On our 'Bhutan Short Tour', we will be visiting popular Bhutanese landmarks in Paro and Thimphu. In Paro we visit Rinpung Dzong, national museum and Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest Bhutanese temple before hiking to the extraordinary Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery the next day. In Thimphu we tour some of its popular landmarks including the Memorial Chorten, nunnery Temple, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum and others. By the end of our 4-day short tour in Bhutan we will have been acquainted with the country's rich culture and landscape.
Route maps are just representation of the trekking routes. This does not represent the exact geographical conditions.Click here for Bhutan Short Tour route map
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m / 7,382ft)
As our flight nears Bhutan, we can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will take us to our hotel. Today, we will visit Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1646 and now houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag. We will also visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and Drugyal Dzong, built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. Overnight in Paro.
Day 02: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour, hike to Taktsang Monastery
After breakfast, we hike for 4 -5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor. This afternoon, we will drive to Thimphu, and spend the night.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Thimphu
In the morning, we visit Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), nunnery temple, mini zoo to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Today, we also visit other landmarks of Thimphu including the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, the majestic Tashichho Dzong and the traditional paper factory. However, some of the landmarks are closed in the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Therefore, if we are in Thimphu during the weekends, we explore the Weekend Market instead. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 04: Final Departure
Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. After early breakfast, we leave Thimpu for Paro airport which will take us around 1 hour. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, we will be taken to the airport in the morning for final departure.
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Included in the Cost
Bhutanese visa fee
Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
Government approved A and B category hotels on twin- shared basis
All meals, tea and snacks
Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties
Not Included in the Cost
Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
Tips for staff (guide and driver)
Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time booking, A grade hotels will be provided in this trip. We use Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro and Hotel Migmar in Thimphu. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost USD 210.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included during your stay in Bhutan. A variety of meals are available in most hotels the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and in season.
Best Time to Travel
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September and October) are the best time to visit Bhutan. The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms whereas Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring. Bhutan can also be visited during summer and winter if one wishes to avoid crowd. However, the summers are wet and winters are cold which might not sit well with everybody.
Equipments & Packing List
The packing list has been created with the objective of getting maximum comfort with minimum possible weight. Please bring only what is necessary, as this will be helpful to you and the field staff.
Luggage Weight Restrictions
Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8".
Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
Copy of the first page of your passport
Visa approval for Bhutan (to be brought with you)
Packing List for Cultural /City Tours
2 pairs of lightweight long pants
2 pairs of dress pants / dresses for evening
2 pairs of shorts
4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting dzongs, temples and monasteries).
Warm jackets (if trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
1 sweater or light weight jacket
1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
Sunglasses, prescription glasses
1 visor/sun hat
Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
Essential drugs such as diarrhea, headache pills and also pills for cold and cough
Anti bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)
Trip Start Dates
We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date.
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