• 9 Days West To Central Bhutan Highlights

    This is the most time-efficient itinerary that takes you from the west to central valley within 9 days by domestic flight! Delve deeper than the more-touristed Western circuit and into Bumthang - distinguished in history as the first place in Bhutan where Guru Rinpoche introduced Buddhism to the country.
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9 days
From S$ 3,990/Adult

Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Singapore / Bangkok
    Fly Singapore/Bangkok SQ 976 1600/1725 (2h 25m) – Daily
      Or SQ 978 1840/2005 (2h 25m) – Daily


    Upon arrival, check into your hotel.

    Meals included: Nil

  • Day 02 - Bangkok / (Singapore) / Paro / Thimphu
    Fly Singapore/Paro KB 501 0600/0945 - Thu and Sun (5h 45m via Kolkata)
    Fly Bangkok/Paro KB129 0445/0700 (3h 15m) – Thursdays
      Or KB 127 0650/0950 (4h 15m) – Except Thursday via Bagdogra


    Note: For direct flight option, this trip can be reduced to 7 days (only Thu and Sun)

    Drive to the BBS Tower Viewpoint for a stunning view of the valley before visiting the Takin Preserve to see the national animal of Bhutan- Takin. Head off to the Changlingmithang National Stadium for an archery shoot-out!

    Brush shoulders with the everyday Bhutanese at the Centenary Farmers Market and the craft bazaar. Take a tour of the National Institute of Traditional Medicine and Folk Heritage.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 03 Thimphu / Punakha

    Drive about 3 hours to Punakha.

    Climb up the mountain road to Dochu La at 3140m. On a clear day, the pass commands a wonderful panorama of the Eastern Himalayas. Descend through varied forest and finally emerging into the cultivated valley of Punakha.

    Hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang Temple. In the afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong located at theconfluence of the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River).

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 04 - Punakha / Gangtey

    Visit a stunning hill-top nunnery- Sangchen Dorji Lhundrup Chholing dedicated to the bodhisattva of compassion.

    Drive to Gangtey Goemba hidden in the beautiful Phobjikha Valley (3.5 hours). Here, take a 1½ hours nature trail through the jungle, arriving at the beautiful glacial valley bowl below the goemba peppered with villages and potato fields.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 05 - Gangtey / Bumthang

    A long but stunning scenic drive brings you to Bumthang (5 hours). The road winds its way up and across two high passes at Pele-La (3390m) and Yotong-La (3425m). En route, visit Trongsa Dzong – the ancestral home of the royal family.

    Optional: For the adventurous, Bumthang is great for fly-fishing, trekking, biking, horse-riding etc! A 3-day trek can be arranged, for an immersion into Bhutan’s rural village lifestyle.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 06 - Bumthang

    Visit Jakar Dzong, one of the largest dzongs in Bhutan. Begin your hike from the impressive Kurjey Lhakhang on the western side of Chamkhar Chu (river) to Tamshing Monastery. Learn about the valley’s unique cottage industries.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 07 - Bumthang / Paro
    Fly Bumthang/Paro KB1003 1255/1330 (35m) – Mon
      Or KB 2002 0850/0925 (35m) – Wed, Thu
      Or KB 1002 0755/0830 (35m) – Sat


    Hike off the beaten path to the 15th century Zurig Lhakhang above Paro Dzong overlooking the valley.

    Enroute, visit the iconic 17th century Paro Rinpung Dzong and descend to Drukgyel Dzong. Picnic amidst the ruins then head off for a game of archery and dart.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 08 - Paro

    Set on a vertical cliff face, the Taktshang Monastery defies all engineering logic. Hike up for a dramatic view or choose to take a pony ride that can be arranged at an additional cost.  

    Visit Kyichu Lhakang and enjoy a home-cooked dinner in a farmhouse for that authentic Bhutanese experience!

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 09 - Paro / Bangkok / Singapore

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home via Bangkok.

    Fly Paro/Bangkok KB 128 1030/1430 (3h) – Wed only
      Or KB 130 1100/1600 (4h) – Except Mon and Wed via Bagdogra
      Or KB 126 1005/1510 (4h 5m) – Mon only via Bagdogra
           
    Fly Bangkok/Singapore SQ 979 1830/2200 (2h 30m) – Daily

    Meals included: Breakfast

     

    1-day Extension Option

    Overnight Bumdra Trek via Taktshang Monastery

    A unique trek up to the unspoiled wilderness of Bhutan’s Taktshang Monastery, rated moderate to challenging. The trek begins at Sangchen Chokhor and through untouched forests and meadows of wildflower. Camp at Bumdra before descending to Taktshang Monastery the next morning.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Haa Valley Alpine Explorer (with Biking and Overnight Village Homestay Option)

    Take a 3 hour drive across Chele Las and arrive at the remote Haa valley. Discover the nomadic lifestyle of the Haap culture. Overnight in a village farmhouse, sampling home cooked delicacies and washing it down with Ara- a local brew.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

 

 

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