Bhutan Heart & Soul

This 9-night escorted tour takes you to both Central and Western Bhutan. Fly to off-the-beaten-track Bumthang Valley in Central Bhutan, the spiritual heartland of the kingdom. Visit ancient temples as well as the local Swiss cheese factory and micro-brewery! Returning to Western Bhutan, visit the quaint city of Thimpu, one of the smallest capital cities in the world. Spend two nights near Punakha, where the Kings of Bhutan have traditionally been crowned. Visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong, and the quirky painted house of Chimi Lhakhang. Return to Paro and hike to the iconic, cliff-hugging Tiger's Nest monastery. 

For a colourful and dramatic Bhutanese festival experience, time your trip to coincide with one of the numerous festivals of the Bumthang Valley. 

Whether you want to tour Bhutan solo, as a couple, with a small group, or a family with children, we have the perfect itinerary for you.


US$3,549*

9 NIGHT tour
DEPARTS: paro, bhutan

Availability: All year - choose your own dates                                Minimum group size: 1 person (subject to surcharges)

* Price based on twin-share accommodation. Single room supplement available for US$45 per night, subject to availability. Please note that groups of two people will also need to pay a two-person supplement.
Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here 

 
“Our guide was brilliant. he was so flexible at changing the programme a couple of times which gave us more time for places that we enjoyed the most.” Caroline, N.Z

TRIP EXCLUSIONS

  • International airfare to Bhutan. (This can be arranged for you. Please contact us for details)

  • Stopover hotel if needed

  • Comprehensive travel insurance. Click here for an insurance quote

  • Additional activities (e.g. massage, hot stone bath)

  • Alcoholic or soft drinks

  • Laundry

  • Tips for guide or driver

Trip Inclusions

  • Transport by private vehicle

  • Return domestic flights from Paro - Bumthang

  • All meals, mineral water, tea and coffee

  • 9 nights handpicked hotel accommodation

  • All entrance fees at monasteries and museums

  • Bhutan daily fee including visa, Bhutan government tourism royalties and local taxes

  • English-speaking Bhutanese guide

 

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrive in Paro, Bhutan: Your journey begins in the beautiful Paro Valley, where you will stay in a charming Bhutanese-style hotel located on the edge of a forest. You will be met at the airport by your guide. Visit the charming town centre of Paro and the famous wooden Nyamai Zam Bridge. Visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang temple, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan.
Overnight: Paro
Altitude: 2,200 m

DAY 2

Bumthang:  Take the short flight to Bumthang, one of the most beautiful and sacred valleys in Bhutan. Visit Jakar Dzong and Kurje Lhakhang. Visit the Cheese factory and micro-brewery the guesthouse run by a Swiss-Bhutanese family. 
Flight time: 35 mins
Overnight: Bumthang
Altitude: 2,800 m

DAY 3

Bumthang: Visit the remote Burning Lake, Pemacholing Nunnery and the 16th-century Ugyen Choling Palace in the Tang Valley.
Overnight: Bumthang 
Altitude: 2,800 m

DAY 4 

Bumthang:  Do a day hike offering great views of the Bumthang valley before driving eastwards to Chumey, one of the prettiest parts of Bumthang District.
Overnight: Chumey, Bumthang
Altitude: 2,800 m

DAY 5 

Phobjikha:  Drive to Phobjikha via the fascinating museum in the historic town of Trongsa.
Driving time:  5-6 hours
Overnight: Phobjikha
Altitude: 2,320 m

DAY 6

Punakha: Visit the grand Gangtay Monastery. Continue towards the fertile Punakha valley, visiting the Temple of Fertility at Chimi Lhakhang. and the magnificent Punakha Dzong.
Driving time: 3 hrs
Overnight: Punakha
Altitude: 1,242 m

DAY 7

Thimpu: Drive via the Dochu La Pass (3,140 m)  into Thimpu, the charming little capital of Bhutan. Sight-seeing in Thimpu can include the Folk Heritage Museum displaying traditional Bhutanese life or a visit to see Bhutan’s unique national animal, the Takin.
Driving time: 3 hrs
Overnight: Thimpu
Altitude: 2,320 m

DAY 8

Paro:  Visit the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts in Thimpu, the best place to see traditional arts being created or the colourful Textile Museum before returning to Paro.
Driving time: 1 hr
Overnight: Paro
Altitude: 2,200 m

day 9

Paro: Tiger's Nest excursion. An unforgettable hike to the Taktshang Gomba (Tiger’s Nest Monastery). A 3-4 hour hike up through blue pines, passing water-powered prayer wheels, leads you to this holy site. This ancient monastery clings miraculously to a sheer cliff above the valley floor. The views are magnificent over the Paro Valley.
Overnight: Paro
Altitude: 2,200 m

Day 10

Depart Paro

 

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