Best of Bhutan Cultural Tours

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Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days.

Destination: Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Trongsa - Bumthang - Gangtey - Wangdue - Taktashang.


Bhutan is very unique and rich in cultural aspect. Culture is living aspect of people in Bhutan with are rich in arts and architectures, unique tradition and life style surrounded by virgin nature bounded in mighty Himalayas once isolated from the rest of the world now called Heavenly Abbot of Guru Rimpoche or Guru Padma Shambava. Under Bhutan cultural tour, we take you to visit centuries old best temples, best fortress/dzong of Bhutan, walks and hike to famous temples-taktshang gompa, the best arts and architecture of Bhutan. Wall painting, house arts, wood painting by using traditional natural pigments is very common. This experience of cultural tour would be unique and different for you.

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Tour Overview

Palaces Highlights
 Thimphu National Museum, Paro Dzong, Nyamai Zampa, National Library, Folk Heritage Museum, Tashichhodzong , National Memorial Chorten , Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops.
Punakha Visit Punakha Dzong , Pho – Chu (male) river , Mochu (female) river and  Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple.
Trongsa Visit Gasa Dzong, 108 Chortens, metshina village ,Pelela pass , Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong watch tower.
Bumthang Jambay Lhakhang, Kujey Lhakhang, Chakhar Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang and Jakar Dzong.
wangdue Punakha Dzong, Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple, Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang
Thimphu Tango Monastery
Paro Simtokha Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang and typical Bhutanese farm house./ Taktsang Monastery or  Dirve to Chelila Pass

Detail itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Paro,Paro-Thimphu ( 54 Kms./01.3 hrs. drive approx)

Arrival at Paro – Bhutan International airport, On arrival  traditional ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) our company representative would assist you at the airport & transfer to Thimpu.

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and Mt. Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the sky.

On arrival check into the hotel. After the refreshment, visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here an intriguing collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom.Walk down to Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, walk further down to Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge.
Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan. The road runs down through the, to Chuzom (Confluence) at the entrance to the valley, where the Paro and Thimphu rivers meet. The road passes along a narrow valley with high, rocky cliffs on the left, and then the valley opens out into farmland on the approach to Thimphu. Simtokha Dzong, “the place of profound tantric teaching”, stands sentinel on a hillock a few kilometers out of town. This dzong now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 02: Thimphu  – Full Sightseeing.

Today after leisure breakfast , you will visit National Library where a vast collection of ancient manuscripts is preserved. Visit the School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts where children are taught the traditional art of woodcraft and painting. Then visit Folk Heritage Museum, which is loated in the same area, and further down to the Textile Museum.

After lunch, visit Tashichhodzong, “the fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion, site of the monarch’s throne room and seat of the Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in the 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans. Also visit the National Memorial Chorten, continuously circumambulated by the faithful, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who had wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.

Then, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, to browse through examples of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, and other interesting items made from local materials. After sightseeing return to hotel and take rest.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 03: Thimphu – Trongsa (200 Kms./06 hrs. drive approx.)

After leisure breakfast, travel to Trongsa through Dochula Pass (3,088m/10,130ft). If you have a clear sky, the view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges is spectacular and you can even see the Gasa Dzong as a white dot in the horizon. Visit the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo for the security and well being of His Majesty the King of Bhutan.

Travel continues through Wangdue via metshina village and further through Pelela pass towards Trongsa with a picnic lunch at Chendebji Chorten.  On arrival check in to the hotel and take rest.

Dinner  and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04: Trongsa – Bumthang (68 Kms./02 hrs. drive approx).

After leisure breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong, the main administration center during the second kings’s reign and it is also known for its masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Then visit Ta Dzong, the watchtower built to defend this dzong. After lunch, drive to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation, with lush valleys and hilly forests. Bumthang consists of four valleys–Chumey, Choekhar, Tang, and Ura–with altitudes varying from 2,600 to 4,000 meters. On arrival check in to the hotel and take rest

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 05: Bumthang Tour and Sightseeing.

After leisure breakfast , you will process for following sightseeing .

Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the King Songtsen Goempo of Tibet. In his effort to propagate Buddhism he had a plan to build a total of 108 temples in Tibet and neighboring kingdoms.
Chakhar Lhakhang. Besides the main road, a short distance beyond Jambay Temple is Chakhar (Iron Castle) Lhakhang. Although it is easy to mistake it for a house and drive right by, this is an interesting temple and is worth a short visit. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.
Kujey Lhakhang (Kujey means, “Body imprint”). The temple to the right is the oldest and was built by Minjur Tempa in 1652. It was built around the cave in which Guru Rimpoche meditated and left his body imprint.

Tamshing Lhakhang. This temple is also known as Tamshing Lhendrup Chholing (Temple of the Good Message).

Jakar Dzong, “castle of the white bird”. According to legend, when the lamas assembled in about 1549 to select a site for a monastery, a big white bird rose suddenly in the air and settled on a spur of a hill. This was interpreted as an important omen, and the hill was chosen as the site for a monastery and for Jakar Dzong. The fortress is now used as an administrative center of the valley and summer residence of Trongsa monks.

In the evening stroll around the beautiful landscape of the Bumthang Jakar valley. After sightseeing return to hotel and take rest.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
 Day 06: Bumthang – Wangdue Via Phobjikha valley (197 Kms./06 hrs. drive approx).

After leisure breakfast drive to Gangtey (95 kms – 4 hours drive approx). 11Gangtey is situated in Phubjikha valley, which the winter home of endangered Black-Necked Cranes that migrate to this valley from Central Asia in winter.

Picnic lunch at Gangtey.

Drive to Wangdue, on arrival check in to the hotel and take rest.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07: Wangdue – Punakha – Thimphu ( 71 Kms./03 hrs. drive approx).

After breakfast, travel to Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body. Visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male) river and the Mochu (female) river. Visit the Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple.

After lunch , walk through the Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to the Divine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can  receive a special fertility blessing. Drive to Thimphu , on arrival check in to the hotel and take rest.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 08 : Thimphu Tour and Short Hike to Tango Monastery.

After leisure breakfast, drive to the base camp of Tango Monastery and hike up to the Monastery. Tango is the center for higher studies for monks. The hike up will take approximately 45 minutes. Walk down to the base camp and then walk up to the Cheri Monastery which again takes about 45 minutes to experience the complete serenity. Drive back to Thimphu and evening free to relax / stroll around Thimphu town.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 09 : Thimphu-Paro .

Today after leisure breakfast drive to Paro, visiting Simtokha Dzong en route. This dzong, built in 1627, is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.

Sightseeing and tours in Paro Valley.

Visit to “Drukgyel Dzong”- the fortress now in ruins which was built as the monument of victory. On a clear day, Mount Jhomolhari can be seen. Sight Visit to Courtyard of Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan Visit a typical Bhutanese farm house

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 10 :Paro Trekking to Taktsang Monastery or Dirve to Chelila Pass.

After leisure breakfast ,you will drive to Ramthongkha and then hike to viewpoint of Taktshang, the Tiger’s Nest (one and a half hours). The monastery is situated on a cliff of about 3000 ft above the vlley.

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Drive to Chelila Pass where you can see beautiful mountain ranges and rhododendron flowers in bloom. On the way back walk to Chila Nunnery.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11: Paro – Departure for home.

After leisure breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Paro airport and board the flight for onward journey with pleasant experience.

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