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Bhutan Cultural Tour with Day Hikes – 7 days

Punakha Dzong
Country Bhutan Max-Altitude 3,180m/10,430 ft
Trip StartParo, Bhutan Trip End Paro, Bhutan
Group Size Min 2, Max 12
Meals All meals, tea and snacks throughout the trip
Accommodation A and B category hotel throughout the trip
Starting At $ 2,790 USD
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    Bhutan Cultural Tour with Day Hikes takes you to discover some of the ancient heritage sites in Bhutan, which can only be accessed by foot. Sitting shrouded in mist-covered hills and forests of pine and rhododendron, these secluded monasteries and dzongs are perfect destinations for day hikes.

     

    Bhutan, the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon', is the perfect holiday destination for those who seek tranquil spaces and a unique cultural experience. With more than seventy percent of the total land area covered by forests, Bhutan is the greenest destination in Asia. Here in the quiet trails and rustic towns, you will find yourself connecting with nature while discovering the rich culture and heritage of the Bhutanese people.

     

    Your seven-day Bhutan Cultural Tour with Day Hikes starts with an exploration of Paro, the city with the only international airport in Bhutan. Enjoy a visit to the famous Paro or Rinpung Dzong and Kyichu Lakhang. An invigorating hike to Zuri Dzong, a hilltop fortress overlooking the scenic Paro valley, sets the tone for the rest of the trip.

     

    Your next destination is Thimphu, where you will explore the centuries-old Buddhist monasteries of Tango and Cheri. To reach these monasteries, you walk through a trail shaded by moss-covered hemlock, birch, and rhododendron trees. From Lungchuzeka Goemba, you can savor 360-degree views of the highest mountains in Bhutan.

     

    In charming Punakha, you will visit the iconic Punakha Dzong and the sacred Chimi Lakhang or the Fertility Temple. You end your trip with a memorable hike to Tiger's Nest or Taktsang Monastery, a monastery built on an overhanging cliff face.

     

    This short trip to Bhutan is an ideal holiday for passionate hikers and adventure-loving families traveling with kids. It is also a great option for those who have already visited Bhutan’s popular sites and are seeking to explore some hidden destinations.

     

    Why Do Trekkers Like You Love This Itinerary?

    • Explore a destination that was forbidden to outsiders a few decades ago
    • Combination of a cultural tour with day hikes
    • Discover ancient heritage sites while walking through scenic trails
    • Most of the tracks lie off the popular tourist routes and are less crowded
    • 360-degree views of the tallest peaks in Bhutan – Gangkhar Puensum, Jomolhari, Table Mountain, and Jichu Drake,
    • Opportunity to experience the unique Bhutanese culture
    • Spectacular Himalayan scenery – pristine forests, glacial rivers, and snow-covered mountains
    • Accommodation, meals, transportation, and guide service included in the package cost
    • Transfers via comfortable private vehicles
    • Knowledgeable and experienced Bhutanese guide

    When Is The Best Time To Go?

    Though spring and autumn provide the ideal conditions for traveling, Bhutan Cultural Tour with Day Hikes can be done year-round.

    One can enjoy pleasant weather with clear skies and warm days during spring and autumn. Bhutan receives a lot of rainfall during the summer, while winter can be cold.

    Is This The Right Trip For You?

    • You enjoy hiking and are used to hill-walking
    • You need to be physically fit with strong legs
    • You can walk for 2-5 hours at a stretch on an up and down trail
    • The trails are well-maintained and in good condition. No technical skills are required.
    • The highest elevation you will reach is 3,566m at Lungchuzekha Goemba

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    What’s Included

    Price Includes
    • Bhutan Visa Fee
    • Government's Sustainable Development Fee USD 200 per night per person
    • Government-approved 3-star deluxe hotels with breakfast
    • All transport by comfortable private vehicle and bottled water in car
    • English speaking government license holder Bhutanese guide
    • All necessary travel permits, entrance fees for museums, monuments and sightseeing
    • Company services charges and all government taxes
    What's Not Included
    • International Airfare to/from Bhutan
    • Personal expenses, drinks and beverages, laundry, phone, insurance
    • Tips for guide/driver
    • Lunch and dinner
    • Other services which are not in services included section

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    Accommodation and meals

    During your travel, you will be staying at Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro, Hotel Migmar in Thimphu and Meri Puensum Resort in Punakha, All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost USD 350. 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 elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of the booking, A and B category hotels will be provided in this tour. You will be accommodated in A category hotel in Paro and Thimphu and B category hotel in Punakha.

    All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included during your stay in Bhutan. A variety of meals are available in most hotels – the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and in season.

    Frequently asked questions about this trip

    General questions

    Spring and Autumn are the most popular time to visit Bhutan. During Spring, one can experience cultural Bhutanese festivals, especially during April and May. It is also warmer and skies are clearer for amazing sightseeing tour. The climate is also favorable during Autumn (September and October) for a perfect hiking holiday exploring ancient fortress of Bhutan.

    Yes, of course you can visit Bhutan during Summer/Monsoon (June to August) and Winter (December to February). You can enjoy the hiking tour with less crowd but the climatic conditions are not quite favorable during these seasons. Summer and Monsoon will be wet and the winter has very cold weather, thus you may not experience the best holidays in Bhutan during these seasons.

    Visa confirmation letter is the first important document, so keep it with you all the time and make a copy of it too. We shall help in your visa processing for Bhutan prior to the start of your trip.

    Also take a copy of your tour itinerary with you.

    You can carry up to 20 kg in economic class and 30 kg in business class. An extra 5 kg is also allowed to store in overhead baggage bin or under passenger’s seat.

    Yes, definitely. We can arrange you a private tour too as per your demand and flexibility but under Bhutanese state laws.

    We offer customization in the itinerary to our valued clients. After all it is you traveling and it must be beneficial to you according to your interests. Indeed, we have carefully crafted and specially designed our itinerary but you have the right to amend it and make necessary changes. Please let us know and we shall make changed accordingly.

    You will travel in a comfortable, cleaned and well maintained 4WD car and Hiace. You can request for a change if you are not comfortable with it.

    Meals are included on your trip cost. You can enjoy a variety of exotic food in the land of Thunder Dragon. Hotels serve Indian, Chinese and continental food as your wish. You can try the Emadatse, the national diet of Bhutan which is spicy chilies mixed with a cheese sauce. Both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes will be available. Red and white rice will be served in all the meals. You may ask the hotel/restaurant for better sugge

    It is better to purchase mineral water which is readily available all along the Bhutan tour. Choose the recognized brand rather than the local brands and avoid the tap water which is not quite safe.

    stions regarding seasonal food.

    It is better to purchase mineral water which is readily available all along the Bhutan tour. Choose the recognized brand rather than the local brands and avoid the tap water which is not quite safe.

    Many people do not have altitude sickness problem though the altitude in Bhutan is higher. But this may be a problem to few ones. Altitude sickness can be avoided if you make some preparations before you arrive in Bhutan. Being physically fit and in good shape helps a lot. It is also advised that you consult your local doctor regarding AMS and medicines in case of emergencies.

    Important notes ( Read before you book )

    Some important things to know before you go
    • Visa & Passport Information

      All foreign nationals are required to obtain a visa in order to enter Bhutan. A Bhutanese Visa must be obtained prior to your arrival i.e. before entering in Bhutan because Druk Air allows boarding only after your visa clearance from Bhutan government. Since, no embassy abroad or foreign mission can grant a tourist visa, your visa needs to be processed by local tour operator, thus we will be assisting you to obtain tourist visa. Your passport must be at least 6 months valid after you leave Bhutan. Please send us a copy of your passport in order for us proceed to apply for the visa. Also, bring at least 3 recent passport photos (for your Bhutan Visa, Entry permit, etc.)

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    • Travel Insurance

      It is mandatory for joining any of the Extollo Adventures trips is that all clients must be insured, it is strongly recommended that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. There could be comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

    • Extra Expenses and Exclusions

      You need to keep extra money to cover miscellaneous expenses. It is advised to carry US$ for personal expenses. This would be for travelers’ spending money for requirements like beverages both alcoholic and nonalcoholic, purchasing toiletries, souvenirs, paying for laundry service, bar bills, phone bills, extra porters, bottled water, tipping, and other services not listed and recreational expenses. You need to consider your own spending habits when it comes to using money for the above mentioned expenses. There could be unforeseen circumstances like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations, flight cancellations etc that are beyond Extollo Adventures' control, for which emergency funds will be highly recommended.

    • Solo Travelers

      Generally, we do not charge solo travelers any extra charge. You will be paired up with another traveler of same gender and hotel room will be provided on twin sharing basis in Bhutan. On request, you will be provided a single room in Bhutan with a single supplement charge.

    • Couple of Rules

      Dress Code: One should remember to dress appropriately while visiting Dzongs, monasteries and temples.

      Must wear:

      Collared shirt (either full or half sleeve)

      Full-length pants/long skirt

      Shoes with socks

      * Tie is not required.

      You will not be allowed to enter if you are wearing:

      Hats/caps

      Shorts/short skirt

      Slippers/sandals

      T-shirts

      Photography: Bhutanese in general pose for photographs. However, make sure to ask for permission from the concerned person before you take a shot. Taking pictures inside dzongs, temples, monasteries and museums are prohibited.

      Smoking/Tobacco prohibition: Bhutan bans smoking in public places, and prohibits growing or importing tobacco. You must always be able to produce proof of purchase of products such as Invoice or bill at the airports or entry points (borders). On demand, you must also produce a receipt of tax payment, failing to adhere to this rules will result in third degree felony punishable by three years in prison.

      The maximum number of tobacco or tobacco products a person can carry for personal consumption at a single time includes:

      200 sticks of cigarette or

      30 pieces of cigar or

      150 grams of other tobacco and tobacco product

      *Tobacco products imported from India shall pay 100% Sales Tax and from countries other than India shall pay 200% duty.

    Additional Information

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