Bhutan Tours majority of tourists coming to Bhutan do ‘cultural tours’, so our ‘Bhutan tour’ package also comprises of activities involving sight-seeing tours in and around the cities including Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Wangdue and Jakar. Apart from the unrivalled mountain views, the monasteries and forts show the deep cultural heritage of the country.
During our tours in Paro, we will be visiting Taktsang Monastery also known as tiger’s nest; this is one of worlds’ most important Buddhist sites in the world. The monastery on a 1200 meter cliff was built in 1692. The other equally interesting site is Kurje Lhakhang in Jakar, the temple is built around a cave with a body print of Guru Rinpoche embedded in the wall.
If you are an adventurist and want to explore the unexplored parts of South Asia, then Bhutan tour is the place for you. Bhutan offers unique and ultimate experience of the Himalayas and Buddhist culture. We at Skyline have been operating successful cultural tours in Bhutan since almost 2 decades. Most importantly we can customize your Bhutan tours by adding some elements of Nepal tours as well. Get in touch with us to learn more about the custom tours and treks.
|01||Fly to Paro (L/D)|
|2||Morning Tiger’s Nest Hike and Afternoon Drive to Thimphu - 1 hour (B/L/D)|
|3||Paro- Kathmandu (1300m)|
|Day 1||Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect Druk Air KB 203 at 10:30 flight to Paro. Arrive Paro International Airport at 11:40 .|
|Day 2||Drive Paro -Thimphu and after noon Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952 - 1972.|
|Day 3||Morning Visit Pangri Zampa Monastery, situated just beyond Dechencholing Palace (5kms from Thimphu).|
|Day 4||Transfer from Hotel to airport in time to connect Druk Air flight to Kathmandu.|
|Day 1||Fly to Paro; Transfer to Thimphu (L/D)|
|Day 2||Thimphu – Excursion to Cheri Gompa (B/L/D)|
|Day 3||Drive to Paro and sightseeing (B/L/D)|
|Day 4||Taktshang Hike (B/L/D)|
|Day 5||Departure (B)|
|Day 1||Fly Paro, drive to Thimphu (L/D)|
|Day 4||Trongsa – Bumthang (2 hours 30 minutes)|
|Day 5||Bumthang sightseeing and drive to Punakha (6 – 7 hours)|
|Day 6||Punakha to Paro (4 hours)|
|Day 7||Drive to Paro airport for onward flight to Kathmandu (B)|
|02 Nights 03 Days Fly in Fly out tour|
|01||Fly onboard Druk Air to Paro, Bhutan. On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest (if you are flying from Delhi and Kathmandu), but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro. In Paro you will be received by your Bhutanese guide and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time you will visit Rinpung Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang. Overnight at HOTEL, Paro.|
|2||Morning Tiger’s Nest Hike and Afternoon Drive to Thimphu - 1 hour (B/L/D) In the morning hike to Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang meaning \"Tiger\'s Nest”, is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. The eighth century monastery is perched on a rock overlooking a sheer drop and clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 9678 feet above the valley floor. For the local people it is a place of pilgrimage, but for a tourist, a hike up to the viewpoint opposite the monastery is exhausting, thrilling and mystical. It takes almost 2 hours to walk up at an average pace. The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress from Tibet and meditated in the cave there for three months. Although the main building of the temple was destroyed by fire on April 1998, the hike up to the viewpoint is worthwhile and fulfilling. And Visit Archery Sport O/N at Hotel|
|3||Departure Transfer to Paro Airport and fly to Kathmandu or your onward destination.|
|03 Nights 04 Days Bhutan Tour Itinerary|
|Day 1||Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect Druk Air KB 203 at 10:30 flight to Paro. Arrive Paro International Airport at 11:40 . During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, meet and greet. Visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). Once the watchtower for the Rimpung Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The Museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in all its glory. Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing aneabutted by two guardhouses, to the dzong. Today, the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with the superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D and overnight in hotel.|
|Day 2||Drive Paro -Thimphu and after noon Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952 - 1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still preserved. Artists are taught to paint Thankas here (sacred Buddhist scroll). Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where one can buy Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts. Lunch at a local restaurant.|
|Day 3||Morning Visit Pangri Zampa Monastery, situated just beyond Dechencholing Palace (5kms from Thimphu). This temple was the first residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D. It was built during the first quarter of the 16th century by Ngawang Chogyel, the great ancestor of the Shabdrung. Afternoon drive to Paro and overnight in hotel.|
|Day 4||Transfer from Hotel to airport in time to connect Druk Air flight to Kathmandu.|
|4 Nights 5 Days Bhutan Tour Itinerary|
|Day 1||On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro. In Paro you will be received by your Bhutanese guide and transferred to Thimphu. Sightseeing in Thimphu includes the visit of Late King\'s Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang, Zangtopleri Lhakhang, Drubthob Nunnery, takin preserve, the handmade paper factory, the school of arts and crafts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts), Gold and the Silver Smiths workshop and the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the weavers at work and also varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, jewellery etc. Also take a tour of the king’s administrative building known as Tashicho Dzong. Overnight at Hotel|
