Best of the Bhutan Tour | Small Group Tour for Seniors


Trip Facts

Trip Code
HWB035
Trip Duration
9 Day(s)
Activities
Hiking, Culture
Start Point
Paro, Bhutan
End Point
Paro, Bhutan
Max Altitude
3180m
Group Size
1-12 Pax
Best Season
Mar-May, Sep-Nov
Difficulty Level
Easy
Accomodations & Meals

  • 3N 3-Star Hotels in Paro
  • 1N 3-Star Hotel in Haa
  • 2N 3-Star Hotels in Thimphu
  • 2N 3-Star Hotels in Punakha
  • All meals (B.L.D.)
  • Water bottle every day
Location Covered

Overview


Best of the Bhutan tour itinerary for 8 Nights 9 Days displays the varied Bhutanese scenery and the rich culture of the Himalayan Kingdom that represents itself the Land of the Thunder Dragon. This Best of the Bhutan tour unites exploring renowned cultural and heritage landmarks across Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Haa Valley, and experiencing some hikes by walking around the countryside’s most stunning landscapes including the well-known Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery). This nine-day unique trip of Bhutan is specially designed for senior citizens and families with 'young-at-heart' to explore serene landscapes, ancient monasteries, and lush valleys inland of Bhutan, also known as the country of gross national happiness (GNA) as it is said that Bhutan believes in GNA than the GDP and it clearly shows from the happy face of Bhutanese people. During the journey of Best of the Bhutan Tour, you will visit several Dzongs and Temples…

Best of the Bhutan tour itinerary for 8 Nights 9 Days displays the varied Bhutanese scenery and the rich culture of the Himalayan Kingdom that represents itself the Land of the Thunder Dragon. This Best of the Bhutan tour unites exploring renowned cultural and heritage landmarks across Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Haa Valley, and experiencing some hikes by walking around the countryside’s most stunning landscapes including the well-known Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery).

This nine-day unique trip of Bhutan is specially designed for senior citizens and families with ‘young-at-heart’ to explore serene landscapes, ancient monasteries, and lush valleys inland of Bhutan, also known as the country of gross national happiness (GNA) as it is said that Bhutan believes in GNA than the GDP and it clearly shows from the happy face of Bhutanese people.

During the journey of Best of the Bhutan Tour, you will visit several Dzongs and Temples spotted throughout the country. You will also hike to the popular Haa Valley which is located in the north-west of the bordering to Tibet. Haa Valley is said to have been named Haa means “Mystical” by Guru Padma Sambabha. We help you explore the beauty of Bhutan on this Bhutan small group tour package.

  • We organize small group tours for matured-age senior citizens for 9 days that cover the major cities of Bhutan within a short distance and easy to explore. We have carefully designed the itinerary that is fit for senior citizens with a short drive, slow travel, and easy walking. This 9 days best of the Bhutan tour can be customized as per your point of interest. We expect you to send us a few lines of your interest with the intended number of days, we shall prepare the best and suggested itinerary for you in no time.
  • You can visit Bhutan from different airport destinations such as Kathmandu, Bangkok, Singapore, Dhaka, Delhi, Kolkota (Calcutta), or can also enter via Bhutan’s border towns like Phuentsholing, Gelephu, Samdrup Jongkhar.

Itineraries Expand All


You will be landing in Bhutan enjoying amazing views of the Himalayas including the Jhomolhori and Jichu Drake Peaks. You will be welcomed by our guide and driver at the airport outside of the terminal. After lunch, you will be taken to visit Rinpung Dzong (Fortress of the heap of jewels), and nest you will visit Kychu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Bhutan. Next, you will drive to Drugyal Dzong (Victory fort of Bhutan) which was built in 1646. If the day is clear, you will see Mt. Jhomolhori, also spelled as Mt. Chomolhori, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain towing at 7314m.

  • Overnight in Paro, Bhutan
  • Lunch and Dinner Included

After the breakfast, you will drive to Haa Valley crossing Chele – La Pass at 3810m. The pass is decorated with a colorful Buddhist Prayer Flag and offers wonderful backdrop views of Mt. Jhomolhori and the valley below. You will hike further to Kila Gompa Nunnery which is balanced precariously along the rock face. Then drive to Haa Valley.

