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Bhutan Himalayan Tour

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Tour Overview

  • Price$ 1,322
  • TypeGuided Tours
  • LocationBhutan
  • Durations 5 days 4 nights
  • LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Russian, spanish

Tour Description

Have you had the fantasy of visiting one of the fictitious places we all have been reading from our childhood? Yes, one such place really exists and can be visited. Bhutan is one such country. It is considered as the last Shangri-La’s. This is because of its remoteness and the spectacular mountain terrain around. It is also fondly called “ the Land of the Thunder Dragon” or “Druk Yul”.

You might not have heard about the ministry of Happiness? Yes, we mean it! Bhutan is the only country in this world where there is a designated ministry to care for the happiness of the people. Also, they measure per capita happiness, and worry about is more than income. So, you should visit such a unique place at least once in a lifetime. There are peace and harmony everywhere. The flora and fauna are mesmerizing. You will feel that God has created these unique features for the country of Bhutan as a reward for the way they all live.

The country is comprised of mountains and rivers all inter-twined beautifully. The forests are dense and lush green, as most parts are untouched by humans. As tourists, you will also be permitted to go to major tourist places and not just wander off into the wild. The forests are known to have many rare animals too such as snow leopard etc. A journey on these hills will seem like a roller coaster ride but much safer and slower so that you enjoy each moment of Luxury Bhutan tour.

The people there are so delightful always and content in what they have. You can learn a lot from the people just by observing them go on with their daily routine life. Smoking is not allowed in the whole country so the air is as pure as it can be. Taking a few deep breaths will make your lungs happy. The architecture is magnificent, you will see the fortresses known as Dzongs, ancient temples and monasteries which as centuries-old too, but well preserved.

The prayer flags in most places are a sight you cannot miss. This shows the tremendous faith people have in their religion. The waterfalls end up becoming foamy white as if from a fairy tale. Your family is going to love this place. Bhutan is a living heritage of Buddhism. If you endeavor to learn about Buddhism, there could be no better place than Bhutan. In the recent past, Bhutan has become a favorite destination for those looking for solace. It is perfect for a solo trip as you can get to think about yourself in a selfless way. The country practices controlled tourism by giving prior permission to tourists so as not to harm the environment and peace.

Tour Highlights

You may not have known that Bhutan is still ruled by the king in today’s world. But this does not mean that it lags modernization. You will very comfortable once you reach there. You shall not just be seeing the hills and waterfalls, but also be visiting many monasteries and stupas. You may be amazed to note that there are no traffic lights yet there is smooth traffic all around. You will not hear unnecessary honking. They follow the rule of preferring pedestrians in each crossing. You shall be physically fit to go on this tour as it will include a lot of walking and hiking.

Among other places the major tourist places hat you shall be visiting shall be Ta Dzong, Ripung Dzong, Memorial Chorten(a stupa in memory of the third king), Trashichhoe Dong(made to unify government and religion). The other places are Buddha point, Do Chula Pass, ChimiLhankhang(fertility temple-praying for a child is blessed soon), Punakha Dzong ( gold-domed tower), and Taktshang Monastery (the most sacred monastery of entire Bhutan).

Know before you go

  • Your tour at Tours Zoo includes all airport to hotel to airport private transfers as per the itinerary with meeting and assistance by our representative
  • Welcome with garlands on arrival
  • Sightseeing services using air-conditioned transport with the driver as per the tour programme
  • Accommodation to choose from in superior hotels offering good 4-star facilities or deluxe hotels offering 5 star standard facilities with breakfast in all the places. Double or twin sharing shall be provided as per your preference. Accommodation includes all applicable taxes.
  • All taxes are included
  • Parking fees, fuel charges, driver allowance are all included
  • Services of an English speaking local guide is included only during the sightseeing tour as per the programme.
  • Entrance fees to the monuments are not included
  • Any personal usage items at the hotel or on tour are not included.
  • Any domestic or International airfare or train fare is not included.

Tour Includes

  • Audio guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • Special activities
  • Transport by air-conditioned

Tour Program

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT PARO AND TRANSFER TO THIMPHU

You shall arrive to Paro by Druk Air along the most spectacular view. You shall be flying over the great Himalayas. As you disembark from the plane you will get the feel of serenity of Bhutan with the blow of fresh air in your face. It is cool and clean fresh mountain air. Once you clear immigration and collect baggage you shall be given a warm welcome by our representatives. You shall proceed to the capital city Thimphu. Here you shall check-in at the hotel. Thimphu is known for its unique mix of modernisation while the ancient traditional building and culture co-exist. As it is the capital town there are offices of government, religion and commerce all alike. It is the world’s only capital of a nation where a population of 100,000 live yet there are no traffic lights. You never see chaos. Begin sightseeing by visiting Ta Dzong, built for the purpose of a watch tower, now converted into national museum. You will get to see an extensive collection of Antique Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons, armour, household objects and artefacts. A visit to this museum will give you in-depth knowledge about Bhutan and its people. Next, take a walk down the trail to Rinpung Dzong. It literally means fortress of the heap of jewels. This fortress has helped save the nation from being invaded by Tibet in the past. The galleries are wooden, full of paintings of Buddha through his different phases of life. The depictions consist of four friends, old man, wheel if life, the life of Milarepa, Mt. Sumeru and Cosmic Mandalas. Next stop shall be Memorial Chorten, it is a stupa built in the remembrance of Bhutan’s third king, His late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. He was fondly called the father of Bhutan and loved by the people of the country. The paintings and statues are a reflection of Buddhism. The last place for the day shall be Trashichhoe Dong. It literally means fortress of the glorious religion. It serves as the centre for government and religion. It was built by the political and religion unifier ShabdrungNgawangNamgyel in the year 1641. In recent past, in 1960 it was rebuilt without nails. Then you can explore the local area and go back to the hotel for scrumptious dinner and night stay.

