Bhutan Cultural Tour

  • Starting price : 1540
  • Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Start city : Thimphu 
Overview

Bhutan is the only Vajrayana Buddhist country worldwide, and also the profound mentors of this custom remain well preserved and exert a solid influence in all aspects of life. Because of its pristine environment& harmonious society, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan has actually been called "The Last Shangrila." Book Bhutan Tour Packages to see what Bhutan makes the happiest country on the planet.

Highlights
  • Explore 4 amazing cities of the happy country.
  • Visit Tiger's Nest Monastery in Paro.
  • Witness the benevolent 'Buddha Dordenma' statue.
  • Cross the scenic Dochula Pass & view 108 Chortens.
  • Punakha Dzong - Palace of Great Happiness or Bliss.
Itinerary

After arriving & visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan. 

Check into your hotel in Thimphu. Free until lunch time for some rest from early morning flight, refreshment and lunch.

Afternoon, you will have a choice to visit all or few of the following places as per your choice

Tashichho dzong

The TashichhoDzong is a Buddhist monastery cum fortress at the northern edge of Thimpu the capital city of Bhutan. The Dzong was built on the western bank of the river Wang Chu, and has historically served at the seat of the DrukDesi or the Dharma Raja of Bhutan’s government. After the kings assumed power in 1907 this post was combined with that of the king and Thimphu severed as the summer caital of the kingdom before becoming the full time capital of Bhutan. 

National memorial chorten

The National Memorial was built by Bhutan's third king, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who is also known as the "father of modern Bhutan." He wanted to erect a monument carrying the message of world peace and prosperity. 

Kuenselphodrang

The KuenselPhodrang or the Buddha point is the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue, the statue is 167 feet high. The statue is situated on top of a hill overlooking the city of Thimphu, it can be accessed by road and is about 15 minutes away from the city’s center. The word Kuensel means everything is clear and from this place you will sure enjoy a great view of the Thimphu Valley on both sides. 

  • Overnight :
  • Thimphu

After early morning breakfast, a choice to visit the following places:-

National library

Bhutan's National Library was established in the 1967. Its mission is to preserve the literary treasures of the nation which constitute a significant element of Bhutan's rich and vibrant cultural heritage. The library was established with a small collection of precious texts, National library Thimphu Bhutan and was housed in the central tower of the TashichoDzhong. 

Motithangtakin preserve

The MotithangTakin Preserve also known as the Thimphu Zoo by many is a small natural preserve for the Takin Bhutan’s national animal. It was originally a mini zoo, but it was converted in a preserve later on as the Takin.

  • Overnight :
  • Thimphu

Post early breakfast, you will drive towards Punakha via Dochula pass. We will stop over for tea at Dochula (3,100 m), where on a sunny day; you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. 

The Dochu La Pass is probably the best known mountain pass in Bhutan. Located at an altitude of 3150 meter above sea level, the Dochu La Pass is about 30 kilometer away from the capital city Thimphu and the road to Punakha.  

On a clear day the pass offers visitors a spectacular view of the majestic eastern Himalayan Ranges. Then we will drive towards Punakha and visit:-

Punakha Dzong

The Punakha Dzong or the Pungtang Dechen Phortang Dzong is located at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and the Po Chhu River, combine to form the Puna Tsang Chu which in turn is a tributary of the   mighty Brahmaputra River. The Dzhong was constructed by ZhabdrungNgwangNamgyalWangchuck in 1638 on the exact spot as prophesized by the Guru Rinpoche some 800 years ago. 

Talo Sanga Choling

Talo Sanga Choling is located in the Talo valley in the district of Punakha. The Monastery was founded by Chogtru lJigme Singye, the 4th reincarnation of Gyalse Tenzin Ragbye.

  • Overnight :
  • Punakha

After an early breakfast, we will be driving down to Trongsa. Admire the view en route the valley of Wangdiphodrang. We will drive to  Chimmi Lhakhang to start with. The ChimiLhakang is a Buddhist monastery located in the Punakha District of Bhutan. The monastery stands on a small hill close to the village of Lobesa and was constructed in 1499 by NgawangChoegyel, the 14thDrukpaheirarch. 

Chendebji Chorten

Located 2 kilometers away from the village of Chendebji is the ChendebjiChorten, a large Buddhist Stupa.  The ChendebjiChorten is a large white structure built in likeness to the famous BodhunathStupa located in Kathmandu in Nepal. The Chorten was constructed by Lama Shinda from Tibet in the 19th century AD.

  • Overnight :
  • Trongsa

After breakfast you will visit Trongsa Dzong

The TrongsaDzhong or the CheokhorRabdentse is one of the largest and most impressive Dzhongs in all of Bhutan. The Dzhong is located on a cliff overlooking the Mangde Chu river gorge. The Dzhong was built at the site of a temple that was constructed in 1543, by a Drukpa Lama. This huge multi-level fortress comprises of a series of courtyards and passageways that are built along the topography of the ridge. 

Later you will be driven to Gangtay where you will visit GangtayGoemba. After reaching Gangtoe we will go visit following places:

Gangtay Goemba

The Gangtey Monastery or the GangteyGoempa is an important monastery / temple associate with the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. 

The Monastery is Located in the Wandue Phodrang Dzhongkhag in central Bhutan. 

Phobjikha valley

The Phobjikha is a wide glacial valley located in close to the Gangtey Monastery. 

The Phobjikha valley is the winter home of the rare Black Necked Cranes that migrate from Tibet from the arid plains of Tibet to roost in the more comfortable climate of the Phobjikha Valley. The valley is at an altitude of 2900 meters above sea level and experiences a much lighter winter as compared to the harsh extremes of Tibet. A part of the valley lies in the Black Mountain National Park. There are 2 rivers that flow through this valley called the Nakay Chu and the Gay Chu.

  • Overnight :
  • Trongsa

After early morning breakfast, you will drive to Paro and on the way, we will visit SimtokhaDzong. The SimtokhaDzong is a small Dzong located approximately 5 kilometers south of Thimphu.

The Dzong is officially called the SangakZabhonPhodrang which roughly translates to the Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras. The SimthokaDzong is said to be the first fortress to have been built by the legendary ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal in Bhutan. The fortress was constructed in the year 1629. Some suggest the Dzhong is the oldest surviving complete Dzong in Bhutan. The Dzong is currently home to the Institute for Languages and Cultural Studies which is attended by monks and common people alike. 

Later in the afternoon, drive to Paro.

  • Overnight :
  • Paro

After early morning breakfast, we will take you for a morning hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Hanging precariously and magically from a rather steep cliff, the Taktshang monastery is a monument of genuine pride for the Bhutanese nation.

Taktshang or the Tigers lair as the monastery is called, it is widely regarded as one of the most important monuments of spiritual significance in Bhutan. Its history is deeply associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the revered Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD. The cave was named Taktshang after Guru Rinpoche flew into the cave from KurtoeSingyeDzong in eastern Bhutan while riding on a tigress. 

RimpungDzhong

The ParoDzhong is probably Bhutan's best known and most iconic Dzhong. This is probably the first building you will notice when you land at Paro International Airport and will probably be your first memory of Bhutan. The imposing Dzhong is perhaps the finest example of Dzhong architecture existing in the world today, the massive buttered walls of the fortress dominate over the valley. 

KyichuLhakhang

Later we will visit KyichuLhakhang. The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. The temple was built by the Tibetan King SongstenGampo in the 7th Century AD.

  • Overnight :
  • Paro

After breakfast, check out from hotel and transfer to Paro Airport for flight to onward destination.Our representative will assist you with exit formalities.

Inclusions
  • Accommodation with breakfast for 07 Nights.
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing.
  • A Bottle of water per person, every day during your Tour.
  • All sightseeing and transfer by private air conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • All Assistance by GeTS holidays representatives on arrival & departure.
  • All applicable government tax, toll tax, parking, interstate tax etc.
Exclusions
  • International or domestic fights.
  • Entrance Fees to monuments/sightseeing places.
  • Any Personal Expenses.
  • Any other services which are not mentioned above.
Spotlight Of Tour
Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days
Starting price : 1540 Per Person
Route : Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Trongsa - Paro
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