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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bhutan is for all seasons for religious, historical, and cultural tours, however, springtime from March to May, the autumn season starts from September to November will be the best time for a tour and scenic views of Himalayan peaks. Wintertime is also a good season, but cold in the morning and nighttime.
Bhutan is a Himalayan kingdom with the majority of Buddhism religion about 90 % with some small minority of Hindu community.
Drukpa is the people of Bhutan of Tibetan origin with similar culture and custom to its predecessor. Most Drukpa’s are farmers and trading merchants.
Bhutan is a major tourist town and city with a wide range of hotels, lodges, guest-houses, and resorts. From budget, tourist standards to five-star deluxe hotels and resorts. All hotels and lodges with international standard restaurants with an excellent comprehensive food menu to choose from.
Bhutan has its national currency called Ngultrum almost equivalent to Indian Rupees. As well as GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) same as India, which is 15 minutes behind Nepal Standard Time.
From Continental, Chinese to Tibetans and Bhutanese with Indian and Nepalese foods available, around standard tourist class hotels.
Certainly, all cities, towns, and villages have good electricity, where travelers can recharge electronic gadgets easily at your hotels, lodge, or guest-house.
Only in main towns and cities, with good facilities of Wifi and internet networks, around villages, only in few places available with Wifi and internet facilities.
The ancient culture of age-old heritage is well preserved to its pristine form, as it was past hundreds of centuries. Untouched by the outside world as it remained isolated from the rest of the countries, visitors on tour in Bhutan will enjoy it. Visiting places of great religious, historical interest including its wonderful scenery of high rolling green hills, valleys, and snow peaks.
Yes on flights as well in some places on tour, crossing over Dochu-La Pass at 3,200 m high, on clear fine morning marvelous view of Bhutan’s highest mountainsGangkhar Puensum, an unclimbed peak at 7,570 m / 24,836 feet high with Chomolhari / Jumolhari mountain range, includes an array of the snow mountain range.