Central Bhutan Tour (10 days)

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The Central Bhutan Tour is a 10 day tour that takes you from the western city of Paro, through Thimphu, Punakha to Bumthang. This is one of the most popular tour programs covering the spiritual places in Bhutan.

Central Bhutan Tour (10 days)

DAY 01 ARRIVE PARO - THIMPHU

The flight into Bhutan will give you a spectacular view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. On a clear day you can see Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.

Your tour representative will receive you upon arrival. The drive from Paro to Thimphu (capital city) will take you through beautiful rice terraced fields and along side the gushing Pho Chu and Wang Chu rivers.

Afternoon visit Kuensel Phodrang where a biggest statue of Lord Buddha (168 ft) is being built that overlooks the Thimphu valley. Evening visit the Memorial Chorten built in memory of the third King of Bhutan.

DAY 02 THIMPHU

Morning visit the National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, Institute of Traditional Medicines & Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (13 traditional crafts) and Jushina Paper factory where traditional Bhutanese papers are made.

Evening visit Tashichho Dzong which houses the King's Throne Room & Government offices. The Dzong serves as summer residence for the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot & the Central Monk Body. Visit the Crafts Bazar in town.

DAY 03 THIMPHU - PUNAKHA

After breakfast drive to Punakha over Dochula Pass (3 hours drive). On a clear day, one can get a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain ranges and see Gasa Dzong at a distance. One can also visit the Druk Wangyel Chortens (108 stupas) on the Pass.

Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, built at the junction of the two rivers Pho Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river). It is one of the most spectacular dzongs in the country. The Dzong serves as the winter residence for the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot & the Central Monastic Body.

DAY 04 THIMPHU - PUNAKHA

After breakfast drive up the valley to Chazam. Walk through the beautiful rice fields & hike up the hillock to Khamsum Yulley Lhakhang. Visit the monastery & have picnic lunch. Afternoon return to Punakha. Enroute visit one of the longest suspension bridge.

DAY 05 PUNAKHA - BUMTHANG

After breakfast drive to Bumthang over Pelela Pass. Enroute visit Trongsa Dzong, one of the largest Dzong (fortress) in Bhutan & Ta Dzong.

Drive over Yutola Passto Bumthang. On the way, in Chumey you can see the local women weave the famous "Bumthang Yathra", pure woolen cloth woven in the traditional method with beautiful colored patterns.

DAY 06 BUMTHANG

Morning visit Jakar Dzong, Jambay & Kurje Lhakhangs (temples). Jamgay lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century AD. Afternoon visit Jakar town.

DAY 07 BUMTHANG – PHOBJEKHA

Morning drive to Phobjikha valley in Wangdue Dzongkhag. Evening at leisure.

DAY 08 PHOBJEKHA - PARO

Morning explore the beautiful valley of Phobjikha. The valley is the home of the Black Necked Cranes, an endangered species. In winter they fly south from Central Asia to Bhutan & make Phobjekha their winter home. One can see their roosting place in the marshy land. From Nov to Feb one can see the Black Necked Cranes dancing & feeding in the beautiful valley.

Afternoon drive to Paro. On the way see the traditional cantilever wooden bridge.

DAY 09 PARO DAY EXCURSION TO TAKTSANG

After breakfast drive to Ramthongkha. Hike uphill for about 3 hours to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3,000 ft above the valley floor. It is a very sacred Monastery for the Bhutanese people who believe that it must be visited at least once in their life time. Evening experience a unique hot stone bath which will relieve all aches & pains followed by typical Bhutanese dinner in an old traditional Bhutanese house.

DAY 10 PARO – DEPARTURE

Early morning drive to Paro for departure. Your tour representative will see you off at the airport.
Hotel Olathang in Paro














Hotel Puntshopelri in Thimphu





Hotel Meriphunsum in Punakha






Starting from USD
$1800 (low season)
$2250 (high season)
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Note:
  • Above cost is per person cost based on 3 Pax
  • Surcharge for 1 pax is USD 40 per person per night
  • Surcharge for 2 pax is USD 30 per person per night
  • Low season are months of December, January, February, June, July, August
  • High season are months of March, April, May, September, October, November
  • For overlap of months, please write to us and we will send you the pricing
Tour Cost Includes:
  • Welcome by our local staff at Airport
  • 100% Private guided tour
  • Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels
  • Accommodation at 3 star hotel
  • A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver
  • Luxury SUV vehicle
  • Entry fees & road permits etc
  • Government fee, Royalty of US$ 65 per day, taxes & surcharges
  • Mineral bottled water
  • Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip
Tour Cost Does Not Includes
  • Visa for Bhutan US$ 40
  • Airfare to and from Bhutan
  • Travel/ medical insurance
  • Use of bar and beverage in the hotels
  • Tips and gratuity (optional) to local staffs
  • All personal gears, personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, shopping etc.
  • Any additional charges beyond mention itinerary /any alteration by self-interest.
  • Bank Transfer Charge US$ 50 per transaction
  • Discovery Bhutanese cultural: Visit to major dzongs (fortress) & Monasteries in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha & Bumthang
  • Explore the beauty of nature: Short hiking in the Himalayan Kingdom.