Travel Packages!

All of our packages include accommodations in standard quality hotels, all meals a day, a reliable vehicle, and an experienced driver to get you around safely.

Listed below are some of our most popular cultural tour and trek itineraries. We will work with you on customizing these tour arrangements to meet your interests and needs.


 

Sample Itineraries

A Journey ThroughDrukYul (12 Days)


This journey takes you to four distinctly different, as well as breathtakingly beautiful valleys with lush green paddy fields, incredulous fortress-like monasteries known as Dzongs and majestically flowing rivers.

Day 1: Arrival

Kuzuzangpola – Welcome to Bhutan!

The flight to Paro is an experience like no other.

During the journey, you will get inspiringly beautiful glimpses of some of the world’s most famous Himalayan peaks.

At the airport, our staff will welcome you and escort you to your hotel. Check in and begin the sightseeing with the Ta-Dzong, the National Museum (closed on Sundays and Mondays, and government holidays). The Ta-Dzong was originally the watchtower for the ParoDzong and stands imposingly on a hillock overlooking the Paro valley. A short visit here will give you an idea of the cultural and ecological richness of Bhutan.

Ramble down to visit the ParoRinpungDzong, which means,“thefortress of the heap of jewels,”and then to DungtseLhakhang by crossing NamaiZampa (a traditional cantilever bridge).

The DungtseLhakhang is conceived as a ‘mandala’ with the different floors corresponding to different levels of initiation and has a remarkable collection of some of Bhutan’s most interesting paintings.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro: Sightseeing

The main highlight of the day is the hike to one of Bhutan’s most venerated pilgrimage sites, the TaktsangGoemba, commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest.”

According to legend, Guru Rinpoche miraculously flew here on the back of a tigress, meditated in a cave here for three months and converted the whole of Paro valley to Buddhism.

Resting at an altitude of 900 meters above the valley, Taktsang is an architectural wonder and the spectacular four hour walk will be your most overwhelming experience ever.

Drive on to visit DrukgyelDzong (the ruined fortress about 17 km from the town), built in 1647 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetans in 1644.Drukgyel means “the fortress of the victorious Drukpas”. The Dzong, with a delightful village nestling at its foot and MountJumolhari(Alt 24,000 feet) appearing as a backdrop on a fine weather is an awe-inspiring sight.

On the way back, stop at one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, the KyichuLhakhang built in the 13th century by the famous Buddhist Tibetan king, SongtsenGampo.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

Day 3: : Paro to Punakha, Drive - 4 hours

Drive on to the beautiful valley of Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan.

After a dramatic two hours drive, the zigzag course of the road brings you to Dochula, a beautiful mountain pass (alt 3,140 m) with its fluttering prayer flags and a spectacular set of 108 miniature chortens (stupas). On a clear day, you will get awe-inspiring glimpses of the towering Himalayan peaks around.

Lunch at the Dochula cafeteria.

The remaining part of the drive is mostly a gradual descent into Punakha valley. Check into your hotel and begin sightseeing.

Start with the PunakhaDzong, strategically built between two rivers, the Phochu (Male River) and the Mochu (Female River). The PunakhaDzong is currently the winter residence of the Je-Khenpo (the religious leader of Bhutan). This is followed by an evening hike to Khamsum Yule NamgyelChorten, a shrine built by the Queen Mother of Bhutan. It’s a brief 30-40 minutes’ walk uphill through terraces of paddy fields, chilly plantations, etc.

Overnight: Hotel in Punakha

Day 4: Drive to WangduePhodrang, Drive - 45 minutes
 
Visit ChimiLhakhang in the village of Lobesa (~20 minutes from Punakha), the auspicious fertility temple built by the famous divine madman, DrukpaKinley. It’s a beautiful 30 minute walk amidst paddy fields and typical Bhutanese houses. Stop at some of the local village homes here to get a feel of the traditional Bhutanese way of living.

The temple is beautifully perched on a small hilltop overlooking the entire village.

Picnic lunch on the way back.

Take a drive to the small town of WangduePhodrang. Right before arriving WangduePhodrang, you will catch a glimpse of the very distinctive Rinchengang village whose inhabitants are all celebrated stonemasons. Visit the impressive WangduePhodrangDzong built in 1638 A.D and return back to Punakha.

