Eastern Bhutan Cultural Tour

Tour Detail

  • Duration: 12 Days, 11 Nights.
  • Locations: Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Trongsa, Phobjikha, Bumthang,Tashigang, Tashiyangtse, Mongar valley.
  • Type of TourCultural tour/Adventure/textile/festival.

Highlight: Visit to the Ta Dzong (National Museum), Punakha Dzong, Worlds tallest bronze Buddha statue, Tigers nest hike, 7th Century Jampa Lhakhang, Dochula mountain pass, Fertility temple, Souvenirshopping at Paro, tour the eastern Bhutan, mingle with the farmers in eastern Bhutan, experience the rural life, participate in the farming activities etc.

Description: Bhutan is the last Mahayana Buddhist Kingdom, and the teachings of this school of Buddhism are a living faith among its people. Spirituality exists even in the urban centers where the spinning of prayer wheels, the murmur of mantras and the glow of butter lamps in the houses are still important features of their everyday life. Bhutan’s unique architecture is one of the most striking physical features; the color of house and buildings is a distinct source of aesthetic pleasure.

The Dzong, which are 300 to 400 hundred years old, are built on a scale without the help of any drawings and hammering a single nail.

Bamboo, ornaments of gold and silver and highly developed weaving kills represent an advanced art form. Various cultural trips into Bhutan introduce visitors to the unique aspects of Bhutanese culture, including sacred masked dance festivals and pilgrimage sites.

Tour facts: Program includes visits to Paro, Thimphu, Wangdue and Punakha valleys in Western Bhutan and Trongsa and Bumthang in Central Bhutan and Monger, Tashigang and Tashiyangtse in Eastern Bhutan along with short hikes to a couple of mountain temples.

Day 1: Arrive Paro

  • Altitude: (2280m)
  • Distance: 65 km
  • Estimated driving time: 1 hrs

The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. First gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will meet our guide, (Choice) visit Paro Ta Dzong after tea and snacks in Paro town,  After Paro Ta Dzong visit drive to Thimphu.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

Day 2: Drive to Trongsa

  • Altitude: (2316m)
  • Distance: 199 km
  • Estimated driving time: 8 hrs

After breakfast drive to Trongsa.
Sightseeing on the way to Trongsa Dzongkhag.

Day 3: Drive to Bumthang

  • Altitude: (2982m)
  • Distance: 68 km
  • Estimated driving time: 3 hrs

Visit the Jakar Dzong, the Jampa Lhakhang and the Kurjey Lhakhang.
After lunch visit the Tamshing Lhakhang and evening, stroll through Bumthang town|.
Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 4: Bumthang – Mongar

  • Altitude: (1,600m)
  • Distance: 198 km
  • Estimated driving time: 7 hrs

After breakfast drive towards east side of Bhutan, which in terms for development and lifestyle is very different from western Bhutan.
Drive through pine forest with spectacular view and cross through Ura village of Bumthang
Overnight in Mongar.

Day 5: Monger – Tashigang

  • Altitude: (1,070m)
  • Distance: 91 km
  • Estimated driving time: 3 hrs

After breakfast visit Monger Dzong
Drive to Tashigang, after lunch visit Tashigang Dzong.Overnight in Tashigang

Day 6: Excursion to Tashiyangtse

  • Altitude: (1715 m)
  • Distance: 52 km
  • Estimated driving time: 2 hrs

After early breakfast start for excursion to Gam kora and Tashiyangtse
Overnight in Tashigang

Day 7: Tashigang – Monger

  • Distance: 91 km
  • Estimated driving time: 3 hrs

After early breakfast at hotel visit the weaving center in Khaling(which is operated by the National women’s Association of Bhutan), first college of Bhutan Sherabtse college in Kanglung and the Zangtopelri Monastery
Drive back to Monger for overnight halt

Day 8:  Monger – Bumthang

  • Distance: 198 km
  • Estimated driving time: 8 hrs

Drive back to Bumthang after breakfast.Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 9: Bumthang – Gangtey – Punakha.

  • Distance: 220 km
  • Estimated driving time: 9 hrs

After early breakfast dive to visit Gangtey Goenpa
Drive to Punakha for overnight halt
Evening stroll through Wangdue town.

Day 10: Wangdue – Thimphu

  • Distance: 70 km
  • Estimated driving time: 3 hrs

After breakfast drive back to Thimphu, En route  visit Simtokha Dzong which is said to be the first Dzong built in Bhutan.
After lunch drive to visit Takin zoo, Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. Drive little further upto Sangaygang to enjoy bird’s eye view of Thimphu town.
Overnight in Thimphu

Day 11: Thimphu Excursion

After breakfast drive to Tango monastery and hike up to the monastery. Tango Monastery is the center for higher studies for monks.(45mins hike time)
Visit the Dechenphu ( Main Guadiana deity of Thimphu ),visit the New Tara Temple at Dechecholing.
Overnight in Thimphu

Day 12:  Depart the Kingdom of Bhutan
Early breakfast eee off by our executives at the airport.

Tour Program Ends

Tour Cost including Bhutan Visa Fees (Not including Bhutan airfare)

High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November

  • Single traveler: US$ 2928 per person
  • 2 person: US$ 2598 Per person
  • 3 plus person: US$ 2488 per person

Low Season: January, February, June, July, August & December

  • Single traveler: US$ 2378 per person
  • 2 person: US$ 2158 Per person
  • 3 plus person: US$ 2048 per person

Tour Discounts:

  • No charge for children under 5 years. 50% discount for children in age group 6-12 years and accompanied by their guardians:
  • 25% discount on daily rates to full time students below the age of 25 years with valid identity cards
    50% discount on daily rates to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people.
  • 100% discount to one member in a group exceeding 26 persons.

Please Note: The rate may go higher depending upon the nature of services desired beyond specified details above

Air Fare

  • Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok = US$ 660
  • Singapore-Paro-Singapore = USD$ 860
  • Delhi –Paro-Delhi = USD$700
  • Kolkata-Paro-Kolkata= USD$410
  • Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu = USD$410

(Note airfares are subjected to change as per the notice by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines)

Airfare Discount

  • Infant under the 2 years pay 10% of airfare plus relevant taxes.
  • A child’s between 2-11 years inclusive of 67% of the quoted fare.
  • Full time Students under the age of 25 years with identity cards may receive discount up to 25%.

Included

  • Deluxe rooms on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals (Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner, Tea/Coffee with snacks as and when required)
  • Accommodation in the best 3-4 star Resorts/hotels in Bhutan.
  • Brand new Bus, SUVs’ (not exceeding 4-5 years)
  • 1 complimentary Bhutan air ticket if group exceeds 17 Pax
  • Tea, coffee and snacks during the long drive and tour.
  • Complimentary 1 Hour cultural program and farewell dinner for 8 plus pax.
  • All Trekking Equipments (2 men sleeping tents, Kitchen Tents, Dining tents, Toilet Tents, Cooking Utensils etc.
  • Trekking Guide and trekking cook along with supporting staffs
  • Medical Facilities on free of cost (consulting doctors & medicine)
  • Mineral water on long trips both on trek and cultural tours
  • Museum fees and other special entry fees.
  • A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.

 

Excluded

  • Laundry/Drinks / Telephone calls and any personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended but not available in Bhutan)
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Single room supplement USD$40 per night.
  • Tips and Gratuities