Cultural Heritage Of Bhutan

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About The Listing

Type of Trip : Cultural Tour

Level : Easy

Location : Bhutan

Duration : 16 Days 15 Nights

Trip Start : Bhutan

Trip End : Bhutan

Description

One can observe during Bhutan tours that the nation sports an interesting form of traditional architecture, and all buildings conform to this design pattern. Bhutan is blessed with immense natural beauty. The country also abounds with harmony, displayed in its Buddhist culture and the pleasant disposition of its people. Sightseeing in Thimphu and Paro include a visit to the historically and spiritually important monasteries of this lovely destination.

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What's Unique?

  • Phuentsholing-Thimpu-Punakha-Trongsa-Bhumthung
  • Mongar-Trashigang-Pobhjikha Vall-Wangdue-Paro-Chela-La-Pass
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Activities

Daytime

Road Trip
Sightseeing

Evening

Open

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Itinerary

  • Day 01: IXB Airport - Thimphu

    Destination: Thimpu 

    On arrival at IXB, you will be greeted by our official and transferred to Phuentsholing (298 Mts/977 Fts), a small Town at the Indo-Bhutan border. Have your lunch in an Indian Hotel. Post lunch Immigration formalities will be done and you Transfer to Thimphu. (178KMS/09Hrs) which lies at an elevation of 2300m. Thimphu lies in a beautiful valley, sprawling up a hillside on the west bank of the Thimphu CHHU River and has a total area of about 1809 sq. kms. Evening at your own leisure. Visitors can enjoy relaxing walk in the valley at evening. Overnight stay at hotel. Hotel Singye or similar.

  • Day 02: Thimpu Sightseeing

    Highlights: The National Memorial Chorten, Sakyamuni Buddha, Takin Zoo, The National Library, Zorig Chusum, The Royal Textile Museum

    Destination: Thimpu 

    The National Memorial Chorten or Thimpu Chorten is a site for evening prayer. The chorten or stupa was built in the memory of the third king , continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan's third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk ("the father of modern Bhutan") who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.


    Sakyamuni Buddha - On the top of Kuensel Phodrang hill sits the statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. The 51.5 meter long bronze statue would surely attract you and the uninterrupted view of the valley would leave you spellbound. The site is also known as Buddha View Point.
     

    Changangkha Lhakhang - At Thimphu you will go across several monasteries and temples. Changangkha Lhakhang is among the most important religious structures in Thimphu. The structure dates back to the 15th century and is one of the oldest in the region. The structure is dedicated to Avalokiteshvara, the sign of compassion. You will also enjoy the grand view of Thimphu valley from here.

     

    Takin Zoo – You will find the National animal of Bhutan “Takin” in this open zoo. Takin is one of the most endangered species of the World and it is available only in Bhutan.

     

    The National Library- has got a fabulous collection of Buddhist manuscripts which are priceless. It also houses the World’s largest published book which is about 130 pounds and 5X7 feet.

     

    Zorig Chusum  - Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts and crafts

     

    The Royal Textile Museum  - Thimphu also introduces visitors with the culture and heritage of Bhutan. The Royal Textile Museum at Norzin Lam is a site where you will get introduced to Bhutanese textiles, some of which date back to the 1600s. 

    Overnight stay at hotel. Hotel Singye or similar.

  • Day 03: Thimpu-Punakha

    Highlights: Dochula, Punakha Dzong, Suspension Bridge

    Destination: Punakha 

    After breakfast, start for Punakha . One the way, visit

    Dochula view point stop: The first stop after leaving Thimphu on the journey is Dochu La pass around 3100 m high and way above the clouds.  Only an hour’s drive from Thimphu, it offers visitors their first glimpse of the Eastern Himalayan range. From the pass the road curls its way down into the relative lowlands of the Punakha Valley. Before Thimphu was made the permanent capital of Bhutan.

    In Punakha , you also visit

    Punakha Dzong: beautiful Punakha Dzong(known as the  “the palace of great happiness”),located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley. the city’s dzong is one of the most picturesque of all Bhutan’s ancient fortresses The dzong is joined to the mainland by an arched wooden bridge, and contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reined the kingdom from this valley.

    Suspension Bridge - Visit the hidden treasure of Punakha Valley,the longest suspension bridge over River Mo. 

    Overnight stay at hotel. Hotel Kingaling or similar.

  • Day 04: Punakha-Trongsa

    Highlights: Chendbji Chorten, Swayambhunath temple

    Destination: Trongsa 

    After breakfast, Start for Tronsa and enroute Wangdue Fort & Visit also Wangdue Phodrang Town and Gangtey Monastery.

    Chendbji Chorten-Approximate four hours drive from Wangduephodrang is Chendbji Chorten, patterned on Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu. It was built in 18th century by Lama Shida, from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. 

    Overnight stay at hotel. Hotel Norling or similar.

     

  • Day 05: Trongsa-Bumthung

    Destination: Bumthung 

    In the morning, after breakfast,start for Bumthung and reach Bumthung in the afternoon.Evening free for own. Overnight stay at hotel. Kaila Guest House or similar.

