Bhutan highlights 5 Days
Duration: 5 days
Trip level: easy
Maximum altitude: 3088 m
Accommodation: 3 star hotel
Season: January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December
Day 01: Flight Kathmandu toParo; Paro – Thimphu
Flight Kathmandu to Paro where you will be welcomed to the Kingdom by our representive for your Bhutan tour. Check in to Hotel and have some tea and snacks. After having tea visit Paro Dzong, National Museum, and Kyichu Lhakhang. Lunch at town; after lunch sightseeing early evening drive to Capital city of Bhutan.
Overnight Hotel in Thimphu
Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha
Thimphu, perhaps the most unusual capital city in the world, is the seat of government. This bustling town is home to Bhutan’s royal family, the civil service, and foreign missions with representation in Bhutan. It is also the headquarters for a number of internationally funded development projects. Proceed to the National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, with some works dating back several hundred years. Visit the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School), where a six-year training course is given in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Also visit (outside only) the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where the medicinal herbs abundant in the kingdom are compounded and dispensed. After lunch, visit the National Memorial Chorten. The building of this landmark was originally envisaged by Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who had wanted to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the father of modern Bhutan”), and a monument to peace. Visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and privately owned crafts shops, which offer a wide range of handcrafted products, including the splendid thangkha paintings and exquisitely woven textiles for which Bhutan is famous. Also visit the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, opened in 2001. In the early evening, drive over Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft) to Punakha.
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 03: Punakha – Via Thimphu- Paro
Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955, when the seat of government moved to Thimphu. Originally situated on the riverbank and dominated by the towering walls of Punakha Dzong, the township was relocated to a safer site a few kilometers down the valley, consequent upon extensive flooding in the early 1990s. At the same time, extensive renovation work was undertaken on Punakha Dzong itself, which is now a breathtaking and glorious sight as you first glimpse it from the road. Although four catastrophic fires and an earthquake in past times destroyed many historic documents, Punakha Dzong still houses many sacred and historic artifacts and also the embalmed body of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Later drive to Wangduephodrang, the last town on the highway before entering central Bhutan. Situated on a ridge overlooking a river junction, the formidable Wangduephodrang Dzong is the town most visible feature. In the 17th century, Wangdue played a critical role in unifying the western, central and southern regions of the country. Also visit the local market. After lunch drive to Paro, visiting Semtokha Dzong en route. This Dzong, built in 1629, is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. Arrive Paro and check into the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 04: Paro- Paro (Day Excursion )
After breakfast make day hike to Famous Tiger’s Nest “TAKTSANG” Monastery and hike up which would take Two Hours up and approximately One Hour down. Stop at Taktsang Tea House “Cafeteria” for refreshment of Tea & Coffee and on your return back from monastery. Taktsang is at 2900mts. Hike for another half an hour and you reach the Great and Magnificent Taktsang where you will be greets by the monks who live there and Special Bhutanese Butter Visit the most important monastery were the Guru Rimpoche was flying on a Flaming Tigress from Singye Dzong in Eastern Bhutan to here and meditated for Three Months and flourishment of Buddhism in Paro started from 8th Century. Walk down to the Tea House for Vegetarian Lunch. After Lunch walk down hill and drive to Drukgyel Dzong and on the way enjoys the view of the Taktsang Monastery, also known as “Tiger’s Nest temple”. Near the Drukgyel Dzong, if the sky is clear we can see the Mt. Chomolhari on the background.
Overnight at the Hotel in Paro.
Day 05: Flight Paro to Kathmandu
After breakfast, drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.
Day 01 Flight Kathmandu to Paro, sightseeing Paro and drive to Thimpu
Day 02 Sightseeing Thimpu and drive to Punakha
Day 03 Drive via Thimpu to Paro
Day 04 Sightseeing Paro
Day 05 Flight Paro to Kathmandu
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
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We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel and return flight from Paro
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return flight Kathmandu to Paro, and all transport in Bhutan
-All ground transportation in Bhutan
-3 star hotel accommodation in Bhutan
-Licensed and certified Bhutan tour guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the Bhutan tour guide
-Entrance fees to all monuments and museum in Bhutan
-Bhutan royalty US$ 65/person/night(Child under 12 year is exempt from Royalty US$65)
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu, and the Bhutan office
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Bhutan visa ($40,00)
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-All meals during Bhutan tour
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services and laundry during tour
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for Bhutan guide