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Highlight of Bhutan

Highlight of Bhutan

$943 per person
7 Days 6 Nights

Breathe in the revitalizing Himalayan air and explore monasteries on private tour of Bhutan. This journey is ideal for first-time visitor, experiencing all the must-see highlights of Bhutan with a private driver and guide.

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 butter tea

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

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

This itinerary is ideal for a first-time visitor to Bhutan, experiencing all the must-see highlights of Bhutan with your own exclusive driver and guide. Through this eight night itinerary we have included stops for you in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro for a great first taste of this incredible country.

The 3 cities, well connected by road, bring together the most important monuments of Bhutan, each with its monumental dzong (fortified monastery), seat of major religious festivals.

The itinerary includes a stop at the Dochula Pass (panorama of the Himalayas in good weather) and at the Chimi Lhakhang Fertility Monastery, founded by the Divine Madman. In Thimphu, you should not miss either the Simtokha dzong (the oldest in the country), the giant Buddha (59 m) perched on the hill, the museums (notably that of Textiles) and the craft school.

In Paro, the National Museum homed in the round guard tower of Ta Dzong (damaged by the 2011 earthquake) is also worth a look, as is the strange Dungtse Lhakhang, a 15th century temple century completely plunged into darkness.

The journey will end with a hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery, hanging on a cliff, 900 meters above the Paro valley and its rice fields.

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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

Arriva 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.
Visit of Thimphu and its Surrounding
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.
Drive from Thimphu to Punakha
On the third day, we'll take the road to Punakha. A stop at the popular Dochu La Pass give a perfect view of the Himalayan snow-capped mountains. Upon arriving in 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.
Visit of Punakha and its surrounding
The fourth day, 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 fifth 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.
Visit 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.
Departure from Paro
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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