Bhutan Cultural Tour
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Overview

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is fast emerging from centuries of self imposed isolation. First opened to tourists in 1974 in very regulated manner upon the coronation of present Bhutanese King, this mountain kingdom is still perhaps the world's most exclusive tourists destination.Due to the Royal Government's far-sighted policy to preserve the countries pristine environment and its culture, the harmful effects to industrialization and mass tourism on the environment and the traditional lifestyle of Bhutanese have been carefully avoided. This makes Bhutan a truly unique destination. An unspoiled country with majestic mountains, a unique cultural heritage preserved for many centuries, an architectural style like no other, a landfill of warm hearted and friendly people, reveals a true paradise in the lost era of the present century

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1: Arrive Paro Transfer To Thimphu (55 Km, Approx 2 Hours Drive

Fly into Himalayas with Druk Air, Bhutan's National Air Carrier. The green walls of the hills known as doors or gateways, in to Bhutan from the plains of India rise ever higher as the plane flies north towards the Tibetan border. Silvery rivers rush along the valleys, waterfalls plunge down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens. Farm houses dot the hillsides on either side of the plane.

As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down and you will see the Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking Paro Chu (river) with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum, above it. Received by our representative at the airport and transfer to Thimphu, The modern capital town of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2
Day 2: Thimphu / Paro (55 Km, Approx 1.1/2 Hour Drive)

After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to the following: the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts and crafts. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.

After lunch, visit King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan's third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk ("the father of modern Bhutan") who has wished to erect 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 example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, interesting items made from local materials.

Evening drive past Trashichhoedzong, "fortress of the glorious religion". This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch's throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans. Later, drive to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 3
Day 3: Paro Sightseeing

After breakfast, visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & amour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning ("fortress of the heap of jewels"), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

After lunch, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong.

Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 4
Day 4: Departure To Onward Destination

After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport to Kathmandu upon arrival Kathmandu we will have guide to pick you up. Upon arrival drive to Hotel afternoon sightseeing Kathmandu city.

The Cost Include(s)

  • Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees,
  • All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicle,
  • Local English speaking guide/tour leader,
  • Experienced driver,
  • Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard goverment approved hotels & guesthouses,
  • All meals in Bhutan,
  • All entrance fees and permits

The Cost Exclude(s)

  • Medical / Travel Insurance
When Shall I Visit Bhutan?

You can visit Bhutan any time of the year. However, in autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons to visit Bhutan. During these time of the year, you can find clear warm weather with many important festivals of the country.

Will I Need A Visa To Travel To Bhutan? How Can I Apply For A Visa To Travel To Bhutan?

You must have a Bhutanese Visa to enter Bhutan. For visa application, you must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after you leave Bhutan. For further information follow the link http://www.mfa.gov.bt/?page_id=220

Will You Provide Any Documents That I Have To Take With Me To Bhutan?

Yes, we will provide the following documents. Visa confirmation letter: Your visa for Bhutan will be organized by us prior to the start of your trip. For this, you must send us a color copy of your passport and two passport size color photographs. Itinerary: You must take a copy of your tour itinerary with you.

How Can I Enter Bhutan?

You can enter Bhutan by two ways: By air: You can enter Bhutan only through a Tour Company. We will arrange your visa for your trip to Bhutan. You can book online tickets available for Druk Air for your trip to Bhutan. Please check http://www.drukair.com.bt/ for the status of your tickets. By land: You can use two overland points to enter/exit Bhutan. You can enter Phuntsholing in southwest Bhutan from the Indian state of West Bengal. From Phuntsholing, you have to take a 6-hour drive to Thimphu. You can also enter Bhutan from Samdrup Jongkhar in the southeast which is 110 km from Guwahati, India.

Will You Arrange A Private Tour For Me?

Of course. We will arrange you a private tour as per your demands. We value the wish of our customer and will try to fulfill all of your demands.

Can I Customize My Itinerary Of The Tour?

Of course. You can customize your tour and schedule as per your convenience. We will try to assist you to plan your itinerary based on your interest, limited time, and your suitability. We will manage your itinerary as per your demand.

Do I Need To Book My Tour In Advance?

Well, you will get to select your arrival and departure dates if you book your tour in advance. Similarly, if you’re planning for holiday trips, you must reserve your hotels several months before to find the best selection. So, it’s more advantage if you book in advance.

Will I Be Safe While Traveling To Bhutan?

Sure, you’ll be absolutely safe while traveling to Bhutan. The crime rate in Bhutan is very low.

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  1. Bhutan Cultural Tour
    Our Bhutan trip was also fully organized by Basu and Samjhana, who briefed us with the details for the trip the day prior to the departure. Again we booked a package which included flights (KTM-Paro-KTM), accommodation, meals, guide, driver, permits, and visas. Everything went very smooth in Bhutan, our guide (Mr. Namgay) and driver (Mr. Tobden) [as a foreigner it is required to be accompanied by a guide and a driver in Bhutan] picked us up from the airport and our cultural tour through beautiful Bhutan started immediately. Mr. Namgay and Mr. Tobden were dressed in the Bhutanese traditional dress Gho and welcomed us with the traditional Khata (Buddhist scarf, representing well-wished). Throughout our 4 days in Bhutan, we were able to learn a lot about wonderful Bhutan and the Bhutanese people. This country is full of culture, Bhutan is certainly worth a visit. Although after 2 days of visiting fortresses, monasteries and temples it is very difficult to follow all the explanations of the statues and paintings throughout, the beauty is still amazing. Basu and Samjhana organized everything very well. Many thanks to all friends from Nepal Social Trek, we had a great time under your care :)
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Starting at $1,450/person
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Total USD 1,450

This trip is fully customizable:

  • Have a big group? We can help.
  • Want private tour? We can help.
  • Need to change the itinerary? We can customize as per you need.

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