Short Stay in Bhutan

BhutanFamily, History & Culture

This 5-day tour allows you to experience the beautiful Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.
Visit centuries-old dzongs and monuments including the Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery. Explore the Haa valley, recently opened to tourism in 2004.

The 5-day tour departs from Bangkok daily, or from Singapore when the TUE/MON flights resume between March and May 2018.

We have a shorter 4-day Short Visit to Bhutan trip, and a longer 7-day Western Bhutan trip.

5 Nights
From SGD 1,173Per Person

Itinerary

5-day, 4-night Bhutan trips can depart Bangkok to Paro daily, or from Singapore to Paro every Tuesday or Thursday, returning on Saturday or Monday the following week.

The flight to Paro must be one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. On this flight the views of the Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drakey in Bhutan are simply awesome.

After clearing immigration and customs you will be greeted by your guide and driver and transferred to Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, travelling through the spectacular countryside en-route.

En route, make a brief stop at the National Museum in Paro for a new introductory audio-visual presentation. All the houses and buildings in the Kingdom are painted and constructed in traditional Bhutanese style.
Enjoy the remainder of the day to explore Thimphu, both by vehicle and on foot including visits to the Golden Buddha, National Memorial Stupa, Takin Preserve and new National Textile Museum.

Overnight in Thimphu.

After breakfast drive to Haa.

Haa valley is the only valley in Bhutan that don’t cultivate rice.  The valley is divided into two parts ~ the South and the North. People in the South work at farming, while people in North raise Yaks for a living.

Visit Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple). Both these temples where built in 7th centuries by 7th King of Tibet, Songtshen Gembo.  Legends goes the king has send two birds, white and black; they flew over the high Himalaya and landed where temples stand today.

Overnight in Haa.

One and half hour drive to Chelila pass between Haa and Paro valleys.

At the pass, there are beautiful walks following the Chelila ridge. One can really feel the thin air, and experience walking in the alpine vegetation zone.

This pass is located at 3,750m, and a wonderful place to see many different species of alpine herbs and plants, and also see Bhutan’s national flower, the Blue Puppy in May and June.

From here, if weather permits, one can see Mt Jomolhari (7,015m), Mt Tsheringgang (6,980m), Mt Jichudraki (6,880m), Mt Drakigang (6,060m) with excellent views of surrounding valley, and also see part of Sikkim (India).

This afternoon enjoy an orientation tour of the major features in Paro town including Paro Dzong with its cantilever bridge and the National Museum to view the fine collection of ancient Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and other artifacts (due to reopen in 2013, if still under restoration some of the collection from the museum are available to be viewed in an alternative location in the valley).

While in Paro we recommend a wander along the main street which offers good shopping for jewellery and handicrafts.

Overnight in Paro.

After breakfast hike up to Taktsang Monastery more commonly known as "The Tiger's Nest". The trail is broad and the uphill walk of approximately 2 hours takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor. For those who cannot hike we will arrange a pony for transfer up to the viewing point.

The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He then meditated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments.

In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7,314m) appears as a stunning backdrop.

Visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Kyichu is built in a manner similar to the Jokhang in Lhasa. Inside there is a great golden image of Buddha Shakyamuni.

Overnight in Paro.

Early morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Land Cost

Price per person in USD

5D4N Short Stay in Bhutan

Valid from DEC 01, 2017 to NOV 30, 2018.
SGL Traveller
(private tour)
02 Persons
(private tour)
03 or More
(private tour)
SGL
Supplement
Dec 2017, and Jan to Feb, 2018139713411173168
Mar, Apr and May, 2018167616211453168
Jun, Jul and Aug, 2018139713411173168
Sep, Oct and Nov, 2018167616211453168
Land prices do not include airfare to/from Paro. Kindly check with us for attractive airfare to Paro on Drukair.
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Inclusions

  • Bhutan Visa, and Visa application fee
  • All royalties and government taxes, and small group surcharge if any is payable
  • All transfers and ground transportation in a private vehicle with an experienced driver
  • 04 nights accommodation in twin-share room in selected local hotels/lodges
  • All meals, excluding beverages
    • Breakfasts in hotels
    • Other meals in local restaurants
  • Services of licensed English-speaking Bhutanese guide
  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour (but not during meal times in restaurants)
  • Guided touring with entrance fees to sights & monuments

Exclusions

  • Air passage to/from Paro, Bhutan; kindly check with us for our attractive Drukair airfares
  • Travel insurance covering trip curtailment, emergency rescue and medical evacuation, etc. (please check with us for our travel insurance plans)
  • Personal expenditure such as phone calls, internet access, all soft/hard beverages, laundry services, etc.
  • Other options or expenses not mentioned in the Inclusions above
  • Tips and gratuities for guide and driver

Drukair flight schedules

Singapore (SIN) to Paro (PBH)

 TUE     KB501 SIN/PBH 06:30/10:50 (high season from March to May)
 THU     KB501 SIN/PBH 06:30/10:50
 SUN     KB501 SIN/PBH 06:30/10:45

Paro (PBH) to Singapore (SIN)

 MON     KB500 PBH/SIN 08:05 16:25 (high season from March to May)
 WED/SAT KB500 PBH/SIN 08:05 16:25