Sinchula Cultural Trek
The ultimate way to explore the culturally rich country of Bhutan is by taking leisurely time to process the enigmatic hidden realms where normal travelers wouldn’t go. This is a complete tour of Bhutan (metaphorically, of course), as we take 21 days to cover an incredible array of sights, sounds and places that gives you the opportunity to become a traveler and a deeply spiritual person.
In this trip, we’ll strike the right balance of exploring the rural and urban, rustic and luxurious, and village and city. We then discover the ancient and modern ways of Bhutan, visiting monasteries and fortresses and exploring the pulsating street life and markets of its towns. A stunning, intricately designed enigma, Bhutan is a country that has cultured just about every aspect of life into an art form. Exploring the Bhutanese art of integrating its proud ancient culture with its equally proud embrace of the modern, makes this a rewarding trip for any traveler.
DepartureParo / Paro
IncludedSinchula Cultural Trek3 Star Hotel AccommodationOne time visa fees US$40TipsBasic Trekking EquipmentsAll Ground TransportationAll taxes and feesRoyalty US$ 65/person/night(Child under 12 year is exempt from Royalty US$65)Mineral drinking waterPersonal GuideAll Meal While Trek
Not IncludedInternational Telephone CallsLaundry BillsBar BillsTravel InsuranceInternational FlightsEntrance fees to all the monument and museum5 Star Accommodation
Day 1: Paro
- Enter Bhutan amidst its breathtaking landscape from Kathmandu, Kolkata or Bagdro – and take in sights of some of the world’s tallest peaks, Everest, Kanchen Dzonga, Lhotshe and Jomalhari. You will be warmly received by our friendly, traditionally dressed representative with the offering of a white welcome scarf.
- Transfer to hotel in Paro (about 25-minute drive from airport).
- Arrival at hotel and relax with welcome tea followed by check-in at hotel.
- Stroll around Paro town, which was developed after the airport was built in 1983.
- Visit Ta Dzong (watch tower) which was built in 1649 by Paro Governor Tenzin Drugda to protect the fortress below. The Ta Dzong was almost destroyed in 1965 but was restored by the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk into the National Museum of Bhutan in 1968.
- Visit Paro Dzong which was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Rimpoche. It was built to protect Paro Valley from frequent Tibetan invasions. Today this Dzong serves as the administrative office of Paro district and houses 110 monks.
- Visit Kichu Lhakhang which was founded by Tibetan king Songtshen Gyambo in 659 AD. It was built to subjugate the demon occupied lands all over the Himalayas and prevented the spread of Buddhism. The king built 108 temples in a day to overcome the demon.
Day 2: Paro
Day 3: Thimphu
- Visit the Memorial Chorten of third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The Chorten was built in 1974 by Her Royal Grand Mother Ashi Phuntsho Choden. Today it is popular worship place in Thimphu city. You will see many elderly men and women circling the chorten and chanting mantara.
- Visit Zorichusum (meaning 13 arts and crafts) which is popularly known as the painting school. Students in this school learn traditional arts and crafts like painting, sculpture, wood carving, weaving and embroidery.
- Visit the Changangkha Temple (built in the 15th century by famous Lama Nima). Inside the temple is “God of Compassion” made out of platinum. You may witness blessing of a newborn baby in this temple.
Day 4: Thimphu to Galapang
Day 5: Galapang to Dungshing Pang
Day 6: Dubgshing Pang to Punakha
Day 7: Punakha Dzong
- Visit Punakha Dzong which played an important role in the olden days. It was Bhutan’s second monastery school after the Cheri Monastery. The first king was crowned inside this Dzong in 1907. It is residence to the Centre Monk’s Body and Chief Abbot in winter.
- Hike to Chemi Lhakhang through a nice walk along the rice field and through farm houses. The temple was built by Lama Nawang Chogyel in 1499 and is today a popular temple where barren women come to pray for a child. The temple is popularly known as the Fertility Temple.
Day 8: Departure