5 days – Paro, Thimphu, Wangdue & Punakha
Scenic flights along the Eastern Himalaya between Kathmandu and Paro
Visit the major shrines and sights of Paro, Thimphu, Wangdi & Punakha
Day hike to the famous Taktsang monastery
This 5-day excursion could well have been called “The Best of Bhutan” — it offers the highlights of the Dragon Kingdom in a short but comprehensive tour that isn’t too rushed.
Our scenic flight along the Himalaya touches down at the idyllic Paro valley. We take a short drive to Thimphu and take in the sights and sounds of the capital. The next morning we take an excursion to the Cheri and Taango monasteries before continuing to Punakha and Wangdue in the Lobesa valley. Here we visit the Punakha Dzong — arguably the most beautiful building in Bhutan — and the Chhime Lhakhang, the Temple of Fertility. Upon our return to Paro we embark on the highlight of the trip: the walk to the fabled Takstang — Tiger’s Nest — monastery.
Heart of the Dragon is the ideal trip for those wishing to see the best of the Himalayan kingdom in a short but relaxed time.
Day 1 Fly to Paro. Drive to Thimphu.
Afternoon Thimphu sights: Zorig Chusum Institute (National Institute of Arts and Crafts), Memorial chorten, Tashichho Dzong, and Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point). Evening stroll around Thimphu town.
Day 2 Morning visit Pangri Zampa Lhakhang, Cheri and Taango monasteries.
Afternoon drive to Punakha across Dochu La pass. Visit Wangdiphodrang marketplace en route.
Day 3 Morning visit Punakha Dzong and Chimme Lhakhang.
Late morning drive to Paro visiting Simtokha Dzong en route.
Afternoon visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) and Paro Rinpung Dzong.
Day 4 Morning hike to Taktsang monastery. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang on return.
Late afternoon visit traditional Bhutanese farmhouse.
Evening stroll around Paro town.
Day 5 Early morning transfer to Paro airport. Fly to Kathmandu.
Dates and Pricing
We can operate private departures through the year for a party of one or more. Best season is fall through spring (October - May).
|High Season (Mar - May; Sep - Nov)||Low Season (Jun - Aug; Dec - Feb)|
|1 person||US$ 1,370||US$ 1,170|
|2 persons||US$ 1,190||US$ 990|
|3 or more persons||US$ 1,070||US$ 870|
|Single room supplement||US$ 140||US$ 140|
|Airfare Kathmandu - Paro - Kathmandu||US$ 394|
|Punakha||Meri Puensum Resort|
|Paro||Tashi Namgay Resort|