5 days Bhutan tour will cover the major sights of western Bhutan. You must not miss the great Tiger nest hike in Paro where the root of Buddhism started here. The tour highlights the best of Bhutan’s Culture and tradition.
Short Bhutan Tour Overview.
- Bhutan, also known as the land of happiness as the nation’s economy is not based on GDP but is based on GNH (Gross National Happiness). Each person’s happiness counts.
- Who else wants to visit the land of happiness? If you are looking for a trip with friends, a great vacation, and retirement heaven then this 5-day tour of Bhutan suits you. So note it on your bucket list and I’m sure you’ll not regret touring Bhutan.
- According to some of our guests, they don’t have much time on their hands to leisurely visit the place, keeping that in mind we have crafted this tour of Bhutan for guests like them. Here is Bhutan at a Glance.
BHUTAN TOUR ITINERARY.
DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU. DAY 02: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA – THIMPHU. DAY 03: THIMPHU – PARO. DAY 04: PARO SIGHTSEEING. DAY 05: DEPARTURE.
Day 01. ARRIVE AT PARO.
As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past green forested hills with the silvery Pa Chhu (Paro river) meandering down the valley. Our representative (your guide) will meet you at Paro airport and followed by visa formalities, collection of baggage, and transfer to the hotel or Thimphu, according to your tour program. On the way you can visit Simtokha Dzong, built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1627. Dinner and Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 02. THIMPHU – PUNAKHA – THIMPHU.
After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. During clear weather, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view the Higher Himalayas. While in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. For many years, it served as the seat of the Government till the time of the second king. There is a smaller building near the main structure called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed the statue of Buddha. It is said that Zhabdrung took Palep (the Architect) to zangtopelri (heaven) while sleeping and showed him the palace of Guru Rinpoche. From this vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong but the design was never committed on paper. The war materials captured during the battle with the Tibetans are preserved here. In the evening, Drive back to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 03. THIMPHU – PARO.
After breakfast, you will be sightseeing in Thimphu. It includes: visiting the National Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to our Third King of Bhutan. His Late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy. Visit the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, followed by visiting the Painting School, famous for carving and handmade arts, and the Folk Heritage Museum. In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion), built-in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and reconstructed in 1961 by the Late King, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is regarded as the Father of Modern Bhutan. Visit Handicrafts Emporium to see the exquisite artistry of traditional crafts and textiles. In the evening, drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
DAY 04. PARO SIGHTSEEING. (TAKTSANG MONASTRY/ TIGERS NEST MONASTRY)
If you do not hike Tiger nest temple your tour of Bhutan is not complete. The hike is 2 hours for veteran hikers and leisure 3 hours for first-timer. The trail climbs through a beautiful pine forest, many of the trees are festooned with Spanish moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.
The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible structure clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favorite consort.
DAY 05. DEPARTURE.
Breakfast in the hotel then drives to the airport for the flight to your onward destination.
Tashi Delek! Best wishes!
Quick Information on Bhutan to Book this Trip
Bhutan Visa: All nationals traveling to Bhutan need Bhutan Visa except for nationality from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. For Visa Bhutan Tourism Policy of daily tariff is applicable.
All Bhutan visa is processed by tour operator like ourselves. We take responsibility for handling all your Bhutan Visa arrangements and Flight tickets. Check on how to Apply Bhutan Visa?
Bhutan Flights: Two local airlines Drukair and Bhutan Airline operate flights to Bhutan. They operate from Delhi, Kathmandu, Singapore, Kolkatta, and Bangkok. No other airlines operate in Bhutan. You can plan your schedule to land in these places to get to Bhutan.
Bhutan Tour Cost: The cost of visiting Bhutan is already fixed by the Government based on Season.