Best Tour of Bhutan
The kingdom of the Bhutan also known as the – “land of dragon” lies at the eastern Himalayas bordered north to China and surrounded by India on other sides. This monarch kingdom has huge mountains, fertile valleys with thick dense forests. There are a total of 20 districts (Dzongkhag) in Bhutan. This land has unique cultural sites with ancient architecture with very rich traditions. The people here follow their traditions very strictly and even today, people – known to be as Dukpas, wear only their traditional dresses.
Bhutan tour is perfect for those passionate travelers who want to experience the unique cultural heritage and traditions, beautiful landscape, monasteries and much more still preserved along hundreds of years. Earlier this kingdom wasn’t much known as it was closed to the outside world but as it was opened, slowly this isolated country has now become one of the best places to enjoy your holidays.
This tour will be covering some of the best places such as Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, hiking to the well-known monasteries like Taktsang and Phuentsoling. As during our flight to Paro, we will be enjoying the wonderful view of Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake. After landing at Paro, we will head to the hotel and then explore Paro visiting Rinpung Dzongs (translated as a fortress of the mass of jewels).
From here, we head to visit the ancient temple of Bhutan - Kichulhangkhang and head to explore Drugyal Dzong, from where we get to observe the second highest mountain i.e. Mount Chomalhari. Next day we drive to the beautiful Haa valley - where on the trails, we get to spot beautiful colorful prayer flags and explore the Haa valley.
And next day, we drive to the capital city of Bhutan – Thimpu. Here we stop over to visit the memorial stupa, zoo, museum, nunnery temple and other landmarks of Thimpu. Next day, we drive to Punakha and cross Dochu La Pass and stop over to observe the spectacular Himalayan views. Throughout our drive - we pass through diverse forests, terraced fields and then visit the Chimilhankhang temple. And next day we hike to Punakha village and relish sometime here. The following day, we retrace back to Paro visiting Drukwangyal monastery on the way. Lastly, we end our tour by hiking to the Taktsang monastery.
This Best tour in Bhutan can be relished every season year around but we Accent Himalaya suggests you tour around this kingdom in spring and fall. For more information about this tour, please feel free to contact or email us.
Here we provide our detailed itinerary for Best Tour of Bhutan:
Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)
With a scenic flight to Bhutan - we will be capturing Himalayan views including the sacred Chomo Hari and Jichu Drake mountains. As we land at the airport, our Accent Himalaya representative will welcome us and take us to the respective hotel. After having our lunch - we will be visiting the Rinpung Dzong (the fort of the heap of jewels). After that, we will be visiting Kichu Lhakhang - the ancient shrine in the country and then we will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong - Bhutan Triumph Fort (built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan triumph over Tibetan invader throughout 1600). If the weather is clear, we will get to observe the second highest mountain of Bhutan which is at 7314 meters. We will be spending our night at Paro.
Day 02: Paro to Haa Valley (2250m/ 7381ft): 65 km, 2 hours
Early morning - we will drive to Haa valley crossways of the Che le Pass which is at 3810 meters. The pass is spread with multicolored Buddhist prayer flags and offers an astonishing view of Mount Chomolhari and the vale beneath. We will be hiking additional downhill the pass to the Kila Gompa Nunnery which is on the edge unsteadily next to the rock- face. After that, we will be walking for a few miles via the dense forests prior to driving down to the striking Haa Valley. We will be spending our night at Haa valley.
Day 03: Haa Valley to Thimphu (2,320m/7,424ft): 115, 4 hours
Today we will be driving to the capital of Bhutan - Thimpu, crossing the beautiful villages and pine forests. Taking a scenic ride, we will be passing the Dobji Dzong and then descending down, we will be joining the main road at Chhuzom. We will stop here and observe the local people selling local stuff like vegetables, apples, and cheese on the roadside. We will be spending our night at Thimpu.
Day 04: Sightseeing in Thimphu
Early morning - we will be visiting the king memorial Chorten which was built in the memory of the 3rd king of Bhutan. After that, we will be visiting the nunnery temple, national zoo - mini zoo and here we will get to see the national animal of Bhutan known Takin. After having our lunch, we will be visiting some of the landmarks of Thimpu and other like the traditional medicinal institute, painting school, heritage museum, Tashi dzongs, paper factory and traditional painting school. We will be spending our night at Thimpu.
Day 05: Thimphu to Punakha: (1,250m/4,100 ft.): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours
Today after breakfast - we will drive to Punakha and on the way, we will stop at Dochu La pass (3100 meters) and relish the views of the Himalayas. After that, we will drive down via rhododendron, hemlock, and fir forests & stop at Lobesa. Then we will be hiking through rice paddies and head to Chimi Lhakhang temple. As we reach Punakha, we will be visiting the Punakha Dzong. We will be spending our night at Punakha.
Day 06: Village hike in Punakha
After having our breakfast, we will be hiking to the village connected through the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. From the bridge, the views of the mountain and the river below are spectacular to watch. Then hiking alongside the Mo Chu river, we will come to the village and here we will stop and visit some of the local houses. The people here are so welcoming - they will greet and serve you butter tea or Chyang (local wine) which is made from rice. In the afternoon, we will be hiking to the Khamsum Namgyal Chorten from where the views of snow-capped peaks and the valley are awesomely breathtaking. We will be spending our night at Punakha.
Day 07: Punakha to Paro: 124 Km, 4 hours
After having our breakfast, we will be driving to Paro, and then cross the Dochu la pass and here we will be visiting the Druk Wangyal monastery. After exploring the monastery, we will continue to take a drive and for the lunch - we will be stopping at Thimpu. We will be spending our night at Paro.
Day 08: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Today we will be hiking to the Taktsang monastery (also known as tiger nest monastery ) which will take almost 4-5 hours to reach. The monastery is situated on the high cliff at 3180 meters. We will be having our lunch at the restaurant which is near to the halfway up to the mountain. After exploring the monastery, we will retrace down to Paro. We will be spending our night at Paro.
Day 09: Paro to Phuentsholing: 180 Km, 6 hours
After our breakfast, we will drive to Phuentsholing - the border town to southern India. It is to the managerial seat of Chukha district of Bhutan. The towns lie contrary the Indian town of Jaigaon. We will be having our lunch on the way at the local restaurant. This 6 hours drive will be the most beautiful scenic drive as you will be also observing the waterfall. We will be spending our night at Phuentsholing.
Day 10: Final departure
Today the journey finally comes to an end as we will be driving out to Pheuntsholing and fly back to own destination.