10 DAYS - BEST OF BHUTAN

WESTERN & CENTRAL BHUTAN TRAVEL PACKAGE

Discover the highlights of Bhutan’s popular western and spiritual central valleys. Visit Dzongs, temples, monasteries, palaces, and witness Bhutan’s ever-changing scenic beauty. The Best of Bhutan tour takes you to the historic valleys of Trongsa and Bumthang, and includes a night in the stunning Phobjikha Valley, winter home of the endangered Black-Necked Crane (grus nigricollis) 

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WESTERN & CENTRAL BHUTAN TRAVEL PACKAGE 9 NIGHTS/10 DAYS

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU

  • Sight seeing Paro

  • Drive to Thimphu (1 hr)

  • Stroll around Thimphu if time permits

Overnight at hotel in Thimphu (2400m)

DAY 02: THIMPHU 

  • Morning, visit to Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point)

  • Hike trail overlooking Thimphu valley

  • Other places of interest

  • Changangkha Monastery (12C) 

  • National Memorial Chorten

  • Folk Heritage Museum

  • School of Arts & Crafts

  • Textile Museum

  • Takin Preserve (Takin is Bhutan's national animal) 

  • Weekend market (Fri - Sun)

Overnight at hotel in Thimphu (2400m)

DAY 03: THIMPHU - PHOBJIKHA / GANGTEY

  • Drive to Dochula Pass(3150m). Enjoy breathtaking views (weather permitting)

  • Drive on to Punakha

  • Continue drive up to Phobjikha valley after lunch

  • Overnight at hotel/lodge in Phobjikha (3000m)

DAY 04: PHOBJIKHA / GANGTEY - BUMTHANG

  • Visit Phobjikha sanctuary to see black necked cranes (winter months)
    - or walk around the beautiful valley with option of visiting the monastery

  • Drive over Pele la Pass (3420m) on Black Mountain range towards Trongsa
    Trongsa is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s ruling dynasty

  • En route visit beautiful 18C Chendebji Chorten

  • Visit Trongsa dzong - the largest dzong in Bhutan
    - Trongsa dzong was the gateway between east and west Bhutan in the past

  • Drive on to Bumthang – spiritual heart of the kingdom
    - Bumthang is home to some of Bhutan’s oldest palaces, temples & monasteries

Overnight at hotel in Bumthang (2800m)

DAY 05:  BUMTHANG

  • Visit Kurjey Lhakhang – one of the most sacred places in Bhutan
    - Guru Rimpoche meditated here

  • Visit 7thC Jambay Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest temples

  • Visit Jakar dzong & Tamshing Lhakhang

  • Walk around valley

Overnight at hotel in Paro (2300m)

DAY 06: BUMTHANG - PUNAKHA

  • Depart for Punakha

  • Take an opportunity to stretch your legs by walking on certain stretches of the journey

Overnight at hotel in Paro (1300m)

DAY 07: PUNAKHA

  • Depart for Punakha

  • Take an opportunity to stretch your legs by walking on certain stretches of the journey

Overnight at hotel in Punakha (1300m)

DAY 08: PUNAKHA - PARO

  • Drive back over Dochula pass (3150m)

  • Continue to Thimphu for a stretch of legs & souvenir shopping

  • Drive to Paro

Overnight at hotel in Paro (2300m)

DAY 09: PARO

  • Hike to historical Taktsang Monastery - Tiger's Nest (3200m)

  • Visit other places of interest in Paro valley

  • Stroll around Paro town

Overnight at hotel in Paro (2300m)

DAY 10: DEPART PARO

After breakfast, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. 

INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKAGE

  • Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.

  • All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicle.

  • Local English speaking guide/tour leader.

  • Experienced driver.

  • Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard government approved hotels & guesthouses.

  • All meals in Bhutan.

  • All entrance fees and permits.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare to and from Bhutan

  • Travel Insurance

  • Bar expenses & other expenses of personal nature such as tipping

  • Expenses for additional activities such as biking, rafting , ponies etc