HIGHLIGHTS OF BHUTAN TOUR

Trip Facts

Starts FromParo
Ends inParo
Country Visited Bhutan
Best Time Mar-May, Sep-Nov
Price (per person) $2,265
Single supplement $250
Internal airfare (per person) N/a

Tour Overview

From the heights of Taktsang overlooking fertile rice fields, to magical dance dramas played our in the great monasteries, observe Bhutan’s man scenic and cultural landscapes. Its monastic and village life, colorful festivals

Private Journey | Based on double occupancy  |  Valid thru Dec 2016  |  Call us for low-season discount

Day 01: Paro

On arrival at Paro airport take a short scenic drive to your hotel. Paro at 7,546 ftm is located in a beautiful wooded valley with terraced farmland nourished by the Paro Chu river.

Overnight in Paro.

 

Day 02: Thimphu

AM visit the Ta Dzong Museum and Drukgyel Dzong – this famous 17th century fortress repelled many a Tibetan invasion. The ruins provide an interesting study into the unique construction of Dzongs. Later visit the monastery of Taktsang “tigers nest”, sitting snugly among Himalayan cedars on a precipitious cliff face 2,625 ft above the Paro valley.

PM Drive two hrs to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. Check into hotel on arrival.

Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 03: Thimphu

Explore the Thimphu valley and its many monasteries and places of interest. Visit the Memorial Chorten, a three storied shrine built in memory of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the School of Painting where students receive formal training in the art of traditional painting, sculpture and woodcarving, and a goldsmiths workshop in nearby Dechencholing village 8 kms north of Thimphu. The Handicraft Emporium and Market square are the other places of interest especially for those seeking souvenirs.

Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 04: Punakha

AM The tour begins with a visit to the indigenous hospital, the only one of its kind in the kingdom, and Dhurbthop Lhakhang nunnery where the reincarnation of the Goddess Dorji Phamo resides.

Drive 2.5 hrs to Punakha, ancient capital of Bhutan. Once in its scenic environs visit Punakha Dzong, winter residence of the Je Khenpo and religious head of Bhutan. Spend night at Hotel Zangopelri or Dechen Cottage.

Overnight in Punakha.

Day 05: Trongsa

Enroute to Tongsa visit the Wangdiphodrang Dzong, gateway to central Bhutan. The massive Wangdiphodrang Dzong sits on a ridge overlooking the village and is the site of the annual Tsechu dance festival. The drive from Punakha to Tongsa takes a scenic and pleasurable 4.5 hours.

Check into the BTCL Lodge.

Overnight in Trongsa.

Day 06: Bhumthang

From Tongsa drive 42 mi to Bumthang. Bumthang has an individuality that charms visitors and separates it from other regions. The small town of Jakar which is the administrative headquaters of this region is famous for its honey production, cheese, apples and apricots. Bhumthang is also the traditional home to the great Buddhist teacher Pema Lingpa to whose descendants the present dynasty traces its ancestry.

Overnight in Bhumthang.

Day 07: Phobjika

A drive south through the mountains past golden fields of maize and yaks brings you to Phobjika. Begin the day touring this farming community with a visit to the resplendant 17th century Gangtey Gompa, an active school for novice monks. This area is also the home of the endangered black necked crane that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass the winter in its milder and lower climes. After lunch drive to Dechen Cottage at Mendegang and spend a leisurely afternoon hiking or enjoy a traditional herbal stone bath. Spend the night at the rustic Phuntsocholing Guest House.

Overnight in Phobjika.

Day 08: Paro

After a 5.5 hour drive to Paro spend the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Paro.

Day 09: Departure

Transfer to airport for flight home on Druk Air.

DayCityHotels
1Paro- Hotel Tashi Namgay or
- Gangtey Palace


2-3Thimphu- Bhutan Centenial Tavern or
- Peaceful Resort

4Punakha- Meri Puenshum Resort
5Trongsa- Tashi Namgay Resort
6Bumthang- Mountain Lodge or
- Yu-Garling Resort & Spa
7Phobjika- Dewachen Hotel
8Paro- Hotel Tashi Namgay or
- Gangtey Palace
  • – Accommodation on sharing basis

    – All meals

    – All transfers & sightseeing with entrance fees

    – English speaking local tour guide

    – Bottled water (in vehicle)

     

  • – International (USA-Paro) flight tickets (we will be happy to help you book your flights)

    – Visa fee and STF  ($65)

    Travel/Medical insurance (recommended)

    – Tips and gratuities to guide & driver

    – Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone etc

    – Beverages and meals not mentioned in cost includes