Best of Bhutan Tour

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9 Days / 8 Nights

Duration

Bhutan

Country

Easy

Grade

2800m/9185ft

Max altitude

Private/Domestic Vehicles

Transportation

Hotel/Lodge/Tea Houses

Accommodation

Throughout the year

Best season

- Max 14

Group Size

Overview


"Best of Bhutan Tour" is perfectly designed to give a unique and incredible vacation experience to travelers who wish to mingle with the locals, dip in a traditional wooden tub of hot stones and visit awesome places and enjoy the intricate art and architecture which is evident in almost ubiquitously. This tour package in Bhutan is a popular trip as it offers a number of days to delve deeper into the countryside that offers invaluable insight into the rich culture and traditions of the tiny nation. Besides, this is an easy tour in Bhutan which is accompanied by breathtaking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas from various high mountain passes. This cultural tour in Bhutan revolves around the historical and cultural highlights of the towns such as Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, Bumthang, and Gangtey. Paro is renowned for its ruined fortress – the Rinpung Dzong, the national museum – Ta Dzong, the marvelous Tiger’s Nest – Taktshang Monastery, the Jowo temple – Kyichu Lhakhang, and countless panoramic views leaving an indelible cultural experience.

"Best of Bhutan Tour" the sightseeing spree in Bhutan’s capital city Thimphu involves visits to an impressive fortress – Tashicho Dzong, the Memorial Chorten, the Local Crafts Bazaar, the National Library with priceless Buddhist manuscripts, the National Textile Museum, the Folk Heritage Museum, the Painting School – the National Institute of Zorig Chusum, the oldest temple of Bhutan – Changangkha temple, Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, and the Motithang Takin Preserve. Thimphu is laden with numerous legendary ancient monasteries, cultural relics and amazing views of the entire valley. The attractions in Punakha include the Punakha Dzong, and a popular Buddhist monastery – Chimi Lhakhang. Driving through Pele La Pass to reach Trongsa, we will visit the Trongsa Dzong also known as the Cheokhor Rabdentse, and Chendebji Chorten. Driving through the Yutong La Pass, we will reach the picturesque town of Bumthang. The significant places in Bumthang are the Yathra Weaving Center, Tamshing Lhakhang temple, the Kurjey Lhakhang monastery, the Jambey Lhakhang temple, and the Jakar Dzong. From Bumthang, it is another scenic drive towards the Phobjikha valley and Gangtey. We will visit the Gangtey monastery, explore the valley and visit the Black Necked Crane Information Center to spot some cranes in the distance. Driving back to Paro, we visit the Simtokha Dzong, an important historical monument that was previously a monastery.

This fabulous cultural tour in Bhutan showcases exotic places bathed in the exoticism of cultural delights and boasts of breathtaking landscape vistas. Come and join AID Journeys & Adventure to explore the countryside, historic monuments, ancient townships and diverse cultural amusements which epitomize the religious beliefs of the Bhutanese aboriginals. Also, we would suggest some Nepal tour packages in Nepal before flying to Paro.

Outline Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival at Paro and transfer to Thimpu (L,D) - Overnight in Thimpu
After arriving & visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan.
Visit Tashichho Dzong
Visit ThimphuDzong (the Dho-Ngyen Dzong)
Visit The National Memorial Chorten 

Day 02: Thimpu Sightseeing (B,L,D)- Overnight in Thimpu
After Breakfast: Visit The Kuensel Phodrang
Visit National Textile Museum
Visit National Institute of Zorig Chusum
Visit Bhutan's National Library 
Visit Motithang Takin Preserve

Day 03: Thimpu to Punakha (B,L,D)- Overnight in Punakha
Post early breakfast, you will drive towards Punakha via Dochula Pass
Visit Doschla Pass
Visit Punakha Dzong

Day 04: Punakha to Trongsa (B,L,D)- Overnight in Trongsa
After an early breakfast, we will be driving down to Trongsa. Admire the view en route the valley of Wangdiphodrang. 
Visit Chimmi Lhakhang
Visit Chendebji Chorten
Visit Trongsa Dzong  

Day 05: Trongsa to Bumthang (B,L,D)- Overnight in Bumthang
After morning breakfast, we will drive towards Bumthang 
visit Jakar Dzong
Visit Jambay Lhakhang
Visit Namkhe Nyingpo Goemba

Day 06: Bumthang to Gangtey (B,L,D)- Overnight in Gangtey
After breakfast you will drive to Gangtey
Visit Gangtey Goemba- The Gangtey Monastery or the GangteyGoempa is an important monastery / temple associate with the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. The Monastery is Located in the Wandue Phodrang Dzongkhag in central Bhutan.

