Best of Bhutan 11 Days

Best of Bhutan  11 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 •   Wangdue Phodrang
 
  • Itinerary and Tour Map
    Best of Bhutan  11 Days

    Day 1 – Arrive Paro – Thimpu 
    On arrival in Paro, transfer from Paro airport to Thimpu. Witness an archery match in Changlimithang Stadium, subject to match schedule, and visit the Mini Zoo to see the takin, Bhutan’s national animal. Stay two nights in Thimpu. (D)

    Day 2 – Thimpu
    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 Thimpu Valley. (B,L,D)

    Day 3 – 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 afternoon visit Khamsung Yulley Namgal Choling Monastery for a hike. Stay one night in Punakha. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 – Punakha – Gangtey   
    Drive to the beautiful valley of Gangtey. Monastries are dotted across the valley on the western slopes of the Black Mountains. In winter, large flocks of endangered black-necked cranes arrive from Tibet. Stay one night in Gangtey. (B,L,D)

    Day 5 – 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 in Bumthang. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 – 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 7 – 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 8 – Bumthang – Wangdue Phodrang 
    Drive to Wangdue Phodrang. Visit Rinchengang, a village known for its stone masons. Spend time with a Bhutanese family. Stay one night in Wangdue Phodrang. (B,L,D)

    Day 9 – Wangdue Phodrang – Paro
    Drive on to Paro. 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 two nights in Paro. (B,L,D)

    Day 10 – 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. Afternoon at leisure. (B,L,D)

    Day 11 – 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 2020-2022 $4235 $4888 $4888
    HIGH SEASON Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020-2022 $4888 $5651 $5541

    Prices are per person, in Australian dollars, valid to Dec 2022. Please confirm prices when booking.

  • Price Includes:
    • 10 nights in tourist class hotels and guesthouses
    • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
    • All transfers and sightseeing by private vehicle with guide
    • 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  11 Days
 

Highlights

  • 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
 
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