- Distinct culture and tradition, mainly a culture of modern and ancient Buddhism.
- Enchanting monuments embellished with ancient art and craft.
- World-class hiking trail in Bhutan towards the most iconic monastery Taktsang Lhakhang.
- The spectacular view throughout your journey in Bhutan.
- Several Dzongs, Forts, and monasteries with unique architectural designs display beautiful Bhutanese art.
- Fascinating custom, tradition and mind-boggling history along with bizarre folklore.
- Refreshing journey to the world's first carbon-negative country - Bhutan.
- Exploration of exotic culture in the Land of Thunder Dragon.
This is by far the best Bhutan Tour, Altitude Himalaya has ever been designed. This tour Package is ideal for all the travel junkie who wants a fresh start and refreshment. This 6 days Bhutan tour will provide you with a unique experience where you will explore ancient fortresses, monasteries, temples and jaw-dropping architecture right before your eyes. Bhutan is one of the most mysterious countries, undoubtedly due to its century-old history which is perfectly preserved in the form of majestic architecture and bizarre myths that grab your attention at once.
Bhutan is full of enchanting places where people live in simple harmony with nature and one another. Bhutan is the least populated country in entire south Asia where the people believe happiness is a place. This is the place where one can explore the century-old culture, breathtaking scenery and impressive architecture. Bhutan has lots of names such as ‘’the happiest country’’ and the ‘’Land of Thunder Dragon’’ as the given name truly, Bhutan is the happiest yet mysterious country.
The country is covered by green forests giving you the crisp air everywhere you go. The best Bhutan tour package gives you an absolute opportunity to explore Bhutan's incredible landscapes and immovable culture that this country proudly expresses in the forms of festivals and religious activities.
There are lots of things that you can experience such as food. And what’s the best way to know one's culture rather than by enjoying one's cuisine? Experiencing the taste of authentic food with some momos (Bhutanese dumplings), hot tea, clean crisp air that is only Bhutan which only enhances the experience. Bhutan has fiery cuisines and is full of flavor and spice, Ema Datshi is the national dish of Bhutan which you can enjoy throughout your trip to Bhutan. Here you will be exposed to the beautiful culture and warm hospitality which will make you feel at home. There are several activities that you will do such as cultural sightseeing that will give you an idea about the history, deep-rooted Buddhist history and rewarding hikes to the most iconic landmark the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
Everywhere you go you will see the strong influence of Buddhism in the forms of beautiful monasteries, and small details like colorful prayer flags called Lung Dhar, which surface in five colors representing five elements. Bhutan proudly boasts its splendid landscapes, world-class architecture and vibrant cultural heritage. Bhutan is a diverse natural Shangri-La, which provides you with overwhelming variations of landscapes from lush green valleys to endless snow-capped mountain chains. Not only is this soul-pleasing place also rich in historical heritage, but it is also rich in a variety of flora and fauna. Set within one of the world's most breathtaking endless mountain ranges, it is adored for cultural sightseeing and adrenaline-rushing trekking and hiking opportunities. Bhutan reflects its culture and tradition in the form of hundreds of year-old festivals passed down from generation to generation and it is celebrated all year around.
Aesthetic Attractions around Bhutan
The land of exotic culture provides you with a golden opportunity to explore and experience the peculiar traditions and culture of Bhutan. Bhutan is full of awe-inspiring attractions all over the country which will leave a remarkable impression on you. Each monument that you see and explore has some part of mystery and history to it. It is a perfect combination of century-old traditions, mind-boggling Bhutanese architecture, and last but not least the magnificent landscape. Besides the attractions, you will explore and experience warmth in the culture and hospitality of Bhutan.
National Memorial Chorten is one of the prominent landmarks in Thimphu, Bhutan. This Stupa is mainly a white structure with an eye-catching golden peak, constructed in the loving memory of the late 3rd Dragon King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. While the stunning interior of the Chorten is decorated with richly sculpted annexes facing the four directions. Besides being an iconic landmark of Bhutan, it holds great religious emotions as well. Devotees circumambulate in a clockwise direction spinning the prayer wheels around the Chorten as an act to pay respect. You can also see hundreds of butter lamps lit in the memories of descended ones as gratitude by the people.
