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Impressive Bhutan Treasures

With unspoiled natural beauty, traditional social structures and cultural identity, Bhutan gets a reputation of the Last Shangri-La and becomes a loadstone for travelers. If you are the one who are interested in Bhutan’s bright culture and unique Bhutanese way of life, this 6 days tour is made for you. Starting from Paro to Thimphu and Punakha, you will explore the highlights of Bhutan, especially the cultural treasures, like holiest Buddhist sites, most important architectures, various museums or institutes, etc.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Set your foot on the sacred land of Bhutan and soak up the Buddhist fragrance by visiting the religious sites, including National Memorial Chorten, Kyichu Lhakhang and Buddha Dordenma;
  • Enjoy Bhutan’s traditional arts and crafts by visiting Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, Folk Heritage Museum and Traditional Painting School;
  • Get amazed by Bhutan’s magnificent architectures with delicate designs and classical decorative designs in Rinpung Dzong and Punakha Dzong;
  • Take a physical challenging but visual rewarding trekking to dramatic Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) - the most eyes-catching sight of Bhutan, which provides a tantalizing view of the valley as well.

Tour Brief Information

  • Tour price: Request

    1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

    2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

    3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.

    4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.95. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

  • Tour code: TD-BT-06
  • Tour type: Private Customizable Tour Package
  • Destination: Paro / Thimphu / Punakha / Phobjikha / Paro
  • Duration: 6 days & 5 nights
  • Departure: Flexible
  • Travel Theme: CultureTrekkingPhotographyArchitecture
  • Best Time: SpringSummerAutumnWinter
  • Physical Level
  • Tour Pace
    Leisure
  • Max Altitude
    3,210 m

Itinerary Details - Day by Day

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Day 1 Paro Arrival & Driving to Thimphu / About 1.5 hours’ Driving (L, D)

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon! Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your local travel guide and driver at Paro International Airport, and then be escorted to Thimphu, the capital city to start your wonderful journey.

Your will firstly visit National Memorial Chorten (shrine), a monument dedicated to the past 3rd king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. More than a memorial stupa, it is also one important religious center for Bhutanese daily worship. Afterward, drive to Buddha View Point Where a massive bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma sits. The statue is placed on a lotus and below it is a meditation hall housed with 125,000 small statues of Buddha. This Buddha dominates over the valley of Thimphu, and you can hardly tell whether the view from Buddha Dordenma or the view of Buddha Dordenma is more spectacular. If you happened to visit Thimphu on weekends, don’t miss the Weekend Market in which there are organic farm products and souvenirs for sale.

Arrival Ideas: 1) you are able to take an international flight from Kathmandu (1 hour), Kolkata (1 hour), New Delhi (2.5 hours), Guwahati (55 minutes), Siliguri (30 minutes), Bangkok (3 hours), Singapore (5 hours) and some other cities in India in peak seasons; 2) so far, all the flights to Paro depart and arrive in the morning.

  • Bhutan National Memorial Chorten in Thimphu Bhutan National Memorial Chorten in Thimphu
  • Buddha View Point Buddha View Point

Day 2 Thimphu - Punakha / 80km, About 2.5hrs' Driving (B, L, D)

This morning you will start the day by visiting the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, which is a good place to display textile weaving – Bhutan’s living national art. You can not only feast on the beautiful costumes, but also learn about the type of textiles, the styles of local dress and the techniques of weaving. Next, go to Folk Heritage Museum, an informative museum replicating a traditional farmhouse of yesteryears. It provides you a glimpse into Bhutan’s rural lifestyle of Bhutanese villages and rural households by organizing demonstrations of rural traditions, skills, habits and customs, educational programs, research and documentation. Then go to visit Traditional Painting School, a school where students are taught to make Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts, like painting, woodcarving, embroidery, statue-making and so on. Last activity of today is visiting the national animal - Takin in Motithang Takin Preserve, a unique looking animal with the head of sheep and body of cattle.

Leaving Thimphu, drive through a forest of pine and hemlock, up to cross over the Dochu La Pass (Alt: 10142ft/ 3,050 m). From the place, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the majestic Himalaya Mountains. Keep driving along the winding road to the fertile valley of Punakha (Alt: 4430ft/ 1,350 meters).

Accommodate in Punakha Town.

