5 nights /6 days Bhutan Tour
Showcasing the art and lifestyle of this enveloped gem in Asia, the Himalaya Trip presents you with the 5 nights /6 days Bhutan Tour. Bhutan is one of the only few nations in the world offering the unrevealed shades of nature in the Himalayas. A land where peace and happiness pave the road of travelers to the treasure of magnificent sceneries. One can have a precise view of the culture and traditions carved in the monuments and streets. Enriched with deep ravines and glazed with a diverse ecosystem, each destination here is a new adventure. Following the wise words of Buddhism, the hospitality and love manifested by the locals are exquisite.
Combining the cultural and natural delights of Bhutan, the trip starts after landing in the graceful Paro Valley. Wasting no time the trip leads us to Thimphu a short drive from Paro. Exploring the capital in “the land of thunder dragon”, travelers will get a striking experience of Bhutan in a nutshell. The streets and monuments speak of the history, art, and culture that this country has to offer.
A refreshing ride glides us to Punakha with a brief midway break in DochuLa pass. The views and landscapes follow soon to the historic city of Punakha. Getting closer to nature, the tour opens up to the Gangtey Valley from here. Gangtey is a different charmer treating travelers with a pristine slice of Phobjikha and the Black Mountains. The trip then concludes with the hike to Bhutan’s ultimate travel sensation the Taktsang Monastery.
Proven as the best destination to visit in recent years by different media, Bhutan is now open to visitors all around the world. Sharing the tour with monks and diving deep into the beauty of Bhutan, our tour provides the divine opportunity of a lifetime to grab it all.
Day 01: Arrival Paro to Thimphu (L/D)
Day 02: Thimphu to Punakha (B/L/D)
Day 03: Punakha to Gangtey(B/L/D)
Day 04: Gangtey to Paro (B/L/D)
Day 05: Paro (Day Excursion) (B/L/D)
Day 06: Paro to Onwards Destinations (B)
Arrival Paro to Thimphu (L/D)
After landing at Paro airport, you will be received by the Bhutan tour representative of the Himalaya Trip following the customs clearance. The drive to Thimphu comes next where you will have a brief orientation of the tour along the way. This drive hour or so of a scenic drive overlooking some sublime landscape view. As most flights to Paro are Prone to be early in the morning due to weather conditions, you will have some time to spare after reaching Thimphu.
Visit the Tasichho Dzong or the Dho-Nguyen Dzong in Thimpu after some rest with your guide. Tasichho Dzong is one of the most historical Dzongs on the edge of Thimphu. It is the seat of 'DrukDesi' the head of Bhutan's Civil Government. The dzong is a great way to get an immediate glance at Bhutanese history, culture, and art. Rest for the day after returning from the visit to your hotel. Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Thimphu to Punakha (B/L/D)
After a light breakfast, we will start the drive towards the Punakha district. About three hours of driving distance from Thimphu will take us to the former capital of Bhutan, Punakha. Midway we will stop at one of the iconic passes of Bhutan the Dochula Pass. Situated at a beautiful location you can enjoy fantastic views of the Himalayas dominated by Mt. Gangkhar Puensum (7570 m) from the pass. The memorial Chortens here also known as Druk Wangyal Chorten is a beautiful and picturesque monument to spend some time. After a brief break and pictures in Dochu La pass, we will continue the drive to Punakha.
The Chime Lhakang temple is the first site we'll visit in Punakha. This temple is one of its kind in Bhutan and is said to be blessed by Saint Drukpa Kunley locally known as the "Divine Madman". The sculptures and paintings in the temple showcase different kinds of Phalluses which represent the unique way of Drukpa Kunley. The majestic Punakha Dzong is next which translates locally as "the palace of great happiness or bliss". The Picturesque location of the Dzong in the Confluence of Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu makes it better. Once the seat of the Bhutanese Government, Punakha Dzong is also one of the oldest and biggest dzongs in Bhutan. After the tour return to the hotel. You can also visit the lively local market in the evening here. Overnight at a hotel in Punakha.
Punakha to Gangtey(B/L/D)
The next part of the Bhutan tour leads you to the different halves of Bhutan. A short drive from Punakha leads us to Gangtey Valley and the Gangtey Monastery. As one of the major and oldest monasteries of Nyingmapa School in Bhutan, it is also a popular option for short hikes. A view of huge marshland meeting up to the chain of Black Mountain range accompanied by beautiful Phobjikha valley is picturesque. This renovated monastery still holds and exhibits the centuries-old history and art beautifully here. From the broad observation deck here, visitors can view the full extent of the surrounding landscape.
The Gangtey Valley is also popular for migrating black-necked cranes often spotted in the Marshlands here. In certain festivals, locals perform the Black-necked crane dance too which will be a unique experience for travelers. After going through the brief history and stories of the monastery by your guide you can rest for the day here. Overnight at a hotel in Gangtey Valley.
