Druk Discovery Tour – 6 Days
This is a rather fast paced program which enables you to have glimpse of some of the well-known cultural sites of Bhutan even with this limited time frame but keeps you on the move.
Day 1: Arrival in Paro & drive to Thimphu
Day 2: Visit Thimphu
Day 3: Drive Thimphu to Punakha
Day 4: Drive Punakha to Paro
Day 5: Visit Taktsang Monastery
Day 6: Departure
Day 1: Arrive in Paro and drive to Thimphu (approximately 1 ½ hours): You will be met by our representatives who will greet you in traditional fashion and then escort you to your private vehicle to begin the journey to Thimphu. The drive is 56km and takes approximately 1 ½ hours through beautiful countryside and spectacular monasteries. En route you may visit Tamchoe Lhakhang, a privately owned temple, where you can admire and cross one of the loveliest suspension bridges in Bhutan. The afternoon is free for cultural touring in Thimphu including visits to the National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and National Institute of Zorig Chusum or “Painting School.”
Day 2: Thimphu: Enjoy a full day sightseeing in Thimphu with a visit to the Weekend Market and/or an optional hike to a remote monastery.
Day 3: Drive Thimphu to Punakha (approximately 3 hours): Leave Thimphu after an early breakfast for Punakha. En route visit Dochu La Pass and the 108 Dochu La Chortens with the option of a 4-hour high elevation return hike to the remote Lungchuzekha Goemba and, if you like, a stop at the Botanical Gardens. The remainder of the day is free for activities as you choose.
Day 4: Drive Punakha to Paro (approximately 4 ½ hours): The morning is free to visit the Punakha Dzong which is often considered one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan. Originally built by the first Shabdrung in 1637, it lies between 2 rivers and is now the winter residence of the Monk Body and its Chief Abbot. After seeing inside the Dzong, take your time exploring the neighboring grounds and walk across the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. Later enjoy a 20 minute gentle walk through rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang. Also known as the Divine Madman’s, people now visit to receive blessings for fertility from his wooden phallus. Afternoon return to Paro.
Day 5: Visit Taktsang monastery: After breakfast at your hotel, hike to Taktsang Monastery or “Tiger’s Nest” (approximately 4 hours roundtrip). The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 3,000 feet and overlooks the Paro valley. It is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites in the Himalayan world and houses 13 holy places. If you aren’t up for hiking, ponies are available to take you as far as the teahouse which offers amazing views of the temple. Spend the afternoon seeing other highlights of Paro as time permits or explore the town on foot.
Day 6: Departure: wake up early for breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Your guide and driver will bid you farewell after assuring all flight formalities are complete.
The tour price includes:
- Bhutan Royalties, Tourist Visa & TDF Fees
- Accommodation in Twin Sharing basis at tourist standard Hotels
- All Meals in Bhutan (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
- All Transfers (Private vehicle) & Sightseeing with Entrance Fees
- English Speaking Local Tour Guide
- Bottled Water in Vehicle
The tour price does not include:
- International Flights
- Travel / Medical Insurance – recommended
- Use of Bar & Beverages in the Hotels / restaurants
- Tips & Gratuities to the Guides & Drivers
- All Personal Gears
- Personal Expenses such as phone / internet / laundry etc.
Average Temperature of Bhutan in different cities
- Travel Pack / Suit case
- Day pack
- Lightweight, low maintenance and versatile clothing
- Convertible travel trousers
- Lightweight fleece
- Lightweight waterproof jacket
- Comfortable shoes/boots
- Hat (sun/warm hat)
- Warm clothes / Jackets / trousers (If travelling in early Spring / Autumn / Winter)
- Luggage locks
- Head light (torch)
- Wash bag
- Travel towel
- All purpose travel soap
- Small repair kit (needle and thread)
- First aid kit
- Accessory bags
- Guide book
- Electrical adaptor
- Insect repellent
- Sun cream
- Valid passport
- Print out of Airline tickets
- Contact detail of Embassy / Tour agency
- Travel insurance