Bhutan Culture Tour is the exciting journey that takes us through different cities of Bhutan. Our visits include Thimpu which is the capital city of Bhutan, Paro which holds the only airport of Bhutan, Punakha which is the ancient capital of Bhutan, Phobjikha Valley and Wangdiphodrong. Phobjikha is the winter home of the rare black-necked cranes that fly from Tibet. Phobjikha Valley is also important for being one of the only two Ngimgma monasteries that exist in Bhutan.
Itinerary Outline of Bhutan Culture Tour:
Tourist Link Treks & Expedition is currently offering 7- days Bhutan Culture Tour which takes us through the thrilling zones of western and central Bhutan. Visiting Tiger’s Nest Monastery, ancient Dzongs or fortresses, paying respect to monasteries, traveling through weekend markets with stores selling thankas, paintings, masks, jewelleries, statues and other handicrafts, visiting the thangka school where students are taught to prepare thankas, viewing Tashichho Dzong which is the administrative building of King anmd passing through woods of rhododendron and oaks are major attractions of Bhutan Culture Tour. Viewing stone craft techniques at Wangdiphodrong and thanka painting and cloth weaving at Thimpu are some tempting factors of the itinerary.
Bhutan Culture Tour is the wonderful experience of observing the ancient cultures, traditions and ways of living of the ever smiling locals as we move through 4 major sites of Bhutan.
: Fly to Paro Airport and Sightseeing in Paro (2250m)
: Trek to Tiger’s Nest Monastery and Drive to Thimpu (2320m)
: Sightseeing in Thimpu
: Travel to Punakha (1250m)
: Travel to Gangtey (2900m) and back to Punakha
: Travel to Paro (2250m)
Day01: Fly to Paro Airport and Sightseeing in Paro (2250m):
Scenic flight with views of Himalayas and famous Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Mountains will take us to the only airport of Bhutan at Paro. After arriving at Paro, you will be greeted by our representative and then taken to the hotel at the capital city of Bhutan- Thimpu where we will stay in the hotel.
Day02: Trek to Tiger’s Nest Monastery and Drive to Thimpu (2320m):
We will take a short trek to Taktsang which is popular among locals as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Three hours of climbing through the hotels will be sufficient to arrive to the vantage point which offers the first view of the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. After a brief rest, we will have a gentle descent through the ridge and then we will move along the waterfall to the monastery. Taktsang monastery is located above the Paro Valley and stands by facing the 1,000 m cliff. There is a popular myth associated with the cave where now exists Taktsang Monastery. According to the myth, this was the exact place where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress and brought Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet in the eighth century.
After visiting the monastery, we will take a drive to hotel at Thimpu where we will stay overnight.
Day03: Sightseeing in Thimpu:
We will visit the Memorial Chorten which is the huge stupa built in the loving memory of the third King who reigned from 1952 to 1972. Further, we will stop by the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Enroute, we will enter the painting School where students are taught to paint thankas. Visiting Handicrafts Emporium is equally attractive idea as we can buy Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts in this market. We will finally pass by the Tashichho Dzong- the administrative building of the king before returning back to the hotel.
Day04: Travel to Punakha (1250m):
Our tour on 4th day begins early in the morning as we take the short tour around Thimpu. Later, we will have a lunch and then head towards Punakha. Enroute, we will cross Dochu La Pass which is located at 3100m altitude. From Dochu La Pass, we will take the downward trail through rhododendron and fir woods. We will move past paddy fields and then follow the river bank to make it to Punakha where we will stay overnight.
Day05: Travel to Gangtey (2900m) and back to Punakha:
The tour on 5th day begins by exploring Wangduephodrang which is famous for its slate and stone carving business. Taking lunch, we will pass through the thick woods of oak and rhododendron to Gangtey which is the village that offers excellent views of some of the snow- clad mountains. We will enjoy the views of Black Mountain Ranges and exotic Phobjikha Valley and then visit Gangtey Monastery. Later, we will take a ride back to Punakha.
Day06: Travel to Paro (2250m):
While we are at Punakha, we will visit Punakha Dzong which was built in the year 1637- 1638. This dzong or fort is the second largest dzong in Bhutan. After taking lunch, we will head towards Paro. Enroute, we will be visiting Chimi Lhakhang which is the temple of Lama Drukpa Kuenley.
7th day is the last day of Bhutan Culture Tour. We will take breakfast in the hotel and then hurry back to airport at Paro. Boarding a flight, we will return back to Kathmandu via Druk Airlines.
- All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period.
- Accommodation three starred in the cities.
- English speaking guide
- Highly experienced staffs
- Food, clothing and salary of our staffs
- Insurance of staffs
- All necessary grounded transportation
- Medical Supplies (First Aid Kit will be available)
- Airport Pick up and drop
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company
- All local/ Government Taxes
- International Flight ticket for both way
- International Airport Tax
- Personal nature Expenses
- Bar bill and all kinds of drinks
- Rescue and Evacuation
- Gratitude (tip) for staff (not mandatory)
Equipments & Packing List
- Sun creams
- First-aid kit
- Toothpaste/brush/soap and other personal items
- Down jacket
- Crampons sleeping bag
- Snacks in your rucksack
- Trekking pole
- Trekking shoes
Having spent 7 days with tourist link treks, I can honestly say that it was one of the most enjoyable, memorable life experiences I have ever had. It was my second time in Nepal and decided to go on a trekking/ jungle safari expedition. Wild is not the world. Although at times it was difficult and exhausting, I have n regrets in making the decision.
Last time I used tourist link treks services I took a tour around Tibet, which was out of this world. The service of the tour guides and their expertise knowledge of the areas we covered was amazing, and the team of people I was with was equally as great. Which is why I decided to use tourist link trek again for my next Nepalise adventure.
Since I had such a fun time on the last trip I decided to stick to trekking, and I’d heard from a friend of mine that the jungle safari was something that I would have really enjoyed. And they certainly were not wrong! I enjoyed every minute of it, and got some of the most amazing pictures I have ever taken. We rode on elephants for the duration of the time and came across wild like left right and center. Never have I been so close to these wild beings without there being some kind of cage, but being on top of an elephant I guess is the next safest thing lol..
So the safari was followed up AFTER the 25 days of trekking in Kanchenchunga, which as you can imagine was very tiring, but certainly enjoyable. The fresh air there was so nice, but my feet certainly payed the price. I had unfortunately acquired some rather large blisters on my right foot but carried on non the less. But let’s just say that I was relieved to spend the last part of the trip riding around on the back of an elephant lol..
All in all though I wouldn’t trade the experience I had with the team for anything! The people, the weather, the scenery was just simply amazing, and I feel that there are many more fun filled adventures to have with tourist link treks in the coming years, and I can’t wait!
Anna Nadia Bandura From Poland
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
Having always fantasized about visiting Tibet, I decided recently to make my wish a reality. Having visited Nepal before and done some different treks with different trekking companies, I stumbled across Tourist Link Treks & Expedition (P.) LTD. A friend of mine had recommended them as being the cheapest most reliable tour company out of many others, and since I valued his judgment greatly I decided to give them a shot. Well, I certainly was not disappointed to say the least. I couldn’t believe the quote I got from them with everything included. It was nearly half the price! Of what I’d plan to budget for. At first the offer sounded abit too good to be true, but going with my gut instincts, my friends advise and the warm friendly reception I was greeted with other the phone with them, I decided to go for it. The tour consisted of a direct flight to the neighboring mountains, and a trek around the peaks of the Tibetan peaks. I knew I was amongst one of the wonders of the world where I was and had my camera on stand by to capture some of the most breath taking shots I have ever taken. There where moments where time just seemed to stand still, where the wild life seemed so in balance with its surroundings that we appeared to blend into their eco system. No fear, no negative vibes, just being, for as far as the eye could reach. A translucent depiction of what life is supposed to be like, or how it once was. Something was telling me, ‘this is how its supposed to be’
When your amongst such beauty, caught in a realm of timelessness, it is easy to get lost in what it is your doing. And when the hand on my shoulder was softly felt by the guide, it was back to reality I stumbled to.
Joe wakefield From Uk
Saturday, November 4th, 2017
I had an awesome trip, great price the best guide (Nigma Sherpa) and very strong happy porter. I did EBC kala pather, Gokyo, Gokyo RI good food good accommodation. Learnt so much about the mountains, climbing the mountains, treated like a king. A very big thank you to Nigma sherpa always felt safe and in good hands thanks for organizing a great trip Hom at a great price.
Scott Blake From Australia
Thursday, June 15th, 2017
My hasband and i am from Germany , we booked the poonhill trek with Tourist Link Treks . Our guide Elmi was really great , he told us lot of about Nepali culture , the life in the hills and about the Flora and Fanna . He cared a lot about us and always went into the Kitchens in the tea houses where we stoped to eat and drink to check whether everthing was clean and well prepared .
Compared to the other guide , Elmi was really well prepared and equipment after the 4th day . I went sick and Elmi gave me medicine and managed to shorten our trip . He even carried my backpack when i was very weak . All we were very satisfied with our guide and the trek . The view from poonhill was amazing , Elmi explaned all the Mountain we could see . so it was a great pleasure and a very good choice
Best regards : Julia & Sascha Michely
julia & Sascha Michely From Germany
Saturday, December 27th, 2014
We , two girls of arround 25 from the Netherlands , booked the Langtang Trek with Tourist Link Trek . we hired a guide and a porter , who took a lot of work out of our hands . The Langtang Trek was very beautiful and our guide had a lot of hummer . He made a new plan when one of us had an injury (ankle) , which was very nice . He told us about local traditional , mountain , animals ,history and local alcohol .
Our porter was never tired , he walked from our endpoint back to carry our other bags .
In short , amazing trip , good organisation .
Kind regards , Maartje and emmely
Maartje Verhoeven and Emmely Vender Steen From Netherlands
Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Personally , i don't have that much experience with guide but i know that Raju is am 'A' calss guide , i'm almost certain that guy saved my life or ( my eyes feet etc ) my life times, he's a hardworking guy that will put all his effort on it to keep you going and to make you as comfortable as possible .
Handrik de peeker From Holland
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
To Hom and Niraj ,
Thank you for an excellent and memoriable journey to the Everest Base camp .The itinerary was well planned and guide is very knowledge and attractive .
This is a trip of A lifetime and worth every ....much thanks and until next time , Will zeng
Will Zeng From Australia
Saturday, September 13th, 2014
We had a trip organized by Tourist link from KTM to Langtang for 8 days . The price was excelent and we had great experience with our poter \ guide Elmi . He was a fantastic guide , helping us catch our bus in Ktm . All the way throught the trek until . We were back into Tourist link trek office in Ktm . Our trip was well organized , convenient and very enjoyable . I would recommend Tourist Link without a doubt !! Many Thanks
Mark Stanley armstrong From Canada
Friday, September 12th, 2014