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Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan

Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan

6 Days Paro-Thimphu-Punakha

Tour HighlightsStarting from $1030

View a spectacular Himalayan sunrise.

Explore the art and architecture from the reign of old kings.

Count how many different animal features you can find on the Bhutanese taking.

See beautiful cliff side Buddhist monasteries overlooking peaceful village.

We will visit Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Lair), a work of art blending the spiritual with architectural splendor. The duration of the trek will be five hours' gradual climb along an ancient trail.

Tour code:AABHU01Family Vacations
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Day01 Arrive at Paro - Thimphu

International flight into Paro Valley, across the extraordinary Himalayan Mountains, including over Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Bhutanese summits. Our company's representative will meet and escort you to your hotel. Your discovery of Paro will begin with sightseeing of Paro's most historic and significant landmarks, such as the National Museum and Paro Rompong Dzong (Fortress). After lunch at a hotel in Paro, the drive will continue for one hour to the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Jomolhari Hotel.

Day02 Thimphu sightseeing

In the morning, we will visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa), one of the most beautiful stupas of the Ngmapa sect of Buddhism. The next stop will be the Changangkha monastery, a 12th century structure, after which we will continue on to the Takin Zoo. A short drive from the zoo brings us to Sangaygang, overlooking the entire Thimpu Valley and beyond. There we will visit a convent. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the arts and crafts school, where you can see Bhutanese art in the making. A visit will also be made to the post office. Time permitting, we will watch an archery competition. In the evening we will proceed to Taschho Dzong, the lofty seat of Bhutanese governance. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot, the Je Khenpo and senior clergy. The day will conclude with a visit to Buddha Point, where the largest statue of the futuristic Buddha, Maitreya, is being built, on a remarkable vantage point of the entire Thimphu Valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: Jomolhari Hotel.

Day03 Thimphu - Punakha/ Wangduephodrang

In the morning, the journey to Panakha begins. After about 45 minutes on the road, we reach Dochula Pass (alt. 10,171ft), and the first spectacular view of the eastern Himalayas, with their snow-capped summits ranging from 19,000 to nearl 25,000 feet. At Wangdue, we will visit the ruins of Wangduephodrang Dzong (Fortress), which was gutted by a tragic fire in 2012. We will continue on to Chimey Lhakhang, an hour walking round trip. After lunch at the Lhakhang, we proceed to Punakha. In reaching Punakha, we can see the Dzong (Fortress), resembling a giant ship anchored in an expanse of still water, from afar. It is an architectural icon, located at the confluence of two rivers - the Pho (male) and the Mo (female) chus (rivers). The winter residence of the Chief Abbot and the clergy, it houses most of Bhutan's sacred relics and treasures.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: Drubchhu Resort.

Day04 Punakha - Paro

Beginning of the return journey to Paro, a drive time of about 4 hours. After lunch, we will visit Kyichu Monastery, by the Buddhist Tibetan King Songsten Goembo. A short drive from there will take us to the ruins of Drugyel Dzong ('Castle of the Victorious Drukpa'), built to commemorate the victory of Bhutanese forces over the Tibetans in the 16th and 17th centuries. You will then be taken to visit a farmhouse, to conclude the day's activities

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: Mandala Resort.

Day05 Paro - Taktsang monastery hike

This is going to be one of your most memorable experiences as we visit Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Lair), a work of art blending the spiritual with architectural splendor. One of the holiest shrines in Bhutan, the monastery is perched on a hill (alt. 3280ft) overlooking the valley. It is said that the great Indian saint and master of Tantric Buddhism, Guru Padma Sambhava, came to Taktsang riding a tigress, in one of his most fearsome forms, to subdue demons that were obstructing the spread of Buddhism. Several Buddhist masters have meditated at the site. The duration of the trek will be five hours' gradual climb along an ancient trail. After the trek you may stroll through Paro town, to wrap up the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mandala Resort.

Day06 Delhi/Bangkok/Katmandu

After breakfast, you will be driven to Paro Internation Airport for your return flight.
Meals: Breakfast

All prices listed below are per person in US dollars based on double occupancy.
A guaranteed departure: the tour will definitely operate on the day it is scheduled and will not be cancelled for lack of participation.

Month / Travelers 2 3-5 6-9 Single Room Supplement
Jun-Aug, Dec-Feb $1280 $1060 $1030 $310
Mar-May, Sep-Nov $1390 $1230 $1215 $310

Notice: Exclude international flights between KATHMANDU/BANGKOK/DELHI and PARO.
1.KATHMANDU
KATHMANDU-PARO-KATHMANDU:USD430 Include Airline taxes & fuel surcharges.
KATHMANDU to PARO: USD235 Include Airline taxes & fuel surcharges.
PARO to KATHMANDU: USD235 Include Airline taxes & fuel surcharges.
2.BANGKOK
BANGKOK-PARO-BANGKOK: USD739 Include Airline taxes & fuel surcharges.
PARO to BANGKOK:USD417 Include Airline taxes & fuel surcharges.
BANGKOK to PARO:USD410 Include Airline taxes & fuel surcharges.
3.DELHI
DELHI-PARO-DELHI:USD650 Include Airline taxes & fuel surcharges.
DELHI to PARO:USD356 Include Airline taxes & fuel surcharges.
PARO to DELHI:USD365 Include Airline taxes & fuel surcharges.

Price Includes:
Comfortable accommodations, Hotel taxes and service charges.
Thimphu: Jomolhari Hotel or similar.
Punakha: Drubchhu Resort or similar.
Paro: Mandala Resort or similar.
Due to the limited room availability, for in case that we may use other similar standard hotels.
All transfers, sightseeing per itinerary in private air-conditioned vehicles.
English-speaking tour guide for the entire portion of your scheduled trip.
15Meals: 5breakfasts, 5lunches, 5dinners.
Administration & Entrance fees as per itinerary.

Price Includes

Comfortable accommodations, Hotel taxes and service charges.

Thimphu: Jomolhari Hotel or similar.

Punakha: Drubchhu Resort or similar.

Paro: Mandala Resort or similar.

Due to the limited room availability, for in case that we may use other similar standard hotels.

All transfers, sightseeing per itinerary in private air-conditioned vehicles.

English-speaking tour guide for the entire portion of your scheduled trip.

15Meals: 5breakfasts, 5lunches, 5dinners.

Administration & Entrance fees as per itinerary.

Price Excludes

Bhutan Visa fees(USD50/Pax)

International flight and domestic flight.

Optional tours and Extension Tours

Tips or gratuities

Personal expenditure

If you would like to purchase travel insurance, you may do so by contacting us or your agent.

Each listed group itinerary can also be used in a private tour or customized based on your requests. Please contact your agent or staff for more information.

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Along the edge of the Himalayas is the enchanting kingdom of Bhutan. It is filled with imposing peaks as well as subtropical plains, and it contains many monasteries and fortresses. Bhutan is a great destination for mountaineers, with peaks like Jomolhari (at ...

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