We offer three trips each with different durations which all include the main leisure activities on offer. All trips however, can be designed to suit your needs. We propose, also, trekking, hikking, meditation, bicycling, motor biking, explore the wild array of flora and fauna.  Look forward to seeing the wonderful Bhutan township highlights and festival, including incredible scenery and isolated monasteries as well as discovering the true spirit of the Bhutanese people. Plan your trip well in advance (4-5 months) to insure flights and hotel booking meet your needs. Our tours are suitable for both individual and group travelers. If you are alone and want to be part of a group, please just contact us. We also organize your trek, just ask for an offer.

Carte

Tour 1

5 days / 6 nights

Tour 2

11 days / 10 nights

Tour 3

15 days / 14 nights

Tour 1

Glimpse of Bhutan

6 days – 5 nights

Itinerary Overview : Paro – Thimphu – Punakha – Paro

This cultural tour through the mystical Western valleys of Bhutan is an ideal introduction to the Dragon Kingdom. Experience Bhutanese hospitality, admire the ever-changing landscapes, and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s rich buddhist culture. Highlights include Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpong Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley, The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha Temple and the National Library exhibiting ancient scriptures in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, and after crossing the 3050m Dochula Pass with spectacular Himalayan views, a journey into the sub-tropical Punakha Valley featuring the incredible the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakang, temple of the ‘Divine Madman’.
The ‘Glimpse of Bhutan’ cultural tour explores all of the highlights of Bhutan’s western valleys, and is ideal for those with a limited time frame.
This tour can be taken at any time of the year or can be tailored entirely to your needs.

Day 1: Arrival Paro

On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Thimphu for two nights. We will drive a distance of 65 km for about one hour journey to Thimphu and en route stop off at the 14th century Tachog Lhakhang on the base of a mountain across the Pachhu River on the Paro-Thimphu highway, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s great architect Drupthop Thangtong Gyalpo (builder of iron chain bridges).The evening is at leisure to relax – so why not stroll in the great atmospheric Thimphu town?

Day 2: Sightseeing in Thimphu

Today enjoy a full day guided tour of the best of Thimphu city, the capital of Bhutan at an altitude of 2,300m. First stop is at the National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Next, visit the 13thcentury Changgangkha Temple and the Folk Heritage Museum, a showcase of the Bhutanese artefacts used in rural households. Later, drive up to the Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point) offering a panoramic view of the Thimphu valley, the Centenary Farmer’s Market on the banks of the Wangchhu River selling farm produces, local arts and crafts, etc. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu – Wangdue Phodrang – Punakha

Today begin the day by travelling a distance of 77km for about 3 hours journey to Punakha via Dochu La Pass at 3,050m. En route visit the Chimmi Lhakhang, which is located near Lobesa on a round hillock. The temple is revered as a sanctum of fertility, built by Lama Drukpa Kinley (the Divine Madman), who was fond of women and adopted unorthodox ways of teaching Buddhism. Legend has it that the couples wishing to have a baby from across Bhutan and occasionally from overseas are blessed with a child after visiting the temple – Japanese and several American couples visited this temple and were blessed miraculously with children. Punakha, at an altitude of 1,300m, was once the old capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955.

Visit the Punakha Dzong (also known as the Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong) built in 1637, which is strategically located at the confluence of the Phochhu (male) and Mochhu (female) Rivers. Now the dzong serves as the administrative centre of Punakha district and the central monastic body. Overnight in Punakha.

Day 4 : Punakha – Paro

Visit Ta Dzong (ancient watch tower) which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan and continue to the Paro Dzong (also known as the Rinpung Dzong), built in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Your last overnight in Paro.

Day 5: Hike to Paro Taktshang

This morning you’ll take a hike to Paro Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). No visit to Bhutan would be complete without a trip to Taktshang. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 m above the Paro valley and takes about a 2-hour climb on a well-maintained trail through beautiful pine forest, trees festooned with Spanish Moss and fluttering prayer flags. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew to Paro Taktshang cliff in the form of Guru Dorji Drolo, mounted on a flaming tigress in the 8thcentury. Afterwards, there may also be time to visit Ta Dzong (ancient watch tower) which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan and continue to the Paro Dzong (also known as the Rinpung Dzong), built in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Your last overnight in Paro.

