The Bhutan Cultural Tour is a perfect designed trip for the travelers having limited time to spend for the holiday. It covers two most popular touristic destinations in Bhutan, namely, Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan and Paro, the city with Bhutan’s international airport which includes the hike to Taktsang monastery. Visiting these two major cities within a short span of time will give you a good understanding of Bhutanese rich culture and traditions, marvelous arts and crafts, history, Buddhist religion and lifestyle of Bhutanese citizens.
This short Cultural Tours to Bhutan can be added as an additional holiday package of any Nepal tour packages with Snowy Horizon operations. The travel permit and visa is to be easily arranged by Nepalese tour operators in association with Bhutanese counterpart and Snowy Horizon is ever ready to assist you to deliver your expectation comes true.
Day to Day Itinerary
Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Paro Transfer to Hotel for overnight.
Upon arrival in Paro, clear customs and immigration. Keep your copy of the visa clearance letter
handy. P.P size pictures are no longer required and your visa has been paid.
Meet your Guide and driver outside the terminal building and transfer to Thimphu. Stroll around the
city in the evening. Overnight.
Thimphu / Punakha ( 75 Km, 3 Hours ): After breakfast proceed on to visit Thimphu valley
Visit Trashichhoedzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the
Government’s office and King’s Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief
Abbot. Then visit National Library which has vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and
manuscripts. After that drive to Arts & Crafts School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here
you will see, students at work producing intricate design on cloth. Later visit Textile and Folk
Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.
After lunch visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven
and crafted products. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s
Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside
this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Late afternoon drive to Punakha
across Dochula pass (3,080m ). Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
After breakfast visit Punakha Dzong, Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu
rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of
the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four
catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has now been fully restored. Then drive to
Wangdiphodrang visiting Dzong and local market. The district of Wangdiphodrang is also famous for
its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. After lunch drive to Paro with a short stop at Dochula
pass. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses
the School for Buddhist studies. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries.
It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery
hence it is called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to monastery takes about 5 hours for round trip.
Afternoon visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as Watch Tower
since 1967 it is acting as the National Museum of the country and holding fascinating collection of art,
artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit
Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Final Departure to Kathmandu and/or join alternative program.
Kathmandu- Paro- Kathmandu round trip Air tickets (Optional).
Full board package (B, L, D) as per itinerary and required category of Hotel.
Arrival and Departure services at Paro Airport to Hotel.
Arrival and Departure services at Paro Airport to Hotel.
All land transportation for tours by luxury private vehicle, depending on size of group.
Bhutan Travel Permit, Visa, and sightseeing spots entry fees.
Sightseeing tours with English speaking tour guide within the itinerary.
Mineral water bottle during long drive and sightseeing.
FITS surcharge in Bhutan.
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International and domestic flight tickets other than specified.
Alcoholic beverages, drinks and personal nature expenses.
Personal insurance (emergency rescue evacuation if required.)
Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee, Visa issuance is easy at the arrival
Laundry, phone calls, internet using where chargeable,tips, gifts, souvenirs (TIPING is expected).
Particular language guide(except English guide)
Checklist for Bhutan Tour
Valid passport (valid for six months from the date of your trip)
One other picture ID, such as driver’s license (in case of emergency and for use as a substitute of passport or encase of loss of your passport) Photocopy of passport page to carry in wallet
Air tickets (Make a copy of flight tickets which may be helpful, in case of loss)
Visa Clearance (Make a copy of visa clearance which may be helpful, in case of emergencies)
MasterCard, Visa Credit and Debit Cards are accepted in Bhutan. However travelers’ cheques and some cash are highly recommended.
Mobile (if your cell phone is from CINGULLAR USA or ATNT (USA) operators then your cell phone will work in Bhutan.)
WHAT TO BRING DURING THE TOUR IN BHUTAN
Warm Jackets with water proof or rain coats
Hiking shorts (for men) or skirt
Socks for hiking boots Sunscreen for lips and face
Long and short T- shirts or cotton shirts
Back pack or Suitcase
DRESS CODE FOR VISITING FORTRESSES, MONASTERIES AND TEMPLES IN BHUTAN
Shirt (either half or full sleeve)
Full pants/long skirts
Any type of shoes with socks
No Hats, No Umbrella, No Slippers, No t-shirts, No short skirt and No half-pants
Photographs allowed in the courtyard only.
Arrangements may be cancelled at any time but the cancellation should be communicated to us in writing. Since cancellation incurs administrative costs, we will retain any deposit paid and in addition will apply cancellation charges as follows.
Period before departure within which written cancellation is received, and sum of cancellation charge shown as a percentage of the package price: