6 Nights 7 Days Bhutan Tour

Punakha Dong Bhutan
Amazing Phunakha Dong

Trip Facts

  • Duration 7 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

  • Perfect combination of a cultural tour and a natural trip, including a visit to some of the most famous landmarks in Bhutan.
  • Sightseeing tour of the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu, and Bhutan’s two other most important cities, Paro and Punakha.
  • A short hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in Paro.
  • Strolling the local markets for handicrafts and unique souvenirs
  •  Visiting Punakha Dzong, Ta Dzong, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Chagri Monastery, Rinpung Dzong, Drugyel Dzong, and Kichu Lhakhang among other historically important landmarks in Bhutan.

This 6 Nights 7 Days Bhutan Tour gives you a personal introduction to the last Himalayan Kingdom often also called the ‘The Last Shangri La’.The carbon-neutral Buddhist country has some of the oldest Dzongs, monasteries, temples, and jaw-droppingly beautiful Himalayan landscapes. As 70 percent of the country is covered in forests, Bhutan has abundant flora and fauna, which makes it a great escape for nature lovers. In our 6 Nights and 7 Days Bhutan Tour, you become familiar with both the cultural and natural parts of Bhutan.  We kick off the tour with a flight from Kathmandu to Paro and a drive to Thimphu.

Thimphu,  Bhutan’s capital city is thriving with uniqueness. The rise of technology and modernization sits like a poetic contrast in this centuries-old traditionally clad small town. Whether it is the smartphone-carrying Buddhist monks or the huge penis symbols hung outside houses for luck, Thimphu is a truly intriguing destination. It is also among a couple of places in Bhutan where you will find western-style nightclubs, cafes, bars, and restaurants.

We visit the Chagri Monastery, National Memorial Chorten, Mini Zoo, the National Library, and the Sangaygang View Point among others while in Thimphu. The next highlight is the Punakha Valley. The drive from Thimphu to Punakha valley is a delight in itself. We cross the Dochu La ( pass) and drive across lush, balmy Himalayan landscapes of the valley, and visit a famous fertility temple en route to Punakha. While in the Punakha valley, we visit the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and Punakha Dzong. These historical sites are surrounded by extraordinary beauty- the chorten sits on a hillock and the Dzong lies between two rivers.

For our final sightseeing/hiking adventure, we drive back to Paro Valley. Here we hike to the most famous landmark in Bhutan- Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest. We visit a couple of beautiful Dzongs later in the afternoon and conclude the day. We will enjoy the weekend market in Thimphu and Paro if we are there during the weekend. Otherwise, we will visit souvenir shops and other local markets for handicrafts and all sorts of local products.

Adventure Club Trek has been organizing treks and tours to Bhutan since 2008. Our representatives in Bhutan make sure your trip is safe, comfortable, and enjoyable. For a similar but shorter trek, consider the Cultural Tour of Bhutan-6 Days and for a longer cultural tour in Bhutan, we offer Bhutan Cultural Tour with Bumthang Trek Three Days-12 Days.

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.

    After Breakfast, we visit Memorial Chorten (built-in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-to 1972), nunnery temple, and mini zoo to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Today, we also visit other landmarks of Thimphu including the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, the majestic Tashichho Dzong, and the traditional paper factory. However, some of the landmarks are closed on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Therefore, if we are in Thimphu during the weekends, we explore the Weekend Market instead.

      After breakfast we drive to Punakha via Dochu La (Pass), a vantage point to catch the panoramic views of the snow-clad Himalayas. Then, we hike up to Lungchutse Monastery which takes around 2 hours. It is a beautiful trail to the monastery as we walk amidst lush green forest dotted with rhododendrons, crossing a few high ridges decorated with colored prayer flags. The views of the Himalayas make the hike more interesting. After exploring the monastery, we head back to Dochu La. Driving through hemlock, fir, and rhododendron forest, we head towards Punakha. On the way, we stop at Metshina Village which houses Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to ‘’Divine Madman’’ or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. The path to the temple is through a rice field and it takes around 20 minutes to reach there.

        After breakfast drive to Gangtey. En route sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang, which includes: visiting Wangdiphodrang Dzong (from outside) built-in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered an auspicious sign, representing the spread of the Buddhist religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Drive further to Gangtey. While in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Gompa. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated with other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. After lunch, explore the valley. After sightseeing drive back towards Punakha

          After breakfast, we begin our drive to the Paro valley. In Paro, we visit Rinpung Dzong which means “fortress made from a heap of jewels."We will also visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country, and Drugyal Dzong, built-in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s.

            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

              Today concludes your 6 nights 7 days Bhutan Tour. Bid farewell to your guide and other tour mates. A representative from Adventure Club Trek for Bhutan will drop you off at the airport according to your flight schedule.

                 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.

                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, beverages, internet, laundry)
                • Travel and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
                • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

                Date & Prices

                     
                Start DateStart: SundaySeptember 04, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdaySeptember 10, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1849
                Start DateStart: ThursdaySeptember 08, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdaySeptember 14, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1849
                Start DateStart: MondaySeptember 12, 2022End DateEnd: SundaySeptember 18, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1849
                Start DateStart: FridaySeptember 16, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdaySeptember 22, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1849
                Start DateStart: TuesdaySeptember 20, 2022End DateEnd: MondaySeptember 26, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1849
                Start DateStart: SaturdaySeptember 24, 2022End DateEnd: FridaySeptember 30, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1849
                Start DateStart: WednesdaySeptember 28, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayOctober 04, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1849

                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 is a pleasant time 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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