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BT04: 8 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
After your arrival at the Paro International Airport, our guide will meet you and transfer you to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. On the way, we will visit the Tamchog Lhakhang Iron Bridge.

After you check in at the hotel, we will start your Bhutan adventure tour by having an afternoon city exploration including National Memorial Chorten, the Buddha Dordenma Statue, the Takin Sanctuary, the Zilukha Nunnery and finally the day ends at Thimphu Dzong.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Tashi Yoedling (3 stars) or similar

Day 2: Thimphu highlights tour with Tango Monastery
We will begin your Bhutan trekking tour with a 1.5 hours trekking to reach the Tango Monastery in the morning. It was built in the 13th century. You can see caves where ancient saints did meditation in this monastery. It acts as the most important religious school and retreat center in Bhutan. More than 200 students study Buddhism here.

In the afternoon we will visit the Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts School and the Folk Heritage Museum, before continuing to the National Library and the Traditional Paper Making Factory.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Tashi Yoedling (3 stars) or similar

Day 3: Private transfer to Punakha, Sightseeing tour with Punakha Dzong
You will be transferred to Punakha after breakfast. En route, we will stop by the Dochula Pass where you can appreciate 108 splendid stupas. If it is a sunny day, you can admire the beautiful scenery of Himalaya at a distance. Later we will enjoy another Bhutan hiking tours to Chimmi Lhakang. You will hike through a paddy field to enjoy the peaceful rural landscape.

After a short break, we will continue our Bhutan hiking trip to Punakha. Upon arrival, our guide will help you check in the hotel. Later, you will be escorted to Punakha Dzong. There are numerous Buddhist scriptures and portraits of Buddhist masters in this castle. It was the residence of sovereigns before 1950, and serves as the winter palace of Je Khenpo now. You will also visit the suspension bridge nearby.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Lobesa (3 stars) or similar

  • Punakha Dzong
    Buddhist temple buildings in Punakha Dzong
Day 4: Drive to Phobjikha valley and visit Gangtey Monastery
Today we will continue your Bhutan trekking tour to Gangtey/ Phobjikha valley. It's a broad U-shaped glacial-carved valley, which is renowned for its idyllic scenery, impressive marshland, as well as black-necked cranes. On the way visit Rinchengang village well known for its masonry. It's nearly 2 hours' drive to the valley and visit Gangtey Monastery, the only Nyingma site in Bhutan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Dewachen Resort (3 stars) or similar

Day 5: Gangtey Nature Trail trekking, Transfer from Gangtey to Paro
After breakfast, your Bhutan trekking packages extend to Gangtey Nature Trail. This trail is a 45 minutes hike that goes round the crane roosting habitat giving you the nature and scenic beauty of the place. Later visit crane information center and Gangtey primary school to meet up with children and teachers. Later drive to Paro which is around 5-hour's drive.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort (3 stars) or similar

Day 6: Paro full day tour with Taktshang
Today's private Bhutan tour starts with the Paro Taktshang. It is said to be the place for Indian Master Guru Rinpoch to meditate in the 8th century. It is worth mentioning that beautiful landscape of the Paro Valley will fully come into your sight when you look out on the balcony. Afterwards, we will visit one of the oldest temple in Bhutan, Kyichu Lhakhang and pay a visit to Aum Chencho Farm house, where you can dress up in Bhutanese dress and get to learn about local culture.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort (3 stars) or similar

  • Taktsang
    Ancient temples constructed on cliffs in Taktsang
Day 7: Same day Chele La Pass hiking tour from Paro
In the morning, you will be taken to the Chele La Pass where colorful prayer flags can be found on the ridge. Then start a trek along the main road to Kila Gompa Nunnery which was built in the 9th century. It features the beautiful scenery of the Paro Valley and its difficult location on the cliff. After that, the guide will escort you back to Paro. You can have a good rest after your fabulous days trekking in Bhutan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort (3 stars) or similar

Day 8: Departure from Paro, Airport see-off
Your private Bhutan tour package draws to a close today. You will be escorted to the airport to catch your departure flight. Wish you a nice journey home.

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$2439 $2195$2339 $2105$2069 $1862
Jun-Aug, Dec-Feb$2049 $1844$1939 $1745$1679 $1511
  • 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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