Bhutan Cultural Tour - 9 days USD 1950*

Bhutan cultural tour is an ideal tour for the person who loves to see the Bhutanese Culture, society, glorious mountains scenery as well as low land with dense forest and you can click on main images of Bhutan while doing this tour. Bhutan cultural tour starts in Paro, We will spend a night and visit into few highlighted places in Paro on second day, before drive into the capital Thiumpu, You have quite lot to see & do around thimpu, our guide will take you on tour round with visiting market, museum, Monastery and Temples.

 Bhutan cultural tour will continue with driving to ancient capital Punakha, and to Gangtey, Trongsa, Bumthang, Ura and Wangdue. We will see and explore monasteries, ancient fortresses (dzongs), temples, and traditional Bhutanese houses, with time to wander through the fascinating markets. Bhutan Cultural Tour made all worth with drive through picturesque landscapes of spectacular mountain ranges, lush green valleys and pine and cedar forests. We will cross the Dochola Pass, which offers panoramic views of the Himalayas, and also cross the Black Mountains, which divide east and west Bhutan. Returning to Paro, we will visit the beautiful Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), found high above the valley floor, clinging precariously to the rock cliff. We Unique Path Travels have tried to include a fascinating journey in this Bhutan Culture tour which takes you inside the mysterious kingdom of Bhutan which is often referred to as the “living museum”.

 
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  • : 9 days
  • : USD 1950
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Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival at Paro. Check In and lunch served. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
The flight into Paro on Bhutanese’s national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you are met by your guide and transferred to your hotel to settle in. Paro is a picturesque valley with quaint clusters of hamlets amid terraced paddy fields. Although the site of the nation’s first airport Paro still retains tradition by way of architecture and farming. Lunch will be served at your hotel. After lunch at leisure.
Evening there will be the gathering at the hotel Conference and introduction of group members among each other and discussions of the activities/program in Bhutan along with the group leader and local guide and Welcome Drinks will be served. Gathering point will be at Hotel Olathang.

Day 02 Paro - Sightseeing of Paro valley and depart to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Morning drive towards the north of Paro valley to visit the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m) and then drive to visit Kyichu Lhakhang built in the 7th century an advent of the coming of Buddhism into Bhutan. Also visit Paro Ta dzong, an ancient watch tower, which now houses the National Museum. This dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
We also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The dzong is now used as an administration centre and school for monks. Lunch served at a restaurant in Paro. After lunch depart to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan with a population of 98,500. Thimphu is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. The drive from Paro to Thimphu takes around one hour and half. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Riverview.

Day 03 Thimphu valley sightseeing. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
In the morning drive towards Sangeygang (radio tower) in order to get the beautiful view of Thimphu valley at the down floor.
Then drive to the main street of Thimphu and visit Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in its color and design. Also visit the Handicrafts Emporium, which has all types of Bhutanese handicrafts and shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Lunch served at a restaurant in Thimphu. After lunch visit the Folk Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of items and artifacts used in rural households and finally we visit the National Library, stocked with priceless ancient Buddhist manuscripts. Dinner served at Bhutan Kitchen. Overnight at Hotel Riverview.

Day 04 Thimphu - Punakha - Gangtey. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
In the morning take a walk around the corner of the hotel to visit the Bhutanese Hand made paper factory where the paper is being developed from the bark of a tree. From the paper factory we depart to Punakha, leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochola pass (3050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. Lunch served at a tourist restaurant in Punakha. After lunch visit
Punakha dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and ancient capital of Bhutan, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. The dzong is open to visitors only in summer when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body are in Thimphu. We continue our drive to Gangtey via Wangdue, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan. The drive is approximately 2 and half hours climbing steadly through semi-tropical vegetation with an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo.
Gangtey lies towards the east of Punakha and Wangdue on the flanks of the Black Mountains. There is an old monastery of Gangtey Gompa dating back to the 17th century. A few kilometers past the Gompa on the valley floor are the fascinating valley of Phobjikha. The gentle sloping hill sides of Phobjikha is described as "the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas". This is the winter home of black-necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Dewachen, situated admist the pine forest overlooking the vast plains of Phobjikha valley.

Day 05 Gangtey - Trongsa - Bumthang. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
After breakfast crossing over Pele La pass (3,300 m)."The Central Road", across the Black Mountains, was completed 30 years ago, and it brought about great changes to the people in central Bhutan. This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East Bhutan. If the weather is clear the Himalayan ranges can be seen, particularly the peak of Jhomulhari (7,314 m) to the west. En route we cross Chendebji Chorten built many centuries ago to suppress a demon. Lunch will be served at Chendebji tourist restaurant. After lunch continue your drive to Trongsa and visit the impressive Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home of the ruling dynasty. In olden days the dzong commanded the passage between East and West Bhutan. We also visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, above the main Dzong, which has an interesting display of Mongol armour. We then drive to Bumthang valley (described as “ one of the most beautiful spot in the Himalayas” across the Yotongla pass (3,400 m). Check in at Rinchenling lodge. Overnight at Rinchenling lodge.

Day 06 Bumthang - Ura – Bumthang
After breakfast, we drive to Ura valley. At a distance of 42 kilometres from Bumthang, the road reaches the Ura Shelthangla, where there is a magnificent view in clear view of Bhutan's highest peak, Gangkar Puensum (7,500 m). The road then descends into Ura valley by long loops across fields and pastures. Ura's main occupation is raising sheep, yaks and the introduction of potato farming has brought a certain degree of prosperity of people. We visit Ura Lhakhang and then drive back Bumthang. Afternoon visit Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic schools built by Terton Pema Lingpa) and Kurjey Lhakhang (where the Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock). We also visit Jambay Lhakhang (one of the oldest temple in Bhutan built in 7th century) and Jakar Dzong (seat of the district administration). Overnight at Rinchenling lodge.

Day 07 Bumthang - Wangdue. Overnight at hotel.
Today after breakfast we drive back to Wangdue via Trongsa and over the Pelela pass (3,300m). Dinner and overnight at Kyichu Resort.

Day 08 Wangdue - Thimphu - Paro. Hike to Taktsang
After an early breakfast drive over the Dochola pass to Paro. Lunch served at a restaurant in Paro. After lunch drive a short drive will take you to the ground floor of Taktsang Monastery from where we will hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The hike up to the cafeteria will take around one and half hour. At the view point enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigeress in the 8th century. Continue to monastery - Entry into monastery included (no photos allowed). Walk back to the road point. Evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping districts. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Olathang.

Day 09 Paro - Departure ( By Druk Air)
In the morning your Bhutanese escort will bid you farewell at Paro airport.

Includes and Excludes

INCLUSIVE:

· Tours specified in the itinerary.
· Best hotel accommodation in the area
· Meals (Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner, with Hot drinks tea, coffee, & so on)
· Transportations
· Services of experienced and English speaking guide (Government License holder)
· Cultural programs when and where available
· Museum fees and other special entry fees.
. Tourism Development Fund

 EXCLUSIVE:
. Airfare, Kathmandu/Paro/Kathmandu (USD 412)
. Travel Insurance
. Visa fee (need to pay upon arrival at Paro Airport Bhutan)
. Excess baggage charges
. Drinks (cold & alcoholic)
. Cigarettes
. Laundry
. Any personal expenses

Equipments

Equipments & Packing: You need to prepare with the seasonal clothing as Bhutan has got variation in climate. If you are doing trekking and going above 3000m you need warm clothing all year round. 
Clothing list:
Head wear: 1. Sunhat

Body wear (this all required on your duration of Holiday):
1. T-shirts.
2. Short Pants (one or two pic).
3. Trousers.
4. Track-suit.
5. Lightweight long sleeved –shirt: Useful to-protect from Sun burn.
6. Jacket or Fleece:
7. Rain Items: water proof /wind proof rain coat and trouser or Poncho.
8. All Underwear’s.

Foot wear:
1. A Pair of Comfortable Hiking Boots/ one pair of light sports shoe/ a pair of Sandal or Slippers.
2. Few pairs of cotton thick /light shock.

Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal & valuable items; such as camera, Water bottle, money, passport, towel, toilet items, soap, rain coat or things you need during the hiking in the day.

Personal Effects:
Camera & film, Spare passport photos, Water bottle, Money belt, Torch, Sewing kit, Sunhat/ Sunglasses, ipods, Books, Wet Ones, Soap to wash clothes, Writing materials, Swiss Army knife, Calculator, Personal toiletries, including tampons, Contraceptives, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen.