Day 6: End of Tour

Your tour ends in Bhutan with a departure transfer to the Paro Airport for your onward journey. Your guide from Specialistbhutan will see you off. Goodbye and Good Luck! Tashi Delek


PRICE on request

Pricing Policy

Prices are quoted and payable only in (US$ dollars).  The guide prices may vary at any time subject to government actions, changes in exchange rates, increase in transportation costs or fuel prices before we have accepted your booking, however, we guarantee our prices who have already signed up for your tour.

Tour 2

11 days – 10 nights

Itinerary : Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Gangtey-Bumthang-Trongsa-Paro

Available all year round

Explore the splendors and famous sights of the Kingdom of Bhutan in less than 11 days. This tour experience the breathtaking views of the scenery, mountains, charming villages, unique culture and living tradition : the Paro Taktshang, Thimphu (the young capital city of Bhutan) still without traffic light, the Farmer’s Market, Chhimi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple), the Punakha-Wangdue Phodrang valleys, Black Mountain that separate eastern and western Bhutan, the Phobjikha glacial valley, the impressive Trongsa Dzong (a masterpiece of the Bhutanese architecture), the Bumthang valley, the Mebar Tsho (Flaming Lake) and don’t forget the rare Black-necked cranes (visible only in November and during the winter); This tour can be taken at any time of the year or can be tailored entirely to your needs.

Day 1: Arrival  Paro

On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Thimphu for two nights. We will drive a distance of 65 km for about one hour journey to Thimphu and en route stop off at the 14th century Tachog Lhakhang on the base of a mountain across the Pachhu River on the Paro-Thimphu highway, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s great architect Drupthop Thangtong Gyalpo (builder of iron chain bridges).The evening is at leisure to relax – so why not stroll in the great atmospheric Thimphu town ?

Day 2: Sightseeing in Thimphu

Today enjoy a full day guided tour of the best of Thimphu city, the capital of Bhutan at an altitude of 2,300m. First stop is at the National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Next, visit the 13thcentury Changgangkha Temple and the Folk Heritage Museum, a showcase of the Bhutanese artefacts used in rural households. Later, drive up to the Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point) offering a panoramic view of the Thimphu valley, the Centenary Farmer’s Market on the banks of the Wangchhu River selling farm produces, local arts and crafts, etc. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu – Wangdue Phodrang – Punakha

Today begin the day by travelling a distance of 77km for about 3 hours journey to Punakha via Dochu La Pass at 3,050m. En route visit the Chimmi Lhakhang, which is located near Lobesa on a round hillock. The temple is revered as a sanctum of fertility, built by Lama Drukpa Kinley (the Divine Madman), who was fond of women and adopted unorthodox ways of teaching Buddhism. Legend has it that the couples wishing to have a baby from across Bhutan and occasionally from overseas are blessed with a child after visiting the temple – Japanese and several American couples visited this temple and were blessed miraculously with children. Punakha, at an altitude of 1,300m, was once the old capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955.

Visit the Punakha Dzong (also known as the Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong) built in 1637, which is strategically located at the confluence of the Phochhu (male) and Mochhu (female) Rivers. Now the dzong serves as the administrative centre of Punakha district and the central monastic body.

Day 4: Punakha – Gangtey via Wangdue Phodrang

After breakfast, visit to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten built by the Queen Mother of the 5th King to bring universal peace in this world, which lies 7-km up the Punakha valley. It is majestically located on a ridge with stunning views of the country side. There is no temple in Bhutan built as elaborately as this, which took 9 years to build it. A 30-minute drive from the Punakha Dzong takes us to the base of the hill and then cross a suspension bridge and walk through rice fields before climbing a moderately inclined trail surrounded by pine trees.In the afternoon, drive a distance of 78-km for about 3 hours to Gangtey via Wangdue Phodrang. Phobjikha valley is one of the winter roosting grounds of the rare Black-necked Cranes, where they come in hundreds after spending their summer in Tibet and then migrates to the Himalayas of Bhutan to spend their winter – they arrive in the months of September and October and fly back to Tibet between February and March. Along the highway to Gangtey, you’ll photo stops as there are loads of breathtaking views during the journey. Tonight you will stay in Gangtey.

