6 Days Bhutan Tour: Explore Paro, Thimphu, Punakha & Wangdue

Duration6 Days
Trip GradeEasy
ActivitiesTours
Group Size2
StartsParo
EndsParo
Best TimeRound of the Year

Explore the enchanting beauty and rich cultural heritage of Bhutan with our 6-day tour, covering the iconic destinations of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Wangdue. This immersive journey offers a perfect blend of natural landscapes, ancient monasteries, and vibrant local culture, ensuring an unforgettable experience for travelers of all ages.

Begin your adventure in Paro, where you'll be captivated by the breathtaking scenery of the Paro Valley, surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks. Visit the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery, perched precariously on a cliffside, and delve into the spiritual significance of this sacred site.

Next, journey to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, where modernity meets tradition in a harmonious blend. Explore bustling markets, visit ancient temples and monasteries, and immerse yourself in the unique culture of the Bhutanese people.

Continue your exploration to Punakha, a historic town nestled amidst lush valleys and terraced fields. Discover the majestic Punakha Dzong, an architectural masterpiece situated at the confluence of two rivers, and learn about its rich history and cultural significance.

Venture further to Wangdue, a picturesque district known for its scenic beauty and traditional way of life. Explore quaint villages, visit local markets, and marvel at the stunning landscapes of this hidden gem in Bhutan.

Throughout your journey, you'll be accompanied by knowledgeable guides who will share insights into Bhutan's history, culture, and traditions. Indulge in delicious Bhutanese cuisine, sample local delicacies, and experience the warm hospitality of the Bhutanese people.

Whether you're exploring ancient monasteries, trekking through pristine forests, or simply soaking in the tranquility of the Himalayan landscape, our 6-day Bhutan tour promises a truly enriching and unforgettable experience. So pack your bags and get ready to embark on a journey of discovery and adventure in the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

Top Highlights

  • Tiger's Nest Monastery (Paro): Perched dramatically on a cliffside, this iconic monastery offers breathtaking views and a glimpse into Bhutan's spiritual heritage.
  • Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong): A majestic fortress-monastery overlooking the Paro Valley, renowned for its intricate architecture and vibrant festivals.
  • National Museum of Bhutan (Ta Dzong, Paro): Explore Bhutan's rich cultural history through an extensive collection of artifacts, paintings, and religious relics.
  • Buddha Dordenma (Thimphu): Marvel at the colossal statue of Buddha overlooking Thimphu, offering panoramic views of the valley below.
  • Tashichho Dzong (Thimphu): The seat of Bhutan's government and religious affairs, known for its grandeur, architectural beauty, and vibrant festivals.
  • Memorial Chorten (Thimphu): A revered Buddhist stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity, frequented by locals and pilgrims alike.
  • Punakha Dzong: Situated at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers, this ancient fortress-monastery is a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture and a symbol of unity.
  • Chimi Lhakhang (Punakha): Also known as the "Temple of Fertility," this unique temple is adorned with phallic symbols and is believed to bless couples with fertility and good fortune.
  • Wangdue Phodrang Dzong (Wangdue): Explore the ruins of this historic fortress-monastery, offering panoramic views of the Wangdue Phodrang Valley.
  • Local Markets: Experience the vibrant colors and bustling atmosphere of local markets in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Wangdue, where you can shop for traditional handicrafts, textiles, and souvenirs.
Itinerary
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Your Bhutan adventure begins as you touch down at Paro International Airport, surrounded by the majestic Himalayan peaks. After completing immigration formalities, you'll be greeted by your guide who will accompany you throughout your journey. Take a scenic drive to your hotel in Paro, enjoying panoramic views of lush valleys and traditional Bhutanese architecture along the way. Upon arrival, check-in and take some time to rest and acclimatize to the altitude. In the afternoon, embark on a leisurely stroll around Paro town, exploring its quaint streets and visiting local markets. Dinner will be served at your hotel, where you can sample delicious Bhutanese cuisine and prepare for the adventures ahead.

Max Altitude: 2,250 m Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast, depart for Thimphu, the vibrant capital city of Bhutan. The scenic drive takes you through winding mountain roads, offering breathtaking views of terraced fields and pristine forests. Upon arrival, visit the National Memorial Chorten, a revered Buddhist stupa built in memory of the third king of Bhutan. Next, explore the Changangkha Lhakhang, an ancient temple perched on a hilltop overlooking the city. After lunch, delve into Bhutan's rich cultural heritage at the Folk Heritage Museum and the National Textile Museum. In the evening, take a leisurely stroll along the Thimphu River or visit the bustling local markets. Dinner and overnight stay in Thimphu.

