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15 Days

Classic Bhutan

A Classic Bhutan tour that offers invaluable insight into the rich culture and traditions of Bhutan, accompanied by breathtaking panoramic views of snow-covered Himalayans. Bhutan developed its civilization where the people live in close harmony with nature and evolved a unique identity, derived largely from a rich religious and cultural heritage.

After centuries of self-imposed isolation, Bhutan opened its door to the outside world, unveiling the shroud of mystery and mysticism that had surrounded it for ages. Today, it is a paradise in the wilderness, amid gleaming razor peaks of the mighty Himalayas and every traveler has a lot to anticipate discovering a kingdom with incredibly unique and treasured tradition, culture, religion, and natural environment.

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Flight to Bhutan is one of the most spectacular in the entire Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, each flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an exciting descent into the Kingdom.
On arrival at Paro airport, immigration and customs formalities and then received by our representative and transfer to the hotel.
The evening takes a stroll around the town’s main street.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

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After breakfast, visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) and then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history.
Afternoon visit to Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined fortress from where Bhutanese repelled several invasions by Tibetan armies. Then visit a traditional farmhouse which offers good insight into the lifestyle of local people.
In the evening, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

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After breakfast proceeds to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. En route stop at Chuzom (confluence) where the Paro river joins the Thimphu river. Nearby Thimphu, visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627. It now houses the School for Buddhist studies.
Afternoon, in Thimphu, visit King’s Memorial Chorten and Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery.
Then, visit Handicrafts Emporium & Textile and Folk Heritage Museum.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

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Morning, Thimphu sightseeing, visiting National Library, Painting School, and Traditional Medicine Institute.
After lunch, drive to Punakha, the old capital town of Bhutan. Stop en route at Dochula pass (3,050m) which heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan.
On arrival, check into the hotel. Evening visit to Punakha Dzong, the fortress of the 17th century and followed by a visit to Khamsm Yulley Namgyal Chorten.
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

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After breakfast drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang. Visit magnificent Wangdue Dzong and the town’s local market.
Further ahead pass through dense forests and oak, and rhododendron trees, reaching Gangtey (Phobjikha).
In the evening takes a walk around Gangtey village and visits Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in this region.
Overnight at Camp / Guest House.

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Morning explores the Phobjikha valley which is famous for Black Necked Cranes. These cranes migrate here from the Central Asiatic plateau to escape the harsh winters.
After lunch drive to Trongsa crossing 3,300m high Pele la pass. Evening visit to Trongsa market.
Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.

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Morning visit to Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture and see Ta Dzong, the watch tower, built to defend this Dzong and the surrounding region.
After lunch, proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation. Evening at leisure.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

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Bumthang is the general name given to the combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang, and Ura with altitudes varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. It is home to many prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries. Visit Tamshing Lhakhang, the treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. Then visit Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley.
Afternoon visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places. Later visit Jambay Lhakhang, the ancient monastery dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the country. Evening visit to the local market.

Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

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The journey continues eastwards winding through more rugged terrain. The drive with spectacular views will take about 7 hours. Pass through Ura village in Bumthang before climbing sharply to the highest motorable pass in the Kingdom, the Thrumshingla pass (4,000 m).
Gradually drop down to Sengor, watching cascading waterfalls on the way.
The descent stops at 700m, on a bridge over the Kurichu. Ascent again through pine forest, maize fields, and eastern hamlets to Mongar town. Visit
Mongar Dzong, built albeit quite recently, the dzong still maintains the architectural traditions of old dzongs.

Overnight at the lodge in Mongar.

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This trip of about 96 km takes 3 hours passing through Kori la pass (2,450m), the place marked by a pretty chhorten and a stone wall. The first part of the journey is through a leafy forest filled with ferns. Later road descends rapidly through corn fields and banana groves arriving at the famous zigzags of Yadi, which is a recent settlement. After that follows the Gamri river until the bifurcation to Dametsi, this temple perched on top of a steep hill was founded by Choeten Zangmo and is the most important monastery of eastern Bhutan.

This is the place from where the famous Naga Chham, mask dance with drums originated. About 30 km onwards lies Trashigang at 1000m. Trashigang is the center of the biggest and most populated district in the country. Visit Trashigang Dzong, standing at the end of the spur, overhanging the Gamri river. It serves as the administrative seat for the district and part of the Dzong is occupied by the Drukpa monastic community.

Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

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24 km from Trashigang, visit the temple of Gom Kora, set on a small alluvial plateau, overlooking the river. Gom Kora is a famous place where Guru Rinpoche subdued a demon. Further ahead reach Doksum village where you can see women busy weaving traditional Bhutanese fabric and a chain bridge dating to the 15th century.
Visit Trashiyangtse Dzong, situated at an altitude of 1,850m. In former times Trashiyangtse was an important center because it lies on one of the carven routes leading from western and central Bhutan. The Dzong is new and nearby are the Art School and the famous Chhorten Kora. Evening return to Trashigang.

Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

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The morning after visiting Bumthang market, drive to Punakha. Lunch would be served en route at one of the famous restaurants in Trongsa town.
En route to Wangduephodrang take a short break for tea/coffee and then proceed to Punakha hotel for an overnight stay. Arrive in Thimphu and check into the hotel.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

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After breakfast, drive to the airport for the flight to the onward destination.

  • Inclusion
  • Exclusion
  • Insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium update).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
  • Route Permit
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
  • All land transportation by private vehicle
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable
  • Drinking water
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable development fee of $200. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
  • Airfare & Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.

Our Host

Bhutan is one of the most unusual and beautiful countries in the world. You’ll find a land that is blessed with abundance, a deep connection to the past, and a culture that is unique. Truly Bhutan’s Host is second to none. Handpicked, highly experienced, and scrupulously trained, they bring a wealth of skill and knowledge to each trip. They are fun and friendly, whose aim is to ensure that each trip remains an unforgettable experience. Creating colorful, discovery-oriented tours in a combination of safety and comfort is the mission of our guides. All Host have earned the tour guide’s certificate from the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

Damchoe Lhendrup

Damchoe Lhendrup | Culture & Trekking Expert

Dechen Dema

Dechen Dema | Culture & Trekking Expert

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