Day 07: Gangtey to Paro (B,L,D)- Overnight in Paro
After early morning breakfast, you will drive to Paro and on the way
Visit The Simtokha Dzong 
Visit The National Museum of Bhutan

Day 08: Paro sightseeing (B,L,D)- Overnight in Paro
After early morning breakfast, we will take you for a morning hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Hanging precariously and magically from a rather steep cliff, the Taktshang monastery is a monument of genuine pride for the Bhutanese nation. It defies architectural principles to the core and amazes tourists from around the world. It is a sight to behold. 

Day 09: Departure Paro to Kathmandu (B) 
In the morning after early breakfast we will see you off at the Paro Airport for your onward destinations. 

Cost Includes

    • Accommodation on 3 star hotels under twin sharing with breakfast
    • Lunch and Dinner at local restaurants and hotels
    • Experienced English Speaking Tour Guide licensed by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
    • Private transport within Bhutan as per the itinerary
    • Museum, monuments entrance fee, sightseeing and all applicable taxes
    • Bottled water during the tour
    • Visa Fee
    • Aid Journeys Personal Care and Attention.

Cost Excludes

    • Air ticket (flight fare) both International and Domestic
    • Travel Insurance.
    • Gratuities, bar bills, telephone bills, personal expenses, and laundry.
    • Horse charge for Tiger’s Nest hike Bhutanese traditional hot stone bath

Detail Itenerary


After breakfast in Kathmandu, you will board Drukair and fly into Bhutan. The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular trips in the entire Himalayas, which offers astounding views of the mountains, green vegetation, and meandering rivers. On arrival at Paro airport and completing all the immigration formalities, you will be met by a representative of AID Adventure Teamwho will lead your drive towards Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. You will stop briefly at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. This confluence is adorned by three different styles of stupas: Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese. After arrival in Thimphu, you will be transferred to your hotel where you may rest for a while. Later, you will visit some significant landmarks of Thimphu including Tashicho Dzong, the impressive fortress, and the Memorial Chorten, a prominent sight in the city with golden spires and bells. This stupa is popularly known as the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan that was built to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Also, visit the Local Crafts Bazaar where you may explore through Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Overnight in Thimphu.

After breakfast today, you will embark on a sightseeing spree in Thimphu. Today’s attractions include a visit to the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts, and the National Textile Museum where you will get an up close and personal experience of the national art of weaving. You will also visit the Folk Heritage Museum which treasures troves of culture and rich Bhutanese heritage and provides rich insights into the Bhutanese ethos. You will also visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (Painting School), the art and crafts currently taught in Bhutan. You will then visit the Motithang Takin Preserve (originally, the mini zoo), a wildlife reserve area for the takin, the national animal of Bhutan. While in Motithang, you will visit the oldest temple of Bhutan, the Changangkha Lhakhang. Later, you will get an opportunity to visit the Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, which produces paper using traditional Bhutanese methods. Overnight in Thimphu.

After an early breakfast today, you will drive over the Dochu La pass from where stunning views of the Himalayan peaks can be sighted. You will stop briefly at the pass for a hot cup of tea or coffee while savoring the fantastic views of the Himalayas. The scenic drive through the countryside to Punakha showcases a glimpse of the everyday life of the remote areas of Bhutan. In Punakha, you will visit the Punakha Dzong, the palace of great happiness, which is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu (mother) and Pho Chu (father) Rivers. The Dzong was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal Wangchuk in 1638 AD. Punakha used to be the ancient capital of Bhutan where the first king was crowned in 1907. Overnight in Punakha.

