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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- 07 NGTS / 08 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 : 7 nights / 8 days
  • Day 01:Arrive Paro, Paro - Thimphu
    The flight into Bhutan takes you into the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some of world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter the Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering through the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. From the airport you will be driven to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, an exciting blend of tradition and modernity.
    Catch your breath with a warm dinner and rest at your hotel in Thimphu.
  • Day 02:Thimphu
    Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes visits to:
    National Library, which holds a vast collection of Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion.
    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 Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), where the medicinal herbs abundant in the kingdom are compounded and dispensed, and traditional medical practitioners are trained.
    National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the 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. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy;
    Tashichho Dzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses the secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot and central monk body;
    Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into centuries old Bhutanese culture and way of life.
    Handicrafts Emporium: This government-run enterprise displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. It also carries a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism and Himalayan culture.
    Dinner and overnight stay would be at the hotel in Thimphu.
  • Day 03:Thimphu - Tongsa
    After early breakfast, you would drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft) stopping briefly to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the high Himalayan peaks towards the north east will be revealed in all their glory. On a clear day, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendegang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongaphugang (7,060m) a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana, and finally, Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.
    Then continue onwards, reaching Wangduephodrang town in time for lunch. From here, it is a long, winding descent into the Wangduephodrang valley, which is about 1,700m below the pass. Take lunch at Wangduephodrang town and continue on to Tongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830ft) - the traditional boundary between Bhutan’s east and west. The pass is marked by a large white chorten and prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo.
    Stop en route at Chendebji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.
    Arrive at Tongsa in the late afternoon and check into the lodge for the night.
  • Day 04:Tongsa – Bumthang
    After breakfast, walk by Tongsa Dzong (built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1647) and climb up a steep path to visit the Ta Dzong (watchtower), dedicated to the epic hero, King Gesar of Ling.
    Then drive to Bumthang, 68 km. from Tongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/11,155ft). The road winds steeply up to the pass, 28 km. from Tongsa, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open, cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley.
    On arrival in Bumthang, check in at your lodge. After lunch, visit Kurje Lhakhang (“where the saint’s body is imprinted on a rock”), Jambey Lhakhang (7th century), Tamshing Monastery (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan), and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Stroll through the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay would be at the lodge here.
  • Day 05:Bumthang – Punakha
    After breakfast, explore further the fascinating valley of Bumthang. Then proceed to Punakha, stopping along the way at Tongsa for lunch, which will be served in a local restaurant famous for its cuisine.
    Visit Wangduephodrang Dzong and town en route to Punakha, which we will reach late in the afternoon. You would halt for the night at the hotel in Punakha.
  • Day 06:Punakha – Paro
    In the morning you would visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. Punakha was Bhutan’s capital until 1955, and Punakha Dzong still serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan’s first king, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood damage from fire, earthquake and flood over the centuries. The latest flood, in October, 1994, caused great damage to the fortress but miraculously spared its most holy statue.
    After lunch, proceed to Paro, visiting a traditional Bhutanese farm house on the way, to gain an insight into the lifestyle and culture of the local people.
    On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. Dinner will be waiting for you.
  • Day 07:Paro
    IToday’s full day of sightseeing in the Paro valley includes morning visits to Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong and now houses the National Museum, and Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
    After lunch, we drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Shabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in the war of 1644. En route, we also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo.
    We return to the hotel for dinner and sleep.
  • Day 08:Depart Paro
    After an early breakfast in the hotel you will be driven to the airport for your return flight out of Bhutan.
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