Treat yourself to the 7 night 8 Days Bhutan Cultural Tour designed at a leisure pace so that you can enjoy and explore the Wonders of Bhutan without rushing. With this Bhutan Leisure Tour, you not only get to discover the scenic splendors of Thimphu, Phobjikha, Punakha and Paro valleys but also experience the rich and precious cultural diversity which is strongly engraved in every valley and its people.
Embark into villages frozen in time. Starting from Paro, known for the various sacred sites including the famous Tiger Nest, the tour proceeds to ‘U’ shaped- Gangtey valley via Thimphu, where you can soak yourself in its scenic grandeur.
You can take hikes through the forest, try out a traditional hot stone bath with the game of Archery, eat lunch by the riverside, meet the local families & have farm dinner surrounded by hills and its latticed pattern. Try white river rafting or meet a monk at the hilltop.
If there are festivals coinciding with your date of visit - they can always be incorporated to make your Bhutan Cultural Tour experience more nourishing and rich.
Duration : 07 Nights/ 08 Days .
Destination Covered : Thimphu-Dochula- Phobjikha- Punakha- Paro .
Experience the breathtaking view of the great Himalayas offering dazzling scenic views of some of the world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight.
Our representative will receive you at the airport and drive to Thimphu. Discover the mountains speckled with sacred temples and monasteries on your way from Paro to Thimphu.
On the way, stop at Tachog Lhakhang (the Iron Chain Bridge), a temple located across the famous iron chain bridge built over the meandering Pa Chhu (Paro River). Devour yourself to the invigorating ambience of the cool-sweeping breeze and bright colored prayer flags. The whole set up a feast to the eye.
Upon arriving at Thimphu (2,300 meters), check-in your hotel and freshen up before visiting the exquisite massive structure of Thimphu Tashichho Dzong- a fine example of Bhutanese architecture. Set into the Grand Kuenrey, the most splendid room of the Tashichoe Dzong. The assembly of monks performs their daily prayers here before the enormous statue of the Buddha.
Visit the local archery ground where the locals celebrate the national sport with dance and song with every hit.
Take a stroll in the evening around Thimphu town and absorb the magical atmosphere of the capital city while capturing the sight of contemporary Bhutanese life.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu.
Return to your hotel and spend the evening on your own.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu
Journey to Phobjikha valley, one of the most serene glacial valleys of Bhutan.
Stop for lunch at Nobding –continue towards Gangtey after lunch:
Gangtey (Phobjikha Valley): The valley is popular for its scenic splendor and cultural uniqueness. Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black-Necked Cranes (Grus Nigricollis), which migrate from the Tibetan plateau. The birds can be observed from early November to the end of March. Overlooking the valley is the Gangtey Gonpa.
Overnight: Hotel in Phobjikha
Explore serene Phobjikha valley and head towards Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan.
In the morning, hike from your hotel to Gangtey Monastery. The most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trails in Bhutan. The trail hike starts from Khewa Lhakhang and ends at the Mani (like Chorten) stone wall to the north of the Gangtey Gonpa. The hike takes about 1hr 30minutes through the pine forest and small bamboo plants. You can see the Phobjikha valley so beautifully from this hike. It is one of the best hiking places for Nature lovers. During the winter months, we can see the endangered species of birds–Black Neck Cranes. (1.5 hours)
Upon reaching Punakha; walk along the path through the traditional houses of Sopsokha village amidst agricultural fields of rice and mustard, leading to a hillock where the temple of the Divine Mad Monk is located. Sopsokha village is a typical example of clustered settlement. You may witness unusual paintings of phallus on the walls of the houses. The phallus paintings are traditionally believed to ward off evil influences and bad-mouth/gossips of others that bring bad luck.
Overnight: Hotel in Punakha
Drive further to take a small hike to Nyzergang to visit the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Temple.
Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten: Drive further to take a small hike to Nyzergang to visit the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. We can begin the day with a hike up through fields of rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to the upper end of the valley to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. The scene from the stupa is spectacular. The Stupa stands majestically on the high hilltop of the Punakha Valley. This structure is a classic example of gorgeous traditional architecture. It was built by the Queen Mother for dispelling negative forces and to maintain peace and harmony in the country and for all the living beings.
It is a moderately strenuous hike of about one hour from the car parking
After the hike visit Punakha Dzong:
Punakha Dzong is just as striking inside as outside and it is arguably the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. Located magnificently between Pho Chhu (Male River) and Mo Chhu (Female River) confluence, the intricate carving and amazing architecture of the Dzong is a great source of inspiration. This famous structure built-in 1637 has a lot to tell about the historical background and various Tibetan invasions won from this strategically located Dzong. It also houses the kingdom’s most sacred relic, the “Rangjung Karsa-pani”.
Overnight: Hotel in Punakha.
Take a scenic drive from Punakha to Paro and on the way stop at Royal Botanical garden, Lamperi before reaching Punakha. It is a breathtaking 125 acres’ botanical garden with 46 species of rhododendron flower. You can choose to boat here. The best time to visit this place will be between April and June. The park also has trekking routes, walk around the Baritsho Lake, tree house, and camping space for visitors. The annual rhododendron festival is held here.
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Overnight: Hotel in Paro
Get your energy up at breakfast this morning to hike up to the iconic Taktsang Monastery. Venture through the pristine surroundings of the Tiger’s Nest monastery. Be rewarded to an overwhelming sight monastery resting on the edge of a cliff at 900 meters above Paro valley.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery or Taktshang Goemba is one of the holiest and the most beautiful sites of Bhutan and acquires its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th Century Guru Rinpoche, widely revered as the second Buddha, arrived at this place from Tibet flying across the mountains on the back of a tigress and blessed the entire place.
Visit ancient Kichu Lhakhang built in the 7th century
Overnight: Hotel in Paro
Our team will drop you at the airport and bid you farewell.
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Me and my husband had booked a tour with Bhutan Best Inbound Tour.
Ms. Geeta was a focal person from Bhutan Inbound who arranged our tour.
The tour went without a single hiccups from the time we were picked up from Paro International Airport till the drop.
Our guide Namgay was superb and our driver Jigme really knew how to maneuver through curvaceous road of Bhutan.
The hotel arranged were neat and clean.
We covered following destination Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Haa Valley.
We tried traditional hot stone bath and local Archery with local people and it was a memorable experience; we also had farm house lunches, picnic by the river side but the best part was a surprise candle light dinner at Zhiwaling Ascent surrounded by forest , arranged by the Inbound team. We were really touched with this gesture.
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Extraordinary planning by Thinley, Namgye (tour guide) and Pema (driver). They were super flexible to accommodate all our requests. Guided us extremely well, in terms what we should see and what should be skipped to make the most of our time in Bhutan without compromising on the quality. Namgye explained the culture and history behind every site visited extremely well, and also encouraged us to complete more difficult hikes like Tigers Nest. Namgye and Pema also took care of our dietary restrictions and helped in suggesting to us the right places to shop at. Also, must highlight that they are by far the most economical - I had reached out to multiple local operators and not only was Thinley the most prompt and proactive but also gave us the most amazing experience at most reasonable price.
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Miss. RinChen who is excellent behind the wheel is always on time and makes sure we get to our destinations on time and comfortably. Her handling of the vehicle across the mountains was simply amazing especially when we spotted wild monkeys and a rare black bear.
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