Bhutan Tour Package

7 Days Central Bhutan Tour

Day 01: Singapore – Bangkok: Depart Singapore to Bangkok by evening flight. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 02: Bangkok – Paro – Thimpu: The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. Then drive to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1½ hour. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Check in at hotel Jumolhari and lunch will be served. Afternoon visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk Folk Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of items and artifacts used in rural households, Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in its color and design.Dinner at Plum’s Café which is situated in the heart of Thimphu city and five minutes walk from your hotel. Overnight at hotel Jumolhari or similar.

Day 03: Thimpu – Punakha: Morning depart to Punakha, an ancient capital of Bhutan. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. Check in at hotel Meri Puensum and lunch will be served. After lunch drive to visit Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. Late afternoon drive towards the north of Punakha valley and after six kms. A side road leads down to a parking area in front of the suspension footbridge. The trail crosses the bridge and then climbs sharply through farmland and forest before reaching the stupa. The hike to Khamsum Yuele Chorten is around 45 minutes walk. Dinner and overnight at hotel Meri Puensum.

Day 04: Punakha – Gangtey – Wangdue: Today we start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan. The drive to Gangtey is approximately 3 hours crossing over Pelela pass (3,300 m) to Gangtey Gompa. In the morning we pass Wangdue, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan where we make a short stop to view the Wangdiphodrang Dzong dramatically located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation via Gangtey, which lies in the flanks of the Black Mountains. There is an old monastery of Gangtey Gompa (under renovation) dating back to the 17th century. A few kilometers past the Gompa on the valley floor are the fascinating valley of Phobjikha. (Continue to the next page)The gentle sloping hillsides of Phobjikha are described as “the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas”. This is the winter home of black-necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate and then to Pelela Pass with an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East Bhutan. If the weather is clear the Himalayan ranges can be seen, particularly the peak of Jhomolhari to the west. In the evening drive back to Wangdue. Dinner and overnight at Dragon Resort.

Day 05: Wangdue – Thimpu – Paro: After breakfast drive over the Docho-la pass to Thimphu and then continue your drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight at Kyichu resort.

Day 06: Paro – Hike to Taktsang: In the morning drive towards the north of Paro valley to visit the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m) and then drive beyond Satsam Chorten to hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The hike up to the cafeteria will take around one and half hour. At the view point enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigeress in the 8th century and lunch will be served at the view point cafeteria and then walk back to the road point and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district. Overnight at Kyichu Resort.

Day 07: Paro – Bangkok – Singapore: Early breakfast will be served at your hotel and then drive to Paro airport where your Bhutanese escort bid you farewell at Paro airport. Good-bye and happy journey back home.

Package includes:

  • Return airfare BKK -Bhutan-BKK by Druk Air.
  • Airport taxes.
  • All accommodation on twin-share basis includes Bangkok one night 4 stars hotel.
  • All meals in Bhutan till last day breakfast.
  • All transportation in private vehicle with English speaking guide.
  • All entrances fees.
  • Bhutan Visa fee of US $ 20.

Package excludes:

  • Return airfare SIN – BKK – SIN.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Beverages and any expenditure of personal nature.

THE END

9 DAYS: CENTRAL BHUTAN TOUR



Day 01: Singapore – Bangkok: Depart Singapore to Bangkok by evening flight, overnight in Bangkok. 4****

Day 02: Bangkok – Paro – Thimpu: The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. First gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will be brief by our guide and transferred to Paro town for lunch. After lunch, we will visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower that is now known as the National Museum (converted in 1968). The museum boasts antique thangka, textiles, weapons and armor, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. We will also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in the 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as and administration centre and school for monks. We then depart for Thimpu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1.5hours. Thimpu has a population of about 65,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. In the evening, we will visit the Handicrafts Emporium, where all types of Bhutanese handicrafts are made and sold, overnight at Hotel Jumolhari or similar.