Tachogang Lhakhang is a quiet monastery nestled on the outskirts of the Paro valley across the Thimphu highway. Tachogang or Tachog means ‘’Temple of the hill of the excellent Horse’’ in the Bhutanese language. Besides the religious monument, this place is known for its century old iron chain bridge over the gurgling river that features beautiful vibrant prayer flags all over the suspension bridge. Legends has it that Thangtong Gyalpo who built the bridge had a vision of a spiritual horse Balaha, an emanation of Chenrezig Avalokiteshvara, which inspired him to build the bridge. This place is surrounded by beautiful orange and apple trees giving a beautiful ambience.
Tashichho Dzong also known as Thimphu Dzong is situated close to the city center of Thimphu and next to the banks of the Wang Chhu river. Tashichho Dzong meaning the ‘’Fortress of the Glorious Religion” is an impressive building that not only is the main attraction of Thimphu but also a political center. It's been a seat of the Royal Government since 1962 and has been the base of the king's throne since then. It is an imposing structure surrounded by a gorgeous garden and well-maintained lawn. Inside the premises of this iconic building, there are a total of thirty temples, chapels and shrines. This building proudly shows off its century-old Bhutanese art in colorful patterns and colors.
Kuensel Phodrang is a giant statue of the Buddha that sits on top of a mountain in Thimphu also known as Kunzangphodrang. It is a symbol of the dominant religion of Bhutan which is Buddhism, this place is also known as the Buddha's Point. The massive Buddha gazes upon the peaceful valley of Thimphu as all the prayer flags carry peace and blessings with the direction of the wind. The Buddha Dordenma is the largest solid bronze statue measuring 51.5 meters in height. While at this place you see a magnificent natural view of the valley along with the man-made attraction creating a strange harmony that captivates your attention.
Motithang Takin Preserve
Motithang Takin Preserve, located in Motithang district, Thimphu, Bhutan is a Takin enclosure that was originally a mini zoo and is now a national Takin preserve. Takin is a national animal of Bhutan and is a goat-antelope-like animal found in steep, dense woodlands of the eastern Himalayas. These Takins attract attention due to their unusual appearance as many people described them as ‘’bee-stung moose’’. These wonderful animals not only have unique appearances but are also enlisted as a vulnerable species of goat-antelope. The best time to visit this place to see the Takins are during feeding time as they are closer to the bars and give you a good opportunity to get close-up pictures.
Changangkha Lhakhang founded in the 12th century is now marked as one of the oldest sites in Bhutan. Changangkha Lhakhang is situated on a ridge above the city of Thimphu, southeast of Motithang. This holy temple’s location was chosen by Lama Pharjo Drukgorn who lived in Tibet. Traditionally, the place was an important pilgrimage, especially for the parents who used to visit this place before naming their newborn children or blessing their young kids. This temple also offers an excellent view of the beautiful Thimphu valley as well from the courtyard.
Simtokha Dzong officially known as Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang translates to the ‘’Palace of the Profound meaning of secret Mantras’’. This was the first structure built in the 17th century and is one of the first structures to incorporate both monastic and administrative facilities. Simtokha Dzong is also one of the oldest Dzong to have survived, still intact. The exact location where the dzong stands is the boundary between three regions which are Sho(Wangduephodrang), Wang (Thimphu) and Po (Paro). According to myths, it is said that this monastery was built on top of the Demon's stomach as its given name derives from Sunmo (Demon), do (Stomach) and Kha (on).
