8 Day Magical Bhutan Travel Plan

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  • Paro Valley

    Paro Valley
    Paddy fields before the harvest season

  • Dochula Pass

    Dochula Pass
    Built by the the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to commemorate and liberate the souls of the fallen soldiers

  • Phobjikha Valley

    Phobjikha Valley
    A Shangri-La within a Shangri-La and the winter home of the Black Neck Cranes

  • Paro Valley

    Paro Valley
    Pachhu, the river that runs through Paro Valley

Day 1

     Arrival in Paro, Bhutan

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatise to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and lets have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine and some light sight-seeing in Thimphu if possible. On the way to the viewpoint over Thimphu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin; a strange looking beast some say looks like a bee stung moose.
 

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Day 2

     Tour of Thimphu

Elevation 2,320 m     Weather in Thimphu

Heritage Museum- Dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past though exhibition of artefacts used in rural households.
Textile Museum- Witnesses the art of traditional weaving.
Thimphu Dzong- The largest Dzong, is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan.

National Memorial Chorten, which was built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
Paper making factory - Witnesses the art of paper making.
Simtokha Dzong - Five miles from Thimphu, on a lofty ridge, stands Semtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in the Kingdom.

Centenary Farmers’ Market - Every Saturday and Sunday most of the Thimphu population congregate on the banks of the river where the weekend market is held. Here villagers from the valley and other nearby places come to sell their agriculture products.
 

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Day 3

     Thimphu to Punakha

Elevation 1,300 m     Weather in Punakha

Dochula Pass- the 108 chortens was built by the present Queen Mother of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over indian militants and to liberate the souls of the souls lost.

Punakha Dzong- Built in 1637, the dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chief Abbott, the Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten- Built by the third Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon wangchuck this Chorten is a splendid example of of the Bhutanese architecture and art and is the only one of its kind in the world. It has been built over eight and a half years and its details have been drawn from religious scripture.
 

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Day 4

     Punakha to Gangtey

Elevation 3,000 m     Weather in Gangtey

Chhimi Lhakhang - A 20 minutes walk across terraced fields through the village of Sopsokha from the roadside to the small temple located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina. Ngawang Chogyel built the temple in 15th century after the ’divine Madman’ Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there. It is a pilgrim site for barren women.

Passing Wangdue (left), one of the major towns and district capital of Western Bhutan. Located south of Punakha, Wangdue is the last town before central Bhutan. The district is famous for its fine bamboo work and its slate and stone carving.

We will pause to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. Built in 1638, Wangdue Dzong is dramatically perched on the spur of a hill and overlooks the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers.
 

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Day 5

     Gangtey

Elevation 3,000 m     Weather in Gangtey

The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Bhutan is home to around six hundred black-necked cranes with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from the Tibetan plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March. Overlooking the Phobjikha valley is the Gangtey Goempa. This is an old monastery that dates back to 17th century.
 

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Day 6

     Gangtey to Paro

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

Paro Valley - The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The country’s only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. The following are some of the prominent places to visit in Paro.

Paro Dzong - Also known as Rinpung Dzong, this 15th century massive fortress/monastery, is also the administrative center of the dzonkhag.

Ta Dzong - Built as a watch tower the Ta Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique Thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
 

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Day 7

     Paro

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

Taktsang Monastery - A one hour hike to the cafeteria is also a vantage view whereby you can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliffs and this is also where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century.

Drukgyal Dzong - A morning drive, north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate.Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.

Kyichu Lhakhang - After a sumptuous local lunch, we will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
 

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Day 8

     Depart Paro

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early flight back to Singapore. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments! Tashi Delek!

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Suitable Months
  • Whole year round
  • High Season: March-May and September-November
  • Low Season: December-February and June-August
Prices
  • For Travel during the months of: Dec-Feb and Jun-Aug
  • USD 1,729 for 1 person traveler
  • USD 1,659 per person for 2 person travelers
  • USD 1,449 per person for group with 3 or more


  • For Travel during the months of: Mar-May and Sep-Nov
  • USD 2,079 for 1 person traveler
  • USD 2,009 per person for 2 person travelers
  • USD 1,799 per person for group of 3 and above
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Vanessa
Vanessa
Singapore, Apr 2016

Hello Sangay!

Thank you for your email, I'm doing well and hope you're too. I had an enjoyable time in Bhutan, my guide (Ms. Kuenzang Dema) was very helpful and took very good care of me during the trip, especially when I was unwell. She also spoke Mandarin, which was helpful. Along the way, the car broke down probably due to the road conditions, and the next day I got a new driver and new car, so thanks very much for that! I do hope that the other driver managed to fix his car, do send my regards to him! I attached a few photos that I took with my phone, and I'm happy to share them (:

Thank you very much for your help too, I do hope to travel to Bhutan again in the future!

Regards,
Vanessa Ko

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Windson
Windson
Hong Kong, Oct 2015

Dear Sangay,

Thanks for the greeting! I had a wonderful time in Bhutan and I would like to grasp the chance to thank my tour guide Sonam and driver Tandin for bringing me an unforgettable experience throughout the 9 days.

Please kindly find the attached compliment letters for both of them. And if chances permit, please do not hesitate to share on Facebook or your company's newsletter.

Please also find the attached 3 pics for your use.

(a) Group photo with my tour guide Sonam and driver Tandin
(b) Photo with Tiger Nest and myself
(c) Dry picnic at the lookout to Himalayas

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Kurtis Sherwood
Kurtis Sherwood
United States, Aug 2015

Hi Sonam,

Thanks for the email. I had a very good time in Bhutan. It is a beautiful country full of warm people. Overall I was pleased with my experience. I enjoyed my guide and driver. The Hotel Lobesa was very nice. I would only have two suggestions for improvement. I was a bit disappointed that my reservation at Hotel Lobesa was not taken care of for the first night in Punakha and I was forced to stay at Hotel Vera, which is a significant step down from Hotel Lobesa. I certainly do not expect to stay at 5 star resorts for a $250/day all in price, but I think the quality of what you get at Lobesa is a reasonable expectation. Hotel Vera was not to that level.

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