SAFARI IN BHUTAN: Royal Manas National Park Safari

A unique experience to discover a different Bhutan: This is the haven for wildlife such as langur, tiger, leopard, clouded leopard, samber, and large number of bird species


From To Base Fee Final Price Note
01/01/2021 31/10/2022 1998 € 2108 € Per person "starting from" in low season

Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) is Bhutan's oldest Protected Area in Bhutan. Established as Game Sanctuary in early 1960's, it was declared as Wildlife Sanctuary in 1964 and subsequently upgraded to National Park in 1993. With an area of 1057 sq. km, it is home to more than 900 species of vascular plants, 60 species of mammals and 431 species of birds. RMNP holds high significance in terms of Bhutan's Biodiversity Conservation. About 25-35 Royal Bengal Tiger patrol inside the park. Many large mammals such as Asiatic Water Baffalo, Gaur, Sambar, Asian Elephants are commonly sighted. Eight of eleven cat species found in Bhutan occur in RMNP.

Day 1: Arrive Paro – Thimphu:
Driving Distance: 55 km
Minimum Altitude: 2195 m, Maximum Altitude: 2334m

While flying into Bhutan, from the left hand side of the aircraft you can see the Majestic Himalayan Range with the Peaks of Mt.Everest, Mt.Kanchanganga, Mt.Jumolhari and Mt.Jichu Drake whereby the latter two Mountains are in Bhutan.

On arrival at the Paro International Airport, we will be there to receive you all. We drive to Thimphu, the Capital City.

Enroute we will visit Tachogang Temple on the way. It was built by Thangthong Gyelpo, The Iron bridge builder Saint. We can also see the ancient iron bridge there.

We will visit Memorial Stupa, Kuenselphodrang ( Tallest sitting Bhddha in the world) and Tashichodzong, which houses the Goldend Throne room of the Dragon King.

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 2: Thimphu- Punakha
Driving Distance: 77 km
Maximum Altitude: 3150m,
Minimum Altitude: 1242m

After breakfast, you will visit Changangkha Monastery, Nunnery temple, School of thirteen Arts and Crafts and Folk Heritage Museum. After relaxing lunch, you will enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with stop at Dochula Pass (3,150 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. Visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship.

Day 3: Punakha-Gelephu
Driving Distance: 193 km
Maximum Altitude: 1500m,
Minimum Altitude: 221m

After breakfast, you will drive to Gelephu, the southernmost district of Bhutan bordering with India. You will stop for lunch on the way. Seven hours journey leads along the bank of Wangchu River and meandering through sub tropical forests, villages and small townships of Tsirang and Sarbhang before you arrive Gelephu.

Day 4: Gelephu-Panbang
Driving Distance: 205 km
Maximum Altitude: 2421m
Minimum Altitude: 221m

Drive from Gelephu to Gongphu and enjoy the ascent from 280m-1450m. You will pass through Surey village where mandarin and cardamom farming is the main cultivation. From Surey you can also see Jo Dungshing peak on clear days. This peak is the highest in the Black Mountain range. Gongphu is the northern most tip of the Royal Manas Park. The area gets maximum rainfall in the country. This makes the area a thriving sub-tropical ecosystem. This is the haven for wildlife such as langur, tiger, leopard, clouded leopard, samber, and large number of bird species.

We will drive further till we reach Panbang, through forests of mixed broad-leaved forests and thick undergrowth with numerous birds such as barbets, hornbills, bulbuls, doves, woodpecker and cuckoos. The camp is on the way to a village and provides a good view of the area due to being located at a higher alleviation.

Overnight in Eco-camp.

Day 5 and 6: Royal Manas National Park

You can walk, drive or take wooden boat ride to reach Manas core area. It is a 12km drive and may take another forty-five minutes. On foot it might take few hours but the boat ride takes only thirty minutes. Many prefer boat rides to enjoy the scenic beauty and watch birds. You can explore the park through various activities like – bird watching, river rafting, elephant safaris, picnicking along the river and walking through the Park’s Eco Trail.

Overnight Eco-camp.

Day 7: Panbang-Trongsa

Driving Distance: 203 km

Maximum Altitude: 2300m, Minimum Altitude: 300m

After breakfast, you will drive to Trongsa. As you drive you will notice that the vegetation changes from sub-tropical to broad-leaved evergreen forests. This route has one of the richest forests and has many varieties of trees and orchids and other botanical plants. We will come across Ting Tingbi, Wangdegang and Kingarabten, which is considered as the best birdwatching pockets in Asia.

Overnight in Trongsa

Day 8: Trongsa-Gangtey

Driving Distance: 82 km

Maximum Altitude: 3510m, Minimum Altitude: 2300m

In the morning, you'll visit The Royal Heritage Museum and Trongsa Dzong. Trongsa dzong is the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. You will then drive to Gangtey and visit Chendebji Chorten on the way. After lunch, you will continue driving to Gangtey through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons. On taking the diversion from the high-way, and crossing Lawala pass blanketed with dwarf bamboos, you will arrive at Gangtey. From Gangtey, you can see the picturesque Black Mountain range as well as Phobjikha Valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes. Visit Gangtey Goenpa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. You can spend some time interacting with the monks studying here. The college offers nine-year course in Buddhist studies.

Day 9: Gangtey-Paro
Driving Distance: 170 km
Maximum Altitude: 3150m, Minimum Altitude: 1242m

Today, you will then drive back to Paro. On the way, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama’s wooden phallus! You will stop at Dochula for lunch. Continue drive to Paro. Check into hotel on arrival.

Overnight in Paro

Day 10: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

After an early breakfast, you will hike to the legendary Tiger’s Nest Monastery, clinging on a rock cliff 900 meters above the valley floor. According to the legend, it is believed that Guru Rimpoche, the 8th century Spiritual Master flew to this location on the back of a tigress to subdue the demons of Paro Valley. The guru then meditated in the holy cave that is the site of the monastery today.

Overnight in Paro

Day 11: Depart Paro
After breakfast, you will drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.

LOW SEASON: January, February, June; July, August, December

Price per person (single individual): euro 2450
Price per person (Group of 2 people): euro 2340
Price per person (Group of 3 people) euro 1998

HIGH SEASON: March, April, May, September, October, November
Price per person (single individual): euro 2950
Price per person (Group of 2 people): euro 2840
Price per person (Group of 3 people) euro 2500

The price includes:
- accommodation for 10 nights in 3*** hotel
- meals as scheduled (full board)
- English speaking guide for the whole tour
- car / minivan available for the whole tour
- support
- Bhutanese entry fee
- visa

The fee does not include
- Flights from
- drinks, meals not mentioned
- tips (around USD 10 per day)
- currency adjustment
- everything not expressly specified in "the price includes"