Bhutan Cultural Tour
This Bhutan Cultural Tour is designed to show you more of this fascinating land and her people, untouched by outside world. The trip Bhutan cultural tour allows you to get a more “hands on” experience of Bhutan. Your visits to Paro, Thimpu, Punakha and the beautiful valley of Phobjikha will take you to the one of the rarest and most unique travel destinations in the world, where you will see a very little or no influence by outside world. Meet friendly people of Bhutan and share with their traditional lifestyle in this 8 days tour. You just remember us for managing all your trip for Nepal and out of Nepal.
- Spiritual Kingdom
- Royal Heritage
- Stunning Architecture
- Incredible Diversity of Flora & Fauna
- A Rich Culture
- 08 days Bhutan cultural tour.
- Flight from Kathmandu.
- Budget/Standard and Deluxe tour.
- Possible to extend the tour days.
- Guided tour.
- All night at city.
At a glance
Diffculties and Safety
Bhutan Cultural Tour is a medium thing with some of small uphill and downhill. Average fitness is required not to be in the pain. Make sure you have an average walking experience to enjoy the tour. Altitude will not be the major problem still drinking lots of fluids and going slowly is important to avoid altitude sickness. Your safety is of our major concern.
Your Tour guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Since this adventure entails travelling in some remote regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Itinerary Details ( Click on the days to see the extended form. )
Fly to Paro. From a window seat on clear days, you can see a spectacular view of Bhutan’s snow capped peaks as you approach Paro. Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be welcomed to the Kingdom by your guide. If time permits, sightseeing tour of 200-year-old Watch Tower that has been renovated and converted into National Museum in 1968. It houses a fine collection of national costumes and fabrics, gallery of Thangkas, an impressive stamp gallery with three dimensional and CD stamps issued as early as 1960 that are remarkable, and other galleries showcasing armor and silverware with the handsome Royal teapots. On the top floor there is a four-sided temple complex depicting the history of Buddhism and its propagation. Then visit the Dungtse Lakang on the same route.
Transfer to Thimphu, the capital city (2500 meter / 8200 ft), The drive from Paro to Thimphu is spectacularly scenic. If you are taking this trip in spring, you will find nature in its festive mood with rushing turquoise rivers which can be heard from miles away, and mountains transformed into a master artist’s palette-brilliant vermilion, yellows, purples, pink, oranges and reds to dazzle your senses. Wild cherry, mountain plum, cotton silk and forests of rhododendron trees bloom with astonishing beauty and abundance. Enjoy the magnificent monasteries and stupas in the valleys and mountain tops, along the way.
Today you have a full day tour of Thimpu. Visit to the Memorial Chorten built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, Dupthop Lhakhang ( Monastery for the nuns), National Library and the painting school where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkhas ( sacred Buddhist religious scrolls).
Visit the traditional Medicine institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices.
Continue Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal traditional silver smiths and Bhutanese traditional paper factory. Drive south and visit Simtokha Dzong, the first Dzong built by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal. It is now used as the Institute for study of traditional teachings
Return to Thimpu, and overnight.
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 offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges.
Before proceeding further to Punakha, you can hike up to the Chimi Lhakhang temple on a small hilltop. This temple is dedicated to the great Yogi in 14th century known as Drukpa Kuenley or popularly known as “Divine madman” to the westerners. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility.
Arrive in Punakha and check in at hotel.
After lunch, drive North of Punakha for sightseeing. Punakha was the winter capital for over 300 years until the time of second King. Punakha Dzong which dominates the whole area was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, and established the central monastic body with 600 monks. Today, Punakha is still the home for Je Khempo (Chief Abbot) and the central monastic body. Overnight Punakha.
After breakfast, drive into the broad Phobjikha valley ( 3,000 meters/ 9,840 feet). The drive will be through a forest of Oak and rhododendron and often encountering the gigantic Yak.
Phobjikha is also home of the rare black-necked crane which migrates from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. The other side of the pass that overlooks the valley is a realm of high altitude dwarf bamboo, the favorite food of Yaks.
Visit the Gangtey Monastery, perched atop a small hill that rises from the valley floor. The monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 gomchens who take care of the monastery. The only Nyingmapa monastery in western side of Bhutan and the largest in Bhutan is headed by its spiritual master known as ninth Gangtey Tulku. The road continues for a few more kilometers beyond the monastery to the village of Phobjikha.
The valley of Phobjikha is one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan. Overnight at Phobjikha.
After breakfast drive to Wangdue at an elevation of 4430 ft. Visit Rinchengang village, this small clustered village is famous for its masonry work. Resume your drive and stop at Simtokha Dzong, this dzong was built in the 1600s by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal. At present it houses the Traditional Institute for both laymen and women. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Paro. In Paro, visit Drukgyal Dzong built in 1674 by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal, the Dzong was destroyed by fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. On a clear day you can get a magnificent view of the Mount Chomolhari, alt. 7314 m / 23,990 ft. Drive south to Satsam Chorten, built in memory of the late Dilgo Khentse Rinpochey, and continue on to Kyichu Lhakhang, built in seventh century by a Tibetan King, Songtsen Gonpo. Take a leisurely hike down to Rimpung Dzong. Walk through a traditional covered bridge across the river to your waiting car at the valley floor and take you to the Hotel. If you feel like walking back to the hotel then you can do so. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, your car will drop you at the starting point of the excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s lair). The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue until you see clearly and seemingly within reach, the remains of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Looking at the monastery flying tigers doesn’t seem so impossible after all. Return to Paro and overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to airport and leave Bhutan.
- Bhutan travel permit & visa.
- English speaking Bhutanese guide.
- Accommodation on twin sharing room basis.
- Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per our itinerary.
- Daily breakfast.
- Hotel-airport-hotel transfer in Paro and Kathmandu.
What's not included
- Client and travel insurance.
- Lunch and dinner while not in the tour.
- Personal expenses such as snacks, gear, bar bills, laundry, phone calls, wi-fi etc.
- Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances.
- Tips for the guide, porters.
- Flights To/From Nepal.
Cultural Heartland Tour.
Hidden Valley Tour.
Cycling and Mountain Biking Tour.
Accommodation & Food details
We will provide accommodations in Kathmandu and Bhutan on your choice. All the accommodation in the city and tour will provided on twin sharing basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra.
During Bhutan highlight tour, we can enjoy Bhutanese food, vegetables and beverages as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian etc.). Breakfast, Lunch and dinner will be served during tour, only breakfast include at Kathmandu Hotel.
Best Time To Visit
We recommend to visit Bhutan October- December, as the fresh air and sunny skies make more fruitful to your tour. Afterwards the weather becomes colder, but till April climate remains dry and pleasant.
While spring starts, the bloom rhododendron add more color and charm to the valley.Heat and humidity goes high in May. Instantly the monsoon rules from June till September. Although there are some specific time to see some wildlife and culture, moreover according to the different festival, every places has offer an excellent chance to participate in the folk activities with locals.
You are advised to consider the required equipment as essentials while packing. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to your requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip.
We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.