Day 6: Gangtey – Bumthang

After breakfast, we travel a distance of 120km for about 5 hours to Trongsa via Pele La Pass at an altitude of 3,300m. This pass is an important dividing range that separates the western from central and eastern Bhutan. En route stop off at the Chendebji Chorten located below the road. Continue the journey for a further distance of 68-km for about 2 hours to Bumthang at an altitude of 2,600m, the most beautiful valley and cultural heartland of Bhutan. En route we stop for a quick visit to the Yathra Weaving Centre at Chumey, where they use yak and sheep wools for yathra products with patterns unique to Bumthang. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 7: Sightseeing in Bumthang

After breakfast, we set out for a full day sightseeing to experience more of this spiritual heartland of Bhutan. You will visit the following legendary monasteries, temples and dzong: the Jakar Dzong, the Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the King Songsen Gampo of Tibet, the Kurjey Lhakhang, built in 1652 and named after the body imprint of Guru Rinpoche who introduced the Buddhism in Bhutan, the Tamshing Lhakhang, built in 1501 which is the most important Nyingma temple in Bhutan. If time permits, visit the famous Swiss Cheese Factory and Diary Farm in Bumthang. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 8: Bumthang – Wangdue Phodrang via Trongsa

This morning we head back to Trongsa an altitude of 2,200m, the ancestral home of the present Royal Family of Bhutan. Sightseeing today includes a visit to the magnificent Trongsa Dzong where the first two Kings ruled from this dzong and also visit the Ta Dzong (ancient watch tower). Continue the journey for a distance of 129-km for about 4 hours journey to Wangdue Phodrang at an altitude of 1,240m.The evening is at leisure to relax, enjoy & explore the delightful surroundings of Wangdue Phodrang. Spend the night in Wangdue Phodrang.

Day 9:  Trongsa – Paro

Your drive to Paro form Trongsa will commence today after breakfast. The journey is hardly tiring and so you can stop on the way to take pictures and capture the scenic views. You will check into a hotel as soon as you arrive in Paro. Spend a quiet evening and enjoy dinner.

Day 10: Hike to Paro Taktshang

This morning you’ll take a hike to Paro Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). No visit to Bhutan would be complete without a trip to Taktshang. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 m above the Paro valley and takes about a 2-hour climb on a well-maintained trail through beautiful pine forest, trees festooned with Spanish Moss and fluttering prayer flags. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew to Paro Taktshang cliff in the form of Guru Dorji Drolo, mounted on a flaming tigress in the 8thcentury. Afterwards, there may also be time to visit Ta Dzong (ancient watch tower) which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan and continue to the Paro Dzong (also known as the Rinpung Dzong), built in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Your last overnight in Paro.

Day 11: End of Tour

Your tour ends in Bhutan with a departure transfer to the Paro Airport for your onward journey. Your guide from Specialistbhutan will see you off. Goodbye and Good Luck! Tashi Delek


PRICE on request

 

Pricing Policy

Prices are quoted and payable only in (US$ dollars). The guide prices may vary at any time subject to government actions, changes in exchange rates, increase in transportation costs or fuel prices before we have accepted your booking, however, we guarantee our prices who have already signed up for your tour.

