Destinations: Thimphu, Punakha, Paro
Max Altitude: 3,120 m / 10,240 ft
Best Season: March to May and September to November
Meal: Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Accommodation: Government approved 3 stars hotels and above
Transportation: 4 wheel drive – suvs, tour vans & mini buses
This voyage will take you through the heart of Bhutan’s three western districts, where you will meet locals who live in harmony with the environment and are renowned for preserving it, making Bhutan the only carbon-negative nation in the world.
This 5-day, 4-night journey will give you a genuine glimpse of Bhutan and instill in you an understanding of what it takes for the little Buddhist nation to become a distinctive travel destination. Your journey will take you through the heart of each of Bhutan’s three western district: Paro, the nation’s capital Thimphu, and the fertile Punakha valley. Each of these places exemplifies the tenacity and strength of a country renowned for maintaining its ancient Buddhist culture and coexisting peacefully with its pristine natural surroundings.
You will tour important historical and religious sites, including a 4–5-hour round-trip climb to Paro Taktsang, the most stunning tourist attraction, which was first elected in 1962 on a sheer 800-meter rock cliff, and a 2-hour journey through the lovely Punakha valley. Stop at the sacred mountain pass Dochu La on the way to Punakha to get a great panoramic vista of some of Bhutan’s highest snow-capped peaks, weather permitting
Day 1: Arrive at Paro International Airport/Transfer to Thimphu
Drukair, the country’s flag carrier, or Bhutan Airlines, a private airline founded in 2011, are the only two foreign carriers that fly into and out of Bhutan. Our guide and the driver will meet you on arrival and take you on your first trip into the Kingdom of Happiness.
We will begin by first visit the National Museum of Bhutan housed in the 17th- century watchtower and acquire insights into rich cultural practices, history and many objects. You will be then taken to Thimphu, the capital city, which has more than 111,000 people living there. The vibrant small city serves as the nation’s principal center for trade, religion, and government.
You will visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum, where the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan are taught, when you arrive in Thimphu. Since the dawn of time, arts and crafts have been a vital component of Bhutan’s cultural legacy. The National Library & Archives of Bhutan, which is only a short distance away, is regarded as a national treasure and the primary repository for information on history, medicine, the arts, and culture. The National Library and Institute of Zorg Chusum are both open on weekdays and on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm.
Overnight stay in Thimphu
Day 2: Thimphu/Transfer to Punakha
Continue your journey to Punakha while passing through a few villages. The route will progressively descend in elevation and twist among pine forests. You’ll see how dramatically the altitude changes from 3,150 meters just an hour and a half ago to 1,200 meters in the lower valley.
See the well-known 15th-century Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the “Temple of Fertility,” en route, and explore the neighborhood where houses are decorated with vibrant phallus murals. Then, we’ll take a drive to Punakha Town to see the 17th-century Punakha Dzong, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Spend some time admiring the dzong’s main artefacts and sacred wall paintings. The dzong’s intricate woodwork and architectural design are excellent examples of Bhutanese architecture.
Overnight stay in Punakha
Day 3: Punakha/Transfer to Paro Valley
You’ll go on a fantastic hike today to the Buddhist temple known as Khamsum Yuellay Namgyel Chorten before we take the car back to Paro.
This magnificent Buddhist construction, which is perched on a rocky ridge overlooking the charming Punakha valley, is a remarkable example of Bhutanese architecture utilized to construct temples and monasteries. Before arriving at the serene monument, the round-trip journey takes roughly 2 to 2.5 hours via terraced rice fields and a brief, easy climb through the pine forests.
On the way back to Punakha town, if your company consists of more than three persons, a picnic lunch can be organized besides the Mochu river’s bank. Transfer back to Paro after lunch.
Overnight stay in Paro
Day 4: Paro
Drive to Ramthangka, the Taktsang monastery’s base, after an early breakfast. commonly referred to as Tiger’s Nest. The Taktsang Monastery is perched atop an 800-meter-high rock cliff. The round-trip climb takes around 4-5 hours. One of the most significant monasteries in Bhutan is Taktsang, which means “Tiger’s Nest” in Tibetan. Up to the midpoint, horseback riding costs roughly USD20 one way (Taktsang Viewpoint Cafeteria).
We return to the base, where the driver will be waiting, after eating at the Taktsang Overlook Cafeteria. Visit a lovely farmhouse in the late afternoon, then savor a home-cooked meal there for dinner. You can unwind in a healing and relaxing bath at home if you’re interested in one.
Overnight stay in Paro
Day 4: Departure
You will be taken to Paro International Airport following breakfast, depending on the time of your flight.
Package costs will be in addition to the SDF of USD 200 per person per night to include hotel accommodations, meals, admission fees, a guide, and a private tour vehicle. Email us a booking enquiry, and we’ll create a package just for you based on your preferences and price range.