Bhutan cultural tour
Description of Bhutan cultural tour
An eleven day Bhutan cultural tour which combines both cultural and natural highlights of this heritage rich country. Travelling with your own English speaking driver guide throughout, this tailor made holiday to Bhutan follows the itinerary below but can be adapted, of course, to suit your interests and time frame. However, our aim is to help you explore the diverse landscapes of Bhutanís western valleys as well as its many monasteries, museums and temples.
Starting in Paro, you have time to take in the sites here such Rinpung Dzong Fortress and Ta Dzong Museum and then head onto the capital city of Thimpu. Spend a couple of days in and around Thimpu with visits to Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom, King's Memorial Chhorten and Tashichhodzong Monastery.
We then head out of town and over high mountain passes, with views of the Himalayas, into the Phobjikha Valley, also known as Gangtey, a stunning glacial valley with rhododendron covered slopes and pine forests. En route we stop at Wangduephodrang to visit the splendid Wangdue Dzong ruins as well as its traditional market. The Valley itself is famous for its black-necked cranes which come in great numbers between November and March, but is also home to a wide variety of other wildlife.
Our next stop is following another magnificent drive across the 3,300m high Pele La Pass to Trongsa. This is home to the famous Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home of the Royal Family. Equally striking is Bumthang, the name given to the collection of four valleys of Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ur and home to some of Bhutanís oldest temples and monasteries. These include Kurje Lhakhang and Jambay Lhakhang.
Heading back through Thimpu and then Paro as our final stop, we take a day to explore one of Bhutanís most spectacular sites: Taktsang Monastery which is considered the birthplace of Bhutan Buddhism. And, we hope, a fitting finale to this Bhutan holiday. As well as these cultural and natural highlights, we will also ensure that you will spend plenty of time with local people, enjoying traditional food, visiting markets, learning about Bhutanese life styles and so on.
PlanetEnvironment has always been our major concern. We try our best to implement the policy of environmental conservation on every service and tour. Our main direction is to provide first class adventure and holiday experience in Bhutan.
We have also conducted various plantation and river cleansing campaigns, in order to contribute to environmental conservation.
Explanations are given during any trekking tours of how to conserve scarce fuel resources, as well as reducing litter & waste production (for example by not ordering numerous different items from trekking lodge menus, and by treating water rather than buying numerous mineral water bottles).
We have recycling information booklets we provide to every client on arrival wherever possible. We do not produce a glossy brochure, concentrating on a comprehensive website, and providing as much information to our travelers as possible electronically, reducing the use of paper and inks.
In the field, guides, porters and clients are all oriented in responsible travel. A zero litter policy is in place so that it minimizes wastage in the region.
PeopleOur Company operate as such that the journeys ensure benefits to the local people and their surrounding as much as possible and any potential negative impacts at the destinations are minimized. We are dedicated to giving something back to the local community.
We understand and appreciate the hard work the guides and porters perform. Therefore we treat and obey the following Guide and Porter Policy to ensure the conditions for our guides and porters are of a humane standard. We work towards eliminating avoidable illness, injury and death.
All our staff are from local communities. Our guides are English speaking and have years of experience as they live locally. Each guide comes fully equipped and supported by us, having obtained the training in the related tourism sectors including Department of Tourism, Guide Association of Bhutan and Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators.
We also organize a small donation foundation where the travelers can also help the locals by supporting one student by giving educational materials such as pencils, crayons, books and paper etc.