10-Day Journey to the Center of Bhutan: Exploring the Heartland

Embark on a captivating journey with Imperial Lotus Tours to the heartland of Bhutan, immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage and stunning landscapes that define this enchanting kingdom. The Journey to the Center of Bhutan tour takes you deep into the heart of the country, allowing you to explore lesser-known regions and experience the authentic Bhutanese way of life. As you traverse through picturesque valleys, ancient monasteries, and traditional villages, Imperial Lotus Tours ensures that you have knowledgeable guides who provide insightful commentary, making your journey informative and engaging.

Imperial Lotus Tours meticulously curates the Journey to the Center of Bhutan tour, ensuring that you have comfortable accommodations and seamless transportation throughout your adventure. This immersive experience allows you to interact with locals, witness traditional festivals, and gain a profound understanding of Bhutan's unique culture and spirituality. Whether you're visiting the sacred sites of Bumthang, marveling at the grandeur of Trongsa Dzong, or hiking to hidden monasteries, this tour offers an unforgettable exploration of Bhutan's heartland. With Imperial Lotus Tours, you can rest assured that your journey to the center of Bhutan will be a transformative experience, providing insights into the country's soul and leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Day 1: Arrival in Paro, Bhutan

  • Welcome to the captivating kingdom of Bhutan! Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by your Imperial Lotus Tours guide and transferred to your hotel.
  • Take some time to relax and acclimate to the serene surroundings.
  • In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner where you will meet your fellow travelers and receive an overview of the exciting journey ahead.

Day 2: Paro: Exploring Cultural Heritage

  • Begin your journey with a visit to Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), an iconic Buddhist monastery perched on a cliffside.
  • Embark on a hike to the monastery, taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding valley and mountains.
  • Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere of this sacred site, exploring its temples and meditative spaces.
  • In the afternoon, visit the National Museum of Bhutan, housed in a former watchtower, to gain insights into the country’s rich cultural heritage.

Day 3: Thimphu: Capital City Experience

  • Travel to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, and explore its cultural and historical landmarks.
  • Visit the majestic Tashichho Dzong, a Buddhist monastery and administrative fortress.
  • Discover the National Memorial Chorten, a revered shrine dedicated to the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Explore the Folk Heritage Museum and the Textile Museum to learn about Bhutanese traditions and craftsmanship.
  • Take a stroll around the bustling streets of Thimphu, visiting local markets and artisan shops.

Day 4: Punakha: Ancient Capitals and Natural Beauty

  • Journey to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, renowned for its historical significance and natural beauty.
  • Visit Punakha Dzong, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bhutan’s most important fortresses.
  • Take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang, the Temple of the Divine Madman, known for its fertility blessings.
  • Enjoy a leisurely walk along the scenic Mo Chhu river, surrounded by lush greenery and picturesque landscapes.

Day 5: Gangtey Valley: Nature and Conservation

  • Explore the beautiful Gangtey Valley, nestled amidst the mountains and home to the Gangtey Monastery.
  • Take a scenic nature walk in the Gangtey Nature Trail, witnessing the breathtaking landscapes and diverse flora and fauna.
  • Learn about the conservation efforts for the endangered Black-necked Cranes that migrate to the valley during winter.
  • Visit the Black-necked Crane Information Center to gain insights into the importance of preserving these magnificent birds.

Day 6: Bumthang: Sacred Sites and Cultural Exploration

  • Travel to the spiritual heartland of Bhutan, Bumthang Valley, known for its ancient temples and monasteries.
  • Visit Jambay Lhakhang and Kurjey Lhakhang, revered Buddhist sites with deep historical significance.
  • Explore the sacred Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake) and Tamshing Lhakhang, known for their spiritual importance and beautiful murals.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting Bumthang’s bustling markets and interacting with the friendly locals.

Day 7: Trongsa: The Cradle of Bhutanese Royalty

  • Journey to Trongsa, the ancestral home of the royal family and a historic town steeped in tradition.
  • Visit Trongsa Dzong, an impressive fortress that played a crucial role in Bhutan’s history.
  • Explore the Ta Dzong, a museum dedicated to the monarchy and the rich heritage of Bhutan.
  • Take in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys from Trongsa’s strategic location.

Day 8: Phobjikha Valley: Natural Splendor and Wildlife

  • Explore the breathtaking Phobjikha Valley, renowned for its pristine landscapes and rich biodiversity.
  • Visit the Gangtey Monastery, perched on a hilltop and offering panoramic views of the valley.
  • Learn about the conservation efforts for the endangered Black-necked Cranes, which migrate to the valley during winter.
  • Enjoy a leisurely walk in the valley, taking in the serene beauty and potential wildlife sightings.

Day 9: Haa Valley: Hidden Gem of Bhutan

  • Venture off the beaten path to the picturesque Haa Valley, a lesser-known but enchanting destination.
  • Visit Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple), two important Buddhist temples in the valley.
  • Explore the local villages and interact with the friendly Haa community, gaining insights into their traditional way of life.
  • Enjoy the stunning mountain views and tranquil ambiance of this hidden gem.

Day 10: Departure from Paro

  • After breakfast, bid farewell to the captivating land of Bhutan as your journey comes to an end.
  • Your Imperial Lotus Tours guide will assist you with your departure, ensuring a smooth transfer to Paro International Airport.
  • Depart with cherished memories of Bhutan’s cultural heritage, natural splendor, and the warmth of its people.

Included Services

Imperial Lotus Tours is delighted to offer you an exceptional journey through the enchanting kingdom of Bhutan. To ensure complete clarity about the services included in your tour package, please review the following terms and conditions regarding inclusions:

  1. Sustainable Development Fee (SDF):
    – SDF of $100 USD per person per night included.
    – Supports Bhutan’s sustainable development initiatives.
  2. Accommodation:
    – Stay in 3-star rated hotels and lodges.
    – Chosen for comfort and quality during your Bhutan stay.
  3. English-Speaking Guide:
    – Experienced Bhutanese guide provided.
    – Offers insights into Bhutan’s history, culture, and traditions.
  4. Transportation:
    – Comfortable and well-maintained vehicle.
    – Ground transportation within Bhutan prioritizes safety and comfort.
  5. Meals:
    – Daily meals included (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
    – Enjoy a variety of Bhutanese and international dishes.
  6. Bottled Mineral Water:
    – Complimentary mineral water provided during tours and travels.



(Please note that the services mentioned above are exclusively included in your tour package. Any additional services, activities, personal expenses, or purchases (e.g. Airfare, Any expenses of personal nature such at laundry, table drinks, telephone calls etc.) not explicitly listed as included in this agreement will be at your own cost.)


Imperial Lotus Tours is committed to providing you with an enriching and seamless travel experience in Bhutan. We hope you enjoy your stay in this extraordinary kingdom and make unforgettable memories.

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