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Max. Elevation
3120 m / 10236 ft
Group size
Min 2+
Level
Easy
Transportation
All ground transportation and flight as per itinerary.
Best Season
March to May, October to November
Starts at / Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Hotel/Lodge during the trip.
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trip.
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Highlights

  • Panoramic flight amidst unparalleled range of Himalayan snow-capped peaks.
  • Explore the Himalayan Kingdom in the land of Thundering and peaceful dragon.
  • Amazing Buddhist monuments tucked in a high cliff on an overhanging cave.
  • Tour of amazing Buddhist religious and historical sites of great glorious times.
  • Visiting traditional farm villages and towns enriched with age-old heritages
  • Explore the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery, perched on a cliffside overlooking the Paro Valley.
  • Discover Bhutan's capital city, Thimphu, and its cultural landmarks such as Tashichho Dzong and the National Memorial Chorten.
  • Visit traditional Bhutanese villages to experience authentic rural life, interact with locals, and learn about traditional crafts.
  • Explore ancient Buddhist monasteries and temples, gaining insights into Bhutan's spiritual heritage and religious practices.

Overview

Bhutan Cultural Tour, with Himalayan Forever, allows travelers to get a glimpse of the last and only Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. The country is also known as Druk means the land of Peaceful or Thundering Dragon. 
A peaceful and quant country tucked at the edge of the Greater Eastern Himalayas close in between India and Tibet / China. Very different from other Himalayan countries make Bhutan a land of curiosity, adorned with its ancient cultural heritage.
An enjoyable short and impressive Bhutan Cultural Tour of less than a week time frame. Where one can enjoy the dramatic location of the Himalayan Kingdom and its amazing age-old traditional customs. Bhutan Cultural Tour starts on reaching Kathmandu with an interesting tour to explore the local culture of the Himalayas.  
Then a swift panoramic flight flies over the Himalayas to land at Paro, in Bhutan, and begins the fabulous tour. Enjoy visiting old heritage sites and hike to Taksing Monastery, the Tiger’s Nest one of the famous landmarks of Bhutan. 
The tour extends to visiting places of great cultural interest and then reaching the Himalayan capital at Thimphu. The only Kingdom around South East Asia and the Himalayas, enjoy the tour around its famous religious, and cultural sites.
An exciting place to experience visiting Bhutan’s traditional handicrafts and religious painting schools and instate. Amazing place to stroll around with views of distant snow-capped peaks and the warm hospitality of the local Bhutanese.   
Enjoying a marvelous time in Bhutan, a short sweeping flight brings you back to Kathmandu. After a great memorable experience on the Bhutan Cultural Tour with great services of Himalayan Forever Treks.

Cultural Discovery Tour in Bhutan
The Best of Bhutan Cultural Tour is a journey of discovery that takes you on a fascinating exploration of Bhutan's cultural treasures. From ancient monasteries and sacred temples to traditional villages and bustling markets, this tour offers a comprehensive insight into Bhutan's unique cultural heritage and way of life.

Bhutan Cultural Tour–A Glimpse of Bhutan
Immerse yourself in the colorful tapestry of Bhutanese culture as you visit iconic landmarks such as the majestic Tiger's Nest Monastery (Taktsang), the historic Punakha Dzong, and the vibrant markets of Thimphu and Paro. Discover the art of thangka painting, witness traditional mask dances, and engage with local artisans to gain a deeper appreciation for Bhutan's artistic traditions.

Bhutan Cultural Tour in Brief
The Bhutan Cultural Tour provides a comprehensive overview of the kingdom's cultural heritage, allowing you to experience the timeless traditions and spiritual practices that have shaped Bhutanese society for centuries. From participating in sacred rituals and religious ceremonies to exploring ancient monasteries and fortresses, every moment of this journey is filled with cultural significance and meaning.

So, Are You Ready for Bhutan Tour?
Embark on a transformative journey to Bhutan and immerse yourself in the country's rich cultural tapestry. Whether you're exploring sacred temples, meeting local artisans, or attending colorful festivals, the Best of Bhutan Cultural Tour promises to be an unforgettable experience that will leave you with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for Bhutan's unique heritage.

What is the Main Culture in Bhutan?
Bhutan's culture is deeply influenced by its Buddhist heritage, which permeates every aspect of daily life in the kingdom. From religious rituals and festivals to art, architecture, and social customs, Buddhism plays a central role in shaping Bhutanese culture and identity.

