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Bhutan Classic Tour: Thimpu/Punakha - 7 nights/ 8 days

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Bhutan a small kingdom is situated in the Eastern Himalayas, bordered by Tibet in the North, Sikkim in the West, Indian States of Arunachal Pradesh  in the East and Bengal and Assam, the fabulous lands of tea gardens, in the South. Bhutan is land of drastic contrast  18,000 sq. miles nestled in the hearts of the Himalaya with many snow caped mountain peaks. In the North, one will find glacier melt rivers cascading down steep granite slopes which water lush the valleys and pass through  the tropical jungle near the border of India.  



Temperature is varying with altitude, so, warm clothing is advised for unpredictable conditions. Generally Spring is warm (20° - 25° c. aprox.). There is light monsoon rain fall in the summer ((22° - 28° c. aprox.). The Autumns is warm but night is chilly (17° - 27° c. aprox.), The Winter is cold (bellow 0° - 8° c. aprox.) with snow in the mountains. The monsoon season usually is May through August. The above temperature is day time measurement.


Culture and Religion:


Bhutan has been influenced by the two of the world’s great religions,  Buddhism from Tibet and Hinduism from India. It happened because of centuries old trade to the North, Tibet and to the South, India.  Mainly Buddhism is practiced except few places to the South bordering India.


Himaland partnering with Bhutan counter agent, has been organizing package holiday Bhutan trips for individuals and groups to/fro Kathmandu, a very good transit point to combine Nepal and Bhutan trip.

Contact us for more details and booking. 

Trip Highlights

Trip Type: Tour
Grade: Easy
Season: Summer, Winter and Spring
Elevation: Max. 3100 m.
Group Size: 2 pax to 21 pax
Trip Departure Date: Date of your choice
Confirmed Group Member/s Min. 2 pax
Price: Reasonable, Contact us
Best Months: Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct and Nov

Day 01 : Arrive by Druk air A 319, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountain and landscape. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by ITT members. Afternoon / evening time at leisure. Overnight Kichu Resort.

Day 02 : Paro Sightseeing - visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the  Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the dzong. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short  walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks. Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Return to Kichu Resort.

Day 03 : Drive to Thimphu (1 & 1/2hrs). Upon arrival check into Hotel River view or similar. PM sightseeing - Visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market.

Day 04 : AM visit the Painting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. PM drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong and the market area. Overnight at Wangdi Kichu Resort.

Day 05 : Day excursion to the Gangtey Gompa valley at an altitude of 2800 meters. The only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan is located here. This beautiful valley is also home to the rare Black Necked Cranes migrating from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. Currently there are 200 to 300 cranes residing in this valley and the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) is taking every measure to ensure the safety of the Cranes. While the cranes reside in the winter valley for 4/5 months the village folks are not allowed to make loud noises or fish in the river that runs through the valley. Explore the fascinating glacier valley and return to the Resort.

Day 06 : AM drive 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Drive 3 hours to Thimphu for lunch and proceed 2 hours to Paro via visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. It now serves as a Buddhist university. Overnight Kichu Resort.

Day 07 : Day hike to the Taktsang monastery. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 3/4 hours through pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint mediated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Stroll back to Resort. Evening at leisure.

Day 08 : Transfer to airport  for flight back to Kathmandu or onward destinations.

*Note: For detailed itinerary description contact us.
  • Full board package on twin share accommodation,
  • All airport transfers, ground transport  s/seeing,
  • English speaking guide as per the itinerary.
  • Bhutan visa and entrance fees.
  • Airfare and airport tax,
  • Bar bills, Laundry,
  • Insurance and rescue costs,
  • Tips and other expenses of personal nature