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Bhutan In-depth Tour

Bhutan In-depth tour is an exclusive offering from Bhutan Travel Club – a customised trip designed to give you an unparalled insight into Bhutan and its culture, nature its people and the Bhutanese way of life. On this tour we invite you on a road of self-discovery as you discover Bhutan. Starts with the capital city of Thimphu, hiking exploration in the valleys of Thimphu and Punakha; the central valleys of Trongsa and Bumthang with some scenic hikes and finally take a domestic flight back to Paro to visit the iconic Tiger’s nest.

Every stop is laden with attractions that will enliven you senses and will leave you with an indelible feeling of having touched the soul of Bhutan, rather than just skimming through attractions. This trip has very less driving times, with maximum exploration time to make the most of your holiday.

per adult from

$401

AUD

Duration

14 days

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  • What's included :
    • 13x Breakfast
    • 13x Dinner
    • 13x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 13 nights
    • Bhutan Tourism Royalty/Levy ($65 per day per person)
    • Visa Fees ($40 per person)
    • All necessary permit fees
    • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees
    • All meals and evening tea
    • Drinking mineral water
    • All 3-star accommodations
    • English-speaking tour leader and driver
    • Excellent SUV
    • Entry/Admission - Tangsibji Gewog Administration
    What's excluded :
    • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses
    • Spa Charges
    • Travel and Medical insurance
    • International airfare
    • 4 and 5-star Luxury hotels

  • Day 1: Welcome to Bhutan.

    Pass By: Thimphu, Thimphu, Thimphu District
    The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas;offering dazzling scenic views of world’s highest glacial peaks.

    Upon arrival you’ll be received by our friendly professional guide who will help you settle into your comfortable car and then proceed to the capital city Thimphu. Enroute stop to visit the Tamchog Lhakang and marvel at the iron bridge reconstructed using original chain link from the famous Tibetan bridge builder TangThong Gyalpo.

    In the evening visit the Memorial Chorten Stupa. Countiue visit to Tashichhodzong – the fortress that is now the government’s central administration headquarters, and also the offices of the King and the Prime Minister.

    Dinner at the best restaurant. Overnight in selected hotel.

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel Thimphu tower/Hotel Damisa

    Day 2: Explore the capital city Thimphu.

    Stop At: Thimphu, Thimphu, Thimphu District
    Hiking around Thimphu (Tango monastery hikes: 2.7 km return, 330m ascent, 2 hours).

    After breakbast day excursion to the nortn of Thimphu through the valley of Begana village village from where you’ll be hiking up to the popular Tango and Cheri monasteries through Rhododendron forests. Tango Monastery is one of the biggest and oldest Buddhist Universities. You will experience complete serenity at this place and then in the late afternoon drive back to Thimphu.

    In the evening visit the Crafts Bazaar in the afternoon, along the streets of Thimphu which sells and displays various handicrafts and textiles made entirely in Bhutan. Spend the evening exploring the capital city. Drive back to hotel for short rest and dinner at one of the best restaurant.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel Thimphu Tower/ Hotel Damisa

    Day 3: Thimphu

    Stop At: Thimphu, Thimphu, Thimphu District
    Explore the capital city Thimphu.

    After breakfast, drive to Kuensel Phodrang where the gigantic 169ft statue of Buddha Dordenma. Enjoy a panoramic view of Thimphu city from there while taking a short scenic hike through the Park.

    Visit some of the treasures of the capital - Visit to the Folk Heritage-a three stored,19 century traditional Bhutanese farm house which provides glimpse of Bhutanese life style, and artifacts from the rural house holds. Visit the Royal Textile Museum and Academy. Visit the Bhutan Post Office to see our famous stamps and send postcards to your loved ones at home.

    Drive to the entrance gate of the radio tower (BBS) area. Take the trail that traverses through beautiful blue pine forests with many prayer flags the trail. Continue along this trail until you reach Wangditse goenpa. Walk back to the radio tower and visit the Takin Reserve Center to see the national animal of Bhutan and followed by visit to Changangkha temple.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel Thimphu Tower/ Hotel Damisa

    Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha Sightseeing

    Stop At: Punakha, Punakha, Punakha District
    Drive to Punakha over the Dochula Pass (3140). Situated atop the pass at the backdrop of fluttering prayer flags is the Druk Wangyal Chortens, a collection of 108 chortens (stupas) that was built to exemplify the greatness of the Fourth King. From here you can enjoy the great views of the Himalayan mountain ranges.

