Bhutan Tour Package
|Magic of Bhutan | FREE Excursion to Taktsang||4 Days|
|Instagrammable Bhutan | FREE Excursion to Chele La Pass||6 Days|
|Discover Bhutan | FREE Hike to Taktsang Monastery||4 Days|
|EXCLUSIVE Bhutan | FREE Siliguri Excursion||6 Days|
|Bhutan Delight | FREE Paro Excursion||5 Days|
|Gems of Bhutan | Thimphu Punakha & Paro||5 Days|
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Booking customizable Bhutan tour packages with Thrillophilia will get you loads of exciting deals and offers. Specially curated packages will let you experience the charming beauty of these places that happens to be some of the unexplored parts of the great Himalayan Mountain Range. You will get to enjoy the scenic mountain ranges and also get a chance to learn more about the culture and tradition of the places by taking special guided tours. Thrillophilia makes sure that you get well-experienced and expert tour guides who will give you utmost knowledge about every single place.
Thrillophilia offers special guided tours for pilgrims so that they can have a complete understanding of the places of worship and the age-old monasteries having loads of historical significance. You will get personalized service all through the trip no matter you are in some of the hand-picked hotel accommodations or you are taking an adventure activity or simply traversing from one place to another. The expert crew members will make sure that you get all the bells and whistles at your fingertips.
Thrillophilia offers specially created Bhutan packages that suit all types of travelers starting from group adventure seekers to family vacationers and from romantic couples to wanderlust solo travelers. These packages will take you to some of the prominent dzongs, heritage monasteries, picturesque rivers, and scenic lush green valleys. You will truly be amazed by the century-old structures and monuments which are a perfect example of the sheer craftsmanship of the bygone era. Thrillophilia lets you marvel in places that are antiquated by the old charm and are full of serenity. Every single trip to Bhutan is incomplete if you haven’t tried out some of the amazing adventure activities. Itineraries from Thrillophilia are designed carefully to offer you lots of adventure activities starting from trekking to river rafting.
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1. Thimphu- In addition to being the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu is famous for Buddhist sites. It is nothing less than a magical kingdom located in the Eastern part of the Himalayas From monasteries to dzongs along the Raidak river. Whether you are travelling with your loved ones or with your family, there is always something to do in Thimphu as a part of your Bhutan tour.
2. Paro- The Bhutan tour is generally incomplete without visiting Paro. It is a major valley town in Bhutan and is known for its rice fields. The name Paro brings into our minds a plethora of images of the Himalayas with their alpine forests, sacred monasteries, rugged terrains, rickety curves, and expansive landscapes under the blue dome of the sky which takes you into a pristine world of peace and tranquillity.
3. Punakha- Nestled at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers, Punakha is a captivating district in Bhutan. Known for the stunning Punakha Dzong, a fortress monastery, this region showcases the country's rich cultural and historical tapestry. Surrounded by lush greenery, the dzong's majestic architecture complements the serene riverside setting. Punakha also hosts the revered Chimi Lhakhang temple, adding a spiritual dimension to its allure.
4. Trongsa- Alternatively known as Tongsa or even Thromde, the name translates to a new village in the local language. Nestled in central Bhutan, Trongsa is a historical town steeped in cultural significance. Dominated by the Trongsa Dzong, the town offers a glimpse into Bhutan's royal history as the ancestral home of the monarchy. The dzong's intricate architecture overlooks the Mangde Chhu river valley, creating a majestic panorama for visitors.
5. Gelephu- Located in the Sarapang district of Bhutan, Gelephu is known as the Gateway to the Royal Manas National Park. The hamlet is home to some of the most unique animals worth spotting like the langurs, one-horned rhino, and even the Gangetic dolphin. It is also alternatively known as the South Central Gateway to Bhutan.
