9 Days Bhutan Dragon Tour

"explore one and only Himalayan kingdom in the country of thundering dragon"
Good to Know
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max. Altitude 3080 m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Paro, Bhutan
  • Trip Ends Paro, Bhutan
  • Group Style Private and Group
  • Activities Tours and Hiking
  • Best Season September- June

Highlights

  • Visit Bhutan one and only kingdom around the whole Himalaya of unique culture
  • Explore the country’s best scenic and historical places at places of great wonders
  • Tour of Gangtey where rare and endangered black-necked cranes are spotted
  • Enjoy the drive to Punakha and the religious and historical importance of Chimi Lhakhang
  • Hike to high hills at Bhutan’s famous landmark Taking Monastery ‘Tigers Nest

Trip Introduction: 9 Days Bhutan Dragon Tour

Bhutan Dragon Tour is an exciting country to visit, a small country tucked in between India (west/east) and Tibet / China towards the north, with small parts of Bangladesh towards South East.

Bhutan Dragon Tour takes you to the one and only kingdom around the whole Himalaya region, where the country has been ruled by a royal monarch for hundreds of centuries to this day.

An amazing country located on the lap of Far Eastern Himalaya with unique and fascinating cultures to observe in the land of Thundering Dragon where the Bhutan Dragon Tour begins and ends after enjoying a fabulous journey within its beautiful country from farmland to the semi-modern city of Thimphu capital of Bhutan with impressive places for visit.

Our wonderful Bhutan Dragon Tour leads you around the best and most exciting places that this Himalayan kingdom has to offer, covering much of the country's best scenic and cultural sites within eight to nine days.

Tour of moderate grade starts with a sweeping scenic flight on national carrier  ‘Druk Airlines’ with an excellent panorama of the high Himalayan mountains range bringing you to Paro Bhutan’s only international airport.

Where our native Bhutanese guide will receive you to show you the wonders and best areas of Bhutan with an enjoyable and pleasant time in Bhutan, beginning with a tour of Thimphu and its interesting places.

Enjoy time in Thimphu visiting the country’s memorial stupas, and indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced, and tour Bhutan’s traditional painting school.

From Thimphu tour continues with a drive to Gangtey to observe the rare and endangered black neck crane (depending upon the right time of the season) within its green scenic valley surrounded by beautiful coniferous woodland.

Bhutan Dragon Tour extends towards Punakha with an enjoyable visit to Chimi Lhakhang an important temple of fertility associated with the religious art of phallus and then another marvelous tour of Paro at places of great interest.

At Paro tour takes you to a number of interesting sites including the famous landmark of Bhutan the Taking Monastery famously known as The Tiger’s Nest perched on a high hill within an overhanging cave.

The top of Taking Monastery hill offers a spectacular panorama of Bhutan's beautiful landscapes with rolling green hills dotted with farm villages including high snow-capped mountain views in the far north.

After a tour of all the impressive sites that the country has to offer on this short week tour where our fabulous and marvelous journey concludes with a grand glorious and memorable time on the Bhutan Dragon Tour.

Important Note

  • 9 Days Bhutan Dragon Tour departure every day of the year.
  • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us.
  • This trip is available on both a Fixed Departure and a Private Group Basis.
  • This trip can be booked privately if you’re traveling solo or privately or with family.
  • Have a big group? We can help as per your needs.
  • We can help you make it fit your budget.
  • We accept the instant booking and online payment.

Best Seasons for Bhutan Dragon Tour:

Bhutan Dragon Tour's best time from March to May with September to early November months, March to May during spring with longer sunlight hours where most days are clear from morning till late afternoon can get cloudy sometimes with a chance of snow around higher elevation cold in the morning and night time.

September to November during autumn/fall days are crystal clear from morning till mid-afternoon, but days are shorter with sunlight hours, much cold with freezing temperatures in the morning and night as well in shades.

Climate and Weather:

Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May the best time during spring times when days are longer with enough sunlight hours.

Morning and night in the shade can also be cold and much freezing temperatures around high hills.

Other best months are during September to November great times for tours when most days are clear for views, although much colder months of the autumn season with extreme cold during morning and night time, where sunlight is much shorter.

Itinerary
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Bhutan Dragon Tour is provided with standard Itinerary days where someday the tour can be shorter or longer, and designated overnight stops provides you with all meals while on tour in Bhutan.

We will follow the itinerary if its needs to be changed in case of bad weather and local political and government rules, our leader and guides decide to hold full authority for Trekking Planner.

    Bhutan Dragon Tour starts with scenic flight from respective countries and cities to reach Paro Bhutan international airport.

    From whatever airport you fly where one can enjoy views of world’s highest mountains range with Mount Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga, on reaching at Paro Airport in Bhutan, received by our Bhutanese guide for short exciting drive through lovely countryside dotted with farm villages of typical Buddhist cultured villages.

    On reaching Thimphu transfer to your respective hotels, a modern city of Bhutan the one and only city in this world without traffic lights, all the traffic controlled by traffic police with a whistle.

    Afternoon take an exploratory walk around Paro main street visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom, dating back to 7th Century, overnight at the hotel in Paro.

      Morning after breakfast our local Bhutanese guide will take you around Thimphu memorial stupas, indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced and traditional painting school.

      Tour includes traditional Hand Made Paper Mill, School of Arts and Crafts where students learns 13 different ways of arts used predominantly in Bhutan.

      Here visit Folk Heritage Museum, National Library and Traditional Institute of Medicine. Drive to the Zilukha nunnery where you can interact with nuns.

      Tour extends to Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple of valley with short scenic drive to large and recently built Buddha statue, with wonderful view of entire Thimphu valley, after an interesting tour return back to hotel with afternoon free for individual activities.

        After a pleasant overnight stops in Thimphu, morning an interesting drive to Gangtey, leading to Bhutan beautiful countryside around green hills with scenery of beautiful landscapes dotted with farms and villages as drive ends at Gangtey then check in a nice farm house for overnight stop.

        Afternoon walk around the village of great cultural interest and observe great flock of black necked cranes that resides around the great green valley of Gangtey and Gogona.

          Today a long drive of 5-6 hours to reach at Punakha via Thimphu a wonderful journey to reach at Punakha as drive takes you over Dochu-la pass at 3,200 m, overlooking beautiful views of Bhutan’s highest mountains Jumolhari with other range of peaks.

          During drive short visit to 108 stupas and then continue drive to warm sub-tropical valley around Punakha, on arrival a short hike to the temple of Chimi Lakhang, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus.

            Morning short hike of less than two hours to reach Tashigang Hongtso Monastery, located on outskirt of beautiful forest offers grand views of Hongtso, Tashigang villages, with time here to explore its old buildings where Buddhist pilgrims practice meditation in peaceful environment.

            After a lovely day head back to Punakha Valley, around and visit Mo Chhu and the Po Chhu (Mother and Father River), arriving at the lodge with short interesting walk to Royal Botanical garden.

              Today a long but interesting drive back to Paro with scenic views of countryside after a nice morning tour of Punakha, as drive take you back at Paro with few stops visit of 1927-29 AD Dzong or fort built by King Shabdung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified the Kingdom of Bhutan. After a pleasant drive and interesting tour reaching at Paro, with time for short visit of Paro Fort ‘Simtokh Dzong’.

                Morning after breakfast, short drive with an hour climb to Bhutan’s most famous landmark to reach old Taksang Monastery famously called “Tiger's Nest”.

                A nice spot where Buddhist monks and high priests occasionally visits for retreats and meditation, the monastery perched inside of overhanging rock cliff rewards you great views of Paro town with distance peaks.

                After an enjoyable morning and mid-day descend to the bottom of the hills with short drive to your hotel with afternoon free for leisure walks around the market and street of Paro.

                  Morning short drive towards 17th Century Ta-Dzong, later converted as the National Museum in 1967, afternoon drive to Chele La Pass at above 3,440 m for grand views of Himalayan peaks and on route visit old Kila Gompa/ monastery of great religious interest, one of the oldest monuments of Bhutan.

                  From here drive back to your hotel with leisure afternoon walks around Paro shops and its colorful markets.

                    Last day in the land of thundering dragon, where our guide takes you for short drive and then bidding farewell to our native Bhutanese guide and drivers, then enter the airport terminal for flight to your respective port of call, that takes you to your next holiday destination or homeward bound.

                    Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

                    Inclusions
                    What's Included
                    • All airport pick up drop by private vehicle
                    • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner] with tea and coffee
                    • Twin/double shearing accommodation in 3 star hotel
                    • Guided sightseeing tours private vehicle and all necessary entrance fees
                    • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
                    • Bhutan Entry visa fees
                    • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant
                    • First add kid box
                    • Trekking Planner’s T-shirt, cap, duffel bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
                    • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
                    • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary
                    What's Excluded
                    •  All the International air fare to and from Paro, Bhutan (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
                    •  Single room supplementary
                    •  Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation
                    •  Your personal expenses such as (laundry, phone calls, bar and beverage bill, water, etc)
                    •  The tips to the trekking crews and drive
                    Essential Info

                    WHAT TO BRING DURING THE TOUR/TREKKING IN BHUTAN

                    • Warm Jackets with waterproof or raincoats
                    • Hiking shorts (for men) or a skirt
                    • Winter clothes
                    • Hiking/trekking boots
                    • Socks for hiking boots Sunscreen for lips and face
                    • Sunglasses
                    • Sneakers
                    • Long and short T-shirts or cotton shirts
                    • Sun Hats
                    • Walking Sticks
                    • Backpack or Suitcase

                    DRES'S CODE FOR VISITING FORTRESSES, MONASTERIES, AND TEMPLES IN BHUTAN

                    • Shirt (either half or full sleeve)
                    • Full pants/long skirts
                    • Any type of shoes with socks
                    • No Hats, No Umbrella, No Slippers, No t-shirts, No short skirts, and No half-pants
                    • Photographs are allowed in the courtyard only.
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