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  • 2 or 2+
  • Duration 5 Days

Introduction

In Bhutan Cultural Tour, you will discover the nation, culture, traditions, and religion of Bhutan. The tour takes you through scenic landscapes of magnificent mountain ranges to the lush green valleys. Bhutan is a beautiful country with stunning landscapes and historical monuments that lies in the eastern Himalayas, between Tibet to the north, the Indian territories of Assam and West Bengal, to the south and east, and Sikkim to the west. This trip covers the two most popular touristic destinations of Bhutan: Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan and Paro, Bhutan’s international airport, with a hike to Taktsang monastery. A visit to these two places will provide you a good knowledge of Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions, spectacular arts and crafts, history, Buddhist religion and life of Bhutanese people.

The way of life, culture and designers are an unmistakable component of the nation drawing in hundred a great many visitors over the globe consistently. The vivid houses and structures worked in the kingdom are speaking to everybody. The dzongs worked in the seventeenth hundreds of years without utilizing a solitary nail are the showstopper of Bhutanese designs. A short visit to Thimpu will lead you to Heritage Museum and Tradition School of Arts and Crafts. Punakha National Park, Jigme Dorji National Library is some other enthralling site in this package. You will have the opportunity to visit some farmhouses and interact with the locals and experience the rural life. This cultural heritage is proudly manifest and extends a unique cultural perspective from the traditional woven garments to the prayer flags on high mountain slopes, the built to the natural environment, and the religious mask dances to the folk dances. You will enjoy the stunning views of the Himalayas from DochuLa Pass (3100 m) on this tour. Dochu La Pass is one of the beautiful mountain passes in Bhutan, which is about 20 KM from Thimphu city. You will also be able to observe the 108 memorial Stupas also known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens”.

At the Capital city of Paro, you will visit famous Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery), Ringpung Dzong (fortress), Kichu Lhakhang and Drugyal Dzong. The next destination at Thimpu you will explore memorial chorten, nunnery temple, folk heritage museum, and other attractions. Finally, we drive to Punakha and visit the majestic Punakha Dzong. We also visit Chimi Lhakhang, a popular Bhutanese fertility temple. As well we drive pass the Dochu La pass and enjoy the constant company of the amazing Bhutanese landscape. The best time to go on the Bhutan Cultural Tour is during the spring months of March-May when the valleys come alive with flowers in bloom and October for trekking as the Himalayan peaks are at their most visible with the clear skies.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air) – Transfer to hotel

The flight into Paro on the national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent panoramas of the world’s highest peaks give way to the dense green Paro valley as you land. After clearing customs and visa control you meet your guide from Bhutan and drive to Paro town for lunch. After lunch, you can visit the National Museum, Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower that now houses the National Museum and visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong, built in the 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now utilized as an administration center and school for monks. The evening ends with a stroll through the main street of Paro. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Paro – Thimphu

After breakfast, you drive through the winding road to the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Chomolhari, can be seen on a clear day from Drukgyal village. You can visit a typical Bhutanese Farm House of a local family for a close-up scene of everyday Bhutanese life. We then drive to Shari to hike up (or horse ride) to the (Tiger’s nest). The horse rides up or hikes to the cafeteria will take around one and a half hours. At the view, point enjoys the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. After lunch, our way back to the hotel we visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century. Then in the late afternoon, we depart to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around one and a half hours from Paro to Thimphu. The capital city has a population of about 98,500 whose town is made up of just three lines of shops. The interesting fact here is Thimpu is the only capital in the world without any traffic lights. Enroute visit Simtokha Dzong. Check-In at the hotel and dinner will be served. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Thimphu valley sightseeing – Punakha

Today we go for Thimphu sightseeing that includes a visit to the visit National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The sightseeing also includes a visit to the Folk Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to connecting people with the Bhutanese rural past. In the museum, we can witness the exhibition of ancient objects and artifacts used in rural households. We also visit the Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles that are rich in its color and design. After lunch, we visit the School of Arts and Crafts where the 13 Crafts are taught to the Young Children. It was established in 1971 with two objectives i.e. to preserve and promote the traditional arts and crafts and to create more job opportunities. Later in the afternoon, we depart to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. As we leave Thimphu the trail ascends steeply through a forest of pine and cedar and reaches Dochu La pass (3,050 m) which gives panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of fastener bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. Check-in at hotel Meri Puensum/Zangtopelri. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4: Punakha – Wangdue – Paro

In the morning we visit Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body, especially resided between the rivers of the Mo (Female) the Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. After a short drive from Punakha, we reach the valley of Wangdue which is one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan. Here you can observe a scene of the Wangdiphodrang Dzong dramatically dwelled on the spur of a hill at the junction of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. Then we drive to Paro over the Dochola pass. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Paro – Kathmandu (by Druk Air)

After an early breakfast served at the hotel, we drive you back to the airport which is located at a short distance. Then we bid you farewell at Paro airport. You go off to Kathmandu or another destination.

Inclusions

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Assistance in acquiring Bhutan visa and visa fee
  • Accommodation at a 3-star category hotel approved by Bhutanese Government
  • Single room surcharge when travelling 1-2 people in a group
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the tour
  • Mineral water will be supplied during the tour
  • Highly experienced local tour guide and all entry/permit fees during the tour
  • All applicable government taxes and tourist service charges
  • Our office expenses and service charge
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Paro to Kathmandu.
  • T-shirt from the company.
  • Trip completion certificate from company.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu.

Exclusions

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary”
  • International flights
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
  • Personal shopping, internet/Phone bill, and laundry
  • Pony service and porters if needed.
  • Tips for tour guide and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

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Though a short trip, gave us an unforgettable lifetime experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable about Bhutanese history and was able to answer all our questions. The meals, hotels, and transport were up to the mark. Hike to Tigers Nest Monastery was the prime highlight; the view of the mountains and valleys were impressive. Overall, we were left with a beyond great experience.

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trip facts

PRICE: US $ 1495
TRIP START: Paro
TRIP END: Kathmandu
TRIP DURATION: 5 Days
TREK TYPE: Tour
BEST MONTH: March - May , September - November
ACCESSIBILITY: Flight and Land
MAX.Altitude: 3120 M
TRIP GRADE: Moderate
MIN.GROUP SIZE : 2 or 2+
DEPARTURE: Granted

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