Bhutan Short Tour - 3 Days

Bhutan
Thimpu
Bhutan
Duration3 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude3120 M
ActivitiesTours
Group Size2
StartsParo
EndsParo
Best TimeRound of the year

Discover the enchanting beauty of Bhutan with a 2 Nights 3 Days tour, immersing yourself in the cultural and natural wonders of Thimphu and Paro. This short yet comprehensive tour offers a perfect blend of historical sites, scenic landscapes, and unique cultural experiences, ideal for travelers looking to explore Bhutan's highlights in a limited time.

Start your journey in Paro, home to Bhutan’s only international airport and surrounded by majestic mountains. Paro is renowned for its traditional architecture, vibrant markets, and significant landmarks like the Paro Dzong, a stunning fortress and monastery. Another must-see is the National Museum of Bhutan, housed in an ancient watchtower and offering insights into Bhutanese history and culture.

Next, venture to Thimphu, the bustling capital city nestled in the Himalayas. Thimphu blends modernity with tradition, providing a unique glimpse into Bhutanese life. Visit iconic attractions such as the Tashichho Dzong, a grand Buddhist monastery and fortress, and the Buddha Dordenma, a towering statue overlooking the valley. Thimphu is also the perfect place to experience local culture through its vibrant markets, where you can find handcrafted goods, traditional clothing, and delicious local cuisine.

Throughout your 2 Nights 3 Days Bhutan tour, you will be enchanted by the serene landscapes, from lush valleys to snow-capped peaks. The warm hospitality of the Bhutanese people and their commitment to preserving their rich cultural heritage make this journey truly unforgettable.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or cultural explorer, this tour offers a compact yet rich experience of Bhutan’s essence. The tour is designed for easy travel, with comfortable accommodations and guided tours ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable trip.

Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty and spiritual ambiance of Bhutan. Book your 2 Nights 3 Days Bhutan tour today and discover why this Himalayan kingdom is known as the Last Shangri-La.

Highlights

Thimphu:

  • Tashichho Dzong: This impressive fortress and monastery, also known as the "Fortress of the Glorious Religion," serves as the administrative and religious center of Bhutan. It houses the throne room and offices of the king, as well as various government offices.
  • Buddha Dordenma: A massive bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni that stands 169 feet tall, overlooking the Thimphu Valley. This iconic statue is filled with over 125,000 smaller Buddha statues, making it a significant pilgrimage site.
  • Memorial Chorten: Built in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, this stupa is a center of daily worship for many Bhutanese people. It’s a place of serenity and devotion.
  • National Library: Home to a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, the National Library offers a glimpse into Bhutan's rich literary heritage and religious traditions.
  • Folk Heritage Museum: This museum provides insight into the traditional Bhutanese way of life, showcasing rural life, artifacts, and local customs through interactive exhibits and preserved structures.
  • Weekend Market: A bustling marketplace where locals and tourists alike can explore a variety of goods, from fresh produce to handmade crafts and textiles, offering a true taste of Bhutanese culture.

Paro:

  • Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong): An iconic fortress-monastery that exemplifies Bhutanese architecture. It’s an important religious and administrative center, offering stunning views of the Paro Valley.
  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang Monastery): Perched on a cliffside 900 meters above the Paro Valley, this sacred site is one of Bhutan’s most famous landmarks. It’s believed to be the meditation site of Guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan.
  • National Museum of Bhutan: Located in the ancient Ta Dzong building, the museum houses a vast collection of Bhutanese art, artifacts, and historical items, providing deep insights into Bhutan’s cultural heritage.
  • Kyichu Lhakhang: One of the oldest and most revered temples in Bhutan, believed to have been built in the 7th century. It holds significant religious importance and is a key pilgrimage site.
  • Drukgyel Dzong: These picturesque ruins of a fortress built to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders offer a window into the country’s storied past and strategic military history.
  • Paro Valley: Renowned for its stunning landscapes, terraced fields, and serene environment. The valley is perfect for nature walks, photography, and soaking in the beauty of Bhutanese countryside.
Itinerary
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Welcome to Bhutan! Your journey begins with your arrival at Paro International Airport, where you will be greeted by your local guide. As you step out of the airport, you'll be surrounded by the stunning scenery of Paro Valley, nestled among towering Himalayan peaks.

After a brief orientation, embark on a picturesque drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, offering breathtaking views of lush valleys, terraced fields and traditional Bhutanese villages along the way. You’ll also cross the iconic Tachog Lhakhang Iron Bridge, which provides a glimpse into Bhutan's architectural ingenuity.

Upon arrival in Thimphu, check into your hotel and freshen up. Spend the evening exploring the city at your own pace. You might want to visit the lively Clock Tower Square, browse through the local markets, or simply stroll through the streets to soak in the atmosphere of this unique capital. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant, where you can savor authentic Bhutanese cuisine.

Max Altitude: 2320m Accommodation: HotelDuration: 1 hr 30 min

Start your day with a hearty breakfast before heading out to explore Thimphu’s main attractions. Begin with a visit to the Buddha Dordenma, an enormous statue of Shakyamuni Buddha that stands majestically atop a hill, offering panoramic views of the Thimphu Valley.

Next, visit the Tashichho Dzong, a splendid fortress and monastery that houses the throne room and offices of the King of Bhutan. This architectural marvel is also home to the central monastic body.

Continue your tour with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in honor of the third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. This chorten is a popular spot for locals who come here to pray and meditate.

After a traditional Bhutanese lunch, drive back to Paro. On arrival, check into your hotel and relax. In the evening, visit the Rinpung Dzong, a fortress-monastery that offers insights into Bhutanese history and culture. Enjoy a leisurely dinner and spend the night in Paro.

Meals: B/L/DAccommodation: Hotel

On your final day, start with breakfast at your hotel. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time to explore Paro further. Consider a quick visit to the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in Bhutan, believed to date back to the 7th century.

After your morning exploration, your guide will escort you to Paro International Airport for your departure flight. As you leave this beautiful Himalayan kingdom, take with you unforgettable memories of Bhutan’s serene landscapes, rich culture, and warm hospitality.

Safe travels and we hope to see you again on another Bhutanese adventure!

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Included
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and departure transfers between Paro International Airport and your hotel in Thimphu and Paro.
  • Transportation: Comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle for all sightseeing and transfers as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation: Two nights of accommodation in well-appointed hotels in Thimphu and Paro.
  • Meals: Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as specified in the itinerary (B/L/D).
  • Guided Tours: Professional English-speaking guide for sightseeing tours in Thimphu and Paro.
  • Sightseeing: Entrance fees to all monuments and attractions mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Local Experiences: Cultural experiences, such as visiting monasteries, dzongs, and traditional markets.
  • 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.

Please note that the inclusions and exclusions may vary depending on the tour operator and specific package details. Be sure to review the inclusions and exclusions carefully before booking your Bhutan short tour.

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!