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Bhutan Cultural Tour 11 Days

The mountain kingdom of Bhutan is rich for its unique cultural heritage and known as the living masterpiece of ecological conservation in the world today. The Bhutan cultural tour is perfect for those people who have limited time to spend their vacation in the landlocked country Bhutan. If you really love exploring the culture and tradition Bhutan then this trip id your right choice. This Cultural tour offers the imposing Dzongs, or temple fortresses, that are intrinsic to Bhutanese Buddhism. This cultural tour starts from undoubtedly the most beautiful valley in the country, Paro. Paro is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area. The Paro Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan which begins on the 10th day of the 2nd month of the Bhutanese calendar and ends on 15th day of the 2nd month of the Bhutanese calendar. This tour covers the most popular tourist destinations like Thimpu, the capital city and the country\'s only one airport Paro. This cultural tour helps you to explore the unique culture and traditions, marvelous arts and crafts and religion of the mountain kingdom of Bhutan.
The 11 days Bhutan Cultural Tour starts from the Paro International Airport and the historical town of Paro. The next day you visit Thimphu and Punakha. Tigers Nest, Paro dzong and Ta dzong are the main highlight of Paro. In Thimphu you will visit Tashi Cho Dzong, Sangay viewpoint, mini zoo and Chimi Lakhang. You will have an extraordinary visit to the beautiful Punakha Dzong and Gangtey Gompa, Trongsa dzong and Jakar dzong. 

Trip Facts

Country : Bhutan
Region :
Activities : Tours & Travel
Trekking/Tour Days : 9
Total Days : 11
Difficulty : Medium


Day 01: Arrival in Paro, transfer to Thimphu
Day 02: Thimphu
Day 03: Thimphu - Trongsa
Day 04: Trongsa - Bumthang
Day 05: Bumthang
Day 06: Bumthang - Gangtey
Day 07: Gangtey - Punakha
Day 08: Punakha
Day 09: Punakha - Paro
Day 10: Paro - Taktsang Monastery, Tiger`s Nest
Day 11: Paro, departure



 Trip Cost Includes 

  •  All airport/hotel transfers
  •  Hotel in Kathmandu (Both on B&B basis)
  •  Welcome and farewell dinner
  •  International flights and airport departure taxes
  •  All accommodation and meals during the trek
  •  Airport pickups and drops in private car
  •  An experienced English-speaking trek leader (tour guide)
  •  All necessary paper work and permits
  •  All government and local taxes

Trip Cost Does Not Include
  •  Nepalese and Bhutanese visa fee
  •  Excess baggage charges
  •  Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Thimpu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  •  Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from Bhutan than the scheduled itinerary)
  •  Travel and rescue insurance
  •  Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  •  Tips for guides and drivers.



Detail Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrival in Paro, transfer to Thimphu
A super scenic flight brings you to the small valley of Paro. Upon your arrival in Paro you can have the impressive look of High Himalayan Rang. If the weather is clear you also can have the view of Mt.Everest. The landing, flying through the Paro valley between the 4000m high mountains, brings completely new experience on you. Our Bhutanese representative will welcome you and will assist to transfer you in your hotel in Thimpu. You may relax at your hotel or visit to the several places of Thimpu. 

Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan situated on the banks of the Thimphu Chu and set gloriously in the hills of the Thimphu valley. The city is spread out longitudinally in a north-south direction on the west bank of the valley formed by the Wang Chuu, also known as the Thimphu Chuu River and is a home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government to several foreign missions and development projects. Thimphu, as the political and economic centre of Bhutan, has a dominant agricultural and livestock base and the culture of Bhutan is fully reflected in Thimphu in respect of literature, religion, customs, and national dress code. 
Later visit:
Tashichho Dzong
Mini zoo
Sangaygang View Point

Day 2: Thimphu
This is the rest day at Thimpu. If you are tired then you can relax in your hotel. Today we hike to Cheri Monastry which takes approximately 2 hours. Later you can stroll around on your own wish or you can explore the vicinity of Thimpu city. Further you can go for shopping if you like.

Day 3: Thimphu – Trongsa
On this day, we stroll around the Bhutanese market. It is a very good chance for you to explore the Bhutanese lifestyle, tradition and culture. We can see people from all walks of Bhutanese society who come to buy fresh products.  If we are lucky then we can see the archery matches at the Changlimithang ground. During weekends we can also see the archery matches at the Changlimithang ground which is the national game of Bhutan. Later we visit Memorial Chorten.  We then drive towards Trongsa which takes approximately 6 hours.  We then come across the Pass, Dochula situated at the altitude of 3140m or 10362ft and it offers the magnificent panoramic view of High Himalayans.

Day 4: Trongsa - Bumthang
After a hearty breakfast we move for a morning hike to Trongsa which is a town and capital of Trongsa district in central Bhutan which literary means \"new village\" in Dzongkha.  And Dzong is one of the most impressive in the country because it provided the seat of power for both the first and the second Kings of Bhutan. We then take drive to Bumthang which takes approximately 3-4 hours and if the time permits we visit Hand Loom Factory on the way to Bumthang. Overnight at Bumthang.

Day 5: Bumthang
On this day we visit to Kurjey Lhakhang (Means body print), Tamzing Lhakhang (Temple of good message), (Kenchosum Lhakhang), Chakhar (Iron Castle) Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong,  Mebar Tsho (Lake of Burning Fire),  Ura Village ( a vantage point to have magnificent view of Mount Gangkhar Phuensum from Ura La Pass). Later we stroll around the town and explore the surroundings. Overnight at Bumthang.

Day 6: Bumthang - Gangtey
After a hearty breakfast we take a drive for approximately 5 hours to reach Gangtey. Gangtey is a beautiful place with scenic landscapes at the altitude of 3000m. You can have the magnificent view of High Himalayans and Phobjikha valley from Gangtey. Phobjika valley is known as one of the biggest and the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan. If the weather is clear we can also have view of the famous Black Necked Cranes. Overnight in Gangtay.

Day 7: Gangtey – Punakha
After a hearty breakfast we drive to Punakha town. If time permits us then we visit Wangdue Dzong on the way to Punakha town. Wangdue Dzong has a unique town to look around with small huts by the side of the road and the scenic landscape. 

Day 8: Punakha
On this day we visit Punakha Dzong (fortress) and then we take a drive to Paro and if we have sufficient time we also visit the National Meuseum at Ta Dzong and Paro Rimpung Dzong.

Day 9: Punakha - Paro
After a hearty breakfast we go for morning hike to Kham Sum Yule Lhakhang (Monastery) which was built by HRH Azhi (Queen) Tshering Pem Wangchuck for a successful rule of the present King.
Later we visit Punakha Dzong (fortress) and then we take a drive to Paro and if we have sufficient time we also visit the National Meuseum at Ta Dzong and Paro Rimpung Dzong .

Day 10: Paro - Taktsang Monastery, Tiger`s Nest
If you are tired then you can relax in your hotel. Today we hike to Taktsang Monastry which is Bhutan`s most recognizable cultural icon lounged up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory. It is one of the popular Monastery of Bhutan.
Later we descend down the valley and drive back to Thimpu. In the late afternoon we will reach Thimpu and walk to the main city and get a chance to explore the Bhutanese lifestyle, tradition and culture. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Paro, departure
Your Bhutan Tour has come to an end today. Today is free or last minute to enjoy in Bhutan. If you have days left and ready for next trip then let us know. If not our representative will transfer you to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination, taking with us the memories of wonderful moments spend with us.

Important Note

Your safety is our paramount concern whilst traveling with Himalayan Club. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

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