Highlights of Bhutan Tour covers the important historical, religious and cultural landmarks in Bhutan. The tour visits some of the age-old beautiful monasteries and shrines dating back to as early at the 10th century and you will get to witness Bhutanese culture and tradition and get enthralled by the country’s natural beauty. The flight into Paro itself is spectacular flying over the tallest mountains series of the world and into the green lush valley of Paro. You will explore around the tiny capital of Thimphu which is also renowned in the world as city with no traffic lights, the old capital Punakha- the place to learn more about Buddhism. Hike to the Taktsang Monastery perched in a vertical cliff, which is also popular known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, is the another great feature of the tour. Besides other significant landmarks like Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Chime Lhakhang, Kyichu Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong are visited during the tour. Overall, the tour covers the prime highlights of Bhutan and also gives full insight of the age-old culture and traditions of the Dragon Kingdom.
Day 01 : Meet and greet in Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel Radisson
Day 02: Culture sightseeing in Kathmandu, city of ancient temples and palaces.
Day 03: Fly to Paro (2,250m) & transfer to Thimphu (2,350m)
Day 04 : Thimphu - Punakha (1,310m)
Day 05 : Punakha – Wangdue (1,240m)
Day 06 : Wangdue – Paro
Day 07 : Paro - Hike to Taktsang Monastery (3,120m)
Day 08 : Paro depart
A short note: This trip can be customized as per your requirements. The trip price USD 1350 per person we offered here is on double occupancy basis for 5 Nights 6 Days Bhutan Tour including 2 nights stays in Kathmandu. Accommodation in Kathmandu will be deluxe room with continental breakfast in Hotel Radisson on double occupancy basis. All the hotels in Bhutan will be in 3 star hotels with full board meals though the group size, staying 4/5 star hotels and the season you visit will differ the tour cost. So please kindly provide us your tour requirement details for customized tour package.
Namaste and Tashi Delek from Wilderness Excursion team!
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
City sightseeing tour to world heritage sites; Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath(known as a monkey temple among westerners).The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centers of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. Stay overnight in hotel.
Day 03: Fly to Paro (2250m) from Kathmandu and to Thimphu (2350m)
Welcome to Bhutan. Upon arrival, obtain your Bhutan visa which will be pre-paid, and after clearing Immigration and Customs, you will be meet outside at the exit point by representatives of Wilderness Excursion travel agent in Bhutan and escort you to the hotel. After settling down and relax visit Ta Dzong (National Museum), which towers above the Paro Dzong and viewing its well-interpreted collection of historic artifacts makes for a great prologue to the journey yet to come. Next visit Paro Dzong. This massive fortress is located in the Paro valley and is approached by a gently sloping flagstone road and a beautiful wooden bridge roofed with shingles and abutted by two guardhouses. Today, the Dzong is the Administrative seat of the district of Paro and it also contains a state monastic community of about 200 monks. The central tower (“Utse”) of the Dzong is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The Dzong was built in 1646 A.D. Drive to Thimphu in evening. Overnight Hotel.
Day 04: Thimphu - Punakha (1310m)
After breakfast, visit the National Memorial Chorten with it’s golden spines shining in the sun, its tinkling bells built in honor of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Institute of Traditional Medicine, where old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced. Also visit the Folk Heritage Museum, dedicated to the Bhutanese rural past with it’s exhibition of items & artifacts used in rural households, the Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles rich in its colour and design. Afterwards, drive to Punakha from Thimphu for about 3 hours. First the road climbs steeply through the pine & cedar forests festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). Often panoramic Himalayan views can be spotted from the pass. After stopping for tea, the road descends along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Punakha – Wangdue (1,240m)
After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong crossing the bridge. It’s the ancient capital of Bhutan connecting the Mo Chu & Pho Chu Rivers. It is also the winter capital for the monks and the Je Khenpo (chief abbot). Afterwards, drive to Lobeysa for lunch. After lunch hike another 20 minutes to Chime Lhakhang, temple of the “Divine Madman” built in 1499 and today mostly visited by the women who couldn’t bear Children, thus also known as the temple of fertility. Afterwards, drive to Wangdue. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: Wangdue – Paro
After breakfast, visit the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, the center of attraction of Wangdue. The Dzong is an ancient fort atop hill built in 1638 but serving as monastery nowadays. This fort is at the confluence of two rivers and originally meant to protect the southern invasion. Afterwards, drive back to Paro which is about 4 hours drive. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: Paro - Hike to Taktsang Monastery (3,120m)
Early in the morning, make an excursion to Taktsang Monastery – this has to be the monastery with the most outstanding setting in Bhutan. Set on a vertical cliff face at 2950m above sea level, it defies all engineering logic. For the energetic, hike 2 hours up to get a more dramatic view of the monastery. (The hike demands a certain level of fitness and a pony ride to the monastery can be arranged at additional cost). Just on the outskirts of Paro town, visit Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan and have the opportunity to meet the local villages in a local farm house. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08: Further destination from Paro
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappearing again behind its guardian mountains.
Bhutan Travel Packing List
This packing list is just a suggested advice for your reference. Everything is optional for you to select yourself. Extra luggage can be left at your hotel or our office. It's best to leave all unnecessary valuables and jewelry at home. Print a copy of your booking and place it inside your checked baggage for identification purposes while you are traveling.
your daily activities may get your shoes dirty or muddy. Streets can be uneven. Light sandals are not good for daily tours and hikes, but they are nice for relaxing at your hotel.
Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible).
You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.
Make copies of passport, visas, driving license, airline tickets/schedule, travel itinerary, credit cards (front and back), traveler's checks numbers, frequent flyer numbers, travel insurance, and emergency contact information. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a travel companion's luggage and email them to yourself (or store in Cloud).
Packing for the flight
We submitted a proposed Annapurna itinerary to multiple guiding companies. After receiving responses from the various companies, we chose Wilderness Excursion. It was the most responsive to our specific requests for our trip to Nepal. In planning our trip, Pradip Tamang was excellent in responding to our questions and preparing us for the trek. Pradip was also our guide. He was an outstanding guide in numerous ways. He was extremely knowledgeable about the sites and particular mountains we saw on ...
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