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Bhutan Discover the heart of Buthan 

  • Off the beaten track
Engage yourself in a new culture. With this itinerary you will have an exclusive interaction with the local life through food and and traditions. Get away from overcrowded tourist traps and stereotypical activities and take part of private tours and dine with the locals themselves instead. An unforgettable journey is waiting for you, so pack your bags and feel welcome to Bhutan...

Engage yourself in a new culture. With this itinerary you will have an exclusive interaction with the local life through food and and traditions. Get away from overcrowded tourist traps and stereotypical activities and take part of private tours and dine with the locals themselves instead. An unforgettable journey is waiting for you, so pack your bags and feel welcome to Bhutan. 

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Tour itinerary includes
  • Arts and crafts
    Arts and crafts
  • Food and drink
    Food and drink
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Meet locals
    Meet locals
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing

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: Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan

​• Transfer from airport to hotel. Check-in to your hotel

​• Lunch will then be served at a local restaurant and you can choose Bhutanese delicacies

​​• After lunch, visit Paro Rimpong Dzong  which dates back to the 17th century

Visited:
Paro
Accommodation
Gangtey Palace (Paro)

Day 2: Eat with locals!

​•  After breakfast, we will drive around 20 minutes to a Bhutanese family. You will be served Bhutanese tea (Suja) and  try a variety of Bhutanese traditional food. ​​

•  in the afternoon,  20 minutes to the starting point of Zuri. Hike to the Zuri temple, the beautiful hike takes around one hour or more which starts from Ta Dzong and stop at Hotel Uma. 

• Before dinner, experience hot stone bath.

• Overnight stay at Dorji Dema Home Stay

Visited:
Paro

Day 3: Paro to Haa

•  Today we will drive to the high valley of Haa crossing over the Chela pass at 3988m. ​

• Continue to drive towards Haa. Visit the nunnery which consists of around 90 nuns.

•  After, continue your driving towards Chela pass for around 30 minutes. From the pass, you will get the stunning view over the Himalayas.

• In Haa visit Lhakhang Karp and Lhakhang Nap some of the oldest temple built in 7th century. 

Visited:
ParoHaa
Accommodation
Soednam Zingkha Lodge (Haa)

Day 4:  Haa valley

• Visit a Bhutanese family in a small village close to Haa. Help and watch them collect fodder and milking the cows

​• Later in the evening drive to the temple Juneydra for less than one hour

• Spend your time mediating in that peaceful temple, learn basic meditation skills, if you are interested to learn or you can do it by your own

• In the evening interact and cook meal with the couple

Visited:
Haa

Day 5: To the capital!

• We will drive a beautiful road from Haa to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan

•  Upon arrival, visit National Memorial chorten/stupa


• After lunch, take a visit of the Jungshi handmade paper factory

• Psst, don't miss one of the biggest buddha statue overlooking Thimphu town

• In the afternoon,  drive to Changangkha monastery, the temple was built in 13th century, this is one of the most important temple for the people of Thimphu

Visited:
Haa, Thimphu

Day 6: Explore more of the city...

• Drive 16 km from Thimphu and hike to the monastery  retreat and teaching center for the southern Tibetan Buddhism school

• The site is also known to have around 500 monks who ensure safety and are also in charge of the religious activities in the monastery. These monks are also entrusted with taking care and maintaining the monastery

​• In the evening, visit the summer residence for the royal family Trashichhodzong!

Visited:
Thimphu Dzongkhag

Day 7: More of Bhutanese culture, tradition and lifestyle

​•  After breakfast, visit the institute of 13 traditional arts commonly known as 'the painting school'

​• Visit Changzomtog weaving center which is a perfect place to see the art of traditional weaving being kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in colors and designs

​• After lunch drive to Punakha. Visit Dago and her family, Dago is known for her cooking talent, she will prepare a special dinner for you

Visited:
ThimphuPunakha
Accommodation
Night at Chimi Lhakhang Village Homestay (Punakha)

Day 8: Sightseeing at Punakha

​• After breakfast, drive to Chhi-med Lhakhang. Here you'll get to see the Temple of Bhutan's foremost Saint, the Lama Drukpa Kuenley

​• Later, drive around 40 minutes from the Dzong to the starting point of Kham sum Yulley Namgay Stupa. The walk begins as you cross the Mo Chhu River on one of Bhutan’s unique prayer flag adorned iron-chain suspension bridges. The path takes you past terraced rice plantations, fields of colorful flowers and intricate prayers wheels. 

​​• After the visit, continue to drive to Paro for around 4 hours. Upon reaching Paro you can have a rest and prepare for Tigers nest hike the next day.

Visited:
PunakhaParo
Accommodation
Gangtey Palace (Paro)

Day 9: Tiger nest hike

​​•  Drive from hotel around 20 minutes to the starting point of hike to the Tiger nest

​​•  The Tigernest, or Takshang, has been an important pilgrimage place for more than 1200 years. The Monastery clings to a sheer cliff two thousand feet above Paro valley

​​•  Stop off for lunch at the teahouse on the way back, a paradise for photographers! Apart from the stunning view, you'll cast your eyes over waterfalls, meditation caves, prayer wheels, many prayer flags, and stupas

​​• In the afternoon, free time in the town

Visited:
Takshang, Paro
Accommodation
Gangtey Palace (Paro)

Day 10: Time to say goodbye!

​​• Transfer from hotel to the airport

We hope you've enjoyed your time in Bhutan! And come back to visit again soon. 

Visited:
ParoKathmandu

Paro Haa Thimphu Thimphu Dzongkhag Punakha Paro Takshang Kathmandu

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.

Season Price Per Adult
Prices Starting From
January 2020 to February 2020 $1,800
March 2020 to May 2020 $1,900
September 2020 to November 2020 $1,900
December 2020 to December 2020 $1,850

Included in price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 local agency support
  • Trip creation with an expert local agent

Not included in price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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