Overnight: Hotel in Punakha

Day 5: Drive to Bumthang, Drive - 7 hours

Take an early morning drive to Bumthang via Trongsa.

Lunch on the way. Once in Trongsa, visit the magnificent TrongsaDzong. Continue the drive to Bumthang (~68 km and the drive takes about 2-3 hours).

Overnight: Hotel in Bumthang
 
Day 6 :Bumthang

Full day hike to Tang valley and visit the Ugyencholing Museum. On the way back, visit the JambayLhakhang and the Kurjeylhakang.

There’s a body print of the great Buddhist master Guru Rinpoche on a rock inside the main temple, known as the old KurjeyLhakhang.

In the evening, attend an hour long meditation session in the NamkhaiNgyinpo Monastery in Bumthang.


Overnight: Hotel in Bumthang
 
Day 7 :Bumthang sightseeing.

Drive toKurjeylhakhang and from there, walk across the wooden bridge to the other side of the Chamkharriver and visit the Padma Sambhava Monastery and theKenchok Sum Monastery and many other small temples and farm houses. At the Kenchok Sum Monastery, you will find statues of the three Buddhas (past, present, future). Drive to the hotel for lunch.
After lunch, visit the historical JakarDzong built by MinjurTenpa, the third DrukDesi (Temporalruler ) in 1646 A.D. It was later renovated and expanded by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay, thefourth Desi of Bhutan in 1683 A.D. It is probably one of the biggest Dzongs in Bhutan withthe surrounding walls about 1 km in circumference.

Overnight: Hotel in Bumthang
 

Day 8 :Drive to Gangtey (Phobjikha valley), Drive - 5 hours

After breakfast, drive to MebarTsho “The burning Lake”, which is considered to be one of the most important pilgrimage spots in Bhutan.
In the afternoon, drive to Gangteyvalley (also known as Phobjikha valley).Gangtey is a beautiful valley of rolling hills and green meadows surrounded by snowcapped mountains. It is situated at an altitude of 3000 m. It is also the winter home for the famous Black Necked Cranes who migrate here during the winter months. In the evening, attend a meditation session at the Gangtey temple.

Overnight: Hotel in Gangtey.
 

Day 9 :Gangtey to Thimphu, Drive - 5 ½ hours

In the morning, visit the Black Necked Crane center and the impressive GangteyGoemba overlooking the lush green valley of Phobjikha and proceed for the drive to Paro.

Lunch at a restaurant in WangduePhodrang.

Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu
 

Day 10 :Thimphu sightseeing

Begin the day’s sightseeing with a visit to the Memorial Chorten and the Changangkha Temple. Then visit the Folk Heritage Museum and the Handicrafts Emporium.

Visit the post office in town to see/buy a wondrous collection of Bhutanese stamps and postcards.
Also visit the Paper factory and the Textile museum. Drive up to the BBS (Bhutan Broadcasting Service) tower viewpoint and enjoy the stunning view of the entire Thimphu town. On the drive back, stop at the Takin Zoo (Takin is the national animal of Bhutan) and drive toTashichhodzong, also known as “thefortress of the glorious religion”. It is a majestic fortress in all its grandeur and serves as the seat of Bhutan’s government. The Dzong houses the secretariat, the throne room, the offices of His Majesty the King and the ministries of home affairs and finance. On the drive back, you will pass the only golf course in the country.
Evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu
 

Day 11 :Thimphu to Paro

In the morning, have a look at the interestingly noisy and crowded vegetable market.Ramble along some of the local handicraft shops in town to take a look at the exclusive collection of Bhutanese textiles and local handicrafts.

Drive to Paro valley in the afternoon.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro
 

Day 12 :International departure

TASHI DELEK!

Our package includes:

1. Accommodation in the best standard hotels available on twin sharing basis

2. All meals and evening tea

3. All transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary (itinerary is flexible)

4. Full time English speaking Guide

5. All museum fees

6. Car and driver

NOTE: We can also make arrangements for you to see/participate in a traditional archery match.


      

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