Bhutan complete tour package - 14 Days

Overview

Bhutan complete tour package is one of the most desired travel packages that lets you replete your wanderlust in the magical kingdom of Bhutan. Bhutan is a beautiful country filled with enticing Himalayan beauty, rich Buddhist culture, alluring natural glamor and ancient monasteries and monuments. Breakfree Adventures’ Bhutan complete tour package takes you to some of the magical places of Bhutan that allow you to reveal the magical beauty of traditional cities, rich architecture, ancient monasteries, rich Buddhist culture and the alluring beauty of nature. We will explore the district of Paro that is located in the deep valley. Paro is a beautiful town enriched with traditional monasteries and rich architecture. Thimphu, the largest city of Bhutan and the current capital is another attraction of our tour. The city of Thimphu became the capital of Bhutan in 1961. Thimphu reflects the entire culture of Bhutan with respect to culture, religion, literature and monastic practices. Tashichhoe Dzong, Simtokha Dzong, Dechen Phodrang Monastery, Dechencholing Palace, Tango Monastery, Buddha Dordenma etc are some of the major attractions of Thimphu. The district of Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang etc are some other places that we would explore during our tour. We will also visit Trongsa where lies the most impressive Dzong of Bhutan; Trongsa Dzong. Likewise, a visit to Bhumthang would be another exciting part of the trip as it offers a great view of snow-covered mountains and beautiful forests. Wonderful mountain views, beautiful glaciers, rivers and other natural and cultural monuments simply multiply your joys during the tour. Mongar, Trashigang and Gangtey Valley are other exotic places that we would explore during the trip. Breakfree Adventures’ Bhutan complete tour package is an ideal package to unleash the hidden beauty of the Dragon Kingdom.

Our 14 days Bhutan complete tour package commences with a scenic flight that flies you over the beautiful Himalayas and lands you at the Paro International airport in central Bhutan. After landing at Paro airport we will check in to the hotel and later go for a day tour around Paro. We will visit some of the places and monuments in Paro and get back to the hotel for an overnight stay. The next day will visit Thimphu which is the capital city of Bhutan. The day tour to Thimphu is really going to be an exciting trip as we will be exploring the National Memorable Chorten, Dupthop Lhakhang, Changkha monastery and many more monuments of this alluring city. We will be spending two days in Thimphu exploring its traditional architecture, monasteries and monuments. Exploring the culture and tradition of this magical country is yet another interesting part of our tour. Following days we will be exploring more places in Bhutan. We will explore Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang, Trongsa, Bumthang, Mongar, Trashigang, Gangtey Valley and many other places that entice us with its glorifying beauty and amazing monuments. Breakfree Adventures’ Bhutan complete tour package is a stirring tour package that allows you to enjoy the unique blend of natural and cultural glamor of the kingdom of Bhutan. Our professionally designed itinerary guarantees your comfort and satisfaction during your tour to the land of the Thunder Dragon.

Outline Itinerary for Bhutan complete tour package
Day 01: Arrive Paro – Transfer to Thimphu
Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha (1,310m) via Dochula La (3140m)
Day 03: Punakha – Gangtey (2,900m)
Day 04: Gangtey – Bumthang (2,800m) via Yotong La (3,400m)
Day 05: In Bumthang – Sightseeing
Day 06: Bumthang – Ura – Mongar
Day 07: Mongar – Trashigang
Day 08: Trashigang – Trashi Yangtse – Mongar
Day 09: Mongar – Bumthang
Day 10: Bumthang – Gangtey
Day 11: Gangtey – Thimphu
Day 12: Thimphu– Haa Valley – Paro
Day 13: Paro – Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery
Day 14: Departure from Paro

Trip Highlights

  • -Superb scenic flight to Paro international airport
  • -Magnificent view of Himalayas and varied landscapes
  • -Sightseeing tour to various historical, natural and cultural sites
  • -Visit to different monasteries, Dzongs, temples, stupas and mini zoo.
  • -Explore rich Buddhist and Tibetan culture and tradition
  • -Enjoy the warm hospitality of Bhutanese denizens and explore their local culture and tradition
  • -Varieties of floras and faunas to witness
  • -Reveal the history of Bhutan and its royal dynasty
  • -Explore and shop Bhutanese arts and crafts
  • -Explore small valleys, glaciers and other natural attractions

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Paro – Transfer to Thimphu

Arrive Paro by the Bhutanese National Carrier flying over the world’s highest mountains and finally landing at the lush green Paro valley. A cool and clean fresh air greets the visitor as stepping down from the plane, the first gift of Bhutan. After clearing customs and visa formalities, meet the representatives and the Bhutanese guide, and a short tour brief by the guide then transfer to Paro town for lunch. Then drive towards Thimphu (the capital of Bhutan) for about 1 & half hours drive. En-route Thimphu, one can do a short hike to Tamchog Monastery, a private temple owned by the descendents of famous Tibetan bridge – builder Thangthong Gaylpo. Later on continue the drive to Thimphu.

In Thimphu, visit Buddha point for a stunning view of Thimphu city and Takin Compound- on the way to the viewpoint over Thimphu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin. Then continue to Tashi Choe Dzong- the fortress of the glorious religion was initially constructed in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in the 1960s, Folk Heritage Museum – a 300 year old traditional house converted into a museum, Centenary Farmers Market, the new authentic craft bazaar. Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2
Thimphu - Punakha (1,310m) via Dochula La (3140m)

After breakfasts depart to Punakha via Dochula pass (3050 m). Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. Lunch will be served at Lobeysa. After lunch hike another 20 minutes to Chime Lhakhang, the temple of the “Divine Madman” built in 1499 and today it is mostly visited by the women who couldn’t bear Children. Also it is known as the temple of fertility. After visit walk back to the road point and drive to visit Punakha Dzong, the old capital of Bhutan and the winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 3
Punakha - Gangtey (2,900m)

Drive towards the Gangtey enjoying a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley, surely one of the loveliest high altitude valleys in Bhutan. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Enjoy 1½ hours Gangtey nature trail from the monastery through the jungle before emerging to the valley floor. Overnight at Hotel in Gangtey.

Day 4
Gangtey - Bumthang (2,800m) via Yotong La (3,400m)

Today, we drive 5 hours to Bumthang valley. The road climbs rapidly through a series of hairpins out of Trongsa and there are great views back to the Dzong and out across the valley. After passing through cultivated fields for a while, the trail re-enters the forest and reach the Yotong La (3400m). Descending to a low point of 2650m at a village called Chumey; the scenery is once again totally different as the route enters the wide-open Bumthang valleys. It takes about an hour to get to the roadside at Chumey, the first of the four valleys in Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel Bumthang.

Day 5
In Bumthang - Sightseeing

In the morning visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom as Bhutan’s “patron saint”, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated here. From Kurje monastery, a tarmac road heads south along the right bank of the river to Jambey Lhakhang. This temple, erected by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, is one of the two oldest in Bhutan (the other being Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro). After lunch, hike to Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa. It contains interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings. Later, visit Jakar Dzong, “the castle of the white bird”, and then take a stroll through Bumthang’s market area before returning to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Bumthang.

Day 6
Bumthang – Ura – Mongar

Continue on to the remote east of Bhutan, a unique experience that most westerners do not experience. Eastern Bhutan is where the majority of the beautiful Bhutanese textiles and kiras are woven on handlooms in farmer’s homes. Travel via a series of switchbacks through the Thrimshingla pass (3,659 m). Thrimshingla was a protected national park for west Bengal tigers and botanical garden for Rhododendrons), taking about 7 hours to reach Mongar with a short stop at Ura, Mongar was built high on a ridge overlooking the narrow valley below. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 7
Mongar – Trashigang

After breakfast drive to Trashigang and this journey covers 96 kms. And takes 4 hours until Korila pass (2,450 m; 8000 feet’s) which is marked by a pretty Chorten and stone wall and the journey is through a leafy forest filled with ferns. Your drive will cross over the old Chazam (Iron Bridge); Trashigang dzong comes into view at the top of a spur overlooking the river. After Thimphu, Trashigang is the biggest urban centre in mountainous Bhutan with its population of 1,90,000 inhabitants and the altitude is 1,150 m (3,775 feet’s). Visit the Trashigang Dzong overhanging the Gamri River. Unlike most other Dzong it has only one courtyard and serves as the administrative seat for the district and also Drukpa monastic community occupies part of the Dzong. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 8
Trashigang – Trashi Yangtse – Mongar

This morning with picnic lunch drive into the valley of Trashi Yangtse. After the confluence of Bamri Chu and Gamri Chu, you turn left and drive for 13kms and you reach Gom Kora passing through a luxuriant waterfall. Visit the Gom Kora Monastery founded in the 8th century by Guru Rimpoche. After the visit to the monastery continue your drive till you reach Chorten Kora which is probably the largest Chorten (stupa) in the country and was constructed in the 1700’s by lama Ngawang Loday. Further drive from here will take you into the valley of Trashi Yangtse where the wooden work is very famous and popular. Later in the afternoon retrace your drive back to Mongar. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 9
Mongar – Bumthang

After an early breakfast drive over the Thrimshungla pass (3750m) to Bumthang via Ura valley. The drive from Mongar to Bumthang takes around 7 hours and covers 198 kms. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 10
Bumthang - Gangtey

After breakfast continue your drive to Gangtey via Trongsa and over the Pelela pass (3300m). This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East Bhutan. If the weather is clear the Himalayan ranges can be seen, particularly the peak of Jhomolhari (7,314 m) to the west and further continues your drive to Gangtey. Gangtey lies to the east of Punakha and Wangdue on the flanks of the Black Mountains. In Gangtey visit an old monastery, Gangtey Gompa (circ 17th century), renovated and consecrated in 2008. The monastery holds the most scared relics of all the monasteries throughout Bhutan and their architectural designs is amazing. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 11
Gangtey – Thimphu

After breakfast served at your hotel and then drive to Thimphu over the Dochula (3050 m) pass. Lunch served at a local restaurant in Thimphu and after lunch do some shopping’s at Thimphu shops for souvenirs for friends and family back at home. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 12
Thimphu– Haa Valley – Paro

After breakfast drive over the Chelela pass (3899 m) from Thimphu. From the pass one can get a good view of the Himalayan Ranges and the valley beyond. After having a good view continue your drive to Haa. Haa is made up of five counties and is closed to outside world until 2002. There is a military camp by the Indian Army. In Haa valley visit Wangchucklo Dzong which dates back to 1915 and visit Lhakhang Nakpo (Black temple) is said to have been built by pigeon emanation of King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and Lhakhang Karpo (white temple). After the visit drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 13
Paro – Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery

In the morning we drive to the base camp of Taktsang to start the hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The hike up to the cafeteria will take around 2 hrs. At the view point, you will enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. We then walk back to the road point and drive to the winding road to the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions, and also visit a Bhutanese farm house of a local family at Drukgyal for a close up view of everyday Bhutanese life. Later drive to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. In the evening take a walk around the main street of Paro’s main shopping district. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 14
Departure from Paro

After breakfast your representative will help you with the exit formalities and bid you farewell and wish you happy journey back home.

Cost

What is Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation throughout your Bhutan stay (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing.
  • Route Permit.
  • Three meals per day - Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (only breakfast on last day)
  • A licensed English Speaking Bhutanese tour guide.
  • All land transportation by a private vehicle.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Monuments entrance fees wherever applicable.
  • Bottled drinking water.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)

What is Not Included

  • Airfare & Travel Insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips & Gratuities.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Trip Information

Bhutan Visa Information:
The citizen of Bangladesh, Maldives and India do not require VISA to enter Bhutan. People from other countries except from Bangladesh, Maldives and India need a VISA permit while traveling to Bhutan. The VISA processing for Bhutan requires a readable color copy of passport via email that has at least six month of validity from the date of exit from Bhutan. The file Scan Copy should be forwarded to via email in JPEG or PDF format. The passport number and picture of the applicant should be visible in the e-document.

The application should be processed at least 10 days prior to the date of entry to Bhutan. The tourism council of Bhutan then issues a VISA clearance letter and fax or email it to the local travel agent. Please note that the VISA service is not offered in Bhutan, travelers have to buy full service package from the local tour operator. Travelers traveling by air are required to produce a printed VISA clearance copy at the time of check-in for Druk Air flight. People traveling by land to enter Bhutan via Phuentshoking or Samdrup Jonkhar are required to produce a VISA clearance letter at the immigration center. The actual VISA is stamped in your passport on your arrival in Bhutan.

Flights to Bhutan:
There are several cities that have direct flights to Bhutan. There are two airlines Druk air and Bhutan airlines running the flights to Bhutan. Druk air is the national carrier of Bhutan. With its fleet of Airbuses A319-115 and ATR 42 the airlines fly from different Asian countries to the Paro international airport, Paro (PBH); which is only the international airport in Bhutan. There are daily direct flights from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to Paro International Airport.

The flights from Indian cities to Paro International Airport with the airport name and their codes are listed below:
Bagdogra Airport, Bagdogra (IXB)
Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (DEL)
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata (CCU)
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (BOM)

Likewise, there flights from other countries with the codes are as follows:
Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand (BKK)
Shahjalal International Airport, Bangladesh (DAC)
Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore (SIN)

Note: The flight schedule and timings are subject to change. If you want to know more about the flight schedules and tour to Bhutan please feel free to contact us. We can also help to find you the cheapest fares available.

Best time to visit Bhutan:
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan lies in south Asia between China and India. Climate and weather vary according to the altitude, season and place of visit. Bhutan is open all year around for the visitors but it is better to make the travel arrangements as per your preference and nature of visit.

The ideal time to visit Bhutan is spring (March-May) and Autumn/fall (September-November). These are considered to be the best time to visit Bhutan to get the maximum adventure and trouble free experience. Summer and winter also have their own specialties that could draw the attention of tourists during these seasons. During the spring the weather mostly remains clear and climate is fantastic. It is also the best time to visit for the nature lovers to experience the mystifying beauty of nature. Varieties of flowers and plants bloom in this season that makes your adventure an exotic one. The route opens for Jomolhari and Druk Path treks from mid-April to May.