Tour 3

15 days – 14 nights

Itinerary : Paro – Haa – Paro – Thimphu – Punakha-Gangtey – Trongsa-Bumthang-Mongar – Trashigang – Tashiyangste – Samdrup Jongkhar

Available all year round

Explore the splendors and famous sights of the Kingdom of Bhutan in less than 11 days. This tour experience the breathtaking views of the scenery, mountains, charming villages, unique culture and living tradition : the Paro Taktshang, Thimphu (the young capital city of Bhutan) still without traffic light, the Farmer’s Market, Chhimi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple), the Punakha-Wangdue Phodrang valleys, Black Mountain that separate eastern and western Bhutan, the Phobjikha glacial valley, the impressive Trongsa Dzong (a masterpiece of the Bhutanese architecture), the Bumthang valley, the Mebar Tsho (Flaming Lake) and don’t forget the rare Black-necked cranes (visible only in November and during the winter); This tour can be taken at any time of the year or can be tailored entirely to your needs.

Day 01: Arrival Paro

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our Bhutan Travel Bureau representative will meet you at Paro airport exit doors following customs formalities. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa. Dzong’s are large monasteries and district administrative centres, which were once strategic forts. Before dinner at the hotel there will be an orientation on Bhutanese etiquette by your guide. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

Day 02: Paro

After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The walk of approximately 2 to 2,5 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to cafeteria). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is an important pilgrim site for Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. Afterwards drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, and 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

Day 03: Paro – Haa

Enjoy a day trip to the Haa Valley, one of the most picturesque districts in Bhutan. Reached via the beautiful Chelila Pass (3900m), Haa Valley is characterised by its surrounding rugged and mountainous terrain and unique architecture. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

Day 04: Paro – Thimphu

Drive to the capital, Thimphu (1.5 hours). Once a rustic village sitting in a broad river valley, Thimphu is today the nation’s capital. Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, including a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, completed by the Royal Queen Mother as a memorial stupa for the Third King. Continue on to 12th century Changangkha Temple and the Zilukha Nunnery. If your visit coincides with the weekend, you can walk through the Thimphu Market. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 05: Thimphu

Continue sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit the School for Arts and Crafts, The National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, the Traditional Paper Factory and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. If there is time, you may visit the nursing pen for the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, and Tashichhodzong, ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’ housing some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. Other options for the day include a hike to Tango and Cheri Monasteries (45 mins), two of the most ancient monasteries in the Thimphu region. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 06: Thimphu – Punakha

Drive over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into the Punakha valley (3 hrs). In the Dochu-La area there are vast Rhododendron forests that grow to tree size and bloom in late April/early May covering the mountains in a riot of glorious spring colour.

Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan. On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of Drukpa Kuenly. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha/ Wangdue.

Day 07: Punakha – Phobjikha Valley

Transfer to Phobjikha Valley (3 hrs) via the bustling market town of Wangduephodrang. Drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forests, and over a high pass down into the picturesque Phobjikha Valley. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes (November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau. After lunch visit the Phobjikha Sanctuary to view the majestic black necked cranes (Nov-Mar only) and Gangtey Gompa (Monastery), dating back to the 16th century. Overnight at your hotel in Phobjikha.

Day 08: Phobjikha Valley – Trongsa

Depart over the Pele La pass (3,420m) on the Black Mountain range towards Trongsa. Enroute visit the beautiful 18th century Chendebji Chorten. Trongsa is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s ruling dynasty. Visit Trongsa Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan and the Ta Dzong museum housing a collection of historical artefacts of the Royal Family. Overnight at your hotel in Trongsa.

Day 09: Trongsa – Bhumthang

After breakfast proceed towards Bumthang (2.5 hrs), the spiritual heart of the kingdom. Bumthang is home to some of Bhutan’s oldest Palaces, Buddhist temples and monasteries. On arrival, visit Jakar Dzong (Dzong of the White Bird) and 16th century Tamshing Lhakhang containing ancient Buddhist wall paintings. After lunch visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom and 7th Century Jambay Lhakhang. Overnight at your lodge in Jakar, Bumthang.

Day 10: Bhumthang

Enjoy a day exploring some of the many sites around Bumthang, including the 16th century Tang Ugyen Chholing Palace museum containing an overview of traditional rural life in Bhutan and the pool of Mebartso (The Lake of Fire) where Pemalingpa (founder of the Nyingmapa sect) is said to have found treasure hidden by Guru Rinpoche. Overnight at your lodge in Jakar, Bumthang.

