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For the visitor, Thimphu offers the best opportunity to briefly break away from the tour itinerary. In addition to its traditional Buddhist sights and attractions, it offers cafes, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Finding a balance between the esoteric and espresso – the old and the new – is the key to getting the most out of this charming city.


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$1467 Cultural & Theme Tours

5 Nights 6 Days Glimpse of Bhutan Tour Includes Paro Thimphu and Punakha

Day 01:Arrive Paro, drive to Thimphu (LD):Flight to Paro then drive to Thimphu. Overnight. You may fly to Paro from Kathmandu,Delhi,Kolkata,Dhaka,Bangkok,Singapore,Yangoon.Day 02: Thimphu (B/L/D) Full day sightseeing in Thimphu(BLD).After breakfast Thimphu sightseeing. Visit Trashichhoedzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery  which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo,the Chief Abbot.Then visit National Library  which has vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts.After that drive to Arts & Crafts School,famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here you will see ,students at work producing intricate design on cloth.After lunch visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays wide assortment of beautifully handwoven and crafted products. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.Day 03:Thimphu/ Punakha ( 75 Km, 3 Hours )(BLD)After breakfast drive to Punakha with a short stop at Dochula pass(3,080m) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. Later visit Punakha Dzong then to Wangduephodrang visiting Dzong and local market. The district of Wangduephodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.Day 04: Punakha – Paro (125 Km, 4 Hours)(BLD)After breakfast drive to Paro en route visit Simtokha Dzong, Afternoon in Paro visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as Watch Tower since 1967 it is serving as the National Museum of the country and holding fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps.Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.Day 05: Paro Sightseeing(BLD) After breakfast drive north of Paro valley to ruins of Drukgyel Dozng.From this fort Bhutanese repelled several invasions by Tibetan armies.Nearby visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people.Then take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries.While return to Paro town visit en route Kyichu Lhakhang, Overnight at the hotel in Paro.Day 06:Depart Paro(B)After breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.You may fly to Kathmandu,Delhi,Kolkata,Dhaka,Bangkok,Singapore,Yangoon from Paro..

$1566 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Glimpses of Bhutan 6 Days

Day 1: Arrive Paro (L, D)On arrival at Paro airport, assistance and transfer to hotel. Check-in & lunch at the hotel. Later visit the National Museum of Bhutan & Paro Dzong which now houses the offices of the district administration & the district monk body. In evening, explore Paro town. Welcome dinner & overnight at hotel.Day 2: Paro – Thimphu (B, L, D)After breakfast, drive to Thimphu – the capital town of Bhutan. Visit the National Library – a repository of precious & religious manuscripts written in gold. A stop will be made at the Institute for Zorig Chosum – a painting school where the traditional style of Thangka painting is taught. Folk Heritage Musuem where you will have an insight into rural Bhutanese way of living. After lunch sightseeing begins with the visit to the Memorial Choeten, a stupa built in 1974 to honor memory of the 3rd King. Then visit the 14th century Changangkha Lhakhang. Later drive to Sangaygang – the viewpoint also known as “Lover’s Point,” where couples come to enjoy the bird’s eye view of the Thimphu valley. Then you will visit the Dupthob Lhakhang, built by Dupthob Thangthong Gyalpo. It is now a nunnery & has more than 70 practicing nuns. Overnight at Hotel.Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha (B, L, D)After breakfast drive to Punakha – the ancient capital of Bhutan. The drive takes you across Dochula Pass (3100 m) which is marked by a large Bhutanese style Choeten, 108 small choetens & prayer flags. Check-in & lunch at the hotel. Evening try the traditional Bhutanese archery, your guide will help you with the archery. Archery is Bhutan’s National Sport. Overnight at hotel.Day 4: PunakhaAfter breakfast, you will hike to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyal Choeten - built in 1994 by Her Majesty Azhi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck for the well-being of the people and country. It’s a moderate hike through the rice paddies & pine forests. Then you will visit the Punakha Dzong & admire the beauty of the Bhutanese architecture, where dzongs were built without iron nails. You will also have time to admire the paintings on the life of the Buddha. Lunch in restaurant in Khuruthang town. Overnight at hotel. Day 5: Punakha – Paro (B, L, D)Breakfast at hotel drive to Paro check in at hotel. After lunch day hike to Taktshang Monastery literally known as Tiger's Nest is one of Bhutan's most sacred places, & an important pilgrimage destination. You will walk along a trail that slowly rises above the valley, taking you through fields and past four large prayer wheels turned by a stream. Continuing across an open meadow, you hike up a section of trail to a ridge where prayer flags rustle in the wind next to a massive prayer wheel. Overnight at hotel. Day 6: Departure (B)Breakfast at hotel, then transfer to airport to board your flight

