Bordered by China and India, Bhutan is a beautiful landlocked country in South Asia. Bhutan is well known in the world for its art and architecture. Also, the untouched culture and traditions are the major attractions of the country.
There are lots of travelers who visit Bhutan every year to explore the various historic and cultural sites in Bhutan. Also, there are these enthusiastic trekkers who love to wander in the high Himalayas in Bhutan. Paro, Thimphu, Wangchu, Punakha, etc are some of the places that are popular for touring in Bhutan.
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The Short Trip to Bhutan,
Our 4 nights 3 days Bhutan tour begins with a flight from Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. From there, you will fly on a plane to Paro Airport in Bhutan. After arriving at the airport, you will drive to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu.
From Thimpu, you will travel to the amazing pine forests to see Takin. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. You will visit the Jungsi Paper Factory, Nunnery Monastery, and Arts & Crafts School in Thimpu.
After sightseeing in Thimpu, you will drive to Punakha the next day. The road makes ascend to the Dochu La pass, 3050 meters. Enjoy the spectacular sceneries around while driving. You will visit the famous Punakha Dzong and Wangdi Dzong. Return back to Thimpu.
Next day, you will drive to Paro. On your way, visit the Simtokha Dzong. After arriving in Paro, visit the National Museum, Paro Dzong and Satsam. Also, hike to the amazing Tiger Nest monastery.
On the fifth day, fly from Paro to Kathmandu airport. And the tour ends.
Highlights of 4 Nights 5 Days Bhutan Tour
- An amazing mountain flight from Kathmandu to Paro and back over majestic Himalayan ranges.
- Hiking to Takshang monastery also called as the Tiger’s Nest monastery, 3180 meters.
- Visiting the memorial Chorten.
- Visiting several historical sites like monasteries and Dzongs in Thimphu and Paro.
- Witnessing the amazing arts and architectures in Bhutan.
- Interacting with the hospitable Bhutanese people while strolling around the beautiful streets in Thimpu and Paro.
Major Attractions of Short Trip to Bhutan
Takstang monastery is a famous site in Paro Bhutan that is also known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest Monastery’. The monastery is a famous Buddhist sacred site that clings on a rocky cliff. The amazingly beautiful monastery is a major cultural icon in Bhutan.
There is a cave near the monastery. Guru Padmasambhava, a Buddhism teacher who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan, meditated there. People believe that back in the 8th century, he meditated inside the cave for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours.
The Tiger Nest monastery tour is famous as a hiking and sightseeing tour. You can see amazing Paro valley, the green hills, and amazing scenic views from there.
The dzong in Punakha was constructed after Simtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in Bhutan. It is the second largest dzong in Bhutan. An interesting fact of this Dzong is that even a single nail was not used during the construction.
Inside Punakha Dzong, the national treasures of Bhutan are kept. Punakha is the top three sights in Bhutan. The place is famous for its amazing sceneries.
Dochu La Pass
Dochu La, 3100 meters, is a mountain pass on the road between Thimpu and Punakha. At the pass, there are 108 memorial Chortens called Druk Wangyal Chortens. At the pass, you will also see Druk Wangyal Lhakhang, a temple built in honor of the fourth Druk Gyalpo.
Along with being a place of religious and historic importance, Dochu La is a famous touristic destination because of the natural sceneries. From there, you can see picturesque and closer views of snowy Himalayas.
The national Museum and Ta Dzong share the same boundary. The conch shell-shaped building exhibits amazing modern and traditional Thangka paintings. Inside the museum, there is a history gallery. There you can see a three dimension map of Bhutan. There is a historical gallery. At the gallery, you will see an egg laid by a mule. Also, there is a horse horn that has connections with Guru Rinpoche.
Simtokha Dzong is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan. It is an important historical site. The Dzong is an ancient monument. It is a former Buddhist monastery. But now, it operates as an institute where several monks learn the Dzongkha language.
Best Time for 4 Nights 5 Days Bhutan Tour
The Short Bhutan tour is a wonderful travel package that fits in perfectly for all trekking seasons. However, because of the wonderful visibility in Autumn, it is the best time for touring in Bhutan. Autumn (September, October, and November) is popular for blue skies, green hills, and striking sceneries around.
Spring (March, April, and May) is the second-best time for Bhutan tours. Spring is the time when beautiful hills become colorful with amazing flowers blooming everywhere. Also, the weather is good with clear weather and a fine temperature. While touring and hiking around various places in Bhutan, you will see amazing sceneries around.
If you want to see snowfalls in Bhutan, the best time for the short Bhutan tour is during winter. Winter (December, January, and February) is cold. This trek goes highest to an altitude of 3000 meters. So, even if there will be snowfall and harsh weather, touring in winter isn’t so tough. Hiking to Takshang monastery in winter is really exciting.
The weather in Bhutan is hot and humid in summer (June, July, and August). Visibility in the air in summer isn’t so good due to the moist atmosphere. So, summer is less popular for short trips and tours in Bhutan as compared to the other seasons.
Difficulties During 5 Days Short Bhutan Tour
- Altitudes at several places in this tour are generally higher for those living in the sea level. So, there are chances of seeing signs of altitude sickness at the mountain passes. Also, you should be careful while hiking to Taktshang monastery, 3120 meters.
