10 Multi-day Tours in Punakha That You Shouldn't Miss

August 23, 2021 Jasper Kershner

Punakha (Dzongkha: སྤུ་ན་ཁ་) is the administrative centre of Punakha dzongkhag, one of the 20 districts of Bhutan. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu. It is about 72 km away from Thimphu and it takes about 3 hours by car from the capital Thimphu. Unlike Thimphu it is quite warm in winter and hot in summer. It is located at an elevation of 1,200 metres above sea level and rice is grown as the main crop along the river valleys of two main rivers of Bhutan, the Pho Chu and Mo Chu. Dzongkha is widely spoken in this district.
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1. Glimpse of Bhutan

Bhutan Acorn Tours & Travel
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This 5 days 4 nights trip will present a true Glimpse of Bhutan and imbibe in you what it takes for a tiny Buddhist Kingdom to emerge as a unique tourist destination. The journey will take you through the hearts of three western districts of Bhutan – Paro, capital city Thimphu and fertile Punakha valley which all exhibits strength and tenacity of a nation known for preserving its ancient Buddhist culture and living in harmony with its pristine natural environment. You will visit major historical and religious centers including 4-5 hour return hike to the most spectacular tourist attraction, Paro Taktsang which was originally built in 1692 on a sheer 800-meter rock cliff and 2 hour hike through the beautiful valley in Punakha. En route to Punakha stop at a sacred mountain pass Dochu La at (3,150m/10,335ft) from where you can see, if weather permits, grand panoramic view of some of the highest snow-capped peaks in Bhutan.

Inclusions: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Visa Fee & Processing. You'll receive your e-Visa within 3-4 business days., Twin sharing accommodations at 3-star hotels certified by Tourism Council of Bhutan., All ground transportation including round trip airport transfers, English-speaking licensed private tour guide, All internal taxes for the services listed above

Exclusions: Travel insurance. We highly recommend getting insurance. For trekking adventure insurance is a MUST., International Airfares, Alcoholic beverages, laundry services, telephone call charges, Gratuity to guide and driver (optional), Any other expenses of personal nature

Reviewed By Jien F

I visited Bhutan through this company in early March 2020. Mr. Phuntsho of the company had been very prompt and helpful in organizing the trip. He kept the itinerary flexible which allowed me to spend more time at places I loved. I did not have any issues right from the planning of the trip until I left the country. My guide and the drive were a very friendly and I must say they really made my trip one of the best. I highly recommend Bhutan Acorn!

2. Bhutan Culture Tour

Charisma Bhutan
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Thimphu Festival of 6 Nights and 7 Days tour to Bhutan will take you with sightseeing, hiking and Festival tour in the capital of Bhutan. This festival is one of the biggest festivals in the country which is called the Thimphu Tshechu (Festival), held for three days on the month of Octomber. The Thimphu Festival is witnessed by thousands of people, both local and tourists from Regional or International. The actual Festival is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods. Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche), Shaw Shachi (Dance of the Stags) and many more are performed can be seen in Thimphu Festival.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Private transportation, All Fees and Taxes

Exclusions: Use of bicycle

3. Grand Annual Festival of Bhutan - Thimphu Tshechu

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Witness one of the largest festivals in Bhutan, Thimphu Tsechu reflecting rich cultural values and unique ancient traditions. Discover the hidden Kingdom of Bhutan, a country that earned its nickname ‘Kingdom of Happiness’ and known for living in complete harmony with nature and the everyday life of its people nurtured by the mindful Buddhist way of life. Go farther beyond the capital city through rugged mountain passes clad in dense forests, beautiful fertile valleys, visit ancient monasteries and fortresses, explore rural Bhutan and taste exotic local cuisine to your heart’s content. Get access to some of the most rural and natural parts of Bhutan, Phobjikha valley at 3000m elevation. In Paro, hike up to the famous Paro Taktsang precariously perched on an 800-meter rock cliff and enjoy a peaceful moment induced by the sacredness of the monastery. For the year 2021, the festival takes place on 16 to 18 Sept so you can plan to arrive on 15, 66 or 17 Sep 2021.

