• Bhutan

Bhutan is the size of Switzerland, not extremely populated with barley one million people, is a land of contrasts, lush forested valleys, fortified monasteries and sacred virgin mountains. The small ‘Dragon’ Kingdom of Bhutan as its officially known lies land locked in the Eastern Himalayas between India and Tibet. The country’s thriving religion, Buddhism, can be seen everywhere in the form of fluttering prayer flags, whirling prayer wheels and imposing hilltop monasteries.

With tradition being of paramount importance, Bhutan’s people have a natural warmth and charm and the Kingdom’s inherent culture remains strong, as is revealed during this journey. Monasteries, markets, bazaars, breathtaking mountain passes; all this and a lot more against the backdrop of the stupendous mountains.

So pack your woollens to enjoy this Great Himalayan Kingdom

Quick Facts

Best Months

April to December

Best For

Landscape, Biodiversity, Adventure sports and Meditation camps

Travelling Within

By Road

Main Airports

Paro

Recommended Itinerary
Day 1

THIMPHU

At the Paro International Airport you will meet your tour guide who will take you on a short one-hour drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, at 2320 metres. On route we can stop on the way at the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s iron bridge builder.

Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 2

THIMPHU

Today we do a Sightseeing tour in Thimphu, where you can visit the National Memorial Chorten, the National Library, the National Painting School and Changangkha Temple. Browse the striking collection of intricate textiles at the National Textile Museum and visit the Folk Museum. You may also be able to visit the weekly market.
Overnight in Thimphu.


Day 3

THIMPHU – PUNAKHA

In the morning drive to Punakha via the Dochu La Pass, where we will stop for a hot drink and to enjoy views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges. In the afternoon visit Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility), built in the 15th century by the ‘Divine Mad Man’ (Lama Drukpa Kuenley).
Overnight in Punakha.

Day 4

PUNAKHA – PARO

Today we return to Paro. This afternoon would be a good time to visit handicraft shops for souvenirs of your trip. Or you may like to visit a local farmhouse and take tea with the farmer and his family.

Overnight in Paro.


Day 5

PARO

We join a half day Sightseeing tour in Paro, including Paro Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum. After lunch visit Drukgyel Dzong (‘fortress of victory’), and the sacred Kyichu Lhakhang (temple).

Overnight in Paro.

Day 6

PARO

Take a day hike to the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, the sacred Taktshang monastery, and have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria. On the way back you can visit Dumtse Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangthong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builder.

Overnight in Paro.


Day 7

DEPARTURE FROM PARO

End your trip with a flight back home.