Your day-by-day itinerary

Locals wearing traditional outfits in Bhutan

Day 1

Arrival in Thimphu

Many travellers start their journey in Thimphu. Unlike many other capitals, it’s a small quaint town, with traditional Bhutanese architecture aside from a few modern buildings.  You’ll soon notice locals mostly wearing national dress, an important part of Bhutanese culture where the traditions are kept and carried with pride. Your guide will tell you all about the local outfits, the meaning of different symbols and accessories and the difference between the day dress and the outfits worn for the festivals. if you like, you can even try it on!

Panorama of Thimphu, Bhutan

Together with your guide, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the splendid Trashi Chhoe Dzong (monastery fortress), the place of coronation of the reigning king. Another famous sight worth visiting is the world’s largest sitting Buddha, which stands at over 50 metres high atop the hill overlooking Thimphu (the panoramic views of the capital are spectacular!). After the sightseeing, you’ll head to your hotel where the buffet dinner will be served. All your meals in Bhutan will be arranged by your guide (and are included in the service so you won’t need to pay extra).

Local food at Thimphu market

Day 2

Thimphu - Explore & Departure

If you’re in Thimphu from Thursday to Sunday, do visit a local market, it’s a great place to get a real taste of local life. People from all over the region come to town to sell their goods and you’ll see many local delicacies, including heaps of red rice, dried yak’s cheese and chillies of all colours and sizes.

Memorial Chorten Bhutan

If you have free time before your departure, you could visit the Thimphu Memorial Chorten with your guide. The small temple is an important place of pilgrimage for the locals which was built in 1974. You could also take a wander around The Folk Heritage Museum. It’s free to enter and displays various materials related to the Bhutanese culture and way of life. Exhibitions include rural household artefacts, equipment, objects and tools. When you’re ready, your guide and driver will be on hand to take you to your next destination.

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“Bhutan felt like a fairy-tale to me; a land where the locals wear traditional dress and archery is practiced against a backdrop of green valleys and blue skies. Visit this country, and you’ll soon believe in legends.”

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