Discover Bhutan

An enchanting kingdom, unspoilt and isolated for centuries.

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Bumthang

13 days

£989 per person

Trip Info

Overview

Discover Bhutan, an enchanting kingdom between India and Tibet, unspoilt and isolated for centuries Bhutan will delight you with unique traditions, breathtaking scenery and Buddhist spiritual sites which the Bhutanese people still strive to preserve in the face of modernity. Bhutan can be regarded as one of the world’s most exclusive holiday destinations.

 

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"Thank you for organising such a great trip for us, we had a wonderful time and loved every bit if it, our first trip to Asia was fantastic and we really hope we’ll be able to go back some day!" Celine and Gary Moyes, UK

Day 1 - Lunch, Dinner

Kathmandu Airport | Kathmandu Hotel

Meet our representative waiting for you at the airport, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. In the evening enjoy a complimentary dinner, a chance to taste Nepalese cuisine, or taste one of a range of other dishes if you prefer.

Kathmandu Airport

Kathmandu Airport

Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kathmandu | Paro

Morning & Afternoon: Fly to Paro in Bhutan, on arrival meet our representative waiting for you at the airport, transfer to your hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a visit to Paro market and town.

Paro Valley

Paro Valley

Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Paro

Morning: Visit Ta Dzong, the national museum, with your city guide, walk a short trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, the ‘Fortress of the Heap of Jewels’.

Afternoon: After lunch drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, from here on a clear day you will have a splendid view of Mount Chomolhari, the second highest peak in Bhutan also visit the shrine Kyichu Lhakhang.

Paro Valley

Paro Valley

Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Paro | Thimphu

Morning: Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, on the way pause briefly to admire Bhutan’s oldest fortress Semtokha Dzong.

Afternoon: Enjoy a visit the National Memorial Chorten then see Tashichho Dzong Thimphu’s most impressive building. Later in the afternoon pay a visit to the Handicrafts Emporium.

Thimphu

Thimphu

Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thimphu | Punakha

Morning: Continue your tour of Thimphu with your guide, visit the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum and the National Textile Museum

Afternoon: Drive to  Punakha, Bhutan’s former capital, stopping en route to enjoy breathtaking mountain views. Visit Punakha Dzong.

Punakha

Punakha

Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Punakha | Gangtey

Morning and Afternoon: After breakfast drive to Gangtey on the way visiting the remarkable Wangduephodrang Dzong, stretched along a spur at the confluence of two rivers. Visit a local village house and drive a winding mountain road through oak forests to Gangtey.

Evening: Visit Gangtey Gompa

Gangtey

Gangtey

Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Gangtey | Trongsa

Morning: Explore the beautiful Phobjikha valley.

Afternoon: Drive to Trongsa, crossing the Pele-la pass at 3,300m.

Trongsa

Trongsa

Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trongsa | Bumthang

Morning: Visit Trongsa Dzong, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture

Afternoon: Make your way to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation. The rest of the day is free.

Trongsa

Trongsa

Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bumthang

Morning: Explore the ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries, Tamshing Lhakhang and Jakar Dzong.

Afternoon: Visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in Bhutan.

Kurje Lhakhang

Kurje Lhakhang

Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bumthang | Thimphu

Morning & Afternoon: Visit Bumthang’s market then drive back to Thimphu taking seven hours. Lunch en route at a famous restaurant in Trongsa town and stop for refreshments in Wangduephodrang. Rest of the day is free.

Thimphu

Thimphu

Day 11 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thimphu | Paro

Morning: Free time for shopping and leisure.

Afternoon: After lunch drive to Paro for an overnight stay.

Paro

Paro

Day 12 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Paro | Kathmandu

Morning & Afternoon: Take an early breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Paro airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Meet our representative waiting for you at Kathmandu airport, transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Day 13 - Breakfast, Lunch

Kathmandu Hotel | Kathmandu Airport

Departure day: We provide a complimentary transfer to Kathmandu International Airport where our representative will help you and bid you farewell.

 

Kathmandu Airport

Kathmandu Airport

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Our Prices

Are based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. We offer reasonable quotes for single travellers and can save money for groups of two or more people, we want to tailor your holiday to suit your budget.

Included in your holiday

  • All accommodation
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • Local English speaking guides
  • All activities as per the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • All transportation
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 support from our local representatives

Excluded from your holiday

Value for Money

We believe that value for money is important, we want you to travel with us again. When comparing prices, ensure you are comparing like for like as often there may be a cheaper option, but there may be hidden extras, less services or the quality may not be as good.

 

  • Day 1
    Kathmandu Airport | Kathmandu Hotel
  • Day 2
    Kathmandu | Paro
  • Day 3
    Paro
  • Day 4
    Paro | Thimphu
  • Day 5
    Thimphu | Punakha
  • Day 6
    Punakha | Gangtey
  • Day 7
    Gangtey | Trongsa
  • Day 8
    Trongsa | Bumthang
  • Day 9
    Bumthang
  • Day 10
    Bumthang | Thimphu
  • Day 11
    Thimphu | Paro
  • Day 12
    Paro | Kathmandu
  • Day 13
    Kathmandu Hotel | Kathmandu Airport

It’s Good to Know

We have assembled a list of all the things about this itinerary that are good to know, those things that you could have gone on holiday not knowing but feel better that you did.

Time Zone: GMT +6hr

Language: Dzongkha also known as Bhutanese

Gross National Happiness of Bhutan Explained

Food of Bhutan

Standards of Holiday Accommodation

 

When to Go to Bhutan

Our tailor made approach to your holiday offers you complete choice, for a rough guide of  the typical temperature and rainfall see Weather and Climate.

  • We can base your holiday to suit the dates you want to go.
  • We can offer some fixed date departures for customers wanting to join a group.
  • Some holidays must operate on certain dates if they contain time sensitive events like a course or a festival.
  • We can help solve the age-old problem of booking a holiday to get away from the crowds.

Discover Bhutan

The best times to go to are January to May or September and November.

Personalise your unique adventure

Tailor-made Holidays

We design trips around the needs, interests, and budgets of single travellers, couples, families, small groups, Scout groups and schools.

So, personalise your unique adventure with these add-ons and don’t hesitate to let our professional Travel Consultants know about any needs or interests that aren’t listed, we love a challenge!

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