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Bhutan Overland Tour

Overview Embarking on a Bhutan overland tour is an enchanting journey that unveils the kingdom's natural beauty, cultural treasures, and profound spirituality. This unique adventure also takes you through the majestic landscapes of the eastern Himalayas, where you'll also immerse yourself in the traditions and customs of Bhutan. Your overland tour begins with a warm welcome in Paro, home to Bhutan's only international airport. From there, you'll also travel in a private vehicle, accompanied by an experienced guide and a skilled driver, as you navigate the winding mountain roads that lead to the heart of Bhutan. Thimphu, the vibrant capital…


Embarking on a Bhutan overland tour is an enchanting journey that unveils the kingdom’s natural beauty, cultural treasures, and profound spirituality. This unique adventure also takes you through the majestic landscapes of the eastern Himalayas, where you’ll also immerse yourself in the traditions and customs of Bhutan.

Your overland tour begins with a warm welcome in Paro, home to Bhutan’s only international airport. From there, you’ll also travel in a private vehicle, accompanied by an experienced guide and a skilled driver, as you navigate the winding mountain roads that lead to the heart of Bhutan.

Thimphu, the vibrant capital city, beckons with its blend of modern development and traditional charm. Here, you’ll also visit the magnificent Tashichho Dzong, a fortress-monastery that serves as the seat of Bhutan’s government. Explore the bustling streets lined with shops offering Bhutanese handicrafts, textiles, and local delicacies.

Bhutan: Exploring Enchanting Valleys, Sacred Monasteries, and Sustainable Heritage

Continuing your journey, you’ll also venture to Punakha, the former capital, renowned for its stunning Punakha Dzong. Situated at the confluence of two rivers, this architectural marvel is a prime example of Bhutanese craftsmanship. Take a leisurely stroll through rice fields or hike to Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of the Divine Madman, also known for its fertility blessings.

As you traverse the picturesque valleys, you’ll encounter sacred monasteries perched on cliffs and hillsides. One of the highlights of your tour is the hike to Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery), a spiritual landmark clinging to a sheer cliff face. The arduous trek is rewarded with breathtaking views and a profound sense of serenity.

Immersing yourself in Bhutanese culture, you’ll have the opportunity to witness traditional festivals, where masked dancers also mesmerize the crowd with their intricate movements. Bumthang, the cultural heartland, offers a glimpse into Bhutan’s spiritual heritage with its sacred temples, including Kurjey Lhakhang and Jambay Lhakhang.

Throughout your journey, you’ll also captivate by Bhutan’s commitment to preserving its environment. The country’s rich biodiversity and pristine landscapes are protected through a policy of sustainable tourism, ensuring a low-impact, high-value experience.

Conclusion and Summary

A Bhutan overland tour is a transformative adventure that allows you to connect with the country’s awe-inspiring landscapes, delve into its ancient traditions, and experience the warm hospitality of its people. This journey will leave you with cherished memories and a deep appreciation for Bhutan’s unique cultural heritage.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic drive from/to Phuentsholing into the Dragon Kingdom
  • Visit the city of Paro exploding with colors and tradition. 
  • Guided city tour of the tiny capital Thimphu. 
  • Hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3,120m) outskirts Paro. 
  • Short hike to Chimi Lakhang, en-route Thimphu to Paro.
  • Dochu La (3,140m) pass commanding great mountain panorama of the eastern Himalayas.  
  • Experience Bhutanese culture, tradition and lifestyles.