Day 11: Bhumthang – Mongar

The journey to Mongar takes about 6 hours with spectacular views en route. Drive through Ura village before climbing sharply to the highest point on Bhutan’s road network, Thrumsing-La Pass (4,000m). From here, the road gradually passes through picturesque alpine valleys, pine forests, maize fields and hamlets to reach Mongar town. Visit Mongar Dzong, built in the 1930’s using the traditional process without either plans or the use of nails. Overnight at your lodge in Mongar.

Day 12: Mongar – Trashigang

Drive to Trashigang (3 hrs) through leafy forests filled with ferns and over Kori-La Pass (2,450m) before descending through cornfields and banana groves to reach the famous road zigzag just below Yadi. Trashigang is the main township of the largest district in the country. After lunch visit Trashigang Dzong. Overnight at your lodge in Trashigang.

Day 13: Trashigang ( Excursion to Tashiyangtse )

Visit the temple of Gom Kora and Doksum Village where you can see women busily weaving traditional Bhutanese fabric before reaching Tashiyangtse, the administrative centre for this district. The area is famous for its unique wooden crafts. Visit the Tashiyangtse Dzong, and the dazzling white stupa of Chorten Kora and the nearby institute for Zorig Chusum, where student are trained in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Overnight at your lodge in Trashigang.

Day 14: Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar

After breakfast drive to Samdrup Jongkhar, the gateway to eastern Bhutan and to Assam, India. It is about 9 hours drive from Trashigang with many beautiful villages and landscapes on the way. Overnight at your hotel in Samdrup Jongkhar.

Day 15: Samdrup Jongkhar – Guwahati

After breakfast, your guide will arrange an Indian vehicle your transfer to Guwahati, the capital town of the Indian north-eastern state of Assam, for your onward flight. Tashi delek.


PRICE on request

 Pricing Policy

Prices are quoted and payable only in (US$ dollars).  The guide prices may vary at any time subject to government actions, changes in exchange rates, increase in transportation costs or fuel prices before we have accepted your booking, however, we guarantee our prices who have already signed up for your tour.

Standard package includes :

  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Standard hotels 3 stars, possibility for one night to stay in a farmhouse
  • All meals (breakfast/lunch and dinner)
  • Entrance fees to museums and attractions
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary with english guide
  • Driver with private vehicle
  • Camping Equipment and haulage for trekking
  • Mineral water
  • Visa

Not included in the cost :

  • Travel insurance
  • Assistance rapatriement
  • International and internal airfares and airport taxes
  • Beverages (mineral water and tea are free)
  • Expenses of personnal nature
  • Gratuity to guides and drivers
  • Alcoholic beverages and bar bills

Payment for your Bhutan trip is made through bank transfer to Bhutan through the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB).During the high season it is advisable to dispatch payment for Druk Air flights at least 3 months in advance to allow us to confirm seats.

Security

The TCB (Tourism Council of Bhutan) will continue to hold the money you have sent for your tour until your trip has taken place. It will not be released to Specialistbhutan until you have left the country on your return flight. This provides you with the security of knowing that your money is safe until your tour is completed. If for any reason the trip doesn’t take place, then the government will not give your money to our office but will return it to you (subject to any cancellation charges which apply if you have cancelled the trip). So, in the unlikely event that we do not run your trip for you, you would not be out of pocket.

Cancellation Policy

Bhutan tour programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follow:

  • Before 50 days of start of the tour program ~ no charges/li>
  • within 50 and 45 days ~ 20% of rate
  • within 45 and 30 days ~ 30% of rate
  • within 30 and 25 days ~ 40% of rate
  • within 25 and 20 days ~ 50% of rate
  • less than 20 days or without notice ~ 100% of rate

Cost of Delays

There is no daily tariff for days of delay in your arrival or departure due to weather condition, Druk air problems or road blocks. In case of delayed departure, the tourist must bear the actual expenses for accommodation, food transports and any other service required.

General conditions

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