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Cultural Tour of Bhutan and Nepal

Peaceful monasteries, jagged Himalayan mountains and deep valleys are all part of this fascinating journey through the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan. We meet the welcoming locals for whom tradition and ritual are still a way of life. After discovering this unique country's rich cultural heritage we return to Kathmandu to sample bustling Nepalese city life.

Tour Highlights

  • Punakha - The ancient capital of Bhutan. Visit Punakha Dzong and hike in the Punakha Valley
  • Phobjika Valley - Look out for the rare black-necked crane
  • Paro - Climb up to the 'Tiger's Nest' Monastery, perched high on the cliff side
  • Thimpu - Walk through the most relaxed capital in the world


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour in Calcutta

  • 2
    Fly to Bhutan and explore the peaceful city of Paro

  • 3
    Cross the Dochu La Pass en route to Punakha

  • 4
    Explore Punakha's dramatically located Dzong

  • 5
    Drive to the beautiful farming valley of Gangtey

  • 6
    Watch the dances at the Black Necked Crane Festival

  • 7
    Travel to Thimpu, Bhutan's relaxed capital city

  • 8
    Visit Tashicho Dzong and Thimpu's memorial chorten

  • 9
    Return to Paro and hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery

  • 10
    Fly to Calcutta. Explore Dalhousie Square

  • 11
    Visit Calcutta's flower market and Mother Theresa's house

  • 12
    Tour ends in Calcutta

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Festivals of Bhutan
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Why Book this tour
Black Neck Crane Festival
Celebrated annually in the Phobjikha Valley this one day Bhutanese Tshechu (festival) is organised to coincide with the arrival of the majestic black crane ahead of the coming winter. This tour is planned so we can take part in this unique celebration. As well as seeing masked dancers, synonymous with Tshechus in Bhutan, this festival has black crane themed performances, folk songs and handicraft stalls; and also offers the opportunity to learn about the importance of the conservation of this endangered bird within the local community.
Included meals 11 8 8
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Flight
3 nights Comfortable Hotel
8 nights Standard Hotel
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Explore Representative
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16