  • Wood-carving in Traditional Painting School Wood-carving in Traditional Painting School
  • National Folk Heritage Museum National Folk Heritage Museum
  • Takin - Bhutan's National Animal Takin - Bhutan's National Animal

Day 3 Punakha to Phobjikha / 80km, about 3 hours (B, L, D)

After breakfast, you will go to visit Punakha Dzong, sitting in a sultry, fertile and beautiful valley between Pho Chhu ( Male River) and Mo Chhu (female river). With white-brilliant walls, red roofs and the surrounding charming nature, Punakha Dzong is praised by as the most beautiful one in Bhutan’s 21 Dzong. When the spring comes, the surrounding lilac jacaranda trees in blossom make Punakha Dzong more stunning..

Leaving Punakha, you will drive toward Phobjikha Valley (80km/3hrs). En route, you will visit the glamorous Gangtey Goempa, an 17th century monastery of Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism located on a forested hill overlooking the green expense of the entire Phobjikha Valley. Its prayer hall is the one of the most grandiose in Bhutan with 8 great pillars which are the largest of their kind either.

Upon arrival ath Phobjikha valley,enjoy some tea and snacks before venturing out on an glamorous Nature Hike which is about 5km and takes about 3 hours to finish. You will walk through lush forest, beautiful meadows and crystalline streams to encounter with some peaceful local villages and farms, which is a great opportunity to get close to our Mother Nature and understand traditional livehood of the people living there. If your tour falls between October and February, you will be rewarded a rare chance to see the massive black-necked cranes which migrate from Tibet to Bhutan every year.

Accommodate in Phobjikha town.

  • Gangtey Goempa Magnificent Gangtey Goempa
  • Punakha Dzong with a Lush Sensuality Punakha Dzong with a Lush Sensuality

Day 4 Phobjikhka - Paro / About 5hrs' Driving (B, L, D)

After breakfast, set out to journey back to Paro (approximately 5.5-hours). Upon reaching Paro, take some rest, then got to visit its two landmark sites - Rinpung Dzong and Bhutan National Museum.

Rinpung Dzong, also known as Paro Dzong, is reputed as the finest example of Bhutanese dzong. Perching on the side of Paro Valley Wall, Rinpung Dzong was an important bastion for the Kingdom of Bhutan against invasion from the north. At present, it houses the Monastic Body and government offices, and serves as the religious, military, administrative, and social centers of their district.

Bhutan National Museum is housed in Rinpung Dzong’s watchtower, keeping the rich culture and history of Bhutan. There are many impressive collections displayed in its five galleries, including traditional thangkas, festival masks, religious statues, interesting carvings, etc.

Accommodate in Paro town.

  • Bhutan National Museum in Paro Bhutan National Museum in Paro
  • Rimpung Dzong in Paro Rimpung Dzong in Paro

Day 5 Paro - Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) / About 20mins' driving Plus 2~3hrs' Trekking (B, L, D)

Start the day with short drive to Paro’s upper valley. If the day is clear, you’ll have an unforgettable view of the “Goddess” – Mt.Chomolhari (23,640 feet).

Afterward, it’s a short drive to Taktsang trail ahead. Take a challenging 2~3 hours’ trek to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous monastery in Bhutan, also known as “Tiger Nest Monastery, because Guru Rinpoche reportedly flew to the site on the back of a flying tiger late in the 7th century. Between blue pines and a blue sky, the monastery perches miraculously on a cliff nearly 2,700 feet above Paro’s valley floor. Break along the way for tea and snacks in small tea house, and the view of both Taktsang Monastery and Paro Valley is magnificent.

Hike down the mountain, then drive back to Paro for accommodation.

Tips: 1) it takes about 2 ~ 3 hours to trek from the parking lot to Taktsang Monastery, and you could ride a horse for the first hour; 2) photography is strictly forbidden in the monastery, but you can take a nice shot on your road to Taktsang Monastery; 3) travelers have to deposit all belongings (cameras, phones or other electronic equipment and bags) at the entrance.

  • Mysterious Tiger’s Nest Monastery Mysterious Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Takshang is also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery Takshang (Tiger’s Nest)

Day 6 Paro Departure (B)

Your journey in Bhutan comes to an end today! After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to the airport in time for the scheduled flight to your next destination. Before that, you can take a rest at the hotel or go for a walk nearby.

