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7 Days Bhutan Adventure Tour with Haa Valley

Stepping into Deep Valleys

Not only satisfied with traveling in the hot destinations of Bhutan but also thirsty for something different and incredible? Why not take an adventure tour with a visit to Haa Valley which offers featured alpine landscape and off-the-beaten-track sites. This 8 days Bhutan adventure tour will take you to explore the high passes, verdant forests, prosperous wildlife, time-honored monasteries and undisturbed villages, as well as the highlights of Bhutan in its frequently-chosen cities (Paro, Thimphu & Punakha). You will start your journey from Paro to Thimphu and Punakha firstly, and then travel back to Paro after appreciating primitive Haa Valley.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Take an essential tour of Thimpu, Paro and Punakha to explore the architectural wonders and sacred Buddhist sites there;
  • Smooth your soul on the peaceful rural life in the villages of Haa Valley and reach high Chele La Pass to take a marvelous view of Himalayan Ranges in Tibet;
  • Take an interesting trekking to Kila Nunnery as well as a physical challenging but visual rewarding trekking to cliff-hanging Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest).

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, 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-07
  • Tour type: Private Customizable Tour Package
  • Destination: Paro / Thimphu / Punakha / Haa / Paro
  • Duration: 7 Days & 6 Nights
  • Departure: Flexible
  • Travel Theme: CultureTrekkingPhotographyArchitecture
  • Best Time: SpringSummerAutumnWinter
  • Physical Level
  • Tour Pace
    Leisure
  • Max Altitude
    3,988 m

Itinerary Details - Day by Day

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

Today's Highlights: Rinpung Dzong, National Museum

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

You will firstly visit Rinpung Dzong, also known as Paro Dzong, is reputed as the finest example of Bhutanese dzong. Dzong, always served as the religious, military, administrative and social centers, is a distinctive Bhutan architecture in style with a complex of courtyards, temples, offices and monks’ accommodation surrounded by towering walls. According to Bhutanese tradition, dzong is always built on a hill top with the purpose of observing the attackers. 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.

After appreciating these charming architectures in Rinpung Dzong, visit Bhutan National Museum which 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. Nextly, take a leisure walk through the cantilever bridge to Paro Town to attend an archery game which is Bhutan's official national game, played almost every day on the ground. Lastly, 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
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Day 2 Thimphu Sightseeing & Driving to Punakha / 80km, About 2.5hrs' Driving (B, L, D)

Today's Highlights: National Memorial Chorten, Post Office Headquarters, Buddha Dordenma, Duochula Pass

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 National Institute for Zorig Chusum, 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 Bhutan Post Office Headquarters, an informative and indulging museum with excellent exhibition of the evolution of Post & Telegraph in Bhutan as well as good details on historical and symbolic interpretation behind stamps. 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.

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.

Tip: there are many other interesting museums where you can probe into Bhutan's culture, history and local people's daily life, including Simply Bhutan Museum, National Textile Museum, National Library and Archives of Bhutan, etc. Feel free to tell your travel consultant if you are interested in visiting any one of them.

  • National Memorial Chorten - Holy Site in Thimphu Holy Bhutan National Memorial Chorten Kora
  • 108 Stupas in Duochu La Pass Duochu La Pass
  • Exhibitions in Bhutan Post Office Headquaters Exhibitions in Bhutan Post Office Headquaters

Day 3 Punakha Sightseeing & Driving to Paro / 130km, About 3.5hrs' Driving (B, L, D)

Today's Highlights: Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang

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). It is praised by many people as the most beautiful one in Bhutan’s 21 dzongs, especially in spring when the lilac jacaranda trees in blossom. Next, move 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, drive to the Chimi Lhakhang, a mysterious temple built in 1499 by the legendary “Divine Madman” - lama Drukpa Kunley. There is a tradition that the childless women can visit this temple to receive a wang (blessing) from the saint, then they will have a child.

After lunch, drive about 3.5 hours back to Paro. Have a good night in Paro Town.

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  • Wangdu Phodrang Dzong Wangdu Phodrang Dzong Atop a High Range
  • Chimi Lhakhang - Temple of Fertility Chimi Lhakhang - Temple of Fertility

Day 4 Thimphu to Haa Valley / 110km, about 3hrs and 20mins’ driving (B, L, D)

Today's Highlights: Lhakhang Karpo, Peaceful Villages

Today, you will begin your adventure trip to Haa Valley, an off-the-beaten-track but sacred valley with its unique beauty and serenity. During the driving journey on the zigzagging scenic road from Thimphu to Haa Valley, you will glut your eyes on the fascinating natural landscape. When you get to the southern entrance to the town of Haa valley, take a visit to holy Lhakhang Karpo which is literally translated as White Temple. Before entering the building, you will be greeted by its big ornate gate. Inside the temple are statues of different deities and some elaborate thangkas.  Local people believe that the deity protects them from sickness.

In the afternoon, explore the small hidden villages in Haa Valley and enjoy the peaceful ambience. Accommodate in the town.

  • Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) in Haa Valley Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) in Haa Valley
  • Small Villages in Haa Valley Small Villages in Haa Valley

Day 5 Haa Valley to Paro/ 100km, about 3hrs and 10mins’ driving (B, L, D)

Today's Highlights: Chele La Pass, Kila Nunnery, Kyichu Lhakhang

Today, you will take another nice drive from Haa Valley to Paro. Ascending along the winding road, you will get to Chele La Pass (Alt: 13,084ft/ 3,988 m) which delivers dramatic views on both sides. Stop there to admire the spectacular view of snow-capped mountains of Himalayan ridges in Tibet and enjoy the awesome fluttering colored prayer flags. In spring, there are many lovely blossoms in the valley can be seen from the pass. Hot tea and noodles are available at a mobile food van. Then continue your adventure tour with an hour’s trekking to Kila Nunnery, a mediation site with seven small temples clinging to a rocky cliff. It is believed as the oldest nunnery which can be dated back to 9th century. The trekking trail through the pristine forests is stunning and interesting.

After the visit to Kila Nunnery, you will drive to Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple of Bhutan. Just like famous Jokhang Temple in Tibet, it was built by Songtsen Gampo to subdue a demoness in 659. In this temple, you can admire many exquisite murals. One statue of Sakyamuni in the monastery attracts many pilgrims to get blessings.

Drive back to Paro Town for accommodation

Tip: 1) the wind might be strong, so make sure you take enough clothes to keep your body warm; 2) photography is not allowed inside most monasteries.

  • Kila Nunnery Kila Nunnery
  • Kyichu Lhakhang A pilgrim is turining prayer wheels in Kyichu Lhakhang
  • Chele La Pass See Himalayan Ranges from Chele La Pass

Day 6 Paro - Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) / About 20mins' driving Plus 2~3hrs' Trekking (B)

Today's Highlight: Taktsang Hiking

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.

  • Takshang is also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery Takshang (Tiger’s Nest)
  • Trekking Trail to Tiger’s Nest Trekking Trail to Tiger’s Nest

Day 7 Paro Departure (B)

Paro Airport Dropped Off

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 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

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  • 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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