Bhutan Discovery Tour

Bhutan discovery tour offers you good and memorable trips to Paro and Thimphu. They are the major cities of Bhutan. This 8 nights 9 days trip covers most of the best part of Bhutan. Further, This tour is a journey across western and central Bhutan.

Bhutan discovery tour offers you good and memorable trips to Paro and Thimphu. They are the major cities of Bhutan. This 8 night 9 days trip covers most of the best parts of Bhutan. Further, This tour is a journey across western and central Bhutan. One can get a whole 9 days to explore, understand Bhutan and see its major attractions. Also, The major attractions are Paro valley, Thimphu valley, ancient Dzongs and monasteries. 

Bhutan discovery tour is one of the most popular tour packages to witness some of the old monasteries and dzongs of Bhutan. Within a short period of 9 days, you will gain various information about the tradition and culture of Bhutan. Besides that, you will also get to have a close look at the lifestyle of the locals. Suitable for all the age groups of people this tour package will boost your knowledge about this land of mystery.

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Trip Facts

duration Duration 9 days
trip-difficulty Trip Difficulty ? Easy
trip-difficulty Highest Point 3100 m.
trip-code Trip Code BTP5
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Highlights of Bhutan Discovery Tour

    •  Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
    • Punakha Dzong, place of great happiness.
    • Stunning natural landscapes atop high mountains.
    • Ancient Dzongs, Monasteries, Fortresses and museums.
    • The natural environment and breathtaking splendours of valleys.

Trip Overview

Bhutan is land covered by verdant forests, lush green valleys, wonderful snowy mountains. This country is unique by scenic majesty and vibrant cultures. Discover Bhutan tour makes you familiar with Bhutanese lifestyle, their cultures and traditions. Similarly, ancient monasteries and sightseeing of the beautiful valleys are other important factors. Due to these factors, Bhutan is considered as “Country of Happiness”. The distinct way of living, their valuable culture and traditions make Bhutan a beautiful place to travel. 

Facts of Bhutan Discovery Tour

Name of Tour

Bhutan Discovery Tour

Types of Tour

Hiking, Road Trip and Sightseeing

Activity

Culture, Nature and Historical Tours

Duration

8 Nights and 9 Days

Trip Starting and Ending Point

Paro

Accomodation

Hotels

Highest Altitude

3,100 Meters

Highest Point

Dochula Pass

Dochula Pass

  • Thimphu
  • Punakha
  • Trongsa
  • Bumthang
  • Gangtey
  • Paro

Best Time

  • May
  • June
  • October
  • November

Major Attractions

  • Tachogang Lhakhang
  • Motithang Takin Preserve
  • Punakha Dzong
  • Trongsa Dzong
  • Jambay Lhakhang
  • Kurjey Lhakhang
  • Gangtey Monastery
  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery


Bhutan Discovery Tour

Upon arrival at the Paro International Airport you will take a short drive to reach Thimphu. Firstly, you will visit Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. During your stay at Thimphu, you will visit various monasteries and dzongs.  After that you will move towards Punkaha. Meanwhile, during your drive to Punakha you can also witness the marvellous views of the mountain ranges and the landscape from the pass that lies at an elevation of 3,100 meters above sea level.

Secondly, the cultural city Punakha and you will explore the major places of important values in Bhutan. Among all the places of Punakha, Punakha Dzong is the main highlight of this city. Thirdly, you will also get a chance to explore Trongsa. Chendebji Chorten and Trongsa Dzong are the main highlights of this city.

Fourthly, you will have a drive to Bumthang. You can also explore the Jambay Lhakhang monastery built in 659 A.D. during your visit to Bumthang. Gangtey is another beautiful place to visit in Bhutan and you can explore Gangtey monastery and also can witness the beauty of Phobjikha valley.

Paro is the last city that you will be visiting during the Bhutan Discovery Tour. It is one of the major cities of Bhutan. Meanwhile, there are various places to visit in Paro. Among them, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is the most popular. Besides that, you can also explore Kyichu Lhakhang along with other vintage palaces and dzongs.

Best Time for Bhutan Discovery Tour

Bhutan Discovery Tour is one of those tour packages of Bhutan that can be done almost throughout the year. But it is best when done during the months of October and November months of the year. During these months of the year, the weather is clear and due to high visibility, you can also enjoy the marvellous views of the mountain ranges as well as the beautiful landscape.

