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Bhutan UnCovered

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Visit the hidden kingdom of Bhutan with a small group of like minded Untourists, including Elizabeth Killough, executive director of the Untours Foundation. This exclusive group tour will focus not just on sightseeing, but encounters with the Bhutanese people and their traditions. Bhutan is known for its focus on “Gross National Happiness” which incorporates cultural and environmental sustainability along with careful economic development. While the mountainous Buddhist country has many sights of cultural and religious interest, it eschews mass tourism. With Bhutan Uncovered, you will experience the real Bhutan and learn how this unusual country nurtures its rich culture while moving confidently into the future.

Adventure Details | Itinerary | Excursions | Pre-Post-Trip Options

About This Adventure

Rinpung Dzong, Haa Valley, Lhakhang Kharpo, Thimphu, Punakha, Dochula Pass, Khamsum Yulley Monastery, Punakha Dzong, Paro, Tiger’s Nest


  • 7 nights in 3-star, boutique hotels
  • All transfers
  • All tours and experiences mentioned in Itinerary
  • All meals (Please advise of any dietary requirements.)
  • All entrance fees
  • Visa fees

Air Options

We will be happy to help with your air arrangements. Please call us to discuss.

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities (suggested $64/person)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Items of a personal nature (souvenirs, SIM card, toiletries, etc.)

7 nights in 3-star, boutique hotels
  • Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro
  • Risum Resort, Haa
  • Pedling Hotel, Thimphu
  • Drubchhu Resort, Punakha


Sept 15, 2021, Arrive Paro International Airport

Visit Rinpung Dzong, a large dzong - Buddhist monastery and fortress
Dinner with a member of Parliament, who will share his insights on the country’s policy of Gross National Happiness
Private Cultural Performance by renowned artists performing traditional music and dance

Hotel: Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro

Sep 16, Haa

Drive to Haa- 2 hours
Stop at Chelala Pass (13,000 ft) for a view of Jomolhari, one of the most prominent peaks in Bhutan.
Hike in the Haa Valley, a relatively flat hike through a picturesque forest
Visit Lhakhang Kharpo, the White Temple, with its intricately carved door and wall paintings of Bhuddist deities
Dinner at a local homestay, a family-run inn

Hotel: Risum Resort, Haa

Sep 17, Thimphu

Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan- 3 hours
Lunch at Babesa Village Restaurant, one of Thimpu’s best traditional restaurants
Visit Bhutan Post Office, an unexpected favorite spot to experience life in Thimphu
Visit the Gagyul Weaving Centre to watch artisans weave traditional textiles
Visit the National Memorial Chorten, one of the most prominent religious landmarks in Thimphu.
Enjoy the Thimphu Tshechu Festival, Bhutan’s grandest festival

Hotel Pedling Hotel, Thimphu

Sep 18, Punakha

Drive to Punakha- 2 hours
Stop at Dochula Pass (10,200 ft) for scenic views of the Himalayan vista on clear days
Visit a local social enterprise and community project.

Hotel: Drubchhu Resort, Punakha

Sep 19, Punakha

Khamsum Yulley Monastery Hike - 1 hour, an easy walk through verdant meadows
Visit Punakha Dzong, the majestic fortress that once housed the Bhutanese government
Dinner at a local homestay, a family-run inn.

Hotel: Drubchhu Resort, Punakha

Sep 20, Paro

Drive back to Paro- 3 hours
Lunch at the luxury Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary resort
Herbal medicine consultation and treatment session at the Spirit Sanctuary

Hotel: Dzi Pema, Paro

Sep 21, Paro

Tiger’s Nest Day Hike, a hike to the most iconic monastery in Bhutan
Dinner and Traditional Hot Stone Water Bath at a local homestay.

Hotel: Dzi Pema, Paro

Sep 22

Return home

All excursions are included. See Itinerary.
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