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Bhutan Peaceful Tour 12Days

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  • Spend 3 days in Thimphu to learn more about the capital of Bhutan than most other tourists
  • Find the inner peace in the glacial valley of Phobjika
  • Admire exquisite Bhutanese handiworks in both museum and small villages
  • Relax yourself via a traditional hot stone bath
  • Drink traditional red rice beer with unique local taste
  • Dress in traditional National Attire to take a photo
  • Get 1 Bhutan sim card of 5GB internet access 
  • Culture dance show with dinner
  • Try local archery, which is not only Bhutan's national sports, but also art
11 Nights 12 Days
Tour Code:BTP008
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Day1  Arrive in Paro-Thimphu, Bhutan (airport pick-up & hotel check-in, Buddha Dordenma Statue, National Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong)

Welcome to Bhutan, the Country of Thunder Dragon. You will take 1.5 hours to transfer to Thimphu from Paro International Airport. Your first tourist destination in Bhutan is the National Memorial Chorten, which was built in 1974 in memory of Bhutan’s third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.

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 Sanctuary, Takin Zoo) is a wildlife reserve area 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 this unique creature called 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.

Meals:    Dinner


  • National Memorial Chorten
    National Memorial Chorten
  • National Memorial Chorten
    National Memorial Chorten
Day2  Thimphu ( Institute for Zorig Chusum, Coronation Park, Folk Heritage Museum, Changangkha Lhakhang)

After breakfast, you will see the largest statue of Buddha in Kuensel Phodrang, and then touch the wild world of Bhutan in the Takin Preserve. Continue your tour to Zilukha Anim Dratsang, the only nunnery in the capital of Bhutan. After a delicious lunch, you will learn about local people’s lifestyle in the Institute for Zorig Chusum, a school for local handiwork and painting skills. And then learn more about ancient Bhutanese people’ daily life in the Folk Heritage Museum

Thimphu National Institute for Zorig Chusum (School of Arts and Crafts), 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.

Changangkha Lhakhang is an ancient fortress-like temple built in the 12th century which is visited by a large number of locals daily. It is strategically located on a ridge above the city of Thimphu, southeast of Motithang. Traditionally, Bhutan parents used to visit Changangkha Lhakhang to get auspicious names for their newborn babies or blessing for their young kids from the protector known as Deity Tamdrin. The parents usually bring incense, whiskey, biscuits, and sacks of snacks as an offering. You will be lucky to witness an excellent event if your visit coincides with a Buddhist ceremony. The temple also offers an amazing view of Thimphu from the courtyard.

Coronation Park (Centenary Park) is located in Thimphu on the banks of the Wangchu River. It was built to honor King His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and was inaugurated by Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck on 26th September 2006. There is a 45 feet tall statue of a walking Buddha. The park has over sixty species of flowers and trees, cute swings and slides, a mini basketball court, and a small sand football ground. It is a popular picnic spot for Bhutan people from young to old.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Thimphu City with no traffic lights
    Thimphu City with no traffic lights
  • Bhutan Arts
    Bhutan Arts
Day3  Thimphu (Tango Monastery Trekking)

Today you will take 30 minutes’ drive and 1 hour’s walk to the through shaded rhododendron forests to reach the Tango Monastery, which was built in the 12th century. A picturesque three-storey tower in the monastery tells you more about Bhutan’s history and Buddhism.

Tango Monastery is a Buddhist monastery located 14 kilometres to the north of the capital city of Thimphu in Bhutan. It was founded by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo in the 13th century and built in its present form by Tenzin Rabgye, the 4th Temporal Ruler in 1688. With its teaching and amazing hiking route, Tango Monastery has been a must visit place in Bhutan and a favored sightseeing place in Thimphu for both pilgrim and travelers.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Way to Tango Monastery
    Way to Tango Monastery
  • View Thimphu City from a hill
    View Thimphu City from a hill
Day4  Thimphu-Gangtey (Dochu-la pass, Rinchengang Village, Gangtey Monastery)

Today, you will be transferred to Gangtey, which is considered to be the most beautiful place in Bhutan. The drive takes around 6 hours. The sceneries along the road will not make you feel bored. The far views of 7 giant mountains (around 7000 meters high) and 108 chortens or stupas are the rewards while driving through the Dochu-la pass. After lunch, you will have short sightseeing to Rinchengang Village and Gangtey Monastery.

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.

Rinchengang Village is located opposite to the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong and Punatsangchhu runs along the highway. Believed to be one of the oldest villages in Bhutan dating back to the Zhabdrungs era., Rinchengang Village is famous for its proficiency in traditional means of stonework and its Bhutanese architectural designed houses. The village is also famous for its houses being close to each other and the space between the houses is barely enough to walk through. Meet local people and know more about the history of the Rinchengang village.

Gangtey Monastery (Gangtey Goemba, Gangtey Gonpa)was first built in 1613 by Pema Thinley, the grandson, and re-embodiment of Pema Lingpa( the reincarnation of Guru Rinpoche, 1450-1521). It is a beautiful temple architecture that stands on the hilltop and is a great spot to view the picturesque Phobjikha Valley. It is said that the Black-necked cranes circle the monastery three times when they arrive and three times when they leave. Each year on November 11, the Black-necked Crane Festival with local songs, dramas, and masked dances is held at the courtyard of Gangtey Goemba to celebrate the arrival of the endangered bird migrating from the Tibetan Plateau.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Gangtey Monastery
    Gangtey Monastery
  • Rinchengang Village
    Rinchengang Village
Day5  Gangtey (Phobjikha Valley, Black Necked Crane Information Center)

You will start today’s tour with a hike in the U-shaped glacial valley of Phobjika, the most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trails in Bhutan. Have lunch after around 2 hours’ hike. Restart the tour in the Black Necked Crane Information Center, where you can observe the cranes with high-power telescope and spotting scopes.

In Black Necked Crane Information Centre , you can enter the observation room and use the telescope and spotting scopes to watch the Black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis). Every year (Oct. to Feb.), over 300 cranes migrate from Tibet to Bhutan for their winter months in Phobjikha Valley. As an indigenous Himalayan species, the black-necked cranes are the holy bird in the eyes of local people as it is a symbol of longevity. It was helpful for the center to protect and conserve the Black-necked crane and its species since 2003. It is a nice place to know more about the cranes and study their behavior.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Valley of Phobjika
    Valley of Phobjika
  • Black Necked Crane in Gangtey
    Black Necked Crane in Gangtey
Day6  Gangtey-Bumthang (Trongsa Dzong, Yotongla Pass, Yathra Weaving Centre)

Drive through dense forests of oak and blue pine trees to Bhumthant from Gangtey, admiring and taking photo of the sceneries of rural Bhutan along the road. After lunch, you will visit the most impressive dzong in Bhutan – Trongsa Dzong. Continue your travel to Bumthang passing through Yotong La Pass. You will see local people weaving Yathra, a kind of colorful, hand-woven woolen cloth before finally arriving in Bumthang, where you will stay overnight.

Trongsa Dzong (1920m), built in 1648, is the ancient fort where the first and the second King of Bhutan ruled the kingdom due to its strategic position. All successive Kings of Bhutan hold the post of Trongsa Penlop (governor) before being crowned as the Prince and the King. This Dzong is considered one of the longest and the largest fortresses in Bhutan. It also provides an extraordinary view of the Mangde River. There is a Ta Dzong (built in 1652) that served as the watchtower for Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion and it is now a heritage museum focused on Buddhist art and Royal memorabilia which is worth a visit.

Yotongla Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3,436m above sea level, located in the Bumthang District of Bhutan. It falls within the Black Mountain range and connects Trongsa and Bumthang. Trongsa and Bumthang served as the summer and the winter capitals respectively and the pass was thus used frequently by the King and his traveling entourage. The road to Yotongla Pass is one of the highest mountain roads in the country. It's called Bumthang-Ura Highway and was built in the 1990s. The pass is covered with mist and prayer flags most of the time. It is worth a stop for a photo break.

Yathra Weaving Centre is a sales outlet showcasing textiles woven from sheep and yak wool. You will see women weaving intricate designs on their backstrap loom, wool dyeing in a natural way, and other processes there. Yathra is traditional wool weaving with intricate patterns native to Chumey Valley in Bumthang of central Bhutan. Almost every family in Chumey owns a backstrap loom. Girls around 8 years old are learning to weave. Yathra products are unique souvenirs, they are the main income for the people of Bumthang.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Trongsa Dzong
    Trongsa Dzong
  • Trongsa Dzong
    Trongsa Dzong
Day7  Bumthang (Kurje Lhakhang, Jambay Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong)

Today you will learn about local history and religions in the Jambay Lhakhang and Kuraj Lhakhang first. They both have a history of over 1200 years. Continue your tour to the Burning Lake – Mebartsho, where local people float small butter lamps to makes wishes. Today’s last destination is the Jakar Dzong, a monastery with a history of 450 years.

Kurjey Lhakhang consists of three buildings facing south namely: Guru Lhakhang (built-in 1652), Sampa Lhundrup Lhakhang (built-in 1900), and Ka Gon Phor Sum Lhakhang (built-in 1900). It is said that, in the 8th century, the Saint Guru Padmasambhava(Rinpoche) meditated here for three months. The upper floor of the Kurjey Lhakhang houses 1000 small statues of Guru Rinpoche. There is also a huge cypress tree near the entrance of the temple which is believed to have sprouted from Guru Rinpoche's walking stick. It is a must-visit Lhakhang in Bumthang.

