Trip Overview

This is one of the most popular cultural tours amongst the visitors to spend vacation in Bhutan. It covers western and central Bhutan, the religious heartland and one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan.

Whether you want to explore Bhutan’s unique culture and traditions, or splendid arts and crafts, or exquisite textiles or different dialects and beliefs or Buddhist religion and pilgrimage sites or rural life of medieval age or pristine environment, this trip gives you a lot of opportunities to discover all the aspects of different individual interest in one.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Day 02: In Kathmandu tour with sightseeing and preparation for Bhutan.
Day 03: Fly to Paro 2,280 and drive to Thimphu 2,320m (54 k.m.) – 02 hrs
Day 04: In Thimphu sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 05: Drive to Punakha 1,350 m (75 km) -03 hrs journey with tour in afternoon.
Day 06: Drive from Punakha to Paro (125 km) – 04 hours journey.
Day 07:
In Paro with sightseeing of interesting sites with Tiger’s Nest.
Day 08: Depart Paro for Kathmandu or to respective destinations.
Day 09:
In Kathmandu free day to relax and enjoy shopping.
Day 10: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Bhutan Western Cultural Tour.

Evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

Day 02: In Kathmandu preparation for Bhutan Tour.
A free day in Kathmandu preparation and paper works to obtain Tibet visa one can join in our optional tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur full of interest within World Heritage Sites, rest of the day last day shopping for Western Cultural Tour.

Day 03: Flight to Paro 2,280 m in Bhutan and drive to Thimphu 2,320 m (54 k.m.) - 02 hrs.
Bhutan Western Cultural Tour starts with scenic flight of one hour or less, during air views of world’s highest mountains with Mount Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga, on reaching at Paro Airport in Bhutan, received by our Bhutanese guide and driver for short exciting drive through lovely countryside dotted with farm villages of typical Buddhist cultured villages.

On reaching Thimphu transfer to your respective hotels, a modern city of Bhutan the one and only city in this world without traffic lights, all the traffic controlled by traffic police with a whistle.

Afternoon take an exploratory walk around Paro main street visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom, dating back to 7th Century, overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 04: In Thimphu sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast our Bhutanese guide will take you around Thimphu’s memorial stupas, indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced and traditional painting school.

Afternoon visit includes Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple of valley with short scenic drive to large and recently built Buddha statue, with wonderful view of entire Thimphu valley, after an interesting tour return back to hotel with afternoon free for individual activities.

Day 05: Drive to Punakha 1,350 m (75 km) -03 hrs journeys with tour in afternoon.
On third day in Bhutan begins with morning visit to traditional Hand Made Paper Mill, School of Arts and Crafts where students learns 13 different ways of arts used predominantly in Bhutan. Here visit Folk Heritage Museum, National Library and Traditional Institute of Medicine. Drive to the Zilukha nunnery where you can interact with nuns.

After lunch a short and wonderful drive to Punakha via Dochu-la pass at 3,200 m, overlooking beautiful views of Bhutan’s highest mountains Chomolhari / Jumolhari with other adjoining peaks.

Stopping for short around 108 stupas and then continue drive to warm sub-tropical valley around Punakha, on arrival a short hike to the temple of Chimi Lakhang, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus.

Day 06: Drive from Punakha to Paro (125 km) - 04 hours journey.
Morning starts with short drive to visit Punakha Dzong a fortress with interesting temple which is a fine example of Bhutanese rich art and architecture.

After a nice morning tour of Punakha, afternoon drive back to Paro with few stops visit of 1927-29 AD Dzong or fort built by King Shabdung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified the Kingdom of Bhutan.  After a pleasant drive and interesting tour reaching at Paro, with time for short visit of Paro Fort ‘Simtokh Dzong’.

Day 07: In Paro with sightseeing of interesting sites with Tiger's Nest.
Morning after breakfast, short drive with an hour climb to Bhutan’s most famous landmark an old Taksang Monastery known as “Tiger's Nest”.

This is place a retreats and meditation for Buddhist monks and high priests, the monastery perched in an overhanging rock cliff with views of Paro town and distance peaks, from here after descend a short drive to 17th centaury Ta-Dzong, later converted as the National Museum in 1967, afternoon at leisure for walks around Paro shops and its colorful markets.

Day 08: Fly to Kathmandu (or to other respective destination).
Last day in Bhutan, morning as per the flight time for Kathmandu transfer to Paro airport and as well for people flying to other Indian cities for connecting flight home on reaching Kathmandu transfer to your hotels, rest of the afternoon free for individual activities.

Day 09: In Kathmandu free day to relax and enjoy shopping.
A free day in Kathmandu to relax or join in our optional tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur steeped with historical site with most of World Heritage Sites.

Day 10: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfers you to airport for your flight homeward bound or to respective destination with wonderful experience on Bhutan Western Cultural Tour.

Cost Includes

  • Airfare into Bhutan including taxes.
  • Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
  • All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Local English speaking trekking guide/tour leader.
  • Cook and camp hand who will take care of camp chores and provide wholesome meals.
  • Services of horsemen who will look after the yaks & ponies that transport luggage and camp gear.
  • Experienced driver.
  • Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard goverment approved hotels & guesthouses.
  • All meals in Bhutan.
  • All entrance fees and permits.

Cost Excludes

  • All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.
  • Medical / Travel Insurance.

Please be noted that the price per person is fixed as stated below. We provide group discounts of 10% for booking of 3 or more than 3 persons. If a group booking of 10 or more than 10 people, then it is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip for a person. And if your group is much larger, please contact us to negotiate about the discount. By the way, we also provide private and tailor made trip best suited for you.
Note: Start dates are your arrival date in Nepal, whereas, End dates are the returning date from Nepal.

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Status
16th December 2017 16th December 2017 $

Private Trip

Considering our clients' wish, we also provide private trip to them by which they can spend their memorable moments without any disturbance.

Tailor Made Trip

Taking this itinerary as base, you can make your own itinerary. You can add your own activities like Kathmandu Sightseeing, Trishuli River Rafting, Bungee Jumping etc.





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FAQs

Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.
In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.
You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.
Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.
Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.
It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.
During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.
Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.
Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.
Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.
There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.
It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.