10-Day Essence of Bhutan Tour

Bhutan isn't just a weekend getaway, it's a ten-day excursion made for the perfect holiday experience! DAJ Expedition's 10-Day Essence of Bhutan Tour is ideal for those who only have limited time off week, but would love to see and explore the real Bhutan.

Day 1: Arrival in Paro - Thimphu

Highlights: Land at Paro. Personally picked up at airport by tour guide. Drive to Bhutan's capital city,Thimphu. Explore the city. Spend night in hotel.

Day 2: Explore the capital city, Thimphu

Highlights: Visit medieval fortress Trashichhodzong, and King's Throne. Read ancient Buddhist text and manuscripts at National Library. Watch students paint traditional thangkha artwork at the Painting School. Witness centuries-old healing practices in action at Traditional Medicine Institute. Learn more about Bhutanese culture at the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum. Shop beautiful, locally-produced textiles, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, souvenirs and much more at Handicrafts Emporium. Visit Memorial Chorten, memorial to Father of modern Bhutan. Spend night in hotel

Day 3: To Central Bhutan, Thimphu – Trongsa

Highlights: Lovely tea break at Dochula pass (3,050 meters in elevation). Have lunch at Wangdue Phodrang. Journey across Pele-la pass (3,300 meters). Stop at Chendibji Chorten, a replica similar of Kathmandu's Swayambhunath Stupa. Arrive at Trongsa in the late afternoon. Spend night in lodge.

Day 4: Trongsa – Bumthang

Highlights: Visit Trongsa Dzong, Bhutan's first and second kings ruled from this 17th century site. Drive from Trongsa to Bumthang, passing along the Yutong-la pass (3,400 meters). Arrive at Bumthang and lodge for the night.

Day 5: Bumthang

Highlights: Visit ancient site of Kurje Lhakhang. Witness firsthand traditional buddhist rituals at the seventh century temple of Jambey Lhakhang. Admire Bhutan's oldest wall paintaings at Tamshing Lhakhang. Stop by the region's administrative center at Jakar Dzong. After an evening stroll through the village, shop local handicrafts and enjoy refreshments at a local restaurant. Spend night in lodge.

Day 6: Bumthang - Gangtey/Phobjikha

Highlights: Drive through Gangtey/Phobjikha valley, located in the beautiful mountains east of Wangduephodrang. Stop by 17th century Gangtey monastery. Watch in awe the magnificent black-necked cranes of Phobjikha village. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. Lodge at Gangtey/Phobjikha for the night.

Day 7: Gangtey/Phobjikha – Punakha

Highlights: Drive to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong, a winter residence for monks. Be amazed by beautiful Bhutanese artwork at Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Spend night at hotel in Punakha/Wangduephodrang.

Day 8: Punakha – Paro

Highlights: Drive to Paro. Visit Bhutan's oldest dzong at Simtokha Dzong, which now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies. Admire beautiful art at Ta Dzong National Museum. Take a stroll over the bridge to Rinpung Dzong, the monastic center and administrative offices of Paro. Enjoy unique drinks/snacks served in traditional style at a local farm house. Spend night in hotel.

Day 9: Paro

Highlights: Visit Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate Bhutan's 1647 victory over Tibet. Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, aka Tiger's Nest. Visit the ancient seventh century site of Kyichu Lhakhang. Spend night in hotel. 

Day 10: Departure from Paro

Highlights: Fly home.

From 1-11+ people on tour. Peak season: March - May & September -November. Low season: December - February & June - August. Price includes meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), lodging, private guide and private transportation.

If you have any questions or would like to receive more information, please contact us at contact@jetsettimes.com.

For every tour you book, a portion of the proceeds will fund Harmony Home to help support HIV-positive children in Taiwan and China.  Read more about why we love this organization on Jetset Times

The Tourism Council of Bhutan under Royal Government of Bhutan sets and mandates the daily tariff which every tour operator must follow. The fixed minimum tariff (price) for tourists visiting in a group of three or more people are as follows.

