Key Information

  • Destination:
    Bhutan
  • Accommodation:
    3 Star Hotel
  • Trip Style:
    Sightseeing and Cultural Exploration
  • Foods:
    Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Transportation:
    Private Vehicle

About 9 Nights 10 Days Bhutan Tour

9 Nights 10 days discover Bhutan tour is the best way one can explore all important and popular natural, historical and cultural sites of Bhutan. Throughout the tour, the untouched beauty of nature in the form of rivers, valleys, mountains, forests and serene landscape welcomes you. Bhutanese people practice their traditions in their day to day life and wear their traditional clothes and perform various activities. This tour is also a way to learn more about the mystical culture and tradition of these people. You will visit five major cities, Thimphu, Punakha, Bumthang, Gangtey and Paro while you will also walk past the city of Trongsa, the ancestral home of the Royal family of Bhutan. 

As you reach Bhutan, you will instantly see that this place is completely different than any other place you’ve ever been to. Bhutan is isolated from the modernization and most people still make their living by farming, making handicrafts, teaching, trading, etc. The houses are made in traditional style and everything sits perfectly on the lap of nature. 10 days Bhutan tour takes you several beautiful and important places in a private vehicle without worrying about anything. Our experienced tour guides will let you know all the amazing myths and stories related to different places. Only some places require you to walk some hours on foot. Taktsang or the Tiger’s Nest monastery is the most strenuous place you will go during the whole tour during which you have to walk a steep uphill and return the same way. In case you don't want to walk, you can also choose to go sightseeing in another place. 

Major cultural sites showcasing unique Bhutanese architecture like Dzongs are prevalent in each city. This tour takes you to major Dzongs, the administrative and religious centre of each district and many other major tourist attractions are the Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Gangteng Monastery, Kichu Lhakang, the National Museum, the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong, Motithang Takin Preserve, etc. Monasteries and temples are decorated with prayer flags and prayer wheels while all the major cultural sites are full of Buddhist art and crafts like sculptures, paintings, scriptures, images of deities, etc. 

The hospitality and kindness of Bhutanese people won’t let you feel away from home. Also, try their amazing food and take some recipes home. Bhutanese people show utter respect towards their Royal family and the Royal family works its best to keep the happiness index of Bhutan high. Most of the cultural and historical sites are built by members of the Royal family to preserve their culture and art. Spending 10 days in Bhutan exploring the extraordinary culture, way of life and history of Bhutan lets you know more than ever about the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

 

9 NIGHTS AND 10 DAYS  BHUTAN TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • A scenic flight covered with mountains towards the Paro airport
  • Explore Motithang Takin Preserve and observe the national animal of Bhutan
  • Reach Kunselcholing Viewpoint with a large statue of Buddha to get amazing views of Thimphu valley
  • Visit Tashichho Dzong, Centenary Farmers Market and Memorial Chorten built in the memory of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
  • Get to the National Folk Heritage Museum, National Textile Museum, and Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory
  • Reach Dochula pass at 3,080 meters and enjoy the majestic views mountains like Masagang, Tsendagang, Gangkar Puensum (the highest peak in Bhutan), etc.
  • Visit Punakha Dzong and explore the beauty of Khamsum Yuley Temple
  • Visit Bumthang valley and explore Tamzhing Goemba, Kurjey Lhakhang with Guru Rinpoche’s body imprint, Jambay Lhakhang which is one of the 108 temples built in the same day and Jakar Dzong and Thangbi Lhakhang located in a beautiful valley
  • Get to Trongsa Dzong with historical importance and Tower of Trongsa, a Royal Heritage Museum
  • Explore Gangtey Goemba sitting atop a hill, an excellent example of Tibetan architecture
  • Get to Paro Dzong built with stones and government centre of Paro and explore Ta Dzong, a watchtower serving as a National Museum of Bhutan holding several artefacts and art pieces
  • Hike up to Taktshang Monastery also known as Tiger’s nest
  • Get to Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, the oldest temple in Bhutan and Dumtse Lhakhang
  • Enjoy amazing natural beauty and picturesque landscapes throughout the tour 

 

What to Expect:

1. Amazing views of the Himalayas and landscapes

Bhutan is a small Himalayan kingdom and you will witness the beauty of this country throughout the tour. Starting from the flight, you will see several snow-peaked mountains including Everest on a clear day. The views of green lush forests, exotic animals, rivers flowing from the mountains and ancient houses leave you spellbound. Before reaching Punakha, you will catch some awesome views of mountains from the Dochula pass. Several mountains can be seen from here like Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ) can be seen from there including Gangkhar Puensum (7,570 m). Paro is also an amazing place to view the Chomolhari Mountain.
 

