Bhutan is considered to be one of the most beautiful destinations and the world's happiest nation. This country is characterized by stunning mountainous landscapes, ancient architectural structures, and deep cultures. Apart from beautiful attractions that add thrill to a Bhutan trip, destinations like Thimpu, Paro, and Trashigang among others are fully furnished with world-class facilities for tourists. Top attractions and the places to visit include the Tiger's Nest Monastery in Paro, the Punakha Dzong in Thimpu and the Ganngtey Valley among others. Below are some of the best Bhutan tour packages. Meals, transfer, services of a guide and entrance fees for the ones showcased below are included in the prices.
Cost from $ 720 per person
This tour package is light, allowing you the time to fully explore what the regions of Paro and Thimpu have to offer.
At Paro, visitors will tour Para Dzong, which is the largest Dzong in Bhutan. The architecture of this will site will captivate you from a long distance. After the Para Dzong, a trip to the Ta Dzong national museum follows. This is where all the culture of Bhutan is housed; painted, sculpted and preserved as artifacts. Here you will get to understand religion, lifestyle, traditions and every other aspect of Bhutanese people.
The next day you will get a whole excursion through Thimpu. You will have a chance to visit the Tigers Nest Monastery, the Simtokha Dzong, and the Tango Goemba.
Cost from $960 per person
This tour package lets you sample the best attractions in Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha in just 4 days. The itinerary is fused with sightseeing and adventure.
Upon arrival at Paro, tourists will receive a welcome at the hotel where lunch will be served. In the afternoon there is a two-hour drive to Mt Jumolhari, the Tigers Monastery, and an ancient farmhouse.
The next day, tourists will travel from Paro to Thimpu. The trip shall include a visit to the Changangkha Lhakhang which is one of the biggest holy sites in Bhutan.Other stopovers will be at the Trashi Chho Dzong monastery and the Folk Heritage Museum.
The following day you will take a drive to Punakaha. In the short drive, you will get to enjoy beautiful sights of the Dochula Pass, the Himalayan ranges, and stunning countryside plains. The Punakha Dzong or the Palace of Happiness as it's commonly known will form part of the excursion. It is a breathtaking epitome of Bhutanese culture and religion.
Visitors will spend the remaining days between Punakha and Paro, then departure.
Cost from $3800 per person,
Bhutan has a rich cultural scene in all its districts. In these 15 days, tourists get to sample Bhutan's rich cultural heritage
In Paro, you will be treated to a fun excursion through the Ta Dzong. The Drukgel Dzong which is an ancient fortress that remains from Tibetan invasions is also a must visit. The FDzong symbolizes the conquest and great independence of the Bhutanese.
The Simtokha Dzong will be a big highlight in Thimpu. This is an old fortress that dates back to the 15th century. A visit to the Buddha Dordenna will also suffice, then the Folk Heritage Museum. Visitors will have a small sightseeing window of time in this town before leaving for Punakha.
At Punakha, the great fortress Punakha Dzong will be the first stop. Afterwards, there is a short drive to Gangtey and the Wandue Dzong. In the evening visitors will take a walk through the villages of Gangtey to see how local Bhutanese live.
At the Trongsa market, tourists will get to interact with locals, and sample Bhutan's food, clothes, and souvenirs. Before that, however, there is time to admire birds at the Phobjika Valley.
The next day will be spent at Bumathang; this is home to numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Some include the Kurje Lhakhang, the Jakar Dzong, and the Jambay Lhakhang.
Visitors will spend the remaining days exploring Mongar, Trahigang, Bumthang, and then the trip back to Paro and lastly departure.
Cost from $870 per person
The temples and monasteries in Bhutan offer a perfect venue for meditation and self-reflection. Tourists also flock to Bhutan for the Sowa Rigbpa. This is an ancient traditional medicine that is found in the natural Bhutanese flora.Hot springs can also be found all over Bhutan. These springs are known to cure all types of illnesses.
In Paro, tourists will have a stop at Paro Valley. The valley is home to the most ancient and most sacred Buddhist sites. Tourists will also visit Kichu Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest temples.
The next day, if you are seeking a truly spiritual experience, you can go to meditate at the Singye Drak Temple. Here you will find monks willing to guide you through meditation and teach you Buddhist Yoga.
The biggest highlight in Thimpu will be the Tachocho monastery. Visitors can also pray at the National Memorial Chorten. People in their masses come to this site every day to pray for world peace and prosperity.
Lastly, travelers will have time for meditation at Cheri monastery, then the trip back to Paro and departure.
Cost from $ 790 per person
Bhutan is known for colorful and joyous celebrations. These festivals may be between three and five days, and they are centered on religion and culture. The most popular Bhutanese festival tour packages involve in destinations such as Thimpu, Paro, Punakha, and Bumthang.
At Thimpu, the Simtokha Dzong comes to life with pomp, music, and dancing during the spring and fall celebrations. However, to fully indulge in this experience, you will need to delve deeper into the villages. In villages like Gangtey, celebrations involve sword dances and other rituals ward off evil spirits and rejoice after a harvest.
Paro festivals are the most glamorous in the spring and autumn. Preparations for the big events start weeks before the day. Visitors are allowed to photograph in the Dzongs and temples.
In Bumthang, cultural celebrations always resemble a carnival atmosphere. Taking part in this tradition will let you into the depths of history, culture, and religion of the Bhutan people.
Bhutan has more to offer, and it might not be possible to fully explore this country within a few days. It calls upon you, therefore, to find the right package with the right itinerary.