Bhutan is one of the most sought-after destinations for the photographers from around the globe. Some great photographers have posted a few photos of our country mentioning that it is the Kingdom in the Clouds, Paradise Found At Last, and given similar names. The last ray of sun on the peak of high mountain, the blue rivers meandering through the silent valleys, the golden pinnacle hugging a bird on the giant dzongs, and colourful mask dances are some of the perfect images that can easily fit in any camera lens. In this trip, we look to give you what your lens ask you.
Arrive any time at Paro International Airport (2200 meters above sea level) and transfer to Thimphu.
In Thimphu (2300m), if time permits, take an orientation walk in town, do shopping and get settled.
Accommodations: Aman Kora
DAY 2: THIMPHU
Hike to Chari or Tango Monetary (2850m) in the morning hours.
In the afternoon, visit National Memorial Chorten and drive to Buddha-point. Then travel to Takin Park to see the national animal of Bhutan and also visit Bhutan Post Office to get personal stamps printed with the individual photos fixed. Later, visit to Zorigchusum Arts and Crafts Centre.
In the evening, visit Traditional Paper Factory, followed by a visit to Changzamtog Weaving Centre.
Accommodation: Hotel Tara Phendeyling
DAY 3: THIMPHU /PUNĀKHA
Leave Thimphu for Punakha
Enjoy a full day of exploration including a visit to Dochula Druk Wangyel Chorten (108 victory stupas) at Dochula Pass (3150M), Chhimi Lhakhang (temple of fertility), Punakha Dzong (1200m), and Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery.
Accommodations: Zhingkham Resort
DAY 4: PUNĀKHA/GANGTEY VALLEY
Travel to Gangtey valley.
Visit the Gangtey Monastery and have a short hike at Nature Trail.
Accommodation: Gakiling Guest House
DAY 5: GANGTEY VALLEY/PARO
If it is Black-necked Crane season, you will go to see this rare bird.
Drive towards Paro.
After arrival, visit Paro Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple built in 8th century.
Accommodations: Bhutan Mandala Resort (or similar)
DAY 6: TIGER NEST HIKE
Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery (2900m) which is known also known as Taksang Monastery.
Enjoy cultural program in the evening and have a hot stone-bath.
Accommodations: Bhutan Mandala Resort
DAY 7: DEPARTURE
Fly back to your country from Paro International Airport
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and driver and ferried to Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, travelling through spectacular countryside. En-route to Thimphu you will have the luxury of seeing many houses and buildings which are all painted and constructed in traditional Bhutanese style.
On arrival in Thimphu, you will check-in to your hotel and proceed for lunch. Enjoy the day exploring Thimphu, with options to visit the Golden Buddha, with a bonus of sensational valley views, the National Memorial Stupa. Five minutes drive from stupa, you will visit Buddha Dhordenma Statue, followed by Takin Preservation Park and finally visit the Tashichodzong Fortress.
The day will end with an overnight stay in Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)
Day 2: Thimphu
After breakfast, we will hike to Chagri Monastery. In about an hour you will reach the monastery. Chagri was built high on the slope in 1619 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal as his first monastery in Bhutan and after the visit you will drive back to lunch in town.
After lunch, you will visit Buddha Point to see the tallest Buddha Dordenma Statue in the world. From there, you will head towards National Memorial Chorten, the stupa built to commemorate the life of His Majesty the Third King. You will also visit Tashichhodzong towards the late afternoon.
You may have a leisure walk in the town and watch archery, the national game of Bhutan.
Overnight at hotel in the same hotel
Day 3: Thimphu–Punakha
Depart from Thimphu and continue towards Punakha. Drive by Dochula Pass and stop for sightseeing of Druk Wangyal Chortens which was built that the command of Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to commemorate the victory over the Indian militants and to liberate the souls of the lives lost. Then, we will stop for a while at Sobsokha Village and take a stroll through agricultural fields to Chimi Lhakhang, a pilgrimage site for childless couple or to seek protection for children.
After arriving at Punakha, we will visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, situated strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. We will then walk along the 160 metres Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge, that would give us a spectacular view of Punakha Dzong and the Pho Chhu Valley.
Overnight at Zhingkhan Resort
DAY 4: Punakha/gangtey valley
Today, we will travel to the beautiful valley of Gangtey. It is located at a height of 2,900 meter above seas level and is known as the Switzerland of Bhutan.
Once we arrive there, we will first visit the Gangtey Monastery. This monastery is the seat of one of the revered Buddhist master who is said to be the reincarnation of Terton Pema Ling (one of the eight treasure kings). You may offer your prayers.
From there, we will take to for a hike along the Nature Trail. It is a beautiful hiking place.
Accommodation: Gakiling Guest House
DAY 5: Gangtey valley/Paro
If your visit is in winter season, you will get to see Black-necked Cranes, one of the most endangered birds in the world. After breakfast, we will go around the valley to see the birds.
We will then begin our journey towards Paro.
This afternoon, we will begin our errand by visiting the majestic Paro Rinpung Dzong. It is believed that the dzong was built on the heap of a jewel sometimes in 15th century. The present structure was built in 17th century by Zhabdrung Rimpoche. We will then visit the National Museum which houses some of our ancient artifacts, weapons and others. We will head to Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple built in 8th century, and make our offerings for good health and long life.
Accommodation: Bhutan Mandala Resort
DAY 6: Tiger Nest Hike
We will drive to Ramthangkha, the Taktsang base camp. It is some 15 minutes drive from the town. From there, we will begin hiking to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (2900m) which is known also known as Taksang Monastery. This particular monastery was built in 8th century by the famous Buddhist Master known as Guru Padmasambhava. It is believed that he came flying on the back of a furious tigress and subdued a demon hiding in one of the caves. Since then, the place became one of the holiest sites in the country. Every day, hundreds of pilgrims visit the place.
After coming back to the town from Taktsang, we will visit a village home-stay, have a hot stone-bath. Then we will have lunch after some cultural programs by the locals.
Accommodation: Bhutan Mandala Resort
DAY 7: Departure
After having an eventful week, your tour comes to an end. Today, we will drop you at the airport and see you off. We hope you have a great time in our small but peaceful country.
GROUP SIZE: Any group Size
TRIP SEASONS: Throughout year
- Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees and taxes.
- Accommodations in listed or similar hotels (pleasant hotels 3-4 star type) during the tour and in tents during the trek.
- All meals, including evening tea/coffee etc through-out the trip.
- All land transfers, sightseeing with entrance fees.
- Experienced Culture Tour Guide.
- Bottled water in the vehicle and other camp serivce.
- Flights in and out of Bhutan.
- Travel insurance, Drink, Visa fees, Laundry