Bhutan Cultural Tours – Bhutan often revered as the “land of the Peaceful Dragon” regarded as one of the last Shangri-La in the Himalayan region because of it’s remoteness, it’s spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and it’s unique ancient Buddhist monasteries. It is one of the reactively unexplored pockets of Asia which allow only limited number of discerning travelers to enter the country with a special visa permits.
Bhutan’s isolation has resulted in its culture and traditional remaining much the same for many hundreds of years. Our introductory 8 days Western Bhutan Culture tour will be through the stunning beautiful alpine valley’s flanked by steep slopes and terraced pastures dotted with temple. The highlight of tour will be visits to Simtokha Dzong within the tiny capital township of Thimpu and the Taktsang Monastery that clings to a sheer 3,000 foot rock face cliffs.
Festival (Tscechus) are held in Bhutan throughout the year at different locations. These festivals are celebration of faith, legends, myths and history of Bhutanese in ancient rituals of colorful dance and music. To co-incide a visit to Bhutan during the festive season would be an added bonus and even better way to observe the unique culture.
Itinerary of Bhutan Culture Tours
DAY 01: ARRIVAL – PARO
The flight into the Himalaya reveals breathtaking views of the great peaks MT EVEREST, MT KANCHANJUNGA, MT CHOMOLHARI, MT JICHU DRAKE, etc., taking you right into the Dragon Kingdom’s scraping airstrip at PARO. On arrival you will be greeted and transfered through the beautiful PARO valley to Hotel – dinner & overnight at hotel.
DAY 02: IN PARO
AM: visit the old for ruins pf the DRUKGYAL DZONG (castle) which offers a very scenic drove of a typical Bhutanese landscape. On the clear day, the Mt CHOMOLHARI (7314 m), the sacred summit reaches skyward beyond the Dzong. On the way back, visit TA DZONG, the national museum housed in the ancient watch tower build in around 1651, situated a little above the PARO RIMPUNG DZONG. PM: After lunch, scenic drive to THIMPU (65 Km/2 hrs) and visit MEMORIAL CHORTEN, SCHOOL FOR PAINTING & MEDICINE, the national library and Bhutanese handicraft center – overnight at hotel.
DAY 03: THIMPU – PARO
AM: Visit TASHICHO DZONG (presently Govt. secretariat building which requires special permit for the visit. So, permit could be declined. In that case, visit is organized to have just an external view). After this, visit Bhutanese cottage industry for local paper production. PM: After lunch, drive back to PARO (2 hrs) and visit KICHU LAKHANG (the oldest monastery in BHUTAN) – Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04: PARO – DEPARTURE
After early breakfast, drive to airport for departure flight to your onward destination.