Bhutan Thunder Dragon Tour

Duration: 9 Days 8 Nights

Description: Bhutan Thunder Dragon Tour is a short day cultural tour of western Bhutan. Yelha Bhutan Tours has organized this tour to give our guests the maximum sightseeing of the two western parts of Bhutan in the available short duration. Thimphu valley “Capital” and Paro valley is one of the most highly visited and popular valleys in the kingdom.

Cost & Special offer

Tour Cost including Bhutan Visa Fees
(Not including Bhutan air fare)

High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November

Single traveler: US$ 850 per person
2 person: US$ 760 Per person
3 plus person: US$ 730 per person

Low Season: January, February, June, July, August & December

Single traveler: US$ 700 per person
2 person: US$ 640 Per person
3 plus person: US$ 610 per person

Tour Discounts:

  • No charge for children under 5 years. 50% discount for children in age group 6-12 years and accompanied by their guardians:
  • 25% discount on daily rates to full time students below the age of 25 years with valid identity cards
  • 50% discount on daily rates to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people.
  • 100% discount to one member in a group exceeding 26 persons.
  • Please Note: The rate may go higher depending upon the nature of services desired beyond specified details above

Air Fare

Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok = US$ 700
Singapore-Paro-Singapore = USD$ 1200
Delhi –Paro-Delhi = USD$700
Kolkata-Paro-Kolkata= USD$400
Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu = USD$400
(Note airfares are subjected to change as per the notice by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines)

Airfare Discount

  • Infant under the 2 years pay 10% of airfare plus relevant taxes.
  • A child’s between 2-11 years inclusive of 67% of the quoted fare.
  • Full time Students under the age of 25 years with identity cards may receive discount up to 25%.
Day 1: Arrive Paro, transfer to Thimphu

 Elevation: 2334 m;      Driving time: 2 hours

Fly into Paro by Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Airline. The great snow-capped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens can be seen during clear weather. As the plane approaches Bhutan, if you look down farmhouses as dots on the hillsides can be seen. As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, you will see Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu (river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum, above it. You will be received by the representative of Yelha Bhutan Tours and Travels (Bhutan tour operator) who will be your Bhutan travel guide throughout your tour.

After meeting with the guide and driver then drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Check into the hotel and rest for a while and then visit Buddha Dordenma (the larges Buddha Statue at Kuenselphodrang), Memorial stupa, Tashi Chhodzong and the strol through the town in the evening.

Places to visit:

  • Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu
  • Tashi Chodzong, Timphu
  • Tamchog Temple
  • Memrial Chorten, Thimphu
  • Thimphu Town (city without traffic lights)
Day 2: Thimphu

 After the breakfast, we will visit Institute of Zorig Chusum (Institute of 13 Arts and Crafts) where students undergo 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Changzamtog National Weaving CentreTakin Preserve which houses the national animal- takin which is found only in Bhutan. Takin is an extremely rare member of goat family. Then visit Changangkha temple and end with Centenary Farmer’s Market where farmers sell their farm produces ( vegetables, fruits, cereals, spices, wild vegetable collections, livestock products and free interaction with local people who come shopping to this market, especially on weekends.

Place to visit

  • Changangkha temple
  • Takin Preserve(National Animal)
  • Hand Woven Silk Kira
  • Institute of 13 Arts and Crafts
  • Centenary Farmer’s Market
Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha via Dochula pass

Elevation: 1300 m;      Driving time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

After breakfast, travel to Punakha through Dochula Pass (3,088m/10,130ft). If you have a clear sky, the view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges is spectacular and you can even see the Gasa Dzong as a white dot in the horizon. Visit the beautiful 108 stupas built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo for the security and wellbeing of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. Travel onto Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body. Visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male) river and the Mochu (female) river.

Place to visit

  • 108 stupa, Dochula Pass
  • Punakha Dzong
  • Chimi Lhakhang (Devine Madman’s temple)
  • Druk Wangyal Monastery, Dochula
Day 4: Punakha – Bumthang

Elevation: 2650 m;      Driving time: 7 hours

After breakfast, drives to Bumthang via Pelela pass at the altitude of 3,150 meters, a wonderful opportunity for photographs. En-route stops at Chummy village to visit yathra weaving central. Which Yathra are made into colorful scarves, bags, blankets and sweater.

Continue drive to Bumthang  and check into the hotel and take a rest. 

Day 5: Bumthang valley tour

Whole day sightseeing in Bumthang, which is the most beautiful place in Bhutan and we normally say, “Switzerland of Bhutan”. In the morning visit the Jakar Dzong. The fortress is now used as an administrative center of the valley and summer residence of monks. Chakhar Lhakhang (Iron Castle). It is the site of the palace of the Indian King Sendha Gyab also known as Sindhu Raja. Also visit Kurjey Lhakhang (Kurjey means, “Body imprint”). The temple to the right was built by Minjur Tempa in 1652. It was built around the cave in which Guru Rinpoche meditated and left his body imprint.

Jambay lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the King Songtsen Goempo of Tibet. In his effort to propagate Buddhism he had a plan to build a total of 108 temples in Tibet and neighbouring kingdoms. Then visit small Bumthang town and take leisure time by walking through villages nearby.

Place to visit

  • Jakar Dzong, Bumthang
  • Kuje Lhakhang
  • Chamkhar town, Bumthang
  • Jambay lhakhang
  • Yathra(woven from wool)
Day 6: Bumthang – Phobjikha

Elevation: 2900 m;      driving time: 7 hours

After breakfast drive to Trongsa and visit Trongsa Dzong, seat of the district administration, built in 1648 Then drive to Phobjikha (lunch on the way). It is a bowl-shape valley on the western slopes of Black Mountain. Visit Gantey Goenpa – This monastery is a major attraction with an old monastery date back to the 16 century. Later start short short hike from Gangtey Goenpa to beautiful phobjikha valley.

Places to visit

  • Trongsa DzongKuje Lhakhang
  • Gangtey Goenpa, Gangtey, Wangdue
  • Black Necked Crane (can see in winter only)
  • Bowl shape Phobjikha Valleya

 Elevation: 2280 m;            driving time: 6 hours

Today after well rest we will drive to Paro. After reahing Paro, check into the hotel and in the evening, visit Paro Rinpung dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks. Visit Taa dzong which was built in the 17th century as a watchtower for the Paro Dzong. This dzong was converted into the National museum in 1967 and is filled with antique thankha paintings, textiles, weapons and armour.

Places to visit

  • National Museum (Ta-dzong)
  • Punakha – Paro Highway
  • Paro Rinpung dzong
  • Nyamey ZAmpa (traditional wooden bridge)
  • Paro town

Day 8: A Day hike to tiger’s nest monastery

 Elevation: 3120 m;      Hike time: 5 hours (up and down)

After breakfast, drive up to the base camp of Taktsang and then hike up to the most famous Monastery in the entire kingdom of Bhutan perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to the viewpoint will take about an hour and it will take 2 hours to the monastery. Till view point, you can experience horse ride by paying USD 15 to USD 20 per horse but if you prefer to hike, then it is great.

Lunch at Taktshang Café just above view point or you can have picnic lunch.

On the way back to hotel from the tiring hike, visit Kyichu temple and then you will be visiting one of the farm houses in Paro to experience Bhutanese life-style and the organic Bhutanese dinner. You can also experience hot-stone bath at farm house (US $ 20 per person).

Benefits of Hot stone bath:

It is a good remedy for skin diseases, joint pains, body aches and to relax after a hard day’s work. No scientific study has been done but it’s believed that the herbs and the chemical in the stones are a good source of medicine. Families in olden days would soak after their seasonal farm work in winter. The long, healing bath relaxed their tired bodies and helped cure backaches and joint pains.

Places to visit

  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Hot stone bath in Farm house
  • Farm house in Paro
  • Organic cuisine at Farm house
  • Kyichu Temple
  • Experience archery at Farm house
Day 9: Departure

After the breakfast, our representatives will escort you to the International Airport accordingly with the departure time. You have to reach there at the airport 2 hours prior to the departure time.

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