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Walking & Hiking

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Walking & Hiking

Embark on a captivating journey to the enchanting Kingdom of Bhutan, renowned for its majestic landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unwavering commitment to Gross National Happiness. This famous Bhutan tour offers a unique blend of spiritual exploration and breathtaking scenery, with visits to iconic landmarks such as the cliffside Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the historic Punakha Dzong, and the vibrant capital city of Thimphu.

Immerse yourself in the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality as you traverse through picturesque valleys, adorned with prayer flags and traditional architecture. Discover the nation’s deep-rooted traditions during colorful festivals, savor delectable Bhutanese cuisine, and witness the harmonious coexistence of tradition and modernity in this serene Himalayan haven.

08

DAYS

Bhutan sits on the roof of the world, isolated as much by choice as by its own geography. Its magical essence can’t be expressed. From the rich Buddhist culture to its remote Himalaya setting. Here the people live unimaginably hard but full lives, rooted in age-old tradition yet ready to join the 21st century. Bhutan seems like a place that couldn’t still exist. A place you feel lucky to have experienced.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Exploring Bhutan’s Ancient Landscape and Exchanging Ideas

    Embarking on a journey through Bhutan’s ancient landscape is a step into a realm where time seems to stand still, and nature and culture coexist in harmonious beauty. As you traverse emerald valleys, visit ancient dzongs, and behold snow-capped peaks, the landscape becomes a living testament to Bhutan’s rich history. Yet, the true magic lies in the exchange of ideas with the locals. Engaging with the people of Bhutan reveals a profound connection to their land, where centuries-old traditions seamlessly blend with the commitment to Gross National Happiness.

  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery

    Perched precariously on the edge of a sheer cliff, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, or Paro Taktsang, is a sacred jewel of Bhutan. Clinging to the mountainside at an elevation of 3,120 meters, this iconic monastery is a testament to both architectural marvel and spiritual significance. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, the father of Bhutanese Buddhism, meditated in a cave here on the back of a flying tigress, giving the monastery its awe-inspiring name. The complex, adorned with intricate murals and prayer flags, offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Paro Valley below.
  • Bhutan’s Valley Vistas and Prayer Flag

    Bhutan is a visual feast of unparalleled beauty, where the expansive views of lush valleys captivate the soul. As the majestic landscapes unfold, adorned with terraced fields and meandering rivers, travelers are treated to a spectacle of nature’s grandeur. Amidst this breathtaking panorama, colorful prayer flags dance in the mountain breeze, creating a vibrant tapestry against the backdrop of serene valleys. These fluttering flags, adorned with sacred mantras and symbols, infuse the air with a sense of spirituality and peace.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream.

     After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet our representative from Journey to Discover Bhutan.

    Afternoon

    Visit Paro Dzong built in 1646, which houses the administrative center of the Paro district and religious institute for monks. The Paro Dzong may be familiar to people who watched Bertolucci’s film “The Little Buddha” walk down to the coach crossing over the traditional wooden covered bridge called “Nymezampa” which spans over the Paro river.

    Over Night Leisure at Hotel

  • DAY 02: Paro – Punakha

    • Dochu-la & Thinleygang Walk
    • 4½ Hours Walking & Hiking
    • Options: Royal Monastic Route: 4.3 Miles (1,300’ elevation loss)
    • Valley View Route: 6.1 Miles (400’ loss)

    Drive to Punakha over a Dochu-la ( 3030m) pass is one of the most beautiful drive in country and the pass is dotted my 108 Stupas with many colorful flags.

    If you are lucky, relish breathtaking views that encompass several snowcapped Himalayan peaks, including Gangkar Puensum, Bhutan’s highest at 24,740 feet. After stopping for tea at Dochu La, we continue to the trailhead at Thinleygang. Descend through pine forests, past rice paddies and over streams on bridges built by locals. The monastic body once used the trail that parallels our route to travel between

  • DAY 03: Punakha

    • 1 Hour drive to Sirigang
    • 30 Minutes Chorten Nebu & Sirigang Valley Route
    • 6.1 Miles (1,400′ elevation gain)

    This morning we visit Punakha Dzong, which sits at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu (Mother and Father Rivers). Appearing to have been ripped from the pages of National Geographic , the 17th‐century dzong has served as the winter capital of Bhutan for more than 300 years and is the site of the annual Punakha Serda festival.

    Our Bhutanese guide leads us on a tour, which includes the incredible meditation hall, and points out recent restoration of areas damaged by fires, a flood and an earthquake. The fort hosted the 2008 coronation of the fifth king and celebrations commemorating the country’s transition to democracy. After driving to Sirigang, hike up to 700‐year‐old Chorten Nebu (The Old Temple), which serves as a monastic school housing about 24 young monks. Our visit helps us gain insight into traditional Bhutanese life, as Chorten Nebu is representative of monasteries that lie far from the main roads.

    We stop for a packed lunch under an old oak tree outside the chorten , where our guide reveals more about the customs, history and religion of Bhutan. Back on the trail, drop from the ridge into the valley toward the Rong Chhu. After crossing the river, make a gradual descent through an agricultural valley dotted with farms and rice paddies.

    Enjoy the riverside scenery during the shuttle ride back to the hotel, where there’s time to relax before we rejoin our local guide for a culture and history

  • DAY 04: Punakha – Thimphu

    • Drive to Po Chhu 30 Minutes
    • Po Chhu Route 4.8 Miles (400′ elevation gain)
    • Rafting on the Po Chhu River 2 Hours Drive to Thimphu.

    After breakfastdrive along the Po Chhu for a hike on a scenic trail to our rafting put‐in spot. In the hands of expert river runners we navigate small but thrilling rapids, all the while enjoying spectacular views of the Punakha Valley and Punakha Dzong. Keep an eye out for some of the brightly colored birds found in this area, such as the minivet, red‐headed trogon or rare white‐bellied heron. We pull off at a sandy beach that leads to Damchen Resort, where we have lunch.

    After rafting we drive to Thimphu, home to just under 100,000 people and perhaps the world’s only capital city without traffic lights.

    Though it is in the midst of rapid growth and modernization, much of the city’s infrastructure hasn’t caught up. For example, the 5 modern multistoried buildings under construction are being built behind large bamboo (no steel yet) scaffolding.

    Packaged goods are also relatively new to Bhutan, and even finding a convenient trash to dispose of the packaging can be a challenge. Over Night Leisure at Hotel

  • DAY 05: Thimphu

    • Drive to Dodina 45 Minutes
    • Tango Goemba Route 2 Miles
    • (800′ elevation gain) Shuttle to Thimpu 30 Minutes

    We start our day with a shuttle past embassies, the parliament building and the royal palace toward the far end of the valley for the start of our hike up to Tango Goemba. Built in 1688 on a site that has held religious significance since the 12th century, the monastery serves as the highest center of Buddhist learning in Bhutan—almost every Je Khenpo (religious head) in the country has completed their 9‐year training program here. It’s a steep climb up, but Tango Goemba provides a beautiful perspective on the rural outskirts of the Thimphu Valley.

    After descending from the monastery picnic lunch will be served near the riverside.

    Afternoon: Free time for relax or shopping

  • DAY 06: Thimphu – Paro

    • Drive to Kuensel Phordang ( Big Buddha Point) 30 Minutes
    • Walking with Buddha Route 1.9 Miles (400′ elevation gain)
    • Shuttle to Thimphu Ridgeline 30 Minutes
    • Thimphu Ridgeline Route 4.1 Miles (600′) Drive to Paro 1½ Hours

    The day began with short hike to the Buddha Dordenma, a giant golden statue towering above the Wang Chhu. At 169 feet tall, it’s one of the largest Buddha statues in the world and houses an astonishing 125,000 smaller figures inside. Watch as the morning sunshine illuminates the gilded exterior then turn your gaze to relish sweeping views of the valley below.

    After visiting the statue, we hop in the van and head to the ridgeline for a beautiful walk above Thimphu. Set out along the trail to a small monastery housing impressive 17th‐century religious art painted directly on its walls, continue hiking higher up the hillside through a tranquil pine forest. If the skies are clear, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the snowcapped Himalayan foothills. Then make your way down the trail as thousands of colorful prayer flags flap in the wind above you.

    Nestled beneath a rainbow of flags, a picnic lunch with panoramic views of the valley below and the surrounding peaks. Rest your legs in the shuttle to Paro, where we stop to explore town before continuing on to our home for the next two nights.

    Over Night Leisure at Hotel

  • DAY 07: Paro

      • Shuttle to Taktshang 30 Minutes
      • Walking & Hiking Options: Taktshang Teahouse Route: 3.3 Miles (1,700’ elevation gain)
      • Taktshang Monastery Route: 6.1 Miles (2,200’)

      After starting the day with a hearty breakfast, we shuttle to Taktshang for a hike to one of Bhutan’s most sacred places and an important pilgrimage destination: the Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. Partly damaged by fire in 1998, the cliffside monastery was built atop the cave where Guru Rinpoche, father of Mahayana Buddhism, meditated for three months after arriving in the Paro Valley on the back of a legendary tigress.

      Locals often display handicrafts for sale along the route to the monastery—evidence of individual enterprise rarely seen until the past few years. Begin with an immediate ascent, following the trail high above the valley and passing through forests and by large prayer wheels turned by a stream.

      Continue hiking up a steep portion of the path to a ridge where prayer flags rustle in the wind. Just beyond, at 9,200 feet, is the Taktshang teahouse, where we stop for a hot drink and striking views of the monastery across Bthe valley. The scene seemingly belongs to a bygone era—it’s only when a cell phone rings that you realize it’s the 21st century! We break for lunch at a ridgetop teahouse, which affords phenomenal vistas of the Paro Valley. Depending on your energy level you can shuttle from here or tackle the remaining portion of the trail to Taktshang Monastery.

      After our visit, descend by foot to the valley to catch the shuttle back to Zhiwa Ling. If you’re still feeling energetic, take a short shuttle to the fortress of Drukgyel Dzong, built in the mid‐17th century to protect the valley from further invasions, and then devastated by fire three centuries later. It’s a short but steep climb to the dzong, whose ruins emanate a mystical aura.

      Tonight we celebrate our sojourn with a farewell dinner. You may decide to partake in a nightcap beside the hotel bar’s stone fireplace, or turn in early to get a good night’s sleep before our morning departure.

  • DAY 08: Departure

    Depart for your onward flight.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

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Bumdra Luxury Camp

Bumdra Luxury Camp

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Bumdra Luxury Camp

Embark on a captivating journey to the enchanting Kingdom of Bhutan, renowned for its majestic landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unwavering commitment to Gross National Happiness. This famous Bhutan tour offers a unique blend of spiritual exploration and breathtaking scenery, with visits to iconic landmarks such as the cliffside Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the historic Punakha Dzong, and the vibrant capital city of Thimphu.

Immerse yourself in the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality as you traverse through picturesque valleys, adorned with prayer flags and traditional architecture. Discover the nation’s deep-rooted traditions during colorful festivals, savor delectable Bhutanese cuisine, and witness the harmonious coexistence of tradition and modernity in this serene Himalayan haven.

Experience the excitement of trekking to heights with altitude differences of 2,300m up-to 4,930m along breath-taking views of Majestic landscapes, fauna and flora.

07

DAYS

In this over night camping we will be blessed by visiting the two most revered Buddhist Pilgrimage spot in Bhutan, Bumdra and Taktshang Monastery, besides enjoy the scenic beauty and Himalayan Mountains. Bumdra means ‘Rock of One Hundred Thousand Foot Prints’. The legend tells us that a hundred thousand Dakinis (angels) descended here and left their footprints on the rock 800 years ago. Bumdra is about 3800m above sea level and the Taktshang Monastery is above 3100m above sea level.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Paro Valley

    In Paro valley, we see the castle-fortress at Rinpung, the ruins of the “Victory Fortress at Drugyel”, the National Museum, and the 7th century temple complex at Kurje. The highlight is the hike to Taktshang monastery (Tiger’s Lair), an edifice on a sheer cliff wall 800 meters above the valley floor, worshipped in the entire Himalayan Buddhist world.

  • Thimphu

    In Thimphu, we visit the magnificent castle-fortress at Tashi Chho Dzong, the seat of power which also houses the palace of the King. Then we go to other places of interest like the Memorial Stupa, traditional paper factory, Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Academy, Handicraft Emporium, the site of the world’s biggest Buddha statue.

  • Sightseeing

    Sightseeing in Bhutan unveils a tapestry of cultural richness and breathtaking landscapes. The Kingdom, nestled in the eastern Himalayas, beckons visitors with its timeless monasteries, or dzongs, adorned with vibrant prayer flags. Explore the cliffside marvel of Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched dramatically above the Paro Valley, and delve into the spiritual ambiance of ancient temples like Kyichu Lhakhang. The capital, Thimphu, offers a blend of tradition and modernity, boasting landmarks like the Memorial Chorten and the impressive Tashichho Dzong.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro – Thimphu

    As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snowcapped Himalayas. After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet our representative from Journey To Discover Bhutan.

