• 9 Days Bhutan In-depth Tour
  • 9 Days Bhutan In-depth Tour
  • 9 Days Bhutan In-depth Tour
  • 9 Days Bhutan In-depth Tour
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9 Days Bhutan In-depth Natural and Cultural Tour

Deep Exploration to Central Bhutan

If you are thinking about exploring Bhutan more deeply, consider this tour involving highlights of central Bhutan. It allows you to step into the geographical and historical heartland of Bhutan, and delight you with the forested mountains, fertile valleys and most significant monasteries. The peaceful villages will bring you back to the life centuries ago and you must immerse yourself in the peaceful land far from the madding crowd. Aside the discovery in central Bhutan which has fewer visitors, you won’t miss the popular landmarks of Bhutan concentrating on Thimphu, Paro and Punakha as well.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Soak up the amazing architectural splendor by visiting various dzongs, including Paro Dzong, Punakha Dzong, Trongsa Dzong and Wangdue Phordang Dzong, etc.;
  • Visit Bhutan National Museum, National Textile Museum and Royal Heritage Museum to discover cultural aesthetic heritages of Bhutan through the informative displays;
  • Enjoy the charming valleys in western and central Bhutan, feast your eyes on the lovely flora and fauna and experience the rural life in the small villages ;
  • Take a physical challenging but visual rewarding trekking to cliff-hanging Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) - the most eyes-catching sight of Bhutan.

Tour Brief Information

  • Tour price:

    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, 2020.

    4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.7. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

  • Tour code: TD-BT-09
  • Tour type: Private Customizable Tour Package
  • Destination: Paro / Thimphu / Punakha / Phobjikha / Trongsa / Bumthang / Wangue Phodrang / Paro
  • Duration: 9 Days and 8 Nights
  • Departure: Flexible
  • Travel Theme: CultureTrekkingPhotographyMountainArchitecture
  • Best Time: SpringSummerAutumnWinter
  • Physical Level

    Physical Requirements

    • Capable of walking short to medium distances by oneself in high altitudes. Must be capable of minor ascents and descents.
    • Capable of light walking and hiking in high altitudes. Suitable for most fitness levels.
    • Average fitness level. High altitude hiking for several hours.
    • Possibly includes high altitude hiking of up to 6 hours per day or activities of a similar nature. Requires an elevated level of fitness.
    • Features demanding high altitude treks or cycling. Only suitable for those with a high level of physical fitness and endurance.

    Note: If you have any questions concerning the requirements or the unique demands for your particular tour package, please feel free to contact one of our helpful Travel Consultants for further information.

    It's advisable to have a body check-up or have your doctor's advice before visiting Tibet. Visitors with a record of heart, lung, liver, or kidney problems must seek medical advice before making the decision to go to Tibet Also, people with any of the following problems should not go to Tibet.

    • Have already caught a cold
    • Have severe anemia
    • Have high blood pressure or severe heart disease
    • Have pneumonia, tuberculosis, tracheitis, or bronchitis
  • Tour Pace
    Leisure

    Tour Pace

    • Leisure: enjoy your tour in a slow pace, allowing plenty of time for photography, you will see the most famous attractions, and spend plenty amount of time in each destination.
    • Comfortable: enjoy your tour in a comfortable pace, you will see most popular attractions, and spend reasonable amount of time in each attraction.
    • Tight: enjoy your tour at a tight pace, as you will be able to see as many tour attractions as possible in the available amount of time.
  • Max Altitude
    3,420 m

    Altitude

    High Altitude Sickness is one of the biggest challenges when travelling in Tibet. According to our experience, most people will be fine up to 3500m above sea level, as the altitude go higher up to 4500m, mild symptoms as shortness of breath, headache might occur. Adverse reactions may vary from person to person. In most cases, the symptoms are mild and will subside in several hours to several days as the body acclimatizes.

    Mild Symptoms of AMS include:

    • Headache
    • Shortness of breath with exertion
    • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Fatigue
    • Loss of appetite
    • Poor sleeping
    • Dizziness or light-headedness
    Definition of High Altitude

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1 Paro Arrival & Driving to Thimphu

Upon arrival, you will be met by you private guide and driver. Then you will visit National Museum and Rinpung Dzong. After the sightseeing, drive to Thimphu for accommdation.

Day 2~3 Thimphu & Punakha Tour

On Day 2, you will firstly visit holy National Memorial Chorten which is the holy center in Thimphu and many pilgrims will kora there. Then visit Traditional Painting School and National Textile Museum to watch the students learning their tradtional arts. After that, visit Motithang Takin Preserve to see Bhutan's National Animal - Takin. Drive to Punakha for Sightseeing. In the morning of Day 3, you will visit Bhutan's most beautiful Dzong - Punakha Dzong. After the sightseeing, drive to Phobikha Valley, and visit the old Gangtey Goempa and imformative Black-Necked Crane Information Center.

Day 4~7 Central Bhutan Tour

On Day 4, visit the landmarks of Trongsa - Trongsa Dzong and Royal Heritage Museum. On the next day, drive to Bumthang. You will witness traditonal Yathra Weaving and explore ancient Jambay Lhakhang. Day 6 is for a long drive to Wangdue Phodrang from Bumthang via Pele La Pass. On Day 4, visit magnificent Wangdue Phodrang Dzong and drive back to Paro.

