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Bhutan Cultural Tour

Bhutan - Express Bhutan Cultural Tour
Paro, Thimphu, Wangdue Phodrang, Punakha, Taktsang monastery

Bhutan Cultural Tour is one of the most impressive and we the Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure would be delighted to help you to explore in this impressive region in Bhutan.

Bhutan is also known as "Land of the Thunder Dragon" the small and remote country with an incredibly vibrant culture and traditions since ancient time. It is the only country where traditions and culture remained alive and continues even in the modern world. Bhutan cultural tour offers an opportunity to discover some of its unbelievably inspiring places and culture. You will start to feel immeasurable joy the moment you first put your feet on to Paro International Airport. Paro is one of the beautiful valley and home to many interesting cultural and historical places. The world famous Paro Taktshang (Tiger’s nest) monastery is located in Paro. A day hike to this renowned Tiger’s Nest monastery shouldn’t be missed and is a lifetime experience. For your next amazing cultural experiences, you will be driven to Thimphu- the capital city from Paro. During the sightseeing of Bhutan, you will get a good time to know the Bhutan culture, religion, its people & lifestyle authentically. You will simply fall in love with Bhutanese people for their kind hospitality. Traveling around local bazaar & other hangout places to see in Bhutan will also provide you some valuable insight regarding the lifestyle of Bhutanese people.

The 5days Bhutan tour package will take you through the western districts of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Wangdue Phodrang on an exploration of important cultural sites, monuments, the country’s unique culture and tradition, its people, and villages. The Bhutan holiday includes road trips from the beautiful Paro valley, through the capital city Thimphu and then to the picturesque valleys of Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang. Bhutan tour will provide a chance to get closer to local people, getting to know their ways of life, its places, art, architecture, history, and music that will leave you mesmerized with their wonderful features. Visiting cultural highlights such as impressive museums and national monuments such as Monasteries and Dzongs (fortresses) and witnessing colorful festivals are the best places to see in Bhutan that you will experience during your journey. We, therefore specialized in this field to help you achieve your extreme satisfaction throughout your journey into the territory of rich cultural ethics of Bhutan.

Highlight

√  Explore the historical sites of Punakha Dzong, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Punakha & Wangdue valley  
√  Visit Museum, Handicrafts, Dochula Pass and relish the stunning panoramic sight of Himalayan Bhutan.
√  Visit Dochula Pass & observe the stunning panoramic sight of Himalayan Bhutan.

Trip Facts

Duration: 5 days
Elevation: 3120m
Difficulty: Easy
Accomodation: Hotel
Starting / Ending: Paro, Bhutan
Transport : International flight & Private vehicle
Permits: Bhutan Permits

Itinerary

DAY 01: Scenic flight to Paro(2235m/7332ft.) and drive to Thimpu(2320m/7656ft.)

After having our breakfast in the hotel at Kathmandu we moved towards Tribhuvan International Airport early in the morning. It takes 50 min to Paro International Airport in Bhutan. Enjoying the view of great Himalayas and offering the dazzling view of the world's highest glacial peaks while being on the flight, we reach Paro, Bhutan. After you will exit from the gate, our representative will welcome you transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. After having our lunch at the hotel we will visit the famous Ta Dzong Museum, Paro Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang (The oldest temple of Bhutan) and then drive to Thimpu, the largest and capital city of Bhutan. In the evening you will get an awesome opportunity to explore the streets of Thimpu.
[Included meals: Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at hotel

DAY 02: Drive to Wangdue Phodrang(1273m/4177ft.) and Punakha(1242m/4075ft.)

After having the breakfast, excursion to Thimpu valley of National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, the Folk Heritage Museum, School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts and other many beautiful places. You will also visit the National Library where you will get an opportunity to explore the ancient Bhutanese arts, architectures, and scriptures. Other major attraction places are National Post Office, the Clock Tower Square and the Motithang Takin Preserve (an erstwhile Zoo) and then drive to Wangduephodrang and Punakha. It takes 30min to Wangdue and briefly visits the Wangduphodrang. The monument former glory was engulfed by fire in 2011. On the way, we will cross the Dochula Pass(3000m/10000ft.) and enjoy the eastern Himalayan which offers a spectacular view of Himalayan ranges and visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang. Also visit the Semtokha Dzong, one of the oldest fortresses in the kingdom. Punakha, the old capital city of Bhutan, famous for rice farming. We will visit the traditional Bhutanese farmhouse which offers a good insight into the local lifestyle of local people and their culture. Enroute, we stop to view Temple of fertility which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, known popularly as The Divine Mad Man, in the 15th century.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at hotel

DAY 03: Drive to Paro(2200m7200ft.)

After breakfast, we will drive to the north of Punakha for a short excursion to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten. We will visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, a traditional fort built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Punakha Dong is a massive structure built at the structure of two rivers. We will drive back to Paro to visit the Ta Dzong, ancient watchtower functions as the national museum of Bhutan. Then we will visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) one of the largest Buddhist monastery and fortress of the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school in Paro District, Bhutan. Dzong architecture is a distinctive type of architecture found mainly in Bhutan and Tibet. In the evening, visit the Handicraft Emporium and free for shopping.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at hotel

DAY 04: Drive to Taktsang monastery(3120m/10240ft.)

After sightseeing of Paro, we will hike to major attractions of Bhutan, The Tiger’s nest also known as Taktsang monastery. Takstang is the most famous monastery of Bhutan which is craved with an ancient supernatural story believed to be a place where Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of Tiger and meditated there. We will enjoy the spectacular views of the monastery hanging in the cliff. The monastery clings to a sheer rock face situated 900m above the Paro valley floor. A scenic view of Paro can be seen from the Tiger's nest. Legend says Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747A.D, flew to Tiger's Nest on the back of a flying tigress and meditated for three months. Later visit oldest temple Kitchu Lhakhang, built in 659A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gompo which has been scripted with gold dust and the crushed bone powder of a divine Lama. Pass through villages where local folks will greet you with open arms inviting you to appreciate authentic rural life in the lap of the Himalaya.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch]
Overnight at hotel

DAY 05: Departure

After having breakfast, flight back to Nepal. Our representative will be waiting and transfer you to the hotel in a private vehicle.
[Included meals: Dinner]
Overnight at hotel

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Ktm as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]

+ All sightseeing by English speaking Bhutanese guide

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner/main course) during the trek

+ Accommodation during the trek in a carefully selected hotel as per the itinerary

+ Bhutan permit & entrance fees for Museums and Monuments

+ Duffel bag and trekking map (Duffel to be returned after trip completion)

+ First aid medical kit carried by the guide

+ Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes

+ Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu with the host family


Excluded Services

- International Druk Airfares

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. For further more information, have to visit Nepal Immigration Department official website. 

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Heli Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks, and boiled water as well as snacks, desserts, etc. during the trek

- Gratuity for Guide

- Hot shower, wifi, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather-related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs, etc.

- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt.

Equipment

Trekking Equipment

Have a kindly bring the following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality at a good price.

Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. Incapacity or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.


Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. Sunglasses

3. Warm hat

4. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

5. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

6. An emergency light


Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves


Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm


Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket


Footwear:

1. Lightweight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp


Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment-Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.


Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A waterproof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius


Personal Medical Kit:

01. Bandage for sprains

02. Plasters/Band-aids

03. Iodine or water filters

04. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

05. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

06. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

07. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

08. Oral rehydration salts

09. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)


Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble


Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

Useful Information

Arranging VISAS and Permits to Bhutan

VISA procedures

When planning a trip to Bhutan one needs to thoroughly understand the visa procedures and requirements. The most important aspect to keep in mind is that Bhutan's visa policies are not as complicated as they first may appear to be and arranging your paperwork via a licensed tour operator is crucial if not compulsory. At IHSA we are a professional travel agency with 16 years of experience and a Certificate of Excellence. We make it our priority to ensure you arrive at your destination safely and efficiently with all documentation in order. Whether you are searching for that dream trek in Bhutan or need professional advice on traveling to this magnificent kingdom, we can assist with any inquiries you may have. To learn more about your visa application to Bhutan or to book a package tour please get in touch on info@himalayansherpaadventure.com

What permits or visas do I need?

Basically, to receive the entry into Bhutan, nationals of all countries (excluding Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian passport holders) must obtain a Travel Visa prior to arrival. This can only happen if visitors book and pay for their holiday in advance via a government-approved tour operator that takes care of Visa arrangements and application. Please remember your passport must be a valid minimum of 6 months.

If you wish to obtain such a Visa we will gladly assist with all the necessary paperwork and documentation. At IHSA, a Kathmandu based local agency we have years of experience and provide a worry-free Bhutan travel experience tailored to your needs. Get in touch today with one of our friendly agents to avoid the hassle, additional charges, and time-consuming bureaucracy.

Duration
5 Days
Season
12 months
Region
Bhutan
Grade
Easy
Altitude
3120m
Walking
3hr
Accommodation
Hotel