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Private Departure - Highlights of Bhutan

Bhutanese culture, temples and scenic valleys

Tour price

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1 people
$2 086
per
person
2 people
$2 001
per
person
3 people
$1 742
per
person
4 people
$1 742
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person
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Tour duration
8 days
Max participants
20
Difficulty
Easy
Service level
Standard +

What's it really like?

During the Highlights of Bhutan tour, you will embark on a journey through ancient fortresses and monasteries, traditional Buddhist temples, picturesque lush landscapes and charming local villages. You will also experience the busy Bhutanese town life in Thimphu, with its contemporary atmosphere, buzzing markets, bars, restaurants and nightlife. Thimphu’s modern side next to the traditional Bhutanese cultural sites offers a wonderful contrast and mixture of old and new.

Tour highlights

  • Experience the rich culture of Bhutan
  • Impressive Punakha Dzong
  • Charming rural villages
  • Diverse and pristine Bhutanese nature

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Day 1

Arrive in Paro

Arrive in Paro, a town on the bank of the Paro Chhu river. Check into your hotel. Today visit the Paro Dzong, one the most remarkable examples of Bhutanese architecture. Paro Dzong, also called the Rinpung Dzong is a Buddhist monastery and fortress, housing the administrative seat of the district of Paro, as well as the monastic community of around 200 monks. Later we will visit the National Museum located in an old renovated water tower at the top of the hill above the Dzong.

Activities
Paro sightseeing
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 2

Thimphu

Drive to the Thimphu in the morning for a day of sightseeing. As a capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu is modern and bustling, and the country’s center of religion, government and commerce.

Activities
Thimpu sightseeing
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 3

Punakha

Leave for Punakha after breakfast. Enjoy a visit to the Punakha Dzong, which is considered one of the country’s most beautiful and majestic dzongs.

Activities
Visit Punakha Dzong
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 4

Gangtey

Take-off to Gangtey in the morning. On our way there we will visit the Buddhist monastery of Chimi Lhakhang also called the Temple of Fertility, which lies among rich paddy fields on the edge of the Lobesa valley. Arrive at Gangtey later in the day.

Activities
Visit Chimi Lhakhang monastery
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 5

Gangtey

A full day of sightseeing in Gangtey. The Valley of Gangtey is one of the most extraordinary and beautiful destinations in Bhutan, boasting winding rivers, wide open spaces and the impressive Gangteng Monastery.

Activities
Gangtey sightseeing
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 6

Haa Valley

Proceed to Haa Valley. The valley is great for spectacular views, scenic walks through rhododendron forests and interaction with local village life in the small rural town of Haa.

Activities
Scenic walk in Haa Valley
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 7

Paro

Head back to Paro for our final day. Visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery and temple complex located far up on a cliff side overlooking the Paro Valley. We will also go see the Kyichu Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century.

Activities
Visit Tiger's Nest Monastery
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 8

Departure

Check out from your hotel. You will be transfer to the airport for your flight.

What's included?

  • Accommodation in a double room
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Transportation
  • English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees

Not included

  • Flights to/from destination
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities to local staff
  • Cost due to unforseen circumstances

Tour provided by

Royal Mountain Travel
Royal Mountain Travel

Fact sheet

Disclaimer

Please note that information provided in this fact sheet is subject to change. Faralong.com can not take responsibility for third party information and its changes. However, we do aim to update this page as often as possible. Nevertheless, we strongly encourage to check all important travel info such as visa regulations and travel info from the respective channels in your country.

Tour Provided

The name, address and emergency contact numbers of the local tour operator will be released to the clients after the final payment has been done.

We would like to assure you that all of our partners are well-known and respected in their field of work. Faralong.com is a part of the Summit Travel Group, who has been partnering with these service providers for years.

Service and Physical Activity Levels

Faralong.com’s tours are divided into three Service level categories and five Physical Activity categories:

Service Levels

Basic
Accommodation in simple guesthouses or hotels when away from developed travel areas, or trekking off the beaten track.