Day 8 Taktsang Monastery Tour

You will have a full day to explore the mystery of Taktsang Monastery by treking.

Day 9 Paro Departure

Today is free for you to leave Kathmandu.

Itinerary Details - Day by Day

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, and then be escorted to Paro Town to start your wonderful journey.

You will firstly visit Bhutan National Museum where you are going to learn a crash course in Bhutanese rich culture and history. There are many impressive collections displayed in its five galleries, including traditional thangkas, festival masks, religious statues, interesting carvings, etc. Your next attraction is Rinpung Dzong, also known as Paro Dzong, which is reputed as the finest example of Bhutanese dzong. After appreciating these charming architectures in Rinpung Dzong, you could take a leisure walk through cantilever bridge and to Paro Town and witness national game archery, which is played almost every day on the ground. After the sightseeing, drive about 1.5 hours to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan Kingdom, for accommodation.

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.

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

Day 2 Thimphu Sightseeing & Driving to Punakha / 80km, about 2.5hrs' Driving (B, L, D)

This morning you will start the day by visiting the 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. 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. Next, go to National Textile Museum 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. 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.

  • A girl is waving in National Textile Museum A girl is waving in National Textile Museum
  • Pilgrimages make kora around Bhutan National Memorial Chorten Bhutan National Memorial Chorten
  • 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, situated between Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu (male and female rivers) and featuring in three docheys (one more than other dzongs). 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 impressive.

Next, you will drive toward Phobjikha Valley. In route, you will get amazed by the beauty and serenity of the rich flora and fauna. When you reach Lawala Pass, you may spot some Yaks grazing in high altitude bamboo shrub along the road. Crossing the pass, you will descend to Gangtey Goempaan important monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism located on a forested hill overlooking the entire Phobjikha Valley. The whole complex of Gangtey Goempa is made up of central monastery, monks’ quarters, guesthouse and meditation centers.

Then you will pay a visit to Black-Necked Crane Information Center where you can learn much knowledge of the cranes and their living environment from the informative displays. If you visit Phobjikha Valley in November ~ January, you are able to see many black-necked cranes as well.

Accommodate in Phobjikha.

  • Punakha Dzong - Most Beautiful Dzong in Bhutan Punakha Dzong - Most Beautiful Dzong in Bhutan
  • Gangtey Goempa Magnificent Gangtey Goempa

Day 4 Phobjikha to Trongsa / 84km, about 3hrs and 20mins' driving (B, L, D)

Today, you will continue driving to your next destination – Trongsa – the center of Bhutan historically and geographically. Enjoying a typical alpine environment, Trongsa is grown with various bush rhododendron trees and dwarf bamboos. In the valley, your eyes will be caught by the huge fortress of Trongsa Dzong. The first two kings both ruled Bhutan from Trongsa Dzong, so it becomes a tradition that the crown prince serve as Trongsa Penlop before acceding to the throne. In the dzong, there are 23 independent lhakhangs. You will visit some of them to enjoy the fine design and exquisite decoration.

After that, you will turn to the old tower of Trongsa, present Royal Heritage Museum with five floors exhibiting the precious Buddhist arts and royal collections. Like a copy of Padma Kathang (a biography of Guru Rinpoche written by his consort Yeshe Tshoyel), 500-year-old jacket of Ngagi Wangchuk and the football boots of fourth king.

Stay overnight in Trongsa.

  • Royal Heritage Museum Royal Heritage Museum in Trongsa
  • Magnificent Trongsa Dzong Magnificent Trongsa Dzong
  • Pass the beautiful Valley on your road to Trongsa Pass the beautiful Valley on your road to Trongsa

Day 5 Trongsa to Bumthang / 56km, about 2 hrs and 40mins’ driving (B, L, D)

You will go on with your journey to Bumthang today. The road zigazags rapidly above Trongsa but the surrounding scenery is great. As you reach Yotong La Pass (3,425m), you can see a Buddhist Stupa in Tibetan style and many colorful fluttering prayer flags. Driving downhill, you will arrive in the Chumey Valley. At Tsugney Village, witness traditional Yathra weaving.

Next, drive to Jakhar, the main town in Bumthang. Upon arrival, visit Jambay Lhakhang, a monastery built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 659. It is said that Guru Rinpoche once visited this temple, so the Sindhu Raja renovated it after Guru Rinpoche saved his life. In the inside hall is housed the statue of Jamba, the future Buddha, with his feet on the elephant. You can also admire the elegant murals in this temple.

Accommodate in Jakar, the main town in Bumthang Valley.

  • Jambay Lhakhang Jambay Lhakhang in Peaceful Valley

Day 6 Bumthang to Wangdue Phodrang / 190km, about 7hrs’ driving (B, L, D)

Today, you will have a long drive from Bumthang to Wangdue Phodrang via Pele La Pass. The picturesque views can be seen as well. When you reach Pele La Pass (3420m), a brilliant stupa with colored prayer flags will come into your eyes. Passing through the pass, you will get to a viewing deck which offers an amazing view of Mt. Jomolhari and Jiuchu Drakye.

