6 Nights 7 Days Bhutan Tour

Duration: 7 Days

This 6 Nights 7 Days Bhutan Tour gives you a personal introduction of the last Himalayan Kingdom often also called the ‘The Last Shangri La’.The carbon-neutral Buddhist country has some of the oldest Dzongs, monasteries, and temples and jaw-droppingly beautiful Himalayan landscapes. As 70 percent of the country is covered in forests, Bhutan has abundant flora and fauna, which makes it a great escape for nature lovers. In our 6 Nights and 7 Days Bhutan Tour, you become familiar with both the cultural and natural parts of Bhutan.  We kick off the tour with a flight from Kathmandu to Paro and a drive to Thimphu.

Thimphu,  Bhutan’s capital city is thriving with uniqueness. The rise of technology and modernization sits like a poetic contrast in this centuries-old traditionally clad small town. Whether it is the smartphone-carrying Buddhist monks or the huge penis symbols hung outside houses for luck, Thimphu is a truly intriguing destination. It is also among a couple of places in Bhutan where you will find western-style night clubs, cafes, bars and restaurants.

We visit the Chagri Monastery, National Memorial Chorten, Mini Zoo, the National Library, and the Sangaygang View Point among others while in Thimphu. The next highlight is the Punakha Valley. The drive from Thimphu to Punakha valley is a delight in itself. We cross the Dochu La ( pass) and drive across lush, balmy Himalayan landscapes of the valley, and visit a famous fertility temple en route Punakha. While in the Punakha valley, we visit the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and Punakha Dzong. These historical sites are surrounded with extraordinary beauty- the chorten sits on a hillock and the Dzong lies between two rivers.

For our final sightseeing/hiking adventure, we drive back to Paro Valley. Here we hike to the most famous landmark in Bhutan- Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest. We visit a couple of beautiful Dzongs later in the afternoon and conclude the day. We will enjoy the weekend market in Thimphu and Paro if we are there during the weekend. Otherwise, we will visit souvenir shops and other local markets for handicrafts and all sorts of local products.

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 similar but shorter trek, consider Cultural Tour of Bhutan-6 Days and for a longer cultural tour in Bhutan, we offer Bhutan Cultural Tour with Bumthang Trek Three Days-12 Days.

Trip Highlights:

  • Perfect combination of a cultural tour and a natural trip, including a visit to some of the most famous landmarks in Bhutan.
  • Sightseeing tour of the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu and Bhutan’s two other most important cities, Paro and Punakha.
  • A short hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in Paro.
  • Strolling the local markets for handicrafts and unique souvenirs
  •  Visiting Punakha Dzong, Ta Dzong, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Chagri Monastery, Rinpung Dzong, Drugyel Dzong, and Kichu Lhakhang among other historically important landmarks in Bhutan.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Flight to Paro and transfer to Thimphu (2,350m): 50 km, 1 hour
  • Day 02: Sightseeing around Thimphu
  • Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours
  • Day 04: Punakha – Gangtey- Punakha: 164 Km, 5-6 hours
  • Day 05: Punakha Valley to Paro Valley (2,250m) : 132km, 5 hours
  • Day 06: Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery
  • Day 07: Departure from Paro
  • Day 01: Flight to Paro and transfer to Thimphu (2,350m): 50 km, 1 hour

    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: Sightseeing around Thimphu

    After Breakfast, we visit Memorial Chorten (built-in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), nunnery temple, mini zoo to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Today, we also visit other landmarks of Thimphu including the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, the majestic Tashichho Dzong and the traditional paper factory. However, some of the landmarks are closed on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Therefore, if we are in Thimphu during the weekends, we explore the Weekend Market instead.
    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours

    After breakfast we drive to Punakha via Dochu La (Pass), a vantage point to catch the panoramic views of the snow-clad Himalayas. Then, we hike up to Lungchutse Monastery which takes around 2 hours. It is a beautiful trail to the monastery as we walk amidst lush green forest dotted with rhododendrons, crossing few high ridges decorated with colored prayer flags. The views of the Himalaya makes the hike more interesting. After exploring the monastery, we head back to Dochu La. Driving through hemlock, fir and rhododendron forest, we head towards Punakha. On the way, we stop at Metshina Village which houses Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to ‘’Divine Madman’’ or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. The path to the temple is through a rice field and it takes around 20 minutes to reach there.
    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 04: Punakha – Gangtey- Punakha: 164 Km, 5-6 hours

    After breakfast drive to Gangtey. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang, which includes: visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong (from outside) built-in 1638. 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 an auspicious sign, representing the spread of the Buddhist religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Drive further to Gangtey. While in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Gompa. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. After lunch, explore the valley. After sightseeing drive back towards Punakha
    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 05: Punakha Valley to Paro Valley (2,250m) : 132km, 5 hours

    After breakfast, we begin our drive to the Paro valley. In Paro, we visit Rinpung Dzong which means “fortress made from a heap of jewels."We will also visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and Drugyal Dzong, built-in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s.
    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 06: Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery

    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 07: Departure from Paro

    Today concludes your 6 nights 7 days Bhutan Tour. Bid farewell to your guide and other tour mates. 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, beverages, 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-83
  • Trip Duration 7 Days
  • Destination Bhutan
  • Trip Difficulty Leisure Holidays
  • Trip Style Hotel
  • Accomodation Standard hotels
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