First Time Bhutan

5 Days, from AU $2,456

Tsechu Festival in Thimphu

Tiger's Nest Monastery

Dochula Pass 108 Chortens

Trashi Chhoe Dzong, Thimphu

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A visit to Bhutan is an unique experience! The country of happiness will enlighten you with its beauty, charm and majestic.  This short 5 day itinerary will provide you an introduction to way of life while covering the must see attractions. You will visit the famous Tiger’s Nest, get an insight into the local life, take in the most beautiful views and discover several temples, fortresses and monasteries.

Our Express itineraries cover the must-see attractions with a priority on enjoyment and convenience. Jetset itineraries can be customised to suit your personal tastes. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts. Enquire Now.

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 the National Memorial Chorten, National Library, Institute for Zorig Chusum (Painting school), Tashichhodzong (Fortress of the glorious religion which houses some ministries, the King’s secretariat, and a central group of monks)

Day 2: Punakha

Drive to a vantage point above the city towards a tiny zoo to be amused by the sight of Takin, the national animal of the Druk Kingdom, one of the strangest creature as you’ll ever see – an interesting blend of a goat and cattle. Then head further to a nunnery, Drubthob Lhakhang. En route, you can admire a fascinating sight of the city from high above. Visit to the local vegetable market on return to the city centre.

After lunch you head to Punakha via the famous Dochula pass. Again, the mountain views are spectacular and worth its journey alone. Your afternoon activity will include a leisure walk to the temple of the Divine Madman- Chimi Lhakhang. The walk takes you through the farmlands and past the farmhouses to a hill with commanding views of the river valley below. A stop by a farmhouse gives you an introduction to the typical farm life in Bhutan.

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 3: Paro

In the morning you will make your way to Yambesa, just a short drive from Punakha. Drop off at a parking lot by the Mo Chhu River and hike through a beautiful pastoral setting to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. This impressive 30m tall chorten, dedicated to protector deities, is perched high on the hill with the bird’s eye view of the valley below.

After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, the religious and administrative centre of the region. Return drive to Paro.

Day 4: Paro

Hike up to the famed Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's nest), an iconic Bhutanese landmark. The upward climb will take around 2 hours and stunning views compensate for the energy expended. Midway on the descent, you will enjoy lunch at the terraces of a Government run cafeteria facing the Tiger’s Nest. In the afternoon visit to the Drukgyel Dzong, Rinpung Dzong & Ta Dzong.

Day 5: Paro

Enjoy the morning free at leisure until your departure transfer for your onward flight.

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Important Information


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

  • All breakfasts at your hotel each morning.
  • All airport transfers.
  • All transport on tour.
  • All itinerary attractions including fees or permits.
  • Professional tour guides for all airport pickups, day tours and activities.
  • Bhutan Visa.

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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"We loved Bhutan especially the achievement of reaching the top of Tigers Nest. Our guide was charming and funny and we liked the hotels and countryside!" — Aspland and Hansen Family, Sunshine Coast, October 2019

"I had a fantastic time on my Bhutan adventure after Thailand. Tigers Nest is impressive and people are very friendly. It is a unique culture!" — James, Melbourne, May 19

"We had a fantastic time - absolutely loved Bhutan. Incredible people, mountains and culture. Loved the hustle and bustle of India too. " — Jan and Kerryn, Sydney, October 2018

"I just wanted to thank you for helping organise my holiday, everything was great. The accommodation and guide you organised for me in Kathmandu was good, I saw and learnt a lot, the lady at GetaboutAsia even called me on the Sunday night to check if the guide and driver had done a good job. Bhutan was unbelievable, the country and the people, I made it to the Tigers Nest and did all the treks (hikes) which were part of my tour (I surprised myself in this). I even saw Mt Everest on the fly in and flying out had a great view of the Himalayan snow peaks. " — Leanne, Castlemaine, VIC, October 2018

"The trip was fantastic- thanks for your efforts, Bhutan was incredible – we enjoyed the guides and drivers across India, Nepal and Bhutan it was fantastic. It was like another world. Our guide in Bhutan was a very nice chap and very knowledgable. He went out of his way to answer questions about anything and was a source of knowledge about Buddhism and his country. I exchanged emails with Kinley(Kelly)- the guide in Bhutan, so that I could ask further questions about Buddhism as they arise and seek info about the Lama we met at the Tigers Nest. Again, Rose and I thanks you sincerely for your assistance. We will be sure to book again with your company- we will return to India and my Rotary International work will take me to Nepal again next April." — Mr and Mrs Clyne, Goondiwndi, April 2018

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