5 Nights / 6 Days Bhutan Tour

Duration: 6 Days

This 6-day-long Bhutan tour is the perfect introduction to the mystical and mountainous Dragon kingdom. The tour takes you to the stunning Western Valleys of Bhutan with views of the fantastic and ever-changing landscapes and lets you take a dip in the Bhutanese Buddhist culture, and experience Bhutanese hospitality. 

This cultural tour of Bhutan is perfect for those who have a limited time at hand and want an introductory tour of Bhutan. Once we arrive at Paro International airport, we will drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The second day of the tour is spent sightseeing in Thimphu. We hike to the Chagri Monastery, which is almost 500 years old. Other highlights of sightseeing tour in Thimphu include Memorial Chorten, Mino Zoo, National Library, Sangaygang View Point, and Kuenselcholing hilltop.

The next highlight of our 6-day-long Bhutan Tour of Bhutan is the journey to Punakha Valley, which requires crossing the 3050m high Dochula Pass. We follow the spectacular Himalayan views into the Punakha valley where you visit the ancient Punakha Dzong, and temple of the ‘’Divine Madman’’, Chimi Lhakhang among other historical sites. Finally, we drive back to Paro, and before catching our flight back home, we spend a day sightseeing in Paro. We hike up to the popular Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). We also visit other historical sites while in Paro-Ta Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang temple, Rinpung Dzong, and Drugyel Dzong.

Adventure Club Trek has been organizing treks and tours to Bhutan since 2008. Our representatives in Bhutan make sure your trip is safe, comfortable and enjoyable for a longer cultural tour in Bhutan, we offer Bhutan Cultural Tour with Bumthang Trek Three Days-12 Days. For our complete list of tours and Treks in Bhutan, click here.

 

Trip Highlights:

  •  Sightseeing in Thimphu-Chagri Monastery, Memorial Chorten, Mini Zoo, National Library, Sangaygang View Point and Kuenselcholing hilltop. Exploring Thimphu market.
  • Crossing Docha La ( Pass) at 3050m.
  • Hiking up to Takstang Monastery
  • Picturesque Bhutanese countryside, Himalayan landscape, flora and fauna, and Bhutanese hospitality.
  • Sightseeing in Punakha and Paro. Visiting centuries old forts, palaces and monasteries, the likes of Punakha Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang temple, Chimi Lhakhang temple, Rinpung Dzong, and Drugyel Dzong among many others.
  • Flight from kathmandu to Paro with views of some of the highest mountains in the world including Mt. Everest.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrive in Paro and drive to Thimpu (2,320m) : 50 km, 1 hour drive
  • Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing (2,320m)
  • Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (2,320m) : 75km, 3 hours drive
  • Day 04: Thimphu to Paro via Wangdi (2,250m) : 127 km, 4 hours
  • Day 05: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Tiger's Nest)
  • Day 06: Transfer to airport for final departure
  • Day 01: Arrive in Paro and drive to Thimpu (2,320m) : 50 km, 1 hour drive

    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 Himalayan Glacier 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

  • Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing (2,320m)

    The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built-in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. We will make a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang. Then we will visit Takin preservation which has the national animal of Bhutan. On the way, we will visit the Royal Textile Academy. After lunch, we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, around 5:00 pm the seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan).
    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (2,320m) : 75km, 3 hours drive

    Today, we drive to Punakha. The drive to Punakha is a pleasant one; through fir, rhododendron and hemlock forest. Enroute our main destination, Punakha, we visit the village of Metshina. The village houses Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to the ‘’Divine Madman’’ or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Once in Punakha, we head towards Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. The chorten is located in the upper Punakha Valley. It is a scenic short hike to the chorten. Explore the magnificent paintings on display related to Buddhism. We also visit the second oldest and second-largest Dzong in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong. It is located where two rivers Mo Chu and Pho Chu meet. We then return to Thimphu for a good night’s sleep.
    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included


  • Day 04: Thimphu to Paro via Wangdi (2,250m) : 127 km, 4 hours

    We drive to Paro today. It is a pleasant ride; first through Wangdi and then we pass Dochula Pass. Here the eastern Himalayan peaks greet us. We then pass by Simtokha, a small town. From here we follow Wang Chu River till Chuzom then continue our drive alongside Paro Chu River.
    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 05: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Tiger's Nest)

    After breakfast, we hike for 4 to 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 the Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor.
    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 06: Transfer to airport for final departure

    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.
    Breakfast Included

    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.

Cost Includes

  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance
  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • Government-approved A and B category hotels on a twin- shared basis
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the tour
  • Safe drinking water will be supplied during the tour
  • Transportation in a comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Cost Excludes

  • Entry Visa fees - at present $30 for 15 days, US$ 50 for 30 days
  • Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, bar bills, internet, laundry)
  • Travel and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

Bhutan Travel FAQS

1. When is the best time to visit Bhutan?

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.

2. Do I need a visa for Bhutan? How can I obtain a visa for Bhutan?

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.

3. What documents will you provide that I have to take with me to Bhutan?

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.

4. How to enter Bhutan?

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.

5. Can I have a private tour?

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.

6. How much does the visa cost?

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.

7. Is it safe to drink tap water in Bhutan?

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.

8. Do I have to worry about altitude sickness in Bhutan?

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.

11. What’s the food like in Bhutan?

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.

12. What are the accommodations like?

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.

13. What is the electricity supply in Bhutan and what plugs are used?

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.

14. Are there internet facilities for foreign travelers?

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.

15. Can we smoke in Bhutan?

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.

16. What currency shall I carry?

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.

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-88
  • Trip Duration 6 Days
  • Destination Bhutan
  • Trip Difficulty Leisure Holidays
  • Trip Style Hotel
  • Accomodation Standard hotels
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