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BT30: 6 Days Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Haa - 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 and transfer to Thimphu, Half-day Thimphu sightseeing
Upon arrival, our guide will greet you from Paro airport and transfer you to check in at the hotel in Thimphu. Your Thimphu, Punakha, Haa Valley & Paro Tour will start this afternoon.

After your check in formalities are over, our guide will take you to visit the Memorial Chorten, the Kuenschholing View Point (Largest sitting Buddha) and the Mini Zoo, where you can see just one animal, the Takin, Bhutan's national animal. Finally you will visit Tashichho Dzong (Fortress), which houses the secretariat building, the throne room, the office of the king and the central monk body.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Tashi Yoedling (3 stars) or similar

Day 2: Thimphu exploration, Private transfer to Punakha
This morning, we will visit General Post Office. You will get an insight into Bhutan through its stamps. And then we will visit Hand Made Paper Factory. The handmade paper making in Bhutan is stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century of Bhutanese history. On the way to Punakha we come across Dochula Pass. The pass is a popular location among tourists as it offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range.

Upon arrival in Punakha, our guide will show you Punakha Dzong (Fortress). This majestic fortress was built in 1637 in between two rivers. The fortress also boasts about displaying itself of unique Bhutanese architecture.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Lobesa Lodge (3 stars) or similar

  • Punakha Dzong
    Tranquil natural scenery in Punakha Dzong
Day 3: Discover Rinchengang village, Drive to Paro
In the morning, we will visit Rinchengang village. A 20 minutes hike up from the paved road will take you to a clustered village. It is known for its traditional masonry. Then we move on to Punakha Nunnery, which is perched on a ridge amid pine trees and is overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Nunnery Temple. Later we will take a hike to Fertility Temple. This Temple was built by lam Drukpa Kuenley (The Divine Madman) in 1499, whose style of teaching was thought shocking, insulting and including obscene behavior.

After that we will drive to Paro to continue your Bhutan itinerary 6 days and visit National Museum, which houses a fine collection of Bhutanese art, relics and religious thankas. The last stop today will be Kichu Lhakhang(Temple), one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort (3 stars) or similar

Day 4: Paro highlights tour with hiking to Tiger's Nest
After breakfast we will hike to Tiger's Nest. This is Bhutan's most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. Then you will have a chance to practice Archery. Archery is the Bhutan's national game and the distance of the target is around 150 meters. Later we will stroll around the tiny Paro town, interact with the people and perhaps take pictures with children and look for souvenirs that might interest you. At the end of the day, you will have a Farm House visit. Picturesque farm houses dot the valley amongst fields and hillsides. We welcome you to enjoy the hospitality of the Paro farmers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort (3 stars) or similar

  • Take pictures with local residents
    Take pictures with local residents
  • Take pictures with local residents
    Traditional costumes of the local residents
Day 5: Same day Haa Valley tour from Paro
Today morning we will drive to Haa valley via Chelila Pass. It's one of the highest motorable road at 3988m above sea level. At Chelila Pass, we will take a visit to the Kila Nunnery. Afterwards, we will continue driving to visit the Haa Town and its monasteries. Drive back to Paro and have a good rest at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort (3 stars) or similar

Day 6: Departure from Paro, Airport see-off
You may enjoy your last leisure time of this Thimphu, Punakha, Haa Valley & Paro Tour. Then we will drive you to the airport and bid you farewell for your onward journey. We wish you a safe flight with a good memory of Bhutan!

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Prices
Month1 traveler2 travelers3-5 travelers
Mar - May, Sep - Nov$1689$1619$1429
Jun - Aug, Dec - Feb$1419$1349$1159
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • 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 as mentioned in the 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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