Jambay Lhakhang is one of the 108 monasteries built on a single day by Tibetan King Songtsen Goenpo in 659 AD to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region while spreading Buddhism over the Himalayas. It was believed that Jambay Lhakhang was built to pin down the left knee of the ogress. There is an annual festival called Jambay Lhakhang Drup held here to honor Guru Rinpoche who consecrated the Jambay Lhakhang. Visitors can enjoy watching the mask dance of Bhutan. It is worth seeing the beautiful statues, fascinating relics, and preserved murals in this Lhakhang.

Jakar Dzong (Jakar Yugyal Dzong), literally meaning "Castle of the White Bird", was initially built as a monastery in 1549 by Lam Ngagi Wangchuck (1517-1554), a Tibetan who came to Bhutan to spread the Drukpa Kagyupa Buddhist order. It was also the seat of the first King of Bhutan. As the dzong or fortress of the Bumthang district, it is located on a ridge above Jakar town that can give a spectacular view of the Chamkhar (Chokhor) Valley. Jakar Dzong is now the administrative center for Bumthang valley and houses the regional monk body.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Jakar Dzong
    Jakar Dzong
  • Jakar Dzong
    Jakar Dzong
Day8  Bumthang-Punakha ( Punakha Dzong)

It takes around 7 hours to drive to Punakha today. After checking in your hotel, you will visit the Punakha Dzong, where houses the highest-standard woodworks in Bhutan.

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.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Punakha Dzong
    Punakha Dzong
  • Punakha Dzong
    Punakha Dzong
Day9  Punakha (Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten, Chimi Lhakhang, Limbukha Village)

Your first activity today is hiking to Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten, which was built in a painting-like Punakha Valley. Local people believe the Chorten can remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world.Chimi Lhakhang is your first attraction after lunch. Local people usually pray for fertility and having children in the monastery.Drive to the Limbukha Village after the sightseeing in Chimi Lhakhang to see the fields of red rice, which is of high medicinal values. You will feel the local people’s love towards peace and tranquility there.

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.

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.

Limbukha Village is known for its love of peace and tranquility. During the annual festival, the Limbuk men are found carrying peace flags instead of swords and fireworks. We can walk along its red rice fields and have an idea about Bhutan's famous red rice which is supposed to have medicinal value. Also, you may meet local farmers in their tradition Gho or Kira working in the field with a pure smile on their face.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Chimi Lhakhang
    Chimi Lhakhang
  •  Souvenirs in Chimi Lhakhang
    Souvenirs in Chimi Lhakhang
Day10  Punakha-Paro (National Museum of Bhutan, Paro Dzong)

Today you will go back to Paro, where you entered Bhutan 9 days ago without taking any sightseeing activities. Explore the National Museum, where houses lots of exquisite local artworks and Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), where offers you beautiful river view.

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 (Paro 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...

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.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Paro Dzong
    Paro Dzong
  • Paro Dzong
    Paro Dzong
Day11  Paro (Taktsang Monastery hike, Kyichu Temple)

Around 2.5 hours’ hiking are needed to reach Taktsang Monastery, the most famous religious relic in Bhutan. It is possible to take a rest at the view terrace, which is located on the half point of the hiking route. Pay a visit to a local people’s farmhouse or visit Kyichu Temple to continue your tour. It is incredible that there is not a single nail used to build a farmhouse, which offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer.

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.

Kyichu Lhakhang (Kyichu Temple) is one of the oldest monasteries that marks the beginning of Buddhism in Bhutan. It was built in 659AD by King Songtsen Gompo (Tibetan Emperor) as one of the 108 monasteries he made. In 1971 a Guru Temple was added by Her Majesty Azhi Keshang Choden Wangchuck, the wife of the Third King of Bhutan. You can see the original 7th-century Jowo Sakyamuni Statue (the same era as the one in Lhasa's Jokhang Temple) and Chenrezig with 11 heads and 1000 arms there. There is also a magical orange tree outside the courtyard that is said to bear fruits all year round.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery
    Hike to Taktsang Monastery
  • Tiger's Nest
    Tiger's Nest
Day12   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!

Note: 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.



  • Bhutan Tshechu Festivel
    Bhutan Tshechu Festivel
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Price Includes

    • 1.English-speaking local guide
    • 2.Meals listed in the itinerary [Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner]
    • 3.Accommodation in 3-star hotel under twin/dbl bed sharing basis
    • 4.All transportation within the country including airport transfers
    • 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.Personal expense and Travel Insurance
    • 3.Cost for any services not mentioned in the "PRICE INCLUDES"

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