Bhutan Short Tour - 3 Days

Know before you go
  • Duration 3 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season Oct - Dec and Feb - Apr
  • Trip Area Paro - Thimpu
  • Maximum Altitude 3120m.|10236ft.


  • Take scenic flights between Kathmandu and Paro (Bhutan)
  • Hike to the world-famous Tiger's Nest Monastery, perched dramatically on a cliff and offers breathtaking views of the Paro valley
  • Explore Bhutan's impressive dzongs (fortresses), known for their architectural grandeur and historical significance
  • Immerse yourself in Bhutan's vibrant culture and traditions
  • Savor the flavors of Bhutan with traditional dishes like Ema Datshi 
  • Experience the genuine warmth and hospitality of the Bhutanese people 
  • Find inner peace at serene monasteries where you can engage in meditation and connect with the spiritual side of Bhutan
  • Experience responsible travel practices in a country committed to environmental conservation and preserving its cultural heritage
  • Explore the vibrant local markets and buy lovely handicrafts

Bhutan is one of the very beautiful Himalayan nations. Known as the land of Thunder Dragons, Bhutan is home to numerous dzongs, ruins, temples, museums, and adventurous hiking routes. Our short Bhutan tour 3 days package provides you the best introduction to the country's rich history, culture, and architecture. 

In a very short time, you will get to know a lot about Bhutan and Bhutanese people. Unlike Nepal and other famous destinations in Asia, traveling in Bhutan is a bit expensive but provides an experience like no other. Join our short Bhutan tour 2023 departures or book a seat for the Bhutan tour 2024. 

*Fun fact: Bhutan is famous for its Gross National Happiness (GNH) index, emphasizing well-being and quality of life. The positive and contented atmosphere is infectious and adds to the overall charm of the country.

Short Bhutan tour 3 days itinerary

The short Bhutan tour 3 days starts with an hour and fifteen minutes long flight from Kathmandu to Paro. In Paro, our representatives will welcome you at the airport and drive you to Thimphu. Freshen up and have some food. You will visit the Ta Dzong Museum to see religious relics, handicrafts, and arts. This museum visit will give the perfect start to your Bhutan tour. 

From here, you will visit Rimpong Dzong to see a fabulous painting of the great saint Milarepa. In Bhutan, he is known as the master of meditation and is also believed to have attained enlightenment. Further, visit the Pachu River and explore the local market before returning to the hotel to spend the night. 

In the morning, we will visit some tourist sites like the National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Temple, Drubthob Monastery, School of Arts and Crafts, the National Library, and the Traditional Paper Factory. We will try visiting as many sites as possible and drive to Paro, visiting Kyichu Lhakhang Gompa on the way. 

After lunch, it is time to hike to the very popular Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest Monastery. If the time allows, we may also visit the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong. Spend the remaining day exploring the market in Paro and buying souvenirs. 

Why do you love the short Bhutan trip?

There are numerous reasons why you'll absolutely love a short trip to Bhutan. The very first thing is you are only going to invest three days for this holiday. You can do the short Bhutan tour from Nepal with your friends and family or travel solo as you wish. 

Whether you're exploring the Paro Valley or the capital, Thimphu, you will have a great time learning about the Bhutanese culture, traditions, history, art, and architecture. Likewise, Bhutanese people are known for their warmth and friendliness. You will be stunned by their hospitality and attention. 

Bhutan is a deeply spiritual place with numerous monasteries and temples. Whether you're a practicing Buddhist or simply seeking a place for contemplation, the spiritual atmosphere is immense here. And not to mention, the delicious Bhutanese cuisine, with its unique blend of flavors, will make the overall journey phenomenal. 

Is the short Bhutan tour 3 days right for you?

Determining if a short Bhutan tour of 3 days is right for you depends on your interests, priorities, and what you hope to experience during your visit. A 3-day tour is ideal if you have limited time and want to get a glimpse of Bhutan's unique culture and scenery without committing to a longer journey. 

