7 days Bhutan Tour will make you best experience of Bhutan visiting by Paro, Thimpu, Punakha and hike to Tiger Nest. Famous Dzongs, Monasteries, typical towns, local farms, hotels and foods are main attraction in this tour. Meet local peoples, taste their cuisines and experience their cultures and tradition. This tour is in full board service and the tour cost mentioned here is as per new rules from Bhutanese tourism applied from 23 September 2022.
Day 01: Arrive at Bhutan Paro airport and drive to Thimpu
International flight connection with paro airport is from Kathmandu Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Bangkok. On the clear day Panaromic Mountains can be seen from window of aircraft. You will received by our Bhutanese guide and transfer to capital city of Bhutan Thimpu. Thimpu is small capital city about 90,000 population and tree lined streets. It is 1 hour drive through scenic mountain road. Foods are included Lunch and Dinner
Day 02: Sightseeing in Thimpu
Visit major sightseeing places in Thimpu. Late King's Memorial Chorten, the National Library, Drubthob Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum, Takin Preserve, the handmade paper factory, the school of arts and crafts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts), Gold and the Silver Smiths workshop, Zangtopelri Lhakhang, and the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the weavers at work and also varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, jewellery etc. back to Hotel for overnight. Included Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha through Dochu La pass (3,048 miters)
After your breakfast, we drive to Punakha, the old winter capital. It is about 3 hours driving. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs via a series of zigzags over the Dochu La Pass. On a clear day panoramic views can be had of the eastern Himalaya, including Bhutan's highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum of 7,550 miters. The road drops down through varied forest finally emerging into the highly-cultivated Punakha valley. In the afternoon hike to Chimi Lhakhang, the divine mad monk’s temple or temple of fertility. It is a beautiful walk through a lovely local village and local farm. The temple can be visited and there is a tree outside which is supposed to have sprouted up after Drukpa Kunley sent a thunderbolt from an adjoining valley to kill some evil spirits who had gathered at the site. Also visit the courtyard of Punakha Dzong and drive to Wangdue to view Wangdi Phodrang Dzong. Overnight at the hotel of Punakha. Included Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4: Punakha to Paro via Thimphu and Dochula pass
Start early for drive back to Thimphu, which takes about 3 hours. En-route stops at Dochula cafeteria for tea and views. Continue drive to Paro, which takes another 1 hour. Visit Paro, drive 15 minutes to the old watch tower ‘Ta Dzong’ now the national museum. Take an hour long tour of the National Museum and also visit the impressive Rinphung Dzong, where the Hollywood movie ‘the Little Buddha’ was shot. Transfer to hote for overnight. Included Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5: Day in Paro. Hike to Tiger Nest (Taktsang monastery) afternoon visit Dungtse Lhakhang and Kichu Lhakhang
After your brefakst in Hotel, start driving towards hiking place of Tiger’s nest, also called Taktshang Pelphung monastery, 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. It is about 3 hours hiking one way and 2 hours another way down back. If you need the riding horse, you must ask your local guide to arrange it on the previous day. From the trail head (2600m), the walk till the Cafeteria is a steep one hour uphill (about 350m ascent). From the Cafeteria (2940m) and areas around it, one can get a good close-up view of Taktshang. Savor views of the monastery over a well-deserved cup of tea and biscuits at the cafeteria. For those who wish to proceed further from here, one must be able to walk. Usually Ponies/horses will not take people beyond this point and neither will they take you downhill. From the cafeteria, 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 a very spectacular and seems almost close enough to touch.
According to the legend, Guru Padmasambhava also known as Guru Rinpoche, who spread the Buddhism across the entire Himalayas is said to have flown here in the 8th century on the back of a Tigress, in order to subdue negative spiritual forces that were hostile to spread of Buddhism. In 853, one of his students, Pelgyi Senge mediated here in the main cave. A Stupa inside one of the temples contains his mortal remains and therefore the cave is known as 'Pelphung 'or 'Pelgi's cave'. Taktshang and several temples in the area were burnt down in 1951 by fire accident but much of them remained intact and most of the relics were saved. Soon after, it was rebuilt by entire population of Tsento village. Again in April of 1998, a major fire destroyed the main structure of the building and it's contents. Reconstruction began in 2000 and was completed and consecrated after extensive efforts and financial support of Governments as well as donors.
