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Travel to Bhutan for the chance to explore the enchanting Himalayan Kingdom! Your Bhutan trip with us will allow you to discover monasteries, enjoy scenic views and relax in luxury hotels.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 1BangkokTraditional Buildings, Modern Skyscrapers, Beautiful Monasteries
1 - 3ThimphuDzong and Chorten, Handicrafts Emporium, ArcheryKhang Residency, Druk Hotel
3 - 5PunakhaPunakha Valley, Dzong, Temple of Fertility, Rice FieldsZhingkham Resort, Dhensa Boutique Resort
5 - 7Phobjikha Valley/GangteyPhobjikha Valley, Gangtey Monastery, Black Mountain National ParkDewachen, Gangtey Lodge
7 - 9ParoTiger’s Nest Monastery, Dzong, National Museum, Scenic Valley TreksGangtey Palace, Tashi Namgay Resort
9 - 9BangkokTraditional Buildings, Modern Skyscrapers, Beautiful Monasteries

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 1

International Arrival

Bangkok

0 Nights

Bangkok is a quintessential blend of old and new! Meaning the city of angels, Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand – and is its largest metropolis.

Day 1 - 3

Board your flight from Bangkok to Paro (Duration: 3.5 hrs)

Your chauffeur will drive you from Paro to Thimphu in a private vehicle (Duration: 2 hrs)

Thimphu

2 Nights

Hidden realm of wonders! The only world capital without traffic lights, Thimphu is a regal yet bustling town amid glorious hills and home to the revered Bhutanese Royal family.

Included Activities

Highlights of Thimphu

Discover the vibrant heart of Thimphu! Begin your tour of Thimphu at the King’s Memorial Chorten, where many devotees congregate to pray and spin the Buddhist prayer wheels for luck. Nearby atop a hill locals commonly refer to as Buddha Point, you’ll be awed by the Buddha Dordenma Statue which is the largest statue of the Buddha overlooking the city and Thimphu Valley beyond. Thimphu is a treasure trove of craftwork, and you can see budding masters learn the craft at Zorig Chusum, the local art and craft school. Watch wood carving to mask making, weaving, embroidering, clay modelling, sculpture and thangka painting at the school. Later, visit the textile museum to learn how traditional Bhutanese dresses are made. Next on your itinerary are the impressive Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the king and government, and the National Library, which houses an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts and modern academic books on Himalayan culture and religion. For a spot of lighthearted fun, saunter into the Motithang Takin Preserve to see the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal. If time permits, you also have the option of taking a wonderful drive to the hillside view point below the Bhutan Broadcasting Service Tower, set at a height of 2685 meters! Afterwards, browse the city’s various government-run handicrafts emporium and local craft shops showcasing Bhutan’s fine traditional artwork, jewelry, textiles and carvings. The weekends offer a particular treat to visitors – Thimphu’s bustling weekend market where locals folks gather. (Full Day; Duration: 8 hrs; Time of Day: 0800 to 1800 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy; please note that Zorig Chusum is closed on weekends, national holidays, examination days, summer and winter breaks in July and Dec – Feb. Tashichho Dzong can only be visited after 1730 hrs.)

Hotel Options
Khang Residency – Opt 1
RoomPremium Room
MealsFull Board
StyleBoutique
Druk Hotel – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe
MealsFull Board
StyleHeritage
Day 3 - 5

Your chauffeur will drive you from Thimphu to Punakha in a private vehicle. Enroute you will visit Dochula Pass (Duration without stops: 3 hrs)

Punakha

2 Nights

An erstwhile capital, it now makes for a magical stay with splendid views of the distant, heavenly Himalayas at Dorchula Pass with a soothing climate and relaxing ambiance.

Included Activities

Highlights of Punakha

Visit Punakha Dzong, one of the most beautiful fortresses of Bhutan, strategically nestled at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the dzong has been fully restored by the present king. Take a short walk on the suspension bridge nearby – it’s the largest of its kind in Bhutan! Afterwards, visit the Zomlay Thang Stupa, a rare, newly-built Nepalese style stupa on the banks of the Mo Chhu River. Walk along the riverbank while you observe local people gathered here, either for a day’s picnic or even for archery practice done far away from the crowds. Later, drive on to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery set amid picturesque pines on a hilltop. This learning and meditation centre for nuns is also a photographer’s delight for offering exquisite views over the Punakha Valley. If you are visiting on a Saturday, don’t miss the weekend market where local produce is bought and sold. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Please note that Punakha Dzong is open between 1100 to 1300 hrs and 1500 to 1700 hrs in winter. Please wear formal clothes for your visit to the Dzong. Visit to the market is possible only on Saturdays.)

