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Operating throughout Bhutan from our offices located in the heart of Thimphu, Bhutan Calling Tours & Treks, licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, specializes in designing itineraries for Trekking tours, Cultural tours, Festival tours, Rafting, Kayaking, Biking. We are here to help you with all aspects of your vacation. Whether you are an independent traveller, travelling with children or looking for a group tour, Bhutan Calling Tours & Treks has the solution for you.

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7-Nights/8-days Bhutan Cultural Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Paro/Sightseeing

As you start approaching Bhutan, you can see breathtaking views of the Great Himalayas on this flight.  Arrive Paro where you will be welcomed to the Kingdom by your guide.

After 15-20 minute drive from the airport you'll reach the hotel.  Check in to the Hotel.

After lunch we will visit the 200 year old Watch Tower which was renovated and converted into National Museum in1968.  It has a unique character and beautiful panoramic views over Paro Valley. It houses a fine collection of national costumes and fabrics, gallery of thangkas, an impressive stamp gallery with three dimensional and CD stamps issued as early as 1960 that are remarkable and other galleries showcasing armor and silverware with the handsome Royal tea pots. On the top floor there is a four sided temple complex depicting the history of Buddhism and its propagation. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the temple dates back to the 7th century. According to the Bhutanese legend, Songtsen Gempo, the first Buddhist King of Tibet, established a temple here on the left knee of an ogress in order to subdue her. The temple was restored in the 19th century and a similar one was added in 1968 by Ashi Kesang, the grand Queen Mother of Bhutan.

Overnight Paro.

Day 2: Paro – Thimphu (55 KM, 1 hour drive)

Morning drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and largest city of the Bhutan. It is situated in the western central part of Bhutan and the surrounding valley is one of Bhutan's dzongkhags, the Thimphu District. The city became the capital of Bhutan in 1961. As of 2005 it had a population of 79, 185, with 98,676 people living in the entire Thimphu district. The city is spread out laterally in a north-south direction on the west bank of the valley formed by the Raidāk River, which is known as the Wang Chuu or Thimphu Chuu in Bhutan. Thimphu is spread over an altitudinal range between 2,248 metres (7,375 ft) and 2,648 metres (8,688ft).

Visit at Thimphu Memorial Chorten which is whitewashed structure with gilded carvings, located prominently in the center of Thimphu City. It was built in 1974 to honour the memory of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928 – 1972), by the King’s mother, the late Queen Ashi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuck. Built in the traditional Bhutanese style, the glistening conical chorten houses statues and images of Buddhist deities, and is a place for worship. One of the most important prayer ceremonies in the country, the Moenlam Chenmo, presided by the chief abbot of Bhutan, takes place here annually. It is considered meritous to circumambulate the chorten clockwise, and many Thimphu residents like to add a few rounds around the chorten to their evening walks.

National Textile Museum – is worth a visit to learn about Bhutan's living national art of weaving. The ground floor focuses on cham costumes, while the upper floor introduces the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and type of textiles made by women and men.

You can also visit Bhutan Post Office Headquarters to get personalized Bhutanese postage stamps with your photo of them. You can bring along your favorite photo to put on the stamps and put these stamps on your postcard to send to your family and friends.

Lunch at the folk heritage will give the opportunity to the guest to capture the traditional Bhutanese cuisine, freshly cooked and served and near the restaurant you can see the Folk Heritage Museum which gives you a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, in addition to artifacts from rural households; it also displays an impressive collection of typical household objects, tools and equipment. The museum also organizes regular demonstrations of rural traditions, skills, habits and customs as well as hosting educational programs for children.

Visit Buddha Dordenma, a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue build in the mountains of Thimphu (Kuensel Phodrang facing Thimphu Valley). It is 6 km drive from Thimphu Town. You can also see the view of plantation of 49,672 sapling which Bhutan sets Guinness world record.

At evening you can visit craft bazaar (market) is a row of bamboo thatch huts along the main street in Thimphu, and has about 80 stalls, exhibiting the finest, genuine indigenous products, from purely traditional to a mixture of modern crafts

Overnight Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha (70 KM, 3 hours’ drive)

Morning visit "fortress of the glorious religion", Tashichho Dzong, or popularly known as Thimphu Dzong, is an impressive structure that houses the Bhutanese government and stand on the right side of the Wangchu River (Thimphu).  Then 3 hours’ drive to Punakha, stopping at Dochula situated at 3150 meters above sea level and almost 30 kilometers away from Thimphu passing. The 108 Chorten were built by Queen Mother to honor the Bhutanese soldiers who were killed when fighting the Indian rebels in 2003. Every traveler, both international and the local Bhutanese people stop by at Dochula Pass just to breathe in the cool mountain air and greedily be immersed in the view for a few minutes out of the busy life and schedule. Dochula pass has fabulous views of some of the most beautiful and spectacular Himalayan Mountains such as the Masan gang, Table Mountain, Tiger Mountain and others. After lunch at dochula resort drive to Punakha.

Overnight Punakha.

Day 5: Punakha – Phobjikha (70 KM, 3 hours’ drive)

Early morning visit at Punakha Dzong, the "Palace of Great Happiness" Built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’, and Punakha Dzong is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers). It is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move in masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. It was here in 1907 that Bhutan's first king was crowned. Then visit Chime Lhakhang or the Temple of fertility stands on a picturesque hilltop between Punakha and Wangdue. Chimi Lhakhang is the destination of a short and comfortable trek. Built by the Buddhist saint Lam Drukpa Kuenley popularly known as the 'Divine Madman', the Lhakhang is famous for its fertility wish grants to childless couples. Not only Bhutanese but even foreigners who heard of it come specifically to visit Chime Lhakhang to pray to Lam Drukpa Kuenley for a child or two. And of course a couple genuinely praying and wishing are blessed with children. Amazing but true! It's a pleasant 30 minutes’ walk from the road junction between Punakha and wangdue through mustard and paddy fields. Evening drive to Phobjikha, enjoying the perfect Bhutanese cuisine and drive to the valley of Blackneacked crane.

Overnight Phobjikha

Day 6: Phobjikha – Paro (190 KM, 7 hour’s drive)

Morning visit at the old monastery that dates back to 17th century Gangtey Goemba monastery, enjoys the valley's prime chunk of real estate, on a forested hill overlooking the green expanse of the entire Phobjikha valley. The extensive complex consists of the central goemba, monks' quarters, a small guesthouse and outlying meditation centers. The Monastery is one of the main seats of the religious tradition based on Pema Lingpa's (treasure finder) revelations and one of the two main centres of the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism in the country.                                                           Then visit home of the Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Bhutan is home to around six hundred black-necked cranes with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from the Tibetan plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March. After lunch drive back to Paro.

Overnight at Paro.

Day 7: Hike to Tiger Nest (5 hours’ hike)

Early breakfast, Today, we hike up to the famous cliff-hermitage called Taktsang, the “Tiger’s Nest.” This day hike is not only historically and culturally interesting, but also incredibly scenic! It takes about two hours to reach the cafeteria, which gives a breathtaking view of the Tiger’s Nest. From Cafeteria it takes 1 hour to reach the main temple. This day hike is not only historically and culturally interesting, but also incredibly scenic! This monastic retreat is built into a sheer cliff face high above the Paro valley. Legend has it that the Tibetan Buddhist saint Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tiger and landed here, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.

After Lunch, visit Drugyel Dzong, although mostly now in ruins. considered as the most beautiful and famous archaeological sites in Bhutan, is situated on a ridge in the upper Paro valley built in 1647 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel to commemorate the victory over Tibetan Invaders, which indicates by the name of the Dzong meaning Victorious Bhutanese Fort.  Evening traditional hot stone bath which releases key minerals to relieve aches.

Overnight at Paro

Day 8: Departure

Today we will drive to Paro international Airport to catch the flight to your next destination. Our guide and driver will bid you farewell and we wish you a safe and pleasant journey back home and hope to see you again in Bhutan.

 

 

 

 

 

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