MyBhutan presents

Eat your way through Bhutan

inspired by Mark Wiens of

Calling all foodies! Come experience the culinary delights of the Kingdom of Bhutan with a unique tour package from MyBhutan. More than just an entrée into the best Bhutanese cuisine, this adventure gives you an insider’s look into how Bhutanese food is grown, picked and cooked.

11 days   |   $3,539 (for citizens of India, Bangladesh, or Maldives: $2,214*)* Lodging and activities at Naksel is not included in regional rate

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“I believe when you travel, there’s no better way to connect with people, than through food.”
Mark Wiens

Inspired by Mark Wiens of visit to the country with MyBhutan, over the course of 11 days, we'll cover 10 of Mark's favorite restaurants in Paro and in the capital city of Thimphu — including Kalden Restaurant and Babesa Village, two standouts where locals head to fill up on everything from classics like ema datsi (chili peppers in a creamy cheese sauce) to shakam paa (beef jerky). We'll also make sure you visit places that are almost impossible to find otherwise, like the hole-in-the-wall Peace Restaurant, whose eze (chili paste) is a favorite among local foodies.

In addition to sampling the delights of the city, this tour brings you out to the pristine countryside. You'll experience the heartwarming hospitality of farming families while resting in traditional farmhouses and learning about Bhutanese customs.

In Phobjikha, relish feasts of chili peppers, potatoes, turnips, and radishes grown totally organically -- Bhutan has committed to being the first nation in the world to go 100% organic. Learn to make homemade ara (rice wine) with the locals in Punakha. Prepare nga do sem (special dried fish) with cookbook author Ugyen. Meet Kinley's yaks near 3,988 m (13,083 ft) on Chelela Pass and listen to tales from his life as a yak herder. Try your hand at cheese and butter making in Bumthang -- the dairy tastes so good there, you just know the cows are happy. Along the way you’ll luxuriate in the swirling mists of a hot stone bath, and later climb to the famed Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest).

You get the whole spectrum here: the tour combines the comforts and cuisines of luxury hotels with authentic experiences of living and eating with locals in their homes.

Day 1
Arrival in Thimphu
Bhutanese tour guides greet guests at airport and escort them to Naksel Boutique Resort where guests can drop off bags and freshen up
Visit the fortress turned administrative and monastic offices at Rinpung Dzong
Visit National Museum of Bhutan
Lunch at Sonam Trophel
Bhutanese cooking class at Naksel Boutique Resort
Dinner at Naksel Boutique Resort
Overnight at Naksel Boutique Resort
Day 2
Breakfast at Naksel Boutique Resort (7am)
Meet students training at the Bongde Institute of Hospitality and Tourism, a hotel that teaches otherwise unemployed youths the hospitality business
Travel to Haa (2 hours)
Halfway through the trip we will stop at Chelela Pass, the highest road pass in Bhutan where guests will meet Kinley, a local yak herder to try yak cheese and also meet with a local farmer to learn traditional farming practices
Lunch at Lechuna Heritage Lodge
Cooking class and dinner with local farmers, Ugyen & Doley Bidha at their homestay
Overnight stay at Risum Lodge
Day 3
Breakfast at Risum Lodge (7am)
Visit Lhakhang Ngapo monastery, the “black temple” and the Lhakhang Karo monastery, the “white temple”
Travel to Thimphu (4 hours)
Lunch at Babesa Village, a 500 year old farmhouse transformed into a luxury dinning experience
Visit Memorial Chorten, Thimphu’s most striking religious landmark
Meet Himalayan mammals at the Takin Preserve
Dinner at Musk Restaurant
Overnight stay at Namgay Heritage Hotel **
Day 4
Breakfast at Namgay Heritage Hotel (8am)
Meeting with officials at the Ministry of Agriculture **
Lunch at Peace Restaurant
Explore popular sites in Thimphu: Buddha Dordenma Statue, Zorig Chusum Institute (thirteen traditional crafts of Bhutan), Craft Bazaar, Centenary Farmers’ Market, Tashichho Dzong (the seat of the government)
Dinner at Folk Heritage Museum restaurant
Overnight stay at Namgay Heritage Hotel **
Day 5
Breakfast at Namgay Heritage Hotel (7am)
Travel to Punakha (3 hours)
Stop at Dochula Pass where guests can walk around 108 chortens, visit the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang and view the world’s highest unclimbed mountain, Gangkhar Phuensom
Lunch at Yak Herder’s Restaurant
Explore Punakha: visit to Chimi Lhakhang and Punakha Dzong
Dinner at Aum Leki local home stay
Overnight stay at Aum Leki home stay
Day 6
Breakfast at Aum Leki home stay (7am)
Till the fields, pick vegetables from Aum Leki’s garden and brew chang (local beer) for lunch at her homestay
Travel to Phobjikha (4 hours)
Overnight stay at Dewachen Hotel
Day 7
Breakfast at Dewachen Hotel (8am)
Visit Gangtey Goemba whose name means “the temple on the hilltop”
Hike the Gangtey Nature Trail (2 hours)
Lunch and butter and cheese making class at Aum Passang Lham home stay
Dinner at Ap Yanka home stay
Traditional hot stone water bath
Overnight stay at Ap Yanka home stay
Day 8
Breakfast at Ap Yanka home stay (7am)
Travel to Thimphu (6 hours)
Lunch at Nobding
Dinner at Cypress
Overnight stay at Namgay Heritage Hotel **
Day 9
Breakfast at Namgay Heritage Hotel (8am)
Lunch and cooking class where guests will prepare Nga Do Sem (special dried fish) and Ezay Nergu (29-ingredient chili paste) with the author of Authentic Bhutanese Cookbook, Ugyen **
Travel to Paro (1.5 hours)
Dinner at Yegyel cafe
Overnight stay at Tashi Namgay Resort
Day 10
Breakfast at Tashi Namgay Resort (7am)
Hike to Tiger’s Nest (3 hours)
Visit Kyichu Lhakhang where one of Bhutan’s two ancient demoness was pinned down by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo
Lunch at Taktsang Cafeteria
Dinner at TSN Restaurant
Overnight stay at Tashi Namgay Resort
Day 11
Depart from Paro Airport
** Contingent upon availability
Trip Details

All customers will receive their visa via email one month prior to their arrival date in Bhutan.

Package cost: $3,539 USD

Package cost (for citizens of India, Bangladesh, or Maldives) $2,446

Frequently Asked Questions

When is this trip?

Whenever you want it to be! Contact us to coordinate your trip based on your travel availability.

What is included in the price of the trip?

Visa, all meals, driver, vehicle, and accommodations. Bhutanese tour guide accompanying the entire trip.

What is not included in the price of the trip?

Flights. We would be happy to reserve airlines on request.