Start: Paro International Airport Finish: Paro International Airport
Physical rating: Low, Easy
Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans, Dietary needs respected
Tour code: 71355P12
Bhutan Acorn Tours & Travel
Group size: 1 - 10
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For the year 2021, the Paro Tshechu Festival will be held from March 24 - 28 but we are not taking any booking for 2021 because of the uncertainty posed by COVID-19 pandemic.
For the year 2022, we do not know the exact date as of now but the festival will take place in March or April. We will update when we have the confirmed dates.
This 7 nights trip will take you on an exhilarating journey through 4 western districts of Bhutan giving you the perfect opportunity to discover the pristine wilderness of the Kingdom of Bhutan, witness a dazzling annual Paro Tshechu festival and encounter fact-to-face with an ancient tradition that still flourishes alongside modern development. The festival portrays the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan and brings the whole community and people from different places together to socialize and foster harmony and happiness.
In Phobjikha valley, you will experience a glimpse of life living in the pristine glacial valley and visit one of the historic and largest monasteries in Bhutan and meet with compassionate monks.
Location: Paro International Airport
Accommodation: Hotel, Khangkhu Resort or Bhutan Mandala Resort
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Your guide and the driver will receive you at the Paro International Airport then go on your first adventure in the Land of the Thunder Dragon.
Location: Gaki Lam
Accommodation: Hotel, Kuenphen Rabten Resort or Amodhara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today after breakfast, you will visit the 17th-century Paro Rinpung Dzong and witness one of the largest festivals in Bhutan, the annual Tshechu of Paro. Later you will be transferred to Thimphu and visit an auspicious and one of the largest Buddha statue
Paro Rinpung Dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646 and established as the administrative and monastic centre of the western region. The annual event of Paro Tshechu is held here. Tshechus are grand events where entire communities come together to witness sacred mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances, Tsechus also include colorful Bhutanese folk dances and other forms of entertainment. After watching the Paro Tsechu, take a short walk to the traditional wooden cantilever bridge called Nemey Zampa, where your driver will be waiting for you. The roofed wooden cantilever bridge is built in traditional style and this type of bridge is called Bazam.
You will then be transferred to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The road distance is 55km and takes about 1.5-hours.
On arrival in Thimphu, visit the gigantic Buddha statue. The marvelous 169ft tall bronze statue of Lord Buddha is located on a hilltop, Kuensel Phodrang, overlooking the Thimphu valley. The giant Buddha statue houses more than 100,000 8-inch tall Buddha statues of the same type.
Leisure time in Thimphu town
Location: Tango Monastery
Accommodation: Hotel, Lobesa or Meri Puensum Resort
After breakfast at the hotel, you will hike to one of the important religious centers in Bhutan. Later after lunch, transfer to Punakha valley via the sacred mountain pass called Dochula.
Tango is located on the mountainside north of Thimphu. There is also a monastery called Cheri located on a mountainside in the neighbourhood. Hiking to Tango is much easier as most part of the footpath is paved and the uphill ascent is not as steep. It is roughly 14km from the main Thimphu town. Following the trail through the forests, the walk uphill takes about 1.5 hour in slow pace. A traditional lunch will be served in one of the traditional restaurants.
After lunch, visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (Zorig Chusum means 13 Traditional Arts & Crafts) was established to promote and preserve the thirteen traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan and to facilitate increased access in learning skills by Bhutanese youths. Closed on weekends and government holidays.
Transfer to Punakha valley. En route stop briefly at Dochu La Pass (3,150m/10,335ft from where you can see, on a clear day, some of the highest peaks of Bhutan.
Just about 11km before arriving Punakha town, visit Chimi Lhakhang popularly known as "The Temple of Fertility" located on a gentle hilltop near the village of Sopsokha. To reach the temple, you have to walk 20 – 30 minutes through beautiful terraced paddy fields and traditional farmhouses.
You will explore the nearby village and interact with the local people.
Driving time from Thimphu to Punakha: 2.5-hours
Location: Phobjikha Valley
Accommodation: Hotel, Yue-Loki Guest House or at a village homestay to get insights into a typical village life in Bhutan
On Day 4 of your trip, you will do a short hike to a picturesque temple on a peaceful hilltop and after lunch, transfer to the pristine Phobjikha valley where you will visit an important landmark not only in the valley but also in the region.
Location: Gangtey Monastery
Today, you will do an exiting Gangtey Nature Hike through the pristine valley to learn about the local people living in the valley. After lunch, transfer back to Paro via the oldest fortress in Bhutan, Simtokha Dzong.
You will go on an exhilarating Gangtey Nature Hike. The trail is about 5km and takes approximately 3 hours through the woods surrounded by splendid nature all around, wonderful meadows, beautiful traditional village houses, farmlands and crystalline streams. This short nature trail gives you a great feeling of the valley and understanding of the livelihood of the people living there. Lots of opportunities to take beautiful pictures!
After the enriching hike and a sumptuous lunch, drive back to Paro. En route stop briefly at Simtokha Dzong, the first Dzong built in 1631 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel who founded the nation-state of Bhutan.
Leisure time in Paro town.
Location: Taktsang Monastery
After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will hike to the famous Paro Taktsang and later in the evening visit a beautiful farmhouse for an authentic home-cooked traditional Bhutanese cuisine.
