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Bhutan Exclusive Tour


Overview A tour to Bhutan offers a truly exclusive and extraordinary experience, as the country follows a policy of high-value, low-impact tourism. Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan also known for its pristine landscapes, vibrant culture, and commitment to sustainable development. To embark on an exclusive tour of Bhutan, you need to book your trip through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator who will handle your visa application. The country's visa policy ensures that visitor numbers regulates, preserving the environment and cultural heritage. Bhutan: Tailored Tour Packages for Unforgettable Experiences Bhutan offers various tour packages tailored to different interests and durations.…

Overview

A tour to Bhutan offers a truly exclusive and extraordinary experience, as the country follows a policy of high-value, low-impact tourism. Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan also known for its pristine landscapes, vibrant culture, and commitment to sustainable development.

To embark on an exclusive tour of Bhutan, you need to book your trip through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator who will handle your visa application. The country’s visa policy ensures that visitor numbers regulates, preserving the environment and cultural heritage.

Bhutan: Tailored Tour Packages for Unforgettable Experiences

Bhutan offers various tour packages tailored to different interests and durations. These packages typically include accommodation, meals, transportation, guide services, and entrance fees. Whether you’re interested in exploring ancient monasteries, trekking through breathtaking mountains, or immersing yourself in local festivals, there is a package to suit your preferences.

The cost of a Bhutan tour is based on a daily fee per person, covering essential services. This fee varies depending on factors like season, group size, and accommodation choices. You can consult with your tour operator to determine the current rates.

During your exclusive tour, you’ll have the opportunity to visit iconic attractions such as the awe-inspiring Tiger’s Nest monastery, Punakha Dzong, Dochula Pass, and the picturesque Bumthang Valley. The capital city, Thimphu, offers a blend of tradition and modernity, with its bustling markets, cultural institutions, and stunning architecture.

The best time to visit Bhutan depends on your interests and activities. Spring and autumn are popular for trekking and enjoying pleasant weather, while the monsoon season brings lush greenery and occasional showers. Winter offers a chance to experience Bhutan’s peaceful charm, although some high-altitude areas may be cold.

It is important to respect Bhutan’s rich culture and environment. Dress modestly, especially when visiting monasteries and dzongs. Practice responsible tourism by following designated trails, avoiding littering, and seeking permission before photographing people or religious ceremonies.

Conclusion and Summary

To ensure a smooth and exclusive trip, plan and book well in advance, as the limited number of tourists allowed into Bhutan means availability can be limited, especially during peak seasons. By working with a licensed Bhutanese tour operator, you can create a personalized itinerary and experience the magic of Bhutan while supporting its commitment to sustainable tourism.

Trip Highlights


  • Amazing flight to the Paro located 1.5 miles above sea level, surrounded world’s tallest mountains.
  • Guided Sightseeing tour to various historical, natural, cultural & heritage sites
  • Visits to different dzongs, monasteries, temples, stupas.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ perched in a hillside.
  • Punakha Dzong – the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan.
  • Bumthang- the religious heartland home to oldest monasteries & temples.
  • Jakar Dzong – “the castle of the white bird” & Ura Lhakhang.
  • Explore Ura Valley – the highest valley in Bhutan.
  • Discover Trashigang – the jewel of the eastern Bhutan.
  • Shop various Bhutanese Arts and Textiles.
  • Experience the lifestyle and traditions of the Bhutanese people.

Itinerary Expand All


Arrive Paro by the Bhutanese National Carrier flying over the world’s highest mountains and finally landing at the lush green Paro valley. A cool and clean fresh air greets the visitor as stepping down from the plane, the first gift of Bhutan. After clearing customs and visa formalities, meet the representatives and the Bhutanese guide, and a short tour brief by the guide then transfer to Paro town for lunch. Then drive towards Thimphu (the capital of Bhutan) for about hour.

