Happiness Bhutan Cultural Tour (7 Days)

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This is one of the most popular holidays amongst the Bhutan Cultural Tour packages. The Happiness Bhutan Tour will take you through a cultural extravaganza of the valleys of Western Bhutan (Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangdue valleys), Bhutanese cuisine, culture and traditions, stunning landscape and warm and hospitable people.
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Itinerary

Day 1: PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – Your first glimpse of Bhutan

Stop At: Rinpung Dzong, Paro, Bhutan
On arrival at the Paro International Airport you will be welcomed by your tour guide and driver. Check into your hotel and after a brief rest, start your magical experience of Bhutan by first visiting the impressive Rinpung Dzong/Fortress of Heaped Jewels, a fine example of the ostentatious Bhutanese art and architecture. The Dzong is located in the heart of the town and a few minutes walk through Nyimazam, one of the few last remaining traditional cantilever bridges in Bhutan. Dzongs serve as a monastic institution and as district administrative office.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: National Museum, Tag-Dzong Rinpung Dzong, Paro 12001 Bhutan
Located above the Dzong is the National Museum that houses various antiques and artifacts of Bhutan and provides a glimpse into Bhutan’s rich cultural and religious history.

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Itinerary

Day 1: PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – Your first glimpse of Bhutan

Stop At: Rinpung Dzong, Paro, Bhutan
On arrival at the Paro International Airport you will be welcomed by your tour guide and driver. Check into your hotel and after a brief rest, start your magical experience of Bhutan by first visiting the impressive Rinpung Dzong/Fortress of Heaped Jewels, a fine example of the ostentatious Bhutanese art and architecture. The Dzong is located in the heart of the town and a few minutes walk through Nyimazam, one of the few last remaining traditional cantilever bridges in Bhutan. Dzongs serve as a monastic institution and as district administrative office.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: National Museum, Tag-Dzong Rinpung Dzong, Paro 12001 Bhutan
Located above the Dzong is the National Museum that houses various antiques and artifacts of Bhutan and provides a glimpse into Bhutan’s rich cultural and religious history.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, Paro, Bhutan
Visit the 3 storied Dungtse Lhakhang/temple, built in the mid 1430’s by Thangtong Gyelpo, the iron bridge builder, to subdue a demon and the temple is firmly chained to the ground. The three floors of the temple represent hell, heaven and earth and house some of the finest murals in Bhutan. In the evening, visit a traditional farmhouse replete with paddy fields, vegetable garden and farm animals.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Taktsang Boutique Resort and Spa

Day 2: PARO TO THIMPHU VALLEY-1 hour Drive

Stop At: Simply Bhutan Museum, Genyen Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
After a leisurely breakfast drive for an hour to Thimphu through the beautiful landscape. Thimphu is one of the few capital cities in the world not having traffic lights and the traffic is still manned by traffic policemen. Check into your hotel and visit the Simply Bhutan Museum
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
Visit Tashichhoedzong/ fortress of the Auspicious Religion and office of the Golden throne of the Dragon King of Bhutan
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Changangkha Lhakhang, Thimphu Bhutan
It is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan called Changangkha Lhakhang
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: The Craft GALLERY, Norzin Lam 3 Building #69, Opposite to Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL), behind Department of Revenue and Customs (DRC) and Duty Free Shop, Thimphu 11001 Bhutan
Later stroll through the craft bazaar, a single line of shops selling art and craft items.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: City Hotel, Thimphu Bhutan

Day 3: THIMPHU VALLEY EXCURSION – Combination of the Ancient and the Modern

Stop At: Buddha Dordenma, Kuensel Phodrang Viewing Point, Thimphu 11001 Bhutan
oak in the panoramic view of the Thimphu valley from the site of the gigantic Lord Buddha, a 51 meter bronze Shakyamuni Buddha statue gilded in gold.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu Bhutan
The beautiful Memorial Chorten/stupa in town is another favorite with the tourists and a regular site for congregation of devout Buddhists circumambulating the Chorten from dawn till dusk. The main statue of the Buddha inside the Chorten is said to grant wishes for the earnest and honest hearted!
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Centenary Farmers Market, Main Town, Near the Wangchhu River, Thimphu Bhutan
If you want to mingle with the Bhutanese people and jostle with local farmers amongst the aroma of organic fruits and vegetables, the Centenary Farmers Market is the place to be. Smiling tourists watch in awe as locals bargain with the vendors and you could even stock up on your organic fruits for the coming days.
Duration: 45 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: City Hotel, Thimphu, Bhutan

Day 4: THIMPHU TO WANGDUE & PUNAKHA VALLEYS – Enjoy the ride through the mountain ranges – 3 hours drive

Stop At: Dochula Pass, Thimphu Bhutan
After breakfast check out of your hotel and drive for about three hours to Wangdue and Punakha valleys. En route stop over at the Dochulaa Pass (3150 meters) and enjoy the spectacular views of the snow capped Himalayan Mountains. The 108 small stupas built over a small hill is also a beautiful sight
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Chimi Lhakhang, Bhutan
The road from the Pass winds down to the warm and fertile valleys and after a brief rest visits the Fertility Temple / Chime Lhakhang. It is a pleasant 30 minutes walk through mustard and paddy fields. Standing on a picturesque hilltop the Lhakhang is famous for its fertility wish grants to couples. Inside the walls of the Lhakhang are beautiful frescoes depicting the colorful life of Lama Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman regarded for his crazy methods of teaching which included blessing women in the form of copulation!
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel Meriphunsum, Punakha

Day 5: PUNAKHA VALLEY – The old capital of Bhutan to Paro 4 hours drive

Stop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
Punakha valley was the old capital city of Bhutan and the Punakha Dzong meaning the fortress of Great Bliss was built by 1673 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (the first spiritual & political leader of Bhutan) to commemorate the final victory against numerous Tibetan invasions. Located on a piece of land between two rivers Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu (literally meaning male and female rivers), the Dzong is massive, huge and magnificent in all its architectural grandeur. Although ravaged by flood, fire and earthquake many times, the Dzong was always rebuilt with its original pattern and design. The Dzong has hosted significant events such as the crowning of the first king of Bhutan, The Royal Wedding ceremony of the Fifth King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to Jetsun Pema on 13th October 2011 was conducted in Punakha Dzong and important religious ceremonies are still held in the Dzong.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Punakha Bhutan
Walk for about an hour to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten stupa. It is a beautiful walk through the pine trees, the stupa is stunning and so is the view from there
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery, Punakha Bhutan
Enroute you will also be walking through a suspension bridge over the Puna Tsang Chhu – Punakha River.
After visiting the Punakha Dzong/Fortress of Great Bliss, drive to the Nunnery and enjoy the spectacular views of Punakha and Wangdue valleys.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Takstang Boutique Resort and Spa

Day 6: TAKTSANG MONASTERY/TIGER’S NEST –The high light of your holiday to Bhutan

Stop At: Paro Taktsang, Taktsang Trail BT, Paro Bhutan
Have a sumptuous breakfast for your hike to Taktsang Monastery / Tiger’s Nest which is about 3 hours uphill and 2 hours down. Riding ponies are also available if you think the hike is a bit daunting. Located around 900 meters above the Paro valley on a precarious almost vertical mountain cliff, Taktsang Monastery is truly a wonderful and spectacular sight in terms of its location, setting and history. In the 8th Century this was one of the major sites where Guru Padmasambhava – the patron saint of Buddhism in Bhutan meditated with his consort Khandro Yeshey Tshogyal. It is believed that Guru flew on a female tigress in pursuit of a demon which he subdued at the current site of the Monastery. It is one of the holiest site in the Buddhist arena and the most important cultural icon in Bhutan.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Kyichu Lhakhang, Lamgong Gewog, Paro 12001 Bhutan
efore you drive back to your hotel visit the Kyichu Lhakhang/temple, one of the oldest temples built in the 7th Century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gyembo.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Taktsang Boutique Resort and Spa

Day 7: DEPARTURE

Pass By: Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, Paro Bhutan
After breakfast drive to Paro International Airport where your guide and driver will bid you farewell and hope you had a pleasant holiday and hope to see you in Bhutan again.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Important Details

Included
  • 6x Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Punakha Dzong
  • VISA Processing Fee
  • Entry/Admission - The Craft GALLERY
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)
  • All three meals, tea and coffee
  • Entry/Admission - Paro Taktsang
  • Airport Transfers
  • Entry/Admission - Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang
  • 7x Breakfast
  • Entry/Admission - Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Buddha Dordenma
  • Entry/Admission - Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery
  • Entry/Admission - Simply Bhutan Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Rinpung Dzong
  • Entry/Admission - National Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten)
  • Entry/Admission - Kyichu Lhakhang
  • Entry/Admission - Chimi Lhakhang
  • 6x Dinner
  • Bhutan Tourism Development Fee
  • Entry/Admission - Changangkha Lhakhang
Not Included
  • Air Fares
  • Refreshments and bottled drinks and alcohol
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from any hotels in Paro and Thimphu

Airports

  • Paro Airport, Paro Bhutan


8:00 AM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.