Cultural Connection & Home Stay
Experience sleeping under the rafter of an ancient farmhouse, learn how to cook Bhutanese dishes, mingle with the local family, try out your hand in our national game and experience our traditional hot stone bath
- Sleep under the rafters of an ancient farmhouse
- Cook Bhutanese dishes and lose your palate to the taste of Ema Datsi
- Savor locally brewed Ara fried in eggs
- Rest by a bonfire to drift away to the soothing melody of folklore music
- Make a wish by building a miniature stupa out of mud or flour
- Get Married in Bhutan like a royal couple
- Renew wedding vows the Bhutanese style
- Milk a cow and try your skills in Cheese and butter making
- Rejuvenate with herbal and hot stone baths
- Heal your mind with yoga and meditation
- Immerse in natural Himalayan hot spring
- Try our indigenous therapies
- Experience undisturbed calmness of nature
- Try your skills with organic cooking from a selection of your favorite organic food
- Enjoy a session on meditation with a renowned master
Thimphu, Paro and Punakha Valley
Paro International Airport. Paro, Bhutan
Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
- English speaking Bhutanese guide
- All lodging in 3 stars traditional lodges
- Airport transfers
- Land transfers in a private vehicle
- Processing and purchase of Bhutanese visitor pass.
- Meals, tea, coffee, snacks and non alcoholic beverages
- Bottle water on the private vehicle, and in the hotels.
- All entrance fees for listed activities.
- Visa and permit processing
IncludedCultural Connection & Home StayVisa and permit processingProcessing and purchase of Bhutanese visitor passLand transfers in private vehicleAirport transfersDedicated tour vehicle and driver3 Meals a Day (B/L/D)3 Star Accomodation (twin sharing)Government Royalty and TaxesEntry Fees for Parks and MonumentsDedicated English Speaking Guide
Not IncludedDomestic FlightFlights To and From BhutanTips for Guides and Drivers5 Star AccommodationTravel Insurance
Day 1: Paro’s spiritual and cultural heritage
Land at Bhutan’s Paro International airport on a pleasant winter afternoon to cool breeze and stunning mountain scenery and take in the fresh air and the views around. The landing of the Druk Airline Airbus-A319 through narrow channels of the towering hills is a sight to behold! The superb fortress like architecture of the airport terminal building, the meandering Paro River and snow capped mountains welcome you to the land of thunderbolt. This day will include orienting us to our journey and a glimpse into local Buddhism. We’ll visit the 17th century Rinpung Dzong and see how Bhutan is run harmoniously with an administration and monastic body working together. The Dzong structure is impressive, architecture is splendid showing off cultural design.
We’ll also visit Paro’s National Museum. This is an excellent place to learn about Bhutan’s natural history, birds and animals, Royal Family – it’s a treasure house of Information! Over cobbled stone paths and across the beautiful traditional wooden bridge, we’ll walk past the royal palace and the interesting archery grounds to the small township of Paro.
Day 2: Punakha Distant Himalayas and Bhutan’s countryside capital for 300 years
- The Himalayas always have a charm of their own! The view of these majestic snow clad mountain peaks from the Dochu la Pass is something you can't miss on your visit to Bhutan. The crisp mountain air from the valleys below; the umpteen shades of blue of the sky merging with faraway mountains take you in the lap of nature the moment you step here.
- The 108 chortens built in memory of soldiers who died fighting the war against insurgents are in the Bhutanese architectural style and are a beautiful sight to look at with the golden tips glowing in the sun.
- A half an hour walk across a handsome local village and rice fields from the road head, the temple was built in 1499 and is located on a hillock in the centre of the valley. It is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley, who in the late 15th century used humor, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatize his teachings and hence is also known as the “Devine Mad Man.
Day 3: A day in the life of a Bhutanese Buddhist monk
Punakha Dzong or Punthang Dechen Phodrang, is strategically built at the confluence, the river island between the mighty Phochu and Mochu Rivers in Punakha. A visit to the Punakha Dzong presents an opportunity to see or hear the resident monks during their daily prayers, see the impressive Punakha Dzong which is also home to the remains of Bhutan's first ruler, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and the winter residence of the monastic order's leader and his entourage of monks.CHORTEN NEBU HIKE – MEET LITTLE MONKS
- Hike grade: easy/moderate
- Duration: 3 hours gradual uphill to the school. 2 hours through fields, orange orchards and villages to the end of the trail
- We have an option to drive all the way to Chorten Nebu Monastery. We will decide on trip.
40 minutes shuttle to Kabjisa trail head, and 3 hours hike uphill will reach you to Chorten Nebu on a hilltop in the Punakha Valley. It is a beautiful walk to a lovely village surrounded by orange groves to a temple that was built by Gyalsay Tenzin Rabgye in the 17th century. Today, the tradition of using this monastery as a winter residence is being carried on by the eighth reincarnation of the monastery’s founder.
In 2005 the Monastery started housing children from the nearby village and founded a small Buddhist educational institution for these little monks, a place where the children can study both traditional Buddhist scriptures and texts, and also learning Western subjects such as English, math and science in order to be equipped to survive in the modern world, whether as a monk or a lay person.A visit to Chorten Nebu will give us a swift glimpse into the daily life of a little monk in a Buddhist Monastic School
Day 4: Paro
Its 4 hours transfer to Paro today. We’ll retrace our steps back over the Dochula pass for a second chance to view the distant snowcapped Himalaya.
Evening we will stay at Aum Yangzo’s home. We will learn how to cook Bhutanese food and experience our traditional hot stone bath
Day 5: Paro Tiger’s nest hike
Finally we have Tiger’s nest climb today. The goal is to climb up to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger‟s nest) perched on the face of a sheer cliff at a height of 3120 meters. Legend says that Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Bhutan, had flown here on the back of the tigress centuries ago. The track is pretty steep gaining 1000m of altitude in 3 hours.
Day 6: Departure
Alas, all good things must come to an end and our time in Bhutan is over. After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our departure flight. We hope you have enjoyed your visit, have found it rewarding, and leave with new found understanding.Tashi Delek !