Bhutan Encompassed Tour encircles the three important cities in Bhutan – Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha, exploring its art & architecture, traditions & culture. Paro gives you the colorful aspects of Bhutan whereas Thimphu is the tiny capital with many historical and cultural monasteries and shrines. Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan with age-old monasteries and extends a good place to learn more about Buddhism. The interesting feature of the tour is the visit to the Taktsang Monastery perched in a vertical cliff which is also popularly known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. En-route Thimphu to Punakha is the Dochula Pass at an altitude of 3,140 meters which commands breathtaking panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains towards the north on a clear day. The view of Thimphu is stung from Buddha’s point in Thimphu, equally beautiful is the Punakha Dzong; likewise, Kyichu-Lhakhang is the oldest temple in Bhutan and the tour visits such other monasteries and shrines. The tour finally ends at Paro circling the three cities and is the ideal way to witness Bhutan with all it’s unspoiled sights and sounds.
What to expect ?
Witness the world’s highest peaks insight during the flight in/out of Paro and explore Paro and enjoy the sightseeing around the tiny capital Thimphu. Commence the hike up to Taktsang Monastery – the Tiger’s Nest and pay to visit Punakha Dzong – the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan.
Day 01: Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air) – Transfer to hotel.
Your Bhutan Encompassed Tour starts with the flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you are met by your guide and then drive you the short distance to your hotel. Afternoon drive to visit the Rimpung Dzong, built-in the 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Paro – hike to Taktsang – Thimphu
Enjoying the Bhutan Encompassed Tour, after breakfast, drive the winding road to Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Jhomolhari, can be seen on a clear day from Drukgyal village. Then drive back to Ramthangkha to hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The hike to the cafeteria will take around one and a half hours. At the viewpoint, enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Walk back to the road point and then visit Kyichu Lhakhang one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Later depart to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. Thimphu has a population of about 100,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Check-in at the hotel. Later in the evening walk around the main streets and visit Handicrafts Emporium, this has all types of Bhutanese handicrafts for sale. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Thimphu Sightseeing – Punakha
After breakfast drive to visit National Memorial Chorten with its golden spines shining in the sun, its tinkling bells built in honor of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Institute of Traditional Medicine, where old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced. Also visit the Folk Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of items and artifacts used in rural households, Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in its color and design. Later in the afternoon depart to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Punakha – Paro
Continuing Bhutan Encompassed Tour, after breakfast walk across the bridge and visit Punakha Dzong, the ancient capital of Bhutan, spanning the MoChu and Pho Chu rivers. It is also the winter capital for the monks and the Je Khenpo (chief abbot) and after the visit drive to Lobeysa for lunch. After lunch hike another 20 minutes to Chime Lhakhang, the temple of the “Divine Madman” built-in 1499 and today it is mostly visited by the women who couldn’t bear children. Also, it is known as the temple of fertility. After the visit walk back to the road point and then drive Paro via confluence. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Paro – Depart (By Druk Air)
Your Bhutan Encompassed Tour terminates today so after breakfast, your representative will help you with the exit formalities and bid you farewell and wish you a happy journey back home.
- A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
- All internal taxes and charges
- Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
- Drinking water
- Monuments entrance fees where applicable
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
- A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
- All land transportation by private vehicle
- Route Permit
- Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
- Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
- 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
- Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
- Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
- Airfare & Travel Insurance
Where to meet ?
We will provide you meeting location after reservation is confirmed.
During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature will be an asset.