Trip Types
  • Travel Style
  • Interests and Activities
  • Tour Ideas by Month
  • Continents and Regions

Bhutan Family adventure in the Happiness Kingdom

  • Highlights
Bhutan is known for its diversity, believe in offering our clients the best we can. And in doing so, we go beyond the contemporary. One of which is taking you to the heart of the people. Bhutanese people are known for its hospitality and simplicity. They cherish in sharing the cultural and the daily life experiences to their visitors. This tour is designed for the people who travel with their fami...

Bhutan is known for its diversity, believe in offering our clients the best we can. And in doing so, we go beyond the contemporary. One of which is taking you to the heart of the people. Bhutanese people are known for its hospitality and simplicity. They cherish in sharing the cultural and the daily life experiences to their visitors. This tour is designed for the people who travel with their family.

See more
Tour itinerary includes
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Mountain
    Mountain
  • Nature escape
    Nature escape

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Experience the Himalayan Paradise

During the flight over to Paro, you'll be able to see some of the highest peaks such as the legendary Mount Everest, Kenchenjanga and Makula. Upon arrival you'll be met by our representative who will accompany you to Hotel.

After lunch, visit Paro Rimpong Dzong, The original Paro dzong dates back to 17th century, built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the man who unified Bhutan, but then it was burnt down in 1907 and was rebuilt in the same year with the same architectural design. Currently it is the head quarter of the district headed by the head administrator and the monastic body with about 200 monks, free time in the paro city.

Visited:
Paro
Accommodation
Gangtey Palace (Paro)

Day 2: The Paro valley 

Visit national National museum, the watchtower or the Ta- Dzong was built in 17th century to guard the Paro Rimpong dzong (fortress) below. It has the collection of rare stamps on display.


After visiting the museum you can enjoy the Zuri hike for about 1 hour or more which starts from Ta Dzong and stop at Hotel Uma. Free time in the town, interacting with the local people and enjoy your photography places.


Visist paro kychu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple built by the first Buddhist king of Tibet in seventh century.


Overnight at Hotel: Mandal/Gangtey Palace/Olathang

Visited:
Paro
Accommodation
Gangtey Palace (Paro)

Day 3: Visit the Memorial chorten

After breakfast drive to Thimphu through the road that zig – zags following the river for one hour or more. You can make numerous stops on the way to enjoy the beautiful rice fields; forest and hills dotted with stupas and prayer flags.

In the afternoon, visit Memorial chorten in the heart of the town, followed by the Buddha stupa overlooking the Thimphu valley, Changgangkha monastery, where the newborn children in Thimphu are named, if you are interested get new Bhutanese  names for your children’s too.

Take your children’s to Takin. Reserve too see the national animal of Bhutan, called the takin, is found only in the eastern Himalayas. In Bhutan, it is found only in the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Park in the northern part of the country.

This photogenic animal was believed to be created by a lama called Drukpa Kuenley, who is also popularly known as “the Divine Madman.”  It was said that he had joined the head of a goat and body of a cow to form the Takin. Finally to the heart of the town to meet the locals.

Visited:
ParoThimphu
Accommodation
Night at the hotel Osel (Thimphu)

Day 4: Thimphu sightseeing 

After breakfast, drive about 45 minutes north of Thimphu and then hike to the Tango Buddhist Institute, which will take about 2 hours round trip.  Tango is located at a place considered sacred from times immemorial.  In the year 1689 AD, the monastery was built by the Gyelse Tenzin Rabgyel, the 4th Desi (temporal ruler of Bhutan).  Today, the monastery serves as the largest Buddhist institute in the country.  It also is the seat for the young reincarnation of the master who built the monastery (Gyelse Tenzin Rabgyel).


In the evening visit Trashichhodzong, Built in the 17th century, this dzong is the summer residence of the central monastic body headed by the Je Khenpo (chief spiritual leader).  The king’s office is also located inside this dzong. The woodwork and the paintings are among the finest in the country. You may take pictures in the courtyard.


Visit centenary Farmer’s Market is a two story building with about 400 stalls that provides farmers from around the country the opportunity to display their produce and people a chance to support the local agriculture. Vendors from throughout the region starts arriving on Thursday and Friday, and remain till Sunday night. The best time to explore the market is within these three days when the rush of trade is going on. It is also a great way to get acquainted with the locals and learn about the ingredients of a Bhutanese diet. Also watch the residents’ horde the market, choosing the best of the season’s product. Free time in the town.


Overnight hotel: Le Meridian 5* hotel in Thimphu.

Visited:
Thimphu

Day 5: Over the Dochula pass and to the rice fields of Punakha

Stop at Dochula pass (3150m), enjoy the panorama of the Bhutan Himalayas. Here you can spend some time walking around and photographing the 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens, Built in 2004 to “celebrate the stability and progress that His Majesty has brought to the nation,” this hill of 108 religious monuments in the middle of the pass reflects Bhutan’s spiritual and artistic traditions.

