Bhutan Culture Tour with Hikes
Total Trip Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights
Day-01: Arrive Delhi
On arrival at Delhi International airport, our representative will greet you and will take you to the hotel. On arrival at the hotel, our representative will assist you to check-in. (Overnight at hotel in Delhi)
After breakfast, sightseeing of New Delhi visiting Qutab Minar, Tibet House, Humayun Tomb, Lotus Temple, India Gate and President Palace. Post lunch, sightseeing of Old Delhi visiting Jama Masjid, Rajghat and Gandhi Museum. (Overnight at hotel in Delhi)
Day-03: Delhi – Paro by flight + Paro – Thimphu by Road
After breakfast, depart to Delhi International airport according to flight departure time to board flight to Paro-Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, our representative will greet you with white tradition scarf after completing all the formalities at the airport. You will then be driven straight to Thimphu. Check-in hotel on arrival. In the evening, hang around Thimphu local market and town on your own. (Overnight at hotel in Thimphu)
After breakfast, sight seeing of Thimphu visiting following places:
- National Memorial Chorten
- Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point)
- Changangkha Lhakhang
- Folk Heritage Museum
- Handicrafts Shops
- National Library
- Phajodhing Monastery
In the evening, visit local market and Thimphu town. (Overnight at hotel in Thimphu)
Day-05: Thimphu – Punakha
After early breakfast, drive to Punakha. Enroute visit Dochula Pass. After the visit, drive to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong. After lunch, hike to Khamsum Yuley Namgyel Chorten. Thereafter drive straight to hotel. Check-in hotel on arrival and Overnight at hotel in Punakha.
Day-06: Punakha – Phobjikha
After early breakfast, drive to Phobjikha (also known as Gangtey) and enroute visit Chimi Lhakhang. Later drive to Phobjikha/Gangtey and visit Gangtey Monastery and Phobjikha Valley. (Overnight stay at hotel in Phobjikha)
Day-07: Gangtey/Phobjikha – Bumthang
After early breakfast, drive to Bumthang. Enroute visit Chendebji Chorten which is located 2 kilometers away from the village of Chendebji. Later visit Trongsa Dzong or Trongsa Museum which is 41 Km. from Chendebji and takes one and quarter hour by drive. After the visit of Trongsa, drive straight to Bumthang. Check-in hotel on arrival and overnight at hotel in Bumthang.
After breakfast, visit the following places at Bumthang
- Jambay Lhakhang
- Kurje Lhakhang
- Tamshing Lhakhang
- Konchogsum Lhakhang
- Chankhar Lhakhang
- Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery
Excursions around Bumthang or Jakar valley
- Tangbi Goemba
- Ngang Lhakhang
- Membartsho (The Burning Lake)
- Kunzangdrak Goemba
Day-09: Bumthang – Trongsa – Wangdue (Overnight at hotel in Wangdue)
Day-10: Wangdue – Paro
After early breakfast, the day starts with Hike to The Lungchutse Lhakhang, which is located above Dochula Pass at an altitude of 3,566 meters. The hike takes 4 hours both ways up and down. Later, drive to Paro and on the way visit Simtokha Dzong. Thereafter, drive straight to Paro. Check-in hotel on arrival and overnight at hotel in Paro.
After early breakfast, drive to Taktsang - Tiger Nest. Hike up to the Taktsang Monastery to visit the oldest and sacred monastery. The hike will take 2 hours up and 2 hours down depending on Individual’s stamina.
After lunch, visit the following places at Paro.
- Rinpung Dzong
- Ta Dzong
- Drukgyel Dzong
- Kyichu Lhakhang
- Druk Choeding
- Dungtse Lhakhang
In the evening, visit local market and Paro town. (Overnight at hotel in Paro)
Day-12: Paro – Haa – Paro
After breakfast, excursion trip to Haa Valley via Chele-La Pass (3988 m) which is the highest motorable road in Bhutan. Return back to Paro in the evening after the visit. (Overnight at hotel in Paro)
Day-13: Paro – Delhi
After breakfast, depart to Paro airport to board flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi airport, our representative/staff will be there to receive you and will take you to the hotel. Check-in hotel on arrival. Rest of the day at leisure. (Overnight at hotel in Delhi)
Day-14: Delhi – Agra – Delhi Airport Drop
After early breakfast, drive to Agra to visit Taj Mahal which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, built by Emperor Shah Jhan in memory of his beloved late wife Mumtaz Mahal. After lunch, visit Agra Fort which was once the seat of government before the capital was moved to Delhi. After the visit, drive straight to Delhi International airport to board return flight back home or for onward journey.
All participants are advised to check with their health insurance carrier regarding coverage abroad as well as their medical professionals for any precautionary medical treatments for travel to Nepal and India. Emergency medical facilities may not be readily available at all times in Nepal and India.
Below is a list to help you organize everything you'll need prior to travel:
Advised to travel as light as possible
Roundtrip Airline Ticket (s): Please confirm flight details beforehand
Be sure to arrive to the airport at least three hours prior to departure
Valid Passport with Indian visa
Extra Copy of Passport: Just in case!
Extra passport photos- Email yourself a copy so you have a digital copy as well
Cash: you may need approximately $1,000 - $3,000 for personal needs
DO NOT bring traveler's checks from small banks!
Money, passport and tickets need to be protected at all times and carried on your person throughout the entire trip
Travel insurance: not necessary, but recommended.
November is good weather in Nepal and India but may get a little cold in the morning and evening, so we recommend some warm clothes and/or extra layers just in case
Comfortable shoes for a lot of walking
A small, light blanket can be very useful on the bus
Modest clothes - skin exposure and figure hugging clothes are not commonly worn in India and Nepal and will bring a lot of unwanted and annoying attention
If you are taking any electrical items, you will need 220 volt (NOT 110 volt) and the correct adapter plug for India
Small camera and reliable alarm clock
Hat and sunglasses -the sun can be quite strong even in winter
Tylenol, cough drops, bandages, and so on for basic first aid/medical needs
A small hot water bottle
Strong plastic bags for wet or dirty clothes
Padlock(s) - mainly for luggage
Wet wipes or wet towels, very useful in India
Dried fruit & nuts/ snacks for yourself on the bus
Blow up neck ring cushion
Small flash light
Small first aid kit
If you have any questions about the pilgrimage, please contact Ven. Donyo directly at (510) 926-3050 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org.