Bhutan Escapade 5 days
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Bhutan Escapade 5 days

5 days - 4 nights tour of Bhutan

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Welcome to the captivating kingdom of Bhutan, where nature’s beauty and spiritual serenity come together to create a truly magical experience.

Nestled amidst the mighty Himalayas, Bhutan is a land of picturesque landscapes, ancient monasteries, and a deep-rooted culture that has remained untouched for centuries.

Join our Bhutan Escapade, a 4-night, 5-day tour through Thimphu and Paro valleys. Discover Bhutan’s charm, from the traditional Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu to the breathtaking Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro. With an extra day compared to our Bhutan Stopover Tour, the Bhutan Escapade provides ample time to explore both Paro and Thimphu. Immerse yourself in Bhutanese culture and savor the enchanting landscapes of the Himalayas.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in  Paro – Thimphu

Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing

Day 3: Paro Valley Tour

Day 4; In Paro (Hike to Taktsang)

Day 5: Departure


cultural_tour Trip Type Culture Tours
Accommodation Accommodation This tour includes 3-4 star hotels but you can pick your own.
  • Explore Thimphu: Visit Tashichho Dzong, Buddha Dordenma, National Memorial Chorten, and Folk Heritage Museum.
  • Paro Valley Discovery: Discover Paro Museum, Paro Rinpung Dzong, and ancient Kyichu Lhakhang.
  • Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest): Thrilling hike to the world-famous monastery with awe-inspiring views.
  • Immerse in Bhutanese Culture: Interact with locals, witness traditional dances, and savor authentic cuisine.
  • Scenic Beauty: Enjoy lush valleys, pristine rivers, and charming villages.
  • Local Markets: Experience vibrant markets for unique handicrafts and textiles.

Cost Information

The land cost ranges from $650 to $1050 per person, excluding a $400 Per Person Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) and does not cover flights. Please reach out to us for specific pricing, as it varies depending on your travel dates and the number of travelers. The provided cost is intended to give you a general idea.


  • Accommodations in listed hotels
  • All meals
  • All land transfers by private vehicle (SUV)
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees
  • English speaking Guide
  • Bhutan Visa processing and visa fees.
  • A bottled water in the vehicle
  • SDF as listed separately

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as souvenirs, additional meals, snacks, alcoholic beverages, laundry, and tips or other gratuities to the Guides and staffs.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1:

Arrive in Paro - Thimphu

Once you clear immigration and customs, Wind Horse guide and driver will be there to warmly welcome you, ensuring a seamless and pleasant start to your journey.

Embark on a scenic 1-hour-plus drive to Thimphu (50km), which offers captivating views of Bhutan’s valleys, farms, and forests, introducing you to the country’s beauty and culture. Throughout the journey, you will make several stops to view and take pictures.

Depending on your arrival timing, your guide may offer comprehensive or a brief orientation tour of the capital city.

Day 2:

Thimphu Sightseeing

As the capital city, Thimphu boasts the most diverse range of attractions in the country. Your guide will prioritize the places based on your interests, ensuring you visit the most relevant sites first and covering the rest within the available time.  Here is a list of attractions, ranked in order of popularity:

Tashichho Dzong: A majestic fortress-monastery that houses the offices of the government, the throne room of the King, and the seat of the Je-khenpo (head monk). It also hosts various religious and cultural ceremonies.
Memorial Chorten: A stupa built in memory of the third king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, which serves as a center for religious and social gatherings.
Buddha Dordenma: A gigantic bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, perched on a hilltop, offering panoramic views of the valley.
Zorig Chusum (National Institute of Zorig Chusum): An institute where traditional arts and crafts, including painting, sculpture, and woodworking, are taught.
Takin Preserve: A sanctuary dedicated to the unique national animal of Bhutan, the takin, which seems to look like a combination of a goat and a cow.
Weekend Market: Bustling with activity even on weekdays, the Weekend Market draws locals and tourists alike to shop for fresh produce, local snacks, handicrafts, and souvenirs.
Craft Bazaar: A vibrant market offering various handicrafts, textiles, and local products, ideal for souvenir shopping.
National Textile Museum: Exhibits a vast collection of traditional Bhutanese textiles and weaving techniques.
National Folk Heritage Museum: A traditional Bhutanese house transformed into a museum, showcasing the country’s cultural heritage and rural lifestyle.
Changangkha Lhakhang: A revered temple built in the 12th century, frequented by Bhutanese parents to receive blessings for their newborns.
Simply Bhutan Museum: A living museum that showcases Bhutanese traditions, customs, and daily life, providing a hands-on experience.
Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory: A place where traditional Bhutanese paper-making using the bark of the daphne plant can be witnessed.
Additionally, Thimphu offers numerous options for short or full-day hikes that can be combined with sightseeing, providing an opportunity to explore the breathtaking natural landscapes surrounding the city.