Itinerary Expand All

Arrive Phuentsholing, meet our representatives and after concluding the formalities. Check-in hotel. Overnight at Hotel (Lunch/Dinner included)

Early morning drive from Phuentsholing towards Thimphu following Pa Chhu downstream which takes 6-7 hours. In Thimphu, drive on to the Buddha Terrace for a stunning view of the valley and take a drive to visit Takin Preserve to see Takin, Bhutan’s national animal – a strange looking beast which some say resembles a beestung moose! Take a view of the majestic Tashichoe Dzong, the seat of the government before circumventing the Memorial Chorten – a monument erected in memory of Bhutan’s third king H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.Visit Centenary Farmers Market, the new authentic craft bazaar, National Institute of Traditional Medicine that still dispenses traditional herbal medicines to the locals, the Folk Heritage Museum – a 300 year old traditional house converted into a museum. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

After breakfast, drive for about 1 & half hour to Punakha. Climb up the mountain road to Dochu 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. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Drive to Paro re-crossing Dochula. In 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. 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)

Early morning, depart to Phuentsholing from Paro which is a 6 hours drive and cross the border back to India. (Breakfast only included)

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

A Bhutan overland tour is an exciting way to explore the stunning landscapes, rich culture, and unique traditions of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Located in the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan is known for its pristine environment, ancient monasteries, and a commitment to preserving its unique cultural heritage. Here is some information to help you plan your Bhutan overland tour:

  1. Visa Requirements: Visitors to Bhutan must obtain a visa in advance through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator. The tour operator will handle the visa application process on your behalf.
  2. Best Time to Visit: The ideal time for a Bhutan overland tour is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The weather during these periods is generally pleasant, with clear skies and mild temperatures.
  3. Duration: A typical Bhutan overland tour lasts around 7 to 14 days, although the duration can be customized based on your preferences and the places you want to visit.
  4. Itinerary: The itinerary for a Bhutan overland tour can vary, but popular destinations often include the capital city of Thimphu, the cultural heartland of Paro, the ancient capital of Punakha, and the scenic valley of Bumthang. You may also have the opportunity to visit remote monasteries, hike to Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery), and experience traditional Bhutanese festivals.
  5. Accommodation: During your overland tour, you’ll stay in comfortable hotels, guesthouses, or resorts approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. Bhutanese accommodations are known for their warm hospitality and traditional architectural styles.
  6. Transportation: Overland tours in Bhutan typically involve traveling by road in a private vehicle, which allows you to enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery and explore remote areas. Your tour operator will provide a knowledgeable guide and a skilled driver to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.
  7. Cultural Etiquette: Bhutan has a deeply-rooted culture and traditions. It is important to respect local customs and etiquette during your visit. This includes dressing modestly (covering your shoulders and knees), removing your shoes before entering religious sites, and refraining from touching or photographing religious artifacts without permission.
  8. Currency: The official currency of Bhutan is the Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN). However, Indian Rupees (INR) are also widely accepted in Bhutan. It’s advisable to carry cash, as credit cards may not be accepted in remote areas.
  9. Travel Permits: Certain areas in Bhutan, such as the Phobjikha Valley and Bumthang, require special permits to visit. Your tour operator will obtain the necessary permits on your behalf.
  10. Sustainable Tourism: Bhutan is committed to sustainable tourism and has implemented a policy of “High Value, Low Impact” tourism. A daily tariff is imposed on visitors to Bhutan, which covers accommodation, meals, transport, and a guide. This approach helps preserve Bhutan’s unique culture and environment.

It’s important to note that specific tour details and regulations may change over time. It is recommended to contact a licensed Bhutanese tour operator for the most up-to-date information and to customize your overland tour based on your interests and preferences.

Throughout the Bhutan Overland Tour, you’ll travel through scenic mountain passes, picturesque valleys, and charming villages, with opportunities to interact with friendly locals, taste traditional Bhutanese cuisine, and witness the country’s rich cultural heritage. The tour ensures comfortable accommodations, experienced guides, and adherence to Bhutan’s sustainable tourism principles.

Please note that specific itineraries and package details may vary depending on the tour operator and your personal preferences. It is recommended to consult with a reputable Bhutanese tour operator to customize the Bhutan Overland Tour according to your specific interests, duration, and preferred route. They will ensure a seamless and memorable overland journey through Bhutan’s stunning landscapes and cultural treasures.

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Trip Facts

Duration 6 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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