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The Quintessential Bhutan Experience tour is the perfect tour if you are looking for a great introduction to Bhutan but want to spend a couple of extra days exploring the Bhutan culture. This tour highlights all the major sites of interest in western and central Bhutan. This leisure-paced journey takes you on a journey of well-preserved tradition and culture, medieval Dzongs, pristine landscapes, monasteries, and our ever-friendly people. Whatever you do and wherever you go, you will be fascinated by our country and people whose love and respect for their faith and their land is all-encompassing.  You will have the experience of meeting local families and possibly sharing a meal.  Learning about Bhutanese culture from the people who live it every day.  We will explore pristine valleys, woodlands of juniper, and visit local villages on this fabulous tour!  Of course, the culmination of the tour is the day trek to Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

This tour highlights all the major sites of interest in western and central Bhutan. This leisure-paced journey takes you to the places of western Bhutan.

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival-Paro/Thimphu

The flight to Bhutan takes you over the great Himalayas, offering the most scintillating scenery of the world’s highest glacial peaks. Upon your arrival, a representative from the Company will receive you and drive you to Thimphu for about 1hr. Later visit Memorial stupa and Trashi Chodzong. Overnight in Thimphu in Hotel

Day 2

In Thimphu

Morning sightseeing includes–Folk and Heritage Museum, Traditional Hand made Paper Factory, Painting School, Textile museum, 12th-century Changangkha Temple, Takin, Bhutan’s national animals. National Emporium, etc. Overnight in Thimphu in Hotel

Day 3

Thimphu-Punakha

Morning proceeds to Dochula pass (3,100m). On a clear day, the pass offers the most spectacular view over the greater eastern Himalayas including the highest peak of Bhutan. Make a gradual hike to Lungchuzekha Temple located at 3500m altitudes. Afternoon drive to Wangdue, visit Dzong reconstruction and mini town. Overnight in Punakha in Hotel

Day 4

Punakha-Bumthang

Drive to Trongsa about four and a half hours. Continue your journey crossing Pele la Pass (3,300m), the traditional boundary between east and west. Stop for picnic lunch at Chendebji Chorten built in the 18th century by a Lama named Shida; it is Nepalese in style with eyes painted at four cardinal points. Visit Trongsa Dzong and Tower Museum. On the way stop at Chume weaving center, a typical woolen product from Bumthang valley. Overnight in Bumthang in Hotel.

Day 5

In Bumthang

Morning - visit Jambey Lhakhang built-in the 7th century, Hike about an hour to Kurjey Lhakhang, Walk to Tamshing Lhakhang founded in the 15th century. A shortstop at Konchog Sum Lhakhang and see monk debate at Kharchu Monastery. Take a stroll through the Bumthang market area. Overnight in Bumthang in Hotel

Day 6

Excursion to Ura-Trongsa

The journey proceeds eastwards over Ura Sheltangla Pass (3250m), one can see Mt. Gangar Puen Sum (alt. 25,000 ft.), the highest peak of Bhutan on a clear day. Make an easy hike about one hour descending following old mule tracks to Ura. Visit Ura temple built at the heart of the crowded village. En route stop at Member Tso (the Burning Lake) from which the saint Pema Lingpa has discovered the treasure in the 15th century hidden by Guru Rimpoche in the 8th century. Late afternoon drive to Trongsa for overnight. Overnight in Trongsa in a hotel.

Day 7

Trongsa/Punakha via Gangtey

Start early route back to Pelela Pass (alt. 3,300 m) via Trongsa. Phobjikha is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and the chosen home of the black necked crane, which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. About one hour hike in Gangtey valley. Visit Gangtey Monastery, the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. Late afternoon drive back to Punakha. Overnight in Punakha in Hotel

Day 8

Punakha-Paro

Morning short excursion to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, Later visit Punakha Dzong and later En-route to visit the temple of divine madman, also well known as the temple of fertility. After lunch proceeds to Paro for overnight. If time permits visit Paro Dzong and Ta Dzong. Overnight in Paro in Hotel

