7 Day Bhutan Tour
Bhutan is a small landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas bordered by China in the North and India on the other 3 sides. Bhutan has a total land area of 38,394 square kilometers and measures approximately 150 kilometers North to South and 300 kilometers East to West. The landscape is characterized by rugged terrain and steep mountain valleys ranging from 150 meters in the sub-tropical valleys in the southern foothills, through temperate zone to heights exceeding 7000 meters in the alpine regions of the mountains.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a sovereign nation, located towards the eastern extreme of the Himalayas mountain range. It is fairly evenly sandwiched between the sovereign territory of two nations: first, the People's Republic of China on the north and northwest. There are approximately 470 kilometers of border with that nation's Tibet Autonomous Region. The second nation is the Republic of India on the south, southwest, and east; there are approximately 605 kilometers with the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, and Sikkim, in clockwise order from the kingdom. Bhutan's total borders amount to 1,075 kilometers. The Republic of Nepal to the west, the People's Republic of Bangladesh to the south, and the Union of Myanmar to the southeast are other close neighbors; the former two are separated by only very small stretches of Indian territory.
The climate in Bhutan is extremely varied. This variation in the climatic conditions and average temperature can be attributed to two main factors, the vast differences in altitude present in the country and the influence of the north Indian monsoons.
Southern Bhutan has a hot, humid sub-tropical climate that is fairly unchanging throughout the year. Temperatures can vary between 15-30 degrees Celsius. In the Central parts of the country the climate cools a bit, changing to temperate and deciduous forests with warm summers and cool, dry winters. In the far Northern reaches of the kingdom the weather is cold during winter. Mountain peaks are perpetually covered in snow and lower parts are still cool in summer owing to the high altitude terrain.
Best time to go:
The best seasons to visit Bhutan are during Spring (March, April & May) and Autumn (September, October & November). The major Bhutanese religious festivals are held during these seasons and fine Spring and Autumn weather makes it an ideal time for trekking in Bhutan and for traveling throughout the country enjoying great views of Himalayan mountains peaks.
Nevertheless, it is possible to visit Bhutan throughout the year as Bhutan has 4 seasons in a year and each season has its own charm.
Shanghai – Bangkok
Fly from Shanghai to Bangkok. Overnight layover in Bangkok. Will stay in a Bangkok Hotel.
BANGKOK/PARO (L, D)
Fly with Druk Air from Bangkok to Paro very early in the morning.
Please arrive at the Druk Airline check in counter, Bangkok International Airport, 2 hours prior to departure time.
On this flight, as you approach Bhutan, you can see breathtaking views of the Great Himalayas. As you arrive Paro, you will be welcomed to the Kingdom by your guide from Shangri-La Bhutan Tours.
After a 15-20 minute drive from the airport you’ll reach the hotel. After check in, lunch will be served at the hotel. After lunch, you will see the afternoon session of the Paro Festival outside Paro Dzong also called Rinpung Dzong. Stay overnight in Paro at Hotel Shangri-La Bhutan.
PARO SIGHTSEEING & FESTIVAL (B, L, D)
Full Day Festival & visits to the sites in and around Paro.
Paro’s sightseeing is full of gems such as the 200 year old Watch Tower which was renovated and converted into a National Museum in 1968. It houses a fine collection of national costumes and fabrics, gallery of thangkas, an impressive stamp gallery with three dimensional and CD stamps issued as early as 1960 that are remarkable, and other galleries showcasing armor and silverware with the handsome Royal tea pots. On the top floor there is a four sided temple complex depicting the history of Buddhism and its propagation. Visit Drugyel Dzong, although mostly now in ruins. Built in 1647 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel to commemorate the victory over Tibetan Invaders, which is indicated by the name of the Dzong meaning “Victorious Bhutanese Fort”. The drive from Paro to Thimphu is spectacularly scenic. Magnificent monasteries and stupas in the valleys and mountain tops. Experience the “Last Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom” on Earth and take precious memories back home. Overnight stay in a hotel in Paro.
HIKE TO TAKTSANG MONASTERY (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will take a full day hike to Taktsang Monastery view point. Taktsang, meaning “Tiger’s nest,” is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhawa) mediated, clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 3,000 feet above the valley floor. For the local people it is a place of pilgrimage, but for a tourist, a hike up to the view point opposite the monastery is exhausting, thrilling and mystical. The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress from Tibet and meditated in the cave there for three months. Late afternoon, drive to Thimphu for an overnight stay at Hotel Wangchuk.
THIMPHU (B, L, D)
Full day of sightseeing in and around Thimphu Valley, the largest and Capital City of Bhutan.
Some of the attractions include:
- Purchase world’s most beautiful postage stamps, collector’s item stamps, and postcards at face value from general post office which is right next to Bhutan National Bank.
- Visit an Arts and Crafts school where one can see young children at work.
- Visit Traditional Medicine Institute where the ancient healing arts are still practiced.
- Visit Memorial Chorten built in 1974 to honor memory of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, popularly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. A muti-storied stupa that will introduce you to the vitality of Tantric Buddhism.
- Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edge and purchase some beautiful writing sets from the factory.
- Visit Botanical garden (Zoo) where one can see Yak and Takin, the National wild animal of Bhutan.
- Drive up to view point and take a hike beyond to see the clear picture of Thimphu Valley.
- Downtown Thimphu on foot visiting Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts & Crafts stores. Buy stunning kinas which can be used as bed covers or wall decoration, jewelries and many more. Overnight stay at a hotel in Thimphu.
THIMPHU – PARO (B, L, D)
Morning, time at leisure to explore around Thimphu town on your own and do some souvenir shopping. Afternoon, transfer to Paro for an overnight stay at Hotel Shangri-La Bhutan.
PARO – BANGKOK - SHANGHAI (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Paro Airport for your flight to Bangkok and fly on transit to S. Tashi Delek.
- Return airfare including air taxes
- Meals plan as per your request
- Entrance fees and meals as mentioned
- Private car or van with English speaking guide
- Six nights' accommodation at the designated Hotels above with daily breakfast
- The above private escorted tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group.
- Tips to your tour guide and driver
- Travel insurance