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The magical kingdom of Bhutan opened its doors tourism only in 1974. That is why this Himalayan country, with its unspoilt natural splendours, has been called the last travel frontier in the world. It remains to this day a land of sheer beauty and grandeur and exotic mysticism. Through our tours, visitors are introduced to the colourful aspects of Mahayana Buddhism including visits to religious festivals and pilgrimage sites. There are fascinating excursions to villages, temples and scenic spots for a closer look at the unique culture of a land which remains the most unblemished and beautiful example of the traditional Himalayan way of life in existence today.
The sample Cultural Tour Programs given below can be modified to meet travellers' individual preferences.
All our tour packages start from and end at Paro, the international airport.

PACKAGE DURATION- 06 NGTS / 07 DAYS

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Package cost includes:
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel.
  • All transfers and sight seeing in appropriate non-a/c vehicles.
  • All Hotels taxes & service charges.
Package Cost Excludes:
  • Any meal other than specified in the ‘includes’ column.
  • Airfare.
  • Extras of a personal nature such as tips, laundry charges, and additional tour charges
  • Monument & guide charges during sightseeing throughout the itinerary.
  • Insurance and Emergency rescue costs.
  • Anything not mentioned in the ‘includes’ column.
Itinerary : 6 nights / 7 days :
  • Day 01:Bagdogra/Siliguri – Phuentsholing
    You would be picked up on your arrival at Siliguri or Bagdogra airport in the Indian state of West Bengal. After a drive of about three hours, along a road lined with lush green tea gardens, you will reach Phuentsholing, the gateway to Bhutan, which lies directly at the base of the Himalayan foothills. This rapidly growing town is Bhutan’s commercial centre, with most commercial organizations headquartered here.
    Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Phuentsholing.
  • Day 02:Phuentsholing – Thimphu
    After breakfast you would be driven to Thimphu, making our first stop about 5 km. up the road to visit Kharbandi Gompa. This beautiful monastery situated in a garden of tropical plants and flowers, was built by the Royal Grandmother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedron in 1967. There is a splendid view of Phuentsholing and the Indian plains from the monastery garden.
    From this point the road climbs steeply up into the hills, winding through innumerable bends, to an altitude of approximately 2,000m/6,560ft. We will make stops along the way from time to time, so as not to miss the magnificent view of the Indian plains and the Toorsa river below. After a two hour drive through light mountain jungle teeming with lianas and orchids, we pass over the first ridge and begin a long and gradual descent to the river which is the source of energy for the massive Chukha Hydroelectric Power Project. We cross the river, and rise up the mountainside and further into the hills, leaving Chukha and the small town of Chimakothi behind us. Lunch is served en route.
    After passing through Chapcha the road reaches its highest point of about 2,800m/9,185ft, then descends steeply and runs along the banks of the Wang Chu (river) to Chuzom (meaning confluence), where the Paro Chu runs into the Wang Chu. From here it is only about 2 hours’ drive up the valley to Thimphu. Shortly before reaching our destination, we will stop to visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in the kingdom, built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1627.
    On arrival in Thimphu, you will be checked into the hotel. Dinner will await you.
  • Day 03:Thimphu
    Once a rustic village sitting in a broad, fertile river valley, Thimphu is today the nation’s bustling capital. Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu includes visits to:
    Tashichho Dzong, “the fortress of the glorious religion”: Initially erected in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was rebuilt in the 1960s during the reign of Bhutan’s third king in the traditional style, without nails or architectural plans. Tashichho Dzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.
    National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the late King (“the father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace.
    Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
    National Library, which holds an extensive collection of Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books, mainly on Himalayan culture and religion.
    Other places of interest which may be visited if time permits include: the National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), where medicinal herbs are compounded and dispensed, and traditional medical practitioners trained; the Handicrafts Emporium, which displays a wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products, and also a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism and Himalayan culture; the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums.
    In the evening take a stroll through Thimphu’s market area, visiting local shops and mingling with the people. Retire to you hotel for dinner and sleep.
  • Day 04:Thimphu – Punakha - Wangduephodrang
    After breakfast proceed to Punakha, with a small stop, about 45 minutes’ drive away, at Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft). From here you would get your first glimpse of the eastern Himalayan ranges.
    A low-lying subtropical valley, Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and is still the winter residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and central monk body. Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, has played a prominent role in the civil and religious life of the kingdom. Damaged by fire, flood and earthquake, over the centuries, it has now been fully restored to its original splendor.
    You would also visit the valley of Wangduephodrang situated at the junction of the Punakha Chu and Tang Chu rivers. The night would be spent in you hotel in Punakha/Wangduephodrang.
  • Day 05:Punakha - Wangduephodrang – Paro
    The morning begins with breakfast and sightseeing in Wangduephodrang, a typical small Bhutanese town, with a bustling market and well-stocked shops. This area is also known for its fine bamboo work, stone carvings, locally mined slate, and a yak dairy research station.
    Wangduephodrang Dzong is the town’s most visible feature, situated majestically on a spur above the junction of the Punakha Chu and Tang Chu rivers.
    After lunch, we drive to Paro, visiting a village homestead en route, to see first hand, the lifestyle of the local people. Your overnight stay would be at the hotel in Paro.
  • Day 06:Paro
    This beautiful valley is home to some of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, the National Museum and the country’s only airport.
    Situated strategically and commanding a spectacular view of the valley, Rinpung Dzong (“the fortress of the heap of jewels”) was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646, and now houses Paro’s monk body and the offices of the civil administration. It is also the venue for the annual springtime Paro Tsechu (festival). Above Rinpung Dzong (commonly referred to as Paro Dzong) is Ta Dzong, housing the National Museum, which holds unique and varied collections ranging from ancient armor to textiles, thangkha paintings, stamps, coins and other antiquities.
    A short drive north, overlooking the Paro river, is Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan dating back to the 7th century, when Buddhism was first introduced into Bhutan. Further ahead, at the end of valley lies Drukgyel Dzong, or “the Fort of Drukpa Victory”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders.
    The evening can be utilized to visit local shop before returning to your hotel for the night.
  • Day 07:Depart Paro
    After an early breakfast in the hotel you will be driven to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
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