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 provides you an insight into the lives of Bhutanese people. Bhutan lies between two giant countries India and China and it has a Monarchy. It has set one of the best examples in the world for the protection of the environment and ethnicity. An amazing thing you can see is the model of development in Bhutan. The country of the gross happiness index, this small kingdom has preserved its own style of Buddhism. People here believe that Guru Padmasambhava was the one who brought Buddhism in Bhutan. They even say, he was the first incarnation of Dalai Lama. He rode on the back of the Tiger and meditated at the cliff, where the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is built in his memory.

Cultural Tour of Bhutan helps you to observe their culture and lifestyle. The major attraction in this 7-day tour includes the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery and, Kichu Monastery. Additionally, other museums and monuments are also here, which are of their own historical importance. Besides the cultural heritage of Bhutan this trip also provides you the opportunity to explore some of the pristine and well preserved ecological heritage of Bhutan in cities like Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha valley.

The trip begins from a beautiful city, Paro. Because of the altitude, the Airport is built at Paro instead of the capital city Thimpu. Not to mention, Bhutan has only one International Airport till date. Shortly, after landing in Paro, you go sightseeing in the valley. The sightseeing includes Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan, Rinpung Dzong, Khichu Lhakhang, and, Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort). The next day is the excursion day at Paro Taktsang, commonly known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Returning back from there, you drive to the capital city, Thimpu. This city offers you the visit to the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Changgangkha Monastery, and, Majestic Thimphu Dzong. Additionally, you visit the Central Zoo, the Weekend market, and, the Radio Tower on a hilltop.

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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 at Paro.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After arrival at Paro, a representative from Himalayan trekkers will greet, meet and transfer you to the hotel where you will be staying overnight.

During the flight, you will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and other famous Himalayan peaks.

You can enjoy sightseeing if you have good leisure after arrival and a brief rest.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 20 min drive.

Day 2

Hike to Tiger nest monastery and scenic drive to Thimpu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive and hike to Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world which is also called as Tiger nest monastery.

After lunch, scenic drive to Thimpu, capital of Bhutan.

Overnight.

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

Day 3

Thimpu sightseeing.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will have guided sightseeing of Thimpu. You will explore 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 hilltop, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Overnight. 

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4

Drive to Punakha and explore.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We start the day in the morning with a drive to Punakha via Dochu La (3,100m). This town derives its name from the river on whose banks it is situated, the Punakha River.

We will make a 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.

Overnight.

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

Day 5

Drive to Gangtey, explore and return to Punakha.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 the 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.

Overnight.

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

Day 6

Scenic drive to Paro and explore.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, you will have a short scenic drive to Paro from Gangtey.

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.

A representative of Himalayan trekkers will assist and transfer you to the airport for connecting flights back to your home town.

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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

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

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
  • All Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary with all meals.
  • Bhutan Entry Fees
  • Entrance Fees
  • Sightseeing
  • Guide and Driver
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

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.


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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