Bhutan Cultural Tours
Bhutan Cultural Tours. Bhutan is a unique travel destination because of its geographical feature and unique culture. The Bhutanese believe in offering food to deities, Lamas before eating, people also offer water and incense in every mountain they visit. This unique culture has attracted many people around the world to visit Bhutan. With more than 80% of the Country being Bhudhist the ways of Buddhist culture has a huge impact on the Bhutanese culture. The Country boasts thousands of monasteries and the landscape is dotted with stupas, Prayer wheels, and fluttering Prayer Flags. Most of our cultural tours of Bhutan are combined with the Festival of Bhutan, the best way to explore Bhutan’s unique tradition and culture.
Bhutan Cultural Tour Packages
Route: 2Nights Thimphu,1Night Punakha, 1 Night Phobjikha & 2 Nights Paro
Thinking of Booking 7 Days Bhutan Tour. Discover the best of Bhutan in 7 days tour in the land of Drukyul. Check our best Bhutan Packages.
Route: 1 Night Thimphu and 1 Night Paro
48 Hours of Bhutan Tour. This is a short Bhutan tour that gives you the best experience of Tiger Nest temple hikes and the 2 beautiful cities of Thimphu and Paro.
Route: 1 Night Thimphu, 1 Night Punakha, 1 Night Haa and 1 Night at Paro.
Route: 3 Night Paro, 1 Night Thimphu, 1 Night Punakha, 1 Night Trongsa and 2 Night Bumthang
Route: 2Nights Paro & 1 Night Thimphu
Short trip to Bhutan which covers the best of the Country within a short period of time. Explore the western Bhutan and discover the Kingdom. Check with us for the detailed Tour itinerary.
Route:1Night Thimphu, 1 Night Punakha,1Night Gangtey & 2Nights Paro.
Gangtey is the most beautiful valley in western Bhutan and this tour itinerary takes you there in this 6 days Bhutan Travel. Discover the beautiful Bhutan with visit to Gangtey.
Route: 2Nights Thimphu, 1 Night Punakha, 1 Night Gangtey,1 Night Trongsa, 3 Night Bumthang & 3 Night Paro.
12 Days Bhutan Cultural Tour takes you to cultural capital of Bhutan. Bumthang valley is one of most beautiful valley of Bhutan. One can either take flight or drive. This tour takes you deep into the central Bhutan.
Route: 1Night P/ling,2Nights Thimphu,1 Night Punakha,2 Night Gangtey ,2 Night Paro & 1 Night p/ling.
Best of Bhutan tours. 25 days program covers Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtye , Trongsa and Bumthang,Mongar, Tashigang and Samdrupjongkhar. The itinerary consist of mostly heritage visit of Dzongs and Monastery,rural life, short hikes and Best of eastern Bhutan.
Route: 1 Night Thimphu, 1 Night Punakha,1Night Gangtey, 1 Night Haa and 3 Night Paro.
Visit the 16th Century Dzongs and secret Monasteries. Discover the Cultural Heritage of Bhutan during 8 Days of Bhutan Cultural Exploration.
Route: 2Nights Thimphu-Punakha-2Nights at Paro.
You cannot find a more enlightening travel destination today. Visit the farm house to experience the enlightening life of Bhutan.
Route:2Nights Thimphu-1Night Punakha-2Nights Phobjikha-
Hike the nature trail, remote temples of this hidden Himalayan Kingdom. The most popular one on this tour is a hike to Tiger Nest temple in Paro.
Route:2Nights Thimphu-1Night Punakha-2Nights Phobjikha-1Night Haa-2 Nights Camping
Bhutan is a place recognized for natural beauty and preserved Cultural Heritage. Visit this amazing country with our best tour guide.
Bhutan Cultural Tours from India
If you are living in India and want quick visit to Bhutan here are your option to choose and spend your Vacation
Bhutan Tour Package from Delhi
Bhutan Tour Package from Mumbai
Bhutan Tour Package from Kolkatta
Bhutan Tours from Bangalore
12 Days Bhutan Tour itinerary from Bangalore. Getting to Bhutan from Bangalore can be lengthy considering the distance. The best route is to take a direct flight to Kolkatta and take the next day’s flight to Bhutan. Read More
Overland Journey to Bhutan from India
Bhutan can be best combined with Sikkim, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, North East, and Assam since the country have smooth transportation both by flight and by road. If you are visiting this city of India and extending your tour to Bhutan then here is the information you need to Know before entering Bhutan by overland via this destination.
Overland Journey from West Bengal
There is only one point of entry from West Bengal to Bhutan. It is 3 hours journey from Siliguri(India) to Phuntsholing Bhutan. Upon reaching the border we need to exit your Indian visa before entering Bhutan. Phuntsholing is the gateway to Bhutan.
