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Best of Bhutan

$3945

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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 traditions make any Bhutan tour an adventure for the mind, body, and spirit. Get a taste of the local cuisine, interact with the friendly natives and embrace the atmosphere that will have you simply mesmerized.
Few travelers go to Bhutan as it requires tourists to be a member of a fully organized tour. Most of Bhutan is off the beaten path, however some well-known attractions are world famous such as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. This monastery has been blessed and sanctified as Bhutan’s most sacred religious site. It’s also unbelievably perched on a cliff-top.

7 Days, 6 Nights: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha & Wangdue Phodrang  ✦  Customizable Private Tour

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

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Bhutan’s Sacred Tiger’s Nest

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 1,700 feet above the rice fields of Paro, this 325-year-old monastery is the kingdom’s most sacred religious site. To get here takes about 5 hours round-trip hike, 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 usually very good and travelers are typically treated like VIP guests.

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

They take environmental responsibility seriously here. Bhutan is the only country in the world that offsets more carbon dioxide than they actually create. For the traveler, it 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


Overview

Tour Plan
Hotels
Dates & Prices

    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 Thimphu 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, Handmade Paper Factory, National Library, Handicrafts Emporium, Arts & Crafts School

    Today, enjoy discovering more of the serene and beautiful city of Thimphu while exploring deep within their culture. Take a look into their artistic techniques and local handicrafts, from handmade paper, splendid Thangka paintings to exquisitely woven textiles.

    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 a leisurely 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 (Wangdue Phodrang) and briefly visit the local market famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.
    After lunch, continue drive to Paro and 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. It is a small dzong built in 1629.

    LOCAL MARKET VISIT
    It's fun to browse these merchant 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 the most sacred place 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 Tiger’s Nest. Once we reach the Tiger’s 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 collection of 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


    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices

    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
     

    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices

    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

    Price Details

    • Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
    • Prices are per person based on double occupancy at premium class hotels. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply during applicable major holidays. Special rates for single travelers or larger groups are available on request - please inquire.
     
    Deposit
    • A deposit of $500 per person is required upon booking and full payment to be made 70 days prior to departure date.

    Flight Add-On
    • We work with all major airlines for the best routes and competitive pricing.
    • The nearest airport is PBH (Paro International).
    • Contact us for more detail and pricing.

    Inclusions
    • ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
    • ‣ Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣ Daily Breakfast and All Meals
    • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
    • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments & Attractions per Itinerary
    • Visa Fee

    Exclusions
    • ‣ Air Fare
    • ‣ Travel Insurance
    • ‣ Medical Expenses
    • ‣ Gratuity
    • ‣ Personal Expenses

    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices