8 days, 7 nights
Duration

Join Ekno Travels in saying ‘Tashi Delek’ (hello) to the mysterious Kingdom of Bhutan – known as the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ and home to mountains, monasteries and magic.
Come with us and enjoy the unique culture and pristine natural beauty of Bhutan, where progress is measured by the ‘Gross National Happiness Index’. Though modernity has touched some facets of life; the people remain true to their cultural heritage by preserving the traditions and beliefs passed on by their forebears.
This week long tour offers the perfect combination of rural and urban adventure in this scenic country, allowing the visitor an in depth look at the people and places of Bhutan. Our Ekno Travels journey to Bhutan is a not to be missed experience!

 

TOUR DATES

Visit anytime through out the year

TOUR COST

PER PAX COST / NO OF PAX 1 pax 2 pax 3-5 pax 6 -10pax
Per pax on twin share room U$ 1390 U$ 1300 U$ 1230 U$ 1210
Per pax Single supplement U$ 200
EXTRA please add airfare cost per person to above land rates
Airfare Kathmandu / Paro / Kathmandu* U$ 250
Airfare Bangkok/Paro/Bangkok* US$ 550
Airfare Singapore/ Paro / Singapore* US$ 680
Airfare Delhi / Paro / Delhi* US$ 395
Airfare Kolkata / Paro / Kolkata* US$ 260

*Airfares subject to change without notice

DURATION

08 Days, 07 Nights

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit to the architectural marvel of Paro Rimpung Dzong
  • Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan
  • Picturesque valley of Gangtey
  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery

TOUR ROUTE

 Paro – Punakha – Thimphu – Paro
Day 1

Arrive Paro

Arrive in Paro, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. You will have some time to rest and acclimatise to the altitude before touring Kyichu Lhagang, one of the most holy Buddhist sites, followed by a visit to the architectural marvel of Paro Rimpung Dzong, which towers over the town.
Overnight: Hotel, Paro
Day 2

Paro – Punakha

After breakfast we will take a spectacular 4 hour drive to Punakha, the former capital. On the way we will pass through several picturesque villages and cross the Dochula Pass at 3200m. If it is a clear day you will be able to see Mount Gangkhar Punsum (7541m), the highest mountain in this region.

The beautiful Punakha valley is home to the scenic Phochu and Mochu (Male & Female) rivers and has a pleasant warm climate. The local villagers grow rice and fruit such as oranges, mangoes and bananas. When we arrive we will visit Punakha Dzong, which was once home to over 500 monks. It is also the winter home of His Holiness Jhey Khenpo, the Chief Monk of Bhutan, as well as the wedding venue of their Majesties the King and Queen.
Overnight: Resort, Punakha

Day 3

Punakha – Thimphu

After breakfast we will take an early morning walk through lush farmland to visit the Chimmi Lhagang monastery, famous as the home of the monk Drukpa Kunley.
After lunch we will visit the Ani Gompa and the Nalanda Institute of Buddhist studies.
Overnight: Hotel, Punakha
Day 4
After breakfast we will take a scenic 3 hour drive to the picturesque valley of Gangtey. We will have a short rest at our hotel before taking a tour of the gold roofed Gangtey monastery. This beautiful village is also the winter home of the endangered black-necked crane, and is known for it stunning natural beauty and scenic farmlands.
Overnight: Hotel, Gangtey
Day 5

Gangtey – Thimphu

This morning we will drive to Thimphu, the present day capital. When we arrive you will be able to freshen up at the hotel before we visit the Memorial Chorten, built in honour of 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. After this we will tour the impressive Tashichho Dzong, which houses the Royal Government of Bhutan as well as a religious centre.
In the evening we will visit the handicraft emporium and take a walk down the main road of this busy capital city.
Overnight: Hotel, Thimphu
Day 6

Thimphu

Today we will set of on a sightseeing tour of Thimphu and its surrounds. Firstly we will visit the Takin nature enclosure to see the unusual national animal of Bhutan. We will then visit the Dordenma Buddha, a stunning 51m statue that heralds the entrance to the Thimphu valley. In the afternoon we will tour the Heritage Museum, the carpet weaving centre and a traditional paper making workshop.
Overnight: Hotel, Thimphu
Day 7

Thimphu – Paro

Today we will drive to Paro, stopping along the way to visit one of the most impressive sights in Bhutan, the Taktshang Monastery. This spectacular monastery, also known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest Monastery’ is perched 900m up a sheer cliff face that overlooks the Paro valley. We will transfer to the base of the Tiger’s Nest walk and hike to cafeteria view point or up to the monastery at the height of 2980m. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche flew here on a tiger’s back to make the first monastery in Bhutan.

After visiting the monastery and enjoying the stunning views we will continue on to Paro. If there is time, visit the Drukgyal Dzong “Victorious Citadel” and the Ta Dzong Museum along the way. In the evening you will have the option to enjoy a hot stone bath in a traditional Bhutanese bath house.
Overnight: Hotel, Paro

Day 8

Depart Paro

After breakfast we will transfer you to Paro airport for your departure.
We hope you enjoyed your time with us in Bhutan and hope to see you again on another Short Escapes journey.

INCLUDES

All transfers by private vehicle
English speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
Standard tourist hotel accommodation for 7 nights
Breakfasts, lunch & dinner
Entry fees to all sights and monuments as per the itinerary
Bhutan Dev Fee
Bhutan Visa fee

EXCLUDES

International flights to and from Bhutan
Tips
Any expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, beverages, telephone calls, souvenirs etc.
Any expenses caused by factors beyond our control such as flight cancellation, road blocks, vehicle malfunction etc.
Compulsory travel insurance
Transfer 1.30hrs drive to Paro for Kathmandu OR Bangkok flight on Druk Air.

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