Bhutan Cultural Tour

05 Days 04 Nights
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Bhutan remained isolated from the rest of the world and no tourism existed until 1974 preserving the rich natural environment and lively Buddhist culture. Today Bhutan has become one of the most exotic destinations for many international travelers. Every traveler has a lot to anticipate as each minute is exciting to discover a kingdom with incredibly unique and treasured tradition, culture, religion and natural environment which Bhutanese people still strives to preserve in the face of modernity.

Bhutan Cultural Tour bring you to the most famous places in and around Paro. We take a fliht to paro,the only international airport in Bhutan. We visit Taktsang monaster(tiger's nest monastery), Famous for guru padmasambhava landed on a back of a tigress in 8th century. Thimpu valley sightseeing tour gives you a chance to see bbutanese national zoo, folk heritage museum, national painting school and weekend market.

Highlights

- Thimpu
- Sangayang
- Motithang Mini Zoo
- Folk heritage
- National painting school
- Forbidden valley of Haa, Dzong of Haa
- Paro
- Bhutanese farm house
- Taktsang monastery(Tiger’s nest)
- Kyichu Lhahang (One of the oldest temple in Bhutan)

Accomodations

Paro
Metta Resort or similar standard

Thimpu
Hotel Raven Inn or similar standard

Itinerary - Bhutan Cultural Tour
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Day 1
Fly from Kathmandu to Paro - Transfer to Thimphu
(Dinner)

The flight into Paro on Bhutan’s national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. First gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will be brief by our guide and transferred to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. We then depart for Thimpu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1.5hours. Thimpu has a population of about 100,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. In the evening, we will visit the Handicrafts Emporium, where all types of Bhutanese handicrafts are made and sold.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2
Thimphu valley sightseeing
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

After breakfast drive at Sangaygang, a field of Bhutanese prayer flags, perched high above the city. Colored flags send prayers to the heavens and white flags honor the dead. Visit the Motithang Mini Zoo where you can see the National animal Takin research centre where these odd animals graze peacefully in a small protected park. Walk to the Zilukha Nunnery. Thimphu sightseeing continues with the Folk Heritage Museum (a beautifully restored Bhutanse farmhouse from the last century) and the National Painting School. Visit the Weekend market where vendors from throughout the region arrive on Friday afternoon and remain till Sunday. Here you will find indigenous goods, handicrafts, locally produced goods, etc. In the evening visit the National Memorial Chorten built in honor of our 3rd king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (a wonderful opportunity to mix with the local population). All the buildings in Bhutan conform to national building principals and are beautifully carved and decorated.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 3
Thimphu - Haa - Paro
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

After breakfast drive over the confluence to the forbidden valley of Haa (it was closed to tourism until 2002). It is the last valley of Bhutan bordering with autonomous Tibet. Visit the Dzong of Haa and also the temples of Haap Chhundu (guardian deity of the valley) and drive back to Paro via Chelela pass, one of the highest points (3,780m) of motorable road in Bhutan. From here you will be able to view some of the highest mountains of Bhutan from here and the scenery is magnificent.

Dinner and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 4
Paro sightseeing and hike to Taktsang
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

After breakfast, we drive to the winding road to the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions, and also visit a Bhutanese farm house of a local family at Drukgyal for a close up view of everyday Bhutanese life. We then drive beyond Satsam Chorten to hike up (or horse ride) to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The horse ride up to the cafeteria will take around 1.5hrs. At the view point, you will enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. We then walk back to the road point and visit Kyichu Lhahang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 5
Paro - Departure
(Breakfast)

After an early breakfast at your hotel and then drive a short distance to the Paro airport where, your Bhutanese escort will bid you farewell with Good-bye and happy journey back home.

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Cost includes - Bhutan Cultural Tour

• Kathmandu –Paro- Kathmandu flight ticket by Druk Air or Bhutan Air
• Hotel including Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
• English speaking guide
• Monastery entry fee
• A/C car or A/C van
• Visa Fee


Cost excludes - Bhutan Cultural Tour

• Travel in Insurance (must cover all risk undertaken)
• Nepal re- entry visa fee
• Liquor beverages (hard and soft drinks)
• Gratuity for staff
• Expenses of personal nature (Phone call, laundry etc.)

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