Bhutan Cultural Tour

   7 Days    Trip Id ( 001-A-83)

Land of the Thunder Dragon, the Last Shangri-La of the happiest country in Asia, the Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the secluded paradises, where you can find the secret to happiness. It is one of the few purely Buddhist nations in the world and has something truly magical about it that draws tourists from all over the world.

Bhutan Cultural Tour, although, is mainly a sightseeing tour of the country’s major cultural attractions, the opportunity to explore the natural grandeur, adventures, and history at the same time makes it one of the best cultural tours in South Asia.

Moreover, clean fresh air and the warm hospitality of the gentle people make the trip spectacularly more special. The tour covers the exploration of historical and culturally important monasteries and Dzongs (fortress) exhibiting architecture, paintings, murals, and statues that date back to the 16th or 17th centuries and countless monuments like temples, museums, charters, nunneries, and other important pilgrimage sites in Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Gangtey and Phobjikha. Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lakhang, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Drugyal Dzong, King’s Memorial Chorten, zoo, Punakha Dzong, Gangtey Monastery, and the view of the Black Mountains are some of the major highlights of this tour.

Amigo’s, 7 Days Bhutan Cultural Tour package is a flexible package that can be tailored to your requirements. However, this standard package ensures all meals with accommodation in a government-approved A category hotel on a twin-share basis, an English-speaking guide, and all land transportation. All guests will receive VIP service, a special group discount, and a 100% guarantee on a flat rate and departure date on all customized packages.

This tour can be planned any time of the year, however, if you are looking to enjoy some amazing festivals of dance and music, schedule your vacation during the spring season. The Bhutan tour is suitable for people under any age group.

The trip starts with arrival in Paro and ends with a departure in Paro. Moreover, if you are looking to add some adventure to your vacation in Bhutan, then our 6 Days Bhutan Tour with Day Hiking package will surely serve as the best option to plan your next vacation.

Trip Includes

  • All meals, tea coffee, and snacks
  • Government-approved A category hotels on twin sharing basis
  • Airport transfer (Pick up and drop)
  • Land transportation with a comfortable vehicle
  • An experienced English speaking guide and other staff if required
  • Monument entrance fees and museum entrance fees
  • Visa and all government taxes.

Trip Excludes

  • Airfare (to Paro and return)
  • Personal nature expenses ( personal equipment, phone calls, internet, laundry, hard drinks, etc)
  • Insurance (trip cancellation, medical and rescue evacuation)
  • Tips

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Paro

Day 02: Drive to Thimpu. 2350m\7710ft- 54km (2 hours)

Day 03: Explore Thimpu

Day 04: Thimpu to Punakha. 1250m/4000 ft]: 76 km/ 3 hrs

Day 05: Punakha to Gangtey and back to Punakha. 2900m/9280ft]-Punakha: 85Km/3-4 hrs

Day 06: Drive to Paro. 130km/4 hrs

Day 07: Departure day

Day 01: Arrival day in Paro

Welcome to Bhutan. At the Paro International Airport, you will be greeted and taken to the hotel by one of the company representatives, assigned to transfer you from the airport to the hotel booked for you in Paro. The ultimate tour of Bhutan starts after a quick refreshment at the hotel. Rinpung Dzong - a Buddhist monastery and fortress of the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school in Paro district, which now accommodates the district Monastic Body and government administrative office of Paro Dzongkhag is the first destination of the day. The tour further continues with a visit to Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery in Bhutan located at a distance of 5 km from Paro Town. The day ends at the hotel only after visiting the last destination of the day - Drugyal Dzong or the Victory Fort built-in 1649, located 14 km north of Paro city. Overnight in a hotel in Paro.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Traditional cantilever bridge followed by interesting artwork on the way to the Dzong; huge fortress exhibiting valuable sculpture and architecture; beautiful shrines and chapels inside the Dzong and the Deyangkha Temple outside the Dzong; amazing view of the seven-storied watchtower fortress -Ta Dzong; Kiychu Lakhang accompanied by beautiful Chortens and  prayer wheels; the ruins of Drugyal Dzong, which was built in the year 1649 to honor the victory over an invasion of Tibet.)