  • Overnight at the hotel, in Haa Valley
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

After breakfast, you will drive back to Thimpu from Haa Valley through scenic villages and pine forests. You can stop on the route to enjoy watching local farmers sitting by the roadside and selling apples, dried cheese, and vegetables.

  • Overnight in Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

After the breakfast in the morning, drive to Memorial Chorten, the nunnery temple, the Zoo where you encounter with national animal ‘Takin’,  and the radio tower for the great view of Thimpu Valley, you can also observe the great view of Thimpu valley the Buddha Point (Recently built).

After the Lunch, you will explore the landmarks of Thimpu valley including Thimphu Dzong, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school, paper factory.

  • Overnight in Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

Early in the morning drive to Punakha passing over Dochu-La Pass (3100m), from where you can have a stunning view of the Himalayans. You will drive down through rhododendron, hemlock forests. You will stop at Lobesa and hike through rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang – the temple of fertility. After you reach Punakha, drive to Punakha Dzong located between Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu (rivers).

  • Overnight at Punakha, Bhutan
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
Hike Day in Punakha

In the morning after breakfast, we start the hike to a village connected by the longest bridge of Bhutan. We walk on the plane trail along the Mo Chhu River and reach a local village where we meet families and farmhouses who offer you local drinks or butter tea or local wine made of rice or wheat. Next, you will hike further to Khamsum Valley Namgyel Chorten, a wonderful 3 storied Chorten that looks down on the upper Punakha.

  • Overnight at Punakha. Bhutan
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

You will be back to Paro via the same route of Dochu-La Pass. It is about 4 to 5 hours of drive to Paro.

  • Overnight at Paro, Bhutan
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
Hike Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang)

In the morning drive for about half an hour to hike to Taktsang Monastery. Also knows as “Tiger’s Nest”, is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. The eighth-century monastery is perched on a rock overlooking a sheer drop and clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 9678 feet above the valley floor.

  • Overnight at the hotel in Paro, Bhutan
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

After breakfast drive to the airport for the flight to onward destination.

  • Breakfast Included

What's Included


  • Private transportation
  • All necessary travel permits
  • English speaking local guide
  • Accommodation Plan: 1 Pax - Single, 2 Pax - Twin & 3 Pax - Triple
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Meal plan: Full Board Basis

What's Excluded


  • Insurance of any kind
  • Single Supplement (35 USD per night)
  • Flight Fare to and fro Paro
  • Additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance
  • Personal expenses such as drink, guide tips, and etc

Customer Reviews


JU
John UY . Jul 24, 2019
3 Country Tour - Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my…

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my wife was really surprised! Thanks for that one, sir! Our only interest was Bhutan and they offer everything including visas. Then, he was kind enough to suggest Tibet and we were like, why not? Since it’s a neighboring country and we haven’t visited it either. We ended up booking the 3 Country tour. Including Nepal yes! Nepal was very entertaining and with our very educated guide Anish! He knew his stuff. Smiling fella! Minus the rain coz we missed our helicopter ride to see up close and personal the all-mighty Mt Everest. But don’t get me wrong. Even if Anup knew that our helicopter ride would be canceled he still showed up, at 6 am! He kept trying and calling constantly if there could be any possibility that we could do the tour but sadly no. That is customer service at its finest. Haven’t encountered such customer service like his. 5 stars on that! Tibet was something else. Altitude sickness yes but we managed. Karma our guide was very accommodating and will give us time to wander around on our own. Knows how to manage time especially visiting the Potala Palace. When he said he’ll meet us at 7 am. He was at the hotel right on the dot. Talk about punctuality! Bhutan was magical! The moment when you land. Everything is just a breeze. Even immigration was very friendly! I have no complaints! Sangay our guide was great! We felt like we weren’t tourists. More like friends. He explained everything perfectly. He even told us to roll down our windows coz of the fresh air. The hike to Tiger’s Nest is no joke but Sangay was there all the way. We have no negative feedback the whole time we were there in the kingdom of Bhutan. A must place to visit! Our only concern was the breakfast at Shambhala Palace in Tibet. To us, it was a cool experience to have Tibetan breakfast such as the tsampa but to the others, they might not be able to enjoy it. Fewer choices of food but that didn’t bother us. Eggs, toast coffee, and tea. No continental breakfast here but we were happy about it. The hotel is nice though! Loving the touch of every piece of furniture they have. Hi-tech shower! When we had dinner they have to fetch it from the other hotel coz the cook wasn’t there anymore. They didn’t say the kitchen is closed. They still provide. We were shocked! We felt bad for the guy delivering the food to us but we gave him a decent tip. Wish we knew all their names coz they were all very nice to us from the beginning when we arrived greeted with a smile and the day we left. The security guard even gave us bottled water on the way back to Nepal. We will surely miss those hardworking folks over there! Keep smiling! One word. Anup will do anything to make your trip a memorable one coz ours was. Even side trips such as having breakfast and having us tried all the dishes or snacks that we wanted to try! Also, even if we were at other Countries he keeps in touch thru WhatsApp just to make sure everything was still in order. He even kept on checking the helicopter ride when we were away! Thumbs up, sir! Hope your business will continue to grow and may you have more customers and friends to come! You are indeed an amazing travel consultant. Thanks again for having us and making our trip a memorable one! Thank   you all, Mr and Mrs. Uy
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Trip Information


