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11 Days Bhutan Tour. This is one of the most off-the-beaten-path Bhutan tour programs on our list. The tour includes the most famous Trongsa Dzong, Treasure Hunting Lake in central Bhutan, and a secret hike to Tiger Nest Temple. If western Bhutan is a trekking paradise, eastern Bhutan is a cultural wonderland where people still live in the age-old conventional style. This Bhutan tour begins at Paro International Airport and travels through Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city, Punakha, the country’s old capital, and the recently opened domestic airport in Batpalathang Bumthang.
Paro International Airport/ Bagdugra Airport
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Paro – Thimphu – Punakha – Wangdue – Trongsa – Bumthang – Paro – Haa – Paro.
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The beautiful wide valley with the fresh air of the carbon-negative country will greet you upon arrival at the small strip of Paro International airport. The Bhutan Visa stamping process takes less than 30 minutes, and the guide will be waiting outside to greet you once completed. Drive to Thimphu, which is 60 kilometers away and takes about an hour to complete. Thimphu district includes some of the Kingdom’s most advanced and remote areas. Popular treks such as Linzhi, Dagala Trek, Soe, and Naro can only be reached on foot through cold, rugged mountains.
When you arrive, you can visit the largest standing Bhudah with a view of the Thimphu valley, followed by a stroll through Thimphu town. You will then spend a night in a hotel.
Your Thimphu tour begins with a visit to the memorial chorten built in honor of Bhutan’s third king. The Chorten was built in 1974 and is only a 10-minute drive from the main city. A 15-minute drive from Chorten will bring you to the 13th Arts and Crafts School, where students are displaying live work by painters and sculptors.
In the Afternoon, visit Trashichhodzong, the current King of Bhutan’s residence. Thimphu is one of the fastest-growing cities, resulting in the mushrooming of many suburban areas. Traditional mud-rammed homes and paddy fields coexist with some of Bhutan’s most modern construction developments. Evening at the hotel
Thimphu to Punakha is a two-hour drive that covers 70 kilometers. Punakha district is also well-known for its hot springs and terraces with sloping lines that are a visual treat.
On the way, stop at Dochula Pass, which is 3100 meters above sea level and offers spectacular views of the Himalayas. The snow-clad mountain peaks of the Himalayas can be seen prominently, including Mt. Masanggang at 7,158 meters (23,484 ft), Bhutan’s highest peak, known in the local language as Mt. Gangkar Puensum. Continue driving towards Punakha. On the way, stop by the Chimi Lhakhang, which was built to honor the great saint Lama Drukpa Kuenley. In the afternoon, visit the world’s longest suspension bridge (160 meters), which connects Punakha Dzong to four villages on the other side of the river. Then we spend the night in a hotel.
Today we will take a short trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Monastery. Hiking is the best way to get to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which is located atop a hill and across a suspension bridge over Mo Chuu. To reach Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten from Punakha, take a one-hour hike through the dense forest. Drive towards the Phobjikha valley in the afternoon. The valley is home to the critically endangered black-necked crane. Every year on November 11th, a festival to commemorate the arrival of the crane is held. There are also many short hikes to explore in the Phobjikha valley. Evening at the hotel
Drive to Trongsa after an early breakfast. Trongsa is 90 kilometers from Phobjikha and takes about 3 hours to reach. Trongsa Dzongkhag is in the center of the country. It has a total population of 15562 people and an area of about 1807 km2 with elevations ranging from 800 meters to 4,800 meters above sea level as of July 2012. Visit the Museam in Trongsa. The tower has four observation points that are reminiscent of Tag, Seng Chung Druk. It also functions as a meditation center.
In Langthel, you can also visit the Eundu Choling Palace. The palace is the winter residence of Bhutan’s first King. Then enjoy the night in a hotel.
Bumthang Valley is one of the most beautiful in the country. The district is divided into four sections: Chokhor, Tang, Chumi, and Ura. Every year, a large number of tourists visit the wide and curved valley carved by an ancient glacier. The Jakar Dzong, built in 1677, is a must-see in Bumthang.
* Jambhay Lhakhang the oldest monastery built in 659 AD.
*Kenchosum Lhakhang was built in the 7th century.
* Burning lake where terton Pema Lingpa explores the treasure.
Investigate the URA valley. The town is well-known for the Matsutake Festival, which is held every August. The festival commemorates mushroom season.
Take a domestic flight from Batpalathang domestic airport to Paro. The flight to Paro takes approximately 25 minutes. The view from the flights is breathtaking, as they provide an aerial view of central Bhutan. Our guide will meet you at the airport and drive you through the chelela pass to Haa. Haa is a small district that has only recently opened to tourists. Haa is the ancestral home of the great Royal grandmother. Visit the small town of Haa.
