Below is Bhutan holiday tour itinerary and for customized holiday itinerary, cost deals, latest up to date holiday tour information to Bhutan and Bhutan holidays guide, talk to a team of adventure consultants and professional tour leader.
Day 1: Arrive in Bhutan (2280m)
Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Upon arrival at Paro airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and let’s have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine.
Thimphu Dzong - the largest Dzong is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan. (5 - 6 pm Mon - Fri, 8 am - 6 pm Sat & Sun, to 5 pm in winter)
Heritage Museum - Dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past though exhibition of artifacts used in rural households. National Memorial Chorten which was built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk
Sangaygang - drive about 15 minutes from the main city to a hillock where the Bhutan Broad Casting Tower is stationed. From there you can relish the beautiful scene of the whole of Thimphu City. On the way up or down from the hillock, you can also see Takin the national animal of Bhutan. It is a place where many Bhutanese frequent, especially on public holiday. Shop and walk around Thimphu town.
Day 2: Thimpu Tango Day Trek (1300m)
Day Trek - Trek to Tango Goemba & pinic lunch by river. The Tango Goemba site has had religious significance since the 12th century when it was the home of the Lama who brought the Drukpa Kagyupa school of Bhuddism to Bhutan. The monastery was built there in the 15th century by Drukpa Kunley (The Divine Madmam). Tango is the highest centre of Bhuddhist learning in the country; almost every Je Khenpo (religious head of Bhutan) completed the 9-year program there. After completing that program, monks’ traditional spend 3 years, 3 months and 3 days in mediation at the nearby Cheri Goemba retreat, build in 1619 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the founder of first unifer of Bhutan. It is currently the home of an 11 year old boy believed to be the seventh reincarnation of the fourth desi, or ruler of Bhutan.
Changangkha Monastery - Built in 12th century, Changangkha Lhakhang is oldest temple in Thimphu. It is hovering over a ridge above Thimphu, near Motithang. Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo who came to Bhutan from Ralung in Tibet chose this site to build this Lhakhang. The Lhakhang houses Chenrizig: an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation of Avolokitesawara as the central statue.
Simtokha Dzong - Five miles from Thimphu, on a lofty ridge, stands Semtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in the Kingdom. Weaving Centre at Changzamtog. Zilukha Nunnery - This modern nunnery offers a good view of Thimphu Dzong and the Parliament. Textile Museum - Witness the art of traditional weaving
Day 3: Thimpu to Punakha (1300m)
We will head to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan in the morning. The road brings visitors through scented pine and cedar forests, festooned with hanging lichen. The Punakha River is one of the biggest rivers in Bhutan. During spring and winter, the color of the river turns jade and is beautiful.
Dochula Pass - at 3,050m, this beautiful pass with its 108 Bhutanese stupas is the memorial site of fallen Bhutanese soldiers in the 1990s. Chhimi Lhakhang - A 20 minutes walk across terraced fields through the village of Sopsokha from the roadside to the small temple located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below metshina. Nhawang chogyel built the temple in 15th century after the Divine Madmin- Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there. It is a pilgrim site for barren women.
Punakha Dzong - Built in 1637, the dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chilf Abbott, the Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese archtecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years buy has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship. Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge, it is nice to go there.
Day 4: Punakha to Trongsa (1300m, 5 hours)
Also on route to Bumthang is Trongsa, the ancestral home of the ruling dynasty.
Wangdue Phodrang - One of the major towns and district capital of Western Bhutan. We will pause to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. Dramatically perched on the spur of a hill, built in 1638, this Dzong overlooks the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. The last town before central Bhutan. The district is famous for its fine bamboo work and its slate and stone carving.
Chendebji Chorten - also called Chorten Charo Kasho is a Nepalese style like stupa like Swayabhunath or Bodhnath built in the 19th century by a Tibetan Lama. It was built on the remains of an evil spirit that was tormenting the people of that region.
Trongsa - literally New Town in the Dzonghka language, is where the current monarchy had its origin in Bhutan. Each king in the ine of succession has held the post of Trongsa Penlop or Governor before donning the Raven Crown.
Trongsa Dzong were laid in the 16th century by Pema Lingpa and flourished during the 17th century under Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyal. The impressive fortress is a massive structure, its wall looming high above the winding Mangde Chu Valley, commanding the east-west road.
The Trongsa Museum (Taa Dzong) - Sits high above the valley at a strategic vantage point over Trongsa Dzong. Tower of Trongsa tells the stories of the dzong and the valley that it has watched over for centuries. His Majesty the King inaugurates the Taa Dzong as a museum dedicated to the Wangchuk dynasty, land making yet another significant event as the nation celebrates 100 years of the monarchy. It has been restored into a classy museum that represents a tasteful blend of tradition and modernity. There are 224 items on display, include a sacred image of Sung Joenma Dorji Chang (Self spoken Vajradhama), a bronze statue of Pema Lingpa, made by himeself and a number of centuries old treasures like dance and ritual costumes and objects, ancient prayer books, paintings and scrolls and textiles.
