This Bhutan Tour from Kolkata connects the visitors from Kolkata, Kathmandu, Delhi, Singapore, Bangkok and Dhaka, giving them a deep insight into a unique Himalayan culture, one that is finding a precarious balance between the ancient world and the global village.
The Bhutanese people are friendly, warm and confident people whose rural roots are slowly giving way to rapid urbanization. You can observe this transition as you drive or trek through villages, and spend time exploring the towns. Bhutan’s traditional culture in the way of the cuisine, traditional dress and textiles, and the arts and crafts are still very much a way of daily life.
We created a variety of cultural itineraries to enable you to explore and understand the culture of Bhutan. We provide you with local expert guide who are very experienced and fluent in English.
Board a flight to Paro Airport, Bhutan's only International Airport. In the clear weather, there are magnificent views of the world's highest peaks. Our Local Bhutanese Cultural Guide will meet & greet you at the airport and transfer to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Enjoy your 1st-ever authentic Bhutanese cuisine before paying a visit to The Centenary Farmer’s Market, a weekend market famous for its agricultural products. Next, visit Tashichho Dzong which houses the throne of the King of Bhutan. After that, head to Kuenselphodrang Nature Park where you are rewarded with a panoramic view of Thimphu Valley and admire the 169-foot tall bronze Buddha Dordenma Statue, the largest statue in the country. Overnight in Thimphu.
The Centenary Farmer’s Market, Tashichho Dzong, Kuenselphodrang Nature Park
- Namgay Heritage Hotel
- Kisa Thimphu Hotel
The second day is spent to visit the highlights of this capital city. Visit Folk Heritage Museum to discover the traditional lifestyle of Bhutanese in the olden days. Then, make a stop at the local post office where you can get personalized stamps at your own expense. Continue on to Royal Textile Academy to witness the traditional art of weaving. Proceed to visit National Memorial Chorten, a stupa built to honour the late 3rd King Dorji Wangchuck. Thereafter, visit Changangkha Lhakhang which was built in the 12th century and is the oldest temple in Thimphu.
After lunch drive to Punakha over Dochula pass, at 3150m, if the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. Walk around the 108 stupas and enjoy the view and the fresh air. Continue your drive to the warm valley of Punakha.
Folk Heritage Museum, National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang
- Meri Puensum Resort
- Vara Punakha Hotel
Morning drive to visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. This is a fine example of Bhutanese rich Art and Architecture. Drive further up to visit the Souvenir Making Center for girls supported by Youth Development Fund. Interact with the students and then return to the hotel for lunch. After lunch, relax in the balcony of the hotel to enjoy the view and the nature. Alternatively, you could go for an hour hike to the temple of Khamsum Yuley Lakhang or the temple of Chimi Lakhang, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus.
Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yuley Lakhang
Depart Punakha for a drive to the isolated valley of Phobjikha. The valley is protected for the endangered Black Necked Cranes migrating to Bhutan every winter (early Nov to End of February). The drive is very picturesque and worth every turn and climb. On arrival, visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Ningmapa monastery which is largest in the western Bhutan. Phobjikha valley is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Later in the afternoon could relax in the hotel or could go for a nice short hike in the valley. This valley got electricity only recently. Farm house stay optional.
Phobjikha Valley, Gangtey Monastery
- Dewachen Gangtey Hotel
- Kichu Resort Wangdue
Retrace the drive back to Paro then have lunch. After that, visit Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Continue further to stroll around the old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. You could get some opportunity to see the traditional game, archery match going on. Evening back to the hotel and enjoy the facility in the hotel.
- Metta Resort & Spa
- Bhutan Mandala Resort
This day, embark on a hike to Bhutan’s most iconic landmark, Taktsang Lhakhang, also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Clinging precariously to a granite cliff 800 metres above Paro Valley, legend has it that the great Guru Rinpoche flew to this spot on the back of a tigress. The monastery was 1st built in 1692 at a cave where the guru meditated in the 7th century. Thereafter, spend the rest of your day at leisure. You may wish to enjoy a relaxing hot stone bath or head to the main street of Paro to pick up some souvenirs at your own expense.
All travelers are recommend to wear comfortable walking shoes for your hike to Taktsang Lhakhang. The hike is not recommended for pregnant women and travellers with pre-existing health conditions.
Taktsang Lhakhang, Kyichu Lhakhang
Morning transfer to the airport (10 mins) for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport.
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