Inspring and Exciting Bhutan Tour covers most of the best places of Bhutan which tends to be one of the memorable trips in a lifetime. Here, you will have a biggest opportunity to visit around the farm house and closely interact with the locals and experience the best rural Bhutanese cultures, traditions and lifestyles.
This gets you close to explore the beautiful nation including the most renowned cities such as, Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdi, Phobjikha and Gangtey. Similarly, here you get to discover the Bhutanese cultural, historical and natural beauty intimately. Therefore, a tour to Bhutan offers enough time to know a country in different aspects.
Outline Itinerary (Naturally Bhutan Tour)
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, transfer to hotel by our representative.
Day 02 : Fly to Paro, transfer Thimphu 50 KM (1 hrs)
Day 03 : Full day Sightseeing Tour Thimphu City
Day 04 : Drive Thimphu to Punakha 124KM (4 hrs)
Day 05 : Punakha Sightseeing Day Tour
Day 06 : Punakha to Phubjikha/Gangtey 80 KM (3 hrs)
Day 07 : Drive Phobjikha – Gangtey to Paro 185 KM (5 hrs)
Day 08 : Paro Sightseeing and Hike to Tiger’s nest (3180m)
Day 09 : Drive to Paro Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 10 : Sightseeing at Kathmandu valley
Day 11 : Transfer to airport, departure your own destination.
The most spectacular mountain flights you will ever experience in a lifetime. Flying in from the heat of the plains of India one can witness from the left side of the aircraft window a series of the world’s highest peaks. Your pilot will announce the names of the peaks if the weather is clear. You will descend into the high mountains and as the plane lowers you will not find any airstrip or any city but instead you will enjoy the view of the approaching valley of Paro, the alpine forests, little monasteries, temples, and farmhouses. Before the plane touches the runaway you will get a glimpse of the fertile valley of Paro, the Paro Dzong (Fortress) and Paro Chu (river). Our representative from HW Tours will be at the airport to assist and meet you. And transfer to Thimphu. visit Tashichoe Dzong (Fortress of Glorious Religion) if time permits. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the following places. And lunch will be served. Visit King’s Memorial Chorten (Stupa): This Stupa was built in the memory of our Third King of Bhutan. Buddha Point: There is a statue of Buddha which is 169 feet. National Library: There are lots of Bhutanese scripts and also we have the biggest book in the world.
Handmade Paper Factory: The Jungshi handmade paper factory uses traditional methods to produce the authentic Bhutanese paper known as Deh-sho. It is located approximately 1 km from Thimphu City. The factory uses the bark of two tree species, the Daphne tree and the Dhekap tree in the manufacture of traditional paper. Visitors can observe the entire process of producing handmade paper using ancient traditional methods that have been practiced for generations. You can even try your hand at this ancient craft and make some paper of your very own as a souvenir. Deh-sho paper was originally used by monasteries for woodblock and manuscript books and also for writing prayer books. Takin Preservation Centre: contains national animal Takin. Evening at leisure or take a walk to the main city from Clock tower square for shopping. It provides an excellent opportunity to mingle with local people. Overnight at hotel.
Morning drive to low lands of Punakha valley touching Dochula pass 3,100 m and on the stop at Hongtsho village. Stop at the immigration checkpoint to stamp in your permit. Next to the checkpoint, you will find small local stalls selling fresh juicy local apples available for sale in plastic bags you could try some. You will be driving through the first mountain pass in the western part of Bhutan. You will find the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens on the top of the pass where the ridges are draped in colourful prayer flags greet you. You could take three rounds and offer prayers, take some best photo shots. On the way visit Lampari Botanical park. There is a lake and talk a walk in that park. If the weather is clear you will be able to see the highest peaks towards the north, Gangar Punsum among others is the highest unclimbed peak (24,000 ft) in the world. If you are lucky you could see red pandas, different species of birds, you can take some photos shot close to the natural lake. Proceed down towards Punakha through Thinleygang village and upon reaching Lobesa turn left and enter Punakha valley. On the way have lunch at Lobesa and take a hike to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple). This monastery is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley” Divine Madman” known for his outrageous behavior. It was built in 1499 by Ngawang Chogyal the, 14th Drukpa Hierarch. Many childless women visit this Lhakhang (Temple) and seek blessings for a child.
The existing footpath to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple) passes through beautiful terraces of paddy field after crossing the paddy field. You will come across a Lobesa Village with lots of traditional houses. Lobesa Village is situated in the valley, surrounded by paddy fields on the way to important Buddhist Shrine “Chimi Lhakhang” in Punakha. You can very well interact with local people and here also, you can visit some village houses to understand their lifestyle and proceed towards Chimi Lhakhang (Temple). Drive to Punakha. Overnight at hotel.
Morning we will visit beautiful nunnery built on the hilltop of Walakha, join the nuns for morning prayer and later on drive further north of Punakha to visit one of the beautiful Stupa or Temple built on ridge near the Punakha river known as Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten which will take around 30 minutes to reach from the town. It was built in honor for then Crown Prince Jigme Kheser Namgyel Wangchuk which was built in the 1990s and took a period of nearly 10 years. From the parking, it will take another 45 minutes uphill hike to reach crossing through the rice suspension bridge and rice field and the return portion downhill takes around 30 minutes.
The next visit is Punakha Dzong, Built tactically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has now been fully restored. Then drive to Wangdiphodrang visiting Dzong and local market. The district of Wangdiphodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. Overnight at hotel.
