Explore Bhutan Tour

Explore Bhutan tour runs through the mystical valleys of Bhutan. This 5 days Bhutan tour provides you with the exploration of the Dragon Kingdom.

Explore Bhutan tour runs through the mystical valleys of Bhutan. This 5 days Bhutan tour provides you with the exploration of the Dragon Kingdom. You will get to know about the lifestyle, cultures and traditions of the country. Also, The magic of monasteries, mountains and Buddhist artwork make your trip more indelible. Moreover, the lush green forest to the dense valley is another beautiful aspect of this tour. The warmth, hospitality and politeness of the local people ensure you a unique and valuable trip.

Bhutan reflects natural essence, Buddhist culture and warm hospitality. Hence, it is considered a “Country of Happiness”. Spring, autumn and early winter are the best seasons to travel to Bhutan. During this time, the days are pleasant. The temperature is right, neither too hot nor too cold. Discovering Bhutan surely helps you experience the overwhelming moment for a lifetime.

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Trip Facts

duration Duration 5 days
trip-difficulty Trip Difficulty ? Easy
Average Group Size 2-10
trip-code Trip Code EBT
trip-code Start Point Paro
trip-start-point Trip End Point Paro
trip-accomodation Accomodation Hotels
trip-meals Meals As mentioned in the itinerary
transportation Transportation On Private Basis

Highlights of Explore Bhutan Tour

    •  Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
    • Majestic views of the world’s greatest Himalayas.
    • Visit different Dzongs, fortresses and monasteries. 
    • Traverse beautiful Paro valley, exploding colours and cultures.
    • Experience a Bhutanese lifestyle, their customs and traditions.

Trip Overview

In addition to the above highlights, this tour offers you to visit Punakha. Punakha is the ancient capital of Bhutan. You can travel to Punakha Dzong, one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan. Also, get to Chime Lhakhang which is the oldest and most sacred shrine. 

The Explore Bhutan Tour is made up of 5 days for the ease of visitors. It includes the major places of Thimpu, Punakha and Paro, with amazing destinations and beautiful insights into the natural and cultural beauty along with the Bhutanese lifestyle. The beautiful Paro valley and the capital of Bhutan offer astounding experiences. Also, the majestic Himalayan views are the major attraction of this trip. Explore the beauty, enjoy Bhutan’s treat.

Facts of Explore Bhutan Tour

Name of Tour

Explore Bhutan Tour

Duration

4 Nights and 5 Days

Trip Starting and Ending Point

Paro

Activity

Culture, Nature and Historical Tours

Accomodation

Hotels

Type of Tour

Hiking, Roadtrip and Sightseeing

Highest Altitude

3,100 Meters

Highest Point

Dochula Pass

Places to Visit

  • Paro

  • Thimphu

  • Punakha

Best Time

  • May

  • June

  • October

  • November

Major Attractions

  • Punakha Dzong

  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery

  • Tachogang Lhakhang

  • Dochula Pass

  • Chimi Lhakhang


Explore Bhutan Tour Package

Your Explore Bhutan tour starts after a flight to Paro. Paro International Airport is the only international airport of Bhutan because of that it is the only option to enter Bhutan through flight. Our office representative will be waiting for you outside the arrival gate holding your name card. You will take a drive to reach the capital city of Bhutan from Paro. Upon reaching Thimphu you will check in the hotel and start your Thimphu sightseeing.

After exploring the capital you will drive towards Punakha. It is one of the major cities of Bhutan and you can explore some of the vintage monasteries as well as the dzongs. Besides that, you will also stop over the Dochula pass which is also the highest motorable road of Bhutan Some of the most popular places that you can explore around Punakha includes the Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang and Kuensel Phodrang.

Paro is also one of the most popular places in Bhutan. You will spend two nights in this beautiful city of Bhutan. Among all the places at Paro Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of the most popular as well as a significant place to visit. Besides that, you will also visit some other popular places such as Rinpung Dzong, Motithang Takin Preserve and many more.