  • Day 06: Bumthung Sightseeing

    Highlights: Jakor Dzong, Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang

    Destination: Bumthung 

    Jakor Dzong : also known as 'Fortress of the White Bird', it was constructed in 1549 by Great grandfather of the first Shabdrung, initially as a monastery. Later it was upgraded in 1646, after the Shabdrung had firmly established his power. Jakar Dzong is now used as the administrative centre for Bumthang valley, and also houses the regional monk body.

    Jambay Lhakhang : It is a sacred monastery built in 7th century by the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. Jambay Lhakhang is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region. Its present architectural appearance dates from the early 20th century however the inner shrine with the Future Buddha is believe to be there some 1400 years ago.

    Kurjey Lhakhang : Situated before Jambey Lhakhang, Kurje Lhakhang consists of three temples. The one on the right was built in 1652 on the rack face where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in the 8th century. Second temple is built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru's body and is therefore considered, the most holy. The third temple was built in 1990s by Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother. These three temples are surrounded by a 108 chorten wall.

    Tamshing Lhakhang : Located opposite Kurjey Lhakhang on the other side of the river, it was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa. The lhakhang has ancient religious paintings such as 1000 Buddhas and 21 'Taras' (female form of Bodhisattva). The temple was restored at the end of the 19th century. 

    Overnight stay at hotel. Kaila Guest House or similar.

  • Day 07: Bumthung-Mongar

    Highlights: Thrumshingla pass, Mongar Dzong, Kori la pass

    Destination: Mongar 

    After Breakfast start for Mongar. The journey continues eastwards winding through more rugged terrain. The drive with spectacular views will take about 7 hours. Pass through Ura village in Bumthang before climbing sharply to the highest motorable pass in the Kingdom, the Thrumshingla pass (4,000 m). The descent stops at 700m, on a bridge over the Kurichu. Ascent again through pine forest, maize fields and eastern hamlets to Mongar town. Visit Mongar Dzong, built albeit quite recently, the dzong still maintains the architectural traditions of old dzongs. Drive across Kori la pass (2,450m), the place marked by a pretty chorten and a stone wall. Overnight stay at hotel. Hotel Druk Zhongar or similar.

     

  • Day 08: Mongar-Trashigang

    Destination: Trashigang 

    The first part of the journey is through leafy forest filled with ferns. Later road descends rapidly through corn fields and banana groves arriving the famous ziazags of Yadi, which is a recent settlement. About 40 km onwards lies Trashigang at 1000m. Trashigang is the centre of the biggest and most populated district in the country. Overnight stay at hotel. Druk Deothjung or similar.

     

  • Day 09: Trashigang Sightseeing

    Highlights: Trashigang Dzong, Rangung Monastery

    Destination: Trashigang 

    Whole day is free to enjoy the various sightseeings of Trashigang and the beauty and serenity of the places.
    After Breakfast Start for Local Sightseeing. Travel for 2 hours to Rangung. Morning visit Rangung Monastery. On your way back Visit Trashigang Dzong, standing at the extreme end of the spur, overhanging the Gamri river. It serves as the administrative seat for the district. Overnight stay at hotel. Druk Deothjung or similar.

  • Day 10: Trashigang-Pobhjikha Vall

    Destination: Pobhjikha Vall 

    After Breakfast, start for journey towards the Phobjikha Valley,the valley for rare endangered Black Necked Cranes. Soak the beauty of the most beautiful valley and enjoy the serenity and tranquility of the valley. Overnight stay at hotel. Hotel Yue-Loki Guest House or similar.

     

  • Day 11: Pobhjikha Vall-Wangdue

    Highlights: Bazo

    Destination: Wangdue 

    Enjoy the Sunrise from your Phobjikha Resort and start for Wangdue. Post lunch session is at leisure at the river side cottage/resorts. In evening go for Bazo Town. 

    Bazo – After crossing the Fo-Chu-Mo-Chu river,driver along the Wangdue phradong and visit newly developed small beautiful town, Bazo town in Wangdue . 

    Overnight stay at hotel. Hotel Tashi Gatshel or similar.

  • Day 12: Wangdue-Paro

    Highlights: Simtokha Dzong, National Museum of Bhutan, Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Nya Mey Zam Bridge

    Destination: Paro 

    In the morning, after breakfast, start for Paro, the picturesque town in Bhutan enroute 

    Simtokha Dzong is a small dzong,  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.

     

    National Museum of Bhutan: Situated right above Rinpung Dzong in Paro, the National Museum of Bhutan is a house that showcases Bhutan’s culture. Built in 1968, the museum stands inside the ancient Ta-dzong building. The museum houses the collection of finest specimens of Bhutanese culture and art and its highlights are paintings and some bronze statues, which are simply masterpieces. The items are demonstrated in large galleries and you can get to know a lot about Bhutan’s art and culture from these objects.

    Ta Dzong - Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan's National Museum in 1968.

    Rinpung Dzong -  Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam.
     

    Nya Mey Zam Bridge -  "The Bridge with No Fish " is the bridge that connects Paro Town to Dzong ..It is one of finest specimens in Bhutan and local believes if one sees a fish in the river , it is ill omen..The earlier bridge which could be folded during war was washed away by flood in 1969.

    Overnight stay at hotel. Hotel Sonam Trophel or similar.

     

  • Day 13: Paro Sightseeing

    Highlights: Drukgyal Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Taktsang Monastery

    Destination: Paro 

    Drukgyal Dzong:  Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro valley in Paro District of Bhutan. The Dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet.


    Kyichu Lhakhang - Kyichu Lhakhang, (also known as Kyerchu Temple or Lho Kyerchu) is an important Himalayan Buddhist temple situated in Lamgong Gewog of Paro District in Bhutan. The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songsten Gampo.


    Taktsang Monastery: If you can brave the risky cliffs on a high mountain, Paro will astonish you in the form of Taktsang Monastery. After covering 1200 metres on a fierce cliff you will reach this sacred site, also known as the Tiger’s Nest. Take a deep breath after reaching the spot and then comfort your eyes and soul with the stunning view of the scenic surroundings and the valley lying underneath. The Taktsang Monastery was established by Sain Guru Rinpoche who came to Bhutan in 747 CE. Construction of the complex was completed in 1694. Discovering the Tiger’s Nest after 3 hours of trekking is real adventure but you may also opt for a horse ride from the parking lot. 

    Overnight stay at hotel. Hotel Sonam Trophel or similar.

     

  • Day 14: Paro-Chele La Pass-Paro

    Highlights: Chele La Pass, Mt Jhomolhari, Paro Valley, Paro Airport

    Destination: Paro 

    Drive to Chele La Pass which (3,988m) from which on a clear day the view sweeps away to Bhutan’s second highest sacred peak, Mt Jhomolhari(7314m).
     

    Paro Airport View Point – This is finest valley view point to look after Paro Valley and Paro Airport. This view point overlooking the Paro river along with the all the Dzongs and Monastry . 

    Overnight stay at hotel. Hotel Sonam Trophel or similar.

  • Day 15: Paro-Pilling

    Destination: Pilling 

    After early breakfast, start from paro to pilling. Overnight stay at hotel. Hotel Sinchula or similar.

  • Day 16: Pilling-IXB Airport

    Destination: IXB Airport 

    After breakfast transfer to IXB airport.

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Pricing    

* Extra discount for a group size of 4 or more! Ask Here
Package Options Standard Entry EMI Option
Single Entry (Group of 2) ₹ 48,614 EMI starts* ₹ 4,319

Inclusions

Includes
  • Transfer all in private basis in WagonR (4 Seater)
  • Sight Seen as per itinerary.
  • Immigration charges.
  • Driver cum guide.
  • Per day 1 double bed Rooms .
  • Pick up - IXB and drop IXB
Doesn’t Includes
  • Extras of personal nature such as personal tips, laundry charges, additional tour charges. (As per package selected )
  • Does not include any lunch, evening tea/snacks & dinner.
  • Insurance, medical & emergency rescue costs.
  • Does not include hard drinks or liquor or mineral water or soft drinks/juices.
  • Does not include entrance fees at Monasteries / Monuments / Museums etc.
  • Does not include specialized guide.
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Terms & Conditions

From date of booking – 30 days: only communication charges of Rs 2000.00 per person.

30 -15 days prior to departure: 25% of tour cost.
14 -07 days prior to departure: 50% of tour cost.
07- 03 days prior to departure: 75% of tour cost.
02 days/no show: 100% of tour cost.

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Tips, Hints, Precautions

  • 1. Permit for Bhutan


  • Indian nationals do not require any visa for Bhutan. A permit will be issued at the entry point on production of a Passport or Voter ID and 04 Passport size photographs.

  • 2. Restricted Area Permit for Punakha / Wangdue


  • Restricted Area Permit is required to visit Punakha / Wangdue from Home Ministry of Bhutan please bring 02 passport size photographs and Voter ID card or Passport of each person including child. This special permit is given only after guest has entered Thimphu. Permit are not issued on Saturday and Sunday and Govt Holidays.

  • Notes:

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    • Above rates are for Indian Nationals and Bangladeshi Nationals  only.
    • For Bangladesh National double entry visa is Mandatory.
    • The rates quoted in the packages are on per person basis till 31st December 2015 (High seasons surcharge will be applicable during the Festivals & Peak season).
    • The above mentioned hotels will be confirmed as per the room availability. Otherwise similar category hotel will be provided.
    • Transportation as per itinerary (for Budget and standard package 2-4 paxs wangnor/similar ) (6 paxs sumo/bolero) (for deluxe and superior package 2-6 paxs Innova ).
    • Bhutan is a smoke free country, Smoking and tobacco is strictly prohibited in Bhutan.
    • The booking will be confirmed only after we receive 30% of the tour cost as advance and rest will be paid when the guest start the tour.
    • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary will be charged extra.
    • Children below the age of 18 can carry school/college Id card for the Permit.
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Requirements

Easy Formalities
  • Traveller Photograph
  • Traveller ID proof
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