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4 Nights 5 Days
Availability : 365 Days
Kathmandu
Bhutan
Min Age : No Age Limit
Max People : 20

Bhutan Tour information

Bhutan, a kingdom unlike any other, is nestled in the majestic Himalayas. Often referred to as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” it’s a place where ancient traditions seamlessly blend with breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and a deep-rooted philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) that prioritizes well-being over material wealth.

A Tapestry of Time: History and Culture

Bhutan’s rich history unfolds like an interesting story. Evidence suggests settlements thrived here as early as 2000 BC. The 7th century saw the arrival of Guru Padmasambhava, a revered Buddhist figure credited with spreading Vajrayana Buddhism throughout the region. Over the centuries, powerful dynasties rose and fell, shaping Bhutan’s unique identity.

Monasteries, known as dzongs, are the heart and soul of Bhutan. These imposing forts, decorated with complicated murals and fluttering prayer flags, serve as religious centers, administrative hubs, and even schools. Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), balanced dangerously on a Cliffside, is a prime example – a breathtaking monument that symbolizes the spiritual essence of the country.

Bhutan’s cultural tapestry is further enriched by its vibrant festivals (tshechus). These colorful celebrations, held throughout the year, showcase masked dances showing Buddhist myths and legends. Witnessing a tshechu is a transformative experience, a display of vibrant costumes, energetic music, and a deep connection to tradition.

A Realm of Enchantment: Nature’s Majesty

Bhutan’s natural beauty takes center stage. Towering Himalayan peaks pierce the clouds, their snow-capped summits cradling pristine glaciers that feed rushing rivers and fertile valleys. Hike through rhododendron forests bursting with color or simply stand in awe of the majestic Jomolhari, a mountain revered as a deity.

Deep within the jungles, a diverse ecosystem thrives. Bengal tigers roam the dense foliage, while red pandas munch on bamboo shoots. Birdwatchers will delight in the vibrant tapestry of species, from the majestic Himalayan griffon to the elusive black-necked crane.

A Life in Harmony: Gross National Happiness

Bhutan’s approach to development is revolutionary. Moving beyond the parameters of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the kingdom prioritizes well-being through the philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH). This holistic concept emphasizes environmental conservation, cultural preservation, and spiritual well-being alongside economic development.

Witnessing GNH in action allows you to connect with a society focused on a balanced, sustainable way of life. Explore traditional villages and participate in daily activities, experiencing the warmth and hospitality of the Bhutanese people. You’ll see a connection to nature that’s almost spiritual, a reverence for the land that shapes every aspect of life.

A Feast for the Senses: Food, Art, and Crafts

Bhutanese cuisine offers a delightful exploration of local ingredients and culinary traditions. Ema datshi, a national dish featuring chilies and local cheese, is a must-try. Momos, steamed or fried dumplings with savory fillings, are another popular choice. Wash it all down with a cup of Bhutanese butter tea, a rich and warming beverage.

The artistic heritage of Bhutan shines through in its vibrant textiles. Look for intricately woven tapestries and “kira,” the national dress for women, decorated with bold colors and symbolic patterns. Papermaking is another cherished tradition. Watch skilled artisans transform local plants into beautiful sheets of paper, used for calligraphy and religious texts.

A Journey of Transformation: A Different Kind of Travel

Bhutan is not just a travel destination; it’s an experience that touches the soul. Here, you’ll disconnect from the frenetic pace of everyday life and reconnect with nature, tradition, and inner peace.

Prepare to be captivated by the stunning landscapes, immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage, and embrace the philosophy of GNH. Bhutan will leave you with a renewed appreciation for the simple things, a deeper connection to the natural world, and memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • Accommodation arrival to departure
  • An English speaking guide
  • All private transportation
  • All meals included throughout the tour.
  • Bhutan Flight, Permit and visa

Price Excludes

  • Flights To/From Nepal
  • Tourist Visa and Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Tips for your trekking staffs

Complementaries

  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Company T-Shirt
  • Certificate of Achievement and Medal
What to Expect

Bhutan Tour offers more than just sightseeing; it’s a transformative experience that will leave you with a renewed appreciation for nature, tradition, and inner peace.

