Bhutan Cultural Tour

DURATION: 10 Days
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Key Information

  • Trip Duration 10 Days
  • Price from US$ 1850
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Trip Style NA
  • Accomodation Hotel
  • Transportation Private Car
  • Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Group Siz 2-7
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Bhutan: Secret Shangri-La
"Bhutan lies squarely in the centre of the
Himalayas, amid the highest mountains on earth...in its 18,000 square miles can be found such variety of climate and scenery, such grandeur and peacefulness, and such fascination of the novel and unknown as few countries its size can boast. Its neighbours are Tibet to the north, Sikkim to the west, India's West Bengal and Assam to the south and east."

The "fascination of the novel and unknown" to this day continues to enthral visitors to Bhutan. Unlike neighbouring countries which encourage mass tourism, the Royal Government of Bhutan has chosen a more cautious policy on tourism largely to preserve its natural and cultural heritage. As such less than 5,000 travellers discovered Bhutan last year (compare this with half a million tourists who visited Nepal in the same time period). Visitors to Bhutan can feel the benefits of this policy and have rich and unique travel experience. Some travellers can spend their entire time in Bhutan without ever coming across another tourist.

There has never been a "visit Bhutan year" rather the country awaits to be discovered-explored & Adventure International promises to be your guide and fellow traveller on this journey of discovery. If you are not feeling comfortable with this itinerary or if you want to customize this package on your timeline or budget, please feel free to  CONTACT US  or EMAIL: aitnepaltreks@gmail.com.

Itinerary

  • 01Arrival: 15 -20 Minute drive (Airport to Hotel): Adventure International representative will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transport you to your Kathmandu hotel. After having formal introduction, you are being served with welcome drink at the hotel. They will give you helpful tips for your time in Kathmandu. O/N Hotel
  • 02Kathmandu sight seeing Tour & Trip preparation: Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several major historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. After completed city tour In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion Adventure International Trekking briefs you regarding your Bhutan tour as well as provides you opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding your upcoming trip to Bhutan
  • 03Kathmandu to Paro: The flight to Paro crosses the Himalaya Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. If you arrive via Kathmandu, which offers the most breathtaking view of the range, it's possible to see Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga as well. Upon arrival in Paro, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you can visit the Paro Dzong. It was built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions, as do all the dzongs (forts) currently. You'll cross a traditional wooden bridge on the way to the dzong. You can then tour the National Museum, formerly the watchtower for the dzong. It now houses a collection of fine arts, paintings, thangkas, statues, and antiques. Afterward you will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. In the evening you can stroll through the Paro market and town. Overnight in Paro.
  • 04Paro - Thimphu: After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. After lunch, drive to Thimphu. In the evening you can explore Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and absorb the lifestyle of the people. You can also visit some interesting handicraft shops. Overnight in Thimphu.
  • 05Thimphu explores: After breakfast you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichodzong, and Simtokha Dzong (the oldest fortress in the kingdom). Overnight in Thimphu.
  • 06Thimphu - Wangduephodrang, with afternoon excursion to Punakha: After breakfast you will drive to Wangduephodrang, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. After lunch you will drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, and visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637. On the way back from Punakha, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple, where you may receive a special fertility blessing if you wish. Over night in Wangduephodrang.
  • 07Day excursion to Gantey: You will begin the day by driving to Gantey. You'll pass through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons and arrive at Gantey village, where you'll visit Gantey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. From Gantey, you can see the picturesque Black Mountain range as well as Phobjika Valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes. In the evening you can stroll through the town of Wangduephodrang and visit the shops. The nearby villages are known for their slate and stone carvings and bamboo work. Overnight in Wangduephodrang.
  • 08Wangduephodrang - Paro: Set out for Paro with a stop in Thimphu for lunch and a visit to the Folk Heritage Museum. In the afternoon, you will continue the drive to Paro. In the evening you can visit a traditional farmhouse and, if you wish, enjoy a hot-stone bath and a typical Bhutanese dinner. Overnight in Paro.
  • 09Depart from Paro to Kathmandu: Transfer to hotel Overnight hotel in Kathmandu
  • 10Departure: You could catch up on some last minute shopping, Internet to your friends and family before departure to Airport or onward to your next destination
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Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up & Drop services
  • 3 night’s hotel in Kathmandu with B/B Plan.
  • Bhutan Permit & Visa Fees.
  • Kathmandu to Paro to Kathmandu flight tickets.
  • All  night’s hotel in Bhutan.
  • All sight seeing & Tour as per mentioned on Itineraries.
  • English Speaking professional Guide.
  • Temple/Ministries Entrance fees.
  • All meals such as Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the period of Bhutan.
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Client Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 2 reviews
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    our dream is to live in Buthan which you had organized

    Thank you so much. Merry X-mas and Happy New Year to you & your company! You know our dream is to live in Buthan which you had organized.  We have plan to be back in Nepal & Buthan on April 2011 this is our X-mas gift to  Delphine and me. We…Read More...

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    Merci pour ce super voyage Bhutan

    bonsoir Devi Juste quelques mots pour te donner de nos nouvelles , nous avons repris notre rythme de vie aprés notre super voyage nous sommes en train de trier et de faire nos albums photos merci pour ce super voyage et surtout ton accueil si chaleureux qui nous à été…Read More...

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