Drive to the base of the Taktsang monastery from where the hike begins. Taktsang monastery is located on a sheer 800-meter rocky cliff in Paro. It normally takes about 2 hours to reach the monastery from the nearest road point. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Bhutan. After an hour of steep uphill hiking on the ancient trails shaded by pine trees, you’will reach a nice cafeteria from where you can see the spectacular view of the Taktsang monastery. Taktsang, or the Tiger’s Lair (people prefer to call Tiger’s Nest), is regarded as one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan.
After lunch at the Taktsang Cafeteria, retrace your footstep back to the base where the driver will be waiting.
Towards the late afternoon, you will visit a beautiful farmhouse and enjoy delicious home-cooked local cuisine. You may participate and learn how to cook some of the popular local dishes. If you are interested for a home spa, you can soak up in a traditional hot stone bath for a fee of about US$15. Specially selected stones believed to contain minerals are heated in a wood fired fireplace and dropped into a chamber of wooden tub releasing minerals. You can lighten up with a warm cup of locally brewed liquor known as “Ara” and feast on homecooked authentic Bhutanese cuisine.
Round trip hiking time: 4-5 hours
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro International Airport for your onward journey. Our guide and driver will bid you farewell.
Experienced licensed tour guide included
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Transport included as per itinerary for the entire duration of your stay in Bhutan
All entrances fees to the museum, parks and national monuments are included in the price
All hotel accommodations have wi-fi internet connections.
Round trip airport transfers included in the price
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.
All internal taxes are included
Accommodation at 3star hotels mentioned in the itinerary or similar. We will arrange hotels that are certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
Bottled mineral water in the car
All drinks not included except bottled mineral water in the car
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.
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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10 years and above. Participants age 18 years and below MUST be accompanied by an adult. If you are a family of 4 or more participants, we can make this a private trip so that you have an independent family trip.
Yes, all of the accommodations where you will say are equipped with wi-fi internet service.
We will be pleased to help you with the extension of the tour duration. However, you will have to pay the minimum daily fee regulated by the Royal Government of Bhutan.
Visitors are allowed to bring in free of tax and customs duty any used articles of personal effects and alcoholic beverage of one liter. Import of Pornographic materials, Antiques, Narcotics, Psychotropic drugs and substances are prohibited except prescribed medicines for personal use. Import of plants and live animals or its products, Arms and Ammunitions are strictly prohibited. Sale of tobacco products in Bhutan is banned and so is smoking in public places. However, for personal consumption tourists are allowed to import 200 pieces of cigarettes, 150 grams of pipe tobacco on payment of 200% import duty.
You will have some leisure time during the tour but you must follow the time schedule set by the guide.
You will have some leisure time during the tour but you must follow the time schedule set by the guide. At the end of the day, you can explore the places on your own in consultation with the guide.
Flights are not included in the price. 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.
All entry fees are included.
Yes, your guide will accompany you at all times during the tour as required by the government.
The tour will take place irrespective of the number of participants.
All our transports are air-conditioned.
Round trip airport transfers are included.
Yes, we do arrange flight bookings for our clients. There are only two international airlines that operates to and from Bhutan (Paro) – www.drukair.com.bt and www.bhutanairlines.bt. The flights during high season gets fully booked months in advance and so do the hotel rooms. You can book the flights online by yourself, or allow us to handle at no extra cost by letting us know the date you plan to arrive in Bhutan, from where you'll fly into Bhutan and your next destination after Bhutan.
Yes, we always inform our guests about where they will be staying at each destination prior to their arrival.
Tipping is optional but our guide and driver work hard to offer the best experience. You may tip them if you feel satisfied with their services.
Although you can visit Bhutan throughout the year for this tour, the best time would be from March to May and September to November.
No particular fitness level is required to do this tour. However, you may want to get fit to enjoy this trip to the fullest as it involves some gentle hiking through the pristine natural environment. You may also opt not to go on hiking.
Except for the holders of Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian passport holders, all other nationals are required to have a visa to enter Bhutan in advance.
Tipping is optional but you may tip your guide and the driver if you feel that they met your expectations. Our guides and drivers will ensures you get the best experience!
Except for the citizens of India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other nationals are required to have a visa to enter Bhutan in advance.
The maximum group size is 10 pax. However, we can arrange a private trip for your group on a case by case basis.
Visa fee is included and we process the visa for you. You will receive an approved e-visa letter in PDF format within 3-4 days.
A clear passport copy of all the passengers are required for the purpose of obtaining the visa. A whole biodata page including machine-readable zone must be seen clearly. It can be either scanned or just a mobile photo shot as long as it is clear and legible. Passports should have a validity of at least SIX MONTHS from the day you depart from Bhutan. We will send you an email requesting this document after the booking is confirmed.
All accommodations will be at 3-star rated hotels certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
All our guides are English-speaking and licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
There will be single supplement for a solo traveller.
We have been in the business since the beginning of 2016.
No, you may not join the tour that has already departed. In case you have booked that particular tour, you may join but you will not receive any refund for the portion you have missed. You also have to pay the airport pickup charges because separate transport has to be arranged.
You can always change the date of the confirmed booking. We highly recommend you to let us know at least a month before the original date of arrival to ensure the flights and hotels are available on the new dates. A trip once booked can be postponed up to a period of 1 calendar year.
You'll receive a copy of your BHUTAN e-Visa and an outline of the itinerary with the list of hotels where you will stay before you travel. We always let our guests know in advance the hotels they will stay in. No surprises and disappointments! If you are coming for a trekking adventure, we will send you a suggested packing list.
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