Bhutan cultural tour, history of Bhutan

A fascinating nine day tour through the secluded Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, taking in an incredible cultural festival and spectacular cliff-side monasteries as well as hiking through dramatic mountain scenery.
Paro Tiger’s Nest Monastery Thimphu Punakha Punakha Dromchoe Festival
Price
US $4750ToUS $6600 excluding flights
Duration
9 Days
Type
Tailor made
More info
This cost range is PER PERSON based on 2-Adults traveling through Bhutan and covering the highlighted experiences listed.
The cost range includes all accommodation with all meals per day, our dedicated English-speaking Bhutanese Guide for the duration of the trip, all activity charges for the itinerary stated, entry fees and Visa fees into Bhutan and all local Bhutanese taxes.
Daily Foreigner Tariffs as stipulated by the Tourism Council of Bhutan are also included in this per-day cost range.
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Description of Bhutan cultural tour, history of Bhutan

Price information

US $4750ToUS $6600 excluding flights
This cost range is PER PERSON based on 2-Adults traveling through Bhutan and covering the highlighted experiences listed.
The cost range includes all accommodation with all meals per day, our dedicated English-speaking Bhutanese Guide for the duration of the trip, all activity charges for the itinerary stated, entry fees and Visa fees into Bhutan and all local Bhutanese taxes.
Daily Foreigner Tariffs as stipulated by the Tourism Council of Bhutan are also included in this per-day cost range.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Travel guides

Festivals
The Collins English dictionary describes a festival as ‘an organised series of events such as musical concerts and drama productions’. Hmm, that all s...
Bhutan
A trip to Bhutan is like traveling back in time. Since opening its doors to tourists in 1974, this formerly isolated country has had a clear strategy...

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Eco-Lodges
We ensure that we use properties that are conscious of their local environment and embrace eco-sensitivity in their functioning on a day-to-day basis. Hence we work with properties such as Nak-Sel in Paro. Situated beside the forest in the village of Ngoba, the property is not only constructed with traditional Bhutanese architectural elements in mind but also has ensured that their construction materials like traditional windows, mud bricks, stone-work, hand-crafted pillars and furniture were all traditional styled and locally crafted in the village of Ngoba.

From an energy conservation point of view, the construction ensures maximum efficiency of heating within with heated under floors, efficient solar water heating and traditional mud-wall insulation.

People

Local Traditions and Practices
As travel planners we strongly believe in keeping local practices and traditions alive in the countries and regions we travel to and offer experiences in.

As a small Kingdom, Bhutan enjoys many such small practices and traditions that we believe are imperative as they should remain strongly interwoven in local lives. The only way to keep them this way in today’s modern setting is to give local people reasons and incentives to do so.

Hence we ensure that all our travelers to Bhutan savour and enjoy an authentic full-course Bhutanese meal. These meals, comprise of dishes that date back to the very origins of the Kingdom’s people and is made up of ingredients almost entirely grown and sourced from within the Country’s own lands. We either serve these elaborate multi-course meals in a modern setting with modern dining conveniences or take it one step further and offer them in an authentic village homestay setting in the home of a local village family.

This does not only go for traditional Bhutanese cuisine. But we also extend this concept to another of Bhutan’s old traditions – Hot Stone Baths.

Hot Stone Baths use the technique of fire-heating special river rocks which are then immersed in a tub of hot water which allows the stones to effervesce their healing mineral properties into the water which then deep heals the body immersed within. Known as an age old cure and massage therapy, we keep alive this tradition by offering it in both modern settings and more rustic village locations for our travelers.

Local Guides
Sangay Dorji is a Bhutanese Local who hails from a village just outside the urban sprawl of Thimphu. Sangay is a proud Bhutanese, a man who grew up in Bhutan, lived his entire life here, grew up with it’s ancient beliefs of Buddhism but also today embraces the fact that Bhutan needs to embrace the world outside to some practical extent.

Sangay is one of the Guides we employ to help showcase his veritable knowledge on all things local, cultural and historic to our travelers to this mysterious Nation. Sangay immerses himself in the experience of touring our travelers through a myriad of experiences – from cultural, to exhilarating nature and the proudly historic.

Like Sangay, we help and encourage keep the tradition of local experts alive in the local population. Not merely Guides, they are true local experts on Bhutan. This is a pride that spreads to the younger educated boys who then want to continue this same service.

Shop Local!
We ensure that we take all our travelers to institutions that strive to promote local art and craft within Bhutan. Places like the Zorig Chusum that offers active professional training to students to keep art and craft forms of Bhutanese Silk Painting, clay pottery, Mask craft and woodcarving alive in Bhutan. We encourage our travelers to shop locally from such places as the revenue from these sales are ploughed directly back into the furthering of such art and craft skills.

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