Best of Bhutan Cultural Tour

Code: GBDVSA
9 DAYS -8 NIGHTS
Category:
  • Bhutan Tours operator in India
  • Bhutan 1
  • Bhutan 2

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Day 1: Arrive Paro – Thimpu

Arrive at the Paro airport, you will be welcome and assist by our tour representative. Then drive towards Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Upon arrival at Thimpu, check in at hotel. Relax for some time at hotel. Later visit the Memorial Chorten and the School of Arts & Crafts, where students from across the region learn the skills of a myriad of traditional arts & crafts like Buddhist Thangka painting, mask making, wood carving, embroidery, slate curving, sculpture, weaving and calligraphy. You can also see some professional Thangkha painters at work there.

Next will be visiting the 169-feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma. The Vajra Throne Buddha, symbolizing indestructibility, seated on a vajra throne, will be erected at Kuensel Phodrang in Changbangdu that provides a view of the entire city. It is located some 100 meters above Thimphu on a steep slope. Ratified by His Majesty the King and the government, the Buddha Dordenma project is being launched by the chairman of Menjong Chhothuen Tshogpa, Lam Tshering Wangdi, to commemorate a hundred years of monarchy in 2008. Afterwards, visit Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion). Back in 1216, the lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa made Dohon (the Blue Stone) Dzong on the hillock above Thimphu, where now the Dechen Phodrang stands. Some years ahead, Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo, who brought the Drukpa Kagyu line age to Bhutan, took the reins of Dohon Dzong. In 1641 the Zhabdrung (One who unified Bhutan) received the dzong from the descendants of lama Phajo and renamed it to 'Trashi Chhoe Dzong'. Bow the Dzong housed both monks and civil officials in the same area. Currently it is the seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body that houses the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). After your visit return back to hotel.

  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

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Day 2: Thimphu – Punakha

The next day, after breakfast, you will be driven to Punakha, an approx. 2hrs.30 mines drive, with a stopover for tea at Dochula (3,100 m), where on a sunny day, you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. Then continue driving towards Punakha, the ex-capital of Bhutan to have a glimpse of the Punakha Dzong, which is famous, both for being one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637. On the way back, stop at Metshina Village and take a short walk through the lush rice fields towards Chhimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple. Here, you may choose to receive a special fertility blessing.

  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

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Day 3: Punakha – Trongsa

After an early breakfast, you will be driven down to Trongsa. Admire the view en-route the valley of Wangdiphodrang. Afterwards A visit to Wangdiphodrang Dzong that was built in 1638 will be done. Legend has it that while the Bhutan people searched for a suitable site of the Dzong; four ravens flew across four this was considered an auspicious sign, representing the spread of religion to the four corners of the world. This Dzong is situated at the meeting pointof Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Drive a bit more to cross over the Pelela Pass at an altitude of3250 meters. Thereafter, visit the Chendebji Chorten, a tall Stupa patterned after the Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, Nepal and built in the 19th century by Lama Shida, to hide the remains of an evil spirit eliminated at this very spot. Then continue driving towards Trongsa, upon arrival check in at hotel.

  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

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Day 4 : Trongsa – Bumthang

After breakfast you will be visiting the Trongsa Dzong, the most emphatic dzong in Bhutan, built by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, the emissary sent by Shabdrung to appease eastern Bhutan. The dzong was added to at the end of the 17th century by Desi Tenzin Rabgay. This dzong is the ancestral home of the present Royal Family; the initial two kings ruled Bhutan from this Dzong. Drive to Bumthang via Yongtala & Kilakha passes. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Relax for some time. Enjoy Bumthang sightseeing which includes- Bhutanese Carpet Factory, where they use Yak and Sheep wool and even pure silk to create carpets and ethnic Bhutanese Textiles. Post lunch, visiting the Jakar Dzong will happen, literally meaning 'The Castle of White Bird'. Its current structure was built in 1667.

Later visit Lamey Goemba, a majestic palace and monastery built in 18th century by Dasho Phuntsho Wangdi, the great warrior. Further, you can see the JambayLhakhang, built by King SrongsenGampo of Tibet in AD 659. This temple was blessed by Guru Rimpoche during his visit to Bumthang. It was renovated by Sindhu Raja after Guru Rimpoche restored his life with his powers. Legend has it that under the temple is a lake in which Guru Rimpoche took refuge on several occasions. In the month of October, the colorful festival, 'Jambay Lhakhang Drup' unfolds at this very temple. As the evening sets, you can check out the handicrafts and all.

  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

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Day 5 : Bhumthang

After breakfast, you will visit Chakhar (Iron Castle) Lhakhang, it is the site of the palace of the Indian King, the Sindhu Raja who invited Guru Rimpoche to Bumthang. The Original palace was made of Iron and hence the name Chakhar. The saint DorjiLingpa built the Current building in 14th century. Its correct name is Dechen Phodrang. Then visit Kurjey Lhakhang that is named after body print of Guru Rimpoche, built in 1652 by MinjurTempa. Visit Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa and is the most important Nyingmapa temple in the kingdom.

In the evening, visit Membarstho which literally means, "The burning Lake".

  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

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Day 6 : Bhumthang – Gangtey – Wangdue

After an early breakfast, you will be driven to Wangdiphodrang via Gangtey. Gangtey valley is one of the most beautiful glacial valleys of the Himalayas. Visit Gangtey Gompa from outside. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. These cranes are very rare and endangered and highly protected by the Government. These cranes fly to Phobjikha valley which is their winter Habitat. The Cranes circle three times in a clock-wise direction around the Gangtey Gompa as a reverence to the Monastery before landing in the valley. They repeat the same practice before flying back to Tibet in early spring. You can watch the cranes. Then continue driving towards Wangdue, en-route we will stop in different places for the photography and have the view of different valleys. Upon arrival at Wangdue, check in at hotel.

  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

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Day 7 : Wangdue – Thimphu – Paro

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu and visit Simthokha Dzong. Simtokha Dzong is a small dzong, located about 3 miles south of the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. Built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan, the dzong is the first of its kind built in Bhutan. An important historical monument and former Buddhist monastery, today it houses one of the premier Dzongkha language learning institutes. It recently underwent renovation. It is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan. Afterwards drive to Paro. Upon arrival at Paro check in at hotel.

  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

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Day 8 : Hike to Taktashang (Tiger Nest Monastery)

Today excursion to the Taksang Monastery - the place that offers the most spectacular view of Bhutan. Located on a sheer vertical cliff at an altitude of 800m, it defies all engineering logic. Climb for about 2-3 hours to the monastery to set the pace for adventure (The hike can be quite hard and you can arrange for a pony ride. In the afternoon, simply enjoy the beauty of Paro. After your visit return back to hotel.

  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

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Day 9 : Paro Departure

Morning check out from the hotel and in time you will be assisted and transferred to international airport to board flight for onward journey.

  • Tour Ends.

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