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Bhutan cultural Tour

This 6days Tested See Bhutan cultural tour program offers you most of the tourists' places in western Bhutan where 2 nights each in Thimphu and Paro are spent and one night in Punakha. This tour is especially designed to suit the travelers who have not enough time and money to spend but want to see the most. With in 6 days, you will be able to get the taste of Bhutan covering almost three major districts of western Bhutan namely Paro, Thimphu & Punakha and if you enter from border, you will have an opportunity to see part of southern Bhutan as well. All three districts are equally important in respect of culture, history and natural beauty. You will be driving as high as 3150m through Dochula pass to Punakha at 1300m, the old palace and still winter resident of chief lama of Bhutan. Weather permitting, you will be able to enjoy the panoramic views of the eastern Himalayas from Dochula pass dotted with 108 stupas and colorful prayer flags.
Please note that the price indicated for this tour program is for 5 nights. If you enter from border, the price will be calculated for 6 nights since you will have to spend a night at the border town of Phuntsholing.
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Day 01. Drive Phuntsholing – Thimphu OR flight into Paro by KB flight.:-Distance: 175km, time: 6 hours. (altitude of Thimphu: 2300mts/7590ft)
In the morning, your Bhutanese guide from Experience Bhutan Travel will receive you at the border & welcome you to Bhutan with traditional scarf called Khadas. After completing the formalities, you will drive through fascinating valleys, distant waterfalls and scenic distant villages to the capital 'Thimphu'. Past several small towns, Gedu college, Tala Hydro Project and Chhukha Hydrp project. Lunch will be served on the wau at Hotel Dam view. After passing the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers, the road ascends and the valley turns into a narrow gorge before widening out at Namseling, and soon the quaint shrubs of Thimphu begins to appear. Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and is the only large settlement in Bhutan. Thimphu has a special charm and it is fascinating to sit and watch gathering of local people in the town square, wearing their traditional dress, and going about in their business in a typically unhurried Bhutanese way. Depend on time you can stroll in the town, buy souvenir from Bhutan as you like. Overnight at the hotel. LD
Day 02. Sightseeing of Thimphu valley:-Soon after your breakfast, you enjoy full day of sightseeing that includes: Memorial Chorten: This is a most impressive stupa built in the memory of Bhutan's third King by the order of Grand Queen mother Ashi Phuntsho Chhoden in 1974. Changangkha lhakhang. One of the oldest temple in Thimphu valley situated on top of a knoll with commending views of the valley below. This place has a special magical atmosphere with its prayer flags floating in the wind and its feeling of riding above the hurly-burly of the city. This was built in 15th century by one of descendents of Pjajo Drukjom Shigpo, the founder of Drukpa School in Bhutan. The main statue inside the temple is that of the god of compassion.

Mini Zoo: Drive further north and visit the mini zoo where the Takins (national animals of Bhutan are kept). Drive till the dead end of the road at Sangaygang view point to enjoy the fresh air and to view the whole valley of Thimphu below. The hill is dotted with prayer flags and gives a impression that one is near to heaven.

Nunnery (Drubthob Lhakhang). This small red temple is also called Zilukha nunnery. It plays a role of protecting the Dzong from the fire. Now it houses Buddhist nuns. National Library: It holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts and also modern academic books.

Handicrafts Emporiums: It displays wide range of products such as beautifully woven fabrics for man & women, crafted products & other decorative items. You can as well visit many local handicraft products where you have wide range of selection and prices to choose from.

National Institute for Zorig Chusum (thirteen traditional arts & crafts). The Royal Government of Bhutan has sponsored and established this national institute in the year 1971 mainly to preserve and promote culture and to contribute to the country's economy through quality products and services. In the course of history Bhutan has developed a unique artistic tradition, which has played a vital role in modeling its distinct cultural heritage and this tradition is reflected in thirteen traditional arts & crafts.
Traditional medicine Institute: It was established with the help of European Union to improve traditional medicine. The rich herbal medicines abundant in the kingdom are prepared here. Tashichhodzong: The biggest fort of Bhutan built in 1648. It houses secretariat building, King's throne room and other government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot.

