Essential Bhutan

Perfect for first-timers to Bhutan.

Paro, Taktsang, Haa, Thimphu, Punakha

10 days

£719 per person

Trip Info

Overview

Discover the fabulous attractions of Bhutan that should not be missed. Essential Bhutan is perfect for first-timers to Bhutan, the only country to measure Gross National Happiness, a kingdom between India and Tibet, unspoilt and isolated for centuries. Bhutan delights with unique traditions and takes away breath with the scenery.

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"Bhutan was absolutely brilliant. Guides were friendly, knowledgeable, informative and generally a pleasure to be with. It was easy to arrange and very easy to change the itinerary to suit us." - Inger Needham, 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 | Taktsang Monastery

Morning & Afternoon: A short drive and a walk up to Taktsang Monastery, famously known as the tiger’s nest. The rest of the day is free.

Walking time: 3-4 hours

Taktsang Monastery

Taktsang Monastery

Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Paro | Ha | Thimphu

Morning & Afternoon: An early start, drive to Ha, 1 hour via the Chele-la pass. See superb views of the Himalayas.

Afternoon: Enjoy a picnic lunch by the river, visit Lhakhang Karpo (white temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (black temple).  Drive to Thimphu.

Haa Valley

Haa Valley

Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thimphu

Morning: 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.

Afternoon: Visit the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum and the National Textile Museum.

Thimphu

Thimphu

Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thimphu | Punakha

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

Punakha

Punakha

Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Punakha | Paro

Morning & Afternoon: Drive to Paro, 5 hrs, en route visit Bhutan’s oldest fortress, Semtokha Dzong, built in 1627, which has a series of over 300 finely worked slate carvings behind the prayer wheels in the courtyard. The rest of the day is free.

Paro Valley

Paro Valley

Day 8 - 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.

Evening: Enjoy a complimentary farewell dinner.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Day 9 - 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
  • 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

  • International flights – read about our flight advice
  • Kathmandu – Paro return flights
  • Travel insurance – read more
  • Personal expenses e.g. gifts, alcohol
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas and Vaccinations
  • Tips – read more

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, fewer services or the quality may not be as good.

  • Day 1
    Kathmandu Airport | Kathmandu Hotel
  • Day 2
    Kathmandu | Paro
  • Day 3
    Paro | Taktsang Monastery
  • Day 4
    Paro | Ha | Thimphu
  • Day 5
    Thimphu
  • Day 6
    Thimphu | Punakha
  • Day 7
    Punakha | Paro
  • Day 8
    Paro | Kathmandu
  • Day 9
    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 Nepal

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.

Essential Bhutan

The best time to go is September to May.

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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