Day 3:

Paro Valley Tour

Enjoy a scenic drive back from Thimphu to Paro, taking just over an hour. Make stops at any sights you might have missed earlier.

In contrast to the vibrant capital, Paro is a truly picturesque valley that captivates visitors with its serene and idyllic ambiance. Its lush green landscapes, terraced fields, and meandering rivers create a tranquil setting, enhanced by the majestic mountains that surround the valley. Paro’s rich history and deep spiritual significance are evident in the abundance of ancient temples, monasteries, and traditional Bhutanese houses scattered throughout the landscape. The valley exudes a laid-back and peaceful atmosphere, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in its natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Commence your Paro tour with a visit to the revered Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred temples. Afterwards, drive toward the north-end of the valley to see the impressive ruins of Drugyal Dzong (currently being repaired), while also catching a captivating glimpse of the iconic Takstang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery from afar.
In the afternoon, visit the National Museum of Bhutan, housed in the Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, followed by a visit to Paro Rinpung Dzong, a majestic fortress-monastery showcasing the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. Inside its walls, visitors can explore beautifully adorned halls, intricate paintings, and religious artifacts. The dzong also serves as an administrative center and hosts religious festivals. Then, take a leisurely stroll through the charming town area, crossing a traditional cantilever bridge.

If time allows, consider exploring a local village farmhouse for an authentic cultural experience, and you may also wish to visit the captivating Dumtse Lhakhang temple.

Day 4:

In Paro (Hike to Takstang- Tiger's nest Monastery)

Embark on an exhilarating hike to Takstang, also known as Tiger’s Nest, one of Bhutan’s most iconic and revered landmarks. Perched dramatically on a cliffside at an altitude of 3,120m, Takstang is a sacred Buddhist monastery symbolizing Bhutan’s spiritual heritage.

The hike begins with a drive to the base of the mountain at 2,600m, where the trailhead is located. As you ascend, the trail takes you through pine and oak forests, offering refreshing natural surroundings and glimpses of the breathtaking Paro Valley below.

After an initial ascent, you’ll reach a cafeteria area to take a short break and enjoy refreshments while admiring the spectacular view of Takstang above. Continuing on the trail, you’ll encounter prayer flags, prayer wheels, small shrines, and waterfalls, adding to the spiritual ambiance of the hike. As you get closer to Takstang, the trail becomes more challenging, with steep sections and stone steps, but the anticipation of reaching the sacred monastery keeps you motivated.

Upon reaching Takstang, you’ll be rewarded with an awe-inspiring sight. The monastery clings to the cliffside, seemingly defying gravity, and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, the spiritual master who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan, meditated here in the 8th century, making this site especially revered by Bhutanese people.

Take some time to explore the monastery’s different temples and shrines, and if you wish, participate in the serene atmosphere of prayers and meditation. After soaking in the spiritual and natural beauty of Takstang, begin your descent back to the base. The hike to Takstang is not only a physical accomplishment but also a deeply rewarding and transformative experience, leaving you with cherished memories of Bhutan’s cultural and natural wonders.

The hike from the base to Takstang takes between 2 to 4 hours uphill, and with the time taken to visit and explore sights in the area, it becomes a full-day adventure.

At the start of the hike to Takstang, there is an option to hire riding horses for those who prefer to ride instead of hike.

For those who prefer not to hike to Takstang, we also offer alternative tours based your interests.

Day 5:


After breakfast, transfer to the airport to the airport in time for your departure flight.



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