Day 03: Thimpu – Punakha: In the morning, we will visit the Weekly Outdoor Market, where everyone goes to buy fruits and vegetables, rice, grains, chilies, and other fresh foods. The crowded stalls offer many colorful local items such as yak tail dusters, butter teacups, turquoise from Nepal and Tibet as well as musical instruments. We will also visit the folk Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past though exhibition of items and artifacts used in rural households, Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved though exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in it colors and designs. Other highlight include visit to Bhutanese Handmade Paper Factory. After lunch, depart for Punakha, where the road climbs steeply though a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochola pass (3050m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for a tea and view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. Afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and ancient capital of Bhutan, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (female) Chu and Pho (male) Chu. The Dzong is open to visitors only in summer when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body are in Thuimpu, overnight at Hotel Meri Puensum or Similar.

Day 04: Punakha – Trongsa – Bumthang: Today we start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan. The drive to Bumthang via Trongsa is about 7hours crossing over Pele La Pass (3300m) and Yotongla Pass (3400m). The Central Road, across the Black Mountains was completed 30years ago, and it bough about great changes to the people in central Bhutan. We pass Wangdue, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan where we make a short stop to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong dramatically located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pelela Pass (3300m) with an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between west and east Bhutan. If the weather is clear, the Himalayan range can be seen, particularly the peak of Jhomulhari (7314m) to the west. En route we cross Chendebji Chorten built many centuries ago to suppress a demon. After lunch, we go out to view the impressive Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home of the ruling dynasty. In olden days the Dzong commanded the passage between East and West Bhutan. We then drive to Bumthang valley (described as “one of the most beautiful spot in the Himalayas” across the Yotongla Pass (3400m), overnight at Rinchenling Lodge or Similar.

Day 05: Bumthang: This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. The Guru and his lineage of Tertons (treasure finders), have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. In the morning we hike to visit the Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic schools built by Terton Pema Lingpa) and Kurjey Lhakhang (where the Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock). We also visit Jambay Lhakhang (one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century) and Jakar Dzong (seat of the district administration). In the afternoon, hike to Thangbi valley across the suspension bridge and visit the Thangbi Lhakhang built in the 14th century, overnight at Rinchenling Lodge or Similar.

Day 06: Bumthang – Gangtey – Wangdue: The drive to Wangdue takes about 7hours via Gangtry. Gangtey lies towards the East of Punakha and Wangdue on the flanks of the Black Mountains. These is and old monastery of Gangtey Gompa dating back to the 17th century. A few kilometers past the Gompa on the valley floor are the fascinating valley of Phobjikha. The gentle sloping hillsides of Phojikha are described as “the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas”. This is the winter home of black0necked cranes that migrate from arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate, overnight at Resort in Wangdue.

Day 07: Wangdue – Thimpu – Paro: After breakfast, we drive to Thimpu over the Dochola Pass and visit National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk; Zilukha Nunnery and then depart to Paro, overnight at Hotel Olathang, (situated on a spur admist dense forest of pine trees) or Kyichu resort.

Day 08: Paro: After breakfast, we drive to the winding road to the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions, and also visit a Bhutanese farm house of a local family at Drukgyal for a close up view of everyday Bhutanese life. We then drive beyond Satsam Chorten to hike up (or horse ride) to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The horse ride up to the cafeteria will take around 1.5hrs. At the view point, you will enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. We then walk back to the road point and visit Kyichu Lhahang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, overnight at Kyichu resort/Hotel Olathang or Similar.

Day 09: Paro – Bangkok – Singapore: In the morning, your Bhutanese escort will bid farewell at Paro Airport, Goodbye and happy journey back home.

Package includes:

  • Return airfare BKK -Bhutan-BKK by Druk Air.
  • Airport taxes.
  • All accommodation on twin-share basis includes Bangkok one night 4 stars hotel.
  • All meals in Bhutan till last day breakfast.
  • All transportation in private vehicle with English speaking guide.
  • All entrances fees.
  • Bhutan Visa fee of US $ 20.

Package excludes:

  • Return airfare SIN – BKK – SIN.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Beverages and any expenditure of personal nature.

