Get a fascinating glimpse into the ancient culture of Bhutan on this short Bhutan Sampler 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.
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.
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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
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 Sampler 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.
Paro to Thimpu: You will be met at Paro Airport by your guide. Travel to your hotel in Thimpu. Explore Thimpu, and visit the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts.
Driving time: 1 hr Altitude: 2,320 m Overnight: Thimpu
Wangdue Phodrang: Travel from Thimpu 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
Altitude: 1,310 m Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang
Paro: Return to Paro and visit Kyichu Lhakhang temple.
Driving time: 3 hrs Altitude: 2,195 m Overnight: Paro
Paro: Spend the day exploring Paro. Visit the National Museum and Paro Dzong. Altitude: 2,350 m Overnight: Paro
Paro: Hike to the iconic, cliff-hugging Tiger's Nest monastery.
Altitude: 2,195 m