Bhutan Cultural Tour
Bhutan Cultural Tour Overview
The kingdom of Bhutan offers very unique culture as well as scenery. This short six day tour of the country will feature visits to the principal cities of the country while overlooking the high mountains of the Himalayas.?Bhutan is roughly the size of Switzerland, but with higher mountains and a very small population. The number of people living in the entire country is only 700,000, so there is a lot of forests and beautiful scenery free of human population. The cities are quaint, and there are many colorful monasteries to see and explore.?We are pleased to be able to offer the Cultural Tour of Bhutan. The country had been isolated from the rest of the world until the late 1900s when its third king began to open it to the outside world. Even today, the number of visitors is restricted in order to preserve the unique charm and culture of the country. This tour will enchant you with all that this country has to offer.
Day to Day Itinerary
DAY 1 – Arrival in Paro: You arrive in the country's only international airport from Kathmandu at the city of Paro. It is only a 90 minute flight from Nepal to Bhutan as you travel along the ridge of the high Himalayas, which includes seeing Mt. Everest as you fly by. You will be received at the Paro Airport by your representative of GA Travels who will take you on a 90 minute journey to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
DAY 2 – Thimphu: Thimphu is the capital as well as the largest city in Bhutan. Its buildings feature traditional architecture, and the country works to keep new buildings in its traditional designs. After breakfast, the tour will go to Trashichhoedzong, the medieval fortress and monastery which houses the government offices as well as the throne of the king. There will be a chance to visit Arts & Crafts School and see Thangkha Paintings and intricate designs on cloth. There are visits to other important cultural locations within the city.
DAY 3 – Thimphu/Punakha: It is an incredible 90 minute drive from the capital city to Punakha, which crosses Dochula Pass (elev 3,080 m/10,104 ft) which will afford you one of the most spectacular panoramic views of the mountains. There are incredible mani walls (Buddhist carvings) along the way as well as views of several 7000+ meter peaks with their incredible snow-covered peaks. There is even a view of Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak of Bhutan at 7,497 m (24,596 ft.) There is Punakha Dzong, built at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. The Dzong has been fully restored to its original glory. Spend the night in Punakha.
DAY 4 – Punakha to Paro: It is a four hour drive from Punakha to Paro. There will be a visit to Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan. Afterwards, visit Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual/temporal ruler of Bhutan. Spend the night in Paro.
DAY 5 – Paro: visit Drukgyel Dozng, the ruins of a fortress which was famous for repelling invasions from Tibet. There will be a trip to "The Tiger's Nest" or Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of all the Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan. This monastery literally hangs off the side of the mountain with incredible views from its overlook. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived to this site riding on the back of a female tiger. Fortunately, you won't have to travel the same way to see this monastery.
DAY 6 – Departure: After breakfast, it is time to leave Bhutan back for Kathmandu. Be sure to talk to your representative of GA Travels about visiting around Nepal, India, Tibet, Bangladesh and other places in South Asia.