This Helicopter tour of Bhutan can be done through-out the year.
Helicopter Tour of Bhutan
Paro, Thimphu,Punakha,Gangtey,Jumolhari views
Tour Cost for Helicopter tour of Bhutan:
- 30 minutes – 2950$
- 60 minutes – 4950$
- 90 minutes – 7450$
- Number of Passengers – 6 members per ride
Available as small group/join-in or Independent.
This Tour covers most of the important places in BHUTAN.
DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO
The flight to Paro is one of the most scenic flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountain peaks on earth. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport. After visa formalities and collection of baggage’s you will be transfer to the hotel.
First we’ll visit the Rinpung Dzong (Fortress on a heap of jewels) also known as the Paro Dzong is probably the most popular and the most iconic Fortress in Bhutan.
Then we’ll visit Ta Dzong (The National Museum, 1656).The six storied circular structure houses the Bhutan’s National Museum. The Fortress was a medieval watch tower situated above Rinpung Dzong. There is a small section dedicated to the National History of Bhutan. Halt at Paro.
DAY 02: PARO – THIMPHU.
After breakfast drive to Thimphu, it takes approximately 1 hour to reach Thimphu the Capital.
Visit Memorial Chorten (1974).The temple was first initiated by our Third King as a monument to world peace but was completed by Her Royal Queen Mother as a memorial stupa for the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who passed away in 1972.
Folk Heritage Museum: In the museum you’ll learn first-hand about Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions. Its deeply rooted heritage which spans back thousands of years and the Bhutanese way of life.
National Textile Museum: When visiting this museum you’ll get an up close and personal experience of the living national art of weaving. The changing exhibitions at the museum will introduce you to the major weaving techniques, used to make the beautiful Bhutanese fabrics.
Tashichho Dzong (‘’Fortress of Glorious Religion’’ 1641). It has historically served as the seat of Druk Desi and had been the seat for the Royal government since 1952 but presently houses the Throne room and the His Majesties secretariat.
Visit the Buddha Dordenma Statue: Kuensel Phodrang or popularly known as the Buddha point, where you’ll find one of the World’s largest sitting Buddha statue, standing 167 feet high from the ground.
DAY 03: THIMPHU –PARO — PUNAKHA(Helicopter Tour of Bhutan)
The Helicopter of Bhutan will begin by low overflying Paro valley covered in fertile rice fields along the meander-ing Pa Chu which divides the valley. Enroute it passes over ancient rural villages followed by some of Bhutan’s most famous and prominent sights.
Further heading north towards Mount Jomolhari fly-ing along the Pa Chu over the ruins of Drugyel Dzong built in 1649; which is listed as a tentative site in Bhu-tan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.
Highlights of Helicopter Tour of Bhutan
Drive to Paro in the morning for the helicopter ride. It takes around 2 hours for entire trip to go, take off, land and come back. Below are the places we will fly for the helicopter experience.
Paro Valley Bird eye View during Heli ride:
Accentuating the natural beauty are the elegant, traditional-style houses that dot the valley and surrounding hills. One of the distinctive features of Paro town is that it is situated in a flat valley bottom and follows a grid-like pattern.
View of Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Helicopter tour of Bhutan:
Taktsang Lhakhang is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. This temple is one of the most holy sites in the kingdom and clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the Paro Valley.
Drugyel Dzong :
Another site worth visiting Paro is Drugyel Dzong or The Fortress of the Victorious Bhutanese. This dzong was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 to commemorate his victory over marauding Tibetan armies.
sometimes known as “the bride of Kangchenjunga”, is a mountain in the Himalayas, straddling the border between Yadong County of Tibet, China and the Thimphu district of Bhutan. The north face rises over 2,700 metres (8,900 ft) above the barren plains. The mountain is the source of the Paro Chu (Paro river) and the Amo Chu.
