9 Days Classic Bhutan Tour

Ideal time to visit Bhutan for Cultural tour

9 Days Classic Bhutan Tour lets you explore the inner beauty of this tiny Himalayan Kingdom, visit the Longest suspension bridge in Punakha that connects the village with Punakha Fortress and ancient monasteries. This tour itinerary is one of the classic tours of Bhutan.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 8Nights and 9 Days Bhutan Tour
  • Tour Start and End: Paro Airport to Paro Airport.
  • Trip Cost: US$ 1480 Per Person.
  • Meals: All Inclusive
  • Tour Guide: Licensed Tour Guide.
  • Flights: Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines
  • Accommodation: 3-star Hotel Approved by TCB.
  • Best Season: All year-round.
  • High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November.
  • Lean Season: June, July, August, December, January & February.
  • Activity: Cultural tour and a Day Hike

Trip Highlight

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival at Paro International Airport at 2200m.
  • Day 02 Paro to Thimphu City Tour at 2300m
  • Day 03 Thimphu to Punakha at temperate Climatic zone  1242m.
  • Day 04 Punakha to Trongsa 2108m
  • Day 05 Trongsa to Bumthang 2600m
  • Day 06 Bumthang to Ura Valley Excursion 3100m
  • Day 07 Bumthang to Paro via Domestic Flight(25 minutes mountain flight)
  • Day 08 Paro Tiger Nest Hike (900m above Paro valley)
  • Day 09 Paro to Airport and see Off

Day 1 Arrival at Paro Bhutan

Arrival at Paro Bhutan. Your Guide from Tour Bhutan will receive you at the airport and drive you a short distance to the hotel. After Tea, drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, built-in 1647 by the Great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate but now the Dzong is restored to its former glory. Explore the Dzongs and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built-in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demoness that lay across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries lie in other neighboring countries. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 2 Paro to Thimphu Capital City Tour

Tour the capital city. After breakfast, visit the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built-in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch, we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the national government, and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). We finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 03 Old capital City tour of Punakha

Tour the classic village of Talo the birth place of 4 Queens of Bhutan. The village lies on a small hill of Talo. Afternoon visit to Longest suspension bridge. The bridge connects the two important village with Punakha Dzong. After that visit Punakha Dzong the most beautiful Dzong in the Country. Over Night at Hotel

Day 04 Punakha to Trongsa

Visit Trongsa Dzong. We start early today. After breakfast drive to Trongsa. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang includes: visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong (from outside) built-in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered an auspicious sign, representing the spread of Buddhist religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers.   After Lunch, drive to Trongsa. Visit Trongsa Dzong, the most impressive dzong in 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 Yangkhil Resort.

Day 05 Trongsa to Bumthang

Visit central Bhutan. Bumthang is the gateway to the eastern cities of Bhutan. After breakfast, drive to Bumthang. Lunch at Bumthang. After lunch, visit Jakar Dzong, which literally means “The Castle of White Bird”. The current structure was built in 1667 and is said to be the largest Dzong in Bhutan and then visit Lamey Goemba, a large palace, and monastery built in the 18th century by Dasho Phuntsho Wangdi. Visit Jambay Lhakhang said to have been built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659 on the same day as Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. The temple was visited by Guru Rimpoche during his visit to Bumthang and was renovated by Sindhu Raja after Guru Rimpoche restored his life force. Under the temple is said to be a lake in which Guru Rimpoche hid several Terma. In October one of the most spectacular festival, “Jambay Lhakhang Drup” is staged here. Overnight in Hotel Jakar Village Lodge. 

Day 06 Bumthang Ura village Tour

Visit Ura valley. Perched at an elevation of 3100mt below Thrumshingla is the highest valley of Bumthang district, Ura Valley. It is located at a distance of 48km from the Bumthang. Drive back to Bumthang and Over Night at Hotel.

Day 07 Bumthang to Paro by Flight

Our team from Tour Bhutan will receive you and drive you to Chelela Pass to visit Sky Burial. Chelela is about 30Km from Paro city and takes about 2 hours uphill drive. The pass is the highest road point in Bhutan and gives you a beautiful view of Haa valley and the beautiful Jumolhari mountain. Upon reaching the pass, visit the sky burial sites which is about 30 minutes uphill hike. Drive back to Paro and Over Night at Hotel.

Day 08 Paro Tiger Nest Temple Hike

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. In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 09 Paro to onward Journey

Your 9 Days Classic Bhutan Tour ends here with our Guide and driver seeing you off to Paro Airport.

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