In Thimphu, visit Buddha point for a stunning view of Thimphu city and Takin Compound- on the way to the viewpoint over Thimphu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin. Then continue to Tashi Choe Dzong- the fortress of the glorious religion was initially constructed in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in the 1960s, Folk Heritage Museum – a 300 year old traditional house converted into a museum, Centenary Farmers Market, the new authentic craft bazaar. Overnight at Hotel (Lunch/Dinner included)

After breakfast, drive for about 3 hours to Punakha. Climb up the mountain road to Dochula La at 3140m. On clear weather, the pass commands a wonderful panorama of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass, descend through varied forest and finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. Take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, who as a favorite saint of the Bhutanese people is known affectionately as “the Divine Madman”. The temple is on a hillside in the middle of rice fields and has become a pilgrimage site for childless couples. Enjoy some tea and snacks at the end of hike while overlooking the fields. Afterwards, visit Punakha Dzong. Located at the confluence of the Pho-chu (male-river) and Mo-chu (female-river), the Punakha Dzong is arguably the most impressive dzong in the country. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Drive to Wangduephodrang Dzong, which is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. The position of the Dzong is remarkable as it completely covers the spur and commands an impressive view both up and down the valley. Then drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley, surely one of the loveliest high altitude valleys in Bhutan. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Enjoy 1½ hours Gangtey nature trail from the monastery through the jungle before emerging to the valley floor. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Today, we drive 5 hours to Bumthang valley. The road climbs rapidly through a series of hairpins out of Trongsa and there are great views back to the Dzong and out across the valley. After passing through cultivated fields for a while, the trail re-enters the forest and reach the Yotong La (3400m). Descending to a low point of 2650m at a village called Chumey; the scenery is once again totally different as the route enters the wide-open Bumthang valleys. It takes about an hour to get to the roadside at Chumey, the first of the four valleys in Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

In the morning visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom as Bhutan’s “patron saint”, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated here. From Kurje monastery, a tarmac road heads south along the right bank of the river to Jambey Lhakhang. This temple, erected by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, is one of the two oldest in Bhutan (the other being Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro). After lunch, hike to Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa. It contains interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings. Later, visit Jakar Dzong, “the castle of the white bird”, and then take a stroll through Bumthang’s market area before returning to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

After breakfast, drive towards the Ura valley which is 42 kilometers from Bumthang. The road reaches the Ura Shelthangla from where a magnificent view of Bhutan’s highest peak, Gangkhar Puensum (7,500 m) can be spotted. The road then descends into Ura valley by long loops across fields and pastures. Ura’s main occupation is raising sheeps, yaks and the introduction of potato farming has brought a certain degree of prosperity of people. In Ura, visit Ura Lhakhang and picnic lunch will be served at one of many inviting spots. Afternoon: drive back to Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Today is the longest day so wake up earlier than usual as a 7-8 hours drive to Mongar from Bumthang. During this 184 kms trip on hilly roads, witness varieties of floras and faunas passing through Ura valley, one of the most beautiful valley’s of Bhutan. All kinds of vegetations awaits en-route. You will reach in Mongar before dusk. Evening: Go round Mongar town. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

 

Morning: visit Mongar Dzong. The Dzong was built with a tradition touch in 1930s, and is the newest Dzong in the Dragon County. The Dzong was reconstructed following an order from the royals in the recent past. The Dzong is unique and traditional at the same time. The Dzong is a perfect example of modernization of Bhutanese architecture. After this visit drive back to Trashigang by crossing over Korila Pass reaching Trashigang by mid afternoon. In Trashigang, visit Trashigang Dzong. The Dzong was built in 1659 to defend the country from Tibetan invasions. Likewise, the Dzong is said to be have political stronghold of Eastern Bhutan for over 300 years. It is one of the strategically placed Dzongs in Bhutan. The current Dzong is made bigger in 1936. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

In the morning, proceed towards Gom Kora. It is one of the temples where Guru Rinpoche, the great tantric meditated. After spending around a full day in this divine place drive back to Mongar for overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

This day is all about being on the roadways where occasional stops will be made in gorgeous places for photography. The journey will start from Mongar towards Bumthang. It requires around 7-8 hours reaching the destination. In the evening, explore around Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

