Known to the locals as Duk Yul (Land of The Thunder Dragon), the name Bhutan holds the greatest mystery of many places in the Himalaya.“Bhutan” “The Land of the Thunder Dragon” is famous for its unique appearance and most highly acclaimed tourist destinations. The landlocked country in the Himalaya, The Kingdom of Bhutan lies in the eastern Himalayas, between Tibet to the north and the Indian territories of Assam and West Bengal to the south. The Isolated Oval mountain Kingdom 160km by 322km has been independent for more than 2000 years. It is only since the 1974 coronation of the King, “Jigme Singye Wangchuck”, that Bhutan has been open to the outside world. Bhutan is known as “the Land of Thunder Dragon”, Protected by the composite geography of the high Himalayas from the rest of the world and enriched by the essence of Drukpa Kagyu School of Buddhism, Bhutan has managed to remain shrouded deeply in a jealously guarded isolation. A basic understanding of Bhutan’s Buddhism is essential to understanding the Bhutanese. The Buddhist religion plays a pivotal role in the lives of the Bhutanese and the priesthood is very strong. When the Bhutanese become monks they do so for life. Governed in isolation for centuries, it is the world in its own guarded against modernization and uncontrolled tourism. Traditions keep alive and legends.
Bhutan, best known to the world as “The last Shangri – La” has a rare combination of harmony and accord amidst a landscape of incredible beauty. The mythical Buddhist Kingdom has opened to limited numbers of tourist only three decades ago. Bhutan Tours offer an impressive monastery, amazing architecture, ancient traditions and stunning wide variety of flora and fauna, extremely friendly people and unique colorful culture. Bhutan is a virtually untouched world where spirituality is the way of life and nature is bestowed the admiration it deserves, which is the main element to witness in Bhutan trip. Bhutan is cradled in the deep folds of the Himalayas. Very little has been heard of Bhutan and to most people, it is a hidden kingdom shrouded in mystery. It is classed as one of the most exotic destinations in the world today. Tour to the Last Shangri-La is all about exploring ancient traditions and culture, the heritage of over 2000 monasteries, scenic beauty of nature, the spiritual land of unique identity. Bhutan is still untouched destined to explore the adventure of an epic, culture, and traditions of the era, history, and lifestyles of years. Leaving footprints in Bhutan always admires for all visitors for the next visit!
Day 01 / Reach Kathmandu after your international flight.
On arrival in Kathmandu received by Pristine Nepal's staff and guide for short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where you will join with other members of Bhutan Cultural Tour, our guide or group leader will brief with information regarding Bhutan tour - hotels-culture with do’s and don’ts, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs.
Day 02 / In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
The morning after breakfast our tour guide will receive you for a sightseeing tour around interesting part of Kathmandu, as Kathmandu city a blend of modernization and old lively cultures where you can witness medieval period villages and way of life of the locals as it was for past hundreds of years. Kathmandu valley steeped with ancient history-old traditions full of world heritage sites of Buddhism and Hinduism temples/monasteries.
Day 03 / Fly to Paro 2,280 / 7,524 ft via Druk Air and transfer to hotel.
Bhutan Cultural Tour beings with a super panoramic flight of an hour to Paro at Bhutan, on reaching Paro airport with immigration and visa formalities received by our Pristine Nepal Bhutan counterpart agents guide for the drive to the hotel in Paro, with the afternoon free for leisure walks around streets and market of Paro.
Day 04 / In Paro with sightseeing tour.
Tour begins after breakfast where our guide will take you for an hour climb to Bhutan’s famous old Taksang Monastery “The Tiger's Nest”. Actually a place for meditation and retreats of monks and priests, located in an overhanging rock cliff with views of Paro and mountains, from here short drive to 17th-century Ta-Dzong, later converted into the National Museum in 1967 with an afternoon free for a stroll around Paro market.
Day 05 / In Paro tour of Druk Gyaldzong.
Another day in Paro, a major town of Bhutan after Thimphu this place with historical, cultural sites, visit around ruined fort built to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in the 17th century, tour includes impressive Druk Gyaldzong, afternoon tour of Bhutan’s National Museum displays rich collections of ancient treasures with fine arts and weapons.
Day 06 / Drive to Thimphu 2,320m / 7,656ft (54 k.m.) - 02 hrs journey.
After breakfast, a scenic short drive to Thimphu Bhutan capital, an interesting ride of two hours through lovely countryside dotted with farm villages of typical Buddhist culture villages. On reaching Thimphu transfer to respective hotels, a modern city of Bhutan the one and only city in this world without traffic lights, all the traffic controlled by traffic police with a whistle. After lunch, our native guide will take you on a tour around Thimphu’s memorial stupas, indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced and traditional painting school.
Day 07 / Drive back to Paro - 03 hrs with tour of Simtokh Dzong on route.
Morning free for own individual activities, afternoon drive back to Paro with few stops for a visit of 1927-29 AD fort, built by King Shabdung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified the Kingdom of Bhutan, after a nice good drive back at Paro.
Day 08 / Morning drive to Paro airport for respective destinations.
Depending upon flight time to Kathmandu or connecting with other Indian cities, our guide transfer you to Paro international airport for the flight back to Kathmandu, or flight to Delhi and respective destinations. For those flying back to Nepal on reaching Kathmandu airport our Pristine Nepal staff transfer you back to the hotel.
Day 09 / International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal country of Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time depart from the hotel where Pristine Nepal staff transfer you to the airport, after a greatly enjoyable and memorable time on Bhutan Cultural Tour with quality services and guidance of Pristine Nepal.
Flight fare Kathmandu-Bhutan -Kathmandu, hotel/guest house accommodation on full board basis, sightseeing tour as per the itinerary, An English speaking guide, transportation by a private vehicle during the tour and monastery entrance fee.
Nepal / Bhutan visa and entry fees, International airfare beside flight to Bhutan and back to Kathmandu, personal medical / travel insurance, emergency evacuation or any charges in the case, if required, expenses of personal nature etc.
Information on Bhutan Tours:
Traveling in Bhutan controlled and restricted by the Government of Bhutan, visitors can enter only in group wise through proper Government registered travel agencies of Bhutan.
Pristine Nepal has a good connection with our reliable Bhutan counterpart agents for your safe and secure travel with us. Bhutan Government allows foreign travelers to spend a minimum of US$ 200 per day / per person to make the country sustainable form eco and friendly tourism by minimizing the mass flow of tourist.
What is Bhutan famous for?
Bhutan, the land of Thunder Dragon a Buddhist religion with Tantric Buddhism country and the only Buddhist kingdom in this world, the peaceful environment and panorama of mountains with different monasteries are the main attraction of Bhutan including its colorful festivals.?
Food and drinks:
Bhutan due to its culture, religion, and customs similar to Tibetan, so much of the main foods and cuisine are almost the same with few varied types of meals. It is always handy to carry dry food and biscuits or anything that can be brewed with hot water such as coffee and drinking chocolate.
No prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders or radios as long as they are registered with customs officials and are of personal use. Printed matters considered unsuitable by the Bhutanese Government are prohibited.
It is most advisable that clients should have full insurance against medical and personal accidents.
Booking formalities and visa:
Minimum two weeks required booking trip from Kathmandu to travel in Bhutan with advance payments to Pristine Nepal, along with a deposit of your passport for visa process and full payment of the tour. From overseas, minimum of two weeks with all your personal, passport details are required with payment required as per the company's rules and regulations.
The spring from March and May, fall/autumn season September to November has good weather. December to February is winter and cold outside in morning and evening time but nice and sunny during day time. July and August are rainy seasons so expect rain but weather is unpredictable like other places in the world. If you go higher altitude is cooler and the lower altitude is warmer in Bhutan. Due to mountains can enjoy nice breeze too. Most of the days are clear except monsoon and good for hiking.
In the case of any cancellation of the tour prior to departure, a cancellation policy as per the company's rules and regulation shall be applied.
Risk and Liability:
Bhutan tours are run strictly under BHUTAN TOURISM BUREAU, we or our agents shall not be responsible for any changes or cancellation of the programs due to road blockade, cancellation of flight, sickness or accident, political unrest etc. Any extra cost thereof shall be borne by the clients.