The End

11 Days Bhutan Tour



Day 01: Arrive at Paro (2,280m)

The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. A tour guide, who will be your personal host throughout your stay in Bhutan, will be waiting to assist you with customs and immigration formalities, and then drive you the short distance to the Hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Thimphu (2320m)

After breakfast you will drive to Thimphu and visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), on the back stop at the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (where ancient manuscripts are preserved), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where the medicinal herbs, mineral, and animals organs available in abundant in the kingdom are compounded and dispensed by traditional pharmacist and medical practitioners. This indigenous healing method is popular amongst all Bhutanese people, and runs in parallel to modern medicine in all district head quarter. Here you will have exclusive privilege of talking to a renowned traditional healer. Visit Trashicho Dzong Also know as ‘fortress of the glorious religion’, it was initially built in 1641 and later rebuilt in its present form by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965. The Dzong houses, main secretariat building which houses the throne room of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan. The National Assembly Hall is housed in a modern building on the other side of the river from the Dzong. During the warmer summer months, the monk body headed by His Holiness, the Je Khenpo, makes its home in the Dzong. Visit Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, The paper products are made from a mulberry plant bark called daphne and this factory produces watermark paper as well as cards, lampshades, envelopes, calendars and other items made from traditional Bhutanese paper. visit to Textile museum and Folk Heritage Museum, These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.Visit Simtokha Dzong (the oldest fortress in the kingdom). Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 03: Thimphu-Punkaha(1300m).

After early breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass, where you can see 108 Bhutanese Stupas. If the weather is clear you can see all Himalays Ranges with all snow covered. Further drive to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong. The Dzong is situated between the two rivers and it is one of the biggest rivers in Bhutan.  We have to walk through the suspension bridge to reach the Dzong. The Dzong was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952. In the evening short hike to ChimiLhakhang(Temple).It is a gentle walk through beautiful farm houses and vast plains of rice fields, for about half an hour. This monastery is dedicated to the divine madman who is popularly known as Drukpa Kinley. He inherited the divine madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. The temple is   regarded as a sanctum of fertility and most childless couples usually make a visit to this temple to seek the fertility blessings .Dinner and over night in Hotel at Punakha.

Day 4: Punakha-Wangdue-Gangtey.

Early breakfast, drive to Wangdiphodrang via Gangtey. Lunch at Gangtey valley. It is one of the most beautiful glacial valleys of the Himalayas. Visit Gangtey Gompa from outside. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. These cranes are very rare and endangered and highly protected by the Government. These cranes fly to Phobjikha valley which is their winter Habitat. The Cranes circle three times in a clock-wise direction around the Gangtey Gompa as a reverence to the Monastery before landing in the valley. They repeat the same practice before flying back to Tibet in early spring. You can watch the cranes. Enroute we will stop in different places for the photography and have the view of different valleys. Dinner and Overnight in Hotel at Wangdiphodrang.

Day 05: Gangtey-Trongsa-Bumthang(2600m-4,000m)

After breakfast drive to Bumthang via Trongsa and stop at Chendbji Chorten, patterned on Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu. It was built in 18th century by Lama Shida, from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.

Visit Trongsa Dzong, the most impressive dzong in Bhutan, built in its present form in 1644 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, the official who was sent by Shabdrung to unify eastern Bhutan and enlarged at the end of the 17th century by Desi Tenzin Rabgay. Trongsa Dzong is the ancestral home of the present Royal Family and first two hereditary kings ruled Bhutan from this Dzong. drive to Bumthang via Yongtala Pass and Kilakha Pass. Bumthang sightseeing includes: Bhutanese Carpet Factory, here they used Yak and Sheep wool and even pure silk to weave different carpets and the Bhutanese Textiles., after lunch visit Jakar Dzong, which literally means “The Castle of White Bird”. The current structure was built in 1667 and then visits Lamey Goemba, a large palace and monastery built in 18th century by Dasho Phuntsho Wangdi. Visit Jambay Lhakhang, built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659 on the same day as Kichu Lhakhang in Paro.  The temple was visited by Guru Rimpoche during his visit to Bumthang and was renovated by Sindhu Raja after Guru Rimpoche restored his life force. Under the temple is said to be a lake in which Guru Rimpoche hid several Terma. In October one of the most spectacular festival, Jambay Lhakhang Drup” is staged here.  In the evening visit different Handicrafts and Bumthang small Town. Dinner and Overnight in Hotel at Bumthang.

