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13-Day Central Bhutan Tour

13-Day Central Bhutan Tour

Highlights

  • Visit both the natural and cultural highlights of Paro in 3 days
  • Float small butter lamps to makes wishes with local people beside the Mebartsho
  • Enjoy a full Day Hike from Tharpeling Monastery to Lamei Goempa
Itinerary
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Day1  Paro Arrival

Welcome to the Thunder Dragon. Your tour guide will meet you in the airport of Paro. After checking in your hotel, you will visit the National Museum, where houses lots of exquisite local artworks and Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), where offers you beautiful river view.

Meals:  Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Paro

Day2  First Day of Paro Hike - Taktsang Lhakhang and Colorful Farmhouses

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 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.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Paro

Day3  Second Day of Paro Hike – Chele La Pass and Kila Gompa

Drive to the 3800-meter-high Chele La pass where you will have a splendid view of the Himalaya range. You can hike to a viewpoint with an altitude of 4500 meters for an even better view of Mount Jomolhari. At last, hike through rhododendron and hemlock forest towards Kila Gompa to catch your car back to Paro.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Paro

Day4  Fly to Bumthang for and Visit Three Monasteries

You will catch your flight to Bumthang from Paro today. After arrival in Bumthang, you will visit three historical monasteries, Jambay, Kurje and Konchogsum Lhakhangs. They were all built around 1200 years ago. Your insightful tour guide will tell you the anecdotes of the three monasteries.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Bumthang

Day5  Bumthang Local Sightseeing

Continue your Bumthang tour to Mebartsho today, 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.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Bumthang

Day6  Full Day Hike from Tharpeling Monastery to Lamei Goempa and Drive to Trongsa

You will drive to Tharpeling Monastery for sightseeing first. And then hike from the monastery, through rhododendron, dwarf bamboo and mixed conifer forests and finally reach the Lamei Goempa, where you will meet your driver and take a car ride the Trongsa to stay overnight.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Trongsa

Day7  Gangtey Valley View and Wild Animal Observation Tour

Take a car ride to 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.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Gangtey

Day8  Punakha Sightseeing

Today, you need to spend 2.5 hours for a car ride to Punakha from Gangtey. After arrival in Punakha, you will admire the fertility shrine in Chimi Lhakhang and the highest-standard woodworks in the Punakha Dzong.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Punakha

Day9  Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten Hike and Village Visit

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.

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.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Punakha

Day10  Drive to Explore Thimphu, Bhutan’s Capital

You will finally reach Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital after 10 days’ stay in the Himalaya Kingdom. Take a 2.5 hours’ drive to Thimphu through Dochula Pass, admiring the 108 chortens and Himalaya Mountain ranges on your way. Your first tourist destination in Thimphu is the National Memorial Chorten, which was built in 1974 in memory of Bhutan’s third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. And then see the largest statue of Buddha in Kuensel Phodrang before walking around in a local craft bazaar.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Thimphu

Day11  Thimphu In-depth Tour

After a delicious breakfast, 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.

Today’s other tourist attractions are:

Changangkha Lhakhang – You can have a fascinating view of Thimphu Valley there.

Tashichhoe Dzong - A fortress of the glorious religion. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Thimphu

Day12  Tango Monastery Hike

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.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Thimphu

Day13  Departure

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

In the morning after breakfast your tour guide will escort you to the Paro airport for your flight to your onward destinations.

Meals:Breakfast     

Accommodation:

DEPARTURE DATE& PRICE

Season Price Per Adult
For 1-2 Adults
Private Tour
Price Per Adult
For more than 3 Adults
Private Tour
Join in Group Tour
(Fixed Departure Date)
January $2800 $2200 N/A
February $2800 $2200 N/A
March $3400 $2320 N/A
April $3400 $2320 N/A
May $3400 $2320 N/A
June $2800 $2200 N/A
July $2800 $2200 N/A
August $2800 $2200 N/A
September $3400 $2320 N/A
October $3400 $2320 N/A
November $3400 $2320 N/A
December $2800 $2200 N/A

Price Includes

    • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
    • Accommodation in 3 star hotel under twin/dbl bed sharing basis
    • All transportation within the country including airport transfers
    • Daily USD 65 per person/night Gov. Royalty
    • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments
    • USD 40 per person Visa Fee
    • English speaking Local guide
    • Sightseeing

Price Excludes

    • Single room supplement charges USD 30 per room/night
    • Payments for service provided on a personal basis and Insurance Premiums
    • Cost for any services not mentioned in the "PRICE INCLUDES"
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