Bhutan, also known as ‘’’Druk Yul’’ (meaning the Land of the Thunder Dragon in Bhutanese), is a country where the ancient traditions and religions of the Buddhists are still intact. The country has become travelers’ favorite due to its richness in culture and history, and heart-warming hospitality. This five-day-long Bhutan Druk Yul Tour is an opportunity to explore the magnificent country of Bhutan in a short period. We visit major landmarks in the capital city Thimphu including King’s Memorial Chorten and Tashichho Dzong. Then, we will explore the National Library that houses priceless Buddhist manuscripts.
Learning about the ancient method of healing and herbal medicine while in the Traditional Institute of Medicine is an informative period of the trip. Bhutan Druk Yul Tour also takes you to Thangka Painting School where you can see students learn the art of painting thangka. We then drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan where we visit Punakha Dzong, KhamsumYulley Namgyal Chorten and blend in with the locals while strolling the Punakha market.
In Paro, we hike up to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) hanging on to the edge of a cliff. It is the major attraction in Bhutan, and a must-visit the site. Also, we explore other attractions in the city including Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. Want to explore Bhutan even better? Adventure Club Trek offers a very convenient but exciting Bhutan Cultural Tour with Three days Bumthang Trek- 12 Days itinerary which takes you sightseeing in Thimphu and Paro, and gives you the opportunity to trek for three days in this secluded country.
As your flight nears Bhutan, you can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Adventure Club Trek who will take you to your hotel in Thimphu for a good night's sleep. However, if your flight arrives early and you want to visit a few places in Thimphu then it can be arranged too.
Overnight at hotel. Dinner Included
Today, the whole day will be spent exploring the major landmarks of the capital city. We start our planned tour after a delicious locally prepared breakfast.
Summary of the day:
King’s Memorial Chorten: Also known as Thimphu Chorten, King’s Memorial Chorten is a stupa built-in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo ( Bhutanese King), Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Located in the southern-central part of the city, the chorten is an eye-catcher with its golden spires and bells. People are praying, and performing ceremonies is a common site here.
National Library:: Established in 1967, the National Library of Bhutan houses documents, manuscripts, old records, letters, and approximately seven thousand important photographs. It was built to preserve and promote the rich cultural and religious heritage of Bhutan.
Traditional Institute of Medicine:: For centuries, it has been a source of herbal remedies. The institute has been making medicines from medicinal plants that come from the remote parts of the Himalayas and distributing it to healthcare unit around the country
National Institute for ZorigChusum: : Famous as ‘the painting school,’ it teaches students the 13 traditional arts of Bhutan like thangka painting, wood carving, statue making and embroidery among others. It also offers the art created by the students at a reasonable price.
TashichhoDzong: : Built by the first Dharma Raja, TashichhoDzong has been the seat of the Druk Desi since 1907. It houses thirty temples, shrines and chapels. After sightseeing, we drive to Punakha. It is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes of the pleasant drive along the National Hwy. En route we make a brief stop at Dochulapass(3,050m) and if the weather favors we catch a glimpse of the beautiful Himalayas including Mt. Masanggang(7,158m), the highest peak in Bhutan.
Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Today, we explore Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. One of the main attractions of the city is the Punakha Dzong which is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan. Built-in 1637-38 by the first Zhabdrung Rinpoche, Ngawang Namgyal, it was the administrative center until 1955. The sacred relics of the Southern Kagyu School including the Ranjung Kasarpani and the sacred remains of Zhabdrug Ngawang, Namgyal and Terton Padma Lingpa are preserved in the Dzong. Partially destroyed, and it is expected to be rebuilt by 2021.
Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
After breakfast, we hike for around 4 -5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor and drive back to Paro.
Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Today we leave the Land of the Thunder Dragon. A representative from Adventure Club Trek for Bhutan will drop you off at the airport according to your flight schedule.
Tour Departure Note. This tour can be undertaken round the year for any independent travelers according to their chosen traveling dates as private departures. Should you wish the tour can be easily customized as per your interest. Contact us with your requirements.
Every season has its own charm. But, the most popular time to visit Bhutan is autumn and spring seasons which fall on the month from September -November, and March-May respectively. The weather is warmer and skies are clearer on this season and many of the dramatic festivals fall on this period.