The short Bhutan tour from Kathmandu allows you to explore Paro and Thimphu efficiently. If you're particularly interested in Bhutan's iconic landmarks, cultural heritage, and natural beauty, a short tour can be a suitable choice. You'll have ample time to visit major attractions like the Tiger's Nest Monastery (Taktsang Lhakhang) and historic dzongs. 

Overall, the Bhutan tour for 3 days is perfect for those looking to get an initial feel for the country. This tour offers a great introduction to Bhutan's unique atmosphere and culture.

Budget-friendly Bhutan tour packages

We offer a wide range of Bhutan tour packages, from budget-friendly to luxury. You can customize the tour as per your requirements and budget. Below is the list of our different Bhutan tour packages costing per head:

  • Sustainable development fee (SDF): USD 200 per person per night
  • Standard tour package: USD 350 - USD 400 per person per night with SDF
  • Deluxe tour package: USD 400 - USD 800 per person per night with SDF
  • Luxury tour package: USD 800 - USD 2,000 per person per night with SDF

Why do Bhutan tour with Nepal Nirvana Trails?

We, Nepal Nirvana Trails, have a remarkable 20+ years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. This extensive experience means we have an in-depth understanding of Bhutan and the best ways to create a memorable and well-organized Bhutan tour. 

Our team is not only highly professional but also incredibly friendly. Our team goes the extra mile to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment throughout the Bhutan tour 3 days. With our local expertise and warm hospitality, you'll feel like you're traveling with old friends. 

Likewise, we are known for providing excellent value for your investment. We provide the best Bhutan tour 3 days cost without compromising on the quality of your tour. You will be traveling safely and sustainably with our team. 

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Day to Day Details

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We begin our short Bhutan Tour of 2 Nights 3 Days with the flight to Bhutan, Kingdom of Happiness. During the flight, you can intake the scenic and breathtaking views of Mt. Everest (8848.86m) and other mountain ranges. 
Keep your copy of the visa clearance letter handy your visa fee has already been paid. Upon arrival in Paro, clear customs and immigration. The tour guide will greet you at the airport and drive to Thimpu. Stroll around Thimpu City. Overnight in Thimphu.

Visit the places:
- Kuenselcholing View Point
- Memorial Chorten
- Tashichho Dzong

  • Hotel
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • 2200m.|7218ft.

After having breakfast, we will drive back to Paro.
In Paro, we will visit the following places:
- Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang) 
(The hike takes about five hours round trip and includes some easy and some steep paths. If you ride a horse upward it will cost an extra US$25 per person.)
- Farm House
(If you take a hot stone bath and eat in the farmhouse it will cost an extra US$25 per person.)
- National Museum 
Afterward, take a leisurely stroll around the city to observe the local way of life. Overnight in Paro.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3120m.|10236ft.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Kathmandu. 

  • Breakfast

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What's Included

  • Applicable Travel Permits
  • Private transportation
  • English-speaking local guide
  • 3-Star Accomodation during the tour
  • Food (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) During the tour
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Flight from Kathmandu - Paro - Kathmandu
  • Bhutan Visa Fee

What's Excluded

  • Travel Insurance 
  • Additional costs due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, snacks, etc.
  • Tips for Guide

Useful Info

Accommodation and meals during the short Bhutan tour

The accommodation during the Bhutan tour is a standard hotel. In Thimphu and Paro, there are many accommodations available. You can also upgrade the accommodation to a luxury hotel if you wish. Just let us know ahead. The price of the package will change as per the rate of the room. You can choose a single or twin shared room according to your comfort. The rooms will reflect a balance between modern and Bhutanese interiors. 

Likewise, there is a good variety of food available in the restaurants and hotels. You will also indulge in various Bhutanese dishes like Ema Datshi, stew, curries, etc. Likewise, many other cuisines are also available, including continental, Indian, Chinese, etc. As tea is an integral part of Bhutanese culture, you will also taste quite a variety of them. Our short Bhutan tour package covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a day. You can have more snacks and drinks on your own. 

