Cultural Tour of Bhutan

Duration: 6 Days

This 6-day-long cultural tour of Bhutan is the perfect introduction to the mystical and mountainous Dragon kingdom. The tour takes you to the stunning Western Valleys of Bhutan with views of the fantastic and ever-changing landscapes and lets you take a dip in the Bhutanese Buddhist culture, and experience Bhutanese hospitality. 

This cultural tour of Bhutan is perfect for those who have a limited time at hand and want an introductory tour of Bhutan. Once we arrive at Paro International airport, we will drive to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. The second day of the tour is spent sightseeing in Thimphu. We hike to the Chagri Monastery, which is almost 500 years old. Other highlights of sightseeing tour in Thimphu include Memorial Chorten, Mino Zoo, National Library, Sangaygang View Point, and Kuenselcholing hilltop.

The next highlight of our 6-day-long Cultural Tour of Bhutan is the journey to Punakha Valley, which requires crossing the 3050m high Dochula Pass. We follow the spectacular Himalayan views into the Punakha valley where you visit the ancient Punakha Dzong, and temple of the ‘’Divine Madman’’, Chimi Lhakhang among other historical sites. Finally, we drive back to Paro, and before catching our flight back home, we spend a day sightseeing in Paro. We hike up to the popular Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). We also visit other historical sites while in Paro-Ta Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang temple, Rinpung Dzong, and Drugyel Dzong.

Adventure Club Trek has been organizing treks and tours to Bhutan since 2008. Our representatives in Bhutan make sure your trip is safe, comfortable and enjoyabl For a longer cultural tour in Bhutan, we offer Bhutan Cultural Tour with Bumthang Trek Three Days-12 Days. For our complete list of tours and Treks in Bhutan, click here.

 

Trip Highlights:

  •  Sightseeing in Thimphu-Chagri Monastery, Memorial Chorten, Mini Zoo, National Library, Sangaygang View Point and Kuenselcholing hilltop. Exploring Thimphu market.
  • Crossing Docha La ( Pass) at 3050m.
  • Hiking up to Takstang Monastery
  • Picturesque Bhutanese countryside, Himalayan landscape, flora and fauna, and Bhutanese hospitality.
  • Sightseeing in Punakha and Paro. Visiting centuries old forts, palaces and monasteries, the likes of Punakha Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang temple, Chimi Lhakhang temple, Rinpung Dzong, and Drugyel Dzong among many others.
  • Flight from kathmandu to Paro with views of some of the highest mountains in the world including Mt. Everest.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival at Paro (2,250m) and transfer to Thimphu (2,320m) : 50 km, 1 hour drive
  • Day 02: Sightseeing around Thimphu (2,320m)
  • Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha for sightseeing and return to Thimphu (2,320m) : 86km, 3 hours drive
  • Day 04: Thimphu to Paro via Wangdi (2,250m) : 127 km, 4 hours
  • Day 05: Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)
  • Day 06: Transfer to airport for final departure
  • Day 01: Arrival at Paro (2,250m) and transfer to Thimphu (2,320m) : 50 km, 1 hour drive

    Our journey starts with a flight from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to Paro Airport in Bhutan. Upon reaching Paro, y a representative from Adventure Club Trek for Bhutan will pick you up and transfer you to a private vehicle which takes us to the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.

  • Day 02: Sightseeing around Thimphu (2,320m)

    Today, we go around the city and get to know the local culture. We visit places of historical importance plus some other main attractions here. First, we venture on a short hike to Chagri Monastery (Cheri Monastery). Founded by Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche in 1620, the monastery is in the northern side of Thimphu Valley. It is an hour hike to reach our destination. We might see birds such as Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Mrs Gould's Sunbird, Long-billed Thrush, and Ultramarine Flycatcher on our way to the monastery. We return to our hotel after the hike, have lunch and resume our planned sightseeing around the city. Some of the main attractions of the city include Memorial Chorten, Mini Zoo, National Library, Sangaygang View Point and Kuenselcholing hilltop among others. At the Mini Zoo, we get to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. It is a species of goat found mainly in the eastern Himalayas. Next on the places to visit is Memorial Chorten, considered most visible religious landmark in Bhutan. The Chorten was erected in honor of the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1974. The National Library houses ancient manuscript providing an insight into Bhutan’s history. We enjoy the spectacular view of city of Thimphu from Sangaygang View Point. Later, we visit Kuenselcholing hilltop where world’s largest idol of Buddha is being built. One of the main attraction of the city is the weekend market. The west bank of the Wang Chhu is filled with stalls selling different kind of items from local handicrafts to food items. Overnight in a hotel at Thimphu.

  • Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha for sightseeing and return to Thimphu (2,320m) : 86km, 3 hours drive

    Today, we drive to Punakha. The drive to Punakha is a pleasant one; through fir, rhododendron and hemlock forest. Enroute our main destination, Punakha, we visit the village of Metshina. The village houses Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to the ‘’Divine Madman’’ or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Once in Punakha, we head towards Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. The chorten is located in the Upper Punakha Valley. It is a scenic short hike to the chorten. Explore the magnificent paintings on display related to Buddhism. We also visit the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong. It is located where two rivers Mo Chu and Pho Chu meet. We then return to Thimphu for a good night’s sleep. Overnight in a hotel at Thimphu.

  • Day 04: Thimphu to Paro via Wangdi (2,250m) : 127 km, 4 hours

    We drive to Paro today. It is pleasant ride; first through Wangdi and then we pass Dochula Pass. Here the eastern Himalayan peaks greet us. We then pass by Simtokha, a small town. From here we follow Wang Chu River till Chuzom then continue our drive alongside Paro Chu River. Overnight in a hotel at Paro.

  • Day 05: Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)

    Today we hike up to one of the major attractions of Bhutan, Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger’s Nest. It stands 900 m above Paro Valley on a cliff. Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye built the monastery in 1692 around the cave where Guru Padmasambhava was said to have flown on a tigress’ back and meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours. It takes around three hours to reach the top and come back. When hiking up we stop at a Cafeteria Restaurant midpoint. Later in the afternoon, we visit some of the main attractions of Paro City; Ta Dzong, a fortified lookout tower during the invasion period. We also visit the oldest temple in Bhutan, Kichu Lhakhang. Other places on the list included Rinpung Dzong, and Drugyel Dzong among others. Overnight in a hotel at Paro.

  • Day 06: Transfer to airport for final departure

    Bid farewell! Today concludes our Cultural Tour of Bhutan-6 days. A representative of Adventure Club Trek for Bhutan will drop you off at the airport according to your flight’s schedule.

Cost Includes

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • Government approved A and B category hotels on twin- shared basis
  • All meals, tea and snacks
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Cost Excludes

  • Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Tips for staff (guide and driver)
  • Travel insurance

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Pre-Trip Meeting 

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-88
  • Trip Duration 6 Days
  • Destination Bhutan
  • Trip Difficulty Easy
  • Trip Style Hotel
  • Accomodation Standard hotels
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