Bhutan Cultural Tour - 6 Days

Things to Know
  • Duration6 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Altitude 3120 Tiger's Nest
  • Trip Type Cultural Tour
  • Start and End Paro - Paro
  • Best Time Jan-Jun, Sep-Dec
What You’ll Do
  • Experience an exciting and thrilling flight to Paro over the Himalayas
  • Hike the most stunning Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) – 3120m
  • Dochula Pass (3100m) - The best viewpoint lies on the road between Thimphu and Punakha
  • Experience the unique culture and tradition of Bhutan
  • Meet ever-smiling local people and wear their traditional dress Gho/Kira
  • Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma (Facing Thimphu Valley)
  • Chance to explore Punakha Dzong  "The Palace of Great Happiness"
  • Buddha Dordenma Statue (Thimphu)

Embark on an incredible 6-day adventure in Bhutan with the popular Iconic Holiday Nepal Tour and Trek package. This special trip lets you explore three amazing cities: Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha. You'll discover lots of interesting things, like a museum called Ta Dzong, a cool bridge at Rimpong Dzong, and the famous Taktsang Monastery, which looks like it's hanging on a cliff! In Thimphu, the capital city, you can visit a very old temple, a special place to remember people and a library with really old books. Don't forget the amazing views when you go over the high Dochula Pass – on a clear day you'll see a mountain range. In Punakha Valley, there's a beautiful palace-like building called Punakha Dzong and a temple with a funny name, Chimi Lhakang. This trip is a great way to see Bhutan's culture and nature in just a few days.

A cultural tour of Bhutan opens the door to a world of captivating traditions and age-old practices. This immersive experience allows you to explore the heart of Bhutanese culture, where monasteries perched on hillsides and colourful festivals showcase the nation's deep-rooted beliefs. You'll encounter the warm hospitality of the locals, join in the rhythmic chants of monks, and witness the artistry of skilled craftsmen as they create intricate textiles and paintings. As you stroll through bustling markets, visit ancient temples, and participate in cultural rituals, you'll gain a profound appreciation for the values and customs that have shaped Bhutan's identity. From the serene beauty of religious sites to the vibrant energy of local celebrations, a Bhutan cultural tour promises to leave an indelible impression of a nation proud of its heritage and eager to share its stories with you.


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  • Altitude2,400 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time2 hours

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in the entire Himalayas. Flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Bhutan’s first gift, as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with an en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different styles of stupas; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence. Shortly before reaching Chuzom, you will see on your left TschogangLhakhang, “the temple of the excellent horse”. It is a private temple, built in the 15th century, as the result of visitation from Balaha, the excellent horse, a manifestation of Chenrezig, the compassionate Buddha. On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel. The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of Government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with an unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With a population of about 90,000, it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light.

Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu Main Street and the market area. Also visit the Local Crafts Bazaar, to browse through examples of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, Thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, and interesting items made from local materials.


  • Altitude2,400 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time5-6 hours

After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu Valley including visit to the following: The National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.

After lunch take a short drive (15 km) to Pangri Zampa, 16th century one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan located just north of Thimphu. Here is a monastic school where Buddhist student’s monks learn Lamaism and astrology based on Buddhist philosophy. Afterwards, visit to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu Valley from the Buddha Point (KuenselPhodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.

King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace. Later visit to Trashichhoedzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses the Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot and central monk body.

  • Altitude1,500 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time3-4 hours

After breakfast at the hotel, Drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3O8Om). In Bhutan, the passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. Dochula Pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day.

After checking into the hotel, proceed to visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. Later in the day excursion to Chimi Lhakhang (from the hotel it is about 15 minutes drive till motorable road and then walk starts through paddy fields and villages. This is total about 1½ hour walk, including both way). The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers

Evening can be spent exploring Punakha village located right on the bank of the river.



  • Altitude2,200 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time4-5 hours

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Paro. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. After lunch, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons &armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Ta Dzong visit immediately followed by a short walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (ParoDzong), meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

  • Altitude3120 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time4-5 hours

After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest (approx. 5 hours walk): It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and was visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and is now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of the building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour.

Evening, visit the 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.


    After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for a flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.

    This cultural tour offers a captivating glimpse into Bhutan's traditions, architecture, and way of life, leaving you with a deep appreciation for the country's unique cultural tapestry.

    Trip Cost Details
    • Daily Government Royalties and Taxes ($100 per person per night)
    • Entrance Fees/Monuments Fee
    • All transfer vehicles and sightseeing as per the itinerary
    • English-speaking accompanying guide
    • Accommodation as per below – 3 stars mentioned hotels
    • Breakfast and dinner at the hotel and lunch at the local tourist restaurant
    • 1 Bottle of water per day during the tour
    • Beverages (alcoholic/non–alcoholic)
    • Expenses of a personal nature (like tipping, laundry, Telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees, etc.)
    • Insurance of any kind / medical expenses
    • Air Ticket
    Useful Info

    Bhutan is a land of pristine landscapes, rich culture, and vibrant traditions, making it a unique destination for travellers.

    Bhutanese Culture and Customs

    Bhutanese people often wear traditional attire. Visitors are encouraged to wear modest clothing, especially when visiting religious sites. Bhutanese culture places a strong emphasis on respect. Always ask for permission before taking photographs of people, especially monks and the official language is Dzongkha, but English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas.

    Currency and Payment

    Currency: Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN) is the official currency, but Indian Rupee (INR) is also widely accepted.ATMs are available in major towns. Credit cards are accepted in some hotels and shops, but it's advisable to carry cash, especially in rural areas.

    Getting There

    Visa: Travelers need a visa to enter Bhutan. For more information please visit the following link Visa Information
    Flights: Paro International Airport is the main gateway. Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines operate flights to and from Paro.

    Must-Visit Places

    Paro: Explore the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery and visit the National Museum of Bhutan.
    Thimphu: Discover the capital city, visit the Buddha Dordenma Statue, Tashichho Dzong, and the colourful local markets.
    Punakha: Explore Punakha Dzong, one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan, and enjoy the scenic beauty of the region.
    Both Gangtey Valley and Wangdue Phodrang offer a rich cultural and natural experience, with their monasteries, festivals, and scenic beauty being the main attractions for visitors.

    Outdoor Activities

    Trekking: Bhutan offers various trekking routes, including the famous Jomolhari Trek and Druk Path Trek.
    Wildlife: Visit Royal Manas National Park for a chance to see diverse wildlife, including Bengal tigers and red pandas.
    Festivals: Time your visit with Bhutanese festivals (Tsechus) to witness traditional mask dances and cultural celebrations. The Thimphu Tshechu Festival, also called the National Festival of Bhutan, is the largest and most popular celebration in the country.

    Travel Tips

    Best Time: The weather can vary greatly depending on the region and altitude. The spring season between March and May and the fall season between September and November are considered to be the best time to travel to Bhutan
    Responsible Tourism: Bhutan is committed to sustainable and responsible tourism. Respect local customs and traditions, and minimize your impact on the environment.
    Remember, Bhutan has a "High Value, Low Impact" tourism policy. It's advisable to plan your trip through a licensed tour operator to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.


    • Ta Dzong – Paro (National Museum): closed on Government Holidays
    • National Library – Thimphu: Closed on Saturday, Sunday& on Government holidays
    • Textile Museum – Thimphu: Closed on Government Holidays & on Sunday. On Saturday, it open from 9.00 AM to 4 PM
    • Institute of Zorig Chusum (Arts & Crafts School) - Thimphu: Closed on Sunday & Government holidays. On Saturday, it open from 10 AM to 12 o’clock. Also closed in winter (from December – Early March).
    • Tiger’s Nest Monastery – Paro: Closed on all Tuesdays
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