    Afternoon

    Visit Paro Dzong built in 1646, which houses the administrative center of the Paro district and religious institute for monks. The Paro Dzong may be familiar to people who watched Bertolucci’s film “The Little Buddha” walk down to the coach crossing over the traditional wooden covered bridge called “Nymezampa” which spans over the Paro river.

    Kyichu Lhakhang

    It is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo (the 33rd Tibetan king, who is also the manifestation of avoloketeshivara, commonly known to Bhutanese as Chenrize). The legend tells that a giant demon was terrorizing the whole of Himalayan region, preventing the spread of Buddhism, so to subdue it the king built 108 temples in one day all over the Himalayan region out of which 2 are in Bhutan (Kichu Lhakhang in Paro & Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang). Kyichu Lhakhang was built on her left foot. The temple of Jokhangin Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demoness.

    Overnight at Hotel

  • DAY 02: Start of Trek: Paro – Bumdra (Camping)

    Bhutan is a popular trekking destination with several routes yet to be traveled by tourists. We offer a variety of trekking programs offering one of the best ways to enjoy the splendor of Bhutan’s natural beauty. Our treks take you through pristine subtropical and temperate forest to alpine pastures with grand views of majestic mountains. A trek also gives you the opportunity to see the countryside and meet ordinary Bhutanese people as you walk through village and settlements.

    The adventure begins with an early morning drive up to the Sang Choekor Buddhist College (2,800m) from where we start our hike to Bumdra Monastery (3,800m).

    The initial 1–2 hour ascent of a ridge, which is steep at times though also in cool shade, brings us to a clearing with prayer flags and view down into both the Paro and Do Chhu valleys. Above and ahead the Chhoe Chhoe Tse Lhakhang (temple) nestles in the mountainside 1-2 hours walk away. The trail undulates for a while before the last steep pull up to the pretty temple which boasts commanding views south over Paro airport and from its own hot stone bath northwards to the snow capped Himalaya.

    After a final 20 minutes climb through ruins and fluttering prayer flags, with a last glance southwards we plunge back into ancient forest traversing for about 40 minutes then come out onto a high wide meadow dotted with sacred prayers flag Our Camp for the night is tucked in under Bumdra Monastery (cave of a thousand prayers) making the most of the awesome views of the Himalayan range. After lunch we can visit the monastery (if it is occupied) and also climb the peak to the north (about 4000m) for even better views, returning in time for a slap up dinner.

    Duration: 3 – 4 hours to camp

    Difficulty: Moderate to Hard

    Overnight: Camping

  • DAY 03: Bumdra Expedition

    In this monastery you have a clear view of the cave believed to have 100,000 footprints of Dakanis – Goddess & fairies. After your Lhakang visit climb the nearby ridge for approx 30 minutes for a magnificent view of sacred Mt Jhomolhari (mountain of the Goddess) along with other Himalayan peaks and also the sky burial site, still used today.

    Overnight: Camping.

  • DAY 04: Bumdra – Paro – Thimphu

    After breakfast in the jaw dropping landscape, it is time to either head straight back into the valley or linger awhile soaking up the view and perhaps hang some prayer flags of our own. Eventually we have to drop back into the ancient pine and rhododendron forest on the monks’ zig zag trail.

    After 1-2 hours of descent we catch glimpses of the golden roofs of temples below and soon come upon the first of many on our way back from the wilds. The path snakes across the mountainside between the monasteries and temples before reaching the gardens of Sangtopelri (Heaven on Earth) from which you can bravely peer over edge and straight down onto the ornate roofs Taktsang in the cliff far below. An hour later and we are at the gates of Taktsang looking across the gorge a steep descent to a waterfall then ascent on steps and you are passing into the Tiger’s Nest itself. Legend says that Guru Rimpoche, founder of Buddhism flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff. This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist sights around the world.

    After visiting the monastery, we will walk down to Taktsang cafeteria for Lunch. After Lunch Walk down to roadside. Their after drive to Thimphu, it will take a 1½ -hour leisurely drive towards the Capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Passing through hills and some astounding countryside. Thimphu is situated in a large valley traversed by the Wangchuk River and overshadowed by high peaks.

