Introduction to Bhutan
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Introduction to Bhutan

Bhutan Introduction Tour of Western Valleys 7nights/8days

  • duration 8 Days
  • Activity Walking Tours
  • Activity Culture Tours
  • Activity Village Tours
  • Activity Wildlife Bird & Nature
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The Introduction to Bhutan Tour lives up to its name by offering a gradual introduction to the wonders of Western Bhutan. Progressing at a well-balanced and unhurried pace, it takes you halfway to Central Bhutan, ensuring a thoroughly enjoyable experience and providing opportunities to meet and learn from the locals. This well-paced odyssey takes you on a captivating journey through well-preserved traditions and culture, medieval Dzongs, pristine environments, monasteries, and the ever-friendly people.

Starting from Thimphu, the only capital in the world without traffic lights, the tour unfolds with visits to attractions in the Thimphu valley. The eastward drive, across the breathtaking Dochula Pass, reveals a grand panorama of the eastern Himalayan peaks on clear days, leading you to the glacial valley of Phobjikha. This valley, a protected marshland and nesting grounds for endangered black-necked cranes, is surrounded by picturesque villages.

On the return journey, a stop is made at the semi-tropical agrarian valley of Punakha & Wangdi. Here, at the confluence of the Pho and Mo Chhu rivers, stands one of the country’s most stunning Dzongs – Punakha Dzong. After exploring these attractions, the route once again traverses the Dochula Pass, bringing you to the serene Paro valley. The pinnacle of this experience is a hike to the iconic Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, an essential and quintessential adventure in Bhutan.

For those with limited time or those seeking to minimize long drives, this 8-day/7-night introductory tour of Bhutan presents the ideal option. This flexible itinerary can be adapted in any sequence to accommodate local events, festivals, or celebrations, providing a comprehensive and immersive experience in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Outline Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrive in Paro – Thimphu
Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 3: Thimphu – Gangtey, Phobjikha Valley
Day 4: Gangtey – Punakha
Day 5: In Punakha & Wangdue
Day 6: Paro Valley Tour
Day 7: In Paro (Takstang)
Day 8: Departure

 

 

Overview

cultural_tour Trip Type Culture Tours
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Walking Tours Activities Included Culture Tours Activities Included Village Tours Activities Included Wildlife Bird & Nature
Accommodation Accommodation Hotels provided according to your choice.
Best Seasons Best Seasons The best times to embark on this journey are from February to May and from September to December. This tour is available throughout the year.
Route Route Thimphu-Phobjikha-Punakha-Paro
  Best Months Best Months March, April, May, October, November

Good Months Good Months January, February, September, December

Lean Months Lean Months June, July, August

Trip Highlights

  • Leisurely Exploration: The tour offers a relaxed pace, allowing you to immerse yourself in the wonders and traditions of Western & Phobjikha valleys in Bhutan without feeling rushed.
  • Thimphu : Discover the captivating charm of Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, where a unique blend of traditional culture and modern development creates a remarkable atmosphere.
  • Pristine Phobjikha Valley: Immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of Phobjikha Valley, a glacial expanse serving as a crucial winter habitat for endangered black-necked cranes.
  • Enchanting Punakha and Wangdue Valleys: Experience the allure of Punakha and Wangdue Valleys, where the semi-tropical climate enhances cultural richness. The iconic Punakha Dzong stands amidst lush greenery, encapsulating Bhutan’s heritage.
  • Serene Paro Valley Exploration: Discover the attractions of the tranquil Paro valley, including historical sites and cultural landmarks.
  • Hike to the Iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery: Embark on a memorable hike to the renowned Tiger’s Nest Monastery, a quintessential adventure in Bhutan.
  • Spectacular Dochula Pass: Traverse the breathtaking Dochula Pass and relish panoramic views of the eastern Himalayan peaks, especially on clear days.
  • Awe-Inspiring Himalayas and Serene Valleys: Witness the majestic Himalayas and serene valleys, showcasing diverse vegetation and landscapes in a short span of time.
  • Historic Fortresses and Spiritual Sites: Delve into Bhutan’s history and spirituality by exploring its ancient fortresses and spiritual landmarks throughout the tour.
  • Cultural Immersion: Engage in cultural immersion through visits to museums, textile centers, and heritage sites, fostering a deeper understanding of Bhutan’s rich heritage.
  • Rural Experience: Gain valuable insights into rural Bhutanese life by visiting villages and a traditional farmhouse connecting with the authentic essence of the country.

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Cost Information

The land cost ranges from $1150 to $1900 Per Person, excluding $400 Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) per person, and does not cover flights in a standard 3-4star hotels. Also available for upgrade of hotels.

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.

Included

  • Accommodations
  • All meals
  • All land transfers and transportation by private vehicle
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees
  • English speaking Guide
  • Bhutan Visa processing and visa fees.
  • 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.

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FAQs

  • Are there physical activities involved, and how challenging are they?

    Yes, the tour does include moderate physical activities, such as hiking to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery and Khamsum Chorten. Additionally, there will be leisurely walks in the valleys with slight gradients. However, since this is a private tour, you have the flexibility to customize your experience. You can choose to add more walks or opt out of certain hikes and explore alternative sights instead. You can make this decision now or discuss it with your guide, who will be able to present you with various options tailored to your preferences.

  • What's the best time to take this tour?

    The optimal periods for this tour are during Spring (March – May) and Fall (Late September to November). While December through February marks the winter months, it’s worth noting that Bhutan’s winter is comparatively warmer, with pleasant daytime temperatures. In fact, the winter months offer clearer skies, providing excellent distant views that may not be as prominent at other times. From June to mid-September, Bhutan experiences the monsoon season, characterized by occasional rains. As the tour is centered in the country’s central region, rain showers are usually brief. These summer months offer the chance to witness lush green landscapes, enjoy warm weather, and explore with fewer fellow tourists.

  • Are there options for a female or male tour guide available?

    Yes, we provide both male and female tour guides for your convenience. When you book your tour early on, you can specify your preference for a male or female guide.

Overview

cultural_tour Trip Type Culture Tours
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Walking Tours Activities Included Culture Tours Activities Included Village Tours Activities Included Wildlife Bird & Nature
Accommodation Accommodation Hotels provided according to your choice.
Route Route Thimphu-Phobjikha-Punakha-Paro
Max Group Size Max Group Size Private trip with your own group.
Best Seasons Best Seasons The best times to embark on this journey are from February to May and from September to December. This tour is available throughout the year.
Best Months Best Months March, April, May, October, November

Good Months Good Months January, February, September, December

Lean Months Lean Months June, July, August

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