• 11 Days
    10 Nights
  • Starting Point : Paro

    Ending Point : Bumthang
  • $2500

This popular Bhutan cultural tour provides an in-depth view into the ancient way of life and rich culture that still thrives in Bhutan today through the western valleys of Paro, Haa, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangduephodrang, continue onto the central districts of Trongsa, the birthplace of monarchy, and the Bumthang valley, Bhutan’s spiritual heartland featuring 7th century Jambay Lhakhang and Kurje Lhakhang with its rock imprint of Guru Rimpoche. The tour then returns westward to the glacial valley of Phobjika, the winter home to the rare black necked cranes.



Day 01: Arrival Paro to Thimphu

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Think Bhutan Tours representative will meet you at Paro airport exit doors following customs formalities. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Paro Rinpung Dzong and Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Towards evening drive to the Thimphu, a capital city of Bhutan.

Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 02: Thimphu

Soon after breakfast, you enjoy a full day of sightseeing that includes visit to the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts and National Institute of Traditional Medicine where Bhutan’s famed traditional medicines are compounded and dispensed; the Folk Heritage Museum which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.
After lunch, visit the Textile Museum to see a range of beautiful Bhutanese textiles; the National Memorial Chorten (Stupa), a shrine built in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan dedicated for world peace and prosperity; Buddha point and Takin Reserve to see the rare national animal of Bhutan. This animal is chosen as the national animal of Bhutan for its uniqueness and its association with the country’s religious history and mythology followed by visit to Tashichhodzong, the “fortress of the glorious religion" which is Bhutan’s administrative and religious Centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan and other Government offices.

Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha/Wangdi

Early morning drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass 3080m with stunning views of Eastern Himalayan Ranges including Bhutan's highest mountain, the majestic Gangkar Puensum (provided that the day is clear). The 108 Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens (stupas) on the top of the pass where the ridges are draped in colorful prayer flags give scenic views.
The road to Punakha from Dochula Pass descends through varied and ever-changing forest, emerging into the highly cultivated valley. visit the historical Punakha Dzong, strategically built at the confluence of the two rivers in 1637 by Zhabdrung to serve as the religious and administrative centre. It also houses sacred temples including the Machen where the embalmed body of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal lies in state and winter residence for the state monk bodies.
Afternoon drive to Wangduephodrang the ancient sub capital of Bhutan, enroute take a short hike to Chime Lhakhang (the fertility temple) built in 1499. It is half an hour leisurely walk across a local village, rice fields from the road at Sopsokha to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana.

Overnight at hote

Day 04: Punakha/Wangdi to Trongsa

Drive from Punakha/Wagdi to Trongsa across Pele La pass(3,420m) on the Black Mountain range. Enroute visit beautiful Chendebji Chorten, built in the 18th century. The imposing Trongsa Dzong can be viewed across a deep canyon to signal your approach to the town around a curving road. Trongsa is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s ruling dynasty.
After lunch, visit Trongsa Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan. The view from the Dzong is spectacular and one can see across the landscape for many miles. Afterward, take a short walk/hike to the Ta Dzong museum housing an incredible collection of historical artefacts of the Royal Family.

Overnight at hotel

Day 05: Trongsa to Bumthang

Morning drive to Bumthang, home to some of Bhutan’s oldest Palaces and temples. The valley’s barley fields, apple groves and meadows lay below huge hills which climb up towards the Himalayan mountain wall separating Bhutan from Tibet.

Overnight at hotel

Day 06: Bumthang

Morning visit Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom where Bhutan’s patron saint Guru Rinpoche meditated and 7th century Jambay Lhakhang. It dates back to the origins of Buddhism in Bhutan and is one of the Kingdoms oldest temples. After lunch, visit Jakar Dzong and Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pemalingpa and containing interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings. Afterwards enjoy exploring the village of Jakar, Bumthang’s main township.

Overnight at hotel

Day 07: Bumthang

Enjoy a day exploring some of the many sites around Bumthang. The 16th century Tang Ugyen Chholing Palace stands features a museum containing an excellent overview of traditional rural life in Bhutan. Continue on to visit the pool of Mebartso (The Lake of Fire). It is here that Pemalingpa (founder of the Nyingmapa sect) is said to have found treasure hidden by Guru Rinpoche.

Overnight at hotel

Day 08: Bumthang to Phobjekha Valley

Start early in the morning to Phobjekha about 6 hrs from Bumthang. Farmhouses and temples dot the landscape and you will see local farmers wearing the traditional woven bamboo hats of central Bhutan. The wide and picturesque Phobjikha valley is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes(November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Visit Gangtey Goempa (Monastery), the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan and explore Phobjika Valley with time to view the Black-Necked Cranes.

Overnight at hotel

Day 09: Phobjekha to Paro

Morning visit to view the Black-Necked Cranes (winter only) before departing for Paro (approx 7 hrs). From Phobjekha the road gradually descends into the balmy Punakha valley before climbing up over Dochu La Pass. Overnight at your hotel in Paro. Overnight at hotel

Day 10: Paro

Morning, hike up to view point of Taktsang, popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest. According to the legend, Guru Padmasambhava flew here on a flying Tigress and meditated there for three months in the 8th century. It was from there, he propagated the Vajrayana Buddhism (Larger Wheel) that was prophesied by the Buddha at the time of attaining Nirvana. In April 1998, a fire destroyed the main structure of the buildings and its religious contents. A complete restoration was done and resulted in a carbon copy of the original.
After lunch, visit Ta Dzong or National Museum, rated among the best natural history museums in Asia. The Ta-Dzong offers a unique and varied collection of thangkas, handicrafts, stuffed animals, masks, costumes and amour. The visit will provide you with a good idea of the culture and traditions of Bhutan. Just below the Museum lies the Rinpung Dzong, “the fortress on the heap of jewel”. It now houses the administrative offices of Paro region

Overnight at hotel

Day 11: Departure

After breakfast drive to Paro International Airport to depart for your onward destination. Thank you for visiting Bhutan through our company and wish you a very safe journey!