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8 days Bhutan Cultural Tour

Duration

8 days

Starting from

Paro

Ending at

Paro

Trip Grading

Easy

Accommodation

3 star Hotel

Meals

All meals during the trip

Attraction

Bhutan Culture

Acctivities

Tour and exploration

Discover Bhutan: 8 Days Bhutan Cultural Tour

Bhutan, a kingdom nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, is renowned for its natural beauty, forest conservation, Gross National Happiness, rich culture, heritage, and biodiversity. With 72% of its land covered in forests, Bhutan is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. This 8-day cultural tour offers an immersive experience into Bhutan’s unique way of life, breathtaking landscapes, and spiritual heritage.

Why Visit Bhutan?

  1. Natural Beauty and Biodiversity: Bhutan’s pristine landscapes range from subtropical plains to alpine mountains. The country’s commitment to forest conservation has preserved its biodiversity, home to rare flora and fauna.
  2. Gross National Happiness: Unlike any other country, Bhutan measures its success by Gross National Happiness (GNH), focusing on the well-being of its citizens rather than economic growth. This philosophy is evident in the nation’s policies and the daily lives of its people.
  3. Rich Culture and Heritage: Bhutanese culture is deeply rooted in Buddhism, and the country is dotted with ancient monasteries, fortresses (dzongs), and sacred sites. The traditional festivals, dances, and music offer a glimpse into Bhutan’s cultural richness.
  4. Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest): Perched on a cliff 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley, the Taktsang Monastery is one of Bhutan’s most iconic landmarks. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche flew to the site on the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave for three months. The hike to the monastery is challenging but rewarding, offering stunning views and a sense of spiritual fulfillment.

Visa Procedure for Bhutan

To visit Bhutan, tourists need to obtain a visa prior to arrival. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Book with a Licensed Tour Operator: All tourists must book their travel through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or an international partner. The tour operator will handle the visa application process.
  2. Submit Required Documents: Provide a scanned copy of your passport (valid for at least six months) to your tour operator, along with passport-sized photos and a completed visa application form.
  3. Pay the Visa Fee and Daily Tariff: Bhutan has a daily tariff that covers accommodation, meals, guide, and transport. The visa fee is typically included in the package tour cost.
  4. Receive Visa Clearance: Upon approval, the Tourism Council of Bhutan will issue a visa clearance letter. You must present this letter upon arrival at the Paro International Airport to get your visa stamped into your passport.

Best Time to Visit Bhutan

The best time to visit Bhutan is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is pleasant, and the skies are clear, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Spring is known for its vibrant rhododendron blooms, while autumn is ideal for experiencing Bhutan’s cultural festivals.

Outline Itinerary for 8 days Bhutan Cultural Tour

Day 01: Arrive Paro, Bhutan (L/D) Arrive at Paro International Airport. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 02: Thimphu (B/L/D) Explore the capital city, Thimphu. Visit the Tashichho Dzong, National Memorial Chorten, and the Buddha Dordenma statue.

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (B/L/D) Drive to Punakha, stopping at Dochula Pass for panoramic views of the Himalayas. Visit the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang.

Day 04: Punakha – Gangtey/Phobjikha – Punakha (B/L/D) Take a day trip to the picturesque Phobjikha Valley, home to the endangered black-necked cranes.

Day 05: Punakha to Paro (B/L/D) Return to Paro and visit the Rinpung Dzong and National Museum.

Day 06: Excursion to Taktsang Monastery (B/L/D) Hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest.

Day 07: Paro – Haa – Paro (B/L/D) Take a scenic drive to the Haa Valley, known for its stunning landscapes and traditional villages.

Day 08: Departure (B) Transfer to Paro International Airport for your departure.

Conclusion

Enjoy our 8 days Bhutan Cultural Tour offers a unique opportunity to explore a kingdom where tradition meets tranquility. From the mystical hike to Taktsang Monastery to the vibrant cultural experiences, Bhutan promises a journey like no other. Book your trip today and immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty and heritage of Bhutan.

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Detail Itinerary

Day 01. ARRIVE PARO, Bhutan (L/D)

Arrive at the Druk Air check in counter, International Airport, 2 hours prior to departure time.Fly into Paro Bhutan. As you start approaching Bhutan, you can see breathtaking views of the Great Himalayas on this flight. Arrive Paro where you will be welcomed to the Kingdom by your guide.Drive to Thimphu.
The drive from Paro to Thimphu is spectacularly scenic with magnificent Monasteries and Stupas in the valleys and mountain tops. Experience the "Last Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom" on Earth and take precious memories back home. Overnight Thimphu at Hotel.

Day 02. THIMPHU (B/L/D)

Full day sightseeing in and around Thimphu Valley. It is the largest town and Capital City of Bhutan. Some of the attractions include;

Purchase world's most beautiful postage stamps, collector's items and postcards at face value from general post office which is right next to Bhutan National Bank.
Visit Arts and crafts school where one can see young children at work.
Visit Traditional Medicine Institute where the ancient healing arts are still practiced.
Visit Memorial Chorten built in 1974 to honour memory of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, popularly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. A Multi-Storied Stupa that will introduce you to the vitality of Tantric Buddhism.
Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia shrub to the finished product and purchase some beautiful writing sets from the factory.
Visit Botanical garden (Zoo) where one can see Yak and Takin, the National wild animal of Bhutan.
Drive up to view point and take a hike beyond to see the clear picture of Thimphu Valley.
Downtown Thimphu on foot visiting Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts and Crafts stores. Buy stunning kiras which can be used as bed covers or wall decoration, jewelry and many more. Overnight Thimphu.

Day 03. THIMPHU - PUNAKHA - (B/L/D)

Morning, transfer to Punakha. Afternoon, sightseeing in and around PunakhaValley including visit to the magnificent Punakha Dzong. Punakha was the old capital of Bhutan and it is still the winter residence of Central Monastic Body. Punakha Dzong is the most Magnificent and Largest Dzong in Bhutan. Overnight Punakha at Hotel

Day 04. PUNAKHA - GANGTEY/PHOBJIKHA - PUNAKHA (B/L/D)

Full Day Cultural and Nature sightseeing trip by car to the most beautiful valleys of Gangtey and Phobjikha. The most endangered birds like Black Neck Cranes folk here in winter for three months (Dec - Feb). Return to Punakha for Overnight.

Day 05. PUNAKHA - PARO (B/L/D)

After Breakfast at the hotel, drive leisurely towards Paro via Thimphu Valley. Overnight Paro Hotel

Day 06 EXCURSION TO TAKTSANG MONASTERY (B/L/D)

Day hike to Taktsang Monastery view point. Taktsang, meaning "Tiger's nest,"is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhawa) mediated, clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 3,000 feet above the valley floor. For the local people it is a place of pilgrimage, but for a tourist, a hike up to the view point opposite the monastery is exhausting,thrilling and mystical. The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress from Tibet and
meditated in the cave there for three months. Overnight Paro.

Day 07. PARO - HAA - PARO (B/L/D)

Full Day sightseeing excursion to Haa Valley. If the day is clear, you can enjoy beautiful view Mount Jumolhari and nearby areas from Chelela Pass. Return to Paro for Overnight.

Day 08. Fly from Paro to onward Journey (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Paro Airport for your departure flight.

Min - Max (Persons) Adult Price
1 - 3 $2,295.00
4 - 9 $2,255.00
10 - 15 $2,220.00

Included

  • 01. Hotel (3-Star standard on twin sharing basis)
  • 02. All Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • 03. Private Car with driver for the entire trip duration
  • 04. Private Guide for the entire trip duration
  • 05. Bhutan Tourist Royalty & All the Applicable Taxes
  • 06. Bhutan Tourism Development Tax
  • 07. All Applicable Entry Fees
  • 08. Bhutan Visa Fee and Processing Charges

Excluded

  • 01. Expenses of personal nature
  • 02. Airfare: Kathmanu to Paro US$ 280 one way (round trip US$ 500 per person) - airfare are subject to change without prior notices, please check with us.

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