After breakfast, re-trace the same route back towards Gangtey and the road journey today is bit longer with 8 hours of drive. Upon arrival at Gangtey, check-in hotel. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

After breakfast, drive back to Paro cross Dochula pass which is about 5 hours drive. PM: Stroll around the streets of Paro. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

After breakfast drive towards the base camp of Taktsang for the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger’s Nest. It’s about two hours hike up the cafeteria. From this point, enjoy the spectacular view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in 8th century. Then visit the Taktsang Monastery and hike back to the road point then drive to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Also visit Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan; the Dzong continues its age-old function as the seat of the district administration, district court and the monastic body. The southern approach to the Dzong has a traditional roofed cantilever bridge called Nemi Zam. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappearing again behind its guardian mountains. (Breakfast only included)


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What's Included


Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
• 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
• Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
• Route Permit
• Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
• A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
• All land transportation by private vehicle
• Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Drinking water
• All internal taxes and charges
• A sustainable development fee of $200 per person per night. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)

What's Excluded


Monuments entrance fees where applicable (Entrance fees)
• Airfare & Travel Insurance
• Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
• Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Trip Information


Bhutan is a small landlocked country located in the Eastern Himalayas, known for its stunning landscapes, unique culture, and commitment to Gross National Happiness. Bhutan has a policy of high-value, low-impact tourism, which means that the number of tourists allowed into the country is regulated to minimize the impact on the environment and preserve its cultural heritage. This policy ensures that visitors have a more exclusive and authentic experience.

Here is some information to help you plan an exclusive tour trip to Bhutan:

  1. Visa: All visitors to Bhutan require a visa, and it can only be obtained through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator. You will need to book your trip with a tour operator who will handle the visa application process on your behalf.
  2. Tour Packages: Bhutan offers a range of tour packages that cater to different interests and durations of stay. These packages usually include accommodation, meals, ground transportation, guide services, and entrance fees to attractions. You can choose a package that suits your preferences, whether you’re interested in cultural tours, trekking, or wildlife exploration.
  3. Cost: Tourism in Bhutan operates on a “Minimum Daily Package” basis, which includes a fixed daily fee per person. This fee covers accommodation, meals, transportation, guide services, and a sustainable development fee. The minimum daily package cost varies depending on the season, group size, and the type of accommodation chosen. It is advisable to check with your tour operator for the current rates.
  4. Itinerary: Your tour operator will work with you to create a customized itinerary based on your interests and the duration of your stay. Bhutan has numerous attractions to explore, including the iconic Tiger’s Nest monastery (Paro Taktsang), Punakha Dzong, Dochula Pass, Bumthang Valley, and the capital city Thimphu. The itinerary can also include activities like hiking, visiting traditional festivals, and experiencing Bhutanese cuisine.
  5. Weather and Best Time to Visit: Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, and the best time to visit depends on your interests. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are generally considered the best seasons for trekking and experiencing pleasant weather. The monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall, while winter (December to February) can be quite cold, especially in higher-altitude areas.
  6. Clothing and Packing: Bhutan’s weather can vary significantly, so it is advisable to pack layered clothing to adapt to changing temperatures. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a raincoat are essential. If you plan to visit monasteries and dzongs, it is customary to dress modestly, covering your shoulders and knees.
  7. Respect for Culture and Environment: Bhutan places great importance on preserving its cultural heritage and natural environment. Visitors are expected to respect local customs, traditions, and environmental norms. Avoid littering, follow designated trails during hikes, and seek permission before photographing people, religious sites, or ceremonies.

Remember to plan and book your trip well in advance, as the limited number of tourists allowed into Bhutan means that availability can be limited, especially during peak seasons. Consulting a licensed Bhutanese tour operator is crucial as they can provide you with accurate information and help you plan an exclusive and memorable trip to this enchanting Himalayan kingdom.

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Trip Facts


Duration 14 Day(s)
Activities Bhutan Cultural Tours
Group Size 1 to 20
Best Season January to December
Start/End Point Bhutan / Bhutan
Difficulty Level Easy

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