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BT03: 7 Days Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Gangtey - Paro

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 3-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: A mix choice of local cuisines and western-style food

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Paro, Transfer to Thimphu for half-day sightseeing
Upon your arrival at Paro airport, our guide will pick you up to Thimphu and pass through the Iron Bridge in Tamchog Lhakhang during the 1.5-hour drive. After the check in formalities in Thimphu hotel, your Bhutan itinerary 7 days will start this afternoon. The guide will take you to visit the National Memorial Chorten, the Buddha Dordenma Statue (the giant Buddha of Sakyamuni) and the Motithang Takin Preserve, where you can see the Takin, Bhutan's national animal. Then, after the Zilukha Nunnery, we will go to Tashichho Dzong (Fortress), housing secretariat buildings, throne rooms, office of the king and the central monk body, to have a look. Finally, enjoy the authentic Bhutanese cuisine at Folk Heritage Cafeteria.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Tashi Yoedling (3 stars) or similar

Day 2: Thimphu full day cultural tour
This morning, we will head for the Tango Monastery, a religious school built in 1688 in north Bhutan. Later, you will be exposed to the traditional handicrafts, history and culture of the country from the Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts School and the Folk Heritage Museum. After that, a comfortable vehicle will take you to view precious Thangka paintings, Buddhist texts and statues as well as stamps in the National Library. Then, please enjoy yourself at the Traditional Paper Making Factory.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Tashi Yoedling (3 stars) or similar

Day 3: Drive to Punakha, Punakha highlights tour with Punakha Dzong
Today we will drive to Punakha. On the way, we will come across the Dochula Pass, which is a popular location among tourists offering a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range, and have a nice glimpse of the 108 grand stupas. Upon arrival in Punakha, our guide will show you Chimmi Lhakhang and Punakha Dzong (Fortress). Built in 1637 between two rivers, the majestic Punakha fortress boasts itself of unique Bhutanese architecture. Later, we will reach Suspension Bridge to admire the fine views.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Lobesa Lodge (3 stars) or similar

  • Punakha Dzong
    Green mountains and rivers in Punakha Dzong
Day 4: Private transfer to Phobjikha Valley, Sightseeing tour with Gangtey Monastery
After breakfast, a private transfer will take you to next stop of this best Bhutan tour - Gangtey/Phobjikha, a secluded glacier valley with abundant wild animal resources, such as black-necked cranes, muntjacs, wild boars and black bears of Himalaya. Then, a 20 minutes hike along the paved road will take you to a clustered Rinchengang village. Later we will take a hike to Gangtey Monastery with delicate wood carvings, delicate frescos and tranquil environment.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Dewachen (3 stars) or similar

Day 5: Hiking in Gangtey Nature Trail, Drive back to Paro
Today's Bhutan itinerary 7 days begins with a hiking across Gangtey Nature Trail. During the 45 minutes relaxing trekking, the scenic natural surroundings are worth a seeing and preserving in your camera. Later, you will be accompanied to visit the Black-necked Crane Information Centre, and have a good time with the kids in Gangtey Primary School. Afterwards, we will drive back to Paro.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort (3 stars) or similar

Day 6: Paro one day tour with Taktsang
After breakfast, the guide will accompany you to spend the whole morning hiking up to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest). As Bhutan's most recognizable cultural icon, the Taktsang perches about 900 meters (3000 feet) upon a sheer cliff above Paro Valley like a ferocious tiger lying in its nest imposingly. Immersing in the picturesque scenery of continuous hills, serene river valleys and idyllic rurality, you would be deeply expressed by the unique Tiger's Nest. In the afternoon, continue this best Bhutan tour package to the old Kyichu Lhakhang, and then a visit to the Aum Chencho Farm House will enable you to enjoy the hospitality of the Paro farmers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort (3 stars) or similar

  • Tiger's Nest
    Gaint praying wheel in Tiger's Nest
  • Tiger's Nest
    Temples located on the cliffs in Tiger's Nest
Day 7: Departure from Paro, Airport see-off
Your best Bhutan tour concludes today. After checking out procedures, our guide will chauffeur you to the airport and see you off. Please enjoy your homeward flight!

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Prices

10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before

Month1 traveler2 travelers3-5 travelers
Mar-May, Sep-Nov$2109 $1898$2019 $1817$1789 $1610
Jun-Aug, Dec-Feb$1769 $1592$1679 $1511$1449 $1304
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
What's Included
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfasts.
  • Lunches and dinners per itinerary.
  • Service of professional English speaking guide.
  • Service of private driver and air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Entrance fees for all tourist sites.
  • Bottled water during the tour.
  • All Government Royalty and Taxes.
  • Bhutan Visa Fee.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out of Bhutan.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
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  • Janet Daphne from GermanyPosted on December 31, 2019
    Everyone took great care of me and I felt at home. Many thanks to Agate Travel for arranging such dedicated tour guides and professional drivers for the wonderful trip!

    I couldn’t have had fun without you guys! Thanks to Agate Travel agency for arranging such a wonderful 7-day Bhutan trip:)
  • Rainer from ItalyPosted on November 20, 2019
    My trip to Bhutan came to a successful end! I had so many fond memories of my 7 days Bhutan tour. Thank you Agate for warm service!
  • Lee Gordon from AustraliaPosted on October 05, 2019
    This 7-day Bhutan trip was quite unforgettable! We put on the local folk costumes to experience the culture of Bhutan personally.
    We took a lot of beautiful photos in the scenic area as a memory of our amazing trip! We also made individual stamps with our photos at the post office, which was very memorable!
  • Kathy Indriani from FrancePosted on August 17, 2019
    Paro airport is the only international airport in Bhutan. The guide who met us at the airport told us it was an airport with the most difficult landing in the world. Pilots were all highly skilled. Overlooking the Himalayas from the plane, the snow scenery and mountains were really beautiful and stunning! Enjoying such a beautiful view was a perfect start to our 7-day Bhutan tour!
  • Warren Freixes from CanadaPosted on April 29, 2019
    We were so lucky to see a variety of exotic wildlife in a glacial valley: black-necked cranes, barking deer, wild boars and black bears… The 7 days Bhutan tour was full of surprises! As for accommodations, they were limited but comfortable. The tour guides were also responsible and professional. We will definitely recommend the company to my friends. I’m also looking forward to traveling with Agate Travel agency next time!
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