Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Tour – Discover world’s most spectacular monastery

The Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Tour offers the very best of Bhutan and combines rich culture, exquisite heritage, a unique way of living and scenic beauty to make your stay here magical.

Some highlights of this incredible experience:

  • Sightseeing in Thimphu
  • Trashichho dzong
  • Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest)
  • Handicrafts emporium
  • Punakha Dzong
  • Drugyel Dzong victory fortress
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Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Tour Itinerary – Example

The following itinerary outlines a possible itinerary for your Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Tour.

Day 1 – Arrival in Paro

Our Bhutanese tour guide will meet you at Paro airport and transfer you to the Hotel. Free evening walk with your guide.

Overnight in Hotel.

Includes: Airport-Pick Up, Accommodation, Guide

Day 2 – Sightseeing in and around Thimphu

In the morning we first stop at Bhutan’s National Bank to exchange currency as well as visit the post office to view and purchase elaborate and exquisite Bhutanese collector item stamps. We then will visit the National Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in memory of the third king.

Also, the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and the Takin Reserve which protects the national animal of Bhutan.

After lunch visit the Textile Museum and the Arts and Crafts School. A visit to the House of Incense and House of Paper are always favorites as well.

Overnight at a hotel.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Guide

Day 3 – Drive from Thimphu to Punakha for a day sightseeing – return back to Thimphu

Leaving Thimphu we drive about 3 hours, with the road climbing steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near the Dochula Pass (3,050m).

This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. You will see Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Junipers and pine forests with chirping sounds of the many rare species of birds found in Bhutan.

We drive onto Lobesa to take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Driving North to the majestic Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 which strategically occupies the land between the two rivers Phochu and Mochu. After our day of sightseeing we head back to Thimphu.

Overnight at a hotel.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Guide and Transport

Day 4 – Drive from Thimphu to Paro

An early morning drive towards Paro we stop to visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visit Paro’s Rimpung Dzong, along the way down we cross the 16th century cantilever bridge. Also visiting the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress, built in 1647 which is 18 kilometers from the Paro town.

Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. We take a visit to a farm house and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living.

Overnight at a hotel.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Guide and Transport

Day 5 – Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest)

The trail to the Tiger’s Nest climbs through beautiful Pine and rhododendron forests. You stop at the cafeteria which offers magnificent up close views of the tigers nest for refreshments. Then we continue the hike for short while until you see Taktsang monastery.

Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m into the valley below. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months.

Overnight at a hotel.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner, Accommodation, Guide and Transport

Day 6 – Departure from Bhutan

Transfer to international airport for your final departure from Bhutan.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast, Airport-Drop

Custom Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Tour

Customised tours which differ from this itinerary are always possible to organise. For example, you can always extend your stay and add more activities in Thimphu and/or Paro if you wish.

Don’t hesitate to contact us in order to discuss your preferences, wants and needs. We are flexible and your personal preferences (and those of your group’s members) matter most to us when organising your Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Tour.

Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Tour Cost

Included costs

Our Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Tour Package covers the following costs:

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport
  • Standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) for the duration of the tour
  • Full-board meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks – for the duration of your stay
  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour
  • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides
  • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan
  • Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations, if required
  • Monument and museums entrance fees at all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary
  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance
  • Government royalty (35% of $200), which goes to the country’s health and education projects
  • All route access and monument entry permits and fees
  • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges

Excluded costs

The following costs are excluded and not covered by our Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Tour Package:

  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip, see the travel insurance page)
  • Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry
  • Alcoholic and cold drinks
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Tips for tour guides, porters, driver, hotel lobby and in restaurants. (Tipping is expected)
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the Included costs section

Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Tour – Trip Facts

Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Altitude

The Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Tour reaches a maximum altitude of approximately 3,050 m.

Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Tour Best Time of Year

The best season to enjoy a Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Tour is from January – June and from September – December.

Minimum Required Group Size

The minimum group size is 1 person.

Highlights of the Tiger’s Nest Tour

  • Sightseeing in Thimphu
  • Trashichho Dzong
  • Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest)
  • Handicrafts emporium
  • Punakha Dzong
  • Drugyel Dzong victory fortress

Video 1 – Dochula Pass & Punakha Dzong

Video 2 – Bhutan Tiger Nest Trek

Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Tour – Image Gallery

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