Bhutan Discovery Luxury Holidays

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Tour is rated as #7 in destination Bhutan
Duration πŸ“…

7 Days

Flights ✈️

International flights are NOT included

Airport Transfer 🧳

Drop-Off, Pickup

Accommodation πŸ›οΈ

5 Star Hotel

Tour Size πŸ§‘πŸ»β€πŸ€β€πŸ§‘πŸ»

Small Group

Language 🌐


Visa πŸ›‚

Visa is Included

Transport 🚍

Airconditioned Vehicle

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Bhutan Visa Fee is included. Visa will be arranged for you.
Twin sharing 5-Star accommodations as per itinerary
All ground transportations including round trip airport transfers
Entrance fees to parks, museums, and other national monuments
Bottled mineral water in the car
Light snacks between meals wherever necessary
Tour Guide

From: $4,600.00

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πŸ’Ž Why we love it ?

This slow-paced 7-Day luxury trip offers a perfect balance of breathtaking destinations, rejuvenating activities, and healthy culinary experiences. True luxury is not just about what you do, it’s about how you feel. You’ll stay at some of the finest luxury hotels in Bhutan set in quiet locations amidst the lush green forests offering total tranquility and seclusion. Escorted by our expert private local guide, you will explore the intricacies of Bhutan that make it one of the most sought-after destinations. This luxury trip will leave a lasting memory of the fascinating and unforgettable place on earth.

🏁 Tour Itinerary: Bhutan Discovery Luxury Holidays

Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport / Transfer to Capital City Thimphu (2334m)

Upon your arrival at Paro International Airport, our guide and driver will receive and escort you to visit the National Museum to learn about Bhutan’s history & rich cultural heritage. From there, drive to the capital city Thimphu (55km, 1.5-hour) and visit the Weaving Center to learn about Bhutan’s weaving culture and tradition. Weaving is an integral component of the culture & tradition of Bhutan. Not long ago, it was common to see one member in the family weaving for the entire family. If your flight arrives early, you’ll have free time to explore the streets of Thimphu.
Distance from Paro – Thimphu 55km, Driving time 1.5-hours, Thimphu altitude 2334m, Paro altitude 2200m

🏚️ Hotel Option: Dinner and overnight at Le Meridien Thimphu located conveniently in the heart of Thimphu city.


Day 2: Sightseeing in Thimphu

Spend a day in Thimphu where you’ll see rapid modernization taking place while still preserving ancient culture and holds on to its age-old traditions.Β After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you’ll visit the tallest sitting Buddha statue located at Kuensel Phodrang overlooking Thimphu valley. Optionally, you can do 2-hour easy hiking in the outskirts of the capital city from Kuensel Phodrang to the 13th-century Changangkha Lhakhang. It is relatively a short hiking trail through sparsely populated pine trees offering a perfect overlooking view of the Thimphu valley. This hiking trail is a section of a 60km cycling trail surrounding the entire Thimphu city which was built in 2016 to commemorate the 60th Birth Anniversary of the Great Fourth King, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Β At the end of the hike, you’ll visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the 13th-century national treasure. From there drive to Folk Heritage Museum Restaurant where a sumptuous traditional lunch will be served.
After lunch, visit Zorig Chusum where 13 traditional arts & crafts are taught, and stroll the Craft Bazaar along the main Thimphu streets. If interested, you can continue to visit the Bhutan Postal Museum where you can have stamps printed with your own photo, the Changlimithang Archery Range where you can see archers singing and dancing each time they hit the target from a whopping distance of 145m. Otherwise, you can spend the rest of the day at your hotel availing yourself of relaxing state-of-the-art spa facilities.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Dinner and overnight at Le Meridien Thimphu.


Day 3: Thimphu / Transfer to Punakha Valley (1200m)

After breakfast, drive to Punakha valley (74km, 3-hours drive) via the sacred mountain pass Dochula (3150m), enjoy a panoramic view of some of Bhutan’s highest mountains (weather permitting). From Dochu La Pass, we continue driving towards Punakha, passing through some villages, the elevation drops gradually, and the road winds through the pine trees. As you reach the lower valley, you’ll feel the drastic change in altitude from 3,150m just an hour and a half ago to the subtropical valley at 1,200m.
About 11km before reaching Punakha town, visit the famous 15th-century Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility). After local lunch at one of the beautiful farmhouses, drive to Punakha and visit the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture, the historic 17th-century Punakha Dzong, and spend some time appreciating the intricate woodworks and sacred wall paintings. We then walk to Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge across the Phochu river. Punakha Dzong is flanked by two glacial rivers – Phochu (male) and Mochu (female) rivers.
Distance from Thimphu – Punakha 74km, Driving time 3-hours, Punakha altitude 1200m

🏚️ Hotel Option: Dinner and overnight at Uma Punakha by COMO Hotels.

This luxury lodge is located on a peaceful hilltop surrounded by fertile rice fields and overlooking the Mochu river meandering through the Punakha Valley.


