Bhutan Discovery

6 days from $3,396 per person*
  • Journey up through the forest to the cliff-top Taktsang Monastery.
  • Search for treasures at the Handicraft Bazaar and market.
  • Visit a traditional farmhouse for a look at the local culture.
  • Participate in an archery lesson where you'll try your hand at the bow & arrow.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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This happy nation in the Himalayas is cut off from the wars and worries of the modern world. Discover the last independent Buddhist kingdom on Earth with an expert private guide.

Be among the few people who have the chance to see what life looks like in in mystical Bhutan. This remote and spiritual land nestled between Nepal, Bangladesh, and Burma has been protected from mass tourism, and from the outside world, for centuries. The kingdom's pristine natural environment is matched only by the centuries-old richness of its cultural traditions. You’ll visit Thimphu’s stunning temples that date back as far as the 12th century; learn about ancient local healing practices; take in the sights and sounds of the vibrant markets; observe the art of traditional paper making; and explore the extensive collection of antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor housed in Bhutan’s National Museum. Trek to Taktsang monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest, precariously perched on the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. In Paro, watch a traditional archery demonstration, then try your hand at the bow and arrow yourself.

With a focus on authentic experiences, you'll see why Bhutan is called the Last Shangri-La. Your expert guide will facilitate a memorable visit to a school, an evening with a local family in their traditional farmhouse, and encounters with Bhutanese craftsmen and artisans. You’ll stay in premium hotels where Bhutan’s warm hospitality shines through. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Paro to Thimphu
    Paro to Thimphu
    • Visa Fee - Visa Fee Included
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Supplement - Guide/Vehicle
    • Paro - Thimphu - Vehicle/Guide
    • Tour - Private - Explore Thimphu - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 2 Thimphu
    Thimphu
    • Supplement - Guide/Vehicle
    • Tour - Private - Cheri Monastery, Thimphu Valley & Weekend Market - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Thimphu to Paro
    Thimphu to Paro
    • Supplement - Guide/Vehicle
    • Thimphu - Paro [via Semtokha Dzong] -
    • Tour - Private - Explore Paro
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Paro
    Paro
    • Supplement - Guide/Vehicle
    • Tour - Private - Taktsang Monastery & Dumtseg Lhakhang - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Paro
    Paro
    • Supplement - Guide/Vehicle
    • Archery Match Demonstration (1 hr) - Archery Demonstration
    • Archery Lesson (1 hr) - Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Paro
    Paro
    • Supplement - Guide/Vehicle
    • Transfer - Private - Depart Airport - Vehicle/Guide
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Day 1: Paro - Thimphu

Upon arrival in Paro, you will be required to present two passport photos to the immigration official for your Bhutan visa (included), which will be stamped into your passport. Once you pass through customs your guide and driver will be waiting for you.

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your guide will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

You will be met on arrival at Paro airport by our local guide. Once you have completed all airport formalities, you will begin your drive toward Thimphu. This is a scenic journey and takes roughly 1.5 hours. On arrival in Bhutan's modern capital, you will check in at your hotel.

Visit the Changangkha Lhakhang, built in the 12th century, this is the oldest temple in Thimphu. It is hovering over a ridge above Thimphu, near Motithang. Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo who hailed from Tibet chose this site to build this Lhakhang. The Lhakhang houses Chenrizig, an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation of Avolokitesawara. The prayer books in this Lhakhang are larger than the usual Buddhist texts. You can purchase some of the world’s most beautiful postage stamps, collector’s items and postcards at face value from the general post office, and you will also see the Bhutan National Bank. Next head to a local arts and crafts school, to visit with some local children, and then carry on to the Traditional Medicine Institute where ancient healing arts are still practiced. Finally, visit the Motithang Takin Preserve, which is a local wildlife reserve. Later, if time permits, take a stroll through the main streets to see the interesting Himalayan artifacts and textiles that make Bhutan famous.

Accommodation: Hotel Druk (4*)

Hotel Druk is nestled in the heart of Thimphu, in the center of the city's vibrant business, leisure, and government landmarks. This distinctive four-star deluxe hotel offer guests warm and unique hospitality culture of the Bhutanese people. Over the years, the hotel has been renovated to give a chic and modern edge with each floor, differently inspired, exploring a subtle palette drawn from water, air, earth, fire, and sky. Hotel Druk offers its guests with a newly refurbished choice of accommodation ranging from beautifully appointed spacious Deluxe Rooms to Luxury Suites. Guests are invited to experience fresh cuisine at Restaurant 7th and unwind with a cocktail or wide variety of wine selection at Hi-Jinks Bar., and relax at Lha Yul spa. Being part of "Tashi Group of Companies," Druk Hotel provides its guests with excellent amenities and quality service provided by a dedicated team to the comfort and happiness of guests. 

Bhutan Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Thimphu
Thimphu
Bhutan Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Druk
Hotel Druk

Day 2: Thimphu

After breakfast begin your day of sightseeing with a visit to the weekend market to see local people selling and purchasing their staples. The market also has a few souvenir shops for visitors. Then embark on a drive 12 km north of Thimphu where you will participate in an hour long hike to Cheri Monastery. There will be enough time for individual contemplation, journaling, meditating, etc while visiting the monastery. Later, drive back to the hotel or to a local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia shrub, and have a chance to purchase some beautiful writing sets from the factory. Next, visit the Handicraft Bazaar, a new project initiated by the Government that promotes locally produced handicrafts. Buy stunning kiras which can be used as bed covers or wall decoration, jewelry and much more.  Finally, visit Memorial Chorten built in 1974 to honor the memory of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, popularly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. A multi-storied Stupa will introduce you to the vitality of Tantric Buddhism. Finish up back at your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Druk (4*)
Bhutan Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Memorial Chorten
Memorial Chorten

Day 3: Thimphu - Paro

This morning, set off for Paro after an early breakfast and en route visit Semtokha Dzong, “the place of profound tantric teaching”, which stands on a hill a few kilometers out of town. On arrival in Paro, check in at your hotel.

