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Best of Bhutan Tour

On this 6 Days 5 Nights adventure through the hearts of 4 western districts of Bhutan, you’ll go on nature hikes and appreciate the pristine natural environment, explore and ramble through rural villages and gain firsthand experience on its culture and people. Come visit Bhutan with us and explore one of the most unique and extraordinary countries in the world.

Bhutan remained isolated for centuries from the rest of the world until it opened its door to the outside world in the 1960s. Bhutan is one of the most beautiful and least traveled countries in the world and the last living Vajrayana Buddhist Kingdom.

Bhutan has both natural beauty and cultural wealth so carefully preserved and passed down from generation to generation, that visitors are not surprised to hear its nickname ‘Kingdom of Happiness’.

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$1,901

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Duration

6 days

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  • What's included :
    • 5x Breakfast
    • 5x Dinner
    • 5x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • Visa Fee & Processing. You'll receive your e-Visa within 3-4 business days.
    • Twin sharing accommodations at 3-star hotels certified by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
    • All ground transportation including round trip airport transfers
    • English-speaking licensed private tour guide.
    • All internal taxes for the services listed above
    • Entry/Admission - National Museum of Bhutan
    • Entry/Admission - Rinpung Dzong
    • Entry/Admission - Buddha Dordenma
    • Entry/Admission - National Institute for Zorig Chusum
    • Entry/Admission - Changlimithang Stadium & Archery Ground
    • Entry/Admission - Cheri Gompa Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - National Library and Archives of Bhutan
    • Entry/Admission - Changangkha Lhakhang
    • Entry/Admission - Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten)
    • Entry/Admission - Dochula Pass
    • Entry/Admission - Chimi Lhakhang Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Punakha Dzong
    • Entry/Admission - Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery
    • Entry/Admission - Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
    • Entry/Admission - Kyichu Lhakhang
    • Entry/Admission - Paro Taktsang
    What's excluded :
    • Travel insurance. We highly recommend getting insurance. For trekking adventure insurance is a MUST.
    • International Airfares
    • Alcoholic beverages, laundry services, telephone call charges
    • Gratuity to guide and driver (optional)
    • Any other expenses of personal nature

  • Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport / Transfer to Thimphu

    Stop At: National Museum of Bhutan, Paro, Bhutan
    After receiving you at the Paro International Airport, you will be taken on your first adventure in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

    The National Museum of Bhutan is located in Paro just above the Rinpung Dzong (administrative headquarter of Paro district) was established in 1968. It is housed in an ancient watch tower called Paro Ta Dzong (Ta Dzong means “watch tower fortress”) built in 1649. It displays hundreds of ancient Bhutanese artifacts and artworks including traditional costumes, armour, weaponry and handcrafted implements for daily life. The collection at the National Museum preserves a snap-shot of the rich cultural traditions of the country.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Rinpung Dzong, Paro Bhutan
    Paro Rinpung Dzong (Rinpung Dzong means “fortress of the heap of jewels”) was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646 and established as the administrative and monastic centre of the western region. Today, the Dzong serves as the office of the governor of Paro district and head of the district monk body in Paro. A great annual festival known as Paro Tsechu is held in Rinpung Dzong from the eleventh to the fifteenth day of the second month of the traditional Bhutanese lunar calendar (usually in March or April of the Gregorian calendar). On this occasion, holy images are taken in a procession followed by a series of traditional mask dances conveying religious stories which are performed by monks for five days.

    After visiting the Dzong, take a short walk to the traditional wooden cantilever bridge called Nemeyzampa, where your driver will be waiting for you. The roofed wooden cantilever bridge is built in a traditional style and this type of bridges are called Bazam.

    After lunch at one of the restaurants in the town, you will be transferred to the capital city Thimphu. The road distance is 55km and takes approximately 1.5-hours.
    Duration: 1 day 16 hours

    Stop At: Buddha Dordenma, Kuensel Phodrang Viewing Point, Thimphu 11001 Bhutan
    On arrival in Thimphu, visit the magnificent 169 feet tall bronze statue of Lord Buddha is located on a hilltop overlooking the Thimphu valley. From here you can see a nice view of Thimphu city. It was built to celebrate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth King His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck and also for the purpose of bringing peace in the world . The giant Buddha statue houses more than 100,000 8-inch tall Buddha statues of same type. The construction began in 2006 and was completed in 2015 after almost 10 years.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: National Institute for Zorig Chusum, Thimphu Bhutan
    After this spend a leisure time strolling Thimphu town.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Changlimithang Stadium & Archery Ground, Chang Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
    If you are interested, you can pass by the Changlimithang Archery Range to witness the game of archery if the match is in progress. You will see archers singing and dancing each time the target is hit from a whopping distance of 145m. Archery is the national sport of Bhutan.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kuenphen Rabten Resort, Damisa or Hotel Amodhara.

