Bhutan Cultural Tour

Grab the opportunity to interact with local people in the mystical kingdom and experience a vibrant Buddhist way of life

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  • Group Size: 1-10 Persons
  • Trip Duration: 9 Days
  • Country: Bhutan
  • Trip Start: Paro airport Bhutan
  • Trip End: Paro
  • Trip Level: Adventures

Bhutan Cultural Tour is a complete tour package in Bhutan that proffers visitors with an incomparable experience of a skillfully crafted vacation in the Himalayan nation. Amongst various other short tours in Bhutan, this particular top tour package in Bhutan gives ample opportunity to its visitors to come together with the indigenous people and experience a vibrant Buddhist way of life. This popular tour package in Bhutan takes travelers to some overwhelming places where they get to have the benefit of some of the finest art and architecture. Cultural tours in Bhutan are magnificent opportunities offering ample time to rummage and glance through Bhutan’s countryside. It is a rare gateway unfolding the priceless historical narratives and the affluent culture and traditions of the dragon kingdom. The breathtaking panoramic views of the high snow-clad Himalayan peaks from various high passes add to the traveler’s enchantment during the cultural tours to Bhutan. This particular cultural Bhutan tour gyrates in places with historical and cultural significance – towns such as Paro, Thimphu, Bumthang, Gangtey, Punakha, and Trongsa.
On our cultural tour in Bhutan, visitors will be led to most of the momentous towns. In Paro, the noteworthy landmarks not to be missed are the shattered fortress of Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong – the national museum, Kyichu Lhakhang – the famous Jowo temple, Taktshang Monastery – the impressive Tiger’s Nest, and a myriad of panoramic vistas depicting deep-seated cultural influences. The chief highlights in the country’s capital city include the splendid fortress of Tashicho Dzong, Motithang Taking Preserve, the Folk Heritage Museum, the Memorial Chorten, the National Library, Changangkha temple, and several other remarkable sights. Attractions of Punakha include the historical fortress – the Punakha Dzong and the popular Buddhist temple Chimi Lhakhang. Driving along the picturesque Pele La Pass takes visitors to Trongsa town, which is renowned for Cheokhor Rabdentse, otherwise known as the Trongsa Dzong. Driving along the Yutong La Pass will again bring travelers to the serene and tranquil town of Bumthang. Cultural attractions of Bumthang include the Jambey Lhakhang temple, the Yathra Weaving Center, the Kurjey Lhakhang monastery, the Jakar Dzong, and Tamshing Lhakhang temple.

Other memorable highlights in this cultural Bhutan tour are the Phobjikha valley, the Gangtey monastery, the Black Necked Crane Information Center, and the Simtokha Dzong. Come along and connect with Royal Holidays to experience Bhutanese hospitality on a fabulous cultural tour to Bhutan. Grab this opportunity to be in awe of the ever-changing landscapes and plunge into the rich Buddhist culture during this unforgettable Bhutan culture tour.

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Day To Day Itinenary

Arrival on: Paro airport Bhutan | Departure from: Paro
  • 1
    Arrival at Paro airport, drive to Thimpu

    After having breakfast in Kathmandu, you will be driven to the airport to board an international flight to Bhutan. Offering mesmerizing mountain views, lush vegetation, and snaking rivers, the flight to Paro is a scenic reminiscence in the Himalayan realms. After landing in Paro airport and undergoing the immigration procedures, you will be greeted by our representative who will escort you on a pleasant drive to the capital city Thimpu. En route, you will make a brief stop at Chuzom which is the confluence of the Thimpu and Paro rivers. At Thimpu, you will be transferred to your pre-determined hotel room and later, you will have some time to visit some momentous landmarks of Thimpu such as the Tashicho Dzong and the Memorial Chorten. Overnight in Thimpu.

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    Sightseeing in Thimpu

    Today, you will be exploring the chief places of interest in Thimpu after having your sumptuous breakfast. A visit to the National Library, which is a store-house of precious Buddhist manuscripts, is a wonderful experience. You will then visit the Traditional Medicine Institute where ancient healing arts like acupuncture and herbal therapies are still performed. Other attractions of Thimpu include the Painting School, where youthful monks are trained in the knack of Buddhist thangkas; the Motithang Takin Preserve, a wildlife reserve area for the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. In the Motithang area, you will also visit the oldest temple of Bhutan – the Changangkha Lhakhang built in the 12th century. Later, you will make a short visit to the Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory to see the production of paper using the traditional Bhutanese techniques. In the evening, you have time to visit the Local Crafts Bazaar where you may explore through Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Overnight in Thimpu.

  • 3
    Drive from Thimpu to Punakha

    After breakfast today, you will board on a private vehicle and drive over the Dochu La pass which proffers astounding views of the Himalayan peaks. Stopping momentarily at the pass for a cup of hot beverage, you get the opportunity to savor the implausible sights of the Himalayas. Continuing the pleasant drive to Punakha along the countryside, you will be able to witness the daily life of the people of the distant areas of Bhutan. After reaching Punakha, you will visit the Punakha Dzong, which is known as the palace of great happiness and is situated at the confluence of the Mo and Pho Rivers. Punakha is the town where the first king of Bhutan was crowned in 1907 and supposedly was the ancient capital city of the nation. After lunch, you will visit Chimi Lhakhang Temple, a Buddhist Monastery which is more popularly known as the temple of the Drukpa Kuenley, the divine madman who had powers to bless infertile women with offspring. This renowned monastery stands on a small hilltop near the Lobesa village. Overnight in Punakha.

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    Drive from Punakha to Trongsa

    The day’s adventure starts with another scenic drive through the Pele La Pass towards Trongsa amidst spectacular views of Wangdue Phodrang. You will make a brief stop to visit Chendebji Chorten near the Chendebji village. You will also visit the Trongsa Dzong which is also known by the name of Cheokhor Rabdentse – one of the largest and the most remarkable Dzongs in the entire country. Driving through dense oak forests and pine trees crossing the quaint village of Nobding, other tiny dispersed settlements, uncluttered meadows, and the scenic valleys of yak herders, you will reach Trongsa. Overnight in Trongsa.

  • 5
    Drive from Trongsa to Bumthang

    After breakfast today, you will drive all the way through the Yutong La Pass and head towards Bumthang. En route, you will visit the Yathra Weaving Center at Zugney village prior to reaching Bumthang and spend some time there. Once you arrive at Bumthang, you will visit Tamshing Lhakhang, the temple of the good message. From here, you will gently hike to Kurjey Lhakhang Monastery. Another short walk from here will lead you to the Jambey Lhakhang Temple – one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. From here, you will drive for about 10 minutes to reach Jakar Dzong, the castle of white bird, located above Jakar village in the Chamkhar valley. This fortress is the administrative center of the valley and also the summer residence of the monks of Trongsa. Overnight in Bumthang.

  • 6
    Drive from Bumthang to Gangtey

    Today, you will drive towards the exquisite Phobjikha valley after breakfast. The drive takes you through a high pass, serene forested area, and splendid countryside scenes. A scenic drive accompanied by miraculous views of the massive and distant Phobjikha valley amidst the black mountain ranges will culminate in Gangtey village. On arrival at this village, you will visit one of the oldest monasteries of the country – the Gangtey Monastery. Exploring the majestic valley to witness villagers living a traditional rural lifestyle, you will proceed to visit the Black Necked Crane Information Center. At the Center, you will have the opportunity to spot cranes through a powerful telescope from the observatory deck. After the visit, you will go back to your hotel room and relax. Overnight in Gangtey.

  • 7
    Drive from Gangtey to Paro

    Starting your drive from Gangtey after a pleasing breakfast, you will cross the Dochu La pass one more time today and head out towards Paro. En route, you will visit Kuensel Phodrang, famously known as the Buddha point that provides a fantastic view of the entire Thimphu valley. Here, you will find the largest statue of Buddha in Bhutan – you may offer prayers, walk around and savor the majestic views. Then, you will continue to drive to Paro. On arrival at Paro, you will be transferred to your hotel where you may rest and relax for some time. In the evening, you may dawdle in the local Paro market until dinner time. Overnight in Paro.

  • 8
    Sightseeing in Paro, hike up to Tiger’s Nest

    You will begin the day after a stocky breakfast and drive to the starting point of the captivating hike to Taktshang Monastery, better known as the Tiger’s Nest. Settled on the side of a cliff 800 meters above Paro valley, Tiger’s Nest is one of the most admired monasteries of Bhutan, and one of the items on the bucket list of almost every Bhutan traveler. On completion of the intriguing hike, you will explore the Kyichu Lhakhang, the Jowo Temple which is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. After lunch, you will visit Ta Dzong, the national museum filled with an extensive collection of antique thangka paintings, textiles, weapons, armors, and historic artifacts. After this, you will walk to visit Rinpung Dzong, also known as the Paro Dzong, and a must-visit place in Paro. Later in the evening, you may stroll around the streets of Paro, visit shops and local markets for some souvenir shopping. Overnight in Paro.

  • 9
    Departure from Paro

    Your Bhutan Cultural Tour concludes today and you will be flying out of Paro to your onward destination or to your native land. You will have your breakfast at your hotel and when it is time, one of our representatives will be there to drop you off to the airport for your further journey. Flying out of Bhutan with ample memories of the wonderful experiences in the dragon nation, you could perhaps draft another exciting trip with us, either in Tibet, Bhutan or Nepal.

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Itinenary Note

This is a standard itinerary designed with a view to allow sufficient acclimatization period for trekkers. However, if you are not satisfied with this itinerary or wish to modify it according to your needs, we will happily do it for you. You are free to choose your own hotels, guides or porters if you wish to. We are always there to customize or tailor-make your trips as per your plans and convenience.

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