10 Day Shangri-La Cultural Tour

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Our 10 days Bhutan Shangri-La tour is Wild Voyager’s effort to introduce you to the rich cultural heritage of this beautiful Himalayan kingdom. Our 10 days long tour here begins with sightseeing of the spectacular mountainous landscape. You will see the beautiful valleys of Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Trongsa, Bumthang and Phobjikha. This tour included exploring the stunning Phobjikha valley, winter home of the endangered Balck Necked Crane.

 

You will have the opportunity to see the massive Tashichho Dzong is a fortified monastery. You will also visit the Memorial Chorten, a white-washed structure with a gold spire, is a revered Buddhist Shrine dedicated to Bhutan’s third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The tour will also give you an idea of Bhutanese life, arts and crafts from the visit to a folk museum, the Institute of arts and crafts and the Institute of traditional medicines. The major important place of a visit to the Traschichho Dzong (the seat of administrative and religious power in Bhutan), Punakha (the old capital of Bhutan), known for the Punakha Dzong a 17th-century fortress at the junction of the Pho and Mo Chhu rivers. In Paro, a valley town in Bhutan you can visit the memorial Paro Taktsang(Tiger’s Nest)monastery clings to cliffs above the forested Paro valley. In Bumthang, you can experience the spirituality of the ancient temples and also learn about education and life in a nunnery. 

 



HIGHLIGHTS

  • Glimpses of Bhutan’s cultural and historical heritage sites such as fortresses, monasteries and temples

 

  • Hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery - one of Bhutan’s most sacred places

 

  • Visit Trashichho Dzong and Punakha Dzong and see the beautiful architecture of the fortresses

 

  • Visit the beautiful Dochula Pass from where you can get a spectacular view of the Himalayas

 

  • Experience the spiritual beauty of Bumthang valley and visit some ancient temples

 

  • Spend the day at a nunnery in Bumthang and learn about the way of life of the nuns

 

  • Explore the beautiful valley of Phobjikha, the winter home of the black-necked cranes

 

  • See how people live and learn about the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan

 

  • Experience the local culture and taste Bhutanese cuisine

 

  • Visit the Bhutanese farmhouse and enjoy a hot medicinal stone bath

 

 

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Tiger's Nest Monastry, Paro
Paro
Paro
Thimpu
Thimpu
Punakha Dzong, Punakha
Punakha Dzong, Punakha
Punakha Dzong, Punakha

Day by Day plan

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  • Day 1: Arrival at Paro

    Paro – Thimphu:

    By Road in 1.5 hours

     

    The flight into Bhutan will give you a spectacular view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. On a clear day, you can see Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.

     

    Our tour representative will receive you upon your arrival. The journey from Paro to Thimpu will give you the unique Bhutan experience. The drive will take you through the great views of rice terrace, winding Pho Chu and Wang Chu rivers, Gorges and hills of Bhutan.

     

    After Lunch in the afternoon, visit Kuenselphodrang Nature Park where a 169 feet statue of Buddha Dordenma, one of the largest statues in the world has been built which is made of bronze and gilded in gold overlooks southern entrance of the Thimpu valley.

     

    In the evening after some light snacks, visit the Memorial Chorten, a white-washed structure with a gold spire, is a revered Buddhist Shrine dedicated to Bhutan’s third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.

     

    Night stay will be at Thimpu.

     

  • Day 2: Thimphu

    After Breakfast our representative will guide you to the National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, Institute of Traditional Medicines & Folk Heritage.

     

    The National Library was established in 1967 to preserve the ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts, There are some great historic photos and on the top floor is a copy of the letter sent from Druk Desi (secular ruler) to British army officer and surveyor Samuel Turner in 1783. Traditional books and historical manuscripts are kept on the top floor and include texts from the famous Tibetan printing presses of Derge and Narthang.  Also on display are the carved wooden blocks used for printing the books.

     

    After the visit of National Library, our representative will guide you to the visit of Institute of Traditional medicines.  It was established in 1978, this institute collects medicinal plants from remote corners of the Bhutanese Himalaya, such as Lingzhi, Laya and Lunana and then distributes pills, tablets, ointments and medicinal teas to regional health units. The small unit has a collection of some 300 herbs, minerals and animal parts that Bhutanese doctors have to choose from.

     

    Then a tour of the Folk Heritage museum which dedicates itself to connecting people with the rich Bhutanese Folk Heritage and rural history through exhibits, demonstrations, educational programs and documentation of Bhutanese rural life. The Museum strives to disseminate the rich cultural heritage across generations by preserving it in different forms.

     

    After lunch, our representative will take you to a drive to visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (13 traditional crafts) and Jungshi Paper factory where traditional Bhutanese papers are made.

     

    The Jungshi Paper factory of Bhutan uses traditional methods to produce the authentic Bhutanese paper known as Deh-sho. The Jungshi Paper Factory continues to preserve and promote this age-old Bhutanese tradition. It also produces various other products, such as stationery and greeting cards. The factory uses the bark of two tree species, the Daphne tree and Dhekap tree in the manufacture of the traditional paper.


    In the evening our representative will take you to visit Tashichho Dzong which houses the King's Throne Room & Government offices. The Dzong serves as a summer residence for the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot & the Central Monk Body.

     

    Visit the Crafts Bazar in town.

     

    Overnight will be at Thimphu.

     

  • Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha

    By Road in 2.5 hours

     

    After breakfast, our representative will drive you to Punakha over Dochula pass (3 hours drive).