2. Thimphu

Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan and home to Motithang Takin Preserve where several animals including Takin, the national animal of Bhutan live. Besides that, Thimphu is home to many ancient religious and historical sites. Buddha View Point built on the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang has a large sitting statue of Buddha and is an amazing viewpoint of whole Thimphu valley. Local Farmers and craftsmen gather at the bank of the river to sell their product every weekend known as Centenary Farmers’ Market. National Folk Heritage and Museum, National Textile Museum and Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory have worked its best to preserve ancient methods of production and craft-making Bhutan so unique. Another popular place in Thimphu is National Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of Jigme Dorji Wangchuk as he wanted to build something representing the mind of Buddha. This Chorten has several larger than life-size images of Buddhist deities. Simtokha Dzong is the oldest fortress in Bhutan just outside Thimphu consisting much Buddhist painting and craft. Thimphu Tashichho Dzong is also a very popular and beautiful site where the present King of Bhutan has his office along with the major monastic body.
 

3.  Punakha 

On the way to Punakha, you will get to witness 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens built by Queen Mother of Bhutan for the peace of souls of Bhutanese soldiers who died for the country. Punakha Dzong is beautifully located on the confluence of two rivers surrounded by lavender Jacaranda trees. This grand and beautiful building with brilliant architecture holds the administrative and religious activities of Punakha district. Carefully built four storied Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten can be reached after an hour of walking and after crossing green fields and a suspension bridge. This temple is decorated by prayer flags and upon arrival offers a scenic view of the whole city.
 

4.  Bumthang

Guru Rinpoche is the father of Buddhism in Tibet and Bhutan who helped spread it throughout the country. He is said to have saved it from several demons and mythical creatures by building many temples. He built about 40 temples while he stayed in Bhutan. Kurjey Lhakhang is believed to have a rock which saves an imprint of Guru Rinpoche after he subdued a very strong demon. Tamzhing Goemba is another important monastery in Bumthang. Sontsang Gambo built 108 temples on the same day including two in Bhutan to pin down a demoness. Jambay Lhakhang is one of these two temples in Bhutan and it hosts a colourful festival every October.

Jakar Dzong is also known as a castle of White Bird and stays at the top of a hill. The tour in Bumthang ends as you reach Thangbi Lhakhang. It is situated such that you can only reach there on foot and after crossing a suspension bridge. 
 

5.  Gangtey

Gangtey is another district in Bhutan with amazing religious and historical places to visit. Along the way, you will get to Trongsa, the ancestral home of Wangchuck where the first temple was built. Trongsa Dzong is an important site consisting of high walls and controlling the trade between East and West. Taa Dzong is a former watchtower built during the war which now serves as a Royal Heritage Museum consisting several royal artefacts and Buddhist art. It is also known as the Tower of Trongsa consists of many antique pieces. Gangtey Valley is also a wildlife preserve and home to different species of flora and fauna. Gangtey Goemba sits on top of a hill providing overall views of the valley. This Goemba is equally beautiful and grand consisting a prayer hall and a Nyingma temple  was built here by fulfilling a prophecy
 

6. Paro

Paro is a scenic valley where several tourist sites and the only international airport lies. A visit to Paro’s administrative and religious centre named Paro Dzong or Rinpung Dzong lets you explore the unique architecture of this building built by using stones. This city is also home to Chomolhari mountain and can be seen from several viewpoints. Ta Dzong used to be a watchtower but now it’s used as a National Museum of Bhutan which consists of several antique pieces, weapons, art and craft representing the tradition, culture, and history of Bhutan.

Paro Taktsang or Taktsang Monastery is the most photogenic place in Bhutan lying on the sheer cliff only accessible on foot. A tour inside the monastery lets one into the rich art and culture of Bhutan. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche came there to meditate on the back of a tigress thus also called Tiger’s Nest. This place is also an outstanding viewpoint and snow-peaked mountains can be seen. The ruins of Drukgyal Dzong is another beautiful places in Paro visited fondly by tourists. The last place on the tour is Kyichu Lhakhang, one of two temples in Bhutan built by King Sontsen Gambo in the same night altogether making 108 temples.
 

7. People and Culture 

As you land in Paro, it is sure that the view of the city will astonish you because it is like nowhere else. The ancient heritages covered in prayer flags and people in their traditional dresses and beautiful landscape makes up a unique scene. This may make you feel like travelling to a mythical place, you are because the country is known as Land of the Thunder Dragon. Bhutanese people preserve their ancient and unique culture in their day to day lives. This country doesn’t care about the happiness standards of the outside world based on luxury products and modern way of life, their happiness lies in the independent economy and spiritual growth. While you stay in Bhutan, try to wear the striped Ghos and brightly coloured Kiras as the locals do and visit the temples to pay homage to Buddha and Bodhisattvas offering prayer flags and dive into the sacred tradition of these amazing people.

