Essence of Bhutan GC01

9 Days From £0 (1,620 USD)

This non-trekking Bhutan cultural tour is a step back in time for a glimpse of traditions and customs fast disappearing from the rest of the Himalayan world. The small kingdom of Bhutan is so traditional, so ancient, and so completely culturally intact that it can seem almost unreal.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Paro, Bhutan
End Location: Paro, Bhutan
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: March - May, September - November
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate - Cultural, hiking & overland journeys

About The Operator

Accreditations: Licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, Member of Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators
Years In Business: 16

Here you'll find an independent people who have not rejected their spiritual heritage for modern ways. They live in a gentle land of winding country roads, forests of juniper, whitewashed farmhouses, and verdant valleys dominated by thriving fortress-monasteries.

Tour Highlights

Private Tour & can be booked as per your schedule
The best way to immerse yourself in Bhutan’s rich Buddhist culture and traditions
Visit timeless traditional villages tucked away in pristine mountain landscapes


A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

- Standard Tourist accommodation and all meals
- Visa fee & processing
- Inland travel permits
- Govt. royalty and taxes
- All transportation and transfers (Private)
- Museum Entry fees and activities
- English speaking guide

- Internal (Druk Air) Flights
- Travel and medical insurance
- Table drinks / beverages
- Communication charges, laundry,
- Tips
- Any expenses of personal nature

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Day 01. Fly to Paro - On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro. Upon arrival, transfer to the Hotel and local sightseeing as time permits. Hotel Olathang/Gangtey Palace/Jank Resort (L/D)
Day 02. Paro Valley - Keen hikers may be given an option to hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery, which was partially burned in 1998. The hike is the highlight of the trip, combining nature, amazing scenery and sanctity. Those who prefer not to hike are taken to visit temples, monasteries, farmhouses and other sights. Hotel Olathang/Gangtey Palace/Janka Resort (B/L/D)
Day 03. Paro /Punakha-Wangdue - Drive to Punakha, the low lying valley is warmer, sub tropical and was once a winter capital of Bhutan, the tradition still practiced by the monastic community. If the head abbot is not in residence, you have the opportunity to visit the inner courtyards of Punakha Dozing. Visit the farmhouses, temples and monasteries. Meri Puensum Resort/Hotel Zangtopelri (B/L/D)
Day 04. Punakha/Jakar - In the morning we drive east, climbing a series of high passes and descending into valleys through ever-changing vegetation, to arrive in the cultural heartland of Bhutan, the Bumthang Valley. Mipham Guest House/Swiss Guest House (B/L/D)
Day 05. Jakar - A short hike brings you to the Tamshing Monastery complex, one of the many temples and monasteries in the Bumthang Valley. The balance of the day is spent visiting farms, local peasants, and Yatha weavers. Mipham Guest House/Swiss Guest House (B/L/D)
Day 06. Jakar/Trongsa/Punakha - We retrace our journey stopping en route at Trongsa to view the most impressive fortress, once the most powerful in the country. We continue the journey over Pela Pass to Wangdue in the Punakha Valley.Meri Puensum Resort/Hotel Zangtopelri (B/L/D)
Day 07. Wangdue/Thimphu - The morning is spent sightseeing at Punakha and Wangdue. In the afternoon drive to Thimphu, the smallest and the least visited of all the Himalayan capitals. Hotel Phuntshopelri/Pedling (B/L/D)
Day 08. Thimphu Valley - Today you visit the late king's Memorial Chorten, a traditional painting school, the hand-made paper factory, monasteries and nunneries, among other interesting sites. Hotel Phuntshopelri/Pedling(B/L/D)
Day 09. Thimphu/Paro/Departure (B) Early morning transfer to Paro airport, for your departure flight to onward destination.