Bhutan remained isolated from outside cultural influences for centuries. It has always maintained a strict policy on maintaining and preserving its culture and heritage. The cultural tour gives you insight into the people, the culture, tradition, ecology and the religion of the country.
The cultural tours will take you close to the unique and vibrant Buddhist ways of life. Our cultural tours cover – Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Trongsa, Bumthang, Mongar, Lhuentshe, Trashigang and Trashiyangtse. Bhutan is virtually untouched by the external influences, in terms of religion, architecture and lifestyle despite opening its doors to outside world in mid 70′s.
The most spectacular festival of Bhutan- Tsechu, takes place at the dzongs and important monasteries in honor of Guru Rinpoche which are normally celebrated in springs and autumns.
Glimpse of Bhutan 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, the guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, we will visit the Ta-Dzong – a watch tower for the Rinpung Dzong. Since 1967, the watch tower has served as the home of the National Museum and holds a fascinating collection of art, ancient relics and religious artifacts. Next is the Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro and its district administration. If time allowed, we will walk along the small main street of Paro in the evening.
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.
Then we will take an hour drive to Thimphu (2400m.) which is perhaps the most unusual capital city in the world –with the home to Bhutan’s royal family, the civil service offices, and foreign missions in Bhutan. Overnight in Thimpu.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Thimphu
The Sightseeing includes
Motithang Takin Preserve: The Takins are the national animal of Bhutan. It’s worthwhile taking the time to see these oddball mammals. The best time to see them is early morning when they gather near the fence to feed. It’s a five-minute walk from the road to a viewing area where you can take advantage of a few holes in the fence to take photographs.
Weaving Centre: In Bhutan, textiles are considered the highest form of art and spiritual expression. The handlooms have evolved over centuries and reflect the country’s distinctive identity. Most of the designs and patterns of weave are unique to the country. Bhutanese weavers have been very innovative in their designs while maintaining the traditional character of the art. Weaving Centre produces hand-woven textiles on site and has a selection of cloth and ready-made garments for sale.
National Memorial Chorten: the building of this landmark was originally envisaged by Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wang chuck, who had wanted to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the late king and a monument to peace.
Archery ground beside the national stadium: Archery is Bhutan’s National Sport. Archery matches are among the most picturesque and colorful events you will find here and well worth a visit. It’s easy to find a session to watch. Later, we will take a drive to Paro for the last night in Bhutan.
Day 04: Departure
After breakfast in the hotel, we will drive to the airport to catch onward flight. Your escort from Sisne Rover Trekking will bid you farewell and soon the legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains.
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- email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / kdambar66 @yahoo.com or If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: + 977 98560 20976 or 98460 30221