Best Time to visit

October and November are one of the best times to explore Bhutan. Besides that May and June months of the year is also regarded as the best time for the Bhutan tour. But you can also explore Bhutan during other months of the year. There are very low chances of snowfall as well as rainfall during these months of the year. Besides that due to high visibility marvellous views of the mountain ranges as well as the landscape can be seen during these months of the year.

The mornings, as well as the evenings, are chilly during the October and November months of the year. Meanwhile, the May and June months of the year are warmer than October and November in Bhutan. The monsoon season of the year is not so favourable for Bhutan tours. Besides that the temperature can go up to minus during the winter season of the year in some places because of that it is better to skip the winter season too. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival in Paro, Drive to Thimphu

After arriving & visa formalities and collecting baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan. 

Check into your hotel in Thimphu. Free until lunchtime for some rest from early morning flight, refreshment and lunch. 

Afternoon, you can choose to visit any or all of the following places:- 

 Tachogang Lhakhang

Tachogang Lhakhang is located in Paro district, on the way to Thimphu. It was founded by Thangtong Gyalpo after he experienced a vision of Guru Rinpoche, Amitabha and Avalokiteshvara near the site. The caretakers today are said to be descendants of Thangtong Gyalpo. Inside the temple, one can see the masters relics, including his walking stick.

National Memorial Chorten

The National Memorial was built by Bhutan’s third king, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.” He wanted to erect a monument carrying the message of world peace and prosperity. However, he was unable to give shape to his idea in his lifetime due to the pressures of the state and other legal responsibilities. After his untimely demise in 1972, the Royal Family and Cabinet resolved to fulfil his wishes and erect a memorial that would perpetuate his memory and also serve as a monument to eternal peace, harmony and tranquillity.

Simtokha Dzong

Simtokha Dzong is also known as Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang or “Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras”. It is a small dzong built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan. It is an important historical monument and former Buddhist monastery. Today, it houses one of the premier Dzongkha language learning institutes. 

Tashichho Dzong

The Tashichho Dzong is a Buddhist monastery cum fortress at the northern edge of capital Thimphu. The Dzong was built on the western bank of the river Wang Chu. This has historically served as the seat of the DrukDesi or the Dharma Raja of Bhutan’s government. After the kings assumed power in 1907, this post was combined with that of the king and Thimphu served as the summer capital of the kingdom onwards.

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Day 02

Drive to Punakha

Post early breakfast, we will visit the beautiful Statue.

Kuensel Phodrang

The Kuensel Phodrang or the Buddha point is the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue. The statue is 167 feet high. The statue is situated on top of a hill. About 15 minutes away from the city’s centre, it is accessible by road. The word “Kuensel” means “everything is clear”. This place surely provides you with a great view of the Thimphu Valley on both sides. The statue will house a temple inside it, the statue and its adjoining car park and recreational centre.

The statue is constructed out of bronze and is studded with many semi-precious stones. Since there were no factories in the country to make such a large bronze cast structure, the statue was manufactured in China. The pieces were brought to Bhutan and assembled here.

After this, we will drive towards Punakha via Dochula Pass. 

Dochula Pass

We will stopover for tea at Dochula. The Dochula Pass is probably the best-known mountain pass in Bhutan. Located at an altitude of 3150 meters above sea level, this pass is about 30 kilometres away from the capital city Thimphu and the road to Punakha. On a clear day, the pass offers visitors a spectacular view of the majestic eastern Himalayan Ranges. 

Chimi Lhakhang

After Dochula passes, we will continue towards Chimi Lhakhang. It is a Buddhist monastery located in the Punakha District of Bhutan. The monastery stands on a small hill close to the village of Lobesa and was constructed in 1499 by Ngawang Chogyel, the 14th Drukpa Hierarch. 