Bhutan Visa is essential for every foreigner who is planning to enter Bhutan. The visa has to be processed by local tour operators, such as our company Adventure Club Trek. No foreign mission or embassy abroad grants a tourist visa. For the visa, a passport is required which must be valid for at least 6 months after you leave Bhutan. The Druk Air allows boarding only if it has got your visa clearance from the Bhutan Government.
Visa confirmation letter: We will organize your visa for Bhutan prior to the start of your trip. For the visa procedure, you have to send us two passport size color photographs and a color copy of your passport.
Itinerary: Please take a copy of your tour itinerary with you.
There are a number of airports where you can fly into Bhutan from. At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines.
By Air the Entry Points are:
Bangkok to Paro.
Dhaka to Paro.
Katmandu to Paro.
Kolkata to Paro.
Delhi to Paro.
Singapore to Paro.
By Land, the Entry Points are:
Also, there are three land border crossings in which you can travel into the kingdom overland. All crossings are along the Indian border only - Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar.
Bagdogra to Phuntsholing.
Bagdogra to Gelephu.
Guwahati to Samdrup Jongkhar.
Note: Exit can also be done through the same Entry Points.
Sure. We can arrange a private tour. We also organize private tours as per the demand. We have been flexible as per the wish of our customer and will be in the coming days also.
The visa fee for foreign travelers is US$ 40. The fee can be paid in advance to your tour operator or travel agent. For Indian Passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and people from the Maldives, there is no cost incurred.
Tap water is not considered safe for drinking and also ice cubes should be avoided. Mineral water is easily available throughout the country (but make sure that seal is not broken). At the same time, it is better to go with a trusted brand rather than picking the local brands.
The altitude in Bhutan is higher than many people are habituated to. Although many people might not have any problem adjusting, altitude sickness may be a problem for a few ones. If visitors do some simple preparations before leaving for Bhutan, most of the symptoms of altitude sickness can be avoided. Being healthy and in good shape, before you arrive in Bhutan will help greatly. It is also recommended that you talk to your local doctor about AMS and medicines in case of an emergency.
9. Can I use my credit cards in Bhutan?
Credit cards are not accepted in Bhutan generally. But, there is some handicraft shop that accepts credit cards while purchasing goods.
10. Are there ATM s counter in Bhutan?
ATM facility has recently been opened in Bhutan, but it is available for the local people only for the time being.
The most unique feature of Bhutanese cuisine is its sharp taste. Chillis are an important ingredient of nearly every plate and are considered so essential that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy. Rice forms the main body of most Bhutanese meals. It comes with one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Beef, Pork, and Chicken are the meats that are taken most frequently. A wide range of western and Indian cuisine is also accessible in many of the restaurants across the country.
Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B, and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels located throughout the globe. Western Bhutan (Thimpu, Paro, Wangdue and Punakha)has the best hotels but as you head to eastern and central regions, the quality decreases a little bit. All the hotels/lodges/guest houses in western Bhutan have pretty good electrical heating systems. While the hotels in the central and eastern part of Bhutan have wood-stoves for heating.
240 volts AC – Flat round 2-pin plugs are most common and a universal adapter is an important travel item. Power cuts are quite frequent in central and eastern Bhutan while western Bhutan has a stable power supply.
Bhutan's main and only Internet Service Provider (ISP) is Druknet, owned by Bhutan Telecom. It provides a dial-up service, at a reasonable cost. There are several internet cafes and communication centers in the Thimphu and other various parts of the country. Tourists only need to find a place they are most comfortable with to use the facilities to keep in touch with home. E-mail and Internet services are also offered by hotels.
The sale of tobacco products is banned throughout the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. However, smoking in Bhutan is not banned but acting without an import receipt issued by the Department of Revenue and Customs is banned. Therefore, if you wish to smoke in Bhutan you can carry cigarettes up to 200 pieces with you but duty has to be paid for them and also can smoke only on private zones like room or residence. It is recommended to smoke only on claimed zone otherwise it will be considered a crime if you smoke on prohibited areas like public places and offices and may even have to go jail for 3months also.
Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. Most currencies are exchanged by banks here. The most commonly accepted currencies are Ngultrum, US dollars, and Indian rupees. However Indian notes in 500 and 1000 denominations are not acceptable. Most handicraft shops accept the US dollar. You can even exchange currencies in some local shops. They give you a better exchange rate than the banks.