7-Day Journey to Druk Yul

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Tour Period: 7 Days

tour highlights

  • View ancient Buddhist manuscripts in Thimphu
  • Explore the stunning Punakha valley
  • Journey to one of the country's most sacred monasteries
  • Visit the incredible winter homes of the Royal family
  • Catch a glimpse of rare animal and plant species

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Embark on a journey to Drukyul, “The Land of the Thunder Dragon”, and witness breathtaking landscapes, dotted with ancient temples, historic sites and remote towns and villages. Throughout the week, we’ll delve into Bhutan’s remarkable culture, rich with traditions and customs, through visits to some of the country’s icons like the National Library, the National Museum and the Textile Museum. We’ll spend some time in Punakha, the old capital, and take a drive through its picturesque valley where you’ll observe the fertile farmland and follow the serene Mo Chu river. Finally, our visit to one of the most sacred monasteries, the Takstang Goemba, will offer you unparalleled views of the Himalayan scenery and further your insight into the Buddhist traditions at the core of Bhutanese life.

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and Mt.Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. You will be received by the representative of Diethelm Travel Bhutan and escorted to your hotel.
Visit Drukgyel Dzong with its delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan. Historically and strategically this dzong has withstood all its glory and had captured western eyes in 1914 in National Geographic magazine. The glory of Drukgyel Dzong remained even when it was destroyed by fire in 1951. Overnight in Paro.
Transfer to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. The National Folk Heritage Museum, to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life. Drive to Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal, the Takin. Drive further up to BBS tower to get a good view of Thimphu valley. Evening: Visit Tashichhodzong, whose history dates back to the 13th century, wherein houses his Majesty's Throne Room and is the summer home to the Monastic Body.
Visit the Bhutan Post known for its world famous stamps. Visit the Textile Museum to get an understanding of the beautiful hand woven Bhutanese textiles.Drive to Punakha. An hour's drive from Thimphu will take you to this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day.Visit the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo for the security and well being of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. Walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the divine Madman Lama Drukpa Kuenley where couples unable to have siblings come here to pray.
The day in Punakha valley begins with a drive through the town of Khuruthang and continues along the banks of the Mo Chu river, passing the Phuntsho Pelri Palace and several other winter homes of the Royal Family. At the upper end of the valley, a hike across a footbridge through terraces of rice, chillies and cabbage, takes guests to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chhorten built by Her Majesty for peace and stability in the world. Drive back to Thimphu. Check into hotel. Free time to relax. Overnight in Thimphu.
Morning drive back to Paro. Check into hotel. Visit the National Museum and Zuri fort. Afternoon Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.
Hike upto view one of Bhutan's most revered monuments, the Taktsang goemba, more commonly referred to as the "Tiger's Nest". The three-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on the side of a cliff at a height of 900 m above the Paro valley.
In the 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: PBHDBDY3

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