    Enroute you will view Tachogang monastery, “the temple of excellent horse” built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Iron chain builder in Bhutan) before reaching to Chunzom (confluence of Paro – Thimphu River). At the confluence you will see three forms of Chortens in different styles i.e. Nepalese, Tibetan and Bhutanese. We drive following the Thimphu River upwards passing through several villages.

    Evening visit Tashi Chodzong or the fortress of the glorious religion is the seat of government and the headquarters of the clergy in the capital Thimphu. The original dzong was built in 1216. It suffered three major fires over the centuries and was rebuilt three times. It was enlarged in the 1960s to become the symbol of the new capital after Punakha.This dzong housed the original National Assembly of Bhutan in one of its temples. It still houses the secretariat and throne room of the King of Bhutan.

    Overnight Leisure at Hotel

  • DAY 05: Thimphu – Punakha

    Drive to Punakha over the Dochu La (3050 m) it is one of the most beautiful drive in Bhutan. On a clear day you will be able to see a spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayas from this pass. The pass is also dotted by many colorfulprayer flags and 108 cortens. Thereafter we descend through the forest of rhododendrons and magnolia. After several stops on the way, you pass the village of Lumitsawa, Thinleygang and reach the fertile valley of Lobesa. Enroute you will have a view Chimi Lhakhang, the “Temple of Fertility,” built in 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also popularly known as “Devine Mad Man”

    Afternoon:

    Drive to visit Punakha Dzong, This dzong is one of the most beautiful and architecturally impressive Dzong in the country. It is ideally located between two rivers Pho Chu “Male River” and Mo Chu “Female River”. It was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyel and it has served as the seats of the Government till 1953. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, Who predicted “a person named Namgyel will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. At the time there was a smaller Dzong “ Dzong Chung” that house a statute of Buddha. It has said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in from of the statue. While Palep was sleeping in front the statue; the Shadrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From this vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang, “Palace of Great Happiness.” Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo (Chief Abbot”) and central monk body.

    Take time to admire the impressive, colourful and detailed artistry of the surrounding, including the huge statues of Buddha, Guru Rinpoche and Zhabdunf Nawany Namgyel.

    Dinner & overnight at Hotel

  • DAY 06: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro

    With Early Breakfast drive back to Thimphu via dochula and visit follow place of interest in Thimphu

    The Memorial Chorten:

    With its golden spines shining in the sun, its tinkling bells built in honour of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insights into Buddhist Philosophy in all its complexity of tantric Buddhism. This Chorten is centrally located and you will see an endless procession of elderly people circling around it.

    The Arts and Craft Institute: This is a vocational training institute where the art of painting, woodcraft and sculpturing are taught to students with the objective of preserving the rich and pristine heritage.

    Kuengzang Phordang: it’s one of the largest Buddha statues in the world and houses an astonishing 125,000 smaller figures inside.

    Post Office : To make your personal stamp.

    Late Afternoon: Drive to Paro.

    Evening leisure at Hotel

  • DAY 07: Departure

    Morning: Drive to Paro Airport for your onward flight

“The Last Shangri-la”.

DISCOVER BHUTAN

If you’re unsure or still deliberating where to travel in Bhutan, we’ll put you in touch with our Travel Specialists to offer you sound advice and an honest take on any places you might be considering for your trip.

+975 17110849

Your Travel Plans
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
Name

Featured Tours

Our itineraries are ready to go but you aren’t bound by it. We can customize it for you. Just remember. There’s no right time to travel’. The moment wanderlust bites, step out and hit the road
  • Colors of Bhutan

    5 Nights 6 Days

    Discover the Land that is synonymous with peace, tranquility and happiness.

    View Trip

  • Kingdom in Cloud

    8 Nights 9 Days

    Embark on a fascinating journey into Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its well…

    View Trip

  • Bumdra Luxury Camp

    6 Nights 7 Days

    In this over night camping we will be blessed by visiting the two most revered…

    View Trip

  • Walking & Hiking

    7 Nights 8 Days

    Bhutan sits on the roof of the world, isolated as much by choice as by its own geography…

    View Trip

Continue reading

Kingdom in Cloud

Kingdom in Cloud

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Kingdom in Cloud

Embark on a captivating journey to the enchanting Kingdom of Bhutan, renowned for its majestic landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unwavering commitment to Gross National Happiness. This famous Bhutan tour offers a unique blend of spiritual exploration and breathtaking scenery, with visits to iconic landmarks such as the cliffside Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the historic Punakha Dzong, and the vibrant capital city of Thimphu.