Standard
Accommodation in local 3-4* hotels suitable for the destination. All hotel categories are set by the local standards. Please note that in some countries the hotel standards do not coincide with those on an international level.

Comfort
Accommodation in international chain hotels, upmarket lodges or local 4-5* hotels. All hotel categories are set by the local standards. Please note that in some countries the hotel standards do not coincide with those on an international level.

Physical Activity

1 (Easy) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include a decent amount of walking.

2 (Medium) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include day hikes on various terrain, which are normally not mandatory.

3 (Hard) - These tours are suitable for people with an average fitness level and include day hikes and treks to various places, which are a mandatory part of the program.

4 (Very hard) -These tours are suitable for people with an intermediate level of fitness and include challenging treks on various terrain.

5 (Extreme) - These tours are suitable for people who are looking for some serious challenges. Have a good look at the program and do some research before committing to one of these tours.

All necessary information regarding a specific tour is displayed on the tour page.

What's included

All tours on Faralong.com include accommodation, local transport (excluding airport transfers if not stated otherwise), meals as specified, English speaking guide and all entrance fees.

If there are any changes to the inclusions, then they are all noted on the tour page.

What's not included

None of the tours on Faralong.com include international flights to/from the destination, travel insurance (mandatory), visas if necessary, gratuities to local staff, personal expenses, optional activities or airport transfers (if not stated otherwise).

If there are any changes to the list of services not included in the tour, then they are all noted on the tour page.

Single Travellers

If you are traveling alone and would like to have your own room, then please add a Single Supplement from the Extra Services when booking or if not available, send us an email at travel@faralong.com.

Otherwise, you will be accommodated in the same room with another traveler of the same sex.

Tour Cost and Group Size

The final cost of the tour is determined 45 days before departure when the group is automatically closed. Until that point, in case of vacancies, it is possible to join the group and, therefore, lower the cost for everyone.

The maximum group size is always noted in the pricing scheme on the tour page. Please note that all of our tours are guaranteed from two travelers.

Our pricing scheme applies to private groups as well and no extra charge is applicable. The maximum group size, however, stays the same as stated in the pricing scheme.

Confirmations

All confirmations, joining instructions and tour operator contacts are made available after the final payment has been received by Faralong.com.

If a confirmation is needed for visa application purposes before the final payment has been made then, please let us know by email at travel@faralong.com.

Itinerary

The itinerary of a tour can be found on the particular tour page.

Please note that all itineraries are subject to change in case of unforeseen circumstances. The security and well-being of our clients always comes first to us and all of our esteemed partners.

Tour Leader

All tours on Faralong.com include the services of an English-speaking tour leader/guide/driver.

At this point in time, we are unfortunately unable to provide these tours in other languages.

Travel Documents

Please make sure that all of your travel documents are up to date and valid before departure.

Note that in some cases, a passport has to be valid up to 6 months after departing the destination. Be sure to check visa and other travel regulations from your local government offices well in advance.

Health

Please make sure that you check the vaccination requirements or your destination well in advance. Some countries might have mandatory vaccination rules and it is solely up to you to abide to them.

In case of high altitude trekking, please consult your doctor before making a booking. It is important to us and in regards to everyone’s safety that every group member is fit to take on the challenge.

In some cases, Faralong.com is allowed to require a doctor’s note from the client that states their ability to take part in a tour with high physical activity level.

Weather

It is advisable to check the weather forecast of your destination a few days prior to departure.

Problems

Our and our local partners’ goal is to make everything go without any problems. However, sometimes the odds may not be in our favor and something may happen.

In case of problems on the road, please notify your tour guide first. It is important to give the local provider a chance to make things right.

If the problems can not be solved, please let us know by email at travel@faralong.com. Be sure to give us an overview of the problem, your contact details and your booking reference.

In case of emergencies, it is mandatory to call the emergency number of our local tour provider. This number will be given to you with the confirmations and joining instructions, after making the final payment.