Bhutan Travel Specialist, Druk Air Representative (Royal Bhutan Airlines)

7 Days Essential Bhutan Travel Plan

Embark on a captivating 7-day adventure through the enchanting landscapes and rich culture of Bhutan. Our Essential Tour Package is the perfect choice for first-time visitors, offering an immersive experience that introduces you to the heart and soul of this mystical kingdom.

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  • 16,000+ satisfied travellers
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What's Included

  • Private guided tour
  • Visas for Bhutan
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels
  • Accommodation at 3 star hotel
  • A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver
  • A tour vehicle
  • Entry fees & road permits
  • Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
  • Mineral bottled water
  • Set of traditional costume (to be return at the end of your stay)
  • Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip

What's Excluded

  • Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us)
  • Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
  • Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
  • Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Alcoholic drink

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Paro, head to Thimphu

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatise to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and lets have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine.

Activities

View of Trashi Chhoe Dzong at Night

‘Fortress of the Glorious Religion’ was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashi Chhoe Dzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. Entrance may be granted to guests only after 5 pm but the nine-hole golf course alongside makes for a quirky photo opportunity.

Walk Around Thimphu Town

Shop and walk around Thimphu town.Thimphu is the most modern city in Bhutan with an abundance of restaurants, cafes, shops and nightclubs. However, it still retains its cultural identity and values amidst the signs of modernization.

Hotel

Bhutan Peaceful Residency & Spa or similar

3 star

Day 2 Thimphu

Situated at an altitude of 2400m, Thimphu is the centre of government, religion and commerce. The capital has an interesting combination of tradition and modernity, and includes some of the most advanced and remotest parts of the kingdom. It is home to the Kings and the Royal family members, civil servants, expatriates, politicians, business persons and monks. Enjoy this cultural mix based on livelihood. Of culture we will take you through temples, dzongs, chortens, museums, handicraft stores, nunneries, parks and many more. Allow yourself to meet both traditional and contemporary artist.

Activities

Buddha Point

Located at Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, the 51.5-metre-tall bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra Throne Buddha is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The Buddha Dordenma symbolises indestructibility, and is said to emanate peace and happiness to the world.

National Memorial Chorten

Meet the elderly generation in circumambulation at the National Memorial Chorten. Chorten means ‘Seat of Faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments, the ‘Mind of Buddha’. Treat yourself with the fantastic depiction of Buddhist teachings in the form of paintings and sculptures at this temple. As the name denotes this National Memorial Chorten was consecrated on July 28, 1974, in memory of the Third King.

Post Office

Visit the post office in Thimphu to get customized stamps or to mail cards to your friends and relatives

Takin Enclosure

On the way to the viewpoint over Thimphu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin, a strange looking beast some say looks like a bee-stung moose.

Tashichhodzong (Thimphu Dzong)

The “fortress of the glorious religion” was first constructed in 1641 and restored by the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashichhodzong houses the offices of some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monastic body. Opening hour: Weekday 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM Weekend 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM Winter 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Hotel

Bhutan Peaceful Residency & Spa or similar

3 star

Day 3 Thimphu to Punakha

We will set off early from Thimphu after breakfast. Then proceed to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan, about 2 1/2 hours drive from Thimphu across Dochu-la pass. Once you cross the pass, you wind down into a warm fertile valley and meander along a gently flowing aquamarine river that leads you to the Punakha Dzong, the second dzong to be built in Bhutan.

Activities

Dochula Pass

At 3,100 metres, this beautiful pass located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu offers stunning 360-degree panoramas of the Himalayas mountain range. Here you will also see 108 chortens built by Her Majesty The Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. The pass is a popular spiritual destination for both locals and tourists.

Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge

At 160 metres, this is known as the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. From here, you will get spectacular views of Punakha Dzong and the Pho Chhu Valley.

Punakha Dzong

Located strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, the Dzong was built in 1637 by the Great Unifer of Bhutan as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government in Bhutan was introduced in the 17th century. The first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned here in 1907. Damaged by four fires and an earthquake over the centuries, the Dzong was fully restored in recent years by the 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. It is now the winter home of Je Khenpo, the head abbot of Bhutan, along with a retinue of 1,000 monks. Marvel over intricate woodwork by the best craftsmen in Bhutan. Visiting Window: Summer Timing: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Winter Timing: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Rest in Punakha

Check in to hotel and rest for the night

Hotel

Zhingkham Resort or similar

3 star

Day 4 Punakha

Activities

Khamsum Yuley Temple

[Duration 2 hour, 1 hour to ascend and 1 hour to descend] There is no temple in Bhutan built elaborately as this. This fascinating temple was built by the Queen Mother of the 5th King to bring universal peace in this world. The best of the spiritual art works are painted on the inner walls. There are also paintings of Buddhist teachers and tutelary deities of the country. This is a great temple to study the symbolic meanings from frescoes and sculptures.The Chorten is situated along a hill up the valley and can be reached after a leisurely hike through the woods and paddy fields.

Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang

A temple and nunnery perched on a ridge and overlooking Toebesa, Punakha and Wangduephodrang valleys. The temple is consecrated by His Holiness and was attended by His Majesty the King, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, members of the royal family along with hundreds of people from Punakha. The temple is dedicated to the bodhisattva of compassion.

Chorten Nyingpo

Chorten Nyingpo the Lhakhang is located in Kabesa Geog in Punakha. Approximately eight kilometers from the main road. In the 15th century corresponding to the 8th Rabjung (name of a cycle of 60 years starting with rabbit year) while the famous yogi Lam Drukpa Kuenley was on his way to Bhutan from Tibet, he passed by a village in Punakha known as Jiligang (the above story). On reaching the village he tossed away the partially burnt wood that he was carrying with him. The burnt wood landed in the present site where the temple stands. The wood grew into a vigorous leafy tree and deeming it as an auspicious omen later decided to build a temple near the tree. In the 18th century corresponding to the 13th Rabjung, Chogtrul Jigme Singye (1742-89), the 4th reincarnation of Lama Thripa (Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay), visited the place and built the present temple.

Chimi Lhakhang

Also known as the Fertility Temple, this monastery is located in the beautiful village of Sopsokha. It stands on a small hill close to the village of Lobesa and was constructed in 1499 by Ngawang Choegyel, the 14th Drukpaheirarch. This monastery is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley, the 'Divine Madman', known for his risqué behavior. The footpath to Chimi Lhakhang meanders through beautiful terraces of paddy fields. The walk across the fields takes about 30 minutes. Many have been blessed with children after praying at the temple. Visiting Window 9:00 A.M to 12:00 NOON 2:00 P.M to 4:00 P.M

Hotel

Zhingkham Resort or similar

3 star

Day 5 Punakha to Paro

Activities

Paro Dzong (aka Rinpung Dzong)

Explore Rinpung Dzong, which the locals call the ‘fortress of a heap of jewels’. Built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the dzong stands on a hill above Paro Township. It is linked by a traditional cantilever bridge called the Nemi Zam over the Po Chhu. Walk up the stone paved path running alongside imposing outer walls. Once inside the Dzong, you will be welcomed by the monks, architecture and beautiful frescoes. This dzong is a highlight for art and history lovers.

Paro Valley

The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan's old monasteries and temples. The valley is also home to Mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley.

Kyichu Lhakhang

At 1,300 years old, this is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Like the Jambhay Lhakhang in Bumthang, it is one of 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to subdue and vanquish an ogress that was obstructing the spread of Buddhism. Legend has it that all 108 temples were built in a single night. The Kyichhu temple’s name means “reservoir of peace”. Next to the temple is a museum dedicated to the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. You will see photographs and other personal artefacts belonging to the Rinpoche.

Kha ja Throm Paro

Initiated upon Royal Command, and as a gift from His Majesty The King to the people of Paro, the Ka Ja Throm has been built so that vendors can showcase and sell their produce in a vibrant community space. The Farmer’s Market has 147 stalls for vegetables, fruits, meat, and other local farm produce, and food and drinks. A children’s park and an open-air live-band stage are also part of the Paro Ka Ja Throm. The market is envisioned to be a lively public space place for families and visitors to enjoy while also showcasing the best of Paro’s local produce. The management will organize regular live performances at the venue, alongside food and drinks stalls managed by de-suups from the DSP Culinary training.

Hotel

Tashi Namgay Resort or similar

3 star

Day 6 Paro

Are you ready? We will be making the hike up to one of the key highlights in Bhutan today! Tiger's Nest aka Taktsang Monastery

Activities

Hot Stone Bath

You can go for a locally own Hot Stone Bath, which can take four people at one time. This bath will help loosen your joints, release muscle tension and invoke a profound sense of relaxation. The cost is approximately USD 25 per person.

Taktsang Monastery

Also known as the Tiger’s Nest, this monastery set dramatically on the cliffs of Paro Valley, is Bhutan’s most famous landmark. In fact, some tourists would even say that “A trip to Bhutan is not complete without climbing to Taktsang.” According to local folklore, the Guru Rinpoche flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a tigress (his consort Yeshey Tshogyal) and meditated in one of the caves, before emerging in eight manifestations. A hike up to Taktsang draws people with different interests. It fills those who are spiritually inclined with a sense of peace, while avid hikers feel a sense of achievement upon reaching the monastery. Take time to process the mental and physical sensations that wash over you during the uphill climb as you ascend more than two thousand feet from the valley floor to reach the monastery.

