Magical Bhutan Tour - 9 Days

Trip Fact

  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Trip Style: Sightseeing
  • Transport: Luxury Private Vehicle (Car/Van/Hiace)
  • Food: As Per Itinerary
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Standard Hotel
  • Group Size: 1-16 pax
  • Max Elevation: 2,334m

About Magical Bhutan Tour

An essential overview of the Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom. This tour imbues you with a subtle appreciation of the Bhutanese situation and way of life. Bhutan's character is underpinned by a culture rooted in its traditional past. Monastic-fortress centers epitomize formal authority. Small, secluded, self sufficient communities are spread thinly over the rugged landscape. Unity is established through an enduring intensity of faith. We journey through the cultural heartland of western and central Bhutan. From the modernizing center of Thimphu, through the birthplace of the Monarchy at Trongsa, to the erstwhile 17th Century capital at Punakha. From the sacred temples of Paro, into the spiritual sanctuary of Bumthang, and then on to the seat of a high reincarnate lama at Gangteng. You will experience broader social, cultural and ecological aspects of the landscape: taking invigorating hikes through distant village settlements and the rich untainted surrounding countryside; visiting some of the most venerable Bhutanese monasteries, unpretentious fusion of high culture and everyday community life.

Highlights

  • Witness majestic views of the world's greatest Himalayas onboard flying in/out from Paro.
  • 8 nights of accommodation at 3 Star in the country.
  • Breakfast, lunches, and dinners daily featuring unique local dining experiences
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan.
  • Visit the tiny capital of Thimphu.
  • Explore Punakha Dzong – the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan.
  • Witness Bhutanese culture, tradition, and day to day lifestyles of Bhutanese people.

Itinerary

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Day 01 : Arrival in Paro International Airport

Your flight to Paro, on this flight the views of the Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drakey in Bhutan are awesome. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received and escorted to your hotel by your guide and driver. There will be a ceremony before you reach the hotel. (Tradition Reception ceremony) check in hotel and then we will go for sightseeing

Visit Kichu Monastery which was built in the 7th century to subdue demon on Himalayan region. Visit the National Museum (Ta Dzong). Once the watchtower for the Rinpung Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968 and then Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted by two guardhouses to the dzong. Today, the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong,. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • 3 Star Category Hotel
  • Paro
  • 2,200m
  • 1/2 Hours

After breakfast we will drive to the Capital Thimphu, Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952-1972. Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still preserved. Artists are taught to paint Thankas here (sacred Buddhist scroll). Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where one can buy Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts. After Lunch we will visit the Golf course ( 9 holes ) where you can hire the set and play.

In the evening Visit Tashichho Dzong – the main secretariat building. It is from here that the King and other prominent civil servants run the country. The Head Abbot and the central monastic body also reside here during the summer. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • 3 Star Category Hotel
  • Thimphu
  • 2,334m
  • 3/4 Hours

After breakfast, drive to Punakha. On the way, halt at Dochula Pass (26kms) for a cup of tea and on a clear day, the most spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayas. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, the former winter capital and present administrative seat of the district. It is also the winter residence of the central monastic body. The Dzong (fortress) lies between two rivers, the Pochu and Mochu, meaning male and female rivers.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • 3 Star Category Hotel
  • Punakha
  • 1,242m
  • 3/4 Hours

After an early breakfast, drive to Trongsa. The journey takes about 6 hrs. With lunch stop en-route. Visit Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of the royal family and its watchtower. Built in 1648 A.D, it is presently the administrative seat of the district and the home of the monastic school. Built at split-levels on a narrow spur, the dzong is an architectural wonder and head to Bumthang.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • 3 Star Category Hotel
  • Bumthang
  • 2,800m
  • 7/8 Hours

 Visit the historical Jakar Dzong, built in 1646 AD by Minjur Tenpa, the third Druk Desi (Temporal ruler). In 1683 AD it was extended by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay, the fourth Desi. Visit several ancient and sacred Monasteries such as the Jambay lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Kencho Sum Lhakhang, visit Membar Tso “The flaming Lake.” This is considered one of the most important pilgrimage spots. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • 3 Star Category Hotel
  • Bumthang
  • 2,800m
  • 5/6 Hours

 After an early breakfast drive to Gangtey. Gangtey is a beautiful meadow situated at an altitude of 3000 m. It promises breathtaking views of the Black Mountain range, have lunch at Gangtey Aman and drive to Punakha.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • 3 Star Category Hotel
  • Punakha
  • 1,242m
  • 5/6 Hours

You will visit to the Chhimi Lhakhang known as the temple of fertility which was built by the famous saint known as Lam Drukpa Kuenley.” Devine mad monk” and drive to Paro.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • 3 Star Category Hotel
  • paro
  • 2,200m
  • 4/5 Hours

You will be hiking to the Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest”. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru PadmaSambhava alighted here upon the back of a tigress. Lunch at Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 5 hours. Before having dinner we will have the cultural show.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • 3 Star Category Hotel
  • paro
  • 2,200m
  • 5/6 Hours

 After breakfast our guide and driver will transfer to airport for your departure flight. 

  • Breakfast

What's included

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport by a private luxury vehicle.
  • Accommodation in 3 star standard hotels on twin sharing basis.
  • Full board meal plan with all activities
  • English speaking tour guide service
  • All transfers and excursions by private luxury vehicles
  • All entrance fees to museums and monuments
  • All internal taxes and fees
  • Bhutan entry visa/permit
  • Mineral drinking water
  • All government taxes and official expenses

What’s Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks.
  • Tips for the guide & driver. (Tipping is expected).

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Useful Information

An essential overview of the Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom. This tour imbues you with a subtle appreciation of the Bhutanese situation and way of life. Bhutan's character is underpinned by a culture rooted in its traditional past. Monastic-fortress centers epitomize formal authority.