Gangtey to Paro (B/L/D)
View a fantastic sunrise from Gangtey Valley to start the fourth day of your Bhutan tour. Following breakfast, you will drive to Paro Valley with your guide. Midway to Paro, we will visit the Kuensel Phodrang which is the biggest statue of Shakyamuni Buddha in Bhutan. Glided in gold this massive structure overlooks the southern parts of Thimphu. Giving you a wide view of the skyline in clear weather, this statue celebrated the 60th anniversary of Jigme Singye Wangchuck (fourth king of Bhutan). There are thousands of small statues throughout the premises some offered by the visitors to the statue. After spending some peaceful time at Kuensel Phodrang, we will continue our drive to Paro.
After a brief rest and lunch at your hotel, you will start the cultural tour of Paro Valley. Here, we will first visit one of the tentative UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Paro Dzong. Locally known as the Rinpung Dzong, this Dzong is one of the major Kagyu School of Drukpa Lineage in Bhutan. Explore the murals and architecture of this wonderful Dzong and go through the history and stories of Rinpung Dzong with your guide. We will visit the Ta Dzong here next. Encapsulating the National Museum of Bhutan, this dzong is just above the Rinpung Dzong. Travelers can look at the finest of Bhutanese art and masterpieces at the museum. Return to the hotel in Paro after the tour and rest for the day. Overnight at Paro.
Paro (Day Excursion) (B/L/D)
We will head towards one of the most iconic destinations of Bhutan, the Taktsang Monastery from Paro and back today. The hike to the monastery is a beautiful stretch to walk in Bhutan. Midway on the trail to Taktsang, there is a beautiful waterfall where you can rest and enjoy the view. Hiking gradually and enjoying the views we will reach the Taktsang Monastery after about 3 hours. Also known as the "Tiger's Lair", Taktsang Monastery lies on the steep face of a Cliffside. First built in about 1692 AD, the monastery we see today was restored from fire destruction in 1998. Located about 900 meters above the Paro Valley at an altitude of 3,120 meters, Taktsang Monastery is magical. Legends say that the Great Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava meditated in the caves (Tigers Nest) of the monastery. The architecture and scenery of Taktsang monastery never fail to amaze the visitors. After a tranquil time in and around the Monastery, we will hike back to Paro.
After some rest following the hike, we will visit the Jowo Temple of Kyichu one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. The Temple is believed to have been built by King Tsongten Gampo of Tibet in the 7th century. Similarly, there are stories stating that; Guru Rinpoche himself concealed some magical items within the premises of the temple. After some exploration here, you will rest for the day back to the hotel in Paro.
Paro to Onwards Destinations (B)
After your breakfast, we will drive you to Paro Airport for your departure. The team of Himalaya Trip will stay connected for your valuable feedback. Return with some best bits of memories and fantastic stories of Bhutan from the tour.
- Transportation by private car or Hiace as per the group size.
- All necessary travel permit.
- English speaking Bhutanese guide.
- Accommodation on twin sharing room basis
- Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per our itinerary.
- Meal plan:- full board basis (Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner).
Whats not Included?
- Nepal re entry visa fee
- Client and travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as a drink, guide tips & etc
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Available of the trip
We organise small group private trip. If you are 2 or more people in your group, you may book any dates.
The travel insurance is need in case of any emergency. It is recommend to have. If you are doing short and low elevation trek, you can do normal insurance. But if you are doing high altitude or adventure trek, you should have emergency rescue.
Last Minute booking
Normally, trekkers plan the trip before 3-9 months. Some trekkers decide the trip in last minutes. It is also possible to book your trek at last minutes. For the Last minutes booking, you need to make a full payment.
Tipping is highly expected. Our staffs try their best during the trip. After the trip, Tipping is expected. It is not fixed amount or percentage. We recommend the tipping according to their services.
When you are travelling, the safety is most important. For the safety of our clients, we trained our guide and porters. They are all register trekking / Tour / Climbing guide and experience porters.
Extra personal expenses
For the extra expenses, it is good to bring USD / Euro / Pound Sterling or ther currency. You may change to Nepali Rupees (NPR) at Tribhuwan International Airport or near your Hotel in Kathmandu. You will use only Nepali rupees during the trip.
Accept few countries , you will get on arrival Nepal’s Visa at the Tribhuwan International Airport or Nepal board. I recommend to fill up Nepal Visa online form and bring it with you. It will be faster and easy for you and visa fee is recommended to bring cash US dollar. You can’t pay by using credit card.
Trip extension or Itinerary Disclaimer
We organize small group private trip. The trip extension is possible but you have to figure out when you booking the trip.
Group joing and Fixed departure
Most of the time, we have small group private trip. Group joining or fixed departure will be available only at the clients request.
You are not taking all the lugguage on the trek. You will take only necessary gears on the trek and rest of the gears, you will store at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara or in our office in Kathmandu. All the Hotels have free lagguge store services. It is more convinent to store at your Hotel.
- Ask permission to photograph people.
- Do not remove or purchase antiques, it is illegal.
- Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection.
- Do not anything to disturb environment or wild animals.
Normally, domestic flight is not on time. If you have international flight with domestic connection flight. It is always better to keep some gaps.
For the Booking, we need passport copy, passport size photo by email or What's App and 20% deposit.
Why Himalaya Trip ?
- Fast response
- Recommended on TripAdvisor
- Trained guide
- Local or reasonable price
- Small group private Trip