Country
Bhutan
Duration
5 Days/4 Nights
Travel Type
Tour
 

Welcome to the land of mountain legends, nestled high in the Himalayas, where traditions remain unchanged from ancient civilizations!

Inclusions

Transportation by car or minivan
Return transfers airport / hotel / airport
Private English speaking local guide
4 night accommodation at 4* hotels or similar
11 meals: 4 breakfasts at hotels, 3 lunches at local restaurants, 4 dinners at hotels
Visits as per itinerary with private vehicle
Visa for Bhutan

Exclusions

International airfare – Gratuities to hotel personnel, guides and drivers – Beverages – Optional excursions.

Additional Information

Note

Please note that some of the sights/itinerary may change due to season, weather, national holidays, and special events. We maintain the rights to alter the itinerary since tours are made in advance and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve your overall travel experience in Bhutan.
The driving and hiking times mentioned are approximate times and do not include breaks in the journey for sightseeing, photo/tea/meal/rest stops. Due to the ongoing up-gradation of the only national highway (eastwest), there may be delays in transfer time/ arrival time due to poor road conditions, road closures, inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances. During your journey, you may encounter areas of degraded roads, a bumpy ride, traffic jams and road closures – we do apologize for the inconveniences. During the treks/hikes, there may be delays or diversion of hiking trails due to trail conditions, inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

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DAY 1 PARO - THIMPHU (1 HR, 55 KMS)

Arriving in Bhutan is an unparalleled experience as the flight provides wonderful Himalayan scenery below. On completion of airport formalities, you will be met at the arrival lounge and start the drive through the valley towards Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. Arrive Thimpu and check in to your hotel. In the evening (if time permits), visit the impressive Trashichho Dzong which houses the Throne Room of the King and various Government Offices. It is also the Summer Residence of the Chief Abbot and the Central Monk Body. If your visit falls on a working weekday, arrive in time to watch the hoisting of the National Flag and the March of the Guards.

Meals : Dinner

Accommodation : Thimphu at Druk Hotel 4* or similar, for 2 nights

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DAY 2 THIMPHU

This morning, visit the National Memorial Chorten which was originally envisaged by Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King and a monument to peace. Visit the Bronze Statue of Sakyamuni Buddha (51.5 m), sitting on top of Kuensel Phodrang hill and offering unobstructed views over the Thimphu Valley. Also visit the nearby National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature. After lunch, visits will include: the National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), where the medicinal herbs abundant in the kingdom are compounded and dispensed. Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School), where a six-year training course is given in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Also visit Thangtong Dewachen Nunnery - the only nunnery in the Capital and was built in 1976. The nuns all live together as a family with each given a specific chore from cooking to cleaning to shopping. Towards evening, visit the Tashichho Dzong, the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and the central monk body. Later, if time permits, explore the main street for some interesting Himalayan artifacts or textiles for which Bhutan is famous. If your visit to Thimphu coincides with the weekend, you can walk through the Thimphu Market (Open only from Friday until mid-Sunday).

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

3

DAY 3 THIMPHU - PARO (1 HR, 55 KMS)

In the morning drive to Paro. En-route you have an opportunity to visit handicraft and souvenir stores in Thimphu. In the afternoon, drive towards the north end of the valley to visit the National Museum. The museum collection includes ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons, coins, stamps and a small natural history collection. Then walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) situated at a commanding height overlooking Paro valley. Built in 1646, this Dzong now houses Paro’s monk body and the offices of the civil administration and is symbolic as the religious and secular center of all affairs of the valley. On arrival check in at the hotel. In the evening, visit a Traditional farmhouse for an opportunity to interact with a local family and learn something of their lifestyle.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Naksel Resort 4*or similar, for 2 nights

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DAY 4 PARO - TIGERS NEST MONASTERY - PARO (2-3 HRS TOTAL HIKE TIME)

After breakfast morning hike uphill to the Tiger’s Nest” monastery, spectacularly located on the side of a cliff 900mts above the valley floor. It is said that in the 8thcentury Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months, hence its name, “Tiger’s Nest”. The principal temple of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. The main structure was severely damaged by fire in 1998, but after many years of painstaking restoration work, the complex has now been fully restored to its former glory. A pilgrimage to Taktsang is the dream of a lifetime for the devout. Along the way, visit 7th
Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

5

DAY 5 PARO

After breakfast, transfer to the airport

Meals : Breakfast

Rates in CA$, per person, starting from, in double occupancy 

Land Package
   

2023 rates coming soon – Please contact us

     
     
     

* SUPPLEMENTS (payable extra):

DRUK HOTEL, THIMPHU
Festivals: (Mar 20-25’ 2021) & (Sept 11-21’ 2021) – CAD120 per room per night
Aug 01-31: CAD65 per room per night

**Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment The prices indicated exclude the contribution to the Customer Compensation Fund of $3.50 per $1,000 of tourism product or service purchased from a travel agent in Quebec