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Trip Overview of Bhutan Culture Tour
Bhutan Culture Tour is an exciting journey that takes us through different cities of Bhutan. Our visits include Thimpu which is the capital city of Bhutan, Paro which holds the only airport of Bhutan, Punakha which is the ancient capital of Bhutan, Phobjikha Valley, and Wangdiphodrong. Phobjikha is the winter home of the rare black-necked cranes that fly from Tibet. Phobjikha Valley is also important for being one of the only two Ngimgma monasteries that exist in Bhutan.
Tourist Link Treks & Expedition is currently offering 7- a day Bhutan Culture Tour which takes us through the thrilling zones of western and central Bhutan. Visiting Tiger’s Nest Monastery, ancient Dzongs or fortresses, paying respect to monasteries, traveling through weekend markets with stores selling thankas, paintings, masks, jewelry, statues, and other handicrafts, visiting the thangka school where students are taught to prepare thankas, viewing Tashichho Dzong which is the administrative building of King and passing through woods of rhododendron and oaks are major attractions of Bhutan Culture Tour. Viewing stone craft techniques at Wangdiphodrong and thanka painting and cloth weaving at Thimpu are some tempting factors of the itinerary.
This excursion is a wonderful experience of observing the ancient cultures, traditions, and ways of living of the ever-smiling locals as we move through 4 major sites of Bhutan.
Day 01: Fly to Paro Airport and Sightseeing in Paro (2250m)
4 hrs B/L/D Hotel Paro
A scenic flight with views of the Himalayas and the famous Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Mountains will take us to the only airport in Bhutan at Paro. After arriving at Paro, you will be greeted by our representative and then taken to the hotel in the capital city of Bhutan- Thimpu where we will stay in the hotel.
Day 02: Trek to Tiger’s Nest Monastery and Drive to Thimpu (2320m)
5-6 hrs B/L/D Hotel Thimpu
We will take a short trek to Taktsang which is popular among locals as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Three hours of climbing through the hotels will be sufficient to arrive at the vantage point which offers the first view of the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. After a brief rest, we will have a gentle descent through the ridge and then we will move along the waterfall to the monastery. Taktsang monastery is located above the Paro Valley and stands by facing the 1,000 m cliff. There is a popular myth associated with the cave that now exists in Taktsang Monastery. According to the myth, this was the exact place where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress and brought Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet in the eighth century. After visiting the monastery, we will take a drive to the hotel at Thimpu where we will stay overnight.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Thimpu
5-6 hrs B/L/D Hotel Thimpu
We will visit the Memorial Chorten which is the huge stupa built in the loving memory of the third King who reigned from 1952 to 1972. Further, we will stop by the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. En route, we will enter the painting School where students are taught to paint thankas. Visiting Handicrafts Emporium is an equally attractive idea as we can buy Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts in this market. We will finally pass by the Tashichho Dzong- the administrative building of the king before returning back to the hotel.
Day 04: Travel to Punakha (1250m)
5-6 hrs B/L/D Hotel
Our tour on the 4th day begins early in the morning as we take the short tour around Thimpu. Later, we will have lunch and then head towards Punakha. En route, we will cross Dochu La Pass which is located at 3100m altitude. From Dochu La Pass, we will take the downward trail through rhododendron and fir woods. We will move past paddy fields and then follow the river bank to make it to Punakha where we will stay overnight.
Day 05: Travel to Gangtey (2900m) and back to Punakha
5-6 hrs B/L/D Hotel Punakha
The tour on the 5th day begins by exploring Wangduephodrang which is famous for its slate and stone carving business. Taking lunch, we will pass through the thick woods of oak and rhododendron to Gangtey which is the village that offers excellent views of some of the snow-clad mountains. We will enjoy the views of Black Mountain Ranges and exotic Phobjikha Valley and then visit Gangtey Monastery. Later, we will take a ride back to Punakha.
Day 06: Travel to Paro (2250m)
4-5 hrs B/L/D Hotel Paro
While we are at Punakha, we will visit Punakha Dzong which was built in the year 1637- 1638. This dzong or fort is the second largest dzong in Bhutan. After taking lunch, we will head towards Paro. En route, we will be visiting Chimi Lhakhang which is the temple of Lama Drukpa Kuenley.
Day 07: Departure
30 Min Only Breakfast
7th day is the last day of the Bhutan Culture Tour. We will take breakfast in the hotel and then hurry back to the airport at Paro. Boarding a flight, we will return back to Kathmandu via Druk Airlines.
- All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period.
- Accommodation three starred in the cities.
- English speaking guide
- Highly experienced staff
- Food, clothing and salary of our staffs
- Insurance of staffs
- All necessary grounded transportation
- Medical Supplies (First Aid Kit will be available)
- Airport Pick up and drop
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company
- All local/Government Taxes
- International Flight ticket for both way
What's not included?
- International Airport Tax
- Personal nature Expenses
- Bar bill and all kinds of drinks
- Rescue and Evacuation
- Gratitude (tip) for staff (not mandatory)