Stop at Jangothang:
Jangothang is one of the most spectacular camping places in the entire Himalayas. Chain of snow peaks form the eastern side of Paro
The dzong is quite small, with a few offices along the outside wall and a two-storey utse (central tower) in the centre. Until some years ago, the basement was used as a jail to house murderers and temple robbers.
Mount Jichu Drakey:
Jichu Drake (pronounced drah kay) is a mountain in the Himalayas, and a companion peak to Mount Jomolhari. Its height is given variously as 6714m, 6789m, 6797m, 6970m or 6989m by various sources. Jitchu Drake has a double summit, with the lower summit to the south.
DAY 04: PUNAKHA – PARO.
After breakfast drive to Punakha valley for a short walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who is also known as the Divine Madman.
Then drive to Yabesa village and hike through the rice fields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk, housing the paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions.
Drive back to Paro. After the short sightseeing continue to Paro, Take a stroll around Paro, visiting the coffee houses and handicrafts.
DAY 05: PARO.
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery/ Tiger Nest Monastery. The trail goes up the hill, approximately 1.5 to 2 hours walk, almost a kilometer above the Paro valley (for those who cannot hike, we will arrange a horse for transfer till the cafeteria).
After the drive to Thimphu and visit Semthokha Dzong. Stroll around Thimphu city and do some shopping.
After Coffee drive back to hotel. Overnight at Paro.
DAY 06: DEPARTURE.
Breakfast in hotel
Drive to the airport, farewell and see off.
Tashi Delek! Best wishes!
Please keep in mind that before you take this Helicopter tour of Bhutan, few things to remember are your visa acceptance letter, your air tickets. Passport validity should be 6 months and more. If you have any health condition please make sure your health insurance covers all.
Being a responsible company, we are always available for 24 hours a day, in case if you need any emergency help. It is best to first call your designated travel coordinator or sales person (whose contact numbers are will be listed on your tour agreement), for any reason if you are not able to reach to him/her then please ring us on the below numbers:
Thimphu Head Office: (00975)-331423
Mobile number: (00975)-17140505(Available 24/7)
Note: office working time is 9am – 5pm from Monday to Friday.
Mr. Mindu Dorji (Sales Manager) 00975 17140505 (Available for 24 hours a day)
Etiquette and Taboos
Cultural Considerations: Be aware that your cultural values may differ from those of locals. These may include different concepts of time, personal space, communication, etc., which are not wrong or inferior, just different. Making the extra effort to respect local customs and cultural differences will enhance your interactions with locals during your time in Bhutan and contribute to building mutual respect between locals and tourists.
Appropriate attire: Most Bhutanese are pretty conservative from our western perspective so it is always polite to wear long pants at all times (Man and Women). Women should wear long pants or skirts. Shirts should not be revealing and bras should be worn. Unfortunately, many tourists ignore these cultural norms and can be seen in towns and villages wearing shorts and revealing summer attire; while it may be comfortable, it is not appropriate, especially when visiting monasteries and Dzongs.
Generally we adhere to the original itinerary that we described but sometimes little alterations can be born due to the situations that are beyond our control. On the other hand, in order to make our trip for your personal experiences and flexible, we allowed our clients to make minor changes by discussing with us (office staff) and guide (field staff). The trip detail itinerary is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destination or activities is by no means of guarantee that they will be encountered or carried due to sudden change in time and the local circumstances and climate.
Keeping in touch with your beloved at home
If your family members or colleagues or friends want to talk to you during your Bhutan Tour or Trek, then you can either provide your guide mobile number to reach you during the trip or you can directly give the company phone number. We will make the arrangement to reach you with guide.
Meals are usually provided in buffet system and most of tourist food are blend and if you need to change the foods varieties we are very open to change and you need to discuss with guide. We have Indian, Chinese and authentic Bhutanese restaurant where you can have very spicy food.
Bhutan is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before travel to Bhutan. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be. Check the helicopter tour details here