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  • Bhutan - Culture and History

  • Trip ID: 1577

8 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 223
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  • Enjoy seven different Bhutanese experiences in just seven days.
  • Visit the town of Paro and travel to the enchanting Dzongdrakha Goemba.
  • Explore the Memorial Chorten, the grand 15th century Changangkha Monastery and the Mini Zoo in Thimpu.
  • Marvel at Kuensel Phodrang (the largest statue of sitting Buddha in the region).
  • Discover Khamsum Yuley Namgyal Stupa, a splendid example of Bhutan’s fine architectural and artistic traditions, built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother.
  • Travel to the mountain village of Chuzomsa, and wander the mystical landscapes of Wangdue and Baylangdra on wonderfully planned hikes around the region.
  • Drive to Punakha to visit the beautiful Punakha Dzong.
  • Hike up to the majestic and aloof Taktshang Monastery (Tigers Nest), a fascinating trek through fragrant pine forests.

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 01 : Arrival to Paro (By Flight)

    The flight offers you beautiful views of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after all the visa formalities you will be received by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel.
     

    Accommodation: Kichu Resort

    Meals: Lunch And Dinner.

    Day 02 : Paro

    After breakfast, proceed through the beautiful valley to the watchtower, locally known as Ta-Dzong. After your visit, continue on a short downhill walk to Rimpong Dzong (Paro Dzong) and walk further down through Traditional Cantilever Bridge, where your vehicle will be waiting for you. Explore Paro Town till lunchtime and enjoy lunch at the resort.
     

    After lunch, visit Dzongdrakha Goemba, often called the mini Takstang. Dzongdrakha is a cliff-side temple complex on the western side of the Paro Valley.  Four shrines make up the complex, dedicated to Drolma (Tara), Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity), Guru Rinpoche and the Buddha of the Future, Maitreya.
     

    Accommodation: Farmhouse

    Meals: Breakfast And Dinner 

    Day 03 : Thimphu

    After breakfast visit Kuensel Phodrang (the largest statue of sitting Buddha in the region). Visit the Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15th century Changangkha Monastery and the Mini Zoo to see rare animals.
     

    In the evening stroll through the local markets and buy some authentic Bhutanese specialties.
     

    Accommodation: Peaceful Resort

    Meals: Breakfast And Dinner (lunch Will Be Served In The Tourist Std. Restaurant)

    Day 04 : Thimphu to Wangdue

    After breakfast we will drive to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula passes (3100 meters). On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan - Mt. Gangar Punsum, 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is downhill to the lower and warmer valleys of Lobesa.
     

    Visit Khamsum Yuley Namgyal Stupa; a splendid example of Bhutan’s fine architectural and artistic traditions and the only one of its kind in the world. Built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, this temple is dedicated to the well being of the kingdom and the benefit of all sentient beings. The best view of Punakha is enjoyed from the top of this temple and if you intend to hike up, which is the only means of access, you’ll need one hour.
     

    Accommodation: Kichu Resort

    Meals: Breakfast And Dinner (lunch Will Be Served In The Tourist Std. Restaurant) 

    Day 05 : Wangdue – Baylangdra Hike

    Today we will leave the tourist trail behind as we travel to the mountain village of Chuzomsa, where we begin a two & half hour hike that takes us into the ‘Hidden Land’ of Beyul Baylangdra. Perched against a vertical cliff, Baylangdra’s highly revered hermitage marks the site where the ‘Treasure & Revealer’ Dorje Lingpa discovered ritual texts hidden in the 8th century by the tantric master Padmasambhava, who left imprints of his body on the cliff side.
     

    In the afternoon, we will explore the valley’s sacred sites.
     

    Lunch will be packed from the hotel.
     

    Accommodation: Kichu Resort

    Meals: Breakfast And Dinner (packed Lunch Will Be Served)

    Day 06 : Wangdue to Paro

    In the morning we will drive 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong, which served as the old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans.
     

    Drive to Lobesa and take a short walk through farmhouses and fields to Chimme Lhakhang. This monastery was built in the 15th century and dedicated to the famous Lam Drukpa Kunley or divine mad man. He is one of the most famous saints in Bhutan and mostly childless couples visit his temple.
     

    Drive to Paro.
     

    Accommodation: Kichu Resort

    Meals: Breakfast And Dinner (lunch Will Be Served In The Tourist Std. Restaurant) 

    Day 07 : Paro

    Day hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tigers Nest): it is uphill and takes about 3 to 4 hours through pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff, 800 meters high, from the Paro Valley. It is believed that the great saint Guru Padmasambhava came in the 17th century on a flying tigress and meditated there for three months. The demons that were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism were subdued and converted the Paro Valley to Buddhism. At the end of the 17th century, a monastery was built on the spot where the saint would meditate .It is an important pilgrimage site for all Buddhists.
     

    In the evening enjoy a relaxing hot stone bath.
     

    Accommodation: Kichu Resort

    Meals: Breakfast And Dinner (lunch Will Be Served In The Tourist Std. Restaurant) 

    Day 08 : Departure by flight

    Transfer to airport for departure.

  • Duration
    8 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Culture and History
    No. of travellers
    Min. NA
    Other Activities
    None
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
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    Super luxury

    Our highest-end category of accommodation, Super Luxury is defined by top quality customer service and premium amenities. Hotels in this exclusive category include the Aman resorts, Oberoi Vilas hotels, and certain independent purveyors.

    Luxury

    Luxury Hotels meet the standards of most well-known 5-star hotel brands around the world, and include premium accommodations and amenities. In some cases our Luxury category overlaps with the "boutique" hotels, many of which are equally luxurious and accommodating.

    Boutique

    Boutique hotels are typically smaller, or independently owned hotels that offer top-end service and amenities equivalent to luxury providers. Boutique hotels often differentiate themselves from bigger hotel brands through their unique character, location, or history.

    Glamping

    Glamping (short for “glamorous camping”) and lodges denotes outdoor-focused accommodations that combine the best of nature with a designer / comfort angle in mind, so customers can get the best of both worlds.

    Camping

    Camping refers to a wide range of tented accommodation, which will most likely apply to outdoor / adventure trips like trekking, hiking, etc.

    Others

  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Jan to Dec $ 1,785 $ 223 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Twin share accommodation on full board. (Lunch at tourist standard restaurant)
  • Airport transfers in Bhutan, all transfers & s/seeing with an English speaking guide as per the itinerary.
  • Service is as per itinerary max 6 AM to 6 PM.
  • One Booklet on Bhutan with best pictures of all the tourist spot at the end of the tour.
Cost Excludes
  • Airfare, airport tax.
  • Any Insurance.
  • Bar and beverages bill.
  • Tips & expenses of personal nature.
  • Language Guide charges other than English Speaking Guide.
  • Emergency services - (Rescue/Evacuation during the Trekking) – All cost + 10% service Charges.
  • Medical treatment during the tour – All cost + 10% service charge – If any applicable.
Day 01 : Arrival to Paro (By Flight)

The flight offers you beautiful views of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after all the visa formalities you will be received by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel.
 

Accommodation: Kichu Resort

Meals included: Lunch and Dinner.

Day 02 : Paro

After breakfast, proceed through the beautiful valley to the watchtower, locally known as Ta-Dzong. After your visit, continue on a short downhill walk to Rimpong Dzong (Paro Dzong) and walk further down through Traditional Cantilever Bridge, where your vehicle will be waiting for you. Explore Paro Town till lunchtime and enjoy lunch at the resort.
 

After lunch, visit Dzongdrakha Goemba, often called the mini Takstang. Dzongdrakha is a cliff-side temple complex on the western side of the Paro Valley.  Four shrines make up the complex, dedicated to Drolma (Tara), Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity), Guru Rinpoche and the Buddha of the Future, Maitreya.
 

Accommodation: Farmhouse

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

Day 03 : Thimphu

After breakfast visit Kuensel Phodrang (the largest statue of sitting Buddha in the region). Visit the Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15th century Changangkha Monastery and the Mini Zoo to see rare animals.
 

In the evening stroll through the local markets and buy some authentic Bhutanese specialties.
 

Accommodation: Peaceful Resort

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner (Lunch will be served in the tourist std. restaurant)

Day 04 : Thimphu to Wangdue

After breakfast we will drive to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula passes (3100 meters). On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan - Mt. Gangar Punsum, 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is downhill to the lower and warmer valleys of Lobesa.
 

Visit Khamsum Yuley Namgyal Stupa; a splendid example of Bhutan’s fine architectural and artistic traditions and the only one of its kind in the world. Built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, this temple is dedicated to the well being of the kingdom and the benefit of all sentient beings. The best view of Punakha is enjoyed from the top of this temple and if you intend to hike up, which is the only means of access, you’ll need one hour.
 

Accommodation: Kichu Resort

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner (Lunch will be served in the tourist std. restaurant) 

Day 05 : Wangdue – Baylangdra Hike

Today we will leave the tourist trail behind as we travel to the mountain village of Chuzomsa, where we begin a two & half hour hike that takes us into the ‘Hidden Land’ of Beyul Baylangdra. Perched against a vertical cliff, Baylangdra’s highly revered hermitage marks the site where the ‘Treasure & Revealer’ Dorje Lingpa discovered ritual texts hidden in the 8th century by the tantric master Padmasambhava, who left imprints of his body on the cliff side.
 

In the afternoon, we will explore the valley’s sacred sites.
 

Lunch will be packed from the hotel.
 

Accommodation: Kichu Resort

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner (Packed Lunch will be served)

Day 06 : Wangdue to Paro

In the morning we will drive 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong, which served as the old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans.
 

Drive to Lobesa and take a short walk through farmhouses and fields to Chimme Lhakhang. This monastery was built in the 15th century and dedicated to the famous Lam Drukpa Kunley or divine mad man. He is one of the most famous saints in Bhutan and mostly childless couples visit his temple.
 

Drive to Paro.
 

Accommodation: Kichu Resort

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner (Lunch will be served in the tourist std. restaurant) 

Day 07 : Paro

Day hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tigers Nest): it is uphill and takes about 3 to 4 hours through pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff, 800 meters high, from the Paro Valley. It is believed that the great saint Guru Padmasambhava came in the 17th century on a flying tigress and meditated there for three months. The demons that were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism were subdued and converted the Paro Valley to Buddhism. At the end of the 17th century, a monastery was built on the spot where the saint would meditate .It is an important pilgrimage site for all Buddhists.
 

In the evening enjoy a relaxing hot stone bath.
 

Accommodation: Kichu Resort

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner (Lunch will be served in the tourist std. restaurant) 

Day 08 : Departure by flight

Transfer to airport for departure.

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Jan to Dec $ 1,785 $ 223 per day
Months not available Jun to Jul
Cost Includes
  • Twin share accommodation on full board. (Lunch at tourist standard restaurant)
  • Airport transfers in Bhutan, all transfers & s/seeing with an English speaking guide as per the itinerary.
  • Service is as per itinerary max 6 AM to 6 PM.
  • One Booklet on Bhutan with best pictures of all the tourist spot at the end of the tour.
Cost Excludes
  • Airfare, airport tax.
  • Any Insurance.
  • Bar and beverages bill.
  • Tips & expenses of personal nature.
  • Language Guide charges other than English Speaking Guide.
  • Emergency services - (Rescue/Evacuation during the Trekking) – All cost + 10% service Charges.
  • Medical treatment during the tour – All cost + 10% service charge – If any applicable.
Climate

The southern part of Bhutan is tropical and shares its border with the Indian plains. Eastern parts enjoy a warmer climate than the west. The central valley of Punakha, Wangdue, Mongar, Trashigang and Lhuntsi are semi tropical, with cool winters. Thimphu, Trongsa, Paro, Bumthang have pleasant summers and very cold winters with occasional snowfall blocking the passes leading into central Bhutan. The monsoon usually arrives in mid June till the end of August. From mid September, after the last rains, autumn arrives and is a best time for trekking, which last till end of November.

Visas, Travel Documents and Special Permits

The Bhutan visa will be issued 20 days prior to your arrival.  Your passport must have more than 6-month validity from the date of departure from Bhutan. 

Physical Fitness/Skills

Must be physically fit to hike uphill and downhill for 4 to 6 hours. Person having breathing difficulties may escape the hikes but can join the group on cultural tour.

Immunizations / Medical Requirements

Personal medical kit to be carried and must be healthy.

Recommended Packing List

Due to a wide range of temperatures and climatic conditions it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing. For protection against cold, layered clothing is better than thick clothing. You may offend the locals if you walk around in skimpy or tight fitting clothes although there are opportunities to wear shorts. We would advise men and women to wear full or loose trousers. During your visits monasteries, Dzongs and other religious institutions please do not wear shorts or hats.

Meals provided

Usually Bhutanese delicacies are rich in spicy chilies and cheese but prepared in a mild way for tourist. Other choices like Continental and Indian cuisine is also served. During treks, well-trained cooks prepare dishes suitable to western tastes from continental, Indian and Bhutanese.

Other useful tips

  • Credit card facilities are not available.
  • Must carry sufficient cash all the time, as remote places don’t have ATM facilities.
  • We can also provide cash to the client here if the client doesn’t wish to carry instead transfer to our account.

Operator ID

3904

Operator Profile

Performing at top-level efficiency throughout Bhutan for 25 years, these experts are masters of their misty mountain country, from every inch of its staggering forest cover, every specimen of its prolific wildlife, and every facet of its charmingly quaint culture. Led by a master of Himalayan tourism since the late-70s, they have served over 50,000 satisfied customers in their long, silver-jubilee journey. Find out first-hand, through these experts, why Bhutan is one of the happiest countries in the world.

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