Shangrila Cultural Tour

This eleven-day tour program offers a glimpse of Bhutan’s rich cultural and traditional heritage and spectacular mountainous landscape. You will see the beautiful valleys of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, Bumthang and Phobjikha. The tour will give an insight into Bhutan’s heritage, culture and traditions.

In the capital city of Thimphu, you will have the opportunity to see one of the largest statues of Buddha and to visit the Memorial Chorten. You will also learn more about Bhutanese life, arts and crafts from the visit to the folk museum, the institute of arts and crafts and the institute of traditional medicines. One highlight is the visit to the Trashichho Dzong, the seat of the administrative and religious power in Bhutan and which houses the throne room. You will also have the opportunity to hike to Tango or Cheri monastery. In Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan, you can see the Punakha Dzong nestled between two rivers and also make a visit to the sacred Chimi Lhakhang. In Bumthang, you can experience the spirituality of the ancient temples and also learn about education and life in a nunnery. In Phobjikha, you will have the opportunity to walk through the undisturbed natural environment which is winter roosting ground of the endangered black-necked cranes. In Paro, for a memory of a lifetime, you can visit the memorable Tiger’s Nest temple which is perched high up in the cliffs, and also visit Drugyel Dzong, a fortress of historical significance.


DAY 01 ARRIVE PARO - THIMPHU

DAY 02 THIMPHU

DAY 03 THIMPHU - PUNAKHA

DAY 04 PUNAKHA

DAY 05 PUNAKHA - BUMTHANG

DAY 06 BUMTHANG

DAY 07 BUMTHANG – DAY AT PEMACHHOLING NUNNERY

DAY 08 BUMTHANG – PHOBJEKHA

DAY 09 PHOBJEKHA - PARO

DAY 10 PARO - DAY EXCURSION TO TAKTSANG

DAY 11 PARO – DEPARTURE

DAY 01 ARRIVE PARO - THIMPHU

The flight into Bhutan will give you a spectacular view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. On a clear day, you can see Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.

Your tour representative will receive you upon arrival. The drive from Paro to Thimphu (capital city) will take you through beautiful rice terraced fields and alongside the gushing Pho Chu and Wang Chu rivers.

Afternoon visit Kuensel Phodrang where a biggest statue of Lord Buddha (169 ft) has been built overlooking the Thimphu valley. Evening visit the Memorial Chorten built in memory of the third King of Bhutan.

DAY 02 THIMPHU

Morning visit the National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, Institute of Traditional Medicines & Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (13 traditional crafts) and Jushina Paper factory where traditional Bhutanese papers are made.

Evening visit Tashichho Dzong which houses the King's Throne Room & Government offices. The Dzong serves as summer residence for the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot & the Central Monk Body. Visit the Crafts Bazar in town.

DAY 03 THIMPHU - PUNAKHA

After breakfast drive to Punakha over Dochula Pass (3 hours drive). On a clear day, one can get a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain ranges and see Gasa Dzong at a distance. One can also visit the Druk Wangyel Chortens (108 stupas) on the Pass. Along the way visit also Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility.

Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, built at the junction of the two rivers Pho Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river). It is one of the most spectacular dzongs in the country. The Dzong serves as the winter residence for the Central Monastic Body.

DAY 04 PUNAKHA

After breakfast drive up the valley to Chazam. Walk through the beautiful rice fields & hike up the hill to Khamsum Yulley Lhakhang. Visit the monastery & have picnic lunch. Afternoon, return to Punakha. Enroute, visit one of the longest suspension bridge in the country.

DAY 05 PUNAKHA - BUMTHANG

After breakfast drive to Bumthang over Pelela Pass. Enroute visit Trongsa Dzong, one of the largest Dzong (fortress) in Bhutan & Ta Dzong (the watch tower).

Drive over Yutola Pass to Bumthang. On the way, in Chumey valley, you can see the local women weave the famous "Bumthang Yathra", pure woolen cloth woven in the traditional method with beautiful colored patterns.

DAY 06 BUMTHANG

Morning visit Jambay & Kurje Lhakhangs (temples). Jamgay lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century AD. Afternoon, visit Jakar town.

DAY 07 BUMTHANG – DAY AT PEMACHHOLING NUNNERY

Drive to Tang valley in Bumthang. Visit the famous Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake) from which spiritual treasures were discovered by the Terton (Treasure Finder) Pema Lingpa.

Visit Pemachholing nunnery, an educational institute in Buddhist studies, where young girls and women, seek spirituality and higher Buddhist education.

DAY 08 BUMTHANG – PHOBJEKHA

Drive to Phobjikha valley in Wangdue Dzongkhag. Evening at leisure.

DAY 09 PHOBJEKHA - PARO

Morning explore the beautiful valley of Phobjikha. The valley is the home of the Black Necked Cranes, an endangered species. In winter they fly south from Central Asia to Bhutan & make Phobjekha their winter home. One can see their roosting place in the marshy land. From Nov to Feb one can see the Black Necked Cranes feeding and roosting in the beautiful valley.

Afternoon drive to Paro. On the way see the traditional cantilever wooden bridge.

DAY 10 PARO - DAY EXCURSION TO TAKTSANG

After breakfast drive to Ramthongkha. Hike uphill for about 3 hours to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3,000 ft above the valley floor. It is a very sacred Monastery for the Bhutanese people who believe that it must be visited at least once in their life time. Evening experience a unique hot stone bath which will relieve all aches & pains followed by typical Bhutanese dinner in an old traditional Bhutanese house.

DAY 11 PARO – DEPARTURE

Early morning drive to Paro for departure. Your tour representative will see you off at the airport.

The best and more convenient way to transfer your Bhutan tour payment is to wire through bank transaction. Bhutan Lhayul Tours & Travels will provide the detail of the bank once you are fully confirmed your trip.

High Season (March, April, May, September, October, November)
One Pax: USD 2,900/- per person
Group of 02 Members: USD 2,800/- per person
Group of 03 Members and Above: USD 2,500/- per person

Regular Season (January, February, June, July, August, December)
One Pax: USD 2,400/- per person
Group of 02 Members: USD 2,300/- per person
Group of 03 Members and Above: USD 2,000/- per person

Inclusive
• Rate inclusive of all three meals both local and continental healthy cuisine
• Rate inclusive of all accommodation [three star hotels with double/twin sharing basis]
• Rate inclusive of air-conditioned tourist standard transportation
• Rate inclusive of local tour English-speaking licensed guide on all your sightseeing tours
• Rate inclusive of extensive choices of flexible comprehensive tour itineraries
• Rate inclusive of Bhutan Government Royalty fees of $ 65 per person per nights
• Rate inclusive of all entry fees, museum fees and historical attraction fees
• Rate inclusive of all applicable taxes – BST 10%, Service Charge 10%
• Rate inclusive of airport arrival and departure transfer in Bhutan

Exclusive
• Rate does not include incoming & outgoing Bhutan airfares and airport taxes
• Rate does not include drinks and alcohols and non- alcoholic beverage
• Rate does not include guides speaking language other than English
• Rate does not include expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, potter, telephone/fax calls, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, any insurance etc
• Rate does not include extra expenses or loss due to nature and un-foreseen events beyond the control of our management
• Rate does not include any service outside Bhutan
• Rate is exclusive of one time visa fee of USD 40
• Rate does not include one time bank transfer charge of USD 40
• Rate does not include tipping to guide, driver etc.


Luxury Hotel & Resort Package
Escape to an oasis and savor a relaxing moments with choices of excellent luxurious accommodation and dining options and superb Bhutanese hospitality wherever you go. We have vast network of selected and preferred style of luxury hotels and resorts for the discerning travelers. Escape and enjoy special treatment the moment you walk through the door and enjoy that extra special touch.

  Eco Friendly Deluxe Camping
Experience and immerse yourself in the great outdoors by staying and spending one –two nights with deluxe camping trip soaking deep into the heart of the most breath taking natural scenery with the sights and sounds of nature. Having your own dome tent set-up and relaxing yourself away from the crowded city. With numerous hiking options and exploring village farms, there is simply too many ways you can come close with nature in Bhutan.

Yoga & Meditation
Bhutan in the Himalaya is one of the most remote and secluded kingdom. It offers an ideal environment to enjoy an intoxicating yoga, meditation and other practices for inner wellbeing. As Buddha explained, human problem and suffering arise from confusion and negative states of mind and that can be removed by our positive state of mind. Unwind a daily yoga and meditation retreat and enjoy your Bhutan holiday with maximum day opportunity in exploring the charm of Bhutan.

White River Rafting
The glacier fed fast flowing untamed rivers of Bhutan provides one of a kind of adventure experience for travelers seeking water sports in an unspoiled and unexplored environment. Whether you are looking for easy rafts or large and powerful heave curved-out narrow valley rafts, we can arrange a rafting & kayaking trip for you regardless of age and experiences. Our scenic white river rafting and kayaking water sport are perfect for anyone looking for an ideal challenge for their trip in the pristine natural setting.

Hot Spring Therapy
There are numerous hot spring found in Bhutan and has been used by the Bhutanese people for centuries with a belief that water has miraculous healing power and medicinal properties to cure certain diseases. We see less tourist giving values in discovering the naturally hot spring, though it is common among the local people. Come and admire the natural splendor, dip into the pristine natural hot springs and enjoy the great countryside with scenic and beautiful hiking trails through rich forest with sights and sounds of nature.

Hot Stone Bath and Home Stay Program
Unwind the traditional practice of hot stone bath therapy by spending a night in a typical Bhutanese farmland. It is a ritual in itself and is one of the favorite activities for the local Bhutanese people as a method to overcome various complications and illnesses. Along with hot stone bath an overnight experience of home stay offers an opportunity to experience the complete lifestyle, culture and day-to-day activities of the host family. Visitors will enjoy home-cooked meals and the unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.