Cultural Tour

Day 01. Arrive at Paro
We will receive you at the airport and drive you the short distance to the hotel. After Tea, drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, built in 1647 by the Great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demoness that lay across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries lie in other neighboring countries. Your dinner will serve farm house to experience the typical Bhutanese way of leaving. Overnight Paro Hotel.

Day 02. Paro to Thimphu with day excursion to Taktsang Monastery
After breakfast 20 minutes drive takes you to Satsam Chorten. From the road point the hike up to Taktshang, on a well maintained path, is quite uphill and it takes around 3-4 hours at an average walking speed. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche's meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his consort. After lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning

Day 03. In Thimphu
After breakfast visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan . We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan ). You finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu . Overnight Thimphu Hotel.

Day 04. Thimphu to Paro
Morning drive to Paro airport for departure.

Day 01 : Arrive at Paro Airport (7,000ft)
MBT representative will receive and drive you through the valley of Paro to the hotel.

Day 02 :
Morning visit Drugyel Dzong, 18 kilometers away from Paro town. On a clear day one can view the sacred Mount Chhomolhari, Mountain of Goddess (24,000 ft). Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse and sightseeing trip to the Paro Bazaar. Visit also Ta Dzong that houses the National Museum followed by a short walk to Paro Rimpung Dzong. See a traditional wooden bridge.

Day 03 :
Drive to Satsam Chorten and then hike to viewpoint of Taktshang, the Tiger's Nest. This monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3,000 ft above the valley floor. The monastery unfortunately got burnt in 1998 and has recently been reconstructed.

Day 04 :
Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Sightseeing in Thimphu includes visit to the National Library, the School of Thangka Painting, the Traditional Medicine Institute, the Memorial Chorten and the Tashichho Dzong.

Day 05 :Thimphu to Punakha.
Drive to Punakha through Dochula Pass. On a clear day, one can get an excellent view of the Himalayan range and also the Gasa Dzong at a distance. The journey continues through varying scenes of greenery all the way to Punakha. Visit Punakha town. The Punakha Dzong is set on the junction of the two rivers the Phochu (male river) and Mochu (female river) and is one of the most spectacular Dzongs in the country. At present this Dzong serves as the winter residence for the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body. Afternoon, drive to Wangdue Phodrang and return to Thimphu in the evening.

Day 06 : Drive to Paro.
On the way, visit Simtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in Bhutan built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan. Afternoon visit Paro town and stroll through Paro town. Evening at leisure.

Day 07 :Departure.
MBT representative will see you off from the Paro Airport.

DAY 01 ARRIVAL AT PARO
Upon arrival at Paro Airport you will be received by our representative and will transfer to the hotel. The drive to hotel is about ten minutes through the beautiful Paro valley. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 02 PARO - SIGHTSEEING
Today, you will have the opportunity to visit and see some of the natural culture of the country including Drugyel Dzong, a ruin fort, once strategically important to Bhutan's defense against Tibet. Mount Jhomolhari can be viewed beyond the ruined fort on a clear day. Afternoon visit National Museum, Paro Dzong and the handicrafts in Paro. Back at the hotel for dinner.

DAY 03 PARO - THIMPHU
Drive to Thimphu the capital of Bhutan through the terraced fields and scenic countryside along the banks of the Pa Chu (Paro River) down stream to its confluence with Wang Chu, then up-valley to Thimphu. Afternoon visit local handicrafts. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 04 THIMPHU - SIGHTSEEING
full day sightseeing and shopping in Thimphu. Wander round the town, visiting the shops and handicrafts shops. If you wish to visit the workshop where all the handicrafts are produced. For lunch you will return to the hotel. After lunch you will visit National Library and drive to Motithang. There you will take a short walk to see the Takin (Bhutan's national animal) panned up there. Overnight in the hotel.

DAY 05 THIMPHU - TRONGSA
The journey into central Bhutan starts today, with the drive to Tongsa, which will take 7-8hours. During the drive you will visit Punakha Dzong, ancient capital of Bhutan, which is at altitude of 1,350metres (4,430ft). Opposite to this great Dzong you will see a temple, which has occupied the site since 1328, when a saint, Ngagi Rinchen, built it. On route, at Chendebji Chorten, you will stop for your lunch. After lunch continue drive to Tongsa. A vantage point from the opposite side of the valley, still 14 Km from Tongsa, provides a welcome view of the Tongsa Dzong and the town. Overnight tourist lodge

DAY 06 TRONGSA - BUMTHANG
This morning you will visit Tongsa Dzong and Ta-Dzong (watchtower) before starting the journey to Bumthang. 18 miles (29Km) from Tongsa, the road reaches the Yutong La pass at a height of 3,400meters (11,155ft). From the viewpoint you can see Jakar Dzong"Castle of the White Bird". You will reach Bumthang in time to take lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Jampa Lhakhang, Kurje Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, and Kencho Sum Lhakhang.

DAY 07 BUMTHANG - MONGAR
Today drive to Mongar across the Thumsingla pass at a height of 3,800meters (12,465ft) and the subsequent descent from high altitude pine forest to lush pastures and orchards is one of the most exciting drive in all of the Himalayas. Gushing waterfalls, steep cliffs with even steeper drops, blazing flowers, and constantly changing vegetation combine to make this journey as varied, as it is beautiful. Overnight in tourist lodge.

DAY 08 MONGAR - TASHIGANG
Drive to Tashigang the eastern part of Bhutan, which takes about 4-5hours. On arriving in Tashigang is welcome respite from the seeming endless turns of the journey over the pass. The town is small with a sprinkling of shops. On the way as usual take a break to take a pictures of the great views, birds and animals. Overnight in the lodge.

