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Bhutan Family Vacation


Overview

Bhutan is an ideal place for family vacation. There are lots of things you can do with your family in Bhutan. You can explore ancient monasteries & Dzongs, be a part of colorful local festivals, go for a picnic on the hill top or by the river, venture into the flavors and scents of the wild forest, hike to meet monks on hilltop monasteries, visit small villages, hang out with locals, try your hands on local dishes, rest by a bonfire to drift away to the soothing melody of folklore music, hoist prayer flags or soak in traditional hot stone bath and relax. You can also choose to go for happiness tree plantation and leave your carbon footprint.

Package Details :

Duration : 5 Nights / 6 Days .

Destination Covered : Thimphu- Dochu La- Punakha- Paro .

Day 01: Arrive at Paro- Drive to Thimphu (55kms/1.5hours)

Experience the breathtaking views of the high Himalayan peaks as you fly into Paro valley (2,200 meters) where you can get the first glimpse of this magical country. After the visa formalities at Paro airport, meet your personal guide and driver.

Discover the mountains speckled with sacred temples and monasteries as you drive from Paro to Thimphu.

  • On the way stop at Tachhog Lhakhang (the Iron Chain Bridge), a temple located across the famous iron chain bridge built over the meandering Pa Chhu (Paro River). Devour yourself to the invigorating ambience of the medieval surrounding of the place. The cool-sweeping breeze and bright colored prayer flags is a feast to the eye.

 

  • Upon arriving Thimphu (2,300 meters), check in your hotel and freshen up before visiting the exquisite massive structure of Thimphu Tashichoe Dzong- a master piece of Bhutanese architecture.
  • Visit the local archery ground where the locals celebrate the national sport with dance and song with every hit.
  • Take a stroll in evening around Thimphu town and absorb the magical atmosphere of the capital city while capturing the sight of the contemporary Bhutanese life.

Overnight at hotel in Thimphu

Day 02: Explore Thimphu Valley

Explore Thimphu- the capital of Bhutan

  • Buddha Dordenma 

Capture the vibrant Buddha Dordema statue in the early morning sunrise. Apart from the serenity of the place the view of the Thimphu city from this mountain is gorgeous. 

 

  • National Memorial Chorten

Visit the Memorial Chorten, one of the most prominent landmarks in Thimphu. People from all walks of life gather to this white washed stupa to circumambulate throughout the day. Catch a glimpse, from elderly citizens reciting mantras and chanting prayers in deep devotion to school going children making rounds dressed up in their uniforms.  The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

 

  • Wangditse Hike (1.5 hours hike)

Venture through the flavors and scents of thick pine forest along the side of Thimphu valley leading to the glorious Wangditse temple. It is one and half hour - easy hike crossing local apple farms and houses which could be exciting for the kids. The trail further takes into trees of oak, pine, and rhododendron which accompany you throughout the hike while occasionally opening to the view of the Buddha Dordenma statue, Tashichoe Dzong and Thimphu valley.

 

From Wangditse Temple you have the option to hike back the same way and drive to Dechenphodrang Monastery or hike down to Dechenphodrang Monastery where you can meet young monks undergoing their monastic schooling. You can interact with the monks and witness their day to day life.

 

  • Visit ABC, the Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar which is a perfect place to buy authentic Bhutanese souvenirs to take back home.

Overnight at hotel in Thimphu

Day 03: Thimphu- Punakha via Dochu La- (71kms/3hours)

After a hearty meal start your journey to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan.

  • On the way break at Dochu La- Pass at 3,100 meters above the sea level. Sip a cup hot coffee at the Dochu La cafeteria while enjoying the mesmerizing panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. If  skies are  clear, the  high  Himalayan  peaks towards the north east  will  be  revealed  in all  their  glory. Take in the 108 stupas beautifully adorned on the pass with the blue sky back drop.

Continue to the golden valley of Punakha at an elevation of 1,200 meters, you will observe the change in vegetation from semi alpine to temperate.

