Destination(s):Thimpu-Paro-Tigers Nest- Punakha- Gangtey
Specialty Categories:Art/Architecture History Museum
Season:Round the year. Best season Oct – Dec. and Feb - May
Tour Starts at:Paro
Tour Ends at:Paro
The seven days Bhutan cultural tour is a tour that you might not want to miss out when you are thinking of Bhutan with enough days. You will get chance to know about the cultural and natural beauties of Bhutan that uniquely set it apart from other countries and also the rural villages where people enjoying their days in field. Paro provides you the breathtaking excellent natural sights, cultural richness and good accommodation; you can view Mount Chomolhari from Drugyel dzong, capture Paros incredible landscapes from Ta-Dzong. The Late Kings Memorial Chorten, the National Library, Drubthob Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum, the handmade paper factory are some major attraction to learn the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
If the weather permits you can get the spectacular views of the Himalayas from Dochu La(3100 meters) where you will be stopping for a tea brek while travelling to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. Punakha Dzong a major attraction both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1636 is something that you do not want to miss out. Gangety (Phobjikha) is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home for Black Neck Cranes Which migrates from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. You can explore Phobjikha valley and also visit to Gangtey Monastery the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan.
Day 01 :Arrival Paro International airport / transfer to Thimpu (2300m) – 2 hrs.
Day 02 :Thimpu sightseeing
Day 03 :Thimpu / Punakha (1250m.) – 3-4 hrs. Drive
Day 04 :Excursion to Gangtey (2890m.) / Wangdiphodrang (1460m.) – 5-6 hrs. Drive
Day 05 :Wangdiphodrang / Paro (2260m.) – 3-4 hrs. Drive
Day 06 :Paro - hike to Taksang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tinger’s Nest) Monastery.
Day 07 :Departure
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Day 01 :Arrival Paro International airport / transfer to Thimpu (2300m) – 2 hrs. Drive During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalayas including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. If time permits, you can visit Kyichu Lhakhang and Paro Dzong then you can drive to Thimpu in the evening.
Day 02 :Thimpu sightseeing There are many good attractions to visit in Thimpu which will make you wow in a moment you walk out. Thimpu is relatively small having a population of approximately 45,000 people and the streets are wide and tree lined. You will almost certainly visit the Late King's Memorial Chorten, the National Library, Drubthob Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum, the handmade paper factory, the school of arts and crafts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts), Gold and the Silver Smiths workshop, Zangtopelri Lhakhang, and the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the weavers at work and also varieties of textiles, thanka paintings, masks, jewelers and more.
Day 03 :Thimpu / Punakha (1250m.) – 3-4 hrs. Drive After breakfast you will drive to Punakha, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. After lunch at Wangduephodrong continue to drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, and visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1636.
Day 04 :Excursion to Gangtey (2890m.) / Wangdiphodrang (1460m.) – 5-6 hrs. Drive Visit Gangety (Phobjikha) which is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home for Black Neck Cranes Which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. Explore Phobjikha valley and also visit to Gangtey Monastery the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. Evening you will return to Wangdiphodrang for overnight stay.
Day 05 :Wangdiphodrang / Paro (2260m.) – 3-4 hrs. Drive After breakfast we drive along the winding mountain road to Paro where there are lot more to see of Bhutan including beautiful Bhutan's national museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro Dzong (monastery/fortress). The museum holds a fantastic collection of Bhutanese national treasures ranging from ancient collection to textiles and thanka paintings. Then, we drive to the head of the valley and visit Drukgyel Dzong built in a location that was chosen for its control over the route to Tibet.
Day 06 :Paro - hike to Taksang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tinger’s Nest) Monastery. which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. After lunch you can visit other important site which you could not complete previous days.
Day 07 :Departure After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport to connect flight for onward destination