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Bhutan Cultural Tour 8 Days

Bhutan Cultural Tour  
Trip Duration : 8 Days
Trek Length :
Trip Rating : Easy
Maximum Altitude : 10,168ft
Activity : Cultural tour
Lodging : Hotels
Transportation : by Vehicle and Flight
Begins & Ends : Paro
Best Season : March to May and September to November
Trip Date :
Land Cost :
Single Supp :
Group Size : 2-16 Persons

Destinations: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Gangtey Gonpa.
Trip rating: Easy (cultural tour with lots of day hikes)
Best Season: March to May and September to November

High Season: March to May and September to November
These months are peak season in Bhutan and flight seats and other related services are very difficult to confirm. Full particulars of all participants should be provided at least 60 days in advance in order to hold all services on confirmed basis.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive Paro (7,216ft)
On your arrival at Paro Airport, you will be received by your tour guide and escorted to you hotel. Hotel Olathang.

Day 2 Full day Paro Sightseeing
Visit the National Museum, The Paro Rinpung Dzong, The Dungtse Lhakhang and The Drugyal Dzong.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 Hike to Taktsang monastery
Taktsang monastery is the famous Bhuddist temple built in the cliff above Paro Valley known as the “Tiger’s Nest”. About an hour and half hike will take you close to the monastery. Then, hike back downhill.
Lunch is serviced en route. Late afternoon, drive to Chelila pass.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 Overland to Thimphu (7,872ft)
On the way to Thimphu, visit the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong
(Dzong means Fortress) in Bhutan built in 1629. Today this Dzong is used as the Institute for Language and Culture. At Thimphu, visit the Memorial Chorten, the National Library, the Painting and Arts school, the Textile Museum, the Folk heritage museum, the handicrafts emporium, the Sangyegang view point and the TashichoDzong.
Hotel Pedling.

Day 5 Punakha (4,002ft)
Drive to Phunakha (77kms about 3 hours drive).
On the way, stop at Dochula pass (3100m) to view the most beautiful view of the entire eastern Himalayan mountain range. On reaching Punakha, check in at hotel Meri Phuensum. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, take a short hike to the beautiful Khamsum Yule Namgyel monastery.

Day 6 Gangtey Gonpa Day Excursion (9,840ft)
Gangtey Gonpa is 45kms from Punakha and takes about 3 hours drive.
Gangtey is a beautiful place surrounded by snowcapped mountains in the distance with a landscape of rolling hills and green meadows. It is situated at an altitude of 3000m (9,840ft). From Gangtey, one can closely view the picturesque Black Mountain ranges as well as the beautiful Phobjikha valley. Gangtey Gonpa (Gantey Monastery) is perched atop a small hill that rises from the valley floor. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens (Lay Monks) who take care of the Monastery. The Gangtey Gonpa is the only Nyingmapa Monastery on the western side of the Black Mountains and is also the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. Gangtey is also the winter home for the famous Black Necked Cranes that migrate here from Tibet during winters.
Hike around the rustic village of Gangtey and drive back to Punakha in the evening.

Day 7 Overland Journey to Paro
Drive to Paro (135kms and takes about 3 hours).
Overnight at Hotel Olathang.

Day 8 Depart Paro (7,216ft)
Early breakfast at the hotel, and drive to Paro International Airport to connect your flight to onward destination.

Tour Cost Includes:

  • Seven nights accommodation in quality hotels in Bhutan on twin sharing
  • (lodging is based on local Bhutanese standards and quality properties are used)
  • full-board meal plan (3 meals a day)
  • all ground transportation including arrival and departure
  • English speaking local tour guide throughout the trip
  • Royalty and taxes to the government, riding ponies and pack animals on treks
  • Entrance fees to temples and monasteries visited.

Tour Cost Excludes:

  • Visa fees US$20 per person and Bhutan Tourism Development Fee (TDF) US$10 per person payable directly on arrival at Paro Airport Immigration
  • international airfares and departure tax
  • personal travel and medical insurance
  • alcoholic and soft beverages, telephone, laundry and tips
  • Festival surcharge US$30 per night per person based on number of nights at the festival
  • Charges for delays caused by situations beyond our control such as bad weather, natural disasters, civil unrest, and emergency rescue costs.

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