Bhutan Highlights

Get a fascinating glimpse into the ancient culture of Bhutan on this short Bhutan Highlights itinerary. Visit the quaint capital city, Thimpu, the historic Punakha Dzong and hike to the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery. Explore the beautiful Paro Valley, with its magnificent Dzong, and enjoy the rich and fascinating traditional culture of the Bhutanese people. Experience the highlights of this beautiful and unique country in a short but comprehensive trip, ideal for travellers who are short on travel time but who want the best out of their Bhutan vacation.

 
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“Totally loved Bhutan... The people were very nice everywhere we went. Our guide became part of our group right away and had a great sense of humour, and I was very impressed by the care he took with everything.” —Catherine, New Zealand

US $1,795* 

5 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  

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 and driver

Trip Inclusions

  • Transport by private vehicle

  • All meals, mineral water, tea and coffee

  • 5 nights handpicked hotel accommodation

  • All entrance fees at monasteries and museums

  • Bhutan visa, Bhutan government tourism royalties and local taxes

  • English-speaking Bhutanese guide

TRIP OVERVIEW

Your five-night escorted tour begins by travelling from Paro to Thimpu, one of the world’s smallest capital cities. Here, enjoy a city walk and visit Trashi Chhoe Dzong.

We continue our journey the next day via the scenic Dochu La Pass, offering stunning panoramic mountain views, to the fertile Punakha Valley. Visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong, and the place where the kings of Bhutan have traditionally been crowned. 

Return to Paro, where you will wake up to breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks in your rustic villa. Visit Paro Dzong, the National Museum and the famous Nyamai Zam Bridge. Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan’s most famous landmark. A 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, rising 1,000 metres from the valley floor. The views are magnificent over the Paro Valley, and the only sounds to be heard are prayer flags blowing in the wind.

Our Bhutan Highlights tour showcases the best of Bhutan in a short space of time. It can be tailored to suit the needs of solo travellers, couples, those travelling in a group, or families with children.

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1

Paro to Thimphu: You will be met at Paro Airport by your guide. Travel to your hotel in Thimphu. Explore Thimphu, and visit the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts.      
Driving time: 1 hr                                                                                                              Overnight: Thimpu
Altitude: 2,320 m                                                                                                          

DAY 2

Wangdue Phodrang: Travel from Thimphu via the Dochu La Pass (3,140m) to Punakha. Visit the temple of fertility at Chimi Lhakhang, and then Punakha Dzong.             Driving time: 2 hrs                                                                                                          
Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang
Altitude: 1,310 m                                                                                                            

DAY 3

Paro: Return to Paro and visit Kyichu Lhakhang temple. 
Driving time: 3 hrs                                                                                                           Overnight: Paro
Altitude: 2,195 m                                                                                                          

DAY 4 

Paro: Spend the day exploring Paro. Visit the National Museum and Paro Dzong.             Overnight: Paro
Altitude: 2,195 m                                                                                                            

DAY 5 

Paro: Hike to the iconic, cliff-hugging Tiger's Nest monastery.   
Overnight: Paro
Altitude: 2,195 m                                       

DAY 6

Depart Paro