Bhutan Cultural Tour
7 Days/ 6 Nights Tour

Itinerary

Day 1:

You will be received at the airport and depending what time you land some visits will be adjusted on another day

  • Ta dzong (watch tower) which was built in 1951 to use as a watch tower to defend Ringpung Dzong and Paro valley during the time of war and it was converted into national museum in 1967 which is also recorded in UNESCO world heritage.
  • Paro Ringpung dzong which is one of the finest example of Bhutanese architecture. If still feel energetic you can take a short walk down to the cantilever bridge.
  • Then will drive to Thimphu and on way will stop at Tamcho to see 15th Century Iron Chain Bridge
  • Then will continue to Thimphu.

Night Halt: Thimphu

Day 2:

Thimphu Sightseeing. After breakfast will visit

  • Memorial chorten, which was built in 1974 by her majesty Azhi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuk.
  • Bhuddha point where you will see 169 feet big seating Buddha which one of the largest Buddha statue in the world as well to see the bird’s eye view of Thimphu city.
  • Bhutan Post, from where you can buy some Bhutanese post card and post it or if you want you can also make your own personalize stamps.
  • Heritage Museum to see typical example of traditional farm house
  • Takin reservation centre to see our Bhutan’s unique national animal takin.
  • Tashichoe Dzong, the beautiful fortress which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot.
  • Evening shopping or stroll in Thimphu Market

Night Halt: Thimphu

Day 3:

Thimphu to Phobjekha

After breakfast will drive to Phobjekha a place where the rare bird  Black Neck  Crane migrates in winter every year  from  Tibet in the month of November to end  of March.  Will stop at Dochula pass (3150 m) from sea level, and here you will find 108 stupas and you can see the snow-capped Himalayan ranges. Then will continue to Phobjekha.

After we reach Phobjekha will do a short Gangtey Natural Trail which will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes. The trail is via village and  through beautiful blue pine forest with lovely view of roosting ground of black neck crane.

Night Halt: Gangtey

Day 4:

Phobjekha to Punakha

After breakfast will visit Gangtey Sangacholing Monastery which has one of the best woods work in Bhutan. After that will drive to Punakha. On reaching Punakha will visit

  • Punakha fortress which is one of the impressive fort in Bhutan which is built on the confluence of 2 rivers (Male and Female). It is also the winter residence of Chief Abbot.
  • Longest suspension bridge on male river

Night Halt: Punakha

Day 5:

Punakha to Paro

After breakfast will visit

Chimi Lhkahang (Devine Madman’s temple) which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th century (This monk is popularly known as the Devine madman for his philosophy, “Salvation through sex”). He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “The Temple of Fertility”.

Then will continue to Paro.  On reaching Lamperi will visit Botanical Park which is popular for Rhododendrons. On reaching Paro will check into hotel and if you feel like you can stroll in the town

Night Halt: Paro

Day 6:

Hike to Paro Taktshang (Tigers Nest)

After Breakfast will drive till Taktshang base and then will Hike to Taktshang (Tigers Nest) which is one of the most popular monastery visited by the tourist. It was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup, a cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) flew to this location from Khenpajong, Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then performed meditation in one of the caves here and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and blessed the place. Subsequently, the place came to be known as the “Tiger’s Nest”. Guru Padmasambhava is known for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen caves in which he meditated.

Towards evening we can take you to the Traditonal Hot stone bath on your own additional expenses.  Dinner at farm house so that you can experience the real Bhutanese style of dinning.

Night Halt: Paro

Day 7:
After Breakfast head to Paro International airport for departure

Inclusions
  • 3 star accommodations (Twin/DBL Sharing) – If needed accommodation can be upgraded to 4 or 5 star at an additional cost
  • All meals (B’fast and Dinner at the hotel and Lunch will be at an outside restaurant)
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay
  • All internal transport
  • Entry Fees
  • Mineral water during sightseeing’s
  • Sustainable Development Fees
  • Visa Fees
  • Bhutanese dress to wear during the stay, if interested
Fine Print
  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for this tour (not included)
  • Price is based on minimum 2 travellers
  • Tipping to driver and guide (not included)
  • Airfare to and from Bhutan (not included)
Optional Activities
  • River Rafting in Punakha (Approx USD 120 per raft-UP to 5 person)
  • Hot Stone Bath at farm house (Approx USD 15 per person)
  • Archery(Approx USD 5 per person)

These optional services can be purchased upon arrival in Bhutan

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