View of Trongsa dzong during 12 days Bhutan tour
Trongsa dzong

8 Days Bhutan Cultural Tour

8 Days Bhutan Cultural Heritage Tours mostly focus on the heritage and rich culture of Bhutan. Our Bhutan trip plan for 8 days is designed to take you through the splendor of this country. The monasteries, stupas, and other religious monuments are scattered across the country. The people of Bhutan have drawn a rich culture from this heritage and made it the essence of our unique culture and identity.

8 Days Bhutan Trip Fact

  • Tour Duration: 7 Nights and 8 Days
  • Guide: Licensed Tour Guide
  • Meals: All Inclusive
  • Transport: Private
  • Tour Start and End: Paro to Paro
  • Tour Cost: US$ 2490 Per Person.

8 Days Bhutan Cultural Trip Highlight

  • Discover the colorful Tradition and Culture of Bhutan.
  • Enjoy the deep heritage tour.
  • Explore the best of western Bhutan.
  • Visit the majestic Punakha Dzong.
  • Visit the highest Chelela Pass.
  • Discover the remote Haa valley recently opened for tourism.

8 Days Bhutan Cultural Tour Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Paro Airport (2300m)
  • Day 02: Thimphu Tour (2200m)
  • Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha ( 1242m)
  • Day 04: Punakha to Gangtye (2800m)
  • Day 05: Gangtey to Paro
  • Day 06 Paro to Haa
  • Day 07: Haa to Paro via Kili Goenpa Hike.
  • Day 08: Drop to Airport.

Day 01: Arrival at Paro Airport

Arrive Paro and drive to Thimphu.

Your Guide from Tour Bhutan will receive you at the airport with white khadhar. After tea drive to 16th century fortress the Drugyel Dzong and explore the beautiful architect for the fortress. 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. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Drugyel Dzong during 5 days Bhutan Tour
Drugyel Dzong in Paro

Day 02: Thimphu Tour: Unveiling the Heart of Bhutan's Vibrant Culture and Traditions

  • Distance: 60Km from Paro to Thimphu.
  • Driving Time: 1 Hour
  • Altitude: 2200m

Thimphu falls in western Bhutan. The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built-in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts. After lunch visit the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). 

Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the national government, and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan).  Visit weekend market in Thimphu where you get organic fruits and vegetable. people from all around Bhutan come here to sell their product. Over night in Hotel.

Thimphu Weekend Market is the place to visit while in Bhutan
Weekend Market in Thimphu

Day 03:Thimphu to Punakha Tour: Discovering Bhutan's Rich Heritage and Natural Splendor

  • Distance: 80Km from Thimphu to Punakha
  • Driving Time: 2.5 Hour
  • Max Altitude: 3200m at Dochula Pass and Punakha is 1242m.
  • Over Night: at Punakha

Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan.  Visit Dochula pass while driving towards punakha valley. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. While in Punakha, visit 16th century majestic Punakha Dzong. For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government.  Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 04:Punakha to Gangtey Tour: Immersing in Bhutan's Tranquil Beauty and Spiritual Wonders

  • Distance: 80Km from Punakha to Gangtey.
  • Driving Time: 2.5 Hour
  • Altitude: 2800m

During your stay in Gangtey, make sure to include a visit to the renowned Gangtey Gompa. This magnificent temple was established in 1613 by Gyaltse Pema Thinley, who was not only the grandson of Pema Lingpa but also considered the embodiment of his enlightened mind.

While in Gangtey, you must also explore the breathtaking Phobjikha valley, which is renowned for hosting flocks of elegant Black Necked Cranes during the winter months.

To ensure you have a delightful experience, a packed lunch will be provided for you to savor at Gangtey. After a fulfilling day, you can look forward to a comfortable overnight stay at the Hotel.

