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10-Day Bhutan Culture Tour to Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Trongsa, Bumthang

This 10-day Bhutan culture tour will take you to visit the most popular travel destinations of Bhutan. Travel from Paro to Thimpohu, Punakha, Gangtey, Trongsa and Bumthang. The private transportation with an informative tour guide will take you to see this magical kingdom's stunning landscapes dotted with impressive fortresses and monasteries.

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$3,897

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Duration

10 days

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  • What's included :
    • 9x Breakfast
    • 9x Dinner
    • 9x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 9 nights
    • Economy class airfare of Bumthang - Paro
    • Hotel accommodation based on twin-sharing room
    • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
    • Private English-speaking tour guide
    • Bhutan Visa Fee.
    • Entry/Admission - Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten)
    • Entry/Admission - Buddha Dordenma
    • Entry/Admission - Motithang Takin Preserve
    • Entry/Admission - Thangthong Dewachen Nunnery
    • Entry/Admission - Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)
    • Entry/Admission - Tango Buddhist Institute
    • Entry/Admission - National Institute for Zorig Chusum
    • Entry/Admission - National Folk Heritage Museum
    • Entry/Admission - National Library and Archives of Bhutan
    • Entry/Admission - Dochula Pass
    • Entry/Admission - Chimi Lhakhang Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Punakha Dzong
    • Entry/Admission - Gangtey Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Gangtey nature trail
    • Entry/Admission - Chendebji Chorten
    • Entry/Admission - Tongsa Dzong
    • Entry/Admission - Jakar Dzong
    • Entry/Admission - National Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Rinpung Dzong
    • Entry/Admission - Paro Taktsang
    • Entry/Admission - Kyichu Lhakhang
    What's excluded :
    • International flight into and out of Bhutan
    • Gratuities
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Entry/Admission - Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge
    • Entry/Admission - Punakha Suspension Bridge

  • Day 1: Arrival in Paro, Transfer to Thimphu for city exploration

    Stop At: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    Paro airport is the only international airport in Bhutan, which is around 65 kilometers away from the capital city - Thimphu. Once your flight arrives at the airport, your guide will greet you there and transfer you to the hotel in Thimphu.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, Paro-Thimphu Highway, Paro 12001 Bhutan
    On the way, you will see the Tachogang Lhakhang Iron Bridge, which crosses the Paro Chhu River to a small Dzong (fortress). This is the first bridge to have ever been built in Bhutan.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu Bhutan
    After a short rest at the hotel, you will be escorted to visit the Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), built in memory of the third King of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is actually a stupa, housing many valuable religious paintings and Buddha statues. Over here you will see many local people circumambulating the Chorten throughout the day.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Buddha Dordenma, Kuensel Phodrang Viewing Point, Thimphu 11001 Bhutan
    Next visit the Buddha Dordenma Statue. It is 169 feet tall and located high atop a mountain, so it can be viewed from anywhere in the town.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Motithang Takin Preserve, Thimphu Bhutan
    After that you will see the national animal Takin at the Sanctuary. Takin is a rare creature with the head of a goat and the body of a cow, which can only be seen in Bhutan.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Thangthong Dewachen Nunnery, Gadhen lam, Thimphu Bhutan
    Then you will visit the Thangthong Dewachen Nunnery, also called Zilukha Nunnery. It is located on a hilltop and affords an amazing view back down to the Thimphu Dzong.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
    Thimphu Dzong (TashiChho Dzong) is a large fort originally built in the 13th century. Now it houses the government administration, King's office and a temple.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel Tashi Yoedling (3 stars) or simila

    Day 2: Thimphu one day cultural tour with Tango Monastery

    Stop At: Tango Buddhist Institute, Thimphu Bhutan
    This morning, you will spend 1.5 hours hiking to the Tango Monastery, one of top institutes of Buddhist learning in Bhutan.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: National Institute for Zorig Chusum, Thimphu Bhutan
    In the afternoon, pay a visit to National Institute for Zorig Chusum or
    Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts School, a place for youth to learn skills like Knitting and carving.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: National Folk Heritage Museum, Pedzoe Lam, Thimphu 11001 Bhutan
    Then proceed to the Folk Heritage Museum, which houses a lot of folk relics.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: National Library and Archives of Bhutan, Pedzoe Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
    Conclude today's Bhutan travel package at the National Library before visiting the Traditional Paper Making Factory.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel Tashi Yoedling (3 stars) or similar

    Day 3: Drive to Punakha, Punakha sightseeing with hiking to Chimmi Lhakang

    Stop At: Punakha, Punakha, Punakha District
    After breakfast, you will be taken to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan, Punakha, with an elevation of 1,200 meters above sea level. It takes around 2.5 hours driving.
    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

