Bhutan cultural holiday

“An eight trip, tailor made trip to Bhutan focussing on Western valleys, travelling with your own driver guide and staying in hotels along the way. With some good optional hikes included. ”


Paro | Thimphu | Dochu-La pass | Phobjikha Valley/ Gangtey | Phobjikha Sanctuary |Black necked cranes (Nov to March) | Punakha | Chimi Lhakhang | Taktsang Monastery

Description of Bhutan cultural holiday

This Bhutan cultural holiday is a tailor made holiday which follows the rough itinerary below, but of course this can be adapted to suit your interests. This carefully crafted itinerary covers Bhutan’s western valleys, taking in not only the spectacular Himalayan and lowland landscapes but also the culture and lifestyles of people living here.

Travelling with your own English speaking driver guide, you will drive over mountain passes, through exquisite elevated landscapes, while also seeing the ever changing ecosystems that Bhutan has to offer. The natural highlight of the itinerary is Phobjikha Valley, also known as Gangtey, which is most famous for being home to hundreds of black necked cranes which swoop in between November and March. It is also home to a wide variety of other wildlife including Himalayan black bears and sambar.

This trip starts in Paro, where your flight lands, with time to explore its Rinpung Dzong Fortress and Ta Dzong Museum before heading on to Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. Here you have a full day to take in its many cultural sites including National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Temple and Drubthob Monastery.

After driving over the Dochu-La pass (3,100m), with great views over Bhutan’s Himalayas, you have time in the balmy Phobjikha Valley, visiting its eponymous sanctuary and also Gangtey Gompa Monastery. From here we head to Punakha, which is known as Bhutan’s winter capital as it is less elevated than Thimpu. Cultural greats here include Punakha Dzong, the second largest dzong in the country. You will have a whole day to discover this “Palace of Great Happiness”.

Your final stop is back in Paro, which we can use as a base for exploring one more superb cultural site: the great Taktsang Monastery, otherwise known as Tiger’s Nest monastery. This magnificent, sacred site is the highlight of the tour for many people and is considered the origin of Buddhism in Bhutan.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment 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.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our 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.


2 Reviews of Bhutan cultural holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The most memorable moment has to be the Tigers Nest Monastery outside Paro - lovely climb through the trees, then such a beautiful set of temples. Makes the trip to Bhutan worthwhile just by itself.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

There are only a few ways to travel to Bhutan - we went via Kathmandu. Make sure that you leave leeway for travel problems if you go this route. Our flight from Paro to Kathmandu took 5 hours rather than 1 due to traffic congestion resulting in diversion back to Paro then on via Delhi. Also our flight home was delayed meaning we missed a connection in Muscat. Don't let this put you off but be aware.

At first glance Bhutan may seem expensive but it's not really when you consider how much is included in the daily tariff. It turns out to be good value.

Some of the ATMs and card readers read the magnetic strip on your card rather than the chip. This can trigger blocking of the card by your bank. Make sure that you are contactable so that the card can be unblocked.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes - guide and driver were locals. Hotels (as far as we can tell) were locally owned rather than international chains. So the money we spent stays in the

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A beautiful relaxing country to visit. Scenery and sights are fantastic. Our driver and guide were top class. No complaints whatsoever.

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Climbing up to Tiger's Nest Monastery and enjoying the views back down!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

It's worthwhile working up your fitness - you have the opportunity to enjoy some great walks!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

In terms of income to the firm and government from the travel, then yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Bhutan is a wonderful country to visit although clearly more expensive than its neighbour's due to the government's pricing policy. That said, it is generally
much cleaner than other countries nearby and there is less hassle. One or two of the hotels were slightly disappointing for the price paid but that doesn't
detract from the fabulous views and memories from this holiday.

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