Bhutan Cultural Trip
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
DAY 01: Arrive PARO, BHUTAN (L,D)
Fly in to Paro International Airport with Royal Bhutan Airlines known as Druk Air. On this flight, you can see breathtaking views of highest mountains in the world. After completing your immigration formalities, please pick up your luggage and pass through customs counter. Your Guide from Shangri-La Bhutan will be there to welcome you near the exit gate. Meet your guide and driver and transfer to Thimphu, Capital City of Bhutan which will take approximately one hour. The drive from Paro to Thimphu is spectacularly scenic. Keep looking through your windows and you can request your guide to stop anytime you see something interesting.
Arrive Thimphu and check in to Hotel Pedling located in the heart of Thimphu near a National Herigate “Swiss Bakery”. If time permits, look around Thimphu town Leisurely. Overnight Thimphu.
DAY 02: THIMPU (B,L,D)
Full day sightseeing. Some of the highlights of Thimphu includes:
- Weekend market.
- Purchase world's most beautiful postage stamps from General Post Office
- Arts and Crafts school and the Traditional Medicine Institute.
- Memorial Chorten built in memory of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, popularly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. A multi-storied stupa that will introduce you to the vitality of Tantric Buddhism.
- Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia
- Visit Botanical garden (Zoo) where one can see Yak and Takin, the National wild animal of Bhutan.
- Drive up to viewpoint and take a hike beyond to see the clear picture of Thimphu Valley.
- Downtown Thimphu on foot visiting Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts & Crafts stores. Buy stunning kiras which can be used and bed covers or wall decoration, jewelry and many more. Overnight Thimphu.
DAY 03: THIMPHU TO – GANGTEY & PHOBJIKHA VALLEY
After breakfast, start your journey towards Central Bhutan with lots of nature sightseeing en-route. Check in to your hotel for Overnight at Trongsa.
DAY 04: TRONGA – BUMTHANG (B,L,D)
Tongsa is the ancestral home of Bhutan's Royal Family. Both the First and Second King ruled the Kingdom from this ancient seat. All the Kings of Bhutan has to become Tongsa Penlop (Honorary post of Governor) prior to being crowned as the Druk Gyalpo (King of Bhutan). Tongsa Dzong (fort), one of the largest in the country was first built is 1648 and later enlarged many times. Because of being situated on a highly commanding position on the only connecting route between the eastern and western sectors (where trail actually runs through the Dzong), the Tongsa Penlop was able to control the whole of eastern region very effectively for many centuries. Visit the ancient watch tower (Ta Dzong), which is situated just above the town.
After lunch, drive to Bumthang. The drive to Bumthang takes 2-3 hrs. Tales of the great Guru Padmasambhava dominates this holy valley. Jakar Dzong meaning "The Castle of White Bird" can be seen from a distance as we start approaching Bumthang. A stop will be made on the way at Chumey Valley where one can see girls weaving Yathra, the traditional wollen material. Overnight Bumthang.
DAY 05: BUMTHANG (B,L,D)
Different from all the other valleys in Bhutan, Bumthang is very spacious and open ranging in altitude from 2,600m to 4,000m. Bumthang is a heaven for hikers and trekkers, not to mention the numerous beautiful and important Buddhist monasteries and pilgrimage sites, making it the Cultural and Historic center of Bhutan. One could spend months exploring this fascinating valley. Almost every little valley or hill has a background of interesting myths and legends about Kings, Buddhist masters and Serpents. Bumthang is combined of four main valleys, Chumey, Tang, Ura and Choskhor (Jakar). Commonly known as Jakar valley where you can see a little bit of modern touch with Swiss Influences. Visits to the important cultural and historic sites in the special valley. Overnight Bumthang.
DAY 06: BUMTHANG - URA - BUMTHANG
Full day sightseeing drive further east towards Ura Valley. Ura Valley is famous for one of the most unique and earliest settlements in Bhutan. Visit Ura Village and the Temple. Mingle around with local people and kids and take beautiful pictures. Return to Jakar, Bumthang for Overnight.
DAY 07: BUMTHANG/PUNAKHA (B,L,D)
Full day drive to Punakha with sightseeing en-route. Overnight Punakha.
DAY 08: PUNAKHA/PARO (B,L,D)
Punakha was the winter capital for over 300 years until the time of second King. Punakha Dzong, which dominates the whole area, was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, and established the central monastic body with 600 monks. Today, Punakha is still the home for Je Khempo (Chief Abbot) and the central monastic body. Punakha Dzong is one of the most impressive Dzongs in the Kingdom. In the afternoon drive to Paro for Overnight.
DAY 09: PARO (B/L/D)
Morning, hike up to the view point of “Taktsang”, popularly known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Afternoon, sightseeing in and around Paro Valley including visit to the National Museum and Paro Dzong. Overnight Paro.
DAY 10: PARO - BANGKOK (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Paro Airport for your departure to Bangkok. Tashi Delek!!!
Price per person per night in USD
Price is inclusive of following services
|01 - person||290||
|02 - persons||280|
|03 - persons||270|
|04 - person & above||250|