Bhutan Cultural and Highlights Tour

 
  • Days: 14
  • Price From US$ 3,850 All Inclusive Price

  • Book This Trip

Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 14 Days

Country: Nepal

Price: USD 3,850

 

Cultural and Highlights Tour of Bhutan covers main highlights of Bhutan as we will be wrapping some major cities like Thimpu, Punakha, Bhumthang, Wangdue and Phobjikha valley (habitat of black-necked canes). Inside this town and valleys, we will be sightseeing the historical, religious and cultural landmarks of Bhutan and explore the stunning ancient monasteries and stupas dating back to as early as the 10th century AD. We also explore Bhutanese culture and tradition and get fascinated by the country natural exquisiteness.

Our airstrip to Paro is an outstanding flight as we will fly above Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake and several other peaks and into the green lavish vale of Paro. Then we begin sightseeing Paro by visiting Rinpung Dzong, oldest temple - Kichulhangkhang and visit the Drugyal Dzong (one of Bhutan’s triumph fortress).

From here, we get to see the second highest mountain of Bhutan i.e. Mount Chomolhari. We then drive to Punakha and be visiting the second largest and oldest Punakha Dzong. On the way to Punakha, we will visit Chimilhankhang (temple) and from there drive to Trongsa, then to Bhumthang heading through the lush valley and hilly forests and the next day, we hike to Nganglhangkhang temple.

Our next day’s hike would be another temple - Petseling monastery. Again the following day, we head to Phobjikha valley (one of the beautiful place of Bhutan) having several villages where we get to explore their culture and lifestyles. From here, we head to the big village - Wangdiphodrang and visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong. Next, we drive to Thimpu and explore Thimpu by visiting several landmarks. Finally, we end our tour by hiking to the Takshang monastery (also known as Tiger Nest Monastery) located at the vertical cliff. Subsequently, we fly back to our destination.

Spring (March to April) and fall (September to October) are a flawless period for Bhutan as during spring - festivals are celebrated. So you even get to observe the festival. For further detail about this tour, please be free to contact or email us. We will be very pleased to organize this tour for you.

Below we list our detailed itinerary for Cultural and Highlights Tour of Bhutan:

Why Choose Accent Himalaya

Quality and service

A personal touch

Friendly and knowledgeable staff

Save time and effort

Tailor-made holidays

You’re in good hands

Legitimacy

Read More

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m / 7,382ft)

Highlights of Bhutan - 14 Days

Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m / 7,382ft)

As your flights near Bhutan you will get to enjoy by the picturesque view of Himalayas plus with the sacred peak Jomolhari and Jichu Drake peak and when you land at the airport our representative of the Accent Himalaya will welcome you and transferred to the hotel. Having lunch at the hotel we will began our tour by visiting Ringpung Dzong, Kichu Lhangkhang- temple and Drugyal Dzong and from the Dzong if the climate is clear we will get stunning view of Mt. chomolhari second highest peak of Bhutan. We will spend our night in Paro.

Day 02: Paro to Punakha (1300m / 4265 ft.) via Dochu La pass (3,100m): 4 hours

Today on the second day we take a drive to Paro meeting Paro and Thimphu River with three unique chorten. Continuing our drive to Punkha through Dochu la pass and if the climate is clear we will get the astonishing view of Himalayas. After that we drive via lush forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. During our drive to Punakha we will stop on a way to visit Chimi Lhangkhang – temple. We will spend our night in Punakha.

Day 03: Explore Punakha

Today after breakfast we will visit Punkha Dzong which was constructed in 1637- 38 and this Dzong is the Bhutan second largest and oldest Dzong. After that we will visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal chorten which is situated on an attractive small hill named Ngezergang having elegant paintings devoted to the ancient group of Buddhism. After that we will visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup monastery where we will get remarkable sights of the adjacent gorges. However at here we can appreciate the vast Nepali pagoda style stupa. We will spend our night In Punakha.

Day 04: Punakha to Trongsa (2,180m/7,150ft): 146km, 4-5 hours

Today morning we will leave Punakha and head to Trongsa passing via Wangdi state and here we will be visiting Wangdi Dzong- fort which is the only Dzong having innovative roof.  After that continuing our drive crossing the Pele la pass which is at 3300 meter. After a few hour drive we will take some rest and hike to the beautiful small village named Rujubji. And continue our drive to Trongsa.

 

Day 02: Paro to Punakha (1300m / 4265 ft.) via Dochu La pass (3,100m): 4 hours

Day 03: Explore Punakha

Day 04: Punakha to Trongsa (2,180m/7,150ft): 146km, 4-5 hours

Day 05: Trongsa to Bumthang (2,800m / 9,185ft): 68km, 2-3 hours

Morning we carry on our drive to cultural heartlands of Bhutan called Bhumthang via dense hilly forests. On the way we will stop at textile factory at Yathra where you can observe the unique textiles and weavers designing extra ordinary patterns. We will spend our night in Bhumthang.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Hike to NgangLhakhang: 3 hours

Today after breakfast we will hike to Ngang lhankhang temple. we will be walking up towards the Bhumthang river and then reaching Thngbi gomba we will walk to tiny village named Ngang Yul which is also known as Swan land. This Lhankhang is situated above 100 meter and this temple was built by Lama Namkha samdrup in 15th century. We will spend our night in Bhumthang.

 

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Hike to Petseling Monastery: 3-4 hours

After breakfast we will start our hike to Petseling monastery. Our trails leads ascending for a while with panoramic sights of Bhumthang valley.  We will then explore the monastery and then we will cross the ridge to enjoy the attractive view of several mountains of Bhutan. After that we will hike to the town and visit the Tamshing Lhankang temple. We will spend our night in Bhumthang.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Bumthang to Phobjikha Valley (3,000m/9,800 ft.): 129km, 5-6 hours

Today we will be leaving Bhumthang and heading towards the Phojikha valley where you can find lots of Black necked cranes. After reaching the elegant valley we will visit the Gangtey monastery where we will get the mind blowing view of valley. We will spend our night in Phobjikha valley.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09: Phobjikha Valley exploration

Today we will be exploring the Phobjikha valley and it is the beautiful valley of Bhutan. This beautiful valley is also rich and well known in diverse flora and fauna and even this valley is occupied by plenty of Black necked cranes. We will be visiting several villages of this exquisite valley. We will spend our night in Phobjikha valley.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Phobjikha Valley to Wangdiphodrang (1,310m / 4,300ft): 65km, 2 hours

Today we will head to Wangdiphodrang one of the big village of Bhutan and here we will be visiting Wangdiphodrang Dzong. From the Dzong we will get to view the beautiful valley surrounding us. We will be touring some of the villages nearby which is famous for making stone carvings. We will spend our night in Wangduephodrang.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Wangdiphodrang to Thimphu (2,320m/7,424ft)

Today we will be heading to capital of Bhutan named Thimphu and wher we will arrive at Thimpu we will check in into the hotel and relax for a while and then we will visit Changangkha monastery and after that we will explore the Tashi Tscho Dzong and the huge Buddha statue. We will spend our night in Thimpu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Thimphu sightseeing

Today after breakfast we will be exploring Thimphu by visiting some of the landmarks visiting memorial Chorten which was erected in 1952- 72 next we will visit mini zoo, nunnery temple, traditional medicine institute, traditional painting school, heritage museum and paper factory.  Few of the landmarks are usually closed during weekends so if we reach during weekends instead of that we will be strolling around the Thimpu market. We will spend our night in Thimphu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Drive to Paro and Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

We will be hiking to Taktsang monastery after the breakfast which is the popular monastery of Bhutan and this monastery is located at the high precarious cliff at 318o meter. It is in saying that the Buddhism -spiritual master Guru Rimpoche had flown on the back of the tigress back to mediate into the cave which is now known as Taktsang as well as tiger next monastery. In the halfway up to the mountain there is few restaurants where we will be having our lunch. After that we will hike down to the valley. We will spend our night in Paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14: Final departure

Today our highlights of Bhutan journey finally comes to an end and it is time to depart and after the breakfast our representative from the Accent Himalaya will be dropping you at the airport as we will head to airport in morning as the Druk Air departs in morning to avoid the unfavorable climatic condition.   

  Breakfast

Includes and Excludes

 

What’s Included

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • Pickup and drop from hotels and airport
  • Government approved A and B category hotels on twin- shared basis
  • All meals, tea, and snacks
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Not Included in the Cost

  • Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
  • Personal items (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Tips for staff (guide and driver)
  • Travel insurance

Trip Note

 

Accommodation in Bhutan

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide comfortable accommodation. Bhutanese hotels are approved and classified by the Government of Bhutan as grade A, B, and C which is equivalent to 3 or 4 - star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time booking, Grade ‘A' hotels will be provided in cities like Thimpu, Paro and so. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement can be served on request with an additional charge.

Meals and Drinks in Bhutan

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included as in our package. A variety of meals are available in most hotels - the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common Continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan such as pork, beef, chicken, and fish. Also for the best is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend for seasonal and fresh food. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same hotel where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. But if you wish to drink bottled water, they are also available. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.

Best Time to Travel

Best Seasons to visit Bhutan are in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October). The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms although Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring. Bhutan can also be visited during summer and winter if one wishes to avoid the crowd. However, summers are wet and winters are pretty cold which might not suit everyone.

Luggage or Backpack for tour

You will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently on the trip. The clothes and gears that you don't need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 - pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8". You have to remember following things before packing:

Official Papers

  • Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
  • Copy of the first page of your passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa approval for Bhutan (should be brought with you)

Packing List for Cultural or City Tours

  • 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
  • 2 pairs of dress pants/dresses for evening
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting Dzongs, temples and monasteries).
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepers
  • Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
  • 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes

Personal toiletries

  • Insect repellent
  • Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
  • Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses, prescription glasses
  • 1 visor/sun hat
  • Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
  • Prescription medications
  • Essential drugs such as for diarrhea, headache pills, pills for cold and cough
  • Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)

 

Personal Expenses on Trek

Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters. Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we suggest you give tip and allocate 10-15 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm Cultural and Highlights Tour of Bhutan with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 14 days for Cultural and Highlights Tour of Bhutan which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it's necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are in Cultural and Highlights Tour of Bhutan (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you've insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Cultural and Highlights Tour of Bhutan along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We also accept transactions via Pay Pal.

Inquire about this trip

Before you book, you can customize this trip with the help of a trusted local specialist.

QUESTIONS?

We're here to help

See our reservation FAQ for answers to common questions.

+977-9851047508 Nepal

+1 433 985 2950 USA

Chat online

Monday-Friday

7am to 5pm Pacific Time