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Bhutan Vistas – 6 Days

Visit the last Himalayan kingdom in this short tour and have a spectacular cultural experience and enjoy its largely intact landscapes and Buddhist culture.

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour
Trip Duration: 6 Days
Max Altitude: 3,050 m /10004 ft
Trip Starts From: Paro
Trip Ends At: Paro
Trip Region: Bhutan
Best Season: 
January to June; September to December
Trip Level: Easy
Just about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
Trip Route: Paro–Thimpu–Punakha–Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)–Paro

Trip Information

We have taken the best of Bhutan and combined our rich culture, exquisite heritage, unique way of life and scenic beauty into a 5 nights/6 days culture tour to make your stay here in the Magical Kingdom a flight of fantasy.

This can be a great trip extension for those who want to enjoy the holiday for more days and experience the most of the highlights in Bhutan.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 – Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air) then transfer to Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 02 – Sightseeing in and around Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 03 – Drive from Thimphu to Punakha for sightseeing and return to Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 04 – Drive to Paro with sightseeing along the way. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 05 – Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 06 – Transfer to international airport for your final departure


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01 - Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air) then transfer to Thimphu

    You can take flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offer everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air do not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

    The flight to Bhutan offers scenic views of some of the highest peaks in the world.
    Paro is at an altitude of 2280m above sea level and this valley serves as an ideal area for rice, apple, wheat, potatoes and vegetable growing.

    Our Bhutanese tour guide will meet you at Paro airport, traditionally welcomed with silk scarves and after completion of arrival formalities we take we take an hour long scenic drive to the capital (Thimpu) past rice fields, hamlets & wayside mountain villages, Brief stop at the confluence where Thimpu River meets the Paro river with the three styles of stupas commonly found in the Himalayas.

    These kinds of monuments are built to ward off evil spirits believed to be haunting the places where rivers and spurs meet. These kinds of monuments are also used as trail markers. Most of these monuments are built by high monks or by layman contains holy Buddhist relics.

    After a brief rest at your hotel in Thimpu, we embark on a leisurely exploration / walking tour of the Thimpu Market Area. We will also take some moment to witness a game of the national pastime, archery- at the local archery range. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Overnight in Hotel.
    (Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 02 - Sightseeing in and around Thimphu

    In the morning we first stop at Bhutan’s National Bank to exchange currency as well as visit the post office to view and purchase elaborate and exquisite Bhutanese collector item stamps. We then will visit the National Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in memory of the third king. Also, the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and the Takin Reserve which protects the national animal of Bhutan. After lunch visit the Textile Museum and the Arts and Crafts School. A visit to the House of Incense and House of Paper are always favorites as well. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 03 - Drive from Thimphu to Punakha for a day’s sightseeing and return to Thimphu

    Leaving Thimphu we drive about 3 hours, with the road climbing steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near the Dochula Pass (3,050m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. You will see Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Junipers and pine forests with chirping sounds of the many rare species of birds found in Bhutan. We drive onto Lobesa to take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Driving North to the majestic Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 which strategically occupies the land between the two rivers Phochu and Mochu. After our day of sightseeing we head back to Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 04 - Leaving Thimphu we drive towards Paro with sightseeing along the way

    An early morning drive towards Paro we stop to visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visit Paro’s Rimpung Dzong, along the way down we cross the 16th century cantilever bridge. Also visiting the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress, built in 1647 which is 18 kilometers from the Paro town. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. We take a visit to a farm house and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 05 - Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger's Nest)

    The trail to the Tiger’s Nest climbs through beautiful Pine and rhododendron forests. You stop at the cafeteria which offers magnificent up close views of the tigers nest for refreshments. Then we continue the hike for short while until you see Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m into the valley below. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 06 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure

    After breakfast our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.
    (Breakfast Included)

     


    COST INCLUDES

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a tourist car / van /minibus.

  • Standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) for the duration of the tour.

  • Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks - for the duration of your stay.

  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour.

  • Country presentation and tour Briefing on the evening of Day 01 with welcome drinks.

  • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.

  • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan. Toyota 4WD luggage vans and light trucks for group travel. Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations, if required.

  • Monument and museums entrance fees at all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary.

  • Cultural afternoon/evening sessions with traditional mask and folk dances (with beverages). Only for group tours.

  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.

  • Government royalty (35% of $200), which goes to the country's health and education projects.

  • All route access and monument entry permits and fees.

  • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (Please see the Druk Air flight info below)

  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip,see the travel insurance page).

  • Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry.

  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.

  • Personal clothing and equipment. (See the equipment tab for detail information)

  • Tips for tour guides, porters, driver, hotel lobby and in restaurants. (Tipping is expected)

  • Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.


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