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Bhutan is a secluded country which has remained untouched for many years and it is being world famous due to its unique culture and this tour would be a suitable option for the person who loves to see the Bhutanese local Culture, society, glorious mountains scenery as well as low land with dense forest and you can click on main images of Bhutan while doing this tour.
You will be flying over the great Himalayas, amidst of the most magnificent of the world’s highest glacial peaks and be able to see the terrain and nature’s architect at a grand scale. Bhutan cultural tour starts from Paro, your international arrival point. We will spend a night and on second day, before driving to the capital Thiumpu, we will visit few highlighted places in Paro. In Thiumpu, you will get lots of things to see and do. Our guide will take you on tour round with visiting market, museum, Monastery and Temples.
The tour continues with driving to ancient capital Punakha, and to Gangtey, Trongsa, Bumthang, Ura and Wangdue. We will see and explore monasteries, ancient fortresses (Dzongs), temples, and traditional Bhutanese houses, with time to wander through the fascinating markets. Bhutan Cultural Tour made all worth with drive through picturesque landscapes of spectacular mountain ranges, lush green valleys and pine and cedar forests. We will cross the Dochola Pass, which offers panoramic views of the Himalayas, and also cross the Black Mountains, which divide east and west Bhutan. Returning to Paro, we will visit the beautiful Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), found high above the valley floor, clinging precariously to the rock cliff. We "Asian Heritage Trek" have tried to include a fascinating journey in Bhutan Culture tour which takes you inside the mysterious kingdom of Bhutan which is often referred to as the “living museum”.


 


Day 01: Arrive in Paro and then to Thimpu.
You will be arriving in Paro international airport which is Bhutan's only international airport. Our guide will be there to meet and welcome you and transfer to Thimphu by car/bus. From Paro you can have the spectacular view of the Everest, KanchenJunga and other Himalayan peaks, along with the awesome view of sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drakey of Bhutan. One can also wander on own to stroll Thimphu streets or relax in your hotel. Overnight accommodation will be in Hotel.

Day 02: Thimphu.
After Breakfast, we will have a full day sightseeing in Thimphu valley, which includes:
National Library: It holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts, modern academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags. Much of Bhutan history is believed to been imprinted in archaic texts. A visit will open us up to the history of Bhutan even if it may be minute.
The market: It remains opened for 4 days in a week (on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Handmade paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Lunch will be in town.
Changangkha Lhakhang: This fortress like temple and monastic school is perched on a ridge above Thimphu, south of Motithang and regularly bustles with pilgrim activities. The temple was established in the 12th century. Parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin. From the temple courtyard, you can get a fascinating view of the Thimhu valley.
Traditional Medicine Institute: The rich herbal medicines abundant in the Kingdom are prepared and dispensed here. The institute also imparts the art of herbal medicines. The complex is closed to visitors due to potential hygiene compromises, but one can still walk around and view it from the outside.
Memorial Chorten: This stupa was built in the memory of Bhutan’s third King. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
Tashichho dzong: The beautiful medieval fortress/monastery, which houses Secretariat building, King’s Throne room and other government’s offices is also known as ‘fortress of the glorious religion’. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot.
Handicrafts Emporium
A wide assortment of beautifully hand woven and crafted products is available. One can buy a souvenir from there.
Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang)
Located a short drive away from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can also pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country.  Overnight accommodation will be in Hotel 

Day 03: Thimpu to Trongsa
Today, after having our Breakfast, we will drive up to Dochula pass (alt. 3050 m). If the weather permits, you can see a range of high Himalayan peaks towards the northeast. The following peaks can be seen from this pass, on a clear day; Masagang (7158m), Tsendagang (6960 m), Terigang (7060m), Jejegangphugang (7158m, Kangphugang (7170m), Zongaphugang (7060m), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – and finally Gangkar Punsum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7497 m. Further continuing our drive, we will head towards Wangdiphodrang town for lunch.
After lunch we will proceed to Trongsa across Pelela pass (alt. 3300m). A large prayer flag marks the pass and the ground is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo. We will stop by on the way at Chendbji Chorten, which was built in 18th century by a lama named Shida. It has a Nepalese design style with eyes painted at four cardinal points. We will arrive at Trongsa and check into the lodge. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.

Day 04: Trongsa to Bumthang
Today, we will visit the Trongsa Dzong, built by Shabdrung in 1647 and visit the Taa Dzong (watch tower) which is dedicated to the Buddhist epic hero, King Gesar of Ling. Now we will drive to Bumthang which is 29 Km from the Trongsa road, we will reach the Yutong La pass (alt. 3400 m). Further 13 km ahead, the road enters into a wide, open, cultivated valley known as Chumey valley
After arriving in Bumthang, we will check into a lodge and get ready for lunch. After lunch, we will visit to:
Kurje Lhakhang
Kurje Lhakhang consists of three temples that are surrounded by a 108 chorten wall. The one on the right side was built in 1652 on the rack face where Guru meditated in the 8th century. The one on the left was built by Ashi Kesang in the 1990s. The middle temple is considered to be the holiest as it was built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru’s body.
Jambey Lhakhang
The monastery was built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. It is one of the 108 monasteries built during his time to subdue the evil spirits roaming in the Himalayan region.
Jakar Dzong
The Dzong was initially built as a monastery in 1549. It was upgraded after the Shabdrung had firmly established his power in 1646. It is however now used as a administrative centre for Bumthang valley and houses the regional monk body.
Membartsho
It is known as the burning lake and is in the Tang valley. It is a wide spot on the Tang Chhu and is considered to be one of the greatest pilgrimage sites of Bhutan. This site is decorated with an array of prayer flags and small clay offerings called ‘Tse Tsa’ in rock niches.
Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.

Day 05: Bumthang to Punakha 
After having Breakfast, we will explore the fascinating valley of Bumthang. We will head towards tongsa after exploring the valley and take our lunch. After lunch we will proceed to Punakha. En route we will have a pit stop in Wangdiphodrang Dzong to explore. Overnight accommodation will be in a hotel.

Day 06: Punakha to Paro
We will have a morning visit to Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages from fire, earthquake and flood. The latest flood of Oct 1994 caused great damage to the fortress but miraculously spared the statue of Buddha Jojampa. After lunch, we will proceed onwards to Paro. Along the way, we will visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers good insight into the lifestyle of the local people and their culture. On arrival in Paro, we will check into a hotel. Overnight accommodation will be in a hotel.

Day 07: Paro
The beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates itself within a rich culture, beautiful nature with hundreds of myths and legends. It houses many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries. We will be visiting places such as:
Ta Dzong
At one point in time, it was used and built as a watch tower to defend Rinpung Dozng during the inter-valley wars of the 17th century. However it has been serving as the national Museum of the country since 1967. It holds fascinating collection of relic, arts.etc.
Rinpung Dzong
It is also sometime known as “the heap of Jewels” and was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgya, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. The entrance to the Dzong id through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. The wonders of the architectural design of Dzong can be enjoyed as you walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path
Drukgyel Dzong
This Dzong was built in 1647 by the Shabdrung for protection from the invasion of Tibetans. On a clear day, one can see the commanding view of Mt.Chomolhari from the village below the Dzong.
Kyichu Lhakhang
It is one of the 108 temples in Himalayas and is also one of the oldest and most scared shrines built by the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo in the 7th century. There are two temples within the complex which were built during different times.
Taktshang Lhakhang
it is also known as “Tiger’s Nest”. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence its name. Taktshang Lhakhang is one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan which is perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. The site is recognized as the most sacred place and is visited by Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime.
Overnight accommodation will be in a hotel in Paro.

Day 08: Paro Departure
In the morning you will be transferred to the airport (15 mins) for your departure flight. Your guide will be there to see you off at the airport. You take your flight to your onward destinations.

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Trip Grade

Moderate

Included in the Cost

• Arrival transfer.
• Overall accommodation on bed and breakfast basis throughout the trip.
• Overall transfers as per the itinerary.
• An English speaking guide throughout the trip.
• Overall entrance fees included in the itinerary.

Not Included in the Cost

• Drinks/Beverages.
• Tipping (Tips).
• Personal Expenses.
• Entrance fees for temple and monasteries not mentioned in the program.
• Donations in Temples, schools, Monasteries, etc.
• Personal gears.
• First aid kit (for you).
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