Zilukha Nunnery also known as Durthob Goemba built more than half a century ago located in Thimphu, Bhutan. A visit to this place energies your soul with its peaceful ambience and relaxing vibe. This is the biggest nunnery in Bhutan that houses about 60 nuns. These nuns here devote their lives to learning the teachings of the Buddha and later spend the rest of their life serving the community of Bhutan. From here, a spectacular view of Thimphu valley is seen which can be captured and later make a great photo album for your Bhutan travel.
Chimi Lhakhang, otherwise unknown as the fertility temple. This strange temple is located in Sopsokha village in the Punakha district. To get to the spot one has to walk through eye-catching mustard and rice fields. It was built in 1499 by Drukpa Kinley popularly known as the ‘’Divine Mad Man”. People who visit this place get the blessing mostly those who are having trouble conceiving a baby. Inside the temple, there are pictures of people who were able to conceive a baby after visiting this temple.
Punakha Dzong, formerly known as Pungtang Dechen Phodrang Dzong ‘’the palace of great bliss or great happiness’’. It is said that this peaceful place was chosen by the founder of Bhutan Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. This majestic Dzong takes pride in being the second oldest and second largest Dzong in entire Bhutan. This single architecture shows the world-class ancient Bhutanese art techniques. Punakha Dzong is one of the most beautiful and most visited Dzong in Bhutan. This imposing structure sits at the junction of two beautiful rivers Mo Chhu (Female) and Pho Chhu (Male). To access the building you need to cross the Bazam bridge which dates back to the 17th century.
Rinpung Dzong translates to ‘’Fortress of Heap of jewels’’ and is popularly known as Paro Dzong. Rinpung Dzong was built in 1644 under the influence of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It got its name due to its large collection of treasured buildings inside the compound. It is an ancient fortress in traditional Bhutanese engineering designs with a complex of courtyards, temples, administrative offices, and open space compounded by the imposing walls of the fortress. Besides being the most beautiful Dzong at present it houses the monastic body and government offices and serves as the religious and administrative center of their district. It is located near the airport and can get a majestic view as you land at the Paro airport.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery (2950m) locally known as Taktsang Lhakhang in the native language is located in the Paro district. Tiger’s Nest monastery is one of the most idolized pilgrimages in the land of Thunder Dragon. This one of a kind structure embraces the cliff on 800m elevated rock. This dazzling monastery greets its visitors with a celestial view of the entire Paro valley and crisp cool air. The Peak elevation of the monastery is 3286m and it takes around 2 to 3 hours depending on your fitness level. The total distance from the hiking point to the peak (Monastery) is just 4.27km. You will go through dense Rhododendron and alpine forest through a well-maintained trail that will make you feel energetic and refreshed.
Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest and most elegant temple present in Bhutan is located in the north of Paro city. This beautiful temple also goes by the name Lho Kyerchu or Kyerchu and it is considered one of the sacred gems of Bhutan. It is one of the oldest temples of Bhutan since it was built in the 7th century. Talking about the history of this temple, it is one of the 108 monasteries built by the Buddhist king Songstsen Gampo of Tibet. The environment here is tranquil and the kind of place where you see old people circumambulating around the pilgrimage and spinning the prayer wheels around the monastery. Inside the courtyard, you will see the painting of the King of Tibet who was a great warrior according to legends. This place is very important to historians due to its historical and spiritual importance and travelers also like to practice meditation inside the pilgrimage premises.
What to expect from the best Bhutan Tour package
This trip is full of adventure that will make your heart pump faster than usual. This is one of the best-designed Bhutan tour ideas, for anyone who has limited time but wants to explore something new and get refreshed. In the hustling and bustling world, Bhutan is a country where it feels like time has stuck. The century-old dazzling landmarks will surely take you back and time and hypnotize you with their rustic beauty. The strong culture is influenced by the spirit that dwells in the land of the Dragon. As your aircraft gets ready to land in Paro, Bhutan you will be greeted by the beautiful hill under the thin blanket of fog.
