang) which will be a very long and tiring journey of about 10 hours. You can also book a flight from Thimphu to Jakar which has a duration of about 35 minutes, but it will definitely pinch your pocket. The 10 hours journey will have many resting points in between in which you can taste the local Bhutanese food as your bus will stop at local hotels. In Jakar, you should visit the JakarDzong, Membartsho ( The Burning river),ChakharLhakhang “TheIronCastle”, Tamshing Lhakhang etc. A must visit is Jambay Lhakhang which is a Maitreya Temple. This journey can be completed with an overnight halt at any of the local hotels in Bumthang.
The last day i.e, the seventh day, you can go for an excursion near Bumthang by driving uptoUra valley which has scenic countryside roads and large sheep pastures. The road from Bumthang to Ura runs into forest crossing Ura La pass. You can also visit the Tang valley near Ura valley if you have many hands in time.
You can hire a taxi, take a bus back from Bumthang to Paro as the international airport in Bhutan is located in Paro. If you drive back to Paro all by yourself, you can take Ura Highway for a shorter distance. The journey and backpacking through Bhutan will give you a visual treat and fill you with positivity. This country/kingdom is so beautiful and picturesque that you will have an urge of visiting this country every year to free yourself from the hustle and bustle of the city life.