Bhutan Cultural Tour - Legendary Bhutan LT01

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This cultural tour takes you around Bhutan with an emphasis on the arts.The tour takes you to the Western part of Bhutan; Paro valley, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangdue valley and the central valley of Trongsa and Bumthang.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private Tour
Start Location: Paro, Bhutan
End Location: Paro, Bhutan
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: Spring, Summer and Autumn
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

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Years In Business: 3

Bhutanese language and literature, the areas and crafts, ceremonies and events, and basic social and cultural values draw their essence from religious teachings. The tradition of fine art is alive today, for example in products like the legendary thangkas (big banners). The exquisite traditional painting is also visible on monasteries and houses, skillfully enhancing the architecture.
Architecture is also a significant feature of the Bhutanese identity. The combination of engineering skill and aesthetic beauty is unparalleled in all structures, from the massive monastic fortresses to house and bridges. Traditional shapes, colors and patterns on the walls, doors, windows, village or domestic functions and festivals.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
- Accommodation and some meals
- All transfers and transport
- Private guide
- Entry fees

Excludes
- Flights
- Personal expenses eg tips, drinks, visa

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. (Arrive to Paro- Thimphu). The flight into Paro (2280m/7524ft) on our only National carrier Druk Air, and In fine weather a magnificent view of the world’s highest peaks give way to the verdant of Paro valley. The first gift from Bhutan to visitors will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. Then a briefing from our appointed guide and will be transferred to Thimphu capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1 hour and a population of about 1, 00,000 people live in capital city. It is the only capital in the world without traffic lights and will take you to experience typical Bhutanese handicrafts, etc and overnight stay at standard tourist hotel.
Day 02. (Thimphu-Wangdue- Gangtey). Morning hour, we will visit Bhutanese handmade paper factory, folk heritage museum (tell you the Bhutanese people’s past rural life and items and artifacts used in rural households), Textile Museum where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved. After lunch, depart for Punakha where the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar via Dochula pass (3050m). This pass offers panoramic views of Himalayan mountains ranges. Then we move towards one of the major town and district headquarters of Western Bhutan where we will visit the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong dramatically located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. From here a gradual climbs take you to Gangtey (Phobjikha) and it lies towards the east of Punakha and Wangdue on the flanks of Black Mountains. This is old monastery of Gangtey gompa dating back to 17th century. A few kilometers past the gompa on the valley floor are the fascinating valley of Phobjikha. The gentle sloping hillsides are described as “the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas”. This is also winter home of black necked cranes that migrates from arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate, and overnight stay at Gangtey.
Day 03. (Gangtey- Trongsa- Bumthang). We start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan. The drive to Bumthang via Trongsa over Pele la Pass(3300m) and Yotongla Pass(3400m).We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pele La Pass with an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. This Pass is traditionally considered the boundary between west and east Bhutan. In the fine weather the Himalayan range particularly the peak of Jhomulhari (7314m) to the west can be seen. En-route we cross Chendebji Chorten built many centuries ago to suppress a demons. After lunch, we go out to view the impressive Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home of the ruling dynasty. In olden days the Dzong commanded the passage between Western and Eastern Bhutan. We then drive to Bumthang valley (described as “one of the most beautiful place in the Himalayas”) across the Yotongla pass (3400m), overnight at hotel.
Day 04. (Bumthang) This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. The Guru and his linage of Tertons (treasure finders), have let to spouting of many temples in the valley. In the morning, we visit Jambay Lhakhang (one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century) and visit Kurjey Lhakhang (where the Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock). Then hike to visit Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic school built by Terton Pema Lingpa). After lunch, hike to Thangbi valley across the suspension bridge and visit the Thangbi Lhangkhang built in 14th century, on the way back visit jakar Dzong (seat of the district administration).Evening stroll in Chamkhar town, and Overnight at hotel.
Day 05. (Bumthang- Ura- Bumthang) In the morning, we drive to Ura valley (at a distance of 42kilometers from Bumthang), the road reaches the Ura Shelthangla, where there is a magnificent view of Bhutan’s highest peak Gangkar Puensum (7,500m). The road then descends into Ura valley by long loops across fields and pastures. Ura’s main occupation is raising sheep, yaks and the introduction of potato farming has brought a certain degree of prosperity of people. We visit Ura Lhakhang and lunch will be served at one of the many inviting spots. After lunch, drive back to Bumthang and overnight stay.
Day 06. (Bumthang – Wangdue- Punakha) The drive to Punakha via Wangdue takes about 7hours over the Pele La pass and Yotongla pass. Lunch served at chendebji Chorten, and overnight at Punakha.
Day 07. (Punakha- Thimphu) We visit Punakha Dzong, the winter seat of the Je Khenpo and ancient capital of Bhutan, located between the rivers of the Mo (female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. The Dzong is open to visitors only in summer when the monk body is in Thimphu. After visiting Punakha Dzong drive to Thimphu via Dochula pass and Check in hotel. After lunch, visit National Memorial Chorten built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (3rd king), visit National Library stocked with ancient manuscripts and collection of books, visit to BBS tower to view Thimphu city and Takin zoo (National animal of Bhutan), and overnight stay at Thimphu.
Day 08. (Thimphu- Paro) Morning drive to Paro, visit Paro Ringpun Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Rinpoche, the first temporal ruler of Bhutan, it is now houses of Paro monastic body and the office of the Dzongda (governor) and Drangpon (judge) of district. Visit Ta Dzong watch tower and now it is converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boats antique thangkha, textiles, weapons and armor, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. After lunch, visit Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress- 16km away from Paro town). It holds great historic significance. It is from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The name means victorious Bhutanese. The spot offers a magnificent vista of Mount Jhomulhari (“Mountain of Goddess” 7329m). Visit Bhutanese typical farmhouse on the way back. Visit Kyichu Lhakang one of the oldest monasteries built in 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. It holds down the left foot of an ogress whose body is so large that it covers Bhutan and most of eastern Tibet. In the evening stroll through the main town of Paro town, and dinner and over night at Paro hotel.
Day 09. (Paro-hike to Takstang) Morning hour drive to Satsam Chorten to hike up to the Taktsang monastery (tiger’s nest). The hike up to cafeteria will take around one and half hour. At the viewing point enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Have lunch at café and walk back to the road point where your car will pick you up and then drive to your hotel. Evening hour do some last minute shopping in the town, and dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 10. (Departure by Druk Air) In the morning escort will bid you farewell at Paro airport. Good-bye and happy journey, back home.