|Day 2||After breakfast, we will drive towards northern end of the valley for about 20 minutes to get started for an exciting walk to CHERI GOMPA (monastery). This is a pleasant rural drive, gently up a valley through paddy fields and woodland via a Tibetan village. From Dodena, after crossing the cantilevered bridge, it is another 30-45 minutes steep climb up hill. Cheri Dorji Dhen was first built in 1620 by Shabdrung, the first ruler of Bhutan, who also established the first order of monks here. It is usually possible to enter Cheri courtyard and also shall be allowed to visit the shrines inside. Descend to the bottom of the hill, where your transport arrives to take you back to Thimphu. In the late afternoon/evening drive to the site of Colorful Weekend Market where people from all walks of life come to sell and buy their stuffs. It’s place to get an experience with Bhutanese lifestyle, tradition and culture. Note: Saturdays and Sundays are the days of weekend Market but most people rush on Friday to buy fresh vegetable/fruits and other goods which arrives earlier in the day from nearby districts and places. Overnight at Hotel|
|Day 3||This morning a scenic drive of 1 hr will bring us to one of the well known tourist destination in Paro valley. Before going to Paro take a diversion to the Chele La pass at an altitude of aprrox. 3900m/1300ft. On one side is the Paro and on the other side is Haa valley. Take a short leg straitening walk on the pass when the temperature is cool. Weather permitting you will see the Bhutanese Himalayas from the pass including the highest peak Gangar Puensum 7546 m and second highest peak Jumolhari Peak 7314 m. On your way back to Paro, we will stop at a place for the hike (optional) to a monastery called Dzondrakha which looks similar to famous Tiger’s Nest monastery but located at shorter hiking distance. Half the walk will be along the agricultural field and very easy, another half will be an uphill climb and when both versions of hikes are summed up it will take less than 1 hour to reach at the top where the monastery stands. On reaching the site of the monastery, one would enjoy the view of the fertile Paro valley below. Your guide will take you inside the main temple of the monastery. Time permitting visit Dungtse Lhakhang and Rinpung Dzong. Overnight at Hotel.|
|Day 4||In the morning drive to Ramthangkha, The Terminating Point of the Motorable Road then hike to the Tiger’s nest, you can also take a pony ride with additional cost US$12 per person, to halfway to the most highlighted Buddhist temple in entire Himalayas, Afternoon Visit Kyichu lhakhang,one of the oldest temple in Bhutan , Visit Ta Dzong National Museum and Paro Ringpung Dzong Built in 17th Century to defend the valley against the Tibetan invaders, old watch tower. You will get an ample chance to see the old and new textiles, armours, flora and fauna collections. Overnight at Hotel|
|Day 5||After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport in Paro for departure flight. Remember to check in 2 hours before departure.|
|06 Nights 07 Days Fly In Fly Out Tour Itinerary|
|Day 1||Fly onboard Druk Air to Paro, Bhutan. On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at ttiny airstrip of Paro. In Paro you will be received by your Bhutanese guide and transferred to Thimphu that takes an hour. Afternoon visit Tashicho Dzong, The memorial chorten, handicraft stores and emporium and city of Thimphu. Overnight Hotel Riverview, Thimphu. Thimpu: (at 2300m) is Bhutan\'s capital city and center of government, religion and commerce. About two hours drive east from Paro is this a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style. It was a wooded farming valley until 1961, when it became Bhutan\'s official national capital. The massive Tashicho Dzong, about 700 years old, was carefully revamped in the 1960s by the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk to house the royal and main government offices. Even today, it still only has a few streets and no traffic lights with estimated population of 70,000 people. Thimphu has many places and sights to visit, in addition to several day excursion possibilities. It has relatively more choice in terms of the accommodations. Tashichho Dzong: This fortress serves as the office of the King, ministers and various government organizations. It also is the headquarters for central monastic body of Bhutan. Bhutan\'s spiritual leader Je-Khenpo and the monks of both Thimphu and Punakha reside here during summer. It is also the venue for Thimphu Festival in the fall season. Memorial Chorten: This white and tall landmark of Thimphu was built in 1974 in the memory of third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of Modern Bhutan. It is a four-storey tall white building, containing statues and iconography of deities from complex tantric teachings and serves as an important place of worship for Thimphu residents, as well as from other parts of the country.|
|Day 2||Thimphu Sightseeing (B/L/D): There are a good many things to see in the capital which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it. Thimphu is relatively small having a population of approximately 90,000 people and the streets are wide and tree lined. Early in the morning, you can take a self-guided 15 minute walk (or you can do with the guide later for your convenience) from the hotel to the Memorial Chorten, a shrine built in the memory of the late king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Many Bhutanese people gather here to pray every day. Later in the day, start sightseeing with visit to a Nunnery on the outskirts of Thimphu. You will then visit the Changangkha Lhakhang (temple) and see how paper is made from the daphne plant with cosmos flower petals and other plants. At the end of the day, we may also pay a visit to the great Tashichho Dzong, seat of Bhutan\'s administrative and religious centre. Overnight at hotel, Thimphu Zilukha