Punakha Dzong

The Dzong was constructed by Zhabdrung  Ngawang Namgyal Wangchuck in 1638. It is the second-largest and second oldest Dzong in Bhutan. It is the most majestic and gorgeous Dzong, also considered as the place of great happiness. 3 hours drive from the country’s capital Thimphu takes you here. It lies between two rivers; Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) combine to form the Puna Tsang Chu, a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra River. The climate here is temperate. During the spring season, lovely Jacaranda trees grow and bloom around the Dzong.

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transportation Transportation On Private Basis
Day 03

Drive to Paro

After breakfast, you will drive to Paro. Then we will visit:

Changangkha Lhakhang

This popular temple, perched like a fortress on a ridge above central Thimphu, hums with pilgrim activity. It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, who came from Ralung in Tibet. Parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin (to the left in the grilled inner sanctum). Children are blessed by a phurba (ritual dagger) and given a sacred thread.

Motithang Takin Preserve

The Motithang Takin Preserve is also known as the Thimphu Zoo. It is a small natural preserve for the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal. It was originally a mini zoo, but later on, it was converted into the preservation of the Takin. The mini zoo contained a small number of Takin but the King of Bhutan later decreed that it was improper for the Buddhist nation to keep an animal in captivity. 

The preserve is a forested preserve area that mimics the Takin’s natural habitat. In addition, there are a few musk deer and barking deer that live inside the preserve. There are plans to expand the preserve collection to include other rarely seen animals that live in Bhutan. Currently, the preserve plans to add the Red Panda and the Himalayan Serow.

Zilukha Nunnery

Zilukha Nunnery is also known as Thangtong Dewachen Nunnery. It is a Buddhist monastery in the small Himalayan country of Bhutan. It is located in Zilukha, Thimphu overlooking Tashichho Dzong. It was built in 1976 by the 16th emanation of Thangtong Gyalpo, Drubthob Riley Jadrel. Currently, the nunnery is home to about 60 nuns.

Rinpung Dzong

The Paro Dzong is probably Bhutan’s best known and most iconic Dzong. This is probably the first building you will notice when you land at Paro International Airport and will probably be your first memory of Bhutan.

 The imposing Dzong is perhaps the finest example of Dzong architecture existing in the world today, the massive buttered walls of the fortress dominate over the valley. The Rinpung Dzong names translate to the “Fortress on a heap of Jewels “.

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Day 04

Paro Sightseeing

After early morning breakfast, we will take you for a morning hike up to Taktsang Monastery. 

Taktsang Monastery 

It is also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Taktsang Monastery is widely regarded as one of the most important monuments of spiritual significance in Bhutan. Hanging precariously and magically from a rather steep cliff, the monastery is a monument of genuine pride for the Bhutanese nation. It defines architectural principles to the core and amazes tourists from around the world. It is a sight to behold. 

Kyichu Lhakhang

Built-in 659 by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, Kyichu Lhakhang is the oldest surviving temple of Bhutan. It is located on the north of Paro. Ornamented temples reflect 7th-century architecture and decoration. The temple’s construction was done overnight. This was initially small in size but after multiple visits over the years by the Buddhist saints, the temple expanded both in grandeur and size. The prominent Buddhist saints Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, Lam Kha Nga and Guru Rinpoche and much more aid in the expansion of the temple.

In the evening, we will visit the local market of Paro and overnight in a hotel in Paro.

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transportation Transportation On Private Basis
Day 05

Departure

In the morning after an early breakfast, we will see you off at the Paro Airport for your onward destinations.

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Trip Guide

SERVICES INCLUDES

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    • Airport pick-up and drop-off on a private basis.
    • Private vehicle with A/C for all mentioned transportation and sightseeing.
    • All hotel accommodation based on double sharing deluxe rooms.
    • Sightseeing entrance fees. 
    • Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the hotel.
    • All government and local tourism taxes.
    • Driver’s allowance, salary, fuel cost and toll taxes.
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SERVICES EXCLUDES

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    • Nature of personal expenses.
    • Tips (not required but recommended).
    • Bhutan Visa fee. (USD 50)
    • Flight from Kathmandu/ Delhi/ Calcutta / Bangkok.
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