5 Nights 6 Days Bhutan Tour

Punakha Dong Thimpu Bhutan
Punakha Dong Bhutan

Trip Facts

  • Duration 6 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Destination Bhutan
  • Transportation Private Comfortable Transportation
  • Activity Cultural and Historical Tours
  • Best Season Feb - May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 2, Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Paro Bhutan

Highlights

  • Sightseeing in Thimphu-Chagri Monastery, Memorial Chorten, Mini Zoo, National Library, Sangaygang View Point, and Kuenselcholing hilltop. Exploring the Thimphu market.
  • Crossing Docha La ( Pass) at 3050m.
  • Hiking up to Taktsang Monastery
  • Picturesque Bhutanese countryside, Himalayan landscape, flora and fauna, and Bhutanese hospitality.
  • Sightseeing in Punakha and Paro. Visiting centuries-old forts, palaces, and monasteries, the likes of Punakha Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang temple, Chimi Lhakhang temple, Rinpung Dzong, and Drugyel Dzong among many others.
  • Flight from kathmandu to Paro with views of some of the highest mountains in the world including Mt. Everest.

5 Nights 6 Days Bhutan Tour Overview

This 6-day-long Bhutan tour is the perfect introduction to the mystical and mountainous Dragon kingdom. The tour takes you to the stunning Western Valleys of Bhutan with views of the fantastic and ever-changing landscapes and lets you take a dip in the Bhutanese Buddhist culture, and experience Bhutanese hospitality.

This cultural tour of Bhutan is perfect for those who have a limited time at hand and want an introductory tour of Bhutan. Once we arrive at Paro International airport, we will drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The second day of the tour is spent sightseeing in Thimphu. We hike to the Chagri Monastery, which is almost 500 years old. Other highlights of sightseeing tours in Thimphu include Memorial Chorten, Mino Zoo, National Library, Sangaygang View Point, and Kuenselcholing hilltop.

The next highlight of our 6-day-long Bhutan Tour of Bhutan is the journey to Punakha Valley, which requires crossing the 3050m high Dochula Pass. We follow the spectacular Himalayan views into the Punakha valley where you visit the ancient Punakha Dzong, and the temple of the ‘’Divine Madman’’, Chimi Lhakhang among other historical sites. Finally, we drive back to Paro, and before catching our flight back home, we spend a day sightseeing in Paro. We hike up to the popular Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). We also visit other historical sites in Paro-Ta Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang temple, Rinpung Dzong, and Drugyel Dzong.

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Itinerary

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As your flight nears Bhutan, you can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will take you to your hotel in Thimphu for a good night's sleep. However, if your flight arrives early and you want to visit a few places in Thimphu then it can be arranged too.

  • Standard Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2,320m//8,382ft

The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built-in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. We will make a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang. Then we will visit Takin preservation which has the national animal of Bhutan. On the way, we will visit the Royal Textile Academy. After lunch, we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, around 5:00 pm the seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan).

  • Standard Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2,320m/7,612ft

Today, we drive to Punakha. The drive to Punakha is a pleasant one; through fir, rhododendron, and hemlock forest. En route to our main destination, Punakha, we visit the village of Metshina. The village houses Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to the ‘’Divine Madman’’ or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Once in Punakha, we head towards Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. The chorten is located in the upper Punakha Valley. It is a scenic short hike to the chorten. Explore the magnificent paintings on display related to Buddhism. We also visit the second oldest and second-largest Dzong in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong. It is located where two rivers Mo Chu and Pho Chu meet. We then return to Thimphu for a good night’s sleep.

  • Standard Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1,250m/4,101ft

We drive to Paro today. It is a pleasant ride; first through Wangdi and then we pass Dochula Pass. Here the eastern Himalayan peaks greet us. We then pass by Simtokha, a small town. From here we follow Wang Chu River till Chuzom then continue our drive alongside Paro Chu River.

  • Standard Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2,900m/9,515ft

After breakfast, we hike for 4 to 5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where the Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor.

  • Standard Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3,180m/10,434ft

Today we leave the Land of the Thunder Dragon. A representative from Adventure Club Trek for Bhutan will drop you off at the airport according to your flight schedule.

