Bhutan is known for its unique culture and traditions. Bhutan Cultural tours offer a unique insight into the culture and tradition of the nation. It provides an opportunity to interact with the native people. Cultural tours highlights are Tshechu (annual festivals) where Buddhist teaching are dramatized and shown through mask dances. It also takes you to visit Dzongs (Fortress), Monastery and other religious monument.
Day 1: Paro to Thimphu
Fly from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, Delhi, Singapore, and Thailand each flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an exciting descent into the kingdom. On arrival you shall be received by our representative who will be waiting eagerly to welcome you with khaddar’s (Welcome Tradition) and after which we take a 2hour drive (55km) towards Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. As you are about to reach Chuzom(Confluence of two rivers Paro and Thimphu) we stop to visit Tamchoe Lhakhang Built by Tangtong Gylepo,( The great brigde builder of Bhutan he is said to have made iron bridges with his bare hands) and now preserved by his descendants. Along the way we have many more scenic beauties to be enjoyed. On arrival in Thimphu we check-in to the Hotel, and in evening we will have light sightseeing around Thimphu town .Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 – Thimphu
After breakfast, sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes, visit to the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. The Traditional Medicine Institute, where centuries old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practised. The Painting School, where young men and women’s learn the art of Buddhist Thangkha Painting ,mask maker , weaving, ceramics and paper making. Then visit, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.After Lunch, we headoff to Kuensel Podrang where the we can see the Buddha Dordenma Statue, measuring at a height of 51.5 meters making it one the world’s largest Buddha statue.
On our way back you can visit the kings Memorial Chorten continuously circumbulated by His Majesty’s subjects, spinning prayer wheels and murmuring mantras.We then move towards Tashichho Dzong, ‘fortress of the glorious dharma’. It is the centre of government and religion, site of the King’s throne room, National assembly hall, 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 1961 in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans.
Evening, visit Handicrafts Emporium and local shops if you like to browse through example of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Here you can buy textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, interesting items made from local materials, and all manner of unique objects. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3 –Thimphu to Punakha
After breakfast we drive to Punakha, on the way you can visit Dochula pass (3,050m) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan. Later ,visit to Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress which has played an important role in the building up of modern Bhutan followed by visit to the local market there. Then visit, Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, the newly built stupa.
After that drive to Wangduephodrang and visiting the Dzong and local market. The district of Wangduephodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. Along the way we stop at Chimmi Lhakhang built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel, after the site was blessed by the “Divine Madman” the maverick saint Drukpa Kunley (1455-1529) who built a chorten on the site. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 4 –Punakha to Paro
After breakfast you can drive to Paro and visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom originally built as a Watch Tower. Since 1967 it has been serving as the National Museum of the country and holding fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history. Overnight in the hotel at Paro.
Day 5 –Paro
After breakfast you can drive to paro Drukgyel Dzong the ruined fortress from where the Bhutanese repelled several invasion by the Tibetan army. Then take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to monastery’s view point takes about 5 hours for round trip.
While returning to Paro town enroute we visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 6 – Departure
After an early breakfast, our representative will drop you to the airport for your destination.
- Receive and Transfer to Airport
- Double/Twin in 3 star hotel
- English Speaking Guide
- All Sightseeing
- Museum Fees
- Bhutan Visa
- All Permits
- Bottled Mineral Water
Cost Does Not Include:
- Donations to Monasteries
- Alcohol & Beverages
- Tips for Guide, Driver & Hotel Staff
- Gifts & Souvenirs
- International Telephone Calls
- Round Trip Air fare
- Inbound Airfare