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Essential Bhutan

Essential Bhutan

$1643 per person
9 Days 8 Nights

From the wonders of the Tiger’s Nest to the quaint Gangtey Village, take a journey filled with culture, history and breath-taking landscapes.

Highlights of the tour

∴ Set-off a 2 hours hike to Bhutan most iconic site, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery

∴ Join the local in a farm house for a traditional lunch

∴ Learn Bhutan fascinating history as you visit ancients fortresses and temples

∴ Listen to the monks chanting as you join them for the evening prayers

∴ Visit the Chimmi Lhakhang, the fertility temple, housing the oldest wall painting of the country



Get a glimpse of Bhutan’s religion while visiting the centuries old monasteries then venture through the captivating Punakha and Phobjikha valleys. Experience the slow pace of the village life, and join the locals for a traditional lunch in a farm house.

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  • Departure/Return Location
    Paro, Bhutan
  • Included
    All Experiences, day-walks and visits
    All meals
    English Speaking Guide
    Private Car and driver
  • Not Included
    Departure Taxes if applicable
    Domestic and International Flight
    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone bill, alcohol
    Sustainable Development Fee
    Tips for guide and driver
    Travel insurance

Tour Plan

Arrival in Paro - Transfer to Thimphu
The flight to Paro on a clear day is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights, offering views of the high peaks of the Himalaya. On arrival in Paro you’ll be met by your expert guide and private driver and vehicle. They will be with you throughout your tour, showcasing the wonderful destination that is Bhutan. We suggest heading straight to Thimphu, a drive of just over an hour and it is Bhutan's capital city. We'll start the visit of the capital with the National Memorial Chorten before continuing to the Tashichhodzong, the office of the King. However the visits will be tailored according to your taste.
On the morning of the second day, we'll a do a city tour of Thimphu including a visit of the National Library, the Art School of Bhutan, and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. In the afternoon we will continue visiting Thimphu. Typically we suggest a walk to the Buddha Point (Kuenselphodrang) or to the small villages around Thimphu.
Thimphu To Gangtey
This morning, we'll start the journey to Gangtey. We will stop on the way at the scenic Dochu La Pass before reaching the Pelela Pass and finally the Phobjikha Valley. The afternoon will be spent visiting the quaint village of Gangtey
Today, you will continue the visit of this beautiful valley by learning more about its special seasonal inhabitant the black-necked crane.   In the afternoon, we will hike on the Gangtey Nature Trail before joining the locals for a game of archery.
Gangtey to Punakha
Upon reaching Punakha, we'll take a stroll across the Valley to reach the Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of the Mad Man before being invited in a farm house for the traditional butter tea.
Punakha and its surrounding
We'll start with a Hike to Khamsum Yuelley Temple, a stunning monument recently built by the Queens . This place offer an amaizing view of the Punakha Valley and the Moo Chhu River. We'll spend the afternoon exploring the former administrative and religious nerve centre of Bhutan, Punakha. Fully restored in recent years, the building returned to its original lustre.
Punakha to Paro
On the morning of the seventh day, we'll take the road back to Paro. We'll stop in Thimphu most iconic restaurant for lunch before visiting the post office where you will get personalized stamp On arrival in Paro, we'll do a short city tour inclusive of the Paro Dzong and the watchtower, now transformed in National museum.
Paro and its surroundings
The sixth day is the visit to the Tigers' Nest, Bhutan world famous temple perched 900 meters above the Paro Valley. Upon return in Paro, you'll have to choice to relax in a hot stone bath to relax your muscles or join the local for a archery game.
This morning, we'll take road to the airport for your departure flight. We'll stop along the way for your last experience of Bhutan. You'll be invited to plant a tree to off-set the carbon emitted during your trip.
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