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Best of Bhutan Tour 6 Nights 7 Days

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Country

Nepal

Duration

6 Nights 7 Days

Group

Private Tour
altitude

Max. Altitude

2320 m / 7611 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Best Season

March to December

Transportation

Private Vehicle

Grade

Easy
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Overview

Bhutan is small kingdom located on eastern Himalayas well known for its vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes. Recognized for its unique Gross National happiness index, the country prioritize its wellbeing. Bhutan’s commitment to environmental conservation and unique cultural identity makes this place a must visit destination. Bhutan holds amazing Dzongs, monastery, exotic festivals and incredible hospitality. 

Also known as “The land of Thunder Dragon” fascinates people with timeless charm. While experiencing traditional culture while visiting ancient Dzongs and monasteries along with Taktsang monastery at hill top at Paro. The people live here with close harmony with nature and play a vital role in preserving the culture tradition and their heritage. Bhutan is the only country in the world who practice Mahayana Buddhism.

You need hike for 3 hours approximately in order to reach remarkable Tigers nest known as Taktsang monastery. Along the way you can stop at several viewpoints and enjoy amazing view of Paro valley below. One of the important things that visitor needs to note that tourist needs to dress modestly and remove their shoes before entering the temples. Photography is also not allowed inside the temples.

Require documents for Bhutan Visa

  • Clear scan copy of your passport.
  • 1 passport size digital photographer.

Note: While exploring Bhutan be part of its culture with respect. You must cover your shoulders and knees in religious sites, so dress accordingly. Ask before taking picture of any one or any religious sites. Dispose your waste responsibly.

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Day
1
ARRIVE PARO BY DRUK AIR & TRANSFER TO THIMPHU, (55KM, APPROX. 1.1/2 HOUR DRIVE) - (Altitude 2,320m).
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WELLCOME TO THE LAND OF BHUTAN - PARO AIRPORT.

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkatta, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Bhutan’s first gift as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas ; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence.

 

On arrival, in Thimphu check-into the hotel. The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With the population of about 90,000 it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light.


Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu main street and market area.

Day
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THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING - (Altitude 2,320m).
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meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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Gigantic Buddha statue in the mountains of Bhutan.

After breakfast, drive to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.

Then, visit King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.

Afterwards visit to Textile and Folk Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese living traditions.


Post lunch, visit the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts and the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.

 

Then, drive to Takin Preserve. The Takin is national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and goat.

 

Later in the afternoon visit Trashichhoedzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans.

 

Evening time can be spent strolling through the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, interesting items made from local materials.,

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THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA & WANGDUEPHODRANG (75 KM, APPROX. 3 HOURS DRIVE) - (Altitude 1,300m).
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meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

DOCHULA –where you can find 108 stupas around - ideal place to capture beautiful picture.

After breakfast, drive to Punakha across Dochu La. Located at a height of 3,088m/ 10,130 ft, Dochula is a scenic location with chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate this highest point on the road. If skies are clear, it may be possible to see the following peaks from this pass in the order left to right: Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

 

Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong or (Palace of Great Happiness), built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers. This majestic dzong served as both the religious and the administrative center of Bhutan in the past. It measures some 600 by 240 feet and has a six-story, gold-domed tower. Inside are courtyards and religious statuary that hint at the depth of history and spiritual tradition embodied here. Your guide will illuminate your understanding of this intricate culture that is exotic to us, though long established here.

 

Later in the day excursion to Chimi Lhakhang.

The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers.

Day
4
PUNAKHA & WANGDUEPHODRANG (EXCURSION TO GANGTEY), (Altitude 1,300m), OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL - (Altitude 1,300m).
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meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

After breakfast, embark on a fascinating excursion to Gangtey. The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. The surprise of finding such a wide, flat valley without any trees after the hard climb through dense forests is augmented by an impression of vast space, an extremely rare experience in Bhutan where most of the valley’s are tightly enclosed.


Visit here the Gangtey Gompa : Perched on a small hill that rises from the valley floor, the Gangtey Monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black Mountain’s and also the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens who take care of the Monastery.

Then explore the fascainting Phobjikha Valley. This place is the winter home of black necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate. Phobjikha, at an altitude of 2900 m, falls under the district of Wangduephodrang and lies on the periphery of the Black Mountain National Park.

