Shortest Bhutan Tour
- Century-old landmark tour in Paro and Thimphu
- Iconic Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) hike
- Chorten Kora (Circumambulation of the National Memorial Chorten)
- Explore the traditions and culture in the city of Thunder Dragon.
- Dramatic landscapes and landmarks exploration in Bhutan.
- Experience the new concept of hospitality.
- A short and memorable vacation to the happiest country
The ‘’Land of Thunder Dragon’’ Bhutan, As the name is fascinating, so is the nation. This fantastic country is also known as the world’s happiest country. Travel to explore this beautiful country to discover the secrets to happiness and unravel the mystery this country holds. It is one of the unspoiled gems of the Himalayas that has successfully preserved its pristine nature. This country is rigidly grounded in its traditional Buddhist culture as a result numerous Buddhist monuments are significant to its people. The dramatic landscapes that look straight out of a fairy tale will fascinate you with their beauty and interesting history and celestial nature.
Bhutan is the ideal place to explore the ancient fortresses also known as Dzongs (Fortified monastery architecture). Here you will get the opportunity to see, explore and learn new and interesting things. Bhutan is an enigmatic kingdom with hundreds of secrets hidden in it. This 3-days trip is perfect for those who are struggling to manage time to travel. Even though this tour is just 3 days it's more than enough to explore and experience the beauty of this mysterious country. This tour includes the main attraction of Bhutan so that you don't miss the essence of the trip.
Bhutan is full of gorgeous landscapes with pristine nature and landmarks followed by fascinating culture and festivals all over the year. Bhutan is an ideal destination for people who are short on their schedule and want to experience something new and exclusive. This tour might look short but this tour included all the fun and thrilling activities that make any tour thrilling and satisfying. This tour includes a city tour which includes historical monuments, and a short hike towards the renowned monastery in the world called tiger’s nest monastery located on the edge of a cliff making it one of a kind.
Bhutan's shortest tour grants you an absolute opportunity to learn and experience the vibrant culture of this traditionally and naturally rich country. The beauty of Butan lives up to your expectations. The lush green valleys, clean and calm rivers, perfectly preserved historical monuments, and nature are proof of it. There are many stunning things to see and the fact that one of the largest Buddha statues is located on top of a hill in Thimphu.
During your trip, you will visit two of the major cities of Bhutan that are Thimphu and Paro. These major consist of most of the historical monuments present in this mindblowing country. You will visit Tachogang Lhakhang, National Memorial Chorten, Simtokha Dzong, and Tashichho Dzong, while at Thimphu. And while you are at Paro you will visit Kyichu Lhakhang and explore Taktsang Monastery with a short hike. There are so many things you can do and try while in Bhutan and besides sightseeing, you can try on the national garment of Bhutan and taste Bhutanese Cuisine as well.
The unspoiled nature and hundreds of years of architecture will surely fascinate you. Bhutan is truly a heavenly country with snow-capped mountains, gorgeous valleys, peaceful sites, century-old historical sites, and many more. Just like nature, the culture of this place is one of a kind. People from Bhutan openly embrace their traditional culture which is still alive in its traditional dance forms, music, ceremonies, and festivals celebrated throughout the country.
Attractions of Bhutan shortest tour
Although Bhutan is a small country it has some of the most fascinating and interesting monuments and places to visit and see. Bhutan is blessed with enchanting valleys, and celestial monuments nestled in breathtaking locations. The main religion of Bhutan is Buddhism and you can see the influence of Buddhism all over the place. There are iconic monasteries, heritage sites, and fortresses that have similar architectural designs. That makes Bhutan a must-visit destination.
Tachogang Lhakhang is an iconic monument overlooking the high mountains and the beautiful river is an old-fashioned monastery. Besides the monastery, this particular place is known for its iconic iron bridge built in 1400 by Thangtong Gyalpo. You can experience the thrill to walk on the beautiful suspension bridge beautifully decorated with hundreds of prayer flags making it more traditional. It is located at a 30 mins walking distance and 10 mins driving distance from the main town of Paro city.
(Opening time 9 AM - 5 PM)
National Memorial Chorten also known as the Thimphu Chorten is one of the most religious landmarks in Thimphu, Bhutan. It was built in honor of the 3rd Dragon king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The gigantic memorial that looks like a stupa is located in the southern part of the capital Thimphu, Bhutan. With a tranquil location, the white monument in the middle of the ground with a golden pinnacle never fails to catch the attention of its visitors. You can take part in the ritual of Circumambulation of the National Memorial Chorten with the other visitors there.
(The visiting time of Memorial Chorten is 6 AM -6 PM for tourists. The morning between 6 AM to 8 AM and in the evening between 4 PM to 6 PM, is the best time to pay a visit.)