DAY 09 TASHIGANG - EXCURSION TO TASHIYANGTSE
On the way to Tashiyangtse visit a famous Goma Kora Monastery and continue drive to Tashiyangtse. This is another place where one can find black-necked cranes in the winter months. A town here has developed around another famous Chorten Kora, one of only two temples built in a style prevalent in Nepal and the spot where Guru Padmashambhava is believed to have had a vision that a temple and Chorten would be built. Visit Chorten Kora and Bhutanese lacquer varnishing center. After lunch drive back to Tashigang. Overnight in lodge.

DAY 10 TASHIGANG - MONGAR
After breakfast visit Tashigang dzong and drive back to Mongar. One can catch-up what you have missed during your forward journey. Late afternoon at leisure. Overnight in lodge.

DAY 11 MONGAR - TONGSA
Early breakfast and drive to Tongsa. On the way there is a series of hair-raising bends between Sengor and Namning. The route is literally dug out of the rock and bordered by a vertiginous drop. The heavy atmosphere has made worse by the constant humidity, the frequent fog and absence of any human activity. Overnight in tourist lodge.

DAY 12 TONGSA - THIMPHU
Early breakfast and drive to Thimphu with a packed lunch. Drive will be through the dense forests of rhododendrons and magnolia trees. Stop for lunch at Chendibji Chorten and continue drive to Thimphu. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 13 THIMPHU - PARO
Drive to Paro and on the way visit Simtokha Dzong the oldest Dzong in Bhutan. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 14 PARO – DEPARTURE
After breakfast transfer to Paro Airport for your onward departure flight.

Day 01. Arrival at Paro. Paro – Thimphu
The flight to Paro on Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your Bhutanese escort from Medieval Bhutan Tours will greet you on arrival, and then drive you to the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in this region. After this we will have lunch in the Paro town. Then we will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Dinner and over night stay in the hotel, Thimphu.

DAY 02. Halt at Thimphu.
The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten built in honour of our late king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. We then drive to the view point of Trashichhodzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). and Folk Heritage museum.
Lunch will be served in the town. After lunch we will be visiting the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium and shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu.
Evening at leisure.
Diner and over night stay at hotel, Thimphu.

DAY 03. Thimphu – Trongsa
After our breakfast we will drive to Trongsa, through the Dochla Pass (3150m). It is very popular pass for viewing the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges on the clear days. The view is so great and spectacular. Then the road will descend to 1300m above sea level, Wangduephodrang valley. The vegetation is made up of rhododendron, magnolia bloom in early spring and through the subtropical and broadleaf forest. The drive will take about 6 – 7 hours.
Lunch will be served at the Chendebji Restaurant or Pack lunch.
Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Trongsa.

DAY 04. Trongsa – Bumthang
After our breakfast, we will visit the magnificent Trongsa Dzong and then drive to Bumthang through the hairpin bends with the dense forest of rhododendron, conifers, alder and oak. The road then comes out into a wide open cultivated valley – which is the Chumey Valley, the first of Bumthnag’s four valleys. From here the road goes on straight until we see Jakar Dzong and then drops into bends before straightening out again in the main valley atChamkhar. The drive will take about 2hours and 30minutes.
Lunch will be served at Hotel Bumthang.
After lunch we will visit Jakar Dzong and the Chamkhar town.
Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Bumthang.

DAY05. Halt at Bumthang.
Today’s day begins with visit to Jambay Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century, Kurjey Lhakhang, is named after the body print of Guru Rinpoche which is preserved in a cave inside the oldest of the three buildings, Tamshing Lhakhang – which was established by Terton Pema Lingpa in 1501 and is the most important Nyingma Goenba in the country.
Lunch in the Bumthang hotel.
After lunch we will visit Mebertsho (Burning Lake) - This is a very scared lake for Bhutanese people. Terton Pema Lingpa discovered several of Guru Rinpoche’s hidden religious treasures from this lake.
Evening at leisure.
Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Bumthang.

DAY 06. Bumthang – Gangtey.
After the breakfast, we will drive to Gangtay, Phobjikha. The drive will take about 4hours.
Lunch will be at Phobjikha hotel. After lunch we will walk around the Phobjikha valley, it is a glacial valley and is the winter home of the black necked cranes. This valley is a designated conservation area and borders Black Mountain National Park.
Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Phobjikha.

DAY 07. Gangtey – Punakha.
After the breakfast, we will drive to Punakha. The drive will take about 3hours. At Wangduephodrang we will visitWangduephodrang Dzong, was founded by the Lama Zhamdrung in 1638.
Lunch will be served at Punakha. After lunch we will visit Punakha Dzong, it was the winter capital of Bhutan until 1955 when the capital was permanently shifted to Thimphu. It still served as the winter resident for the monk body. Then we will drive to the viewpoint of Khamsum Yule Namgyel chorten.
Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Punakha.

DAY 08. Punakha – Paro.
After our early breakfast, we will drive to Paro via Dochula pass. At Lobesa we will visit Chhimi Lhakhang, which is located at a hilltop. We have to walk about 25minutes from the road point. This temple is also known as temple of fertility. After visiting this we will continue our journey to Paro. The drive will take about 5hours.
Lunch will be served at Dochula Cafeteria.
Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Paro.

DAY 09. Halt at Paro.
After early breakfast, hike to the view point of Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery. We have to walk about 1hours & 30minutes up steep from the road end. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. After enjoying the view & photographs, and refreshment at the viewpoint (Taktshang Cafeteria) we will walk back.
Lunch will be served in the town.
After lunch we will visit National Museum of Bhutan and Kyichu Lhakhang.
Evening stroll around the Paro town.
Dinner will be served in the farm house.
Over night stay in the hotel, Paro.

DAY 10. Depart from Paro.
Today we will drive to Paro international Airport to catch the flight to your next destination. Our MBT representative will see you off from the airport.