Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan takes you to the major cultural sites of one of South Asia's best tourist destinations, Bhutan. 6 days of Grand Cultural Tour offers the perfect blend of historical excursions and cultural odysseys in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. This Bhutan tour package is specially designed to allow you to witness the soulful Vajrayana Buddhist culture and experience the fascinating local Bhutanese lifestyle.
Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan gives you a unique chance to discover the countless historical legends and ancient treasures of ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’, Bhutan. The 6 days itinerary covers incredible sightseeing in Bhutan's major cities, namely Thimphu, Punakha and Paro. The Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan begins from the enthralling Paro valley and exquisitely includes a visit to classical monasteries, temples, and monuments. This 6 days tour undoubtedly offers you a memorable cultural treat.
|Day 1||Arrive in Paro and Drive to Thimphu (55km/ 1hour and 30mins)|
|Day 2||Sightseeing in Thimphu|
|Day 3||Thimphu to Punakha (85km/ 2-3 hrs), Stop at Dochula Pass (3,100m/10,200ft) and Sightseeing in Punakha|
|Day 4||Punakha to Paro (117km/ 3 – 4hrs)|
|Day 5||Hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery (3180m/1043ft, 5 - 6hrs)|
|Day 6||Final Departure from Paro|
Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan takes you in a tranquil cultural odyssey through the unspoiled pockets of the Himalayas in ‘The Last Shangri-La’, Bhutan. This 6 days Bhutan tour package is ideal for exploring the numerous monasteries, fortresses and temples as well as the major tourist attractions of Bhutan. Set off for a peaceful journey directly in the laps of enchanting Bhutan.
Famous as the ‘Mountain Fortress of the Gods’, Bhutan is a small landlocked nation nestled in the mighty Himalayas of South Asia. Lanced by some deep ravines, the country is beautifully decorated by diverse flora and fauna. From dozens of spirited monuments to idyllic landmarks, Bhutan has lot more to offer.
Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan begins with a scenic flight to the historic town of Paro. Drive to the enthralling Thimphu valley, home to over a hundred thousand locals, including Bhutan's Royal family. Take a quick walk in the city and observe the Bhutanese culture and lifestyle closely.
Visit the renowned King’s Memorial Chorten and get a real taste of the medieval Bhutanese architecture. The splendid white stupa's view with the glistening shrine symbolizes world peace and definitely worth the visit. Discover the exotic collection of paintings, sculptures and handicrafts unique to Bhutan at the School of Arts. Popularly known as ‘The Painting School’, the school is the best learning place about the notable thirteen distinctive art forms of Bhutan for the painting enthusiasts.
Get a deep insight into the traditional medicinal herbs and plants collected from the colossal Himalayas of Bhutan at the Institute of Traditional Medicine. Visit the Folk Heritage museum located right in the heart of the largest city of Bhutan, Thimphu. Organized in the rural Bhutan setting, the museum is dedicated to connecting visitors to Bhutan's way of life. Explore the numerous household items and artifacts at the museum and acquire more knowledge about the Bhutanese lifestyle.
Pay a visit to one of the world’s biggest Buddha statue, Buddha Dordenma statue. Famous as the ‘Buddha Point’, the golden 169-foot Buddha statue is home to 125, 000 smaller Buddhas. The admirable Buddha statue resides on top of a hill and allows you to enjoy a spectacular view of the Thimphu valley. Buddha Point is sure to captivate anyone with its astounding beauty and serene vibes.
Take a closer look at Bhutan's national animal, Takin, with a visit to the Motithang Takin Preserve. Explore the rich biodiversity and wilderness of the lush green forest that beautifully decorates the entire preserve. Witness one of the idyllic samples of the artistic Bhutanese architecture, Tashi Chhoedzong. Situated at the bank of Wang Chhu River, the Chhoedzong encompasses the King of Bhutan's throne room and office.
Enjoy a short drive to one of the most scenic destinations of Bhutan, Punakha. Soak up the alluring beauty of the gorgeous Punakha valley and mystic Himalayas at the Dochula Pass. Visit Chimi Lhakhang residing atop a small hill and commonly known as ‘Divine Madman’s Temple’. The temple holds great religious significance among the Bhutanese communities as the sacred temple of fertility.
Visit one of the top choice Buddhist monasteries of Bhutan, Punakha Dzong. Tucked at the junction of two major rivers of Bhutan, Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu, the Punakha Dzong is the administrative as well as the religious center of the valley. The Punakha Dzong is the ideal place for overlooking the enthralling Punakha valley, dramatic mountain views and Bhutanese craftsmanship all at the same time.
On the way back to Paro, stop at the Dochula Pass to visit the 108 Memorial Chortens constructed in loving memory of the valiant Bhutanese soldiers. Immerse in the holy vibes of Druk Wangyal Lhakhang carpeted by red Rhododendron gardens. Arrive in Paro and enjoy authentic Bhutanese cuisine.
