Bhutan is a rich mosaic of different cultures, traditions, lifestyles, ethnic groups, languages and beliefs. The country currently has no UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but it has eight declared tentative sites for UNESCO inclusion since 2012. These sites include Ancient Ruin of Drukgyel Dzong, Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, Dzongs; the center of temporal and religious authorities, Jigme Dorji National Park, Royal Manas National Park, Sacred Sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants, Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, and Tamzhing Monastery.
Bhutan also has numerous tourist sites that are not included in its UNESCO tentative list. Bhutan has one element, the Mask dance of the drums from Drametse, registered in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Bhutan is also well known for mountain adventure trekking and hiking. Jhomolhari Base Camp Trek, Snowman Trek, and Masagang trek are some of the popular treks in Bhutan.
Bhutan Cultural Tour
Bhutan’s culture is strongly based on its Tibetan form of Mahayana Buddhism, which contains a sprinkling of Tibet’s ancient Bon shamanist religion. The country’s rich heritage, protected by Bhutan’s isolation from the modern world until the 1960s, is still very much in evidence. For most visitors to the country, Bhutan’s traditions and uniqueness are the main attractions, just ahead of its spectacular and mostly unspoiled natural beauty.
It is the capital and largest city of Bhutan. The culture of Bhutan is fully reflected in Thimphu in literature, religion, customs, and national dress code, the monastic practices of the monasteries, music, and dance, and in the media. Tshechu is an important festival when mask dances, popularly known as Cham dances, are performed in the courtyards of the Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu. It is a four-day festival held every year in September or October, on dates corresponding to the Bhutanese calendar.
It is 52 Km far away from Thimpu (Capital of Bhutan). Paro is the most attractive place of Bhutan’s valleys. Rinpung Dzong a fortress-monastery overlooking the Paro valley has a long history. A monastery was first built on the site by Padma Sambhava at the beginning of the tenth century, but it was not until 1644 that Ngawang Namgyal built a larger monastery on the old foundations; for centuries this imposing five-story building served as an effective defense against numerous invasion attempts by the Tibetans.
Bumthang directly translates as “beautiful field”.Bumthang Dzongkhag consists of four main valleys, Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor. Choekhor is the largest of the four and is widely considered as ‘Bumthang Valley’. The valleys are broad and gentle carved by the ancient glaciers. The valley is home to the sacred Jampa and Kurjey monasteries.
Wangdue Phodrang is a town and capital of Wangdue Phodrang District in central Bhutan. Wangdue Phodrang is one of the largest dzongkhags in the country. As the district covers 4,308 sq. km and ranges from 800-5800m in altitude, it has extremely varied climatic conditions ranging from subtropical forests in the south to cool and snowy regions in the north. The little town is popular for the tales of shaman culture, ornamental speeches or Lozeys of Shaa, the ancestral home of Pema Tshewang Tashi, the knight whose lozey still remains a favorite amongst the Bhutanese. The higher reaches of the valley provides rich pastureland for cattle.
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu valley (1360m).
Upon your arrival, our representative will assist you and then after lunch, we go for half day sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Explore some of the famous world heritage sites and touristic areas. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Today early morning scenic drive for 5-6hours all the way to Lumbini.
The Birthplace of Lord Buddha is one of the holiest lands for Buddhism. This Buddhist cultural site is flourished with ancient and historic places and sites. Enjoy exploration around and overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Today half day sightseeing around Lumbini.
Visit Maya Devi Temple and other historic sites around. After lunch drives from Lumbini all the way back to Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Today early morning scenic flight from Kathmandu all the way to Paro.
The shiny city of Bhutan. Upon your arrival at Paro our representative will assist you from there and then we drive all the way to the capital city Thimpu. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Today we go for a full day sightseeing in Thimpu.
Explore the historic city and enjoy viewing some of the best sights such as Tashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress. Institute of Zorig Chusum where students undertake a course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan, National Library, which holds an extensive collection of Buddhist texts and manuscripts, The Post office; The Institute of Tibetology, National Memorial Chorten and many more cultural exploration sites around. Enjoy evening dinner programs. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Today we drive early morning from Thimpu all the way to Paro.
Visit some of the famous cultural sites such as Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries and many more fascinating cultural sites along. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Today early morning scenic flight from Paro all the way back to Kathmandu.
Enjoy half day sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at the hotel.