Bhutan holidays tour is one of those trips that are designed to give you an introduction to Bhutan. If you are already in the region, and do not have enough time to take a longer trip, then this is for you. Starting at Paro, you will enjoy the scenic drive along with magnificent monasteries and Stupas in the valley and snow capped mountains.
Besides exploring Paro and Thimpu, you will also visit Punakha, which was winter capital for over 300 years. This 6 days trip to Bhutan is a unique opportunity to experience Himalayan Buddhist culture uninfluenced by the outside world.
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Day 1: Arrive in Paro
Fly into the Kingdom of Bhutan. On a clear day, you can see the breathtaking views of the Great Himalayas.
Upon arrival at Paro Airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and drive to hotel. In afternoon sightseeing tour of 200-year-old watch tower that has been renovated and converted into National Museum in 1968. It houses a fine collection of national costumes and fabrics, gallery of thangkas, an impressive stamp gallery with three dimensional and CD stamps issued as early as 1960 that are remarkable and other galleries showcasing armor and silverware with the handsome Royal teapots. On the top floor there is a four-sided temple complex depicting the history of Buddhism and its propagation. Visit Drugyel Dzong, although mostly now in ruins, built in 1647 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel to commemorate the victory over Tibetan Invaders, which indicates by the name of the Dzong meaning Victorious Bhutanese Fort. Visit Drugyel High School and Kychu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery in the valley built in 7th century.
Day 2: Paro to Thimpu
After breakfast, one hour drive will take you to Thimphu, the only Capital City in the world without traffic lights. Drive through the Paro Valley, which lies beneath Jhomolhari, one of Bhutan‘s highest peaks. The drive to Thimphu is spectacularly scenic. If you are taking this trip in spring, you will find nature in its festive mood with rushing turquoise rivers which can be heard from miles away, and mountains transformed into a master artist’s palette-brilliant vermilion, yellows, purples, pink, oranges and reds to dazzle your senses. Wild cherry, mountain plum, cotton silk and forests of rhododendron trees bloom with astonishing beauty and abundance. Enjoy the magnificent monasteries and stupas in the valleys and mountain tops, along the way. Arrive in Thimpu and experience the Last Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom on Earth.
Explore the Thimphu Valley, comprised of blue pine and evergreen forests. Visit Memorial Chorten built in 1974 to honor memory of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, popularly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. A multi-storied stupa represents the vitality of Tantric Buddhism.
Experience the Thimphu Weekend Market (Saturday/Sunday) where you will encounter Bhutanese from all over the country including expats from International agencies who work and live in Bhutan. As you walk through the huge sheds, see merchants selling staples; Datse (yak and cow cheese), Ema (red and green peppers), Red rice, Brick tea and full range of vegetables and fruits with handicrafts & souvenirs at one corner. Visit Botanical garden where one can see Yak and Takin, the National wild animals of Bhutan.
Walk around downtown Thimphu to see the fine architecture, visit Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts & Crafts stores. If you are interested in stamps, purchase the world most beautiful postage stamps, collector items and postcards from general post office which is right next to the Bhutan National Bank.
Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia shrub to the finished product, also visit Traditional Arts & Crafts School where you can see students learning 13 different kinds of Bhutan Arts and Crafts.
Day 3: Thimpu to Punakha
Morning, drive across Dochula Pass for 3-4-hrs to the ancient Capital of Punakha. After crossing Dochula Pass, you can take a walk along the trails for about an hour or two watching birds and wild animals in the thick jungles. The journey is beautiful, as the fragrant air blows from the pink cherry trees and splashes of pink color through the orange, red and dark green forests are a delight to the eye of visitors.
After lunch, drive North of Punakha for sightseeing. Punakha was the winter capital for over 300 years until the time of second King. Punakha Dzong which dominates the whole area was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, and established the central monastic body with 600 monks. Today, Punakha is still the home for Je Khempo (Chief Abbot) and the central monastic body.
Day 4: Punakha to Wangdi to Thimpu
Drive to Wangdi Phodrang valley for sightseeing in the morning. Visit the only Dzong with wooden roof maintained in its ancient style. Walk around Wangdi town and have lunch. After lunch, drive back to Thimphu. En-route, visit Simtokha Dzong, the first Dzong built in Bhutan by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel in 1629. Since 1961, it has been the institute for religious and classical studies.
Day 5: Thimpu– Paro and Excursion to Thaksang Monastery
After early morning breakfast, drive to Paro, your car will take you to the starting point of the hike to view the spectacular Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s lair).
The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue the hike until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the remains of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Looking at the monastery flying tigers doesn’t seem so impossible after all.
Day 6: Paro Airport
After breakfast drive to airport to get onward destination flight, and leave Bhutan. Say good bye to your Bhutan guide. Thanks for joining on Bhutan holidays tour.
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.