Nunnery is housed in Drubthob Goemba (monastery). There are about 70 nuns who live and pray every day in the monastery. There are good views of Tashicho Dzong, Golf course and upper Thimphu. Takin Sanctuary Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) has been chosen as the national animal of Bhutan is based both on its uniqueness and its association with country\'s history and mythology. It is said that Devine Madman, a popular saint is said to have created it with his magical power at a large congregation of devotees. It resembles a cow from back, a goat in from the front, and it continues to befuddle taxonomists, who cannot quite relate to other animal. Paper Factory Traditional papers were made from the daphne plant, using simple methods. Like rice papers, these papers are said to last longer. Sangaygang View Point (Telecom Tower) There\'s a wonderful view of Thimphu valley from the hillside below the telecommunications tower (elevation 2685m), high above the town at the end of a road that branches off from the approach to the youth centre. The complex also houses the broadcasting studios of Bhutan television. Don\'t photograph the telecommunications installation, but the valley is worth a few snaps. The area is known as Sangaygang and it becomes a lover\'s lane late at night.|
|Day 3||Thimphu - Trongsa (6 – 7 hours) (B/L/D) In the morning you drive to Punakha, an old winter capital of Bhutan. En-route stop at Dochu LaPass, 10,000ft/3,048m to view the eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan\'s highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m. The road then drops down through varied –ever changing forest, finally emerging into the highly cultivated Punakha valley. Continue driving down the valley to the town of Wangdiphodrang. Here again there is a very large fortress built in the shape of a sleeping bull. Our road gradually winds its way up towards the Pele La Pass at 11,152ft, where we make stop for views of the snow clad peaks, including that of Bhutan’s sacred peak Mt. Chomolhari. Possibly, your picnic lunch is planned at Chedebji Chorten (Stupa) patterned after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. It is a popular picnic lunch and pilgrimage for Bhutanese driving east-west road. On arrival in Trongsa, you may visit the inner courtyard of historical Trongsa Dzong. Trongsa is a very popular place with largest Dzong in Bhutan and certainly one of the most impressive ones. It was from here that the present royal family emerged as the most powerful force at the beginning of this century. Overnight in, Trongsa|
|Day 4||After breakfast in the hotel drive across the Yotong La 11,234\'and descend eventually into the valley of Chumey, the first of four Bumthang valleys. Here we will visit the Palace used primary by the second King as his summer residence, and hike for about 15 minutes that brings us to the Prakar monastery, followed by visit to Yathra Weaving centers (a Colourful wool weaving). Then we’ll drive onto the Jakar the center of Bumthang valleys. Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred in the kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. It is here that the kings were cremated and the present royal families trace their ancestry back to a famous saint called Pemalingpa, who was also a smith in Jakar Township. Afternoon visit the Dzong, Jambay lhakhang, kurjey temple, tamshing, the swiss farm area, fruit and beer factory (optional – sometime does not allow permit), Total drive of about 2 hours 30 minutes hours. Overnight at Mipham Guest House, Bumthang.|
|Day 5||After breakfast retrieve back to Punakha, warm place at 1400 m. Time pernmitting vist the mighty and most impressive Punakha Dzong and hike to chimi lhakhang – the temple of divine madman. Chimi Lhakhang was built by lama Drukpa Kunley in 1499. He subdued the demoness of the Dochu la with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom.’ A wooden effigy of the Lama’s thunderbolt is preserved in the Lhakhang, and childless women go to the temple to receive a wang (blessing) from the saint. It’s a 20-minute walk across the rice fields from the road at Sopsokha to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana. There are very few monks at the temple, which is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels and some very beautiful slate carvings.|
|Day 6||After breakfast drive west via dochula pass 3080 m, weather permitting enjoy the Bhutan Himalaya peaks above 7000 mts. Continue driving to Paro for another 2 hours. Afternoon visit the national museum and the Rinpung Dzong or any other sightseeing your guide will take. Overnight at hotel|
|Day 7||After early breakfast at the hotel drive to Paro airport for your sensational take-off and scenic Himalayan flight past Chomolhari, Bhutan’s second highest peak.|
|Abbrebiations: B, L, D means : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner|
Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis; single supplement is available upon request with extra surcharge as applicable.
Meals; B=Breakfast, L=Lunch; D=Dinner and evening tea with biscuits.
Transport within Bhutan.
Sightseeing entrance fee
Services of experienced licensed English speaking sightseeing tour guides and his fee.
supply of pack and riding ponies.
Bhutan visa fees.
Royalty and taxes.
Departure Tax where applicable.
Rescue operations by helicopters.
Excess baggage charges.
Mineral water, soft drinks and any alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, laundry, telephone calls, tips and any other personal expenses.
Nepal Visa (if entering Bhutan through Nepal)
Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc)
Any cost arising from political disturbances, strikes, cancellation of flights, deviation in program, delays due to landslides/ road blockage or otherwise.
- Best Season: Autumn,Spring
- Duration: 3 Nights/4 Days
- Trekking Days:
- Grade: Easy
- Rating: Normal
- Maximum Altitude: 2200 m
- Commences At: Kathmandu
- Ends At: Kathmandu
- Code: BT83