The 11-Day Cultural Heartland Tour is one of the most satisfying tours covering major tourist sites of Bhutan. Importantly, it passes through Punakha,…
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During the 11-day trip, you will be visiting many important historical, spiritual and cultural monuments dating from the 7th century to present day. You'll come to understand how Bhutan has been spiritually shaped into Drukpa state, The Land of the Thunder Dragon and the last bastion of the Vajrayana Kingdom.
Paro Arrival and Travel to Thimphu
Arrive Paro International Airport and pick up by our team members. Later drive around 1 hour to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Thimphu sightseeing includes the visit to Semtokha Dzong, the first Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel the Founding Father of Bhutan, Buddha Point (the tallest Buddha in Bhutan), Tashi Chodzong ( the present day Head Quarters of the King and also summer residence of the Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body), Handicrafts shops.
Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Visit various places of historical, traditional and natural sites as listed; National Library, Folk Heritage Museum, Institute of Traditional Arts and Crafts, Royal Takin Preserve, Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang, Zilukha Nunnery and BBS Tower. Towards evening visit some handicraft stalls.
Halt at hotel in Thimphu
Thimphu to Punakha
Travel to Punakha with stoppage at Dochu la Pass to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of Himalaya mountain range as well as to see the Druk Wangyal Chortens-108 stupa. Later visit Chime Lhakhang (the fertility temple) and Punakha Dzong (built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel and all important functions including coronation of Kings of Bhutan are held). Halt at hotel in Punakha.
Punakha to Trongsa
After breakfast, you'll begin your journey towards Trongsa. Enroute visit the Chendebji Chorten before reaching the Trongsa.
At Trongsa you will visit Visit Trongsa Taa Dzong (Heritage Museum) which has been reconstructed and converted to a lovely museum where we will view a selection of historic royal textiles.
Later visit the spectacularly situated Trongsa Dzong (fortress), that was built in 1644. Trongsa Dzong used to be the seat for the governor of Eastern region of Bhutan. Still the Kings of Bhutan has to first assume the seat of Trongsa Penlop (Previously Governor, now being named as the Crown Prince), and before becoming the King.
Halt at hotel in Trongsa
Trongsa to Bumthang
Enroute visit Chumey Yathra weaving centre to see the unique weaving of the Bumthang region using yak and sheep wool.
At Bumthang you will visit Jakar and make a leisure walk in the town.
Halt at hotel in Bumthang.
Bumthang Sightseeing Day 1
Known as the cultural and spiritual hub of the country, Bumthang houses many important religious sites. In the morning, you'll visit Jambay Lhakhang, which was built in the 7th Century by a Tibetan King. You'll then visit the sacred Kurjey Lhakhang, housing the body imprint of Guru Rinpoche on a rock. After lunch in a local restaurant, you'll visit Tamzhing Lhakhang, Konchogsum Lhakhang, and the Kharchu Monastery before enjoying some Swiss wine and cheese.
Halt at hotel in Bumthang.
Bumthang Sightseeing Day 2
After morning drive towards Tang Valley to see Ugye Choling Museum. Enroute visit Mebar Tsho - a burning lake where in the Bhutanese Saint Pema Lingpa has dived into the lake with a burning lamp. Later he came out of the lake with treasures on one hand and lamp still burning on the other hand.
Halt at hotel in Bumthang.
Bumthang to Phobjikha
Drive to Phobjikha valley which is home to Gangtey Goempa (Monastery) and the winter habitat for Black Necked Cranes coming from China. Phobjikha is a perfect place for a taking a nature hike through conifer forests and vast grass land while enjoying the panoramic views of Phobjikha valley. Halt at home-stays in Phobjikha.
Phobjikha to Paro
Enroute to Paro you will visit Tachog Lhakhang founded by Tibetan Saint Thangtong Gyalpo, famous for being the iron chain bridge builder.
Later visit National Museum and Paro Rinpung Dzong (Fortress), followed by free time in Paro which could be used to explore the local arts and crafts shops.
Halt at hotel in Paro
Day hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
Visit Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery , built on a steep cliff is one of the most iconic place where Guru Rinpochhe is believed to have flown here on the back of a tigress to spread Buddhism in 746 A.D. The round trip takes about 4 hour hike. Later visit Drugyel Dzong (Castle of the Victorious Drukpa) and Kyichu Monastery (one of the oldest Moastery built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo). Towards evening you can have a relaxing traditional hot stone bath to rest your tired body after the hike and all the trips.