PAYMENT & CANCELLATION 

Payment: 30% of the total tour cost is required as an advance deposit in order to confirm the tour with HimalayanWindows (HW). The remaining balance will be charged 7 days prior to the departure date. Payment can be made through Wire Transfer or Credit Card. We process your credit card payment securely and no extra fee is charged.

Cancellation: For cancellation more than 30 days before the Tour Start Date, No Cancellation fee is charged. For cancellation from 29 calendar days up to and including 4 calendar days before the Tour Start Date, a charge of 30% of the total invoice amount is charged. For a cancellation occurring within 3 days of the date of travel or No Show shall be charged 100% of the total invoice amount. Learn more about Terms and Conditions.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS 

Accommodation: Accommodation is in twin rooms in cities unless a special request is made for a single supplement with an additional fee. Accommodation is in twin or dormitory at lodges on the trek especially in a peak season, it is difficult to find single/twin rooms in the mountains. Our main focus is to provide clean and safe rooms to our valued guests.

Meals: Basically, every package we offer includes breakfast; lunch and dinner are provided based on the cost we offer on the tour. In Bhutan, every package is on a full board plan that includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. During the trek, we provide all meals where you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.

VISA REQUIREMENTS – NEPAL | TIBET | BHUTAN

Nepal Visa: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Nepal needs to obtain a Nepal Visa. Nepal visa can be obtained on arrival and some countries need a visa prior to the travel to Nepal. Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Make sure to obtain a multi-entries Nepal Visa if you are planning cross country tours.

Bhutan Visa Clearance: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Bhutan needs to obtain a Bhutan Visa Clearance prior to the travel to Bhutan. We obtain your Bhutan visa; you need to send your color scanned clear passport copy. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Before flying to Bhutan, a Visa Clearance will be sent to you from your tour operator, you have to print the clearance paper and show it at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during the Check-in. The original visa would be stamped into your passport upon arrival at the Paro airport. Learn more Bhutan travel info.

Tibet Group Visa (TGV): Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Tibet from Nepal needs to obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu through the help of a tour operator. Make sure to land in Kathmandu 3-4 working days prior to the travel date in order to process for TGV. If you are traveling from China, no TGV is required, a Chinese Visa & Permit are needed, though. Learn more about the Tibet entry procedure.

TRAVEL INSURANCE 

HimalayanWindows advises bringing proper Travel Insurance to all the travelers who are interested in traveling in the Himalayas. Travel Insurance is a policy that helps cover medical problems, emergency evacuation, theft, loss of belongings, last hour tour/ticket cancellation, etc.

FAQS


Where is Bhutan? Bhutan is a small, landlocked country situated in the eastern Himalayas between China and India. Its landscape ranges from Subtropical plains and forests in the south to subalpine forests and the snowy Himalayas in the North. Bhutan is a principally Buddhist country and it is recognized as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism. Do I need to use a tour operator to book my travel? Yes, it… Read More »

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