Inclusions: Visa Fee & Processing. You'll receive your e-Visa within 3-4 business days., Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Twin sharing accommodations at 3-star hotels certified by Tourism Council of Bhutan., All ground transportation including round trip airport transfers, English-speaking licensed private tour guide, All internal taxes for the services listed above

Exclusions: Travel insurance. We highly recommend getting insurance. For trekking adventure insurance is a MUST., International Airfares, Alcoholic beverages, laundry services, telephone call charges, Gratuity to guide and driver (optional), Any other expenses of personal nature

Reviewed By Jien F

I visited Bhutan through this company in early March 2020. Mr. Phuntsho of the company had been very prompt and helpful in organizing the trip. He kept the itinerary flexible which allowed me to spend more time at places I loved. I did not have any issues right from the planning of the trip until I left the country. My guide and the drive were a very friendly and I must say they really made my trip one of the best. I highly recommend Bhutan Acorn!

4. Cheap and Quality 7 days 6 nights Bhutan Tour package

Journey Highlander Tours and Treks
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We provide the hotels and cars of travellers choice and we take utmost care of our travellers. We also make sure its a hassle free trip

Inclusions: Private transportation, Breakfast, Guide

Exclusions: Entry fee to monastries and other areas, Lunch, Dinner

Reviewed By travellersudhas

Journey highlander is run by unprofessional , untrustworthy people-- Omnath Chhetri and Poor employee Januka. We had booked a complete package.They gave vouchers for very good hotels and took good amount of money & once we reached Bhutan , they changed all hotels to distant localities and newly opened cheapest ones. The Driver was supposed to know the itinery and be a guide but HE was ignorant and had no connection with Journey highlander. In ToTo, it was bad bad experience.

5. Nepal and Bhutan Tour

Himalayan Glacier Trekking - Private Day Tours
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The trip begins in Kathmandu, which was voted number 19 out of top 25 Destinations in the World 2015 by Trip Advisor. In Kathmandu, we visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites before flying to Paro, Bhutan. In Bhutan, we travel to many townships and tour several dzongs (fortresses), temples, and other cultural and historical landmarks. While in Bhutan, we also pass through the high Dochu La pass and hike to the enchanting Taktsang(Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. However, our Nepal and Bhutan Tour does not end here. We fly back to Kathmandu and visit Patan and Bhaktapur cities that have charmed millions of tourists over the years with its historical architecture and rich cultural heritage. Then we drive to Nagarkot, a village renowned for its sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas and enjoy spectacular sunset views amidst the tall and mighty peaks.

Inclusions: Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, All airport pick-ups and drops, All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicles, Welcome dinner in Nepal, Breakfast in Nepal, All Meals in Bhutan, Twin-shared hotel accommodation in Nepal and Bhutan, Sightseeing in Nepal and Bhutan by an experienced English speaking local tour guide, Permits and sightseeing entrance fees for museums and monuments as per the itinerary, Company services and all required government taxes, Bhutanese visa fee

Exclusions: All international flights, Nepalese visa fee, Lunch and Dinner (except welcome dinner), All personal expenses , Other services not mentioned in the 'What Is Included' section, Travel insurance, Tips for guides and drivers

Reviewed By shaunas392

I just completed the Mount kilimanjaro climb organized by Himalayan Glacier. I was supported by a fantastic guide Fromance. He ensured my safety and took me on several additional walks at the various huts where we stayed. We had fun and very interesting adventures. The rest of the team included a fantastic chef, Yona, who created spectacular dishes including a celebratory cake for us after finishing the climb. I would highly recommend anyone considering this climb to go with Himalayan Glacier

