The small Buddhist nation of Bhutan is tucked between China and India. The country is lanced by deep ravines and coated with thick woods with no traffic lights on roads. A Bhutan tour package introduces you to this kingdom crowned with historical and beautiful dzongs (fortresses), monasteries and chortens (memorials).
The perfect Bhutan tour itinerary will take you through the rich forests, over high mountain passes to some of the most incredible valleys, monasteries, and into the traditional Buddhist culture. With this 7 days Bhutan itinerary, you will begin by arriving in Phuentsholing, a growing town with a mix of cultures. Travel to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, on the second day and visit the popular Tashichho Dzong. The third day of your tour will take you to Punakha for a sightseeing tour. Visit the mesmerizing Dochula Pass on your journey. Your next destination will be the town of Paro with its breathtaking views and markets. Travel to the highest motorable road in Bhutan and enjoy the captivating beauty. Go sightseeing in Paro to visit Ta Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong and more. Bhutan is a country where gross national happiness is more important than gross national product and the culture has remained untouched over centuries of modernization.
Day 1: Bagdogra to Phuentsholing (154 KMS / 4.5 HRS)
Arrive at Bagdogra Airport. You will be met with your chauffeur at parking and you will be transferred to Phuentsholing. Rest of the day in leisure.
Overnight stay in Phuentsholing.
Day 2: Phuentsholing to Thimphu Transfer (150KMS / 4.5HRS) + Local Sightseeing
Have breakfast at the hotel. After that you will be transferred to Thimphu. Check into the hotel. Later proceed to visit the below places.
Later after lunch proceed to visitTashichoeDzong (outer view) (Fortress of Glorious Religion) [Entry fee of 1000/- per person]
Also take a walk to the main city from Clock tower square for shopping. It provides an excellent opportunity to mingle with local people.
Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu - Local Sightseeing
After breakfast you will be transferred to the following places.
Kuensel Phodrang-Buddha Point [Entry fee of 1000/- per person]– The statue was cast in bronze in China and transported by sea and road to this site once occupied by the palace of Druk Desi, a secular ruler of Bhutan in the eighteenth-century. At its completion, the statue will contain 125,000 gilded Buddha statues and a wealth of other statuary.
Royal Textile Academy & Museum - Intricately patterned wild silk kiras from Lhuentse hang alongside rough nettle fiber cloth from Zhemgang in Bhutan's excellent Royal Textile Academy. The museum, housed in an impressive modern building, celebrates the country's vibrant and varied tradition of hand weaving. From the towering applique thangka that overlooks the entrance hall and the sumptuous garments on display in the Royal Gallery to mannequins dressed in simple herders' clothing from Laya, the museum offers an unparalleled chance to learn about and appreciate this unique aspect of Bhutanese culture.
Handicrafts Market – An interesting market with local items and bargain price handicraft goods.
Folk Heritage Museum - The Folk Heritage Museum, located on the outskirts of Thimphu, recreates a traditional Bhutanese family home inside a beautiful 19th century rammed earth and timber building. Here, the family's prized possessions are on display: shiny wooden bowls line the kitchen shelves, richly patterned fabrics hang alongside aged leopard fur bags in the room next door, and gold glints from thangkas hang in the family's altar room.
Takin Reserve & Mini Zoo - Add to Wish List Hidden in a fold of the forest-draped hills high above Thimphu, a herd of takin make their home in the Motithang Takin Preserve. Formerly a small zoo, the king decreed that the animals should be freed rather than kept in captivity. However, instead of wandering deeper into the hills, the tame takin took to the streets of Thimphu, where they became a traffic hazard as they foraged for food.
Later, drive to Sangaygang view point (2685 meters) to have a view of the whole Thimphu valley and walk through hundreds of colourful prayer flags that dot the hill overlooking the valley.
Later, return to the hotel.
Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu
Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha valley transfer via Dochula
En-route visit DochuLa - A mountain pass leading further into the Punakha Valley. It offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snow capped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass.
Check Into the Hotel
Later visit Punakha Dzong [Entry fee of 1000/- per person] -The most beautiful Dzong of the town and Suspension bridge-the longest hanging bridge of Bhutan
Overnight at a hotel in Punakha
Day 5: Punakha to Paro Valley + Local Sightseeing
After breakfast, drive back to Paro, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and ParoChhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley.
Later proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as the Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Also, en route visit Drukgyel Dzong [Entry fee of 1000/- per person] – Ruins of an old fortress in Paro , Kyichu Lakhang [Entry fee of 1000/- per person] – Famous Monastery in Paro
Then walk down the trail to visit RinpungDzong [Entry fee of 1000/- per person], meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala..
Later visit Paro Market.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.
Day 6: Tiger Nest Trekking / Chelela Excursion
Tiger nest hiking [Entry fee of 2000/- per person] - After breakfast proceed to Taktsang Monastery - 'World Heritage site' trekking. It requires a 3 hours hike to reach the Monastery and 2 hours to come down to the base point. Ponies are available for hire till the cafeteria while going.
Drive to Chele la-la pass (3988 m),Drive to Chele pass is a favourite place for many visitors and is one of highest motor able passes in the country. For the Buddhists, it is also a sacred place to festoon the pass with prayer flags. For naturalists, the Chele la ridge offers gardens of Himalayan flowers, plants and of special pheasant species. Water is scarce on these ridges and it is recommended to have enough water supplies with you. Evening drive back to paro.
Overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 7: Paro – Lataguri (Approx. 254 kms/ 7 hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Check-out of your hotel, proceed to Lataguri. Check-in at hotel and rest of the day in leisure.
Overnight at a hotel in Lataguri.
Day 8: Lataguri - IXB Airport Drop (60 KMS / 1.5 HRS).
After breakfast transfer to the airport. Our escort will bid you farewell.
Accommodation on Double sharing basis as per the mentioned hotel
Meals - Breakfast and Dinner
All transfers & sightseeing as per the itinerary by Non AC Private vehicle for Bhutan
English speaking 01 Guide for the entire tour
All parking fees are included for mentioned sightseeing points
SDF of INR 1200 per person per night for tour to Bhutan
Visa on arrival of tourists
Travel Insurance per person upto the age of 50yrs for 7 days trip to Bhutan (above 50yrs supplement charges will be applicable)
Meals other than those specified above
Personal expenses like portages, tips, laundry, mineral water etc.
Monument entrances, camera charges, etc.
Any activity not mentioned in the inclusions
Additional cost due to flight cancellation/ roadblocks, Political unrest etc
Children above 12+ years will be charged 100% as per Adult Rate.
Children of 5+ to 11 years sharing a room with parent's but it will be charged as per CWB or CNB.