This tour will allow you a quick but nonetheless good insight into Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon. In the five days, you will get to visit some of the most famous sites of Bhutn, with rich history and legends that will leave you baffled and wanting to see and hear more. The scenic view of the young and green mountains, or the crystal clear rivers, from the winding roads of Bhutan will take you from town to town. The leisurely pace of the settlements and the curious and pleasant locals will transport you to another time and place.
DAY 01. Paro - Thimphu
On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by the guide who will accompany you for the duration of the stay. Transfer directly to Thimphu on an interesting drive of about an hours’ duration, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Enjoy leisure time in the evening to explore Thimphu town. Dinner at the hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 02. Thimphu (Tashicchodzong, National Library, Zorig Chusum, National Institute of Traditional Medecine, Memorial Chorten) – Punakha (via Dochula Pass)
Today, first stop is TashichhoDzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. It also serves as summer residence for the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Next will be a visit to the National Library safeguarding a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. Then drive to the Painting School, famous for traditional “thangkha” paintings. Here you will see students at work producing intricate design on cloth. Also visit the Traditional Medicine Institute. After lunch, visit the National Memorial Chorten. The building of this landmark was originally thought of by Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who had wanted to erect a monument for world peace and prosperity. In the early evening, drive over Dochu-la pass (3,088m) to Punakha. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
DAY 03. Punakha (Punakha Dzong) – Wangduephodrang (Wangdue Dzong, Local Market) – Paro
Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955, when the seat of government moved to Thimphu. First visit the beautiful Punakha Dzong, which served as the seat of the Government until 1955. A magnificent fortress, in which, the much mediatized Royal Wedding of the Fifth King of Bhutan took place to the beautiful Queen Jetsun Pema in October 2011. The Dzong also serves as winter residence of Je-Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and the Central Monastic Body.
Next, a half an hours’ drive to another district of Bhutan: Wangdue Phodrang. Once there, you will visit the site of the dzong, built in 1638 and situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Tsang Chu rivers. Unfortunately, the Dzong caught fire on the 24th of June 2012, literally destroying it to the grounds save for the lower walls, much to the horror and anguish of the Bhutanese people. Currently it is still under construction and is expected to continue until 2021. After lunch drive to Paro, visiting Semtokha Dzong en route. This dzong, built in 1627, is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
DAY 04. Paro (Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Drugyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang)
Start the day by visiting the famous “Ta-Dzong “, built in 1656. Initially a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it has now been converted into a National Museum. Follow a trail to Rinpung Dzong, literally translating to “Heap of Jewels”, right below the Ta-Dzong.
Then drive to Drugyel Dzong, about16 km away from Paro town, built in 1644. This ruined fortress has great historical importance for the Bhutanese people as it is where they had defeated Tibetan invasion centuries ago. If weather is clear, appreciate a spectacular sight of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari, also known as the Goddess Mountain, one the highest in the world. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until a fire in 1951 caused by butter lamp, destroyed it. Next, drive to Paro town and visit the Kyichu Lhakhang. Indeed one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating back to the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Many elderly pilgrims go round the monastery in order to gain good merit! In the evening, you have leisure time to explore the quaint and tranquil Paro town, and maybe pick up some souvenirs from the numerous handicrafts shops. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
DAY 05. Departure from Paro airport to onwards destination
You will be driven to Paro International Airport where your guide will accompany you to bid you farewell, after breakfast. We already miss you and until next time! Tashi Delek!
Start planning your tailor-made Dream Holiday to Bhutan – The Land of happiness!
In order to experience the best and rewarding fulfillment clients must plan in advance the different logistics that you have in your minds before actually venturing into the world of trips. You might have wishes and hopes for which you need to plan.
The following information will help you to plan your dream trip to Bhutan.
1. When and how to visit Bhutan?
Choose your traveling date like Arrival/Departure date. You also need to choose entry/depart Bhutan via AIR or LAND.
By Air: Druk Air, the national carriers is the only service operator in the kingdom and operates several flights per week from Bangkok (Thailand), Delhi & Kolkata (India) and Kathmandu (Nepal) to Paro (Bhutan). The Paro International Airport is located about an hour and a half drive from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
Paro airport is daylight restricted, and the flights are totally dependent on the weather. As a result, sometimes flights are delayed. It is therefore a good idea to keep at least 24 hours of transit time for connecting flights out of Paro. You might also want to consider traveling on a non-restricted ticket so that if you miss a connecting flight, you can be rerouted or seated on the first available carrier.
Sometimes flights into Paro are disrupted because of unfavorable weather conditions. If this occurs, the flight will stop for the night at the transit airport. To be prepared, you may want to carry your essential personal items in your carry-on luggage.
By Land: Phuentsholing, a Bhutanese town in the southwest has road access to India. It is located about 170 km from the Indian domestic airport at Bagdogra, West Bengal. Phuentsholing is about 172 km from Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan and is about 6hours drive distance. And S/
2. What are your itineraries?
All the tours can be customized and extended as per our valued client’s requirements. There are sample itineraries for your kind reference and it will give you some general idea of the likely trip scheduled.
Complete the tour request form and submit it to us. Send us correct name list. We will send you the flight reservation status via email.
After confirming your reservation, we need the scanned copy of member’s passport.
Please remit us full payments and send us the copy of remittance paper via email. Visa will not be accepted without full payment.
We will send you the flight ticket copy and Visa Clearance Copy prior to your departure to Bhutan via email. You need to print out and carry along with you.
Start packing and looking forward to have a memorable trip in the LandThunder Dragon, DrukYul.
Trip Length: 04 nights/05 days
1pax = USD 1250
2 Pax = USD 1170 per person
3 Pax & above = USD 1130 per person.
The above price is inclusive of the followings:
- Government Royalty USD 65/person/night
- All government Taxes.
- Lodging (3* hotel – Twin Sharing)
- Meals (Three Meals a day)
- Comfortable Land Transportation within Bhutan.
- Service of guides (English Speaking)
- Camping Equipment & Haulage of trekking tours.
- Visa Fee of USD 40/person
- Mineral Water
- Tea/coffee with snacks ever evening at hotel
- Trying and wearing of our Traditional Costumes and photo shoot.
The above price shall be exclusive of the following:
- Travel Insurance Coverage
- Medical Expenses
- Sleeping bags on treks.
- Tips to guide and driver, others
- Personal bills and others