Quintessential Bhutan Experience

10 Days


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 are 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, and 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.

Trip Highlights

  • Tour offers an ideal introduction to Bhutan covering west and central part of Bhutan
  • Explore major attraction such as medieval Dzongs, stunning landscapes, monasteries, and the warm hospitality of its people
  • The tour's pinnacle is a day trek to the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery, making it an unforgettable adventure
  • Connect with local families, share meals, and gain insights into Bhutanese culture from those who live it daily


Depart flight to Bhutan as your flight soars above the majestic Himalayan mountains, treating you to unparalleled views of the world's tallest glacial peaks. Upon landing, a dedicated representative from our company will warmly greet you and accompany you on a picturesque 50 minutes drive to Thimphu. Later in the day, explore the serene Memorial Stupa and the magnificent Trashi Chodzong. Your night will be spent in the comfort of a hotel in Thimphu, ensuring a restful and rejuvenating stay.

Begin your day with a captivating morning tour that encompasses the Folk and Heritage Museum, a Traditional Handmade Paper Factory, a Painting School, the Textile Museum, the ancient 12th-century Changangkha Temple, and a close encounter with Bhutan's cherished national treasure, the Takin, the country's national animal, all while exploring the National Emporium and more. Rest assured, your night in Thimphu will be spent in the comfort of a hotel.

After breakfast drive to Punakha over Dochula Pass at an elevation of 3,100 meters. If the skies are clear, you'll be treated to a breathtaking panorama of the magnificent eastern Himalayan range, including Bhutan's tallest peak. Later, embark on a gradual hike to the serene Lungchuzekha Temple, nestled at an altitude of 3,500 meters.
Return to pass and proceed to Wangdue, where you'll have the opportunity to visit Kaja Throm and explore the charming set up in evening before going to hotel. Your night's accommodation awaits you in the comfort of a hotel in the picturesque surroundings of Punakha.

Start scenic drive to Trongsa, a captivating journey of approximately four and a half hours. En route, you'll traverse the historic Pele la Pass, standing at 3,300 meters, which traditionally marks the boundary between eastern and western Bhutan. Take a delightful break for a picnic lunch at Chendebji Chorten, a remarkable 18th-century structure with a Nepalese architectural influence, adorned with painted eyes at its four cardinal points.
Upon reaching Trongsa, explore the majestic Trongsa Dzong and the engaging Tower Museum. Along the way, make a fascinating stop at the Chume weaving center, where you'll discover the intricate art of crafting woolen products from the beautiful Bumthang valley. Your overnight stay promises comfort and relaxation in a hotel in the heart of Bumthang.

Begin your morning with a visit to the ancient Jambey Lhakhang, an architectural gem dating back to the 7th century. Embark on a scenic one-hour hike to reach the revered Kurjey Lhakhang. Continue your explorations with a leisurely walk to Tamshing Lhakhang, a spiritual sanctuary with origins in the 15th century.
May be make a brief stop at Konchog Sum Lhakhang, and if the timing is right, witness a spirited monk debate at Kharchu Monastery. Conclude your day with a relaxing stroll through the vibrant Bumthang market area, immersing yourself in local culture and cuisine.
Rest assured, your night in Bumthang will be spent in the comfort of a hotel.

Continue your journey eastward as you traverse the picturesque Ura Sheltangla Pass, standing at 3,250 meters. On a clear day, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of Mt. Gangar Puen Sum, the highest peak in Bhutan, soaring to an impressive altitude of 25,000 feet.
En route, take a moment to pause at Member Tso, often referred to as the Burning Lake, where the revered saint Pema Lingpa unearthed hidden treasures in the 15th century, concealed by Guru Rimpoche in the 8th century.
Embark on a gentle one-hour hike, following the ancient mule tracks as they lead you downhill to the charming village of Ura. Here, immerse yourself in the local culture and visit the Ura temple, nestled at the heart of the bustling village.
In the late afternoon, continue your journey with a scenic drive to Trongsa, where you'll find comfortable accommodations for the night in a hotel.

Begin your day early as you retrace your route back to Pelela Pass, perched at an altitude of 3,300 meters, via the charming town of Trongsa.
Your next destination is Phobjikha, a remarkable glacial valley that stands as one of Bhutan's rare gems. This valley is not only a stunning natural wonder but also serves as the chosen refuge for the elegant black-necked cranes, who migrate from the harsh winters of the central Asiatic Plateau.
Take in the serene beauty of the Gangtey valley with an invigorating one-hour hike, and don't miss the opportunity to visit Gangtey Monastery, the sole Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. As the day winds down, embark on a late afternoon drive back to Punakha, where a comfortable hotel awaits to provide you with a restful overnight stay.

Kickstart your day with a brief excursion to the captivating Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten. Later, immerse yourself in the rich history and architecture of Punakha as you visit the Punakha Dzong.

On your journey to Paro, make a stop to explore the intriguing temple of the Divine Madman, renowned as the Temple of Fertility. Following lunch, continue your scenic drive to Paro, where you can opt to visit Paro Dzong and Ta Dzong if time allows.
Your overnight stay promises comfort and relaxation in a Paro hotel, allowing you to recharge for more adventures in this enchanting region.

Embark on an unforgettable morning hike to the iconic Taktsang Monastery, often referred to as the Tiger's Nest Monastery, an absolute must for any Bhutan traveler. After this awe-inspiring experience, explore the ancient Kyichu Lhakhang, a 7th-century gem, and Dungtse Lhakhang, an architectural masterpiece.
As the day winds down, immerse yourself in Bhutanese culture with a visit to a local farmhouse, where you'll have the opportunity to indulge in a relaxing hot stone bath experience.
Rest assured, your night in Paro promises comfort and tranquility as you settle into your hotel, reflecting on the day's adventures in this enchanting land.

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

Cost Includes

  • Bhutan sustainable development fees
  • 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
  • Complementary hot stone bath (1 Time)
  • Bottled water in the vehicle

Cost Excludes

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


How much money do I need to bring?

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.

What is the weather like?

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.

What type of vehicle will we be traveling in?

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.

How/what should I pack?

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.

Can I take pictures?

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.

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Quintessential Bhutan Experience
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/ Adult
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