Cultural tour of Bhutan 7 days
Bhutan lies between two giant countries India and China and is has a Monarchy. It has set one of the best examples in the world for protection of environment and ethnicity. This 7 day tour of Bhutan provides you an insight into the life of Bhutanese people, culure and the model of development Bhutan is developing. The country of gross happiness index, this small kingdom has preserved its own style of Buddhism. The major attraction in this 7 day tour includes the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Kichu Monastery and museums and monuments of historical importance. Besides the cultural heritages of Bhutan this trip also provides you the opportunity to explore some of the pristine and well preserved ecological heritage of Bhutan in Paro, Thimpu and Punakha valley.
- Duration - 6nights/7 days
- Tour code - Short Bhutan Tour
- Places to see - Paro, Punakha and Thimpu.
- Altitude - Tigers Nest (3190 m)
- Group size - 1 -16 persons
- Tour category - Standard and Deluxe.
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Day 2: Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) in the afternoon (2350m).
Day 3: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.
Day 4: Drive to Punakha (1250m)3 hours/77 km
Day 5: Drive to Gangtey (2900m) 4 hours/85 km
Day 6: Drive back to Paro.
Day 7: Depart Paro
Itineraty in details
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 02: Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) in the afternoon (2350m).
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. We drive to Thimpu in the late afternoon. This is a scenic drive through the hills for around 2 hours.
Day 03: Full day sightseeing 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 . In the afternoon visit the Weekend market famous for all kinds of local products ranging from handicrafts to vegetables. You can also visit the radio tower on a hill top, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.
Day 04: 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 05: 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 06: 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 07: Depart Paro
Final departure from Bhutan.
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