Bhutan is a fascinating and little-visited kingdom where the preservation of culture and traditions, as well as the stunning natural beauty of the Himalayas, has created a travel destination like no other. Touring Bhutan reveals an unforgettable landscape of forests, valleys, and snowy peaks where the last Tibetan Buddhist kingdom reveals its riches to the intrepid traveler.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Paro!

Paro provides a dramatic introduction to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. On a clear day there are spectacular views of Bhutan’s snowy peaks from the flight approaching Paro. 

Day 2 Paro | Thimphu 

Visit the National Museum and the 17th-century Paro Dzong. In the afternoon, drive to Thimpu.

Day 3 Thimpu

Visit the Chorten Memorial, as well as the School of Arts and Crafts and other museums, time permitting.

Day 4 Thimpu | Punakha

Drive to the fertile Punakha valley where you will explore the fortress now used as the winter seat of the Je Khenpo.

Day 5 Punakha | Wangdiphodrang | Phobjikha

Enjoy a scenic drive toward Gadgety before enjoying a visit with to a home in the local village.

Day 6 Phobjikha | Trongsa

Explore the Phobjikha Valley, designed as a conservation area by the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature. Drive along the Chhu River to Trongsa.

Day 7 Trongsa | Bumthang

Visit the village of Tsugney, known for its traditional weaving practices, before visiting Jambay Lhakhang to witness the Mewang, or Fire Blessing.

Day 8 Bumthang

Here, in the holiest valley of Bhutan, hike to explore temples before seeing how modern Bhutanese make their living at small apple juice and cheese factories.

Day 9 Bumthang | Jambay Lhakgang Festival 

Watch the colorful mask dances and other festivities of the festival. 

Day 10 Bumthang | Paro 

Return to Paro by flight and explore Paro town. 

Day 11 Paro 

Spend the morning hiking to Taktsang Lhakhang, also known as Tiger’s Nest. 

Day 12 Departure