 

  • On arriving Punakha; walk along the path through the traditional houses of Sopsokha village amidst agricultural field of rice and mustard, leading to a hillock where the temple of the Divine Mad monk is located.
  • Feast your eyes to the intricate wood carving and sculptors of Punakha Dzong

Overnight at hotel in Punakha

Day 04: Punakha- Paro (124kms/4hours)

Take a scenic drive from Punakha to Paro.

  • On the way stop at Dochu La we can explore Royal Botanical garden, Lamperi before reaching Punakha.  It is a breath taking 125 acres’ botanical garden with 46 species of rhododendron flower. You can choose to boat here. The best time to visit this place will be between April and June. The park also has trekking routes, walk around the Baritsho Lake, tree house and camping space for visitors. The annual rhododendron festival is held here.
  • After checking in your hotel you can take a stroll through Paro town, a street of typical Bhutanese traditional buildings.
  • The rest of the evening is at leisure to unwind and absorb the beauty of this isolated kingdom.

    Overnight at hotel in Paro

Day 05: Hike to the Legendary Tigers Nest Monastery (4-6 hours hike)

Get your energy up at breakfast this morning for a hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Hike up to Tiger’s Nest - one of Bhutan’s most revered pilgrim sites. Experience the overwhelming monastery perched on a cliff at 3,120 meters above the sea level and 900 meters above Paro valley.

Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang acquires its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th Century Guru Rinpoche, widely revered as the second Buddha, arrived from Tibet flying across the mountains on the back of a tigress and meditated here for three months. He blessed and preached tantric Buddhism in Bhutan.

  • Visit Kichu Temple, one of the oldest temple build in 7th century by Emperor Songtsen Gampo of Tibet in his mission to built 108 temples in a day through his miraculous power over the Himalayan ranges in order to suppress a giant ogress and to spread the Buddha Dharma.

Overnight at hotel in Paro

Day 06: Departure

Our team will drop you to the airport and bid you farewell.

Read Customer Reviews

5.0 / 3 Reviews

Christopher Liem
Indonesia

A Fantastic Experience

The entire trip was organized flawlessly. The organizers were flexible and arranged a moderate trek for my 50 year old parents. We experienced local Bhutanese food and indulged in the local culture. Namgay was very experienced and friendly, and was a delight to have around. 10/10 would definitely come back someday.

 


Preeti
India

Best Trip ever

I visited Bhutan on August with my big family.
Our age ranged from 5 years to 72 years. The way our guide Namgay attended to this variance of age was impressive.
From the time I started corresponding with Mrs. Geeta till Mr. Namgay saw us off, everything went smooth.
The highlight of the tour was Buddha Statue, Dochula Pass, Khamsum Yulley hike, Tiger Nest hike ,Ludron Park, Punakha Dzong & Dzongdrakha.
The hotel provided was clean and neat. The vehicle was very comfortable and well maintained.
The only hiccup that we experienced was occasional rain but luckily we were not affected so much.
We highly recommend Bhutan Inbound Tour


Jennifer Tang Mee Yen
Kajang, Malaysia

Best service I have ever experienced

Our group of 6 gets guides and 1 driver because my mum had stroke and couldn't do difficult hiking. Bhutan Best Inbound Tour sent 1 extra guide just to take care of my mum. That was so thoughtful. When we do hiking, Wangchuk (the guide)would accompany mum around nearby. When one of us hurt our foot and felt dizzy during the hike to The Tiger's Nest, both guides actually took turn to piggy back. The boss and his wife, they had dinner with us and gave us welcome gifts and prayer flags. Then when I requested to make mini stupa to place them at the mountain, Wangchuk actually brought his mould from home and even got us the relics with prayers from monk plus digging the sand to help us make the mini stupa. Whatever that we ask, it is never too much or impossible for them. They fulfill all our requests with great enthusiasm and genuine warmth. Wangchuk held my mum's hand and walked with her every step of the way. Car is new. Driver is careful. Guide is informative and friendly.
Truly remarkable service. I highly recommend this travel agency.