Bhutan, though is a small sized country has a rich culture, traditions, life styles, with diverse ethnic groups, languages and belief systems. It is astounding that a country with a population of just over 0.6 million speaks as many as nineteen different dialects with Dzongkha as its national language. The Bhutanese socio-culture is well knitted and harmonized with the common thread of simple Buddhist values that serves as the guide to every day’s life.
Our cultural tours are the easiest way to relish the great Flora and Fauna, Culture and Etiquettes, People and Lifestyle and get the taste of real Bhutan. Driving around the winding and exciting roads, with comfortable nights in hotels, we will give you a tour of all the Places of Interest. Your guided tour will always be an awesome treat of Dzongs dating back to the 1600s, and many old temples and monasteries and architectural marvels. Wherever possible we can organize cultural shows for you to heighten your experience and letting you get a feel of the Bhutanese Festivity time.
Day 1. KTM-Paro
Reception by our representative; transfer to Hotel Tiger Nest Resort, set in the pine trees in direct view of the most famous Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas.
Day 2. Paro
Sightseeing in Paro includes a visit to the northern part of the valley to Drukgyel Dzong ruins (Monastery Fortress) that once was a strategic post to withhold invading Tibetan forces from the north; visit the famous Kyichu Lhakhang- one of 108 sacred Lhakhangs built by the Buddhist King Srongtsen Gampo of Tibet. Visit the district Dzong called Rinpung Dzong- fortress of a mountain of jewels, which is now the seat of administration and an institute to the monks; the Natural History Museum at Ta Dzong is one of the finest in Asia. Hotel.
Day 3. Paro
Hike up to the Tiger's Nest known as Taktsang--one of the most spectacular and most sacred pilgrim sites to all Buddhists. One of the great founders of Tantric Buddhism- Guru Padmasambhava is known to have flown on a tigress to meditate on the cliffs--the tigress being his consort the divine Yeshe Tsogyel. Drive to Thimphu. Hotel
Day 4. Thimphu
Early morning, hike to old Tango and Cheri monasteries; Afternoon visits to the Thimphu General Post Office; School of Thanka Painting and Mask Making; Traditional crafts in silver and gold;
Day 5. Thimphu
Morning visits to the Kings Memorial Chorten; the handmade Paper Factory and the Archery Grounds where Bhutan's national sport of Archery can be witnessed. Afternoon visit the local Handicrafts Center and the Traditional Medicine Hospital; stroll in the capital town of Thimphu, Hotel.
Day 6. Thimphu/Punakha
Early morning drive over the 10,000 ft pass of Dochula to view the stunning scenery of the Himalayan ranges; descend to the old winter capital of Punakha; visit Wangdiphodrang Valley; overnight at Hotel.
Day 7. Punakha/Bumthang
Drive to Bumthang via Trongsa-the biggest Dzong in Bhutan and the seat of power in 19th century Bhutan; walk to the Watchtower Ta Dzong that once guarded the Dzong below; continue drive to Bumthang valley; Overnight at Hotel
Day 8. Bumthang
Considered the most sacred & religious of all the valleys in Bhutan: In Jakar view the Dzong known as the White Bird Dzong and drive to the Flaming Lake - Membartsho- where the sacred religious treasures were found in the 15th century by Terton Pemalingpa the Treasure Finder and reincarnation of the eminent Buddhist saint Guru Padmasambhava.
Day 9. Bumthang/Punakha
Drive back to Punakha with a picnic lunch en route. Hotel
Day 10. Punakha/Thimphu/Paro
Drive to Thimphu; visit Simotkha Dzong; after lunch continue journey to Paro.
Day 11. Paro-KTM
Drive to Paro Airport for onward journey.
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