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Bhutan Getaway 5 Day Journey
Perfect for those who manage a much-deserved break from their hectic work schedule. You can easily do a month-long tour of Bhutan, but this express tour also gets you to some of the must-see highlights of Western Bhutan.

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  • Type of Tour:Private Tour
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  • Min. no. of traveller:1 person
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Itinerary

All itineraries can be customized to suit your schedule and interests.

Day 1: Arrive in Paro

Flying in to the country’s only airport, in the beautiful Paro valley, the clear mountain air, forested ridges, imposing monasteries and welcoming Bhutanese people in their striking national dress, provides a breath-taking first impression. On arrival at Paro airport, after immigration and custom formalities, your guide will receive you and transfer you to Thimphu.

Highlights: The National Memorial Chorten; The school of 13 traditional arts and crafts (zorig chusum); and Folk Heritage Museum. (Overnight in Thimphu)

Day 2: Excursion to Punakha Valley

Leaving Thimphu the road gradually climbs through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m/10,000 ft.). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After a brief stop to catch the breathtaking views, we will descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha (1,350 meters/ 4,430 feet). Before proceeding further to Punakha town we will hike through rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang temple located on a small hilltop. This temple is dedicated to the great Yogi in 14th century. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. After Lunch, continue our drive towards Punakha Dzong (Fortress) situated between the two rivers Pho Chu and Mochu (Male and Female Rivers). This Dzong had served as the capital seat of the Kingdom for more than three hundred years. (Overnight in Thimphu)

Day 3: Excursion to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery

After breakfast, your car will drop you at the starting point of the excursion to view the spectacular and famous Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s lair). The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue the hike (if not tired) for short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the imposing Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. It is believed that, in the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tigress to subdue a demon. Guru Rimpoche is supposed to have meditated here for three months and it is considered like a Mecca for Buddhists.

Drive further up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong (the fortress of the victorious Drukpas) built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to celebrate victory over Tibetan invading forces and also to curtail further invasions from the enemy. The route is picturesque, and the site of dzong magnificent (from here, only two-day hike to the border with Tibet,dominated by Mt Jhomalhari). Not far from here also marks the trailhead for the popular and scenic Jumolhari Trek. After returning to town, you can visit the town temple, built in 1525 to check out ancient wall paintings. Spend the rest of the evening in town. (Overnight in Paro)

Day 4: Excursion to Paro Valley

This afternoon we will visit the National Museum, housed in a unique, semi-circular shaped Ta Dzong, built in 1775. The Ta Dzong with its six floors was once the watchtower for the massive Paro Dzong, built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The museum has the most extensive collection Bhutanese artifacts and history, which include, ancient crafts, wares, weapons, a collection of antique thangkha (painted or embroidered religious pictures), textiles, and stamps. The museum provides a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom.

We walk downhill from the museum to the Paro Rinchen Pung Dzong (meaning ‘fortress on a heap of jewels’), the religious and secular center of Paro, and certainly the most dominant feature in the valley. The dzong was first conceived in the 15th-century, and finally consecrated in 1646. From the Dzong, we will hike to the river and cross Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge. Paro options include a visit to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. After spending some village time, we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery in the country. (Overnight in Paro)

Day 5: Departure

Early morning transfer to airport.

End of Itinerary

Standard Tour Price

Government Tariff & Sustainable Development

To ensure sustainable development, the Bhutan government sets a minimum nightly tariff for an all-inclusive & hassle-free tour package. The major share of the tariff that goes to the government is used for providing the national health and education systems as well as maintaining the infrastructure for tourism.

Number of Traveller(s)

High Season Tour Price (4 nights)
per person

3 or above

HK$8,350

2

HK$9,150

1

HK$9,550


Air tickets, taxes & surcharges

Please contact us for details

High Seasons: March, April, May, September, October & November
Surcharge will be applied for Paro & Thimphu festival periods

What is included and not included?

Price Include
• All Accommodation in standard hotels (Double/twin sharing)
• All porters, camping equipment ( if on trek)
• All meals (but not beverages; and lunch and dinner in upscale hotels’ restaurants). Bottled water is complimentary in the car/coach
• All transfers (SUV/mini bus) and sightseeing within Bhutan
• Services of an accompanying English speaking local tour leader/ guide
• Fees for museums and permits to enter temples & monuments
• 35% government welfare levy (used for developmental projects) & tourism development fee
Price Exclude
• Roundtrip Air tickets between Hong Kong and Bangkok (or other transit hub); and between Bangkok (or other transit hub) and Paro. Please contact our travel consultants for flight arrangements.
• Bangkok (or other transit hub) Hotel for transit
• Accommodations in upscale properties
• Single supplement for hotel rooms
• Visa and processing fee
• Travel insurance (recommended, mandatory if on trek)
• Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, shopping, etc.
• Beverages (juice and alcohol)
• Tips and gratuities for staff (optional)

*Charlotte Travel reserves the right to amend above prices and service without prior notice. All arrangements are subject to confirmation form our travel consultants.

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"The tour guide was very attentive. As I requested, he arranged flowers, photographer and a small Buddhist wedding ceremony in the temple. ” “導遊非常細心,有求必應,按我要求下,安排了花,攝影師及在寺內...
“The tour guide and the driver are very good, they took good care of us throughout the journey. The designed itinerary worked well with us, with good mix of various activities. We were impressed by the people, culture, experience and atmosphere of Bhutan!”...
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