Bhutan Cultural Tour - 8 days

Bhutan Cultural Tour - 8 days

If you are looking for a real peaceful place, where past is still the present, Buddhism a way of life, beautiful nature, clean environment, diverse flora & fauna, rich culture & tradition, and so on then Bhutan is the right place to visit

Although there are one or two Big, Expensive Resorts like Aman in Bhutan, we accommodate our clients in a very nice, homey and very comfortable traditional Bhutanese hotels with attached bath and toilets with hot and cold water running 24-hours. The staff of the hotels we book for you will care for you in the best traditions of Himalayan hospitality, and the Bhutanese cuisine they will serve is varied, wholesome and stimulating . For the more conventional palate, general continental food is also available.

Day 01:Arrive Paro, Paro - Thimphu
Arrive Paro, meet your guide at the airport after completion of airport formalities, then you will drive to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Evening free after dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 02:Thimphu
Sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes visits to:
National Library, Institute for Zorig Chusum,National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only),National Memorial Chorten: Tashichhodzong,Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, Handicrafts Emporium. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03:Thimphu - Tongsa
Tongsa is Royal family ancestral home. Both his majesty King Ugyen Wangchuck, the Penlop of Trongsa, who was elected the country first hereditary monarch, and his successor, king Jigme Wangchuck, ruled the country from Tongsa’s ancient Dzong. The crown prince of Bhutan normally holds the position of the Trongsa penlop prior to ascending the Throne, including the present King who was appointed Penlop in 1972, shortly before his succession to the Thorne.

Drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m). The pass is marked by a large white chorten and prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo. Arrive at Tongsa around afternoon and check into the hotel for the night.

Day 04:Tongsa – Bumthang
After breakfast, walk by Tongsa Dzong and climb up a steep path to visit the Ta Dzong. Bumthang 68 KM from Tongsa is the traditional home to the great Buddhist teacher Pema Lingpa to whose descendants the present dynasty traces its ancestry. The road winds steeply up to the pass, 28 km. from Tongsa, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open, cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley. After lunch, visit Kurje Lhakhang,Jambey Lhakhang (7th century), Tamshing Monastery,and Jakar Dzong. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 05:Bumthang – Punakha
After breakfast, explore more of Bumthang valley. Then proceed to Punakha, stopping along the way at Tongsa for lunch. Visit Wangduephodrang Dzong and town en route to Punakha. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 06:Punakha – Paro
Morning visit to Punakha Dzong, Punakha Dzong was strategically built at the junction of the two rivers in the 17th century by the first Shabdrung to serve as the religious and the administrative center. In spite of four catastrophic fires and a devastating earthquake that destroyed many historic documents, Punakha Dzong houses sacred temples including the Mercheng where the embalmed body of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal lies in the state.

The Dzong has been fully restored by the present king. In 1993 the largest Thongdrel, a religious embroidery compose entirely of appliqué on silk brocade. That has ever been created was dedicated to the Dzong and the people of the Punakha valley by his majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck and the Je khenpo at a three day consecration which brought to the Bhutan’s nobility.
After lunch, drive to Paro, en route visiting a traditional Bhutanese farm house, to gain an insight into the lifestyle and culture of the local people. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 07:Paro
Sightseeing in Paro valley includes morning visits to Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong and now houses the National Museum, and Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
Drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Shabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in the war of 1644. En route, we also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 08:Depart Paro
After breakfast, drive to the airport, deaprt Bhutan.

For all travelers, entering Bhutan by Druk Air, the visa clearance number is forwarded to concerned overseas Druk air stations and without clearance number passengers are not allowed to broad the flight. Visa clearance is also required while issuing Druk Air tickets. Prior advance arrangement is required for all this.

 

Tour cost:

1  person    US$ 2205  per person

2  person    US$ 1935  per person

3+ person    US$ 1665 per person

Single room sup: US$ 280 per person

Departures: As per your choice dates.

Cost includes:

01. Twin sharing accommodation on full board (all meals)

02. solo traveler would be single room throughout the trip

03. Airport transfers in Bhutan

04. All transfers and guided sightseeing tour with English speaking tour guide

05. Royalty and taxes to government

06. Fees to temples & monuments

07. Bhutan Visa and entrance fees

Cost does not include:

01. Airport departure

02. Expenses of personal nature

03. Airfare: Kathmanu to Paro US$ 250 one way(round trip US$ 450 per person) - airfare are subject to change without prior notices

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