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8 Days Bhutan Exploration Tour

Duration: 8Days
Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Phubjikha
Departure date:
As You Prefer
Tour code: ICTG-BT04
Tour Highlights
  • Bhutan Exploration Tour
  • Paro
  • Thimphu
  • Punakha
  • Phubjikha
  • Chelala
Daily Itinerary
Day 1 Paro - Thimphu

On arrival we will greet you with ceremonial reception. On the way to the hotel in Thimphu, we will stop at the three stupa convergence point to see the stupas of the three religions line alongside each other exactly on the focal point where Paro River and Thimphu River converge into one that flows out to the Indian River. 

Visit 13 Art and Craft School to appreciate the forming process of Bhutan’s traditional art crafts. Tashichho Dzong, the capital Dzong and the office of King and the religious head - JeyKhenpo, is on your visit-list. Evening scenic drive to Takin Reserve, the protection base of Bhutan’s national animal Takin. At free time you can wander around the local craft market.

Day 2 Thimphu

It is a day for Thimphu. You will start from the National Memorial Chorten (Shrine), a monument dedicated to the third king. Traditional Painting School is an educational place for Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts, which is well worth your invitation and appreciation.

Arrive at National Library where ancient scrolls are preserved that record the long history of this kingdom. Then Textile Weaving deserves a visit that you are given a chance to know the living national art of weaving. After that you can stroll around the streets of Thimphu to sightsee the city view and the folk customs.

Day 3 Thimphu - Phobjikha

After a leisure drive towards Punakha through Dochula Pass, which impresses you with panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges, we descend along a series of curve road to the fertile of Punakha Valley, then take a short walk to Chimi Lakhang, known as Divine Madman, a temple on a small hill top dedicated to the great yogi in 14th century popularly. 

After the hike, proceed to Phobjikha valley known for its winter population - Black Necked Crane. The pass itself will take you over the Black Mountain range on the boundary between western and central Bhutan. About 4-hour driving time won't include other diversion. Spend your nightlife at Phobjikha.

Day 4 Phobjikha - Punakha

Gangtey Gyomba will be the first stay in the day, situated in a hill with a spectacular overview of the valley. The monastery is watched over by monks. Visit the Black Neck Crane Center, a place for protecting the precious endangered species.

A nature hike gets through lush vegetation. Your car will be waiting at the end of the nature hike. Today driving time is 3 hours without any other diversion.

Day 5 Punakha - Paro

After enjoying the local breakfast in Punakag, Punakha Dzong, known as the palace of great happiness or bliss, situated in between two rivers Pho Chu and Mo Chu (male and female rivers), will pull you into a wonderful experience of Bhutan’s religion. It is one of the most magnificent Dzong in this kingdom. After that, you will be escorted to Paro. 

On the way we will stop at Thimphu for lunch or if you have any last minute shopping. Stay overnight at Paro.

Day 6 Paro - Chelala - Paro

Morning drive to Chelalya Passes to appreciate a picturesque mountain view. This drive is a must-do for the bird lovers as it houses the lovely blood pheasant. After returning for breakfast, we set out to Drugyal Dzong,  built to celebrate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders, and later served as a seat to the Lord of Drugyal region. 

On the way back to the hotel, Sacham Chorten is waiting for your discovery. Then leave Druk Gyul Dzong for Kichu Lhagang, one of the oldest and the most beautiful temples in possession of many precious relics that can trace back to the 7th century.  After lunch it is recommended that you can choose to wander around the town to feel the local life.

Day 7 Paro - Takshang

After an early breakfast we start from Paro’s upper valley. On a clear day you’ll have an unforgettable view of the “Goddess” Mt.Chomolhari at 23,640 feet. Afterward, take a short drive to Taksang trail head. Hike to Taksang Monastery, the most famous monastery in Bhutan. Taksang means “Tiger Nest”. Between blue pines and a blue sky, the monastery perches miraculously on a cliff nearly 2,700 feet above Paro’s valley floor. 

Break along the way for tea and snacks in the local small tea house. Enjoy an early farewell dinner. 

Day 8 Paro
Say goodbye to Bhutan. After breakfast, we will take you to the airport to continue to your next destination.
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
  • Private transfer (air-conditioned vehicle) as listed in itinerary;
  • Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary;
  • Local English speaking tour guide in each city as programmed;
  • 3-star hotels in each city as programmed.
Tour Package Excludes:
  • International flights of arrival & departure;
  • Optional meals/attractions/activities/tours;
  • Travel assurance & Personal assurance
             (Better to purchase on your own in your country);
  • Tips for tour guides and drivers;
  • VISA fees;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Others not mentioned.