Cultural tours offer a unique insight into the history, culture and tradition of the nation. It is an opportunity to interact with the native people. The highlights are Tsechus or annual festivals where Buddhist teachings are enacted through mask dances. Festivals are week-long events, different variations of which take place in each district. All local people enjoy these festivities as it marks the end of harvest. In Bhutan tourism is highly regulated by the government. You must go through a licensed Bhutanese tour company to visit Bhutan. We specialize in cultural tours and trekking in Bhutan, a culturally and ecologically pristine hideaway amidst the beautiful eastern Himalayas.
All of our tour packages include accommodation, meals, overland transport within Bhutan, sightseeing and the local tour guide. Bhutan Travel Planner specializes in Cultural tours, Spiritual Buddhist tours, and Meditation tours, Adventure trekking, Bicycling tours and undertakes special interest tours such as Bird watching, Botany (Himalayan flora and fauna), Weaving, Arts and crafts, Rafting and Kayaking. We offer you best quality service with personalized attention matching international standards to make your trip to Bhutan that you will cherish all your life. Our tour program will take you through some of the most fabulous landscapes of spectacular mountain ranges to the lush green valleys.
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
Meet and Greet at the airport then we Drive to Hotel in Kathmandu
Full Day Guided Sightseeing, We will brief everything once we arrive your hotel or our office.
Arrive Paro, drive to Thimphu (D)
Upon arrival in Paro, clear customs and immigration. Keep your copy of the visa clearance letter handy. P.P size pictures are no longer required and your visa has been paid.
Meet your Guide and driver outside the terminal building and transfer to Thimphu. Stroll around the city in the evening. Overnight.
Thimphu / Punakha ( 75 Km, 3 Hours ): After breakfast proceed on to visit Thimphu valley.
Visit Trashichhoedzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then visit National Library which has vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. After that drive to Arts & Crafts School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here you will see, students at work producing intricate design on cloth. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. After lunch visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Late afternoon drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,080m ). Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Punakha / Wangduephodrang / Paro ( 150 Km, 5 Hours ):
After breakfast visit Punakha Dzong, Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has now been fully restored. Then drive to Wangdiphodrang visiting Dzong and local market. The district of Wangdiphodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. After lunch drive to Paro with a short stop at Dochula pass. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the School for Buddhist studies. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to monastery takes about 5 hours for round trip. Afternoon visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as Watch Tower since 1967 it is acting as the National Museum of the country and holding fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.