Immerse yourself in the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality as you traverse through picturesque valleys, adorned with prayer flags and traditional architecture. Discover the nation’s deep-rooted traditions during colorful festivals, savor delectable Bhutanese cuisine, and witness the harmonious coexistence of tradition and modernity in this serene Himalayan haven.

09

DAYS

A fascinating journey into Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its well-being in GNH—Gross National Happiness. Explore remote villages and shrines nestled in the mountains, and enjoy spectacular hikes through rice terraces and forests. Hike up to the cliff-top Taktsang Monastery, Looking high above the Paro Valley ( 3000m), and discover your own capacity for happiness as you meet with families, artisans, students, and more.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Paro

    Zoom into a cluster of quaint farmhouses that embroiders the beauty of Paro Valley. Visit National Museum, 1400-year-old Kichu temple, Rinpung Fotress, The best in Paro is hike to Taktsang Monsatry, the most renowned Buddhist structure in the entire Himalaya, built on sheer cliff wall 900m above the valley. Only the sounds are murmurs of winds, waterfall, birds and the chanting of monks.
  • Thimpu

    Capture the unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient tradition in Thimphu. Visit academy of Art & Craft, World Biggest Buddha Statue, Takin Enclaves, Memorial Stupa, Textile Factory, Indigenous paper factory, Tashi Cho Dzong “ The Glorious Fort of Happiness” & weekend market to mix with locals and get a closer view of their traditions fields and the part of Jigme Dorji National Park
  • Punakha

    Stop over at Dochula for the breath taking view of Eastern Himalaya. Visit Dochu-la Temple and 108 Stupas. Drive through a beautiful dense forest of spruce, pine, rhododendron and larch. Stopover at Chimi Lhakhang the “ Temple of Fertility”. The best for the day is the visit to the magnificent Punakha Fortress considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture and epitome of beauty and ancient political power. Also sock in the beauty at Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel another an impressive fine Bhutanese Art & Architecture and capture the beautiful landscape of Punakha valley with farms, rice
  • Gangtey

    Capture some breathtaking view of Phubjikha valley, home of the graceful endangered Black –Necked Crane, the Biggest Nymimapa Monastery in Western Bhutan. Weave your journey through beautiful villages, springs, waterfall, and numerous species of birds, mammals & flowers.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

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Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro (2280m)

    As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snowcapped Himalayas.

    After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet by our representative from Journey to Discover Bhutan. Visit Rinpung Dzong, a school for monks, and take an orientation walk in town before dinner.

  • DAY 02: Punakha

    Drive to Punakha, Bhutan’s ancient capital, crossing the Dochu La pass (10,000 feet) and enjoying stunning views of the Himalaya through flickering prayer flags. Afternoon: Visit Talo Compa and Village home of current Royal Family.

  • DAY 03: Punakha

    Visit the Punakha Dzong, an elaborate fortress guarding the southern end of the valley at the confluence of the Pho (male) and Mo (female) Rivers. Hike to the Chime Lhakhang temple and continue on to the town of Wangdue Phodrang.

    In the afternoon, hike through rice terraces and forests to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a spectacularly situated temple, and take in sweeping views of the valley below

  • DAY 04: Gangtey Valley

    Travel to the village of Khewa get a taste of Bhutanese life. Visit the farm of a local family and enjoy a home-cooked dinner.

  • DAY 05: Gangtey Valley

    Walk to Gangtey Goemba, one of the oldest Nyingmapa monasteries in Bhutan, perched atop a hill amid a cluster of cottages. Explore the restored temple complex and examine some of the finest craftsmanship in Bhutan. Visit a community school, followed by a spectacular walk through the valley to visit an age-old temple and make an offering.

  • DAY 06: Thimpu

    Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and home to the royal family. Visit the National Library and observe pilgrims circling the beautiful National Memorial Chorten, a whitewashed stuppa stopped by a golden spire. Then head to the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts-and-crafts school where we can watch students practicing traditional arts such as woodworking, painting, and ceramics. Meet with a Buddhist monk and scholar to discuss Buddhist beliefs and traditions.

