Bhutan (officially referred to as the Kingdom of Bhutan) is beautifully located in the folds of the gigantic Himalayas. The country shares its borders with China, India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Due to its unique geographical location, the country has been able to preserve its cultural heritage and independence. A cultural tour of Bhutan is quite popular with tourists from all parts of the world because it lets them experience age-old customs, traditions and rituals. The cultural heritage that you get to explore is reminiscent of the mid 17th century. Foreigners were not allowed to visit the country until the last decades of the 20th century. That's why the ancient culture of Bhutan is quite well-preserved even today. Buddhism is the main religion in Bhutan, and almost every aspect of life is greatly influenced by the same.
During your tour to Bhutan, you'll notice prayer flags on hillsides and white flags flying on the roofs of houses. The entire country is dispersed with monasteries, stupas and other religious institutions. Religious festivals, celebrated all across the country with great fervour, present an excellent example of unity among people. Mask dances, called cham, are a biggest attraction for tourists. Bhutanese dance forms and music make the cultural tour of Bhutan even more interesting.
The Bhutan government has played a major role in preserving the vibrant cultural heritage of the country. In terms of spiritualism, art, architecture, festivities, lifestyle, Bhutan is really a country worth-exploring. Though Bhutan isn't untouched by modernization, there are plenty of rustic settlements all across the country. There are countless tiny remote villages where you can see Bhutanese leading an attractively laid-back life. The traditional dresses of the country is a feast for the eyes. All in all, a cultural tour of Bhutan will simply transport to a different world, leaving you with innumerable cherishing memories.
During the flight to Paro Bhutan, you will enjoy the great scenic view of Himalays, highest peak of the world. On reaching Paro, our representative will meet you and assist you to your car, from where we will drive to Thimpu, cultural capital of Bhutan, on reaching at Thimpu, check into your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu
Today we proceed for the sightseeing tour of Bhutan, visiting the National Library housing Buddhist manuscripts. Also visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum reflecting the culture and living tradition.
Afternoon visit Trashichhoedzong, rebuilt in 1960 traditional Bhutanese manner where no nails are used. Here visit the visit King's Memorial Chorten, considered as a monument to peace. Visit the handicrafts emporium and local crafts shops run by the government displaying the fine modern and traditional arts of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu
After breakfast drive to Trongsa (200 Km /6 hrs drive), via Dochula pass (3080m), viewing the range of high Himalayan peaks, from Masagang (7158 m), to Gangkar puensum (at 7497 m). Arrive Wangduephodrang, where we stop for lunch. After lunch, drive towards Trongsa, enroute viewing the prayer flags and high altitude dwarf bamboo, enroute stop at Chendbji Chorten built by Shida Lama. Reach Trongsa and check into your lodge.
Morning visit to the Trongsa Dzong, built in 16th century, kingdom of first and second King ruled the country. From here drive to Bumthang (68 Km / 3 Hrs drive), through Yutong La pass (3,400m), and reaching at Chumey valley. On arrival in Bumthang, check into the lodge. After lunch, visit Kurje Lhakhang where the saint Padmasambhava left his body imprint on a rock, temple of 7th century - Jambey Lhakhang, visit oldest monastic school - Tamshing Monastery. Overnight stay at the lodge in Bumthang
After breakfast spend some time at leisure at Bhumtang and later drive to Punakha while driving through Trongsa, where lunch is served in traditional style restaurant. Continue drive to Punakha (205 Km / 7 Hrs). Visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong enroute. Check into the hotel in Punakha and spend rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha
Following early breakfast,visit Punakha Dzong, known as the capital of Bhutan until 1955, the fortress has suffered from floods and earthquakes, but fortunately the statue of Buddha Jojampa was secured. From here, we drive to Paro (125 Km, 4 hrs drive), enroute exploring the lifestyle of local people and their culture.Afternoon visit Ta Dzong, national museum housing the religious thangkas, relics, handicrafts and artefacts. Also visit the Rinpung Dzong built in 16th century and now housing the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. Overnight at the hotel in Paro
Enjoy breakfast and proceed for the full day sightseeing of Paro, exploring Taktsang Monastery also called "Tiger's Nest" one of the most sacred and important place, where the Bhutanese try to reach once in a lifetime. Next visit to Drukgyel Dzong, offering the fine view of Mt. Chomolhari, the Dzong was built in 16th century, located in the picturesque village. Evening visit Kyichu Lhakhang, on of the oldest and sacred shrines in Bhutan. Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro
After breakfast, in time, transfer to the airport to board your flight for onward destination.
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