- In winter, the passes and higher altitudes receive frequent snowfalls. The high altitudes will be cold. So, go with good preparation and adequate warm gear. Hiking to Takshang monastery in winter is going to be thrilling.
- Most of the Dzongs have stairs. Also, hiking to Takshang monastery involves 600 meters of steep uphill. So, if you are someone who has worse knees, extensive stair climbs can be difficult.
Accommodations During Short Bhutan Trip
We will be accommodating at well-facilitated restaurants and hotels while touring in Bhutan. They offer good services and facilities for rooms and foods. The rooms are great with good facilities. Bhutanese people are really hospitable. So, you will have a good time staying at the hotels.
Foods During Short Bhutan Trip
Food isn’t an issue while touring in Bhutan. You can have a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes while in Bhutan. Bhutan is a Buddhist country, slaying animals for meat is not allowed there. So, meat and meat products are imported from other countries. You can have beef, pork, chicken, lamb, yak, and trouts.
Basically, you will be having three meals a day: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Most of the hotels have breakfast buffets. You can have anything of your choice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Most of the meals come with plenty of vegetable and rice dishes.
For the tourists, they make meals with less spice. At most of the places, they offer rice, potatoes, and fresh vegetables. If you love spice, you can ask for chilies. With lunch and dinners, you can have a beer or some drinks.
At Thimpu, you can find some Indian restaurants. There, you can have a variety of dishes. Some of them include wonderful spring rolls, dumplings of cheese, and meat.
Itinerary of Our 4 Nights 5 Days Bhutan Tour
Day 1: Arrival at Paro-Thimphu.
You will fly to Paro airport. From there, drive to Thimpu.
Day 2: Thimphu (sightseeing).
Sightseeing of Memorial Chorten, Jungsi Paper Factory, Nunnery Monastery, and Arts and Crafts School. You will also travel to see the national animal of Bhutan,Takin.
Day 3: Thimphu-Punakha-Wangdi-Thimphu.
Drive via the beautiful Dochu La pass, 3050 meters to Punakha. Visit the famous Punakha Dzong, Wangdi Dzong, and drive back to Thimpu.
Day 4: Thimphu-Paro- Tiger nest monastery. (sightseeing).
Hike to Takshang monastery, visit the Simtokha Dzong, a view tower, the National Museum, Rinpung Dzong, and several other sites.
Day 5: Paro (departure).
Fly from Paro airport to Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bhutan is a wonderful trekking destination in South Asia. This country is popular for its unique heritage, tradition, history, and culture. Touring in Bhutan means you will have great opportunities to explore the history of Bhutan.
The major attractions of the small landlocked country Bhutan are the ancient monasteries, Dzongs, art and craft schools, and museums. If you are a trekker, there are some destinations in Bhutan where you can go trekking.
This 5 days Bhutan tour is suitable for people of every age groups. You can bring your children, your friends, and family on a short Bhutan tour. To those having severe knee problems, this tour can be slightly difficult. While visiting the Dzongs, you will have to walk through lots of stone steps. However, knee caps will help a lot.
If you are thinking of going on this tour, contact us. Exciting Nepal is a well-established trekking agency in Nepal. We organize the best treks and tours in Bhutan. If you have any queries, feel free to contact us.
Where is Bhutan?
Bhutan is a beautiful landlocked country in South Asia. This Buddhist country is perched between two giant nations: India and China. Bhutan extends from subtropical plains and lush forests in the south to the northern subalpine forests and the white Himalayas.
Is Bhutan tour a guided tour?
Yes, it is a guided tour. We have guides in Bhutan who will receive you at the Paro Airport. They will escort you to your hotel, will take you on the guided sightseeing tours. After the tour, s/he will drive you to Paro airport from where you will fly to Kathmandu.
Can I experience the festivals in Bhutan during this tour?
Well, if it is the time of festivals in Bhutan when you are going, you can be a part of them. However, if you want to be a part of festivals and culture in Bhutan, we have Bhutan Festivals and Culture Tour.
What are Dzongs?
Dzongs are a uniquely architectured fortress. You can see dzongs in Bhutan and Tibetan. Dzongs have high exterior walls. Inside are the courtyards containing temples, administrative offices, and monk houses.
What do I have to pack for my 5 days Bhutan tour?
The packing list depends on your preferences. And you are going on a tour to Bhutan. So, it obvious that you will not need as many gears as during trekking. Pack clothes depending on the season of your travel. Pack some lightweight snacks to have while touring. Pack your toiletries. If you have regular medicines, bring them.
Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan?
An international tourist cannot enter Bhutan without a visa. You should arrange for your visa before you go. For this, you should contact a licensed Bhutanese Tour Operator or their international partners. If you allow us, we will help you arrange for your visa.
Indians, Bangladeshi, and Maldives can obtain their visa on entry. It is not necessary for them to arrange their visa earlier.
Is Bhutan a safe country to travel?
Bhutan has a low crime rate. Thus, we should consider touring in Bhutan as a safe activity. However, you are going to a new land. So, walk along with your group and your guide. Avoid walking and exploring around the town. Beware of pick-pockets while exploring the markets. Take care of yourself.