Indian citizens traveling to Bhutan typically do not need a visa for stays of up to 14 days. Upon arrival, they can obtain a permit by presenting a valid passport with at least six months of validity and a passport-sized photograph. However, for stays exceeding 14 days, travelers must arrange permits through authorized Bhutanese tour operators. These operators often organize guided tours and handle the necessary paperwork. Bhutan emphasizes high-value, low-impact tourism, and visitors are expected to adhere to specific guidelines. It's crucial to verify the current visa requirements and regulations by contacting the Royal Bhutanese Embassy or checking the official website of the Tourism Council of Bhutan before planning Bhutan trip.
1. Peak Season (September to November): Bhutan is a year-round destination as it offers diverse experiences in each season.In this crisp season, from September to November, the kingdom offers an exquisite blend of clear skies and cultural richness. Ideal for trekking, this period introduces festivals like Thimphu Tshechu against breathtaking backdrops, ensuring an immersive experience amid Bhutan's natural splendor.
2. Waning Season (December to February): Discover Bhutan's serene side during the waning season from December to February. As winter sets in, the kingdom unveils a tranquil charm with fewer tourists. Explore cultural gems, appreciating the unique tranquility that graces this Himalayan destination during the colder months. The subdued atmosphere enhances the cultural experience, making it an ideal time for travelers seeking a more intimate and contemplative journey..
3. Shoulder Season (March to May): Bhutan springs to life in March to May, adorned with blooming rhododendrons. Mild weather sets the stage for outdoor adventures, while traditional ceremonies and festivities unfold in a serene and welcoming ambiance, providing a perfect balance for exploration and cultural immersion.
4. Off-Season (June to August): The monsoon season unveils lush landscapes, painting Bhutan in vibrant hues. Despite occasional rainfall, this period showcases the country's natural beauty, providing a unique perspective for travelers. Experience the country's serene allure and uncrowded attractions, making it an ideal time for a more intimate and offbeat Bhutanese adventure.
By Air: The best way to reach Bhutan from India is by taking a direct flight. Several cities including Bagdogra, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, and New Delhi offer direct flights to Paro International Airport. These flights take approximately 3-4 hours to reach. Airlines that offer these flights include Air India, Indigo, Vistara and Spicejet.
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2. Layover Flights:
1. Tiger’s Nest, Paro: Tiger’s Nest, also referred to as Taktsang Palphug Monastery, is not only famous here but throughout the world. This 16th-century monastery has extraordinary architecture and is a must-visit while in Bhutan. It is a cluster of buildings that looks as if it is cascading down a 900-metre-high cliff. It consists of 4 temples, praying spaces, and residences for monks. The monastery is reachable only after a steep 2-3 hour climb, so make sure to include this place in your Bhutan tour packages
Location: Taktsang trail, Paro Valley.
Timings: Every day 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
2. Chele La, Paro: One of the most intriguing and exciting places to visit in Bhutan and it must be part of your Bhutan packages, Chele La is the country’s highest motorable pass. Located at an altitude of around 3988 meters above sea level, it divides the Haa Valley from Paro Valley. The pass offers stupendous views of the surrounding alpine forests, waterfalls, lush green valleys, and mountains like Jomolhari.
Location: The pass is located on the Bondey-Haa Highway.
Timings: The pass can be accessed anytime.
3. Punakha Suspension Bridge, Punakha: This suspension bridge is the oldest and the longest bridge in the country built over the Po Chhu River. It is quite an exciting experience walking on this wobbly yet surprisingly sturdy bridge as one crosses over the rushing river. It is an amazing vantage point to see the beauty of the misty lush meadows and valleys around. Mountainous regions are synonyms with these amazing structures that seem to delicately hang in the air.
One of the longest in the country, this wooden-planked bridge is a must-see and part of your Bhutan holiday packages. The length of the bridge is covered in colorful prayer flags and garlands that emit peaceful and positive vibrations as they flutter in the wind. The bridge connects the Punakha Dzong with the villages of Shengana, Samdingkha, and Wangkha.
Location: Gunji Thang, Chuu Riverbank, 5 minutes away from the Punakha Dzong.
Timings: The Bridge is open 24/7.
