Welcome to the land of mountain legends, nestled high in the Himalayas, where traditions remain unchanged from ancient civilizations!
Your package includes

  • Transportation by car or minivan
  • Return transfers airport / hotel / airport
  • Private English speaking local guide
  • 4 night accommodation at 4* hotels or similar
  • 11 meals: 4 breakfasts at hotels, 3 lunches at local restaurants, 4 dinners at hotels
  • Visits as per itinerary with private vehicle
  • Visa for Bhutan

Not included: International airfare · Gratuities to hotel personnel, guides and drivers · Beverages· Optional excursions.

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DAY 1 PARO • THIMPHU (1 HR, 55 KMS)


Arriving in Bhutan is an unparalleled experience as the flight provides wonderful Himalayan scenery below. On completion of airport formalities, you will be met at the arrival lounge and start the drive through the valley towards Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. Arrive Thimpu and check in to your hotel. In the evening (if time permits), visit the impressive Trashichho Dzong which houses the Throne Room of the King and various Government Offices. It is also the Summer Residence of the Chief Abbot and the Central Monk Body. If your visit falls on a working weekday, arrive in time to watch the hoisting of the National Flag and the March of the Guards (D)
Accommodation: Thimphu at Druk Hotel 4* or similar, for 2 nights
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DAY 2 THIMPHU


This morning, visit the National Memorial Chorten which was originally envisaged by Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King and a monument to peace. Visit the Bronze Statue of Sakyamuni Buddha (51.5 m), sitting on top of Kuensel Phodrang hill and offering unobstructed views over the Thimphu Valley. Also visit the nearby National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature. After lunch, visits will include: the National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), where the medicinal herbs abundant in the kingdom are compounded and dispensed. Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School), where a six-year training course is given in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Also visit Thangtong Dewachen Nunnery – the only nunnery in the Capital and was built in 1976. The nuns all live together as a family with each given a specific chore from cooking to cleaning to shopping. Towards evening, visit the Tashichho Dzong, the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and the central monk body. Later, if time permits, explore the main street for some interesting Himalayan artifacts or textiles for which Bhutan is famous. If your visit to Thimphu coincides with the weekend, you can walk through the Thimphu Market (Open only from Friday until mid-Sunday). (B/L/D)
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DAY 3 THIMPHU • PARO (1 HR, 55 KMS)


In the morning drive to Paro. En-route you have an opportunity to visit handicraft and souvenir stores in Thimphu. In the afternoon, drive towards the north end of the valley to visit the National Museum. The
museum collection includes ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons, coins, stamps and a small natural history collection. Then walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) situated at a
commanding height overlooking Paro valley. Built in 1646, this Dzong now houses Paro’s monk body and the offices of the civil administration and is symbolic as the religious and secular center of all affairs of the valley. On arrival check in at the hotel. In the evening, visit a Traditional farmhouse for an opportunity to interact with a local family and learn something of their lifestyle. (B/L/D)
Accommodation: Naksel Resort 4*or similar, for 2 nights

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