Tour duration: 11 days 10 nights
Tour types: Cultural Sightseeing
Destination: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Trongsa and Bumthang
Accommodations: 3 star hotels / Guest houses
Transport: SUV cars, Toyota mini bus, Toyota coaster bus
Entry/ Start: Paro
Exit/ End: Paro
Day 01: Arrival at Paro – Paro Vicinity tour
Fly into Paro either from Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Delhi or Kolkata. Representatives (guide and driver) from See Bhutan Travels will receive you from Paro international airport. Transfer to your hotel and if time permits, enjoy sightseeing around Paro valley.
Sites to visit for the day: Paro Ta Dzong (national museum), Paro Rinpung Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang.
Day 02: Paro – Thimphu (65 km, 1 hour 20 minutes)
Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan is located 65 km east of Paro international airport. Driving from Paro to Thimphu will take roughly hour and 20 minutes.
Tourist sites in Thimphu: World’s Largest Buddha statue, Memorial stupa, Takin reserve, Tashichhoe Dzong, Textile museum and Thimphu city.
Day 03: Thimphu Vicinity tour
Spend one more day exploring Thimphu valley:
Hike to Tango and Cheri monastery.
Day 04: Thimphu – Punakha (77 km, 2 hours 20 minutes via Dochula pass)
Things to do in Punakha: Visit to Punakha Dzong and Khemae Lhakhang, Hiking to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal choeten.
Day 05: Punakha – Trongsa (142 km, 6 hours drive)
Drive towards Trongsa via Pelela pass (3300 m).
Sites to visit for the day: Chendebji Choeten and the majestic Trongsa Dzong.
Day 06: Trongsa – Bumthang (68 km, 2 hours drive)
Bumthang, the cultural heartland of Bhutan has scores of historical sites and the few we will be visiting today are Kurje Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong and Jampay Lhakhang.
Day 07: Bumthang Excursion
Spent one more day here at Bumthang.
Highlight of today’s tour includes visit to Mebar Tsho (the burning lake), Tamzhing monastery, Kenchosum Lhakhang and Wangduecholing Palace.
Day 08: Bumthang – Gangtey (188 km, 6 Hours Drive via Trongsa)
Gangtey is amongst the most beautiful glacial valley in Bhutan. It is located at an altitude of 3000 m above sea level.
Gangtey valley receives its annual visitors, the globally threatened black necked cranes during winter months (November – February) which further beautify the valley. Local community celebrates its arrival with a festival called Black necked crane festival during the month of November.
Important sites: Gangtey monastery.
Day 09: Gangtey – Paro (200 km, 7 Hours Drive)
Drive back to Paro via Dochula pass. At Paro pay visit to those sites which you have not covered on your first day.
Day 10: Taktsang Monastery Hike
Taktsang monastery, also known as the Tigers nest monastery has become a must visit site in Bhutan. It is built on a rocky cliff above Paro valley.
The Hiking in total will take 7 hours for a round trip
Day 11: Departure
Your wonderful tour of Bhutan comes to end today. After breakfast, your guide and driver will see you off at Paro international airport for you onward destination.
Fly out either to Bangkok, Singapore, Katmandu, Dhaka, Delhi or Kolkata
Cost of booking Bhutan Souls of Bhutan Tour are as follows:
Peak tourist season (March, April, May, September, October & November)
1. Single Traveler : $2875
2. Dual/ 2 Travelers : $2775 Per Person
3. 3 and above : $2475 Per Person
Lean tourist season (December, January, February, June, July & August)
1. Single Traveler : $2375
2. Dual/ 2 Travelers : $2275 Per Person
3. 3 and above : $1975 Per Person
The above mentioned price covers the following:
- Tour vehicles with experienced driver – (SUV cars for single and dual travelers, Toyota Mini buses for group of 3 – 9 travelers and Toyota coaster buses for group consisting 10 or more travelers).
- All meals – (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
- All accommodations in 3 star hotels/ guest houses in twin sharing basis – (Up gradation to 4 stars and 5 stars available on paying the extra premium).
- Licensed English speaking tour guide – (Language speaking guides for French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai are available on paying extra premium of $60 - $100).
- Sustainable Development fee of US $65 per person per night spent in Bhutan – (This money goes for a very good cause of reducing poverty, rural development, free medical services and free education for Bhutanese people).
- Entrance fees to all tourist sites
- Tea and snacks during the day
- Bottled water during the day
- Bhutan Visa Fee of US $40
The above mentioned price does not cover the following:
- Airfare (both international and domestic)
- Travel insurance
- Laundry, Beverages and tips
- Any cost incurred due to flight cancellation, delayed flight or road blockage