4 Night 5 Day Bhutan Home-stay/Farmhouse-stay Tour
Our 4 Night 5 Day Home-Stay Tour/Farmhouse-Stay is organised in 3 beautiful valleys of Bhutan – Paro, Thimphu and Punakha Valleys. Meeting interesting Bhutanese local people and taking short hikes through fields of seasonal crops,hand picking local available fresh fruits, tasting particular family’s special local dishes, clicking pictures, joining the family for meals will give you wonderful experiences. For this 4 nights 5 days tour, you will get to experience 1 night at a modern Bhutanese family home in Thimphu city, 2 nights at traditional Bhutanese farmhouses in Paro and Punakha valleys.
Day 1: Arrive Paro & Paro-Thimphu
(Distance: 54 km, estimated driving time: 1 hr)
Fly into Paro by DrukAir ( Royal Bhutan Airlines). After completing your immigration formalities, you will be received by our representative who will be your tour guide throughout your tour.
Then drive to Thimphu . On arrival at Thimphu check into your hotel and after refreshment visit the following:
- Centenary Farmers’ Market(open from Thu-Sun only): Most of the Thimphu’s population and many valley dwellers converge on the bustling weekend market, held by the side of Wangchu River. A wide range of foodstuffs and local arts and crafts are sold at the market, which runs from Friday afternoon till Sunday evening. A visit to the market provides great photo opportunities, as well as the chance to mingle with local people.
- Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo. It can weigh as much as 550 pounds.
- Tashichhoe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.
- Craft Bazaar -A one stop place to witness Bhutanese culture and buy Bhutan made art and craft product. The Bazaar in its 80 stalls covers all aspects of the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. At this Bazaar craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts. And also visit other handicraft stores.
Dinner and overnight homestay at a modern Bhutanese family home which is located on the outskirt of Thimphu city and the house is surrounded by organic vegetable and flower gardens.
Day 02: Thimphu-Punakha and Wangdue
Distance: 71 km, estimated driving time: 2 ½ hours
After breakfast, travel to Punakha & Wangdue through Dochula Pass 3140 m). In the clear spring sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. . Then pass by the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and well being of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.
You will also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (monastery) which was built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck ( the Queen Mother of Bhutan) as a tribute to His Majesty the fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck and armed forces after His Majesty led a successful operation against Indian militants who had occupied certain areas of Bhutan. The gallery of the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang has beautiful murals depicting some of the important events in the reigns of the Kings of Bhutan.
Then travel onto Punakha. Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. Punakha had served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907. The dzong is historically important and stands as the symbol for a unified Bhutan.
On the way, stop for lunch at Metsina village and then visit the Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing.
Then visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho - Chu (male river) and the Mochu (female river). The dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. At the dzong, you can see the highest standards in woodwork.
In the evening visit Rinchengang & Lobesa villages where you will take a short walk through the village and have free interaction with the villagers.
You will enjoy your traditional Bhutanese dinner with the member of the farming family & overnight at the same farmhouse in Lobesa Village in Punakha.
Day 3: Punakha-Thimphu
Early morning you can observe the farming family go about their daily farming activities and you can see the family preparing breakfast for you.
After breakfast travel through upper Punakha valley and take a hike through farmhouses to the beautiful Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Lhakhang (temple) built by Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck (the Queen Mother of Bhutan) for peace and stability in this ever-changing world. This temple is situated on the hilltop overlooking the valley below. The leisurely walk up to the temple would take about an hour. Visit the temple and also enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view from there.
Then travel to Thimphu with lunch enroute. On arrival at Thimphu check into your hotel and visit the following:
- Bhutan Post Office Headquarters to get personalized Bhutanese postage stamps with your photo on them. You can bring along your favorite photo to put on the stamps and put these stamps on your postcard to send to your family and friends.
- National Textile Museum which is a good place to see the art of traditional weaving being kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in colors and designs. You will also see people weaving with intricate designs.
- Witness Archery game which is National sport of Bhutan.
- Kuensel Phodrang and take a short leisure hike to the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park and enjoy the full view of Thimphu Valley below.
- National Memorial Chorten, chorten literally means ' seat of faith' and Buddhists often call such monuments the 'Mind of Buddha'. Meet the elderly local in circumambulation at the National Memorial Chorten.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Thimphu
Day 4: A Day Hike to Taktsang Ghoempa (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)
After breakfast,drive to Paro which takes about 1 hr and then hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The walk up to the viewpoint will take about 1 – 1 ½ hrs depending on your fitness and from View Point you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former glory.After visiting the monastery, walk downhill back to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further downhill to the road point. Then drive back to hotel. On the way visit Kyichu temple,one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demon.
Then walk around Paro town and you may visit local handicraft stores in Paro town.
In the evening relax in the Traditional Bhutanese Hotstone bath at a farmhouse in Paro valley. A visit to a farmhouse offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer.
You will also see around inside of the traditional Bhutanese house where you will be staying the night. You will enjoy traditional Bhutanese dinner with the family members of the house.
Overnight at the same farmhouse in Paro.
Day 5: Paro Departure
Early morning you can see farmers going about their daily activity in their farm like milking cows, gardening,etc and watch the family member cooking breakfast .
In the morning after breakfast your tour guide from Access Bhutan Tours will escort you to the Paro airport for your flight to your onward destinations.
End of Tour Program
Bhutan Tour Cost for the 4 Nights 5 Days Bhutan Homestay Tour Itinerary
3 pax & above
Low Season: June, July & August
High Season: April, May Sept
The above Bhutan tour package prices include the following:
- Bhutan Government Royalty of US$ 65/person/night
- FIT surcharges of US$40/person/night for a single traveler and US$30/person/night for a double
- Twin sharing rooms at 3 star hotels or homestay/farmhouses
- All meals ( breakfast, lunch, dinner & light refreshments) with standard menu at 3 star hotels and at farmhouses
- English speaking tour guide service
- All transfers and excursions by private vehicles
- All entrance fees to museums and monuments
- All internal taxes and fees
- Mineral drinking water
The above tour prices do not include the following:
- Single room supplement of US$ 40/room/night (optional)
- Bhutan Visa fee of US$40/person (must be paid in advance with tour cost)
- Airfares (optional)
- Travel insurance (recommended)
- Other personal expenses like overseas calls, laundry,etc
***Thank you & Tashi Delek***