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$265 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Bhutan Cultural Tour with Day Hikes

Day 1: Arrive ParoAfter arrival visit:  • Ta Dzong (National Museum)  • Rinpung Dzong  • Kyichu Lhakhang  • Evening is free to stroll in Paro Town. Walking through the market and meeting with the people will be an enjoyable experience. Day 2: Paro-Haa Valley | Hike to Chele La PassToday, drive to Haa Valley across Chelela Pass (3810m). Few miles before Chele La Pass, you will take a side road that takes you to Kila Goenpa Nunnery, which is nestled in a craggy patch on the mountain site. From here, you will hike to Chele La Pass. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the pass and continue drive to Haa. Day 3: Haa-Thimphu (115 Km/4 hours)Following breakfast, drive to Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan. En route, stop at Chuzom to see local farmers sit by the side of the road selling vegetables. Check into your hotel on arrival. Afternoon, you can stroll freely in Thimphu city.Day 4: Morning Tango Monastery hike | afternoon sightseeingIn the morning, hike to Tango Monastery. In the afternoon, visit King's Memorial Chorten, Takin Reserve, Folk Heritage Museum, the giant Buddha Statue and Tashichhodzong.Day 5: Thimphu-Punakha | hike to Lungchutse GoempaAfter breakfast, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at the Dochu La pass (10,170 feet), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, you will hike to Lungchuzekha Monastery through rhododendron forests. Hike offers us stunning views of Himalayas. Hike back to Dochula pass, enjoy your lunch and then drive downhill to Punakha. On arrival, visit the Punakha Dzong. Day 6: Punakha-Gangtey/Phobjikha Valley | hike through Nature TrailMorning drive to Gangtey through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons. On arrival in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Goenpa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. From here, you will hike to Phobjikha Valley through Gangtey Nature Trail. Today you will stay in local farmhouse to get first hand experience of Bhutanese farmers’ life.Day 7: Gangtey-ParoMorning, drive back to Paro. En route, stop at Metshina Village and take 20-minute walk through rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, the Divine Madman’s temple. After this, continue drive to Paro with stop in Thimphu for lunch.Day 8: Hike to Tiger’s Nest MonasteryToday hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery. Overnight in hotel.Day 9: Depart ParoAfter breakfast, you will drive to airport for departure.  Our representative will bid you farewell.  

