Bhutan Tours

Bhutan Tours
Activity
Cultural Tours
Destination
Bhutan
  • Trip Grade
    Easy 
  • Group Size
    Min. 1 Pax 
  • Meals
    Full Board Meals 
  • Accommodation
    3-Star Hotel 
  • Best Time
    All Year Around 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $1,295USD

Trip Overview

Bhutan Tour lets you experience the cultural treasures of Bhutan. In four days you get to explore two important Bhutanese cities Paro and Thimphu. Discover secluded Buddhist monasteries, and magnificent palaces and dzongs built by Bhutanese royalty. Experience the beautiful Bhutanese countryside on a drive on the Paro-Thimphu highway.

Known as the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ or Druk Yul in Dzongka the local dialect, Bhutan is one of the least explored destinations in Asia. To preserve the balance in the ecosystem, the government of Bhutan allows only a limited number of tourists to visit the country each season.

With more than seventy percent of the country covered by forests, the kingdom of Bhutan is one of the greenest countries in the world. The country is known to measure its prosperity by using the ‘gross national happiness index’. The Bhutanese enjoy many benefits from their government, including free healthcare and education. The amount tourists have to pay per day while traveling in Bhutan has been fixed by the government. These go to fund the country’s free healthcare and education sectors and other developmental projects.

Your tour begins with a flight to Paro. It is a wonderful experience to fly into an airport nestled in a narrow valley surrounded by mountains. You can enjoy the aerial views of the Himalayan mountains during the one hour and twenty minutes long flight from Kathmandu.

On reaching Paro, you will meet your Bhutanese guide and driver at the airport. Your sightseeing tour begins after light refreshment or lunch. You explore the magnificent Ta Dzong, a watch tower located above Rinpung Dzong. The ancient fortress which was built in the seventeenth century now houses the National Museum. Buddhist relics and military artifacts dating back more than a thousand years are showcased at the museum.

You also visit the grand Paro or Rinpung Dzong which lies below the Ta Dzong tower. The dzong is a classic example of traditional Bhutanese architecture and features exquisite wooden carvings and paintings.

To explore Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest Buddhist shrines in Bhutan, you drive north from Paro. The temple lies on a secluded hill surrounded by forests. Kyichu Lakhang or Lho Kyerchu is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan emperor Songsten Gampo in the seventh century.

Before leaving Paro, you hike to the Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang Monastery. The monastery built on the side of a rocky cliff was the meditation cave of Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche who introduced Buddhism to Tibet and Bhutan. To reach the monastery, you hike through thick pine and rhododendron forest. The view of Paro valley from the top is amazing.

After exploring Paro, you visit Bhutan’s capital Thimphu. It is a delightful ride filled with breathtaking views of the countryside. On the way, you stop at Dochu La Pass, a mountain pass, to take in the breathtaking 360-degree views of the Bhutanese mountains and 108 memorial chortens built by the Bhutanese queen.

In Thimphu, you will visit the grand Wangditse Monastery, a national heritage site dating back to the eighteenth century. The monastery was the seat of the eighth Druk Desi, the secular ruler of Bhutan. You also get to explore the only nunnery in Thimphu, the Thangtong Dewachen Monastery, and Changangkha Lakahang, the oldest Buddhist shrine in the country.

You get to learn more about the rich Bhutanese arts and crafts at the Painting School or National Institute for Zorig Chusum. Explorations of the glorious Tashichho Dzong and the hilltop shrine of Buddha Dordenma are also included in your itinerary.

This tour involves hiking, easy walking, and driving on pitched roads. People of all age groups can take this tour. If you are not comfortable with hiking, you can skip the hike to Taktsang Monastery. This four-day Bhutan Tour can be done in all four seasons.

Itinerary

Day 01: KATHMANDU TO PARO FLIGHT

Day 02: PARO - THIMPHU

Day 03: THIMPU TO PARO

Day 04: PARO TO KATHMANDU FLIGHT

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Assistance in acquiring Bhutan visa and visa fee
  • Accommodation at a 3-star category hotel approved by Bhutanese Government
  • Single room surcharge when travelling 1-2 people in a group
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the tour
  • Bottled water will be supplied during the tour
  • Highly experienced local tour guide during the tours
  • All applicable government taxes and tourist service charges
  • Our office expenses and service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary”
  • Airfare to/from Paro, usually USD 450.00 for round trips
  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
  • Entrance Fees during the tours
  • Personal shopping, internet/Phone bill, and laundry
  • Tips for tour guide and driver

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

Rachel and MeganUSA

We had an unbelievable adventure completing the Mardi Himal Trek in January 2023. Our guide Rajendra (Raj), and porter Rajesh  were professional, fun, energetic, and knowledgeable about not only the trek we were on but about many others in the area.

Tamar NitzanUSA

I'm so happy I went with Nepal Hiking Team. From the moment I arrived at the hotel, I knew I made the right choice. The hotel was in a great area. Bars, restaurants, clubs, shops were all within a 10 minute or less walk from the hotel.

I was doing

LachlanAustralia

I completed the 14 day Annapurna Circuit early December 2022, thank you so much to Surya and Rabin, who both went out of their way to make this trip, that I'd been planning so long,and  memorable. They were always checking in with me during the hike

Rick BelliveauPortland Oregon USA

Namaste! I highly recommend Nepal Hiking Team for your trekking adventure in the beautiful Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. This was my first trip to Nepal and additionally my first ever muli-day trek. Annapurna Base Camp Trek became a dream of mine about

JulesSydney, Australia

Posted on Nov 22 | Trip Advisor Review

We completed the 15-day Manaslu Circuit trek with Nepal Hiking Team in late November 2022.

The scenery of the Manaslu region is stunning and far more beautiful than we had imagined. The weather was excellent!