Bhutan: Arts, Crafts, and Cultural Highlights Over a Seven-Day Tour is a better way of exploring and experiencing the art, architecture, and culture of Bhutan. Bhutan—Known as the "Land of the Thunder Dragondragon," nestled among the peaks of the mighty Himalayas, the tiny kingdom of Bhutan has long since been known as the last Shangri-La, shrouded in centuries of mystery. Bhutan: Arts, Crafts, and Cultural Highlights Over Seven Days Tour provides an enthralling glimpse into the rich and colorful Buddhist culture.Bhutan exudes a land where time has stood still among breathtaking Himalayan landscapes of astounding, untouched beauty.
Bhutan: Arts, Crafts, and Cultural Highlights Over a Seven-Day Tour is an excellent introduction to western Bhutan. It combines breathtaking scenery with many fascinating religious and historic sites to explore. Your journey through Bhutan: Arts, Crafts, and Cultural Highlights Over Seven Days Tour begins with a breathtaking Transhimalayan mountain flight from Kathmandu to Paro, which is located in one of Bhutan's most beautiful valleys.Our representative will be there to greet you for the one-hour drive along the scenic rivers to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city. As you might expect, it has many unique attractions.
During your stay, you can visit the Memorial Chorten and Changangkha Temple, watch traditional crafts like thangka painting in action at the National Institute of Arts and Crafts, learn about Bhutanese textiles at the National Textile Museum, and shop for souvenirs in local handicraft shops or markets. A morning’s drive takes you through the Punakha and Wangdi valleys via the Dochu La Pass, which provides spectacular Himalayan views on a fine day. Some of the highlights in Punakha are the Punakha Dzong and the 15th-century "Temple of Fertility" (Chimi Lhakhang). Return to Paro for a day of sightseeing in the valley, including a day hike to the famous "Tiger’s Nest" monastery, which clings to the edge of a sheer cliff.
Arrive Paro International Airport. Your tour guide will meet you and take you on a short one-hour drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, at 2320 metres. You can stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s iron bridge builder. Overnight in Thimphu.
Sightseeing in Timphu, where you visit the National Memorial Chorten, the National Library, the National Painting School and Changangkha Temple. Browse the striking collection of intricate textiles at the National Textile Museum and visit the Folk Museum. You may also be able to visit the weekly market. Overnight in Thimphu.
In the morning drive to Punakha via the Dochu La Pass, where we will stop for a hot drink and to enjoy views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges. In the afternoon visit Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility), built in the 15th century by the ‘Divine Mad Man’ (Lama Drukpa Kuenley). Overnight in Punakha.
Today we return to Paro. This afternoon would be a good time to visit handicraft shops for souvenirs of your trip. Or you may like to visit a local farmhouse and take tea with the farmer and his family. Overnight in Paro.
Sightseeing in Paro, including Paro Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum. After lunch visit Drukgyel Dzong (‘fortress of victory’), and the sacred Kyichu Lhakhang (temple). Overnight in Paro.
Take a day hike to the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, the sacred Taktshang monastery, and have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria. On the way back you can visit Dumtse Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangthong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builder. Overnight in Paro.
Depart from Paro International Airport.You will be met in Kathmandu by a member of Himalaya Heart team for the transfer to your Hotel.
Bhutan has a perfect environment, almost no pollution, and a living culture where festivals steal the heart of world travelers with its breathtaking scenery, stunning architecture and welcoming atmosphere. This hidden treasure is often called “The Last Shangri-La” and in this region it seems that religion and nature have come together in harmony to work their magic upon the face of the land. Also known as The Land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan is a deeply religious land and is the only Buddhist kingdom in the world. For adventurers looking to experience the Himalayas firsthand, Bhutan would be the ideal destination.
Every season has its own charm. But, the most popular times to visit Bhutan are autumn and spring seasons which fall in the months from September -November and March- May respectively. The weather is warmer and skies are clearer during these times and many of the dramatic festivals fall during these periods.
A Bhutan Visa is essential for every foreigner who is planning to enter Bhutan. The visa has to be processed by local tour operators such as Himalaya Heart Treks. No foreign mission or embassy abroad grants tourist visas. For the visa, a passport is required which must be valid for at least 6 months after you leave Bhutan. Druk Air allows boarding only if it has got your visa clearance from the Bhutan Government.
A Visa confirmation letter: We will organize your visa for Bhutan prior to the start of your trip. For the visa procedure, you have to send us two passport size color photographs and a color copy of your passport.
Itinerary: Please take a copy of your tour itinerary with you.
By air: Foreigners can visit Bhutan only through a Tour Company. The best way to enter Bhutan is by Druk Air. There are also online tickets available for Druk Air nowadays. You can check the tickets with Druk Air yourself online at http://www.drukair.com.bt/.
By land: There are two overland entry/exit points. One is from the Indian state of West Bengal into Phuntsholing in southwest Bhutan. Four hours drive from Phuntsholing will take you to Bagdogra in the state of West Bengal (India) which is the nearest airport from Phuntsholings. The drive from Phuntsholing to Thimphu takes six hours. The other point is Samdrup Jongkhar in the southeast, 110 km from Guwahati, India. An Inner Line Permit to enter Assam will also be required to enter/exit through Guwahati. Tashigang is six hours’ drive from Samdrup Jongkhar.
The baggage allowance on Druk Air is 20 kg in economy class and 30 kg in business class. An extra 5 kg allowed for storing in the overhead baggage bin or under the passenger’s seat is also allowed.
The tour package includes all meals, tea & snacks, government-approved A & B category hotels on twin sharing basis, airport pick up and drop, ground transport in the comfortable private vehicle, experienced English speaking guides and local staff, all city tours with permits and entrance fees for museums and monuments, all government taxes, Bhutan Visa fee.
Yes, we can arrange you a private tour, you will find us flexible and in the vast majority of cases, this is not a problem. Please feel free to customize your tour and schedule. We will help you plan your itinerary based on your interest and time frame and we will manage accordingly.
We use comfortable, well maintained 4WD cars and jeeps and Hiace.
The earlier you book your trip, the better the selection of available departure dates you will have.
Currently, there is no vaccination required for entry into Bhutan. However it is generally recommended that your tetanus, diphtheria and polio boosters be up to date. Malaria is prevalent in some rural areas of southern Bhutan. Most of our tours run through western, central and eastern Bhutan. Thus, you might need to consult your doctor about taking anti-malarial pills only if your trip goes through southern parts of Bhutan. For further information, visit the corporate website of the US Centers for Disease Control
Credit cards are not accepted in Bhutan generally. But, there are some handicraft shops which accept credit cards while purchasing goods.
An ATM facility has recently been opened in Bhutan, but it is available for local people only for the time being.
Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels located throughout the globe. Western Bhutan (Thimpu, Paro,Wangdue and Punakha) have the best hotels but as you head to the eastern and central regions, the quality decreases a little. All the hotels/lodges/guest houses in western Bhutan have pretty good electrical heating systems. While the hotels in the central and eastern part of Bhutan have wood-stoves for heating.
240 Volts AC – Flat round 2-pin plugs are most common and a universal adapter is an important travel item. Power cuts are quite frequent in central and eastern Bhutan while western Bhutan has a stable power supply.
Bhutan’s main and only Internet Service Provider (ISP) is Druknet, owned by Bhutan Telecom. It provides a dial-up service, at a reasonable cost. There are several internet cafes and communication centers in the Thimphu and other various parts of the country. E-mail and Internet services are also offered by hotels.
The sale of tobacco products is banned throughout the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. However, smoking in Bhutan is not banned but acting without an import receipt issued by the Department of Revenue and Customs is banned. Therefore, if you wish to smoke in Bhutan you can carry cigarettes up to 200 pieces with you but a duty has to be paid for them and also you can only smoke only in private zones like your room or residence. if you smoke in prohibited areas like public places and offices you may even have to go jail for 3months.
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