Day 9

Paro sightseeing

Morning hike to Taktsang Monastery, Tiger nest monastery a quintessential Bhutan travel experience. Later visit ruined Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, built-in 7th century and Dungtse Lhakhang. Overnight in Paro in Hotel

Day 10

Paro (Departure)

After early breakfast in the hotel drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Accommodations in Hotel 
All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks 
All land transfers and transportation 
English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide/Leader 
Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes 
Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments 
Bottled water in the vehicle

Flights into and out of Bhutan 
Optional Travel/Medical Insurance 
Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others

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  • Pricing Name Season (Mar, Apr, May and Sept, Oct, Nov)
    Start Friday March 26, 2021
    End Sunday April 4, 2021
    1 - 8 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 8

    Adult ( 1 - 8 Pax ) $2,394.00 /Person

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    22 $2,313.00
    35 $2,070.00
    68 $1,989.00

    Trip Extras:

    Single room sup. (Quintessential Trips)
    $ 225.00 / unit

    Single room supplement for quintessential tour per person. A single person price includes a single room supplement. Please kindly select units.

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    Haa Valley Extension
    $ 250.00 / unit

    A day extension of any tour. Visit the Haa Valley in western Bhutan. Hike to the cliff side - Juneydrak Hermitage, take a hot stone bath, try Hoentay - Buckwheat dumplings.

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    River Rafting
    $ 175.00 / unit

    Available in Punakha only for a group of up to six people (1-2 hours). The cost is based on a private trip. For the group tours, the cost will be finalized once the tour is closed.

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    Horseback Riding
    $ 50.00 / unit

    Available in Bumthang and Phobjikha Valley. Approximately 2 hours ride in Valley. It's available for private trips only.

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    Food Tour
    $ 40.00 / unit

    Is available in Punakha, Bumthang, Gangtey, Trongsa (A walking food tour in the Town). This can be arranged for private trips only.

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    Hot stone Bath
    $ 30.00 / unit

    A must try in Bhutan! Can be arranged in any town. (Local Farm House)

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  • Pricing Name Season (Mar, Apr, May and Sept, Oct, Nov)
    Start Wednesday May 5, 2021
    End Friday May 14, 2021
    1 - 8 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 8

    Adult ( 1 - 8 Pax ) $2,394.00 /Person

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    PaxPrice
    FromTo
    adult
    22 $2,313.00
    35 $2,070.00
    68 $1,989.00

    Trip Extras:

    Single room sup. (Quintessential Trips)
    $ 225.00 / unit

    Single room supplement for quintessential tour per person. A single person price includes a single room supplement. Please kindly select units.

    Learn More
    Haa Valley Extension
    $ 250.00 / unit

    A day extension of any tour. Visit the Haa Valley in western Bhutan. Hike to the cliff side - Juneydrak Hermitage, take a hot stone bath, try Hoentay - Buckwheat dumplings.

    Learn More
    River Rafting
    $ 175.00 / unit

    Available in Punakha only for a group of up to six people (1-2 hours). The cost is based on a private trip. For the group tours, the cost will be finalized once the tour is closed.

    Learn More
    Horseback Riding
    $ 50.00 / unit

    Available in Bumthang and Phobjikha Valley. Approximately 2 hours ride in Valley. It's available for private trips only.

    Learn More
    Food Tour
    $ 40.00 / unit

    Is available in Punakha, Bumthang, Gangtey, Trongsa (A walking food tour in the Town). This can be arranged for private trips only.

    Learn More
    Hot stone Bath
    $ 30.00 / unit

    A must try in Bhutan! Can be arranged in any town. (Local Farm House)

    Learn More
  • Pricing Name Season (Mar, Apr, May and Sept, Oct, Nov)
    Start Saturday September 25, 2021
    End Monday October 4, 2021
    1 - 8 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 8

    Adult ( 1 - 8 Pax ) $2,394.00 /Person

    - +
    Select
    X
    PaxPrice
    FromTo
    adult
    22 $2,313.00
    35 $2,070.00
    68 $1,989.00

    Trip Extras:

    Single room sup. (Quintessential Trips)
    $ 225.00 / unit

    Single room supplement for quintessential tour per person. A single person price includes a single room supplement. Please kindly select units.