  • Imposing Dzongs:Bhutan's rich history is evident in its dzongs, massive fortress-monasteries that serve as religious and administrative centers.
  • Vivid Festivals (Tshechus): Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture by attending a tshechu, a colorful festival featuring masked dances depicting Buddhist myths and legends.
  • Towering Himalayas: Hike through valleys adorned with rhododendron forests or marvel at the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.
  • Diverse Wildlife: Look out for Bengal tigers and red pandas while exploring the lush jungles, or spot birds like the Himalayan griffon and the black-necked crane.
  • Gross National Happiness (GNH): Experience Bhutan's unique philosophy that prioritizes spiritual well-being and environmental conservation alongside economic development.
  • Delectable Cuisine: Savor ema datshi, a national dish featuring chilies and local cheese, or momos, steamed or fried dumplings with savory fillings. Wash it down with a cup of Bhutanese butter tea.
  • Vibrant Textiles: Witness the artistic heritage of Bhutan through its intricate woven tapestries and "kira," the national dress for women.
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Itinerary
Bhutan is a land of breathtaking beauty, rich culture, and spiritual significance. This 5-day itinerary provides a glimpse into the wonders of this unique kingdom. Be prepared to be captivated by its magic and leave a part of your heart in the Land of the Thunder Dragon. This Bhutan tour itinerary is a suggestion, and it can be customized based on your interests and preferences.

Day 1Fly to Paro - A Realm of Serenity

  • Arrive at Paro International Airport, nestled amidst breathtaking mountains.
  • Take in the fresh mountain air and panoramic views as you complete immigration formalities.
  • Check into your hotel in Paro, a charming town steeped in tradition.
  • In the afternoon, visit Paro Dzong, a magnificent fortress monastery overlooking the Paro Valley.
  • Explore the dzong’s courtyards, temples, and watchtowers, learning about its historical and religious significance.
  • In the evening, stroll through Paro’s main street, lined with shops selling traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.

Day 2Hike to Tiger's Nest - A Spiritual Journey

  • Embark on a thrilling hike to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest.
  • This iconic monastery perched precariously on a Cliffside is a national treasure and a sacred pilgrimage site.
  • The hike takes about 2-3 hours, offering stunning views of the Paro Valley along the way.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the serene beauty of the Himalayas.
  • Spend time at the monastery, soaking in the spiritual atmosphere and marveling at the intricate Buddhist artwork.

Day 3Thimphu - Unveiling the Capital City

  • Take a scenic drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
  • Visit the National Folk Heritage Museum to learn about Bhutanese culture, traditions, and way of life.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Thimphu’s weekend market, where you can find local handicrafts, textiles, and souvenirs.
  • In the afternoon, visit Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the government and the religious center of Bhutan.
  • In the evening, witness a traditional Bhutanese archery competition, a popular national sport.

Day 4Punakha - Journey to the Old Capital

  • Take a scenic journey through Dochula Pass, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range.
  • Stop at the 108 Chortens (Stupas) commemorating Bhutanese soldiers who died in battle.
  • Continue your drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan.
  • Visit Punakha Dzong, strategically located at the confluence of two rivers.
  • Explore the dzong’s courtyards, and temples, and learn about its historical significance.
  • In the evening, enjoy a traditional Bhutanese dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 5Departure from Paro - Carrying Memories

  • Bid farewell to Bhutan and carry unforgettable memories with you.
  • Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel and check out.
  • Take a final glimpse of the majestic Himalayas as you transfer to Paro International Airport for your departure flight.
FAQ
This FAQ provides a starting point for planning your Bhutan tour. Remember, a your tour operator like us can answer any further questions you may have and help you craft a personalized itinerary that caters to your interests.

Do I need a visa?

Yes, all foreign tourists except for citizens of India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives require a visa to enter Bhutan. Your tour operator will handle the visa application process for you.

How much does the visa cost?

The visa fee is typically around USD 40, but this can be confirmed with your tour operator. And visa fee is also included in the total cost of the trip.

Do I need to book with a tour operator?

While recently there have been discussions about independent travel options, currently, all visitors to Bhutan must book their trip through a licensed tour operator. This ensures responsible tourism practices and cultural sensitivity.

What is the best time to visit Bhutan?

Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) offer pleasant weather and clear skies. However, Bhutan is beautiful year-round, with varying experiences depending on the season.

How expensive is a Bhutan tour?

Bhutan operates on a Minimum Daily Package (MDP) system. This all-inclusive package covers a set cost per night, which includes 3-star accommodation, meals, transportation, a guide, and a Sustainable Development Fee that supports conservation efforts. The price varies depending on the season and travel style but typically starts around USD $250 per night during the low season and USD $300 per night during the peak season.

What should I wear?

Bhutan prioritizes cultural sensitivity. When visiting religious sites, dress modestly with long pants or long skirts and shirts with sleeves.

What is the local protocol?

A respectful manner is always appreciated. Avoid loud noises and public displays of affection in religious areas. It’s customary to take off your shoes before entering temples and monasteries.

Do I need a guide?

While not mandatory outside of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Trongsa, having a knowledgeable local guide is highly recommended. They can provide invaluable insights into Bhutanese culture, history, and traditions.

Is Bhutan a safe country to visit?

Bhutan is known for its peacefulness and low crime rates. However, as with any travel destination, it’s always wise to exercise general caution.

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