Bitesize Bhutan

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Duration (in days): 5

From: Paro

To: Paro

From

£880

Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

Explore the mountainous Kingdom of Bhutan in this whistle-stop tour. From golden chortens and temples to bustling markets, where red chillies and bright turquoise are traded side by side - this short trip will give you a taste of the wonders of this tiny country, tucked under the stunning backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayas.

The National Museum of Paro provides you with an insight into local history for your forst day, before heading over to Thimpu where you will spend time at one of the most visited religious sites in Bhutan, the national memorial 'Chorten', you will get to wander around the local markets here mingling with the locals and buying some homemade produce if you wish! Leaving Thimpu through forests of pine and cedar witnessing stunning views of the Himalayan mountain ranges as you travel, you will head to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan before spending your last day exploring ancient ruins and enjoying a cultural show of mask dances and folk songs.

Highlights

  • Learn about local history at the National Museum of Paro
  • Visit the Tashi Chhoedzong Fortress
  • Meet the locals at the outdoor market, Thimpu
  • Experience panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains
  • Explore the ruins of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong

 

 

Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 1 night Paro
  • 1 night Thimpu
  • 1 night Punakha
  • 1 night Paro

Day 1: Arrive in Paro

Enjoy your flight into Bhutan as you gaze over the stunning mountain passes of the Himalayas and head down into the lush valley of Paro. You’ll be met and transferred into the town for lunch before visiting the National Museum of Paro, where you can explore the history of Bhutan through various historic artefacts. In the afternoon you’ll drive to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan, where you’ll check into your hotel for 2 nights and visit the Tashichho Dzong fortress in the evening.


Day 2: Thimpu Sightseeing

After a delicious breakfast you’ll visit the National Memorial Chorten (Buddhist shrine) with its golden spines shining in the sun. One of the most visited religious sites in Bhutan , this stupa provides a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Outdoor market where locals buy their rice, vegetables and chillies. Stroll amongst the bustling stalls selling tiny butter teacups and pretty Nepalese turquoise before heading to the Motithang Zoo and exploring the Bhutanese Handmade Paper Factory.


Day 3: Thimpu – Punakha

This morning you’ll be driven to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. Leaving Thimpu the road winds through forests of pine and cedar, before getting near to the Dochula Pass where you’ll have panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range. Continuing down the hairpin bends towards the Punakha valley, you’ll visit the Chimi Lhakhang temple and Punakha Dzong, spanning the Pho Chu River.


Day 4: Punakha – Wangdue – Paro

Start the day with the drive to Wangdue, one of the major towns in Western Bhutan. Explore the ruins of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong before continuing back to Thimpu for lunch. In the afternoon discover the capital a little more, taking in the National Library, packed with ancient and traditional books, as well as the Folk Heritage Museum. Later you’ll be driven to Paro to enjoy dinner and a cultural show of mask dances and folk songs on your final evening in Bhutan.


Day 5: Paro

As your time in Bhutan draws to an end you’ll be transferred to the airport for your onwards flight.


 

Info

March to May & September to November are the best months to visit Bhutan. Be sure to book in advance as accommodation options can be limited. Himalayan views are best in October and the rhododendron blooms peak in March and April. Savings can be made if you travel outside of peak season, the weather is still pleasant although it can be cold in December and January. Monsoon rains put an end to most treks from June until August.

All of our itineraries are tailor-made to give you an idea of just some of what is possible; this means we can adjust as necessary to completely suit your needs.  Let your travel consultant know how long you plan to spend away, what you like to do, what properties you like to stay in and an idea of your budget and we will do the rest!

*Local payment of 40USD (visa fee) and 10USD (Tourism development fund)* to be paid locally

What's included: 

  • Tours specified in the itinerary
  • 4 nights accommodation (3* and above)
  • All meals
  • All transport
  • Services of experienced and English speaking guides
  • All trekking equipment
  • Trekking guide and trekking cook with supporting staff
  • Pack ponies
  • Medical facilities
  • Mineral water
  • Welcome and farewell drinks with bonfire and cultural programme
  • All permits

Not included: 

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Drinks other than those specified
  • Personal costs
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Single supplement charges
Accommodation

7 nights in 3* or above standard accommodation


 

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