Folk Heritage Museum: One of the oldest house in Thimphu, having been restored and transformed into Folk Heritage Museum in the year 2001 under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo. This museum is meant to serve an account of everyday rural life for the young urbanized generations and as a place for preserving objects related to this life, in case this way of life disappears as time passes.

Textile Museum: This museum was inaugurated under the patronage of Queen Ashi Sangay Choden in June 2001. Many intricate designs of Bhutanese textiles are displayed here. It will also serve as center for conservation, restoration and documentation of Bhutanese textiles. There are many more things to see apart from above mentioned sightseeing places. Overnight at the hotel. BLD

Day 03. Drive to Punakha: -Distance: 75km, Time 3 hours, alt: 1300mts
Following breakfast, 3 hours drive to Punakha, the winter residence of chief abbot. The road climbs for about an hour till you reach a pass at Dochula at an altitude of 3150M. Weather permitting, this pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. You can stop at several places and even walk to nearby forest to watch various species of birds. Lunch will probably at Dochula cafeteria depends on weather and bit of hike that you decide to make on and around the pass. After having you nice lunch, continue driving on a windy road with many loops that makes the drive cautious and slow. The road descends all the way to Punakha & Wangdue through temperate forest of rhododendron & magnolia bloom in spring then a semi-tropical zone where orange trees, banana trees and cactuses are found in abundance. On arrival, check in to the hotel.

WAfter having lunch, do the Sightseeing in Punakha valley. (Punakha altitude: 1300mts/4290ft). Visit the Punakha Dzong some 7-8 km away from the hotel. Punakha Dzong is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan situated in the confluence of Phochhu & Mochhu (male & female rivers). It looks like a giant ship with excellent wood work and detail of paintings. It was here that the first King was crowned in 1907. It was capital of Bhutan until 1955 and then it was shifted to Thimphu. This dzong was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637. This dzong still serves as winter resident of the chief lama of Bhutan and houses both administrative & religious centre of Punakha district. Drive further north of the valley and hike for abut 45 minutes crossing over suspension bridge to new Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, a new temple, the paradise of Guru Rimpoche through the rice field and village of Niengergang. The view from the temple to the valley below is photogenic. Overnight at the hotel. BLD
Day 04. Drive Punakha- Paro :-Following breakfast, drive to Paro (135km, 4 hours). En route, visit the most famous temple called Chime Lhakhang or the temple of fertility. It is about 20 minutes walking through rice terraces and the village of Yoakha. The temple is situated on the spur above the village. It is believed that barren couple will have children if they get blessing for this temple. Walk back and continue your drive to Paro through Dochula pass. After lunch, do the sightseeing of places of interests in Paro. Visit national museum, Paro Dzong, the 7th century Kichu lhakhang. Overnight at the Hotel. BLD
Day 05. Excursion to Tiger's Nest Monastery :-Following breakfast, drive 5km north through the beautiful valley of Paro and hike to Taktsang (tiger's Den) monastery hanging on a cliff 800m above the valley. In the 8th century Guru Rimpoche flew here on the back of a tigress in one of his eight forms called Guru Dorje Drolo and meditated for 3 months in a cave and converted Paro valley into Buddhism. Later in the 17th century, the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan Tenzin Rabgye built this present temple and named it Taktsang meaning; tiger's lair in the same spot where Guru meditated. This temple is one of the most sacred and also a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists from all over the world. It was completely burnt down in 1998 and re-built with help from Bhutan government, individual donors and financial supports from other nations. It takes 2 hours ascend till the closest view point and 1 hour descend to the valley. Stop at tourism café situated half way for refreshment. On your way back, you again stop at the café for lunch. After lunch, continue to walk down to the bottom of the valley where your vehicle is waiting. Drive further north and visit the Drukgyel Dzong (fortress of victorious Drukpas). It was burnt in 1951 by the tilting of butter lamp in the middle of the night so in present days it remains as ruins preserved as monument. It was built in 1647 after Bhutan stand victorious against Tibetan invasion. Evening, drive back to Hotel. Dinner and over night at the hotel. B/L/D.
Day 06. Fly to Onward destination:-Following breakfast, drive to airport for your onward flight. Your guide will assist with your baggage, bid you farewell and wish you safe journey back home

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