4. National Museum, Paro: There is no better way to know about the rich cultural heritage of this Himalayan kingdom than to visit its National Museum, an inclusion in your Bhutan tour packages. The history of this museum is as intriguing as its treasures. This building was used as a watchtower in the 16th century and reconstructed to house the museum in 1968. This intriguing conch-shaped building is a testimony of how this country evolved. It has 6 floors, with each of them narrating a unique story through the preserved paintings, royal dresses, weapons, wildlife specimens, jewellery, masks, scrolls, carved stones, etc.
The biggest attraction here is the ‘Egg of Mule’ that came to the museum in 1928. While nobody knows how this intriguing exhibit came to the museum, there are many legends that one hears, it is said that there was a rich businessman Tshongpo Wangdi who possessed 2 mules with extraordinary strength. This egg, considered to be lucky, saved the family from an epidemic that destroyed their entire village.
Location: The museum is located above the Rinpung Dzong, Paro.
Timings: Summers (March-October)- 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Winters (November-February)- 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
5. Dochula Pass, Thiumpu: This mountain pass, standing at an elevation of around 3100 meters, is one of the most striking locations and must be part of your Bhutan holiday packages. The pass is famous for offering jaw-dropping panoramic views of surrounding mountains and valleys shrouded in silvery mist.
Thickets of flowers like magnolia, and rhododendrons, surround the pass and Daphne and are framed by Himalayan ranges in the background. At the pass summit, you will see the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens (stupas) that stand as a memorial to the fallen Bhutanese soldiers in the 2003 armed rebellion. Every year the Dochula Druk Wangyal Tsechu is held at the festival ground near the pass.
Location: The pass is located on the road between Thimphu to Punakha.
Timings: Can be accessed any time of the year.
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6. Haa Valley, Paro: Surrounded by miles of brown-golden rice fields, meadows, and high mountain peaks in the background, Haa Valley is one of the most stunning places to include in your Bhutan tour packages. Home to the Queen Grandmother of the Dorji dynasty, this valley was opened to tourists only in 2002.
This is why it has mostly remained untouched and is the best place to spend some laid back time. Don’t miss seeing the White Temple and the 15th-century Haa Wangchuk Dzong while here. The valley is quite popular with adventure enthusiasts for its numerous rugged trails that are perfect for hiking and mountain biking.
Location: The valley is located in the south-west of Paro and connects it with Chhukha and Samtse.
Timings: Can be visited any time of the year.
7. Royal Manas National Park, Gonphu: Bhutan is abundant in wildlife and has rich & diverse fauna ecosystems throughout its landscape. This national park, sharing its border with the Manas Tiger Reserve in India, showcases how the Bhutanese people lovingly conserve their nature. It houses hundreds of endangered and vulnerable species of birds, plants, animals, butterflies, and fish that are rarely seen in any other country besides Bhutan,so make sure to include this in your Bhutan tours.
Some of the park’s most famous and exotic residents of this park are Himalayan Black Bears, Royal Bengal Tigers, Asian Elephants, Asiatic Gaur, Pygmy Hog, Golden Langur, Red-headed vultures, White-bellied herons, etc.If you plan in advance, you can also participate in bird-watching tours that are conducted regularly at the park.
Location: South-central Bhutan.
Timings: Every day from 5:30 am to 6:30 pm
8. Choki Traditional Art School, Thimpu: Bhutan has a rich culture of art and craft and this beautiful place showcases how the love of these extends beyond barriers and this attraction should be part of your Bhutan tour packages. This art school was specially established to teach arts to students who were talented but couldn’t afford to pay to learn. On your visit, you will be met with smiling little faces who will happily take you on a round of their school to see children engaged in clay art, carvings, and painting.
Location: Kabesa Lam, Thimphu.
Timings: Every day from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
9. Weekend Handicraft Market: Also known as the authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar, this vibrant market is the highlight of any Bhutan tours. This is where people go to catch the vibrant and happy pulse of the country.
Sellers from all across the country come to this bazaar every weekend to sell amazing bamboo products, silk fabrics, statuettes of Buddha, prayer flags, brass incense holders, carved dragons, thangkas, bells, drums, jewelry, etc. One of the famous places to be part of Bhutan holiday packages. You can also pick up locally made beer, honey, cheese, tea leaves, noodles, and spices here. Don’t miss to try delicious and authentic Bhutanese snacks like Ema Datshi, Shakam Paa, Juma, and a huge range of momos.
