The Classic Family Tour lets you see the nation with different and vibrant eyes; you will experience the vivid culture of the localities while moving with them. This tour covers the major places of attraction in Bhutan: Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha & Gangtey. Starting from Paro, known for the various religious sites including the famous Tiger’s Nest, the tour proceeds to ‘U’ shaped- Gangtey valley via Thimphu, where you can soak yourself in its scenic grandeur.
You can take hikes through the forest, try out a traditional hot stone bath with the game of Archery, eat a lunch by river side, meet the local families & have farm dinner surrounded by hills and its latticed pattern. Try a white water rafting or meet a monk at the hilltop. All these experiences will definitely give you the feel of Bhutan.
Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days .
Destination Covered : Thimphu- Dochu La- Phobjikha- Punakha- Paro .
Fly into the captivating view of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. On landing at the Paro International Airport, you will be welcomed by your private guide with a customary Tashi Khaddar, a white scarf of auspiciousness, and transferred to Thimphu.
On your way to Thimphu, stop at invigorating Tachog Lhakhang located across the Paro River in a medieval setup.
On arriving in Thimphu, visit the vibrant Buddha Dordenma statue at Kuenselphodrang and get an aerial view of the largest town of Bhutan. Discover the historic Tashichho Dzong and explore its exquisite architecture. Later explore the only city in the world without a single traffic light before returning to your hotel.
Duration of Drive: 1.5 hours (54Km)
Overnight: Hotel, Thimphu
Dive to the Northern end of Thimphu valley passing through the countryside of Begana village before reaching the bridge at Dodena. After crossing the crystalline river on the oldest wooden cantilever bridge of Bhutan, enjoy your hike through the off-beaten tracks leading to the tranquil surrounding of the hilltop Cheri monastery where monks and wildlife mingle freely.
Later visit the Buddhist college of Bhutanese astrology at Pangrizampa and the next door Tara Lhaden Zhingkham in a serene setting.
Duration of Drive: 30 hours (17Km)
Overnight: Hotel, Thimphu
Start your journey to the secluded and beautiful glacial valley of Phobjikha by making stops at the Dochu La Mountain Pass marked by 108 Buddhist shrines from where you can also see the snowcapped mountains peaks on a clear day.
Continuing the journey:
Walk through the rice paddy fields of traditional Sopsokha village leading to Chimi Lhakhang located on a hillock. Discover paintings of phallus on the walls of the houses and discover interesting stories and legends of the Crazy wisdom of the divine mad monk before continuing to Phobjikha.
Upon arriving Phobjikha valley take in the tranquil atmosphere of one of the most beautiful valleys of Bhutan and winter place for the majestic Black necked cranes.
Later soak yourself in the traditional hot stone bath which has healing properties.
Drive Duration: 5-6 hours (130Km)
Overnight: Hotel in Phobjikha
Visit Gangtey monastery in the morning light before venturing into one of the most beautiful nature trail hikes of Bhutan from where you can get an impressive view of the Phobjikha valley.
Journey to the golden Punakha valley: A short drive through the valley floor past the local market at Minsena will lead you to the Palace of Great Bliss or Punakha Dzong. Feast your eyes to the intricate carvings and sculptors of the Dzong; capture the impressive architecture of this historic Dzong strategically located between two rivers; Pho Chhu (Male River) & Mo Chhu (Female River).
Take a walk on the 160 meters Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge located close to Punakha Dzong, stretched over the wide beds of Pho Chhu (Male River) this is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge leading to a beautiful traditional village on the other side. It is a refreshing walk with the strong breeze fluttering the colorful prayer flags and offering 360 degree view from the bridge is stunning.
Drive Duration: 3-4 hours (75Km)
Overnight: Hotel in Punakha
Explore Punakha, the winter place of the central monk body.
Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten:
After a healthy breakfast, start the day by taking a drive along with the Mo Chu (Female River) to Nyizergang in the North. A walk through the verdant rice field leads you to the most elaborately built Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten; a fascinating temple built by the Queen Mother. The fresh glacial river and lush valley amid soaring mountains is a spectacular view to capture.