$900 Cultural & Theme Tours

7 Days Sightseeing Bhutan Tours

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1 | ARRIVAL AT PARO | TRANSFER TO THIMPHUPass By: Paro International AirportWhen you arrive at Paro International Airport, you will be received by one of our delightful tour guides just outside the arrival hall.At 7,333 feet above sea level, the first thing you will likely notice is the effect of the high altitudes, so we will give you time to acclimate as we take a short drive (One and Half Hour) to Thimphu and check into your hotel.The drive to Thimphu will be a wonderful Himalayan road experience with lots of curves and through the high mountains welcoming you and staring at you.In the evening you can wander through the shops, bars, and cafes of Thimphu City. You can notice that there are no traffic lights and is marked as the only capital city in the world without Traffic Lights.Meals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Jambayang Resort, ThimphuDay 2: DAY 2 | THIMPHU TOURStop At: Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictThe National Memorial Chorten, the stupa was built in 1974 to memorialize Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the third king of Bhutan (1928-1972). Individual, be it young or old, come here to circumambulate the stupa and pray. It is believed that wishes made here are granted.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Buddha Point, KuenselphodrangAfterwards, visit Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). It holds one of the largest Buddha’s statue in the country of 169 feet (51.5m), made of bronze and gilded in gold. Visitors can also get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from this point.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Changangkha Lhakhang, Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictThen visit Changangkha Lhakhang. This temple is located above central Thimphu, built in 12th century by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo on a ridge overlooking the town. Local parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessing from the protector deity ‘Tamdrin’.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Motithang Takin Preserve, Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictLater drive to upper Motithang in Thimphu to visit Takin Preserve. The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that the animal was created by the great Buddhist Yogi, Drukpa Kuenley, and it can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas. Taxonomists place the animal in a category of its own as it is not similar enough to any other animal to fit established categories.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: National Library and Archives of Bhutan, Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictPost lunch, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including a visit to the following: the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscriptsDuration: 30 minutesStop At: National Institute for Zorig Chusum, Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictThe Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictThen visit the Royal Textile Academy/Museum, which provides deep insight into Bhutan’s one of the most distinguished art form.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: National Folk Heritage Museum, Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictFolk Heritage Museum, dedicated to connecting people with the rich Bhutanese Folk heritage and rural history through exhibits, demonstrations, educational programs and documentation of Bhutanese rural life.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictConclude the day’s sightseeing with the visit of Trashichhoedzong, or ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’. The original Thimphu Dzong (the Do-Ngön Dzong, or Blue Stone Dzong) was built in 1216 by Lama Gyalwa Lhanapa. This is one of the most impressive buildings situated along the right flank of the Thimphu river.The building was later enlarged in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel who unified Bhutan and was later reconstructed in 1962 by the third King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty the King, Central Monastic Body, and various government offices.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Jambayang Resort, ThimphuDay 3: Day 3 | THIMPHU TO PUNAKHAStop At: Dochula Pass, Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictOn 3rd day you will be traveling to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan until 1955 AD, and will stop off at Dochula Pass along the way.This popular tourist spot provides stunning 360-degree panoramic views of the Himalayas. It is also home to the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens (stupas).Duration: 1 hourStop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha, Punakha DistrictAfternoon visit Punakha Dzong or ‘Palace of Great Happiness’, built at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This majestic dzong served as both the religious and the administrative centre of Bhutan in the past. It measures some 600 by 240 feet and has a six-story, gold-domed tower.Inside are courtyards and religious statuary that hint at the depth of history and spiritual tradition embodied here. Your guide will illuminate your understanding of this intricate culture that is exotic, though long established here.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Chimi L'hakhang Temple, Punakha, Punakha DistrictAfter exploring Punakha Fortress, embark on a short walking excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, located on a ridge surrounded by beautiful paddy fields. From the road point, it takes about 10-15 minutes’ walk through Sobsukha village to reach the temple.The temple is known as Fertility temple, it is associated with Buddhist Yogi, Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as ‘Divine Madman’. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are blessed with a child very soon.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Zhingkham Resort, PunakhaDay 4: Day 4 | PUNAKHA TO GANGTEYStop At: Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Punakha, Punakha DistrictThe day begins with a beautiful hike to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Stupa (approx 2 hours round trip walk), which was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability, and harmony in the changing world. The Chorten dominates the upper Punakha Valley with commanding views across the Mo Chhu and up towards the mountainous peaks of Gasa and beyond.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Phobjikha Valley, Wangdue Phodrang DistrictAfter lunch, drive to the isolated valley of Gangtey, also called as Phobjikha. The valley is protected for the endangered Black Necked Cranes migrating to Bhutan every winter (early Nov to End of February). The drive is very picturesque and worth every turn and climb. Phobjikha valley is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gangtey Monastery, Gangtey, Wangdue Phodrang DistrictUpon arrival, visit ancient Gangtey Gompa Monastery and take a short walk to visit local homes.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Wangchuk Lodge, GangteyDay 5: Day 5 | GANGTEY TO PAROStop At: Ta Dzong Museum, Trongsa, Trongsa DistrictLater in the day after checking into the hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangka paintings, textiles, weapons & armor, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Rinpung DzongThen walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Tashi Namgay Resort, ParoDay 6: Day 6 | PARO TOURStop At: Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), Paro, Paro DistrictAfter breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx. 5 hours round trip walk): It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor.It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’.This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. The hike to the monastery makes a splendid half-day excursion.After a tiring day, you will be taken for a traditional hot-stone bath. Popular in western Bhutan, this tradition of bathing is unique and practiced only in Bhutan. The selected stones containing minerals is heated using fire and then immerse into the tub with water. The water gradually heats up. Herbal plants are added to spice up the bathing. Soaking your body into it gives the soothing effect from the heat and relaxes your body. It is believed that it reduces joints and muscle pains.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Tashi Namgay Resort, ParoDay 7: Day 7 | DEPARTUREPass By: Paro International AirportToday is the farewell day of your magnificent tour so do spare a few minutes of your valuable time and write to tell us how much you enjoyed the tour. You can rate us and drop reviews on Tripadvisor, Facebook, and Google. It will help us as well as to future travellers. If you have any feedback, you can mail us anytime.You will be dropped back to Paro International Airport. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments!Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$250 Cultural & Theme Tours

Hidden Bhutan Tour

Day 1: pick Up from Paro Airpot  Your tour guide will pick you from Paro Airport and brief you about your tour. After that Move to Thimphu via Iron bridge.( According to the biographical notes in the history of Bhutan, Thangtong Gyalpo erected a bridge across the Paro Chhu to Tachog. The successors of the first Chakzampa built a Lhakhang (temple) here. In 1969, the iron suspension bridge was destroyed by high water.)   Day 2: Sightseeing over ThimphuMove to Kunsel Phodang seen over Buddha point and memorial chorten( Stupa), move to Changangkha Lhakhang. After Lunch Move to Zoon and sangay gang for sightseeing by the evening flag ceremony at tashichho dzong Day 3: Transfer to Punakha move to Punakha from Thimphu Via Dochula passes visit to chimi Lhakhang( madman Monestry), seen over Punakha Dzong. After Lunch Suspension bridge hike Punakha passes.Day 4: Sightseeing from Wangdue to Phobjikha Valley By morning site seen over WangduePhodang Dzong move to Phobjikha Valley. seen over Black Nake cran the rare bird in the world. move to Gangtay Temple Day 5: Phobjikha to Paro Transfering from Phobjikha to Paro Via Dochula passes. visit Simtokha Dzong Thimphu. After lunch Kuitchu Lhakhang, Dungse Lhakang and Paro Taa DzongDay 6: Day Hike to tiger nest Early in the morning move to Tiger nest for the day hike. After lunch move to Dungtse Lhakhang and Paro Dzong. Possible move to Phuntsholing for the depatureDay 8: Drop out to Paro Airport from hotel If you have time will move to vegetable market and drop out