Chimi Lhakhang Nature Trail and Fertility Temple

Discover the rich traditions of Bhutan at the Chimi Lhakhang (Lhakhang is the Bhutanese word for Temple) known as the Fertility Temple, just outside Punakha. Hike through verdant rice paddies and manicured mustard fields by picturesque villages. After a short incline, enter a charming complex to be welcomed by a huge black and gold prayer wheel. Courtesy of your guide, understand unusual rituals steeped in legends of the eccentric ‘Divine Madman’ Lama Drukpa Kunley, whose teachings of Buddhism had humorous songs and innuendos. Admire the elaborately hand-painted drawings that adorn the walls, the art showcasing dramatic interpretations of phalluses. It’s a pilgrimage site especially for childless couples, who are blessed with a 10-inch bone, ivory and wood phallus, while young babies are named using inscriptions on bamboo slips. Expect to see intricate charms in various sizes, colorfully shaded with comic illustrations and abstract art with inspirational quotes. (Private Activity & Transfer; Hike duration: 25 minutes each way; Fitness level: Easy; Please note that the temple closes at 1700 hrs. Please wear trekking shoes.)

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten & Hike in Punakha

Set out on a hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten in the beautiful countryside around Punakha. Cross the suspension bridge over Mo Chhu, and begin your walk alongside a babbling creek. Pass by terraced paddies and farmhouses, traversing the narrow trails flanked by pine forests. The Khamsum Yulley Chorten was built by the Queen Mother in dedication to the King, country and for the wellbeing of all sentient beings in the universe. Based on the instructions in the Buddhist Holy Scriptures and the teachings of leader Lama Sönam Zangpo, the three-tiered structure sits majestically on a ridge amid well-tended gardens. Inside, the stupa features large kitschy installations of Vajrakilaya, a wrathful deity, encased in glass boxes. Discover several smaller statues of other deities and numerous yab-yum figurines along the inner walls, as well as a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. Enjoy beautiful vistas of the Punakha valley and many mountain peaks in the distance. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy, altitude of 1500 meters; Please wear trekking shoes and equipment.)

Hotel Options
Zhingkham Resort – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsFull Board
StyleResort
RoomSuite
MealsFull Board
StyleBoutique
Day 5 - 7

Your chauffeur will drive you from Punakha to Gangtey in a private vehicle (Duration: 4 hrs)

Phobjikha Valley/Gangtey

2 Nights

Phobjikha Valley is a stunningly vast U-shaped glacial landscape also known as Gangtey or Gangteng Valley after the impressive Gangteng Monastery. The picturesque valley, set against the backdrop of the towering Black Mountain Range, offers rich biodiversity and is popular for its scenic splendor and cultural uniqueness.

Included Activities

Highlights of Phobjikha Valley/Gangtey

Start your visit of the Phobjikha Valley from the famous Gangtey Goempa, perched on a small hill that rises from the valley floor. The monastery is home to the main seat of the guru Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche, the founder of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Walk through the little town of Gangtey with its small market area lined with charming, traditional Bhutanese houses. Don’t miss the ancient stupa (sacred monument) which marks your entrance to the town. This is also the perfect opportunity to learn about the region’s famous black-necked cranes while visiting the black crane info center in Phobjikha Valley. These graceful cranes (Grus nigricollis) travel all the way from the Tibetan Plateau to this valley to roost during the winter season. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes.)

Nature Trail in Phobjikha Valley

Following a scenic drive to the 17th century Gangtey Monastery perched on a ridge, enjoy a pleasant hike down towards the bowl-shaped, glacial Phobjikha Valley in central Bhutan. Admire picturesque settlements with terraced farmlands along the way, cross small rivers and see stupas surrounded by fluttering prayer flags, and pass by the Black Mountains range, on the fringes of Jigme Wangchuck National Park. Your guide will introduce you to the fantastic flora and fauna of the region. Further, enter the vast grasslands dotted with grazing cattle, and walk on scenic trails flanked by pine forests and dwarf bamboo clusters. Conclude your tour with panoramic vistas of the mountainous expanse. From late October to mid February, enjoy the sightings of the majestic and endangered black-necked cranes, flocks of which migrate to milder climates of the Phobjikha Valley during the winter. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Duration: 3-4 hrs; Distance: 5.5 kms; Fitness level: Easy, downhill walk; Notes: Hike begins at 2900 meters altitude. Please wear trekking shoes and bring a raincoat.)