Overland Journey from Guwahati to Bhutan
If you are visiting North East India and have plan to visit Bhutan than Samdrupjongkhar is the only entry points to enter Bhutan. Upon reaching the border you need to stamp exit seal from Indian Immigration office before entering Bhutan.
Overland Journey to Bhutan from Assam
Gaylegphu is the only entry points to Bhutan from Assam. The plains of Assam is one of the attraction for tourist to visiting Assam. Bhutan is just few kilometer from assam. Its always better to start early from Assam so that Visa to enter Bhutan can be processed on time.
Overland Journey from Sikkim to Bhutan
Phuntsholing is one of busiest and most crowded entry points of Bhutan. Tourist from both International and domestic flock here to get the entry points. This is the easy entry points from Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong.
Bhutan Culture and its People
Culture and Society
Bhutan’s rich and unique cultural heritage has largely remained intact due to its self-imposed isolation from the rest of the world until five decades ago. The lack of contact with the outside world has allowed the kingdom to evolve through the centuries into a distinct pattern of social and economic life, religion, and political institution. Unlike many countries, traditional arts, age-old ceremonies, festivals, social conduct, and structure are not remnants of a bygone age but are still practiced as they are done hundred years ago.
The cultural tour packages take you deep into the history and traditional practices of the Bhutanese people. the society strongly follows social principles Driglam namzha (age-old social etiquette and code of conduct). With the passage of time, the Bhutanese traditional etiquette and value system has become deeply rooted in its society and has enriched the Country’s cultural identity. As you land at Paro airport you will see all guides with a white scarf to welcome and bow down a little in respect.
Bhutan is a rich mosaic of cultures, lifestyles, languages, and belief systems. This is largely because the Bhutanese community in the past settles in the valleys with limited interaction and remained isolated from one another. As a result, different dialects, customs, and cultural patterns came into existence. This has led to a strong sense of individuality and independence.
The majority of Bhutanese are a homogeneous group divided into three main ethnic groups. Sharchops(people from the east) live mainly in the eastern part of Bhutan. The ngalongs (people from the west) are settled in the western part of Bhutan and lhotsampas from southern Bhutan. There is no rigid class system in Bhutan and social and educational opportunities are not affected by ranks or birth. Serfdom was abolished by the third king of Bhutan in 1956 through a royal edict. Monks are held in great respect and play an important part in community life. Representatives of the monk body are present on all occasions.
The traditional dress for Bhutanese men is the gho which is a knee-length robe tied at the waist by a fabric belt known as the keyra. Women wear an ankle-length dress known as the Kira, secured by a woven kyra around the waist and fastened at the shoulder with silver brooches called Koma. A long sleeve blouse, wonju is worn underneath the Kira, and a jacket called tego, worn on the outside. Thsoglam or traditional footwear for both men and women is knee-high silk boots with leather soles, but these are now worn only by men on the festive occasions.
Food and Drinks
Rice is the staple diet in the lower region while at higher altitudes wheat and buckwheat are a staple food. In Bumthang Khulay (Buckwheat cakes) and puta( buckwheat noodles) are also eaten along with rice. The diet also includes pork, beef, yak meat, chicken, and mutton. Traditional Bhutanese food always features spicy red and green chilies, either dried or fresh. The favorite Bhutanese dishes are ema datshi (chilly with cheese), Shamu datshi (Mushroom with cheese), Kewa datshi (Potato with cheese)
Bhutan is a country of festivals secular ans religious ones. The national day, Birthday of Kings, Coronation day, new year celebration are secular festivals. The most popular festivals are Dromches and Tshechus. which are held every year in different parts of the country. The festivals are important religious and social gatherings and by attending them one gains merit and blessings. People turn up for the festivals in their finest clothes and jewelry. It is said that Country can be defined by festival.
The people of Bhutan are sports lovers. Traditional sports and games form an essential part of national culture. Traditional games and sports such as archery, degor (somewhat like discus), Pungdo ( shotput), Khuru (dart), soksum ( javelin) and keshi (wrestling) form an integral part of Bhutanese life. Archery, the national sport, is a competitive and favorite recreational sport for young and old folk alike. Bhutanese traditional archery is a social event and competitions are held regularly, the match begins with a traditional breakfast with a lady singing.
Dzongkha ( meaning the language of Dzongs) originally spoken only in western Bhutan, became national language in 1971 and is widely spoken throughout the country. Beside dzongkha there are three other dominant languages which include, Bumthangpa spoken in Bumthang, Tshangla, spoken in eatsern Bhutan and lhotsamkha spoken in southern Bhutan. There are over 19 different dialects with very little in common. English is widely spoken in the main towns and is medium of instruction in schools and office in Bhutan.