After you finish with your paperwork and airport formality you will be greeted by your local tour guide and a driver dressed elegantly in Bhutanese traditional attire. Drive through a less bustling and peaceful road towards your hotel and get refreshed from your flight. Afterward, get ready for some fascinating sightseeing around the valley and get amazed. You will visit some of the most religiously prominent sights and see the glory embedded in century-old architecture and infrastructures. Besides the interesting art forms that you get to see, you will also be pleased by the pristine nature surrounding you and the landmarks. Bhutan is the only nation that is a carbon-negative country meaning you will get fresh and pollution-free air throughout your Bhutan journey. Bhutan itself is a mysterious country full of fascinating folklore and popular myths about the places and religious sites that you will visit during your tour program.
Your tour guide will provide you with all the necessary information about the places including the rules and history of the particular place so make sure you listen to them carefully. Get a taste of fiery and authentic Bhutanese cuisine and bless your eyes with the majestic view that makes you feel like a child in a wonderland. The buildings and forts that intimate its visitor with their lofty structure that seems straight out of a fairytale will make an impression on your heart forever. This best Bhutan tour package is a combination of adventurous activities and it also includes adrenaline-rushing hiking to Taktsang Lhakhang otherwise known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Although you have to walk towards the Monastery which will take approximately 2-3 hours depending on one's physical ability you will not be bored as you get to explore untamed nature and a wide range of birds throughout the trail.
After you finish all the sightseeing and hiking, visit the local market and collect souvenirs for memories of this wonderful trip of yours. One thing not to miss while you are in this awesome country is its traditional hot stone bath that will soothe you and is worth experiencing. Take advantage of the excellent service and hospitality at your respective hotel and everywhere you visit inside Bhutan. Socialize with the natives and explore the secrets of being happy as Bhutan is among the happiest countries in the world.
Arrival in Paro, Drive to Thimphu
Jen Pa Ley Sho (welcome) to the land of Thunder Dragon. After landing in this mysterious country known as the land of Thunder Dragon, finish with your airport formality and baggage collection. Bhutan is one of the few countries that was never colonized and is successful in preserving its culture. After you land, Welcome! To one of the happiest countries in the world.
After driving from Paro to Thimphu check in at your hotel, rest your bags, and get ready to be thrilled by the beauty and the culture of this amazing country. Start your journey by exploring the National Memorial Chorten built in the loving memory of the third Dragon king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Here you get to see a beautiful ritual which is circumambulation around the Chorten. The warmth from all the butter lamps lit in the honor of the deceased will melt your heart. And followed by a short visit to Tachogang Lhakhang(3810m) which is yet another beautiful landmark located along the Thimphu-Paro Highway. Explore the century-old iron chain bridge covered in colorful prayer flags. Take some pictures and get fascinated looking at the landscape seen from there.
To end your day visit the most admired Tashichho Dzong. This building is not only an attraction site but also serves as one of the important political capital buildings. In the evening the whole building is lit with beautiful lights. The base of the building shines like snow and the top of the building is lit with an iconic red color. You will see the true beauty of the building along with the pretty ambience.
After breakfast, you will depart from your hotel and drive toward the Kuensel Phodrang (2655m) also known as the Buddha's point. Overlooking the celestial backdrop of Thimphu valley which is one of the iconic valleys of this country Bhutan. The giant figure of the Great Buddha Dordenma is one of the biggest statues of a sitting Buddha in the world. And later to Changangkha Lhakhang which is a significant temple for children born in Thimphu as it is believed that the protective deity of children resides in the particular temple. The children are blessed by the Phurba (Ritual dagger) and given a sacred thread. The next stop is Motithang Takin Preserve (3700m). The area is the forested preserve area that mimics the Takin’s natural habitat. Here you will see the national animal of Bhutan free in its natural habitat. (If you want to watch Takin up close, visit the preserve at the feeding time when the takings are close to the fence.) Not only does the preserve allow you to see these animals with your own eyes, but you also get a panoramic view of the nearby valley. Stop by a restaurant and have lunch before you go any further sightseeing.
