12 Days Best of Bhutan

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Tour Period: 12 Days

tour highlights

  • Explore the remote valley town and village
  • Visit centers for medicine, traditional arts and handicrafts
  • Travel to a sacred monastery 3000ft above the valley
  • See where past kings were cremated
  • Admire the beauty of the burning lake in Ura

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Bhutan is a peaceful country nestled between the Himalayas, where Buddhism dominates, traditions prevail, and happiness is valued more than wealth. Its pristine landscape will be the backdrop to one of the most memorable 12 days of your life, while we explore Bhutan’s main towns and the more remote valley villages. You’ll learn about Bhutan’s customs and spiritual beliefs while visiting the National Museum and the Institute for Zorig Chusum, and visit fortresses and temples that are revered throughout the country. We’ll head to Bumthang, where you’ll see some of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, including Kurjey, where all the kings are cremated. You’ll also have some free time to explore the striking Wangdue district before heading back to Paro for a hike to the sacred Taktsang Monastery.

The representative of Diethelm Travel Bhutan will receive you at the airport and be your guide throughout your tour. Check into hotel. Visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. Visit the National Museum, which is a repository of not only precious work of art but also costumes, armor and other hand crafted objects of daily life that provide a good snapshot of the rich cultural traditions of the country. Overnight Paro.
Today visit Dungtse Lhakhang, that lies just out of town, across the river. Visit Drugyel Dzong now in ruins. It was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders led by Mongolian Warlord Gushri Khan. The glory of the Dzong still remains after it was destroyed by fire in 1951. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight in Paro.
Drive to Thimphu. On route visit Tachogang Temple. Check into hotel. Visit the Textile Museum to get an understanding of the beautiful hand woven Bhutanese textiles. Visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. Then move to the National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life. See the Institute for Zorig Chusum commonly known as the painting school. Visit the Traditional Medicine Institute. Drive to Kuensel Phodrang and walk to the Memorial Chorten built in the memorary of our Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
Morning visit Changangkha Temple. Drive to Punakha via the Dochula Pass(3140m). On a clear day some of the highest peaks in Bhutan can be seen from here. Visit Duk Wangyel Chorten built by the Queen Mother for the peace and stability of the country. Visit Chimi Lhakhang. This temple is believed to bless couples unable to have children. Many people from around the world visit this holy site to seek its blessing. Check into hotel. Overnight Punakha.
Visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, the second of Bhutan's dzongs. Hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. This chorten was built by the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangden Wangchuck in 1999 for the protection of the country. Visit Bhutan Souvenir Production Training Center (BSPTC). This center trains disadvantage girls to produce souvenir handicrafts. Overnight Punakha
Drive to Gangtey. On route visit Wangdue Dzong now in ruins. In Gangtey visit Khewang Lhakhang. Overnight Gangtey.
Enjoy Gangtey valley. Visit Gangtey Goemba and take a short walk down hill from Gangtey Goemba. Overnight Gangtey.
Drive to Bumtang. Check in Hotel. Visit Jakar Dzong, castle of the white bird. Visit Wangdichholing Palace built in 1857. Overnight Bumtang.
Today, visit URA Valley. On route visit the Mebar Tsho(burning lake). Drive back to Bumtang and if time permits, visit Jambay Lhakhang, Chaskar Lhakhang and Kurjey Lhakhang. Overnight Bumtang
Drive to Wangdue. Free time to relax. Overnight Wangdue.
Drive early to Paro. Hike to Taktsang Monastery(Tiger's Nest). Evening free time to relax.
Early morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.


  • Accommodation in shared-twin room
  • All meals; breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner at local restaurant
  • Private transfer and tours with local English speaking guide for whole duration as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Fees to temples and monuments as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Government Royalty Fee
  • FIT surcharge for 1 & 2 pax
  • Bhutanese visa fee


  • International airtickets to/ from Bhutan
  • Bottled water and drinks
  • Languages guide other than English speaking guide (it's subject to the supplement)
  • Cultural show
  • Horse ride to Taktsang
  • Hot stone water bath

Tour code: PBHDBBB3

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