May and June is another best time for the Bhutan tour. The day is hot but the mornings and the evenings are warm. There are very low chances of the rainfall in Bhutan. Besides that, you can also witness the green forests and the clear skies during these months of the year.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival in Paro, Drive to Thimphu

After arriving & visa formalities and collecting baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan.

Check into your hotel in Thimphu. Free until lunchtime for some rest from early morning flight, refreshment and lunch.

Afternoon, you can choose to visit any or all of the following places:-

Tachogang Lhakhang

Tachogang Lhakhang is located in Paro district, on the way to Thimphu. It was founded by ThankthongGyelpo after he experienced a vision of Guru Rinpoche, Amitabha and Avalokiteshvara near the site. The caretakers today are said to be descendants of Thangtong Gyalpo. Inside the temple, one can see the masters relics, including his walking stick.

Tashichho Dzong

The Tashichho Dzong is a Buddhist monastery cum fortress at the northern edge of capital Thimphu. The Dzong was built on the western bank of the river Wang Chu. This has historically served as the seat of the DrukDesi or the Dharma Raja of Bhutan’s government. After the kings assumed power in 1907, this post was combined with that of the king and Thimphu served as the summer capital of the kingdom onwards.

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Day 02

Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast, we will drive to the following places:

Kuensel Phodrang

The Kuensel Phodrang or the Buddha point is the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue. The statue is 167 feet high. The statue is situated on top of a hill. About 15 minutes away from the city’s centre, it is accessible by road. The word “Kuensel” means “everything is clear”. This place surely provides you with a great view of the Thimphu Valley on both sides. The statue will house a temple inside it, the statue and its adjoining car park and recreational centre.

National Memorial Chorten

The National Memorial was built by Bhutan’s third king, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. He is also known as the “Father of Modern Bhutan.” He wanted to erect a monument carrying the message of world peace and prosperity. However, he was unable to give shape to his idea in his lifetime due to the pressures of the state and other legal responsibilities.

Motithang Takin Preserve

The Motithang Takin Preserve is also known as the Thimphu Zoo. It is a small natural preserve for the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal. It was originally a mini zoo, but later on, it was converted into the preservation of the Takin. The mini zoo contained a small number of Takin but the King of Bhutan later decreed that it was improper for a Buddhist nation to keep an animal in captivity.

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Day 03

Drive to Punakha

ost early breakfast, you will drive towards Punakha via Dochula Pass. We will stopover for tea at Dochula (3,100 m). From here, you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges on a sunny day. The Dochula Pass is probably the best-known mountain pass in Bhutan. It is located at an altitude of 3150 meters above sea level. The Dochula Pass is about 30 kilometres away from the capital city Thimphu and the road to Punakha. 

Punakha Dzong

The Dzhong was constructed by Zhabdrung  Ngawang Namgyal Wangchuck in 1638. It is the second-largest and second oldest Dzong in Bhutan. It is the most majestic and gorgeous Dzong, also considered as the place of great happiness. 3 hours drive from the country’s capital Thimphu takes you here. It lies between two rivers; Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) combine to form the Puna Tsang Chu, a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra River. The climate here is temperate. During the spring season, lovely Jacaranda trees grow and bloom around the Dzong.

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Day 04

Drive to Trongas

After an early breakfast, we will be driving down to Trongsa. Admire the view en route the valley of Wangdiphodrang. We will drive to Chimi Lhakhang. The Chimi Lhakhang or the Chimel Lhakhang is a Buddhist monastery located in the Punakha District of Bhutan. The monastery stands on a small hill close to the village of Lobesa and was constructed in 1499 by Ngawang Chogyel, the 14th Drukpa hierarchy. 

Chendebji Chorten

Located 2 kilometres away from Chendebji village, a large Buddhist Stupa Chendebji Chorten lies. It is a large white structure built in likeness to the famous Boudhanath Stupa located in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Chorten was constructed by Lama Shinda from Tibet in the 19th century AD. As per beliefs, the Stupa was constructed at a spot where an evil spirit was subdued by the Lama. 

Trongsa Dzong

The Trongsa Dzong or the Choekhor Rabdentse is one of the largest and most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan. The Dzong is located on a cliff overlooking the Mangde Chhu river gorge. It was built at the site of a temple that was constructed in 1543, by a Drukpa Lama. This huge multi-level fortress comprises a series of courtyards and passageways that are built along the topography of the ridge.

