CULTURE & DAY HIKE ( 9 DAYS)
Day hike and culture tour combines the cultural, day hike and natural grandeur of Bhutan in the shortest possible time.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Easy Trek
Group Size Large Group
Day hike and culture tour combines the cultural, day hike and natural grandeur of Bhutan in the shortest possible time. The tour begins in the scenic Paro Valley with a hike to the famous Tiger's Nest (Taktsang) monastery. After visiting Thimphu, a unique capital city that has a blend of traditional and modern touch, we drive across the picturesque Dochu La Pass into the subtropical valleys of Punakha. The tour also includes three more hikes: to Tango day hike, Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten and Gangtey nature day hike on your active tour into this last remaining Shangri-La, you will meet welcoming local people, red-robed lamas and spectacular Himalayan scenery as you learn About the Bhutanese way of life.
Highlights of Tour
- Experience Bhutanese hospitality.
- Immerse yourself in Bhutan’s rich buddhist culture.
- Hike to Amazing Tiger Nest.
- Discover sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
- We tailor our tours for less driving & more sightseeing!
- The price is competitive & well constructed itinerary.
- Transfer to and from the airport
- Twin sharing accommodation in 3 star hotels
- Up-gradation to 5 star luxury hotel available on request
- Camping equipment & haulage for trekking tour
- All meals(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
- Licensed Bhutanese English speaking guided tours
- All entrance, museum & other attraction fees
- Luxurious private transportation throughout the tour
- All applicable internal taxes & service fees(only royalty)
- Mineral water per person per night
- Visa Fee
- International airfare(Round trip from home town departure gateway to destination )
- Travel Insurance
- Discretionary gratuities to guide and driver
- Single supplement room
- Other Personal expenses such drinks, laundry, telephone bills, water in hotels, internet bills, etc
Arrival at Paro and Drive to Thimphu
On your arrival at Paro International our local representative will meet you and transfer Thimphu for your night stay. Post visit National Memorial Chorten, National Museum and Folk Heritage Museum and National Library.
Night stay at hotel in Thimphu
After breakfast in the morning, drive up to Doedena. From here walk up the Tango Monastery. You will also take pack lunch. The hike will take about 1hour 30minutes. Visit the monastery and walk back. We will take our lunch near the Doedena Bridge. Then we will visit the weekly market, the revered Memorial Chorten, the National Library and the School of Traditional Arts. You could visit Changangkha temple, perched on the hilltop overlooking the town. Devotees flock throughout the day to circumambulate and turn the prayer wheels. The temple also contains beautiful wall paintings and hundreds of religious scriptures written in gold. If you would like to view or buy Bhutanese handicrafts you may like to visit the new market opposite Taj Tashi hotel which has an array of stalls run by local handicraft shops selling purely homemade articles with no imports. Tell your guide what takes your interest.Night stay at hotel in Thimphu
In the morning drive to Punakha via the Dochu La Pass, where we will stop for a hot drink and to enjoy views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges. In the afternoon we will hike to Chime Lhakhang (temple of fertility) about 30mitues across the farm fields through the village of Sopspkha. Ngawang Chogyel brother of Drukpa Kuenley (divine Madman) built the temple in 15th century after his brother Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there. You will get fertility blessings especially for the childless women from this temple.
Then visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. It is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move from Thimphu to this warmer location.
Night stay at hotel in Punakha.
Hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel
This hike is through the farmers field and then through the pine forest. The hike is about 1 hour up steep climb, and visit the Kamsum Yule Namgyel Chorten, which is a temple inside. The temple inside will give the visitors, the good examples of tantric Buddhist and its philosophy. On your way back, you can take through the fields of Kabesa Village.
Night stay at hotel in Punakha.
Morning drive approximately 5-6 hours to Gangtey at 2900 metres. Enjoy the views of the immense and remote Phobjikha valley and the black mountain ranges. Visit Gangtey Gompa (one of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and recently extensively renovated).
After lunch start hike from the mani (like Chhorten) stone wall to the north of the Ganagtey Gonpa and ends in Khewa Lhakhang. Gangtey nature hike is the most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trails in Bhutan. The hike takes about 1hr 30minutes through the pine forest and small bamboo plants. You can see the Phobjkha valley so beautifully from this hike. It is one of the best hike places for the Nature lovers. Explore the valley where the villagers continue to live a traditional Bhutanese rural lifestyle. This is the site where black-necked cranes visit in their hundreds in November each year after spending the summer in Tibet.
Night stay at hotel in Gangtey.
Gangtey - Paro
Today we return to Paro, a drive of approximately 7 hours, via Wangdi. Wangdi (also known as Wangdue Phodrang) was originally considered Bhutan’s secondary capital and it commands an important central position. Sadly Wangdi Dzong was gutted by fire in June 2012, destroying in a few hours not only a magnificent building that had stood proudly for hundreds of years, but also the painstaking work that had been in progress for many months to rebuild recent earthquake damage using traditional construction methods. There is little now to see in Wangdi and after a brief stop for lunch continue on your way.
Overnight at hotel in Paro
Hike to Killa Gonpa
After breakfast we drive towards the Chelela pass. Just about 45 minuts before reaching chele La pass, you will come to a junction from where we starts our hike to Kila Gompa. It is about an hourse walk uphile to the kila Nunnery. We can stop at the spot below Kila Gompa, a nunnery perched on a step cliff face at 3500m. This staggering site manges to house 7 small temple and about70 nuns. View are magnificient and it is well worth the hour’s hike to get there. From Kila Gompa we ascend day from the pass, there is a magnificent view of scared Mt. Jomolhari(7329m) which is located bewtween the Bhutan and Tibetan boder. After Lunch we return to Paro. Over night at hotel in Paro
Hike to Tiger Nest
Take a day walk to the ‘Tiger's Nest’, the sacred Taktshang monastery which clings to the rock face 900 metres above the valley floor. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress. He subsequently meditated here for three months. It is one of Bhutan’s most holy sites and draws pilgrims not only from Bhutan but also from neighbouring Buddhist countries. You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery. On the way back you may be interested to visit a manor house turned museum in a local village. The house dates from the 17th Century and the museum is designed to showcase the culture of medieval rural Bhutan. Afterwards you may also have time to visit Dumtse Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangtong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builder.
Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
When is the best time to visit Bhutan?
The most favorable seasons to visit Bhutan is from March-May in spring and august to Nov in fall.In these seasons you will enjoy the scenery of Bhutan and will be more rewarding experience in your life time.See more detail about when to visit Bhutan and what you can able to see.
How is weather through out the year?
The weather may change depending on season and it depends on when you want to travel.Bhutan in summer(June-mid-September) are warm, humid and wetter and Winters (Dec-early March) cooler and dry. Winter nights are cold however the days are often clear, sunny and surprisingly mild in the valleys. The western valleys only average 2 snow falls per annum. The wettest period is August/early September.
What do i need to carry to wear?
Some of your casual cloths are fine while you visit Bhutan, but you would do well to have some set of dress up cloths such as jacket and appropriate smart pair of pants for women.Remeber Bhutan is a country with national dress code and will not be permitted to enter with inappropriate dress while visiting government offices, some of the monasteries and festivals. Even in summer it can be cool in Paro and Thimphu and the day be quite warm, especially in lower region like punakha and phuntsoling and the night time and morning will be cool. Use a layering system, starting with thermal underwear and adding a shirt, pile jacket and wind breaker or parka as necessary.If you are going for trekking you much always thrown some warm cloths and extra gears as you have to walk more than 3000 m.
Is internet available in Bhutan's hotels?
Most of the standard tourist class hotels now have WiFi and plus have a business center where you can use the hotel PCs . WiFi is free for at least a 24 hr use. All of the luxury resorts & lodges offer a wireless internet facility however not necessarily in guest rooms.Some more remote valleys, like Phobjikha, have limited power and internet supply so please you may face some inconsistency as you travel.Purchasing a local SIM card for your smart phone or iPad will give you wifi most of the way through the Kingdom for those who need more connectivity.
Is traveller's cheque accepted in Bhutan?
You can cash traveller's cheque in any Bank, hotels and foreign-exchange counter in airport but there is bank charges of 1% for cheque.You should carry only well know brand such as American Express,Visa, Thomas Cook, Citibank or Barclays..
How can i prevent altitude sickness?
Bhutan is a mountain country, most tourists will travel from 2280 meters,when landing in Paro, until 3500 meters (the passes on the lateral road) or higher when trekking. Bumthang is 3000 meters high. Consult with your doctor before you visit to Bhutan and get a prescription for Diamox.
How much does the visa cost?
International tourist visas a cost of USD $40 applies. This can be paid in advance to you tour operator or travel agent. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives there is no cost incurred.