Glimps of Bhutan - 5 Days

This special tour package includes Adventure, Cultural, Spiritual and Wellness, Nature, Photography, and a bit of everything to experience real Bhutan. We can customize your itinerary depending on your time and interest.

Highlights:
Hike / Horse ride to the Tigers nest (Taktshang Monastery)
Trek
Witness preserved age-old culture and tradition with add-ons such as picnic lunches and bonfires.
Visiting of Fortress, Temples, Monasteries, People, Valleys, Museum, Handicraft, and government-run institutions
Farmhouse stays with a local family – Experience Real Bhutanese Lifestyle.
Photography (panoramic views of Himalayan peaks and beautiful scenery of Bhutan)
Bird Watching (Different endangered spices of bird)
Putting up prayer flags along the way for safe journey and well being,
Meditate or perform religious offering in the sacred temples/ monasteries

Optional: Biking, Rafting/Kayaking, Luxury camping facility, Witness/ Play a game of archery and traditional Dart, Private Culture and Mask Dance Programs (Minimum 7 pax ), Attain and witness Annual rituals/ national celebration/ festival and many more.

Overview

This special tour package includes Adventure, Cultural, Spiritual and Wellness, Nature, Photography, and a bit of everything to experience real Bhutan. We can customize your itinerary depending on your time and interest.

 

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Paro, and transfer to Thimphu

In clear weather, a flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of Himalayan scenery. On arrival, you will be met by our representative. After that, drive to Thimphu (55 km, 2 hours), the modern capital town of Bhutan.

Then visit, The Largest and Tallest Statue of Buddha in the world, Buddha Point.

Evening, stroll around Thimphu town. Dinner and overnight stay at Thimphu Hotel.

Day 2
Thimphu- Punakha- Thimphu

After breakfast drive to Punakha with a short stop at Dochula pass (3,050m) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan. Later visit Punakha Dzong, the 17th-century fortress that is the seat of the district administration and the winter residence of the monk body, followed by a visit to the local market.

Also, visit Chimi Lhakhang. It is situated on a hillock in the center of the valley, and is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humor, songs, and outrageous behavior to dramatize his teachings and due to this also known as ‘Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, are usually blessed with a child very soon. It is about a 30-minute walk across the field from the road to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. It then follows a tiny stream downhill to Yoaka and across more fields before making a short climb to Chimi Lhakhang. In the evening, drive back to Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3
Thimphu- Paro

Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes a visit to Trashichhodzong, 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 proceed to the National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, with some works dating back several hundred years. Visit the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School), where a six-year training course is given in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

Also, visit the Traditional Medicine Institute is worthwhile where centuries-old healing arts still practiced. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. After that visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays a 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 the Father of modern Bhutan. In the evening drive to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 4
Paro

Begin this day with a short drive to the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. From this fort, Bhutanese repelled several invasions by Tibetan armies. Nearby visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers good insight into the lifestyle of local people. Then take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the spot where Guru Rinpoche arrived on the back of a tigress and meditated. The temple is perched on a sheer rock face. The excursion to the monastery’s viewpoint takes about 5 hours for a round trip. While a return to Paro town visits en route Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. In the evening visit the local market and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 5
Paro Depart

After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for a flight to the onward destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.

The Trip Cost Includes

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

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 licensed 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 arrangement

What about internet access?

Yes. The Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Bhutan is 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.

What currency is used in Bhutan ?

Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is widely accepted in the country.

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Glimps of Bhutan

Trip Facts

  • 1-32 people
  • Moderate