Complete Bhutan Tours


Complete Bhutan Tours is an ideal way to experience the glory and the myth of this Himalayan Kingdom at its most magnificent – a perfect blend of culture and nature exploration. It gives you a chance to meet people, enjoy the pristine forest with the rare glimpse of wildlife and observe the ancient old traditions of arts and crafts while traveling through the less frequented areas of Bhutan. The tour includes start from Paro valley sightseeing and Taktsang (Tiger nest) hike then traveling through Thimphu the capital without traffic light in the world, Punakha, Wangdue, Trongsa, the beautiful valleys of Bumthang and the rarely visited eastern Bhutan.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Paro and sightseeing
Day 02: Paro
Day 03: Paro - Thimphu
Day 04: Thimphu
Day 05: Thimphu - Punakha/Wangdue
Day 06: Wangdue - Trongsa
Day 07: Trongsa - Bumthang
Day 08: Bumthang
Day 09: Bumthang
Day 10: Bumthang- Gangtey
Day 11: Gangtey – Paro
Day 12: Chele La Ridge Hike
Day 13: Departure


Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Paro and sightseeing
During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga (if flying from Kathmandu or Delhi) and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, meet our representative and escorted to the hotel. After lunch visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars which now house the nation’s heritage, Bhutan’s National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, the massive fortress is located on a small hill just above the Paro River (Pachu). The Dzong houses the district administration office and the District Monk body. It was built in 1645 A.D. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Morning Tiger’s Nest Hike and Afternoon Paro sightseeing
In the morning hike to Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang meaning "Tiger's Nest”, is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. The eighth century's monastery is perched on a rock overlooking a sheer drop and clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 2,950 m above the sea level.

After lunch visit Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fortress, which was once, defended this valley from Tibetan invasions.  After then proceed towards Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery). One of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan was built in 659 A.D by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet as one of the 108 such monasteries he built in across the Himalayas to spread Buddhism. Evening is free. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Paro to Thimphu
Drive one and half hours to the capital town Thimphu, in the morning. En route visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge Stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Upon arrival in Thimphu check into the hotel. 

After lunch visit the Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building where the office of the government ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room, and the office and the living quarters of the Monk Body and its Chief Abbot are housed. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the Painting and Woodcraft School where the traditional art and painting is kept alive. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit Simtokha Dzong (6 km from Thimphu) the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1629 AD. In the evening explore the busy Thimphu town. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Thimphu day hike to Tango and Cheri monasteries
We will drive 12 km north of Thimphu to hike to Tango and Cheri monasteries. It will take about 45 minutes to hike to the monastery. Tango Monastery is a Buddhist college, and it's the residence of the Desi Tenzin Rabgye, a young boy who is the reincarnation of the 16th-century monk who built Tango. We will then hike to Cheri Monastery, which is also about a 45-minute hike. After the picnic lunch then drive back to Thimphu for city sightseeing, Takin Zoo, viewpoint of Thimphu and visit Traditional Paper Factory.
 
Day 05: Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdue 
Drive early to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan taking about 03 hours across Dochu-La Pass at 3050m from where snow-capped eastern Himalayan ranges can be seen on a clear day. Stop at the pass to visit Druk Wangyal Chortens, 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen. Once you cross the pass, you wind down into a warm fertile valley and meander along a gently flowing aquamarine river that leads you to the Punakha valley. Then visit the Punakha Dzong, the winter residence of the Je khempo (chief abbot). Punakha Dzong is the most Magnificent and Largest Dzong in Bhutan located beautifully in between the two largest rivers Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River), it is an outstanding structure with intense artwork.

After lunch short hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Newly built and it is a more elaborate version of the Memorial Chorten in Thimphu. It has an astounding work of frescoes and intricate statues. And then drive to Wangdue Phodrang and visit the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, built in 1638. It is believed to be built on the back of the giant Elephants back and is considered one of the most important Dzongs of the 17th century as it controlled west - East and to the South. Overnight in hotel.

Day 06: Wangdue – Trongsa
Drive to Trongsa (129km/ 4hours).  On the way drive to Phobjikha valley which is surely one of the loveliest high altitude valleys in Bhutan. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Visit the 17th century Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan and it houses about 200 monks. Then drive back to Pelela pass (3300m), this pass offers the great view of Himalayan villages like Rukubji and Chendebji, and it is also the main landmark between east & west. Finally, reach Trongsa. Trongsa is picturesque with spectacular landscapes and the Trongsa Dzong near looks like a huge apparition in the radiant sun and is stretched along a ridge. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Trongsa – Bumthang  

In the morning visit Trongsa Dzong and the Watch tower (now a museum). Drive through Trongsa town to the broad & beautiful valley of Bumthang. Bumthang is a general name for the four valleys of Ura, Chumey, Tang and Chokhor and is considered to be one of the most beautiful and sacred valleys of Bhutan. These four valleys of Bumthang are dotted with temples, monasteries, prayer flag and stupas. and full of myth, legend, folktale and superstition. The traditional stone houses with colorful paintings, intricately carved wooden structures and lush evergreen conifer forest add to the beauty and charm.  Along the way you will stop at Domkhar Dzong at Kurchu village to see farm house and   yathra (textile weaving) factory at Chumey, where the yathra are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Bumthang Sightseeing
Morning visit to Jampa Lhakhang (another of the 108 temples built by King Songtsen Gampo), Kurjey Lhakhang (in 8th century Guru Rinpoche came to Bumthang and meditated, leaving JEY (imprint) of his KU (body) in the rock, hence the temple’s name is known as Kurjey) – 30 minutes for personal meditation. After that short hike to Tamshing Lhakhang which is one of the most important Nyingma temples in the Kingdom. It was built by Terton Pema Lingpa in 1501 with the help of Khandroma (female celestial beings). The inner walls contain the original unrestored images that were painted by Pema-Lingpa-himself. After Lunch visit Jakar Dzong and Old place of Wangdicholling.  In evening, take a leisurely stroll through Bumthang market area. Overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Bumthang Sightseeing
After early breakfast, drive through Tang Valley to have a short hike to Ugyencholling Palace. En route we will visit Tang Member Tsho (Burning Lake) from where Saint Pemalingpa had discovered several hidden treasures from the lake.
 
In Ugyenchholing, we can see the palace which is also a museum and cluster of villages along the path. On the way back, visit the only Buddhist Institute which provides degree in Buddhist philosophy for women which was founded by 9th Gangtey Tulku Rinpoche, the present reincarnation of Saint Pemalingpa. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 10: Bumthang – Gangtey (188 km, 5-6 hrs)
From Bumthang, past Trongsa across the Pele La Pass, we reach Gangtey after 6 hours. Late afternoon Explore Phobjikha Valley. We can stop in between the drive at interesting and scenic places. Halt overnight at Gangtey.

Day 11: Gangtey – Paro (Distance 200 km, 6 hrs)
From Gangtey, we will descend to Punakha valley. The road then ascends up to the Dochula Pass which has been marked by white chortens and colorful prayer flags. After 6 hours scenic drive finally we will reach Paro. Evening is free. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Chele La Ridge Hike
In the morning, we will take a drive to Chele La (3750m). This is the highest drive able pass in the entire country and a hike up along the pastures to Kung Karpo La (4100m) is an enriching experience. If the weather is clear, we can have stunning views of the snow peaks as we walk above the vegetation along the ridge that marks the division of Paro and Haa valley. A short but rather steep climb down from the top will take us to the nunnery of Kila Gompa surrounded by a lush forest of fir. This is a place where Buddhist nuns live their life of meditation away from the crowded world. The main temple is encircled by many huts used for meditation. This place is inhabited by about 30 nuns. This is also one of the oldest nunneries in Bhutan and is supposed to have been established in the 9th century for the purpose of meditation. It was destroyed by fire but was restored again in 1986. The Kila Gompa is also historically significant for the Bhutanese people. Many renowned Buddhist saints have come here to find peace and seclusion. The main temple houses ancient statues of Chenrezig (Avalokiteswara) and Guru Rimpoche (Saint Padmasambhava) among others. Inside rocky cliffs nearby there are many hidden caves. Mountain streams can also be seen nearby. An hour of walk downwards will take us to Paro. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Departure
After breakfast free till departure time. Transfer to the airport for onward journey.

We make arrange the departure as per your convenience date.

Price Includes:

  • Necessary airport, hotel and airport transfers
  • Bhutan Visa Fee
  • Government approved A and B category hotels on twin sharing basis
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu airfare
  • Airport tax
  • Entrance fees and permit
  • Overland transport in comfortable private vehicle
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking  guide
  • Government royalty, tax and Fees
  • Service Charge

Price Excludes:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Beverages
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc

The Tour Group
For this tour, we can arrange any group size. 

Health & Experience Required
Any people who are in normal health condition can go with this trip. No any experience is required.

Travel Insurance
It would be best for you to make travel insurance before the trips that will be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents. Please be noted that we don't arrange or sell insurance.
 
Accommodations
Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of your booking, we provide best one. All accommodations are on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single rooms on request by paying a single supplement.

Why Us?
Black Diamond is primarily dedicated to satisfying our travelers from around the globe. We give our best in this field because we are committed to providing you with the best services possible from our side.

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