Hotel Options
Dewachen – Opt 1
RoomDewachen Deluxe
MealsFull Board
StyleHeritage
Gangtey Lodge – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsFull Board
StyleHeritage
Day 7 - 9

Your chauffeur will drive you from Phobjikha Valley/Gangtey to Paro in a private vehicle. Enroute you will visit Dochula Pass (Duration without stops: 6 hrs)

Paro

2 Nights

Gateway to the Kingdom’s treasures! Known as the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon,’ the charming town of Paro is home to Mt. Chumolhari and some of the oldest monasteries and temples in the region.

Included Activities

Highlights of Paro

Delve deep into the cultural gems of Paro! Start your day at Rinpung Dzong, a 17th century Buddhist monastery and fortress built by Tibetan Buddhist Lama, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal known as the unifer of Bhutan.. Next on your itinerary is the National Museum, where various interesting artifacts of the Bhutanese civilization find pride of place. Here, witness the original masks used in Bhutan’s famous cultural festivals as well the art of preparing statues! Soak in the stunning view from the museum before you depart for Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang – also known as the 3 realm temple, it symbolizes the different stages of rebirth according to Buddhist philosophy. The temple’s three floors represent hell, earth and heaven respectively, enclosed within a chorten-shaped building topped by an unusual white flower. Climb between the different levels via steep ladders to see beautiful displays of Buddhist artwork. Don’t forget to throw a stone in the air at the space for making wishes – you may just have your heart’s desire! (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate as there are many steep ladders to reach the various levels inside Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang. Please wear formal clothes for your visit to the museum.)

Hike to Tiger’s Nest

Discover Bhutan’s iconic Paro Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ monastery, a cluster of magnificent shrines perched on a cliff face just outside Paro. Begin your hike through sun-speckled pine forests of a riverine valley. Alternately, ride atop ponies covering the first leg of the journey until the cafeteria. Here, enjoy an assortment of snacks and beverages with a view. As you traverse these trails crisscrossed by rows of colorful prayer flags, your local guide will entertain you with legends, anecdotes, and botanical knowledge. Marvel at the pristine natural beauty around through stunning vantages. In approximately 45 minutes, you will reach a small teahouse that has a wonderful panoramic view of the temple. For those interested, it is possible to get a closer view by hiking another 45 minutes to an hour (each direction) to reach the small chorten directly across from the temple. Anyone not interested in hiking further can relax at the teahouse and enjoy the view. Also, notice makeshift souvenir stalls set up by locals. Ahead, pause at the viewpoint that presents Tiger’s Nest in all its glory. The trail passes beside a scenic waterfall before you cross a bridge to ascend and reach Tiger’s Nest! Explore the holy cave and return via the same route. (Half Day; Duration: 4/5 hrs; Fitness Level: Difficult. Please note that the starting point of the trek is at an elevation of 2200 metres, to reach the monastery which is located on a cliff at 3120 meters altitude. The monastery is closed from 1300 to 1400 hrs, and after 1700 hrs. Please wear trekking shoes and equipment.)

Hotel Options
Gangtey Palace – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsFull Board
StyleHeritage
RoomJunior Suite
MealsFull Board
StyleBoutique
Day 9 - 9

Board your flight from Paro to Bangkok (Duration: 3.5 hrs)

Bangkok

0 Nights

Bangkok is a quintessential blend of old and new! Meaning the city of angels, Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand – and is its largest metropolis.

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 7,690 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 10,190 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation and meals, as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions, as specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation services, as specified in the itinerary
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact supporting you during your trip
  • Carbon emissions offsetting for your trip

Not Included

  • Entrance fees and meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary description
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Visa and tourism fees
  • Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare
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What our guests say about this trip

Enchanting Travels employs people who really know how to listen to their clients and provide an exciting itinerary that is also safe and flexible. Everyone we worked with, from Brenda and Lavina to our guides Mr. Pongthep and Sangay, and our chauffeur Kengua, were professionals who seemed to really enjoy showing us their beautiful and exciting countries.

– Carol Schorg
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