Spirit of Bhutan (7N/8D)

Prices start from USD $1,750 per person

Phobjikha

One Week cultural Tour in Bhutan

Spirit of Bhutan (7N/8D)

Overview

This one week cultural tour in Bhutan is an eventful journey. Encounter the people and culture and experience the rural beauty of high-altitude valleys.

 

 

Day 1

WELCOME TO BHUTAN AND THE RICE FIELDS AND VILLAGES OF PARO.

Arrive in Paro and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing in Paro valley. Visit the impressive Rinpung Dzong, which featured in Bertolucci’s film “Little Buddha” and then descend on foot to the traditional bridge and into Paro town, where you can spend some free time.

O/N Paro

Day 2

TEMPLES AND DIVINE MADMEN IN PUNAKHA.

Drive to Punakha (3½hrs). A one-hour drive from Thimphu brings you to the Dochula Pass at an altitude of 3,000m. Stop to circumabulate the 108 chorten and enjoy the view of the Himalayan peaks in the distance.  Then descend to 1,200m and visit Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of 15th Century Lam Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the “Divine Madman”. Continue towards Punakha Dzong, which was the former fortress capital of Bhutan. The monks live here during the winter months, moving from their cooler summer residence in Thimphu Dzong.For those who enjoy village walks and hiking, we have a choice of two wonderful walking tours that you can opt for today.

O/N Punakha

Day 3

A DAY IN THE HIGH-ALTITUDE PHOBJIKHA VALLEY

Drive to Phobjikha valley(4½hrs). Visit Gangtey Monastery and the school for novice monks known as a ‘shedra’. Also visit the RSPN black-necked crane information centre. Various options today include cycling or hiking in the valley as well as watching the cranes during the winter months.  Stop for tea or lunch in a traditional farmhouse.

O/N Phobjikha

Day 4

PHOBJIKHA HIKING AND DRIVE TO THIMPHU

Morning in Phobjikha. Pack your bags in the car and set out for a morning hike on the Nature Trail before driving to Thimphu with lunch en route (5½ hrs).Free time browsing in the city. Shops stay open until about 8pm.

O/N Thimphu

Day 5

SIGHTSEEING IN THE TINY CAPITAL, THIMPHU: CRAFTSMEN AND DZONGS.

Start the day at the huge Buddha statue with a great view over the city.  Visit the Folk Heritage Museum to get an idea of life in an ancient Bhutanese farmhouse. At the Institute for the 13 Traditional Arts (Zorig Chusum) students learn one of 13 skills such as statue-making, Buddhist painting or silk embroidery.

If you are interested in traditional herbal-based medicine you can choose to visit the Institute of Traditional Medicine. Alternatively, at the Textile Museum you will learn about the intricate silk weaving which is very much a part of Bhutanese culture. Finally, visit the impressive Thimphu Dzong (Trashicho dzong) which is a fortress-like building housing important offices of both the government and the monastic  body as well as a number of temples.

For those who like hiking, we have, on request, several short hikes available today and a chance to play archery or learn how to make a Bhutanese dish. Dinner in one of our favourite restaurants in the city.

O/N Thimphu

Day 6

THIMPHU: ARCHERY, TRADITIONS AND THE NATIONAL ANIMAL.

Archery is the national sport of the Bhutanese so spend some time at the archery ground today where you are sure to find some archers honing their skills. Visit the Chang-gangkha Temple, where locals take their children to be named. Drive up to the Takin Reserve to see the national animal and visit one of a choice of museums. Finally, take a stroll to the Memorial Chorten, where you will meet people of all walks of life circumambulating the stupa with their hand-held prayer wheels.While browsing in town, we suggest a visit to the Post office museum to see the stamp collection or to make your very own stamp and a visit to the handmade paper workshop or the various weaving centres.In the late afternoondrive to Paro (1 hr). En route stop at the chain bridge at Tamchog Lhakhang.

O/N Paro

Day 7

MORNING HIKE TO THE TIGER’S NEST: A TRUE PILGRIMAGE.

Hike or horserideto Taktsang temple, also known as the Tiger’s Nest, which is built into the sheer rock face at an altitude of 3,000 metres. This is a highlight of the tour and involves a 2-hour uphill hike. The visit to the temple, and the return downhill to the base makes this a 4-hour round trip. This hike requires a certain level of fitness but is not excessively difficult.In the afternoon drive towards the ruined fortress Drugyel Dzong from where you can get a view of the distant Jhomolhari mountain and enjoy the rural scenery of the valley with its small villages and farms scattered here and there.  On the return to town, visit Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. You may wish to book a massage at one of several hotel spas to relax after your hike.

O/N Paro

Day 8

FLIGHT DEPARTURE FROM PARO.

After breakfast, transfer to Paro airport for your flight. Tashi delek!

The Cost IncludesAccommodation in 3* 4* and 5* tourist hotels according to the package chosen.
Three meals a day.
English-speaking Guide services for the duration of your stay (Other languages on request).
Comfortable vehicle and driver for the duration of your stay.
All transfers between airport and hotel.
Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary.
Government Royalties and Surcharges and all taxes.
Complimentary processing of Bhutanese visa and flight booking service.
The Cost Does Not Includes Visa Fee: payable at the time of booking your tour ($ 40).
Flights: your flight costs are itemized separately.
Upgrades to a higher category hotel accommodation on request.
Drinks and other expenses of a personal nature (laundry, telephone etc.)
Tips for guide and driver.
Travel & Health Insurance: we strongly recommend that you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance to cover medical expenses, baggage loss, and trip cancellation.
All extra expenses incurred due to forces of nature or unforeseen events.

7N/8D Tour Prices

 1 person2 person3 person & above
High SeasonUSD $2,485USD $1,960USD $1,750
Visa FeeUSD $40
FlightPlease see separate tab for flight options and prices.
High Season: March, April, May, September, October, and November

Return flight prices to Paro

Sector Economy Business
DelhiUSD $606USD $765
BangkokUSD $646USD $780
KathmanduUSD $379USD $469
KolkataUSD $406USD $489
SingaporeUSD $818USD $1,478
BagdograUSD $208USD $352
GayaUSD $390USD $694

One Week cultural Tour in Bhutan


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