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Bhutan is located in the eastern Himalaya Mountains and is one of the most fascinating countries to visit. This compact kingdom offers a life-renewing experience you won’t want to miss. Its physical remoteness, cultural isolation, and deep Buddhist tradition make any Bhutan tour an adventure of the mind, body, and spirit. Get a taste of the local cuisine, interact with its friendly natives and embrace the atmosphere that will have you simply mesmerized.

Few travelers go to Bhutan, which requires a full organized tour in order to enter. Most of Bhutan is off the beaten path, but also has some famous places such as Tiger’s Nest Monastery which has been blessed and sanctified as one of Bhutan’s most sacred religious sites. It’s also unbelievably perched on a cliff-top.

7 Days, 6 Nights: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha & Wangdiphodrang

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

Antique Wooden Bridge
People here rely on wooden bridges and suspension bridges to cross the numerous rivers and gorges

Buddhist Peace

No visitor leaves Bhutan without making the trek to the Taktsang Palphug, aka the Tiger’s Nest. Situated on the edge of a cliff, some 900 meters above the rice fields of Paro, this 325-year-old monastery is considered one of the kingdom’s most sacred religious sites. To get here, the 90-minute hike takes effort, but simply walking these revered slopes is enough to induce a meditative mood.

High Value, Low Impact Tourism

Bhutan practices a policy of “high value, low impact” tourism. This is designed to protect the country’s unique cultural heritage and minimize the negative effects of mass tourism. The quality of meals and services are typically very good and travelers are typically treated like VIP guests.

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Mountain Village
The old town and farmlands of Paro at the foothills of majestic white capped Himalayan mountains.

The Land of the Dragons is a Green Kingdom

The environmental responsibility here is taken seriously. Bhutan is the only country in the world that offsets more carbon dioxide than they actually create. For the traveller, that means fresh, crisp mountain air, pollution free skies and stunning greenery that extends as far as the eye can see. Bhutan is arguably one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world. 

 


THE JOURNEY


 

    1

    Meet Up at Paro (PBH) - Thimpu | National Memorial Chorten

    In the morning, you will be met upon arrival at Paro International Airport and transferred to Thimpu. Later this afternoon we visit the National Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan's Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    NATIONAL MEMORIAL CHORTEN
    In Thimphu, for many Bhutanese it is the focus of their daily worship.

    CITY TRAFFIC CULTURE
    City of Thimpu is the world’s only capital city that eschews traffic lights. 

    THIMPHU CITY
    Thimphu is the capital and largest city in Bhutan with a population of around 80,000.

    2

    Thimphu | Tashichho Dzong, Folk Heritage and National Textile Museum, Handicrafts Emporium, Arts & Crafts School

    Today, enjoy discovering more of the serene and beautiful city of Thimphu while exploring deep within their culture for a look into their local handicraft and art technique.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    ART, CRAFTS, AND TEXTILES
    See students at work producing traditional,  intricate designs on cloth.

    MASKS OF MAHAKALA 
    Find your own colorful painted mask to ward off negative influences!

    TASHICHHO DZONG
    Medieval fortress containing most of Gov't offices and the King’s throne room.

    3

    Thimphu - Punakha | Dochu-la pass, Punakha Dzong

    This morning embark on a short drive to Punakha, the erstwhile winter capital of Bhutan. Enjoy the scenic drive through Dochu-la pass (3,080 m or 10,000 ft) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan. Take a photo stop and some light refreshments whilst enjoying breathtaking Himalayan views.
    This afternoon visit Punakha Dzong then in the evening, enjoy a stroll in the local market.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    PUNAKHA DZONG
    Palace of great happiness or bliss built at the junction of the two rivers in the 17th century. 

    DOCHU-LA PASS 
    Where 108 memorial chortens have been built by the eldest Queen Mother.

     
    4

    Punakha | Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, Chimi Lhakhang

    After breakfast, take a short hike through fields of chilies, cabbages, and rice along river banks to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten from where you will see beautiful views of Mo-Chu River and the villages below.
    Later in the afternoon hike up to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of the Divine Madman) situated on a hillock in the center of the valley. It is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kenley who in the late 15th century used his unorthodox ways of humor, songs, outrageous behavior and sexual overtones to dramatize his teachings and hence came to be known as ‘The Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the ‘temple of fertility’ and is popular amongst couples wanting a child. It takes about 30 minutes to walk across the field to reach the temple.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    KHAMSUM YULLEY NAMGYEL 
    Built in 2004 by HM the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, in Nyizergang. 

