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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
  • Kathmandu - Explore the old city on foot before visiting the Pashupatinath temple complex

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Join tour in Kathmandu

  • 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
    Travel to Thimpu, Bhutan's relaxed capital city

  • 7
    Visit Tashicho Dzong and Thimpu's memorial chorten

  • 8
    Return to Paro and hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery

  • 9
    Share the celebrations at the annual Paro Festival

  • 10
    Watch the closing displays of the Paro Festival

  • 11
    Fly to Kathmandu. Walk through the Durbar Square

  • 12
    Free time to explore Kathmandu's temples and bazaars

  • 13
    Tour ends in Kathmandu

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Festivals of Bhutan
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Why Book this trip
Paro Festival
Attending a Bhutanese Tshechu (festival) is one of the best ways to experience the ancient culture of this most fascinating of destinations. This tour is planned to coincide with Paro Tshechu, one of the most colourful and popular of Bhutanese festivals, which includes the unfurling of the Thangka – a giant embroidered silk painting the size of a house! Held every spring, this event attracts locals from neighbouring districts and is an unforgettable way to experience the ancient culture of Bhutan.
Included meals 12 9 9
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Bus, Flight
Accommodation
3 nights Premium Hotel
9 nights Standard Hotel
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Explore Representative
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16