The Highlights of Central Bhutan tour is a captivating exploration of the cultural and natural treasures nestled in the heart of the Himalayan kingdom. Encompassing iconic destinations like Bumthang, Trongsa, and Wangdue Phodrang, the journey unveils the historical richness of central Bhutan. Travelers encounter ancient monasteries, such as Jakar Dzong, and witness vibrant festivals that offer a glimpse into Bhutanese traditions. The tour also ventures into the pristine landscapes, revealing lush valleys, meandering rivers, and the majestic Black-Necked Crane conservation area. With visits to traditional villages and encounters with the warm-hearted locals, the Highlights of Central Bhutan tour provides a well-rounded experience, combining cultural immersion with the awe-inspiring beauty of Bhutan’s central region.

Tour Highlights

  • Important and religious landmarks in Bhutan
  • Immersion in Nature Biodiversity
  • Gangtey Nature Trail
  • Local Farm House Experience
  • Day Hike to Tiger’s Nest

Tour Outline

  • Day 01: Arrival: Paro -Thimphu
  • Day 02: Thimphu – sightseeing
  • Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha
  • Day 04:  Punakha – Phobjikha
  • Day 05: Phojikha – Bumthang via Trongsa
  • Day 06: Bumthang – sightseeing
  • Day 07: Bumthang – Day excursion to Tang Ugyen Chholing Palace
  • Day 08: Bumthang – Paro (International Flight)
  • Day 09: Paro – Hike to Tiger’s Nest
  • Day 08: Departure
DURATION 9 Nights / 10 Days
DEPARTURE TIME 2 Hours before Flight time
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa Fees. Transportation in mini-coach
Professional Guide & Experienced Driver. Umbrella and sunscreen.
All Entrance fees and Permits. All meals in Bhutan
Govt. approved hotels & guest houses.
Personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.
Medical / Travel insurance.


Additional information

Price starts fromUS$ 2,280.00 per tourist.

Arrive in Paro

Distance: 65km (1.5hrs.)
Elevation: 2,250m / 7,382ft.

After landing you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver and will be transferred to capital city, Thimphu, nestled in the heart of Himalayas is the largest city in Bhutan

Upon reaching check into the hotel for some refreshment and visit the following places

  • Buddha Point where the tallest sitting Buddha Statue overlooking the whole capital city.
  • National Memorial Chorten “most religious landmark in Bhutan”.
  • Tashichho Dzong presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance.
  • Thimphu Town and Bhutanese Authentic Local Crafts Bazaar.

Overnight in Thimphu


Thimphu – Sightseeing

  • After breakfast, drive to Sangaygang to enjoy spectacular views of Thimphu City from another angle.
  • En-route, visit Changangkha Lhakang, beautifully located in the middle of the city.
  • Post lunch, visit School of Thirteen Arts & Crafts, the primary center of learning for Bhutanese traditional arts.
  • The Gayden Lhuendrup Weaving Center to get insight on Bhutan’s national art of weaving.
  • Centenary Farmer’s Market (Open: Wednesday – Sunday).

Overnight in Thimphu.


Thimphu – Punakha

Distance: 77km (2.5hrs.)
Elevation: 1,200m / 3900ft.

  • After breakfast drive to Punakha, an ancient capital of the country.
  • En-route visit beautiful Dochula pass (3150m). It provides spectacular views of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges.
  • Proceed to Punakha and visit Chimi Lhakhang “temple of fertility”.
  • Punakha Dzong, “country’s beautiful fortress”.
  • Beautiful traditional suspension bridge.
  • Punakha town.

Overnight in Punakha.


Punakha – Phobjikha

Distance: 78km (3hrs.)
Elevation: 3,000m / 9,843ft.

  • After breakfast drive to the land of endangered bird species the Black Necked Crane.
  • After reaching visit one of the oldest shrine Gangtey Goempa/Monastery.
  • Explore Gangtey Nature Trail (1.5hr).
  • Black Necked Crane Information Center.

Overnight in Phobjikha.


Phobjikha – Bumthang via Trongsa

Distance: 210km (7-8hrs.)
Elevation: 2,250m / 8,530ft.

  • After breakfast drive to Bumthang, the land of religious landmarks.
  • En-route, visit Chendbji Chorten (Stupa), Trongsa Dzong and the Museum Ta Dzong.
  • Evening leisurely explore Bumthang Town.

Overnight in Bumthang.


Bumthang - Sightseeing

  • After breakfast visit Jambay Lhakhang built in the 7th century by the King Songtsen Goempo of Tibet.
  • Kurjey Khakhang, the large, active and important temple complex which is named after the body print of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism in the country.
  • Tamshing Lhakhang located across the river from Kurje Lhakhang which was built by Terton Pema Lingpa (treasure discoverer) in 1951.
  • Local farm house for an experience for authentic Bhutanese lifestyle and unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host. Enjoy a meal with the family here (optional).
  • Bumthang Town.

Overnight in Bumthang.


Bumthang – Day excursion to Tang Ugyen Chholing Palace

Distance: 40km (1-2hrs.)

  • After breakfast drive to Tang Ugyen Chholing Palace. En-route enjoy the view of Tang Valley.
  • After reaching visit Ugyen Chholing Palace/Museum which was restored in 19th century is now serving as museum to preserve its legacy and provide a place for religious studies and research.
  • Evening drive back to Bumthang for night hold.

Overnight in Bumthang.


Bumthang – Paro

Distance: 342km (12-13hrs.)

  • After breakfast drive to Bumthang Airport to catch a Domestic flight to Paro.
  • After landing, check into the hotel and visit Bhutan National Museum built in the 17th century to guard the Paro Dzong.
  • Paro Dzong “fortress of the heap of jewels”.
  • Paro Town.

Overnight in Paro.


Paro - Hike to Tiger’s Nest

Elevation: 2,250m /7,382ft.
Walking Hour: 4 – 5hrs.

  • After breakfast Hike to Tiger’s Nest which clings beautifully on the cliff overlooking Paro Valley.
  • Later in the afternoon visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to the 7th  century.
  • Evening relax at the hotel or free to explore further.

Overnight in Paro.



After breakfast transfer to Paro International Airport for your onward journey.


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