Bhutan Adventure - 11 Days

This package takes tourists deep into the wilderness of Bhutan, away from modern development. The narrow road through the lush forest provides a sense of serenity and tourists can disconnect themselves from the busy world and embark on the journey of rediscovering and reconnecting with themselves. Tourists will come across many secluded small communities leading simple lives. With fluttering prayer flags guiding the road, travelers can enjoy the spectacular scenery and witness a world of the bygone era.

Overview

This package takes tourists deep into the wilderness of Bhutan, away from modern development. The narrow road through the lush forest provides a sense of serenity and tourists can disconnect themselves from the busy world and embark on the journey of rediscovering and reconnecting with themselves. Tourists will come across many secluded small communities leading simple lives. With fluttering prayer flags guiding the road, travelers can enjoy the spectacular scenery and witness a world of the bygone era.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Paro

Fly into Paro by Drukair flight or Bhutan Airlines. After immigration and customs formalities, you will be received by our representative and driven to your hotel in Paro.

After checking into your hotel and refreshment visit Kyichu temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. Then Rinpung Dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks. Then walk down to Rinpung Bridge (Traditonal Bridge), oldest bridge in Bhutan.

In the evening stroll around Paro town and you may visit local handicraft stores. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 2
Paro – Thimphu

After breakfast, you will travel to Thimphu valley. On the way, visit Tamchog Lhakhang (temple) , this 14th century temple located on the base of a mountain across the Pa chu on the Paro-Thimphu highway, is a must visit temple in the Paro valley. Built by the great master architect Thangtong Gyalpo, the temple houses some unique statues. To get to the temple one may actually walk over the iron chains that spans over the Pa chu (Paro river).

After crossing Chunzom which is the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers, the drive will take you along the Wangchu ( Thimphu river) to Thimphu valley. After checking into your hotel, you will visit the following:

Traditional Bhutanese paper making factory.
National Textile Museum which is a good place to see the art of traditional weaving being kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in colors and designs. You will also see people weaving with intricate designs.
School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
Simply Bhutan– A living museum of rural life which provides visitors and tourists with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
Craft Bazaar where craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts.
Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu

Day 3
Thimphu – Punakha

After breakfast, travel to Punakha through Dochula Pass (3140 m). In the clear spring sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. . Then pass by the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and well being of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.

Then drive onto Punakha. On the way, stop for lunch at Metsina village and then visit the Devine Madman’s Monastery – Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing. Then visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male river) and the Mochu (female river). The dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (the person who unified Bhutan) to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. Overnight at a hotel in Punakha.

Day 4
Punakha Rafting Tours – Day 1 along the Pho Chu (Male River) in Punakha Valley

After breakfast, an exciting rafting tour awaits you. Following a short drive you arrive at the river and, after a fully safety briefing, you take to your raft for a ‘soft’ rafting experience down the Pho-Chu (Male River). You will need to do a little paddling and you may get a little wet but it will all be worthwhile as this journey takes you through a wonderland of secluded scenic beauty. You drift along to Punakha Dzong, located on an island in the middle of the rivers.

After a picnic lunch on the river side, you will take a short hike through farmhouses to the beautiful Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Lhakhang (temple) built by Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck (the Queen Mother of Bhutan) for peace and stability in this ever-changing world. This temple is situated on the hilltop overlooking the valley below. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Punakha.

Day 5
Punakha Rafting tour – Day 2 along the Mochu (Female River) in Punakha Valley

After breakfast, yet another exciting day awaits you. This good stretch is for those who are apprehensive about going on a whitewater trip. Start your day by taking an hour or so hiking up to the temple at Nyezengong and then floating down the scenic Mo Chhu past the Punahka Dzong and to the take out at the high school. It is recommended to finish by mid afternoon, as an upstream wind is common most afternoons.

In the evening you may visit Rinchengang village in Wangduephodrang where you will take a short hike through the village and have free interaction with the villagers. At the same time you can view the ruins of Wangdue Dzong (the Dzong was razed to the ground by fire in 2012). Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Punakha.

Day 6
Punakha – Thimphu After breakfast drive to Thimphu and after lunch at Thimphu visit the following:

Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo. It can weigh as much as 550 pounds.
Kuensel Phodrang and take a short leisure hike to the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park and enjoy the full view of Thimphu Valley below.
Centenary Farmers’ Market (open from Thu-Sun only): A visit to the market provides great photo opportunities, as well as the chance to mingle with local people and perhaps buy souvenirs.
Tashichhoe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into the present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.
National Memorial Chorten: Meet the elderly local in circumambulation at the Memorial Chorten.
Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu

Day 7
Thimphu – Paro

After breakfast drive to Paro for about 1 hour and hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. After visiting the monastery, walk back down to the road on the way stop for lunch at the viewpoint cafeteria, and then walk further down to the road point.

In the evening you may relax in the traditional hot stone bath. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 8
Depart Paro

After breakfast, drive to the Paro airport and our representative will see you off at the Paro International Airport for your flight to your onward destinations.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Visa fee
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • only include 3 stars above
  • Tour Guide
  • Mineral water for the duration of the stay
  • All transportation in the destination location
  • All meals inclusive
  • Taxes, surcharges, the government contribution, Tourism Development Fund.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
  • Travel Insurance

Frequently asked Questions

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Where is Bhutan ?

Bhutan is a small, landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China. Its landscape ranges from subtropical plains and forests in the South to subalpine forests and snowy mountains in the North. Bhutan is a predominantly Buddhist country and is known as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism.

Do I need to use a tour operator to book my travel ?

It is a government regulation that you must use a licensed Bhutanese tour operator to book your travel to Bhutan or one of their international partners.

Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan ?

All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator or one of their international partners. Visa clearance must be obtained through your tour operator prior to travel. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry.

How much does the visa cost ?

For International tourist visas, a cost of USD 40 is applicable. This can be paid in advance to your tour operator or travel agent. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals, and persons from the Maldives, there is no cost incurred.

How do I get to Bhutan ?

There are a number of airports where you can fly into Bhutan from (Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Also, there are three land border crossings which you can travel into the kingdom overland. All crossings are along the Indian border only – Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. All travel arrangements to Bhutan must be made through a local tour operator. A list of tour companies operating in Bhutan is available on this website. Your selected tour operator will make all the necessary arrangements.

What about internet access?

Yes. The Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet Bhutanis not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

What does the $200/$250 per day minimum daily package include ?

The $200 per day (January, February, June, July, August) and $250 per day (March, April, May, September, October, November) package includes a minimum of 3 star accommodations, costs for food, an experienced guide and transportation within the country. Also included in the price is a $65 per day Sustainable Development Fee that goes towards free education, free healthcare and poverty alleviation. All of these services will be arranged by your tour operator.

Is there a limit on the number of tourists that can enter Bhutan each year ?

There is no limit on the number of tourists allowed to visit in a year. In order to protect our culture, traditions and natural environment, the government has adopted a unique policy of “High Value, Low Impact ”. This policy is aimed at attracting discerning tourists that will respect the unique culture and values of the Bhutanese people while also providing the visitors with an unforgettable one of a kind experience.

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Trip Facts

  • 1-12 people
  • Moderate
  • 4-16
  • Paro International Air Port
  • 3 hours before
  • Adventure