Glimpse of Bhutan Tour

Start: Paro International Airport Finish: Paro International Airport

Visiting: Paro, Dochula, Punakha, Taktsang Trail


Duration: 4 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans, We respect dietary needs

Tour Operator: Bhutan Acorn Tours & Travel

Group size: 1 - 10

Age range: 10-99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

This 5 days 4 nights trip will present a true Glimpse of Bhutan and imbibe in you what it takes for the tiny Buddhist Kingdom to emerge as a unique tourist destination. The journey will take you through the hearts of three western districts of Bhutan – Paro, capital city Thimphu and fertile Punakha valley which all exhibits strength and tenacity of a nation known for preserving its ancient Buddhist culture and living in harmony with its pristine natural environment.

You will visit major historical and religious centers including a 4-5 hour return hike to the most spectacular tourist attraction, Paro Taktsang which was originally built in 1692 on a sheer 800-meter rock cliff and 2-hour hike through the beautiful valley in Punakha. En route to Punakha stop at a sacred mountain pass Dochu La at (3,150m/10,335ft) from where you can see, if weather permits, grand panoramic view of some of the highest snow-capped peaks in Bhutan.

Highlights

  • icon Visit ancient temples and magnificent Dzongs (fortresses) and marvel at the fine wall paintings, exquisite architecture and craftsmanship that still continues to influence the Bhutanese architecture today
  • icon Visit the capital city of Bhutan and beyond and get true glimpse of modern Bhutan with its ancient culture still vibrant
  • icon Visit a family farmhouse to learn and experience Bhutanese way of life and delight your taste buds with authentic Bhutanese cuisine
  • icon Hike to the 8th century sacred site where Bhutan’s iconic landmark, 17th century Paro Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest is built on the face of a precarious 800m rock cliff
  • iconOpportunity for photographs at a sacred mountain pass with stunning views of eastern Himalayan Mountain Range
  • icon Travel to 3 western districts of Bhutan: Paro, Thimphu and Punakha and immerse yourself into the mindful Buddhist way of life, away from the materialistic world, and discover why Bhutan has earned its nickname the ‘Kingdom of Happiness’

Places You'll See

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Cities & Attractions:
The Temple of Fertility (Chimi Lhakhang) in Punakha valley
Bhutan's longest suspension bridge that runs over Phochu (male) river in Punakha
The sacred Dochula Pass from where you can see lofty peaks of Bhutan
The famous Paro Taktsang also known as Tiger's Nest (3120m)
A monk and riding ponies on the trail leading to Taktsang
Traditional Cuisine of Bhutan

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Arrive Paro International Airport - Sightseeing in Paro

Location: Paro

Accommodation: Hotel, Overnight at Kuenphen Rabten Resort or Amodhara

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

On your arrival at the Paro International Airport, our guide and the driver will be there to receive you and then you will be taken on your first adventure in this beautiful Kingdom. You will visit the following places in Paro:

  • 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang which was built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.
  • The National Museum of Bhutan housed in the 17th-century watchtower called Ta
  • Dzong. The collection at the National Museum preserves a snap-shot of the rich cultural traditions of the country.
  • 17th-century Paro Rinpung Dzong which now serves as the office of the governor of Paro district and head of the district monk body in Paro.
After lunch transfer to the capital city, Thimphu (1.5-hours driving time). In Thimphu you will visit the magnificent Buddha statue overlooking the Thimphu valley.

Leisure time in Thimphu town.

icon Day 2 : Sightseeing in Thimphu / Transfer to Punakha valley (1200m)

Location: Dochula

Accommodation: Hotel, Overnight at Lobesa or Meri Puensum Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit some of the places of interests in the capital city and then transfer to Punakha valley via the sacred Dochula pass.

