OMG Bhutan 7 Days & 6 Nights
We are the local travel agent in Bhutan specialized in Cultures, History and Sightseeing of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha & Gangtey.
Cultural & Sightseeing
7 Days & 6 Nights
Paro, Thimphu, Punakha & Gangtey
3 Star Hotels
DAY 1 | ARRIVAL | TRANSFER TO THIMPHU
DAY 2 | THIMPHU TOUR
DAY 3 | THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA
DAY 4 | PUNAKHA-GANGTEY | GANGTEY TOUR
DAY 5 | TRANSFER TO PARO | PARO TOUR
DAY 6 | PARO TOUR
DAY 7 | DEPART
- Lean Season, January, February, June, July, August & December
- Peak Season, March, April, May, September, October & November
- Secret discounts and offers available. Contact us for details.
- *** Does not includes Flight Tickets.
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A group with more than 16 PAX/Person, additional transportation will be arranged accordingly with no surcharges.
Flights to Paro are available from Bangkok, Singapore, Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi, and Kathmandu.
Druk Air & Bhutan Airlines are the only airlines operating in Bhutan.
Checkout the stunning landing on Paro International Airport.
The striking and harsh Himalayan landscape is home to some of the warmest people on Earth, whose Buddhist traditions remain very much central to daily life. As the world's last remaining Buddhist Kingdom, officials are cautious to limit tourism and its influence on the Bhutanese way of life in order to preserve the uniqueness of their cultural and natural heritage.
Isolated from the world until as recently as 1974, it is a place unlike any other. Television was first introduced to Bhutan in 1999, and there is still not a single traffic light to be found in the entire country. The Bhutanese are also intensely environmentally aware, and it is decreed by law that no less than 65% of the country's land surface must be covered by protected forest areas (unsurprisingly, it is the only country on earth that is a 'carbon sink', meaning that it absorbs more greenhouse gases than it emits).
But perhaps the clearest indication of Bhutan's singularity is the fact that instead of measuring the progress of the country in terms of Gross Domestic Product, the Bhutanese use Gross National Happiness, which takes into account more than mere economic factors to measure the success of the nation and the well-being of its people.
Just outside the Paro International Airport arrival gate, you will be received by one of our delightful tour guide and driver just outside the arrival hall.
- Professional English Speaking Cultural Guide
- Experienced Tourist Trained Driver.
- All transfers will be on private vehicle assigned exclusive for you.
Capital city of Bhutan.
At 7,333 feet above sea level, the first thing you will likely notice is the effect of the high altitudes, so we will give you time to acclimate as we take a short drive to Thimphu.
The drive will take 1-2 hours approximately.
The drive to Thimphu will be a wonderful Himalayan road experience with lots of curves and through the high mountains welcoming you to the Kingdom of Bhutan. You cal also witness traditional houses built on the hill side along the road.
On the way, your Guide will brief you about the entire Tour and give you an overview of Bhutan.
Stop for short break at Tachog/Tachogang Lhakhang, where the ancient Iron Bridge lies.
Tachogang means ‘temple of the hill of the excellent horse’. It is said that while Thangtong Gyalpo was meditating here, he had a vision of the spiritual horse Balaha-an emanation of Avalokiteshvara. He decided there upon to build a temple at this spot, in addition to one of his famous iron bridges later carried away by floods in 1969. A traditional style bridge with iron chains was restored in 2005. The temple is privately run by the descendants of Thangtong Gyalpo.
Get to taste your first Bhutanse Cuisine at Simply Bhutan Restaurant.
Bhutanese cuisine tends to be quite spicy, and almost always includes rice in one form or another. Ema Datshi, the national dish, is a mix of spicy chillies accompanied by a local cheese (datshi), and should not be missed. Momos, or Tibetan-style dumplings, as also highly recommended.
The food and drinks will be served on wooden bowls and plates in a traditional Bhutanese way.
The Restaurant is attached to the Simply Bhutan living Museum.
The super deluxe 3 stars hotel in Thimphu, Bhutan – “Peaceful Resort” is situated in Motithang, a km from the main town. This hotel is the latest addition to the Bhutan's Hotels & Resorts list of treasures.
