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Bhutan Cultural Tour

8 Days

Main Highlights:

Embark on an invigorating 8-day cultural odyssey through Bhutan, a nation nestled between India and China, offering an escape from the relentless pace of the modern world. Bhutan, often hailed as the last Shangri-La on Earth and the 'Land of Thunder Dragon,' boasts a rich tapestry of mystery, triumphant history, vibrant culture, and awe-inspiring heritage.

At a Glance




Hotels and Local lodge

Trip Difficulty


Max Altitude

3120m above the sea level.

Max People



8 Days




Breakfast and Lunch


Private Car


Brief trip Profile:

  • Three Major cities of Bhutan tour - Paro, Thimphu, Punakha
  • Most iconic Dzongs, Monasteries and landmarks visit
  • Cultural sightseeing at the holiest sites and religious sites
  • A remarkable hike to the most sacred monastery- Taktsang Lhakhang
  • Visit the national library, paper factory and other places
  • Phobjikha valley visit along with other majestic locations
  • New culture, history and tradition exploration
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    Cost Includes:

    • Airport pick up and drop off on a private vehicle
    • A private A/C vehicle for all the mentioned transportation and sightseeing.
    • All (7 Nights) hotel accommodations are based on double-sharing deluxe rooms.
    • All mentioned sightseeing entrance fees.
    • Daily breakfast and dinner at the hotel.
    • Lunch at the government allowed tourist restaurant. (As mentioned,)
    • All Bhutan government and local tourism taxes.
    • A local tour guide throughout the trip.
    • Driver and guide’s allowance, salary, fuel cost, and toll/taxes.
    • Bhutan sustainable development fee USD 200/night effective from 20 June 2022.

    Cost Excludes:

    • Personal expenses.
    • International flight to reach Bhutan.
    • Bhutan visa fee. (USD 50 per person)
    • Tips to driver and tour guide. (Not required but recommended)
    • Services that aren’t mentioned above.

    Trip Detail:

    Enveloped by untamed nature and endless mountain ranges, Bhutan is a small, yet captivating country, untouched by colonization. Influenced by Vajrayana Buddhism, with shades of Tibetan Buddhism, Bhutan reveres revered saints of Tibet, creating a unique spiritual atmosphere. The country showcases its beauty through festivals that punctuate the year, celebrating its authentic Bhutanese culture.

    With 20 districts, each housing at least two impeccably preserved monasteries, Bhutan is a treasure trove of iconic landmarks. Remarkably, it stands as the only carbon-negative country globally, ensuring a crisp, fresh environment that rejuvenates the soul.

    Bhutan’s allure lies in its adventure-packed landscapes and extraordinary activities, offering thrilling vistas and novel experiences. The cultural tour unveils Bhutan’s prominent landmarks, inviting visitors not only to witness its beauty but also to embark on a spiritual journey. The journey includes exploration of significant Buddhist monuments, perched on cliffs with mind-bending architectural designs, providing a paradise for enthusiasts of history and architecture.

    This expedition isn’t just about sightseeing but also an opportunity to connect with the locals, immersing oneself in their traditions. Throughout the 8-day trip, a certified tour guide accompanies you, offering insights into heritage sites and the country’s history. The guide becomes a valuable resource for those curious about Bhutan’s culture, providing a lifetime experience of refreshment and self-discovery in this enchanting Himalayan kingdom.


    Bhutan Cultural Tour Attractions

    Bhutan, a land shrouded in mystery, beckons visitors with its awe-inspiring landmarks, rich history, and vibrant culture. Nestled amidst endless mountain chains, the country offers pristine nature and well-preserved traditions that captivate the senses. Bhutan’s Buddhist culture permeates the air, with mesmerizing chants of monks and enchanting religious structures.

    Tachogang Lhakhang, situated along the Paro-Thimphu highway, holds spiritual significance as it was built by the revered saint Thangtong Gyalpo, inspired by a vision of a spiritual horse. The temple features an iconic iron chain suspension bridge adorned with prayer flags, providing a picturesque setting with breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and valleys.

