5 Days in Bhutan: Our Recommendations

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A trip to Bhutan should be on your bucket list if it is not already there. A top-tier trekking destination, the Shangri-La of the eastern Himalayas is also a repository of Buddhist culture. Plus, it has options for all sorts of travelers. There is the famed snowman trek for those planning a month-long vacation, while travelers looking forward to spend just 5 days in Bhutan can go gallivanting around Thimphu and Punakha and combine sightseeing tours in cities with short hiking trips.

Below are our top three Bhutan itineraries that last from 3 to 5 days. Browse through them for more details.


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1. Glimpse of Bhutan: 3 days in Bhutan

Bhutan is one of the most exotic places to visit in Asia.
 Enjoy a visit to the Tiger's Nest monastery in Bhutan.
Kyichu Lhakhang is a Buddhist temple in Paro district of Bhutan.
One of the oldest temples, Kyichu Lhakhang is located in the Paro district of Bhutan
Day 1 Land in Paro and drive to Thimphu
Day 2 See Tiger's Nest Monastery, visit Kyichu Lhakhang
Day 3 Transfer back to Paro Airport

This three-day Bhutan tour might not be worth the trouble of flying halfway around the world but it definitely makes sense to incorporate it into your itinerary if you are traveling through South Asia. Activities include a sightseeing tour in Thimphu, an uphill hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery and a visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in the country built by none other than Songtsen Gampo. Drive back to the airport on the last day of this trip. See more 3-day tours in Bhutan.

2. Paro and Thimphu: 4 days in Bhutan

Paro is a small valley of Bhutan.
Paro is known an the historic valley of Bhutan
Thimpu is the capital of Bhutan.
An aerial view of Thimpu
Day 1 Land in Paro and go on a sightseeing tour of the city
Day 2 Enjoy enchanting views of Paro from Tiger's Nest Monastery
Day 3 Take in the highlights of Thimphu during a guided tour
Day 4 Bid farewell to Bhutan

If you are planning to spend 4 days in Bhutan, then this trip might be for you. Cover Paro and Thimphu, Bhutan’s two major cities, during your short stay and cover their highlights. A guided, sightseeing tour of Paro is included in your itinerary on the first day. Your second day in the country involves hiking up to Tiger's Nest Monastery, one of Buddhism’s holiest sites. Take in the sights and sounds of Thimphu, the capital city, before it is time to bid farewell to Bhutan. See more 4-day tours in Bhutan.

3. Sightseeing and Monastries: 5 days in Bhutan

Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan.
Punakha Suspension Bridge in Bhutan is known as one of the oldest bridge in the world.
Day 1 Transfer to Thimphu on landing in Paro
Day 2 Drive to Punakha and see its highlights
Day 3 Explore Hontsho village en route to Paro
Day 4 Soak up views from Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Day 5 Drive back to the airport

Be part of an enchanting experience during your 5 days in Bhutan with this trip. Take in the quaint highland cities of Thimphu, Paro and Punakha. See Punakha Dzong, the second-oldest fort in the country that goes back to circa 1637, and fill your lungs with crisp mountain air as you climb the stairs leading to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Feel the onrush of mountain scenery in Hontsho, a Tibetan settlement, before it is time to catch your flight home. See more 5-day tours in Bhutan.

If you are looking forward to an extended layover or a relaxing retreat in the Himalayas then spending 5 days in Bhutan is an ideal option for you. The duration is not enough to include a trek but offers more than ample time to cover the highlights. Check out our tours below if you want to book a package trip or join a group. Feel free to connect with our travel experts in Bhutan for more insights.

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