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Bhutan Swallowtail Tours

Thimphu, Bhutan
About Bhutan Swallowtail Tours
Bhutan Swallowtail Tours and Travels aims at providing tourists with special and privileged tours of the beautiful and exotic Land of the Peaceful Thunder Dragon. We take pride in being able to provide our tourist guests with off the beaten track experiences and the best that Bhutan has to offer.
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Day Trip to Tiger's Nest Monastery

A luxury car and your English speaking Bhutanese guide will pick you up from your hotel at around 8 - 8:30 in the morning and you will drive for a few minutes across the Paro Valley till you reach the base of the mountain. Taktsang Monastery is about three hours climb uphill from the base and if you are not up to the hike then we there will be riding ponies already arranged. Tea and snacks will be arranged at a cafeteria mid way. Visit the various temples housing very sacred statues and relics as your guide explains the significance of it all. It is believed that a visit to a scared Monastery will cleanse you of your sins and will bless you for a happy, peaceful and productive life. Walk all the way down to the base, where your lunch will be served in a modern style in the open forests. Your vehicle and guide will drop you off at the hotel.
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4 to 8 hours
from $138.47

Bird Watching Tour

Bhutan is a birder’s paradise, boasts of birds not found in other parts of the world and is recognized as one of the 221 global endemic bird areas. This one full day birding tour will take you through Ura valley and Thrumshingla Pass at 3750 meters above the sea level. Brace yourself to spot some rare birds today.
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1 day
from $112.83

Photography Tour in Thimphu and Dochula Pass

This one day trip will take you on a photography tour through the valleys of Thimphu, Punakha and Wangdue. You just might be a click away from your masterpiece or masterpieces!
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4 to 9 hours
from $107.70

The floating statue of Dorji Phagmo In Paro

Bhutan Spiritual Tour and Pilgrimage, Bhutan Tour Program, Floating Statue of Dorji Phagma (Vajravarahi), Dramatic Waterfalls, Sacred Caves and Holy Waters believed to heal numerous diseases and prolong life. This is a beautiful and gentle 3 hours hike (one way) along crystal clear blue river and streams along pathways of rocks and caves with spiritual significance and blessings.
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5 to 8 hours
from $97.44

8-Day The Happiness Bhutan Cultural Tour

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.
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8 days
from $1,980.00
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Jocelyn M wrote a review Apr 2020
3 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Elaine M wrote a review Mar 2020
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We just recently finished this wonderful tour with Bhutan Swallowtail. I honestly can say the experience was absolutely amazing!! Bhutan is such a beautiful country, full of the warmest, friendliest people. Our incredibly knowledgable guide Pema and our hilarious and entertaining driver Kencho made this trip so full of adventure and amazing experiences. They really went above and beyond to ensure our trip was unique and tailored for us! We stayed in a beautiful ecolodge near Punakha, witnessed a colourful festival, experienced the magical Dochula Pass, and made the challenging but absolutely worthwhile trek to the Tiger's Nest monastery. We were also fortunate to meet both Sonam and Tashi from Bhutan Swallowtail's head office, whose attention to detail and customer-focused outlook really made us feel a part of the Bhutan Swallowtail family. I cannot say enough about our experiences on this tour, and would highly recommend Bhutan Swallowtail to anyone looking to explore this amazing country!
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Date of experience: March 2020
Rosemary D wrote a review Mar 2020
8 contributions3 helpful votes
Our 20 days trip with Bhutan Swallowtail Tours was a wonderful experience. Everyday was full of visiting fortresses and monasteries, having a chance to actually sit down with a veteran monk of 30 years and asking questions about the monastic life, taking short and medium hikes through pristine forests and small villages where the residents were getting their fields ready for planting, and interacting with the children who were so curious about us and wanted to practice English! Our guide Kezang Dzang was an enthusiastic, knowledgeable young man whose understanding of Buddhism really made us appreciate even more our visits to the monasteries. He is also a novice birder for those clients who enjoy birding! Our drivers Apala, Chimi, and Dorji were excellent drivers through the winding, mountainside roads and their courteous attitudes and good humor made our trip even more special. Some of the accommodations were questionable and we made recommendations to the company for future trips with guests who expect decent hotels after long days of touring. Overall, we would definitely recommend Bhutan Swallowtail Tours!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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anita212020 wrote a review Mar 2020
Lavasa, India20 contributions3 helpful votes
In Paro, after breakfast some of us drove till the base of the world famous Taktsang Lhakhang. Taktsang Lhakhang or the Tiger's Nest is the most famous Buddhist pilgrimage site and temple complex in Bhutan. Visible from afar, this stunning and highly revered monastery is perched on a high granite cliff at an altitude of 10,236 ft., overlooking the northern Paro valley. Tiger’s Nest gets its name from a legend according to which in 8th century Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava and one of the holiest figure in Mahayana Buddhism, flew to this exact spot from Tibet on a back of a tigress (who was a manifestation of his divine consort). He came to subdue a demon and then took residence in a cave where he meditated for 3 years, 3 months and 3 days. He then started the conversion of Bhutanese into Buddhism. The monastery was built in 1692 around the cave where Guru meditated. Today, it is a cultural icon of Bhutan. A trip to Bhutan is not complete without a visit to this sacred site. The monastery looks a tiny white building from the valley but as one proceeds one begins to marvel at this wonder, which is precariously perched on a cliff! We started the hike on the valley floor 7,000 ft/2,100 meter above sea level. One must do the hike at the end of your trip to give you more time to acclimatize to the altitude. The journey was an arduous task as were crossed a pine forest and passed by several structures containing water-powered prayer wheels surrounded by prayer flags. Such prayer wheels instilled faith in mankind that no matter what each tough task can be accomplished if one is determined. The cafeteria was the half way point to the monastery. It was recommended to walk than go on a horse back because a horse walks on the edge, which is highly dangerous and not advisable. The climb seemed eternal as we kept walking huffing and puffing. Upon reaching the ridge, the spectacular view held me spellbound. I was stunned by the sheer beauty of the monastery lined with prayer flags and series of prayer wheels. With each climb the view appears to be closer and more enchanting but the sublime bliss of reaching the actual monastery was so elusive! After a short break the hike appeared to be challenging because we could see that it was so steep but the tough and strenuous trail was forgotten as soon as we got a view of the Paro Valley along the way. It was out of the world. Suddenly the trail was no long steep, the road became flat and the joy of walking could be seen on everyone’s face. Not the happiness was short-lived. Another set of 700 steps head to be covered to reach the revered place. As if this was not enough! The trail did not end, it was not the destination, rather just another viewpoint! It was way beyond and the monks took another steep 700 steps to reach the monastery. We were not far yet not there! The prayer flags flapping and fluttering in the wind was a pleasant sight. The sight is enough to calm the tired nerves. It was exhilarating to finally reach Tiger’s Nest Monastery and we went inside minus cameras, phones etc. to maintain the sanctity of the place. The beautiful interiors with exquisite wall murals were amazing and I was in a trance like state to view the spectacle. I felt blessed to have finally made it despite the arduous task of climbing the steep steps. The mystical moment was magical and spiritual. It is advised to wear sturdy hiking shoes and thick socks because the floor is quite cold. A hiking pole is a big support during the steep climb. One must avoid walking fast or stooping too much as it will affect your stamina. We took 4 hours to climb and 3 hours to return back to the base.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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LostinItalyKuwait wrote a review Mar 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates41 contributions14 helpful votes
We just completed a 10 day trip to Bhutan which was organized through Swallowtail. We had lots of queries which were patiently answered by Ms Singye. Loved their attention to the details. Landed in Paro and were thereafter ably taken care of by guide Kinley Dendup and our smiling driver Tashi. Despite the upheavals arising due to the Coronavirus outbreak, they went out of their way to ensure that my wife and I had an enjoyable time. We travelled from Paro to Thimpu and onward to Gangtey and then returned to via Haa to Paro . Our itenary was as follows: Day 1: PARO - First Glimpse of Bhutan Day 2: THIMPHU VALLEY EXCURSION Day 3: TANGO AND CHERI MONASTERY Day 4: THIMPHU – WANGDUE - PUNAKHA Day 5: GANGTEY & PHOBJIKA VALLEYS Day 6: PUNAKHA VALLEY EXCURSION Day 7: TAKTSANG MONASTERY – Day 8: PARO- HAA VALLEY Day 9: HAA VALLEY EXCURSION – PARO VALLEY Day 10: DRAKARPO MONASTERY
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Date of experience: March 2020
2 Helpful votes