Also visit Black Neck Crane Information Centre. Situated on the edge of the forest and wetland along the main road of Phobjikha valley, the black-necked crane information Centre has an observation room equipped with high power telescope and spotting scopes for catching the best view of the cranes. The centre also offers display information that outline the natural and cultural history of the area. There is a small gift shop, which sells handicrafts produced by the local people.

Later in the afternoon drive back to Punakha / Wangduephodrang, overnight stay.

Day
5
PUNAKHA & WANGDUEPHODRANG TO PARO (125 KMS, APPROX. 4.1/2HOURS DRIVE) - (Altitude 2,280m).
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

After breakfast drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, Before crossing through Paro town towards the north end of the valley.

En route visit Simtokha Dzong, one of the oldest fortress of the country and known as the place of profound tantric teaching. This dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language.


Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

Day
6
PARO SIGHTSEEING - Taktshang Monastery hike 5 hours.
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meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx 5 hours round trip walk). It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime.

 

Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

 

Evening an exploratory walk around main street and market area.

Day
7
PARO DEPARTURE.
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transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

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Inclusions

  • Daily government Royalties and Taxes ($100 Each night.)
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • English Speaking Guide trained and licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, will be together throughout trip.
  • All transfer and sightseeing by private transportation.
  • Accommodation on twin room basis - 3 stars hotels. 
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner at the hotel and lunch at the local tourist restaurants.
  • Drinking water (2 bottle per day each person).
  • Bhutan Visa fees.
  • All necessary travel permits.
Excludes
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance.
  • Personal expenses such as drink, guide tips & etc.
  • Paro flight from Kathmandu/ Delhi/ Bangkok/ Singapore.
  • Tips and Gratuities to Guides/drivers/trek crew.
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FAQs

Why Bhutan is expensive for visit?
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This is true that Bhutan is more expensive than Nepal and India. The government of Bhutan has imposed an all-inclusive nightly tariff structure for all tourists so Bhutan tour can appear more expensive. A regular tour operator of Bhutan from 10 years we receive comments from returning clients that they get the real value of money genuinely. Considering the tour every visitors has access to a private guide, vehicle, driver, and package includes all meals, accommodation, sightseeing, entry fees, transfers, taxes, Government Royalties and visa fees which is indeed excellent value of money as well as Bhutan is such a pleasure to visit. 

Can I travel independently in Bhutan?
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No ! It is not possible to get entry visa to go Bhutan unless you pre-arranged land tour itinerary with a licensed and approved tour operator and pay the appropriate nightly all inclusive government tariff. Bhutan government avoid the independent visitors to maintain its strict culture and ecological value. However you can enjoy a high degree of flexibility during the hike, visit local markets, villages and interact with locals as you wish. You can arrange your own private tour and you do not need to join with other group but it just must be pre-paid and pre-arranged.

What will weather be like in Bhutan?
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Bhutan, like Nepal and other countries in the planet is experiencing some climate change. Summer (June to mid- September) are warm, humid and raining. Winter (December to Early march) cold and dry. Winter nights are cold but days are clear and sunny. The western valleys only average 2 snowfall per annum. August to early September is wettest period.

How to get Bhutan ?
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There are two way to reach Bhutan either from overland from India or by flight from Nepal, Indian and Thailand. Flight from Kathmandu is most amazing which offers the spectular views of Everest, Makalu, kanchanjunga and thousands of Himalayan peaks.

How can I Obtain Bhutan Visa?
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We Global Holidays Adventure will help you for visa procedures. We must submit the visa application to the Bhutan government at least 1 week before you go. Here you will get paper visa and once you arrive at Paro get actual stamped in your passport. For Visa application we need your clear scan copy of your passport.

When is the best time to visit Bhutan?
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October to December is the ideal time to visit Bhutan as the weather is clear and fresh with sunny skies. January and February is clod after then march to May is the climate remains dry and pleasant and end of the spring rhododendron bloom spectacularly and flooding the hills with varieties of colors. May to june is little hot and high humidity, from June from September the monsoon rain covers the mountains.

Is there any altitude problems in Bhutan?
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Most visitors will have No problems of altitude in Bhutan. Our cultural tour itineraries does not reach higher than 3500 meters from sea level. Of course if you are doing some trekking in Bhutan then you have to aware from altitude.

What should I Pack for Bhutan tour?
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Pack list is depends on the season of travel in Bhutan. Except for summer warm clothing like down jackets, and sweaters are recommended and for summer cottons and lightweight woolens clothes are better. 

Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?
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Yes, Global Holidays Adventure representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall. He will be displaying you name card. After that you will be transferred to hotel. 

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