  • The 169ft tall Buddha Dordenma statue located on a hilltop overlooking the Thimphu valley.
  • Centenary Farmer's Market to learn about food preference and culture in Bhutanese society.
  • Changlimithang Stadium and Archery Range where you will witness archery match if the game is ongoing. You will see archers dancing and singing each time the target is hit. Archery is the national sport of Bhutan.
  • Transfer to Punakha valley via Dochula pass (2.5-hours driving time)
  • Lunch can be served either in Thimphu town or at Dochula pass.
  • Stop briefly at Dochula pass (3150m) and enjoy the grand panoramic view of some of the highest mountains of Bhutan on a clear day.
  • On arrival in Punakha, visit the famous 15th-century Chimi Lhakhang popularly know as "Temple of Fertility".
If time permits, visit the Sangchen Dori Lhuendrup Nunnery on a hilltop overlooking the Punakha valley and Wangdue Phodrang valley. You will have opportunity to meet and interact with nuns studying Buddhist philosophy.

icon Day 3 : Sighseeing in Punakha / Transfer back to Paro Valley (2195)

Location: Punakha

Accommodation: Hotel, Overnight at Khangkhu Resort or Bhutan Mandala Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you will hike to the beautiful Khamsum Yulley Namgeyl Chorten, visit Punakha Dzong and Bhutan's longest suspension bridge.

  • Drive to the nearest roadhead and hike to the picturesque Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten located on a serene hilltop overlooking the Punakha valley. The hike takes about 2.5-hours through the terraced rice fields and gentle slopes of pine trees.
  • After the hike, visit the most beautiful fortress in Bhutan, 17th-century Punakha Dzong and spend some time appreciating the grand architecture of Bhutan and sacred wall paintings.
  • Walk to Bhutan's longest suspension bridge that runs across one of the glacial rivers of Bhutan.
After lunch, transfer back to Paro (3.5-hours). Leisure time in Paro town.

icon Day 4 : Hike to the famous Tiger's Nest (3120m)

Location: Taktsang Trail

Accommodation: Hotel, Overnight at Khangkhu Resort or Bhutan Mandala Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After early breakfast at the hotel, you will hike to the famous Paro Taktsang popularly known as Tiger's Nest. Taktsang monastery is located on the face of a sheer 800-meter rock cliff in Paro. It normally takes about 2 hours to reach the monastery from the road head. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Bhutan.Taktsang which literally translates to ‘Tiger’s Nest’, is regarded as one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan. The roundtrip hike usually takes about 4-5-hours.

After lunch at the Taktsang Cafeteria, descend back to the base and drive to Paro town where you will spend some leisurely afternoon. Later, visit one of the beautiful farmhouses for an authentic home-cooked local cuisine. You can participate in preparing some of the popular local dishes. If interested in a relaxing home span, you can soak in a traditional hot stone bath with believed to have therapeutic, revitalizing benefits for an additional fee of about $15 per person, as charged by the owner.

icon Day 5 : Departure from Paro International Airport

Location: Paro Internatioal Airport

Accommodation: No accommodation on the last day.

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro International Airport for your onward journey depending on your departure time. Our guide and drive will bid you farewell.

What's Included

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

    Bottled mineral water in the car

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

    Transport included as per itinerary for the entire duration of your stay in Bhutan

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    Accommodation

    Accommodation at 3star hotels mentioned in the itinerary or similar. We will arrange hotels certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

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    Country Entry Visas

    Visa Fee is included in the price. We will also process your visa and send you the approved e-visa letter within 3-4 business days.

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    Entrance Fees

    All entrances fees to the museum, parks and national monuments are included in the price

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    Fully Guided

    Experienced licensed tour guide included

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    Local Taxes

    All internal taxes are included

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    Extra experience like traditional archery and dart throwing.

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

    Round trip airport transfers included in the price

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    Meals – Full Board

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

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    Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

    All hotel accommodations have wi-fi internet connections.

What's Not Included

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    International Travel

    International flights are not included. There are only two airlines (Drukair & Bhutan Airlines) operating in and out of Bhutan and so securing air tickets can be difficult especially during the months of high season. Currently, Bhutan is connected with these cities - Bagdogra, Bangkok, Delhi, Dhaka, Guwahati, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Singapore. We recommend you to book a few months in advance especially if you plan to visit during the high season months of March - May and September - November. If you need help in arranging flights to/from Bhutan, please let us know much in advance.