Location: Below Norzim Lam, Thimphu.
Timings: Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
10. Buddha Dordenma, Thimpu: Buddha Dordenma is a 169-foot-tall statue of Lord Buddha that overlooks the Thimphu Valley, and it is a must-see attraction to include in your Bhutan tour packages. Nestled amidst the Himalayas, this iconic landmark is not just a spiritual marvel but also a symbol of peace and happiness. The intricate details of the statue, the panoramic views it has to offer, and its serene surroundings make Buddha Dordenma an intriguing sight to witness.
Here are some of the best things to do in Bhutan:
1. Soak in spirituality: Bhutan is a deeply spiritual country dotted with monasteries and temples that welcome everybody to soak in the aura of calm and peace irrespective of the faith that one follows. Some of the best temples and monasteries to include in your Bhutan tour packages are the Tiger’s Nest, Chimi Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong, and Trashigang Dzong. One of the best places to soak in the mountainside serenity is the Great Buddha Dordenma. Being in the presence of this 51-metre-high statue that’s encircled by 1,25,000 miniatures of the same statue is quite a surreal experience.
Timings: Generally between 9:00 am-5:00 pm every day.
2. Enjoy the thrill of river rafting: Not many people know that Bhutan is quite an amazing destination for river rafting. There are several rivers with rapids ranging from 1-6 ( 1 being the easiest) that are popular rafting locations. Whether one is a beginner or an experienced rafter, there is something for everybody. It is an amazing experience to see the stunningly rugged landscape of Bhutan from its waters as you pass through thick forests, ridges, valleys, and farmlands. The best time to enjoy river rafting here is between March-April and November-December, so make sure to include this experience of your Bhutan holiday packages.
Location: Po Chhu and Mo Chhu (Punakha Valley), Mangde Chhu (Trongsa), Kuri Chhu, Puna Tsang Chhu & Wang Chhu (Thimphu)
Timings: Any day from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
3. Trace the ancient trade route: What’s better than enjoying a trek in the pristine countryside of Bhutan? Take a trek route that will take you through one of the oldest trade routes in the world and must be part of your Bhutan tour packages. Running between stunning mountain passes, the route will take you through some of the most amazing & unforgettable landscapes.
You will pass through lush yak pastures, emerald-green lakes, forests of rhododendrons, apple orchids, and lush green ridges as your guide narrates interesting stories about the trade route. Views of Mount Jumolhari, Jitchu Drake, and Gangkar Punsum will accompany you throughout your trek.
Location: The trek starts from Paro and ends at Thimphu as it passes through places like Damchena Village, Jele Dzong, Jangchulakha, Simkota, and Phajoding.
Timings: This is a 5 night and 6-day long trek.
4. Enjoy the exotic Bhutanese cuisine: Bhutanese cuisine is considered to be amongst the most exotic cuisines in the world. It is known around the world for its comfortable and subtle flavours of yak meat, pork, eggs, and vegetables combined with undertones of cheese and varieties of chillies.
Some of the best dishes to try here are the huge range of steamed & fried dumplings, Goep, Juma, Gondo Datshi, Jasha Maru, Hoentay, Lom, and Khatem. Don’t miss to include local food sampling in your Bhutan tour packages and try the local ‘Ara’, creamy liquor made of wheat, rice, or barley.
Timings: The restaurants are generally open till 9:00 pm.
5. Enjoy traditional hospitality: One of the best ways to learn about and enjoy the happy relaxed, and slow-paced Bhutanese lifestyle is to stay with a local family in a homestay. Not only would you get to know the native language, traditions, and culture, but you can also experience amazing things like a hot stone bath, milking farm animals, and even cooking along with the family. Don’t miss trying the hot buttery tea, pork fat flavoured rice, and khuli (traditional pancakes).
