Bhutan Stopover 4 days (3nights)
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Bhutan Stopover 4 days (3nights)

3 nights 4 days Bhutan tour

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Bhutan Stopover is a brief stopover tour of Bhutan, spanning 3 nights and 4 days. Despite its brevity, it offers a comprehensive exploration of two vital valleys in western Bhutan – Thimphu and Paro. These valleys are rich in cultural heritage and blend modernity with tradition seamlessly.

Thimphu, the revamped capital, lies in a temperate valley at approximately 7,500ft and hosts numerous attractions, vibrant markets, and ancient monasteries and fortresses.

The serene Paro valley showcases a traditional town center with closely-clustered houses, while the surrounding areas resemble a typical village with scattered houses, terraced fields, and a sense of contentment and peace among its people.

A highlight of Paro is the iconic Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, perched precariously on a cliff. Hiking to this revered site is a rewarding experience.
For those who prefer to skip the hike, we offer an excursions to Chele pass/Kila Gompa nunnery or other excursions such as day trip to quaint Haa valley.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Paro – Thimphu Tour
Day 2: Thimphu Tour  &  Paro Tour 
Day 3: In Paro (Hike to Takstang)
Day 4: Departure

 

 

Overview

cultural_tour Trip Type Culture Tours
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Culture Tours
Accommodation Accommodation 3 * & 4* Hotels
Meal Meal All meals
Best Seasons Best Seasons This trip can be done through-out the year but best from Feb -April, Sept till Nov.
Route Route Thimphu-Paro
  Best Months Best Months March, April, October, November

Good Months Good Months February, May, September

Lean Months Lean Months January, December

Not Recommended Months Not Recommended Months June, July, August

  • A short and sweet introduction that cover Thimphu and Paro valleys.
  • Visit the capital of Bhutan
  • Visit Serene Paro Valley
  • Hike to the iconic Takstang (tigers’ nest) monastery.

Cost Information

As the cost is contingent on factors like the number of travelers and the travel date, we recommend contacting us for precise details. However, for a rough estimate, consider the following:

The cost ranges from $450 to $800 per person, exclusive of Sustainable Development Fees (SDF), which are an additional $300 per person. Please note that flights are not included in this estimate. For specific and detailed pricing, feel free to reach out to us.

Included

  • Accommodations in listed hotels or similar (best available standard tourist hotels)
  • All meals including some evening tea
  • Bottled water in the vehicle.
  • All transportation by good quality private vehicle.
  • Entrance fees to the monuments
  • English Speaking guide.
  • Bhutan Visa fees
  • SDF Sustainable Tourist Dev. Fees
  • Travel permits etc

Not included

  • Flight cost.
  • Travel /Medical Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as bars, beverages, optional tips/gratuities.
  • All personal gears/clothing
  • All other costs not listed in the included section

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1:

Arrival in Paro drive to Thimphu

Upon completing the immigration and customs procedures, you will be warmly welcomed by Wind Horse guide and driver. They will be waiting to receive you and ensure a smooth and pleasant start to your journey.
The 5Okm drive from Paro airport to Thimphu takes just over 1 hour, offering captivating views of Bhutan’s valleys, farms, and forests—a delightful introduction to the country’s beauty and culture.

Upon arrival in Thimphu visit:
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.

Later take a leisurely walk in Thimphu town and enjoy the city’s charm and beauty as you wander around its delightful streets.

 

Your sightseeing options will be customized based on your arrival time and interests. If your flight arrives early, we can cover more places, and if it's late, adjustments will be made accordingly. Our guide will listen to your preferences and incorporate visits accordingly. Generally, there are no extra costs, but if any minimal charges apply for activities beyond our standard program, our guide will inform you in advance. 

MEALS:
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 2500m in Thimphu
Day 2:

Thimphu to Paro

If you prefer, you can begin early after breakfast. If you find yourself awake before the tour starts, you have the option to take a short walk from your hotel to the Memorial Chorten. In the early hours, you’ll witness many people circumambulating and offering prayers before commencing their daily activities. It’s a serene and culturally enriching experience to immerse yourself in the local traditions at this sacred site.

After breakfast, begin tour of Thimphu in which you can visit:
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.

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 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. On foot, walk down across the traditional cantilever bridge to charming township of Paro.
If time allows, visit revered Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred temple.

Morning hour tour in Thimphu and post lunch in Paro.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 2200m
Duration Duration: 1hr drive
Day 3:

In Paro – Taktsang Monastery Hike

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.

Upon your return, you can choose to visit a local farm house in Paro, offering an authentic glimpse into Bhutanese life and culture.

At the beginning of the trek, you will find riding horses available to take you uphill to the first viewpoint, also known as the Cafeteria. And for those who are not into hiking, alternative tour will be arranged. For those who are serious hikers, you may choose to visit Zangdopelri and Ugyen Tsemo by hiking additional 1-2hrs uphill, located above Takstang and you can follow the old pilgrimage trail and descend from other side.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3200m near Takstang
Duration Duration: 4-6hrs hike- whole day affair
Day 4:

Departure

After breakfast, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your departure. If your flight is late, we can cover more tour activities. In case of a flight delay, our guides will stay with you until your check-in.

MEALS:
Breakfast

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cultural_tour Trip Type Culture Tours
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Culture Tours
Accommodation Accommodation 3 * & 4* Hotels
Meals Meals All meals
Route Route Thimphu-Paro
Max Group Size Max Group Size Private with your Own Group
Best Seasons Best Seasons This trip can be done through-out the year but best from Feb -April, Sept till Nov.
Best Months Best Months March, April, October, November

Good Months Good Months February, May, September

Lean Months Lean Months January, December

 Not Recommended Months Not Recommended Months June, July, August

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