Today we will take a different route to Paro. Tourists hardly ever take this route. On the way, stop by Dobji Dzong. It is located in western Bhutan at an elevation of 6600 feet on the way to Paro. This dzong is considered Bhutan’s first model dzong. The five-story Dzong, perched atop a ridge with one side flanked by a hair-raising ravine descending to the Pachuwangchu basin, was primarily used as a center for teaching Drukpa Kagyu. 11 kilometers to Paro will bring you to the Chuzomsa River and to Paro. Tamchog Lhakhang is also worth a visit. Overnight in a hotel.
After Tea, see the Drukgyal Dzong ruins, which were built in 1647 by the Tremendous Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the father, and unifier of medieval Bhutan. The dzong was destroyed by fire and left in ruins as a poignant reminder of the great triumphs it was designed to celebrate. Explore the turrets and get an outstanding view of Mt. Jhomolhari on a clear day (7,314 m). Visit Kichu Lhakhang on the way back, which was established in 659 A.D. by Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries erected by the Tibetan King across the Himalayan region to subjugate the Demons that resided there. The remaining monasteries are located in neighboring nations. Then we go bat to the hotel for dinner and spend the night.
After breakfast, we drive to Satsam Chorten, where the trail climbs through a lovely pine forest with Spanish moss-draped trees and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) for a rest and some small snacks before walking a short distance until we see Taktsang monastery plainly and appearing within reach. The major Lhakhang was built in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltsen Tenzin Rabgay, around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave. This amazing monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, is claimed to have arrived on the back of Dorji Drolo, a flying tiger who was thought to be his favorite consort.
After lunch, go to Ta Dzong, a historic watchtower that currently houses the National Museum (built in 1656 and refurbished in 1968). The Rimpung Dzong (literally “Heap of Jewels”), erected in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, is the center of civic and religious authority in this region. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Your 11 Days Bhutan Tour ends here today. Our team will see you off from the airport.
All important documentation like Bhutan Visa and Permits, Accommodation, transportation, Meals, and guide and Daily SDF.
The cost of 11 Days Bhutan Trip will depend upon the Hotel type and the Number of Pax in the groups. SDF of US$ 200 per person per night is mandatory; the cost for accommodation, Transport, Guide, and Meals are all extra. Please mail us for a quote.
You will need a valid passport with a minimum of six months validity from the date of entry into Bhutan. Additionally, you will require a Bhutanese visa, which will be processed by your tour operator in Bhutan. Tourists cannot apply for a visa on their own.
You can reach Bhutan by air through the Paro International Airport. There are limited airlines that operate flights to Bhutan, so it is essential to plan your travel in advance.
Yes, as per the Bhutanese government’s regulations, all tourists are required to have a licensed Bhutanese guide for the entire duration of their stay in Bhutan. The guide will assist you in exploring the country and understanding its culture.
Due to varying altitudes, it is recommended to pack layered clothing to cater to different temperatures. Comfortable walking shoes, a waterproof jacket, and warm clothes for the evenings are essential. If you plan to trek, make sure to bring appropriate trekking gear.
Bhutan offers a range of attractions, including the iconic Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery) in Paro, Punakha Dzong, the capital city Thimphu’s landmarks, and the stunning valley of Phobjikha. Other highlights include monasteries, traditional festivals, and Bhutanese markets.
Yes, Bhutan follows a high-value, low-impact tourism policy. The government restricts the number of tourists to preserve its natural and cultural heritage. However, this limit ensures an intimate experience and contributes to the country’s sustainability.
The official currency of Bhutan is the Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN). Indian Rupee (INR) is also widely accepted in Bhutan, but other foreign currencies may not be easily usable.
Credit cards are not widely accepted in Bhutan, especially in smaller towns and rural areas. It is recommended to carry sufficient cash for your expenses. Some larger cities may have ATMs, but it’s best to consult your guide for their availability.
Bhutan is considered one of the safest countries for tourists. The crime rate is relatively low, and the local people are known for their warmth and hospitality. However, like any travel destination, it is essential to take standard precautions and follow your guide’s advice.
My 11-day Bhutan tour was an unforgettable experience that left me mesmerized by the beauty and unique culture of this enchanting Himalayan kingdom. From the moment I landed at Paro International Airport, I was welcomed by the warm smiles of Excursion to Himalayas Team Guide Mr. Yeshey and driver Pema Tashi.
Throughout the tour, our knowledgeable and friendly Bhutanese guide Mr. Yeshey Tharchen made sure we had a deep understanding of Bhutan’s rich history, traditions, and customs. They took us to iconic landmarks such as the awe-inspiring Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery), perched dramatically on a cliff, and the magnificent Punakha Dzong, a stunning architectural masterpiece. My tour would not have been successfull without them. Thank you Team Excursion and Guide Yeshey and Pema Tashi