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Bhutan Cultural tour 8 days

Bhutan, the country of thunder dragon opened itself for foreigners only in the mid 70’s. There are still many places in Bhutan where foreigners have not set foot yet. The Bhutanese people have set best examples in the preservation of their natural and cultural heritage including Dzong, chhortens, palaces, forest and wildlife. This 7 night’s 8 days tour of Bhutan includes some of the most interesting cultural heritages of this small Himalayan Kingdom. The trip starts at Paro, where the only international airport of Bhutan is situated. Then it goes ahead to Thimpu, the capital city and further ahead to Punakha and Gangtey.

Tour Highlights

  • Trip duration-7 nights/8 days Bhutan tour.
  • Tour code- Cultural Bhutan tour- 8 days
  • Places to see- Paro, Thimpu and Druk path.
  • Highest altitude- Tigers Nest (3180m)
  • Group size-1 -16 persons
  • Tour category- Standard and Deluxe.
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Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing in the afternoon (2250m).
 The flight into Bhutan is one of the most interesting Mountain flights in the world. You will be welcomed by the representative of Adventure mission Nepal treks and expedition and transferred to the hotel. After a brief rest and lunch we will head towards the Ta Dzong, the National museum of Bhutan. After the visit to the Museum we take a short walk to the Rinpung Dzong often described as the fort with heaps of Jewel. Khichu Lhakhang is the next place we visit. It is the oldest monument in the small kingdom of Bhutan. By the late afternoon we reach the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built around the mid 17th century in the memory of the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders.

Day 2: Drive to Thimpu, Afternoon sightseeing of Thimpu (2320m)
We drive to Thimpu in the late afternoon. This is a scenic drive through the hills for around 2 hours. After check in at the hotel in Thimpu we visit the popular sightseeing places of Thimpu. The places we visit today include the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Changgangkha Monastery, Majestic Thimphu Dzong etc.Besides that we also go to the Central zoo to see the animals over there and among them the Takin, a goat-antelope is a major attraction as it is the national animal of Bhutan. You can also visit the radio tower on a hill top, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Day 3: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.
We will stroll around the famous weekend market of Thimpu after breakfast. You will see a lot of handicrafts and souvenirs as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. We further walk down to the Changlingmethang Archery Range. Archery is the national game of Bhutan. You might see people playing it sometimes. Afternoon free on your own.

Day 4: Drive to Punakha (1250m) 3 hours/77 km
We start the day in the morning with a drive to Punakha via Dochu La (3,100 meters). The drive is around 3 hours long and is 77 km from Thimpu. This town derives its name from the river on whose banks it is situated, the Punakha River. We will make brief visit to the fertility temple known as Chimi Lhakhang. You can receive blessings of fertility with a phallus (Symbolic representation of male sexual organ) from the Lama. Upon arrival at Punakha we will have lunch and visit the Punakha Zhong in the evening.

Day 5: Drive to Gangtey (2900m) 4 hours/85 km
We will start the day with a visit to Wangduephodrang town to see the stone carvings. Our destination today is Gangtey a beautiful settlement with White Mountains and green hills around it. After spending some time at the Gangtey we take a short walk in the Phobjikha village and drive back to Punakha.

Day 6: Drive back to Paro.
Although Paro is only 130 km away from Punakha it takes us 4 hours because of the hilly road and also the speed limit in Bhutan is 50 Km/hour. We will make a stop at the Dochula pass to spend some time at the Druk Wangyal Monastery. We will stop in thimpu for lunch. Explore local farms in the evening.

Day 7: Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m).
After a warm and nice breakfast served at the hotel we will hike up the 4200 steps to the Tiger's Nest, locally known as the Taktsang Monastery. This monastery has been the identification of Bhutan since a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. The Mahayani Buddhist believes that the first dalai lama, Padmasamvav flied on a back of a tigress to her for Meditation. While coming down we will have lunch at halfway down the hill and continue to Paro.

Day 8: Final Departure.
Flights from Bhutan are scheduled early in the morning as only Druk air flies to and from Bhutan. So don’t forget to pack breakfast if you don’t have time to eat it at the hotel. Bye from Bhutan.

Contact us at info@himalayantrekkers.com for cost and other details for 8 days Bhutan cultural tour.

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