Experience a natural haven in its most undisturbed form - one of Asia's best-kept secrets. This landlocked country, with Tibet to the north, is one of unsurpassed beauty, a spiritual land with a unique culture and ancient mythology. A kaleidoscope of changing landscapes, a riot of color in spring and autumn with blood red blooming rhododendrons, fields carpeted in wildflowers and the golden hues of terraced rice crops. An unforgettable journey awaits in the hidden Kingdom of Bhutan.

Start/End: Paro/Paro
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Tour route: Thimphu – Haa Valley – Paro Valley – Taktsang
Tour Highlights: 

  • Hike to the Taktsang the Tiger Nest Monastery, a 17th-century monastery built cliffside with spectacular views.
  • Engage in an early morning meditation class in the Thimphu valley
  • Lunch in the picturesque valley of Paro in a traditional farmhouse surrounded by rice fields
  • Explore the therapeutic properties of a traditional hot stone bath

Tour Category: Bhutan Tour Itineraries
Tour Customizable: Definitely! ( Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Guides: Local Guide ( English Speaking Guide, Other Languages depends on your Request )
Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges

Brief Itinerary
Day 1 & 2: Arrival and Thimphu sightseeing
Day 3: Thimphu – Paro Valley
Day 4: Taktsang Monastery Half Day hike and Paro Highlights
Day 5: Paro Explore and Guided Walking Tour
Day 6: Depart free leisure time until departure

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Day 1 & 2: Arrival and Thimphu sightseeing (D)

Upon arrival in the picturesque Paro Valley, your first glimpse of daily life in Bhutan begins by road as we proceed to the capital – Thimphu, through traditional settlements and terraces of rice fields. The capital lies in a steep valley with alpine forests and golden topped monasteries scattered throughout. Thimphu with its bustling and colorful main street, a meeting place for many and the center of commerce for most.

A leisurely walking tour in the main center of this sprawling city at 2350 meters, with its teahouses, handicraft emporiums, and artisan produce at the Farmers Market. The following day and a half are full of opportunities including the Thimphu Dzong Fortress, Memorial Chorten with locals engaged in “Kora” – a circular pilgrimage with offerings of butter lamps. An early morning visit to a private temple, an opportunity to engage in a meditation class or simply take in the stunning valley views to reflect. High above the valley sits the 12th century Changangkha Lhakhang, with its large prayer wheels and stunning courtyard views.

changangkha lhakhang - bhutan hidden kingdom

Day 3: Thimphu – Paro Valley (B)

The morning of Day 3 we commence our road trip to Paro via Haa Valley and Cheli La pass. The road to the Haa Valley is a scenic drive through small towns and hamlets, winding through these side valleys we make our way into the Haa Valley, the road cut into the hillsides, above the Haa river. Exploration of this isolated traditional settlement, situated south of Paro and only recently opened to tourism, take in the sights of the many temples and Lhakhang dotted throughout the valley. Winding back out of the Haa Valley, ascending to Cheli La Pass at 3810 meters offers views of the magnificent Mount Jhomolhari and Haa Valley. Taking in the scenery with an offering of prayer flags, a Buddhist ritual to gain merit for the next life. Descending through oak and pine forests from the pass into the Paro Valley, an optional mountain bike ride, an exhilarating descent.

haa valley - bhutan vacation

Day 4: Taktsang Monastery Half Day hike and Paro Highlights (B, L)

Day 4 begins with a hike to the magnificent Taktsang Monastery at 3140 meters. Perched cliffside, it is believed to be the meditation site of Guru Rinpoche who flew on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. An important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Himalayas. With its stunning vistas and spectacular architecture against a backdrop of sheer granite cliff faces. After descending from Taktsang, enjoy a picnic lunch in the Paro Valley. After lunch, we drive out to the northern end of the valley to the ruins of the 17th century Drugyel Dzong. With background views of the great Jhomolhari peak, this Dzong was originally constructed to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan army. On our return to Paro town, a visit to the ancient Kyichu Monastery, this 7th-century ancient temple is highly revered for its antiquity.

tiger nest - bhutan tour packages

Day 5: Paro Explore and Guided Walking Tour (B, D)

A guided tour of the enchanting Paro Valley with the 17th century Paro Dzong towering over the valley below. The National Museum housing collections of Bhutanese treasures, colorful Buddhist artworks, and weapons from centuries gone by. Walking through Paro, the township is lined with willow trees, large white monument tower over the towns local archery field, over a beautiful traditional bridge and into the heart of the valley. Leisure time, perhaps indulge in a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath, partake in Bhutan’s national sport ‘Da’ – archery or a scenic mountain bike ride. Our final night in the Land of the Thunder Dragon – a farewell dinner to savor traditional Bhutanese cuisine and celebrate this incredible journey in a kingdom of mythology and ancient traditions.

ta dzong - bhutan vacation pakages

Day 6: Paro Departure (B)

Free time until the driver picks you up to transfer to the airport for your departure. Trip ends.

What’s Included?

  • Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing by the private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide
  • English speaking tour guide will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. He or she will provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast as per detail itinerary
  • Entrance fees & permits (if have)
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary with authentic local food. Western food is available (upon request) (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Bottle of drinking water
  • Domestic air tickets
  • English speaking local tour guide in each city
  • Entrance fees and zone fees for places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfers and sightseeing by private air-conditioned car

What’s excluded?

  • International flights and airport taxes (Visa)
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals which are not indicated above
  • Surcharge and Compulsory dinners (if any)
  • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Personal and other expenses such as porterage, bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary.