Bhutan Cultural Tour 6Nights
Overview Embark on a captivating Bhutan Cultural Tour 6Nights to immerse yourself in the enchanting realm of this Himalayan kingdom. Discover a land where ancient traditions seamlessly blend with modernity, where the pursuit of Gross National Happiness takes precedence over GDP. Your journey begins in the capital, Thimphu, a harmonious blend of tradition and urban development. Witness the revered Tashichho Dzong, a stunning fortress-monastery, and explore the National Memorial Chorten, a hub of spiritual devotion. As you venture into the serene Paro Valley, the iconic Taktsang Monastery, or Tiger's Nest, awaits your exploration. Perched precariously on a cliffside, this sacred…
Embark on a captivating Bhutan Cultural Tour 6Nights to immerse yourself in the enchanting realm of this Himalayan kingdom.
Discover a land where ancient traditions seamlessly blend with modernity, where the pursuit of Gross National Happiness takes precedence over GDP. Your journey begins in the capital, Thimphu, a harmonious blend of tradition and urban development. Witness the revered Tashichho Dzong, a stunning fortress-monastery, and explore the National Memorial Chorten, a hub of spiritual devotion.
As you venture into the serene Paro Valley, the iconic Taktsang Monastery, or Tiger’s Nest, awaits your exploration. Perched precariously on a cliffside, this sacred site offers not only spiritual insight but also breathtaking views of the valley below.
Traverse the breathtaking landscapes as you journey to Punakha, the ancient capital. Be awestruck by the Punakha Dzong, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture set against the backdrop of fertile valleys and glistening rivers. Your cultural sojourn also continues with visits to traditional villages, where locals proudly adorn their traditional attire and engage in age-old customs.
Enchanting Experiences on the Bhutan Cultural Tour: From Sacred Rendezvous to Artistic Immersion and Culinary Delights
Partake in a spiritual rendezvous at the Chimi Lhakhang temple, also known for its unique fertility blessings. This pilgrimage site offers a glimpse into the Bhutanese reverence for both religious practices and cultural symbolism.
Your tour also includes an encounter with the rural idyll of Gangtey, nestled in the Phobjikha Valley. Here, witness the Black-Necked Crane Festival, a spectacle that celebrates the conservation of these majestic birds and showcases vibrant folk performances.
The Bhutan Cultural Tour also ensures an immersion into the kingdom’s artistry through visits to traditional crafts workshops, where intricate textiles, thangka paintings, and woodwork come to life. Engage with local artisans and gain insights into the craftsmanship that has been preserved for generations.
Indulge your senses in Bhutanese cuisine, with flavorsome dishes like ema datshi (chili and cheese stew) and momo (dumplings) that reflect the nation’s culinary heritage. Share meals with warm-hearted locals, fostering connections that transcend cultural boundaries.
Conclusion and Summary
As your journey culminates, reflect on the deep-rooted spiritual values, harmonious coexistence with nature, and cultural richness that Bhutan epitomizes. This transformative adventure also leaves an indelible mark on your soul, fostering a profound appreciation for Bhutan’s commitment to preserving its cultural legacy amidst the currents of change.
- FLY TO THE LAND OF THUNDER, DRAGON
- EXPERIENCE RICH BHUTANESE CULTURE
- ENJOY INTERACTION WITH BHUTANESE PEOPLE
- EXPLORE MAJOR CITIES LIKE PARO AND THIMPU
- VISIT IMPORTANT MUSEUMS, DZONGS, AND MONASTERIES IN BHUTAN.
- MEMORIAL CHORTEN, CHANGANGKHA LHAKHANG, INSTITUTE FOR ZORIG CHUSUM
- FOLK HERITAGE MUSEUM, TEXTILE MUSEUM
- HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST MONASTERY
Your Guide from Friendship World Trek will receive you at the Airport. After Tea, drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. Dinner and over night in Hotel.
A very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery – After breakfast a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, from there a 2 hour walk till the viewpoint point of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.
After Lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Dinner and over night in Hotel.
The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Over night in Hotel.
After breakfast, Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. On the way, visit Chime Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”. In Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping; the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952.
After Lunch, Excursion to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
After breakfast drive to Gangtey. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang, it includes: visit to Wangdiphodrang Dzong (from outside) built in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong; four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of Buddhist religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Drive further to Gangtey. While in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Gompa. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. After lunch, explore the valley. Dinner and over night in Guest house.
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. Lunch, will be served on the way. In the evening, visit Sangay gang view point and Takin Preserve center. Dinner and over night in Hotel.
Packed lunch will be served. In the evening, drive to Paro. Dinner and over night in Hotel
Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.
- Airport transfers – pick up and drop
- All ground transportation
- Bhutan visa fees
- Your accommodation in a 3-star category hotel approved by Government in Bhutan
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the tour)
- All paper works
- Entry tickets to museums, dzongs, monasteries, etc.
- A licensed, English speaking, experienced and professional guide
- All the costs of the guide including accidental insurance
- All applicable government taxes and service charges.
- First aid kit
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Personal refreshment items like cold drinks, snacks, etc.
- Personal utility items like laundry, telephone expenses electricity charges, etc.
- Tips for guides and porters
Bhutan is a beautiful country located in the eastern Himalayas, known for its stunning landscapes, rich culture, and unique approach to measuring national happiness. If you’re planning a tour trip to Bhutan, here is some helpful information to keep in mind:
- Visa: All visitors to Bhutan require a visa, which must be arranged through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or a foreign travel agent partnered with a Bhutanese tour operator.
- Season: The best time to visit Bhutan is from March to May and September to November, when the weather is mild and the skies are clear.
- Currency: The official currency of Bhutan is the Ngultrum, but Indian Rupees are also accepted throughout the country.
- Language: The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, but English is widely spoken and understood.
- Culture: Bhutan is deeply rooted in Buddhist culture, and visitors are encouraged to respect local customs and traditions.
- Food: Bhutanese cuisine is characterized by its spicy flavors and extensive use of chili peppers. The national dish is Ema Datshi, a spicy cheese and chili pepper stew.
- Activities: Bhutan offers a wide range of activities for visitors, including trekking, cycling, rafting, and cultural tours.
- Accommodation: Bhutan offers a range of accommodation options, from budget guesthouses to luxury hotels. However, all visitors must book their accommodation through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator.
- Transportation: The most convenient way to get around Bhutan is by car or van, which can be arranged through your tour operator.
- Permits: Certain areas of Bhutan, such as national parks and wildlife reserves, require special permits, which can be arranged through your tour operator.
Overall, a tour trip to Bhutan is a unique and rewarding experience, offering visitors a glimpse into a culture and way of life that is truly one-of-a-kind.
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