Max Altitude: 2,320 m Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. En route, stop at the Dochula Pass, where you can admire panoramic views of the Himalayas and visit the Druk Wangyal Chortens. Continue your journey to Punakha, passing through lush forests and picturesque valleys. Upon arrival, visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong, an architectural masterpiece set against the backdrop of the Mo Chhu River. After lunch, explore the charming town of Wangdue and visit the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, perched on a ridge overlooking the Punatsangchhu River. In the evening, return to Thimphu for dinner and overnight stay.

Max Altitude: 1,310 m Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast, bid farewell to Thimphu and embark on a scenic drive back to Paro. Along the way, stop at the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in Bhutan, and the Tamchog Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the revered saint Thangtong Gyalpo. Upon arrival in Paro, visit the Paro Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower that now houses the National Museum of Bhutan, showcasing Bhutanese art, artifacts, and cultural heritage. After lunch, explore the quaint streets of Paro town and visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in Bhutan. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel and reminisce about your Bhutanese adventures.

Max Altitude: 2,250 m Accommodation: Hotel

Today is dedicated to exploring the highlights of Paro. After breakfast, embark on an excursion to the iconic Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest. Perched on a cliffside overlooking the Paro Valley, this sacred site is a symbol of Bhutanese spirituality and a must-visit destination. The hike to the monastery takes about 2-3 hours, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. After visiting the monastery, descend back to Paro and spend the afternoon at leisure. You can explore the local markets, visit nearby temples, or simply relax and enjoy the serene surroundings. Dinner and overnight stay in Paro.

Max Altitude: 2,250 m Accommodation: Hotel

Depart ParoAfter breakfast, bid farewell to the enchanting kingdom of Bhutan as you transfer to Paro International Airport for your onward journey. Take with you cherished memories of your Bhutan adventure, the warm hospitality of its people, and the breathtaking beauty of its landscapes. As you fly back home, reflect on the unique experiences and cultural treasures you discovered in the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

Max Altitude: 2,250 m
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Included

Airport Transfers: Arrival and departure transfers between Paro International Airport and your hotel.

Transportation: Comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle for all sightseeing and transfers as per the itinerary.

Accommodation: Five nights of accommodation in well-appointed hotels in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.

Meals: Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner as specified in the itinerary (B/L/D).

Guided Tours: Professional English-speaking guide for sightseeing tours in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangdue.

Sightseeing: Entrance fees to all monuments and attractions mentioned in the itinerary.

Cultural Experiences: Visits to cultural sites such as temples, dzongs, and museums, providing insights into Bhutanese history and traditions.

Taxes: All applicable government taxes and service charges.

Excluded
  • Airfare: International flights to and from Paro International Airport.
  • Visa Fees: Bhutanese visa fees and processing charges.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, telephone calls, beverages, and gratuities.
  • Optional Activities: Any optional activities or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance coverage for the duration of the trip.
  • Additional Meals: Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary or specified as included.
  • Medical Expenses: Any medical treatments or medications required during the tour.
  • Tips: Gratuities for guides, drivers, and hotel staff are not included and are at your discretion.
Essential Information

Important Notes

  • Visa Requirement: All travelers to Bhutan must obtain a visa before arrival. Visa applications are processed by licensed Bhutanese tour operators, and a visa clearance letter must be obtained prior to travel.
  • Minimum Daily Package: Bhutan has a "Minimum Daily Package" requirement for all tourists, which includes accommodation, meals, transportation, and a licensed guide. This daily fee varies depending on the season and group size.
  • Sustainable Tourism: Bhutan is committed to sustainable tourism and environmental conservation. Visitors are encouraged to respect local customs, traditions, and the natural environment during their stay.
  • Altitude Sickness: Some areas of Bhutan, especially in the Himalayan regions, are at high altitudes. Travelers should be aware of the risk of altitude sickness and take necessary precautions, such as acclimatizing gradually and staying hydrated.
  • Cultural Etiquette: Bhutan has a rich cultural heritage, and visitors should be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly when visiting religious sites, remove shoes before entering temples, and refrain from taking photos of religious ceremonies without permission.
  • Trekking Permits: Trekking in Bhutan requires a permit, which must be obtained through a licensed tour operator. Certain trekking routes also require a minimum number of participants and a certified guide.
  • Currency: The currency of Bhutan is the Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN), which is pegged to the Indian Rupee (INR). Credit cards are not widely accepted, so it's advisable to carry sufficient cash in Ngultrum or Indian Rupees.
  • Health Precautions: Travelers should ensure they are up-to-date on routine vaccinations before traveling to Bhutan. It's also advisable to carry a basic medical kit and any necessary medications, as some remote areas may have limited access to healthcare facilities.
  • Weather: Bhutan experiences a diverse climate, ranging from subtropical in the south to alpine in the north. The best time to visit is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and dry.
  • Travel Insurance: It's recommended to purchase travel insurance before your trip to Bhutan, covering medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and evacuation in case of emergencies.

Remember to check the latest travel advisories and regulations before planning your trip to Bhutan. Enjoy your journey to this enchanting Himalayan kingdom!