    Learn More
    Haa Valley Extension
    $ 250.00 / unit

    A day extension of any tour. Visit the Haa Valley in western Bhutan. Hike to the cliff side - Juneydrak Hermitage, take a hot stone bath, try Hoentay - Buckwheat dumplings.

    Learn More
    River Rafting
    $ 175.00 / unit

    Available in Punakha only for a group of up to six people (1-2 hours). The cost is based on a private trip. For the group tours, the cost will be finalized once the tour is closed.

    Learn More
    Horseback Riding
    $ 50.00 / unit

    Available in Bumthang and Phobjikha Valley. Approximately 2 hours ride in Valley. It's available for private trips only.

    Learn More
    Food Tour
    $ 40.00 / unit

    Is available in Punakha, Bumthang, Gangtey, Trongsa (A walking food tour in the Town). This can be arranged for private trips only.

    Learn More
    Hot stone Bath
    $ 30.00 / unit

    A must try in Bhutan! Can be arranged in any town. (Local Farm House)

    Learn More
  • Pricing Name Off Season (Dec, Jan, Feb and Jun, Jul, Aug)
    Start Tuesday June 1, 2021
    End Thursday June 10, 2021
    1 - 8 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 8

    Adult ( 1 - 8 Pax ) $1,989.00 /Person

    - +
    Select
    X
    PaxPrice
    FromTo
    adult
    22 $1,908.00
    35 $1,665.00
    68 $1,575.00

    Trip Extras:

    Single room sup. (Quintessential Trips)
    $ 225.00 / unit

    Single room supplement for quintessential tour per person. A single person price includes a single room supplement. Please kindly select units.

    Learn More
    Haa Valley Extension
    $ 250.00 / unit

    A day extension of any tour. Visit the Haa Valley in western Bhutan. Hike to the cliff side - Juneydrak Hermitage, take a hot stone bath, try Hoentay - Buckwheat dumplings.

    Learn More
    River Rafting
    $ 175.00 / unit

    Available in Punakha only for a group of up to six people (1-2 hours). The cost is based on a private trip. For the group tours, the cost will be finalized once the tour is closed.

    Learn More
    Horseback Riding
    $ 50.00 / unit

    Available in Bumthang and Phobjikha Valley. Approximately 2 hours ride in Valley. It's available for private trips only.

    Learn More
    Food Tour
    $ 40.00 / unit

    Is available in Punakha, Bumthang, Gangtey, Trongsa (A walking food tour in the Town). This can be arranged for private trips only.

    Learn More
    Hot stone Bath
    $ 30.00 / unit

    A must try in Bhutan! Can be arranged in any town. (Local Farm House)

    Learn More

The daily tariff that you pay, pays for your tour guide, driver, hotels and all your meals. The only money you need to budget for is for alcohol, souvenirs, and tips. It is best to bring cash and exchange it for local currency at the airport in Paro. There are ATMs available in some locations, but they work sporadically.

It depends on what time of year you go. The fall or the spring are the best times to travel to Bhutan. Typically, the days are cool and sunny, and the nights are cold. Some places, like Punakha are sub-tropical and you can expect warmer temperatures.

Druk Experience provides vehicles based on tour size. For small tours we provide 4 door SUV type cars, for larger tours, we provide smaller tour buses that can accommodate 8-10 individuals. Our cars are in excellent shape and our drivers are always safe and careful. All vehicles will be equipped with air conditioning or heaters.

Pack light for all of our tours, soft suitcases/duffel bags are best. Dressing up will not be necessary, dress for comfort. Layer, layer, layer. Wear sturdy shoes for walking/hiking. When we visit holy sites, you will be asked to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.

Yes, please feel free to take as many pictures as you would like. However, you will be asked to not take pictures in our temples. If you have any questions about when you can take pictures, please ask your guide.