Best of Bhutan
Come see the remarkable Land of the Thunder Dragon, nestled in the Eastern Himalayas! Discover the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, filled with natural wonders, sacred temples and impressive architecture. It’s physical remoteness, cultural isolation, and deep Buddhist tradition makes any Bhutan tour an adventure of the mind, body, and spirit.
This week-long tour takes you into Bhutan to see the most sought out attractions. Visit the remarkable 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.
This compact kingdom offers a life renewing experience you won’t want to miss! Get a taste of the local cuisine, interact with its friendly natives and embrace the atmosphere that will have you simply mesmerized.
7 Days, 6 Nights: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha & Wangdiphodrang
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Meet Up at Paro (PBH) - Thimpu | National Memorial Chorten
Thimphu is the Bhutanese capital and the centre of government, religion and commerce. It is the world’s only capital city that eschews traffic lights.
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.
Thimphu | Tashichho Dzong, Folk Heritage and National Textile Museum, Handicrafts Emporium, Arts & Crafts School
Then visit the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museum and a Bhutanese traditional handmade paper factory. Also visit the National Library which houses a wonderful collection of Buddhist text and manuscripts.
After lunch visit the Handicrafts Emporium which offers a wide assortment of beautifully handcrafted products, including the splendid Thangka paintings and exquisitely woven textiles for which Bhutan is famous. Also visit the Arts & Crafts School, famous for traditional thangka paintings. Here you will see students at work producing intricate designs on cloth.
Thimphu - Punakha | Dochu-la pass, Punakha Dzong
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.
Continue drive to Punakha. Check in at your hotel and freshen up. Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955.
This afternoon visit Punakha Dzong (‘the palace of great happiness or bliss’) built at the junction of the two rivers in the 17th century. In the evening, enjoy a stroll in the local market.
Punakha | Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, Chimi Lhakhang
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.
Punakha - Paro | Wangdue, Simtokha Dzong
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 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.
Paro | Taktshang Monastery, National Museum (Ta Dzong), Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong)
Return trip hike takes approx. 5 hours; alternatively, if you don’t wish to hike, you may ride a pony.
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.
This afternoon 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.
Dates & PricingPrivate Tour, Daily Departure
|Tour Date||2 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|
* Price per person, based on double occupancy.
** Price per person, based on triple occupancy.
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- ‣ 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
- ‣ 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