12 Days Bhutan Itinerary

Bumthang Ura Valley

12 Days Bhutan Itinerary. In 12 days Bhutan tour discover the cultural and natural wonders of this last Mahayana Buddhist kingdom of the Himalaya and nature, culture & adventure in a remote Kingdom. You cannot find a more enlightening travel destination today. Perched high on the mighty Himalayas range, the Kingdom of Bhutan has defied globalization and chosen to remain a hidden paradise, accessible only to a fortunate few. Bhutan is marked by raw natural beauty where the dense foliage changed dramatically as the subtropical jungle at sea level merge into a fertile temperature zone and rise up to the great northern glacier. This pristine environment is home to exotic wildlife and is the last refuge for endangered species like the Black Necked Crane, the blue sheep, The Golden langur, even the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Name: 12 Days Bhutan Tour Itinerary.
  • Trip Cost: US$ 2515 Per Person.
  • Max Altitude: 3423M (Pelela Pass)
  • Best Season: March to June and September to December.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel approved by TCB
  • Transportation: Private Cars depending upon the Group size.
  • Trip Type: Private.
  • Guide: TCB licensed Guide
  • Trip Route: 2N Thimphu-1N Punakha-1N Gangtye-1N Trongsa-2N Bumthang-2N Paro-2N Haa.

Trip Highlight

  • Explore the Remote Haa District.
  • Visit the Sky Burial sites at Bhutan’s highest Road Point at Chelela Pass(4200M).
  • Explore the Black Necked Crane breeding Center.
  • Enjoy the domestic flight from Bumthang to Paro.
  • Discover the ancient arts and crafts of Bhutan.
  • Enjoy the Mountain flights from Bumthang to Paro.
  • Visit the Magnificient Trongsa Dzong.

Outline Tour Program

  • Day 01: Arrival at Paro Airport at 2300m and drive to Thimphu(1 hour driver,60Km).
  • Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing at 2200m
  • Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha at 1242m(79Km & 2.5 hours drive)
  • Day 04: Punakha to Gangtey at 2800m(80Km and 2.5 Hours drive)
  • Day 05: Gangtey to Trongsa at 2170m
  • Day 06: Trongsa to Bumthang at 2600m (79Km and takes about 2.5 Hours)
  • Day 07: Bumthang Tour
  • Day 08: Bumthang to Paro via Flight drive to Haa(25 minutes flight)
  • Day 09: Paro to Haa Tour takes about 2 hours.
  • Day 10: Haa to Paro via Chelela
  • Day 11: Tiger Nest Hike at Paro
  • Day 12: Paro to Airport and See Off.

12 Days Bhutan Tour Map

Day 01 Arrival at Paro International Airport (3200m)

Tour Bhutan team will receive you at the airport. Drive to Thimphu. Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan and the most crowded city in the Country. The drive from Paro takes about 1 hour to reach Thimphu. Upon reaching Thimphu visit the largest standing Budha overlooking Thimphu valley followed by Memorial Chorten. Evening at Hotel.

Day 02 Thimphu Tour

Thimphu is the only Capital of Bhutan in the world where there is no traffic light. Explore the concrete building with authentic Bhutanese architecture. Walk the town and you will find many exciting cafes, Disco Club, Music and eateries in the city. The main sightseeing is a little out of the city and places like the Simply Bhutan museum and Folk heritage is popular among visitors.

Day 03 Thimphu to Punakha Via Dochula Pass (80Km and 3 hours drive).

The drive takes about 2 hours from Thimphu to Punakha. The road to Punakha is recently widened and is very beautiful. Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan with temperate climatic conditions and is warmer than Thimphu and Paro. In Punakha visit Chimi Lhakhang located on a small hill overlooking Punakha valley. The temple is built by the saint Lam Drukpa Kuneley. The local belief is that a couple having difficulty having children is said to have fulfilled their wish. Also, visit Punakha Dzong located between two rivers of Pho Chu and Mo Chu. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 Punakha to Gangtye

Gangtey is the most beautiful valley in central Bhutan. After breakfast drive to the beautiful valley of Gangtey. En-route sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang includes: visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong built-in 1638. The Dzong was recently distroyed by fire in 2012. This 4th century architecture wonder is raised to its former glory and now you can visit the Dzongs. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Drive further to Gangtey. On arrival check in to Gangtey Gompa House. Visit Gangtey Gompa Monastery, from outside. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated with other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. Dinner and overnight at Hotel..