NOTE: If you wear glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair since opticians are uncommon. If you wear contact lenses you may find that climatic changes and dust can create visual irritation, therefore, it is advisable to bring a pair of glasses.

Trip Fact

Tour Code: Bhutan cultural tour
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Start: Paro
Tour Finish: Paro
Tour Difficulty: Moderate
Tour Route: Paro|Thimpu|Punakha|Gangtey|Trongsa|Ura|Bumthang|Wangdue|Thimpu|Tiger Nest|Paro
Activities Covers: Tour|Trek | Drive
Group Size: Min. 2 Pax in the group.
Max. Altitude:
Walking hours per day: 4 to 6 Hours.
Country Visited: Bhutan

Trip Highlights

Bhutan:

Bhutan, the land of the peaceful thunder dragon, Bhutan lies squarely in the center Himalayas, amid the highest mountains on earth in its 18,000 square miles can be found such variety of climate and fascinating scenery, such grandeur and peacefulness, very effective fascination of the novel and unknown as few countries its size can boast. Its neighbors are Tibet to north and east, west and south in India.

Bhutan is the best-kept secret in the travel industry. Due to its relative isolation, the country is not known to the out side world until 1960.Now, Bhutan is the one of the best tourism destination in south Asia. A land with a vibrant and orthodox culture, Bhutan is often referred to as the “living museum" of the world.

We at unique path trekking has been leading trip to Bhutan for over 8 years. We offer you variety of programs in Bhutan. We at Unique path enable to give you best services and unique experience in your lifetime. We heartily well come to all of you to join us to have a memorable and wonderful adventure in Bhutan.

Known as Druk Yul, ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ to the Bhutanese, Bhutan opened for tourism in 1974 and is perhaps the world’s most exclusive tourist destination. This fascinating Dragon Kingdom is credited with successfully retaining its distinct cultural entity in its original form enabling travellers to experience the full glory of this ancient land as embodied in its monastic, strategic fortresses known as Dzongs, ancient temples, monasteries and stupas which dot the countryside with prayer flags. The Bhutanese Government applies levies and taxes on all visitors to the country. This makes travelling to Bhutan more expensive than travel to its neighbouring countries. As a result mass tourism has not affected the country.

Thimpu
Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, is home to Bhutan’s royal family. It sits in its own valley fanning out from the river. The skyline hardly changes as new buildings are all constructed under zoning regulations. Thimphu’s development is strictly monitored and buildings cannot exceed a certain height, nor can they be designed in anything but the traditional Bhutanese style, maintaining its historical feel.

Trip Info

Arriving in Nepal & Transfers:Please provide us with your flight arrival details in Paro or Bhutan boarder, so that we can arrange a free transfer to the hotel. Our Representative who will have a sign with your “Name" (only one name from the group), please find our Representative when you are outside the terminal hall. Also Note our Numbers if incase your flight got change in time & Schedule or if you don’t see our Sign Board on your arrival or for any emergency; + 977- 1- 4701238, 4701239 or Cell: 9851058054

Pre Tour Departure Meeting:
Pre Tour Departure meeting is holding at very First day of the Tour schedule date after you reach into the Hotel in Paro. This meeting is held to discuss the tour itinerary & its related information’s in more detail, meet our Tour Leader or Manager.

In addition, Our Tour Leader will check that all passengers have the necessary travel documents. All passengers MUST bring following Documents original or copy of them at the time of Pre Tour Meeting:
1. Passport.
2. Travel Voucher.
3. Travel Insurance Policy.
4. Your Two each Passport size photo for Permit
5. Flight ticket to Re-confirm

Passport: Your passport is a valuable document and you should exercise extreme care in keeping it safe. We recommend that you keep your passport on you at all times, preferably in a money belt that is worn under your clothing. We advise that you take copies of relevant pages in your passport and any visas that you may purchase in case of loss or damage. Your tour leader will require your passport details at the pre-departure meeting. Again, we recommend that you have a photocopy of your passport details, kept separate. Your passport must be valid for six months after the END of your tour, and must have one blank page for each country to be visited.

Visa Requirements: We will apply your details for Permit & Visa once you have confirmed the tour. Please note that; Once the visa is issued, it will not be amended, revalidated and visa fees will not be refunded. Credit cards are not accepted for visa fees so the Visitors need to have USD Cash, the exact amount of USD Cash for Visa Fee is more sufficient that need to pay in the Airport or in the boarder.

EACH CLIENT IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING ALL NECESSARY VISAS.
Country entry regulations can be changed, Unique Path Travels does not accept responsibility for changes in regulations or requirements for visas. The information provided is given in good faith.

Safe Travel:

  • Do not take unnecessary valuables with you.
  • A money belt, or something similar, worn close to your body is the best way to carry passports, airline tickets, money and other Valuables.
  • DO NOT leave any valuables in ANY hotel room in Asia, please use SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES in the Hotel. Items are left at the individual’s risk.
  • Pickpockets operate everywhere, particularly in tourist areas and in crowded markets; you must always exercise care.
  • Be aware that anything left lying around will also be liable to theft.


Vaccinations: No vaccinations are compulsory unless coming from a yellow fever infected region but we do recommend you are covered for: *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. NB* a Yellow Fever certificate is required if arriving from infected areas.

For traveling in the countryside and remote areas, immune globulin is also recommended to combat hepatitis A. We advise you to bring along a supply of antibiotics, an anti-diarrhea agent, and any other prescription drugs required by your current medical conditions.

Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

You may need additional inoculations so please contact your GP or a travel medical centre for further information. Please consult your doctor for up-to-date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling into Asia.

Note: Please don’t forget to do over all check up with your Doctor & get advice whether your health permit or not to go into the region.

We also recommend:

  • A dental check-up prior to traveling.
  • you know your blood group in case of emergency
  • if you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your Travel Agent at the time of your booking

Medical Supplies

We advise that all passengers bring along their own personal first aid kit. Below is a list of some recommended items:

Band aids/bandages, laxatives, upset stomach remedy, anti-diarrhea remedy, Panadol/Aspirin, rehydration remedy, antiseptic cream/powder, sterile dressings, any relevant course of medication such as contraceptive pills.

Accommodations:Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels. All our accommodation is carefully chosen, conveniently located, clean and comfortable & we use A grade hotels at every place at where & when possible.  All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost USD 45 per Night.

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory for all Unique Path tours. All clients MUST be insured to cover personal accident, medical expenses, cancellation, curtailment and repatriation. Please Note you should check that your insurance policy is adequate for Trekking & Tours Nepal.

Tipping & Bargaining: Tipping in Bhutan is not mandatory but it is expected by the guides, porters and Tour Driver, any gratuities for good service will be gratefully accepted at the end of the tour.

Bargaining is kind of culture, especially in markets when hiring the Local Vehicles, Buying the Jewelries and Clothing.

TRAVEL TIP: You might be tempted to buy a few souvenirs here and there, so leave a little room for those extra purchases!

Water: You should not drink the water from the tap because of bacteria.
You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a day, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.

Photography: Photography is on of the important part of the holiday that carries the memory of holiday in the photos.  Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offence by taking photographs without first asking permission.
It is absolutely forbidden by law to take photos at any borders, as they are all active military installation.

Contact details:
Unique Path Travels and Tours P. Ltd
Address: Ciltron Garden 495, Thamel Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977-1-4701238 | 4701239 |  Cell : +977-9851058054 | Fax : +977-1-4701237
Email : uniquepath@mail.com.np | Url : https://www.nepalholidayinfo.com

Note: This tour is operated by Unique Path Travels & Tours. Information given in all brochures, leaflets and dossiers is given in good faith by the company, and is based on the latest information available at the date of update & publication.

Departure dates

It is possible to organize the Private Tour any day you like with your Time Frame. If you are looking for Joining with Group please write to us at: info@nepalholidayinfo.com

Tailer Made Tour

Tailor-Made Itinerary and Departure: We have tried to cover most of the highlighted places in the live tours to fit for families, Students and Active travelers. Any of your live tours are open for private tour & joining group departure. If you are unable to find our live tour itinerary to suit your holiday needs. We will set the new itinerary with your specific requirements on the based of your Budget, group size, interest and time frame.

We can put varieties of plan with your time frame & needs for family tours, student tours, Active Travelers and for any age group to suit interest of activities.


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