Do You Need a Tour Guide for Bhutan?
Yes, hiring a licensed tour guide is mandatory for all travelers visiting Bhutan. A knowledgeable guide will not only provide valuable insights into Bhutanese culture, history, and traditions but also ensure that you have a safe and enriching travel experience throughout your journey.

What is Special About Bhutan?
Bhutan is renowned for its pristine natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and commitment to Gross National Happiness (GNH). As one of the world's last remaining Buddhist kingdoms, Bhutan offers a unique blend of ancient traditions and modern development, making it a truly extraordinary destination for travelers seeking authentic cultural experiences and spiritual enrichment.

Important Note

Mode of Tour: Best traditional Guest-House and hotels in Bhutan.
Tour Grade: Moderate with short ups and downhill walks.
Area of Tour: Paro, Thimphu Central Bhutan main town and city.
People and culture:80 % Bhutanese follows Buddhism religion and cultures.
In Bhutan: 04 Nights and 05 Days (with flights both ways).
Total Trip: 07 Nights / 08 Days from arrival to main departures.
Best Seasons:
The best seasons for Bhutan Cultural Tour is in spring and autumn/fall. Starts from April to pre-summer of June, most days are clear and fine with longer sunlight hours. The next best season is autumn/fall when most days are crystal clear for a scenic tour and the best views. But short days due to sun-light hours, cold morning and late afternoon till night time. 

Trip Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal International Airport our guide and staff will receives you with traditional welcome. After knowing the staff of Himalayan Forever Treks, a short drive to your hotels. Located in the heart of a city within an exciting Thamel area, an interesting place where most good hotels and restaurants situated. Reaching at the hotel, check your lovely rooms, after getting refreshed join in for group briefing. Provided by your guide or Group Leader, offers useful and important information for Bhutan Cultural Tour. 

Max. altitude

1,320m / 4,331 ft.

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Hotel

Meals

Welcome Dinner

Morning after breakfast, our city and cultural guide receives you at the hotel for exciting tour. The drive leads in the heart of Kathmandu city, where interesting historical Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard located. The right spot to observe Nepalese cultures. Tour of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, next tour takes you to old Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,600 years history.  A Buddhist monument situated on a hillock west of Kathmandu city outskirt, the famous landmark of the country.

1. Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Nestled within the bustling streets of the Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square stands as a living museum of Nepal's royal history. As the former royal palace, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts an array of palaces, courtyards, and intricately carved temples. The architecture reflects a harmonious blend of Hindu and Nepalese artistry, with pagoda-style structures, ornate windows, and detailed wooden carvings that showcase the country's cultural diversity. Visitors can explore the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (the Living Goddess's residence), and numerous shrines that bear witness to the city's royal past. The vibrant atmosphere, with street vendors, local artisans, and traditional performances, immerses visitors in the authentic charm of Kathmandu.

2. Pashupatinath Temple:

A short distance from Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple emerges as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines globally, nestled along the banks of the Bagmati River. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this UNESCO-listed site draws pilgrims and tourists alike with its spiritual aura and stunning architecture. The temple complex encompasses a series of shrines, ghats, and courtyards, each contributing to the religious ambiance. The main temple, adorned with silver and gold, features intricate carvings that narrate Hindu mythology. Visitors can witness the solemnity of cremation ceremonies along the riverbank, a profound experience that underscores the cycle of life and death in Hindu tradition.

3. Boudhanath Stupa:

A beacon of Buddhism in Kathmandu, the Boudhanath Stupa is an imposing structure that commands attention with its colossal mandala. As one of the largest stupas in the world, it serves as a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The stupa's whitewashed dome is adorned with prayer flags, while the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha gaze serenely in all four cardinal directions. Pilgrims and visitors alike circumambulate the stupa, spinning prayer wheels and chanting mantras, creating a rhythmic and meditative atmosphere. The surrounding area is dotted with monasteries, shops selling traditional Tibetan artifacts, and rooftop cafes that offer panoramic views of the stupa and its vibrant surroundings. From here back to hotel, afternoon at leisure and preparation for Bhutan Cultural Tour.

Max. altitude

1,320m / 4,331 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

BLD

Morning or afternoon, depending upon flight time for Paro, transfer to Kathmandu, Nepal’s international airport. Less than an hour panoramic, flight to land at Paro, Bhutan, on arrival after immigration, visa formalities. Our native Bhutanese guide receives you for short drive to the hotels in Paro, with afternoon free at leisure.

Max. altitude

2,200m / 7,218 ft.

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BLD

After breakfast, guide will take you a for full day tour of Paro, a major town of Bhutan with full of historical and cultural and heritage sites, visit of old ruined fort which was built to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 17th Century. The tour includes few hour hike to Taksing Monastery, the famous Tiger Nest, located on an overhanging cave, high above a rocky hill. 

After an interesting of Druk Gyaldzong, late afternoon tour of National Museum which displays rich collections of fine arts weapons, tour continues to famous Taksing Monastery (Tiger's nest). 

From here enjoy views of Paro and distance snow-capped peaks, after a wonderful time here descend by the same route to your hotel. 

Max. altitude

3,120m / 10,236 ft.

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Hotel

Meals

BLD

After an interesting time at Paro, morning two hours scenic drive to the capital of Bhutan in Thimphu, on reaching Thimphu check into a nice hotels, after lunch visit the memorial stupa, indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced and the painting school. 

Max. altitude

2,320m / 7,612 ft.

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After breakfast our guide will take you on tour of Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King of Bhutan, visit of Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley offering a nice view of the valley, a short scenic drive for a visit of the largest and recently built statue of Buddha with wonderful view of entire Thimphu valley. Afternoon tour of traditional Hand Made Paper Mill, School of Arts and Crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Folk Heritage Museum, National Library and the Traditional Institute of Medicine. Drive to the Zilukha nunnery to meet the nuns and interact with them. 

Max. altitude

2,320m / 7,612 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

BLD

Depending upon flight time to Kathmandu or other respective destination route, 

drive back to Paro, Bhutan’s International airport. Bidding farewell to Bhutanese guide and drivers, board in Bhutan’s national carrier or similar airlines for flight to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal International Airport Himalayan Forever Treks staff receives for transfer to your hotels. 

Max. altitude

1,320m / 4,331 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

BLD

Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. Himalayan Forever Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport. Bidding farewell to the guide and staff as you depart for homeward bound flight, after a wonderful experience on Bhutan Cultural Tour.

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Includes

  • All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport in Nepal and Bhutan.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu / Bhutan at tourist standard hotels (Single room supplement at extra cost if required)
  • In Kathmandu includes accommodation with Bed and Breakfast basis only.
  • In Bhutan on full board includes B-L and Dinner with accommodation.
  • Sightseeing tour as per the itinerary with entrance fees where applicable.
  • Applicable Permit & Entry Fees.
  • Service of city guides as well in Bhutan, daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.
  • Comprehensive medical kits and re-confirmation of international air tickets.
  • Overland drive on private vehicles or Four Wheel Drive in Bhutan.
  • Airfare as per the itinerary Kathmandu to Paro / Bhutan and back at Kathmandu.

Doesn't Include

  • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel and medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature on tour and journey in Bhutan, gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks throughout the trip.
  • Personal gear and medical kit.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation services and personal medical kit.
  • Early return from the trip due to personal/medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from tour including expenses.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The Bhutan Cultural Tour is a journey that focuses on exploring the rich cultural heritage, traditions, and historical landmarks of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

The tour often starts in the capital city, Thimphu, and may include visits to Paro, Punakha, Bumthang, and other culturally significant destinations.

The duration of the tour can vary, but it typically ranges from 7 to 14 days, depending on the specific itinerary and places covered.

Common cultural attractions include the Tiger's Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang), Punakha Dzong, Thimphu's cultural sites, Bumthang Valley, and traditional festivals.

Yes, tourists need a Bhutanese tourist visa, and the tour operator arranges this along with the Bhutan Tourism Council.

English-speaking guides are commonly available for international tourists. Other languages may be available upon request.

Comfortable vehicles are typically used for transportation between cultural sites, and short flights may be included if necessary.

There is no strict age limit, but participants should be in good health as the tour involves sightseeing and some walking.

Weather conditions, especially during winter, can impact travel plans. It's advisable to check the weather forecast before the tour.

Accommodation options range from comfortable hotels to traditional Bhutanese guesthouses, offering a blend of modern and cultural experiences.

Yes, there are opportunities to purchase Bhutanese handicrafts, textiles, and traditional souvenirs at local markets.

Travelers can explore ancient monasteries, dzongs, traditional festivals, and experience the unique customs and rituals of Bhutanese culture.

Depending on the timing of the tour, participants may have the chance to witness and participate in traditional Bhutanese festivals, adding a unique cultural experience to the itinerary.

Yes, travelers can choose to extend their stay in Bhutan for further exploration or relaxation. The daily tariff would apply for additional days.

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