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Bhutan Cultural Tour

Trip code BCT-60
Package name Bhutan Cultural Tour
Duration 10 Days
Max. elevation 2320 Meter
Level MODERATE
Transportation Private vehicle transportation and Flight tickets are mentioned as itinerary
Accomodation Three-star category hotels during the tour
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Paro-Druk Gyaldzong-Thimphu-Punakha-Kathmandu
Cost USD 3,015 per person

Highlights

Overview

Bhutan Cultural Tour of a week duration that takes you amidst exotic destinations around the beautiful country of Bhutan. Known as the land of the thundering and peaceful dragon, and the only kingdom around South East Asia around the great Himalayas. The country has retained its ancient cultures for hundreds of centuries to this present day of modernization.

Bhutan Cultural Tour is certainly a great way to experience that takes you to the medieval era period, as you explore around. Bhutan is a country of bio-diversity for a small country tucked in between Tibet / China in the North. Borders East, South of India as well with Bangladesh further south, from flatland to green mid-hills to high Himalayan range.

Our interesting Bhutan cultural tour of the week duration leads you to wonderful sites of great historical and religious importance. For many centuries the country was closed to outside visitors but has opened its doors. After self-imposed remoteness and isolation from the rest of the world of modern technology and civilizations. The uniqueness of Bhutan its old Buddhist culture and custom make Bhutan an exceptional country to visit. As well as to observe and explore its past century treasures of ancient culture, and religion, as they existed for many centuries.

Bhutan's past is still its present with Buddhism's impressive culture similar to Tibet but with a different way of life. Bhutan Cultural Tour begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu heading North East to land at Paro, Bhutan’s International Airport. At Paro lovely town to start our exciting tour visiting places of great interest like the famous landmark.

The Taksang Monastery also called Tiger’s Nest perched on a high overhanging rock cave, above the scenic Paro valley. After a fascinating tour of Paro for a few days drive to Bhutan’s capital at Thimphu, a nice place enriched with culture. At Thimphu visit the memorial stupa, an indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced, and the painting school. Includes interesting markets and places of great interest and then the tour extends to Punakha, a beautiful country farm village.

After Punakha visiting places of historical importance, our enjoyable Bhutan Cultural Tour completes, taking a flight back to our respective destinations.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel:

On arrival at Kathmandu airport received by our guide and staff for the short transfer to your hotel, after checking into your lovely rooms got refreshed. The guide will provide a briefing regarding the Bhutan Cultural tour of Nepal. Evening welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurant with an introduction to local meals, as well as a Folk cultural program.

Day 2 : Fly to Paro 2,280 and transfer to hotel:

Transfer to Kathmandu international airport for a sweeping panoramic flight to Paro, Bhutan, overlooking superb views of high snow-capped peaks including Mt. Everest, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga and on landing at Paro airport in Bhutan. After immigration and visa formalities our guide in Bhutan will receive us for the short drive to your hotels in Paro, with an afternoon free at leisure.

Day 3 : In Paro for sightseeing tour:

The morning after breakfast, our native Bhutanese guide takes you for a pleasant short drive and then hikes uphill to Bhutan’s famous landmark the old Taksang Monastery known as Tiger's Nest. A retreat and meditation for Buddhist monks and priests, the monastery perched on a high overhanging rock cliff with grand views of Paro town with distant snow-capped peaks in the north.

From here downhill and then a short drive to 17thcentury Ta-Dzong, later converted into the National Museum in 1967, afternoon free at leisure for a stroll around Paro shops and markets.

Day 4 : In Paro tour of Druk Gyaldzong:

Another day in Paro, one of the important towns of Bhutan after Thimphu, Paro is steeped with historical and cultural places listed in world heritage sites. Full day tour of the Paro visit leads to a ruined old fort that was built to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in the 17th century. 

After an impressive tour of Druk Gyaldzong, an afternoon tour of Bhutan’s National Museum displays rich collections of ancient treasures with fine arts and weapons. Rest of the day is free to browse around Paro market and witness local impressive cultures.

Day 5 : Drive to Thimphu 2,320m (54 k.m.), -02 hrs:

The morning after breakfast leave the hotel at Paro for a few hour drive to the capital city of Bhutan at Thimphu, an interesting drive through beautiful farm countryside with lovely farm villages and terraces. On reaching Thimphu transfer to a nice hotel, after refreshing rest and having lunch. The guide will take you on a tour of the memorial stupa, an indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced, and the painting school.

Day 6 : At Thimphu for sightseeing tour:

After a good breakfast, a morning tour of Memorial Chorten (temple) was built in memory of the late 3rd King of Bhutan. Visit Changing khaLha Khang, the oldest temple in the valley offers a nice view of the valley. A short scenic drive to the largest and recently built statue of Buddha with a wonderful view of the entire Thimphu valley. 

On completing an interesting tour drive back to Thimphu, after lunch tour around the traditional Hand Made Paper Mill, School of Arts and Crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Folk Heritage Museum, National Library, and the Traditional Institute of Medicine. Drive to the Zilukha nunnery to meet the nuns and interact with them. 

Day 7 : Drive to Punakha 1,350 m, -04 hrs:

Having breakfast then depart from the hotel for a scenic drive to Punakha crossing overDochu-La Pass at 3,200 m high, on a clear fine morning marvelous view of Bhutan’s highest mountains Gangkhar Puensum, an unclimbed peak at 7,570 m / 24,836 feet high with Chomolhari / Jumolhari mountain range, includes an array of a snow mountain range.

Walk around 108 stupas, then continued drive to Punakha farm town, a low warm area of sub-tropical climate. After lunch at the guest house, drive for a short hike to the temple of Chimi Lakhang, the temple of fertility associated with the religious art of phallus. 

Day 8 : Drive back to Paro -06 hrs

Morning short hike of fewer than two hours to TashigangHongtso Monastery, located on the edge of the forest. From the top enjoy views of Hongtso, Tashigang town, visit the area and observe pilgrims practice meditation, around a peaceful calm that pervades the area.  

The monastery houses about 40 orphans, receives language, religion, and general education from the monks an interesting tour of the Gompa (monastery), and observes a private ceremony with chanting using ceremonial instruments in the main temple room, here you can interact with the head lama.  

After a lovely interesting time at Punakha drive back to Paro, on reaching Paro transfer to the hotel for the last overnight in Bhutan, afternoon at leisure for short walks around the market.

Day 9 : Morning drive to Paro airport for respective destinations:

Transfer to Paro, Bhutan’s international airport for a flight back to Kathmandu or to connecting Indian cities, after bidding farewell to our Bhutanese guide and driver. For those flying back to Nepal on reaching Kathmandu airport then transfer to hotel. 

Day 10 : International Departure homeward bound:

Final departure for homeward bound, as time for international departure our staff transfers you to the airport, after a memorable experience in Nepal and Bhutan Cultural Tour of wonderful interesting heritage sites.

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