Bhutan Encompassed Tour

Trip Fact

Trip Duration 5 Days
Destination Bhutan
Trip Grade Easy
Transportation Private Vehicle
Accomodation Hotel + Lodges
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Trip Style Tour
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
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Trip Highlights

  • Splendid view of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest through the flight from/to Paro
  • A flight passing through different hills in the deep valley of Paro
  • Exploring of the city, Paro with unique shade and tradition
  • Touring around the tiny capital Thimpu
  • Visit the old capital of Bhutan: Punakha
  • Hike through the vertical cliff to reach Taktsang monastery – the Tiger’s Nest
  • Sightseeing the Punakha Dzong and Kyichu-Lhakhang monastery and temple
  • Witness the everyday way of life and conventions of Bhutan

Bhutan Encompassed Tour is an excellent opportunity to explore Bhutanese art, architecture, culture, and tradition. This tour encloses three major cities in Bhutan i.e. Thimpu, Paro, and Punakha. Thimpu provides a close encounter with ancient cultural and historical monasteries, shrines, and monuments. Paro offers colorful characteristics of Bhutan. And, Punakha contains old monasteries and offers a decent opportunity to absorb more about Buddhism. Punakha is the old and Thimpu is the new capital cities of Bhutan.

Punakha Dzong, Bhutan  Photo By Bernard Gagnon

The most interesting characteristic of this tour is the exploration of the Taktsang Monastery hanging in the upright cliff. This monastery is also popularly known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. On the way of Thimphu to Punakha is the Dochula Pass at an elevation of 3,140 meters which provides amazing all-encompassing perspectives of the snow-topped mountains towards the north in a sunny morning. The view of Thimpu is perfectly observed from Buddha’s point in Thimpu. It gives the most beautiful view of this tiny capital. Likewise, Punakha Dzong, Kyichu-Lhakhang (oldest temple in Bhutan) are the most attractive and visited monasteries and shrines with their own cultural importance.

The tour starts from Paro, then goes to Thimpu, then to Punakha, and again to Paro; hence Paro is the starting and ending point of this tour. This tour encircling three primary cities is the perfect way to witness Bhutan and its pristine sights and sounds.

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Arrive Paro (2250m) – Thimpu (2350m)
  • Day 02:Thimpu – Punakha (1310m) via Dochula La (3140m)
  • Day 03:Punakha – Paro (1150m)
  • Day 04:Paro – Taktsang Monastery Hike – Paro
  • Day 05:Paro – Depart

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive Paro (2250m) – Thimpu (2350m) Arrive Paro enjoying the flight through the highest mountain in the world and the lavish green Paro valley. The fresh and cool air of Bhutan welcomes its visitors as soon as you step down to its land. After the customs and VISA formalities, you meet your representatives and Bhutanese guide. You will be provided a short briefing about the tour. Then you will be transferred to Paro town for lunch and then drive to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan. You will reach Thimpu after 1 and a half hours of drive. On the way to Thimpu, you can perform short hikes to Tamchong monastery (a private temple owned by descendants of popular Tibetan bridge builder, Thangthong Gaylpo) and later on continue the drive towards Thimpu.
    In Thimpu, you can visit Buddha point for gaining the splendid view of Thimpu city and Takin compound. On the transit to the viewpoint over Thimpu, there is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin. Then continue to Tashi Choe Dzong, Folk Heritage Museum, and Centenary Farmers Market. Tashi Choe Dzong is the fortress initially built in 1641 and rebuilt in the 1960s by the king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, and Folk Heritage Museum is a 300-year-old house which was converted into the museum. Spend the night at the hotel.
  • Day 02:Thimpu – Punakha (1310m) via Dochula La (3140m) After having early breakfast, we drive towards Punakha passing through Dochu La Pass (3140m) for about 3 hours. If the weather is clear, you will obtain a beautiful view of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass, we more downhill and finally stop after reaching the extremely refined valley of Punakha. En-route, you can perform a short hike to Chimmi Lhakhang through the beautiful rice field. Chimmi Lhakhang is the temple devoted to Drukpa Kuenley (also known as ‘the Divine Madman’). In the afternoon, we will visit the most adorable dzong of the country, Punakha Dzong which is situated at the convergence point of Pho-chu (Male River) and Mo-chu (Female River).
  • Day 03:Punakha – Paro (1150m) In this day, we have early breakfast and start moving from Punakha to Paro crossing the Dochula pass again. We stop at Thimpu for lunch. Arrival in Paro is followed by a short hike to 15th-century Zurig Lhakhang above Paro Dzong. It offers the beautiful view of Ta Dzong (watch tower) and Paro Rinpung Dzong (meaning: ‘the fortress of the heap of jewels’). Also, a quick descend arrives at covered cantilever bridge striking with giant stupas. Stay overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 04:Paro – Taktsang Monastery Hike – Paro Starting in the early morning, we make an excursion to Taktshang monastery. It is the monastery stung on the vertical cliff at an altitude of 2950m above sea level. It describes all engineering judgments. It takes around 2 and a half hours to reach the monastery. Pony ride can also be arranged to the monastery, but it will cost additional charge. Visiting Kyichu Lhakhang (one of the oldest temples in Bhutan) gives an outstanding opportunity to communicate with local people and know about their cultures and lifestyle. Stay overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 05:Paro – Depart Today is the final day of your Bhutan Encompassed Trek. So, after having breakfast, you will leave this legendary Dragon Kingdom. You representative will aid you in completing exit formalities. Then, you will fly back to your home with a final goodbye.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-ups and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star settlement (4 and 5 stars may require an extra premium).
  • Bhutan visa charge - including all fundamental preparing
  • Route Permit
  • Three meals every day amid your stay in Bhutan
  • An authorized Bhutanese tour guide
  • All arrive transportation by private vehicles
  • Camping gears and haulage for the trip
  • Sightseeing according to the mentioned itinerary
  • Extra charge of monuments (if needed)
  • Drinking water
  • All inward expenses and charges (tax)
  • Feasible improvement expense of USD 65 (this charge goes towards free instruction, free medicinal services, poverty alleviation, along with the building infrastructure)

Cost Excludes

  • Airfare and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratitude to drivers and guides
  • Expenses occurred because of unavoidable events like road crashes, flight delays, etc.

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