     

    On a clear day, one can get a view of the majestic snow clad mountain peaks from Dochula pass is something not to miss and memoriable. We can also see the Gasa Dzong at a distance. Our representative will also take to visit Druk Wangyel Chortens (108 stupas) are built in memory of soldiers who died fighting the war against insurgents are in Bhutanese architectural style on the pass.

     

    Our representative will en route to Punakha to visit Chimi Lhakhang (The Fertility temple) located on a small hillock and well known for fertility.

     

    Our representative will now take you to visit Punakha which is the old capital of Bhutan.

     

    After lunch visit the Punakha Dzong, is arguably the most beautiful Dzong in the country built at the junction of two rivers Pho Chu(male river) and Mo Chu (female river). The Dzong is still the winter residence of the Dratshang (official monk body).

     

  • Day 4: Punakha

    After breakfast drive up the valley to Chazam.

     

    Walk through the beautiful rice fields & hike up the hill to Khamsum Yulley Lhakhang.

     

    Standing regally on the hill above the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is a classic example of gorgeous traditions and architecture of Asian country. This Chorten is unique and for community worship or for monastic retreat or education but designed as a magical tool. It was built by Queen Mother for heading off the negative forces and transportation of peace for all living beings.

     

    Then a short visit to the monastery and have an enjoyable picnic.

     

    In the Afternoon, return to Punakha. Our representative will enroute the visit to one of the longest suspension bridge in the country.

     

    The Punakha Suspension Bridge is considered the longest bridge of its kind. It connects the two sides of the Po Chhu river.

     

    Overnight will be at Punakha.

     

  • Day 5: Punakha – Bumthang

    By Road in 6 hours

     

    After breakfast, our representative from Wild Voyager will drive you to Bumthang over Pelela Pass.

     

    Bumthang has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. It comprises of four smaller valleys namely Tang Ura, Choekhor and Chumey.

     

    After the above visit our representative, en route visit to Trongsa Dzong, one of the largest Dzong (fortress) in Bhutan & Ta Dzong (the watch tower). Ta Dzong means watch-tower as it was used to serve as a watch-tower and fortress to protect Paro Rinpung Dzong.

     

    Drive over Yutola Pass to Bumthang.

     

    On the way, in Chumey Valley, you can see the local women weave the famous "Bumthang Yathra". Yathra is colourful wool weaving with intricate patterns on coloured wool native to Chumey valley in central Bhutan. We can see women at work with their backstrap loom, picking designs at the ’Yatra Weaving Centre’ in Zugney and at each local homes and shops in the valley. You may also be able to see the dying of wool using natural dyes and other processes.

     

    Overnight will be at Bumthang.

     

  • Day 6: Bumthang

    After breakfast in the morning, our representative from Wild Yoyager will now take you to a visit to Jambay Lhakhang and  Kurje Lhakhang temples.

     

    Jambay Lhakhang monastery was built in 7th century by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.

     

    Kurje Lhakhang consists of three temples. The one built in 1652 where Guru meditated in the 8th century. The second temple is built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru’s body and is therefore considered the holiest. The third temple was built in 1990’s by Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother.

     

    These temples are surrounded by a 108 Chorten wall.

     

    After the visit to the above temples, our representative will take you for a visit to the Jakar town.

     

    Overnight will be at Bumthang.

     

  • Day 7: Bumthang – Day at Pema Choling Nunnery

    By Road in 1.5 hours, one way

     

    In the morning our Wild Voyager representative will drive you to Tang valley in Bumthang. It is on a windy plateau at the entrance of Tang valley, about 5 km from the main Jakar–Ura-Mongar highway, the nunnery is made of several buildings: hostels, classrooms, kitchen, temple (an educational institution in Buddhist studies), where young girls and women, seek spirituality and higher Buddhist education.

     

    After a visit to the nunnery, our representative will take you to a visit to the Mystical Mebarsho or burning Lake of Bumthang. This small lake to the south of Tang Valley is nestled among rugged deep gorges. It is just a simple small lake but it has a great historical background and mystical stories. From this lake the spiritual treasures of  Guru Padmasambhava were discovered by Tertoen Pema, being hidden in the water of this lake.

     

    Overnight will be at Bumthang.

     

  • Day 8: Bumthang – Paro

    By Air in 35 mins

     

    In the morning, to spend time in leisure.

     

    In the afternoon our Wild Voyager representative will take you for a flight to Paro.

     

    After reaching Paro check in to a Hotel.

     

    In the evening our representative will take you to explore Paro, a valley town in Bhutan.

     

    Overnight will be at Paro. 

     

  • Day 9: Paro – Excursion to Takhshang Monastery

    Paro – Ramthongkha:

    By Road in 35 mins

     

    After breakfast, our representative will drive to Ramthongkha. Hike uphill for about 2-3 hours to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). It is one most sacred sites in Bhutan. It is one of the most challenging monasteries to get to located at an elevation of 10,000 feet clings to a vertical granite cliff 3000 feet above the valley floor. One must visit this place when you visit Bhutan.

     

    Our representative will take you to an evening of a great experience of Hot Stone Bath, made of wood is constructed on a ground level. Traditionally these baths are done near a river bed with plenty of supply of stones and water. It is believed that it produces a medicinal benefit to many ailments such as pains and aches. Evening experience will be followed by a typical Bhutanese dinner consisting of red rice local produce meat and Ema Datsa (Chili and Cheese) in a traditional Bhutanese House.

     

    Night stay at Paro.

     

  • Day 10: Paro – Back Home

    Early morning drive to Paro for departure after spending some memorable days in the green beautiful country of Bhutan. Our tour representative from Wild Voyager will see you off at the airport.

     

    Tour ends

     

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