Bhutan is a secluded country which has remained untouched for many years and it is being world famous due to its unique culture and this tour would be a suitable option for the person who loves to see the Bhutanese local culture, society, glorious mountains scenery as well as low land with dense forest and you can click on main images of Bhutan while doing this tour. You will be flying over the great Himalayas, amidst of the most magnificent of the world’s highest glacial peaks and be able to see the terrain and nature’s architect at a grand scale. Bhutan cultural tour starts from Paro, your international arrival point. You will spend a night and on second day, before driving to the capital Thiumpu, you will visit few highlighted places in Paro. In Thiumpu, you will get lots of things to see and do. Our guide will take you on tour round with visiting market, museum, Monastery and Temples. The tour continues with driving to ancient capital Punakha, and to Gangtey, Trongsa, Bumthang, Ura and Wangdue. You will see and explore monasteries, ancient fortresses (Dzongs), temples along with Tiger nest and traditional Bhutanese houses, with time to wander through the fascinating markets. Bhutan Cultural Tour made all worth with drive through picturesque landscapes of spectacular mountain ranges.
|All land transportation by private vehicle with driver|
|Flights tickets ktm-thimpu , thimpu-ktm.|
|2 nights accomodation in Thimpu in Full Board basis.|
|1 night accommodation in Trongsa in Full Board basis.|
|1 night accommodation in Bumthang in Full Board basis.|
|1 night accommodation in Punakha in Full Board basis.|
|Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.|
|One local tour guide in every city and his wages and salaries.|
|Medical kit (carried by your guide)|
|Food and drinks/ Beverage bills|
|Extars cost for upgrading rooms and services at hotels|
|donation in temples, schools, monasteries etc .|
|Personal Hiking gear, personal kits|
|Emergency rescue evacuation insurance of any kind|
Day 1: Arrive in Paro and then drive to Thimpu (2334m)
Drive duration: 2 hours
Today you will be arriving in Paro international airport which is Bhutan's only international airport and our guide will be there to meet and welcome you and you will be transfer to Thimphu by a private vehicle. From Paro you can have the spectacular view of the Everest, KanchenJunga and other Himalayan peaks, along with the awesome view of sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drakey of Bhutan. After reaching to Thimpu, check in hotel and have a rest for a while and later on you can stroll around the local streets of Thimphu and to the nearby places. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Thimpu
After Breakfast, get ready to explore the Thimpu city with your guide. You will have a full day sightseeing in Thimpu valley, which includes:
National Library: It holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts, modern academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags. Much of Bhutan history is believed to been imprinted in archaic texts. A visit will open us up to the history of Bhutan even if it may be minute.
The market: It remains opened for 4 days in a week (on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Handmade paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Lunch will be in town.
Changangkha Lhakhang: This fortress like temple and monastic school is perched on a ridge above Thimphu, south of Motithang and regularly bustles with pilgrim activities. The temple was established in the 12th century. Parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin. From the temple courtyard, you can get a fascinating view of the Thimhu valley.
Traditional Medicine Institute: The rich herbal medicines abundant in the Kingdom are prepared and dispensed here. The institute also imparts the art of herbal medicines. The complex is closed to visitors due to potential hygiene compromises, but one can still walk around and view it from the outside.
Memorial Chorten: This stupa was built in the memory of Bhutan’s third King. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
Tashichho dzong: The beautiful medieval fortress/monastery, which houses Secretariat building, King’s Throne room and other government’s offices is also known as ‘fortress of the glorious religion’. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot.
A wide assortment of beautifully hand woven and crafted products is available. One can buy a souvenir from there.
Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang)
Located a short drive away from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can also pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Trongsa (2200m)
Drive duration: 8 hours
Today, after having your breakfast, you will drive up to Dochula pass (alt. 3050 m). If the weather permits, you can see a range of high Himalayan peaks towards the northeast. The following peaks can be seen from this pass, on a clear day; Masagang (7158m), Tsendagang (6960 m), Terigang (7060m), Jejegangphugang (7158m, Kangphugang (7170m), Zongaphugang (7060m), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – and finally Gangkar Punsum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7497 m. Further continuing your drive, you will head towards Wangdiphodrang town for lunch. After lunch you will proceed to Trongsa across Pelela pass (alt. 3300m). A large prayer flag marks the pass and the ground is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo. You will stop by on the way at Chendbji Chorten, which was built in 18th century by a lama named Shida. It has a Nepalese design style with eyes painted at four cardinal points. You will arrive at Trongsa and check into the lodge. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 4: Drive to Bumthang (2800m)
Drive duration: 4 hours
After your breakfast, later on today, you will visit the Trongsa Dzong, built by Shabdrung in 1647 and visit the Taa Dzong (watch tower) which is dedicated to the Buddhist epic hero, King Gesar of Ling. Now you will drive to Bumthang which is 29 Km from the Trongsa road, you will reach the Yutong La pass (alt. 3400 m). Further 13 km ahead, the road enters into a wide, open, cultivated valley known as Chumey valley. After arriving in Bumthang, you will check into a lodge and get ready for lunch. After lunch, you will visit to:
Kurje Lhakhang consists of three temples that are surrounded by a 108 chorten wall. The one on the right side was built in 1652 on the rack face where Guru meditated in the 8th century. The one on the left was built by Ashi Kesang in the 1990s. The middle temple is considered to be the holiest as it was built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru’s body.
The monastery was built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. It is one of the 108 monasteries built during his time to subdue the evil spirits roaming in the Himalayan region.
The Dzong was initially built as a monastery in 1549. It was upgraded after the Shabdrung had firmly established his power in 1646. It is however now used as a administrative centre for Bumthang valley and houses the regional monk body.
It is known as the burning lake and is in the Tang valley. It is a wide spot on the Tang Chhu and is considered to be one of the greatest pilgrimage sites of Bhutan. This site is decorated with an array of prayer flags and small clay offerings called ‘Tse Tsa’ in rock niches. After completing your sight seen get back to your hotel and have rest. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 5: Drive to Punakha (1310m)
Drive duration: 9 hours
After having Breakfast, you will explore the fascinating valley of Bumthang. You will head towards tongsa after exploring the valley and take your lunch. After lunch you will proceed to Punakha. En route you will have a pit stop in Wangdiphodrang Dzong to explore. Today is a pretty long way to reach to Punakha so lay back and make yourself comfortable while driving towards Punakha and on the way you can enjoy the beautiful landscape and the vegetation as well. After reaching to Punakha, check in hotel and have rest as you might be tierd. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 6: Drive to Paro (2250m)
Drive duration: 4 hours
Have your breakfast in the morning and then you will have a morning visit to Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages from fire, earthquake and flood. The latest flood of Oct 1994 caused great damage to the fortress but miraculously spared the statue of Buddha Jojampa. After lunch, you will proceed onwards to Paro. Along the way, you will visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers good insight into the lifestyle of the local people and their culture. On arrival in Paro. check in to a hotel and have rest. Later on you can stroll around the Paro city and to the market area as well and after that get back to the hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 7: Sightseeing in Paro
The beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates itself within a rich culture, beautiful nature with hundreds of myths and legends. It houses many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries. We will be visiting places such as:
At one point in time, it was used and built as a watch tower to defend Rinpung Dozng during the inter-valley wars of the 17th century. However it has been serving as the national Museum of the country since 1967. It holds fascinating collection of relic, arts.etc.
It is also sometime known as “the heap of Jewels” and was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgya, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. The entrance to the Dzong id through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. The wonders of the architectural design of Dzong can be enjoyed as you walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path
This Dzong was built in 1647 by the Shabdrung for protection from the invasion of Tibetans. On a clear day, one can see the commanding view of Mt.Chomolhari from the village below the Dzong.
It is one of the 108 temples in Himalayas and is also one of the oldest and most scared shrines built by the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo in the 7th century. There are two temples within the complex which were built during different times.
it is also known as “Tiger Nest”. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence its name. Taktshang Lhakhang is one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan which is perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. The site is recognized as the most sacred place and is visited by Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. After completing your sight seen get back to your hotel and have rest. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 8: Departure
In the morning have your breakfast and pack your bags as our office representative will come to receive you in the hotel and you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Have a safe journey onwards.
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