Morning transfer to Phobjikha (Altitude 3,000m); an important site for visit at Phobjikha is Gangtey Gonpa (Temple), the seat of Ngyingmapa Buddhism, one of the religious sects in Bhutan. It was built by Pema Thinley, the first Gangtey Trulku (reincarnation) grandson of Pema Lingpa in the year 1613. After the visit of the Lhakhang (temple) stroll around the beautiful valley of Phobjikha. This place serves as the winter habitat for endangered black-necked cranes migrating from Tibet from November to February to escape harsh winter there. The road to Gangtey passes through dense forests of oak, rhododendron trees with beautiful scenery. Overnight stay Phobjikha/Gangtey.
After breakfast drive to Paro with a short stop at Dochula pass. En-route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627; it now houses the School for Buddhist studies. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) falls in the top 20 places to visit in the world. Paro is a valley of religion and myth. The most famous landmark, Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), stands on a granite cliff about 1000 m above the valley.
It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, a famous Buddhist saint, flew to Paro on a tigress and meditated at Taktsang. The monastery is considered a national treasure of Bhutan.
The hike to Taktsang would take us around 2 ½ hrs to reach a cafeteria, a point from where one can enjoy a great view of the monastery. Those interested can walk further 45 minutes uphill to get a closer view of the monastery. Walk down back to the road. The journey downward to the road would take us less 1 ½ hrs. Have lunch in the Hotel. After lunch takes a walk in Paro. Overnight at Hotel in Paro.
Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhnath Stupa and Pasupatinath temple), overnight at hotel.
SERVICES: PROVIDED BY COMPANY
- Airport picks up and drops international and domestic
- 3Night's Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Flight Kathmandu to Paro - Paro to Kathmandu
- Private transportation.
- All necessary travel permits
- English speaking local guide.
- Accommodation on twin room basis.
- Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Meal plan: Full Board Basis
- Farewell dinner second last day of departure
SERVICES: NOT PROVIDED BY COMPANY (Personal)
- Nepal entry visa fees
- International airfare and airport tax
- Insurance of any kind
- Single Supplement (if require)
- Additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance
- Personal expenses such as drink, guide tips & etc.
TRIP : Inquiry
Note: We would like to inform and assure you that we always follow the itinerary program but we might have to compel to change the itinerary due to bad weather, route condition and in any other unexpected situation compel in the field. We seek to request maximum flexibility for your safety while you are travelling in the Himalaya. There are also many other optional routes and programs which can be customized based on your interest. The cost will vary for the customized program. Please feel free to contact us for customized program.
Frequently asked Questions.
Bhutan is a land-locked country nestled between the world’s giants, India and the Tibetan region of China. Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon is one of the most exotic destinations in the world today. This kingdom, often referred to as the last Shangri-la, is a land of outstanding people, remarkable scenery and natural wonders, and a proud and vibrant culture. Moreover, it is now gradually opening to the world with a sensitive approach to tourism.
International tourist visas a cost of USD $40 applies with TDF (Tourism Development Fund). This can be paid in advance to you tour operator or travel agent. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives there is no cost incurred.
Bhutan is a year round Tourist Destination and every season or month is the best time. However, depending on climate and festivals, the season is defined either as High or Low seasons. Hence, the best time could be season time and good time can be low season time. However, if you are looking for low cost and good time, we consider the months of January, June and July as the Best time. During this time, you will see fewer foreigners in Bhutan and you have the luxury of enjoying your privacy. When it comes to Hotels also, you have more choices and you will also receive special attention both from the Hoteliers and your Agent since there won’t be many guests and it can be well taken care.
March – May and September – November is the best time to travel in Bhutan. The climate is good then and there are many festivals around this time.
The altitude in Bhutan is higher than many people are habituated to. Although many people might not have any problem in adjusting, altitude sickness may be a problem for a few ones. If visitors do some simple preparations before leaving for Bhutan, most of the symptoms of altitude sickness can be avoided. Being healthy and in good shape before you arrive in Bhutan will help greatly. It is also recommended that you talk to your local doctor about AMS and medicines in case of emergency.
ADDITIONAL TRIP EXTENSION OPTION:
The trip can be extend based on your holiday duration in Nepal. Special Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Mountain Flight might be your best choice before or after the trip. As well as following programs also can be extend as additional trips from Kathmandu.
Inspring and Exciting Bhutan Tour, Spectacular Himalayan flight over the majestic mountains, Visit of Dzongs (Fortress), Memorial Chortens and beautiful architectural temples, Hike to stunning Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery) – 2.5 hrs hike – 3180m, Drive through high mountain passes with amazing Himalayan views, Warm welcoming Bhutanese people and their delicious local food
Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. We will be accommodated in A grade hotels in Paro and Thimphu and B grade hotels in Punkha. We use Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort or similar in Paro, Hotel Namgay Heritage or similar in Thimpu, Kichu Resort or similar in Punakha and camping (tent) during trekking. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost USD 520.
A variety of meals are available in most hotels the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan – pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and in season. For the actual trekking days, our company will send wide assortment of food. We will be provided 3 meals a day breakfast, hot picnic lunch on the way, and dinner at the campsites with evening tea and snacks. AlpineTrav Treks cook are well trained and can whip up delicious meals at any altitude. If any special dietary needs are required, then it is advised to let the company know about them prior to the trip.