About 8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour
8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour starts with a magical flight and takes you to amazing destinations full of cultural, historical and architectural brilliance. Explore the natural beauty of Bhutan as you walk past rivers, forests full of wildlife, scenic valleys, and mountain views. 8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour package is designed to bring you into the unique nature and culture of this small Himalayan kingdom.
During this tour, you will get to stay at 5 major cities in Bhutan, Thimphu, Punakha, Bumthang, Gangtey, and Paro. You will also get to spend some time in Trongsa, the ancestral home of the Wangchuck family - the royal family of Bhutan. This Bhutan Tour is a perfect vacation exploring the mystical Bhutanese culture and beautiful architecture while spending some quality time in nature away from hustle-bustle and everyday life.
The Bhutan Tour is an easy trip. You will be taken everywhere in a private vehicle, though there are some places that are only accessible by foot like Khamsum Yuley temple and Tiger’s Nest Monastery. If you prefer, we can skip these places and find other activities instead. Major places to visit during this trip are the various dzongs, chhortens, viewpoints, monasteries, temples, museums, and wildlife preserves that showcase Bhutanese art, architecture, craft, history, and culture.
When you book the 8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour with us, you will not have to worry about anything, food, accommodation, land transportation or tour guides - everything will be set up for you once you land in Paro. After a full day of touring, you will get to spend your leisure time at a beautiful 3-star hotel with awesome hospitality, food, and comfort.
Bhutan is isolated from modernization and globalization, you will see that the lifestyle of people here is unlike anywhere else. Since there are no major factories and industry, you will be completely away from pollution. They have traditionally built small houses, farmlands, schools, monasteries, and temples that blend perfectly with nature. Staying multiple days in Bhutan can give you a different insight into life and help you grow spiritually.
Amazing Himalaya Views
Bhutan is a wonderful Himalayan country with spectacular landscapes. Starting with the mountain flight to Bhutan, you will get the amazing views of the snow-capped mountains, including Mt. Everest. Throughout your stay in Bhutan, amazing views of the mountains, valleys, rivers, forests, and waterfalls will surround you. On the way to Punakha, you will encounter Dochula Pass from where you will get one of the best views of the mountains. You can expect to see Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zong Huang (7, 060 m ), and Gangkhar Puensum (7,570 m) from the viewpoint. Apart from that, the trail to Tiger’s Nest Monastery also offers amazing views of the landscapes.
Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan is an amazing place to explore the cultures and traditions of Bhutan. The national park in Thimphu has several rare animals including the national animal Takin. So, visiting Thimphu will let you explore the flora and fauna as well. Thimphu is home to many cultural and religious heritage sites. National Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck is one of the major attractions of the city. You can find many life-size images of Buddha and other paintings and crafts. Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of Bhutan and Tashichho Dzong are also here. These dzongs showcase the unique Bhutanese architecture, paintings, and crafts that represent the culture of Bhutan, etc. Tashichho Dzong has the throne room of the King as well.
Buddha Viewpoint, built on the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, is another attraction of Thimphu where you can find the large statue of sitting Buddha. You can explore the local farmers market on the bank of the river to observe and buy local handmade products. National Textile Museum and Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory preserve the ancient methods of production and handicraft skills.
Punakha is yet another beautiful valley of Bhutan that offers many wonderful experiences. However, you will encounter Dochula Mountain Pass along the way to Punakha, which provides you with a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains and other landscapes. You will also get to see the 108 Chortens built by the Queen Mother in the memory of Bhutan's departed soldiers. In Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong which is beautifully located on the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu river. The Jacaranda blooms in the spring make the dzong look mesmerizing. It is the summer residence of the monks and the administrative center of Punakha district. The hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal is another interesting activity to do in Punakha. The temple is situated on the top of a hill and gives amazing views of the Punakha Valley and surrounding landscapes. The trail to the top is also beautiful and serene.
Bumthang Valley is most famous for Kurjey Lhakhang monastery. Legends have it that the imprints of Guru Rinpoche are preserved in the rocks here after he subdued a strong demon. Guru Rinpoche is taken as second Buddha in Tibet and Bhutan, as he was the one to spread Buddhism there. He built over 40 temples while he was in Bhutan. Ztamshing Goemba is another important monastery in Bumthang. It is one of the 108 temples Sontsang Gampo built to defeat his demons. The monastery hosts a colorful festival every October.
Another attraction of Bhutan is Jakar Dzong which is known as the castle of the white bird. It is situated in the top of the hill from where you can get the wonderful views of the landscapes. You have to cross a suspension bridge to reach there.
Gangtey Valley is another beautiful place to visit in Bhutan. Along the way of Gangte, there is Trongsa Dzong which is the ancestral home of Wangchuk and the place where the first temple was built. Taa Dzong in Gangtey is a former watchtower built during the war and now it is established as Royal Heritage Museum. It displays royal artifacts, Buddhist arts, antique pieces. However, Gangtey’s main attraction is the Wildlife Preserve which has a diverse array of flora and fauna ,including some endangered species. During winter, the black-necked cranes migrate here from Tibetan Plateau. They look beautiful in the jungles of Gyangtey. Gangtey Goemba sits on the top of the valley and is a wonderful viewpoint.
Paro is the only city in Bhutan with an international airport, so you will land there first. There are many sites with major tourist attraction but Paro Taktsang, also known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, is the most popular one. There is a legend that Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tigress from Tibet to Bhutan and meditated in a cave. The cave lies on the same cliff as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. There are three temples to explore in the same area. It is also the best place a view of the expansive Paro Valley.
Some other must-visit places in Paro Valley are Rinpung Dzong also known as Paro Dzong and the National Museum of Bhutan. Kyichu Lhakhang temple, built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, is also around the valley. This temple was built to pin down a demoness who hindered the path of spreading Buddhism. There are a total of 108 temples built on the same day, among which two lie in Bhutan.
People and Culture
As you reach Bhutan, you will notice that it is very different than any place you’ve ever been to before. You will see people dressed in their formal dresses like Gho for men and Kira for women. Monks are usually dressed in red robes around the temples and monasteries. Children are also dressed in these dresses for their schools. People here don't measure their happiness based on standards set by others, they believe in spiritual and inward growth. Most of the Bhutanese people make their living by farming, trading, craftsmanship and normal jobs. These people are also kind and humble and are known for their amazing hospitality. Their culture and traditions are intermingled with their day to day activities and belief systems. Bhutanese people chant prayers, meditate, rotate prayer wheels, and hang prayer flags to pay homage to their deities. Tibetan Buddhism is the most prevalent religion in Bhutan.