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Serene Bhutan: Exploring Sacred Valleys and Ancient Fortresses


5 Nights / 6 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people




Embark on a journey through Bhutan’s mystical landscapes with “Serene Bhutan: Exploring Sacred Valleys and Ancient Fortresses.” This immersive tour begins in Paro, where you’ll discover the ancient treasures of Kichu Lhakhang and the historic Rinphung Dzong. Journey onward to Punakha, nestled amidst verdant valleys, and explore the majestic Punakha Dzong and the tranquil Khamsum Yuley temple. Continuing to Thimphu, Bhutan’s vibrant capital, delve into its cultural richness with visits to the Tashicho Dzong, Memorial Chorten, and the inspiring Giant Buddha statue. A highlight awaits in Paro with a hike to the iconic Taktsang Monastery, perched dramatically on a cliffside. Immerse yourself in Bhutanese spirituality and natural beauty, concluding with memories to cherish forever.


  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %
8 Discount on 9-person group 9 9 %
9 Discount on 10-person group 10 10 %


Day 1: Arrive Paro

Upon arrival at Paro airport, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Paro is a picturesque valley town with traditional Bhutanese architecture nestled amidst lush green hills. In the afternoon, visit the National Museum of Bhutan, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower), showcasing a rich collection of Bhutanese artifacts, relics, and religious thangkas. Explore Rinphung Dzong, a fortress-monastery overlooking Paro valley, known for its intricate architecture and vibrant Buddhist paintings. Visit the 7th century Kichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest temples believed to bless the valley and its inhabitants. Discover Dungtse Lhakhang, a unique temple with ancient murals depicting Buddhist legends and mythological tales. Take a leisurely stroll through Paro town, filled with handicraft shops, local markets, and traditional Bhutanese houses adorned with colorful paintings. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro – Punakha

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Dochula pass (3,050m), offering panoramic views of the eastern Himalayan peaks on a clear day. Pause here for tea amidst prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze. Descend through lush forests and terraced fields into the warmer Punakha and Wangdue valleys, known for their agricultural abundance and serene river landscapes. Visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, built at the confluence of the Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) rivers, an architectural marvel and former capital of Bhutan. Proceed to Khamsum Yuley temple on Nyinzergang hill, a peaceful spot offering sweeping views of the Punakha valley and surrounding paddy fields. Enjoy the tranquility of Punakha, surrounded by rice fields and orchards, with its idyllic countryside setting. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha (altitude: 1450m), experiencing the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality.

Day 3: Punakha - Thimphu

Begin the day with a visit to Richengang village, known for its clustered houses connected by intricate pathways, offering insights into rural Bhutanese life and architecture. Take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang, dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley, the ‘Divine Madman,’ known for his unorthodox teachings and humorous approach to enlightenment. Drive back via Dochula Pass to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city nestled in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2400m. Visit Tashicho Dzong, a grand fortress-monastery that houses the throne room of the King of Bhutan and administrative offices of the government. Pay homage to the giant Buddha statue on Kuensel Phodrang ridge, offering panoramic views of Thimphu valley and its surrounding mountains. Immerse yourself in Thimphu’s vibrant atmosphere, visiting the bustling Farmer’s market and observing a game of archery, Bhutan’s national sport, at Changlimithang ground. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu, exploring the heart of Bhutanese culture and modernity.

Day 4: Thimphu

After breakfast, embark on a full-day exploration of Thimphu, starting with a visit to the Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and honoring Bhutan’s third king. Visit the Takin Preserve to see Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin, a unique goat-antelope found only in the Eastern Himalayas. Explore Zilukha nunnery, a serene Buddhist convent overlooking Thimphu valley, where nuns practice meditation and religious studies. Enjoy a viewpoint offering panoramic vistas of Thimphu city and its surrounding hillsides. Visit the traditional Art school (painting school), where students learn Bhutanese arts and crafts, preserving the country’s rich cultural heritage. Explore the Indigenous Hospital, known for traditional Bhutanese medicine and holistic healing practices. Stroll through the lively Farmer’s market, experiencing local produce, handicrafts, and Bhutanese cuisine. Observe archery competitions, a cherished tradition and national sport, at Changlimithang ground. Enjoy an evening walk through Thimphu’s core city area, browsing for unique souvenirs and interacting with friendly locals. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu, experiencing the authentic charm of Bhutan’s capital city.

Day 5: Paro (Takstang Hike)

After an early breakfast, drive to Paro for a hike to Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest), perched dramatically on a cliff 900 meters above the Paro valley. The hike to Taktsang monastery is a spiritual journey and an architectural marvel, offering breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding mountains. Optionally, hire a pony for the uphill part of the hike, allowing you to conserve energy for the return journey. Explore the monastery complex, comprising temples and meditation caves where Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated. Return to Paro town in the afternoon, with time to stroll around and reflect on your Bhutanese adventure. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening, savoring Bhutanese delicacies and reminiscing about your journey. Overnight at your hotel in Paro, surrounded by serene mountain landscapes.

Day 6: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Paro airport for your departure flight, bidding farewell to the Land of the Thunder Dragon with cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for Bhutan’s rich culture and natural beauty.


  • Bhutan Government Royalty of US$ 65/person/night
  • FIT surcharges of US$40/person/night for a single traveler and US$30/person/night for a double
  • Twin sharing hotel rooms at 3 star hotels
  • All meals ( breakfast, lunch, dinner & light refreshments) with standard menu at 3 star hotels
  • English speaking tour guide service
  • All transfers and excursions by private vehicles
  • All entrance fees to museums and monuments
  • All internal taxes and fees
  • Mineral water during the day tour
  • Single room supplement of US$40/room/night during low season and US$ 50/room/night during high season (optional)
  • Bhutanese Tourist Visa fee of US$40/person (must be paid in advance with tour cost)
  • Airfares (optional)
  • Travel issurance (recommended)
  • 4 star and 5 star accommodations and meals (optional)
  • Other personal expenses like overseas calls, laundry,etc

Tour's Location


What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

4 Star hotels

Can travelers upgrade the accommodation to 5-star hotels?

Yes, travelers can upgrade the accommodation to 5-star hotels by paying the supplement. Please send inquiry for same from the booking page to get the price quote.


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