A cultural tour is an ideal way to experience the glory and the myth of this Himalayan Kingdom at its most magnificent – a perfect blend of culture and nature exploration. It gives you a chance to meet people, enjoy the pristine forest with rare glimpse of wildlife and observe the ancient old traditions of arts and crafts while traveling through the less frequented areas of Bhutan.
Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as either grade A, B or C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request with extra cost.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included during your stay in Bhutan. A variety of meals are available in most hotels – the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan such as pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and in season.
Best Time for Bhutan Tour
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best time to visit Bhutan. The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms whereas Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring.
Trip Start Dates
We organize the trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: + 977 98560 20976 or 98460 30221
Day 01: Arrival in Paro (2300m)
Upon arrival in Paro airport, your guide will receive you and transfer to the hotel. The valley of Paro contains a wealth of attractions. In the afternoon we will visit Ta Dzong (Bhutan’s National Museum), Rinpung Dzong – office of district administration, district court and the monastic body. The southern approach to the Dzong has a traditional roofed cantilever bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk across the bridge offers a wide view of splendor of the Dzong’s architecture.
Later on, take an evening stroll along the main street, and perhaps visit a few handicrafts shops, or take refreshments at a local café or bar. Overnight in Paro.
Day 02: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
The second day of the tour, we will hike to the famous cliff-hermitage called Taktsang, the “Tiger’s Nest.” This monastic retreat is built into a sheer cliff face high above the Paro valley. Legend has it that the Tibetan Buddhist saint Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tiger and landed here, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.
After visiting what is known as one of the most venerated pilgrimage sites in the country, we will go off the beaten track further up to the temples that are on the hill tops above Tiger’s Nest To go down, we will follow different path that takes us through the pristine thick forest of oaks and rhododendrons festooned with Spanish mosses. Overnight in Paro.
Day 03: Paro – Thimphu (2400m.)
In the morning, we will take a drive to Thimphu along the windy road taking about an hour. Thimphu, perhaps the most unusual capital city in the world, is the seat of government. This bustling town is home to Bhutan’s royal family, the civil service, and foreign missions with representation in Bhutan. It is also the headquarters for a number of internationally funded development projects.
The sightseeing in Thimphu includes:
- Visit to the Institute of Traditional Medicine which has an exhibition room that imparts excellent look into the tradition.
- Visit to the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts – offers courses in the techniques of traditional art in religious and secular paintings, woodcarving, clay sculpture and traditional mask making.
- Visit to the Folk Heritage Museum- is an interesting museum housed in a very old traditional house. The museum is a walk through the fast changing rural tradition, habits and skills, and those of the past.
- Visit the National Memorial Chorten – the building of this landmark is both a memorial to the Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and a monument to peace.
Day 04: Thimphu – Paro
This beautiful valley encapsulates a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, the country’s only airport, and the National Museum. Mt. Jhomolhari (7,300m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley, its glacial waters plunging through deep gorges to form the Pa Chu (Paro River). The Paro valley is one of the kingdom’s most fertile, producing the bulk of Bhutan’s famous red rice from its terraced fields.
Todays sightseeing in Paro includes:
- Drukgyel Dzong: This Dzong, with a picturesque village nestling below its ramparts, was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646, to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. On a clear day, there is a splendid view of Mt. Jhomolhari from here.
- Rinpung Dzong: Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the “fortress of the heap of jewels “stands on a hill above Paro Township.
- Ta Dzong: On a ridge immediately above Rinpung Dzong is Ta Dzong, built as a watchtower to protect Rinpung Dzong. In 1968 Paro’s Ta Dzong was inaugurated as the National Museum, and now holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious Thangkha paintings, Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, together with a small natural history collection.
- Kyichu Lhakhang- is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Kyichu Lhakhang is composed of twin temples. The first temple was built by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and second by H.M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother of Bhutan In 1968 in same style.
- Farm Houses: The natural beauty of Paro valley is enhanced by picturesque farm houses dotted about the fields and on the hillsides. The two to three-storied Bhutanese farm houses are handsome in appearance, with colorfully decorated outer walls and lintels, and are traditionally built without the use of single nail. All houses follow the same architectural style. A visit to a farm house gives an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of a farming family.
Day 05: Final departure
After breakfast, we drive out of Paro for our next destination.
What to bring
Bhutan is a mountainous tropical country, which means there are climate extremes. Night and day temperature differences can vary. So you need to bring a variety of clothes.
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the duration. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
Important documents and items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos
- Separate photocopies of passport, proof of insurance
- Cash money for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards).
Gear and Clothing
- Sturdy shoes which gives a good support to your ankles. Preferable are the higher models with a good profile sole.
- Lightweight shoes or sandals for changing into at night
- Socks: 2-3 pairs outer socks and 1 pair for night time
- Loose cotton trousers
- T-shirts, long sleeved shirts
- Cozy shirt for the evenings
- Thermal underclothes are a necessity
- Warm lightweight sweater or fleece
- Hat (sun and night), gloves or mittens, scarf
- Lightweight wind jacket
- Rain cover for your Day backpack
- Day pack with good waist and chest belt
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and chap stick
- Quick dry towel
- Flash light and power cuts, spare batteries
- Moisture cream for your skin and lips (we recommend factor 30)
- Water bottle with carry strap
- Water purification: filter or iodine
- First aid kit and medicine
- Camera, spare batteries film if needed
If you wish to discuss in any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by the following email- firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / kdambar66 @yahoo.com or If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: + 977 98560 20976 or 98460 30221