Bhutan Express – 5 Days

Trip Overview

The Bhutan Express is a a wonderful journey to the ‘Shangri La’ kingdom Bhutan. Over the next 5 days we will spend time in the pocket-size capital of Thimphu, where the imposing fortress-monastery of the Tashichoedzong is just one of the many attractions. The annual Thimphu Tsechu and Drupchen (festivals) take place here. Some of our tour programs will include a day at one of these outlandish festivals & can be arranged to coincide with this wonderful experience. Other highlights of the time in Bhutan include the far-reaching views from the Dochu La and the visits we make to Punakha Dzong and to the dramatic cliff-side Taktsang Monastery. During our time in Bhutan we will also have the chance to meet the welcoming local people; monks, farmers and the general public – all of them in their traditional dress. This is the essence of Bhutan and will live just as long in the memory as the country’s dramatic scenery or distinctive architecture. If you are looking for a wonderful & short getaway to Bhutan, this perfectly balanced cultural adventure holiday is the perfect choice.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Welcome to Bhutan. Tour Thimphu
  • Day 02 :  Tour Wangduephodrang
  • Day 03 : Tour Punakha - Paro 
  • Day 04 : Visit Tiger's Nest 
  • Day 05 : Depart Bhutan 
Detailed Itinerary

The flight offers you with beautiful views of the mountains and its surrounding landscape. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by your tour representative. Drive to Thimphu (1.5hrs).  Upon arrival, check into your hotel. PM sightseeing - Visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and Buddha Point.
Hotel: City Hotel or similar
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Visit the Painting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. PM drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.GangarPunsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the market area.
Hotel: Wangdi Kichu resort or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, drive 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory serves as a Buddhist university. Overnight Kichu Resort. over the Tibetans. Drive 4/5hrs to Paro via visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong.
Hotel: Kichu resort or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day hike to Taktshang monastery (Tigers Nest).Horses can be arranged with extra cost. The hike, which is all the way uphill, takes about 3 to 4 hours through pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters high from the Paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Guru Padmasambhava came in the 07th Century on a flying tigress and mediated there for 3 Months. The demons, who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism were subdued and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. At the end of the 17th Century, a monastery was built on the spot where the saint-meditated .It is an important pilgrimage site for all Buddhist. Evening at leisure.
Hotel: Kichu resort or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After your breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.  
Meals:  Breakfast