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Cultural & Historical, Bhutan Tour - 14 Days

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Tour to Culture Bhutan Tour – 14 Days: (Accommodation; Hotel/Lodge)

On Highlights of Bhutan tour we get closed in the country’s exquisite scenery and vibrant culture which is highly combined of cultural tours and day hikes.This is the only trip that covers much of Bhutan from Paro, Thimphu and Punakha in western Bhutan to Phobjikha in central Bhutan. Here we visit Bhutanese townships and villages. Simililarly, we tour to prominent landmarks along with dzongs (fortresses) and lhakhangs (temples) which are the fascinated sites of this region.  We undertake several day hikes around Bumthang and to several temples too. These hikes will further enrich our experience in this beautiful country. Therefore, the highlights of Bhutan Tour end with a hike to the cliff-clinging Taktsang Monastery.


NOTE: All Tour Package offers and plans given in the itinerary are for all interested visitors who prefer full package. We offer the itinerary of the destinations as per your choice. You are always free to choose any itinerary and the staff depending on your financial condition. As per your interest and requirement, we have options for any partial visit too.

Day 1
Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m)

As our flight nears Bhutan we can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will take us to our hotel. After lunch, we visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’. Next, visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From here we will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day we can see Mount Chomolhari, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain, at 7,314m. Overnight in Paro.

Day 2
Day 02: Paro to Punakha (1300m), via Dochu La pass (3,100m), 4 hrs

We drive through the Paro Valley to the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers where three different styles of chortens adorn the confluence. We continue our drive to Punakha via Dochu La Pass, where on a clear day we get spectacular views of the Himalayas. Next, we drive downhill through rhododendron, fir and hemlock forests. On the way, we visit Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to the Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Overnight in Punakha.

Day 3
Day 03: Explore Punakha

We begin our tour of Punakha after breakfast. Punakha Dzong was built between 1637-1638 and is the second oldest and the second largest dzong in Bhutan. Later, we visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. It is located on a beautiful hillock called Ngezergang and contains elaborate paintings dedicated to the old sect of Buddhism. Today we also visit the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery which is set in a gorgeous location on a mountain ridge with spectacular views of the surrounding valleys. While here, we can admire the huge nepali-style stupa which is bright, modern, and airy and has the most beautiful paintings and statues. Overnight in Punakha.

Day 4
Day 04: Punakha to Trongsa (2,180m), 146km, 4-5 hrs

We leave Punakha in the morning for Trongsa and pass through Wangdi province on the way. Here, we visit the Wangdi Dzong (fortress), which happens to be the only dzong in Bhutan with its original roof. Next, we continue our drive over Pele La pass at 3300m which forms a part of the Black mountain range that divides the country into east and west. Enroute we may take a short break and go for a hike to the remote village of Rujubji. The drive is long, but the landscape is picturesque and worth the drive.

Day 5
Day 05: Trongsa to Bumthang (2,800m), 68km, 2-3 hrs

Early in the morning we proceed to Bumthang through lush valleys and hilly forests. Along the way we stop at a yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and we can even watch some of the weavers at their looms.

Day 6
Day 06: Hike to Ngang Lhakhang, 3 hrs

After breakfast we begin our hike to Ngang Lhakhang temple. We walk up the Bumthang River from Thangbi Gompa to the small region of Ngang Yul (Swan Land). The temple is located about 100m above the valley. It is believed that Lama Namkha Samdrup built the temple in the 15th century. After touring the area we hike back to Bumthang to spend the night.

Day 7
Day 07: Hike to Petseling Monastery, 3-4 hrs

We begin our hike to Petseling Monastery after breakfast. We ascend on a steep trail while enjoying panoramic views of the central Bumthang Valley. After touring the monastery, we may cross the ridge a little further beyond the Petseling Monastery to better enjoy the scenic views of the nearby mountains as well as the monastery. Later, we hike back to town and end today’s hike at Tamshing Lhakhang temple.

Day 8
Day 08: Bumthang to Phobjikha Valley (3,000m), 129km, 5-6 hrs

Today we leave Bumthang for Phobjikha Valley. The beautiful Phobjikha valley is the winter habitat and protected sanctuary for the endangered black-necked cranes. After arriving at the beautiful valley, we visit the Gangtey Gompa, a 15th century monastery which provides an excellent view of the valley. Overnight in Phobjikha Valley.

Day 9
Day 09: Phobjikha Valley exploration

Today we explore the Phobjikha valley, which is believed to be one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan. While touring several villages in the valley, we get to admire the broad Phobjikha valley with its best-known marshland in Bhutan. The valley is also rich in faunal biodiversity and has, apart from the globally threatened black-necked cranes, 13 other globally threatened species. Overnight in Phobjikha Valley.

Day 10
Day 10: Phobjikha Valley to Wangdiphodrang (1,310m), 65km, 2 hrs

Wangdiphodrang is a big village and also the home to many traditional Bhutanese houses. Here we visit the Wangdiphodrang Dzong located at the confluence of the Mo and Tang Rivers. This large dzong is a striking sight and there are excellent views across the valley. While here we also tour nearby villages which are known for their slate and stone carvings.

Day 11
Day 11: Wangdiphodrang to Thimphu (2,320m)

We leave for Bhutan’s capital early in the morning. After reaching Thimphu, we check-in to our hotel before touring a few landmarks of the city including Changangkha Monastery, the majestic Tashichhodzong and the giant Buddha statue. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 12
Day 12: Thimphu sightseeing

We visit Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the nunnery temple, and the mini-zoo to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Today, we also visit other landmarks of Thimphu including the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum and the traditional paper factory. However, some of the landmarks are closed on the weekend (Saturdays and Sundays). Therefore, if we are in Thimphu during the weekend, we explore the Weekend Market instead. Drive to Paro for a goodnight’s sleep.

Day 13
Day 13: Drive to Paro and Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

After breakfast, we hike for 4 to 5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where the Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor.

Day 14
Day 14: Final departure

Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after breakfast, we will be taken to the airport in the morning for final departure.

SERVICES: PROVIDED BY COMPANY

  • 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

SERVICES: NOT PROVIDED BY COMPANY (Personal)

  • 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

Tour to Culture Bhutan Tour – 14 Days

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NOTE: We would kindly like you to know that we try our best to follow up the set programs as given all above but at times, because of some local trails or weather conditions may compel us to have a slight changes in necessities. Similarly, the itinerary may also vary slightly subjected to our trekkers’ acclimatization rates. We always prefer the secure and precious life of yours along with the best of the best adventures.

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Frequently asked Questions.

Where is Bhutan?

Bhutan is a land-locked country nestled between the world’s giants, India and the Tibetan region of China. Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon is one of the most exotic destinations in the world today. This kingdom, often referred to as the last Shangri-la, is a land of outstanding people, remarkable scenery and natural wonders, and a proud and vibrant culture. Moreover, it is now gradually opening to the world with a sensitive approach to tourism.

What is Visa cost?

International tourist visas a cost of USD $40 applies with TDF (Tourism Development Fund). This can be paid in advance to you tour operator or travel agent. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives there is no cost incurred.

What is the best time to travel to Bhutan?

Bhutan is a year round Tourist Destination and every season or month is the best time. However, depending on climate and festivals, the season is defined either as High or Low seasons. Hence, the best time could be season time and good time can be low season time. However, if you are looking for low cost and good time, we consider the months of January, June and July as the Best time. During this time, you will see fewer foreigners in Bhutan and you have the luxury of enjoying your privacy. When it comes to Hotels also, you have more choices and you will also receive special attention both from the Hoteliers and your Agent since there won’t be many guests and it can be well taken care.
March – May and September – November is the best time to travel in Bhutan. The climate is good then and there are many festivals around this time.

Do I have to worry about altitude sickness in Bhutan?

The altitude in Bhutan is higher than many people are habituated to. Although many people might not have any problem in adjusting, altitude sickness may be a problem for a few ones. If visitors do some simple preparations before leaving for Bhutan, most of the symptoms of altitude sickness can be avoided. Being healthy and in good shape before you arrive in Bhutan will help greatly. It is also recommended that you talk to your local doctor about AMS and medicines in case of emergency.

Additional trip extension option:

The trip can be extend based on your holiday duration in Nepal. Special Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Mountain Flight might be your best choice before or after the trip. As well as following programs also can be extend as additional trips from Kathmandu.


1. Chitwan Jungle Safari
2. Jungle Safari in Bardiya
3. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Tour
4. Lumbini Pilgrimage Tour
5. River Rafting
6. Paraglaiding


NOTE: We would kindly like you to know that we try our best to follow up the set programs as given all above but at times, because of some local trails or weather conditions may compel us to have a slight changes in necessities. Similarly, the itinerary may also vary slightly subjected to our trekkers’ acclimatization rates. We always prefer the secure and precious life of yours along with the best of the best adventures.

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. We will be accommodated in A grade hotels in Paro and Thimphu and B grade hotels in Punkha. We use Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort or similar  in Paro, Hotel Namgay Heritage or similar  in Thimpu, Kichu Resort or similar  in Punakha and camping (tent) during trekking. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost USD 520.


Meals

A variety of meals are available in most hotels the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan – pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and in season. For the actual trekking days, our company will send wide assortment of food. We will be provided 3 meals a day breakfast, hot picnic lunch on the way, and dinner at the campsites with evening tea and snacks. AlpineTrav Treks cook are well trained and can whip up delicious meals at any altitude. If any special dietary needs are required, then it is advised to let the company know about them prior to the trip.


Note: All Tour Package offers and plans given in the itinerary are for all interested visitors who prefer full package. We offer the itinerary of the destinations as per your choice. You are always free to choose any itinerary and the staff depending on your financial condition. As per your interest and requirement, we have options for any partial visit too.

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