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8-Day Bhutan Sightseeing & Classic Hiking

Tour route: Bhutan : Thimphu - Punakha - Gangtey - Paro


  • Tour code: INOT-BT-006
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: Arrival, Paro - Thimphu (By Car, Approx. 1.5 Hrs)

Welcome to Bhutan! Upon arrival, be greeted and transferred to Paro to visit Paro Dzong which was built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. Later depart to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, has a population of about 100,000 and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Upon arrival, check in hotel and have some free time.

Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.

Overnight: Thimphu
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Thimphu - Tango, Hiking & Cheri Monastery

After breakfast, have a 45-minute drive towards the north of Thimphu valley and hike to Tango Monastery, which dates back to 16th century and now the national institute for higher studies of meditation and Buddhist Philosophy. After that, have a picnic lunch and continue your hiking to Cheri Monastery

Overnight: Thimphu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha, Sightseeing & Hiking

On your way to Punakha, stop at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the grand 108 stupas. If in good weather, take in the enchanting views of Mt. Himalaya. You can also do a Dochula Natural trail hike (1.5 hours). Upon arrival in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong, the beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, serving as the religious and administrative center of Bhutan until the mid 1950s.

Overnight: Punakha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Punakha - Gangtey, Punakha Sightseeing & Hiking

Head for a suspension bridge and start hiking up to Khamsum Yuelley Chorten, passing by nice rice terraces and pine forests en route. When reaching the stupa atop, take in the superb views. Later drive to Lobyesa and continue another 20 minutes' hiking to Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and now a sacred place where women pray for children. After that, drive to Gangtey.

Overnight: Gangtey
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 5: Gangtey - Paro, Gangtey Hiking

This morning, drive to visit Gangtey Goempo, which holds the most scared relics of all monasteries in Bhutan and is famed for its amazing design. Later do a short hiking along the Gangtey Nature Trail (1.5 hrs) down to Khewa Lhakhang. En route visit the Semchubara Village and a square chorten, then drive to Paro. 

Overnight: Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Paro, Sightseeing

This morning, hike to visit Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), be amazed by the view of this sacred temple hanging on the rocky cliff, and take in the beauty of Paro valley. After that, move to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invaders. If in good weather, you'll see a great distant view of Mt. Chomolhari. Later, visit a local farm house for a close look the life of Bhutanese people, followed by Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. 

Overnight: Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Paro, Hiking to Kila Goempa

Drive up to the hiking point for an exhilarating hiking to Kila Goempa (Kila Nunnery), around 2 hrs. Then go through a forest of chir pine trees, fir trees and spruces that offers a chance to overlook the Paro valley and get back to the motorable road for a drive back to Paro. 

The evening is at leisure. Enjoy the night of Paro or buy some souvenirs for your friends and family. 

Overnight: Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Paro Departure (By Druk Air)

Have some leisure time before being transferred to the airport for the flight to your next destination. 

No hotel in Paro.
Meals: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class

Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.

Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour Class

Usually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class

Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class

Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.

Meals

Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

Reviews on: Bhutan Sightseeing & Classic Hiking

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Clients: 70leelm

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Queenie Yang
My daughter, grand daughter and sister had 11 days exploring Bhutan. Our driver and guide were wonderful helping us to enjoy such a beautiful place. Odyssey Tours catered so well for all our needs. A wonderful mix of culture, nature, walking and exploring local food. The Bhutanese people are gentle and kind. Thanks for a wonderful travel experience.
Rating: December 6th, 2016

Clients: JaneDigby

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
David Li
It was not difficult to spend 4 weeks touring Sri Lanka. We are retired and had time to spend more than a day in one place. David Lee from Odyssey Tour listened to our requirements, came up with suggestions and modified the tour to exactly suit our needs. He was always quick to respond to our emails and we felt confident throughout that we were in excellent hands. Our driver, Lionel, was a gem and we became good friends after a month together. Accommodation suggestions were excellent and matched our requirements (old style, mid range and well located). Sri Lanka has so many attractions from ancient history, great national parks, beautiful scenery, beaches and food not forgetting the friendly and welcoming Sri Lankans. A truly memorable holiday.,
Rating: December 2nd, 2016

Clients: bompity

Travel Consultant:
David Li
We just spent 7 amazing days traveling between Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha. We hiked every day to gorgeous monasteries and fortresses through many scenic landscapes. Our guide, Kinley, was professional, engaging, and willing to accommodate our wishes. Our driver, Tshering, was wonderful. We felt safe with him behind the wheel and entertained by his humor. Odyssey was impressive for checking in with our guides and with us throughout the stay to make sure things were going well. I would recommend this tour to anyone seeking an active cultural adventure.
Rating: December 1st, 2016

Clients: Jeremy G

Travel Consultant:
David Li
Wonderful 7 day trip with Odyssey. Our guide Kinlay was very knowledgable and flexible for our requirements, adjusting the itinery to accommodate our active lifestyle. We visited many monasteries, temples and shrines along with some fantastic hiking. Our driver Shering was expert and professional, much better than the average driver in USA, and also very knowledgable along with a great sense of humor. We left Bhutan regretfully, a beautiful country with beautiful people, leaving behind two new friends who I hope to spend time with again.
Rating: November 27th, 2016

Clients: Walaa Mohamed

From: Egypt

Travel Consultant:
Queenie Yang
My trip to SriLanka (the hidden treasure land )last August 2016 was really good , My travel consultant Queenie Yang was really helpful and she tried her best to make it a memorable trip , Queenie Yang was nice ,decent and professional, she did her best to meet most of my expectations,she did her best to solve the problems I went through caused by the local manger of SriLanka, I highly recommend My Odyssey Tours to customize and tail your trip . Waiting for a second trip with them soon My only concern that the company should take care of the culture and tourist background to avoid any undesirable circumstances...
Rating: November 16th, 2016
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