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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast drive to the airport for the flight to onward destination.
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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: 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.
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 before traveling 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 before 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 about 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 before the travel date t 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.
Nepal & Bhutan: Nepal and Bhutan share the climate from high mountains to the low land sub-tropical plains and jungles. Both countries have similar weather and ideal to visit at the same time of the year. March to April (spring) & October to December (autumn and early winter) are the best time to visit as the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder and June, July, and August (summer) are monsoon season.
Tibet: The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October as the weather is warmer, fresh, and sunny skies. November to March are usually very cold, but still possible to visit if the route is not blocked by the snow, especially in the regions like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, Mount Kailash, etc.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Bhutan tour 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… Read More »
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