Overview The Bhutan Highlights Tour offers a captivating glimpse into the enchanting kingdom of Bhutan, known for its breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich heritage. This immersive journey also spans the country's most iconic destinations, ensuring a comprehensive experience within a compact timeframe. Sacred Splendors: Exploring Bhutan's Spiritual Treasures The tour begins in Paro, where you'll also be greeted by the awe-inspiring view of the legendary Taktsang Monastery, perched precariously on a cliffside. This iconic landmark, also known as the Tiger's Nest, is a testament to Bhutan's deep-rooted spiritual traditions. As you hike up the trail, you'll also witness stunning…
The Bhutan Highlights Tour offers a captivating glimpse into the enchanting kingdom of Bhutan, known for its breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich heritage. This immersive journey also spans the country’s most iconic destinations, ensuring a comprehensive experience within a compact timeframe.
The tour begins in Paro, where you’ll also be greeted by the awe-inspiring view of the legendary Taktsang Monastery, perched precariously on a cliffside. This iconic landmark, also known as the Tiger’s Nest, is a testament to Bhutan’s deep-rooted spiritual traditions. As you hike up the trail, you’ll also witness stunning vistas of the surrounding valleys and forests.
From Paro, the journey takes you to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. Here, you’ll explore the bustling cityscape, visit the magnificent Tashichho Dzong—a fortress-monastery housing government offices—and gain insights into Bhutan’s rich history at the National Museum. A visit to the impressive Buddha Dordenma statue, one of the largest in the world, offers panoramic views of the city.
Next, you’ll also venture eastward to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. The journey takes you through verdant landscapes, with glimpses of traditional Bhutanese villages. In Punakha, you’ll visit the stunning Punakha Dzong, beautifully situated at the confluence of two rivers. Its intricate architecture and serene ambiance make it a remarkable sight.
Continuing the tour, you’ll also journey to the central region of Bumthang, known as the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. Here, you’ll explore sacred sites such as Jambay Lhakhang and Kurje Lhakhang, adorned with intricate murals and prayer wheels. The picturesque valleys of Bumthang offer a serene and peaceful atmosphere, perfect for reflection and rejuvenation.
The tour concludes with a visit to the vibrant valley of Paro once again. A trip to the National Museum of Bhutan provides deeper insights into the country’s art and cultural heritage. Finally, immerse yourself in the local lifestyle by exploring the lively Paro market, where you can find traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.
Throughout the Bhutan Highlights Tour, you’ll be accompanied by knowledgeable guides who will share fascinating stories and legends, providing a deeper understanding of Bhutan’s unique traditions and way of life. This journey promises to leave you with unforgettable memories of Bhutan’s natural beauty, architectural marvels, and warm hospitality.
Arrive Paro by Bhutan’s national carrier, and it’s a scenic flight as the plane touch down the lush green Paro Valley flying past the world’s highest mountains. Steeping down from the plane, cool, clean and fresh air welcomes the visitor, the first gift of Bhutan. After clearing the customs and visa formalities met by the representatives and transfer to Paro for lunch. Afterwards, visit Paro 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. Afterwards, drive to Thimphu which is an hours drive. Overnight at Hotel (Lunch/Dinner included)
After breakfast, visit the National Memorial Chorten with it’s golden spines shinning in the sun, its tinkling bells built in honor of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Institute of Traditional Medicine, where old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced. Also visit the Folk Heritage Museum, dedicated to the Bhutanese rural past with it’s exhibition of items & artifacts used in rural households, the Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles rich in its colour and design. Afterwards, drive to Punakha from Thimphu for about 1 & half hour. First the road climbs steeply through the pine & cedar forests festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). Often panoramic Himalayan views can be spotted from the pass. After stopping for tea, the road descends along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong crossing the bridge. It’s the ancient capital of Bhutan connecting the Mo Chu & Pho Chu Rivers. It is also the winter capital for the monks and the Je Khenpo (chief abbot). Afterwards, drive to Lobeysa for lunch. After lunch hike another 20 minutes to Chime Lhakhang, temple of the “Divine Madman” built in 1499 and today mostly visited by the women who couldn’t bear Children, thus also known as the temple of fertility. Afterwards, drive to Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
After breakfast, drive over the Chelela pass (3899 m). From the pass, good view of the Himalayan Ranges and the valley beyond can be spotted. Then continue the drive towards Haa. Haa is made up of five counties and was closed to outside world until 2002. There is a military camp by the Indian Army. In Haa valley, visit Wangchucklo Dzong dating back to 1915 and Lhakhang Nakpo (Black temple) is said to have been built by pigeon emanation of King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and Lhakhang Karpo (white temple). After the visit drive to 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. Afterwards, back to hotel. 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)
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.)
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.
The tour begins in Paro, where you’ll be greeted by the majestic sight of the Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. This iconic monastery clings to a cliffside, surrounded by lush forests and offers awe-inspiring views of the valley below. You’ll have the opportunity to hike up to this sacred site and immerse yourself in its spiritual ambiance.
From Paro, the journey continues to the vibrant capital city of Thimphu. Here, you’ll explore a unique blend of traditional Bhutanese culture and modern development. Visit the Tashichho Dzong, an architectural masterpiece that houses the king’s office and government ministries. Delve into Bhutan’s rich history at the National Museum, showcasing an impressive collection of art, artifacts, and religious relics. Stroll through the bustling streets and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the weekend market, where you can browse local handicrafts, taste Bhutanese cuisine, and mingle with friendly locals.
The tour then takes you to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, known for its stunning landscapes and historic landmarks. Visit the Punakha Dzong, a magnificent fortress that stands at the confluence of two rivers. Marvel at its intricate architectural details and immerse yourself in its spiritual ambiance. Explore the beautiful Punakha Valley, adorned with terraced fields, picturesque villages, and serene riverside trails.
Depending on the tour package, you may have the option to extend your journey to Bumthang or Wangdue Phodrang. Bumthang, the cultural heartland of Bhutan, is dotted with ancient temples and monasteries, offering a deeper insight into Bhutan’s religious traditions. Wangdue Phodrang boasts a stunning dzong perched on a ridge, offering panoramic views of the surrounding valley.
Throughout the Bhutan Highlights Tour, you’ll be accompanied by knowledgeable guides who will provide insights into Bhutanese culture, history, and spirituality. You’ll have the opportunity to witness traditional festivals, interact with local artisans, savor authentic Bhutanese cuisine, and soak in the pristine natural beauty that makes Bhutan a truly unique destination.
Please note that the specific itinerary and tour details may vary depending on the tour operator and package chosen. It is advisable to consult with a reputable Bhutanese tour operator to plan a customized itinerary that suits your preferences and interests.