    Day 2: Hike to Tango Monastery & Excursion in Thimphu

    Stop At: Cheri Gompa Monastery, Norzin Lam 2 21, Thimphu Bhutan
    After breakfast, drive about 14km towards the north of Thimphu city and hike to the 12th century religious site called Tango Monastery. There is also monastery called Cheri located on a mountain in the neighbourhood. Hiking to Tango is much easier as most part of the footpath is paved and the uphill ascent is not as steep. It is roughly 14km from the main Thimphu town. Following the trail through the forests, the walk uphill takes about 1.5 hour in slow pace. Tango monastery was founded in 1222 by the Tibetan saint Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, who first established the Drukpa Kagyu School of Buddhism in Bhutan and subsequently became the state religion. The present form of monastery was built later in 1689 by the Tenzin Rabgye, the 4th Temporal ruler of Bhutan.

    After the hike, drive back to the town where traditional lunch will be served at one of the traditional restaurants.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: National Institute for Zorig Chusum, Thimphu Bhutan
    After lunch at the Folk Heritage Museum Restaurant, visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (Zorig Chusum means 13 Traditional Arts & Crafts) was established to promote and preserve the thirteen traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan and to facilitate increased access in learning Zorig skills by Bhutanese youths. Many of these traditional arts and crafts are declining with the advent of modern technologies and therefore, the government is putting in lot of effort to train youths to keep the traditions alive. The thirteen arts and crafts are categorized as Shing Zo (woodwork), Dho Zo (stonework), Par Zo (carving), Lha Zo (painting), Jim Zo (sculpting), Lug Zo (casting), Shag Zo (wood turning), Gar Zo (blacksmith), Troe Zo (ornament making), Tsa Zo (bamboo work), De Zo (paper making), Tsem Zo (tailoring, embroidery and applique) and Thag Zo (weaving). These thirteen arts and crafts are an essential part of Bhutan’s cultural heritage that have been practiced from time immemorial. If the class is in session when you arrive, you will be allowed to enter the classroom and observe students as they get hands-on training.

    Note: This institute remains closed on weekends, government holidays and during school vacation.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: National Library and Archives of Bhutan, Pedzoe Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
    After lunch, visit National Library & Archives of Bhutan considered as national treasure of Bhutan and fundamental source of Bhutanese history, religion, medicine, arts and culture
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Changangkha Lhakhang, Thimphu Bhutan
    Changangkha Lhakhang is located on a hilltop above the main town overlooking the valley below. It was built in 13th century by Lama Drugom Zhigpo who played an important role in early spread of the Drukpa school of Tibetan Buddhism to Bhutan. His son, Nyima, extended and built many of the statues inside the temple which are invaluable national treasures of Bhutan. Apart from the magnificent statues and other holy scriptures, the temple also has Bum Gye Dring Due Sum (sixteen volumes of Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita) which is the original copy handwritten by Nyima himself.
    Duration: 1 day 21 hours

    Stop At: Changlimithang Stadium & Archery Ground, Chang Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
    If you are interested, you can pass by the Changlimithang Archery Range to witness the game of archery if the match is in progress. You will see archers singing and dancing each time the target is hit from a whopping distance of 145m. Archery is the national sport of Bhutan.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kuenphen Rabten Resort, Damisa or Hotel Amodhara.

    Day 3: Thimphu / Transfer to Punakha valley

    Stop At: Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu Bhutan
    After an early breakfast, visit the National Memorial Chorten before transferring to Puankha valley and pray for your safe journey. The National Memorial Chorten is the most frequented religious site and obviously an important landmark in Thimphu. The National Memorial Chorten is a Buddhist Stupa built in 1974 in memory of the Late Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who passed away in 1972. People from all walks of life come here to pray and circumambulate offering you a good opportunity to observe how Bhutanese people devote themselves to daily prayers and take refuge in the teachings of the Lord Buddha.

