One Week in Bhutan: Our Recommendations

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A trip to Bhutan’s lush countryside, enchanting mountains and colorful traditional architecture draw travelers from all around the world. While shorter tours around the country last three to four days and cover just its three major cities, Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, a comprehensive tour of the country can go well over ten days. One week in Bhutan allows you to not just soak up the must-see sights but also discover the interiors of the country. Options abound when it comes to a 7-day trip to Bhutan. We suggest that you add a day or two to your one-week itinerary if you want to hike the famous Druk Path. Below are our recommendations that last between 6 to 8 days.

6 days in Bhutan: Dragon tour

Bhutan is one of the most exotic places to visit in Asia.
Enjoy a visit to the Tiger's Nest monastery in Bhutan.
Day 1 Land in Paro, drive along Paro Tsu River to Thimphu
Day 2 See Thimphu’s highlights including Simtokha Dzong
Day 3 Stop at Dochula Pass, enjoy spectacular views of Himalayas
Day 4 Return to Paro and visit Paro Dzong
Day 5 Hike up a cliff to Tiger's Nest
Day 6 Bid farewell to Bhutan

The laid-back city of Paro, which is also the starting point of your tour, has a small-town feel even though it is home to the only international airport in this Buddhist country. Tick off the highlights of Thimphu, the capital city, then drive to the Dochula Pass. Located 3,100 meters above sea level, it offers a spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayas. Last on your itinerary is what most travelers to Bhutan look forward to: a hike to the famous Tiger's Nest. See tour.

One week in Bhutan: Best of Bhutan

Paro is a small valley of Bhutan.
Paro is known an the historic valley of Bhutan
Day 1 Transfer to Thimphu and explore the city
Day 2 Drive to Dochula Pass, hike through paddy fields to Chimmi Lhakhang
Day 3 Visit Punakha Dzong
Day 4 Swap stories with nuns, drive back to Paro
Day 5 Discover Paro’s highlights
Day 6 Clamber up a cliff to Tiger's Nest
Day 7 Transfer to airport for your flight home

Cover the highlights of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro during your one week in Bhutan with this tour. See the majestic Tashichoe Dzong, an ancient fortress that also acts as the seat of the Bhutanese government and soak up the Himalayan panorama from the Dochula Pass. Then hike up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Chorten and visit Punakha Dzong. Your sightseeing tour of Paro is followed by a trip to iconic Tiger’s Nest. See tour.

7 days in Bhutan: Bhutan Heritage by Bicycle

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 and explore the city
Day 2 Drive to Dochula Pass, hike through paddy fields to Chimmi Lhakhang
Day 3 Visit Punakha Dzong
Day 4 Swap stories with nuns, drive back to Paro
Day 5 Discover Paro’s highlights
Day 6 Clamber up a cliff to Tiger's Nest
Day 7 Transfer to airport for your flight home

Cover the highlights of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro during your one week in Bhutan with this tour. See the majestic Tashichoe Dzong, an ancient fortress that also acts as the seat of the Bhutanese government and soak up the Himalayan panorama from the Dochula Pass. Then hike up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Chorten and visit Punakha Dzong. Your sightseeing tour of Paro is followed by a trip to iconic Tiger’s Nest. See tour.

8 days in Bhutan: Bhutan Druk Path Trek

Thimpu is the capital of Bhutan.
An aerial view of Thimpu
Day 1 Arrive in Bhutan, visit Paro Dzong
Day 2 Clamber up a cliff to Tiger’s Nest
Day 3 Start your Druk Path trek
Day 4 Hike through forests of fir trees to Jangchulakha
Day 5 Set up your camp near the alpine lake of Jimilang Tsho
Day 6 Traverse rhododendron thickets, see Janatso and Simkotha lakes
Day 7 Cross Pumo La Pass, end your day in Thimphu
Day 8 Transfer to Paro airport

Few trails in Bhutan rival the Druk Path, an iconic route that takes you through some of the country’s most stunning destinations. Add a day to your one week in Bhutan for a trek of a lifetime. Your journey starts on the third day of this trip in Ta Dzong and takes you through forests of pine, firs, and rhododendrons to Jimilang Tsho, an alpine freshwater lake located more than 3,000 meters above sea level. Set your foot on the highest point of this trip, the Pumola Pass, on the seventh day. See tour.

One week in Bhutan will be enough time to see jaw-dropping mountains, looming dzongs and ancient monasteries that come to life at prayer time. Just in case the above itineraries do not meet your requirements, we have travel experts in Bhutan who can help you plan the perfect itinerary. Check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Bhutan for more ideas and inspiration.

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