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Day 05

Drive to Bumthang

After morning breakfast, we will drive towards Bumthang and visit Jakar Dzong. The Jakar Dzong is situated above the Jakar village. The Jakar Village lies on the Chamkhar valley of Bumthang. The Dzhong was originally a site of a monastery constructed during the time of Lama Ngaji Wangchuck’s visit to Bhutan. According to legend, during the construction of the Dzong, a white bird emerged from the structure and perched itself on the site. In Bhutanese culture, a white bird is considered to be auspicious.

Jambay Lhakhang

Jambay Lhakhang was built by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet in 659 AD. The temple was blessed by Guru Rinpoche during his visit to Bumthang. Guru Rinpoche brought Buddhism to Bhutan. It was renovated by Sindhu Raja after Guru Rinpoche restored his life with his magical powers. Many believe that there is a natural lake under the temple in which Guru Rinpoche took refuge on several occasions.

Kurjey Lhakhang

The Kurjey Lhakhang is a monastery located in the Bumthang Valley. It is a 30-minute hike from the Jambay Lhakhang temple. According to legend Sendhu Raja, the King of Bumthang was very ill and invited Guru Rinpoche to give him a cure for his ailment.

Namkhai Nyingpo Goemba

Namkhai Nyingpo Goemba is located on a hill just east of the town of Jakar, the administrative centre of the Bumthang. The monastery was established in 1970 and is home to about 300 monks who are learning about Nyingma Buddhism.

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Day 06

Drive to Gangtey

After breakfast, you will drive to Gangtey and visit Gangtey Goemba. The Gangtey Monastery is an important monastery associated with the Nyingma School of Buddhism. It is located in the Wangdue Phodrang Dzongkhag in Central Bhutan. The Monastery sits in the picturesque Phobjikha Valley, which is also renowned as the winter home of the rare Tibetan Black Necked Cranes. The monastery was established in 1613 by Peling Gyalse Rinpoche, the grandson of Trenton Pema Lingpa the great treasure discoverer.

Phobjikha valley

The Phobjikha is a wide glacial valley located close to the Gangtey Monastery. It is the winter home of the rare Black Necked Cranes that migrate from the arid plains of Tibet to roost in the more comfortable climate of the Phobjikha Valley. The valley is at an altitude of 2900 meters above sea level. It experiences a much lighter winter as compared to the harsh extremes of Tibet.

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Day 07

Drive to Paro

After early morning breakfast, you will drive to Paro and on the way, we will visit:-

Simtokha Dzong

The Simtokha Dzong is a small Dzong located approximately 5 kilometres south of Thimphu. The Dzong is officially called the Sangak Zambon Phodrang. It is “Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras”. It is said to be the first fortress built in Bhutan by the legendary Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

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Day 08

Paro Sightseeing

After early morning breakfast, we will take you for a morning hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as “Tiger’s Nest Monastery”. Hanging precariously and magically from a rather steep cliff, the monastery is a monument of genuine pride for the Bhutanese nation. It defines architectural principles to the core and amazes tourists from around the world. It is a sight to behold.

Kyichu Lhakhang

Built in 659 by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, Kyichu Lhakhang is the oldest surviving temple of Bhutan. It is located on the north of Paro. Ornamented temples reflect 7th-century architecture and decoration. The temple’s construction was done overnight. This was initially small in size but after multiple visits over the years by the Buddhist saints, the temple expanded both in grandeur and size. The prominent Buddhist saints Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, Lam Kha Nga and Guru Rinpoche and much more aid in the expansion of the temple. In the evening, we will visit the local market of Paro and overnight in a hotel in Paro.

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Day 09

Departure

In the morning after an early breakfast, we will see you off at the Paro Airport for your onward destinations.

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Trip Guide

SERVICES INCLUDES

    •  Airport pick-up and drop-off on a private basis.
    • Private vehicle with A/C for all mentioned transportation and sightseeing.
    • All hotel accommodation based on double sharing deluxe rooms.
    • Sightseeing entrance fees. 
    • Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the hotel.
    • All government and local tourism taxes.
    • Driver’s allowance, salary, fuel cost and toll taxes.

SERVICES EXCLUDES

    •  Nature of personal expenses.
    • Tips (not required but recommended).
    • Bhutan Visa fee. (USD 50)
    • Flight from Kathmandu/ Delhi/ Calcutta / Bangkok.

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