Bhutan Cultural Tour
Bhutan Cultural Tour
Bhutan Cultural Tour is one of the most popular and demanding tours of Bhutan. Bhutan, a small country located in South Asia offers the visitors several opportunities to explore the ancient cultures, lifestyles and traditions of Bhutanese people. If you love trekking in the remote and isolated villages with the spectacular views of Himalayan panorama then Bhutan Cultural Tour is the best option for you. This beautiful journey offers you the exotic lifestyle and cultures of Bhutanese people. One of the major attractions of this trek is the sightseeing of ancient arts and architects of Bhutan which reflect the ancient lifestyle, kingdom and history of Bhutan.
Bhutan Cultural Tour includes the sightseeing of ancient temples, monasteries and gompas, you will also get an opportunity to explore the ancient history Bhutan. The major attraction of this trek is the sightseeing of the religious places and temples of Bhutan which includes the Tiger’s nest (Taktsang Gompa), The Paro Dzong (Fortress), Ta Dzong, Gangtey monastery, Nyingmapa monastery, etc. Exploring Thimpu (Capital of Bhutan), Punakha (Old capital city of Bhutan), Paro, Trongsa, Bumthang and other many places will give you another awesome opportunity to get closer with the ancient and religious history of Bhutan.
Bhutan Cultural Tour starts with a scenic flight to Paro from Kathmandu then we will rest at our hotel in Thimpu. We will then see the famous Kuenselphodrong (Commonly known as Buddhist point), National Textile Museum, Tashicchoe Dzong (a fortress of the glorious religion) and craft bazar of Thimpu in the same day. Second will be the sightseeing if Thimpu and Paro as we will do the sightseeing of Bhutan Post Office Headquarter, Traditional Bhutanese Paper making factory, School of Traditional painting of arts and crafts, Centenary Farmer’s market, watch Archery Match (national game of Bhutan), Paro Rinpung Dzong, farm houses in Paro Valley and Paro town and market. At our third day we will hike to Paro Taktsang Ghoempa (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) and then at our last day we will departure from Bhutan and end our tour in Nepal
Please refer to the itinerary for further information:
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m):
Namaste and welcome to the country of Nepal. You will be welcomed by our representative in the Tribhuvan International Airport and then transferred to our hotel in Kathmandu. At evening, you will be welcomed by an authentic Nepalese cuisine in one of the typical Nepalese restaurants of Thamel and then we will do a briefing about the itinerary of our trip. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing including Bhaktapur and Lalitpur:
After an early morning breakfast, we will head towards the beautiful and ancient places of Kathmandu valley which includes the world heritage sites, temples, places and other many beautiful things. Talking about Kathmandu, this place is a paradise to the tourists of all over the world and one can get an opportunity to relax his/her body form head to toe by doing the sightseeing of some of the iconic things of the world. You will be taken to Pashupatinath temple which is one of the most religious and historical temples of Kathmandu. Thousands of devotees from Nepal, India and all over the world come to this ancient temple for their rituals and celebrations. After the visit of Pashupatinath, we will drive for 15-20 minutes to do the sightseeing of Bouddhanath stupa. After exploring these historical monuments, we will be doing the sightseeing of ancient Durbar squares of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. Visiting Lalitpur and Bhaktapur will give you an opportunity to see the living goddess, Kumari and explore the ancient streets filled with arts and architects. A refreshing evening walk on the streets of Thamel and Basantapur will make you feel Kathmandu a really cool and historical place and you will also explore lots of new things in these streets. At afternoon, we will be back to our hotel and do the briefing of Everest Expedition trip. You will be guided about some of the important rules and suggestions for the trip such as what is your responsibility, what to do and what not to do on the trek? You will be then introduced to your fellow expedition staffs and guides and relax the hotel after dinner. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Fly to Paro International Airport:
After the sightseeing of Kathmandu valley, we will fly to Bhutan via Tribhuvan International Airport and reach Paro. One can get an opportunity to view the spectacular views of mountain ranges and different dramatic landscapes from the aircraft. On arrival at Paro International Airport, our representative will welcome and greet you in the Paro International airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel. We will have our lunch and then do the sightseeing of Paro which includes the famous Ta Dzong Museum, arts, architectures and the ancient streets of Paro. You will also visit Paro Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang (The oldest temple of Bhutan), Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) and other many beautiful places. In the evening you will explore Paro town and come back at the hotel to relax.
Day 04: Paro to Thimpu Drive:
A short and scenic 2hrs drive from Paro will take us to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan which has lots of beautiful and ancient things to offer to the visitors. We will enjoy a full day by doing the sightseeing of this beautiful city which includes the sightseeing of National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, the Folk Heritage Museum, School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts and other many beautiful places. You will also get an opportunity to explore and take a tour of king’s administrative building known as Tasicho Dzong. You will also visit the National Library where you will get an opportunity to explore the ancient Bhutanese arts, architectures and scriptures. Other major attractions of Thimpu are the Traditional Paper Factory, ancient medieval farmhouses, Folk Heritage museum and at the evening you will get an awesome opportunity to explore the streets of Thimpu. Overnight at Thimpu.
Day 04: Thimpu to Punakha and WangdiPhodrong:
We will have our breakfast early in the morning and then do the sightseeing of Thimpu again. We now visit the National Library, Painting School, Traditional Medicine Institute and other left palces of Thimpu. After the sightseeing we will cross the Dochula Pass and reach Punakha, which is the home of the eastern Himalayas and offers a great view of Himalayan ranges. Punakha, the old capital city of Bhutan, sits at the confluence of the “Mother: river and “Father” river in a sub-tropical valley. We will have a simple picnic at the Wangdi River and then continue to EangdiPhidrong Dzong, the most picturesque place in all over the Bhutan.
Day 05: Trek to Phubjika:
After breakfast, we will start our day with an easy stroll through the rice fields to visit Chime Lhakhang, a local temple perched on a hill above a traditional village. We will then pass the dense forests of Oak and Rhododendron trees to reach Gangtey, also known as Phubjika. This place is a home of the rare black-necked cranes that fly over Tibet in winter. You will then explore the beautiful Phunjika valley and also visit Gangtey Monastery, the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan.
Day 06: Gangtey to Paro:
After exploring the beautiful Gangtey valley, we will today leave Gangtey and drive back to Paro which takes about 4-5 hours. We will visit the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest one in Bhutan and the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu in the route to Paro.
Day 07: Sightseeing Paro-Visit Takstang monastery (Tiger’s nest)
We will today drive through the Paro Valley to see the Drugyal Dzong/Kichu Lhakhang. After sightseeing of Paro, we will hike to one of the major attractions of Bhutan, The Tiger’s nest also known as Takstang monastery. Takstang is the most famous monastery of Bhutan which is craved with an ancient supernatural story. The hike from Paro to this ancient monastery will take about 1 and half hours where you will enjoy the superb views of the monastery hanging in the cliff. You will also get an opportunity to visit the 200 years old Watch Tower (Ta Dzong). After the sightseeing, we will trek back to APro and visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by Tibetan king Songtsen Gompa. At evening you will have a farewell dinner at Paro and overnight at Paro.
Day 08: Departure Day:
After breakfast, we will say our final goodbye to Bhutan and then fly back to Kathmandu from where we will departure and travel to our respective countries.