FROM: USD $3,895

Wonders of Bhutan - 7 Days

Uncover a nation untouched by modern civilisation with a week long journey through the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Set off from Paro to explore the capital city of Thimphu, the spectacular Punakha Valley and the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

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Itinerary
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Hotels

Trip Highlights

Tiger’s Nest Monastery - Hike up to this famous Buddhist monastery perched on a cliff face
Paro - Enjoy a guided tour of the city, including the National Museum and Rinphung Dzong
Dochula Pass - Marvel at the spectacular Himalayan peaks and surrounding landscapes
Punakha Valley - Hike up to Chimi Lhakhand Temple and camp alongside the scenic Mo Chu River
Thimphu - Explore Bhutan’s capital city on a full day sightseeing tour including Memorial Chorten
Villages of Talo or Nobgang - explore the ancestral home of the Queen Mothers of Bhutan

Included

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 & day 7 (only)
Cooking demonstration in Thimphu
All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles
All Bhutan government royalties and taxes
5 nights 3-4 star hotels and 1 night premium camp
Guided sightseeing of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and the Punakha Valley
Escorted by a licensed English-speaking local tour guide
Entrance fees to all included sightseeing
Bhutan Visa fee and travel Permit, excl visa admin fee of USD$20 payable upon arrival

Not Included

International flights, Bhutan visa administration fee payable upon arrival USD$20
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Paro

Saturday. Welcome to Bhutan and the start of your holiday! You’ll be met at Paro Airport and transferred to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Paro  |  Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Paro sightseeing tour & Thimphu weekend market

Paro - Thimphu. This morning we enjoy a guided tour of the National Museum, housed within the old watch tower Ta Dzong perched on a hilltop overlooking the city. After browsing the museum’s exhibits we head to the impressive Rinphung Dzong, the backdrop for the Hollywood film Little Buddha. Later this afternoon we drive to Thimphu and visit the weekend market. From Friday onwards vendors from surrounding villages travel to Thimphu to display their wares until Sunday afternoon when the market ends.
Overnight: Thimphu  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Memorial Chortan, Handicrafts & Cooking Demo

An intriguing blend of modernity and antiquity, Thimphu - Bhutan’s capital, allows travellers to step away from the typical tourist experience and be part of something wholly unique. Today we enjoy a full day of sightseeing, including stops at the Memorial Chorten - a beautiful stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s third King, and the National Library - which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts and modern academic books. We’ll also visit the Drubthob Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum and the Takin Preserve where you can spot Bhutan’s national animal.

For those that appreciate local crafts we’ll stop in at various workshops go see a wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products, including a visit to the Handicrafts Emporium. This evening we enjoy a cooking demonstration at our hotel, to learn about the art of Bhutanese cuisine.
Overnight: Thimphu  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Punakha, Chimi Lhakhang Temple & Camp by the Mo Chu River

Thimphu - Punakha. An early start this morning takes us on the road to Punakha, climbing up through oak, pine and rhododendron forest to reach Dochu La Pass (3050m). After a short break we continue on to the spectacular Punakha Valley, where we enjoy a scenic 1.5 to 2 hour walk up to Chimi Lhakhang Temple - dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley (also known as the Divine Mad Monk). After our hike we visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, and an exemplary masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture.

Later this afternoon we head to our camp site for some time to relax or explore the natural surrounds. In the early evening you can opt for a hot stone bath served with local drinks, followed by dinner.
Overnight: Punakha (Premium Camp)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Punakha Valley Sightseeing

Punakha - Paro. After an early breakfast, we hike for approximately 2 - 2.5 hours, up through rice fields and along the banks of the Mo Chu river to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning temple located on a hill with stunning views of the valley below. We continue our exploration of the area with a drive to the picturesque villages scattered along a ridge above the Punakha Valley. In the afternoon we stop for a picnic lunch before visiting Sangchen Dorji Lhendrup Nunnery, perched on a ridge with spectacular views of the Punakha and Wangdue valleys. Apart from religious training, the nuns are also taught skills such as embroidery, tailoring and statue making. After our visit to the nunnery and drive to Paro.
Overnight: Paro  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Tiger's Nest Monastery

Taktshang Pelphung Monastery or Tiger’s Nest Monastery as it often referred to, is one of the most venerated and famous of Bhutan’s monasteries. It is located on the face of a sheer 900m cliff above the floor of Paro valley. Today we embark on a scenic 4 to 6 hour hike to view this spectacular and unmissable sight. The monastery is only accessible on foot or you can ride a pony part of the way (this must be arranged in advance by your guide).

From the trail (2600m) we take a steep one hour walk up to a cafeteria where you can enjoy refreshments and wonderful views of Taktshang (2940m). Those who wish to proceed further must travel on foot. The trail continues uphill for another 45 minutes to a high observation point (3140m) where there is a Chorten (stupa). From this vantage point, the lookout to the monastery is incredible and seems almost close enough to touch. Continuing down a flight of cliff-hanging steps on the narrow trail you’ll reach a beautiful waterfall that plunges down the deep chasm and alongside is a retreat hermitage, jammed dramatically into a rock crevice. Then climb up the flight of steep steps to the monastery. At any point on this walk, you can always return if you find it too difficult. Once inside the monastery, there are several shrines or temples to see with few monks in residence. After exploring the monastery we walk back to the cafeteria for lunch, before retracing our steps back to the road to journey back to Paro.
Overnight: Paro  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Paro

Friday. Our tour concludes today after breakfast. A departure transfer will take you to Paro airport for your onward travel.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing. If a roommate cannot be found the single room supplement will apply.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel & Spa, Paro

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The eco friendly and community based Naksel Boutique Hotel and Spa tastefully combines traditional Bhutanese design with the comforts of modern living. Guest rooms include queen size beds, hard wood flooring and delightful en suite facilities with under floor heating. The hotel is home to Olive restaurant which serves up a mouth watering array of Bhutanese, Indian, Asian and Western cuisine. The onsite bar - Chabchu is great for relaxing at in the evenings. For the adventurous try a glass of the local favourite, Ara, Bhutanese rice wine.

Hotel Migmar, Thimphu

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Opened in 2010, Hotel Migmar is designed in classic Bhutanese style. Guest rooms are very colourful with wooden flooring and free wi-fi access. The hotel also has an onsite restaurant serving up a range of Asian cuisines, including Bhutanese and Indian. Those wishing to really relax whilst visiting should take advantage of the steam bath and meditation rooms that are available to guests. Located in the southern suburbs of Thimpu in a quiet neighbourhood.

Mo Chu River Camp, Punakha

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

A short drive from Punakha, the Mo Chu River Premium Camp sit on the banks of the River Mo Chu. Accommodation here is in two man walk in tents with thick mattresses. Toilet tents are provided with flush toilets and there are shower tents with hot water available as well as the chance to try out a traditional hot stone bath. There is a central area with space to relax around a camp fire and the cook team here create traditional Bhutanese meals in the dining tent. Electricity is supplied in the dining and toilet tents and the walk ways are lit by small lamps but a torch is useful.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Paro
Ends
Paro
Departs
Saturday
Hotel Rating
3-4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 6
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