After lunch at a restaurant chosen by your guide visit, the culturally rich monument Simtokha Dzong (3100m) and soak in your first culturally immersive day in Bhutan. This Dzong mainly serves as an institute of language and culture studies and houses several sculptures and traditional paintings of various religious figures and deities.
Zilukha Nunnery (2685m) locally known as Thangtong Dewachen Nunnery. It is a small and traditional nunnery located in the hills of the Himalayan country Zilukha, Thimphu overlooking Tashichho Dzong. This nunnery houses around 60 nuns.
Drive to Punakha (1242m)
After you have your warm breakfast at your respective hotel get ready to blow your mind with the beauty, bizarre history and glorious views. Drive towards Chimi Lhakhang, The Fertility Temple. This Monterey is well-known throughout Bhutan as a fertility-inducing center. Thousands of people visit the monastery to get blessings from saints. To get inside the premises one has to walk through the mustard and rice fields making the sightseeing more therapeutic. This is the place where you get to see elderly people go around (Clockwise which is a ritual rule) the monuments to pay respect.
Last but not least, visit the most iconic location, Punakha Dzong (3900 m), the second largest and second oldest landmark present in Bhutan. It takes around 3 hours to drive from Thimphu city. This majestic building lies between two main rivers Mo Chhu(Female) and Pho Chhu (Male). In the spring season, this place looks out of the world with all the flowering trees around the landmark. After finishing sightseeing, return to your respective hotel and fill your tummy with delicious food and rest well for tomorrow.
Drive to Rinpung Dzong (3962 m)
Today you will visit some of the prominent landmarks of Bhutan. Before you explore the majestic monuments, have a hearty breakfast at your hotel and get ready to be amazed. The distance between Punakha to Rinpung Dzong is 118 km which will take approximately 4 hours.
Once at the attraction explore the impressive monastery, Rinpung Dzong also known as the ‘’Fortress on the heap of jewels’’. This majestic landmark dominates the valley with its glamor. It is called the ‘’fortress on the Heap of jewels’’ due to the large collection of treasured buildings. This building is considered to be the most beautifully designed Dzong when it comes to Dzong. Have some pictures while at this awe-inspiring location for memories. From here you get the amazing view of a lush green valley and clean city as well. Enjoy the fresh air along with soul-pleasing tranquility. After you finish your expiration, enjoy a delicious lunch with your guide while your guide provides you with all the information related to the place.
Hike to the Taktsang Monastery (2990m)
A trip to Bhutan is incomplete without a visit to the most iconic monastery in the world, Taktsang Monastery (2990m) internationally known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. You will take an early morning breakfast and stretch your legs and get ready for a short hike. This hike is challenging and is the main reason that protects this unbelievable attraction from being congested. Once you've passed the dense forest you will get a fantastic glimpse of the shiny monastery, somehow aggressively pressed on the wall over the valley floor. Take a tour of the building inside out along with a panoramic view of the Paro valley. This quiet spot was used as a meditation cave in the 8th century and later as a monastery in the 17th century. Thrilling!
Fill your tummy with the packed food while you breathe in the fresh air and take your time to soak in the beauty. There is a cafeteria in the middle of the trail where you can have lunch if you wish to. This place provides a different point of view of the monastery that one should not miss.
After spending some quality time hiking and driving to Kyichu Lhakhang which is a twin temple and also one of the oldest temples built in the 7th century. This place is also known for its mysterious orange tree that bears oranges throughout the year. This evening, savor your free time at the pub and visit the local markets of Bhutan and enjoy your time collecting souvenirs and memories in the hypnotic streets of Bhutan. Or just relax and enjoy the hot stone bath as it is the most popular and admired thing to do before you leave this mysterious country.
Today is the final day of your trip to Bhutan. If you have extra time we (Altitude Himalaya) would be more than happy to suggest how to make the most out of it. On the other hand, if you are going home then Farewell! On your way home today. This trip will send you refreshed from all the cultural sightseeing and remarkable hiking.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How to reach Bhutan?
