- Duration:5 Days
- Primary Activity:Tour
- Group Size:1-25 Peoples
- Arrival on:Kathmandu
- Trip Grade:Easy
- Meals:Full Board
- Accomodation:Single/Twin room basis
- Max-Altitude:3080 m.
- Transportation:Private vehicle / By Air
- Departure from:Kathmandu
Bhutan Cultural Experience: 5 Days
We have squeezed all that Bhutan has to offer in five days in this Cultural Experience tour. If you want to get up close and personal with the culture, traditions, religion, lifestyle, and ecology of Bhutan, this is the trip for you. This tour will take you through some of the most picturesque landscapes of Bhutan, from spectacular mountain ranges to the lush green valleys.
Bhutan is a fantastic country with great history, beautiful landscapes and historical monuments. Bhutan Cultural Experience is a perfect trip for those visitors who have limited time to spend in Bhutan but want to see everything. It covers the three most popular touristic destinations of Bhutan: Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, Paro, and Punakha. Visiting these places within a short span of time will give you a good understanding of Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions, marvelous arts and crafts, history, Buddhist religion and life of Bhutanese people.
Day 01: Arrive at Paro Airport & Drive to Thimpu (2 hours)
The flight into the Himalayas reveals scenic and breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains. Landing in the Paro Valley, surrounded by 4000 meter high mountains stretching across the west of Bhutan, enables you to have a landing that is fantastic and makes your day an unforgettable one. Drive to Thimphu, the capital city (2 hours drive) from Paro. On the way to Thimphu, we will visit Tamchhog Lhakhang (1-hour drive). This is a temple built by Thang Thong Gyalpo of Tibet. When you arrive in Thimphu, we will visit the Folk Heritage Museum, which was inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, who is the founder and patron of the Museum, on 28 th July 2001. It is dedicated to connecting people to the rural past of Bhutan. We will also vidit Tashichho Dzong: The ‘Fortress of the glorious religion’ which houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, the main secretariat building and the central monk body.
Day 02: Full day in Thimphu
Today we will visit:
The weekend market where you can see people from all walks of Bhutanese society shopping for fresh products. During weekends, you can see the archery matches at the Changlimithang ground. Archery is the national game of Bhutan.
Zorig Chusum Institute which honors 13 traditional arts and crafts. It was established in 1971 by the Royal Government in order to preserve the invaluable heritage and promote the arts of Bhutan.
Hand Made Paper Factory, also known as Jungshi Paper Factory. The factory was established in November 1990 as an undertaking of the Royal Government of Bhutan.
Textile Museum: The foundation was laid in 2000 under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck. It was established with the aim of preserving and promoting Bhutanese textile arts.
Hike to Cheri Monastery (includes Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wild life Sanctuary): The hike of about 2hrs and leads to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen). The trail starts by crossing a covered bridge that spans the Wang Chu, and then climbs to the monastery.
Thangtong Dewachen (nunnery): It was founded in 1976 by Rikey Jadrel, who is considered as emanation of Thangthong Gyalpo(1363 – 1485), the builder of numerous iron chain bridges across the Himalayas.
Mini Zoo: Here you can see just one animal Bhutan`s national – the Takin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over).
Sangaygang View Point: As well as being the location of the transmitter tower of the only national television tower in the country (BBS), this viewpoint is also the perfect place to take in some truly breathtaking views of the entire city of Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha
Today, we head to Punakha. On the way, we will visit:
Memorial Chorten: Chortens are memorial structures designed to represent the same perfect symmetry and elegance of the Buddha himself. This particular chorten was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of the country.
Wangdue Town: Wangdue has a unique town to look around with small huts by the side of the road. Wangdue Dzong is dramatically on a spur at the confluence of 2 rivers.
Punakha Dzong (fortress): Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung, it’s remarkably located between the rivers of Mo (Female) Chu (river) and Pho (Male) Chu.
Chimi Lhakhang: This Temple was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (The Divine Madman) in 1499. It is about thirty minutes hike across fields from the road – a welcome chance to stretch your legs after the drive. His style of teaching was thought to be shocking, insulting and included obscene behavior.
Day 04: Punakha to Paro
Hike to Chimi Leaching (Temple of fertility): This Temple was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (The Divine Madman) in 1499. It is about thirty minutes hike across fields from the road –Wooden phalluses are often found hanging in the four corners of the houses and also phalluses are painted on the walls of houses. It is the common belief that this helps in driving away evil spirits. It’s regualrly visited by local women who wish for fertility. Later drive to Paro which is a 4 hours drive and stay overnight.
Day 05: Paro to Kathmandu
After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu.
Price per person: $1365 USD
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus (all airport transfers).
- The government approved accommodation 3-star level logging (in twin share rooms) for the duration of the tour.
- Service of licensed English-speaking Bhutanese Tour Guides.
- All sightseeing tours, Monument /Museum Entrance Fees as per itinerary.
- All meals fixed breakfast, lunch & dinner with tea and coffee for the whole duration of your stay in Bhutan.
- Country Presentation & Tour Briefing on Day 1.
- Mineral water supply for the trek or tour.
- Government Royalty which goes directly to the country’s health & education projects.
- Private Transport & Driver within Bhutan. (Imported Prado’s, Micro Buses & Toyota Coaster Buses)
- All government and local taxes
- Official expense.
- Bhutan Visa Fees and Visa Processing assistance
- Flight ticket; Kathmandu-Paro- Kathmandu
- Tourist service charge, vat.
- Bottled/alcoholic/cold drinks, room service, and cart meal.
- Medical / Travel Insurance (compulsory)
- International airfares and airport departure tax.
- Photography charges (if and when relevant).
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone call.
- Tips for guides, restaurants, hotel lobby, porters and tour staff. (Tipping is expected.)
- Excess baggage charges
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the Price Includes section.