9 Nights 10 Days Bhutan Tour Itinerary & Map

DAY 01: Arrival in Paro, Bhutan
  • Enjoy a scenic flight to reach the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan
  • Catch glimpses of mountains, including Mt. Everest in a clear day
  • Land in Paro Airport and drive to Thimphu
  • Visit Motithang Takin Preserve and get to Kuenselcholing View Point

After the flight, our representative will pick you up in a private vehicle and you will take a ride towards the city of Thimphu as a part of acclimatization. After reaching, you can rest for a while and your tour starts as you drive to Motithang Takin Preserve. Takin is a national animal of Bhutan and they were released from the former zoo to live there. After that, you will get to the top of a hill given different names like Kuenselcholing View Point, Buddha Viewpoint and Buddha Dordenma. Overall view of the Thimphu City can be caught from there. The sitting statue of Buddha is one of the biggest statues of Buddha in the world. 

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: 3-star hotel 
Drive Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes approx.

 

DAY 02: Sightseeing in Thimphu
  • Visit Centenary Farmers Market where locals sell agricultural and handmade products
  • Explore Memorial Chorten built in the memory of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
  • Visit the National Folk Heritage Museum, National Textile Museum, and Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory
  • Explore Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in Bhutan, just outside Thimphu 
  • Visit Tashichho Dzong showcasing amazing architecture and holding the main administrative and monastic bodies

Today, you will learn about the art and craft of Bhutan by visiting the National Folk Heritage Museum where paintings and statues and other art pieces can be found. A visit to the National Textile Museum where amazing weaving and textile designs can be seen. After that, you will go to the Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in the late king’s memory. Here also, you will witness several more than life-sized images of tantric deities. Later that day, you will visit Simtokha Dzong and Tashichho Dzong.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: 3-star hotel

 

DAY 03: Thimphu to Punakha
  • A scenic bus ride to Punakha from Thimpu
  • Stop at Dochula pass to admire the scenic view of the mountains and landscapes
  • Visit Punakha Dzong, one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan
  • Explore Khamsum Yuley Temple and witness its brilliant architecture

Leaving Thimphu, you will head towards Punakha. Along the path, you will get to Dochula Pass from where one can get the stunning view of the Himalayas and the surrounding landscape. 

After that, you will move towards Punakha Dzong situated at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. The suspension bridge over the Pho Chu river is the longest suspension bridge and offers beautiful views of the city. Then, you will visit Khamsum Yuley Temple which can only be reached after one hour of walking. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Drive duration: 3 hours approx. 
Hiking Duration: 1 hour approx.

 

DAY 04: Punakha to Bumthang
  • Leave Punakha and head towards Bumthang
  • Enjoy the scenic ride as you head towards your destination

On the fourth day of your Bhutan Tour, you will take a really long drive and get to Bumthang. You also have an option to take a domestic flight to reach Bumthang. The road to Punakha to Bumthang gets tough sometimes and you should be careful and be updated about the current road conditions.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Drive Duration: 10 hours approx.

 

DAY 05: A day at Bumthang
  • Hike to Tamzhing Goemba early in the morning 
  • Get to Kurjey Lhakhang where you can find a rock with Rinpoche’s body imprint
  • Get to Jambay Lhakhang which is one of the 108 temples built in the same day
  • Explore the Bumthang city and visit Jakar Dzong
  • Hike an easy path to Thangbi Lhakhang located in a beautiful valley

Today, you will hike to Tamzhing Goemba in the morning. This monastery holds a lot of importance due to its connection with saint Pema Lingpa. Another place to go today is Kurjey Lhakhang which holds yet another legend related to Rinpoche and rock is believed to have preserved his imprint. There are numerous ancient temples and sacred sites in this city.

