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Dragon Kingdom

Trip Length

Trip Code

9 days PHDK

Countries Visited


Start City

End City

Paro Paro
Dragon Kingdom


“The trek to Tiger’s Nest Monastery is quite difficult but it’s the most incredible experience. The last half hour takes you down the cliffs on stone steps to a waterfall with prayer flags everywhere, fluttering overhead like rainbows. Then it’s back up more stone steps to the monastery. It is a real highlight to end the trip on.” Zoe Rees, Peregrine Senior Private Groups Consultant.

Why we love it:

Dragon Kingdom

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Paro - Thimphu

Travel time: Driving time: approx 1 hour 15 minutes - 53km

Meals included: 1 dinner


Day 2: Thimphu

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Day 3: Punakha

Travel time: Driving time: approx 2 hours 45 minutes - 76km

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Day 4: Gangtey

Travel time: Driving time: approx 4½ hours - 83km

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Day 5: Bumthang Valley

Travel time: Driving time: approx 7 hours - 127 km

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Day 6: Bumthang Valley

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Day 7: Paro

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Day 8: Tiger's Nest Monastery - Paro

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Day 9: Paro

Travel time: Driving time: approx 1 1/2 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast


Your Trip

What's Included

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included

What to know


Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

All nationalities require a visa for Bhutan. Travellers can only enter Bhutan as part of a group visa. Independent visas are not issued. Your Bhutan visa is organised by us and issued on a group basis upon arrival at Paro Airport, Bhutan. The cost of the visa is covered in our tour.


You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel ( page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading


Bhutan-Lonely Planet So Close to Heaven- the Vanishing Bhuddist Kingdoms of the Himalaya-Barbara Crossette The Raven Crown-Michael Aris

Important Information

Bhutan Visas & Additional Accommodation Bhutan Visas & Additional Accommodation Travel in Bhutan is strictly controlled and to do any independent travel outside of a group tour is extremely difficult and expensive to arrange. We provide a group visa for travellers on our tours in Bhutan, which stipulates that all travellers must arrive and depart on the same days that our tour program starts and finishes. For this reason we are generally not able to provide additional accommodation outside of our tour dates and advise all travellers to book flights in and out of Bhutan that correspond with the start and finish day of the tour. In the rare case that no flights are available and you need to arrive earlier or depart later we are only able to book additional accommodation for you in conjunction with a special individual visa which can add around AUD1000 to the cost of your tour, to be paid at the time of booking.

Local Emergency Contacts In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency Peregrine’s India office (for Bhutan) can be reached on +91 (120) 422 7164 or +91 (120) 422 7169 during business hours (9.30am to 6pm) or after hours on +91 9910035322.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

31 March 2014

General Contact Details

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