Bhutan Culture Tour


Bhutan culture tour is designed to insights to the people, the culture, the traditions, religion and ecology of the country. Bhutan culture tour offers some of the most picturesque landscapes of spectacular mountain ranges to the lush green valleys. The unique architectural of the Dzongs, monasteries and the traditional Bhutanese houses, the exotic Bhutanese cuisine and the customs are the splendor of this tour.

Bhutan culture tour serves as an introduction to heritage by visiting sacred pilgrimage sites, rural villages, and temples of Bhutan, in the tour there will be many stops for panoramic views of the valleys and mountain peaks—chances to enjoy the country’s unspoiled nature

 

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Paro
Day 02: Paro - Thimphu
Day 03: Thimphu
Day 04: Thimphu - Wangduephodrang
Day 05: Wangdue- Phobjikha/Gangtey
Day 06: Gangtey – Paro 
Day 07: Departure


Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Paro and sightseeing
During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga (if flying from Kathmandu or Delhi) and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, meet our representative and escorted to Hotel. After lunch visit Rinpung Dzong, the massive fortress is located on a small hill just above the Paro river (Pachu). The Dzong houses the district administration office and the District Monk body. It was built in 1645 A.D. After then proceed towards Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery). One of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan was built in 659 A.D by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet as one of the 108 such monasteries he built in across the Himalayas to spread Buddhism. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Morning Tiger’s Nest Hike and afternoon transfer to Thimphu
In the morning hike to Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang meaning “Tiger’s Nest”, is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. The eighth century's monastery is perched on a rock overlooking a sheer drop and clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 2,950 m above the sea level.
After lunch drive towards Thimphu and visit to Tashichho Dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room it is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then, visit the National Memorial Chorten (a huge Stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972., it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace. Evening is free. Overnight at hotel

Day 3: Thimphu City Sightseeing
After breakfast, visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the School of Traditional Paintings - Known as ‘Zorig Chusum’ where 13 traditional arts of Bhutan be trained. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit Paper Factory,  Changzamtok textile,  Nunnery,  Takin reserve. Visit Simtokha Dzong (6 km from Thimphu) the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1629 AD. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu to Wangduephodrang Via Punakha
After breakfast drive towards Punakha. We go over Dochu-La Pass at 3050m from where snow-capped eastern Himalayan ranges can be seen on a clear day. Stop at the pass to visit Druk Wangyal Chortens, 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen. Once cross the pass, the trail down into a warm fertile valley and meander along a gently flowing aquamarine river that leads to the Punakha valley. Then visit the Punakha dzong, the winter residence of the Je khempo (chief abbot).   Punakha Dzong is the most Magnificent and Largest Dzong in Bhutan located beautifully in between the two largest rivers Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River), it is an outstanding structure with intense artwork. 
And then drive to Wangdi Phodrang and visit the Wangdi Phodrang Dzong, built in 1638. It is believed to be built on the back of the giant Elephants back and is considered one of the most important Dzongs of the 17th century as it controlled west - East and to the South.

Day 5: Wangdue- Phobjikha/Gangtey 
Today drive to Phobjikha valley.  Phobjikha is a glacial valley on the periphery of the north-western tip of the Black Mountain National Park at the altitude of 3,000 m. The valley is a wide, beautiful alpine wetland and is a conservation area lies on the northern boundary of the Jowo Durshing range. The hillside vegetation is mostly pine forest, interspersed with Rhododendron trees. Phobjikha valley is also one of the roosting grounds of the Black-necked cranes that migrate each year in winter from its northern habitats in Tibet and Siberia. These elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of the March. 
You will visit Gangtey Goenpa which is the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan and is situated on a ridge overlooking the Phobjikha Valley. 

Day 6: Gangtey – Paro (200 km, 6 hrs)
Morning walk to explore the village and then return to Thimphu. From Gangtey, the road gradually descends into the balmy Punakha valley, and then begins a long climb back up to the Dochu La, where a stunning field of white chortens and colorful prayer flags send blessings up to the Himalayan sky; snow peaks line the horizon.  From the La, it is only another hour to Thimphu.  Stop here for lunch, then continue to Paro (just under 2 hrs), one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan with its slate-roofed farmhouses, graceful willow trees and rushing glacial river beneath snow covered peaks. En route visit Botanical garden and Takchok lhakhang built by Drupthop Thangthong Gyelpo the Iron chain bridge builder. Still you can see the iron chain bridge which is built by him.

Day 7:  Departures
After breakfast free till departure time. Transfer to the airport for onward journey.

We make arrange the departure as per your convenience date.

 

Price Incldues:

  • Necessary airport, hotel and airport transfers
  • Bhutan Visa Fee
  • Government approved A and B category hotels on twin sharing basis
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu airfare
  • Airport tax
  • Entrance fees and permit
  • Overland transport in comfortable private vehicle
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking  guide
  • Government royalty, tax and Fees
  • Service Charge

 

Price Excludes:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Beverages
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc

The Tour Group
For this tour, we can arrange any group size. 

Health & Experience Required
Any people who are in normal health condition can go with this trip. No any experience is required.

Travel Insurance
It would be best for you to make travel insurance before the trips that will be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents. Please be noted that we don't arrange or sell insurance.
 
Accommodations
Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of your booking, we provide best one. All accommodations are on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single rooms on request by paying a single supplement.

Why Us?
Black Diamond is primarily dedicated to satisfying our travelers from around the globe. We give our best in this field because we are committed to providing you with the best services possible from our side.

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