11 days 10 nights
Bhutan is an isolated and mysterious kingdom hidden amidst the towering peaks of the Himalayas. This exciting private tour packages for Bhutan from Delhi includes some of the kingdom’s most intriguing sites for an in-depth exploration of the country’s history, traditions, and unique Culture.
The recommended dates for the tour packages for bhutan from delhi are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Winter is less popular with travelers, but temperatures are surprisingly pleasant. The chances to see the Himalayas, forests and huge historic structures in the snow make it worth it. Summer is the monsoon season and should be avoided.
A trip to Bhutan begins when the plane lands at the country's only international airport, flies over the Himalayas, and offers a rare glimpse of the top of Mount Everest (on a clear day).
After arriving at airport, our guide will meet you at airport for the sightseeing tour of Paro. Start with the National Museum, located right next to the old Paro Dzong watchtower. The museum features a unique collection of traditional and religious artifacts in common use in Bhutan, highlighting their history and how they have been used by locals for generations.
Another exhibit offers an impressive view of the country's unique flora, fauna, and geographic features. From here, head to Paro Dzong, considered a fine example of traditional dzong architecture.
In the evening, enjoy a traditional Bhutanese meal served at a local farm. This is an opportunity to get up close and personal with the people of the country and hear their thoughts on current affairs in Bhutan. In the afternoon, transfer to the hotel for the overnight stay in Bhutan.
This morning, return to Paro airport for a 25-minute scenic flight to Bumthang Valley. On a clear day, enjoy the stunning view of the Himalayas just above the plane's wings. The Bumthang Valley, whose villages retain a rather medieval feel to this day, is often called the "pantry of Bhutan". The location has some of the oldest and most revered religious monuments, temples, and monasteries in the country. Many myths that form the founding spirit of the Bhutanese people refer to sites located within the valley.
In the afternoon, visit Jakar Dzong, walk downhill to the city area, pass through local villages, and pause at hidden shrines and temples. In the evening, visit the Drastang Kharchu Monastery, possibly during the theological discussions and the monks' evening prayers. Then head back to the hotel for a good night's sleep.
Depart from the hotel for a walking tour of Jakar, the main town of the Bumthang Valley. Start with a short drive to Jambay Lhakhang. From here, follow a beautiful trail to the 17th-century Kurjey Lakhang, overlooking the Chamkhar Chu River. Cross the river on the suspension bridge to the village of Dorjibi.
Then walk along the riverbank to Tamshing Monastery, the most revered site of the Nyingma School, the oldest of the four primary Tibetan Buddhist schools. Then board the vehicle and drive back to the hotel for a overnight stay in Jakar.
Next destination of Bhutan tour is Trongsa. Drive past Youtung La Pass, which rises about 11,237 feet (3,425 meters) above sea level. Along the way, pass by the Yathra Weaving ladies.
From here, head to Trongsa Dzong, one of the most impressive dzongs in Bhutan. A dzong is a fortress and monastery complex and vivid proof of Bhutan's turbulent history. Trongsa Dzong forms a labyrinthine collection of buildings that slope down the ridge with a succession of beautiful courtyards overlooking the Mangde Chu River. Although the history of the dzong dates back to the mid-16th century, it is remarkably preserved for its structure and its important role in maintaining ancient Buddhist traditions. From here it is a short drive to the hotel, overlooking the beautiful dzong.
The 5th day of Bhutan trip begins with a beautiful drive along a winding road that offers great views of the terraced rice paddies. Pass Pele La Pass at "only" 3,353 meters (11,000 feet) above sea level before descending into the Gangtey Valley.
In the afternoon, arrival at the small temple of Gangtey. If the weather allows it, take a leisurely walk along a path that runs between farmhouses and a leafy pine forest. Enjoy the view of the beautiful valley where the locals work in their gardens and the traditional Bhutanese villages that dot the top of the valley. From the end of the trail, it is a short drive to the hotel for the night, in the village of Pobjika.
Today morning after breakfast, we will continue our journey of Bhutan sightseeing.
Starting by joining the locals as they gather at Gangtey Monastery, which sits atop a hill overlooking the Pobjika Valley. It is headed by the 9th Gangtey Tulku and is the largest Nyingma monastery in western Bhutan. This is where a local festival (Tshechu) is held. Along with the attractive dances, the enclosure that surrounds the old monastery becomes a great fair. Here, locals sell their fresh produce, engage in fortune-telling, or simply meet old friends from across the valley.
After lunch, board the vehicle and set out on the journey to Punakha, arriving there relatively late in the evening for hotel check-in.
Start your day with a trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. The Chorten (stupa) was built in 1994 for the Queen Mother, one of the four wives of the fourth king of Bhutan, the father of the reigning king. On the fourth floor of the stupa, there is a porch that offers an incomparable view over the Punakha Valley and the mighty Mo River. You will be learning a lot about the Chorten her.
In the late afternoon, return to the hotel for a second night in Punakha.
This morning, after breakfast, leave Punakha and head towards the next destination of Bhutan tour. Duchon- La, the 3,100-meter (10,171-foot) mountain pass, which offers (on clear days) magnificent views of the Himalayas. The roots of Bhutanese Buddhism stem from the fusion between Indian Buddhism and shamanic beliefs.
From the mountain pass, embark on a three-hour hike. The trail leads through a thick forest to Lungchuzekha Lhakhang, a small but impressive temple located on top of a mountain, offering wonderful views of the entire range. At the end of the walk, return to the vehicle. Continue driving to Thimphu, the national capital and seat of the King of Bhutan.
Thimphu is located in the heart of a fertile valley, where nearly half of the country's income is produced. This signifies the importance of the city that was established when several towns were unified at the end of the country's last great war, in 1885. Upon arrival in Thimphu, check-in at the hotel in the city center.
The day would be dedicated to Thimphu sightseeing. First, visit the local market, where locals shop for everything from fresh produce and appliances to religious artifacts.
Then proceed to a vocational school where traditional crafts are taught to the younger generation to preserve these unique art forms. Next, visit the newly built Dordenma Buddha statue, a gigantic 52-meter-tall statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, built for $47 million between 2006 and 2015. The shrine below the Buddha statue houses more than 100,000 golden Buddha statues.
From here, drive to a lookout point over Thimphu Dzong, the seat of the local parliament. Later, visit the national stadium, where locals often take part in friendly archery competitions, being the national sport. The night will be at the hotel in Thimphu.
Depart from Bhutan's capital for the 1.5-hour drive back to Paro. Continue out of the Paro sightseeing to the Taktsang trailhead, another monumental part of any private tour of Bhutan. The walk is divided into two sections: from the beginning of the trail to the cafeteria located halfway to the monastery, and from the cafeteria to the monastery itself. Each of these segments takes about an hour of uphill walking. For the first segment, you can choose to ride a mule, while the second segment can be done on foot.
It is also possible to do the first section alone and enjoy the view of the monastery from the cafeteria without going up to the monastery itself. After this somewhat strenuous walk into the center of Paro, where a variety of cafes sit amid shops selling all manner of traditional Bhutanese souvenirs.