This popular Bhutan cultural tour provides an in-depth view into the ancient way of life and rich culture that still thrives in Bhutan today through the western valleys of Paro, Haa, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangduephodrang. It is a well paced tour, designed to provide the opportunity to really savour the unique highlights of Bhutan’s western districts which offer diverse mountainous landscapes, a rich Buddhist heritage including monasteries, temples and chortens, historical fortresses and an extremely hospitable people. You will discover the vibrant history of Bhutan visiting the Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpong Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley.

INCLUDED
Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty.All private excursions and transfers.
Licensed English speaking guide.Experienced driver.
Accommodation, 3 Star HotelAll meals in Bhutan.
All entrance fees and permits.Twin sharing room
NOT INCLUDED
Medical / Travel Insurance.
All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.

 

1

Arrive Paro - Transfer to Thimphu

Airport Pickup

Welcome reception from the Team.

Sightings:  

  • Kichu Lhakhang -7th century Temple, one of the oldest in the Country.
  •  Dzong or the Fortress, 17th century built structures for both secular and monastic purposes.
  • Dungtse Lhakang – 15th century temple. A very unique temple that packs a surprise to many guests.

Free time / Promenade at Town

2

Paro

Taktsang Hike.  

Visit Bhutan’s Iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery pinned on the mountain cliff. 

After a long day’s hike, head for a traditional hot stone bath. 

3

Thimphu

En route to Thimphu, the Capital City of the Nation.

Sightings:

  • Buddha Dordema, a 177 ft / 54 m tall statue, sits atop the hill blessing the view of the valley.
  • Visit the Memorial Chorten, dedicated in honor of the Third King.
  • Visit the Takin Preserve, takin is the national animal of Bhutan.

Free Time / Promenade at Town.

4

Punakha

Excursion to Punakha via Dochula ( Mountain Pass at 3100 m / 10000 ft )

Sightings:

  • Chimi Lhakhang, temple dedicated to the “Divine Madman”, known for his alternative teachings of the dharma, or the unconventional ways.
  • Visit Punakha Dzong, where most of the historical occasions took place. Also known as the Blissful Palace. 
5

Phobjikha

Sightings:

  • Gangtey Goenpa. A 17th century temple that carries the Peling Tradition of the Buddhist school.  
  • Visit The Black Necked Crane center.
6

Trongsa

Sightings:

  • Chendibji Chorten, built in the style of the Boudanath Stupa of Nepal.
  • Trongsa Taa-Dzong Museum
  • Trongsa Dzong, a main seat for the Powerful Chieftain back in the days.
7

Bumthang

The heartland of the the nation and the sacred sites, where Guru Padmasambhava first arrived to rescue the local King Sendu in the 8th century.

Sightings:

  • Jambay Lhakhang, a 7th century temple.
  • Kurjey Lhakhang, where the body imprint of Guru Peme Jungney is seen.
  • Jakar Dzong, the fortress of the white bird.
8

Bumthang

Sightings :

  • The Burning Lake
  •  Pema Choling Nunnery
  • Tang Rimochen Lhakhang.
  • Ogyen Choling Museum at Tang
9

Bumthang

Sightings:  

  • Lhodrak Kharchu Monastery 
  • Tamzhing Lhakhang
  • Kencho Sum Lhakhang
  • Padmasambhava Lhakhang

Or.  

Bumthang Cultural Trail can be arranged. A scenic walk that takes you to all the temples involved in the valley.

10

Paro

Fly back to Paro.

Sightings:

  • Drakarpo Goenpa, the  Split-Rock temple. Caves associated with Guru Padmasambhava.  
  • National Museum

Farewell Dinner with the Team and recollecting memories of the trip.

11

Depart Paro

Airport Drop. Homebound.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 4 reviews
December 6, 2017

I needed to value your assistance in-planning such an awesome excursion to Bhutan. We had a decent time in your delightful nation. The lodgings were extraordinary particularly the one in Thimhpu.

December 6, 2017

We might want to thank you such a great amount for making it feasible for us to invest such an intriguing energy at Bhutan. It was a very motivating knowledge and we truly delighted in interfacing with Bhutanese individuals. Much obliged to you again and all the best to you.

December 7, 2017

The trip to Bhutan was memorable. Both the guide and driver were great company but the feeling is un explainable when i departed from Paro Airport. I will certainly return to Bhutan in the near future.

January 3, 2018

“Without your presence, your guidance, your connections, your wisdom, your knowledge and also the wonderful group of likewise people you were able to put together, our impressions from the Pilgrimage to Bhutan would be a fraction of what we really experienced in June, 2014.

Mira and I plan to return to Bhutan with you and Marla and Kezang, a second time for the Summer 2015 Pilgrimage Tour, and look forward to seeing more of the undiscovered parts and culture of the Kingdom of Bhutan with you.

-Jack Fruchtman C.P.A. and Mira Skowronska, Translator

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