The best time to do the Bhutan tour from Kathmandu

The best time to do the Bhutan tour from Kathmandu is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These months have a pleasant climate, which makes exploring the monuments fantastic. As these two seasons are peak time to travel in Bhutan, you will see many other tourists. Pack a few warm pieces just in case. 

Likewise, you can also travel to Bhutan in summer/monsoon (June to August) and winter (December to February), but you may face the season's related challenges. Traveling during the monsoon is the most difficult because of rainfalls. Monuments may get closed due to rain. If you are well prepared for the weather, you can do a short Bhutan tour in the summer/monsoon and winter seasons.

Do I need travel insurance for the Bhutan tour?

We highly recommend having travel insurance when traveling to a new country. Travel insurance provides several benefits and safeguards in case unexpected situations arise during your journey. You can cover medical expenses, trip cancellation/interruption,  lost, stolen, or delayed baggage, etc in your travel insurance. 

*Note: Check the travel insurance policy carefully before buying it. Before the trip starts, hand over the documents to your travel agent so that they can use them in case needed. 

Bhutan tour difficulty and altitude sickness

Exploring the towns of Paro and Thimphu, visiting monasteries and dzongs, and engaging in cultural activities are typically manageable for most travelers. However, walking or hiking on uneven terrain and climbing steep steps at some sites may require a basic level of fitness. 

Likewise, Paro is situated at an altitude of approximately 2,250 meters (7,382 feet) above sea level, while Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, is located at around 2,320 meters (7,612 feet). These altitudes are relatively high, and visitors may experience the effects of altitude as they acclimate to the thinner air.

Symptoms of AMS can include headache, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Be aware of this condition and inform your guide on time to minimize its impact.

Tips for dealing with altitude sickness:

  • Gradual acclimatization: Allow your body time to adjust to the higher altitudes by spending your first day in Paro or Thimphu. You can engage in light activities and stay well-hydrated. Our short Bhutan tour itinerary provides you ample time to adjust to the altitude as you explore the tourist sites. 
  • Medications: Some travelers take medications to prevent or alleviate altitude sickness symptoms. Consult with a healthcare professional before your trip.
  • Hydration: Drink plenty of water to combat the effects of dehydration caused by high altitudes.
  • Rest: If you experience symptoms of AMS, rest and descend to a lower altitude if necessary.
  • Local advice: Local guides are usually well-versed in altitude-related issues and can provide valuable advice and assistance. Listen to your team leader's advice.

A few things that you should know before traveling to Bhutan

  • Wi-Fi and communication: There will be no issue with WiFi in Paro and Thimphu. WiFi is free in hotels and restaurants. To use the internet while visiting monuments, you can purchase a local sim with data. 
  • Charging devices: Bhutan uses Type D and Type F electrical outlets, with a standard voltage of 230V and a frequency of 50Hz. Make sure to bring the appropriate power adapters for your devices.
  • Hot showers: While most hotels offer hot showers, especially in tourist areas, be prepared for variations in water temperature and water pressure. 
  • Luggage: Pack according to the season and activities you plan to undertake. Weather can be unpredictable, so layers are essential. Keep your luggage light and easy to manage.
  • Tipping: Tipping is not compulsory in Bhutan but is appreciated for good service. You can tip hotel staff, guides, and drivers based on your satisfaction. A 10% service charge is often included in restaurant bills.
  • Personal expenses: Credit cards are accepted in major cities and tourist areas, but it's a good idea to carry some Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN) for small purchases. Be prepared for additional expenses like international fight tickets, tips, travel insurance, shopping, etc. 
  • Travel visa: Bhutan requires travelers to obtain a visa through an authorized tour operator. Booking your trip through a licensed tour operator will help you arrange the visa smoothly.
  • Money exchange: Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN) is the official currency, but Indian Rupees (INR) are widely accepted. US dollars are also commonly used. Currency exchange facilities are available at the airport, banks, and some hotels. Keep in mind that high-denomination Indian Rupee notes (INR 500 and 1,000) are not accepted in Bhutan.

