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6 Nights 7 DaysTour Code:BTG-F
  • Route:Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Paro
  • Group Size:1-12 pax
  • Tour Guide:English-speaking
  • Meals:6Breakfasts;5Lunches;6Dinners
  • Accommodations:6Nights,3-Star hotels
  • Single Supplement:USD240/pax
  • Tour style:
    Western Bhutan Tour


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  • 1. Dress in Bhutan National Attire (Gho or Kira) to take photos
  • 2. Drink traditional red rice beer with a unique local taste
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Day1  Arrive in Paro, Bhutan (airport pick-up & hotel check-in; Paro Airport Birds Eye View Point, Bhutan National Dress)

Tashi Delek and welcome to Bhutan. Our local representative will greet you at the only international airport in Bhutan that is located in Paro(2,262m), Western Bhutan. Have a nice shot at Paro Airport Birds Eye View Point, then you can check in at your sweet hotel for a good rest while getting used to the time difference.

Today, you will receive special offers from the AOT team:
Dress in Bhutan's National Dress (Gho or Kira) for a complimentary photo session.



  • Paro Airport in Snow, Bhutan
    Paro Airport in Snow, Bhutan
  • Rinpung Dzong and Ta Dzong, Paro
    Rinpung Dzong and Ta Dzong, Paro
Day2  Paro-Thimphu (Buddha Dordenma Statue, National Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong, Takin Preserve, Local Market)

In the morning, we will head to Bhutan’s capital city Thimphu (72km, about 2.5h). After sightseeing in Thimphu (2,360m) with Buddha Dordenma Statue, National Memorial Chorten, Motithang Takin Preserve, and Tashichho Dzong. Then have a good rest in your hotel.

Buddha Dordenma Statue (Kuenselphodrang, Buddha Point) is a landmark of Thimphu city and you can have a great view of the Thimphu Valley there. With 51.5m in height, built of bronze and gilded in gold, the statue is famed as the largest sitting Shakyamuni statue in the world and there are 125,000 smaller Buddha statues placed within it. The statue was finished in 2015(built for 9years) to fulfill an ancient prophecy to emanate an aura of happiness and peace all over the world.

National Memorial Chorten is the most visited landmark of Thimphu which was built in 1974 in memory of the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk(the Father of Modern Bhutan) by his mother. Due to the idea of Jigme Dorji, this stupa is dedicated to world peace and prosperity. It is a Tibetan-style chorten with amazing paintings and brilliant sculptures, you can see the classical stupa pattern like the pyramidal pillar crowned by a crescent moon and sun. It is also a good place to meet local Bhutanese people circumambulating the Chorten throughout the day in a clockwise direction for praying.

Motithang Takin Preserve (Takin Zoo, Takin Sanctuary) is a wildlife reserve for Takin (Budorcas taxicolor), the national animal of Bhutan. Drukpa Kunley (Divine Madman), the famous Tibetan saint, is said to be responsible for the creation of Takin which has the head of a goat and the body of a cow.

Tashichho Dzong (Thimphu Dzong) is located on the right side of the Wangchu River in the northern part of Thimphu city. As the "Fortress of the glorious religion", it houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, government offices, and the central monk body. Thimphu Dzong was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. There are two main entrances in the Tashichho Dzong. One leads to the administrative section to the south and the other one (at the north) leads to the monastic quarter where festivals and dances are performed.

You will also love to visit Local Market. You might find yourself drawn to the sections overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables, or perhaps the aromatic spices and herbs will catch your attention. Don't miss the opportunity to taste some of the local cheese or the array of dried meats, a staple in the Bhutanese diet.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Buddha Dordenma Statue, Thimphu
    Buddha Dordenma Statue, Thimphu
  • Tashichho Dzong, Thimpuh
    Tashichho Dzong, Thimpuh
Day3  Thimphu to Punakha Tour (Bhutan Post Office, School for Arts and Crafts, Folk Heritage Museum, Dochula Pass, Chimi Lhakhang Hike)

In the morning, we will explore Bhutan’s capital city Thimphu through Bhutan Post Office Headquarters, Folk Heritage Museum, and School for Arts and Crafts. After sightseeing in Thimphu (2,360m), we will drive to Punakha (74km, about 2.5h) via Dochula pass. Then have a good rest in your hotel.

Bhutan Post Office Headquarters (the General Post Office) is located near Changlam Square in Thimphu. It is home to the world's largest photo book and the most interesting collection of Bhutanese stamps. Only in this post office, you can get your personalized stamps (the stamp of your face). Great surprise to send your family and friends a postcard with your face on the stamp! (Open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00 during Summer and 9:00 to 16:00 during Winter. Do note that it is closed for lunch from 13:00 to 14:00.)

School of Arts and Crafts (Thimphu National Institute for Zorig Chusum), established by the Government of Bhutan in 1971, is an institute that nurtures exemplary craftsmanship in Zorig Chusum (13 Arts and Crafts). In the Institute, thirteen skills are taught to students. These thirteen art forms are Traditional Painting (Lhazo), Sculpturing (Jinzo), Wood Carving (Shagzo), Calligraphy (Yigzo), Papermaking (Dezo), Bronze Casting (Lugzo), Embroidery (Tshemazo), Weaving (Thagzo), Carpentry (Parzo), Masonry (Dozo), Bamboo and cane weaving (Tshazo), Gold/Silver Smithy (Trozo), Black smithy (Garzo).

Folk Heritage Museum (Phelchey Toenkhyim) was established on July 28th, 2001 with the initiative of Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (the Queen Mother of Bhutan). It is set inside a three-storied, 19th-century traditional house and provides visitors with a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, artifacts from rural households, collection of typical household objects, tools, and equipment. The museum also organizes regular demonstrations of rural traditions, skills, habits, and customs as well as hosts educational programs for children.

Dochula Pass (108 memorial chortens) is a place in honor of 108 Bhutanese Soldiers, there are 108 stupas called the "Druk Wangyal Chortens" representing each soldier's life that was lost in the war of December 2003. The pass is decorated with colorful prayer flags which are symbols of veneration and the best wishes for peace and prosperity for Bhutan. If the weather is good, the Dochula Pass will become the best platform to get breathtaking views of the snow-covered Himalayas.

Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple, Chime Lhakhang) is located on a hillock among the rice field and is a pilgrimage for a childless couple to seek blessings. The monk there blesses the couple with a wooden phallus that is believed to have the power to help the childless couple conceive a child. This temple is associated with the famous Drukpa Kunley (1455-1529, Divine Madman, Tibetan saint), who is famed for using his phallus to guide people to enlightenment and subdue demons. That is why you can see the symbol of phalluses scattered everywhere. You can buy handicraft souvenirs here with the phallic symbol in various colors, shapes, and sizes.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Bhutan Post Office Headquarters, Thimphu
    Bhutan Post Office Headquarters, Thimphu
  • Dochula Pass, between Thimphu and Punakha
    Dochula Pass, between Thimphu and Punakha
Day4  Punakha (Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten Hike, Punakha Dzong, Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery)

This morning, we will do the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten Hike before visit Punakha Dzong. You will also pay a visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery for a Nepali style stupa.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is on the west bank of the Mo Chhu river. After across a suspension bridge, it is about 45mins' walk from the main road to the Chorten(stupa). The stupa was built in 1990 by Ashi Tsering Yangdon Wangchuck(the mother of the 5th King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck) to drive off evil forces and bring peace to Bhutan and the world. This Chorten was a typical combination of the art, architecture, and traditions of Bhutan. It took Bhutanese carpenters, painters, and sculptors 9 years to finish this Bhutan-style pagoda. Also, you will get an excellent view of the Punakha Valley and Punakha Dzong there.

Punakha Dzong stands at the junction of two great rivers called the Pho Chu river (father river) and Mo Chu river (mother river). As the palace of great happiness or bliss, it is also known as the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. It was first built in 1637 by the founder of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, and was played as the administrative center and the seat of the Bhutanese official till the capital city was moved from Punakha to Thimphu in 1955. Now, this Dzong is served as the winter residence for Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body. In 2011, the Dzong witnessed the royal wedding ceremony of the 5th Bhutan's King, His Majesty Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck to Queen Jetsun Pema. If you visit Bhutan in May, you will be amazed by the breathtaking purple-blue jacaranda blooms outside the fortress.

Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery, offers a breathtaking view of the Punakha valley and Wangduephodrang valley. Initially established as a Buddhist college for nuns, the nunnery currently houses around 120 nuns. You will have the chance to closely observe and learn about the spiritual lives practiced by the nuns.

Optional Experience: Punakha Rafting.
You have option to go rafting in the Po Chu and Mo Chu rivers, offering unique views of the Punakha Dzong that not possible from land.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
    Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
  • Punakha Dzong
    Punakha Dzong
Day5  Punakha-Paro (Tamchog Lhakhang Iron Bridge, Paro Dzong, Bhutan National Museum)

This morning we will head back to Paro from Punakha (115km, about 2.5h). In the afternoon, explore Tamchog Lhakhang Iron Bridge, Paro Dzong, Bhutan National Museum in Paro.

