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Stopover Bhutan

Three nights in Bhutan

4

Days

CULTURE

Stopover Bhutan Trip Map, Route Map
Trip highlights
  • 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.

This is shortest tour we have on our shelves. Yet it covers comprehensively two most important valleys or towns  of Thimphu and Paro in western Bhutan.
These towns flourish on verdant valley that houses major sightseeing attractions in the country. And they epitomise the perfect harmony of modernity with traditional and cultural heritage.
Thimphu, revamped capital of modern Bhutan lies in the temperate valley at about 7,500ft, with about 100,000 people. It houses many of Bhutan’s tourists attractions, vibrant and colourful markets, including age-old monasteries and fortresses.
The serene Paro valley, except at the town centre with cluster of close traditional houses.  The next door is more like a typical village with scattered houses in elongated Paro valleys with terraced field, with chimney emitting wooden smoke, and at closer look and encounter with people, a countenance of contentment, peace irrespective of their social status become more pronounced!

Paro valley has one of most beautiful iconic attractions, Taktsang or Tiger’s nest Monastery and hike into it which is perched precariously on cliff can be a very rewarding experience.
For some reasons those who wish to skip Taktsang hike, we take them to excursion to quaint and tranquil Haa valley.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Paro drive to Thimphu
Upon arrival, you will be received by our representative and transferred to capital Thimphu. Later in the afternoon, visit Memorial Chorten and Buddha viewpoint. Evening, visit Tashichho Dzong and take a leisurely walk in and around Thimphu town.
Your arrival time and your interest will dictate how much you can see. For instance, if your flight is early, we can cover more places /sights or fewer if your arrival time is late.  We know that when you come to Bhutan for a short period, you will want to make an optimum use of it. Our Guide will listen to you and incorporate visits according to your interests. In general there are no extra costs and if there is, our guide will inform you of minimal extra costs that may be charged to cover tour beyond our standard program. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu to Paro
If you wish, you can start early after the breakfast. If you are up early before the tour begins, you could walk short distance from your hotel to the Memorial Chorten. Many people are found here in the early hours, circumambulating (in clockwise direction) and saying prayers before they go about their daily life.
After breakfast, visit the Giant Buddha statue, School of Arts and Craft, National library and others. Around noon, drive to Paro in time for lunch. Later visit National Museum, followed by Paro Dzong. On foot, walk across the traditional covered bridge to the charming Paro town. If time is available, you can visit Kichu Lhakhang temple today or next day. Overnight in Paro.

Day 3: In Paro
After breakfast drive to north end of Paro valley and hike to iconic Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery. The hike takes between 1-2hrs till the first view point (cafeteria) and another hour to climb up to the monastery. The whole excursion is expected to take most of the day. Riding Horses are available at the start point of the trek to go uphill till the first view point (Cafeteria).  Upon return, as per available time and your interests, we could visit the ruins of historic Drugyel Dzong  and others. Overnight in hotel.
Optional: Excursion to Chele la passes if you wish to skip the Hike.

Day 4: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to the airport  in time for your flight out of Paro airport.

We also have Stopover II- which is one day more than this tour.

 

  • Group SizePrivate with your Own Group

  • MealsAll meals

  • Trip Accommodation3 * & 4* Hotels

  • RouteThimphu-Paro

  • Trip Type Cultural Tour

  • Trip SeasonsThrough out the year

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, May, October, November

  • Good MonthsJanuary, February, September, December

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August

Prices & Dates

Cost is dependent on the travel dates and number of participants. Starts at about $600 per person. Complete a Detailed Trip Info for more details.

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, daily tourists fees and taxes etc
  • 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

Accommodations

We use following hotels for our standard tour, but you can upgrade hotels as per your choice
In Thimphu: We use Hotel Druk or Namgay Heritage
In Paro: We use Tashi Namgay Hotel or Gangtey Palace Hotel


Hotels in Thimphu

Hotels in Paro

Trip Guide/Leader


  • Dechen Duba

    Dechen Duba

  • Chencho Dem

    Chencho Dem

  • Kezang Norbu

    Kezang Norbu

  • Kinley Tenzin

    Kinley Tenzin

Reviews / Testimonials

  • John Begale
    North Fairfield, Chicago, IL, USA
    15 - 19, June, 2018
    Bhutan Tour for John Begale ( Bhutan Tour for John Begale)
    5 " " Anand, Thanks for reaching out!  Would love to share about my experience, because it was incredible! Not knowing much about Bhutan, if anything really, I was hoping to see Tiger's Nest and left the rest of what I was to do up to Wind Horse.  As you know, I spent time in

    Bhutan Tour for John Begale Anand, Thanks for reaching out!  Would love to share about my experience, because it was incredible! Not knowing much about Bhutan, if

  • Goncalo Ferreira Crespo
    Portugal
    26 -01 March, 2018
    Stopover Bhutan Tour – Feb 2018 ( Stopover Bhutan Tour – Feb 2018)
    4 " " Our trip in Bhutan was ok. Tenzin the guide and Doha the driver were 5 stars, really profissional and very very very kind. They made it! Bhutan is not the country media are selling but we enjoyed after all! Best regards and thank you for wind horse!