6. Bhutan Honeymoon Tour

Bhutan Best Inbound Tour
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The roof of the world, the unadulterated Scenic beauty , virgin mountains and the quiet ambiance makes Bhutan the perfect place to plan your honeymoon *Watch the Sunset From Paro Rinpung Dzong in the evening *Romance with the untamed river *Gaze at the stars at the midnight *Have a candle light dinner on mountain top *Take a hike through a solitary forest *Take a Selfie on the Tiger Nest Cliff *Try out different flavor of beer at Namgay artisinary brewery * Make snowman in winter *Visit Chimmi Lhakhang and wish for a healthy child *Rest by a Bonfire *Renew your wedding vows *Hit the blue eye in a local game of archery *Say Hello to Takin, the national game of Bhutan *Take a scenic drive *Dress in Bhutanese costume by choosing your favorite color & take a wonderful Memory back home

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Bhutan Visa, Certified Guide ; Accomodation At 3* Luxury Hotel & All Internal Taxes and Charges

Exclusions: Travel Insurance, International & Domestic Flight

Reviewed By BackPacker366185

I wanted to travel Bhutan for a long time as I had many Bhutanese friends from my college days in Bangalore. I was finally able to pull things together and take out time for this trip to the wonderful Himalayan kingdom in 2018. To my luck I found out that one of my friends, Thinley was operating a travel company in Bhutan and he helped me arrange all the logistics. He arranged a wonderful Bhutan tour for me. The trip was amazing as I was able to meet my good old friends and explore the country of happiness with them. Some of the highlights of my tour are: • The magnificent Tiger’s Nest • Wonderful Paro valley • Excursion to the highest motorable pass of Chele La (3,988 meters) • The serene valley of Ura in Bumthang Bhutan is a paradise of natural beauty and unique culture. Every word that I heard describing this gorgeous stood true. It is a must visit place for anyone who like mountains and nature.

7. Best of Bhutan Tour( Culture- Hikes- Architecture- Short Trek- Festival )

Paro International Airport, Airport Road Paro, Paro 12001, Bhutan Bhutan Best Inbound Tour
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This Tour Includes the Best Flavor of Bhutan. It has a mix of Tradition- Culture & Heritage- Beautiful Nature Hikes- Camping-Village Visit, National Park, Adventure , Authentic Bhutanese Experience and Colorful festival. In this 10 days tour you would be witnessing the untouched ancient world where fascinating cultural traditions are just as plentiful as the far reaching views of the Himalayas.

Inclusions: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Bhutan Visa, Accommodation,Camping Equipment, Private transportation, Guide,Taxes, Fees and Charges

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Reviewed By meetad12

We had booked our trip for Bhutan with Bhutan Best In bound. I got a reference through trip advisor itself. Mr. Thinley approached us with all the details and best quote. I got very comfortable with the approach and decided to finally go with Bhutan Best In Bound. But before we finalized the itinerary, I made Thinley answer and solve my 100+ queries. He was patient enough through out the the itinerary planning and did not follow up at all. He gave us enough time to decide and get back to him. My family and I were very comfortable. The itinerary was best and exactly what I was looking for. The best part came when we had to make payment. I was figuring out the mode of payment , Bhutan being treated differently in banking channel in India and it took longer than expected. The date of travelling was approaching too fast but not even once he followed up or dropped an informal inquiry about the payment. That was the best feeling that you are going on a foreign land and the people want you to experience their cultural and get the best experience for you and not necessarily run behind money. Unfortunately, the day before our departure, Bhutan restricted entry for tourist due to COVID 19 and we could not travel to Bhutan. Thinley refunded the entire advance in a short time without me following up for it even once. Bhutan best in bound is an example why Bhutan is called kingdom of happiness because its the people who make it happy place. I have my itinerary ready and as soon as things get back to "new normal" post COVID-19, my family and I will make a trip to Bhutan and that too with Bhutan Best In Bound, no second choice.