Location: Damchoe (Thimphu), Aum Om & Authentic Bhutanese Homestay (Paro), Haa Valley Homestay & Ugyen (Haa Valley)
Timings: The homestays are available round the year.
6. Attend a festival: Bhutanese people, known as the happiest people on earth, surely know how to celebrate their culture and heritage. Any Bhutan trip is incomplete without attending one of these glorious riots of color, music, dance, and fanfare. One of the best festivals to attend is Paro Tsechu (March) to see dance performances by lamas and the unrolling of a 4-storey high thangka and it must be part of your Bhutan tour packages
You can see traditional dance forms like Shingje Yabyum and Drametse during this festival. Another not-to-be-missed celebration is the Haa Summer Festival (July) to see dancers wearing colorful masks, costumes, and jewelry dancing to local drum beats. There are also sporting contests, food & drink tasting, and religious performances, which one can attend.
Bhutan also hosts the world’s only festival dedicated to mushrooms! Known as the Matsutake Festival (August), it not only educates people about the thousands of existing varieties of mushrooms but also how they are grown sustainably in Bhutan. You can enjoy delicious foods made of mushrooms and participate in mushroom-picking activities, by including this in your Bhutan tours.
Location: Paro, Bumthang, and Haa Valley.
Timings: The festivities generally last for 2-3 days.
7. Dig into Bhutan’s history at Trongsa Dzong: Get a chance to explore Bhutan’s rich history at Trongsa Dzong, and witness the spectacular vistas surrounding it. It is a majestic fortress that served as the country’s ancestral home of the royal family. Located in the Trongsa District, this architectural marvel will take you back to the 17th century and provide insights into Bhutanese culture.
Location: Trongsa, Trongsa district, Bhutan
Timings: 9:00 AM To 5:00 PM
8. Stroll around Bumthang Valley: Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Bhutan’s Bumthang Valley as you take a leisurely stroll through its picturesque landscapes. Renowned for its four stunning valleys, Bumthang offers a blend of natural beauty and cultural vibrance. Here, you can wander through quaint villages, marvel at vast meadows, and visit ancient monasteries, by including this attraction in your Bhutan tour packages.
Location: Bumthang, Bhutan
Timings: 24 Hours
9. Rediscover yourself at Memorial Stupa: Recover your inner peace at Bhutan’s Memorial Stupa, also known as Thimphu Chorten. This soothing sanctuary invites self-introspection amidst prayer wheels and serene surroundings. With our Bhutan trip packages, you can add this place to your itinerary and indulge in some soul-calming retreat.
Location: Doeboom Lam, Thimphu
10. Go on a Wildlife Safari: Witness the wide range of Bhutan’s wildlife on an exhilarating safari a must to include in your Bhutan tour packages. Navigate through dense forests and glide beside the rivers to spot rare species of fauna. Bhutan is home to various animals like red pandas, takins, and the elusive snow leopards. Embark upon a well-planned wildlife safari and encounter the country’s rich biodiversity in a pristine natural setting.
Bhutan packages, particularly holiday ones, are not truly fulfilled without indulging in the country's local delicacies. Take the opportunity to savor these dishes during your Bhutanese journey, and you'll be grateful for the experience:
1. Ema Datshi: Ema Datshi is the national dish of Bhutan which is a spicy and flavourful delight. It consists of green chili peppers cooked in a rich cheese sauce, offering a fiery yet balanced kick. This dish is served with red rice and exemplifies the unique Bhutanese culinary experience.
2. Jasha Maroo or Maru: Jasha Maroo or Maru is a savoury Bhutanese chicken stew that can delight you with its robust flavours. Combining tender chicken pieces with aromatic spices like garlic, and ginger, this dish is a mouthwatering marvel. Served with red rice, it offers a taste of the country's rich culinary heritage.
3. Phaksha Paa: Phaksha Paa is a beloved Bhutanese dish that features succulent pork, stir-fried with radishes, chilies, and a medley of traditional flavours. The result is a savoury and spicy delicacy, showcasing Bhutan’s culinary creativity. Generally served with red rice, it embodies the country's love for bold flavours, making it a must-try.
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