  • Breakfast.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance
  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • Government-approved A and B category hotels on a twin-shared basis
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the tour
  • Safe drinking water will be supplied during the tour
  • Transportation in a comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained, and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Price Excludes

  • Entry Visa fees - at present $30 for 15 days, US$ 50 for 30 days
  • Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, bar bills, internet, laundry)
  • Travel and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: SundaySeptember 04, 2022End DateEnd: FridaySeptember 09, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1779
Start DateStart: SaturdaySeptember 10, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdaySeptember 15, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1779
Start DateStart: WednesdaySeptember 14, 2022End DateEnd: MondaySeptember 19, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1779
Start DateStart: SundaySeptember 18, 2022End DateEnd: FridaySeptember 23, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1779
Start DateStart: ThursdaySeptember 22, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdaySeptember 27, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1779
Start DateStart: TuesdaySeptember 27, 2022End DateEnd: SundayOctober 02, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1779
Start DateStart: FridaySeptember 30, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayOctober 05, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1779

This tour can be undertaken round the year for any independent travelers according to their chosen traveling dates as private departures. Should you wish the tour can be easily customized as per your interest. Contact us with your requirements.

Useful Info

Visa Information

Indian, Bangladeshis, and Maldivian nationals can obtain a visa at the port of entry by producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC). For other tourists, you will need to acquire visa clearance in advance. Visas are processed through an online system by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent. Tourists are also required to book their holiday through a Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international partners. The tour operator will take care of Visa arrangements for visitors.

You are required to send the photo page of your passport (passport scanned copy) to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours. At your point of entry, you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, and the visa will then be stamped into your passport.

Weather Information

There is no appropriate season as which is go say that Bhutan’s warm and temperate climate, never-ending festivals, and rich and abundant heritage sites provide visitors with a wide array of experiences throughout the year across the country. Bhutan has all four seasons and the climate varies widely depending on the altitude.

Spring (March, April & May)

This time is considered the most beautiful time of the year, resplendent and ablaze with a spectacular array of bright colors. This is the time when the valleys are green with fresh vegetation and fruit trees are blossoming – the time when locals are naturally mirthful and cheery; when visitors are most welcome. Also, you can witness the famous Paro tsechu festival.

Autumn (September, October & November)

Autumn is lovely with clear and crisp blue skies, providing a grand view of some of the tallest unclimbed mountains in the world. It is the best time for trekking and traveling. The climate is cool and temperate and you can get lovely photography opportunities of willows shedding their golden brown leaves, the solitude of parks, and somber views of dzongs and monasteries.

Monsoon (June, July & August)

During these months, Bhutan receives more rainfall than any other region in the Himalayas. Glorious sapphire skies and warm weather are pleasant times to spend visiting places of cultural and historical interest though this season is not the best time for trekking. Enjoy a cup of warm, aromatic tea while watching the rainfall from your hotel window. Or if you possess an adventurous spirit, grab an umbrella/raincoat while it is raining and take a day tour through the town.

Winter (December, January & February)

Winter in Bhutan is sunny, cool, and agreeable to say the least. Much of the east-west highway remains snowbound during winter. It is the best time to tour the western districts of Paro, Wangdue, Punakha, Thimphu, and Haa. One of the chief attractions in winter is the beautiful Gangtey (Phobjikha) valley where you can expect to see a wide expanse of rolling plain with bamboo shrubs.

Safety Guidelines

Credit cards are not a convenient source of payment in Bhutan as only a handful of hotels in a few places provide this facility. Also, only MasterCard and Visa. US dollars are the most convenient currency and are cashed by most banks.

You should avoid drinking tap water altogether, but it is okay to use it for brushing your teeth. Bottled water is widely available and is best for drinking. It is also wise to carry water purification tablets when trekking in remote locations of Bhutan.

The local currency is the Ngultrum, which is pegged to the Indian Rupee. Note: The Indian Rupee in denominations of 500 and 1000 is no longer accepted in Bhutan.

Bhutan is the only country in the world that has banned the consumption and sale of tobacco, resulting in smoking being largely disallowed in public places. Having said that, consumption is not completely prohibited in Bhutan so if you want to smoke, bring your own cigarettes and ask your guide where you can light up. (seal opened pack only)

Tuesdays are considered the national 'dry day,' with the sale of alcohol prohibited.

When taking photos/filming inside Dzongs, monasteries, temples, or any religious institutions, check with your guide whether it is permitted as some areas do not allow it.

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