    Stop At: Dochula Pass, Thimphu Bhutan
    On the way to Punakha, stopover at Dochula Pass, where you can have a coffee break and see the 108 grand stupas. If it is a clear day, you will get great views of the Himalayas mountain ranges.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Chimi Lhakhang Temple, Punakha Bhutan
    Then visit the Chimmi Lhakhang. This small hilly temple is very popular as a lot of couples travel here to be blessed for a child.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
    Located at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, Punakha Dzong is the second largest Dzong in Bhutan and is also considered as the most beautiful Dzong in terms of history, location and architecture.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Punakha Suspension Bridge, Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
    Very close to the dzong is the longest suspension bridge in the country. The views from this bridge are outstanding with the rivers flowing below. You will stay overnight in Punakha.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Lobesa Lodge (3 stars) or similar

    Day 4: Travel to Gangtey by car, Sightseeing tour with Gangtey Monastery

    Stop At: Gangtey, Gangtey, Wangdue Phodrang District
    Today, drive to Gangtey/Phobjikha to continue your 10 days Bhutan tour package. On the way, you will be guided to visit the Renchengang Village, which is famous for stone works.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Gangtey Monastery, Gangtey Bhutan
    Upon arrival, you will visit Gangtey Monastery with beautiful murals.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel Dewachen (3 stars) or similar

    Day 5: Hiking across Gangtey Nature Trail, 5-6 hour's scenic drive to Trongsa

    Stop At: Gangtey nature trail, Unnamed Road, Bhutan
    After a big breakfast, you will escorted to hike across the Gangtery Nature Trail. Then, reach the Crane Information Center and visit the Gangtery primary school to meet up with children and teachers.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Trongsa, Trongsa, Trongsa District
    Thereafter, take a 5-6 hour's scenic drive to Trongsa.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Stop At: Chendebji Chorten, Chendebji, Trongsa Bhutan
    On the road, cross Pele La Pass and make a short stop at the Chenbdji Chorten.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Yangkhil Resort or similar

    Day 6: Trongsa exploration with Trongsa Dzong, Private transfer to Bumthang

    Stop At: Tongsa Dzong, Trongsa Bhutan
    Today's Bhutan tour package starts with a visit to Today's Bhutan tour package starts with a visit to Trongsa Dzong.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Bumthang, Bumthang, Bumthang District
    After that, your guide will lead you to Bumthang through a 4 hours' drive. On the way, we will visit the weaving center and shops.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel Valley Resort or similar

    Day 7: Bumthang full-day highlights tour

    Stop At: Bumthang District, Bumthang District
    This morning, explore the charm of Bumthang valley by visiting the grand Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakang, and Tamshing Lhakhang that has a collection of oldest murals.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Jakar Dzong, Chamkhar Valley, Jakar Bhutan
    Later, turn to Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of Bumthang. Then stroll in the nearby village and have a leisure time at a local handicraft shop. In the afternoon, continue to visit Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel Valley Resort or similar

    Day 8: Fly from Bumthang to Paro, Half-day Paro sightseeing

    Stop At: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    This morning your guide will see you off at the airport for a 25 minutes' flight to Paro. Upon arrival, your local guide will transfer you to the hotel.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: National Museum, Tag-Dzong Rinpung Dzong, Paro 12001 Bhutan
    After a short break, you will be escorted to visit Ta Dzong, used as the National Museum at present.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Rinpung Dzong, Paro Bhutan
    Later, turn to Paro Dzong. It is an ancient fortress, also called Rinpung Dzong. You will see numerous beautiful paintings, murals, artifacts and statues of Buddha in this colorful traditional Bhutanese wooden architecture. Now it is the administration office, so dressing up adequately is well respected.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Tashi Namgay Resort (3 stars) or similar

    Day 9: Paro one day tour with Taktsang

    Stop At: Paro Taktsang, Taktsang Trail BT, Paro Bhutan
    Taktsang, Tiger's Nest in English, is the most famous and sacred monastery in Bhutan. It is located in a cliff side over 900 meters above the Paro Valley.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Kyichu Lhakhang, Lamgong Gewog, Paro 12001 Bhutan
    Then you will visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in the 7th century by Tibetan Emperor Songtsan Gampo.

    After that, you will visit a typical local farmhouse. Chatting with the family members is a good way to know how they live in the land of happiness.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Tashi Namgay Resort (3 stars) or similar

    Day 10: Departure from Paro, Airport see-off

    Stop At: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    This Bhutan holiday packages ends today. Your guide will see you off at the airport.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up from Paro International Airport according to your flight time.Airports
    • Paro International Airport, Airport Road Paro, Paro 12001, Bhutan
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Travel China Guide

Activity ID: V-7493P156

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