Tips: Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charge, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel.

Price & Service Guide

The quotation for this trip is Request per person

1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.

4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.95. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

What's included in this price?

  • Bhutan visa fees.
  • Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private vehicle and luggage transfers.
  • All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
  • Meals noted in the itinerary as "B,L,D".
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
  • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance

What's excluded in this price?

  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (all lunches and dinners).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Single room supplement.
  • Additional tour service and/or activities.
  • International flights to/from Bhutan

Value for money:

While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

A great way to enjoy the lowest possible price is to invite more people to join your trip to share the travel experience as well as the tour expense. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)

Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.

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I want to thank you for your truly exceptional customer service. You have been very helpful through this entire process.

If we should be able to reschedule a visit to China in the future, I will certainly use your services, and I would happily refer my friends and associates.

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 April 2, 2020
Dear Mike,

Thank you for your lovely mail.

This epidemic was badly managed by some countries, they thought just like SARs only Asian were affected.

However due to their complacency whole world faces lock down.

Good news is in China the epidemic is under control.

However due to continue epidemic tourism business are badly affected for indefinite period. I am aware personally you are affected.

How do you manage your situation.

We over here experience drop in business but not as bad as during SARs. We manage somehow through experiences to overcome this epidemic through reducing expenditure prudently. Lets us all pray for Divine intervention for mankind to globally overcome this terrible situation soon. Many thanks for your mail.

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 April 3, 2020
Hi Mike,

Thank you for the extra touch and update on the current situation in China. Very proud to watch how China combat the virus so expediently! China is indeed a good role model for the other countries to observe and follow.

Let's continue being vigilant and not be complacent about the situation.

Bless you and your family.

We look forward to our trip next March.

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 April 1, 2020
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Useful Trip Notes

  • How to Plan a Bhutan Tour 
    Usually, it takes about 5~15 days. Since most travelers will arrive at Paro International Airport by flights, you are suggested to start your tour from Paro. After visiting the landmarks in Paro, drive to Thimphu for accommodation. Spend one or two days in Thimphu and explore the local cultural sites, and then transfer to Punakha to enjoy the beautiful Punakha Dzong. If your time is limited, drive back to Paro and trek to Taktsang Monastery before leaving. If you have more time, extend your tour to central Bhutan. Moreover, it is a good idea to take an overland tour to Nepal and Tibet.
  • How to Apply Bhutan Visa 
    Traveling to Bhutan, you have to prepare a Bhutan visa. It can only be applied by an authorized travel agency like Tibet Discovery. You just need to send us a clear scanned photocopy of your valid passport, and we will apply the visa for you. If your visa application is approved, a visa clearance letter will be processed. Then, we will send the photocopy of the visa to you by Email, and then you are able to board the plane with the photocopy. When you arrive in Bhutan, you’ll get the original visa.
  • How to Get to Bhutan 
    Bhutan is connected with Nepal, India, Thailand, Singapore and Bangladesh directly by international flights, so you could get to these countries and make a transfer to Bhutan. Among these countries, Nepal is the mostly-chosen gateway country to Bhutan in that Kathmandu offers most frequent flights. India is a good choice as well, because more cities (including Kolkata, New Delhi, Guwahati, Siliguri, Mumbai and Bangalore) provide nonstop flights to Paro. It is also available to have an overland driving from India to Bhutan.
  • Best Time to Visit Bhutan 
    Bhutan has a mixed climate of cold alpine climate, temperate climate and subtropical climate from north to south. The major tourist destinations located in lower area are suitable to travel all the year around. However, the best time for whole Bhutan is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is most mild and pleasant. In the spring, your eyes will feast on lots of colored flowers. When the autumn comes, you are going to get a good possibility to enjoy the amazing Himalayan views.
  • Where to Accommodate in Bhutan 
    Since Bhutan is a great travel destination among the world, it is developed with different hotels to supply the needs of different international tourists. The accommodation in Bhutan ranges from 5-star luxury hotels to budget hostels. Most luxury hotels center on Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, and provide fully-equipped facilities and amazing service. In addition, the splendid view of Himalaya can be seen from some rooms. Some areas in central and eastern Bhutan just offer simple and basic accommodation. If you have trekking tour, you can only accommodate in lodge or guesthouses.

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