8. 8-Day The Happiness Bhutan Cultural Tour

Bhutan Swallowtail Tours
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This is one of the most popular holidays amongst the Bhutan Cultural Tour packages. The Happiness Bhutan Tour will take you through a cultural extravaganza of the valleys of Western Bhutan (Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangdue valleys), Bhutanese cuisine, culture and traditions, stunning landscape and warm and hospitable people.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Private transportation, Air-conditioned vehicle, Monumental Fees, , Bhutan Tourism Development Fee , VISA processing Fee

Exclusions: International Air fare, Refreshments and bottled drinks and alcohol, Gratuities, 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

Reviewed By Jocelynbrock

We had an outstanding trip to Bhutan, even as a global pandemic began to unfold. Our guide Pema and our driver Kencho, were absolutely phenomenal! We met Sonam and Tashi during our trip, and it was clear to us after meeting them, why we were having such a great experience. I highly recommend Bhutan Swallowtail Tours and would DEFINITELY use them again and again.

9. Best of Bhutan Tour

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On this 6 Days 5 Nights adventure through the hearts of 4 western districts of Bhutan, you’ll go on nature hikes and appreciate the pristine natural environment, explore and ramble through rural villages and gain firsthand experience on its culture and people. Come visit Bhutan with us and explore one of the most unique and extraordinary countries in the world. Bhutan remained isolated for centuries from the rest of the world until it opened its door to the outside world in the 1960s. Bhutan is one of the most beautiful and least traveled countries in the world and the last living Vajrayana Buddhist Kingdom. Bhutan has both natural beauty and cultural wealth so carefully preserved and passed down from generation to generation, that visitors are not surprised to hear its nickname ‘Kingdom of Happiness’.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Visa Fee & Processing. You'll receive your e-Visa within 3-4 business days., Twin sharing accommodations at 3-star hotels certified by Tourism Council of Bhutan., All ground transportation including round trip airport transfers, English-speaking licensed private tour guide., All internal taxes for the services listed above

Exclusions: Travel insurance. We highly recommend getting insurance. For trekking adventure insurance is a MUST., International Airfares, Alcoholic beverages, laundry services, telephone call charges, Gratuity to guide and driver (optional), Any other expenses of personal nature

Reviewed By Jien F

I visited Bhutan through this company in early March 2020. Mr. Phuntsho of the company had been very prompt and helpful in organizing the trip. He kept the itinerary flexible which allowed me to spend more time at places I loved. I did not have any issues right from the planning of the trip until I left the country. My guide and the drive were a very friendly and I must say they really made my trip one of the best. I highly recommend Bhutan Acorn!

10. Bhutan Family Vacation With Cultural Tour

Bhutan Best Inbound Tour
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Bhutan is an ideal place for family vacation. There are lot of things you can do with your family in Bhutan. You can explore ancient monasteries, visit colorful festivals , go for a picnic on the hill top , hike through the forest, hoist prayer flags or soak in traditional hot stone bath and relax. You can have a meal at farmhouse and enjoy the quiet evening by a bonfire. You can also choose to go for happiness tree plantation and leave your carbon footprint.

Inclusions: Your stay at 3* property( which can be upgraded by paying additional premium), All ground transportation, All meals, Certified English speaking guide, Mineral water, Bottled water

Exclusions: Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase), Travel Insurance

Reviewed By BackPacker366185

I wanted to travel Bhutan for a long time as I had many Bhutanese friends from my college days in Bangalore. I was finally able to pull things together and take out time for this trip to the wonderful Himalayan kingdom in 2018. To my luck I found out that one of my friends, Thinley was operating a travel company in Bhutan and he helped me arrange all the logistics. He arranged a wonderful Bhutan tour for me. The trip was amazing as I was able to meet my good old friends and explore the country of happiness with them. Some of the highlights of my tour are: • The magnificent Tiger’s Nest • Wonderful Paro valley • Excursion to the highest motorable pass of Chele La (3,988 meters) • The serene valley of Ura in Bumthang Bhutan is a paradise of natural beauty and unique culture. Every word that I heard describing this gorgeous stood true. It is a must visit place for anyone who like mountains and nature.

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