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.

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

    Day 1 – Arrive Paro
    Transfer from the airport to your hotel. After time to refresh, drive up the valley to the ruined fortress of Drukgyal Dzong. Visit Rinpung Dzong, the National Museum and Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D. Stay one night at Tashi Namgay Resort. (D)

    Day 2 – Paro – Thimphu
    Visit the Memorial Chorten built to honour the third King of Bhutan, see ancient manuscripts at the National Library, and traditional craft and textile workshops. Visit the Traditional Medicine Institute and Tashichho Dzong. Later drive to Thimphu. Stay two nights at Hotel Pedling. (B,L,D)

    Day 3 – Thimphu
    Visit Tango Monastery today. Take a short drive north to Dodena then hike for about an hour up to the monastic school and retreat, built in the 15th century. Home to a young lama, Tango’s inner courtyard is beautifully painted in bright colours, with views stretching across the Thimphu Valley. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 – Thimphu – Punakha
    Drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass, stopping if the weather is clear for views of the Himalayas. 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 one night at Punatsangchhu Cottages. (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 one night at Hotel Dewachen. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 – Gangtey – Trongsa – Bumthang
    Drive to Trongsa to visit the ancestral home of the present Royal Family. Tour Ta Dzong’s ancient watch tower and chapel. Drive on to Bumthang. Stay three nights at Swiss Guest House. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 – Bumthang
    Visit dzongs and temples of the Bumthang region today, beginning with the Jakar Dzong, said to be the largest in Bhutan. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 – Ura Valley excursion
    Visit Mebar Tsho, known as the Burning Lake, an important pilgrimage site for the Bhutanese. Make an excursion into the beautiful valley of Ura. Visit Ura Village with its cobblestone streets and medieval atmosphere. (B,L,D)

    Day 9 – Bumthang – Wangdue Phodrang
    Drive to Wangdue Phodrang. Visit Rinchengang, a village known for its stone masons. Spend time with a Bhutanese family. Stay overnight at Punatsangchhu Cottages. (B,L,D)

    Day 10 – Wangdue Phodrang – Thimphu
    Drive on to Thimphu in the morning. Visit the Mini Zoo to see the takin, Bhutan’s national animal. Stay one night at the Hotel Pedling. (B,L,D)

    Day 11 – Thimphu – Paro
    Witness an archery match in Changlimithang Stadium, then travel back to Paro. Take an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. There’s a two hour walk through pine forest to the viewing point of the monastery perched on the edge of a sheer cliff. Stay one night at Tashi Namgay Resort. (B,L,D)

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

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  • Tour Prices
    Season Twin Share Single Room Sole Traveller
    LOW SEASON Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec $4843 $5527 $5591
    HIGH SEASON Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov $5321 $6194 $6069

    Prices are per person, in Australian dollars, valid to Dec 2020. 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


    Depart any day.  Surcharges may apply during local holidays and events.

    Sole traveller prices apply for one person travelling on their own and staying in a single room.  The Single room price applies when two or more people travel together and a single room is required.


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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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