    In Thimphu, the capital, Tashichho Dzong, also known as Thimphu Dzong, stands as the largest landmark. Positioned on the northern edge, this fortress on the banks of the Wang Chhu River is referred to as the ‘Fortress of the Glorious Religion.’ Aside from its captivating architecture, Tashichho Dzong serves as the seat of the King and key government officials, offering a glimpse into the country’s fascinating history.


    Explore Thimphu

    Established in 1967, the National Library of Bhutan was created to safeguard the nation’s literary heritage, emphasizing cultural and religious treasures. Initially housed in Tashichho Dzong, it later relocated to Changangkha in Thimphu. Home to invaluable scriptures and historical documents, it serves as a key source for Bhutanese history, religion, ancient medicine, and world-class art.

    The Motithang Takin Preserve, also known as the mini zoo, serves as a natural habitat for Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin. Originally a zoo, it was transformed into a preserve due to the King’s decree against animal captivity in this Buddhist country. The preserve, resembling the Takins’ natural environment, also features other wildlife like Musk deer and Barking deer, with plans for expansion to include rare Bhutanese species such as the Red Panda and Himalayan Serow.

    Dochula Pass, situated at 3150m on the Thimphu to Punakha Road, boasts 108 Chortens or Stupas. A popular stop 30 km from Thimphu, it offers breathtaking views of the valley and snow-capped mountains. Ideal for a short hike surrounded by dense forest, Dochula Pass is a favorite spot for a refreshing tea break, providing a stunning panorama of lush green valleys and endless mountain chains on sunny days.


    Punakha Awaiting!

    Punakha Dzong, situated at the confluence of Bhutan’s Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers, was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel Wangchuk in 1638. As the second largest and oldest Dzong in Bhutan, it hosts the annual Punakha Tshechu festival, showcasing Bhutanese art through religious murals.

    Talo Sanga Choling, a significant Drukpa Kagyu monastery near Paro, Bhutan, was founded by Kongtrul Jigme Singye. Linked to the mind manifestation of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, it’s known as Talo Geompa.

    Chimi Lhakhang, the Fertility Temple in Punakha, was built in 1499 by the 4th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel. Located near Lobesa, it is adorned with beautiful prayer flags and surrounded by a village with phallic paintings on house exteriors.

    Chendebji Chorten, en route to Trongsa, resembles Kathmandu’s Boudhanath stupa. Built in the 19th century by Lama Shinda, it is believed to be on the spot where an evil spirit was subdued.

    Trongsa Dzong, one of Bhutan’s largest and impressive dzongs, stands on a cliff overlooking Mangde Chhu river gorge. Hosting the Trongsa Tshechu annually, the festival celebrates Buddhism’s triumph over evil forces with masked dancers and the unveiling of sacred Thangka paintings.


    Gangtey Attractions

    Gangtey Goemba, also known as Gangtey Gonpa, stands at an elevation of 3000m in Bhutan’s Wangdue Phodrang Dzongkhag. Established in 1613 by Peling Gyalse Rinpoche, it is affiliated with the Nyingma school of Buddhism. Offering a breathtaking view of Phobjikha valley, this monastery holds both religious significance and a picturesque landscape. The valley, at 2900m, serves as the winter habitat for Tibetan Black Necked cranes, migrating from Tibet. A visit in November allows witnessing these rare birds. The Black Crane Information Center provides essential insights.

    Phobjikha valley, a glacial expanse, is home to the Gangtey monastery and the winter roosting ground for Tibetan Black Necked cranes. These migratory birds, arriving from the Tibetan plains, find respite in the milder climate at an elevation of 2900m. Part of the Black Mountain National Park, the valley is a must-visit, especially in November, for a glimpse of these magnificent cranes. Don’t miss the Black Crane Information Center for comprehensive details.

    Simtokha Dzong, situated 5 kilometers south of Thimphu, Bhutan, is officially called Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang. Constructed in 1629 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it is now repurposed as an institute for Language and cultural studies. Apart from its heritage status, it holds a captivating mythology, being built atop a demon’s stomach, as reflected in its name – the Dzong on top of the demon’s stomach.


    Paro Attractions

    Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched at 3120m, is a breathtaking marvel clinging to a sheer cliff, revered by Buddhists worldwide. Its audacious architecture defies norms, captivating visitors who embark on the challenging hike to witness its spiritual splendor firsthand.

    Rinpung Dzong, also called Paro Dzong, stands as Bhutan’s quintessential landmark, greeting travelers upon arrival at Paro International Airport. Its grandeur, showcased by massive whitewashed walls, commands the valley’s attention, inviting passage over Nemizaram River via a traditional bridge to explore its majestic interiors.

    Kyichu Lhakhang, or Jowo Temple of Kyichu, boasts a rich history dating back to the 7th century when Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo built it overnight to quell a local demon’s havoc. As one of 108 temples constructed for this purpose, it holds deep spiritual significance, attracting pilgrims and revered saints, including Guru Rinpoche, over centuries.


    What to Expect from Bhutan Cultural tour?

    Embark on an enchanting journey through Bhutan, where the clouds’ part to reveal a land steeped in mystery. Arriving in Paro, the majestic Paro Dzong greets you, its grandeur dominating the valley. Your guide, clad in traditional attire, welcomes you to a world of fresh air and boundless beauty.

    Journeying to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, you’ll marvel at the absence of traffic lights, the smooth roads guiding you to iconic landmarks. From imposing fortresses resonating with divine energy to intricate Bhutanese craftsmanship, each sight unveils a tapestry of history and culture. Your local guide, a fountain of knowledge, enriches your experience with tales of Bhutan’s rich heritage, a testament to its enduring allure.

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    Step into the enchanting realm of the Thunder Dragon as you gracefully complete airport formalities and collect your baggage. Bhutan, untouched by colonization, proudly preserves its rich culture. A quick 1 hour and 20-minute drive from Paro to Thimphu, you'll be welcomed to one of the world's happiest countries. Check into your hotel and embark on a short visit to the captivating Tachogang Lhakhang (3810m), adorned with colorful prayer flags on its century-old iron chain bridge. Capture the breathtaking landscape and end your day at the illuminated Tashichho Dzong, a political capital marvel, where the building glows in the evening with a radiant blend of snow-white and iconic red lights. Immerse yourself in the true beauty of this architectural wonder amidst a charming ambiance.

    Embark on a day of exploration in Bhutan, starting with a refreshing morning overlooking the scenic hills from your hotel room. Enjoy a delightful Bhutanese breakfast before your guide and driver take you to the National Library, home to ancient books and scriptures that delve into Bhutanese history, religion, and culture. Immerse yourself in the library's treasures and perhaps find a book of interest. Following a satisfying lunch, head to the Motithang Takin Preserve, where you can witness Bhutan's national animal, the Takin, in its natural forested habitat. Don't miss the feeding time for an up-close experience, and savor the panoramic valley views.

    Embark on a 74 km journey from your hotel, enjoying a hearty breakfast before hitting the road towards Punakha. En route, explore the enchanting Dochula Pass (3100m), adorned with 108 memorial Chorten, offering both historical significance and breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayas and lush valleys. Capture the memories with as many photos as you desire. The adventure continues with a visit to Punakha Dzong (1200m), the second largest and oldest landmark in Bhutan, nestled between the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers. The springtime bloom adds a surreal charm to this majestic structure. Conclude the day with a visit to Talo Sanga Choling (2800m), a revered stupa believed to be a Tibetan monastery replica. Return to your hotel for a relaxing dinner and rest, cherishing the day's experiences.

    Start your day the Bhutanese way with a hearty breakfast and a cup of unique butter tea. Embark on a 5-hour drive from Punakha to the enchanting Trongas Monastery, covering 135 km. Your first stop is the renowned Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the Fertility Temple, attracting visitors seeking blessings for fertility. As you explore the monastery, stroll through mustard and rice fields, adding a therapeutic touch to your sightseeing experience. Witness the ritualistic clockwise walks of elderly individuals around the monuments to pay their respects. Conclude your day with a visit to Chendebji Chorten (2430m), a stupa resembling a miniature version of the Boudhanath Stupa in Nepal.

    Embark on a delightful exploration of Bhutan, starting your day with a warm breakfast and tea before venturing from Trongsa to Gangtey, a scenic 76 km journey taking around 2 hours and 10 minutes. Begin by marveling at the architectural splendor of Trongsa Dzong (2180m), a cultural gem offering not just beauty but also breathtaking valley views. Move on to the captivating Gangtey Goemba (2800m) perched atop a hill, showcasing intricate and dramatic monastery architecture. The journey continues to the picturesque Phobjikha Valley (3000m), a vast U-shaped haven with an impressive monastery and a tranquil environment for meditation. If you're lucky, catch a glimpse of the majestic Black Necked Crane, especially in November, making your visit a memorable and unique experience. Don't forget to explore the Crane Information Center for additional insights.

    Start your day by rejuvenating with a cup of tea and a delectable breakfast, preparing for an exciting exploration of Paro, Bhutan's landmarks. Covering a distance of 167 km in approximately 5 hours from Gangtey, arrive in Paro and indulge in a satisfying lunch. Visit the captivating Simtokha Dzong, situated at 3100m, which serves as a hub for language and culture studies. Immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural significance showcased through sculptures and traditional paintings of various religious figures. After this culturally enriching experience, return to your hotel for some well-deserved rest.

    Embark on an unforgettable journey in Bhutan with a sunrise trek to the iconic Taktsang Monastery, nestled at 3120m and famously known as Tiger's Nest. The challenging hike through dense forests unveils a breathtaking sight of the monastery clinging to the valley wall. Explore its 8th-century meditation roots and 17th-century monastery history. Discover the serenity of Rinpung Dzong (3121m), also called Paro Dzong, offering beauty and inner tranquility. Don't miss the ancient Kyichu Lhakhang (900m), a twin temple with a mysterious year-round fruit-bearing orange tree from the 7th century. Wrap up your day exploring local markets or indulging in a hot stone bath, leaving you with cherished memories of Bhutan's mystical charm.

    As your Bhutan journey concludes today, Altitude Himalaya extends an invitation for additional suggestions to enhance your last moments. Whether you're continuing your exploration or bidding farewell, this trip promises a rejuvenated spirit from captivating cultural encounters and unforgettable hikes. Safe travels on your way home!

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    Bhutan Cultural Tour


    Can we travel from Nepal to Bhutan?

    Yes, you can and the best way to reach Bhutan from Nepal is by air. Bhutan has a direct flight from Nepal (Kathmandu) and daily flights from Kathmandu, Nepal to Paro, Bhutan which will take around 1 and a half hours covering a distance of around 402 km by air.

    What makes Bhutan unique among other travel destinations?

    Bhutan stands out for its untouched natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and being the only carbon-negative country in the world. The country's isolation from colonization has preserved its authentic culture, making it a fascinating destination.

    What is the significance of Bhutan being called the 'Land of Thunder Dragon'?

    The nickname 'Land of Thunder Dragon' reflects Bhutan's vibrant and mystical atmosphere. It is deeply rooted in the country's Buddhist culture, symbolizing the roar of dragons protecting Bhutanese people and their sacred traditions.

    How does Bhutan's cultural tour incorporate adventure and spirituality?

    The Bhutan cultural tour offers a blend of adventure and spirituality. Travelers can explore iconic monasteries on cliff tops through thrilling hikes, witness Buddhist festivals, and experience the enchanting energy of monks' chanting, creating a unique spiritual adventure.

    What are the key attractions during the Bhutan cultural tour?

    Key attractions include Tachogang Lhakhang with its iconic iron chain bridge, Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu, Dochula Pass offering stunning views, Punakha Dzong with its murals, and the famous Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest.

    How does Bhutan maintain its carbon-negative status?

    Bhutan achieves its carbon-negative status through a strong commitment to environmental conservation, emphasizing forest preservation, sustainable practices, and maintaining a balance between economic development and environmental well-being.

    What role do certify tour guides play during the 8-day Bhutan cultural tour?

    Certified tour guides accompany visitors, providing essential information about heritage sites, the country's history, and traditions. They serve as knowledgeable companions, offering insights into Bhutanese culture and ensuring an enriching experience.

    What is the significance of Punakha Dzong, and why is it a highlight of the cultural tour?

    Punakha Dzong, situated at the confluence of two rivers, is the second-largest and second-oldest dzong in Bhutan. It hosts the annual Punakha Tshechu festival, showcasing religious murals and celebrating Bhutanese art and culture, making it a key attraction on the cultural tour.