Peaceful Resort aspires to offer individual guests an experience of being surrounded by nature, blending it with lavish luxury in the abode of the Gods. Bhutan Peaceful Resort is built on the contemporary theme and yet has a unique blend of Bhutanese architecture and modern amenities. The hotel has 4.1 stars rating on TripAdvisor with 200+ reviews.
Thimphu may seem like a relatively small city, but it packs a punch in terms of nightlife. From casual bars to rowdy nightclubs, there is a whole spectrum of venues and vibes to be found, often featuring live music, DJ sets and plenty of good times.
After breakfast, we will begin to unlock the mysteries of Bhutan by touring Thimphu’s most important sites.
It holds one of the largest Buddha’s statue in the country of 169 feet (51.5m), made of bronze and gilded in gold.
Visitors can also get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from this point.
The National Memorial Chorten, the stupa was built in 1974 to memorialize Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the third king of Bhutan (1928-1972).
Individual, be it young or old, come here to circumambulate the stupa and pray. It is believed that wishes made here are granted.
Later drive to upper Motithang in Thimphu to visit Takin Preserve. The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat.
Legend has it that the animal was created by the great Buddhist Yogi, Drukpa Kuenley, and it can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas.
Taxonomists place the animal in a category of its own as it is not similar enough to any other animal to fit established categories.
The National Library houses an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts and History of Bhutan and cultures..
Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.
Then visit the Royal Textile Museum, which provides deep insight into Bhutan’s one of the most distinguished art form.
Folk Heritage Museum, dedicated to connecting people with the rich Bhutanese Folk heritage and rural history through exhibits, demonstrations, educational programs and documentation of Bhutanese rural life.
Trashichhoedzong, or ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’. The original Thimphu Dzong (the Do-Ngön Dzong, or Blue Stone Dzong) was built in 1216 by Lama Gyalwa Lhanapa. This is one of the most impressive buildings situated along the right flank of the Thimphu river.
The building was later enlarged in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel who unified Bhutan and was later reconstructed in 1962 by the third King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty the King, Central Monastic Body, and various government offices.
Only country in the world, whose National Sports is Archery. It has deep connection with history, cultures and tradition. Though Archery is found all round the globe, but how it is played in Bhutan is quite different. Find out the details in the video below.
For the best coffee in Bhutan, visitors will want to check out the burgeoning cafe scene in central Thimphu. Young entrepreneurs are establishing stylish and modern new businesses, introducing western-style cafe concepts and high-quality coffee to the city. Below are some of our top recommendations.
Shopping in Bhutan largely revolves around traditional arts and crafts, textiles and clothes, religious symbols and mementos, and perhaps most prominently, locally produced delicacies. Check out Thimphu's numerous produce and handicraft markets, or venture further a field to find unique items and shops.
2-3 Hours Drive approximately.
Take a short stop at Dochula Pass. This popular tourist spot provides stunning 360-degree panoramic views of the Himalayas.
It is also home to the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens (stupas).
Embark on a short walking excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, located on a ridge surrounded by beautiful paddy fields. From the road point, it takes about 10- 15 minutes’ walk through Sobsukha village to reach the temple.
The temple is known as Fertility temple, it is associated with Buddhist Yogi, Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as ‘Divine Madman’. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are blessed with a child very soon.
You can witness models and paintings of phallus on the walls and doors of the house in Sobsukha village and in the temple. It is believed that it keeps away the harmful spirit and bring prosperity at home and society.
Visit Punakha Dzong or ‘Palace of Great Happiness’. It is the second largest and second oldest dzong in the whole of Bhutan, and until 1955 it served as the country's seat of government.
It was built at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This majestic dzong served as both the religious and the administrative centre of Bhutan in the past. It is also the country's greatest fortress, built to defend against Tibetan invasions.
It measures some 600 by 240 feet and has a six-story, gold-domed tower. Inside are courtyards and religious statuary that hint at the depth of history and spiritual tradition embodied here. Your guide will illuminate your understanding of this intricate culture that is exotic, though long established here.
Behind the Punakha Dzong, stretches the Punakha Suspension Bridge. It is the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan.
