Cultural Tour of Bhutan

Cultural Tour of Bhutan

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

7 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Tigers Nest (3190 m)

Group Size

Max- 20 pax.

Trial Access:

Flight and comfortable drive.

Best Season:

All over the year.

This 7-day Cultural Tour of Bhutan offers you insight into the exotic culture and tradition of "the Land of the Thunder Dragon". Despite being small in terms of size, Bhutan has set one of the best examples in the world for preserving its environment and ethnicity. 

This journey is relatively short but you will be able to experience the changes in its culture and religious significance alongside its tranquil natural and scenic beauty. It offers the opportunity to observe the magnificent arts, crafts, architecture, and history of the country by visiting many cultural and historical places. Plus, you are free to immerse yourself in the Buddhist culture, appreciate the Bhutanese hospitality, and admire its ever-changing topography during your trip to this tiny Himalayan Kingdom. 

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Starting Price

USD 1789 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Paro.

Departure from: Paro.

Day 1

Arrival in Paro

Meals included: Lunch & Dinner

As you arrive at the airport, a Himalayan Trekkers' representative will greet you and escort you to the designated hotel in the city. 

Once you are at the hotel, check-n and relax. If you have a good leisure time, you can enjoy a short sightseeing tour in Paro. 

Overnight. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

Day 2

Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery (3,120m) and drive to Thimpu

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Early morning hefty and delicious breakfast, and we set towards the famous Taktsang Monastery also known as Tigers' Nest Monastery. A couple of hours of an amazing ascent up to the monastery that is situated on a cliff at 3000 meters offers a great view of the valley and surrounding mountains. 

After exploring the monastery to the fullest, we will have lunch at the cafeteria of the monastery and head back to the town. Then, we continue our drive to the capital city, Thimpu. 

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs hike & 2 hrs drive.

Day 3

Full-day Thimpu sightseeing

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will be guided for the full-day Thimpu city sightseeing. You will explore the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Changgangkha Monastery, Majestic Thimphu Dzong, etc.  We also visit the Central zoo to see the animals including the Takin, a goat-antelope is a major attraction as it is the national animal of Bhutan.

We will also enter some local markets in the city where varieties of local products ranging from handicrafts to vegetables can be found. If the time permits, we also visit the radio tower situated on a hilltop offering a dramatic panoramic vista of the city. 

Overnight. 

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4

Drive to Punakha and explore

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, we will drive to Punakha, the former capital city of Bhutan via Dochu La Pass (3,100m). En route, we will pay a visit to Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple. 

Once in Punakha, lunch will be served in a local restaurant and you will be assisted to the Punakha Dzong, a monastery situated between the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) in the evening. 

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs drive.

Day 5

Drive to Gangtey, and explore

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Early morning, we will drive to Wangduephodrang to witness the stone carvings. Then, we continue our journey to Gangtey which is a vey beautiful settlement with snow-covered mountains and lush green hills around it. 

Further, we will have a short walk to the Phobjiha Village, explore and drive to Gangtey Monastery. 

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs total drive.

Day 6

Drive to Paro and explore

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, you will have a short scenic drive to Paro from Gangtey. En route, we stop by Simtokha Dzong to explore and Thimpu for lunch. 

In Paro, you will be exploring the National Museum, many shrines like Drugyel Dzong, Kyichi Lhakhang, Rinpung Dzong, and farmhouse by experiencing the rural culture and lifestyle of farmers.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs drive.

Day 7

Departure

Meals included: Breakfast

 

As the journey to Bhutan comes to an end, you will be transferred to the Paro International Airport by your guide for a flight back to your hometown or onward destination.

We bid farewell and wish you for a safe and sound flight. 

Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Meals

All meals in Bhutan are included within the evident cost. However, if you want to eat your meals other than at your hotel or local restaurant, you will have to pay the additional amount.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop off
  • All Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary with all meals.
  • Bhutan Entry Fees
  • All Permit and Entrance Fees
  • Guided Sightseeing
  • Guide and Driver
  • A bottled water 
  • All Taxes and office surcharges 

Whats Not Included

  • International Airfares to Paro and Airport tax
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the INCLUSION section


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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