Bhutan Cultural Tour for 5 Days 4 Nights

Zen & Meditation

Trekking in Punakha

Buddha Point

Trekking

Paro

Day 1: Arrival: Paro Thimphu (65kms/1.5hrs)

Paro (alt. 2200m/7218ft) – The beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates within itself a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, National Museum and country’s only airport. Mount. Chomolhari (7,314m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley and its glacial water plunge through deep gorges to form Pa Chhu (Paro River). Paro is also one of the most fertile valleys in the Kingdom producing a bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields.

The flight to Paro is considered one of the most spectacular flight experiences in the world.  While flying in and out of Bhutan, one can see Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makula, and other high peaks such as Jumolhari, Jichu Drakey, and Tsrim Gang. You will be received by representative of Triip.me at Airport.

Paro valley and airport

Paro Valley

After landing at Paro, your tour guide will take you on a short one and half hour drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, at 2320 meters.

Thimphu Altitude: 2320m. Thimphu is a small, charming capital city nestled in the heart of the Himalayas with a population of about 100,000 people. Thimphu is capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce. It is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is still a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style.

After checking into your hotel in Thimphu and refreshment visit the following places:

Memorial Chorten: This stupa was built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan’s third King, His Late Majesty the King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Buddha Point: Visit the world’s largest sitting Buddha, an immense statue housing a monastery and visitors center. Enjoy a stunning view of Thimphu city from this point.

Bhudda Point

Tashichho Dzong: Tashichho Dzong has been the seat of the government since 1952 and presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. Other government departments are housed in buildings nearby.

Evening: Explore Thinphu Towm/Handicrafts Stall/ Local market

Overnight in Thimphu: Namgay Heritage Hotel www.nhh.bt

Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing

Morning: Hike to Cheri Monastery. Drive to north of Thimphu Valley (15kms) and hike to Cheri Monastery for 30 – 45mins. Cheri Monastery was established in 1620 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The monastery is now a major teaching and retreat center of the Southern Drukpa Kagyu sect. The Monastery serves as the monastic school for study of Buddhist Philosophy, metaphysics, mathematics, poets and many other Buddhist studies. According to legend or history of Bhutan the place was first visited by Padmasambhava in the 8th century. In the 13th century it was visited by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo the Tibetan Lama who first established the Drukpa Kagyu tradition in Bhutan. Zhabdrung spent three years in strict retreat at the monastery and stayed for many years.

Picnic lunch will be arranged. Visit following places after lunch:

National Takin Reserve: Hike or drive up the National Takin Reserve where a herd of Bhutan’s national animals reside. Legend has it that the Takin is a cross between a goat and a buffalo, but biologists agree that its nearest relative is the arctic musk ox. This bizarre beast looks as if it was assembled from parts of several animals and vaguely resembles an American bison tinged in golden fur. Male Takins have been known to hide by lying spread-eagle on the ground.

School of Thirteen Arts & Crafts: It is the primary center of learning for Bhutanese artists.  Depending upon the student’s interest, one can specialize in any of the thirteen arts and crafts, including painting, weaving, sculptures, blacksmithing, embroidery, etc.  It is the best place for visitors to learn about traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts. On a visit, one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school. Notification from Zorig Chusum

National Textile Museum: This museum is worth a visit to learn about Bhutan’s living national art of weaving. The ground floor focuses on cham costumes, while the upper floor introduces the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and type of textiles made by women and men. There is usually a small group of weavers working their looms inside the shop, which features work from the renowned weaving centre of Lhuentse in northeastern Bhutan

Overnight in Thimphu: Namgay Heritage Hotel www.nhh.bt

Day 3: Thimphu – Paro (65kms/1.5hrs)

After breakfast drive to Paro.
Visit following place in Paro:

Rinpung Dzong: Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring.

rinpung dzong by the river

Rinpung Dzong in Paro



National Museum: Ta- Dzong (the watchtower) one time watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dozng during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, since 1967 Ta Dzong is serving as the National Museum of the country. It holds fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. The museum circular shape augments its varied collection displayed over several floors.

Kyichu Lhakhang -It is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century (the other is Jambey Lhakahng in Bumthang). The lhakhang complex is composed of two temples. The first temple was built by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and in 1968, H.M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, built the second temple in original pattern.

In the evening walk through Paro town.

Drukgyel Dzong : This Dzong, which was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders was destroyed by fire in 1951. On a clear day, this point offers bird eye view of the Mt. Chomolhari (7329m). Explore the village just below the dzong and get a feel of rural Bhutan

Farm House: visit a local farm house and experience authentic Bhutanese life style and enjoy the local hospitality. It offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer of Bhutan.

Evening: explore Paro Town.

Overnight in Paro: Naksel Boutique Hotel and Spa www.naksel.com

Day 04: Paro- Hike to Taktshang, Tiger’s Nest (3-4hrs)  

Bhutan’s most scenic icon or the most important landmark, Taktshang the Tiger’s nest clings to the side of a steep cliff 300 meters above the Paro valley. The place was first visited by Guru Rimpoche, founder of the tantric form of Buddhism in Himalayan countries, in the 8th century.  It was said that he meditated there for about three months.  The original temple was built in the 17th century, but tragically, it was consumed by fire in 1998.  Like a phoenix, the temple was rebuilt to its fullest glory in 2003.  Takshang is considered to be the 10th-holiest site in the Buddhist world. You can visit three different temples inside the main Takshang complex. Riding Ponies provided upon request.   

Tiger nest monastery

Tiger’s Nest monastery

Afternoon: relax and enjoy the Manchu spa at Naksel Resort.

Overnight in Paro: Naksel Boutique Hotel and Spa www.naksel.com

Day 05: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Paro airport for departure

What's included
  • Airport transfers
  • 3* – 5* accommodation.
  • Visas for Bhutan
  • Daily 3 meals (B, L, D)
  • Mineral bottled water
  • Private car
  • Entrance tickets to all attractions
  • Road permits
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Private driver
  • Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
  • Wearing traditional Bhutan Gho and Kira on the second last day of the trip
Next departure date

Departure every Tuesday and Thursday

Prices

For March, April, May, Sep, Oct, Nov:

  • Solo traveler: USD1.200/traveler
  • Group of 2: USD1.160/traveler
  • Group of 3 or more: USD1.040/traveler

For Dec, Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug:

  • Solo traveler: USD1.000/traveler
  • Group of 2: USD960/traveler
  • Group of 3 or more: USD840/traveler

Round air ticket Singapore – Bhutan might vary from USD1.000 to USD1.040

What's excluded
  • Two-way air tickets between Singapore and Bhutan

  • Tips for the guide (USD7/traveler/day)

  • Tips for driver (USD5/traveler/day)

  • Personal expenses

  • Travel Insurance

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