Glimpse of Bhutan

  • Trip Destination: Bhutan
  • Total Duration: 06 Day(s)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Cost: USD $ 1790
Bhutan Festivals

This tour provides visitors with the perfect insight while highlighting many traditional landmarks and culture customs of the Bhutanese people. The skills of the Bhutanese artisans are so vivid in the handicrafts that, it never fails to amaze visitors to the kingdom. The greatest art forms range from beautifully hand-woven traditional textiles and handicrafts. While many places produce fine examples of both, Bhutans superlative wood carvings, masks, gold and silverworks, paper, and religious paintings are unique and excellence and in the fact that they are made to be used by the people themselves, rather than to be sold to tourists. All our departure dates are combine with Bhutan festivals.

Trip Highlights

  • Bhutan cultural tour explores all of the highlights of western valleys of Bhutan, this is the ideal trip to Bhutan for the short length of time.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.
  • Visit many cultural attractions including medieval Monastery (Dzongs), museums and local market.
  • Hike up to the famous Tiger Nest Monastery, hanging on a rock face 900m above the valley.
  • Awesome sights, at the sophisticated very old wall paintings and carvings in Monasteries and temples.
  • Cross beautiful landscapes from fertile valleys to thick forests.
  • Incorporate a meditation session with a monk.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival Paro – Thimpu

Day 02 : Thimpu Sightseeing

Day 03 : Thimpu – Punakha

Day 04 : Punakha – Thimpu – Paro

Day 05 : Paro Sightseeing

Day 06 : Departure To Paro

Cost Include

    • Accommodation: Standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) for the duration of the tour
    • Guide: Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides
    • Meals: Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks - for the duration of your stay
    • This tour offers Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal and Kosher food options on request
    • Transport: Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan
    • Toyota 4WD luggage vans and light trucks for group travel
    • Additional Services
    • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a tourist vehicle/van /minibus
    • Drinking water for the duration of the tour
    • Country presentation and tour Briefing on the evening of Day 01 with welcome drinks
    • Monument and museums entrance fees at all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary
    • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance
    • Government royalty fees
    • All route access and monument entry permits and fees.
    • All government taxes, official expenses, and tourist service charges

Cost Exclude

    • International airfare and airport departure tax.
    • Your travel insurance
    • Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry, shopping
    • Alcoholic and cold drinks
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Tips for tour guides and driver, hotel lobby and in restaurants. (Tipping is expected)
    • Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrival Paro – ThimpuThe flight to Paro is probably the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a frequently changing panorama of some of the highest mountains in the world. Our GAT representative will meet you at Paro airport as soon as you arrive, we help you for customs formalities. We served you lunch in Paro and sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Monastery Museum housing many religious leftovers, art and handicrafts centre, historical, cultural, and religious places. Visit (Monastery) Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the saint Milarepa, consider as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Dzong?s means large monasteries and district administrative centre of Bhutan. Afterwards visit those place, drive to the capital, Thimphu (1.5 hours) follow the Pachu River. Before/after dinner at the hotel there will be an orientation on Bhutanese custom by your guide. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 02Thimpu SightseeingThimphu is the nation?s active capital city of Bhutan. Enjoy a full day of sightseeing of Thimpu, including a visit to the National Memorial Chorten. This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernization, and monument to world peace. The Royal Queen Mother completed it as a memorial stupa for the Third King who passed away in 1972. Continue on to 12th century Changangkha Temple and Drubthob monastery housing the Zilukha Nunnery. Other sites to visit are the School for Arts and Crafts where students are taught the 13 types of Bhutanese art, The National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, Paper Factory displaying the Bhutanese paper making process, and a fascinating model of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. If time allow, you may visit the nursing pen for the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, and Tashichhodzong, „the fortress of the glorious religion?. Thimphu Market to see the variety of food of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03Thimpu – PunakhaDrive over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which offers on a clear day an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into balmy Punakha valley (about 3 hrs total driving time). The drive affords through the countryside a glimpse of everyday life in this most remote of Himalayan Kingdom. In the Dochu-La area, there are gigantic Rhododendron forests that grow to tree size and bloom in late April-May covering the mountains in a uprising of glorious spring color. Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan. Visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the „Unifier of Bhutan?. It is situated at the coming together of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers) and is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and many monks move from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture, decorated in gold and silver. After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of Divine Madman. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the traditional Buddhism in his time. He taught that religion is an inner feeling and it?s not necessary that one should be an ordained monk. He is also measured a symbol of fertility and most childless couples go to his temple for blessing. Overnight hotel in Punakha.

Day 04Punakha – Thimpu – ParoMorning drive to Yabesa village and hike to through rice-fields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, was built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Hanging on a hill in the bank of the river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions. We serve you the take a way lunck on a picturesque riverside before exploring the Wangduephodrang Dzong. We drive back to Thimphu vias handicraft and souvenir stores. Afterwards drive to Paro, visiting Semtokha Dzong en route. The Dzong, built in 1627, is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05Paro SightseeingHike to Taktsang Monastery after breakfast. The trail is wide and the walk takes approximately 2 hours uphill almost one kilometre above the Paro valley. (The horse services is available for those who cannot hike. The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a stunning sight. The Monastery is also an significant pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He mediated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was built. Next to Monastery teahouse offer you some drinks for refreshments. Afternoon drive to the skeleton of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument and view the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) in a backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.

Day 06Departure To Paro After breakfast, we drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.

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Trip Note

  • Valid passport (valid for six months from the date of your trip)
  • Air tickets (Make a copy of flight tickets which may be helpful, in case of loss)
  • Visa Clearance (Make a copy of visa clearance which may be helpful, in case of emergencies)
  • MasterCard, Visa Credit and Debit Cards are accepted in Bhutan. However some cash are highly recommended.

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Facts of Trip

Special category: Sightseeing Tour

Tour Customizable : Yes

Accommodation type: Hotel/Resort

Meals plan: Full Board Meals

Mode of Transport: Car/Jeep/Landcrusier

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