If you are looking to explore the hidden treasure of South Asia, the NBM Bhutan trip plan ensures that you explore the best of “the country of happiness”. Our Bhutan Trip itinerary takes you through all the must-visit travel destinations in Bhutan to make sure that you do not miss any key highlights of the country. Additionally, our experienced tour representatives are committed to offering personalized service, to meet all your travel needs and requirements. Contact NBM today for an exceptional Bhutan Trip Plan.
Day 01: Arrive in Paro; transfer to Thimphu and sightseeing
Day 02: Drive to Punakha and sightseeing
Day 03: Drive Back to Paro and sightseeing
Day 04: Explore Paro
Day 05: Departure from Paro
The start of the Bhutan trip itself is mesmerizing as the journey begins with the scenic flight from Kathmandu to Paro. During your flight, you will enjoy the marvelous views of the high Himalayas from a bird’s eye view. Bhutan welcomes you with fresh, cool, and clean mountain air as you make an entrance.
Upon arrival at Paro Airport, an NBM representative will greet you and assist you with the immigration formalities. After completing the formalities, you will transfer to Thimphu on a 1.5 hours scenic drive. Upon arriving at Thimphu, you will check into a luxurious hotel where you can refresh and relax to relieve tiredness from the flight and drive.
You will relish a delicious lunch and prepare for a visit to Thiphu’s local market and main streets. Today, we will be visiting some must-visit sites in Thimphu that include:
Your sightseeing tour of Thimphu starts with a visit to the Textile Museum, which demonstrates Bhutanese arts and crafts. You will get to explore the impressive Bhutanese weaving techniques to produce traditional dresses and textiles by the locals.
Next, you will visit the Simply Bhutan Museum, where you will get insight into ancient Bhutanese architecture through interactive exhibits. The unique structures made with old timber portray the ancient lifestyles of people in Bhutan.
Next, you will explore the National Memorial Chorten, the stupa decorated with intricate carvings that delineate the Buddhist avatars and teachings. The stupa was built in honor of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third king of Bhutan who is also known as the father of modern Bhutan.
Our next destination for the day is Buddha Point, where you will witness the astonishing statue of Buddha standing at a height of 169 feet. Reached on a short drive from Thimphu city center, the statue of Buddha overlooks the Thimphu valley. From the site, you also get to enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the valley.
This is the last destination for your first day on the trip. Tashichho Dzong is a beautiful fortress on the bank of the Wang Chu River. Historically serving as the seat of the Dharma Raja of Bhutan, today, Tashichho Dzong is the center of the Bhutanese government. Visiting the site, you get to witness the monarch’s throne rooms and offices. Additionally, you can also have a glimpse of traditional Bhutanese architecture and learn about the culture and history of the country.
Returning to your hotel, you will enjoy a delicious dinner before resting your eyes.
The day starts with a delicious breakfast at your hotel. Today, we resume our magnificent trip with a scenic drive to Punakha. On the way, you will come across DochuLa Pass, located at an altitude of 3,150 meters above sea level. From here, you get to enjoy breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains of the eastern Himalayas.
After arriving at Punakha, you will visit the Punakha Dzong, which is also popular as the Palace of Great Happiness and is one of the most fascinating dzongs in the country. Built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1673, Punakha Dzong is located at the meeting points of the Phochu and Mochu rivers and is surrounded by lush green hills. Historically, it served as the administrative as well as religious center of Bhutan. Today, it still serves as the administrative center of Punakha district and a popular tourist destination to learn the history and religious and cultural spirit of the country.
After visiting Punakha Dzong, you will have a break for lunch at a city restaurant.
Today you will also visit Chimi Lhakhang, which is a temple dedicated to Drukpa Kunley, a revered saint in Bhutan. To visit Chimi Lhakhang, you will start your journey on a 15-minute drive from a hotel to reach a motorable road. From here, you will hike for around 45 minutes to reach the temple. The temple is also popular as the “Fertility Temple” and it is believed that it blesses couples who are trying to have a baby.
After visiting Chimi Lhakhang, you will drive back to the hotel in Punakha, where you will have dinner and stay overnight.
Waking up early, you will start the day with a warm breakfast in your hotel. After breakfast, you will wave goodbye to Punakha to drive back to Paro, descending through the same route of DochuLa. As you pass through the dramatic Paro Chhu and Wang Chhu River valleys, you are presented with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.
On the way, you will also make a visit to Simtokha Dzong, which is one of the oldest Dzong in the country, also popular for its unique architecture and wall paintings. The historically important monument of profound tantric teaching, today it serves as the premier institute to learn the Dzongkha language.
Upon arriving at Paro, you will check into a luxury hotel and have lunch.
Resuming the trip, you will then visit Ta Dzong, which was originally built as a Watchtower. Today, it serves as the National Museum of the country. Visiting the museum, you will be flabbergasted to witness antique weapons and armor, thangka paintings, textiles, and relics that provide a glimpse of the rich history and culture of Bhutan.
From the museum, you will descend to arrive at Rinpung Dzong, also popular as the “fortress of the heap of jewels”. One of the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan, it has a fascinating history. The fine wall paintings along the wooden galleries inside represent Buddhist lore such as four friends – the wheel of life, and the old man of long life, scenes from the life of Mount Sumeru, Milarepa, and other cosmic Mandalas.
From Rinpung Dzong, you will return to your hotel, where you will have dinner and stay overnight.
After early morning breakfast, tie your shoes for a scenic 5 hours hike to Taktsang Monastery, also popular as the Tiger’s Nest. It is believed that the legendary Guru Rinpoche arrived at the monastery on the back of a tiger to meditate, for which, the monastery got its name – Tiger’s Nest. Guru Rinpoche is acknowledged as the founder of Tibetan Buddhism and is a significant religious figure in Bhutan.
Taktsang Monastery stands on a cliff, 900 meters above the Paro Valley floor, and is one of the key attractions in the country. The site is one of the most sacred places, where Bhutanese visit at least once in their lifetime to achieve wisdom and divine power.
Upon arriving at the top, Taktsang Monastery offers incredible views of the valley and surrounding mountains. The intricate carvings, paintings, temples, and smaller shrines inside the monastery are also breathtaking to witness.
After the hike, you will return to your hotel for rest and lunch.
After relishing lunch, we kick-off again to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the most sacred temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century by Songtsen Gampo, Tibetan King. The temple with sacred relics and intricate wall paintings represents the introduction of Buddhism in the country.
In the evening, you will visit the local market and main streets in Paro. Dinner and overnight stay at a luxurious hotel in Paro.
Today is our final day with you. After early morning breakfast, our representative will drive you to the Paro airport, assist you with the exit formalities and wave the final goodbye.