The Bridge connects the Dzong with the village on the other side of Pho-Chu River.
Hotel Kingaling is a luxury three star rated hotel, located in the Tshokhanu, Punakha Bhutan consisting of 51 luxury rooms including 17 standard, 33 deluxe and 1 suite rooms with well-equipped services.
The day begins with a beautiful hike to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Stupa (approximately 3 hours round trip walk), which was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world.
The Chorten dominates the upper Punakha Valley with commanding views across the Mo Chhu and up towards the mountainous peaks of Gasa and beyond.
Then rafting along the Mo Chhu River. You will be guided with our rafting specialist and he will be leading the amazing adventure in the Himalaya Kingdom.
All the safety measures is planned and taken care. If you do not prefer rafting, your guide will arrange a sightseeing to nearby tourist spots.
1.5 Hours rafting.
Today’s lunch will be a picnic at Zomlingthang. The particular spot is loved by most Bhutanese and come here as far from Paro with friends and family for a picnic.
2-3 hours drive.
Visit ancient Gangtey Gompa Monastery.
The Gangteng Monastery, generally known as Gangtey Gonpa or Gangtey Monastery, is an important monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism, the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition. Located in the Wangdue Phodrang District in central Bhutan.
The Monastery, also known by the Gangten village that surrounds it, is in the Phobjikha Valley where winter visitors – the black-necked cranes – visit central Bhutan to roost, circling the monastery three times on arrival and repeating this circling when returning to Tibet.
The Monastery's history traces to the early 17th century and back to the prophecies made by the well-known Terton (treasure finder) Pema Lingpa in the late 15th century.
Overlooking a farm, set just outside the village of Gangtey and the edge of Black Mountain National Park, Dewachen Hotel, is one of our preferred guesthouses in Bhutan with just 28 cosy rooms and a striking location overlooking the valley.
Dewachen is a charming little 3 stars property enjoying a fantastic location close to Gangtey and is well located to explore Phobjikha, a glacial valley and protected nature area, home to endangered Black Neck Cranes.
Elevation: 3000 meters above the sea level.
Phobjikha is a wide glacial valley with a central stream meandering through the open grassland and thickets of dwarf bamboo. Farmlands occupy the peripheral slopes where potatoes and turnips are grown. The forests beyond the farms are mostly coniferous.
The general vegetation is composed of mainly blue pine, birch, maple and several species of rhododendrons. The Central Valley inhabited by the cranes in winter has mostly dwarf bamboo.
The repeated grazing of the bamboos by the local cattle and horses in summer prepares the ground for the wintering cranes. The magnificent Black-necked Cranes heighten the breathtaking scenery of Phobjikha in winter.
3-4 hours drive approximately.
Below Paro Dzong, this traditional wooden covered bridge is a reconstruction of an older bridge, which was washed away in a flood in 1969. Earlier versions of this bridge were removed in time of war to protect the dzong. The most picturesque pictures of Paro Dzong are taken from the west bank of the river, just downstream from the bridge.
Visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangka paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artefacts.
Walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.
Rating: 3 stars
Rema Resort offers an ideal space for any visitors looking for a quiet and peaceful place to stay.
Located on a hilltop overlooking the stunning picturesque valley of Paro, Rema Resort offers an ideal space for any visitors looking for a quiet and peaceful place to stay. The overall structure of the resort is designed to provide a purely Bhutanese way of life with an impeccable ambiance of peace and tranquillity.
After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx. 5 hours round trip walk): It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor.
It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’.
This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. The hike to the monastery makes a splendid half-day excursion.
While returning back, visit re-construction site of Drukgyal Fortress & Paro Kichu Temple (The oldest temple in the country).
After a tiring day, you will be taken for a traditional hot-stone bath. Popular in western Bhutan, this tradition of bathing is unique and practiced only in Bhutan.
The selected stones containing minerals is heated using fire and then immerse into the tub with water. The water gradually heats up. Herbal plants are added to spice up the bathing.
Soaking your body into it gives the soothing effect from the heat and relaxes your body. It is believed that it reduces joints and muscle pains.
After Breakfast, you will be dropped back to Paro International Airport. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments!
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