Introduction to Bhutan

At a Glance

DELHI – THIMPHU – GANGTEY – PUNAKHA – PARO – DELHI

Introduction to Bhutan travels a little further into this amazing mountain kingdom. Bhutan is not just about visiting the showcased points or places; it is a land that gradually expects the traveler to interact and become part of the life that is in Bhutan. The Bhutanese culture well preserved and fiercely guarded. It is liberal but religious which is the main reason why tourism is not allowed to ride the economy overwhelmingly.

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Each tourist, therefore, gets the best there is in Bhutan, be it the service or the entire experience as such. It slowly penetrates into one’s self that life can be good and better without traffic lights too, without rigorous planning also and that laidback always doesn’t mean lethargy, but it means contentment in minimum means.

Right from Paro, with the Queen mother’s Palace or the mesmerizing 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.

There is so much about Bhutan that remains undiscovered in the first visit; an easy self-made excuse to keep coming here again!! Discover Bhutan tailor-made tours, contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Itinerary

DELHI – THIMPHU – GANGTEY – PUNAKHA – PARO – DELHI

DAY 01 – DEPART FOR DELHI
Depart you chosen airport today bound for Delhi, arriving tomorrow. Contact me to discuss ailine choices from your local airport.

DAY 02 – ARRIVE DELHI – Colonels Retreat
Arrive Delhi today. VIP meet at aircraft door, assistant through baggage control, then outside the airport to meet our local representatives, where you will be meet 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 GANGTEY (FB) – Dewachen Hotel or similar
You will drive up to the Dochu La Pass (3,088 metres) from where on a clear day one can see Gangkar Puensum, Bhutan’s highest peak rising to an impressive 7,497metres. Descending to the small settlement of Wangdue then continue your drive to Gangtey (4 hrs) On arrival, check-in at your hotel.

DAY 06 – GANGTEY (FB)
This morning you will visit Gangtey Monastery and the Black-Necked Crane centre to learn more about these birds and the significant place they hold in local folklore.

This afternoon take a trek around the valley and meet the local people. Rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 07 – GANGTEY TO PUNAKHA (FB) – Damchen Resort or similar
Drive to Punakha (4 hrs) en route visiting Chimi Lhakhang, built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, the well-known “Divine Madman” a temple of fertility (a half hour’s walk from the roadside through paddy fields)

On arrival, check-in at your hotel. The rest of the day is then at leisure to explore this riverside town.

DAY 08 – PUNAKHA (FB)
You will visit the Punakha Dzong and other sights of this beautiful town.

Later if you wish you will 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.

DAY 09 – PUNAKHA TO PARO (FB) – Hotel Olathang or similar
Drive to Paro (4.5 Hrs)

On arrival, check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure

DAY 10 – 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 11 – PARO TO DELHI (B) – Colonels Retreat
Fly back to Delhi. On arrival, check-in at your airport hotel.

DAY 12 – DELHI HOMEBOUND (B)
Today India bids you farewell with your transfer to the International terminal if flying home or to the domestic Airport if you are extending your tour and travelling on to a different destination.

Do you have a few extra days spare; why not talk to a member of staff about extending this tour.

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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 Gangtey & the Black Neck Crane center
  • Sightseeing of Punakha Dzong & Chimi Lhakhang Temple of Fertility
  • Sightseeing of Paro
  • Visit Tigers Nest Monastery (3 hrs climb each way)

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: Thimphu, situated at an altitude of 2400m, is the center of government, religion, and commerce. The capital has an interesting combination of tradition and modernity and includes some of the most advanced and remotest parts of the kingdom.

GANGTEY: The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. A few kilometers beyond the Gangtey Monastery, on the valley floor, lays the village of Phobjikha. This place is the winter home of black necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate.

PUNAKHA: Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture.

PARO: The cultural highlights of Paro resemble so much the intricate and beautiful textiles worn by the people during the valley’s annual festival. Here we take you through the rice fields, orchards, farmhouses and temples of various ages.

What our clients say

‘Kadrin chhe la’ Thank you in Dzongkha. You were right. Bhutan is the last Shangri-la. We have just returned and would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for designing and arranging such a fantastic tour. We made it up to Tigers Nest, it was difficult but taking our time we’ve done it. Even though you said all the hotels were 3 stars, they were in fact much better than we expected and the food was good. All the best from

Sue & Graham – Chichester, UK

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