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Bhutan Cultural Tour 15 Days

Himalayan rock Complete tour in Bhutan. 15 days Bhutan including Tigers Nest (Taktsang Monastery), Paro Dzong, Punakha Dzong, Jakar Dzong, Gangtey Gompa, Phobjikha Valley, Bumthang, Trongsa, Trashiyangtse, Trashigang and Mongar.

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Facts Of Trip


Grade: Grade I
Type: Tour
Total duration: 15 days
Cost: See Details
Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Paro, transfer to Thimphu
Day 02: Thimphu
Day 03: Thimphu to Trongsa
Day 04: Trongsa to Bumthang
Day 05: Bumthang to Mongar
Day 06: Mongar
Day 07: Mongar to Trashigang
Day 08: Trashigang to Trashiyangtse to Trashigang
Day 09: Trashigang to Bumthang
Day 10: Bumthang
Day 11: Bumthang to Punakha
Day 12: Punakha
Day 13: Punakha to Paro
Day 14: Paro to Taktsang Monastery, Tiger`s Nest
Day 15: Paro departure
Detail Itinerary

Day 01 Arrive at Paro Airport:
The flight into the Himalayas reveals scenic and breathtaking views of Himalayan Mountains of the world. Landing in the Paro Valley, surrounded by 4000 meter high mountains stretching across the west of Bhutan, enables you to have a visible landing which is indispensable and makes your day an unforgettable one.Drive to Thimphu, the capital city (2 hours drive). On the way to Thimphu visit, Tamchhog Lhakhang (1 hour drive) which is located on the opposite side of the river. This is a temple built by Thang Thong Gyalpo of Tibet.

After arrival in Thimphu visit: Zorig Chusum Institute, Hand Made Paper Factory, Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, Tashichho Dzong.

Day 02 Thimphu:
Take a hike to Cheri Monastery (includes Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wild life Sanctuary): The hike of about 2hrs leads to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen). The trail starts by crossing a lovely covered bridge that spans the Wang Chu, and then climbs to the monastery.

Visit :Thangtong Dewachen (nunnery), Mini Zoo, Sangaygang View Point.

Day 03 Thimphu to Trongsa:
Morning visit to the weekend market: We can see people from all walks of Bhutanese society who come to buy fresh products. During weekends we can also see the archery matches at the Changlimithang ground. Archery is the national game of Bhutan.
Later visit, Memorial Chorten: Chorten are memorial structures designed to evokethe same perfect symmetry and elegance of the Buddha himself. This particular chorten was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of the country.
Driving towards Trongsa (6 hrs), we come across a pass known as Dochula from where a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range can be seen, especially in clear winter days. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens.

Day 04 Trongsa to Bumthang:
Morning visit, Trongsa Dzong: Trongsa used to be the winter capital of the Bhutan before Thimpu and its Dzong is one of the most impressive in the country  indeed, it provided the seat of power for both the first and the second Kings of Bhutan.
Drive from Trongsa to Bumthang will take around 2,5 hours. On the way visit Hand Loom Factory.

Day 05 Bumthang to Mongar:
Eight hours drive to Mongar.

Day 06 Mongar:
Morning you will trek from Khurbazam to Khoma Village (1,5 hours each way), where some of the most famous and expensive textiles are woven in silk and cotton. Khoma village is famous for Kishuthara weaving and it is the main income source of Khoma villagers. Kishuthara is a silk on silk weaving with intricate hand laced patterns. It is the most expensive textile in Bhutan.
Although built in the 1930s and one of newest dzongs of Bhutan it is constructed in the same way as all earlier dzongs, without plans or nails.  A visit to Mongar Dzong shows one how traditional Bhutanese architecture has continued to thrive through the centuries.
Later stroll around the Mongar town and see how locals live.

Day 07 Mongar to Trashigang:
Morning drive to Trashigang (4 hours drive).  Trashigang lies in the far east of Bhutan, and is the country`s largest district. Trashigang town, on the hillside above the Gamri Chu (river), was once the center for a busy trade with Tibet. Today it is the junction of the east-west highway, with road connections to Samdrup Jongkhar and then into the Indian state of Assam. This town is also the principle market place for the semi-nomadic people of Merak and Sakteng, whose way of dress is unique in Bhutan.
Later visit the Trashigang Dzong and stroll around the town. Trashigang dzong, or fortress, was built in 1659 by the third Druk Desi to defend against Tibetan invaders. Because of its altitude invading armies remarked that `it is not a dzong on the ground, it is in the sky`.

Day 08 Trashigang to Trashiyangtse to Trashigang:
Morning excursion to Trashi Yangtse with picnic lunch. (1 hour 30 minutes drive) Situated in a small river valley, it is a lovely spot from which to take walks in the surrounding countryside. The Dzong overlooking the town was built in the late 1990s when the new district was created.
Trashiyangtse is famous for its wooden containers and bowls, which make inexpensive, attractive and useful mementos of a visit to this remote region. The Institute for Zorig Chusum, where students study the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan, is also worth a visit.
Visit the Chorten Kora and Gom Kora: It is similar to the stupa of Boudhanath in Nepal and was built in 1740. Chorten Kora festival is very different from the other festivals in Bhutan, as not only the Bhutanese, but also the people from Arunachal Pradesh in India, gathers for the festival.
Later drive back to Trashigang and visit Kanglung.

Day 09 Trashigang to Bumthang:
Drive back to Bumthang, 10 hours drive.

Day 10 Bumthang:
Today we visit various religious and historical places around Bumthang.

Vist: Kurjey Lhakhang, 
Tamzing Lhakhang, Kenchosum Lhakhang, Chakhar (Iron Castle) Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong, Mebar Tsho (Lake of Burning Fire), Ura Village.

Day 11 Bumthang to Punakha:
Morning drive to Punakha town, on the way visit Wangdue Dzong. Wangdue Dzong is dramatically on a spur at the confluence of 2 rivers. Wangdue has a unique town to look around with small huts by the side of the road.

Day 12 Punakha:
Morning hike to Kham Sum Yule Lhakhang (Monastery): It was built by HRH Azhi (Queen) Tshering Pem Wangchuck for a successful rule during the reign of the present King.

Visit: Punakha Dzong (fortress), Chimi Lhakhang

Day 13 Punakha to Paro:
Visit the National Museum at Ta Dzong. Ta Dzong means watchtower and it actually served as a watchtower in the 17th century to guard to region from a possible Tibetan invasion. The interesting museum houses a fine collection of for example Bhutanese art, relics, religious Thangka's. After Ta Dzong we also take you to Paro Rimpung Dzong. Rimpung Dzong means fortress in the heap of jewels. It was build in 1644 by Zhabdrung, who till today is deeply revered by the Bhutanese people as a dynamical political and spiritual leader.  Especially from the other side of the river very nice pictures can be taken of the majestic Paro Dzong with Ta Dzong at the background.

Visit: Kichu Lhakhang, Paro Rimpung Dzong.

Day 14 Paro to Taktsang Monastery to `Tiger`s Nest`:
Early morning take a hike to Taktsang Monastery. Generally regarded as one of the most holiest places in Bhutan, the Taktsang Monastery, or Tiger`s Nest, is strikingly iconic of the country`s culture and traditions. The Monastery is perched on a high granite cliff, overlooking the northern Paro Valley. The only sounds here are the murmurs of wind and water and the chanting of Buddhist Monks. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress (dorji drolo) to the site of the monastery where he meditated for 3 months.

Day 15 Paro, departure:
Early breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the airport to board the flight.


Accommodation: The hotels used in this holiday are the best government appointed hotels in the country and equate roughly to 3 star standards. All have private bathrooms and are comfortable and well-appointed. There are a few independent luxury hotels, which can be used on request. Tents for the trek are imported from Nepal and are of a high standard.
Cost Includes / Excludes
Included:
- Bhutanese Royalty, all internal taxes and charges
- English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide, licensed by Department of Tourism
- Accommodation in 3-4 star hotels, approved by Tourism Council of Bhutan and Hotel Association of Bhutan
- Food during tour (3 meals a day) and beverages
- Entrance fees monasteries according to program
- All transportation within Bhutan

Not included:
- Transportation to and from Bhutan
- Bhutan visa ($ 40 per person)
- Bhutan tourist tax ($ 10 per person)
- Tips, personal expenses and insurances
- Bar bills, soft drinks & alcoholic drinks

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