Bhutan Cultural Tours
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Diffculty Level: Easy 
  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Best Time: Mar-may | Sep-Dec
  • Activity: Tours, Hiking


  • Over the Himalayas, an exciting and exhilarating journey to Paro
  • Taktshang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)
  • Beautiful monasteries
  • Dochula Pass
  • Bhutanese culture and tradition.
  • friendly locals and try on their traditional Gho/Kira outfits.

The journey takes you back in time to trace the geographical origins of Bhutanese cultures and to investigate the mysterious cultural inheritance from the ancient past. The basic and unadulterated way of life that you may sense during the trip helps you find yourself and find a momentary inner peace from the outside world to a large extent.

You begin your tour with the Pachu and Wangchu Rivers, the cradle of Bhutan civilizations, and then go on to the attractions in Thimphu and Paro cities to learn about Bhutan's past and contemporary cultural achievements.

Furthermore, at the Dochula Pass, you can get your first glimpse of the faraway Bhutan Himalaya Mountains and the beautiful rhododendron-filled valleys (3,140 m).


  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsLunch and Dinner

Your tour guide from Yolo Hike will be waiting for you at Paro airport when you arrive by royal Bhutan airline and will drive you from Paro to Punakha and Wangdue. The journey begins in Chunzom, at the confluence of the Pachu and Wangchu Rivers. Both rivers, which flow through the Paro and Thimphu valleys, are the cradle of Bhutanese cultures.

After that, go to Tachog Lhakhang (Tachong Temple). On the Paro – Thimphu highway, the 14th-century temple is located at the base of the mountain across the Pachu. The temple, which was built by the outstanding master level architect ThangtongGyalpo, has some of the most distinctive and valuable statues. To get to the temple, you may have to take a thrilling yet pleasant stroll through the iron chains that bridge the Pa Chu River.

Upon passing Chunzom, the trip will take travellers along the Wangchu River to Simtokha, and then via the Dochula Pass to Punakha (3,140 m). From Dochula Pass, take in the breath-taking panoramic vista of the towering Himalaya Range and the beautiful flower-clustered valley below.

For His Majesty's(The king of Bhutan)safety and well-being, the vehicle will make a transitorypause at the remarkable 108 chortens created by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (the Queen mother of Bhutan).

After lunch at Dochula Pass, the bus will take you to Punakha, which is considered one of Bhutan's most beautiful and historically significant places. It was the capital of Bhutan from 1637 until 1955, and it was here that the 1st National Assembly was held.

The bus will also take you to Metsina Village, where you will be able to see the Devine Madman's Monastery - Chhimi Lhakhang. Locals have long considered the monastery to be a fertility shrine, and you can receive an effectual fertility blessing there.

Then, on the island of Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River), pay a visit to the Punakha Dzong and marvel at the state of the wood crafts.After visiting the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendup Lhakhang Nunnery in the evening, don't miss the spectacular evening views of Punakha and Wangdue valley.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, leave Punakha early in the morning and drive straight to Thimphu, which will take 2 and a half hours. Check into your hotel and explore sight-seeing in the surrounding areas:

Traditional Arts and Crafts Painting School
Visiting the painting school, where students are taught 13 different traditional arts and crafts over six years.

National Textile Museum
It's a fantastic museum that preserves the traditional art of weaving and displays a large collection of ancient coloured textiles in various formats. You can see how locals wave the magnificent exhibits while doing spot surgery using intricate instruments.

Bhutan Postal Museum
Bhutan's Postal Museum displays all of Bhutan's communication and postal system's successes and evolutions over time. Furthermore, you can have your images printed on postage stamps before pasting them on postcards and sending them to your family and friends.

Centenary Farmer’s Market (Open from Thursday. to Sunday.)
The market, which is buzzing with activity along the Wangchu River, serves as a trade centre for city inhabitants and valley dwellers. On the market, you may find a broad variety of meals as well as local handicrafts and crafts. It starts on Friday afternoon and ends on Sunday evening. Negotiatewith the locals and take in the colourful environment.

Takin Preserve
Visit the Takin Preserve to get a closer look at Bhutan's national animal, the Takin, which is only found there. These endangered animals can weigh up to 550 pounds and can be found in herds at a very high altitude of roughly 4,000 meters.

