Classic Bhutan

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Classic Bhutan

Highlights Include:

  • Trekking to the stunning Taktsang Monastery, or “Tiger’s Lair”
  • An introduction to traditional methods of arts and crafts
  • Visiting spectacular temples dating back over nine centuries
  • Seven amazing days in a Himalayan paradise
Tour Details

From: $1,850 per person | Single supplement on request

7 days

Departures: Daily, All Year

While Bhutan is one of the smallest countries in the world, it is a mountainous paradise, untouched by the rest of the world and steeped in traditions. The Bhutanese have treasured their natural environment and see it as a source of all life. They live in harmony with nature in a landscape that is still pristine. Its eco-system shelters some of the most exotic bird species, rich wildlife and an astonishing variety of medical plants and orchids. Our popular seven day tour of Bhutan covers the valleys of Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha, and a visit to the famous Taktsang “Tiger Lair.” During your visit, you will meet the welcoming and gracious people of Bhutan, discover the spirit of the Bhutanese, and explore Dzongs, temples, monasteries, markets, and museums. If you wish you can hike to remote golden-roof temples through tranquil villages and enjoy the spectacular Himalayan scenery. All of our tour programs are flexible and can be easily modified. If you have more time, let us know and we will introduce you to more of Bhutan.

This is a sample semi-independent itinerary. Travel will be independent with guided tours and activities along the way. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.

Day 1Arrive Paro, Bhutan - Drive to Thimpu| Meals: D

Arrive Paro, Bhutan. Meet your guide and transfer to Thimphu. After settling in, time permitting, walk around Main Street and Thimpu Market discovering interesting Himalayan artifacts and textiles. Overnight in Thimphu

Day 2Cultural Exploration in Thimphu | Meals: B L D

Today you will visit the Textile Museum to see Bhutan’s living national art of thagzo (weaving). Here you can learn about Bhutan’s history and culture. Next, is the National Library, a great example of traditional Bhutanese architecture. It houses ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts, manuscripts, and also printing blocks for prayer flags. After lunch, visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is one of the most iconic religious structures of Thimpu. You will also see Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point) with its incredible views and the largest Buddha statue in the country. Finally, visit Trashi Chho Dzong, located on the western bank of the Wang Chhu River and the seat of Bhutan’s civil government and monarchy. Overnight in Thimphu

Day 3Punakha and Hike to Chemi Lhakhang | Meals: B L D

Depart early this morning on a three-hour dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Dochu La to Punakha Valley. The journey continues over the 10,000 foot mountain pass where, on a clear day, you can see the eastern Himalayan range and the highest mountain in Bhutan, Mt. Gangar Punsum (24,670 feet). The pass is marked by 108 Stupas dedicated to world peace by Her Majesty, Queen Mother of Bhutan. The descent will take you through sub-tropical vegetation into Punakha Valley. After lunch, you will hike through the paddy fields and villages to Chemi Lhakhang, known as the Fertility Temple. Overnight in Punakha

Day 4Punakha Valley | Meals: B L D

After breakfast, visit Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a four-story temple built by the Queen Mother in the 1990s. To reach this beautiful chorten you will hike through paddy fields and vegetables patches, walk along the banks of the Mo Chhu River, and cross a suspension bridge. Upon reaching your destination, bask in the stunning view of the lush valley and mountains around you. Overnight in Punakha

Day 5Excursion to Paro Valley | Meals: B L D

Embark on a four-hour drive to Paro. Cross back through the Dochula Pass, where you can stop to soak up the panoramic views of the towering Himalayas once again. En route, visit the 17th-Century Simtokha Dzong that showcases skilled craftsmanship in the form of its architecture, interiors, and paintings. On arrival, check in to your hotel and, after lunch, set out on an excursion to Paro valley. Visit Ta Dzong; once a watchtower, it now houses the National Museum. The museum houses a massive collection of antiques, including thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor, household objects, and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Later, visit Paro Dzong (Rinchen Pung Dzong or Rinpung Dzong), meaning “fortress on a heap of jewels”, and unlock its long and fascinating history. Overnight in Paro

Day 6Taktsang “Tiger’s Lair” | Meals: B L D

This morning will begin with a hike up to one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, Taktshang Lhakhang, the famous “Tiger’s Lair.” The four to five hour roundtrip trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 2,950 feet above the valley floor. Stop at Taktsang viewpoint for tea and snacks and to enjoy the view of the Tiger’s Lair. Continue to visit Drukgyel Dzong, the last foothold of the Tibetan invaders. On a clear day one can see the 24,000-foot domed majestic Jumolhari in the background of the fortress, blessing the Paro valley. Overnight in Paro

Day 7Depart Paro, Bhutan | Meals: B

Transfer to Paro airport for your departure flight – or extend your stay in Asia!

  • Six nights’ accommodation
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner) 
  • Services of accompanying English speaking guide from arrival until departure
  • Private Tours and Sightseeing: National Textile Museum, National Library, Memorial Stupa in Thimphu, Changangkha temple, Zilukha Nunnery, Giant Buddha, hike to Temple Chemi Lhakhang, Drukpa Kuenley, Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang, National Museum of Bhutan, Paro Dzong, and “Tiger’s Lair”
  • Bhutan tourist tariff and visa fees
  • Entrance fees and permits
Not Included
  • Round trip flights US-Asia including government taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Airline fees including meals, seat reservations, and luggage costs
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for passports, visas, or health vaccinations
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
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