Tamchog Lhakhang(Tamchog Lhakhang Iron Bridge, Tachog Lhakhang) is located by the Paro river on the way to Thimphu from Paro. To get to the temple we must walk across a unique iron chain bridge with colorful fluttering prayer flags. Both the Lhakhang and the iron bridge are built by the saint Thangthong Gyalpo (1385-1464, Tibetan polymath). As the "King of the Empty Plain", Thangthong Gyalpo is now commonly known as the "Iron Bridge Maker". Enjoy his pioneering old-aged buildings left till today.

Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzon), the "fortress of the heap of jewels", is built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is located near the crystalline Paro Chu (Paro River). Through a traditional wooden cantilever bridge, we can reach it to get panoramic views of the Paro Valley. As the office of the district administration and monastic body of Bhutan, the annual religious festival Paro Tsechu also takes place in its courtyard.

National Museum of Bhutan (Ta Dzong) is famed as Bhutan's tallest building (a cylindrical structure), which is 22 meters (72 feet) high and has 6 floors. It was completed in 1649 as a watchtower on the hill above the Rinpung Dzong. It was converted into the National Museum of Bhutan in 1968 with a rich collection of ancient artifacts like pottery, armor, thangkas, masks, stamps, photos, statues, costumes, relics, stone axes, and religious paintings...

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • National Museum of Bhutan (Ta Dzong)
    National Museum of Bhutan (Ta Dzong)
  • Paro Dzong, Bhutan
    Paro Dzong, Bhutan
Day6  Paro (Tiger's Nest Monastery Hiking, Kyichu Lhakhang)

Today, we will drive from Paro city to the start point of the hiking route of the Tiger's Nest Monastery. It takes about 2.5 hours to reach Tiger's Nest by foot (5 hours for a round trip), and you can have a rest at the view terrace which is located at the halfway point of the hiking road. Also, you can choose to ride a horse(self-paying) from the camp base to the Taktsang Cafeteria (lunch spot). 

Tiger's Nest Monastery (Taktsang Goemba, Takhtsang Lakhang, Paro Taktshang), first built in 1692, is the iconic landmark of Bhutan. As a world cultural heritage, it is sited on the side of a cliff at a height of 900m above the Paro valley. It is said that Guru Rinpoche (a Buddhist saint) rode a tigress to the current site of the monastery and meditated in a cave for 3 years 3 months and 3 days. Now it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Bhutan and a sacred religious site for Bhutanese to pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime.

After the Tiger's Nest hike, it is time to visit Kyichu Lhakhang (Thousand-armed and Thousand-eyed Avalokiteshvara). It is one of the 108 Buddhist temples built by King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century (around 659 AD), and it is believed to have been constructed to subdue the left leg of the Tibetan witch. In the main hall of Kyichu Lhakhang, you can see the revered statue of an 8-year-old Shakyamuni Buddha, believed to have been created during the same period as the Jowo statue in the Ramoche Temple in Lhasa, Tibet. It is considered a national treasure of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Optional Bhutan Experiences: Bhutan Traditional Hot Stone Bath (1 hour). A visit to Bhutan without enjoying the health benefits hot stone bath would be incomplete. After the hiking, a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath is perfect to relax in the water heated by hot river stones roasted on the fire.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Tiger's Nest, Paro
    Tiger's Nest, Paro
  • On the way to Tiger's Nest, Paro
    On the way to Tiger's Nest, Paro
Day7   Paro Departure(Depart Bhutan, airport see-off)

Time to say goodbye to Bhutan, the beautiful Himalayan country. Our local representative will meet you at your hotel and send you to the international airport. Happiness is a place, wish you get happiness and great memories from the Bhutantrip with us. We look forward to seeing you again, Tashi Delek!

Please note that some of the sites in the itinerary may change due to season, weather, national holidays, and special events. We maintain the right to alter the itinerary. The changes in itinerary will mainly base on improving your tour experience in Bhutan.



  • Bird View of Paro Dzong.jpg
    Bird View of Paro Dzong.jpg
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Price Includes

    • 1.Meals listed in the itinerary
    • 2.Accommodation in 3-star hotel under twin/dbl bed sharing basis
    • 3.All transportation within the country including airport transfers
    • 4.English-speaking local guide
    • 5.Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments
    • 6.Bhutan SDF fee
    • 7.Bhutan Visa fee: USD 40 per person

Price Excludes

    • 1.Single room supplement charges
    • 2.International flights before and after the tour
    • 3.Personal expense and Travel Insurance
    • 4.Cost for any services not mentioned in the "PRICE INCLUDES"

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