  • DAY 07: Cheli-la Excursion

    Drive to Cheli La pass (12,500 feet) hike to the top to view the Western Himalaya. En route, hike to the Kila Goemba nunnery and take in spectacular views from the temple complex, which was built on a steep cliff face.

  • DAY 08: Paro

    Embark on a vigorous hike to the famed pilgrimage site of Taktsang Lhakhang or the Tiger’s Nest Temple, which clings to a vertical granite cliff nearly 3,000 feet above the valley floor. Take in some of the best views in the region.

    Later, visit the seventh-century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest temples, and walk the local archery grounds.

  • DAY 09: Departure

    Drive to Paro Airport for your onward flight.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

DISCOVER BHUTAN

If you’re unsure or still deliberating where to travel in Bhutan, we’ll put you in touch with our Travel Specialists to offer you sound advice and an honest take on any places you might be considering for your trip.

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Colours of Bhutan

Colours of Bhutan

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Colours of Bhutan

Embark on a captivating journey to the enchanting Kingdom of Bhutan, renowned for its majestic landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unwavering commitment to Gross National Happiness. This famous Bhutan tour offers a unique blend of spiritual exploration and breathtaking scenery, with visits to iconic landmarks such as the cliffside Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the historic Punakha Dzong, and the vibrant capital city of Thimphu.

Immerse yourself in the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality as you traverse through picturesque valleys, adorned with prayer flags and traditional architecture. Discover the nation’s deep-rooted traditions during colorful festivals, savor delectable Bhutanese cuisine, and witness the harmonious coexistence of tradition and modernity in this serene Himalayan haven.

06

DAYS

Discover the Land that is synonymous with peace, tranquility and happiness. Find out why Bhutan is bacon of hope in a world consumed by mad scramble of materialistic gain. Feel the pulse of the people who immense pride in their age-old values, culture and tradition. To unravel these we are here to mapped your route and show you the road off the un-beaten path.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • An ancient landscape

    Bhutan, a kingdom nestled in the eastern Himalayas, boasts an ancient landscape steeped in both natural beauty and cultural significance. This enchanting terrain is adorned with emerald-green valleys, pristine rivers, and snow-capped peaks, creating a canvas that has evolved over centuries. The verdant landscapes are punctuated by ancient monasteries and dzongs, standing as silent witnesses to the country’s rich history and spiritual traditions. As you traverse this ancient land, you’ll encounter terraced fields, traditional Bhutanese architecture, and dense forests that have preserved the kingdom’s ecological diversity.
  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery

    Perched precariously on the edge of a sheer cliff, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, or Paro Taktsang, is a sacred jewel of Bhutan. Clinging to the mountainside at an elevation of 3,120 meters, this iconic monastery is a testament to both architectural marvel and spiritual significance. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, the father of Bhutanese Buddhism, meditated in a cave here on the back of a flying tigress, giving the monastery its awe-inspiring name.
  • Local herder’s way of life

    Embark on the Herder’s Trail in Bhutan, a fascinating journey that transcends the typical tourist experience, offering a rare opportunity to engage with the heart of Bhutanese culture. As you traverse the scenic landscapes frequented by nomadic herders, you’ll witness their traditional way of life and gain insights into the symbiotic relationship they share with nature. Along the trail, the warm and welcoming people of Bhutan provide more than just picturesque vistas; they offer a chance to exchange ideas, stories, and laughter.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrived Paro – Drive to Thimphu

    Paro – Thimphu Get a seat on the left side of the aircraft, keep your camera ready (battery charged, of course), and follow the instructions of the pilot as he/she guides you through the world’s highest mountains, one after another – Kanchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse, etc. On a clear day, the views are nothing short of spectacular. As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet by our representative from “Journey To Discover Bhutan

    Afternoon: Visit Kyichu Lhakhang:
    It is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. The legend tells that a giant demon was terrorizing the whole of Himalayan region, preventing the spread of Buddhism, so to subdue it the king built 108 temples in one day all over the Himalayan region out of which 2 are in Bhutan (Kichu Lhakhang in Paro & Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang). Kyichu Lhakhang was built on her left foot. The temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demoness.

    Paro Dzong built in 1646, which houses the administrative center of the Paro district and religious institute for monks. The Paro Dzong may be familiar to people who watched Bertolucci’s lm “The Little Buddha” walk down to the coach crossing over the traditional wooden covered bridge called “Nymezampa” which spans over the Paro river. Good place to take the Photo of Dzong, with cantilever bridge and Paro River.

