Best of Bhutan 12 Days

Best of Bhutan  12 Days

Best of Bhutan - Discover a mountainous kingdom full of surprises. Explore the forested wilderness, see monasteries teetering on cliff tops and marvel at the skill of archers at a local tournament. Accommodation is a combination of hotels and guesthouses.

Paro •   Thimpu  •   Punakha  •   Gangtey  •   Trongsa  •   Bumthang  •   Ura Valley •   Wangdi Phodrang
  • Itinerary and Tour Map
    Best of Bhutan  12 Days

    Day 1 – Arrive Paro
    You will be met on arrival at Paro airport and transferred to the Tashi Namgay Hotel.
    After time to refresh, drive 16 km up the valley to the ruined fortress of Drukgyal Dzong. On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. (D)

    Day 2 – Paro to Thimpu
    A very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. A short drive takes you to Satsam Chorten, and from there it’s a two hour walk through pine forest to the viewing point of the monastery perched on the edge of a sheer rock cliff. On return to Paro visit the ancient watchtower that houses the National Museum, and take a short walk across a traditional cantilever bridge to one of the many archery grounds to be found in Bhutan. Archery is the national sport. Walk on through the main shopping area, then in the evening drive to Thimpu for a two night stay at the Hotel Druk. (B,L,D)

    Day 3 – Thimphu
    Visit the Memorial Chorten built to honour the third King of Bhutan who reined from 1952 – 1972. See ancient manuscripts at the National Library, and traditional craft and textile workshops. Visit the Traditional Medicine Institute and Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and summer residence of the Chief Abbot. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 – Thimphu – Punakha
    Drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass, stopping if the weather is clear for views of the Himalayas. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 and situated on the Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) Rivers. In the evening, visit Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery. Stay overnight in Kunzang Zhing Resort. (B,L,D)

    Day 5 – Punakha – Gangtey
    Drive to the beautiful valley of Gangtey. Monastries are dotted across the valley on the western slopes of the Black Mountains. Stay overnight in Dewachen Guesthouse. (B,L,D)

    Day 06 – Gangtey – Trongsa – Bumthang
    After breakfast, drive to Trongsa. Visit Trongsa Dzong, a most impressive dzong and the ancestral home of the present Royal Family. Tour Ta Dzong’s ancient watch tower and chapel. Drive on to Bumthang and stay three nights at the Jakar Village Lodge. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 – Bumthang
    Visit dzongs and temples of the Bumthang region today, beginning with the Jakar Dzong which literally means “The Castle of White Bird”. The current structure was built in 1667 and is
    said to be the largest dzong in Bhutan. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 – Ura Valley excursion
    Take an excursion into the beautiful valley of Ura. Visit Ura Village with its cobblestone streets and medieval atmosphere. (B,L,D)

    Day 9 – Bumthang – Wangdi Phodrang
    Depart early for the drive to Wangdi Phodrang. Visit Rinchengang, a village known for its stone masons, and believed to be one of the oldest villages in Bhutan. Spend time with a Bhutanese family. Stay overnight at the Kunzang Zhing Resort. (B,L,D)

    Day 10 – Wangdi Phodrang – Thimphu
    Drive on to Thimphu in the morning. Visit the Mini Zoo to see the takin, Bhutans’ national animal. Stay overnight at the Hotel Druk. (B,L,D)

    Day 11 – Thimphu – Paro
    A picnic lunch will be available for an excursion to Cheri Monastery. In the afternoon witness an Archery match in Changlimithang Stadium. Stay overnight at the Tashi Namgay Hotel. (B,L,D)

    Day 12 – Depart Paro
    Transfer to the airport for exit flight. (B)

  • Make a Booking

  • Departure Dates and Prices
    Season Twin Share Single Room Sole Traveller
    Guesthouses & 4* hotels (as per itinerary)
    Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec 2016
    $5984 $7240 $7240
    Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov 2016 $6635 $8133 $8133
    Guesthouses & 3* & 4* hotels (as listed below)
    Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec 2016
    $4667 $5752 $5752
    Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov 2016 $5643 $6728 $6728

    Prices are per person, in Australian dollars. Please confirm prices when booking.

  • Price Includes:
    • 11 nights in hotels and comfortable guest houses as listed, or similar
    • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
    • All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees
    • Bhutan visa fee
    • InterAsia travel bag


    Depart any day. Minimum 1 person.

    3* & 4* hotels
    Paro: Tashi Namgay Resort or similar
    Thimpu: Hotel Migmar or similar
    Punakha: Hotel Meri Puensum or similar
    Wangdi: Punatshangchhu Cottages or similar
    Gangtey: Dewachen Hotel or similar
    Bumthang: Swiss Guest House or similar


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Best of Bhutan  12 Days


  • Pine forest walk for views of the “Tiger’s Nest” monastery
  • See ancient manuscripts at the National Library and traditional craft and textile workshops
  • Meet a local family in a village of stone masons
  • Watch skilled archers at a tournament
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