DAY 06: Bumthang sightseeing

After breakfast, visit Chakhar (Iron Castle) Lhakhang, it is the site of the palace of the Indian King, the Sindhu Raja who invited Guru Rimpoche to Bumthang. The Original palace was made of Iron and hence the name Chakhar. The saint Dorji Lingpa built the Current building in 14th century. Its correct name is Dechen Phodrang. We then visit Kurjey Lhakhang that is named after body print of Guru Rimpoche, built in 1652 by Minjur Tempa. Visit Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa and is the most important Nyingmapa temple in the kingdom.

Day 07: Day Excursion to Ura or Tang valley

Day excursion to Ura Valley. The road to Ura Valley is off the main road, and this enjoyable excursion will provide a nice view of the Jakar Dzong. You’ll make a stop in Ura village for lunch and will have a chance to visit the main temple and explore the village. Ura Village has a medieval look to it because of the cobblestone streets, and the typical clothing of the women includes a sheepskin shawl. On the way back from Ura you can stop to see Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake). In the evening you can visit local shops. Overnight in Bumthang

Day 08: Bumthang-wangdue

Early breakfast, drive to Wangdiphodrang via Trongsa. Lunch at Chendebji. Chendbji Chorten, patterned on Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu. It was built in 18th century by Lama Shida, from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this Enroute .we will stop in different places for the photography and have the view of different valleys. Dinner and Overnight in Hotel at Wangdiphodrang.

Day 9: Wangdue-Paro

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu and visit Simthokha Dzong. It is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan. After lunch drive to Paro. Visit to the watch tower of Paro Dzong which now houses the National Museum. The museum is an important center for the preservation of Bhutanese artifacts, culture and history. Then, we continue to Rinpung Dzong (or Paro Dzong), which means “the fortress of the heap of jewels.” This complex houses the administrative and religious headquarters for the Paro district. A part of Bernardo Bertolucci’s movie, “Little Buddha,” was filmed inside this Dzong. From the Dzong, we will enjoy a short and easy walk to the Pachu river and cross to the other side over a traditional cantilever (wooden covered) bridge after lunch Drive to Drukgyal Dzong, a ruined fortress which is 16 km away from Paro Town. Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Jumolhari ‘Mountain of the Goddess’ can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329 m /24,029 ft.). And on the way back visit Kichu Lhakhang is the oldest and the most sacred shrine of Bhutan built in 8th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. In the evening take a leisurely stroll in Paro town.

Day 10: Hike to Taktshang(tiger nest Monastery).

Day Hike or Mule ride to Tigers Nest Monastery.  One of the most venerated places   precariously perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor.  Guru Rinpoche arrived at spot on a back of tigress and meditated here in a cave and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as the most spiritual of sites in Bhutan and many eminent saints have meditated in this area. Now it is visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their life time. From the road point the hike up to Taktshang, on a well maintained path, is up hills takes around 2-3 hours at an average walking speed. On a sunny day please do remember to carry sunscreen, water, walking stick and a hat.

The Lunch and refreshments at the cafeteria which offers an imposing view of the cultural landmark. (The hike can be quite strenuous and a pony ride to the monastery can be arranged at additional cost).

The late afternoon is free to relax and enjoy Paro.

Day 11: Departure

After breakfast, bid farewell to your guide and will be transferred to the airport for flightFly Paro/Bangkok

Package includes:

  • Return airfare BKK -Bhutan-BKK by Druk Air.
  • Airport taxes.
  • All accommodation on twin-share basis includes Bangkok one night 4 stars hotel.
  • All meals in Bhutan till last day breakfast.
  • All transportation in private vehicle with English speaking guide.
  • All entrances fees.
  • Bhutan Visa fee of US $ 20.

Package excludes:

  • Return airfare SIN – BKK – SIN.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Beverages and any expenditure of personal nature.


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