Bhutan cultural tour, Land of the Thunder Dragon
Description of Bhutan cultural tour, Land of the Thunder Dragon
Traditional culture thrives in Bhutan and on this relaxed small group tour you will have a whole week to explore the most secretive of the Himalayan kingdoms.
Visual richness is plentiful – in everything from the art, craft and architecture to the panoramic mountain views and colourful rhodendron valleys. On this Bhutan cultural tour we have combined a carefully balanced mix of hikes, mountain drives and pristine landscapes with visits to cities, monasteries, dzhongs, craft workshops and even a local farmhouse.
You’ll start your tour in the capital Thimpu where you’ll see the traditional, the religious and the modern are learning co-exist. There may now be cars on the roads but it still retains its relaxed, small town feel. You’ll get a real understanding of how beauty has motivated creativity here as a local guide takes you to visit paper factories, the folk museum, gold and silver workshops, textile centres and Zo Rig Chusum – where young students study 'the thirteen crafts'.
You’ll then head onward to Punakha, Bhutan’s former capital and home to one of its most beautiful Dzongs before setting off into its vast protected natural areas in search of glacial valleys, hill top monasteries, black necked crane gatherings and Bhutanese national treasures housed in a former watch factory.
No trip to Bhutan would be complete without a hike up to its most iconic monastery, the Taktsang or ‘Tiger’s nest’. Perched 900 meters above the beautiful Paro valley, it is more than worth the uphill climb into the clouds as the spectacular views will attest.
Each Group Size: 3 - 12 Adults
PlanetWe do our best to apply the principles of responsible tourism, enshrined in the charter of the Association for Responsible Tourism in Bhutan. This means all will be informed of the different ways in which you will be able to contribute to local environment. In particular, we focus on ensuring we adhere to the following criteria:
– We select accommodations, restaurants and transport that demonstrates sustainable environmental stewardship, using local materials and produce whenever possible;
– We pay attention to the impact of travel on seasonal, natural and agricultural events (harvest, plant growth, endangered wildlife, or mating seasons, etc.)
– We partner with associations and organizations that select experiences and accommodations based on the energy sourcing and consumption, favouring local and sustainable energy suppliers.
– We also attend trade shows with them and select local vendors together, further encouraging sustainable energy practices locally.
We take only small groups with a maximum of 4 to12 people help to minimize the impact on the environment.
PeopleWe have always believed is tourism industry which attempts to make a low impact on the natural environment and local culture. Also helping to generate income and employment for local people. And to promote the conservation of local ecosystems. It is responsible tourism which is both ecologically and culturally sensitive.
The locals have major roles to play in sustainable tourism. It involves locals participating actively and taking responsibility in this tourism industry. During the trip we use local products like; fresh fruits, vegetables, drinks etc. through purchasing from locally sourced providers where they can generate some income for the local community. And we encourage local people to sell local handmade authentic handicrafts or simply talk with tourists to give them an authentic image of the local culture.
In Bhutan, The tourism royalty of about 35 percent of your tour payment paid to the government of Bhutan is your contribution to ensuring the sustainability of Bhutan’s public services, including the free education and health care services. Tourism earnings, therefore, benefit the people of Bhutan by improving their quality of life.
We are in partnership with registered Charity Organization “Chhahari Group Nepal”, 10% of its profits, goes to charity organization and also we support educational and medical materials. The organization has served in Nepalese society since 2001. Most projects funded by them directly benefit the local community who has suffered by Natural or political issues. Many other projects directly or indirectly benefit our citizens, e.g. Orphanage Home, Community School, Health Camp, scholarship program etc. At the moment helping to run a free community school for very poor families children who can’t afford to send their kids to School.