Classic Bhutan

In Bhutan, 7 days

Tour Overview

Tour Language(s):
Group Size:
5 - 25
Tour Provider:
Bhutan Druk Adventure

This cultural tour explores the heritage and traditions of Bhutan’s timeless

culture that still thrive today. This tour is specially tailored to provide a deeper

insight into the lives of the diverse people of Bhutan. Based in the western

valleys, you will be immersed the daily lives of Bhutanese, with exclusive activities

including farmhouse visits, interaction with northern nomad tribes and

participation in special Buddhist ceremonies. It also includes visits to Bhutan’s

many cultural highlights including Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpong Dzong with its

wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)

in the Paro Valley, The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha

Temple and the National Library exhibiting ancient scriptures in Bhutan’s capital

Thimphu, and the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakang in the sub-tropical

Punakha Valley. The best time to do this tour is during the months of December

to late March when the nomadic Laya people migrate south to Punakha for


Tour route map


Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions., Attend a special purification ceremony at the temple performed by monks., Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya., Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums., Participate in a religious village ceremony and prayer flag hoisting., Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor., Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples., Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.


Fly on the wings of the Dragon to Bhutan, on arrival in Paro International Airport, complete the immigration

formalities and exit through only one arrival gate where Bhutan Druk Adventure dedicated team who will be

holding placard, no one will be missed. We welcome with khaddar and proceed to Thimphu which will take about

an hour and half. The route will follow Paro River until Chuzom from where we will bend towards Thimphu river

taking us to the heart of capital city Thimphu. The entire stretch of drives is very scenic and picturesque as we pass

by some of the beautiful villages of Bondey, Shaba, Isina etc until we enter welcome gate in Thimphu. Tachongang

Lhakhang- En-route to Thimphu, stopover for little leg stretch walk crossing Paro River or enjoy the views from the

roadside depending your arrival time. Chuzom- Meeting point of two rivers (Thimphu & Paro) this is tri junction of

highway leading to Thimphu, Paro and Phuentsholing into three directions. Enjoy the lovely picture of beautiful

portrait of our King and Queen placed at chuzom which is so welcoming to all who visits Bhutan. Explore Thimphu

City On your Own- If time permits, walking through the city gives you immense joys and understanding of modern

city. Good option for imported garments and local souvenir, beside unique local handicrafts. Thimphu offers

mixed style of personalities taking the street walk in Thimphu- only city in the world without traffic lights. Overnight

in Thimphu, altitude 2400m

Thimphu- This bustling little city is the main center of commerce, religion and government in the country. Thimphu

is the most modern city with an abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs and shopping centers.

However it still retains its cultural identity and values amidst the signs of modernization, often referred as world

only city without traffic lights. Buddha Dordenma- The Buddha Dordenma is located at a top of the hill in Kuensel

Phodrang Nature Park and overlooks the southern entrance to Thimphu valley. The Buddha Dordenma is a

gigantic 51.5-meter tall statue, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. Arts and Crafts

Vocational School- Arts and Craft School is where student learn 13 different techniques to master in Bhutanese

Arts. Some of the skills required eight years to graduate. You can see live carving, painting, sculpture etc. You are

allowed to take the pictures/make video. Products made by students are on display at the showroom for sales as

well. The school is closed in July and December to February, beside their exams and events. Folk Heritage

Museum- This museum was established in 2001 and provides visitors with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese

material culture and way of life, especially the life of Bhutanese in remote parts of Bhutan. Authentic Bhutanese

Crafts Bazaar- Bhutan’s first ever craft bazaar located behind Hotel Taj Tashi showcases wide range of authentic

Bhutan-made arts and craft products with reasonable price range. Handicraft Emporium- Realizing the importance

of socio-economic growth, handicraft emporium was set up with the command of His Majesty 3rd King, this was

the first step to showcase the authentic Bhutanese handicraft products in Bhutan. You can still find some of the

fine products available here at reasonable cost. Witnessing Archery Match- Archery is the national game of Bhutan,

it is amazing to see Bhutanese archers hitting target from a distance of 145 meters range. Bhutan has top archers

on some categories on Olympic games. Weekend Market/Centenary Farmers Market– An interesting well

organized permanent set of stalls built for vegetable vendors across the country. Its open from Wednesday to

Monday and closed on Tuesdays. One can find wide range of local vegetables and fruits. Other side of the river is

place for indigenous goods and handicrafts section, where locally produced goods, including religious objects,

cloth, baskets and hats etc from various minority groups are sold here. These shops are open from Friday to

Sunday only. Clock Tower Square- Situated in the heart of town, Clock Tower Square is a popular venue for open

ground events such as cultural festivals, concerts, fund- raising events, live shows and trade fairs. The place is

bounded by shops, cafes, souvenir shops and restaurants, making it one of the main attractions in the Thimphu


Start the most scenic drive to Punakha from Thimphu over dochula pass which takes about two hours. After the

break at Dochula, the road descends into Wangdue and Punakha taking us to one of the warmest places of

Bhutan. Dochula Pass- The pass is at a popular location as it offers a stunning 180 degree panoramic view of the

Great Himalayan mountain ranges. The view is especially scenic and very clear on winter days with snowcapped

mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass. Lamperi

Botanical Park- The park has many varieties of plants, herbs, birds and animals. This park is one of the must visit

place for birds and nature lovers. You may enjoy the hot packed lunch here if you had planned picnic. Visit Dairy

Farm in Punakha: In Bhutan, the concept of smallholder dairy groups is relatively new yet its an important component of rural economy. Yogurt production is the main source of income for their dairy farm and

Chimi Lhakhang- This temple is known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that childless couples can visit

this temple to pray for better fertility to conceive the child. There are stories and incidences that many visitors

dream came true however one must truly need to believe and follow the lama’s instruction. The hike though the

lovely villages of Mesina gives truly amazing experience. Enjoy the gentle walks from the road head. Overnight in

Punakha, altitude 1350m

Punakha is often referred as second capital having best Dzongs of Bhutan. Punakha has the perfect place to awaken

the nature lover, take in the splendid views of the Himalayas, listen to the sounds of the Mo Chhu and Po Chhu

rivers that simply soak up the serene beauty of this gorgeous valley. Shengana village: Hike to Shengana village

across Phochu river at Punakha which is situated in the Northeast of Punakha Dzong where you can experince

Punakha village life. Shengana village is commonly known for RED RICE. You can even have experience of milking the

cow here. Punakha Dzong- Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the Dzong was named Druk Pungthang

Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo religious head of

Bhutan. King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the first National Assembly here in 1952. This is one of the finest and

must see Dzongs of Bhutan. The Dzong stands in between meeting point of two rivers, Phochu and Mochu making

the most photogenic Dzongs of Bhutan. Punakha Suspension Bridge- Punakha suspension bridge is considered one

of the longest of its kind in Bhutan. The bridge connects the dzong with the villages Shengana, Samdingkha and

Wangkha on the other bank of the Po Chhu river. In these small villages, locals sell their wares in tiny, traditional

shops. Visitors can stop here for a quick and authentic view of true Bhutan. The suspension bridge is only about 15

minutes’ walk from Punakha Dzong. Overnight in Punakha.

As we proceed to Paro, we will retrace the journey crossing over Dochula, up until Chuzom and further to Paro. The

entire stretch of drive will refresh your mind and give you second chance to enjoy the great snowcapped mountain

views of the Himalayas from Dochula. Riverside Visit- visit to riverside to enjoy the crystal clear river and group

video/photo is must in Paro. Our guides will take you to the best place to enjoy at beautiful river banks of Paro.

Rinpung Dzong- ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’, is ranked one of the best Bhutanese architecture. The massive

buttressed walls that tower over the town are visible throughout the valley, particularly when landing at Paro Airport.

The Dzong also offers administrative seat of the district of Paro. The Dzong was built in 1644 under the order of

Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Explore historic PARO town with splendid views across the fertile valley. Bondey

Farm-National Seed Centre: With the establishment of Bondey Farm, agriculture development activities increased

with introduction of vegetables, fruits and farm mechanization in the agriculture farming practices of Bhutan. The

farm is responsible for the production of vegetable seeds, strawberry runners, asparagus etc. Outdoor Activities-

Nicely made and well maintained activity place attached to whole sell Buddha statue store, offers wearing

Bhutanese dress, playing archery and darts for guests visiting Bhutan. Overnight in Paro, altitude 2200m

This picturesque region in the kingdom is covered in fertile rice fields and has a beautiful, crystalline river

meandering down the valley. Paro has more of historical sites, high-end tourist resort and many souvenir shops for

shopping including world famous Takstang. Taktsang/Tiger’s Nest Temple– is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and

religious Buddhist site in the world. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. The temple is one of the

holiest sites in Bhutan which clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the valley. Although good

trekkers can make it to the top in two hours, most of the guests take whole day to complete the hike. Outdoor

Activities- Nicely made and well maintained activity place attached to whole sell Buddha statue store, offers wearing

Bhutanese dress, playing archery and darts for guests visiting Bhutan.

Departure from the Kingdom of Bhutan



A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide


Flight into Bhutan (can be arranged with us)

Daily 3 meals (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner)

Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)



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