Highlights of Bhutan

At a Glance

DELHI – THIMPU – PUNAKHA – PARO – DELHI

Highlights of Bhutan, this short tour in Bhutan will give you a great introduction to this magical Mountain Kingdom when time really is of the essence. There is so much about Bhutan that remains undiscovered in the first visit; an easy self-made excuse to keep coming here again and again!! 

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On arrival into after your 1 night at Delhi Airport hotel, you will move from transfer to Thimphu, which is the hub of government, commerce, and religion. This is your opportunity to see where tradition meets modern life. Home to an eclectic mix that includes the royal family, ex-pats, politicians, monks, and more, it’s a great introduction to the current culture of Bhutan. 

Included is a visit to Punakha, home to Bhutan’s most beautiful Punakha Dzong and a visit to Chimi Lhakhang (a half hour’s walk from the roadside through paddy fields) to the fertility temple.

Finally to Paro, with the Queen mother’s Palace or the mesmerising Taktshang Lhakhang (Tigers Nest), the journey helps you touch the inner silence very fast. The famous monastic school at Thimpu and the ancient Dzongs all weave the same magic. The slight rain or the cloudy mist, the orange-draped little monks or the hard working ladies have something in common- the quality to bring a smile on your face.

End back in Delhi where if you want to extend your tour, then there is a whole country to explore.

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Starting from £3021.00

International flights & VIP meet at aircraft door included - more Special Value inclusions listed below

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Itinerary

DELHI – THIMPU – PUNAKHA – PARO – DELHI

DAY 01 – DEPART FOR DELHI
Depart you chosen airport today bound for Delhi, arriving tomorrow. Contact Mystic India for other choices of departure airports and airlines. Once can fly via Kathmandu in Nepal or from Bangkok to Paro. 

DAY 02 – ARRIVE DELHI – Pride Plaza Aerocity
Arrive in Delhi today. VIP meet at the aircraft door, assistant through baggage control, then outside the airport to meet our local representatives, where you will be met at the arrivals door then transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

DAY 03 – DELHI TO THIMPHU (FB) – Kisa Hotel or similar
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Paro when you are met and then transferred by road to Thimphu (2 Hrs)

On arrival check-in at your hotel, the rest of the day is then at leisure to relax.

DAY 04 – THIMPHU (FB)
A full day is spent visiting the sights of Thimphu including the huge Dzong, King’s Memorial, the Painting School, the Textile Museum and a Handicrafts Emporium.

DAY 05 – THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA (FB) – Damchen Resort or similar
After breakfast, drive to Punakha (2.5 hrs). On arrival sightseeing of the Chimi Lhakhang & Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten.

The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behaviour to dramatise his teachings and due to this also known as ‘Divine Madman’. Also visit The regal Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world.

DAY 06 – PUNAKHA TO PARO (FB) – Tashi Phuntshok Hotel or similar
After breakfast, you will visit the most beautiful Punakha Dzong and other sights of this beautiful town. if you wish to start early before your drive to Paro, you can drive 30 mins from Punakha Dzong to the base of a hill where Khamsum Yulley Namgyal is built. You will cross a suspension bridge, walk through rice fields before starting the moderately inclined trail and climb up to the temple which takes about 1 hour to hike up,  and 30 minutes to hike down.

Later drive to Paro (4.5 Hrs). On arrival, check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure

DAY 07 – PARO (FB)
A full day’s sightseeing today includes visits to the Ta Dzong, which houses the National Museum, the Rinpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples and the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest).

DAY 08 – PARO TO DELHI (B) – Pride Plaza Areocity 
Fly back to Delhi. On arrival, check-in at your airport hotel.

DAY 09 – DELHI HOMEBOUND (B)
Today India bids you farewell with your transfer to the International terminal.

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Special Value

  •  International flights included
  • VIP meet at aircraft door on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • A Private guide will travel with you throughout your tour
  • Meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • Bhutan Visa for the clients
  • Sightseeing of Thimpu
  • Sightseeing of Punakha Dzong & Chimi Lhakhang Temple of Fertility
  • Sightseeing of Paro
  • Visit Tigers Nest Monastery (3 hrs climb each way)

When travelling in Bhutan your guide will travel with you from arrival to departure. All meals are included all sightseeing and entrance fees. When travelling longer distances by car, your lunch will be taken en route at some lovely small guesthouses or village restaurants, and what lovely food they serve. My favourite became Ema Dachi (chillies & cheese). 

This Tour features the following locations

DELHI: The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.

THIMPHU: As the modern-day capital of one of the dreamiest destinations on the planet, Thimphu often looks like it’s confused about whether to hold onto that small-town feel or give into cosmopolitan excess. Only recently did the capital see a huge surge in the number of vehicles in the city, something that was literally unheard of mere years ago. Rush hour can be a bit chaotic, but this unique mix of old and new is exactly what makes Thimphu so intoxicating, so different from the rest of the country. This is perhaps the best place where you can club old-world charms such as traditional Buddhist monasteries and several museums to modern-day nightclubs and restaurants and watch Bhutan ushering itself into the modern era. Shopping, however, is quite limited and restricted to certain handmade souvenirs and handicrafts.

PUNAKHA: Located in a stunning valley at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu Rivers, Punakha feels like a slice of paradise, as if it’s been wrapped in a time capsule and left alone to be preserved for all eternity. Punakha Dzong, perhaps the most beautiful building of Bhutan, is located here, as are countless orange groves, orchards, rice fields and roughly 1/5th of the world’s population of the endangered white-bellied heron. In addition to its magnificent architecture, Punakha Dzong is known as the site of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck’s wedding and the final resting place of the sacred relic called Ranjung Karsapani.

PARO: Paro, the gateway to the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a city that is full of love, romance, splendour, valour, courage and natural beauty. It’s rich and colourful history often has a way of enthralling you through sacred sites, historical artefacts and artworks and being in the midst of nature also makes you lose complete track of time. The Main Street is where you get to see all the action. Beautifully carved wooden storefronts sell a variety of goods while restaurants attract visitors with authentic dishes and mouth-watering aromas. Popular attractions include the National Museum, Taktsang Monastery and Thongdroel.

My visit to Bhutan

Well I might as well give my feedback to the tour I designed myself …. and a big thank you to our guys in Bhutan, everything went like a dream. I traveled to Bhutan back in April/May 2016, entering Bhutan from Samdrup Jongkhar which was reached by road from Guwahati in Assam. I then traveled to Tashigang – Mongar – Bumthang – Gangtey – Punakha – Thimpu – Paro – Haa – Paro. My trip as much as it is always pleasure was to check out this Mountain Kingdom, what there is to see, infrastructure and to inspect many hotels. What a fantastic trip. I come away with knowledge as to the best sights to see depending on my client’s duration. 

Sharon Evans (MD & Owner)
Mystic India Ltd – Victoria, London

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