Peak season: (March, April, May Sept. Oct. and Nov) – USD$250 per person per night
Low season: (Jan, Feb, June, July, Aug. and Dec) - USD$200 per person per night

Surcharges: Individual tourist and groups less than three persons shall be subject to surcharges, in addition to the above-stated minimum daily tariff.

Single individual: USD$40 per night
Group of 2 persons: USD$30 per person per night

In addition to the above, travelers are also required to pay the following: 

Bhutan Visa fee: USD$40 per person

This pricing is inclusive of following costs for a Standard Package:

  1. Standard hotel (2-3 star hotel) twin sharing accommodation, camping on treks 
  2. Three meals a day at local restaurants, standard hotels and on treks 
  3. All internal transportation & transfers, excluding domestic air travel 
  4. Camping equipment, ponies & guides for treks (for hiking trips) 
  5. A licensed English speaking guide 
  6. Entrances fees to museums, monuments and cultural sites 
  7. All internal taxes and charges (including the royalty fee)

However, the above doesn't apply for the Luxury Package which is based on 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation with extra services in addition to the Govt. fixed minimum tariff of USD$200 - USD$250 daily rate. We will be more than happy to provide you with details should you be interested in luxury packages. Also, travel insurance is NOT included with the tour package. If you are interested in purchasing travel insurance, please let us know. Otherwise you are expected to purchase from your home country.

As you can see, there are no other expenses to you once you pay the daily rate except your personal spendings such as shopping.

"We booked our Bhutan trip with DAJ Expeditions. They were very helpful from the beginning, and we had the feeling they really listened to us to and made good suggestions to the Itinerary. During the trip it did not feel like we were tourists that were being shown around, but like a vacation with friends. Very well organized. Great trip. Start to finish!"

- Felix Bonn, Germany

"DAJ Expeditions will be your best partner for your trip in Bhutan! The thing I really like with them is that what they does is not about "Tours" is about Journey...I used their services for my photography work. I was looking for a special place and a custom itinerary and where others failed they managed to do it. They perfectly understood my request by providing me good advice and by being flexible in any circumstances. Besides my work, I really enjoyed my time with Sonam, my guide and Younten, the true Himalayan driver. I really appreciated the availability of Namgyel and Sonam during all my stay. They are also really passionated about their country which is probably the key of their success."

Jérôme Gence, CEO of A Loving Huge Family

"Visiting Bhutan was always a lifelong dream. However because I had to choose within the hundreds of the authorised travel agencies I did not know where to start. Contacting DAJ Expeditions was a blessing.

Namgyel and Sonam were not only very responsive, they carefully prepared an itinerary completely adapted to my wishes. Until the day before my departure they kept regularly updating me with important practical information.

Once in Bhutan I was extremely well taken care of. The hotels chosen by DAJ expeditions were sensational with spacious rooms and amazing views of the surrounding landscapes. Due to the spiritual nature of my trip, I was brought to many unspoilt sacred locations and had the rare chance to receive teachings about Buddhism at the Phajoding Monastery at 3,600m altitude and about the sacred mandala drawing at the retreat center of Venerable H.E. Gyeltshen Trulku Rinpoche.

During my entire trip I was impressed by Jamtsho's not only deep knowledge of the Bhutanese culture, history and spirituality but also his ability to convey any information in a pleasant and funny way. I was also constantly touched by Sonam's dedication, care, amazing sense of organisation and willingness to fulfill my every wish.

Because I was a solo female traveler and my family was worried and because I went to some places where there was no internet connection, DAJ Expeditions sent messages to my family with picture to reassure them.

This trip was definitely a life changing experience and I will be forever grateful to DAJ Expeditions for their professionalism, kindness and care. I have left Bhutan with unforgettable memories and great friends.

No need to say that if anyone would like to visit Bhutan, this should definitely be with DAJ Expeditions."

- Kana Enomoto, London

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