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Bhutan: Kingdom of Dragons

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This once forgotten destination has recently been rediscovered and Bhutan’s centuries of old traditions are far from forgotten. Its traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces modern global developments while preserving its cultural identity. Bhutan is now a highly regard destination for tourists from all around the world.

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Buddhist culture and amazing Himalayan scenery. Bhutan is filled with sacred temples and impressive architecture. Visiting the unbelievable “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery is found to be one of life’s rare pleasures. The gentle treks in the valley await you, as well as a visit to the national park which is home to over 300 species of birds, wildlife and replete with natural wonders.

Join us to visit Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon!

13 Days, 12 Nights: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, Bumthang, Gangtey

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 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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According to the lineage texts on prayer wheels, prayer wheels are used to accumulate wisdom and merit (good karma) and to purify negativities (bad karma). ...
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The Untouched Landscape & Wilderness

The environment is an important thing to the Bhutan people. So much so that half of their country is a national park. The forest, animals, and environment are strictly protected and the country announced not long ago that 60% of their country would be safe from things like deforestation permanently. Caring that much for the planet makes people feel happy.

 


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 Thimpu is the world’s only capital city that eschews traffic lights. 

    THIMPHU CITY
    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
    17th Century Palace of great happiness or bliss built at the junction of the two rivers.

    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.

    RICE TERRACE FIELDS
    Enjoy 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 - Jigme Dorji National Park

    After an early breakfast, we will head to Jigme Dorji National Park for a day full of wildlife adventures. The national park spans an area of 1,700 square miles, covering the 3 major altitudinal zones of Bhutan. Some of the prominent species found in the national park are Takin, Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Royal Bengal Tiger, Himalayan Blue Sheep, Black Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, Indian Leopard, and Pica.
    The Jigme Dorji National Park is also home to over 300 species of birds including the Tibetan Black Necked Crane. Interestingly this the only national park in Bhutan where the national animal, flower, bird, and tree can be found together.

    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

    JIGME DORJI NATIONAL PARK
    Named after the late Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, is the second-largest National Park of Bhutan. 

    RED PANDA 
    It is believed red pandas are the reincarnations of monks. Talk about a good omen!

    WILD WHITE YAK
    Encounter memorable creatures like wild white yak (bull) among the blooming flora.

    6

    Punakha – Trongsa - Bumthang | Pele-la pass, Chendebji Chorten, Trongsa Dzong, Yutong-la pass

    Early this morning embark on your eastward drive through Bhutan towards Bhumthang valley. We will drive through many key attractions and Bhutanese villages for some great photos.
    The last stretch of your drive across the Yutong-la pass (11,269 ft – the highest pass on your journey) finally brings you to wide open cultivated Bhumthang valley. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay.

    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

    TRONGSA DZONG
    One of the most impressive Dzong (fortress) in Bhutan built in the 17th century. 

    CHENDEBJI CHORTEN
    Built to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was believed to be killed here.

    7

    Bumthang | Wangdicholing Palace, Kurjey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang

    Spend the first half of the day exploring Bhumthang. Visit the Wangdicholing Palace, known for its five giant water-driven prayer wheels. Visit Kurjey Lhakhang, the sacred site of 3 temples surrounded by 108 stupas, considered to be one of Bhutan’s most auspicious places. Then followed the nearby temple of Tamshing Lhakhang, to appreciate some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan.
    Later in the afternoon, visit some unique cottage industries of the region– Red Panda Brewery, Bhumthang Cheese / Dairy Facility and Bhumthang Distillery.

    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

    WANGDICHOLING PALACE
    Was the Birthplace of the first King and the Wangchuck dynasty, now a museum. 

    KURJEY LHAKHANG 
    The final resting place of the remains of the first three Kings of Bhutan.

    TAMSHING LHAKHANG
    Famous for its collections of paintings which exemplify the region's style.

    8

    Bumthang – Gangtey

    Today, we drive to Gangtey valley for an overnight stay.

    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

    9

    Gangte | Gangtey Gompa | Phobjikha valley

    Here we visit the Gangtey Gompa, an important monastery / temple associated with the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. We shall also visit the nearby Phobjikha valley, which is a vast U-shaped glacial valley. This broad valley, with its best-known marshland in Bhutan, is popular for its scenic splendor and cultural uniqueness.

    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

    GANGTEY GOMPA
    The important monastery which situates the main seating of the Pema Lingpa tradition.

    PHOBJIKHA VALLEY 
    Named after the black-necked cranes visiting the valley during the winter season to roost. 

    10

    Gangtey – Paro

    This morning, embark on your return drive to Paro. Paro is a valley town west of the capital, Thimphu. It is the site of the country’s only international airport with an elevation of 7,200 ft.

    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

    11

    Paro | Simtokha Dzong, National Museum (Ta Dzong), Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong)

    We should enjoy the panoramic view of Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses of the Kingdom which now houses a school for religious and cultural studies. We will also 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.  Then we will end the day with a visit to 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

    SIMTOKHA DZONG 
    Overlooks the Thimphu Valley and was built by Zhabdrung to consolidate his domain and subdue the demon.

    NATIONAL MUSEUM (TA DZONG) 
    Perched as a watchtower, built in 1649 and renovated in 1968 to house the National Museum.

    PARA DZONG 
    Under the snow-capped peaks, this stunning Buddhist monastery is known as 'Fortress on a Heap of Jewels'

    12

    Paro | Taktshang Monastery, Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang

    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.
    Then we visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, with a visit to the nearby traditional Bhutanese farmhouses which offers an insight into the everyday lifestyle of local people.

    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. One of the most spiritual places in the world. 

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

    DRUKGYEL DZONG 
    Built  in 1649 to commemorate the victory over an invasion from Tibet.

    13

    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 
    ParoCallCall
    ThimphuCallCall
    PunakhaCallCall
    BumthangCallCall
    GangteyCallCall
    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 *4 Persons *6 Persons *
    2019: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov$7,790$7,160$6,895
    2019: Jan, Feb, Jun, Aug, Dec$6,795$6,225$5,980
    2020: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov$7,790$7,875$7,585
    2020: Jan, Feb, Jun, Aug, Dec$6,795$6,850$6,580
    Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.* Price per person, based on double occupancy. Solo traveler or larger groups, call for price.

    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
     
    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices