Trip Overview

Eastern Bhutan Cultural Tour Bhutan is a heavenly abode in the heart of the vast Himalaya. But it is little known to the outside world just being wedged between giant neighbors and secluded by some of the highest mountain ranges.
Bhutan-the last paradise on the earth reflects age-old religion, culture, arts & architecture in its golden peaks in the background of deep green valley and hillside. Nepal comes to be the nearest destination to organize the tour to Bhutan.

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: From Thimphu drive to Punakha 1,350 m via Dochu-la 3,200 m – 04 hrs.
Day 06: At Punakha with sightseeing tour.
Day 07: Drive to Trongsa 2,900 m – 05 hrs.
Day 08: Drive to Jakar 2,650 m – 04 hrs.
Day 09: Around Jakar tour of places of interest.
Day 10: Drive to Phobjikha 1,760 m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Drive to Paro – 08 hrs.
Day 12: In Paro for sightseeing tour with Tiger’s Nest.
Day 13: Depart Paro for Kathmandu or to respective destinations.
Day 14:
In Kathmandu free day to relax and enjoy shopping.
Day 15: 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 Eastern 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 Bhutan Eastern 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 Eastern 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: At Punakha with cultural and historical tour.
Morning our Bhutanese guides leads you for a short hike of little less than 2 hours to reach at  Tashigang Hongtso Monastery, located on the rim pristine forest area with views of Hongtso, Tashigang towns and village. Explore the surrounding buildings with pilgrims practicing meditation in peaceful environment.

The monastery houses about 40 orphans here learn languages, religious and general education from the monks an interesting tour of the Gompa (monastery).

From here a nice drive to the top at Dochu-la for views of Himalayan peaks, including unclimbed peak Gangkhar Puensum at 7570 m /24,836 ft.

After a lovely day drive back to Punakha Valley, this is a warm semi-tropical valley believed to be carved by Mo Chhu and the Po Chhu (Mother and Father River), arriving at the lodge with short interesting walk to Royal Botanical.

Day 07: Drive to Trongsa 2,900 m - 05 hrs.
Starting the morning with exciting and scenic drive to Trongsa past Wangdi province with short tour of Wangdi Dzong (Fortress), which was destroyed by fire recently, our journey continues towards Trongsa on crossing over Pelela Pass at 3,300 m which forms the part of Black Mountain range that divides the country from east and west.

On reaching Trongsa transfer in a nice local hotel with afternoon short walk around Trongsa town and market place.

Day 08: Drive to Jakar 2,650 m - 04 hrs.
On having breakfast with time for visit around Trongsa town, tour of Trongsa Dzong (Fortress), former royal resident with unique watchtower houses a newly converted museum after a nice tour drive to Yotong La pass at 3,425m and on drive with short stop at weaving place, beside the road where "Yatha" (wool weaving) is done.

Drive leads past the valley of Bumthang famous for fine wool products from here drive continues to reach at Jakar for overnight stops, on arrival transfer into a nice local lodge or guesthouse.

Day 09: Around Jakar tour of places of interest.
Morning starts with tour of Jampay Lakhang, one of Bhutans first two Buddhist temples built and then tour of Kurjey Lakhang Temple, where royals family are cremated from here over a bridge to Parar and Tamshing villages. This fine interesting day completes with a walk passing a Swiss farm.

Day 10: Drive to Phobjikha 1,760 m - 06 hrs.
After a pleasant and wonderful time at Jakar morning drive heading towards remote and isolated place known as 'Valley of Happiness' at Phobjikha. The valley a protected sanctuary for endangered rare Black Necked Cranes migrate Bhutanese soil every winter (early Nov to end of February).

Along the drive with scenic views of mountains and then on reaching Gangtey at Phobjikha valley visit famous old Gompa (monastery), the one and only Buddhism of Ningma-pa sects monastery which is the largest in west Bhutan.

Day 11: Drive back to Paro - 08 hours journey.
Today a long but interesting drive back to Paro with scenic views of countryside and mountains, after a great long drive reaching Paro with time for a stroll around old Paro town with local handicrafts stores.

At first 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 transfer you to airport for your flight homeward bound or to respective destination with wonderful experience on Bhutan Eastern Cultural Tour.

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up and drops
  • Bhutan Visa Fee
  • Government approved A and B category hotels in the cities and camping(tents) during trekking on twin- shared basis
  • 3 times meals during Bhutan trip
  • All land transportation
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Porter services for trekking
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Cost Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Kathmandu to Bhutan (Two way flights) and International Flights
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Personal camping gears (sleeping bag, torch etc)
  • Trip cancellation and medical
  • Tips for staff/guide

Please be noted that the price per person is fixed as stated below. We provide group discounts of 10% for booking of two or more than two person. 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.

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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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