$250 Cultural & Theme Tours

Western Bhutan Tour

Day 1: pick Up from Paro Airpot  Your tour guide will pick you from Paro Airport and brief you about your tour. After that Move to Thimphu via Iron bridge.( According to the biographical notes in the history of Bhutan, Thangtong Gyalpo erected a bridge across the Paro Chhu to Tachog. The successors of the first Chakzampa built a Lhakhang (temple) here. In 1969, the iron suspension bridge was destroyed by high water.)  Day 2: Sightseeing over ThimphuMove to Kunsel Phodang seen over Buddha point and memorial chorten( Stupa), move to Changangkha Lhakhang. After Lunch Move to Zoon and sangay gang for sightseeing by the evening flag ceremony at tashichho dzong   Day 3: Transfer to Punakha move to Punakha from Thimphu Via Dochula passes visit to chimi Lhakhang( madman Monestry), seen over Punakha Dzong. After Lunch Suspension bridge hike Punakha passes.Day 4: Sightseeing from Wangdue to Phobjikha Valley By morning site seen over WangduePhodang Dzong move to Phobjikha Valley. seen over Black Nake cran the rare bird in the world. move to Gangtay Temple Day 5: Phobjikha to Paro Transfering from Phobjikha to Paro Via Dochula passes. visit Simtokha Dzong Thimphu. After lunch Kuitchu Lhakhang, Dungse Lhakang and Paro Taa DzongDay 6: Day Hike to tiger nest Early in the morning move to Tiger nest for the day hike. After lunch move to Dungtse Lhakhang and Paro Dzong. Day 7: Move to Haa for sightseeing via chelela. Move to Lhakhang Karpo, Haa the olderst Monestry in the history of Bhutan. By evening move to paro via chelela spending sometimes there. Before go to hotel move to Taa Dzong and Kitchu lhakhang.Day 8: Drop out to Paro Airport from hotel If you have time will move to vegetable market and drop out

$1840 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8 Nights Bhutan Tour with Bumthang Valley Extension with Private Guide

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.

$1616 Cultural & Theme Tours

7 Nights Enchanting Bhutan Tour

Day 01: Arrival in Paro (2250m) and transfer to Thimphu (2350m)Arrive in Paro meet our representative and Bhutanese guide and transfer to Paro for Lunch. After lunch pay visit to the beautiful Rinpung Dzong and drive towards Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel.Day 02: Thimphu to Punakha (1310m)After breakfast visit National Memorial Chorten Institute of Traditional Medicine, Folk heritage Museum Textile Museum. Later drive towards Punakha for about 1 and half hour passing across Dochula Pass (3,050m). Overnight at Hotel.Day 03: Punakha-Gangtey (2320m)After breakfast drive to Gangtey via Wangdue. Drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, over a high pass down into the Phobjikha Valley. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Visit Gangtey Monastery. Later, drive for an hour through the jungle before emerging to the valley floor. Overnight at Hotel.Day 04: Gangtey-Trongsa(2200m)Drive to the Pele la Pass and enter the traditional eastern region. Then the road gradually drops passing through Kgebji village, Sephu village, Chendebji village followed by large Chendebji Chorten. Now the road passes through farms, villages and reaches the Trongsa Dzong. Visit Trongsa Dzong which is the largest and most impressive Dzong in Bhutan built in 1644 by the Shabdrung. Overnight at Hotel.Day 05: Trongsa-Wangdue (1310m)Early in the morning after breakfast, drive for about 6 hours re-tracing the same route back to Trongsa. Overnight at Hotel.Day 06: Wangdue – Haa Valley(3050m) – Paro (2250m)After breakfast, drive over Chele La Pass (3899m) and then continue the drive towards Haa. Visit Wangchuckli Dzong, Lhakhang Nakpo (Black temple), and Lhakhang Karpo in Haa. Afterwards, drive back to Paro. Overnight at Hotel.Day 07: Paro – Hike to Taktsang MonasteryEarly in the morning after breakfast drive towards the base camp of Taktsang and then commence the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger’s Nest. Afterwards, hike back to the road point then drive to Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Also visit Rinpung Dzong. Later drive back to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.Day 08: DepartureYour 7 Nights Enchanting Bhutan Tour terminates today, after breakfast, drive towards the international terminal, board the flight and bid farewell to remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom.

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