$2295 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Bhutan Tour With Bumthang Extension

Day 01: Arrive Paro & transfer to ThimphuArrive in Paro and meet our representative. Take a break for lunch and then carry out sightseeing program at Paro visiting the famous places like Rinpung Dzong and Ta Dzong. Later drive towards Thimphu.Day 02: Thimphu to PunakhaEarly in the morning after breakfast, sightseeing around Thimphu and drive towards the Punakha crossing the famous Dochula Pass (3050m) which provides the spectacular view of majestic mountains. On way also pay visit to Chimmi Lhakhang.Day 03: Punakha to Gangtey Today drive to Gangtey via Wangdue. After Wangdue is a drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley, surely one of the loveliest high altitude valleys in Bhutan. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau.Day 04: Gangtey - BumthangToday, we drive 5 hours to Bumthang valley. The road climbs rapidly through a series of hairpins out of Trongsa and there are great views back to the Dzong and out across the valley. After passing through cultivated fields for a while, the trail re-enters the forest and reach the Yotong La (3400m). Descending to a low point of 2650m at a village called Chumey; the scenery is once again totally different as the route enters the wide-open Bumthang valleys. It takes about an hour to get to the roadside at Chumey, the first of the four valleys in Bumthang. Day 06: In Bumthang - SightseeingAfter breakfast visit Jambay Lhakang along with Kurjey Lhakang. Later cross the suspension bridge and visit the Tamshing Lhakang. Afterwards, visit Swiss farm along with homeopathic hospital, the cheese factory and the castle of "White Bird".Day 06: Bumthang – Gangtey After breakfast, re-trace the same route back towards Gangtey and the road journey today is bit longer with 8 hours of drive. Upon arrival at Gangtey, check-in hotel. Day 07: Gangtey - Paro After breakfast, drive back to Paro cross Dochula pass which is about 5 hours drive. PM: Stroll around the streets of Paro. Day 08: In Paro -  Hike to Taktsang Monastery 'Tiger's Nest'After breakfast drive towards the base camp of Taktsang for the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger's Nest which takes about two hours. The Monastery offers the spectacular view of Paro valley. While returning back visit the Kyichu Lhakhang.Day 09: DepartureAfter breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappearing again behind its guardian mountains.

$895 Cultural & Theme Tours

Enter the Dragon

Day 01: Arrival at Paro (2250m) - Thimphu (2350m) Arrive Paro clear customs and visa formalities meet our representatives and transfer to Paro for lunch. Then drive to Thimphu (1 hour) following Pa Chhu downstream. In Thimphu, drive on to the Buddha Terrance for a stunning view of the valley and take a drive to visit Takin Preserve to see Takin, Bhutan’s national animal - a strange looking beast which some say resembles a beestung moose! Take a view of the majestic Tashichoe Dzong, the seat of the government before circumventing the Memorial Chorten – a monument erected in memory of Bhutan’s third king H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Visit Centenary Farmers Market, the new authentic craft bazaar, National Institute of Traditional Medicine that still dispenses traditional herbal medicines to the locals, the Folk Heritage Museum – a 300 year old traditional house converted into a museum. Day 02: Thimphu - Day tour to Punakha (1,310m) - Thimphu (2350m) After breakfast, drive towards Punakha crossing over Dochula pass (3140m) which offer majestic Himalayan views of the eastern mountains during a clear day. En-route, take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang located atop a hill amid rice fields. The temple is dedicated to Drukpa Kunely and also popularly known as the fertility temple. Afterwards, drive towards Punkaha and visit the Punakha Dzong arguably the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan. Afterwards, drive back to Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included) Day 03: Thimphu - Paro & Hike to Taktsang Monastery 'Tiger's Nest' (3120m) Drive towards Thimphu and further drive to the base camp of Taktsang for the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger's Nest. It's about two hours hike up the cafeteria. From this point, enjoy the spectacular view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in 8th century. Then visit the Taktsang main Monastery and hike back to the road point then drive to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Afterwards, visit Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. Later on, back to hotel.  Day 04: Departure After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappearing again behind its guardian mountains.