National Memorial Chorten (Stupa)
In 1974, the National Memorial Chorten was built in honour of Bhutan's third King, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The King was largely considered as the father of modern Bhutan, and the Bhutanese held him in high regard. In Bhutan, the word "chorten" literally means "seat of trust," and Buddhists sometimes refer to such monuments as the "Mind of Buddha."

Kuenselphodrang (Known as Buddha Point)
Kuenselphodrang is a famous Bhutanese landmark where the country's tallest Buddha statue stands. You can see the Thimphu valley and the spectacular distant panorama of mountain peaks from the hill.

Tashichhoe Dzong
The late king and the central monk body renovated a once splendid religious fortification built-in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel into the current building.

Crafts Bazar
A one-of-a-kind shopping site where you can learn about Bhutanese traditions and buy handcrafted items with Bhutanese characteristics. Craftsmen and artists from all across the country present and sell their handicrafts in some of the Bazaar's handicraft stores, which you can visit.Evening stroll through Thimphu town and a visit to local handicraft shops. Stay in a hotel in Thimphu for the night.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, drive to Paro and begin the walk to Taktsang Ghoempa (also known as the Tiger's Nest Monastery).Climb to the viewpoint (1.5 hours) for a spectacular picture of the monastery clinging to the steep vertical rock face.

Following a brief rest stop at the viewpoint (3,140 m), you carry on to the Tiger's Nest Monastery (1 hour) for a closer look at this amazing monastery. Take a look from a vantage point to see the breathtaking views below.The current monastic complex's main Lhakhang (monastery) dates from 1692. Taktsang was extensively damaged by fire in 1998, but it has since been repaired.Following your visit to the Monastery, you will begin your descent and drive back to Paro for city sightseeing.

  • AccommodationN/A
  • MealsBreakfast

Our tour guide will take you to Paro International Airport today for your flight to your next destination. The tour service has come to an end with Yolo Hike.

What's Included
  • All ground transportation by private Vehicle
  • Bhutan Visa and all necessary permits
  • Airport transfers by private vehicle
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at designated restaurants or hotels
  • Accommodation at star hotel sharing basis
  • A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver
  • Entry fees & road permits
  • Government fees, royalties, taxes & surcharges
  • Mineral bottled water
  • Set of traditional costumes (to be returned at the end of your stay)
  • Full service & assistance before, during, and after your Bhutan trip
What's Excluded
  • International Flight Ticket
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Alcoholic drink

Additional Info

Meals and Accommodation

Yolo Hike provides full board service for all travel-related activities in Bhutan as part of an organized package. Every day, three meals will be served: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All of the meals are hygienically prepared and are a perfect combination of a healthy diet. All of the hotels in Bhutan that we use are comfortable, clean, and provide all of the necessary amenities. Himalayan Mentor has carefully selected the best hotels in Paro, Thimpu, and other major Bhutanese cities to accommodate you. You will be accommodated in tents while trekking and meals will be served by a kitchen staff team.


You'll see a variety of climatic conditions in Bhutan, depending on altitude and season. It's sweltering and humid to the south, while the uphills and mountains to the north are blanketed in snow. Due to rain shadow effects, rainfall can vary across a small distance. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter are the four seasons that we experience. The rainy season begins in July and August, and Bhutanese believe that the rainy season will conclude in September with a festival called Thrue (beautiful rainy day). The seasons of spring and fall are ideal for tourists visiting Bhutan. Due to snowfalls, the temperature lowers below zero in the winter. The days are usually hot, while the nights are usually frigid.

Bhutanese Beliefs

Bhutanese people are god-fearing, peace-loving people who regularly incorporate Buddhist values into their daily lives. Nonviolence and compassion for all sentient beings are essential Buddhist philosophy principles that are deeply ingrained in Bhutanese culture. Prayer flags in the breeze, Chortens (stupas), monasteries, and twirling prayer wheels are all common sights, with people sending petitions through prayer flags and maintaining an unbroken line of communication with heaven.


Today, Bhutan is the only country in the world that practices the Tantric form of Mahayana Buddhism. Guru Padma Sambhava introduced Buddhism to the country in the 8th century AD. Religious festivals are known as 'Tsechus' and 'Dromchoes,' which represent amity, peace, and compassion, are held annually at various times throughout the kingdom. These vibrant festivals are a time for people from all walks of life to come together decently dressed in their ceremonial attire.

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