Halt at hotel in Paro
Drive to the airport for onward departure.
- Twin share/double in Bhutanese 3-star hotel accommodation (4/5 star entails extra charge).
- All meals, tea, snacks and bottled water.
- A licensed professional tour guide.
- All internal transport (excluding internal flights).
- Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
- All entrance fees and visa fees (USD40/-).
- A Sustainable Development Fee (SDF of USD 65 per person per night included within the costs except for Eastern Bhutan).
- On the day of departure, the local agents shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on usage basis.
- International flights, stopover accommodation or domestic.
- Items of a personal nature, phone calls, laundry, hard drinks, etc.
- Tipping for guide & driver.
- Wire transfer fee for transferring tour payment from your bank to Bhutan.
- Travel Insurance.
Notes on price
- The price quoted is for twin/double share in 3 star hotel and for single room supplement it is USD 25/night
- The price quoted is for minimum of 3 pax and above. If the pax is 2 and below surcharges is applicable as; for 2 pax = USD30/day/person and for 1 pax =USD40/day
- There are various discounts for children, students and depending upon the number of days ((refer to FAQs No.6).
- There are group discounts as well if you come in a group (refer to FAQs No.6).
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Bhutan (Druk - a dragon Kingdom) with approximate size of Switzerland is a Buddhist Kingdom located between China and India, and is known for its peace loving people. It has been increasingly seen as tourist hotspots due its Dzongs (fortress), snow capped mountains, valleys, rivers, good forest cover and many historical and natural heritage sites that were preserved as Bhutan remained in self imposed isolation until 1960s.
Our Government regulation mandates that all tourists have to arrange the visit through the registered tour operator of Bhutan. All International tourists visiting to Bhutan (except Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian who need to obtain permit at entry port) must obtain a visa clearance. Visas are processed online by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, upon receiving full tour costs.
According to the suitability of season there are two seasons with different rates to visit Bhutan. The rate is inclusive of Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) of $65 per person per day, accommodation, food, English speaking guide services and land transportation within Bhutan.
i. Peak or high season months are March, April, May, September, October and November = USD250/person/day
ii. Low season months are December, January, February, June, July and August = USD200/person/day
There are two ways
1. You can use your Master and Visa Card to directly send the tour costs. Online card payment will charge you 3.5% on the total payment, (2% will charge by the Card Company, 1% by your bank, 0.5% by the bank in Bhutan).
2. You can directly wire the money using the banks in your corresponding countries (the list will be provided based on your country). After remitting the payment to Bhutan in our account, we have to request our bank in Bhutan to transfer it to the Tourism Council of Bhutan Account. The transfer fee vary according to the bank which you have to bear it.
- SDF is Sustainable Development Fee and amounts to USD65/day/person that is deducted from the daily rate (say USD 250/- during peak and USD 200/- during low season). SDF is paid directly to government and are used for providing free health care, education and infrastructure development.
- The daily rate is the amount inclusive of SDF.
Yes, there are discount as listed below; Individual and Group discount.
- Children between 0-5 years old, no charge
- Children between 6-12 years old, no SDF charge and 50% discount on daily remaining rate
- Full time student under 25 years old with valid student card gets 25% discount on daily rate
- 50% discount on SDF after the 8th nights
- 100% discount on SDF after 14th nights
- 50% discount on daily rate is given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people.
- 100% discount on daily rate is given to one member in a group exceeding 16 people.
Surcharge apply if the group size is 2 pax and below
- Single (individual) – US$ 40 per night
– Group of 2 person – US$ 30/person/night
Surcharges are determined by Government and is directly deducted from the tour costs.
Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum and has same value as the Indian currency of Rupee. As such Indian currency note is also used widely in Bhutan. But the international tourists must make payment in the dollar.
ATMs are located through out the country and you can easily withdraw the amount in Bhutanese currency.
Bhutan has been gaining popularity as a peace loving nation and is everyone’s dream to visit Bhutan. The slogan of Tourism Council of Bhutan is "Bhutan-a happiness is a place?"
No, there won't be any language barrier as lmost all the Bhutanese can speak English. Moreover English is used as a medium of learning and is also used for communication purpose.
No, there are SDF (Sustainable Development Fee of USD65/day/person) waiver if you visit Eastern parts of Bhutan comprising of Samdrupjongkhar, Trashigang, Pemagatshel, Trashiyangtse, Mongar and Lhuntse). That waiver is until December 2020 only.
We will be glad to provide answers on any front to enable you to enjoy your visit to Bhutan,