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highlights
  • Hike to Tiger’s Nest, the iconic Buddhist monastery perched on a cliff
  • Tour Thimphu, Paro & Punakha
  • Travel to Dochula Pass and see the 108 stupas
This 8-day, guided Bhutan tour is especially tailored for those wanting to explore the ancient Buddhist culture and wonderfully diverse beauty of Bhutan’s western valleys. Join us as we take you through some of the major destinations of the country.

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Thimpu and Paro valleys. Travel to Punakha via the Dochula Pass. This town is known for Punakha Dzong, a 17th-century fortress located at the confluence of Pho and Mo Chhu rivers. Get the chance to see ancient fortresses, temples and monasteries.

Highlights of this trip include the Ta Dzong, Rimpong Dzong and Memorial Chorten as well as the 12th century Changangkha Temple. This tour also includes a hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang). For more details, please go through the itinerary below.
9 hours Resort
After clearing immigration and customs you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver. Transfer to Bhutan’s capital city, Thimphu. Enjoy travelling through the spectacular countryside.

Check into your hotel upon arrival. You are free for the reminder of the day. Your options today include visits to the National Memorial Stupa and Takin Preserve – home to Bhutan’s national animal.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9 hours 3 Star Hotel at Hotel Tashi Yoedling or similiar upon avability.
Visit the majestic Tashichho Dzong, a Buddhist monastery located on the northern edge of Thimphu, as well as the newly consecrated Tara Lhaden Zhingkham Lhakhang. Continue onward to the awesome Buddha Dordenma. This trip offers an excellent, 3km hiking option with sensational views.

We also recommend that you visit Zorig Chusum, the institute teaching traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts; the Folk Heritage Museum; and the National Library, home to a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts.

Don’t forget to take a stroll around Thimphu’s main street, Norzin Lam, which offers good shopping opportunities.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9 hours 3 Star Hotel at Meri Puensum Resort or similiar upon avability.
After breakfast, drive to Punakha via the Dochula Pass. If the weather is clear, we will stop at the pass to see the Himalayas. See Chimi Lhakhang, which is said to have been built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in the 15th century after having subdued demons with his magical thunder bolt. The temple is also known as the 'Temple of Fertility'.

Enjoy your lunch in Punakha. Your next destination is Punakha Dzong, which was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated near the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo, the senior religious hierarch of Bhutan.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9 hours Eco lodge
Drive to the valley of Wangdi Phodrang. Visit Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, built in 1638 AD atop a high ridge between Punak Tsang Chhu and Dang Chhu. Enjoy the view of the valley below. Wangdi Phodrang holds an important place in Bhutan's history because in the early days it was the country's second capital.

Head for the village of Limbukha, accessible by a feeder road from Punakha. Farmers in Limbukha are known for growing Bhutan's famous red rice which is supposed to have medicinal values.

Enjoy hiking to Khamsum Yuley Chorten, built in the 1990s, in the evening. The chorten is located in an idyllic countryside north of Punakha, about 30 minutes’ drive from town. From the parking, it is another 45 minutes of uphill walking through paddy fields.

While returning from the chorten, you also have an option to take the ancient trail that goes through farmlands and a village to arrive near Punakha Dzong. This extra walk takes another two hours or so.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9 hours Resort
Leave Punakha early in the morning for your westward journey to the Paro Valley. Arrive in Paro in time for a late lunch in one of the local restaurants. Time for an orientation tour of Paro next.

See the major sights of this city including Paro Dzong, with its cantilever bridge; Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples; and the ancient fortress of Drugyel Dzong. On a clear day, you will get the chance to see amazing views of Mt Chomolhari (7314m) from the fortress.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9 hours Resort
This morning, head for the National Museum of Bhutan in Paro to see the fine collection of ancient Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and other artefacts. You have the evening free to relax and stroll around.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9 hours Resort
Head for Taktshang, also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery, after breakfast. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1½ hours. Enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of a cliff from the viewpoint.

You can stop for refreshment at the nearby cafeteria before continuing your journey to the monastery, which will take you around an hour more. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rimpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months.

The principal monastery of this monastic complex dates from 1692. Take the route back to the road after reaching the monastery with a detour in between for lunch before driving back to your hotel.

On the way, visit the Kichu Temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon was preventing the spread of Buddhism in the Himalayas. King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples to defeat the demon. You are free in the evening.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Enjoy your breakfast and prepare for the departure. One of our representatives will drive you to Paro International airport for your onward flight.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • Airport pickup and drop-off.
  • All meals and bottled water throughout the trip.
  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis in 3-star hotels (we can arrange 4 & 5 star hotels for an additional amount).
  • All transfers as per the itinerary by SUV's
  • Bhutan visa processing fees
  • Sightseeing trips with entrance fees where applicable.
  • Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) royalties and taxes.
  • Hotel taxes & service charges
  • Camping equipment for treks.
  • All inland travel permits.
what's excluded
  • Flight tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything mentioned optional on the itinerary
  • Refreshments, any alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities to guide, driver, trekking staff, etc
  • Expenses that are personal in nature
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 8 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Paro, Bhutan
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A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationThere is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required. It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance prior to travel.
Cancellation10% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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