Bhutan Cultural Tour - 7 Days

This 06 nights/07 days tour to Bhutan gets the breathtakingly beautiful nature of Bhutan with its lifestyles, social, culture, and uniqueness of Bhutan. This tour is called ‘Explore Bhutan Tour’.

You will get to explore the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu, and have the opportunity of seeing many interesting places and other spots. Even, on this tour, you can get to visit the monasteries, temples, and dzongs (fortresses). Behind this, you can visit Taktsang monastery, the place that was blessed by Guru Padmasambhava.

Overview

This 06 nights/07 days tour to Bhutan gets the breathtakingly beautiful nature of Bhutan with its lifestyles, social, culture, and uniqueness of Bhutan. This tour is called ‘Explore Bhutan Tour’.

 

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Paro.

The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you are met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. This dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique thangka, textiles, weapons and armor, household objects, and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
We also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built-in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks.
The evening ends with a walk through the main shopping district of Paro. Dinner and overnight at hotel Olathang.

Day 2
Paro – Thimphu

Morning drives the winding road to Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Jhomolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the dzong. This can be viewed on a clear day. We stop at Satsam Chorten to hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The hike up to the cafeteria will take around one and a half hours. At the viewpoint enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigeress in the 8th century. After lunch at the café walk back to the road point where your car will pick you up and then drive to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century, and then depart to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1½ hour. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Dinner and overnight at hotel Jumolhari/Phuntsho Pelri.

Day 3
Thimphu - Punakha - Wangdue

In the morning visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk; and also visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine; the Art & Craft School, where children still learn the ancient art of Buddhist painting. Also visit the Folk Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of items and artifacts used in rural households, Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in its color and design. Lunch served at a restaurant in Thimphu. After lunch depart to Wangdue via Punakha, leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. After visiting the Dzong drive to Wangduephodrang. Dinner and overnight at hotel Dragon Nest.

Day 4
Wangdue – Samtengang

In the morning we drive to Chhuzomsa and then hike to Samtengang via Cheotokha . The trail leads from one valley to another valley and through the dense forest of pine trees and terraced rice fields. Samtengang is situated on a spur overlooking the valley and offers great views of the Himalayas. Your camp is next to a giant lake and amid the pine forests. Dinner will be served at the campsite cooked by our own company chefs and overnight at camp.

Day 5
Samtengang – Gangtey - Thimphu

After breakfast drive to Gangtey which takes about 2 hours Gangtey. Gangtey lies in the flanks of the Black Mountains. There is an old monastery of Gangtey Gompa dating back to the 17th century. A few kilometers past the Gompa on the valley floor are the fascinating valley of Phobjikha. The gentle sloping hillsides of Phobjikha is described as ” the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas”. This is the winter home of black-necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climates. Lunch served at a hotel in Gangtey. After lunch drives back to Thimphu via Docho-la pass. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel Jumolhari/Phuntsho Pelri.

Day 6
Thimphu – Haa - Paro

After breakfast drive to Haa valley via Chunzom (confluence). The drive will give you the opportunity to drive you through the deep pine forest and into the narrow valley of Haa. Haa is made up of 5 counties and is closed to the outside world until 2002. There is a military camp by the Indian Army. Visit Wangchuk Dzong which dates back to 1915 and also visits Lhakhang Karpo (white temple) and adjacent to it is the Lhakhang Nakpo (Black temple) is said to have been built by a pigeon emanation of King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. Lunch served at a restaurant in Haa. After lunch drive to Paro via Chelela pass (3,810 m) which takes 2 hours drive to cover 68 km. From the pass, you will get a good view of the highest mountains of Bhutan and the Himalayan peaks. Dinner and overnight at hotel Olathang.

Day 7
Paro – (by Druk Air)

In the morning an early breakfast will be served at your hotel and then our guide escort from Kisah Tours & Travels will bid you farewell at Paro airport. Good-bye and happy journey back home.

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The Trip Cost Includes

  • Visa Fees
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • including only for 3 stars above
  • Tour Guide
  • All meals inclusive
  • All transportation in the destination location
  • Taxes, surcharges, the government contribution, Tourism Development Fund
  • Mineral water for the duration of the stay

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
  • Travel Insurance

Frequently asked Questions

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Where is Bhutan ?

Bhutan is a small, landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China. Its landscape ranges from subtropical plains and forests in the South to subalpine forests and snowy mountains in the North. Bhutan is a predominantly Buddhist country and is known as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism.

Do I need to use a tour operator to book my travel?

It is a government regulation that you must use a licensed Bhutanese tour operator to book your travel to Bhutan or one of their international partners.

Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan ?

All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a licensed Bhutanese Tour Operator or one of their international partners. Visa clearance must be obtained through your tour operator prior to travel. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry.

How much does the visa cost ?

For International tourist visas, a cost of USD 40 is applicable. This can be paid in advance to your tour operator or travel agent. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals, and persons from the Maldives, there is no cost incurred.

How do I get to Bhutan ?

There are a number of airports where you can fly into Bhutan from (Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Also, there are three land border crossings which you can travel into the kingdom overland. All crossings are along the Indian border only – Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. All travel arrangements to Bhutan must be made through a local tour operator. A list of tour companies operating in Bhutan is available on this website. Your selected tour operator will make all the necessary arrangement

What about internet access?

Yes. The Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Bhutan is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

What does the $200/$250 per day minimum daily package include ?

The $200 per day (January, February, June, July, August) and $250 per day (March, April, May, September, October, November) package includes a minimum of 3-star accommodations, costs for food, an experienced guide, and transportation within the country. Also included in the price is a $65 per day Sustainable Development Fee that goes towards free education, free healthcare and poverty alleviation. All of these services will be arranged by your tour operator.

What currency is used in Bhutan ?

Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is widely accepted in the country.

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Bhutan Cultural Tour

Trip Facts

  • 1-32 people
  • Moderate