Highlights of Bhutan

7 Days, from AU $4,123

View of the Taktshang monastery in Paro (Bhutan) with prayer flags and a prayer wheel in the front

Taktsang Monastery 

Tashichho Dzong

National Memorial Chorten in Thimphu 

A visit to Bhutan is an unique experience! The country of happiness will enlighten you with its beauty, charm and majestic.  On this 7 day itinerary you will visit the famous Tiger’s Nest, get an insight into the local life, practise Bhutan’s traditional Arcerhery game, take in the most beautiful views and discover several temples, fortresses and monasteries.

Our Highlight itineraries cover the key attractions at a relatively quick pace. Enjoy them as they are or extend them to create your perfect holiday. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Paro / Thimphu

On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Thimphu. After you have rested and had lunch in the hotel or local restaurant you will explore the city of Thimphu.

Thimphu is a bustling town on the banks of the Thimphu Chhu and set gloriously in the hills of the Thimphu valley. It is home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government to several foreign missions and development projects. Thimphu is one of the few capital cities in the world that has no MacDonald, star bucks, billboards and traffic lights. A must see city that has truly set an example. It is also a place for trekking, bicycling, motor biking and bird watching.

Visit Memorial Chorten, the Largest Sitting Budha, Mini Zoo and the Fortress and return back to your hotel for dinner.

Day 2: Thimphu

Start early into the day and take a drive to the base of the Tango Monastery where your hike will begin.

Located at the farthest region north of Thimphu, it is roughly 14 kilometres away from Thimphu town. Following the trail it takes about 40 minutes to reach the monastery. The word Tango literally means ‘horse head’ and is derived from the deity Tandin (Hayagriva) that features the head of a horse. The revered place of Hayagriva was first recognized by Guru Rinpoche in the eighth century. It is now the Buddhist College in Bhutan.

Continue to visit the authentic Craft Bazar, Paper Factory, Post Office, Tree Plantation and Textile Museum.

At night, dress up in Bhutanese costume and go for a dinner in a nice, cozy local restaurant were a dance troupe will perform Cultural show.

Day 3: Gangtey/Phobjikha

After an early breakfast drive to Gangtey. En-route stop Dochula Pass and take in the beautiful views. The pass is a popular location among tourists as it offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snow-capped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquillity of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass.

In Gangtey you will visit the Gangtey Monaster. Established in the 17th century, the monastery is perched atop a small hill that rises from the valley floor. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens who take care of the Monastery.

Day 4: Punakha

Morning trip to the crane observation centre before visiting a local school and village, one of best ways to interact with locals and to see how they are so intertwined with nature and the birds.

Explore the Gangtey Nature Trail, which is one of the most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trail. During the trek you have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Goemba(Monastery), it also leads to sloping area of green grass, flanked by pine trees on either side.

Later the day drive to Punakha/Wangdue for your overnight stay.

Day 5: Punakha / Paro

Start the day by visiting the majestic fortress Punakha Dzong. Built in 1637 the fortress is nestled in-between two rivers and served as a seat of the king. Now it is the winter capital of the central monk body and every year in the month of February the Punakha Festival is held in this fortress. The fortress also boasts about displaying itself of unique Bhutanese architecture.

Continue to the Punakha Nunnery, perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang. The temple complex houses a permanent higher learning and meditation centre for nuns where, apart from religious trainings, it provides life skill training such as tailoring, embroidery, statue making and thangka painting.

Before your drive to Paro visit the Longest suspension bridge and Fertility Temple.

Punakha narrates lots on the histories of Bhutan. It served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953. It is home to the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of the most majestic structures in the country. On October 13, 2011, the wedding of the 5th King of Bhutan, was held at the Punakha Dzong. This place boasts of low altitude trek, rafting, kayaks, camping, bicycling and bird watching.

Day 6: Paro

Early hike to Famous Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan’s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory. It is believed that in the 8th century, the great tantric master Guru Rimopche/ Padmasambhava (2nd Buddha) flew on the back of a tigress to the site where the monastery now stands. The hike takes maximum one hour to reach the cafeteria and another around one hour to reach the heart of the monastery and slightly less on the way back. Most of the route is through wonderfully cool and sheltered oak forests. There is a teahouse half way for a break. After the tea house the path is slightly steeper and more open with one area of exposed steps. It is a route that anybody of reasonable fitness can make but those who suffer from vertigo might prefer to wait at the teahouse.

Later, visit picturesque farmhouses and enjoy the hospitality and smiles of the Paro farmers. The two to three-storied Bhutanese farmhouses are beautiful in appearance, with colourfully decorated outer walls and lintels, and are traditionally built. A visit to a farmhouse gives an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of a farming family. You can cook, eat and take hot stone bath in the farmhouse.

In the afternoon, practise Arcerhery, Bhutan’s national game. You would not want to miss how the Bhutanese play this game. You are welcome to try the archery with our team.

Day 7: Paro

Early breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.

Inclusions:
  • Accommodation with breakfast.
  • Lunch and Dinner in local restaurants and hotels.
  • Experienced English Speaking Tour Guide licensed by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
  • Private transport within Bhutan 
  • Museum & Monuments entrance fee.
  • Bottled water during the tour.
  • Government Royalty
  • Tourism Development Fund
  • Visa Fee
  • Air fare (Bangkok-Bhutan-Bangkok in economy class)
Notes:

Please ask us for a quote for flights in and out of Paro (limited airlines from Kathmandu, Bangkok, India and Singapore)Please ask us for a quote for flights in and out of Paro (limited airlines from Kathmandu, Bangkok, India and Singapore).

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