Accommodate in Wangdue Phodrang.

  • Splendid Scenery of  Wangdu Podrang Splendid Scenery of Wangdu Podrang

Day 7 Wangdue Phodrang to Paro/ 115km, about 3hrs’ driving (B, L, D)

Start today’s journey in the early morning with a visit to Wangdu Phodrang Dzong, where you can get a commanding view of the below valleys. In fact, Wangdu Phodrang Dzong enjoys an important status in the history as well, and it was the second capital city in the early days. Since Wangdu Phodrang is situated on the ridge, you can walk down to the bridge and have a short hiking to the village of Rinchangang. After the wonderful sightseeing, you will drive to Paro via Dochula Pass again.

Accommodate in Paro.

  • Wangdu Phodrang Dzong Wangdu Phodrang Dzong resembles a sleeping elephant

Day 8 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 but necessary 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.

  • Cliffside Tiger's Nest Monastery Cliffside Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • Trekking Trail to Tiger’s Nest Trekking Trail to Tiger’s Nest

Day 9 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.

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Price & Service Guide

The quotation for this trip is 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, 2020.

4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.7. 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.

FAQs of This Trip

  1. Service Information- What is a private tour package?

    Private Bhutan Tour Package means you will have your own private local tour guide, private vehicle and private driver for your group. You don't have to share the vehicle with others. You tour guide will take care of only your group. With the help of your private tour guide, you will see more in Bhutan, communicating with locals to learn about Bhutanese lifestyle and culture.

    You have the flexibility to arrange the group activities accorddingly, such as changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time of certain place. You can also stop on the road as you need.

    If you are traveling with your family or a group of friends, a private tour for your group is ideal. As you have more people in the group, the price won't be much higher than a join-in group tour. It is a good way to save money and enjoy ultimate service.

  2. Our Tour Guide and Driver Information

    Local Tour Guides
    Our tour guides are born and raised in the regions we visit so they know all the potential difficulties and how to avoid them. They are highly trained, speak excellent English and know the local myths, traditions and history which they will share with you. Wherever you travel, our guides are the key that unlocks each destination and make the trip memorable and unique.

    Private Driver
    Our drivers have many years of driving experience in the areas and are very reliable. With Tibet Discovery, you can rest assured that we only use the highest quality vehicles available. We use mainly private vehicles, to ensure we get to our destinations as swiftly and smoothly as possible, as well as allowing the freedom and flexibility to stop and look around or stretch your legs.

  3. Tibet Discovery’s Service and Value

    Tibet Discovery’s Service and Value:


    Travel Insurance:
    We provide a limited Accident/Casualty Insurance in Bhutan which only covers accidents that occur within Bhutan. This policy’s indemnity is relatively low, so if you would like a more inclusive plan, then it is best to purchase one in your home country before your departure.


    Before the trip: Before your trip, feel free to contact our Travel Consultants for any further information you need. All of our tours are fully customizable, so if you are not satisfied with any part of a tour pakage, just let us know and our expert Travel Consultants will do their best to design the perfect tour for you.


    During the trip:
    If you have any questions or concerns during your trip, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your Travel Consultant will do his or her best to resolve any problems you have and ensure that your trip runs as smoothly as possible.

    After the trip:
    Once you have returned home and have had a chance to settle back in, we’d love to hear from you. We welcome your comments, suggestions, pictures, and whatever else you want to share with us about your trip. We are always striving to improve our customers’ experiences, and also love to hear about their adventures!

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      Still not know us well? Read what other travelers are sharing about their Tibet trip with Tibet Discovery (We only accept reviews from confirmed travelers who took our tours / activities, so you can surely rely on the reviews)

      Dear Echo,

      Good afternoon! Sorry for late reply as was travelling. No worries for Lehsan tour, I enjoyed Chengdu Panda research centre visit instead.

      I will like to thank you for organising the Tibet tour and would like to speak highly for the tour guide and the driver who made sure that the trip was a pleasant stay for us. I will like to also thank you for organising it since starting and being of utmost help at any time.

      Thanks again and will get in touch in case I plan my next China trip.

      Best,

      Prashant

       June 28, 2019
      Hello Rita,

      I had a successful and good trip.

      Thanks a lot for organising the trip. I will post a few snaps shortly on your website.

      Also will share my suggestion.

      Best regards

      Subir

       June 27, 2019
      Hello Lily,

      Thank you very much for the gifts, what a surprise !!!

      We love them very much. 

      We have a great time in Sichuan, next month we go to Switzerland for 2 week hike so our short hikes were a great worm ups. We hope we didn’t exhaust Robert too much :-) . 

      Working on our schedule for next year, this year booked already. Will send you updated website when put all the Sichuan photos.

      Marcin

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       June 20, 2019
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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 June) and autumn (September to October) 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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      • 1. based on double occupancy
      • 2. 3 star accommodation level in low season
      • 3. international airfare is not included
      • 4. price is subjected to change according to group size and payment methods