    Stopover Bhutan Tour – Feb 2018 Our trip in Bhutan was ok. Tenzin the guide and Doha the driver were 5 stars, really profissional and very

  • Binay
    26 - 30, April
    Highly Recommend! ( Highly Recommend!)
    5 " " We got back from a 5 day trip to Bhutan with Wind Horse Travels and cannot rave enough about the planning, attention to detail, professionalism and overall experience we had with them. We did not had a long lead time to plan the trip, but the team at Wind Horse

    Highly Recommend! We got back from a 5 day trip to Bhutan with Wind Horse Travels and cannot rave enough about the

  • Bhutan Tour for Jasmine
    Jasmine
    Japan
    May17-20, 2017
    Bhutan Tour for Jasmine ( Bhutan Tour for Jasmine)
    5 " " Dear Anand, Thanks for reaching out to me. My first trip to Bhutan was fantastic. In particular, coming from Dhaka, the place was peaceful and civilised (I know I had some issues with public loos - Rebekah teased me a lot on this). Bhutan reminds me of 40-50 years ago rural

    Bhutan Tour for Jasmine Dear Anand, Thanks for reaching out to me. My first trip to Bhutan was fantastic. In particular, coming from Dhaka, the

  • Bob & Linda
    USA
    Nov 30 - Dec 03, 2014
    We can’t say enough good things about both guides. ( We can’t say enough good things about both guides.)
    5 " " Dear Wind Horse Tours, Please excuse this belated note concerning our Paro tour 30Nov-03Dec 2014, as we have been quite busy since our trip to Bhutan. We are writing just to let you know how very much we enjoyed our 3 days in Paro and how well-organized everything was. We managed

    We can’t say enough good things about both guides. Dear Wind Horse Tours, Please excuse this belated note concerning our Paro tour 30Nov-03Dec 2014, as we have been quite busy

  • Nancy L
    Johnson city, Tennessee, USA.
    Sept 28 -Oct 02,2013
    It was not only the most beautiful country, it was the best experience I had ( It was not only the most beautiful country, it was the best experience I had)
    5 " " TID 644 Bhutan Tour from 28 Sept - 02 Oct 2013 Bhutan was one of the places I visited on my trip around the world. It was not only the most beautiful country, it was the best experience I had. With the most pleasant people and the best service. Your selection

    It was not only the most beautiful country, it was the best experience I had TID 644 Bhutan Tour from 28 Sept - 02 Oct 2013 Bhutan was one of the places I visited on my

  • Dr. Eugenia Farkas
    Szeged, Hungary
    March,20,2010
    I am writing now to thank you for organising this memorable trip to Bhutan. ( I am writing now to thank you for organising this memorable trip to Bhutan.)
    5 " " Paro Festival Trip, March 2010 - Dear Ugen, We returned to Hungary from our trip to Bhutan and Nepal a month ago, but I had to catch up with quite a few things, so I am writing now to thank you for organizing this memorable trip to Bhutan. Our guide Kado

    I am writing now to thank you for organising this memorable trip to Bhutan. Paro Festival Trip, March 2010 - Dear Ugen, We returned to Hungary from our trip to Bhutan and Nepal a month

  • Emil Russ S & Lars Erik D
    Stavanger, Norway
    June 11, 2009
    Bhutan was amazing and we had a wonderful time. ( Bhutan was amazing and we had a wonderful time.)
    5 " " Dear Ugen, We have been busy and suddenly it was November and we still hadn't replied. Bhutan was amazing and we had a wonderful time. We would have liked to stay there for a longer period of time, unfortunately it is pretty expensive. However, next time we would probably like

    Bhutan was amazing and we had a wonderful time. Dear Ugen, We have been busy and suddenly it was November and we still hadn't replied. Bhutan was amazing and

  • Valerie & Miguel
    Spain
    April 18 -21,2002
    Going to Bhutan was like going back in time, a gentle country and gentle people ( Going to Bhutan was like going back in time, a gentle country and gentle people)
    5 " " Trip of a Life Time: 18-21 April 2002 Going to Bhutan was like going back in time, a gentle country and gentle people, where one encountered peace, and tranquility, as mists intrigue settles in at eventide later hiding a happy good morning where the sun rises over the pine clad

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