Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Bhutan Himalayan Splendor Tour
Bhutan the Himalayan Splendour Tour allows you to experience the culture of Bhutan, the tour begins with your flight to Bhutan taking you over the mighty Himalayas, offering breathtaking views of the highest snow capped peaks in the world. Once you enter Paro valley, you'll be mesmerized to see the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) flowing down the valley, the Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watch tower). we will continue our to to Thimpu the capital of Bhutan, Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang ia an Phodrang is an important gateway to the far flung districts of Eastern Bhutan.
Bhutan Himalayan Splendor Tour Itinerary Details:
Day 01:Arrive Paro
Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect Druk Air flight to Paro .During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, On arrival you will be received by your guide and driven to the capital, Thimphu .Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Thimpu
After noon Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952 - 1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still preserved. Artists are taught to paint Thankas here (sacred Buddhist scroll). Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where one can buy Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts. ; and a drive to the viewpoint of Thimphu and national animal-Takin research center. If time permits, visit Tashicho Dzong, the center of government and the monastic order. Independent tour of the town.
Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu .
Day 03: Thimphu - Trongsa (200 Km, 6 Hours)
The journey to central Bhutan takes about 7-8 hours passing through alpine and coniferous forests across three districts. While the drive can be arduous, there are, however, splendid views of mountain ranges, village hamlets and two high passes. Pack lunch will be served at Chendebji, an ancient Newari stupa like those found in Nepal .Arrive Trongsa and check into the lodge.
Day 04: Trongsa –Bumthang sightseeing (68 Km, 2 1/2 Hours)
After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong, one of the most impressive in the kingdom. Built in 17th century by Shabdrung, this is a masterpiece of architecture with several courtyards and corridors and 23 temples.
Drive to Bumthang through the most scenic landscape of lush pine forests, open fields and quaint hamlets.
On arrival in Bumthang, check into the lodge. After lunch, visit Kurje Lhakhang where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock; the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest), the Jakar Dzong (administrative centre of the region) and Swiss Farm House. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 05: Bumthang - Wangdiphodrang (197 Km, 6 Hours)
After breakfast, explore the fascinating valley of Bumthang before driving back to Trongsa where lunch will be served at a local restaurant, famous for its traditional cuisine. Continue to Wangduephodrang. Evening at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel in Wangdiphodrang.
Day 06: Punakha Sightseeing - Paro (125 Km, 4.1/2 Hours)
Drive to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned here in 1907. After lunch, proceed to Paro. En route visit traditional Bhutanese farmhouse, which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people and their culture. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 07: Paro Sightseeing
After breakfast, visit to Ta Dzong, originally the Watch Tower for the Rinpung Dzong. It was later converted into the National Museum of the Kingdom and boasts a wide range of antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and natural and historic artifacts.
Walk down the trail to Rinpung Dzong or the 'fortress of the heap of jewels' which is the seat of the district administration and the residence of the monastic school. The dzong is famous for its wall murals depicting Buddhist parables, symbols and the lives of prominent saints.
After lunch, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, the fort of the victorious Drukpas. Although gutted by a fire, this fort is renowned as the stand from which several Tibetan invasions were repulsed. To the north can be seen in all its majesty, the dome of sacred Mt. Chomolhari or the abode of the "mountain of goddess.”
En route, see one of the oldest landmarks in Bhutan . The 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang was one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo. It is revered as one of the most holy shrines in Bhutan and embodies the arrival of Buddhism here.
Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Day 08Final Departure: After taking breakfast, we transfer you to the airport to connect Druk Air flight to Kathmandu or on your onward destination.
ost hotels in Bhutan meet the recent standardization policy and are approved and classified by the government, most tourists accommodate in a 2/3 star category, All are inspected regularly and have en-suite bathrooms. Hotels and lodges become slightly more basic the further east you travel into the country. However town like Thimpu, Paro has 5 star category hotels also available and town like towns like Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang also have a variety of hotels that are comfortable. Away from town, you may find it tempting to camp outside in the forest or make a night halt at the purpose-built in cabins sprinkled along some main trekking routes. To use the special deluxe 4 and 5 star hotels take an supplement fee please Contact US for more details.
MealsAll your meals included during your stay in Bhutan. A variety of meals are available in most hotels – Most Bhutanese dishes are rich and spicy with a lot of cheese and chilli. It is advisable that visitors stick to the Chinese, Continental or Indian cuisine that is served in most restaurants. Visitors can also choose among the various vegetarian and non-veg food. You can also try out momos, the Tibetan dumplings, you may try out the ema datshi dish served with cheese and chili and other typical Bhutanese dishes.
Airport pick ups and drops
Transportation on comfortable vehicle by private car or Hiace as per the group size
All necessary travel permits
Experienced English speaking Bhutanese guide and local staff.
Accommodation on twin sharing room basis
All city tour with Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per our itinerary.
All the meals during the trip full board basis (B/L/D),
All government taxes
Bhutan Visa fee
Airfare To/From Paro, Bhutan
Travel Insurance, Personal equipment, telephone calls, internet, laundry
Personal expenses such as a drinks, beverages, tips and gratitude
Extend your Holiday
Himalayan Splendor Tour Bhutan do not included any services in Kathmandu like hotels, tour and trekking in Nepal, but on your request we can help you to get any level of accommodation, Airport pick up, arrangements of Trekking, Day Hiking, Sightseeing and Cultural Tour , Rafting, Jungle Safari, Flight, Paragliding, Car Rental and more. Contact us for any services in Nepal, Tibet and India.