Spring is one of the best seasons to visit Bhutan. Many festivals are held in April, enabling you to see and experience more local culture and tradition of the country. This packaged tour is a perfect one-week trip to explore all the “must see” highlights in western Bhutan, including the famous Tiger’s Nest, picturesque valleys of Paro, Thimpu and the most beautiful fortress in Punakha.
Day 1 – Hong Kong to Bangkok
Take a morning flight to Bangkok, check in the airport hotel. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. You may go shopping, sightseeing, enjoy massage and taste the local food in Bangkok. Overnight in the airport hotel.
Day 2 – Bangkok to Paro. Visit Paro Dzong and Museum
Take an early morning flight from Bangkok to Paro. Yes, it is very early in the morning and your Bhutan trip begins as your flight descends Paro Aiport. Your guide and driver will greet you at the airport and take you to the Paro town for a coffee break.
In the afternoon, visit the National Museum and Paro Dzong which is a magnificent fortress built in the 17th century. It is the finest example of Bhutanese architecture with a complex of courtyards, temples and government offices. It serves as the religious, military, administrative, and social centers of Paro district. The National Museum is the small round white building on top of the hill overlooking the Paro Dzong and the valley. It was a watch tower in the old days and now converted into a museum, exhibiting some artifacts, antique statues, Thangkhas (the Buddhist scroll painting) and masks used for festivals.
Altitude of Paro: 2280m. Overnight in Thimphu (Phuentshopelri Hotel or similar).
Day 3 – Thimphu Sightseeing
Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan and home to the Royal family and approximately 100,000 residents.
It is one of the few places in Bhutan where you can access ATM machines and exchange money. There are a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants in the city. You will visit:
- The national memorial stupa (pagoda)
- School of arts and crafts
- Postal Museum to make our own stamps
- The giant 62m tall Buddha Dordema
- The Takin reserved zoo where you can see the national animal of Bhutan
- The Trashichho Dzong
Altitude of Thimphu: 2250m. Overnight in Thimphu (Phuentshopelri Hotel or similar).
Day 4 – Rhododendron Festival
Ever expecting to see flowers in Bhutan? The annual Rhododendron Festival takes place in the Lampeiri Botanical Park where you can see various species of rhododendrons in Bhutan.
The festival features traditional masks dance, folk dance by students, traditional cuisines, arts and crafts of Bhutan.
Altitude of Lampeiri: 2700m. Overnight in Punakha (Hotel Vara or similar).
Day 5 – Sightseeing in Punakha
In the morning, take a hike to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal pagoda built by the Queen mother to bring peace and prosperity in the country.
Visit the historic Punakha Dzong (fortress) which is the most beautiful fortress in the country.
In the afternoon, visit the royal nunnery founded by the queen mother, and Chimi Lhakhang, a temple built in the 15th century famous for fertility blessing.
Altitude of Punakha: 1300m. Overnight in Punakha (Hotel Vara or similar).
Day 6 – Dochula Pass & Paro
Return from Punakha to Paro, over Dochula pass (3,150m) which is a scenic spot offering a breath-taking view of the Himalayas mountain range and the beautiful 108 stupas (pagodas).
Afternoon in Paro, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang temple, the oldest temple in Bhutan.
Overnight in Paro (Janka Resort or similar).
Day 7 – Hike to Taktshang (Tiger Nest)
Morning hike to iconic Tiger Nest monastery that clings on the edge of a steep cliff 900 meters above Paro valley. It takes about 2.5 hours up and 2 hours back. You may choose to ride on a horseback to go halfway up the hill. You will have to hike the rest of the trail to see this magnificent monastery.
Visit a farm house, try your hands on archery or relax in a hot-stone bath, and enjoy local rice wine and yak butter tea.
Overnight in Paro (Janka Resort or similar).
Day 8 – Departure
Paro ~ Bangkok ~ Hong Kong
Package Price from HK$21,800 (for a min. of 4 passengers)
- Hong Kong~Bangkok~Paro and Paro~Bangkok~Hong Kong economy class tickets (CX/TG + KB)
- Bhutan visa US$40
- Daily sustainable tourism royalty tax of US$65 per person per night
- Driver and English speaking tour guide
- Accommodation at 3-star hotels on twin-sharing basis
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the itinerary
- One bottle of water each day
- Wearing Bhutanese costumes
- One hot stone bath
- Archery experience
- TIC stamp duty
Does NOT include:
- Travel Insurance
- Travel visa for Bangkok (if applicable)
- Airport taxes and fuel surcharge
- Tips for driver and local guide
- Laundry, drinks and other personal expenses
Hong Kong Enquiries
Connie Fok at +852 3198 9368 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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A tourist visa is required for all travellers (except for Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian passport holders) and all tours must be made through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator.
The daily sustainable tourism royalty tariff is US$65 per person per night for 3 passengers travelling together. There is a surcharge of US$30 per person per night for 2 travellers and US$40 per night for sole travellers.
Customized itinerary, hotels and hotel rooms upgrade, and restaurant choices are possible. Clients may also arrange their own Hong Kong~Bangkok flights. For details, please contact Conniefok@arrowtravel.com.hk.