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Bhutan Wildlife & Heritage

$4390

per person

This once forgotten destination has recently been rediscovered and Bhutan’s centuries of old traditions are far from forgotten. Its traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces modern global developments while preserving its cultural identity. Bhutan is now a highly regard destination for tourists from all around the world.

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Buddhist culture and amazing Himalayan scenery. Bhutan is filled with sacred temples and impressive architecture. Visiting the unbelievable “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery is found to be one of life’s rare pleasures. The gentle treks in the valley await you, as well as a visit to the national park which is home to over 300 species of birds, wildlife and replete with natural wonders.

Join us to visit Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon!

13 Days, 12 Nights: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, Bumthang, Gangtey

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Horseback in Bhutan on a supported trek, is a great way to enjoy the scenery.

Horses On A Himalayas Trail

Rinpung dzong is a large fortress in Paro next to a traditional covered cantilever bridge. It has 14 shrines and chapels. Join us at our Bhutan tour.

Paro Rinpung Dzong

Thimphu, Capital of Bhutan

169 Foot Tall Golden Buddha

Punakha Dzong, old capital of Bhutan, is a must-see on your Himalayas tours and travels. Constructed in 1637–38, it is Bhutan’s second largest dzong

Punakha Dzong & Fortress

The druk or thunder dragon is heavily associated with the Bhutanese state religion and has symbolized Bhutan. See it in person on your travel tours.

Colorful Bhutan Dragon Artifacts

Dochula Pass, with the backdrop of a pristine forest in the snow covered Himalayan mountains, a popular stop on Bhutan holiday packages.

Dochula Pass

Giant Prayer Wheels


THE JOURNEY


 

    1

    Meet Up at Paro (PBH) - Thimpu | National Memorial Chorten

    In the morning, you will be met upon arrival at Paro International Airport and transferred to Thimpu.

    Thimphu is the Bhutanese capital and the centre of government, religion and commerce.  It is the world’s only capital city that eschews traffic lights.

    Later this afternoon we visit the National Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan's Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    2

    Thimphu | Tashichho Dzong, Folk Heritage and National Textile Museum, Handicrafts Emporium, Arts & Crafts School

    Today, enjoy discovering more of the serene and beautiful city of Thimphu. Visit Tashichho Dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress which houses most of the Government offices and the King’s throne room.

    Then visit the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museum and a Bhutanese traditional handmade paper factory. Also visit the National Library which houses a wonderful collection of Buddhist text and manuscripts.

    After lunch visit the Handicrafts Emporium which offers a wide assortment of beautifully handcrafted products, including the splendid Thangka paintings and exquisitely woven textiles for which Bhutan is famous. Also visit the Arts & Crafts School, famous for traditional thangka paintings. Here you will see students at work producing intricate designs on cloth.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    3

    Thimphu - Punakha | Dochu-la pass, Punakha Dzong

    This morning embark on a short drive to Punakha, the erstwhile winter capital of Bhutan.

    Enjoy the scenic drive through Dochu-la pass (3,080 m or 10,000 ft) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan. Take a photo stop and some light refreshments whilst enjoying breathtaking Himalayan views.

    Continue drive to Punakha. Check in at your hotel and freshen up.  Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955.
    This afternoon visit Punakha Dzong (‘the palace of great happiness or bliss’) built at the junction of the two rivers in the 17th century. In the evening, enjoy a stroll in the local market.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    4

    Punakha | Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, Chimi Lhakhang

    After a leisurely breakfast, take a short hike through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along river banks to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten from where you will see beautiful views of Mo-Chu River and the villages below.

    Later in the afternoon we hike up to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of the Divine Madman) situated on a hillock in the center of the valley. It is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kenley who in the late 15th century used his unorthodox ways of humor, songs, outrageous behavior and sexual overtones to dramatize his teachings and hence came to be known as ‘The Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the ‘temple of fertility’ and is popular amongst couples wanting a child. It takes about 30 minutes to walk across the field to reach the temple.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

     
    5

    Punakha - Jigme Dorji National Park

    After an early breakfast, drive to Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan’s second largest national park, named after the former King the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The national park spans an area of 1,700 square miles. It also covers the 3 major altitudinal zones of Bhutan. At its lowest the park has an elevation of 4,600 ft above sea level and at its highest about 23,000 ft. There are about a 1,000 households within the premises of the park, most of these inhabitants live off subsistence agriculture and herding animals.

    Some of the prominent species found in the national park are Takin, Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Royal Bengal Tiger, Himalayan Blue Sheep, Black Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, Indian Leopard, and Pica. The Jigme Dorji National Park is also home to over 300 species of birds including the Tibetan Black Necked Crane. Interestingly this the only national park in Bhutan where the national animal, flower, bird and tree can be found together.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    6

    Punakha – Trongsa - Bumthang | Pele-la pass, Chendebji Chorten, Trongsa Dzong, Yutong-la pass

    Early this morning embark on your eastward drive through Bhutan towards Bhumthang valley.

    Drive through Pele-la pass (11,122 ft), marked by a large white chorten and prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forests being replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo.