    Descend to the low-lying rice valley of Lobesa and pay your respects to one of Bhutan’s most charming and eccentric historic figures nicknamed ‘The Divine Madman’ at the Chhimi Lhakhang – also called the fertility monastery. The visit involves a short nice hike through a beautiful village surrounded by paddy fields.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Meriphuensum Resort/ Punatshangchu Cottages/ Hotel Lobesa

    Day 5: Punakha Sightseeing with scenic hikes.

    Stop At: Punakha, Punakha, Punakha District
    Drive to Punakha valley to visit Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal stupa, which involves a short scenic hike through paddy fields for about 45 minutes till the hilltop where the temple is located. The temple itself is a splendid example of Bhutan’s fine architectural and artistic traditions and the only one of its kind in the world. From here you can optionally take another great hike from the riverside crossing a suspension bridge to other side of the Mo Chu river for approximately 3 km with hours hiking.

    Continue to Punakha Dzong – the most beautiful fortress in Bhutan situated at the confluence of two rivers. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order’s leadership and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region.

    Proceed to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery which is atop a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Meriphuensum Resort/ Punatshangchu cottages/ Hotel Lobesa

    Day 6: Punakha to Phobjikha

    Stop At: Phobjikha Valley, Phobjikha Valley, Wangdue Phodrang District
    Drive to Phobjikha. The highway to Phobjikha (Gangtey) follows the scenic Dang Chuu ( River), climbing through forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing Pele La ( Pass) a small side road splinters off into the hidden Phobjikha valley.

    Visit the famous Gantey Gompa monastery. Development of industry and electrification in the valley has been installed in Phobjikha valley as it is home for the endangered Black-necked cranes who visit the valley in winter from the Tibetan plateau. The locals are unperturbed as the valley is gifted with extensive land area which makes it ideal for potato farming. Visit the Black-necked Crane Information Centre, the Kewang (Lhakhang) temple.

    Undertake hike on a nature trail through the beautiful valley making it an ideal for photography. The hike ends at the bowl shape glacial valley where your driver will pick you up.
    Overnight and dinner at the hotel .
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Dewachen Resort/ Phuntsho Yangkhil Lodge/ Farmhouse stay

    Day 7: Drive to Tangsibje village (Meet-the-locals).

    Stop At: Tangsibji Gewog Administration, Trongsa, Bhutan
    After breakfast drive to the scenic Tangsibje village. Stay overnight in Tabgsibji heritage house, which he built in the 60’s. You will be welcomed by host and her husband who was recently won the “Strongest Man of Bhutan” contest. We are the only tour operator in Bhutan taking visitors to this beautiful village which is considered one of the most beautiful villages of Trongsa district, and therefore makes it a real off-the-beaten-track experience. The host family will prepare a splendid dinner for you using fresh organic vegetables and herbs from her garden.

    Note: This experience is consistently rated as a favourite amongst our guests.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Tangsibji Heritage homestay

    Day 8: Tangsibje valley and Bumthang.

    Stop At: Bumthang, Bumthang, Bumthang District
    After breakfast, drive to Bumthang Chumey valley through Trongsa town. Visit the Tower of Trongsa museum, an old watchtower now converted to a museum highlighting the establishment of our monarchy and the royal dynasty of Bhutan. Various artifacts, relics and historical items on display, the most important exhibit is the Raven Crown used by the first two kings of Bhutan, and the royal robes of the founding fathers of Bhutan.
    Continue visit to the Trongsa Dzong fortress on the tip of Conch is the Longest Dzong in the country.Overlooking the Mangdechhu river, the Trongsa Dzong testifies to the richness of Bhutan’s architectural hereitage.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Gongkor Guesthouse/ Chumey Nature Resort

    Day 9: Day Excursion around Chumey Valley – Tharpaling Goenpa.

    Stop At: Bumthang, Bumthang, Bumthang District
    In the morning drive 12 km to Tharpaling Goenpa which was founded by the great Tibetan lama Longchenpa in the 1300s. After visiting the temple, return to the valley and visit the villages in Chumey including the Prakhar temple, old palaces of our Kings etc.

    The evening ends with a visit to a local handloom weaving house specialising in the famous Yak Wool textiles called Yatha textiles. You will see weavers at their craft and opportunity to interact with the weavers.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Gongkor Guesthouse/Chumey Nature Resort

    Day 10: Bumthang Lugi Rowe easy and scenic hike.

    Stop At: Bumthang, Bumthang, Bumthang District
    After breakfast, drive to Kurjey monastery and visit the temple. After that start the Luegi Rowa hike that starts on a forested road for about 3.5 km along the river past charming small farm houses until Thangbi Goemba. Continue to Kharsat Bridge. After crossing the river, the path continues just above the river side for about 1 - 2 hours until you reach Ngang Lhakhang. We’ll have lunch here at a farmhouse. Lunch will be typical local Bumthang culinary.

    Note: Ngang Lhakhang is accessible by vehicles; therefore you could shorten your hike and drive back to town.
    In the afternoon visit Tamshing Lhakhang – founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the temple was restored at the end of the 19th century. You could also visit the Cheese factory to see how local Gouda cheese is made. Take some rest here at this cozy outlet and snack on Bumthang Cheese and locally made white beer - the Red Panda beer.

    Dinner at town and head to your resort.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Gongkor Guesthouse/ Chumey Nature Resort

    Day 11: Excursion to Tang valley.

    Stop At: Bumthang, Bumthang, Bumthang District
    After breakfast, visit the Jakar Dzong fortress in a picturesque location overlooking the Chokhor valley. The current structure was built in 1667 and has a circumference of more than 1500m.
    Drive to Tang valley and on the way visit Maebar Tsho – a sacred pilgimage site called the burning lake in which historical saint Terton Pema Lingpa is said to have emerged with a burning butterlamp after discovering sacred relics of the Buddha from the river.
    Continue to Tang and visit the Ogyen Chholing Manor house – a museum developed by popular Bhutanese Author and royalty Ashi Kuenzang Choden. Stroll around the village meeting locals and visit the village temple. From here continue to Tang village in the afternoon and explore the countryside. Return to your hotel in the evening.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Gongkor Guesthouse/ Chumey Nature Resort

    Day 12: Domestic flight to Paro and Sightseeing.

    Stop At: Paro District, Paro District
    After breakfast, continue to the airport and take a 30 minutes domestic flight to Paro. Many guests love the experience as it's a nice glide over the himalayan ranges. After reaching Paro, visit the 7th century Kyichu lhakhang monastery, the sister temple of Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang. These two are considered the oldest Buddhist temples in Bhutan. Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong fortress overlooking the beautiful Paro river.
    Drive towards town and visit the Dungtse Lhakhang: The uniqueness of this temple lies in the fact that it is in the form of a chorten, one of the very few that exists in Bhutan.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Metta Resort/ Mandala Resort/ Gangtey Palace

    Day 13: Excursion to Tiger’s Nest.

    Stop At: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    We’ve saved the best of Bhutan for the last. Today you’ll experience Bhutan’s most valued attractions, and perhaps one of the major highlights of your trip. An excursion to the famous Taktshang monastery –translated as- Tiger’s nest monastery is also a good way to acclimatise before you start trekking. A two hours hike would reward you with a spectacular temple clinging on a 1000 feet cliff. On the way back stopover at Satsam Chorten which offers you nice views of mount Jomolhari.

    Proceed to your resort.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Metta Resort/ Mandala Resort/ Gangtey Palace

    Day 14: Farewell

    Stop At: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    After breakfast at your hotel, your driver will take you to the airport. Your guide will help you with the formalities and fare you well on your onward journey.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    1: Phuentsholing, Bhutan
    2: Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Upon arrival you’ll be received by our guide who will be waiting at the airport with your names on placard.Airports
    • Paro Airport, Paro Bhutan
    Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • A paper voucher is required for this attraction/activity. You must print and bring your printed voucher with you on the day of the activity, as required by our local provider.
  • 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 Travel Club

Activity ID: V-159397P3

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