Music and Dance
Bhutan’s traditional culture is alive in its performing arts, such as music and dance. In addition, secular performances such as dance, songs, traditional instrumental music, a drama based on biographies of religious personalities hold a special place in the lives of the people as they play an important role in national, village or local functions and festivals. The influence of Buddhism on bhutanese culture is significant. Bhutanes music has traditional genres such as Zhungdra (traditional or classical Song) and Boedra (folk song). The reign of Zhabdrung saw a blosoming of folk music and dance.
Popular Festival Tour in Bhutan
It is said that if you want to Know the Country, attend the festival. Padmasambhava, the great Nyingmapa scholar (the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism), visited Tibet and Bhutan in the 8th and 9th centuries. He used to convert opponents of Buddhism by performing rites, reciting mantras, and finally performing the dance of subjugation to conquer local spirits and gods. He visited Bhutan to aid and dying King Sindhu Raja. Padmasambhava conducted a series of rites and dances in Bumthang valley to restore the health of the King. The health of the King was restored and in order to remember this day the Guru conducted the first Tshechu in Bumthang depicting the glory of Good from evil.
There is an annual Dakpakora(circumambulation of the chorten by Dakpas) festival held on the 15th of the first lunar month, and a Drukpakora(Circumambulation of chorten by Bhutanese) held at the end of the first lunar month. This festival is attended by People from Tawang and locals around. A popular belief is that when the stupa was constructed, a pious Dakini princess from neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh in India entombed herself within, as the yeshe Semba, to meditate on behalf of all beings.
Thimphu Festival was instituted somewhere between 1705 to 1709 by Kunega Gyeltshen, the first reincarnation of Jampel Dorji. According to the legend the pelden Lhamdo appeared in his dream and performed the dances while he was in meditation. Based on his dream he initiated the Thimphu Tshechu which is dedicated to the local deities. The festival was first introduced during the eight months of the Bhutanese calendar during the reign of the fourth Desi Tenzin Rabgye (1638-1696).
Jomolhari Mountain Festival is an exquisitely themed two-day event celebrated at the base of Mt. Jomolhari by communities located along with one of the most scenic trekking routes in Bhutan. The festival celebrates the culture of the communities living together with the natural wonders that surround them: one, in particular, is the elusive, yet elegant, snow leopard! This endangered cat thrives in the region; several camera trap photos and definite signs have established the region as one of the best snow leopard habitats in Bhutan.
Set among pristine lakes and high alpine valleys, the Haa summer festival is a lively and uplifting celebration of traditional living culture, nomadic lifestyles, unique Bhutanese cuisine, traditional sports, and religious performances. Immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind experience by playing the local sports, sampling the delicious home-cooked cuisine, and enjoying traditional songs and dances all while imbibing the heady local liquor (Ara). Join us on this fantastic journey into the Mythic Valley of the Guardian Spirit.
Best Time to Visit Bhutan
The best time to visit Bhutan is Spring and Autumn. Spring season starts from march till may and Autumn from September to November. Spring and Autumn is best beacuse of weather and warm temperature the country experience. Best places to visit at this time of the year is Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Bumthang. Popular spring festival like Paro festival, Punakha Festival takes place at this time of the year. People from all walks of life gather to celebrate before they welcome the planting season.
When is the best time to travel Thimphu?
Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan with 100000 people residing in it. The capital has many things to offer for tourist visiting the place. Thimphu is very cold during winter with temperature almost going down to -4 degree and roads blocked with ice and snow. The perfect time to visit Thimphu is from March to November avoiding the winter cold. Popular places you can visit are Bhudhha Statue, Simply Bhutan Museam, 13 Arts and Craft School, Textile Museam, Trashichhodzong, Simtokha Dzong and amazing Dochula Pass. If you happen to visit in Autumn than witness the colorfull Thimphu festival.
Best time to Travel Paro
Paro is one of the fertile valley of western District of Bhutan and it is the only International Airport of the Country. If you plan to hike the Tiger nest temple Spring is the best time considering the season for flower on the route to the temple. Temple is very secret to Locals because the saint Guru Rinpoche meditated in this location in the 6th century.
Best Time to travel Punakha
Punakha lies at a very low altitude compared with Thimphu and Punakha. Punakha used to be the old capital of Bhutan until 1960 after which Thimphu became the new capital of Bhutan. Punakha has many special sights to visit and among them are Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang, and the Longest suspension bridge that connects the remote village with Punakha Dzong. The best time to travel to Punakha is Spring.
Visa Information for Bhutan
Visa is required to visit Bhutan. If you are a national from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives then your visa will be granted upon arrival. If you are a national from another country you need to buy a pre-packaged tour to get your Visa done. Check on how to apply for Bhutan Visa?