    We the drive to Punakha Valley via Dochula Pass.
    Duration: 20 hours

    Stop At: Dochula Pass, Thimphu Bhutan
    About 45 min drive from Thimphu towards Punakha is a mountain pass at an altitude of 3,150 meters above sea level from where you can see, on a clear day, some of the highest peaks of Bhutan. Before the construction of these beautiful 108 Druk Wangyal Choetens (stupas) in 2004, this mountain pass remained only as a sacred place blessed by a famous Buddhist saint, Lam Drukpa Kuenley in late 15th century. From Dochu La Pass, we will continue driving towards Punakha, passing through some villages, the elevation drops gradually and the road winds through the pine trees. As you reach the lower subtropical valley, you will feel the drastic change in altitude from 3,150m just an hour and a half ago to subtropical valley at 1,200m. Arriving Punakha valley, you will be transferred to the hotel.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Chimi Lhakhang Temple, Punakha Bhutan
    Chime Lhakhang is located on a gentle hilltop near the village of Sopsokha. To reach the temple, you have to walk 20 – 30 minutes through beautiful terraced paddy fields and traditional farm houses. The history of Chime Lhakhang is associated with 16th century Lama Drukpa Kuenley who was affectionately known as “Divine Madman” for his obscene behavior and outrageous ways of cleansing people from religious dogmatism and egoistic self-possession by exhibiting his strong desire for sex. He would often use phallus as a tool to subdue malevolent spirits. Using the phallus was also intended to free up the social inhibitions enforced by the socially established values. Today, one of the relics of Chime Lhakhang is a phallus. The blessing of the phallus is considered sacred particularly to women who are unable to conceive a child as it brings fertility to women, giving them ability to bear offspring. Because of this belief, people like to call Chhime Lhakhang as “Temple of Fertility”.

    Lama Drukpa Kuenley built a small black stupa on this hilltop to mark the burial site of demons whom he managed to subdue after chasing all the way from Dochula Pass, where the demons were terrorizing the travellers. This black stupa can be seen even today just outside of the main temple. It was Lama Ngawang Chogyel, the younger brother of Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who built the present temple in 1499 AD.

    Lunch will be served at a nearby restaurant.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
    After lunch, drive to visit the historic Punakha Dzong was originally known as Pungthang Dewa Chenpoi Phodrang, meaning the “Palace of Great Bliss”. It was built in 1637 AD by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (Tibetan Buddhist master who came to Bhutan in 1616 and founded nation-state of Bhutan) on a small stretch of land where the rivers Phochu and Mochu converge. Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan. The sacred wall paintings and main artifacts inside the dzong, the intricate wood works and the architectural structure of the dzong displays fine example of Bhutanese arts and craftsmanship which continues to influence Bhutanese architecture even today.

    From there walk to the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan which runs over the Phochu (male river), one of the two glacial-fed rivers which forms confluence near the Punakha Dzong.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery, Punakha Bhutan
    If time permits, visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhundrup Buddhist College for Nuns located on a peaceful hilltop overlooking partial Punakha valley. You can meet and mingle with peace-loving nuns. You may also spend a quiet spiritual moment inside the temple.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at homestay with local family to get insights into the life of a typical Bhutanese family OR at a 3-star hotel

    Day 4: Sightseeing in Punakha valley / Transfer back to Paro valley

    Stop At: Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Punakha Bhutan
    After breakfast, you will be going for 2.5 hour return hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Choeten. Located on a mountain ridge overlooking the picturesque Punakha valley, this wonderful Buddhist structure is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture used in building temples, monasteries and Zangdogpelri (copper coloured mountains). It was built over a period of almost 10 years under the command of Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, one of the Grand Queen Mothers of Bhutan and was consecrated in 1999.

    It takes only about 20 minutes drive from the main town of Punakha to the nearest road point. From there you cross a suspension bridge over the Punakha Mochu River (female river) and the trail takes you through paddy fields. Normally it takes just 1.5 hour to reach the serene site of the marvelous choeten. The view below is stunning with glacial fed Mochu river snaking through the fertile valley of Punakha.

