This tour takes you around the western districts to experience its unique culture, friendly people and the history the Dragon Kingdom. Experience Guru Rinpouche’s 8th century trail and get blessings at Bhutan’s two most sacred holy places: Bumdra & Taktsang Monastries, whilst enjoying the scenic beauty of the Himalayan mountains.
The package includes one-night glamping in large tents just under the Bumdra Monastery. Watch the sunset around the campfire, gaze at the night sky and tuck into warm raised beds, to wake up to views of the Himalayan range.
Key highlights, available year round
• Tiger’s Nest • Villages visits
• Mountain and Forest treks with views of the Himalayans
• Key memorials • Dzong architecture
• Local experience • Glamping
• Optional add-on: rafting
◾Government Fees, Royalty & Taxes.
◾Tours and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
◾Standard hotel room (Twin/double bed).
◾All meals (Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner) at a local restaurant or hotel.
◾SUV Car, Mini Van or Bus with driver throughout your stay.
◾Experienced tour guide.
◾Peak period surcharge: US$300 per person (Mar-May, Sep-Nov)
◾Costs for extra activities
◾Personal drinks & beverages
◾Additional hotel facilities like laundry, personal calls etc.
◾Single room supplement: US$40 per room per nigh
- Day 1 Paro - Thimphu
Fly into Paro to breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks including Mount Everest and Bhutan's sacred Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks. Upon arrival at Paro Airport, you will be greeted by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel, travelling through the spectacular countryside. After a delicious Bhutanese lunch, stroll in The King’s Memorial Chorten (Third King of Bhutan: 1952-1972) and Changgangkha Monastery. On the way back, pop into the mini zoo to see Bhutan's national animals.
Overnight - Thimphu
- Day 2 Thimphu - Sightseeing
After breakfast, walk 1 hour through Bhutan's temperate forest to Cheri Monastery. Cheri is Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal's first Bhutan monastery built in 1619. Enjoy spectacular views from the monastery before descending down to the valley for a drive back to Thimphu for lunch. Options for the afternoon include a visit to The School of Traditional Arts and national library which houses the world’s largest book, observing local culture and sports (archery) or even a spot of shopping in town for local handicrafts.
End the day with a sunset visit to the massive 51.5m tall bronze and gold-gilded statue of Shakyamuni at Buddha Point. Marvel also at 125,000 smaller bronze and gilded Buddha statues placed with the Buddha Dordenma statue, whose throne sits in the large meditation hall.Overnight - Thimphu
- Day 3 Thimphu - Punakha
The morning starts with breakfast before proceeding to Punakha Valley and the ascend to Dochu La (pass) to view 108 Stupas. In good weather, this pass offers spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayans mountains. Relax with a hot beverage at the Dochula tourist’s cafe before the descend through the forest to Punakha & Wangdue. In spring, enjoy the fresh blooms of rhododendrons & magnolias before reaching the lower semi-tropical zone, abundant with orange and banana trees.Overnight - Punakha
Before lunch, visit Bhutan’s most spectacular Dzong, the Punakha Dzong. It is an excellent example of how a medieval fortress, functioning as both monastic and government administration, has adapted and evolved for modern day use. It is the winter residence of the Dratsheng (Central Monk Body).
Post lunch options include:
- a trip northwards up the Punakha valley for a fascinating hike through fields of vegetables and tiny hamlets to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten (consecrated in 1999 in dedication to the protection of Bhutan’s current King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck; or
- a 20 minutes' walk through rice terraces and Yoakha village to visit the temple of fertility on a round hill rock in Chimi Lhakhang; or
- Punakha river rafting for beautiful views of Bhutan's villages, Dzong and rugged landscape: choose between the gentle female river or the choppier male river (separately charged by operator)
- Day 4 Punakha - Paro
After breakfast, depart Punakha for Paro Valley, once again passing through Dochu La, arriving in Paro town in time for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon of a tour of Paro town including Paro Dzong with its cantilever bridge, a leisurely stroll along the main street for jewellery and handicrafts shopping or arrange with your guide for a hike in the valley.
Overnight - Paro
- Day 5 Bumdra Trek & Luxury Camp
An early breakfast followed by a drive to Paro, Sang Choekor with a visit to Sang Chhoekhor Lhakhang, a Buddhist College. This will be followed by a 1-2 hours walk to Bumdra, blessed by 100,000 dakinies. The ascend through a shady, forested ridge will open into a clearing with prayer flags and views of both the Paro and Do Chhu Valleys. Follow the undulating trail to the famously beautiful Chhoe Tse Lhakhang Temple, which nestles on the mountainside. offering commanding views south over Paro and northwards to the snowcapped Himalayas.
The final leg of the climb goes through ruins and fluttering prayer flags before returning through ancient forest and wide meadows.
After lunch pay a visit to the monastery for afternoon mediation before returning to the campsite for dinner. The luxury camp for the night is tucked away just under Bumdra Monastery (Cave of a Hundred Thousand Prayers) and offers unimpeded views of the Himalayan range.
Overnight - Bumdra Luxury Camp
- Day 6 Tiger's Nest
The trek to Paro via Taktshang Monastery starts after breakfast. Catch glimpses of the golden roofs of temples below, during the descent down the snaking path across the mountainside between the monasteries, before reaching the gardens of Zangtopelri (Heaven on Earth), for a view of the Taktsang Monastery.
Upon reaching Taktsang Monastery, have a quite contemplation within the cool walls before enjoying a picnic lunch with views of the monastery before the final trek to the car.
Overnight - Paro
- Day 7 Depart
Farewell and a pleasant journey home with all the good memories of Happy Bhutan.