Day 4: Hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, drive to the nearest road head, and hike to picturesque Khamsum Yuellay Namgyel Chorten located on a serene hilltop on the other side of the Mochu river. The hike takes you through idyllic countryside, terraced rice fields, and a short uphill climb before reaching the sacred site. The round-trip hike takes about 2.5-3 hours. After the hike, return to the road head, and drive to a beautiful picnic spot by the bank of the Mochu river where lunch will be served.
Optionally, you may also want to experience white water rafting on the Mochu river graded 1-2 making it possible for all ages to try. The best season to do rafting would be from March to May and September to November. The water level rises in summer (Jun – Aug) and subsides in winter (Dec-Feb). The rafting distance is 10-14km and takes about 2 hours from start to finish.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Dinner and overnight at Uma Punakha by COMO Hotels.


Day 5: Punakha / Transfer Back to Paro Valley (2200m)

Today after leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we drive back to Paro via Dochula Pass (115km, 3.5-hours drive). Lunch will be served at Dochula Cafeteria.Β If you are interested, you can do a short easy hike to Tashigang Gonpa from Dochula Pass. This wonderful hiking takes you downhill through forests of Juniper, Hemlock, blue pine among many others. It offers a great opportunity to photograph nature and landscapes. You’ll also come across different species of bird. The hike downhill takes about an hour to reach the Gonpa.
Tashigang Gonpa is a monastery located on top of a mountain below Dochula Pass. It was built in 1768 by the 12th Abbot of Bhutan, Je Kunga Jamtsho. The monastery houses priceless relics and several statues of past Abbots of Bhutan. Today, the monastery serves as a monastic school for dozens of monks. You’ll have an opportunity to visit the monastery and get blessings. The driver will be waiting here at the monastery. From here, continue driving to Paro which will take about 2 hours.
Distance from Punakha – Paro 115km, Driving time 3.5-4 hours, Paro altitude 2200m

🏚️ Hotel Option: Dinner and overnight at Zhiwaling Heritage.

The luxury hotel Zhiwaling Heritage is located countryside 20 minutes away from the main Paro town. Zhiwaling Heritage is the only luxury hotel wholly owned by Bhutanese. The hotel was featured in National Geographic’s Unique Lodge for its ornate Bhutanese architecture and wellness programs.


Day 6: Hike to Paro Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest (3120m)

Today after breakfast, you’ll hike to the famous and one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan. Paro Taktsang or popularly known as “Tiger’s Nest” is built on the face of a sheer 800-meter rocky cliff in Paro. The round-trip hiking normally takes about 4-5 hours for most visitors. The history of Taktsang is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava (known as Guru Rinpoche), the Indian saint who came to Bhutan and introduced Tantric Buddhism in the 8th century AD. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew into the cave from Kurtoe Khenpajong in eastern Bhutan, riding on a tigress. It is considered one of Bhutan’s most sacred pilgrimage sites and β€œa must-visit” place for tourists.
Oneway horse riding is available on your way up to the mid-point (Taktsang Viewpoint Cafeteria) for a fee of about USD20 per horse per person. Horse riding is not recommended on your way down and most owners will not allow it.
On the way back to the hotel, you can visit one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, the 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang believed to have been built overnight by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in his mission to subdue the spirit of giant demoness which was obstructing the propagation of Buddhism in the Himalayan region.
You can spend some time exploring Paro town or head back to the hotel where you can relax and use their spa facilities.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Dinner and overnight at Zhiwaling Heritage. 


Day 7: Transfer to Paro International Airport for Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be transferred to Paro International Airport for your onward journey.

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  1. AdamD

    I had a great time in Bhutan, the tour was perfect for me and I learned a great deal about the country and it’s history and culture. The views were fantastic and I was looked after well by Tashi. The tour was flexible which I loved and I got to see some things that I was interested in that weren’t listed as being part of the tour such as archery and darts. Thank you Karma & Tashi.

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  2. Carla18

    I travelled to Asia in February 2020 and in March beginning I went to Bhutan by this agency. The trip was wonderful, beautiful country and good vibes. my guide, a smart and kind woman, Jangsem Dema and the driver were very nice with me. showed me wonderful places and their culture. Thank you very much πŸ’— love this trip.

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    The flight tends to get fully booked months ahead especially during the peak season. We highly recommend you book flights a few months ahead of your departure date. We can help with the arrangement of flights to and from Bhutan. There are only two airlines operating in and out of Bhutan:

    • Drukair, the national flag carrier of Bhutan ( operates from and to these cities/International Airports: Bangkok, Bagdogra, Bodhgaya, Dhaka, Delhi, Guwahati, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Singapore.
    • Bhutan Airlines, a private airline introduced in 2011 ( operates from and to these cities/International Airport: Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu

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    • Airport pick-up and drop-off time will be coordinated depending on your flight timings
    • For the purpose of processing a visa, you must send us a clear passport copy of all the participants after you book the tour. A whole biodata page including the machine-readable zone must be seen clearly. It can be either scanned or just a mobile photo shot as long as it is clear and legible. Passports should have a validity of at least SIX MONTHS from the day you depart from Bhutan.
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    • Child(ren) below 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
    • All participants between the age of 13 – 18 years old must send us a valid copy of the Student Photo ID Card/document after booking the tour.
    • All our tour guides speak very fluent English. Guides speaking other major languages (Chinese, Japanese, French & German) can be arranged at an additional fee of $120 per day.
    • You must let us know prior to your arrival if you have any dietary restrictions/preference.

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