Explore the thriving Sangchen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery and participate in an intense butter lamp offering ceremony
Overnight: Hotel in Punakha
On arriving in Paro, take a leisure hike to the ancient Zuri Dzong. The trail offers an enchanting view of the verdant Paro valley, Paro Dzong, and the Ta Dzong.
At Paro try your taste pallets to the different flavors of Bhutanese beer at Namgay Artisinal Brewery.
Hike Duration: 4 hours
Overnight: Hotel in Paro
We have saved the best for last. Get your energy up at breakfast today as we will be hiking to the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery resting at the sheer edge of the cliff, 900 meters above the valley floor. The monastery is at an elevation of 3,120 meters above the sea level and is an overwhelming sight to capture.
Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest acquires its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche, widely revered as the second Buddha in Bhutan, arrived from Tibet flying across the mountains on the back of a tigress and meditated here for three months and blessed and preached tantric Buddhism.
Visit the ancient Kichu temple and discover the stories connected to its construction in the 7th century before calling of the day.
Hike Duration: 4-6 Hours
Overnight: Hotel in Paro
Our team will drop you at the airport and bid you farewell
5.0 / 3 Reviews
Trip to Bhutan was a mesmerizing experience for me and my family. I have visited places like Paro, Phunaka, Thimpu where we have seen many monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes.
Taktsang Monastery and Tiger Nest were most attractive to see. Bhutan in-bound team was thoroughly helpful for every instance that we had.
The whole Bhutan trip was organized by my wife and I must say that she did a perfect job in finding Bhutan Best Inbound Tour in carrying out our tour. We couldn't have asked for anything better.
Our guide ( Mr. Phurba) was amazing with keen attention to all our needs and carried a very positive vibes with smile. Our driver Mr. Pema was an expert on the mountainous roads.
We had an amazing 7 nights 8 days stay and covered the following places:
Thimphu- Punakha- Gangtey and Paro.
My own personal favorite is Gangtey valley and during our time of visit we could even witness the giant majestic bird popularly called as Black Necked Crane. The place looks magical like God realm; scenic & soul nourishing. However, I need to mention that in case you are planning to visit Gangtey bring tons of clothes, it is very cold as we were there in winter. Luckily we were well prepared as Mr. Thinley had properly briefed us on dos and don'ts while visiting Bhutan.
It was also nice meeting Thinley and his wife briefly over a coffee in Thimphu.
The company really knows how to prioritize the guest and their needs.
They definitely deserve unreserved 5-star. Highly recommended.
We could not have expected a better experience with this company. We spent 9 days in Bhutan and wished for more when our tour ended. We made our travel plans for a one month trip to Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan with only a month before departure from home. Thinly, the owner, was prompt in correspondences with us and necessary travel documents were all in order. Another company put pressure on us to choose them right away because of the short window to get travel permits- Thinley did not and we appreciated his straight-forward and supportive approach. We selected the standard $250 per day rate which the minimum rate for foreigners during high season and includes 3-star lodgings. Unless you have a need for absolute luxury when you travel, we think opting for 4 or 5 star hotels would be an absolute waste of money. Our lodgings ranged from hotels to homes and all were quite good, some outstanding.
Our young guide Dorji was all we could have asked for in a guide. Friendly, professional, exceedingly kind and patient (when it took me quite awhile to go up and down to Tiger’s Nest), knowledgeable and easily answered all of our questions. He even arranged a surprise birthday cake for my husband- his idea. He and our happy driver, Choki, were a great team.
The owners, a married couple, met us at our hotel in Thimphu which we enjoyed very much. These kind of experiences really do enrich travel and we appreciated the effort to engage with us. We had a friendly and informative visit with them and they presented us each with a gho and kira which was a lovely surprise.
Communications with everyone we met from this company were excellent- before and during our trip.We recommend Bhutan Best Inbound Tour without hesitation and would happily use them again.