An introduction to Bhutan with a short, flexible and relatively gentle tour providing a general impression of the land, the people and the history.
It starts from Paro valley home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples, where stories of Guru Rimpoche and Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal, Bhutan’s most celebrated historical personalities, will become increasingly familiar as we visit several fortress-monasteries that stand powerful symbols of the nation’s history, moving onwards to the unique capital city of Thimphu and crosses over to ancient capital of Bhutan, Punakha where on clear day will reveal folds of hills rising toward distant snow-capped Himalayan peaks and to the glacial valleys of Phobjikha where Black-necked cranes roost in winter months.
Bhutan Tour Itinerary
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire the Himalayas, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Bhutan’s first gift to you as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and visit the Paro Dzong as well as the National Musuem. Afternoon drive to the capital Thimphu.
Overnight in Hotel. Alt 2300m Total Drive 55kms
After Breakfast we visit one of the largest stupas in Bhutan i.e The Memorial stupa built in honor of the Third King of Bhutan. Proceed further onto Kuenselphodrang and visit one of the largest sitting Buddhas in the world. Afterwards visit the Takin Preserve and look at our national animal.
After lunch we drive towards Punakha. On the way we will stop at Dochula pass (3100m) which is marked with 108 stupas. Dochula pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day. Proceed further on towards Punakha.
Overnight in Hotel. Alt 1300m Total Drive 83kms
After breakfast we proceed to visit the Punakha Dzong, widely considered as the most beautiful fortress in Bhutan built in 1637. The dzong is between two rivers, the male and the female river. After visiting the dzong we proceed to cross the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan over the male river.
In the afternoon we visit Chimi Lhakhang which is a temple that is known as the temple of fertility. believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers. Afternoon drive towards the valley of Black Necked Cranes: Phobjikha.
Overnight in Hotel. Alt 2800m Total Drive: 80kms
In the morning we drive up to Gangtey Monastery and do a short hike through lush forests and villages into the valley. Have lunch on the way and proceed on to Paro.
Overnight in hotel. Alt 2300m Total Drive 170kms
After breakfast we hike up to the most revered temple in Bhutan, the Tigers Nest perched on a cliff at 3100m. In the late afternoon free time for the guests to do some shopping.
Overnight in hotel. Alt 2300m Total Hike 6.5kms
Transfer to the airport and leave with wonderful memories from the land of the thunder dragon.
End of Services
Private guided tour
Visas for Bhutan
Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants
Accommodation at 3 star hotel
A licensed English-speaking guide
An experienced driver
A tour vehicle
Entry fees & road permits
Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
Mineral bottled water
Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip
Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us)
Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
Expenditure of personal nature
Tips for the guide and driver