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DAY 2: TOUR OF THIMPHU AND TRAVEL TO PUNAKHA

After you have had breakfast you shall start sightseeing. The first place to visit will be Budha Point( Kuensel Phodrang). It is at a short drive from the main city of Thimphu. From Buddha's point, you get a magnificent view of the city below. The largest statue of Buddha is placed here. Pay obeisance and offer prayers and stroll around for a while. Next, you shall be visiting Simtokha Dzong, in Bhutanese, it means Palace of the profound meaning of secret mantras. It is a comparatively small Dong. It was first of a kind at that time. It used to be a Buddhist monastery in the past now there is the premier Dzongkha Language learning institute. As you drive past Do Chula pass at the height of 3080 meters you will be mesmerized by the view of the valley. En-route you shall observe many Chorten and prayer flags. The view on a clear day is worth a lifetime memory. Next, you shall visit ChimiLhankhang is known as the temple of fertility. But the route is interesting as it is not completely accessible by road. After 15 minutes of the drive then walk through paddy fields is required. It will take around one and a half hours to complete the round trip on foot. It is believed by the devotees that those who do not have a child and wish for one can pray here and their prayers shall be answered soon. While you cross the fields and villages you can the simplicity of daily life of the common people of Bhutan. Next, you shall visit Punakha Dzong also called the Palace of Great Happiness. It is a six storied gold-domed tower. It is distinct in the neighborhood and can be seen from far. Check-in and night stay at Punakha along with dinner.

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DAY 3: TRAVEL FROM PUNAKHA BACK TO PARO

After breakfast, you shall start the journey back to Paro. Enroute from Dochu La. You shall be witnessing the dramatic river valleys of Wangcchu and Parochhu. First tourist place that you shall visit that day will be Motithang Takin Preserve. It is also called the Thimphu Zoo. It is a small nature reserve for Takin. It was initially a zoo but it is against the principals of the Buddhist nation to keep an animal in captivity, so it was converted to a small reserve. The next stop shall be the National Library. You can see archaic texts well preserved here. Thousands of manuscripts have been very well kept. Modern books and printing blocks for prayer flags are something you must not miss. Next is Tachogang Lhakhang, it is a temple built by ThankthongGyelpo after he experienced a vision of Guru Rimpoche, Amitaba and Avalokiteshvara here. You can see relics of the masters including his walking stick. People come here to seek blessings for their newborn babies and young ones form the protector deity Tamdrin. Children are blessed using a sacred dagger and then given a holy thread. Then you shall go back to the hotel at Paro for dinner and night stay.

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DAY 4: HIKING TOUR OF PARO

After breakfast, you shall proceed for sightseeing to Taktshang Monastery. It will be a five hours hike. It is the most famous monasteries of Bhutan sitting on a 900-meter cliff overlooking Paro. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche came here sitting on the back of a tigress. He meditated her hence it is called the Tigers nest. It has recognized as the most sacred place of Bhutan. Visit KyichuLhakhang, one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. This is when Buddhism entered Bhutan. In the evening you can stroll in the local market and indulge in shopping. Then return back to the hotel for dinner and night stay.

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DAY 5: DEPART FROM PARO

After breakfast, you shall be given a ride to the airport for your journey thereafter. Our representatives shall assist you in exit formalities if needed. As your tour of Bhutan comes to an end with us for this time, we hope you had fun and will remember it all your life. Do give us a chance to serve you.

General FAQs

  • How many people will be on my trip?

    Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities without intimidating the locals. On most of our trips, you’ll be part of an intimate group of 12-16 people, though our group sizes are on average 10 people. Our Overland trips are in purpose-built vehicles that can carry up to 24 travelers. Group sizes are displayed on each trip’s overview page on our website.

  • Can I just do part of the trip?

    Although you won’t be reimbursed for any portion of the trip unused, you can opt to sign off the trip if you need to leave a day or so earlier. If you let us know before travel that you’ll be arriving late or need to leave before the end of the trip, we will notify our team on the ground to best accommodate your requirements.

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  • Rafael Ortega says:   

    We can’t thank enough to Tours Zoo to make our trip so memorable, smooth and easy. Paro Taksang Monastery was the highlight of our trip to Bhutan. Our guide was so knowledgeable that he knew everything about Bhutan and our driver was skillful and patient too.

  • Graeme Augustine says:   

    I am so happy that i visited Taktsang and booked this tour through Tours Zoo. This Company looked after us to the end. And i can’t express my feelings when i visited the Tiger nest also known as Taktsang. It is located on the cliffside of the upper Paro Valley. It’s a different world.

  • Brendon and Margie says:   

    We organized our trip with Tours Zoo and we were advised from start to end. Clinging to the side of a cliff Taktsang monastery is well worth the climb. There are at least 8 interior temples each with its own unique story that the guides pleasantly explain. Winter in Bhutan is a little dry and cold, but the upside is that there is hardly any tourist. Most of the sites we visited, there were hardly any other groups, letting us wander around in peace.

  • Manuel and Cortina Rodriguez says:   

    A friend and I visited Bhutan just after the new year on the 5D4N Bhutan Tour organized by Tours Zoo and we had a wonderful and memorable time. Our good experience was in large part due to our guide and our wonderful driver. We felt we were very well taken care of the whole time.

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