6 Days Cultural Discovery Tour in Bhutan
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Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
Trip Level Guide:
- Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
- Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.
- Moderate to Strenous - suitable for ones physically fit; have experiences of high altitude trek.
- Strenuous: suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
The exhilarating 6-day cultural tour combines the classic Paro to Punakha journey with an excursion to Gangtey via Wangdiphodrang. You can delve into the essence of Bhutanese culture and history by exploring the most renowned Bhutanese Dzongs from Western Bhutan to Center Bhutan. The hands-on experience in traditional textile and handicraft workshops and the close exposure of monastic life and pastoral scene, etc. offer you a perfect chance for a cultural exploration in Bhutan.
At a GlanceDay 1
Arrival in Paro and Get Transferred to Thimpu (2300m) (2hrs’drive)Day 2
Sightseeing in Thimpu and Travel to Punakha (1250m) (3-4hrs’drive)Day 3
Keep Traveling to Gangtey (2890m) via Wangdiphodrang (1460m.)(6-7 hrs. drive)Day 4
Travel Back from Wangdiphodrang to Paro (2260m) (3-4 hrs drive)Day 5
Trek to Taksang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest)Day 6
Departure from Paro
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Paro and Get Transferred to Thimpu (2300m) (2hrs’drive)
Welcome to Bhutan, the land of the “thunder Dragon”. We’re sure you must get amazed at the stunning vista of majestic Himalayas, esp. the lofty Mt. Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks during your flight. However, they are only a small appetizer. Upon your arrival in Paro internatonal airport, our Bhutan guide and driver will be expecting you and later transfer you to your hotel.
After a brief rest at your hotel, in the afternoon, with time permitting, we may visit the Kyichu Lhakhang (also known as Kyerchu Temple), the oldest and most beautiful temple in Bhutan. Surrounded by the fields, flowers and hills, Kyichu Lhakhang is home to the eight-year-old Buddha statue of Sakyamuni, historic relics, elaborate paintings and numerous Buddhist scriptures, etc. And Later explore the Paro Rinpung Dzong. Located at the suburb of Paro City, Rinpung Dzong is a fortress built in the 17th Century to protect Paro valley, which offers you picturesque scenery and a sense of inner peace.
stay overnight in Thimpu
Day 2: Sightseeing in Thimpu and Travel to Punakha (1250m) (3-4hrs’drive)
As the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu is devoid of stereotyped skyscrapers and huge traffic. Instead, surrounding by rolling mountains, Thimpu is known for its picturesque Bhutan dzong, fresh air and loveable local people. Today’s tour begins with a visit to Late King's Memorial Chorten, and explore the National Library, Folk Heritage Museum and Hand-made Paper Factory, and the School of Arts and Crafts, where you will have a panoramic view of Bhutan history and learn more of textile and the handicraft making in the most traditional way.
Of course, the highlight comes as we tour the Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), the most beautiful Bhutan dzong as well as the headquarters of Bhutan government. Later, we will travel northeast to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. On the way, we will stop at scenic Dochu La Pass (3,100m) for refreshing tea. The perfect vintage point brings you the unobstructed vista of Great Himalayas.
After lunch at Wangduephodrang (1,350m), we keep driving to Punakha.
Stay overnight in Punakha
Day 3: Keep Traveling to Gangtey (2890m) via Wangdiphodrang (1460m.)(6-7 hrs. drive)
Get up in the morning to visit Punakha Dzong, widely believed to be the most beautiful Bhutanese Dzong, built at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu Rivers. Never miss the Punakha festival around mid-Feb if you come at the right time.
After that, we travel southeast to Gangety (Phobjikha). The beautiful place is known for its surprising flat valley in Bhutan and is home to migratory black-necked in winter. Do take a stroll in enchanting Phobjikha Valley and later we will tour Gangtey Monastery, the only and the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. Finally, we will drive back to Wangdiphodrang.
Stay overnight in Wangdiphodrang
Day 4: Travel Back from Wangdiphodrang to Paro (2260m) (3-4 hrs drive)
Say farewell to the charming pastoral scene in Wangdiphodrang Valley. We drive all the way back to Paro. In the afternoon, we head to National Museum of Bhutan, which looks like a round watchtower. You can trace back to the ancient Bhutan history and explore the diverse wild lives as well as splendid local culture and arts. Then we drive to visit Drukgyel Dzong, where you can enjoy the enchanting village lying at its foot.
Stay overnight in Paro
Day 5: Trek to Taksang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest)
Getting up in the fresh morning, we’ll start today’s trek to Taktshang Goemba (also known as Tiger's Nest).Standing on the cliff of Paro Valley, Taktshang Goemba (3120 meters) is the landmark of Paro as well as the holiest temple in Bhutan. It’s said that Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche) had flied here on the back of a tigress and meditated in the caves on the cliffside for three months. From here, you can catch a panoramic view of Paro Valley.
After lunch, you may opt for a stone bath or enjoy free exploration nearby.
Stay overnight in Paro
Day 6: Departure from Paro
Today, our tour guide will transfer you to Paro International Airport for your next destination. Tour service end.
(Optional: As a professional Himalayan travel agency, we can also help you plan journey to Nepal and Tibet from Bhutan.)
- A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an premium payment);
- All meals specified in the itinerary;
- Airport transfer, private transport for sightseeing in Bhutan;
- Experienced driver;
- An English-speaking and licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay;
- Entry fee and road permits;
- Government fee, royalty, taxes;
- Bottled mineral water throughout the journey.
- Bhutan Visa Fee;
- International flight to and out of Bhutan;
- Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, and laundry, etc.;
- Travel insurance in Bhutan;
- Emergency evacuation;
- Tips and gratuities;
- Costs arising from unforeseen events;
- Extra activities like cultural show, kayaking, etc.
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