Day 02: Drive to Thimpu. 2350m7710ft- 54km (2 hours)

Today the breakfast will be followed by a half-day excursion of the Taktsang Paphug Monastery (Tiger’s Nest or Paro Taktsang), situated on the edge of the cliff 900 meters above Paro. Approximately 4-5 hours will be spent on the excursion, including lunchtime. The lunch will be served on the way to Taktsang. After the excursion, in the afternoon we will drive to the capital of the country, Thimpu. It takes about 2 hours to reach Thimpu from Paro. The evening will be spent exploring the capital and the lifestyle of people in Thimpu. Overnight in a hotel in Thimpu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: The trail accompanied by blue pine trees, prayer flags, booths of paraphernalia vendors, Guru Rinpoche’s cave, and waterfall; the Taktsang temple complex – four main temples and residential shelters designed by adapting the rock ledges, rocky terrain, and cave; elegant images of Avalokitesvara and Bodhisattvas; Taktshang Zangdo Pari, Peak of Urgyan; the temple of Urgyan; loveliest view of the Paro Valley and the lifestyle of people in the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu.)

Day 03: Explore Thimpu

After breakfast at the hotel, the entire day will be spent exploring the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu. A day tour of Thimpu starts with a visit to the King’s Memorial Chorten also known as the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan (dedicated to the 3rd King of Bhutan) and continues with other attractions of the capital that include the radio tower, zoo, the Nunnery Temple, the National Library, the Institute of Traditional Medicine, the Textile Museum, the Handicraft  Emporium, the Traditional Paper Factory, and the Tashichho Dzong. The lunch will be served in between. The evening will be spent strolling along the streets of Thimpu. Overnight in a hotel in Thimpu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: The prominent architecture of the Memorial Stupa -built in1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk-  and its golden spires, bells and the depiction of bigger than life-size images of furious deities with their female companions in large numbers and many other unambiguous Yab-Yum sexual poses, representations of Avalokitesvara, Manjusri and Vajrapani –three protective bodhisattvas, slates engraved with the images of Gautam Buddha, Ngawang Namgyal and Padmasambhava, prayer wheels, mandalas, shrines and statues dedicated to the third King, teachings of Vajrakilaya, Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school and Lama Gongdu; magnificent view of the Thimpu Valley and the Thimpu Dzong form the radio tower; collection of variety of animals including the national animal of Bhutan,Takin, in the zoo; ancient manuscripts in the National Library; the exhibition of herbs, minerals, precious metals, gems and animal part in the Institute of Traditional Medicine; the architecture of Tashichho Dzong and the beautiful temples, chapels and shrines within.)

Day 04: Thimpu to Punakha. 1250m/4000 ft]: 76 km/ 3 hrs

Breakfast at the hotel and today’s tour starts with a road trip to Punakha. It’s an amazingly scenic ride on a coiled narrow street on steep slopes, which takes a break at the Dochu La Pass (3,100m) for you to enjoy the amazing Himalayan views in Bhutan. The trip further continues through the forest of Rhododendron and then the rice field, along the river bank to Punakha. On reaching Punakha, you will be taken to the second oldest and the largest Dzong in Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong (the Palace of Great Happiness). After exploring this Dzong, situated at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu (rivers), you will be transferred to the hotel in Punakha for an overnight stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Thrilling, narrow, curved road accompanied by the beautiful view of mountains, rivers, rhododendron and fir forest hills, small villages, and farmhouses; magnificent view of the Himalayas and carefully planned exhibition of 108 chortens from the Dochula pass; the majestic architecture of Punakha Dzong, traditional cantilever bridge, memorials of 23 deceased people who died due to glacial flood in1994 (outside the Dzong); images, Thangkas, gilded 18th-century statues of Buddha, Guru Rinpoche and Zhabdrung and the relics of the southern Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school and Ngawang Namgyal  (inside the Dzong).)

Day 05: Punakha to Gangtey and back to Punakha. 2900m/9280ft]-Punakha: 85Km/3-4 hrs

Starting with breakfast at the hotel, the tour continues…Today’s destination is the Gangtey Monastery, a 17th-century monastery, located in the Wangdue Phodrang district, surrounded by Gangtey village 85 km east of Punakha. Therefore, we drive to Gangtey, through the forest of oak and rhododendron. After exploring the monastery, we visit the winter home of black-necked cranes, the fascinating valley of Phobjikha. Having completed the exploration of the village and the valley, we will drive back to Punakha for an overnight stay. Overnight in a hotel in Punakha.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Striking view of the Black Mountains (ranging above 5,000 meters) and the vast U-shaped glacial Phobjika Valley below the monastery; the entire architecture of the Gangteng Complex; the detail of an old mural painted in the gateway of the monastery, details of the prayer hall of the monastery, a chorten within the precincts of the monastery complex and the pleasant road accompanied by beautiful oak and rhododendron forest.)

Day 06: Drive to Paro. 130km/4 hrs

Breakfast at the hotel and bidding farewell to Punakha, we will head towards Paro via Dochula Pass. On the way, we stop to visit Chimi Lakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. The lunch will be served in Thimpu after which, the drive continues towards Paro for an overnight stay. Overnight in a hotel in Paro.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Rich paddy field on the way to Chimi Lakhang, Chorten and prayer flags and the architecture of Chimi Lakhang; insight on the lifestyle of people in Punakha, Thimpu, and Paro)

Day 07: Departure day.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Paro International Airport from your hotel for the departure, as per your flight schedule.

Meals included: Breakfast

Important Trip Notes & Activities
We are very pleased to acknowledge that you are joining us for an adventure trip in the remote Himalayan region, where weather conditions, health, and fitness of the member, or unexpected natural disasters can compel us to change the itinerary and if so you have to understand it but we would try our level best to keep the suggested itinerary as per the original schedule. Your safety and satisfaction of the trip are our prime concern while traveling with Amigo Treks & Expedition P. Ltd and we ensure you our best team, logistics, and professional services to make sure that you would have an amazing trip of a lifetime with us. Also note that Guide deserved the final decision if the trip has to amend, change the route or cancel due to the extreme conditions for the safety precaution. However, we will try our best to ensure that the trip runs according to the stated plan but be prepared for flexibility if necessary.

Our Guides, trip, and safety
This trip takes you to the remote Himalayan region, you must be accompanied by a very experienced and qualified leader for a safe and successful trip. We have a local guide working with us who is trained and qualified for the trip. On this trip, there would be one Bhutan Guide. Also, we would have helpers to upload bags.
All hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the Government. These hotels are equivalent to a 34-star basis. So as per the availability at the time of booking, we will provide you with a grade hotel in Paro and Thimpu. In Paro, hotel TASHI NAMGAY RESORT or similar, and in Thimpu hotel MIGMAR or similar and Meri Puensum Resort or similar in Punakha. Note that, the accommodation which we provide you is on a twin sharing basis but if you prefer having a single room, a single supplement is chargeable.
All meals are included during your trip. There is a variety of foods available which you can pick up from the menu as per your interest. Our advice is to ask the hotel or restaurant if they can suggest fresh food.
Pack list
You can carry a maximum of 20kg while you fly to Paro by Druk Air. You can carry approx 56 kg in your hand. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8". The packing items are divided into two different items. One is Trek items and another is nontrek items. Your trek items will be locked at our office if you carry them.
Hereunder tour list items
A pair of lightweight long pants
Pair of dress pants/dresses for evening
pairs shorts
short-sleeved shirts/blouses
long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting dzongs, temples & monasteries).
Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
sweater or lightweight jacket
pair comfortable walking shoes
pair of sandals
pair of dress shoes
Personal toiletries
Insect repellent
Spare nylon duffel for purchases
Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
Lip Balm
Prescription glasses
visor/sun hat
Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
Beach Towel
First-Aid kit with pain medications, antiseptic/anesthetic for sunburn, prescription medications

Other optional gears
Camera, memory cards, and spare batteries
Electronics/battery charger
Spare contact lenses or glasses
Reading and writing materials
Passport pouch or money pouch
Motion sickness remedies

Necessary official documents
Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months
Copy of the first page of passport
Airline tickets
Visa approval for Bhutan (bring with you)

Some essential issues
Always check that your pack contains essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots, and medications in your carry-on baggage. 
Gifts: Please don't bring extra gifts which might be a burden to you. If you wish to show your appreciation to the staff, the best gift would be through conversation or tips where appropriate.
Cultural Sensitivity: Women should wear pants (or Capri length pants) and/or a skirt (mid-calf or longer. Tights, hiking shorts, and sports tops are not advisable. For men, pants are best. Men may wear longer hiking shorts that come near the knees. Never go shirtless.
For women: Women are advised to bring their necessary health supplies with them, as such items might not be available in Bhutan.
Boots: Wear broken-in boots. To minimize the risk of a blister, wearing thin liner socks under regular hiking socks may help. 
Clothing: Cotton is the most favorable in warm weather. Once wet, cotton also drains body heat. Better to bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS, and Thermax. 
Layers: Always test your layers before a trip. See if the outer layer fits easily over the inside ones. 
Toilet Kit: For trekking & sightseeing, bring your own "toilet kit," and a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Always remember to discard the toilet tissue in a wastebasket and not along a trail or in the toilet. 
Heating: In Bhutan, portable electric heaters are generally provided for heating rooms. Blankets are also provided. Bring an extra set of long underwear for extra warmth.

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