Continue your drive towards Punakha and take a short hike to Chhi- med (means no dogs) Lhakhang in the picturesque valley, to visit the temple of Bhutan’s foremost saint, the Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popular known as the Divine Madman.

Visit Punakha Dzong. Built in 1637 between the confluence of the Po chu (male river) and Mo chu (female river), this fortress monastery is the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Je Khenpo or Head Abbot, and the central Monk Body comprising of over 350 monks. In the afternoon take your family for white water rafting in Mo chu river in punakha. The rafting take less than 2 hours, No special experience is required as long as you do not mind doing a bit of paddling and getting a bit wet – or quite possibly very wet! – Then you will have an exciting time riding the white waters of the Himalayan Rivers.

Visited:
ThimphuPunakha
Accommodation
Night at the hotel Lobesa (Punakha Dzongkhag)

Day 6: Phobjikha valley

This part of drive is one of the most scenic; you will be crossing streams, waterfalls, prayer wheels turned by water, yaks with their herders, remote and picturesque villages and lots of birds.


As we approach Pelela pass (3420m/10825ft), you will get the first glimpse of Black mountain ranges. In olden days it was used as border between east and west. Before reaching the pass.


We will take right towards the valley of rare and famous Black Necked Cranes.  First stop is at the village of and Gangtey (30000m), followed by Gangtey Gompa.


The villagers are said to be descendants of about 50 gomchen or lay monks who settled there long time ago. After the School hike to the glacial valley of Phobjikha (2900m/10440ft). This is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan. It is the nesting ground of the rare Black necked Cranes in winter. Later in the afternoon experience mountain biking the route leads through amazing rhododendron and pine forests and It is truly a great way to experience Bhutan’s landscape and culture!


Overnight Hotel: Dewachhen/Gakiling.

Visited:
PunakhaPhobjikha
Accommodation
Dewachen (Gangtey)

Day 7: Short hike to Rinchengang village for cultural experiences

As we retrace our journey back to Punakha, you can make numerous stops on the way to visit villages, enjoy nature and to take pictures of local people on the road.

In Wangdue, take a short hike to Rinchengang village for cultural experiences and continue towards Paro for overnight.

Upon arrival at paro, we will check into a home stay, paro is famous for its Varity of food, dumplings either from meet or cheese, greens, datsi (cheese) and chili with different combination of vegetable and other ingredients. You can taste common Bhutanese dishes served with rice, such as pork, chicken, beef, and yak.  You can learn the few Bhutanese dishes and taste how it works.

Overnight Dorji Dema home stay.

Visited:
Phobjika, Paro

Day 8: Excursion to Takshang 

After breakfast, drive 15 minutes to the starting point in order to hike to Takshang Monastery (the “Tiger’s Nest”).  Visited and sanctified by Guru Rimpoche, this place is one of the most venerated pilgrimage sites in the Himalayan world.  Over the years, many great Buddhist masters have visited and mediated here.  Later, in the year 1692 AD, the fourth temporal ruler of Bhutan built the monastery over the cave where Guru Rimpoche and his consort Khandro Yeshi Tshogyal mediated.  The monastic complex clings to the rock towering 800 meters above the valley (2950 meters above sea level).


After visiting the monastery, stop at the teahouse cafeteria half way down for lunch. Try hot stone bath very to recover your body after trek. It is believed that the heat of the water, the minerals released from the rock, and the local herbs all combine to produce medicinal benefits for joint pains, hypertension, stomach disorders and arthritis.


In second day in home stay, try hot stone bath very to recover your body after trek. It is believed that the heat of the water, the minerals released from the rock, and the local herbs all combine to produce medicinal benefits for joint pains, hypertension, stomach disorders and arthritis.


Overnight stay at Dorji Dema home stay.

Visited:
ParoTakshang

Day 9: Departure

Drive to the airport for departure.

Visited:
Paro

Paro Thimphu Punakha Phobjikha Phobjika Takshang

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $2,310 / 9 days
Excluding international flights
4 pax5 pax6 pax
Price per person in double room$2,280$2,100$2,200
Book your flights to Bhutan
International flights are not included in this trip. Thanks to our partnership with Option Way, you can take advantage of booking your flights directly with your local agent.
Check out the many benefits:
  • Competitive rates
  • All-inclusive prices with no hidden fees
  • Your local agent Lobzang, in Bhutan, will inform you of any changes to your flights
For more information or to book your flights directly, head to our partner site.

Itinerary not quite right for you?

Create your custom-made trip Browse all tour ideas in Bhutan (16)

Other tour ideas