Summer (June-August) in the other hand could get tricky at times due to the early arrival of monsoon. The month of June would be great for traveling if the monsoon is pushed further. Usually monsoon is in full swing by early July. Travelers who would strive to get some trekking experience on muddy trail while witnessing swollen rivers, green forests and flourishing paddy field could choose late summer to plan their adventure. The view of open clear blue sky after the rain is something that strikes you with its mystifying beauty.

Fall (September-November) is another favorable and crowded season after spring. The weather gets mild despite cold mornings and evenings. Tourists from all around the world thong to Bhutan during this season to witness Black-Necked-Crane festival. The month of October has its own significance and the valley turn into a shade of gold as the farmers prepare to harvest their rice crops during this month.

Winter season (December to February) is not that crowded with tourists in comparison to other seasons. Planning your adventure during the winter could be a better idea if you want to avoid the hustle-bustle of the peak season. During the winter Bhutan may see some snow fall. The temperature level goes down (even below freezing point) during some winter days.

VACCINATION FOR BHUTAN:
No vaccinations are presently required However, the following vaccinations are recommended:
Hepatitis A: Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver. The disease is distinctly unpleasant, with profound nausea, loss of appetite, and weakness.
Tetanus: Tetanus bacteria can infect small wounds and cause a fatal infection.
Typhoid Fever: Typhoid fever is caused by infection with Salmonella typhi bacteria, passed in human feces and acquired by eating contaminated food or water.

WEATHER IN BHUTAN:
Bhutan lies in South Asia between China and India in the Himalayas, weather in Bhutan depends upon the altitude. In the northern parts of the country where mountains rise up to 7,000m, weather conditions are similar to arctic. Southwards, closer to India, the weather is hot and humid in the summer and cool in winter. The monsoon rains are usually heavy. Winters can be a good time to visit the lower parts, but then the highest areas are freezing.

The best times to visit Bhutan are spring (March-May) and autumn (late September – November) when the weather is warm, dry and sunny but always throw in a couple of warm clothes into your travelling gear when you travel to Bhutan regardless of the season.

WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING:
Layering Clothing
Bring your clothes according to the season and region of your travel. Based on your activity and the weather, you can make quick adjustments, by putting on more clothing if it is cold or taking off layers as it warms up. In the summer time, days can be quite warm, especially in the lowlands of Punakha and Phuentsholing, light cotton clothing is recommended for day time. But in most of the tourist and trekking areas, light woolen clothes for evenings and heavy woollens / down jackets for winter are necessary. A waterproof windbreaker is important for trekking and outdoor activities.
Comfortable and Sturdy shoes.
You have a lot of opportunity to walk around in Bhutan, you will be glad you wore sturdy shoes that keep your feet comfortable. Good shoes will let you explore the rural and allow you to have a long day walk. Bring sandals or slip ons to take off easily when entering temples.
Long pants / skirts
Wear particularly conservative clothing in the towns, women should wear long pants or long skirts, men should wear long pants and shorts are not appropriate for anyone. In the dzongs and temples, the legs and arms must be covered, and even threequarter-length capri pants are not acceptable for women.
Rain gear
Be prepared for occasional shower. A folding umbrella is a good idea to bring with.
Hat, Sunglass, Sunscreen & lip protection.
The sun can be scorching in Bhutan. Be sure to apply sunscreen in the morning and throughout your day.

Other requirements:
A quality sleeping bag.
Waterproof gators.
A headlamp torch and a normal torch. (Including spare batteries.)
Binoculars and Camera.
Small day pack.
Water bottle
Towel
Small medical kit that includes aspirin, motion sickness tablets, diamox.(The guide carries a larger Medical kit but please bring own travel medications)
Antiseptic hand gel for disinfecting hands without water.
Mini-flashlight

DIFFERENT CURRENCY ACCEPTED BY BHUTAN BANK:
Credit cards are accepted only in major international hotels and high-end shops in Bhutan.

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Bhutan complete tour package

TRIP FACTS

  • Bhutan
  • 13 Nights/14 Days
  • March to May & September to November
  • Private vehicles & Flights
  • Taktsang Monastery (3,120m)
  • Easy
  • Paro, Bhutan
  • Paro, Bhutan
  • Cultural Sightseeing & hiking
  • Cultural & Nature Tour
  • Taktsang Monastery 'Tiger's Nest', Paro Ringpung Dzong. Thimphu City, Punakha Dzong, Bumthang, Trongsa Dzong, Ura Valley, Trashigang
  • Government approved 3 stars and Above

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