9 Day Bhutan Culture Tour





The 9-day Bhutan tour itinerary seamlessly traverses the picturesque western and central Bhutan, including the districts of Trongsa and Bumthang. Bumthang, comprised of the four enchanting valleys of Tang, Ura, Chumey, and Choekhor, holds a special place in Bhutan’s spiritual heritage as the birthplace of the revered saint, Pema Lingpa. The valley is adorned with significant landmarks and pilgrimage sites, enriching the spiritual experience.

Throughout your 9-day journey in Bhutan, you’ll have the opportunity to explore majestic dzongs (fortresses), ancient temples, and a host of other cultural treasures. The hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery and the visit to the whimsical Divine Madman’s temple in Punakha add an extra layer of amazement to your adventure.



Your guide and driver will meet you at the Paro airport and drive to Thimphu. A short stop to view Tamchog monastery built in the 15th century by Thang Tong Gyalpo.

Afternoon – visit to memorial chorten, tallest statue of Buddha, Changangkha lhakhang, Takin preserve center and Sangaygang view point.

In the evening, visit Dupthop lhakhang and free to stroll in the town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

In the morning, visit to National postal museum, craft bazaar, textile museum, school of 13 arts and crafts (Painting school).

After lunch, visit Simply Bhutan museum.

Afternoon – witness the archery match at Changlimithang stadium.

In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong, the Royal secretariat.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

In The Morning, Drive To The Beautiful Punakha Valley.

Punakha is the ancient capital of Bhutan. On the way, visit the beautiful Dochu La Pass (Altitude 3140 m). Then visit Chimi Lhakhang built in 1499 to honor of Drukpa Kuenley. This temple is also called the Temple of Fertility. Drukpa Kuenley is also called the Devine Madman of Bhutan for his unorthodox way of teaching Buddhism.

In the afternoon, visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, hike to the beautiful Khamsum Yulley monastery.

Then walk across the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 meters) built across Pho chu river. It is the longest of its kind in Bhutan.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Begin your day with a morning drive to the enchanting Gangtey region. Along the way, make a brief stop to admire the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, a remarkable fortress. The valley is divided into two parts: Gangtey in the upper region and Phobjikha in the lower region. This glacial valley, resembling a cup, is renowned as one of the most beautiful in the entire Himalayan region. It serves as the winter roosting habitat for the rare Black-necked Cranes.

Once in Gangtey, pay a visit to the historic Gangtey Gompa Monastery, which was constructed in 1613 by Gyaltse Pema Thinley. This monastery is not only a place of spiritual significance but also the venue for the annual Gangtey Festival and the Crane Information Center.

In the evening, take the opportunity to explore the picturesque Phobjikha Valley, nestled at an altitude of 3000 meters, allowing you to immerse yourself in its natural beauty.

Conclude your day with a delightful dinner and a restful overnight stay at your hotel.”

In The Morning, Drive To Bumthang.

On the way, visit Trongsa Dzong built in 1648 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa. In late autumn, the spectacular Trongsa festival is held here.

Then visit Ta Dzong, also built in 1652 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa. It is now converted to the royal heritage museum.

In the afternoon, drive further to Bumthang.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Bumthang is one of the most scenic valleys and the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. It is also the birth place of Bhutanese patron saint, Pema Lingpa. There are many sacred temples and pilgrimage sites scattered across the valley.

In the morning, visit Jakar Dzong “The Castle of White Bird”, Jambay lhakhang, Chakhar lhakhang and Kenchosum monastery.

Afternoon – visit to Mebar Tsho or “The Burning Lake”, Tamshing lhakhang and Kurjey lhakhang.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

In The Morning, Drive To The Airport And Fly To Paro.

Your guide will receive you at the airport and drive to the Hotel.

Afternoon – visit Ta Dzong (national museum of Bhutan).

Then visit Rinpung Dzong (Where famous annual Paro festival is held) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It is the finest illustration of Bhutanese architecture and craftsmanship you’ll see. So impressive it is that even scenes of 1995 film, Little Buddha were filmed here.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in hotel.

In the morning, drive to Satsam chorten and 2 hour hike till the Tiger’s nest monastery (Paro Taktsang).

Afternoon – visit to Drugyal Dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646. It was built to commemorate his victory over raiding and pillaging Tibetan armies. The Dzong was raged by the fire in 1951, the ruins remain an impressive and imposing sight still. It is under repair now.

Then visit Kichu lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan built it in 659 AD by the Tibetan king, Srongtsen Gampo.

In the evening, visit to a Bhutanese farm house. Then free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

After breakfast, drive to the Paro airport and farewell (End of 9 days Bhutan tour itinerary).

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