Escape to the beautiful and enchanting kingdom of Bhutan on the Paro Phuentsholing Bhutan Scenic Tour (6 Nights 7 Days)! Explore the diverse landscapes and immerse yourself in the rich culture of this last Shangri-La nation.
This 7-day journey starts from Paro, where you will visit the iconic Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Rinpung Dzong, and Kychu Lhakhang Temple. You’ll also have the chance to hike to the Takshang Monastery up to an altitude of 3180m.
Then, experience the major landmarks of Thimphu, including Memorial Chorten, Thimphu/Tashicho Dzong, and Buddha Point. Your tour continues with a drive to Punakha crossing the Dochu-La Pass and witnessing the grand Punakha Dzong. Return to Phuentsholing and end your trip at the border.
Customize your journey by making it Vice Versa or V/V, starting from the Phuentsholing border and returning by flight to other destinations such as Kathmandu, Delhi, Bangkok, or Singapore. You can also travel via road from Bangladesh, West Bengal, and East Nepal. Contact us for cost details, customization of the itinerary, and more information. Your Bhutan Scenic Tour awaits!
Experience the thrill of a lifetime and fly onboard Druk Air to Paro, Bhutan! On a clear day, the majestic Himalayas will wow you with their stunning views, including a possible glimpse of Mount Everest if you’re flying from Delhi or Kathmandu. But the real excitement begins when you approach the Bhutanese foothills, with their steep turns and descents as you land at the tiny airstrip of Paro.
Once there, you’ll be welcomed by your Bhutanese guide and taken to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you’ll get to explore the beautiful Rinpung Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang before settling in for the night. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to explore Paro, Bhutan!
Start your morning off with an awe-inspiring journey to the Taktsang Monastery, also known as the “Tiger’s Nest”. Located 8,000 feet above the valley floor and clinging seemingly impossibly to a cliff of rock, this 8th-century monastery is a place of pilgrimage for the locals and an exhausting, thrilling, and mystical experience for tourists.
Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche flew to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress from Tibet and meditated in the cave for three months. While the main building of the temple was destroyed by fire in 1998, the hike up to the viewpoint is definitely worth it! After your journey, finish the day off with a drive to Thimpu and rest at your hotel for the night.
Start your day with a thrilling hike to the Cheri Monastery, which includes the Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wildlife Sanctuary. This 1-hour round trip will take you to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen), built in 1620 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and home to the first monk body. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the region’s most exotic birds, such as Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird, Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Long-billed Thrush, and Ultramarine Flycatcher.
Next, explore the traditional paper-making factories of Bhutan, a craft that dates back to the 8th century and is still highly valued today. Make sure to visit the lively weekend market, held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, where locals come together to barter and buy goods. While you’re there, don’t miss the Bhutan Craft Bazaar, full of unique products like wood-carved national symbols, bags and western-style clothing with traditional designs, wooden and clay utensils, Bangchung, Dhapa, jewelry boxes, bookmarks, and handmade packing papers (Deysho).
Finally, take a stroll around the city before spending the night in Thimphu.
Start your morning off with a drive to Punakha, stopping at the breathtaking Dochu-La pass (3,080m) along the way. Here, you can marvel at the stunning Chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags that adorn the highest point on the road. If the skies are clear, you can even spot some of the highest peaks in Bhutan, including Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), and the towering Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.
Continue your journey to Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal as a religious and administrative center of the region. Despite being damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored.
Afterward, take a trip to Wangduephodrang to visit the incredible Dzong and local market. Here, you can admire the bamboo products, slate and stone carvings that the district is famous for.
At the end of the day, enjoy a peaceful night at your hotel in Punakha.
After breakfast drive to Thimpu en route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the School for religious studies.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu.
After breakfast in the morning, you will drive to Phuentsholing, a border town in southern Bhutan. The town locates opposite the Indian city of Jaigaon and it is the major trade link between India and Bhutan.
You will have lunch en route and stay overnight at Phuentshoing border town.
After Breakfast, your guide will help you finish the border formalities and you will start your next journey to India or eastern Nepal. The Kakarvitta Border from Phuentshoing is about a drive of 5 hours, if you exit as early as possible, you can enter Nepal in the afternoon by crossing the Indian Territory but make sure that you have an Indian visa already granted.
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Payment: A deposit of 30% of the total tour cost is required to book the tour with Himalayan Windows (HW). The remaining balance is to be paid three days prior to the departure date. Payment can be made via Wire Transfer or Credit Card. All credit card payments are securely processed and a bank fee applies.
Cancellation: For cancellations more than 30 days before the Tour Start Date, there will be no cancellation fee. If the cancellation happens within 29-4 days prior to the Tour Start Date, a charge of 30% of the total invoice amount will be applied. Cancellations occurring within 3 days or less of the start date or in the case of a no-show, 100% of the total invoice amount will be charged. Learn more about Terms and Conditions.
Accommodation: Accommodation is typically provided in twin rooms in cities, though a single supplement can be requested for an additional fee. During peak season, it can be difficult to find single or twin rooms in the mountains, so our lodges usually offer dormitory-style accommodation. Our priority is always to provide clean and safe rooms for our guests.
Meals: Our packages in Bhutan include full board meals, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included. For treks, all meals are provided, but you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.
Nepal Visa: If you are planning a trip to Nepal, you must have a valid passport and Nepal Visa. Depending on your country of origin, you may need to obtain a Nepal Tourist Visa before your arrival. To be eligible, your passport should be valid for a minimum of six months from your Tour Start Date. If you are planning on traveling to multiple countries on your trip, make sure to get a multi-entries Nepal Visa.
Bhutan Visa Clearance: All visitors to Bhutan must have a valid Bhutan Visa Clearance before their trip. To obtain it, you must submit a color-scanned copy of your passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months from the start date of your tour. Your tour operator will send you a Visa Clearance prior to your departure, which you must present at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during check-in. Once you arrive at Paro Airport, your passport will be stamped with the original visa.
Tibet Group Visa (TGV): All travelers from any nation intending to go to Tibet from Nepal must obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu with the help of a tour operator. To ensure the successful application of the TGV, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before your travel date. If you are coming from China, you will not require a TGV; instead, you will need a Chinese Visa and Permit. To find out more about the process of entering Tibet, please look into the Tibet entry procedure.
Nepal & Bhutan: Visiting Nepal and Bhutan at the same time is ideal as they share a similar climate. From high mountains to low land sub-tropical plains and jungles, the two countries have similar weather. The best time to visit is from March to April (spring) and October to December (autumn and early winter). During these months, the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder months, while June, July, and August (summer) are typically monsoon seasons.
Tibet: It is best to visit Tibet between April and October when the weather is warm and the skies are clear. However, from November to March, it is still possible to explore certain areas like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, and Mount Kailash, as long as the roads are not blocked by snow. Temperatures during this time may be quite cold.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Bhutan tour Where is Bhutan? Bhutan is a small, landlocked country situated in the eastern Himalayas between China and India. Its landscape ranges from Subtropical plains and forests in the south to subalpine forests and the snowy Himalayas in the North. Bhutan is a principally Buddhist country, and it is recognized as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism. Do I need to use a… Read More »