Join us on this transformative 4 nights and 5 days Bhutan Tour to the fascinating royal kingdom. This carefully crafted 5 Days Bhutan Tour itinerary will help you immerse yourself in the wonders of Bhutan’s rich culture, breathtaking landscapes and spiritual heritages. Prepare to be delighted as you travel from Paro to Thimphu, Punakha and back to Paro, experiencing the very essence of this mystical Shangri La.
Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a small Himalayan kingdom known for its breathtaking landscapes, vibrant Buddhist culture, and commitment to Gross National Happiness. With its untouched mountains, ancient monasteries and warm hearted people, Bhutan offers a truly unique and life changing travel experience.
Your 5 Days Bhutan Tour adventure begins in Paro, where you will be greeted by the warm smiles of your guide and embark on a scenic drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, covering top must see places in Bhutan. Prepare to be allured by the sights and sounds as you explore the bustling streets and immerse yourself in the local way of life. Visit the iconic Memorial Chorten, a sacred stupa honoring Bhutan’s third king and ascend to Kunsel Phodrang for breathtaking views of Thimphu Valley. Dive deep into Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage at the Folk Heritage Museum and witness the grandeur of Tashichho-Dzong, a fortress-like structure that houses government offices and monastic bodies.
Continue your journey to Punakha, crossing the majestic Dochula Pass. Marvel at the 108 chortens that adorn the mountain pass and visit the serene Dochula Monastery, enveloped in tranquil beauty. Explore the idyllic Punakha countryside, where terraced rice fields and charming villages paint a picture-perfect scene. Discover the unique Chimi Lakhang, also known as the fertility temple and delve into the fascinating legends and rituals associated with it.
Returning to Paro, prepare for a day of spiritual enlightenment and exploration. Visit the iconic Paro Dzong, an architectural masterpiece that houses both administrative and monastic institutions. Explore the sacred Kyichu Monastery, one of Bhutan’s oldest and holiest sites and admire the ancient ruins of Drugyel Dzong. Plunge yourself in the intricate beauty of Dungtse Lhakhang, Druk Choeding Lhakhang and Jangtsa Dumgtseg Lhakhang. Gain deeper insight into Bhutanese traditions and history at the Druk Home Museum.
The pinnacle of your journey awaits on Day 4 as you embark on a most popular hike to the legendary Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched precariously on a cliffside. The stunning views and spiritual ambiance of this sacred site will leave an indelible mark on your heart. Afterward, indulge in a traditional hot stone bath or simply relax and reflect on your transformative journey.
As your adventure draws to a close, bid farewell to the magical kingdom of Bhutan, knowing that you have experienced its profound beauty and spirituality. Depart from Himalayan kingdom with happy memories and new appreciation for the unique charms of this hidden gem.
5 Days Bhutan Tour Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Paro, greeting at airport, drive to Thimpu. Time permitting sightseeing.
Day 2: Day tour to Punakha returning to Thimpu.
Day 3: Thimpu exploration and drive to Paro.
Day 4: Day hike to Taktsang Monastery (AKA Tiger’s Nest), free time on your own.
Day 5: Departure from Paro International Airport.
5 Days Bhutan Tour Inclusion/Exclusion
- Accommodation in a 3 star hotel
- Meals in hotels or local restaurants Breakfast and Lunch and Dinner
- All local sightseeing
- English speaking guide
- All government tax (Including Sustainable development fee of USD 200/- per person per night)
- One time visa fee USD 40
- Transportation and Driver for the entire duration
- Packaged mineral water during tours
- Monument fees
- Clothing and gears
- Beverages and bar bills
- Items of personal nature such as phone calls (internet access), laundry etc
- Tipping to guide and driver.
- Travel insurance
- Flight to/from Paro (we can arrange flights from Kathmandu at reasonable cost)
4 Nights and 5 Days Bhutan Tour Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Paro – Thmimpu
The Paro valley offers a fascinating introduction to a different world, characterized by its clean air and serene atmosphere. Despite ongoing development projects, Paro maintains its rustic charm with vast stretches of brown or green fields depending on the season and scattered villages and farmlands dotting the landscape. Upon arrival, we undergo visa processing and clear customs before being greeted by local Bhutanese guide outside the customs. From there, we drive for an hour to Thimphu. Thimpu is the capital, nestled in a vast valley traversed by the Wangchu River and overshadowed by towering peaks.
After lunch, you have the option to rest or explore several points of interest. Our Thimphu itinerary starts with a visit to the Memorial Chorten, where golden spires glisten in the sun and tinkling bells accompany the constant flow of elderly individuals circling the structure. Built by Ashi Phutsho Chodoen, the royal grandmother, in memory of her son, the third king Jigme Dorje, this monument houses an elegant collection of Buddhist statues and serves as a hub for the intricate teachings of tantric Buddhism.
Next, we proceed to Kuensel Phodrang, home to the Buddha Dordenma, reputedly one of the largest Buddha statues worldwide, standing at 169 feet (51.5 meters). This vantage point provides a panoramic view of capital city Thimphu.
Our exploration continues with visits to the Folk Heritage Museum, Vast Art Gallery and Royal Textile Museum. At the Royal Textile Academy, you can delve into Bhutan’s living national art of thagzo (weaving). The ground floor showcases royal ghos, including the wedding garments worn by the fourth king and his four wives. On the upper floor, you’ll discover various weaving techniques, local dress styles and textiles crafted by both men and women. The museum shop offers books and textiles for purchase. Meanwhile, the Folk Heritage Museum offers a glimpse into traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, showcasing artifacts from rural households, as well as an impressive collection of household objects, tools and equipment. The museum also hosts demonstrations of rural traditions, skills, habits and customs, along with educational programs for children.
Later in the day (if we are there on weekend), we’ll visit the Weekend Market, bustling with locals who come here for their weekly shopping. Observing the vibrant market scene provides a unique insight into Bhutanese culture and lifestyles.
In the evening, we make our way to the Tashichho-Dzong, also known as the “fortress of the glorious religion.” Initially constructed in 1641 and later rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965, this architectural marvel holds the main secretariat building and the Throne Room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. On the opposite side of the river, a modern building accommodates the National Assembly Hall. During the warmer summer months, the Dzong serves as the residence of the monk body led by His Holiness the Je Khenpo.
Overnight in Thimpu.
Day 2: Thimphu – Punakha – Thimpu (Day Tour)
Leaving Thimphu, we star our scenic journey into the Bhutanes countryside, heading towards the Punakha valley, which is also known as the winter capital of Bhutan. As we ascend gradually to the Dochula pass, which stands at an impressive altitude of over 10,300 feet, in a clear day we are greeted with breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayan range.
At the Dochula pass, we encounter the Dochula Monastery, also referred to as the Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens. This magnificent structure, inspired by the Queen, consists of a unique cluster of 108 Chortens that can be viewed from every direction. It stands as a tribute to the exemplary service and leadership of His Majesty the king.
The descent from the pass to Punakha is a treat for the senses, as the landscape unfolds in different colors. Fluttering prayer flags enhance the surroundings, highlighting the richness of the topography beautified with terrace farming and flowing rivers.
Option A: Later, we have the opportunity to explore the Punakha countryside by foot, traversing the picturesque paddy fields, until we reach the village of Pana. Here, we can visit the revered ‘Chimi Lhakhang,’ a temple constructed by the renowned Lama Drukpa Kinley in 1400 to subdue local demons. This temple holds great significance as a pilgrimage site for Bhutanese people, particularly women who respect it for its reputed fertility powers.
Option B: After enjoying a delicious lunch, we proceed to witness the historical Punakha Dzong. This grand fortress lies at the junction of the Phochu (male) and Mochu (female) rivers. Shabdrung Nawang, the respected figure, built the dzong in 1637. It serves as the winter residence of the head general, Je Khenpo, and the administrative headquarters of the district.
If time allows, we can embark on a day hike to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Monastery (OPTIONAL). A short 30-minute drive from the Punakha Dzong brings us to the base of the hill where this remarkable temple stands. To reach the temple, we cross a suspension bridge and walk through rice fields before ascending a moderately inclined trail enveloped by lush pine trees. The hike to the temple takes approximately one hour, and the descent back to the car park takes around 30 minutes.
Afterward, we start our drive back into the countryside, heading towards the Thimphu valley.
Overnight in Thimpu.
Day3: Thimphu- Paro – local sightseeing
After breakfast, we retrace our steps back to Paro, where we continue our further Bhutanese tour. Our first stop will be the renowned Paro Dzong, also known as Rinpung Dzong. Originally built as a small fort in the 15th century, it was later transformed into a formidable fortress by Shabdrung Ngawang in 1646. This magnificent structure stands as an example of traditional Bhutanese architecture. In past, it served as a defensive stronghold, to throw stones at invading Tibetans. The dzong also have several captivating paintings, including a unique Bhutanese interpretation of a mandala, which represents the cosmos. As we bid farewell to this historic site, we will cross the Paro River via the Nyamai-Zam, a picturesque wooden covered bridge. Interestingly, during times of war, the bridge was pulled apart to protect the dzong from invaders.
Perched above the Paro Dzong, we will find its watchtower, called Ta Dzong. Constructed in 1649 to defend the vulnerable dzong, it was later converted into the National Museum in 1968. The watchtower’s distinct round shape is said to resemble a conch shell, featuring walls that are an impressive 2.5 meters thick. Inside, the museum houses remarkable collection of thangkas, both ancient and modern, depicting the revered saints and teachers of Bhutan. Additionally, you will find an array of awe-inspiring festival masks, organized according to their tsechu dances. The museum also offers a natural history gallery, complete with a three-dimensional map of Bhutan and a Heritage Gallery that showcases interesting artifacts like an egg laid by a mule and a horse horn attributed to Guru Rinpoche. Legend has it that there exists an underground tunnel connecting the watchtower to the water supply below.
Our next stop will be the Kyichu Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Paro that holds great historical importance. Built in the 7th century by King Songsten Gampo of Tibet, it is among the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. According to legend, a colossal demoness once obstructed the spread of Buddhism throughout Tibet and the Himalayas. However, with the construction of Kyichu Monastery, her influence was lowered. Here, we will have the opportunity to make a powerful offering by lighting butter lamps, symbolizing the illumination of wisdom. Just as a lamp removes darkness, offering light from a butter lamp signifies the eradication of ignorance, leading to the attainment of Buddha’s luminous and clear wisdom.
On the way to our next attraction, we will visit the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, witnessing the remnants of this ancient fortress. Following a delightful lunch, we will take a leisurely walk through the village, immersing ourselves in the local atmosphere. Paro’s main street stretches straight and exposed, with occasional residents leaning against the storefronts. This leisurely walk presents an excellent opportunity to interact with the friendly locals and explore the charming small shops that line the street. Alternatively, we may choose to visit other interesting points in the area.
One such place is the Dungtse Lhakhang, a unique three-story chorten-style building constructed in 1433 by the esteemed bridge-builder Thangtong Gyelpo. Legend has it that this structure was built on the head of a demoness who was causing widespread illness. While entering may or may not be permitted, we can freely explore the surroundings of this remarkable shrine.
Another attraction worth visiting is the Druk Choeding Lhakhang, which was built in 1525 by Ngawang Chogyel, an ancestor of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and a prince-general from Ralung, Tibet.
Additionally, we have the opportunity to explore Jangtsa Dumgtseg Lhakhang, a temple that stands out due to its chorten-like structure, unique for Bhutan. Situated on a hill between the Paro and Dopchari valleys, this temple offers breathtaking views.
To gain further insights into Bhutanese culture, we can visit the Druk Home Museum, a charming private museum housed in a traditional Bhutanese house along the road to Taktshang. This museum provides a captivating overview of Bhutan, featuring festival masks, regional dresses and explanations of the hierarchy of the kabney (scarf). Additionally, the museum’s comprehensive display includes dried foods, herbs and even a bowl of Cornflakes! Don’t forget to indulge in local snacks and wine for a full experience.
Lastly, we have a fun opportunity to wear traditional Bhutanese costumes for a memorable photo session. Please note that this experience is subject to availability.
Overnight in Paro.
Day 4: Hike to Taktsang Monastsery (Also Known as Tiger’s Nest)
After breakfast, we drive for approximately 25 minutes to the base of Ramthanka to start our hike to the famous Taktshang Lhakhang, also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery . This sacred site is perched on a sheer rock face 3000 ft above the valley , offering breathtaking panoramic views. As per legend, Guru Rinpoche arrived here on a tigress’s back and meditated in a cave, which later became the monastery. For reasonably fit person this hike takes about 2 to 3 hours uphill and 2 hours returns, following well-maintained trails. There is option to hire a horse for those who are not able to hike.
After the trek, you can opt for a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath to relax and overcome various ailments (additional cost).
Overnight in Paro.
Day 5: Departure
As per your departure flight time from Paro, usually in the morning, our representatives from Mosaic Adventure will escort you to Paro International Airport and bid Good-bye and pleasant flight back to next destination.
Frequently Asked Questions about 5 days Bhutan Tour
What are the attractions included in a 5 days Bhutan tour?
We have included most of the attractions in central Bhutan, such as Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Punakha Dzong, Dochula Pass, Thimphu city, the Buddha Dordenma statue and many others.
How can I obtain a Bhutan visa for a 5-day tour?
To obtain a Bhutan visa, you need to book your tour through registered companies like us. We will process the visa on your behalf, we will request for required documents once you book this tour.
What is the best time of year to visit Bhutan?
Best time to visit Bhutan for a tour is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear.
What is the cost of a 5 days Bhutan tour, does it include accommodation and transportation?
The cost of 5 days Bhutan Tour is USD 1840 per person. It is including all meals, accommodation, transportation with guide, licensed guide and Bhutan visa fee.
How do I get to Bhutan for a 5-day tour? Are there direct flights available?
Bhutan has its national carrier, Druk Air, which operates flights to Paro International Airport from several cities in Asia, including Kathmandu, Delhi, Bangkok and Singapore. Please get in touch with us if you need assistance to book your flight to Paro from Kathmandu.
Is it necessary to hire a tour guide for a 5-day Bhutan tour, or can I explore the country independently?
It is mandatory to hire a licensed tour guide when visiting Bhutan. Independent travel is not allowed, and tourists must be accompanied by a guide to ensure the preservation of Bhutan’s culture and environment.
What is the local currency in Bhutan, and where can I exchange my money?
Local currency in Bhutan is the Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN). You can exchange foreign currency for Ngultrum at banks and authorized exchange counters in major towns like Paro and Thimphu.
Are there any specific cultural etiquettes or customs I should be aware of during my 5 days Bhutan tour?
Bhutan has a rich cultural heritage and it is important to respect local culture and customs. Some key etiquette to follow includes dressing modestly, removing shoes when entering religious sites and showing respect for monks and religious practices.
Are there any health or safety precautions I should take during my 5-day tour in Bhutan?
It is advisable to consult your doctor before traveling to Bhutan to ensure you are up to date on routine vaccinations.
Can I extend my 5-day Bhutan tour if I want to stay longer?
Yes, it is possible to extend your Bhutan tour beyond 5 days if you wish to stay longer. You can discuss the extension with your guide and he will provide further information and associated costs to extend your stay.
Are there any restrictions on photography or taking pictures during a 5-day Bhutan tour?
Photography is generally allowed in Bhutan, but some religious sites may have restrictions. It is important to ask for permission before taking pictures of people, especially monks. Drone usage is also restricted and requires prior approval.
What is the cuisine like in Bhutan, and are there any local dishes I should try during my tour?
Bhutanese cuisine is known for its spicy flavors and unique dishes. Some local dishes to try during your 5 days Bhutan tour include Ema Datshi (chili and cheese stew), Phaksha Paa (pork with red chili) and Momos (dumplings).
Are there any specific festivals or events that I should try to experience during my Bhutan tour?
Bhutan is known for its vibrant festivals called “Tsechus.” These religious festivals feature colorful mask dances and are held throughout the year in different districts. Check the festival calendar to see if any coincide with your travel dates.
How can I learn more about Bhutan’s history and culture during my 5 days Bhutan tour?
Your licensed tour guide will provide insights into Bhutan’s history and culture throughout your tour. Additionally, visiting museums, dzongs (fortresses) and monasteries will offer opportunities to learn more about Bhutan’s rich heritage and culture.
What are the options for accommodation in Bhutan, ranging from budget to luxury ?
Bhutan offers a range of accommodation options, including budget guesthouses, mid-range hotels and luxury resorts. The choice depends on your preferences and budget. Our itienrary includes three star hotels and in Thimphu and Paro you have a variety of options to choose from, please get in touch if you want to upgrade your accommodation.
Is it possible to do any outdoor activities, such as hiking or trekking, during a 5-day tour?
While a 5-day tour may not allow for long treks, there are shorter hikes available in Bhutan, such as the hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) or the Wangditse Nature Trail near Thimphu. These activities can be incorporated into your itinerary by consulting with your local guide while you are in Bhutan.
Are there any unique souvenirs or handicrafts I can purchase in Bhutan during my 5-day tour?
Bhutan is known for its exquisite handicrafts, including hand-woven textiles, traditional Bhutanese paintings (thangkas), wooden carvings and handmade paper products. You can find these items in local markets and craft shops.
What are the transportation options for us getting around during a 5 days Bhutan tour?
Transportation within Bhutan for tourists is primarily by private vehicle. We will arrange a comfortable car or van (as per group size) with a driver for your sightseeing and transfers between destinations.