Trip Facts

  • Total Days - 6
  • Type of the trip - Tour / Sightseeing
  • Best season - Spring / Autumn
  • Highlights - Culture / Landscape

Druk Path Discovery tour, Druk that appears on the flag of Bhutan is a Bhutanese national symbol, so it obviously is the Thunder Dragon which is one of the most revered elements in the Bhutanese mythology. Interestingly, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is called ‘Land of Druk’, and its leaders are called ‘Thunder Dragon Kings’. Hence, Druk distinctively endows immense national, historical, and cultural significance to Bhutan which is a small country in the Himalayas between Tibet, China and India. The tiny kingdom of Bhutan also called ‘The Last Shangrila’ is the only Vajrayana Buddhist nation in the world.

The country is magical and mystical. In fact, the tour package itself is evidence of what it will bring to you—you will discover its distinctive and densely packed wonder in the form of culture, tradition, religion, and nature. It will be stupendously exciting and enlivening. On top of that, you will learn a lot about history, art, and religion.

You will get the vibe right after landing in Paro—the gateway to the last Shangri-La on Earth. The only international airport is located here. It is one of the most beautiful districts in the country, located at an altitude of 2,250 m. Its lush rice fields and meadows provide you with a sense of serenity. Furthermore, it is famous for growing red rice, apples, and peaches. It has astonishing fortresses, monuments, and religious sites. Some of its attractions are Bhutanese Farmhouse, Drugyel Dzong, Dungtse Lhakhang, Kila Goenpa, Kyichu Lhakhang Paro Rinpung Dzong, Paro Ta-Dzong (National Museum), Tachog Lhakhang and Taktsang.

And, your drive to Thimpu will be all the more exciting with the view of beautiful landscapes and spectacular monasteries. You might want to stop and take a visit to the privately-owned temple Tamchoe Lahkhang perched on a ridge. More than anywhere, the capital city Thimpu is apt to get you a glimpse of quintessential Bhutan as it is an amalgam of Bhutanese people from all walks of life, which certainly has rendered the city to have prominent features that you cannot keep yourself from admiring. Trashi Chho Dzong, Changangkha Lhakhang, Weekend Market, Tango Goemba, National Memorial Chorten, Motinthang Takin Preserve, Dechen Phodrang, National Library of Bhutan and National Institute for Zoning Chusum are some of the unmissable attractions of Thimpu.
Likewise, Punakha is rich with dzong, Chorten, Lhakhang, river, suspension bridge, pass, national park, and many more.

Day 1: Arrival in Paro & drive to Thimphu
Day 2: Visit Thimphu
Day 3: Drive Thimphu to Punakha
Day 4: Drive Punakha to Paro
Day 5: Visit Taktsang Monastery
Day 6: Departure

Day 1: Arrive in Paro and drive to Thimphu (approximately 1 ½ hours): You will be met by our representatives who will greet you in traditional fashion and then escort you to your private vehicle to begin the journey to Thimphu. The drive is 56km and takes approximately 1 ½ hours through beautiful countryside and spectacular monasteries. En route you may visit Tamchoe Lhakhang, a privately owned temple, where you can admire and cross one of the loveliest suspension bridges in Bhutan. The afternoon is free for cultural touring in Thimphu including visits to the National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and National Institute of Zorig Chusum or “Painting School.”
Overnight: Hotel

Day 2: Thimphu: Enjoy a full day sightseeing in Thimphu with a visit to the Weekend Market and/or an optional hike to a remote monastery.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3: Drive Thimphu to Punakha (approximately 3 hours): Leave Thimphu after an early breakfast for Punakha. En route visit Dochu La Pass and the 108 Dochu La Chortens with the option of a 4-hour high elevation return hike to the remote Lungchuzekha Goemba and, if you like, a stop at the Botanical Gardens. The remainder of the day is free for activities as you choose.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4: Drive Punakha to Paro (approximately 4 ½ hours): The morning is free to visit the Punakha Dzong which is often considered one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan. Originally built by the first Shabdrung in 1637, it lies between 2 rivers and is now the winter residence of the Monk Body and its Chief Abbot. After seeing inside the Dzong, take your time exploring the neighboring grounds and walk across the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. Later enjoy a 20 minute gentle walk through rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang. Also known as the Divine Madman’s, people now visit to receive blessings for fertility from his wooden phallus. Afternoon return to Paro.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 5: Visit Taktsang monastery: After breakfast at your hotel, hike to Taktsang Monastery or “Tiger’s Nest” (approximately 4 hours roundtrip). The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 3,000 feet and overlooks the Paro valley. It is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites in the Himalayan world and houses 13 holy places. If you aren’t up for hiking, ponies are available to take you as far as the teahouse which offers amazing views of the temple. Spend the afternoon seeing other highlights of Paro as time permits or explore the town on foot.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 6:  Departure: wake up early for breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Your guide and driver will bid you farewell after assuring all flight formalities are complete.

Cost Includes

  • Bhutan Royalties, Tourist Visa & TDF Fees
  •  Accommodation in Twin Sharing basis at tourist standard Hotels
  •  All Meals in Bhutan (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • All Transfers (Private vehicle) & Sightseeing with Entrance Fees
  • English Speaking Local Tour Guide
  • Bottled Water in Vehicle


cost Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Travel / Medical Insurance – recommended
  • Use of Bar & Beverages in the Hotels / restaurants
  • Tips & Gratuities to the Guides & Drivers
  • All Personal Gears
  • Personal Expenses such as phone / internet / laundry etc.

Luggage

  • Travel Pack / Suit case
  • Day pack

Clothing

  • Lightweight, low maintenance and versatile clothing
  • Shirt/t-shirt(s)
  • Convertible travel trousers
  • Lightweight fleece
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable shoes/boots
  • Sandals
  • Hat (sun/warm hat)
  • Warm clothes / Jackets / trousers (If travelling in early Spring / Autumn / Winter)

Accessories

  • wallet
  • Luggage locks
  • Head light (torch)
  • Wash bag
  • Travel towel
  • All purpose travel soap
  • Small repair kit (needle and thread)
  • First aid kit
  • Accessory bags
  • Guide book
  • Electrical adaptor
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream

Document

  • Valid passport
  • Print out of Airline tickets
  • Contact detail of Embassy / Tour agency
  • Travel insurance

Average Temperature of Bhutan in different cities

Paro :

Mths Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. 9.4 13.4 14.5 17.6 23.5 25.4 26.8 25.3 23.4 18.7 13.9 11.2
Min. -5.8 1.5 0.6 4.6 10.6 13.1 14.9 14.7 11.7 7.4 1.4 -1.7

Thimphu :

Mths Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. 12.3 14.4 16.4 20.0 22.5 24.4 18.9 25.0 23.1 21.9 17.9 14.5
Min. -2.6 0.6 3.9 7.1 13.1 15.2 13.4 15.8 15.0 10.4 5.0 -1.1

Punakha :

Mths Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. 16.1 19.6 21.2 24.4 27.2 31.2 32.0 31.4 29.9 27.8 22.3 15.0
Min. 4.2 5.3 9.2 11.9 14.8 19.5 21.6 19.8 20.0 18.9 13.0 7.9

Bhumthang :

Mths Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. 10.8 10.0 16.2 18.7 21.3 22.5 14.1 23.0 21.6 19.5 16.1 12.3
Min. -5.1 -1.4 3.5 3.9 9.5 13.5 10.9 13.7 12.1 5.9 -0.5 -2.3

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