The best way to reach Bhutan is by air and this country has only one international airport in Paro which is just 7 km away from the city. It has a direct flight from Nepal (Kathmandu), India (New Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guwahati, and Gaya), Bangladesh ( Dhaka), Thailand (Bangkok), and Singapore (Changi). We Altitude Himalaya are more than happy to arrange a flight for your amazing trip to Bhutan.
Do you need a visa to visit Bhutan?
Yes, on arrival in Bhutan, the traveler must present their passport, 2 photographs, and the fee of USD 50 to receive the original visa sticker. A visitor's visa can only be approved through a licensed tour operator in Bhutan. However, you can also get the visa by filling up an online form.
Can we visit Bhutan except then Nepal?
Yes, there are direct flights to Bhutan from Singapore (Changi) on Sunday at 06:30 AM and Thursday at 10: 30 AM. Bangladesh (Dhaka) Friday, Saturday, and Monday at 09:20 AM and 10:20 AM. Thailand (Bangkok) daily flight from 05:15 AM, 06:30 AM, and 01:10 PM with half an hour layover in India (Kolkata). And from major cities of India (New Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guwahati, and Gaya). Which might change according to weather conditions.
Can you take pictures inside the monasteries and religious sites in Bhutan?
Apart from the courtyard, you are not allowed to take any pictures inside the monasteries, Dzongs, or temples. It is strictly prohibited to take any kind of photos or videos inside religious sites. Also, you have to take off your shoes before you go inside the monuments as an act of respect.
Can you travel solo in Bhutan?
Unfortunately, you are not allowed to travel to Bhutan solo or without going through a licensed tour agency registered with the tourism council of Bhutan unless you are from India, Bangladesh, and Maldives. Also, you must be accompanied by a licensed Bhutanese guide and driver throughout the tour. Besides the mentioned countries you are not allowed to visit Bhutan on your own.
What is not allowed to do in Bhutan?
Wearing hats, and sunglasses inside religious sites and places is not allowed as it is considered disrespectful. While going around the temples, monasteries, Chotens or any other religious structures only pass clockwise which is a religious rule according to Buddhism. Smoking in public is strictly prohibited and misbehaving within the premises of monasteries, temples, and Dzongs is discouraged. Taking pictures and videos inside religious places is also banned.
Can we travel from Nepal to Bhutan?
Yes, you can and the best way to reach Bhutan from Nepal is by air. Bhutan has a direct flight from Nepal (Kathmandu) and there are daily flights from Kathmandu, Nepal to Paro, Bhutan which will take around 1 and a half hours covering a distance of around 402 km by air.
Do we need a visa to visit Bhutan?
Yes, on arrival in Bhutan, the traveler must present their passport, 2 photographs, and the fee of USD 50 to receive the original visa sticker. A visitor's visa can only be approved through a licensed tour operator in Bhutan. However, you can also get the visa by filling up an online form. However, if you are an Indian citizen you don't require Visa to visit Bhutan instead of a Visa one should have two valid travel documents (A) a Valid Indian passport having a validity of a minimum of 6 months (B) A Voter identity card, issued by the election commission of India.
Airport pick up and drop off on a private basis.
A private A/C vehicle for all the mentioned transportation and sightseeing.
All (5 Nights) hotel accommodations are based on double-sharing deluxe rooms.
All mentioned sightseeing entrance fees.
Daily breakfast and dinner at the hotel.
Lunch at the government allowed tourist restaurant. (as mentioned)
All Bhutan government and local tourism taxes.
A local tour guide throughout the trip.
Driver and guide’s allowance, salary, fuel cost, and toll/taxes.
Bhutan sustainable development fee USD 200/night effective from 20 June 2022.
Nature of personal expenses.
Tips (not required but recommended).
Bhutan Visa fee. (USD 50)
Flight from Kathmandu/ Delhi/ Calcutta / Bangkok.
Services that aren't mentioned above.
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