An exotic destination to spend your vacation- Bhutan has many culturally and naturally enriched sites and destinations that are beautiful and mesmerizing. Situated between China and India, Bhutan is a small but magical country full of wonders and surprises. The spectacular landscapes, Himalayas, traditional architecture and unique Buddhist culture makes this land so sacred and majestic. As you wander along the Himalayan terrain, you can see the snow-capped peaks rising above the blue sky standing in between the lush landscape. As you opt for Bhutan Experience Tour, you will be able to admire the architectural wonders of the Bhutanese people in the monasteries of Paro and Thimphu. The spectacular and pristine natural glory of Bumthang and Punakha will make you feel relaxed. The colorful cultural dresses, myth of flying tigers/ cruel demons and spiritual journeys of various saints to the mountains will make the whole environment appealing.
Bhutan Experience Tour is an opportunity to taste the natural glory and unique culture of Bhutan at once. You can walk along the rocky terrain of Himalayas to steep mountain valleys. You can explore the cultural richness of Bhutan in its monasteries, Dzongs and museums. Strolling around the street can be a great treat to usher the hostility of warm hearted Bhutanese people.
Bhutan is popularly known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon. The country has remained in isolation from rest of the world for a relatively long time but it has been recently connected to modernization after 1970 when the policy for strict and controlled tourism and development was formulated. Therefore, we can see tranquil and traditional way of living amongst people, which has remained intact till today. Most of the people are engaged in farming and trading. Owning to its diverse terrain that ranges from lush valleys to Himalayan terrain, Bhutan is a home to many rare species of floras and faunas that you can encounter during your travel.
Escape Himalaya escorts you to this mystic land and lets you experience all of it. Bhutan Experience Tour is incorporates touring with a bit of hiking as well. Under this package, you can visit the popular destinations in Bhutan like the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the Drugyal Dzong Ruins, the Fortified Tower of Ta Dzong, Bhutan’s Natural History Museum, the School of Thanka Painting and many more. So, get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of lush hills, dense forests, majestic mountains, wildlife and colorful culture. Escape Himalaya is here to cater your thirst for nature and culture with Bhutan Experience Tour!
You can also opt for other alternative packages for Bhutan Tours, like our Nepal Bhutan Darjeeling Tour that lets you explore and experience the riches of three destinations at once. You can also opt for our Glimpse Tours Bhutan for highlighted destinations and sites of Bhutan.
- Day 01: Arrive at Paro, Thimphu
- Day 02: Thimphu
- Day 03: Thimphu-Punakha, 70 km, Duration: 3 hours
- Day 04: Village Tour in Punakha
- Day 05: Punakha-Bumthang, 197 km, Duration: 6-7 hours
- Day 06: Bumthang Sightseeing
- Day 07: Bumthang-Punakha, 214 km, Duration: 6-7 hours
- Day 08: Punakha-Paro, 130 km, Duration: 4 hours
- Day 09: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
- Day 10: Depart Paro
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
- Assistance in acquiring Bhutan visa and visa fee
- Accommodation at a 3-star category hotel approved by Bhutanese Government
- Single room surcharge when traveling 1-2 people in a group
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the tour
- Mineral water will be supplied during the tour
- Highly experienced local tour guide and all entry/permit fees during the tour
- All applicable government taxes and tourist service charges
- Our office expenses and service charge
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary
- International flights
- Accommodation in Kathmandu
- Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
- Personal shopping, internet/Phone bill, and laundry
- Pony service and porters
- Tips for tour guide and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
Day 01: Arrive at Paro, Thimphu
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, offering spectacular views of the amazing peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks in Bhutan. On arrival, you will be greeted by the guide and he will escort you to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Check into hotel on arrival. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu city and observe the lifestyle of the people. Overnight stay at the hotel lunch and dinner included.
Day 02: Thimphu
After breakfast, you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the Nunnery Temple, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School), the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), the Folk Heritage Museum, which depicts the life of a rural Bhutanese and the Textile Museum which is a repository of archaic Bhutanese textiles. After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichhodzong and the giant Buddha statue on a hill overlooking Thimphu which is reputed to be the largest Buddha Shakymuni in the world. In the evening, you can visit some handicraft shops. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 03: Thimphu-Punakha, 70 km, Duration: 3 hours
After breakfast, you will enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La Pass (3,150 meters), where on a clear day- you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. Here, you can visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. From the pass, you will drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlocks. After lunch at Lobesa, you will hike through rice paddies up to the Chimi Lhakhang Temple. This temple is dedicated to the great Yogi of the 14th century known as Drukpa Kuenley, or the "Divine Madman," who is believed to bless women who seek fertility. After this, you shall continue driving to Punakha. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04: Village Tour in Punakha
After breakfast, you will go for a village hike in Punakha. You will cross a suspension bridge and walk on a leveled trail along the Mo Chu River. After walking for some time, you will come to a local village. You can spend some time visiting farm houses and meeting families here. Your host will be happy to offer you a cup of butter tea. You can enjoy your picnic lunch at the side of the river bank. After lunch, you can hike further to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, a delightful 3-story Chorten that looks down on the upper Punakha Valley. The views of the valley and the surrounding snow-capped mountains are stunning. You can linger here for some times relaxing and simply appreciating the harmonious beauty of the location. Later in the evening, you will hike back till road point where your car will be waiting to transfer you to hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05: Punakha-Bumthang, 197 km, Duration: 6-7 hours
After breakfast, you will drive to Bumthang, the cultural heartland of the country. The route is along a spectacular winding road that crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La Pass, and sometimes is dotted with yaks. You will stop in Trongsa for lunch. After lunch, you'll visit the Trongsa Dzong, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Then you'll proceed to Bumthang where valleys lush and hilly forests reign. Along the way, you will stop at a yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang; and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Check into hotel on arrival. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06: Bumthang Sightseeing
Today's sightseeing in Bumthang includes the Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; the Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan dating from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and the Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places because Guru Rinpoche, a great 8th century spiritual master, left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. From here, you will hike through unpaved road to Thangbi valley- crossing suspension bridges to visit the Thangbi Lhakhang built in 14th century. After lunch, you will also have a chance to tour through the Tamshing Lhakhang, a treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07: Bumthang-Punakha, 214 km, Duration: 6-7 hours
You'll begin the day at the Bumthang market, and then drive to Punakha with a stop at Chendebji Chorten for your lunch. Chendebji Chorten was built in 18th century by a Lama named Shida in Nepalese style architecture with eyes painted at four cardinal points. After a long exhilarating drive passing through two spectacular high passes, you will arrive at Punakha. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08: Punakha-Paro, 130 km, Duration: 4 hours
In the morning, you will visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. You will return to Paro via the Dochula Pass, with a stop at Thimphu for lunch. After lunch, you shall continue driving to Paro. After arriving at Paro, you can visit the Rinpung Dzong- meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels". It has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore. You will walk downhill till the road point crossing the wooden bridge. Your vehicle will be waiting here to take you to the Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest and most sacred temple in the country. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
After breakfast, you will hike to the Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Explore the monastery, and if you wish, you can sit for a short meditation before you hike down to the valley floor as well. This is a fantastic conclusion to your stay in Bhutan! Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10: Depart Paro
After breakfast, you will drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell there and you will depart.
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