    Their after drive to Thimphu- Stop at Tachog Lhakhang view point to take a picture of iron bridge and the 15 Century old Tashi Chodzong : The seat of the government and the center of all religious affairs and the throne room of His Majesty

  • DAY 02: Thimphu – Dochu-la

    Thimphu Sightseeing –Dochu-La to Punakha 
Visit the following places of cultural interest in Thimphu:

     The Memorial Chorten: With its golden spines shining in the sun, its tinkling bells built in honour of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insights into Buddhist Philosophy in all its complexity of tantric Buddhism. This Chorten is centrally located and you will see an endless procession of elderly people circling around it.
    Kuenselphordang– To see World Biggest seated Buddha
    School of Traditional Arts and Crafts: For a quick look into trainees working on the thirteen traditional arts and crafts of the country.

    Afternoon: Drive to Dochu-La ( 3050m) This Pass is one of the most beautiful pass in Bhutan dotted by many colorful prayer ags and 108 chortens. On a clear day you will be able to see a spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayas from this pass. Walk around the pass and visit Dochula Lhakhang and you can practice or do mediation in the temple.

     Diner & Over Night at Dochu-la
  • DAY 03: Douchu-la – Punakha

    Get up early morning to see the sun rise from the pass ( 3050m) . After Breakfast, descend through the forest of rhododendrons and magnolia to the fertile valley of Lobesa. Hike to Chimi Lhakhang “ The Temple of Fertility”

    Afternoon visit Punakh Dzong

    This dzong is one of the most beautiful and architecturally impressive Dzong in the country. It is ideally located between two rivers Pho Chu “Male River” and Mo Chu “Female River”. It was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyel and it has served as the seats of the Government till 1953. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “a person named Namgyel will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. At the time there was a smaller Dzong “ Dzong Chung” that house a statute of Buddha. It has said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in from of the statue.

    While Palep was sleeping in front the statue; the Shadrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From this vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang, “Palace of Great Happiness.” Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo (Chief Abbot”) and central monk body.

    Take time to admire the impressive, colourful and detailed artistry of the surrounding, including the huge statues of Buddha, Guru Rinpoche and Zhabdung Nawany Namgyel.

  • DAY 04: Punakha – Paro

    In the morning after breakfast hike to the grand Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. The Chorten is 30 meters (100 feet) tall and can be seen in the distance when driving. The three-leveled chorten took eight and a half years to build and was consecrated in 1999. Dedicated to the Fifth King, it was built to remove negative forces and to provide peace, stability, and harmony in an ever- changing world. It is therefore lled with every form of colorful protector imaginable.

    Afternoon :

    Drive to Paro over and Dochu-la Pass. Through out your journey you will have ever- changing scenery of rural life in Bhutan and you will have ample of opportunity to take the picture of Nurture, people & wildlife along the road.

    Dinner and Over Night at Hotel.

  • DAY 05: Taktsang Hike

    With Early Breakfast a hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of tress festooned with Spanish moss and an occasional grove of uttering prayer ags. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, founder of Buddhism ew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff. This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist site around the world. After visiting the monastery, we will walk down to Taktsang cafeteria for lunch. Free time to scroll in and around Paro city.

  • DAY 06: Departure

    Drive to Paro Airport for your onward flight.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

DISCOVER BHUTAN

If you’re unsure or still deliberating where to travel in Bhutan, we’ll put you in touch with our Travel Specialists to offer you sound advice and an honest take on any places you might be considering for your trip.

+975 17110849

Your Travel Plans
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
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Featured Tours

Our itineraries are ready to go but you aren’t bound by it. We can customize it for you. Just remember. There’s no right time to travel’. The moment wanderlust bites, step out and hit the road
  • Colors of Bhutan

    5 Nights 6 Days

    Discover the Land that is synonymous with peace, tranquility and happiness.

    View Trip

  • Kingdom in Cloud

    8 Nights 9 Days

    Embark on a fascinating journey into Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its well…

    View Trip

  • Bumdra Luxury Camp

    6 Nights 7 Days

    In this over night camping we will be blessed by visiting the two most revered…

    View Trip

  • Walking & Hiking

    7 Nights 8 Days

    Bhutan sits on the roof of the world, isolated as much by choice as by its own geography…

    View Trip

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