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Happiness Bhutan Cultural Tour - Luxury Bhutan Tour Package (5 days)

This Happiness Bhutan luxury tour will take you on a cultural extravaganza of the beautiful valleys of Western Bhutan, unique culture and traditions and rich nature with overnight stays at 5 star hotels and resorts throughout the trip. Luxury, comfort and style is the essence of this tour and expect to be swept away on a luxurious expedition of the best that Bhutan offers while enjoying the various high-end resorts and its extravagant facilities and services.

Tour Highlights:

  • All accommodations at luxury high-end hotels and resorts
  • Tiger’s Nest/Taktsang Monastery - one of the holiest sites in the Buddhist arena
  • Hoisting of prayer flags high in the mountains – as per your birthdate an astrologer will consult the Divination Charts and accordingly your guide will purchase the appropriate prayer flags that most benefit and protect you
  • Excursion of Thimphu valley – the capital city
  • Dochula Pass - enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the Snow-capped Himalayas
  • Tashi Chho Dzong - Fortress of the Auspicious Religion
  • Farm House experience - typical Bhutanese rural life, Bhutanese cooking experience and traditional dinner
  • Traditional hot stone bath & a game of traditional archery

Other Highlights

  • Included quality wining and dining: a welcome reception with drinks at every hotels of your stay,
  • Throughout your holiday to Bhutan, escorted by one of the Bhutan Swallowtail’s expert tour guide- your ‘travelling concierge’, expert guide, consummate facilitator and friend in a foreign land who ensures your journey is as enjoyable as possible.
  • Baggage handling everywhere on your tour.
  • Free Wi-fi and Internet in most of the hotel rooms and lobbies.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Bhutan Swallowtail’s Luxury air conditioned vehicle
  • Airport Transfers as per the scheduled flights.
  • Package Inclusion:
  • English Speaking Guide throughout the Trip
  • Luxurious SUV vehicle with driver – Toyota Prado/Land Cruisers/Hi-roof Buses
  • Stay in luxury 5 star hotels
  • All three meals, tea and snacks, picnic
  • Bottled mineral water throughout the trip
  • Cooler box for cold water/beverage in the vehicle
  • Hot thermos with tea/coffee on the go
  • Umbrellas
  • Short hikes, Packed lunches and snacks wherever required
  • Monumental Fees
  • Bhutan Tourism Development Fee
  • VISA Fee
  • Government Royalty- goes towards the socio-economic development activities, eg, education, health, roads, etc

Package Does Not Include:

  • Air fare
  • Refreshments and bottled drinks and alcohol
  • Tips/gratuities – It is at your discretion to tip your guide and driver as per their services
  • Cost arising out of Flight Cancellation/road blockades/ landslides and events beyond our control
  • Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost

VISA to Bhutan

All tourist Visa need to be applied via a local and licensed tour operator like Bhutan Swallowtail Travels, hence all tourist Visas are issued only to those foreign nationals who have booked a holiday trip to Bhutan with a local tour operator. The Visa is approved and issued by the Tourism Council of Bhutan and the Department of Immigration of the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs.

The Visa Fee is USD 40.00 per person for one time visit. For Visa extension the request has to be made by the tour operator and the renewal fee is Nu 500.00.

The only document required is a scan copy of your passport with a minimum validity of 6 months. The rest of the documents and papers will be prepared by the tour operator so as to ensure a smooth and hassle free visa application procedure.

 Important Note: No Bhutanese foreign missions or embassies abroad have the authority to grant Bhutanese tourist visas.

Terms and Conditions:

All tour information and prices are correct at time of tours going live, however is subject to change, please confirm all details at time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer our Booking Conditions page.



Day 1: Paro International Airport – Your first glimpse of Bhutan

Paro valley, Rinpung Dzong, National Museum and Thimphu valley

The flight into Bhutan is spectacular with views of the snow capped Himalayas of Bhutan, Nepal and Sikkim and checking through immigrations at the Paro International Airport is quick and hassle-free. At the Airport exit gate your tour guide and driver will be waiting for you and a few minutes’ drive will bring you to the Paro town where you can have your lunch or tea/coffee.

You can start your magical experience of Bhutan by first visiting the impressive Rinpung Dzong/fortress of Heaped Jewels which is a fine example of the ostentatious Bhutanese art and architecture evident everywhere.  Located above the Dzong is the National Museum showcasing various artifacts and relics of ancient Bhutan.

Enjoy the one and half hour drive to Thimphu through the beautiful landscape and during holidays you can stop over and watch an archery match in progress. Thimphu is one of the few capital cities in the world not having traffic lights and the traffic is still manned by traffic policemen. You can either check into your hotel and relax or go for an evening stroll through the town and and market areas.

Overnight at the exclusive Aman Kora Lodge and enjoy their luxurious and hospitable service and facilities.

Day 2: Thimphu Valley Excursion – Combination of the Ancient and the Modern

Buddha Point, Memorial Chorten, Farmers Market, temples and monasteries, Craft Bazaar, short hikes

After a leisurely breakfast explore the capital Thimphu and visit the main sites. Soak in the panoramic view of the Thimphu valley from the site of the gigantic Buddha Shakyamuni, one of the largest statue of Buddha at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters). You can also enjoy a short hike around the Buddha, and then a stopover at the Memorial Chorten/stupa in town is another favorite with the tourists and elderly citizens as they circumambulate the Chorten chanting prayers and pulling at their beads. The main statue of the Buddha inside the Chorten is said to grant wishes for the earnest and honest hearted!

If you want to mingle with the Bhutanese people and jostle with local farmers amongst the aroma of organic fruits and vegetables, the Centenary Farmers Market is the place to be. Smiling tourists watch in awe as locals bargain with the vendors and you could even stock up on your organic fruits for the coming days.

In the evening visit the impressive Tashi Chho Dzong / Fortress of the Auspicious Religion. The Dzong houses the office of our King, few government offices and the Central Monk Body.

There are many other places of interest if you are not too tired, or you can rest and relax at your hotel Aman Kora.

Day 3: Thimphu – Paro

Dochula Pass (3,150 meters), Paro Valley, Picnic lunch

Drive for an hour till you reach the scenic Dochulaa Pass (3150 meters) from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the snow capped Himalayan Mountains and the mini 108 stupas built over a hill.

Drive back to Paro which will take about 2 hours from the Pass and enroute you can stopover to visit the Semtokha Dzong, the first Dzong built in 1629, Tachogang Temple across the iron suspension bridge, and back in Paro you can check into the Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary and enjoy their hospitality.

The Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary is the latest addition to the high-end hotels in Paro and offers many interesting activities like archery, pottery, cooking classes, traditional doctor consultation, unlimited spa, massage and hot-stone baths, yoga/meditation class, other wellness treatments and visits to nearby villages and temples.

Day 4: Hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery / Taktsang Goemba

The highlight of your Bhutan tour

After an early breakfast drive for about 30 minutes to the base of the Taktsang Monastery, and while there are options to ride a pony till halfway, we’d suggest you to walk all the way to the Monastery. It is about 3 hours uphill and 2 hours down, and enroute there is a cafeteria, however we can either arrange a picnic lunch or depending on your walking pace you maybe able to come back to your hotel for lunch.

Since the Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary offers many activities you have the choice to stay at your Hotel and enjoy these facilities, or you can visit few temples located in the town and enjoy a stroll through the market places and numerous small handicraft shops.

Day 5: Paro International Airport

After breakfast and as per your flight time your tour guide and driver will drive you to the Airport. We hope you had a pleasant stay and we hope to see you again in Bhutan.