    Driving through Bhutanese villages, we take a photo stop at Chendebji Chorten, patterned after Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa. This was built in the 19th century by Lama Shida from Tibet to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was believed to be killed here.

    Continue drive to the town of Trongsa. Here we stop for lunch and visit Trongsa Dzong, one of the most impressive Dzong (fortress) in Bhutan. Built in the 17th century this was once the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat.

    Continue drive to Bhumthang. The last stretch of your drive across the Yutong-la pass (11,269 ft – the highest pass on your journey) finally brings you to wide open cultivated Bhumthang valley. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    7

    Bumthang | Wangdicholing Palace, Kurjey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang

    Spend the day exploring Bhumthang. Visit the Wangdicholing Palace, first palace of Bhutan that was not designed as a Dzong (fortress). This was the summer residence of both the first and second kings of Bhutan. The palace is known for its five giant water driven prayer wheels.

    Visit Kurjey Lhakhang, the sacred site of 3 temples surrounded by 108 stupas, considered to be one of Bhutan’s most auspicious places. Also visit the nearby temple of Tamshing Lhakhang, to appreciate some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan.

    Later in the afternoon, visit some unique cottage industries of the region– Red Panda Brewery, Bhumthang Cheese / Dairy Facility and Bhumthang Distillery.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    8

    Bumthang – Gangtey

    Today, we drive to Gangtey valley for an overnight stay.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    9

    Gangte | Gangtey Gompa | Phobjikha valley

    Here we visit the Gangtey Gompa, an important monastery / temple associated with the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. We shall also visit the nearby Phobjikha valley, the winter home of the black necked cranes that migrate from Siberia. Phobjikha valley is a vast U-shaped glacial valley. This broad valley, with its best-known marshland in Bhutan, is popular for its scenic splendor and cultural uniqueness.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    10

    Gangtey – Paro

    This morning, embark on your return drive to Paro. Paro is a valley town west of the capital, Thimphu. It is the site of the country’s only international airport with elevation of 7,200 ft.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    11

    Paro | Simtokha Dzong, National Museum (Ta Dzong), Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong)

    We should enjoy the panoramic view of Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses of the Kingdom which now houses a school for religious and cultural studies.

    Followed by a visit to the National Museum (Ta Dzong) which houses an interesting assortment of costumes, artifacts, thangka paintings and world-renowned stamps, bringing alive the history of Bhutan.  And then visit Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) the political and religious center of Paro district, built in the 17th century.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    12

    Paro | Taktshang Monastery, Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang

    Early this morning, hike to Taktshang Monastery popularly known as the Tigers Nest. It clings to a cliff 3,000 feet above the valley floor. Legend has it that Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) flew to this location on the back of a tiger in the 8th century. Once arrived, he is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three days and three hours in one of the caves that dot the mountain. The Bhutanese people credit Guru Rinpoche with introducing Buddhism to their country and the Taktsang Monastery is one of the principal pilgrimage destinations in Bhutan.

    Return trip hike takes approx. 5 hours; alternatively, if you don’t wish to hike, you may ride a pony.

    This monastery is one of the most sacred sites of Bhutan, visited by all Buddhists at least once in their lifetime. The climb is steep, so en-route you may stop for refreshments at a local cafeteria located halfway up the trail overlooking ‘Tigers Nest’. Once we reach the Tigers Nest, enjoy the beautiful views and waterfall along with a visit to the monastery.

    Then we visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built in the 17th century to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over Tibetans. Visit a nearby traditional Bhutanese farm house which offers an insight into the everyday lifestyle of local people.

    Drive on to visit the temple of Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan, built in the 7th century.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    13

    Depart Paro (PBH)

    After breakfast the tour ends. Hotel check-out and transfer to Paro International Airport.  Please provide details of your flight home so we can schedule your airport transfer.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    Hotel Information:

    DestinationHotel Rating
    ParoHaven Resort★★★★
    ThimphuTermalinca★★★★
    PunakhaDhensa Resort★★★★
    BumthangYugharling★★★★
    GangteyDewachen★★★★
    Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.

    Dates & Pricing 

    Daily Departure
    Tour Date2 Persons *4 Persons *6 Persons *
    2018: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov$5,035$4,625$4,455
    2018: Jan, Feb, Jun, Aug, Dec$4,390$4,020$3,865
    2019: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov$5,790$5,320$5,125
    2019: Jan, Feb, Jun, Aug, Dec$5,050$4,625$4,445
    Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
    * Price per person, based on double occupancy. 

    Deposit

    ‣ $750.00

    Booking Your Flight

    We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour.Buying your own air tickets? No problem.

    Inclusions

    • ‣ 4-Star Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣ Airport Transfers
    • ‣ Daily Breakfast and All Meals (See tour plan for more details)
    • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
    • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
    • ‣ Visa Fee

    Exclusions

    • ‣ Any Travel Insurance (Valid Travel Insurance Required)
    • ‣ Medical Expenses
    • ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares and Airport Departure Taxes
    • ‣ Gratuities
    • ‣ Laundry Service
    • ‣ Telephone Calls
    • ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
    • ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions