Best of Bhutan 5 days Tour

4 Nights/5 Days Bhutan Tour is an adventurous journey that will take you to the ancient settlements of Bhutan. Bhutan is a small country that resides in the Southeast part of Asia. Despite its small stature, this country harnesses some of the most famous natural and cultural landmarks that the world has ever seen. Bhutan is the only country in the world that is carbon negative, and it is also the only country that measures Gross National Happiness. Travel to Bhutan to find a land lost in time that is trying to keep up with the modern world. We at Destination Unlimited Treks have intricately carved this 4 Nights/5 Days Bhutan Tour itinerary so that you get the optimum experience of Bhutan. 

As you arrive in Paro, you’ll be amazed by the level of freshness and greenery around the airport. More than 60% of the country is forested so fresh air is abundant. Collect your staff and head out to Thimphu where you will begin your sightseeing journey. You’ll go to the memorial Chorten, which is draped in white and golden spires. A short visit to the Folk Heritage museum gives you in-depth knowledge about the culture and tradition of the people of Bhutan. The trail takes us to the Dechen Phodrang monastery, and you will observe this architectural marvel that houses at least 500 monks. 

The tour traverses to Punakha where the colossal Punakha Dzong awaits you. Click some photos of this iconic place and slowly cross a suspension bridge over the storming Pho Chhu river. Navigate to Paro where you will visit the Tiger’s Nest. This place has ties to Guru Rinpoche and is a sacred place for Buddhists. From here, the road heads to Rinpung Dzong, and you shall end the trip in Paro. If you are in search of a partner who can carefully organize and arrange this trip, then do choose the Destination Unlimited Treks. We guarantee you, with us, you will have one of the most amazing times of your life.

Accommodation and Food

 4 Nights/5 Days Bhutan Tour takes place in the major cities of Bhutan so you will be spending your night in some of the finest 3-star and 5-star hotels. These hotels are well equipped with the modern-day wants like the internet, comfortable rooms, and hygienic toilets. You can taste authentic Bhutanese cuisine at the hotel, or you can even choose to eat at many restaurants. 

Best time to go on  4 Nights/5 Days Bhutan Tour

In the context of tours, there is no best time as they can be done throughout the year. But if you are one of those people who want the best of everything, then the best time to tour Bhutan is from March to May. The weather is much livelier during this season, and the sky is very clear as well. 

Difficulty Level and Altitude Sickness

As this is a tour, much of the traveling will be done via private vehicle. The walking distance is very minimal, so it won’t be much of a bother. Unless you venture into the Himalayas, the tour does not see a drastic rise in elevation, so you won’t have to worry about altitude sickness.

Variations

If you get bored by a normal tour, then you can expand your horizons by venturing further into the wilderness by taking the Soi Yaksa Trek. Take the revered Bumdra trek as well if you want to learn about Bhutanese religion.

Trip Highlights of Best of Bhutan 5 days Tour

Bhutan, known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon, offers a unique blend of stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and spiritual depth. Here are the key highlights that should be part of any Bhutan tour:

Cultural and Historical Highlights

1. Paro Valley

  • Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest): The iconic monastery perched on a cliffside, a must-visit for its spiritual significance and breathtaking views.
  • Rinpung Dzong: A fortress-monastery overlooking Paro Valley, showcasing traditional Bhutanese architecture.
  • Kyichu Lhakhang: One of the oldest and most sacred temples in Bhutan.

2. Thimphu

  • Tashichho Dzong: The seat of the government and the central monastic body.
  • Buddha Dordenma Statue: A massive statue of Buddha offering panoramic views of Thimphu Valley.
  • National Memorial Chorten: A stupa built in memory of the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • National Folk Heritage Museum: An insight into Bhutanese culture and rural life.
  • Royal Textile Academy: Explore traditional Bhutanese weaving and textiles.

3. Punakha

  • Punakha Dzong: Known as the "Palace of Great Happiness," located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers.
  • Chimi Lhakhang: A fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley, the Divine Madman.

Natural Beauty and Scenic Spots

1. Dochula Pass

  • 108 Chortens: Enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas from this pass adorned with 108 memorial chortens.
  • Scenic Views: Panoramic vistas of the snow-capped mountains and verdant valleys.

2. Phobjikha Valley

  • Black-Necked Cranes: A winter home to the endangered black-necked cranes, with beautiful landscapes and serene surroundings.
  • Gangtey Monastery: A significant monastery offering insights into Bhutanese monastic life.

Spiritual and Monastic Experiences

  • Meditation and Retreats: Participate in meditation sessions and retreats in various monasteries.
  • Monastery Visits: Explore numerous monasteries and temples, each with its unique history and significance.

Festivals and Cultural Events

  • Tshechu Festivals: Witness vibrant religious festivals featuring traditional mask dances, music, and rituals.
  • Local Celebrations: Participate in local festivals and gain insights into Bhutanese customs and traditions.

Adventure and Outdoor Activities

  • Hiking: Trek to various scenic spots, including the famous hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
  • White-Water Rafting: Experience the thrill of rafting on the rivers in Punakha.
  • Nature Walks: Explore the natural beauty of Bhutan on guided nature walks through forests and valleys.

Local Life and Traditions

  • Traditional Villages: Visit villages to experience the daily life of Bhutanese people and their traditional practices.
  • Handicrafts: Explore local markets and shops offering Bhutanese handicrafts, textiles, and souvenirs.
  • Cuisine: Savor traditional Bhutanese dishes such as ema datshi (chili cheese), momos (dumplings), and red rice.

Wellness and Relaxation

  • Hot Stone Baths: Enjoy a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath, a rejuvenating experience.
  • Spa Treatments: Indulge in spa treatments using local herbs and traditional techniques.

Unique Architectural Marvels

  • Dzongs and Lhakhangs: Explore the impressive dzongs (fortresses) and lhakhangs (temples) that reflect Bhutan’s architectural brilliance.

Photography Opportunities

  • Scenic Landscapes: Capture the stunning landscapes, from terraced fields to snow-capped mountains.
  • Cultural Moments: Photograph the vibrant cultural events, traditional dances, and everyday life of the Bhutanese people.

This comprehensive list of highlights ensures that a tour of Bhutan offers a well-rounded experience, combining cultural depth, natural beauty, spiritual enrichment, and adventure.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Day 01: Arrival in Paro – Thimphu valley tour (1 Hr)
  • Day 02: Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha (2-3 Hrs)
  • Day 03: Punakha – Paro (3-4 hrs)
  • Day 04: Paro Sightseeing
  • Day 05: Departure to your own Destination

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :Day 01: Arrival in Paro – Thimphu valley tour (1 Hr) From Kathmandu or other Destination( BKK or Singapore) you will fly to Paro. The flight will present you scenic views of Himalayan mountains. Upon your arrival at Paro, you will be picked up by one of the members from the company and drive to Thimphu Valley. You will check-in at the hotel and rest for a few hours. Later, in the evening, you will explore Thimphu valley.
    You will visit nunnery temple and the National Library where the ancient manuscript of Bhutan has been protected. Further, you will visit the School of Arts and Crafts where you will get to see the antique painting of Bhutan. Later, you will end your day with a delicious dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 02 :Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha (2-3 Hrs) You will wake up early in the morning and have breakfast. After that, you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten, the radio tower (for a magnificent view of Thimphu Valley and Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which includes the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin. After visiting these places, you will begin your drive to Punakha through the rice fields along the bank of Punakha River. In Punakha, you will visit Punakha Dzong located between two beautiful rivers. These rivers are believed to be male and female rivers. You will stay overnight in Punakha.
  • Day 03 :Punakha – Paro (3-4 hrs) After having breakfast, you will drive back to Paro following the same route. On the way, you will visit Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple devoted to Divine Madman. You will also visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine and majestic Tashichhodzong. Upon reaching Paro, you will have lunch and rest for the day. Overnight in the hotel.
  • Day 04 :Paro Sightseeing You will wake up early and go on a short hike to Taktsang Goemba also known as Tiger's Nest monastery. Taktsang Goemba was built in 1692 Taktsang Senge Samdup, a cave where Guru Padmasambhava was believed to be meditated for a few months in the 8th century. As the monastery is located on the top of the hill, you will get to witness a spectacular view of the surroundings. You will take a short break to have some food and visit Paro Dzong, which was built in 1646. Later, in the evening, you will explore the market of Paro and buy souvenirs to take back with yourself. Overnight in the hotel.
  • Day 05 :Departure to your own Destination Today is your last day in Paro. As per your flight time, you will move to the airport to fly back to Kathmandu where this adventurous journey comes to an end.

Cost Includes

  • PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION
  • ALL NECESSARY TRAVEL PERMITS
  • ENGLISH SPEAKING LOCAL GUIDE.
  • ACCOMMODATION ON TWIN SHARING ROOM BASIS. 3 star Category
  • SIGHTSEEING AND MONASTERY ENTRANCE FEES AS PER the ITINERARY
  • MEAL PLAN: FULL BOARD BASIS

Cost Excludes

  • INSURANCE OF ANY KIND.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES SUCH AS DRINK, GUIDE TIPS & ETC.
  • ANY ADDITIONAL COST DUE TO NATURE CALAMITY AND UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES AND ETC

1. What is the best time to visit Bhutan?

The best times to visit Bhutan are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These periods offer pleasant weather, clear skies, and vibrant festivals.

2. Do I need a visa to travel to Bhutan?

Yes, all international tourists (except Indian, Bangladeshi, and Maldivian nationals) require a visa to enter Bhutan. The visa must be pre-arranged through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or their international partners.

3. How do I get to Bhutan?

You can fly to Paro International Airport, the only international airport in Bhutan, via Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines. There are direct flights from cities like Bangkok, Delhi, Kathmandu, Singapore, and others. Alternatively, you can enter Bhutan by road through Phuentsholing, Gelephu, or Samdrup Jongkhar if traveling from India.

4. Is independent travel allowed in Bhutan?

Independent travel is not permitted. All tours must be booked through licensed Bhutanese tour operators or their international partners. The tours are pre-arranged and guided, ensuring tourists have a well-organized and enriching experience.

5. What is the daily tariff for tourists?

The government of Bhutan has set a minimum daily package rate for tourists (excluding Indian, Bangladeshi, and Maldivian nationals), which typically includes accommodation, meals, a licensed Bhutanese guide, transport within Bhutan, and entrance fees to monuments. The rates are:

  • USD 220 per person per day during the off-season (January, February, June, July, August, December)
  • USD 250 per person per day during the peak seasons (March, April, May, September, October, November)

6. What is included in the daily tariff?

The daily tariff generally includes:

  • Accommodation in 3-star hotels (4- and 5-star hotels may require an additional surcharge)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • A licensed Bhutanese guide
  • All internal transport
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Entry fees to museums and monuments

7. What should I pack for a trip to Bhutan?

Packing essentials include:

  • Clothing: Layered clothing, comfortable walking shoes, a waterproof jacket, warm clothing for evenings and high altitudes, hat, and gloves.
  • Accessories: Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, and a hat.
  • Personal Items: Medications, toiletries, a first aid kit, and a reusable water bottle.
  • Trekking Gear: If you plan to trek, include trekking boots, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, and appropriate clothing.

8. Is altitude sickness a concern in Bhutan?

Some areas in Bhutan, especially above 3,000 meters (9,800 feet), can pose a risk of altitude sickness. It's advisable to acclimatize properly by ascending gradually, staying hydrated, and avoiding overexertion.

9. What currency is used in Bhutan?

The official currency of Bhutan is the Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN). Indian Rupees (INR) are also widely accepted. Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and some shops in urban areas, but it's advisable to carry cash for smaller towns and rural areas.

10. Are there any health precautions I should take?

  • Vaccinations: Ensure you are up-to-date on routine vaccinations. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, and Rabies vaccines are also recommended.
  • Water: Drink only bottled or boiled water to avoid waterborne illnesses.
  • Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuation, and trip cancellations is highly recommended.

11. Can I use my mobile phone in Bhutan?

Yes, international roaming is available, but it can be expensive. Alternatively, you can buy a local SIM card for better rates. Bhutan has good mobile coverage in urban areas and popular tourist destinations, but coverage may be limited in remote areas.

12. What kind of food is available in Bhutan?

Bhutanese cuisine includes rice, vegetables, meat, and dairy products, with a focus on spicy dishes. Popular dishes include ema datshi (chili cheese), momos (dumplings), and red rice. Most hotels and restaurants offer a variety of cuisines, including Indian, Chinese, and Continental.

13. Is tipping customary in Bhutan?

Tipping is not mandatory but is appreciated for good service. It is common to tip guides, drivers, and hotel staff.

14. What language is spoken in Bhutan?

Dzongkha is the official language of Bhutan. English is widely spoken and used in government and education, making it easy for tourists to communicate.

15. Are there any cultural etiquette rules I should be aware of?

  • Dress Modestly: Especially when visiting religious sites.
  • Remove Shoes: Before entering temples and homes.
  • Photography: Ask for permission before taking photos of people or inside religious sites.
  • Respect Customs: Show respect for local customs and traditions, including not touching religious artifacts and avoiding public displays of affection.

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Key Information

  • Trip Cost US$ 900
  • Trip Duration 5 Days
  • Destination Bhutan
  • Trip Difficulty Easy
  • Trip Style Sightseeing
  • Accomodation 3 Star (or greater) Hotel
  • Max Altitude 3,088 m/ 10,130 ft
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No of people Price P.P
1-1 Pax US$ 900
2-4 US$ 900
6-8 US$ 880