Bhutan tour packing list

A comprehensive packing list for a tour of Bhutan will help ensure you have everything you need to fully enjoy this unique destination. Below is a general packing list to get you started:


  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking base layers
  • Long-sleeved shirts and t-shirts (for layering)
  • Warm fleece or down jacket for higher altitudes
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Waterproof and breathable pants
  • Comfortable hiking pants or trousers
  • Sweaters or cardigans for layering
  • Comfortable, moisture-wicking underwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Hat or cap 
  • Gloves and a scarf
  • Sturdy and comfortable hiking boots or walking shoes
  • Flip-flops or sandals for leisure time
  • Socks for different weather conditions
  • Sunglasses with UV protection


  • Daypack or small backpack for daily outings
  • Money belt or neck pouch for valuables
  • Power bank for charging devices
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Travel wallet for documents
  • Earplugs and an eye mask for better sleep
  • Reusable water bottle 
  • Ziplock bags for organizing and protecting items
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Travel umbrella
  • Binoculars 

Documents and Money

  • Passport (with at least six months validity)
  • Bhutan visa 
  • Photocopies of important documents (passport, visa, travel insurance)
  • Multiple passport-sized photos
  • Local currency (Bhutanese Ngultrum) or US dollars (accepted in Bhutan)
  • Credit/debit cards and backup cash
  • Travel itinerary and hotel reservations


  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and soap (biodegradable if possible)
  • Sunscreen (high SPF) and lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Personal medication and a small first-aid kit
  • Prescription glasses/contacts and spares
  • Menstrual products (if applicable)
  • Personal hygiene items


  • Camera and accessories
  • Smartphone with travel apps
  • Chargers and cables
  • Travel adapter/converter
  • E-book reader or tablet
  • Noise-canceling headphones

Optional Items

  • Travel guidebook or maps
  • Language phrasebook
  • Travel pillow 
  • Gifts for local hosts or guides 
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Snacks


  • Traveling to Bhutan is expensive. Your per-day expense can range from USD 350 to USD 2,000 per night per person. Of course, the number depends upon your needs and choices. This amount will include your meals, accommodation, transportation, and monument entry fees.

  • Nepal is cheaper than Bhutan. The base range of traveling in Nepal is way lower than in Bhutan. You can travel in Nepal on a tight budget, but traveling at a low cost in Bhutan is not possible. 

  • The best time for the Bhutan tour is spring- March to May and autumn- September to November. Likewise, you can also travel to Bhutan during the winter season- December to January if you are not bothered by the cold. Bhutan looks exceptionally beautiful during the winter season.

  • To travel to Bhutan from Nepal, you can take a direct one-hour fifteen-minute flight from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to Paro International Airport.

  • Yes, you need a visa to visit Bhutan from Nepal. Our team will help you with documentation and visa processing

  • Yes, there is a direct flight from Nepal to Bhutan. From Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, it takes only one hour and fifteen minutes to reach Paro International Airport, Bhutan. Bhutan Air and Druk Airline connect these two countries. 


  • You can travel independently in only two cities- Paro and Thimphu in Bhutan. To explore Bhutan beyond these places, you have to join a guided tour arranged by a licensed Bhutanese tour operator. These tours typically include accommodation, transportation, and a licensed guide.

  • These are some of the famous towns and cities that tourists must visit- Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Bumthang Valley, Gangtey Valley, Haa Valley, Trongsa, Jakar, and Rinpung Dzong. 


  • Bhutan has a low crime rate and is known for its peaceful and welcoming environment. However, you have to be careful and aware of your surroundings while traveling in the new country. 

  • Yes, Bhutan has a rich religious heritage, and you have to be respectful and aware of their customs and traditions. While visiting temples, it's customary to walk clockwise. Likewise, always ask for permission before taking photographs of people.


  • The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha. While Dzongkha is the primary language, many Bhutanese people also speak English, especially in urban areas and the tourism industry.

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