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5-Day Classic Bhutan Tour to Paro, Thimphu and Punakha

During this 5-day private Bhutan tour, you will visit this country's most striking cities, Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. Your tour guide will show you around the famous cultural relics and ancient Buddhist monasteries. You will enjoy the pristine natural environment, ramble through rural villages and see people's simple but happy life.

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  • What's included :
    • 4x Breakfast
    • 4x Dinner
    • 4x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • 4 nights accommodation based on twin-sharing room
    • Private English-speaking tour guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • All Government Royalty and Taxes
    • Bhutan Visa Fee.
    • Complimentary bottled water with unlimited supplies
    • 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 - Dochula Pass
    • Entry/Admission - Chimi Lhakhang Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Punakha Dzong
    • Entry/Admission - Rinpung Dzong
    • Entry/Admission - National Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Kyichu Lhakhang
    • Entry/Admission - Paro Taktsang
    • Entry/Admission - Drukgyel Dzong
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities to guides and drivers (recommended)
    • International flight into and out of Bhutan.
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • Entry/Admission - Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge

  • Day 1: Arrival in Paro, Private transfer to Thimphu for city sightseeing

    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 similar

    Day 2: Private transfer from Thimphu to Punakha with stopover at Dochula Pass

    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 3 hours driving.
    Duration: 3 hours

    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 3: Drive back to Paro, Paro highlights tour with Kyichu Lhakhang

    Stop At: Rinpung Dzong, Paro Bhutan
    Today you will be taken back to Paro and visit the impressive Paro Dzong first. 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: 45 minutes

    Stop At: National Museum, Tag-Dzong Rinpung Dzong, Paro 12001 Bhutan
    On a cliff of the hill is the watch tower of Paro Dzong housing the National Museum. It is an overall showcase of Bhutanese life including art, relics, geology, etc.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Kyichu Lhakhang, Lamgong Gewog, Paro 12001 Bhutan
    Next stop is the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in the 7th century by Tibetan Emperor Songtsan Gampo.
    Duration: 45 minutes

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

    Day 4: Paro day tour with hiking to 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.

    After breakfast, you will be escorted to the foot of mountain where you can start your trekking up to this holy place. It takes around two hours strenuous climbing. On the half way, you could rest at the cafeteria. Reaching the top could be extremely tiring, however once you get to the top, the views are amazing and deserving.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Drukgyel Dzong, Paro 11001 Bhutan
    Then you will visit the Drukgyel Dzong. The fort now in ruins was built to celebrate Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan Invasion. If you happen to visit here in a clear day, you will have a close view of the Mt. Chomolhari. Take your camera along for mind blowing captures.

    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: 2 hours

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

    Day 5: Departure from Paro, Airport see-off

    Stop At: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    See you off at the airport as your private 5 days trip to Bhutan ends today.
    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.



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Activity ID: V-7493P39

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