    After the hike, return to the roadhead and drive to Dochula Pass for lunch.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Dochula Pass, Thimphu Bhutan
    On arrival in Dochula Pass, enjoy lunch at the Dochula Cafe.
    After lunch if you are interested to do a short through the pristine forests of Rhododendron & Pine trees, you can walk down hill to another retreat and monastic center – Tashigang Goenpa. From Dochula Pass, you walk uphill towards Lungchutse and then take the left fork that leads towards Tashigang Goenpa. The hike is easy downhill through forests of Rhododendron, Juniper, Hemlock, blue pine among many others. Your car will pick you up at the Tashigang Goenpa and then drive to Paro (2.5-hour drive)
    After lunch, you will be transferred back to Paro valley. The road distance is 175km and takes about 5.5-hours.
    Duration: 2 minutes

    Stop At: Kyichu Lhakhang, Lamgong Gewog, Paro 12001 Bhutan
    On reaching Paro, visit Kyiichu Lhakhang located just a few minutes drive from the main town of Paro. Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. It is believed to have been built in 659 A.D. by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet in his effort to build 108 such temples across the Himalayan region to subdue the spirit of a demoness who was causing obstruction to the spread of Buddhism. Bhutan is blessed with two of these temples, one being Jampa Lhakhang in Bumthang, central Bhutan. Both Kichu Lhakhang and Jampa Lhakhang are believed to have been built on the same day.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Khangkhu Resort or a similar one

    Day 5: Hike to the famous Tiger's Nest (Paro Taktsang)

    Stop At: Paro Taktsang, Taktsang Trail BT, Paro Bhutan
    After early breakfast, you will hike to the famous Paro Taktsang popularly known as Tiger's Nest.

    Taktsang monastery is located on the face of a sheer 800-meter rock cliff in Paro. It normally takes about 2 hours to reach the monastery from the road head. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Bhutan.Taktsang which literally translates to ‘Tiger’s Nest’, is regarded as one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan. Its history is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava (known as Guru Rinpoche), the Indian saint who came to Bhutan and introduced Tantric Buddhism in the mid-eighth century AD. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew to Taktsang from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in eastern Bhutan, riding on a tigress. Taktsang monastery was originally built in 1692 on the sacred cave where Guru Padmasambhava meditated.

    The trail takes you through the ancient path shaded by pine trees. After an hour of steep uphill hiking, you will reach a nice cafeteria from where you can see spectacular view of Taktsang monastery perched on the face of a steep rock cliff. It takes further 1 hour to reach the monastery.

    Lunch will be served at the Taktsang cafeteria and then we retrace our steps back to the base where our driver will be waiting.

    Leisure time around Paro town. Later in evening, visit one of the beautiful farmhouses for an authentic home-cooked local cuisine. You can participate in preparing some of the popular local dishes. If interested in a relaxing home span, you can soak in a traditional hot stone bath with believed to have therapeutic, revitalizing benefits for an additional fee of about $15 per person, as charged by the owner.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner: Authentic home-cooked local cuisine can be arrange at one of the farmhouses.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Khangkhu Resort or at a similar one.

    Day 6: Departure from Paro International Airport

    Pass By: Paro International Airport, Airport Road Paro, Paro 12001, Bhutan
    After breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro International Airport for your onward journey.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    You will be picked up at the Paro International Airport by our guide and driverAirports
    • Paro Airport, Paro Bhutan
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • 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
    • Youth aged 13-18 must send us a copy of a valid Student ID card/document with photo from their academic institution to avail student discount.
    • Visa is 100% guaranteed. We process and send you e-visa letter within 3-4 working days after the booking is confirmed.
    • After you book the tour, we need clear passport copies of all the participants for obtaining visa. Passport copy can be either scanned or just a mobile photo shot as long as the whole biodata page including the machine readable zone is seen clearly. Passport should have at least SIX MONTHS validity from the day you depart from Bhutan.
    • There are only two airlines operating in and out of Bhutan and so securing air tickets can be difficult especially during the months of high season. Currently, Bhutan is connected with these cities - Bagdogra, Bangkok, Delhi, Dhaka, Guwahati, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Singapore. We recommend you to book few months in advance especially if you plan to visit during the high season months of March - May and September - November. If you need help in arranging flights to/from Bhutan, please let us know much in advance.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Bhutan Acorn Tours and Travel

Activity ID: V-71355P9

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