Hotel

Tashi Namgay Resort or similar

3 star

Day 7 Depart Paro

Today we will bid a fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take a flight back home. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments! Tashi Delek

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What customers are saying about this itinerary

4.87/5 (210 reviews)
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Tim Groombridge

from United Kingdom, Dec 2023

5

I travelled to Bhutan with my mum for 7 days. It really was an amazing trip, we had a wonderful time exploring Bhutan. The trip was very well planned and everything went smoothly, allowing us to pack lots into the relatively short amount of time.

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Tay Chai Teng

from Singapore, Jun 2023

5

We would like to thank our tour guide Sonam Lhendup and driver Pasang Tshering for making our trip so memorable. Pasang is a very careful and helpful driver. He never speeded, managed to drive very smoothly and safely. Sonam is very caring, responsible, knowledgeable and passionate. He explained the cultural and historical significance of every place we went, listening to him was highly entertaining. He always helped us took photos at every place we went.

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Yu Ting Tan

from Singapore, Apr 2023

5

It was such an amazing and unforgettable experience, with warm hospitality from both our guide (Kinely Tshering) and driver (Namgyel). Undoubtedly the best guide and driver we have had. Caring, attentive, accommodating, and warm. Very grateful for the friendships forged on the trip. Also thankful to Drukasia for the arrangements and seamless coordination. It was an expensive trip with daily fees, but definitely worth the experience. The vast landscapes of Bhutan, the peace, the simplicity, the carefreeness, the culture, and the values of Bhutanese. We felt the connection, and we left Bhutan knowing that we would definitely go back someday again.

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Corrine

from Singapore, Mar 2023

5

Thank you DrukAsia for fulfilling my bucket list in such a memorable way. The planning and coordination were great to Bhutan - from itinerary, hotel, food. It is an expensive trip but it certainly help to make it worth-while with the coordination.
Bhutan - the land of thunder dragon and land of happiness: Makes me feeling mesmerised, amazed by the tranquility, serene, breathtaking, peaceful, deep culture of bhutanese and buddhism in every single places that i've visited so far! Surrounded by many untouched mountains and river, all are just simply breath taking!

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Nimmi Mital

from India, Feb 2023

5

Highly recommend DrukAsia for travel to Bhutan. Excellent organization and knowledgeable ground staff, flexible itineraries, and reasonable prices.
Memorable vacation made possible because of DrukAsia.

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Terence

from Singapore, Dec 2022

5

The one week trip in Bhutan was most memorable. Bhutan is a beautiful country. I love Tiger’s Nest and Gangtey Valley among the many locations we visited. The beautiful memories would not have been possible without you Ugyen, our guide Namgay and driver Phurpa. Namgay who had took care of us and coordinated the whole week and patiently explained all the history and stories of each locations we visited. He also constantly made sure we were comfortable and that we are fine with the hotels or meals. Phurpa, who had driven us from point to point most carefully without incidents and even accompanied us on some treks.

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Jo Lee

from Singapore, Oct 2022

5

Kinley really made sure that we enjoyed our activities, changing the itinerary when he saw that we were tired or wanted something more outdoors-y. I felt that he went above and beyond, such as finding local restaurants for us to try when we expressed interest or took us to hidden spots to catch amazing views of valleys and mountains. I was also very impressed and how knowledgable he was when talking about the history of every single temple, dzong and monastery we visited. Lastly, I can't thank him enough for being thorough with my food restrictions, which was one of my biggest worry. He spoke to every accommodation and triple checked that there would be food available specifically for me

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Chrisma Ng

from Singapore, Jan 2020

5

I want to take this opportunity to thank Druk Asia for letting me have possibly one of my favourite travel experiences, and making sure I was well taken care of throughout the entire trip. I left Bhutan with a heavy heart--not wanting to leave such a beautiful place behind.

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Johnny Lam

from Singapore, Jan 2020

5

Many thanks to the tour guide Mr Tandin and the driver Ms Minh.
They are very professional, helpful, friendly and accommodating to my request.
Finally I had my dream to visit Bhutan aka Land of Happiness. A small country population of 800,000 people tucked in-between 2 superpower country China and India.
Bhutan is a country full of greenery. Everywhere you go, there’s gonna be mountains of trees. After all, the country have declared as a carbon negative environment.

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Roy Ng

from Singapore, Jan 2020

5

The tour was surprisingly easy to arrange from Singapore through Druk Asia. No fuss and prompt service.

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