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    Any other expenditture of personal nature

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    Tipping and Gratuities

    Tipping is not mandatory. However, if you feel satisfied about the services we offer and guides and driver were up to your mark, you may tip them.

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    Drinks with Meals

    All drinks not included except bottled mineral water in the car

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Bhutan Acorn Tours & Travel requires a deposit of 100% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 0 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Reviews

Perfect Isolation
Wonderful experience, Mr. Lendhup and Pema (guide and driver) took really good care of us and adapted to everything we requested. They also provided for some very good alternatives which ....more Wonderful experience, Mr.

Lendhup and Pema (guide and driver) took really good care of us and adapted to everything we requested.

They also provided for some very good alternatives which proved definitively better than what we have initially planned for.

The Company delivered highly satisfactorily and above our expectations; ....less
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PabloBarahona, Madrid, Spain

07-Jan-2021

Fabulous Tour of Bhutan!
This was honestly the best guided tour I've ever had - what a great experience! Bhutan is a beautiful, soul-refreshing, fascinating country and my guide, lhamo (Jorden), and driver, Aum ....more This was honestly the best guided tour I've ever had - what a great experience! Bhutan is a beautiful, soul-refreshing, fascinating country and my guide, lhamo (Jorden), and driver, Aum Dewa, were so warm, welcoming, professional and knowledgeable.

As a single female traveller, it was so lovely to have female guides and I really enjoyed spending time with both ladies.

During my short stay in Bhutan, I felt that I really got to know the wonderful culture and experienced many different aspects of life there.

I will be recommending this fabulous tour company to everyone I know!; ....less
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KJ Davidson, United Kingdom

10-Dec-2020

Fantastic Tour of Bhutan
We purchased this private tour and then highly customized it. We spend more or less time in certain locations and arranged our own 4-5 star hotel accommodations and air travel. Flying ....more We purchased this private tour and then highly customized it.

We spend more or less time in certain locations and arranged our own 4-5 star hotel accommodations and air travel.

Flying in to Bhutan was not as crazy as the internet suggests.

Yes there were a few corners before we landed, but the landing was smooth, just like any other normal landing.

Nothing special.

What was special is that we passed by Mount Everest on the way.

I highly suggest to arrive at the airport early and get a seat on the left hand side of the plane (facing the pilot).

We had a quick stop in Kathmandu on the way, but didn’t even de-plane.

We arrived in Paro and were picked up by our driver Pem, and our guide Wangchu.

These were great guys! We immediately drove to Thimpu and checked in to our hotel and had dinner there.

We stayed at Terma Linca Resort.

During our stay, we saw/toured: Dochula Pass, Buddha point (largest sitting Buddha at 169 feet tall), Chimi Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Paro Weekend Market, and of course we hiked up to the Tiger's Nest.

We saw 3 banyan trees that were taken as saplings from the original Banyan tree (Bodi tree) that the original Buddha sat under.

We also stayed at Khuru – this was only a 3 star hotel and was disappointing, and Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel and Spa which was by far our favorite.

Our driver Pem and our guide Wangchu were great.

We always felt safe and well taken care of.

Pem is an excellent driver.

Wangchu is very inquisitive and is eager to learn about other cultures.

This made the trekking time go faster and was a welcome distraction.

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JL Farzaroli, California, USA

29-Nov-2019

Amazing Bhutan
Such a beautiful place to visit. BHUTAN ACORN TOURS & TRAVEL are such a great tour agency. They were very friendly and helpful in all of our planning right through ....more Such a beautiful place to visit.

BHUTAN ACORN TOURS & TRAVEL are such a great tour agency.

They were very friendly and helpful in all of our planning right through to showing us around Bhutan.

I would highly recommend them & hope to return some day to beautiful Bhutan.

Big Thanks to Karma, Lhamo & the team!!!; ....less
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Libby Mills, Australia

31-May-2019

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