Simtokha Dzong is a charming fortress monastery of Thimphu, Bhutan locally known as ‘’Sangkak Zabdhon Phodrang’’ translated to the place of the profound meaning of secret Mantras. It is located in the southern region of Thimphu, Simtokha Dzong is the first complex of its kind built in the 17th century. The building is one of a few monuments built in the 17 century and is still intact in its original form to this day. It is a paradise for archeologists and tourists who are curious about the Butaneas era. This place is a hub for history as the monastery is full of beautiful religious murals all over the walls inside the Dzong.
(Opening time 9 AM - 5 PM)
Tashichho Dzong, “Fortress of the glorious religion’’ popularly known as Thimphu Dzong. It is a grand building that houses the throne room and the office of the king along with other important persons of the country. It is situated on the northern edge of Thimphu, on the western bank of the Wang Chu river. It is one of the important political centers of the country. The massive majestic structure is surrounded by beautiful gardens and well-managed green lawns. There are altogether thirty temples, chapels, and shrines within Tashichho Dzong. In the evening the building is gorgeously lit up with lights making it the most beautiful building.
(Opening time 9 AM -5 PM)
Kyichu Lhakhang also known as Kyichu Temple is the oldest monastery in Bhutan which was built in the 7th century. Kyichu Lhakhang is composed of twin temples and is situated in Lango Gewog of Paro district. It is considered to be the sacred jewel of Bhutan for the reason that it is considered the spiritual heart of the kingdom and its people. Over the years it is visited and blessed by many revered Buddhist saints including the Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century. An interesting fact about Kyichu Lhakhang is that it is believed that it was built overnight.
(Visiting time anywhere between 9 AM to 12 PM and 1 PM to 5 PM throughout the week)
Taktsang Palphug Monastery most popularly known as Paro Taktsang monastery is a renowned cliffside monastery in Bhutan. Perfectly balanced at an altitude of 3120m on a cliff, Paro Taktsang Monastery is nestled in the upper valley of Paro. The word Taktsang stands for Tiger’s nest in the Bhutanese language. This single monument is considered the most exclusive monastery in the world. It is located on the outskirts of the Paro valley and one must hike for 2 hours to reach this magnificent landmark. Taktsang Hike is one of the most admired things to experience while in Bhutan. The pristine nature, stunning hike route, and panoramic view that you get from the top are worth the walk.
(Opening time of Paro Taktsang monastery/Tiger's Nest Monastery - 8 AM - 1 PM and 2 PM - 6 PM throughout the week)
What to expect from the Shortest Bhutan tour?
As this is the shortest Bhutan tour it is just 3 days which is perfect for those who want to experience something new within a limited time. Bhutan is known to be the happiest country with its beautiful pristine nature and deep-rooted culture that flourish within the country. Bhutan is surely down to the fact that everywhere you lay eyes, you see incredible and dramatic landscapes with endless mountain ranges gracing you with their beauty.
To witness the beauty from your own eyes fly to Bhutan and while you land you are welcomed by the beautiful vista of all the mesmerizing valleys and endless snow-capped mountains. As the aircraft twists and turns around the valleys you can see the iconic landmarks as you land. Unlike other countries, Bhutan is not crowded and the buildings hardly pass the 6th floor meaning you can see the beautiful hills without hesitation. After your arrival, finish with your necessary paperwork at the airport and bag collection. You will be welcomed by one of the local representatives and also your tour guide throughout your Bhutan trip and drop you off at your respective hotel. You will get free time to relax and get refreshed before you go sightseeing. After you have your delicious Bhutanese cuisine at the hotel, get ready to explore the beautiful city of Thimphu.
Start your thrilling city tour from Tachogang Lhakhang which is a renowned monastery across a peaceful river. The iconic part of this place is a century-old iron bridge beautifully covered with vibrant prayer flags. You can either hike or drive to this place. Hiking takes around 30 mins while by drive you can get there within 10 mins. After that, you will pay a visit to the National Memorial Chorten and enjoy the peaceful ambience along with the historical monument and participate in Circumambulation around the Chorten. Snaps some pictures with historical dropback. From there drive towards Simtokha Dzong, yet another mysterious monument. This place is known as the place of the profound meaning of secret Mantras and unraveling the secrets. Inside the building, you can see the traditional murals on the walls meaning you have the golden opportunity to learn and see the authentic artwork before your eyes. End your day tour at Tashichho Dzong which is one f h most important landmarks in Thimphu, Bhutan. This is the place where the Throne room of the King is seated along with other important people of this country. In the evening the building is even more outstanding and glows in the dark making it the perfect evening view. The building is surrounded by a beautiful garden with thousands of flowers giving you a wonderful experience. Drive back to your hotel and savor the mouth-watering dinner in which you enjoy the hospitality of the warm people.
