Overview Embarking on a rural Bhutan tour promises an immersive and enchanting experience in the heart of the Himalayas. Known for its pristine landscapes and rich cultural heritage, Bhutan also offers a unique journey into traditional rural life. As you venture into the rural areas of Bhutan, you'll be greeted by picturesque valleys, terraced fields, and charming villages that seem untouched by time. The tour also begins with a visit to Paro, home to Bhutan's only international airport. Here, you'll witness the awe-inspiring Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliffside, and explore traditional farmhouses that give insight into the rural way…
Embarking on a rural Bhutan tour promises an immersive and enchanting experience in the heart of the Himalayas. Known for its pristine landscapes and rich cultural heritage, Bhutan also offers a unique journey into traditional rural life.
As you venture into the rural areas of Bhutan, you’ll be greeted by picturesque valleys, terraced fields, and charming villages that seem untouched by time. The tour also begins with a visit to Paro, home to Bhutan’s only international airport. Here, you’ll witness the awe-inspiring Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliffside, and explore traditional farmhouses that give insight into the rural way of life.
Continuing your journey, Punakha awaits with its subtropical valleys and the majestic Punakha Dzong. Admire the stunning views of the Himalayas and meander through vibrant rice fields. In the cultural heartland of Bumthang, you’ll also discover ancient temples, monasteries, and traditional villages. Engage with the locals, learn about their customs, and immerse yourself in the rich Bhutanese heritage.
A visit to the Haa Valley reveals pristine natural beauty, with its idyllic landscapes and traditional hamlets. Engaging in farming activities, such as plowing fields or harvesting crops, also offers a hands-on experience of Bhutan’s organic and traditional agricultural practices.
Hiking and trekking enthusiasts will find their paradise in Bhutan’s rural areas. From easy day hikes to multi-day treks, the trails also immerse you in the country’s untouched wilderness. Along the way, you’ll also stumble upon remote monasteries and temples, where you can witness religious ceremonies and gain insight into Bhutan’s spiritual practices.
If your visit aligns with one of Bhutan’s vibrant festivals, you’ll be treated to a spectacle of colors, music, and dance. These celebrations also offer a deeper understanding of Bhutan’s cultural fabric and allow you to participate in age-old traditions.
Accommodation in rural Bhutan ranges from simple guesthouses to cozy farm stays, offering a chance to connect with the locals and experience their warm hospitality. Throughout your journey, private vehicles and experienced drivers arranged by your tour operator also ensure comfortable transportation.
A rural Bhutan tour is an opportunity to escape the bustling world and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the countryside. With its pristine landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and warm-hearted people, Bhutan promises an unforgettable journey that will leave you with cherished memories for a lifetime.
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. In the afternoon, visit the local villages giving glimpses of village life of Bhutan. Also visit Paro Rinpong Dzong. O/N Hotel or Homestay. (Lunch/Dinner included)
Drive for about 2 & half 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 Chimi 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. O/N Hotel or Homestay. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
Today visit the villages of Talo and Nobgang, the home of queen mother of Bhutan. After breakfast, drive up the hilly road towards the villages and upon reaching exploring around with some of the home visits to observe their daily lives, have a chat and tea with them. Then return back to the valley and also visit Richengang village near Wangdue. O/N Hotel or Homestay. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
Drive towards the village of Samtengang closer to Wangdue. Life here is still the same from ages and witnessing the daily lives of the farmers living in the rural Bhutan. People here are always happy to see and welcome visitors. Overnight Hotel or Homestay. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
Drive to Gangtey and upon arrival in Gangtey, proceed with the Gangtey Nature trail exploring around the beautiful Phobijikha Valley. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. O/N Hotel or Homestay. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
Re-trace the same route from Gangtey crossing over again the Dochula pass and proceed towards the Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu. In Thimphu, sightseeing around the city like Buddha’s point, Tashichoe Dzong etc. O/N Hotel or Homestay. (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. O/N Hotel or Homestay. (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. O/N Hotel or Homestay. (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.
Bhutan, known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” is a beautiful country located in the eastern Himalayas. It is a landlocked country bordered by India to the south, east, and west, and by China to the north. Bhutan is known for its stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and commitment to preserving its unique traditions and environment.
If you’re interested in a rural tour of Bhutan, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the country’s picturesque countryside, visit remote villages, and experience the local way of life. Here’s some information to help you plan your rural Bhutan tour:
Remember, it is advisable to plan your rural Bhutan tour with a licensed tour operator who can handle the necessary permits, accommodations, and logistics. They will ensure you have a memorable and hassle-free experience while respecting Bhutan’s cultural and environmental values.