5 Nights / 6 Days Tour for Bhutan
Glimpse of Bhutan
This 5 Nights / 6 Days Tour for Bhutan will let you explore across four major districts in Bhutan and famous ancient monasteries with short hiking tours to Tiger’s Nest (Paro) and Tango Cheri Monastery (Thimphu).
6 Days Tour for Bhutan
Day 01. Paro – Thimphu.
Day 02. Thimphu – Punakha.
Day 03. Punakha – Wangdiphodrang – Thimphu.
Day 04. Thimphu – Paro.
Day 05. Paro sightseeing.
Day 06. Departure.
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Detail Itinerary for 6 days Tour for Bhutan
Day 01. Arrive at Paro (2280 meters) – Thimphu (Altitude 2320 m, 54 km):
You will be received by our Representative from Yak Holidays at the airport and drive to Thimphu. On the way, visit the Tamchog Monastery, built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge Builder) in the 15th century.
- Thang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) was a wonder working saint from Tibet who came to Bhutan in 1433 looking for Iron Ore. He built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan, out of which 8 were built in Bhutan. His only surviving bridge is in Duksum (Tashi Yangtse district in Eastern Bhutan).
After lunch at Thimphu, visit the National Postal Museum where you can make instant personalized stamps of your near and dear ones followed by a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The paintings and statues inside the temple provide a very rare insight of Buddhist Philosophy. The Changangkha Monastery, The Takin Preserve and the Sangay Gang view point, the Largest sitting statue of Buddha in Bhutan and the Tashichho Dzong.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 02. Thimphu – Punakha (1310 meters): (72 Km, 3 hrs drive)
After breakfast, drive to Punakha and we stop for a while at Dochula pass with its 108 stupas to view the picturesque Higher Himalayas of Bhutan. And then drive further down and visit the Royal Botanical Garden at Lamperi.
- The Royal Botanical park, also known as the Rhododendron Garden at Lamperi, is about a half a hour drive towards Punakha and Wangdue valleys. The recorded species are the monal pheasants, blood pheasants, musk deer, tiger, leopard, red panda and the leopard cat. A Rhododendron garden with 46 rare species of plants, is the theme of the botanical garden. Located 30 km from capital, the park has numerous view points, a lake and a canteen. At this park, you can indulge yourself amongst these rich biodiversity.
After Lunch, visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal which is situated at the confluence of the Pho Chu (Male River) and the Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. Punakha is still the winter residence of the Je-Khenpo (the spiritual head of Bhutan) and The third King; Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly here in 1952.
After Lunch, excursion to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery. Dinner and overnight in Punatsangchhu Cottages or similar.
In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 03: Punakha – Wangdiphodrang – Thimphu: (Altitude 1310 m, 90 km):
After breakfast, drive to Wangdiphodrang. On the way, visit Chimi Lhakhang also called the “Temple of Fertility”, built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also popularly known as “Divine Mad man” of the 15thcentury.
- Lama Drukpa Kuenley (1455 – 1529) was one of the Bhutan’s Favourite Saints who was born in Tibet, trained at Ralung Monastery and was a contemporary and a disciple of Pema Lingpa. He Travelled throughout Bhutan and Tibet as a Yogi using songs, humour and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings of Salvation through sex. His brother built the Dobji Dzong which is atop a hill on the way from Thimphu to Haa.
Enroute sightseeing includes the Wandiphodrang Dzong which was razed by fire in 2012, and is now in ruins & under construction . The Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong; four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of religion to all the four directions. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers.
After lunch, drive to Thimphu. While in Thimphu, witness the Archery match at Changlimithang stadium. In the evening, free for shopping. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 04: Thimphu – Paro: (Altitude 2320 m, Distance 58 km, Drive Time 1 hour):
After breakfast, visit to the Painting School, famous for carving and free hand art and the Folk Heritage Museum and drive to Paro.
After lunch, visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower for the Paro Dzong, which has been since 1967, converted into the national museum of Bhutan then visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices. From here, take a short walk across a traditional Bhutanese cantilever bridge to one of the many archery grounds to be found in Bhutan. If you are lucky and fortunate enough, you can catch a glimpse of an archery match in action. which is the national sport. In the evening, visit to a traditional Bhutanese farm house to see a typical Bhutanese way of life.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 05. Paro sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m)
After an early breakfast, hike to the Taktsang Monastery which takes approximately 2 hours. The primary Lhakhang (temple) was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop (Governor) of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff 900 meters above the Paro valley. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, the tantric mystic who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tigress, Dorji Drolo, who is believed to be his favourite consort.
In the evening, visit the Drugyel Dzong, the fortress of the victorious Drukpa people, which is now now in ruins, that was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in 1644. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century.
- Srongsen Gampo, the Tibetan king married a Chinese princess, Wenchen in 641. As part of her dowry was a statue called “Jowo” which was an Indian image of the Buddha, Sakyamuni as a small boy. In 659, He decided to build 108 Temples in a single day to pin the Ogress to the earth forever and, at the same time, convert the Tibetan people to Buddhism. 6 of these Temples are in Bhutan, the most prominent of them are Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang and Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. Kichu Lhakhang is said to hold the left foot of the Ogress and Jambay Lhakhang pins the left knee.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 06. Departure (Altitude 2280 m): After breakfast, drive to the Airport and Farewell.
- Hot stone bath.
- Cycling around Paro valley.
- Practice Archery.
- Bhutanese cooking class.
- Bhutanese cultural show featuring various mask dances and folk dances.
- Talk on Gross National Happiness / Buddhism.
- Consulting an Astrologer.
- Practice Dart.
- Performing religious ceremony.
- Marriage ceremonies.
Tour Cost Includes:
a. All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
b. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra.
c. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
d. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
e. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
f. Visa Fee.
g. English speaking Local guide.
i. Bottled water.
Tour Cost Excludes:
a. Drukair fares.
b. Insurance Premiums
c. Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
d. Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
e. Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
f. Personal expenses such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.
How does one get to Bhutan as a tourist? What are the visa procedures?
All visitors require a passport, valid for at least 6 months longer than their journey and an entry visa for Bhutan which must be pre-approved prior to your arrival. Your Bhutan visa will be arranged by your tour operator and all they usually need is a quality scan (or photo) of your passport photo page. Please be sure you carry the same passport that you submitted for your Bhutan visa or you will be denied entry.
Bhutan visas generally cost USD 40 but are sometimes built into your travel package. A visa authority letter is issued after prepayment for your travel arrangements and the actual visa is entered into your passport on arrival at Paro Int’l Airport.
Indians, Bangladeshis and Maldivians don’t need visas to enter Bhutan but a travel permit.
Paro International airport is connected to Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bagdogra, Buddhagaya, Guwahati, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Bangkok and Singapore.
The three land border crossings of Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar from where you can travel overland are along the Indian border in the south.
When you check in at the airport starting in Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi, or Kathmandu you must show your approved visa authority letter for Bhutan (that has been sent to you via email). When you arrive at Paro Int’l airport, all visitors are now required to provide fingerprints and a facial image. It’s a smooth process and you’ll get through quickly.