After lunch today, you will visit Ta Dzong, originally built as a watchtower, which now houses Bhutan’s National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armor, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore, such as the legend of the four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount Sumeru and other cosmic mandalas. Along the way you will also see the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of 108 temples built in the Himalayas by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. In the evening visit a traditional farmhouse for an opportunity to interact with a local family and gain insight into the local lifestyle and cultures.

Accommodation: Nak-Sel (4.5*)

Naksel, a community-based project that is eco friendly and Energy Saver efficient, blends the heritage of traditional Bhutanese architecture and the comfort of modern amenities. Elaborate hand-carved pillars and beautiful stonework exemplify the essence of Bhutan while tapered mud-brick walls provide insulation and restful silence.

Bhutan Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Paro
Paro
Bhutan Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Nak-Sel
Nak-Sel

Day 4: Paro

Today you will embark on an excursion to view the spectacular and famous Taktsang monastery. The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest with many trees festooned with Spanish moss and the occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. The hike will take you past a small cafeteria if a break is needed.  Built in 1600’s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. It is believed that, in the 8th century Guru Rimpoche, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tigress to subdue a demon. Guru Rimpoche is believed to have meditated here for three months and this place is considered as a ‘Mecca’ for Buddhists. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria. After the hike, you will visit Dungtse Lhakhang. The uniqueness of this temple lies in the fact that it is in the form of a chorten, one of the very few that exists in Bhutan. The lhakhang was built in 1421 by the famous Tibetan lama, Thongten Gyelpo (1385-1465) who was also known as Changzampa or the builder of iron bridges. It is believed that a demoness was terrorizing the Paro valley and the very hill that the temple is built on turned out to be the demoness’s head. So he built a chorten shaped temple over the demoness’s head or the hills to overpower her, as chortens most of the time play the part of a nail that immobilizes a demon. This evening, once back to your hotel, you can take a leisurely guided walk of the town of Paro.

Accommodation: Nak-Sel (4.5*)
Bhutan Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Taktsang Monestery
Taktsang Monestery

Day 5: Paro

Experience a quick and shortened version of the traditional game of archery. The normal archery game lasts a day and can extend to several days. Two teams of local archers (2-3 people per team) will demonstrate using the traditional bamboo bow and arrow. You are welcome to join the team. Archery is the national sport of Bhutan. Spectators marvel at the dexterity of the Bhutanese and gasp at other members of a team who stand close to the target and sidestep the flying arrows. The traditional bows and arrows are made from bamboo. There are 2 painted targets placed at each end of the range at about 120 meters apart. Two teams of 11 archers compete, each player shoots two arrows and the first team to get 33 points wins the match. The method of scoring is a little complicated. The best archers wear multi colored scarves tied to the back of their belts. Each time an arrow hits the bulls- eye a short victory dance is performed by the team.

Your guide will demonstrate and explain the details of the game using the traditional bamboo bow and arrow. You can enjoy a few rounds of archery practice. Archery is the national sport of Bhutan. Spectators marvel at the dexterity of the Bhutanese and gasp at other members of a team who stand close to the target and sidestep the flying arrows. The traditional bows and arrows are made from bamboo. There are 2 painted targets placed at each end of the range at about 120 meters apart. Two teams of 11 archers compete, each player shoots two arrows and the first team to get 33 points wins the match. The method of scoring is a little complicated. The best archers wear multi colored scarves tied to the back of their belts. Each time an arrow hits the bulls- eye a short victory dance is performed by the team.

Accommodation: Nak-Sel (4.5*)
Bhutan Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bhutanese Archery
Bhutanese Archery
Bhutan Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bhutanese Archery
Bhutanese Archery

Day 6: Paro

Your guide will escort you to the airport for departure from Paro.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Hotel Druk (4*): Thimphu

Hotel Druk is nestled in the heart of Thimphu, in the center of the city's vibrant business, leisure, and government landmarks. This distinctive four-star deluxe hotel offer guests warm and unique hospitality culture of the Bhutanese people. Over the years, the hotel has been renovated to give a chic and modern edge with each floor, differently inspired, exploring a subtle palette drawn from water, air, earth, fire, and sky. Hotel Druk offers its guests with a newly refurbished choice of accommodation ranging from beautifully appointed spacious Deluxe Rooms to Luxury Suites. Guests are invited to experience fresh cuisine at Restaurant 7th and unwind with a cocktail or wide variety of wine selection at Hi-Jinks Bar., and relax at Lha Yul spa. Being part of "Tashi Group of Companies," Druk Hotel provides its guests with excellent amenities and quality service provided by a dedicated team to the comfort and happiness of guests. 

Bhutan Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Druk
Hotel Druk
Bhutan Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  7th Restaurant
7th Restaurant

Nak-Sel (4.5*): Paro

Naksel, a community-based project that is eco friendly and Energy Saver efficient, blends the heritage of traditional Bhutanese architecture and the comfort of modern amenities. Elaborate hand-carved pillars and beautiful stonework exemplify the essence of Bhutan while tapered mud-brick walls provide insulation and restful silence.

Bhutan Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Nak-Sel
Nak-Sel

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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