Today’s trip begins with a drive to Chimi Lhakhang, a Buddhist monastery also called as the temple of the Drukpa Kuenley, better known as the Divine Madman renowned for blessing barren women with fertility. The monastery stands on a small hillock near Lobesa village. From here, we continue driving through the Pele La Pass to Trongsa admiring the views of Wangdue Phodrang en route. On the way, we make short visits to Chendebji Chorten, located 2 kilometers away from the Chendebji village, and the Trongsa Dzong, also known as the Cheokhor Rabdentse, which is one of the largest and the most impressive Dzongs in the whole of Bhutan. The drive to Trongsa will pass through Nobding village, dense forests of oak and blue pine trees, scattered settlements, open meadows, the valley of yak herders and several other villages. Overnight in Trongsa

Passing through Yutong La Pass, today our drive will take you to Bumthang. Just before reaching Bumthang, visit the Yathra Weaving Center at Zugney village. After arrival and check in at Bumthang hotel, we will begin seeing places in the town beginning with a visit to Tamshing Lhakhang – literally meaning the temple of the good message. Then we will take a gentle and pleasant walk to Kurjey Lhakhang Monastery – named after the body print of Guru Rinpoche. From here, it is a short walk to the Jambey Lhakhang Temple – the temple of Maitreya which is said to be one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. During the month of October, one of the most spectacular festivals of Bhutan, Jambey Lhakhang Drup is staged here. Driving 10 minutes from here, you will arrive at Jakar Dzong – literally meaning the castle of white bird, which is located above Jakar village in the Chamkhar valley. This fortress in the present days is used as an administrative center of the valley and summer residence of Trongsa monks. Overnight in Bumthang.

After breakfast at Bumthang, today we drive towards the beautiful Phobjikha valley through a high pass, forests and majestic countryside vistas. A few hours of the drive along with amazing views of the immense and remote Phobjikha valley and the black mountain ranges will bring you to Gangtey. At this village, we will visit the Gangtey monastery – one of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries. You will also explore the valley where the villagers continue to live a traditional Bhutanese rural lifestyle. While in Phobjikha valley, you will visit the Black Necked Crane Information Center that has an observatory deck equipped with a powerful telescope; it offers visitors an opportunity to spot some cranes in the distance. The information center also has a display that offers an insight into the natural and cultural history of the valley. Overnight in Gangtey.

Today, we drive back to Paro on an approximately 7 hours drive via Wangdue Phodrang. On your way back, you will visit the Simtokha Dzong – a small fortress roughly translating to the Palace of the profound meaning of secret mantras. It was officially known as the Sangak Zabhon Phodrang built in 1629 by the legendary Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Back in Paro, you will visit the Ta Dzong- the national museum which is a medieval watchtower situated above the Paro Dzong. You will also visit the Paro Dzong or the Rinpung Dzong – the most iconic fortress of Bhutan. Overnight in Paro.

After a hefty breakfast, you will drive to the starting point of a fascinating hike to Taktshang Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest. Taktshang is one of the most popular monasteries of Bhutan, and it is perched on a side of a cliff 800 meters above the Paro valley. Returning back after the fabulous hike en route your hotel, you will visit Kyichu Lhakhang; the Jowo Temple built by the Tibetan Emperor during the 7th century and is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Overnight in Paro.

Today is the day your wonderful holidays in Bhutan has come to an end, and you will be flying back home with ample memories of the experiences you had in the tiny Himalayan kingdom. A representative from AID Journeys Team will escort you to the airport well ahead of your scheduled flight for your onward journey. With plenty of time onboard, you may plan your next trip in the Himalayan realms of Bhutan or Nepal.

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Package Category   Hotels *Per Person Cost (Min 2 Person)
Deluxe Packages3 StarUSD 1,895

Cost Includes

    • Accommodation on 3 star hotels under twin sharing with breakfast
    • Lunch and Dinner at local restaurants and hotels
    • Experienced English Speaking Tour Guide licensed by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
    • Private transport within Bhutan as per the itinerary
    • Museum, monuments entrance fee, sightseeing and all applicable taxes
    • Bottled water during the tour
    • Visa Fee
    • Aid Journeys Personal Care and Attention.

Cost Excludes

    • Air ticket (flight fare) both International and Domestic
    • Travel Insurance.
    • Gratuities, bar bills, telephone bills, personal expenses, and laundry.
    • Horse charge for Tiger’s Nest hike Bhutanese traditional hot stone bath

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