The hidden treats of Bhutan in 7 days
The Land of the Thunder Dragon. The Hidden Kingdom. The Roof of the World. No travel destination on earth is more remote—or more beautiful—than Bhutan. Nestled in the high Himalayas, this tiny kingdom fiercely protects its traditional ways of life, and guards its isolation like no other country (Bhutan had no roads until 1962, and no television until 1999). This unique tour offers the rare chance to discover a secret world, explore ancient monasteries, and experience pristine Buddhist culture as it has existed since time immemorial. Unadulterated by modernity, the Bhutanese landscape consists of dense forests, shimmering glaciers, and crystalline rivers flowing through lush green meadows. If you've always wanted to journey to the ends of the earth, there can be no doubt that Bhutan is that place.
Book Early for Bhutan Trips!
Flights between Bangkok and Paro on Druk Air, Bhutan's national airline, sell out four to six months in advance. We recommend you reserve your Bhutan trip as early as possible, so we can secure these flights for you.
Cultural touring, some long drives, optional day hikes (max. elev. 10,178')
- Be one of the lucky few to visit this uniquely isolated kingdom!
- Visit timeless traditional villages tucked away in pristine mountain landscapes
- Explore ancient monasteries and experience Buddhist culture in its most ancient, unadulterated form
Duration: 7 days Start Location: Paro, Bhutan End Location: Paro, BhutanDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro (7,500') – Thimphu (7,600'), Bhutan
Fly to Paro, Bhutan and transfer to Thimphu. The remainder of the day is free to rest and relax.
Day 2 : Thimphu (7,600')
Day hikes to Cheri monastery and Wangdi Tse on the outskirts of Thimphu
Day 3 : Thimphu (7,600') - Punakha (4,100')
Morning tour including visits to the School of Arts and Crafts, Textile Museum, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, and Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon drive across the Dochu La to Punakha.
Day 4 : Punakha (4,100')
Morning visit to Punakha Dzong, with an optional short hike to nearby Chimi Lhakhang.
Day 5 : Punakha (4,100') - Paro (7,600')
Morning drive to Paro. Afternoon visit to the National Museum, housed in an old watchtower above the Paro Dzong. Possible visit to Paro Dzong itself.
Day 6 : Hike to Taktsang Monastery or Dzongdrakha Monastery
Choice of hiking to Taktsang Monastery (the renowned "Tiger's Nest) or to Dzongdrakha, a small monastery and retreat center overlooking the Paro Valley. The rest of the day is free to rest or enjoy some shopping.
Day 7 : Departure
Early morning transfer to the Paro airport for departure on your Druk Air flight to Bangkok.
DATES: Best time to go: September - December Departures: Sep 9 - 15, 2014 Oct 13 - 19, 2014 Nov 8 - 14, 2014 Dec 10 - 16, 2014 Mar 22 - 28, 2015 Apr 13 - 19, 2015 Sep 15 - 21, 2015 Oct 12 - 18, 2015 Dec 11 - 17, 2015
$3,395 per person (2 or more members)
$940 internal airfare – Bangkok/Paro/Bangkok - subject to change (we can help you book your air from Bangkok or elsewhere to Paro on Druk Air)
Druk HotelThimphu, Bhutan
Experience the unique and legendary hospitality of the Bhutanese people at this fine accommodation in the midst of the Himalayas. Located in the heart of the capital city, the hotel is close to shopping, culture, and the bubbling Thimphu River.Thim
Damchen Resort HotelPunakha, Bhutan
This charming hotel on the banks of the Punakha River offers a pleasant stay in a serene atmosphere. Spacious rooms combine modern design with traditional Bhutanese architecture. Surrounded by pine forests but a mere 5-minute walk from town, the Damchen Resort is a convenient oasis.
Zhiwa Ling HotelParo, Bhutan
The Zhiwa Ling combines the sensibilities of a fine Bhutanese guesthouse with the best of modern comforts. Guests can enjoy a traditional outdoor hot-stone bath, a Tea House, a Meditation House, and two restaurants specializing in both contemporary international and classic Bhutanese cuisine.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.