Later, you will get to Jambay Lhakhang which according to legend was built by King Sontsen Gampo along with other 107 temples to win over a demoness. Then, you will visit Jakar Dzong also known as the Castle of the White Bird built on top of the hill. Later in the evening, you will hike up to Thangbi Lhakhang in Thangbi Valley across a suspension bridge. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
Accommodation: 3-star hotel

 

DAY 06: Bumthang to Gangtey
  • Leave Bumthang and pass through Trongsa, the ancestral home of the Wangchuck family
  • Get to the watchtower of Trongsa, a Royal Heritage Museum also known as Taa Dzong

After having your breakfast in Bumthang, you will drive towards Gangtey through Trongsa. Trongsa is where the first temple was built and where the Wangchuk family’s ancestral home Trongsa Dzong lies. Then, you will visit Taa Dzong, initially built as a watchtower and now serving as a Royal Heritage Museum. This museum houses many Buddhist art and craft as well as several royal artefacts including a copy of handwritten biography of Guru Rinpoche. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Drive Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 07: A Day at Gangtey
  • Explore Gangtey Valley and wildlife preserve to see various exotic animals
  • Visit Gangtey Goemba sitting atop a hill, an excellent example of Tibetan architecture

Today, you get to spend a day at the Gangtey Valley which is also a wildlife preserve and home to several species like black-necked cranes, sambar, yak, serow, etc. Spend some time in this beautiful place and move towards Gangtey Goemba. This Goemba showcases some beautiful architecture as it sits on a hill from where you can get a view of the Gangtey Valley. Later, you can also visit a local family and spend some time with them learning about their traditions and lifestyle.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
Accommodation: 3-star hotel

 

DAY 08: Gangtey to Paro
  • A scenic ride to Paro and reach Paro Dzong, the government centre of Paro
  • Enjoy the views of mountain, greenery, rivers and ancient monasteries
  • Explore Ta Dzong, a National Museum of Bhutan holding several artefacts and art pieces

Paro is a beautiful valley where you landed on the first day of your tour. Returning to the place lets you visit its monasteries and temples. Firstly, you will visit Paro Dzong, built with stones and showcasing unique Bhutanese architecture. This city is also home to Bhutan’s third-highest mountain, Chomolhari. After that, you will head towards Ta Dzong, located on a hill just above. This was also built as a watchtower but now serves as a National Museum consisting of ancient weapons, art pieces, and artefacts.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Drive Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes approx.

 

DAY 09: Sightseeing in Paro
  • Hike up to Taktshang Monastery also known as Tiger’s nest
  • Get to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong, also an amazing viewpoint to see beautiful Chomolhari mountain
  • Explore Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, the oldest temple in Bhutan

You will spend another day in the city of Paro to visit the most popular spot in Bhutan, Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest. This monastery hangs on a cliff and you can reach there only by foot. After a pretty strenuous hike for a few hours, you will reach there. You also can hire a horse to get up to the cafe and walk from there. This is an amazing viewpoint and the monastery showcases some amazing ancient art. Returning from there, you will go to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong, a weirdly beautiful place which also lets you view mountains. Later, you will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the temple in Bhutan built by King Sontsen Gambo on the same day as Jambay Lhakhang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Hike Duration: 4 hours approx.

 

DAY 10: Departure
  • Driving you to the airport and bidding you farewell

Your Explore Bhutan Tour ends here and our representative will drop you to the airport as you return home or move towards your next destination. We wish you farewell and all the best.

Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • Visas for Bhutan
  • Airport transfers
  • Full board meals and accommodation at 3 star hotel
  • A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver and a private vehicle
  • All entry fees and permits
  • Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
  • Mineral bottled water
  • Set of traditional costume (to be returned at the end of your stay)
  • Flight to/from Bhutan (assistance can be provided)
  • Travel Insurance (assistance can be provided)
  • Meals at any other restaurants than the designated ones
  • Any upgrade in accommodation and services
  • Items of a personal nature (drinks, chocolates, desserts, etc.)
  • Tips for the guide and driver

Departure Dates

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10 Dec, 2019 - 19 Dec, 2019 Guaranteed $2200 USD
15 Dec, 2019 - 24 Dec, 2019 Guaranteed $2200 USD
20 Dec, 2019 - 29 Dec, 2019 Guaranteed $2200 USD
25 Dec, 2019 - 03 Jan, 2020 Guaranteed $2200 USD
30 Dec, 2019 - 08 Jan, 2020 Guaranteed $2200 USD

9 Nights 10 Days Bhutan Tour Reviews

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I have always been fascinated by mountains and often wondered how people in countries far away lived their life. After my friend said she was going for a Bhutan Tour, I would not let her go without me. We together did our research about lots of things, especially tour companies because you can go by yourself. Thank God! we found Sublime Trails. We contacted many tour companies but, I couldn't trust them but Ram was friendly, trustable and proved that they were the best. We had lots of fun during these 10 days. By the end of the tour, my love for Bhutan and mountains increased even more and I would definitely travel there once again. If you want to have the best time in Bhutan, go with Sublime Trails. Don't think further and book your trip to Bhutan this holiday and have fun.

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