Discover Bhutan’s magical landscapes by venturing through the unspoiled high mountains and verdant valleys of Thimphu and Paro with this Bhutan Cultural Tour. Take in ancient Dzongs and Lhakhangs, and hike to the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery resting at sheer cliff edge located 900 meters above Paro valley floor. Delve into the rich cultural heritage of this distinctive nation and discover many more as you journey through this incredible land with this 3 day Bhutan Cultural Tour.
Duration : 2Nights/3 Days .
Destination Covered : Thimphu - Paro and Tigers Nest Hike .
Fly into the fascinating Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. On arrival at the Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your private guide with a traditional white scarf of auspiciousness and transferred to Thimphu.
Reach Thimphu situated at 2,300 meters and sprawled along the Wang Chhu (Thimphu River).
Duration of Drive: 1.5 hours (54Km)
Overnight: Hotel, Thimphu
Journey to Paro after a hearty breakfast at your hotel
Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Hike.
Venture through the pristine surroundings of the Tiger’s Nest monastery. Be rewarded to an overwhelming sight monastery resting on edge of a cliff at 900 meters above Paro valley.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery or Taktsang 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.
The hike can be broken down into various stages. The first stage is the trek to the cafeteria (where lunch will be served later today) which is situated on a rocky outcrop across a ravine from the monastery. This leg of the trek takes approximately 45 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on your level of fitness.
At the Cafeteria we can stop for some tea or coffee and biscuits whilst pondering the journey ahead and looking at the monastery, the distance above us.
The 2nd stage of the walk is from the cafeteria to the lookout opposite of the monastery. This leg takes close to one hour. At this point some may be content to snap photos and return to cafeteria. The next stage is the trek/climb down the 475 steps in the cliff face to the bottom of the ravine which crosses over a stream and a waterfall before the path again ascends another 300 odd steps to the entrance of the monastery. Once here we should be able to enter into the monastery and view the cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated. (Cameras are not allowed inside the monastery).
Overnight: Hotel in Paro
End of your travel to Bhutan. Our guide and vehicle will drive you to the Airport and bid farewell.
5.0 / 3 Reviews
An Experience Of A Lifetime!!!
Bhutan had been on my bucket list for a while, so I did a lot of research to find the best tour group possible for this once in a lifetime experience. Thinley, the primary travel agent I interacted with before my trip, was very resourceful and accommodative in helping me set up an itinerary and arranging my flights. I arrived in early March and did the 4D/3N tour. I visited various attractions in Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha, including the famous Tiger’s Nest and Bhudda Dordenma. I also had the chance to attend a Masked Dance Festival in Punakha. Rooms were clean and food was delicious throughout my trip!
A special thanks also goes out to my tour guide (Phurba Tahering) and driver (Chencho Dorji) for teaching me about Bhutan’s rich history and culture. Also, Phurba specifically called the hotel rooms ahead of time to reserve the rooms with the best views for me. It’s this attention to detail and personal care that made this trip such a wonderful experience!
If you are looking for an exceptional travel experience in Bhutan, I highly recommend Bhutan Inbound!
My buddy and I used Bhutan Inbound tour group for our trip. Thinley, who runs the group, was awesome, and took care of all the documents, flights, itinerary, hotels, etc., and even bought us sweet wallets! Our guide, Namgay, and driver, Cencho, were awesome! Both very friendly and helpful and patient when I wanted to stop to take millions of pics. They were both very knowledgeable and great to spend time with.
We went to Thimphu, Punakha, and Paro, saw cool temples amd fortresses and interesting villages. Tiger's Nest was mega, and afterwards, Namgay/Cencho took us to a cool eco farm for a hot rock soak w medicinal herbs, some rice wine, lawn darts, and archery!
I'd highly recommend this group and these awesome people!
We planned our trip at the last minute and found this tour company through TripAdvisor. The main thing I remembered from the reviews was the prompt response and communication which we received as well.
The trip itinerary was customized for our short time frame so that we could see the most number of things. Our guide, Phurba and driver were very good. Phurba’s assistance in obtaining last minute route permit to Dolchala pass and in climbing tiger nest was invaluable. We also got to see a local archery tournament.