This tour takes you on a number of sightseeing in various places as you journey towards central Bhutan. Visit the beautiful valleys of Gangtey and phobjikha which is also the winter home of the blacknecked cranes. Wrap up the trip with an amazing hike to the Tigers Nest.
The Himalayan Jewel
Day 01: Arrive Paro by Druk Air
Enter the unique flight experience into the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, which offers an astonishing view of some of the highest glacial peaks. The beauty of Bhutan only begins from here, with fine sights of Paro and Ta Dzong on the hills above the town, and land in between Paro’s magnificent valley. After the completion of the arrival formalities, you will meet our representative at the Paro airport. You will then proceed to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, an exciting blend of tradition and modernity, and spend the night at a hotel.
Day 02: Thimphu
On the second day in Thimphu, among the list of some exciting places; get to visit the National Library and the Folk Heritage Museum; for fascinating insights into Bhutanese culture and way of life. The National Library has great mixed collections of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, as well as modern academic books on Himalayan culture and religion. The Textile and Folk Heritage Museum lets you get a sight of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, with admirable workmanship of typical household objects, tools, and types of equipment. National Memorial Chorten: Located in the southern-central part of the city, built in the year 1974, this iconic monument represents the mind of Buddha, and it was conceived in memory of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 3rd King of Bhutan. The sacred painting and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Trashi Chho Dzong: Meaning the Fortress of the Glorious religion, it represents the throne room of His majesty, the King, and also as the office of various government officials. Handicrafts Emporium: This enterprise displays a wide range of alluring hand-woven textiles and craft products. The handicraft of Bhutan plays a key role in maintaining the country’s unique culture and tradition and also adds value to the Bhutan tourism industry.
Day 03 : Thimphu / Trongsa ( 200 Km, 6 hours drive)
After an early breakfast, we will drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft), and you can catch the sight of Masagang, Tsendagang, Terigang, Jejegangphugang, Kangphugang, Zongphugang, and finally Gangkar Puensum, which is the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497 m. From the Dochu-la pass, you will reach Wangduephidrang valley which is about 1,700m below the pass, and in time for lunch. Then continue to Trongsa across Pele-la pass, and there will be a swift change in vegetation at this point. Stop en route at Chendebji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at four cardinal points; which was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet. Arrive at Trongsa late afternoon and check into the lodge for the night.
Day 04 : Trongsa / Bumthang ( 68 Km, 3 hours drive )
After breakfast, visit the Trongsa Dzong; it is the largest fortress in the kingdom. Built in 1648, the Dzong was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan, under the guidance of the first and second Kings of Bhutan. The Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built. Then continue with a journey of 3 hours towards Bumthang, 42 miles from Trongsa. The road winds steeply up to the pass, 28 km from Trongsa, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide-open cultivated Chumey valley known as the Chumey valley. On arrival in Bumthang, check in at your lodge. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 05 : Bumthang
Ura, Chumey, Tang, and Choekhor are the four main valleys of Bumthang and are some of the most famous Bhutan vacation destinations. It is home to some of the oldest and most esteemed temples in the nation. Visit Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, and Jakar Dzong; and get to learn some of the most iconic historical events that took place in the land. Explore the village, and visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance of the town. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 06 : Bumthang / Gangtey / Phobjikha (190 km, 7 hours drive)
After breakfast, move to the beautiful valley of Phobjikha, on the slopes of which lies the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. This quiet, remote valley is the winter home of black-necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Overnight at the lodge in Gangtey / Phobjikha.
Day 07 : Gangtey / Phobjikha / Punakha (70 km, 3 hours drive)
After breakfast in Bumthang, you will proceed to Punakha, which was Bhutan’s former capital until 1955. Following the afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong, which is the second oldest and has one of the most majestic structures. Punakha Dzong serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Also visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, which is the newly built stupa. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha / Wangduephodrang.
Day 08 : Paro
After breakfast, drive to Paro and visit the Semtokha Dzong on the way. Semtokha Dzong is the oldest in Bhutan, and now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies. Following the afternoon, visit Ta Dzong, which now serves as a National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which is the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head), and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 09 : Paro
After breakfast, drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, which was built to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in the war of 1644. Then take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), which is one of the most famous tourist sites; perched on the side of a cliff 900 m above the Paro valley floor. While returning, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, which is an important Himalayan Buddhist temple situated in Lango Gewog. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 10 : Depart Paro
After an early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
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The Village lodge Bumthang
Bumthang is a religious central hub, and one of the most desired tourist destinations in Bhutan.
The Valley Camp Phobjikha
The valley camp is a one of a kind retreat that offers cozy rooms and amenities.
The Village Lodge Paro
Paro is home to many fascinating things. Experience the relaxing lifestyle in the village.
Taktsang Village Resort
Paro has many highlights for tourists. One of the most beautiful of Bhutan’s valleys.
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Things you should know
The Daily USD 100 Sustainable Development (SDF) Fee.
Foreign visitors to Bhutan must pay a sustainable fee of USD 100 per day.
The Minimum Daily Package Rate (MDPR) has been removed.
Tourists will be able to engage service providers directly and pay for their services accordingly.
Which season to visit?
The best time to visit the country is during the Spring and Autumn seasons. There are many festivals and sights to see during these times of the year.
How to get here?
There is one international airport in the country. Regular flights are conducted by the two airlines; Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. Contact us for more information on availability of flights to our country.
Preparing for the weather
Bhutan is a country that enjoys all four season of the year. Be sure to pack according to the season in which you intend to make your travel plans.
Embrace the culture
Prepare to embrace our culture while remembering to respect the way of life. Temples and Dzongs (Fortresses) require etiquette and proper dress codes.