Bhutan Short Tour

Experience the Land of the Thunder Dragon

Duration Duration 4 Days
Meals Meals
  • 3 Breakfast
  • 3 Lunch
  • 3 Dinner
Accommodation Accommodation

Paro – Mandala Resort
Thimphu – Hotel Pedling

Activites Activities
  • Sightseeing
  • Trekking
  • Scenic Drive/Flight
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Destination Destination
Bhutan
Difficulty Difficulty
Moderate
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
3120 Meter
Activities Activity
Sightseeing
Start and Point Start/End Point
Paro/Paro
Best Season Best Season
March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov
Group Size Group Size
Minimum 2
Transportation Transportation
Private Car and Flight
Activity Per Day Activity Per Day
5-6 hour sightseeing

Overview of Bhutan Short Tour

Nestling itself in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan has gradually opened its doors to the world after choosing to remain isolated for centuries, making it a pristine destination for those seeking an unparalleled experience on a Bhutan Short Tour for 4 Days. The environment and its inhabitants have harmonized to shape a unique identity deeply influenced by profound religious and cultural traditions.

Home to about 700,000 people and an area comparable to Switzerland, Bhutan stands out as the world’s only country where Mahayana Buddhism is the main religious practice. Its commitment to the Buddhist ethos of compassion for all beings has safeguarded its untouched landscapes and rich biodiversity. Bhutan’s history of independence, never having been colonized, and only occasional interactions with the international community have contributed to its distinct identity.


Trip Highlights

  • Arrive at Paro International Airport: Enjoy the breathtaking Himalayan views as you descend.
  • Drive Scenically to Thimphu: Take in the tranquil landscapes and traditional Bhutanese architecture along the way.
  • Sightseeing in Thimphu: Visit the National Memorial Chorten and marvel at the majestic Buddha Dordenma Statue.
  • Head Back to Paro: Explore the rich history of Bhutan at the National Museum and Paro Dzong.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery: Undertake a spiritual climb to the iconic Tiger’s Nest, perched atop a cliff.
  • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang: Experience one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred temples.
  • Immerse in the Culture: Dive into the local lifestyle, taste the cuisine, and explore vibrant markets in Thimphu and Paro.

The revered Indian sage of the 8th century, Padmasambhava, known as Guru Rinpoche in the Tantric Buddhist tradition, introduced Buddhism to Bhutan, laying the groundwork for its spiritual heritage. The arrival of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1616, a pivotal figure in the Drukpa lineage of Mahayana Buddhism, marked a significant period in Bhutanese history as he united the nation and established the foundations of its governance and identity.

The consensus among the clergy, government officials, and the people in 1907 led to the election of Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck as the first king of Bhutan, initiating the distinguished Wangchuck dynasty. In 2006, the fourth king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, made a historic decision to transition the kingdom to a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy, stepping down in favor of this new governance model.

The first democratic elections in Bhutan were held in 2008, commemorating the monarchy’s centennial, with Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the country’s fifth king, being crowned, thereby continuing Bhutan’s legacy into a new era of governance while preserving its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty.

Bhutan Short Tour Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Paro (Altitude: 2,280m) and Transfer to Thimphu (Altitude: 2,320m, Distance: 55 Kms, Duration: 1½ Hrs Drive)

    Flying into Paro offers one of the most spectacular aerial views in the Himalayas, particularly on the flight from Kathmandu, which traces the Himalayan range, offering stunning landscapes and an exhilarating entry into the kingdom. Bhutan welcomes you with its crisp, clean, and fresh mountain air as soon as you disembark from the plane.

    Our representative will greet you at the immigration desk, take your bags, and drive you to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. En route, you will stop at Chuzom, the meeting point of the Thimphu and Paro rivers.

    Adorned with three styles of stupas — Tibetan, Nepalese, and Bhutanese — this confluence also features the Tachogang Lhakhang, or “temple of the excellent horse,” on your left before you reach Chuzom. A 15th-century private temple, it commemorates the visit of Balaha, the excellent horse, a manifestation of Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion.

    When you arrive in Thimphu, please check in at your hotel. Serving as the center for the Bhutanese government, religion, and commerce, Thimphu uniquely combines modern development with ancient traditions. Its population of about 90,000 people makes it likely the only capital city globally without traffic lights.

    Spend the evening wandering through Thimphu’s main streets and market area. Consider a visit to the Local Crafts Bazaar to experience Bhutan’s rich traditional arts. Here, a diverse array of merchandise awaits your discovery, featuring locally crafted hand-woven textiles, Thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, as well as slate and wood carvings, jewelry, and other artisanal creations.

    Enjoy an overnight stay at a hotel in Thimphu (Altitude: 2,400 meters)

    Accommodation: Hotel Pedling or a similar 3-star hotel
    Meals: Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 02: Explore Thimphu and Return to Paro (Return Distance: 110 Kms, Duration: 3 Hrs Drive Round Trip)

    Start the day with breakfast and then proceed to explore the Thimphu Valley, which includes stops at notable sites such as Kuensel Phodrang, also known as Buddha Point. A brief drive from Thimphu’s center takes you to Buddha Point, where a panoramic view of the Thimphu valley unfolds.

    At this location, visitors have the opportunity to offer their prayers in front of the nation’s largest Buddha statue and enjoy a scenic walk overlooking the valley.
    Constantly encircling the King’s Memorial Chorten are people who spin prayer wheels and recite mantras.

    As a memorial to world peace and prosperity, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third king of Bhutan and dubbed “the father of modern Bhutan,” began construction on this landmark tower. Completed in 1974 following his untimely demise, it honors the Late King and represents harmony.

    Post lunch, the itinerary leads to Ta Dzong, which has transitioned from a watchtower to the National Museum. The museum’s broad collection features ancient Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor, household artifacts, and a wide array of natural and historical pieces.

    Immediately after the Ta Dzong visit, a short walk downhill takes you to Rinpung Dzong, or Paro Dzong, known as the “fortress of the heap of jewels.” This fortress carries a compelling history.
    Vibrant wall paintings inside the wooden galleries showcase Buddhist stories, including the wheel of life, the story of the four friends, the older man with a long life, scenes from Milarepa’s life, Mount Sumeru, and numerous cosmic Mandalas.

    After a long day, spend the night at a Paro hotel.

    Accommodation: Mandala Resort or a similar 3-star Resort
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 03: Paro - Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) (Hiking Distance: 4-5 Kms One Way, Duration: 4-6 Hrs Round Trip)

    Start your day with breakfast and then embark on a trek to the Taktshang Monastery, also famous as the Tiger’s Nest (around a 5-hour hike). Sitting 900 meters above the Paro valley, this monastery ranks as one of Bhutan’s most iconic, celebrated for the myth of Guru Rinpoche’s arrival on a tigress’s back for meditation, thus earning its nickname, ‘Tiger’s Nest.’

    Recognized as an extremely holy site, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal visited it in 1646, making it a must-visit pilgrimage for every Bhutanese at least once in their lives. A fire severely damaged it on April 19, 1998, but meticulous restoration efforts have brought it back to its original magnificence.

    Later in the afternoon, you can go to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a fortress that stood firm against Tibetan invasions centuries back. The approach road offers a stunning view of Chomolhari, the “mountain of the goddess,” in all its grandeur.

    Discover the 108 temples that Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo erected across the Himalayas to honor the spread of Buddhism to Bhutan. Among them is the Kyichu Lhakhang, constructed in the seventh century.

    Spend the evening in a Paro hotel.

    Accommodation: Mandala Resort or a similar 3-star Resort
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 04: Departure from Paro

    Enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel before the drive to the airport for your onward flight. A representative will ensure a smooth check-out process and say goodbye as you leave.

    Meals: Breakfast


Includes/Excludes

What's included

  • Hotel Accommodation as per an itinerary
  • Sightseeing entrance fees during the Tour
  • Private transportation
  • English Speaking Local Tour Guide during the tour
  • Bhutan Visa Fee and Tour sightseeing fees
  • Applicable Taxes

What is excluded

  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses like bar bills, laundry, phone calls, internet, etc
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Tipping for guide and driver

Accommodation

Paro: Mandala Resort or Similar 3-Star Resort

Mandala Resort or a resort of similar standard in Paro becomes your tranquil haven. This resort, sitting amidst peaceful surroundings, seamlessly blends traditional Bhutanese architecture with modern comforts. The elegant furnishing of the rooms, adorned with local art and textiles, promises a comfortable and genuine stay. The breathtaking views of Paro’s lush landscapes and serene mountains greet you each morning.

Thimphu: Hotel Pedling or Similar 3-Star Hotel

Your stay in Thimphu will be at Hotel Pedling or another 3-star hotel of similar quality. Located in the capital’s heart, the hotel provides easy access to Thimphu’s main attractions, markets, and cultural spots. Hotel Pedling’s comfortably furnished rooms offer a warm retreat after a day of exploration. The hotel prides itself on hospitality and service, combining modern amenities with traditional elegance to ensure a delightful stay.

Meals:
A variety of cuisines await at the resort’s restaurant, spotlighting traditional Bhutanese dishes that give a glimpse into the local culture. The chefs use fresh, locally sourced ingredients to guarantee a delightful dining experience. Bhutanese cuisine, known for its spiciness and frequent use of chili and cheese, is featured at the restaurant. It also offers a range of less spicy and international options to satisfy every diner.

The restaurant at Hotel Pedling serves a diverse menu featuring Bhutanese specialties alongside international favorites, catering to a wide range of tastes. Breakfast offers a variety of Bhutanese and continental choices, setting you up for the day. For lunch and dinner, you can dive into the rich flavors of Bhutan with traditional dishes like Ema Datshi (chili and cheese stew) and Red Rice or choose international dishes if you prefer something more familiar.

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    Type C, D, and M power plugs and sockets are used. The standard voltage and frequency are 230 V and 50Hz, respectively.

    Vaccinations You must be completely vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before traveling to Nepal. Vaccination documentation is required.

    On Arrival Visas are available at Nepal's entrance points for travelers. Travelers from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, and Syria, on the other hand, are required to obtain a visa through their nearest Nepalese diplomatic post (embassy/consulate).

    Tourist Visa Fee

    15 Days – US$ 30
    30 Days – US$ 50
    90 Days – US$ 125

    To confirm the trek/tour package, we want a deposit of at least 20% of the total tour/trek fee. The remaining balance must be paid when you arrive in Nepal. We take Visa, Maestro, MasterCard, American Express, and other major credit cards. The total cost of a Bhutan and Tibet tour must be paid in full at the time of booking.

    We strongly advise you to purchase a SIM card for reliable internet access throughout Nepal. Nepal Telecom (owned by the government) and NCELL (owned by the private sector) are the two main SIM card providers in Nepal. It is preferable to get a SIM card at an airport, where staff will assist with activation and data plan purchases. If you have a SIM card, it will be easier for you to contact us and locate our airport agent.

    You can charge your electrical devices at hotels and lodges because there are no power outages. In the Himalayan region, however, hotel owners may levy a nominal fee.

    • Land area: 38,394 square kilometers
    • Forest area: 72.5 %
    • Altitude: between 240metres and 7541metres above sea level
    • Inhabitants: 700,000
    • Language: official language “Dzongkha,” English widely spoken
    • Religion: Vajrayana stream of Mahayana Buddhism (Also known as Tantric Buddhism)
    • Currency: Ngultrum (equal to Indian Rupee)
    • Capital: Thimphu
    • National Tree: Cypress
    • National Bird: Raven
    • National Flower: Blue Poppy
    • National Sport: Archery
    • National Animal: Takin
    • Local time: Six hours ahead of GMT and half an hour ahead of Indian Standard Time

    Essential Information

    Best Seasons for a 4 Day Bhutan Short Tour

    Spring (March to May): As nature awakens, Bhutan’s spring ushers in a natural spectacle, making it an ideal time for a 4 Days Bhutan Short Tour. Wildflowers, especially the famous rhododendrons, blanket the valleys in vibrant colors. Warm days and cool nights create perfect conditions for trekking to landmarks like the Tiger’s Nest Monastery under clear skies. Additionally, this season brings several vibrant festivals to life, offering a glimpse into Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions.

    Autumn (September to November): Bhutan’s autumn, refreshed by monsoon rains, presents clear skies and breathtaking Himalayan views, marking another perfect season for a visit. The mild weather facilitates outdoor exploration and cultural sightseeing. Significant Bhutanese festivals, including the Thimphu Tshechu, fill this period with traditional dances, music, and colorful costumes, enriching the travel experience.

    Winter (December to February): Despite the cold, winter in Bhutan holds its unique allure for a Bhutan Short Tour. Spectacular snow-capped mountains and less crowded tourist spots offer a peaceful retreat. It’s a prime season for bird watching and enjoying hot springs, although travelers should stay prepared for the cold and possible travel disruptions due to snow.

    Summer (June to August): The monsoon defines Bhutan’s summer, potentially complicating travel with rain and landslides. Yet, the lush, green landscape and majestic waterfalls, along with less crowded settings, create a perfect backdrop for those seeking solitude and nature’s vibrancy. Affordable hotel rates and the chance to experience local festivals add to the summer appeal.

    Travel Insurance

    We highly recommend obtaining travel insurance for the Bhutan Short Tour for four days to provide peace of mind throughout your travels. This insurance generally protects against unexpected events, including trip cancellations, medical emergencies, lost luggage, and other unforeseen incidents.

    The tour’s varied activities and visits to remote locations make comprehensive insurance crucial, allowing travelers to fully immerse in Bhutan’s breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage without concerns, secure in the knowledge that they have protection against any unpredictable occurrences.

    Permits and Regulations

    Travelers planning a Bhutan Short Tour must secure the necessary permits, which is a crucial step in their travel preparations. Bhutan enforces a distinctive “High Value, Low Impact” tourism policy to safeguard its culture and environment. All tourists, with the exception of citizens from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives, need to secure a visa prior to their arrival.
    Registered Bhutanese tour operators typically manage this process, arranging everything from visas to itineraries for travelers. Furthermore, tourists must meet a daily minimum spending requirement that includes costs for accommodation, food, transportation, and a licensed guide, ensuring adherence to sustainable travel standards.

    Tourists must also have a licensed Bhutanese guide accompany them at all times to comply with local customs and regulations. This requirement not only enriches the travel experience with deep insights and expert guidance but also supports Bhutan’s sustainable tourism management efforts. For treks in specific regions, tourists need special permits, which their tour operator will secure. Respecting these regulations is crucial for protecting Bhutan’s natural and cultural treasures.

    Transportation Arrangements

    Throughout the 4 Days Bhutan Short Tour, Peregrine Treks and Tours meticulously organize transportation to ensure smooth and comfortable travel throughout the nation. When you arrive at Paro International Airport, we facilitate all hotel transfers and excursions to Thimphu, Paro, and any additional itinerary sites in modern, well-kept vehicles operated by experienced, knowledgeable drivers. This comprehensive transportation service includes scenic drives across Bhutan’s stunning landscapes, transforming each journey into a memorable part of the touring experience, just as significant as the destinations themselves.

    Health and Safety Precautions

    For the 4-Day Bhutan Tour, prioritizing health and safety ensures guests enjoy a seamless travel experience. We implement comprehensive measures, including the regular sanitization of vehicles and accommodations and strict adherence to local health guidelines. Our team ensures every dining venue upholds the highest hygiene standards.

    We also encourage travelers to uphold personal hygiene, practice social distancing as needed, and wear masks in crowded areas. Our tour guides and staff, proficient in health protocols, stand ready to offer support and advice on maintaining health throughout the tour. These measures aim to safeguard both the travelers and the communities we visit, contributing to a secure and pleasurable trip.

    Guide Services

    During the  4-Day Bhutan Short Tour, professional, English-fluent guides with deep knowledge of Bhutanese culture, history, and traditions enhance guests’ experiences. By providing insightful commentary and sharing stories, these guides bring ancient temples, majestic landscapes, and vibrant festivals vividly to life.

    They handle the tour’s logistical aspects, ensuring seamless access to all sites and fostering meaningful interactions with local communities. The personalized attention these guides offer guarantees that travelers develop a profound understanding and appreciation of Bhutan, transforming every moment of the journey into an educational, enjoyable, and memorable adventure.

    Communication and Connectivity

    During the 4-Day Bhutan Short Tour, guests find it easy to stay connected, even in the country’s most remote areas. Major towns and tourist spots, such as Thimphu and Paro, boast reliable mobile network coverage, facilitating effortless communication and experience-sharing for visitors.

    Travelers will discover that most hotels and guesthouses offer Wi-Fi, enabling them to keep in touch with loved ones or attend to online tasks. Additionally, buying a local SIM card upon arrival is a smart move for those needing widespread cellular service during their journey. This approach guarantees seamless communication and connectivity for guests, significantly enhancing their Bhutan travel experience.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) rank as the ideal seasons for visiting Bhutan. These seasons provide pleasant weather and clear skies for optimal Himalayan views and coincide with numerous vibrant festivals, enriching the cultural experience for visitors.

    You can extend a 4-day tour, and discussing this possibility with your tour operator in advance is recommended. They can customize your itinerary to cover additional attractions, treks, or cultural experiences tailored to your interests and available time.

    The tour typically includes stays in 3-star hotels or resorts known for their comfortable amenities, quality service, and locations that offer a glimpse into the hospitality and culture of Bhutan.

    Visitors must dress modestly at religious sites, removing hats and shoes before entry and wearing long pants and sleeves to respect Bhutanese culture and traditions.

    All visitors, except for India, Bangladesh, and Maldives citizens, must secure a visa before entry. Peregrine Treks and Tours manages the visa process, requiring a completed application, passport details, and full trip payment, including the daily minimum fee.

    Respecting Bhutanese culture involves using gentle language, avoiding physical contact like hugging, and using both hands to give or receive items, reflecting the local values of respect and modesty.

    Consulting healthcare providers for vaccinations and precautions is advised due to Bhutan’s high altitude. Acclimatizing, staying hydrated, and having travel insurance for medical emergencies are recommended health precautions.

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