    RICE TERRACE FIELDS
    Enjoy the serene scenery and fresh air amongst the rice fields in unspoiled rural villages.

    Spin Bhutanese Buddhist pray wheels at Chimi Lhakang Monastery to recite prayers on your Bhutan holiday tours.

    BUDDHIST PRAYER WHEELS 
    Spin the prayer wheels at Chimi Lhakang Monastery to recite your meditative prayer.

    5

    Punakha - Paro | Wangdue, Simtokha Dzong

    This morning, embark on your return drive to Paro. En-route, stop for lunch at the beautiful town of Wangdue (Wangdiphodrang) and briefly visit the local market famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.
    After lunch, continue to drive to panoramic view Simtokha Dzong along the way. This is one of the oldest fortresses of the Kingdom which now houses a school for religious and cultural studies.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    SIMTOKHA DZONG 
    The name means Castle Monastery is a small dzong. It was built in 1629.

    LOCAL MARKET VISIT
    It's fun to browse in these local merchants offerings and check out the local merchandise.

    6

    Paro | Taktshang Monastery, National Museum (Ta Dzong), Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong)

    We save the best for last as today we hike to Tiger's Nest. This monastery is one of the most sacred sites of Bhutan, visited by all Buddhists at least once in their lifetime. The climb is steep, so en-route you may stop for refreshments at a local cafeteria located halfway up the trail overlooking ‘Tigers Nest’. Once we reach the Tigers Nest, enjoy the beautiful views and waterfall along with a visit to the monastery.
    Return trip hike takes approx. 5 hours; alternatively, if you don’t wish to hike, you may ride a pony.
    This afternoon we visit the National Museum (Ta Dzong) which houses an interesting assortment of costumes, artifacts, thangka paintings and world-renowned stamps, bringing alive the history of Bhutan. Also visit Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) the political and religious center of Paro district, built in the 17th century.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    TIGER'S NEST MONASTERY
    Once in a lifetime experience. Takshang is one of the most spiritual places in the world. 

    WAY OF THE LOCAL PERSPECTIVE
    Locals here manage their spiritual and material happiness equally.

    PARO DZONG
    Under the snow-capped peaks, meet the 'Fortress on a Heap of Jewels'

    7

    Depart Paro (PBH)

    After breakfast, the tour ends. Hotel check-out and transfer to Paro International Airport.  Please provide details of your flight home so we can schedule your airport transfer.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

     

    Hotel Information

    DestinationComfort Class Premium Class Luxury Class 
    ThimphuCallCall
    PunakhaCallCall
    ParoCallCall
    Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. 

    Accommodation Classification

    • COMFORT ⭐⭐⭐- 3-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • PREMIUM ⭐⭐⭐⭐- 4-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • LUXURY ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- 5-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
     

    Dates & Pricing 

    Private Tour, Daily Departure
    Tour Date2 Persons *3 Persons **4 Persons *6 Persons *
    2019: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov$5,070$5,070$5,070$5,070
    2019: Jan, Feb, Jun, Aug, Dec$4,435$4,085$4,085$3,945
    2020: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov$5,575$5,575$5,575$5,575
    2020: Jan, Feb, Jun, Aug, Dec$4,880$4,495$4,495$4,340
    Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
    * Price per person, based on double occupancy. 
    ** Price per person, based on triple occupancy.

    Deposit

    ‣ $750.00

    Booking Your Flight

    We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour.Buying your own air tickets? No problem.

    Inclusions

    • ‣ 4-Star Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣ Airport Transfers
    • ‣ Daily Breakfast and All Meals (See tour plan for more details)
    • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
    • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
    • ‣ Visa Fee

    Exclusions

    • ‣ Any Travel Insurance (Valid travel insurance required)
    • ‣ Medical Expenses
    • ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares and Airport Departure Taxes
    • ‣ Gratuities
    • ‣ Laundry Service
    • ‣ Telephone Calls
    • ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
    • ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions