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Bhutan Tour > Cultural Highlights of Bhutan - 12 Days


Cultural Highlights of Bhutan

Overview

If Bhutan is beautiful, Bumthang is extraordinarily beautiful. Its four high valleys are covered in forests that embrace small monasteries, chortens, traditional stone houses, and markets.

Next to hospitality, Bhutan's greatest art forms are its traditional textiles and crafts. While many places produce fine examples of both, Bhutan's superlative wood carvings, masks, gold- and silverworks, paper, and religious paintings are near-unique, both in excellence and in the fact that they are made to be used by the people themselves, rather than snapped up by the busloads of tourists we're happy to avoid in this favored land.

By looking closely at the Dragon Kingdom's crafts and textiles in the making, visiting world-class weavers and thangka painters, we find ourselves learning a tremendous lot about the broader culture. Ranging through the countryside, staying in local guesthouses, making day hikes to remote villages and hidden valleys, we get a good look at not only art-making, but also art-using. Bhutan's people wear these magnificent textiles and gold and silver ornaments; they proudly display and use the paintings and masks their fellow artisans make.

Best Season:
This tour can be undertaken year-round but the best months are From March to May and October to December.

Tour Grade: Moderate touring with day hikes.
Availability: Private tours are available for minimum 2 persons on request.

Details Itinerary


DAYS ITINERARY: 
12-Day Bhutan Bumthang Tour 
2013
1 ARRIVE BHUTAN 
Fly Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan. 
Visit Museum and Paro Dzong. Afternoon drive to Thimpu.
2 THIMPU SIGHTSEEING
Full day Thimpu valley sightseeing.
3 THIMPU - PUNAKHA
Drive over Dochula pass to Punakha valley. Visit Punakha Dzong.
4 PUNAKHA - GANGTEY VALLEY
Drive Punakha to Gangtey. Visit Gangtey Monastery.
5 GANGTEY - TRONGSA 
Drive Gangtey to Trongsa. Visit Trongsa Dzong.
6 TRONGSA - BUMTHANG
Drive Trongsa to Zakar in Bumthang.
7-8 BUMTHANG VALLEY SIGHTSEEING 
Experience Bumthang's monasteries, Dzongs, distinctive  yatah weaving and walks in the sacred valleys.
9 BUMTHANG - PUNAKHA
Experience Bumthang's monasteries, Dzongs, distinctive  yatah weaving and walks in the sacred valleys.
10 PUNAKHA-THIMPU-PARO
Morning visit Punakha Dzong.
Afternoon drive back to Thimphu Afternoon drive to Paro.
11 PARO SIGHTSEEING
Visit Drukyul Dzong and hike to Taksang Monastery.
12 DEPARTURE FROM BHUTAN
Fly from Paro to Bangkok, Kathmandu or New Delhi. End of Tour.

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Cultural Highlights of Bhutan

Cultural Highlights of Bhutan

Cultural Highlights of Bhutan