Another visit Kichu Lhakhang: Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. The story goes that a giant demoness lay across Tibet and the Himalayas, which was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples in a single day to pin the ogress to the earth forever in 659AD. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with precise plans at key points. The temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demoness and Kichu is said to have been built on the left foot.
Visit Dungtshe Lhakhang: Dungtse Lhakhang was constructed by the great bridge-builder Thangtong Gyelpo in 1433. It is said to have been built on the head of demoness, who was causing illness to the inhabitants. The building was restored in 1841 and is a unique repository of Kagyu lineage arts. You may or may not be permitted inside but can walk around this three-storey Chorten-type building.
Drukgyel Dzong: Drukgyal Dzong ruins is located 14kms north of Paro town, near the end of the paved road. Drukgyal Dzong (victories fortress) was built around 1644-49 to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan-Mongol forces. It was later burnt in fire accident in 1951. On a clear day, Mt. Jumolhari, Bhutan's holy peak is seen against its backdrop. Back to hotel for overnight
Day 6: Hike to Chele La and Dzongdrakha, visit Village Home
This morning a scenic drive of 1 and half hours will bring us to Chele La pass at an altitude of aprrox. 3900miteres. On one side is the Paro and on the other side is Haa valley . The hike of this morning begins from a short descent below the pass. It is about a half hour uphill and shorter coming down hill. The hike brings you to a clusters of shelters built on sheer cliffs, under the rock/cave and a temple that houses some 50 or so nuns.
On your way back to Paro, we will stop at a place for the hike to a monastery called Dzondrakha which looks similar to famous Tiger’s Nest monastery but located at shorter hiking distance. Half the walk will be along the agricultural field and very easy, another half will be an uphill climb and when both versions of hikes are summed up it will take less than 1 hour to reach at the top where the monastery stands. On reaching the site of the monastery, one would enjoy the view of the fertile Paro valley below. Your guide will take you inside the main temple of the monastery. Arrive in Paro and visit a typical Bhutanese village home. This visit will certainly provide you an insight on living style of Bhutanese villagers. Certain cooking demonstration will be performed for you to get idea on how Bhutanese delicacies like BUTTER TEA and EMA DATSI is prepared. Drive back to your hotel in the evening for overnight
Day 7: Departure Transfer
After breakfast, drive to Paro International airport for your onward destination.
Booking Procedure and Bhutan Visa
Sending your valid passport scan copy and tour booking advance amount does confirm your booking with us. We send you Bhutan visa approval by email once it is ready. With the same visa you will get boarding. Once you reach at Paro airport immigration, immigration officer will stamp you in your passport. Be sure that you have to put safe your Bhutan paper visa approval that we provide you until your checkout date from Bhutan. Bhutan visa duration is up to your tour package.
Payment and cancellation policy
- While confirming your Bhutan Tour package with us, we require 15% amount. Rest of the payment is a week before your travel date. In case of cancellation of your tour 15% cancellation charge after tour confirmation. 50% charge in case of cancellation less than 15 days from travel starting date and 100% charge cancellation in less than 3 days.
- Payment can be made by wire transfer in our account, pay by online (using your credit card) paying by credit card is more 4 percentage.
Foods in the trip
Trip is including full board foods, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Foods items are typical Bhutanese local foods every day. Buffet Breakfast in Hotel you stay, Buffet Lunch on the way in tour and Dinner at Hotel. You also can request different taste foods some time if you feel to eat too much same taste every day.
Bhutan tour cost
Bhutan tour cost mentioned in this program is based on 2 persons. Cost will be more if you are a single traveller and cost goes down if you are more than 3 travelers. Total tour cost for Indian passport holder is different. From the tour cost, your flight tickets to Bhutan and return is extra but Bhutan visa is including in the tour cost.
Updated documents for Bhutan visa approval
Once Bhutan re-open for international tourist from September 2019, Bhutan government updated neccesary documents too. Bhutan tour was open after closing from 2019 Covid. Below is the updated document to get Bhutan visa approval.
- Valid passport copy by email
- Passport size of Picture
- Covid vaccination certificate
- Travel insurance policy including Covid risk
Bhutan tour joining group is not so important to reduce tour cost. If you are only a single person looking for Bhutan tour, joining at least with one other person reduce USD 30 per night, that is single supp charge. Our most of the group are for private tour although send us email and confirm with for joining tour too.