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Highlights
  • Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • Punakha Dzong
  • Trongsa Dzong
  • Black Necked Cranes (winter)
  • Jakar Dzong
  • Ura Valley

Ten days of cultural tours including Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, Gangtey, Jakar, Ura Valley and a half-day hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery. Add a day to this tour and attend a Tshechu (Festival).

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Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Paro, transfer to Thimphu

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Pedling Hotel or similar (Standard)

Visiting: Paro, Thimphu

Upon arrival at the airport and customs your Bhutanese escort will greet you and drive you 1.5 hours through the beautiful Paro valley to Thimphu. You can spend the rest of the evening exploring Thimphu, soaking in the Bhutanese way of life.

Day 2: Tour of Thimphu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Pedling Hotel or similar (Standard)

Visiting: Thimphu

Sightseeing in Thimphu includes a visit to the National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, the School of Thanka Paintings, and the traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts are still practiced. Then visit the Handicrafts Emporium to see the exquisite artistry of traditional crafts and textile then take a stroll through the streets for a little shopping. After lunch, visit the memorial Chorten to His Late Majesty (King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk), who reigned from 1952-1972. Later take a 15 minute drive to Dechenchohhling to witness the gold and silversmiths at work. Finally, visit the Tashichho Dzong (fortress of the Glorious Region) built in 1641 and reconstructed in 1961 using traditional methods without the use of any nails, plans, or paper.

As well as the main sites of Thimphu you can also spend a day hiking to Tango and Cheri, two magnificent monasteries on the edge of the Thimphu valley. Instead you may choose to visit Phajoding monastery with its stunning views over the valley, touring the markets and monasteries that flourish in this uniquely tranquil national capital. Shop for textiles, puppets and paintings that are handcrafted as they have been for centuries.

Day 3:  Drive to Punakha and Tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Dragon Nest Resort or similar (Standard)

Visiting: Thimphu, Punakha Valley

The old capital of Bhutan stands at the confluence of Mo Chhu and Po Chhu rivers. The Punakha Dzong is Bhutan's second oldest, and is arguably the country's most beautiful. Construction of the dzong began in 1637 and was completed the following year. It is more properly called the Pungthang Dechen Phodrang or the Palace of Great Happiness.

Day 4: Drive to Trongsa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Trongsa (Standard)

Visiting: Trongsa

Drive about 6 hours to Trongsa.

Day 5: Tour of Trongsa, Drive to Jakar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Jakar (Standard)

Visiting: Trongsa, Jakar

Visit Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of the royal family and the watch tower, built in 1649. It is now the administrative seat of the district and the home of the monastic school. This architectural wonder was a vigilance point for both eastern and western threats. The watch tower, located directly above the dzong, has on display many interesting armors and other war artifacts used by ancient warriors. Afterwards continue 2.5 hours to Jakar.

Day 6:  Tour of Jakar, Excursion to Ura Valley

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Jakar (Standard)

Visiting: Jakar, Ura Valley

From View Point enjoy the beautiful outlook of Jakar Dzong , also known as the Castle of the White Bird. It was built in 1646 by Minjur Tenpa, the third Druk Dese (temporal ruler). In 1683 it was extended by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay, the fourth Desi.

A full day excursion to Ura Valley. Drive about 2 hours to Ura and take a leisurely stroll through the charming and clustered village. Take your time to visit a beautiful Buddhist Monastery. You will have the opportunity to see yaks grazing in the rich pastureland.

Day 7: Tour of Jakar, Drive to Gangtey

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Gangtey (Standard)

Visiting: Jakar, Gangtey

Visit several ancient and sacred monasteries such as Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Kencho Sum Lhakhang, Tmashing and Pema Samba Lhakhangs. Also visit Member Tso "The flamming Lake", considered one of the most important pilgrimage spots. A trip to the Bumthang Swiss farm is also interesting. Drive for 4 hours to Gangtey.

Day 8: Tour of Gangtey, Drive to Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Olathang or similar (Standard)

Visiting: Gangtey, Paro

Gangtey is a beautiful meadow where you can experience breathtaking views of the Black Mountain range. Phobjikha, the valley stretching boundlessly from the below Gangtey, is the winter habitat of the rare and endangered Black Necked Cranes. Continue towards Paro.

Day 9:  Tour of Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Olathang or similar (Standard)

Visiting: Paro

Visit Ta Dzong, the national museum housed in an ancient watchtower, which has superb antiquities on display. You can see a fine collection of thankas, paintings, textiles, and artifacts.

Hike to Taktsang viewpoint, a superb vantage point that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding granite cliffs and valley. On a clear day, the white dome of the sacred Chomolhari (Mountain of Goddess) can be seen. The Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest monastery, clings to a sheer cliff. Severely damaged in a fire in 1998, the monastery has been completely restored.

Tour Drukgyal Dzong, whose massive ruins offer insight into the unique construction of Bhutan's famous dzongs. The Dzong is also of great historical importance as it was from its ramparts that the Bhutanese repelled Tibetan invaders.

Day 10: Departure

Meals: Breakfast

Visiting: Paro

Transfer to airport for departure.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,495

Price Per Day:

$ 250 per day
 

Discounts

Low Season: There is a discount of $25/person/day during low season: July-August

Children: There is no charge for children aged 5 and younger. Children aged 6 through 12 get a 50% discount when accompanied by an adult.

Students: Full-time students under the age of 20 get a 15% discount if they have a valid identity card from their academic institution.

Budget for extras:

$15-20/person/day for tips for the guide

$10/person/day for tips for the driver

$20/person for donations to monasteries

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours per itinerary
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Qualified local guide speaking fluent English
  • All lodging in 3-star hotels
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee)
  • All entrance fees
  • All transportation in minivans
  • Driver
  • Bhutan visa and Tourism Development Fund (TDF) fee
Trip Excludes
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • International and domestic flights
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Tips for restaurant service
  • Donations at monasteries
  • Personal expenses (Internet, drinks, shopping, etc.)
Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 9 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Start City
Thimphu
End City
Paro
Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be advised in writing. Cancellation of a booking or failure to join a tour will result in a retention of funds by Adventures Within Reach as follows.

61+ days prior to departure: Full deposit retained by AWR (no refund)

60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of total price retained by AWR

30 days - Departure Day / no show: 100% of total price retained by AWR (no refund)

Full Payment Due: 60 days prior to trip

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