7 Days In-depth Bhutan Tour

Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Wangdi phodrang - Paro - Taktsang - Paro

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For tourists who want to have an in-depth discovery of the Bhutan, this 7-day Bhutan tour is definitely your choice. You will be able to experience the unique culture and tradition of Bhutanese, and appreciate the unparalleled natural landscape across the mountains and valleys, as you visit the most enchanting tourist spots that the country has to offer, like Punakha Dzong, Phobjikha Valley, Paro Dzong, Tiger’s Nest Monastery etc.

The itinerary refers to four designation in Bhutan: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangdiphodrang. Upon your arrival in Paro, you will travel to Thimphu for a cultural sightseeing. Popular attractions as Drubthob Goemba Nunnery, National Memorial Chorten and National Library are worth a visit here in Thimphu. Then, you will transfer to Punakha via the scenic Dochu La Pass, and visit the Punakha Dzong in this ancient capital city. The attractive Phobjikha Valley will be your next exploration after you reach Wangdiphodrang. In the end, you will head to discover the highlights of Paro, including Paro Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong and the Taktsang Monastery.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day1 Arrive in Paro; Transfer to Thimphu

When you arrive in Paro International Airport, your tour guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Thimphu. It takes about 2 hours to reach Thimphu. The rest of the day is for you to take a rest in the hotel or stroll around.

Stay overnight in Thimphu.

Day2 Thimphu Sightseeing: Drubthob Goemba Nunnery, National Memorial Chorten, National Library

Today you will first have a sightseeing in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. You will visit the Drubthob Goemba Nunnery, also called Zilukha nunnery, which houses around 70 resident nuns, and the National Memorial Chorten (Thimphu Chorten), one of the most prominent religious structures in Bhutan.

After that, you will visit the National Library and Folk Heritage Museum. The National Library of Bhutan collects a large number of the religious and cultural texts of the Bhutanese people, while the Folk Heritage Museum can allow tourists to have a glimpse into the rural Bhutanese life. If time permit in the afternoon you can visit Thimpu Dzhong, which is the administrative headquarter of Bhutan.

Stay overnight in Thimphu.

Day3 Thimphu to Punakha: Dochu La Pass, Punakha Dzong

In the morning, you will drive to Punakha from Thimphu. On the road, you will pass Dochu La Pass (3100m), where you can see the 108 memorial chortens. Known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens", these chortens have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother.

After arriving in Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, you will pay a visit to the famous Punakha Dzong, which is also known as Pungtang Dewa chhenbi Phodrang. It is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1636.

Stay overnight in Punakha.

Day4 Punakha to Wangdiphodrang: Phobjikha Valley, Gangtey Monastery

Today, you will head to Wangdi Phodrang from Punakha. You will first enjoy an excursion to Gangtey, which is in a remarkably attractive glacial valley called Phobjikha. The Phobjikha Valley is one of the most beautiful destinations in Bhutan, and the chosen home for Black Neck Cranes Which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. While exploring the valley, you will also visit the Gangtey Monastery, the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan.

Stay overnight in Wangdi Phodrang.

Day5 Wangdi Phodrang to Paro: Paro Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong

Today we will drive along the winding mountain road to Paro. It will take about 4 hours to complete this short road trip.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Paro Dzong, commonly known as Rinchen Pung Dzong or Ringpung Dzong in short. Paro Dzong is regarded as one of the finest Bhutanese architecture. In 1968 it was renovated as the home of the National Museum of Bhutan. Above the Dzong there is a seven-storied the watchtower fortress built in 1649.

Then you will drive to visit the Drukgyel Dzong, which is built in a location that was chosen for its control over the route to Tibet. A spectacular view of Mount Jumolhari (7314m) can be seen from here.

Stay overnight in Paro.

Day6 Trek from Paro to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)

Today, you will trek from Paro Valley to Taktsang Monastery, which is commonly known as Tiger's Nest. Standing 3000 meters high on the cliff, it is one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan. It is said that the Guru Rinpoche once flew here from Tibet on the back of a tigress.

The trekking to Taktsang is a challenging one and you can choose to reach there by walking or horseback. Starting with a gentle forest climb, you will pass a creek and some prayer wheels, as the trail gets steeper and steeper.

On the way, there is a nice tea house where you have a short rest and have a great view of the monastery. As you continue your trek, you will climb to the viewing point which is the best place to take photos of Taktsang. After that, the trail goes down until you make it to the entrance. Please note that you will be required to leave your backpacks, phones and cameras during the visit.

After visiting the monastery, trek down the mountain and head back to Paro.

Stay overnight in Paro.

Day7 Depart from Paro

Today, the guide will transfer you to the airport, then you can take your flight home or your next destination.

Service Inclusion

  1. Domestic train/flight tickets as indicated in the itinerary
  2. All lodging listed in the itinerary
  3. Meals listed in itinerary
  4. Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
  5. Local Tour Transfers according to group size
  6. Local English-speaking guide
  7. Government tax and travel agency service

Service Exclusion

  1. Bhutan visa
  2. International flight to and out of Bhutan (We can provide you the Bhutan flight ticket booking service; please contact us for the details)
  3. Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary
  4. Meals not specified the itinerary
  5. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and drive
  6. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.

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