Day 5: Trongsa to Bumthang (1300m)
Bumthang - is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism in Bhutan. It is an area with a wide variety of fauna and flora. The Guru Rinpoche and his lineage of Tertons (teasure finders) making Bumthang his home have led to more than 40 temples being built in this peaceful valley.
Jambay Lhakhang - built in 659 by Tibetan King Sontsen Gampo to pin down a demoness who was obstructing the spread of Buddhism. Come October, the Jambay Lhakhang Drup is one of the most colourful festivals in Bhutan.
Kurjey Lhakhang - one of the most sacred monastries in Bhutan. Built by the Guru Rinpoche in 1652, it houses a rock with his body imprint. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche manifested as a Garuda to defeat the demon Shelging Karpo who had taken the form of a white lion.
We will drive to Tamshing Goemba, built in 1501 by the Buddhist saint Pema Lingpa. In the afternoon, we will hike up to Thangbi Valley, crossing a suspension bridge to visit the Thangbi Lhakhang built in the 14th century via an unpaved road.
Jakar Dzong - pitched on a high ground overlooking town junction, it was built as monastery in 1549 by the great grandfather of the Zhabdrung. It is now used as the administrative centre for Bumthang district.
Day 6: Bumthang – visit URA valley (1300m)
Ura Valley - One of the most tranquil and beautiful valley, Ura is a must visit valley in Bumthang. While in Ura, visit the Ura Monastery and simply enjoy the meadows and the beautiful landscapes, the buck wheat and barley fields. On the way back to the village, visit the Me-Bar Tsho Lake.
Me-Bar Tsho (Burning Lake) - One of the most sacred sites in Bhutan, the holy lake is said to be one of the holiest lakes in Bhutan. Long time ago, Terton Pema Lingpa (Buddhist saint and treasure discoverer) dived into the lake while holding a burning butter lamp on one hand. Several hours later when he came out of the lake, he was holding some relics one hand and the butter lamp on his other hand was still burning. Thus the lake was called Me-Bar Tsho (Burning Lake)
Day 7: Bumthang to Gangtey (1300m, 5 hours)
The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Bhutan is home to around six hundred black necked cranes with Phibikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate in the winter months from Tibetan Plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March. Nature Hike along the valley of Phobjikha (estimated time - 2 hours)
Black-Necked Crane Information Centre - which has informative displays about the cranes and the valley environment. You can use the centre’s powerful spotting scopes and check what you see against its pamphlet ’Field Guide to Crane Behaviour’.
Gangtey Goempa -situated south of the road and east of Wangdue Phodrang, is Gangtey Gompa, an old monastery dating back to the 17th century. The short journey south from the main east-west artery is well worth the detour.
Day 8: Gangtey to Paro (2280m, 5 hours)
Walk along the valley in the morning. Khewang Lhakhanh - Late 15th century old temple built by Truelku Penjor Gyaltshen the reincarnation of Kuenkhen Longchen Rabjampa. In the afternoon, we start our drive to Paro.
Paro Valley - The beautiful valley is home to many Bhutan’s old monastries and temples. The country’s only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300m) situated at the northern end of the valley where glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. The following are some of the prominent places to visit in Paro.
Paro Dzong - also known as Runpung Dzong, this 1th century massive fortress / monastery, is also the administrative centre of the dzongkhag. Ta Dzong - Built as a watch tower the Ta Dzong has since been turned into the national museum.
Day 9: Paro Tour (2280m)
Taktsang Monastery - is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex located on the cliff side of Paro Valley. According to legends, it is believed that Guru Rinpochhe flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a Tigress (his consort Yeshey Tshogyal) and meditated in one of the caves. Guru Rinpochhe performed meditation and emerged in eight manifestations and the place became holy. It gains the name tiger’s nest. It takes around 4/5 hours hour. For those who prefer not to hike, a ride on pony is available till half way thru the journey.
Drukgyal Dzong - A drive, north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.
Day 10: Paro Airport.
Transfer to Paro airport and say goodbye to your Bhutan tour guide and the magical kingdom Bhutan in the sky and head back to home
Bhutan visa fees.
Flight Cost like Kath/Paro/Kath
Expenses of personal nature like shopping souvenir, drinks, telephone, and internet
Tips for guide and driver.
Note:The daily tarrif per night for both the high season and the low season is set by the government of Bhutan. In addition; there is a government surcharge per night for individual travelers and for groups of two. For group of three or more there is no government surcharge.
Tourist high season rate: March to May and Sep to Nov.
1 pax group: USD 250 per night per person + surcharge of USD 40/night/person.
2 pax group: USD 250 per night per person + surcharge of USD 30/night/person
3 pax group and above: USD 250 per night per person, no surcharge.
Tourist low season rate: December to February and June to August.
1 pax group: USD 200 per night per person + surcharge of USD 40/night/person.
2 pax group: USD 200 per night per person + surcharge of USD 30/night/person
3 pax group and above: USD 200 per night per person, no surcharge.