Today is your 2nd day in this amazing country and you will go on a rewarding hike to the Taktsang Monastery also known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. After you go for the hike, have your breakfast at the hotel and put on your hiking shoes. Drive to the hiking point of the Taktsang monastery and start walking. It will take around 2 hours to reach the top of the monastery. You will walk through a dense forest of rhododendrons and other vegetation. The fresh air and panoramic view will pump you up. After you reach the top you will see the majestic panoramic valley view. Have your lunch and enjoy the view for a while. Hike down and drive to yet another peaceful monument that is Kyichu Lhakhang which is one of the oldest heritage Bhutan has to offer. It is believed that Kyichu Lhakhang was built in the 7th century. Explore the beauty and enjoy the peace and silence of the place before you drive back to your hotel. If you want you can walk around and explore the local markets near your hotel and collect souvenirs from your Bhutan trip.
Today is your last day in the land of Thunder Dragon. You will drop off at the airport just in time on a private basis. Before you go, have breakfast at your hotel and drive towards the international airport in Paro. You will get to the airport 3 hours before flight time for airport formality and paperwork. Hope you had a wonderful time in this peaceful country full of life and culture. Farewell, Have a safe flight.
Arrival in Paro, Dive to Thimphu.
Arrival (?): Finish with your document formality and baggage collection at the airport. Our official representative will welcome you to the land of Thunder Dragon and help you check in at your hotel. You will be accompanied by the official representative (Tour guide) throughout the entire trip in Bhutan. Rest your bags and get refreshed at the hotel and have lunch before you go sightseeing.
After you have lunch, get ready for an amazing city tour in Thimphu, Bhutan. You will start with Tachogang Lhakhang where you will see nature and beauty along with the iconic bridge over the gurgling river. The iconic iron bridge covered in prayer flags will fascinate you. Moving on to the National Memorial Chorten where you will encounter the beautiful white-washed wall of the monument and take part in the circumambulation of the stupa.
Next, you will visit Simtokha Dzong where you will unravel the secrets of profound secret Mantras. Inside the building, you will witness colorful religious murals that portray the story of Buddhism. And last but not least you will visit Tashichho Dzong. The beauty of this massive building is enhanced even more in the evening. The whole building glows in the dark making it iconic and glorious. The flowers from the garden will please you with the sweet smell of the flowers. End your day with a lot of photos and one of a kind experience while at Thimphu.
Drive to Paro, Hike to Taktsang Monastery.
Today after you have the delicious morning meal you will drive towards Paro from where you will hike to the most historical monastery situated on top of the cliff Taktsang Monastery. You will stop driving at the hiking point and start hiking through the pristine forest of rhododendron and blue pine trees, while you hike you can listen to the chirping of the exquisite birds. You will see the colorful prayer flags in the middle of a dense alpine forest. And finally, a panoramic vista of Paro valley is seen from Tiger’s nest monastery making the dull hike most rewarding. Before you hike down, fill up your tummy with your picnic lunch and get refreshed and breathe in the fresh air while you enjoy the gorgeous view from the top.
In the evening you will drive toward Kyichu Lhakhang which is also one of the most visited places in Bhutan. Explore and witness the monumental beauty of this ancient Buddhist monastery and snap some pictures for the memories. You can also visit the local markets near Paro which is optional to collect some souvenirs from your shortest Bhutan tour. If you want to spend more time in Bhutan check out the All Bhutan Tour Package.
In the morning pack your bags and have a refreshing breakfast at the hotel before your departure. You will be transferred to the airport on a private basis. Have a safe home return!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you visit Bhutan from another country rather than from 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.
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 40 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.
How many flights are there in a day to Bhutan from Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore, and Thailand?
There are about 6 flights a week except for Monday from Kathmandu to Paro. The flight distance between the two cities is around 400 km and takes 1 and a half hours by flight from Kathmandu to Paro. From Bangladesh - Dhaka there are flights on Friday, Saturday, and Monday. From Singapore - Changi there are only two fights a week which are on Sunday and Thursday. From Thailand - Bangkok there are flights throughout the week.
How to get a Bhutan Visa?
To get the Bhutan Visa one must forward a letter to the head of the department addressed to Dy. Chief of Protocol. Get a note sheet from the concerned ministry, fill up the visa form application, and also need a copy of your original passport. After you get the visa it's valid for 6 months. Also, you are required to pay 200 USD per day as a tourist fee.
Airport pick up and drop off on a private basis.
Private vehicle with A/C for all the mentioned transportation sightseeing.
All (2 nights) hotel accommodations are based on double-sharing deluxe rooms.
All mentioned sightseeing entrance fees.
Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner as mentioned in the itinerary.
All Bhutan government and tourism taxes.
Drivers allowance, salary, fuel cost, and tool taxes
Local tour guide throughout the entire tour.
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.
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