$2015 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bhutan Tour With Gangtey Trongsa Extension

Day 01 : Arrive Paro (2250m) - Thimphu (2350m)Arrive Paro and clear customs and visa formalities, meet the representatives and the Bhutanese guide.Then drive towards Thimphu (the capital of Bhutan) for about 1 & half hours drive. In Thimphu visit Buddha point for a stunning view of Thimphu city and Takin Compound. Then continue to Tashi Choe Dzong, Folk Heritage, Centenary Farmers Market, the new authentic craft bazaar. Day 02 : Thimphu - Punakha (1,310m) via Dochula La (3140m)After early breakfast, drive towards Punakha for about 3 hours passing along Dochu La Pass at 3140m and reach the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. En-route take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang. In the afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong located at the confluence of the Pho-chu and Mo-chu River. Day 03 : Punakha - Gangtey (2,900m)Drive to Gangtey via Wangdue and reach Phobjikha, one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Enjoy 1½ hours Gangtey nature trail from the monastery through the jungle before emerging to the valley floor. Day 04 : Gangtey - Trongsa (2,300m) via Pele la pass (3,420m)Rejoin the east west highway to Pele la pass (3420m) marked by prayer flags. On a clear day Jumolhari, Kangbum & Jichu Drake can be spotted from the pass. After Pele la pass enters the traditional eastern region. The road then follows the side valley to cross the bridge at the upper reaches of Mangde Chhu river to arrive at Trongsa. Later visit Trongsa Dzong, the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan.Day 05 : Trongsa - Wangdue (1,310)After breakfast, re-trace the same route for drive back to Wangdue from Trongsa. The drive is about 5 hours. Upon arrival in Wangdue, check-in hotel. Afterwards, explore the beauty of Wangdue. Day 06 : Wangdue - Haa Valley (3,050m) - Paro (2,250m)After breakfast, drive towards Haa Valley. In Haa valley, visit Wangchucklo Dzong dating back to 1915 and Lhakhang Nakpo (Black temple) and Lhakhang Karpo (white temple). After the visit drive back to Paro. Day 07 : Paro - Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (3,120m)This morning, make an excursion to Taktsang Monastery – this has to be the monastery with the most outstanding setting in Bhutan. For the energetic, hike 2 hours up to get a more dramatic view of the monastery. Just on the outskirts of Paro town, visit Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan and have the opportunity to meet the local villages in a local farm house. Day 08 : DepartureAfter breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappearing again behind its guardian mountains.

$1175 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bhutan Encompassed Tour

Day 01 : Arrive Paro (2250m) - Thimphu (2350m) Arrive Paro and clear customs and visa formalities, meet the representatives and the Bhutanese guide.Then drive towards Thimphu (the capital of Bhutan) for about 1 & half hours drive. En-route Thimphu, one can do a short hike to Tamchog Monastery, a private temple owned by the descendants of famous Tibetan bridge – builder Thangthong Gaylpo. Later on continue the drive to Thimphu and visit Buddha point for a stunning view of Thimphu city and Takin Compound. Then continue to Tashi Choe Dzong, Folk Heritage, Centenary Farmers Market, the new authentic craft bazaar. Day 02 : Thimphu - Punakha (1,310m) via Dochula La (3140m) After early breakfast, drive towards Punakha for about 3 hours passing along Dochu La Pass at 3140m and reach the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. En-route take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang. In the afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong located at the confluence of the Pho-chu and Mo-chu River. Day 03 : Punakha - Paro (2,250m) After early breakfast, drive from Punakha to Paro re-crossing Dochula pass and stopping at Thimphu for lunch. Arrive Paro in the afternoon and head out of the tourist trail for a short hike to 15th century Zurig Lhakhang above Paro Dzong overlooking the valley. It offers great views of Ta Dzong (watch Tower) and Paro Rinpung Dzong. En-route, visit the iconic 17th century Paro Rinpung Dzong which means “the fortress of the heap of jewels.” A quick descend arrives at the covered cantilever bridge marked with giant stupas. Overnight at Hotel. Day 04 : Paro - Hike to Taktsang Monastery (3,120m) Early in the morning, make an excursion to Taktshang Monastery – this has to be the monastery with the most outstanding setting in Bhutan. Set on a vertical cliff face at 2950m above sea level, it defies all engineering logic. For the energetic, hike 2 hours up to get a more dramatic view of the monastery. (The hike demands a certain level of fitness and a pony ride to the monastery can be arranged at additional cost). Just on the outskirts of Paro town, visit Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan and have the opportunity to meet the local villages in a local farm house. Overnight at Hotel.Day 05 : DepartureAfter breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappearing again behind its guardian mountains.