See for yourself the surreal beauty of the ‘Fortress of the Heap of Jewels’, Paro Dzong. Built in 1645, the dzong serves as the monastic home to the Bhutanese monks and major tourist hubs. Visit another remarkable Himalayan Buddhist temple built back in the seventh century, Kichu Lhakhang. Regarded as one of the most majestic sites of worship in Bhutan, the temple surely swirls you up in its soulful world.
Climb up through dense pine forests to the famous Taktsang Monastery nestled in the upper Paro valley. Famous as ‘Tiger’s Nest Monastery’, the Taktsang Monastery is acclaimed as one of the country's most sacred religious sites and welcomes thousands of tourists all year round. With a history that dates back to the eighth century, the Monastery stands artistically on the side of a cliff. Discover the Taktsang Monastery's angelic beauty and breathe the fresh air while overlooking the enthralling Paro valley.
The mesmerizing trip to Bhutan finally ends on the sixth day as you depart from Paro International Airport.
Arrive at Paro International Airport, Paro. Upon arrival, our Bhutanese guide will welcome you and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, drive to Thimphu, the capital and largest city of Bhutan. Check in to the hotel and embrace the warm welcome by the hospitable hotel staffs. Take a quick orientation walk through the lively streets of the city. Feel the fresh air and calming vibe of the town away from the chaos of other cities around the world. Overnight in Thimphu.
Wake up early in the morning and set off for an exhilarating full day of sightseeing in Thimphu with side visit to famous King’s Memorial Chorten and National Institute of Traditional Medicine. Explore the traditional arts and crafts unique to Bhutan at the School of Arts.
Look in to the 19th century traditional house wonderfully set in to the Folk Heritage Museum. Get a quick insight of rural Bhutan and unique Bhutanese lifestyle. Step in to the peaceful world of Buddha point while relishing the stunning view of the Southern entrance of Thimphu.
Observe flocks of Takin and explore the flora and fauna at the Motithang Takin Preserve. Visit Tashi Chhoedzong in the evening. Famous as the ‘Fortress of Glorious region’, the fortress is a noteworthy masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Overnight in Thimphu.
Enjoy a scenic drive from Thimphu to Punakha. While driving to Punakha, stop at Dochula mountain pass. Overlook the pristine Himalayas. Arrive at Metshina Village and take a short 20 minutes’ walk through the rampant rice and mustard fields to Chimi Lhakhang. Famous as ‘Divine Madman’s Temple’, the Chimi Lhakhang is regarded as the temple of fertility in the Bhutanese society. After lunch, continue your drive to Punakha. Upon arrival at Punakha, visit one of the most beautiful Buddhist monasteries of Bhutan, Punakha Dzong. Overnight in Punakha.
Drive back to Paro from Punakha. Visit the 108 memorial Chortens and the popular Druk Wangyal Lhakhang temple that together increase the beauty of the Dochula pass. Arrive in Paro and enjoy a relishing Bhutanese cuisine for lunch. After lunch, set off for incredible sightseeing in Paro. Visit the acclaimed Paro Dzong. Also known as ‘Rinpung Dzong’, the fortress was built on the foundation which was laid by the acclaimed Guru Rinpoche under the command of Zabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The fortress was actually constructed to keep an eye on the invasion activities of Tibet.
Visit one of the oldest sacred sites of Bhutan, Kichu Lhakhang. Take a quick walk through the streets of the town in the evening and grab some authentic Bhutanese souvenirs. Overnight in Paro.
This day marks the most exciting part of the trip as you will hike to the iconic tourist hub of Bhutan, Taktsang Monastery. The monastery is built on the side of a rocky cliff about 900m above the Paro valley. Famous as the ‘Tiger’s Nest Monastery’, the Taktsang monastery falls under the top 20 must visit places in the world.
Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding lofty mountains and the Paro valley from the peak point of the monastery. Explore the beautiful paintings depicting the stories of the eternal deities. Discover the great Bhutanese history and the famous belief of formation of the monastery by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasabhava).
The hike to the Taktsang Monastery is a moderate graded hike. Anyone with a good health condition and average fitness can easily do this hike. The trail is quite steep at some places but does not require any technical climbing. The entire hike can be completed within 5 to 6 hours. Make sure that you walk at your own pace and bringing hiking poles can be helpful. Wear sturdy hiking boots and keep yourself hydrated.
The climb up to the Taktsang Monastery starts on a dirt trail at the foot of a mountain with gravel and rocky patches along the way. The trail is uphill the entire way. You can rest and eat some snacks at the cafeteria at the halfway mark. The trail thereof levels up making the second half of the hike quite easier than the first. The final part of the hike includes a series of 700 stone steps and a bridge.
The visit to the famous Tiger Nest’s Monastery is a perfect end to your stay in Bhutan. Overnight in Paro.
On the sixth day, our Bhutanese guide will transfer you to Paro International Airport and bid you farewell. Return back to your destination with amazing memories and a lifetime experience that will remain in your heart forever.
If required, Third Rock Adventures is always prepared for the extension of the tour in Bhutan and other neighboring countries namely Tibet, India and Nepal.