Day 05 Gangtey to Trongsa

After breakfast, drive to Trongsa via pelela Pass. Pele La pass has a chorten and prayer flags fluttering across the hills. It is one of the highest mountain passes at an elevation of 3423m. The pass takes over Black Mountain, the boundary between Western and Central Bhutan. In Trongsa Visit Trongsa Dzong, the most impressive dzong of Bhutan, built in its present form in 1644 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, the official who was sent by Shabdrung to unify eastern Bhutan and enlarged at the end of the 17th century by Desi Tenzin Rabgay. Trongsa Dzong is the ancestral home of the present Royal Family and the first two hereditary kings ruled Bhutan from this Dzong. Then Visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower. The chapel inside the Ta Dzong is said to be dedicated to the Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal. Overnight in Hotel.

Quick Info about Trongsa: Trongsa Dzongkhag is located in the heart of the country. It covers an area of about 1807 km², with elevation ranging from 800 meters to 4,800 meters above sea level with a total population of 15562 as of July 2012

Day 06 Trongsa to Bumthang

Drive to Bumthang. Bumthang is 79Km and takes about 2 hours. Bumthang is a beautiful valley and home to some of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Visit Jamba Lhakhang built in 659AD by Tibetan King and Kenchu sum Lhakhang was originally built in the 7th century and later restored by Terton Pema Lingpa in the 15th century. Enjoy the arts and paints inside the monastery that depicts the life of saints in the form of paints. Over Night at Hotel

Day 07 Bumthang Ura Valley Excursion

Ura valley is popular for mushrooms. The famous Matsutake Mushroom festival takes place in Ura in summer around August. Visit the valley and visit the Bhutan’s most exquisite temples in Ura.

Day 08 Bumthang to Paro via Domestic Flight

After early breakfast drive to Batpalathng Airport which is about 15 minutes drive from the hotel. The flight takes about 25 minutes to reach Paro airport. Our team from Tour Bhutan will receive you at the airport and take you to Haa which is about 2 hours journey from Paro.

Day 09 Haa Tour

Haa District is the ancestral Home of the great Royal grandmother, Her Royal Highness Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck. Visit Wangchu Lo Dzong commissioned by Gongzim Ugyen Dorje. Visit Dobji Dzong is located 11km away from Chuzom. The route makes take a longer time but the visit is worth it.

Day 10 Haa to Paro

Drive to Paro via Chelela Pass. Take a leisure hike down to Kiligoenpa. The hike is one of the beautifull 2 hours trail starting from Chelel pass to small kiligoenpa monastery with about 50 nuns. In the afternoon visit farmhouse,enjoy the local wine and Hotstone bath and opportunity to converse with local host. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11 Paro Tiger Nest Temple

After breakfast a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, the trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.

After lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”), the center of civil and religious authority in this valley, built-in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Overnight in Hotel

Day 12 Airport and See off

12 Days Bhutan Itinerary ends here today. Tour Bhutan Guide and driver will assist you to the airport and bid you farewell. Make sure to reach the airport 3 hours prior to departure. Trashi Delek.

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Where you will stay?

We use combination of Hotels, Resorts and Farm House stay. All accommodation mentioned here are TCB certified and have good reviews from our past clients.

Hotel In Paro

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Rema Resort in Paro. 3 Star Hotel at the perfect location. Rema Resort located on a hilltop Overlooking the stunningly picturesque Valley of Paro offers an ideal space for any visitors looking for a quiet vacation in Bhutan. Read the Reviews.

Hotel in Thimphu

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Phuntsho Pelri Hotel in Thimphu is a 3-star Hotel in mid of town. A restaurant, a fitness center, and a business center are available at this hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self-parking are also provided. Just 3 minutes walk to the main town, 1-minute walk to the Turkish spa. Read the Reviews.

Hotel in Punakha

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Hotel Vara in Punakha is a beautiful 3-star Hotel overlooking Punakha.  You’ll be within 12 miles (20 km) of Punakha Dzong and 16 miles (25 km) of Chimi Lhakhang Temple from Stupa at Dochula is 23.9 mi (38.5 km). Read the Reviews.

Hotel in Gangtey

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Dewachen Hotel in amazing Phobjikha valley. 3 Star Hotel in Gangtey. A full-service spa, a restaurant, and a bar/lounge are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self-parking are also provided. Read the Reviews

Hotel in Trongsa

Hotel in Trongsa

Yangkhil Resort in Trongsa with all modern amenities.Only the best hotel in the area. Yangkhil Resort is the most elegant resort in the historic town of Trongsa, offering 21 rooms of ultra-modern design combined with traditional Bhutanese. Read the Reviews.

Hotel in Bumthang

Hotel Yugharling in Bumthang is the best Hotel in the city. Yugharling Resort Bhutan is a luxurious 4-star hotel situated in Bumthang and overlooks the Tang Valley. The hotel is surrounded by scenic beauty and offers the best service in Bumthang. Read the Reviews.