Gangtey Goenpa Monastery in Phobjikha
Gangtye Goenpa in Phobjikha

Day 05:Gangtey to Paro Tour: Unveiling the Charm of Bhutan's Enchanting Landscapes

  • Distance: 190Km from Paro to Thimphu.
  • Driving Time: 5 Hours
  • Altitude: 2300m at Paro

Paro tour includes a visit to Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the center of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06:Paro to Haa Tour: Exploring the Picturesque Beauty of Bhutan

  • Distance: 80 km from Paro to Haa.
  • Driving Time: 2 Hours
  • Altitude: 2700m

Haa Tour. Drive to Haa via Chelela Pass. The pass offers the best view of both Haa and Paro valley.

Haa District is one of the 20 dzongkhag or districts comprising Bhutan. As Per the 2017 census, the population of Haa dzongkhag was 13,655 in 2,952 households making it the second least populated dzongkhag in Bhutan after Gasa. The dominant language of the district is Dzongkha, the national language. Haa opened its place for tourists only in 2011.

Day 07: Haa to Paro via Kili Goenpa Hike

  • Distance: 80Km from Haa to Paro.
  • Driving Time: 2.5 Hour
  • Max Altitude: 4200m at Chelela Pass.
  • Chelela to Kiligoenpa Hike time: 2 Hours

Hike the most beautiful Kiligoenpa monastery starting from Bhutan’s Highest road point Chelela (4200M) towards Paro. 

Kiligoenpa Hike in Paro

Day 08 See Off.

Your 8 Days Bhutan Cultural Tour ends here with our guide and driver seeing you off. Depart Home

FAQs for 8 Days Bhutan Cultural Tour

A Bhutan Cultural Tour is an immersive travel experience that allows you to explore the rich cultural heritage, traditions, and customs of Bhutan. It typically spans 8 days, during which you will visit historic sites, monasteries, and dzongs, witness traditional Bhutanese dances, and interact with the friendly locals.

The highlights of the tour include visits to the famous Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, exploring the capital city Thimphu’s landmarks, attending a traditional festival (subject to the tour’s timing), visiting Punakha Dzong, and experiencing the serenity of Phobjikha Valley.

The best time to undertake the Bhutan Cultural Tour is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer pleasant weather and clear skies, making it ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

During the Bhutan Cultural Tour, we ensure comfortable and authentic accommodations that blend with Bhutanese architecture and hospitality. We usually select hotels or lodges that offer modern amenities while maintaining the local ambiance.

While the tour includes some walking and light hiking to reach monasteries and fortresses, it is generally suitable for people of all fitness levels. Participants should be able to walk short distances and handle uneven terrains.

Yes, if you wish to extend your Bhutan Cultural Tour, we can customize the itinerary to suit your preferences and extend the duration accordingly. You can explore more regions, partake in additional cultural experiences, or indulge in trekking adventures.

Travel insurance is mandatory for applying Bhutan Visa and without which you cannot do the tour. Therefore Travel insurance is must for all tours to Bhutan.

To book the Bhutan Cultural Tour, you can contact our travel agency through our website or email. Our experienced team will assist you in designing a customized itinerary based on your preferences and provide details about tour availability and pricing.

Tour Cost Starts fromUS$ 2490.00 PP

Tour Cost Inclusion

Tour Cost Exclusion

Why Book this Tour with Us?

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get canceled. In such cases, the operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However, a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Refund Policy

  • More than 90 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan: no penalty.
  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 15 business days

Climate and Weather Condition

Bhutan’s climate is diverse due to dramatic variations in elevation. The Duars Plain tends to be hot and humid; the Lesser Himalayas region is often cooler; while the areas in the Greater Himalayas are closest to that of the alpine tundra.

Dos and Dons

  • Normally, taking photos is forbidden in the monastery. If you want to take photos of Bhutanese pilgrims, a gentle ask of permission would be appreciated or you can do it from a long distance. 
  • Do not talk about sensitive topics like politics;  Walk clockwise around temples and stupa.
  • Never venture into the unknown trails; do as much as you can to protect the fragile ecosystem in Bhutan.

Talk to our Experts

Other Popular Tour and Things to Do in Bhutan

Name of the Hotels Used for the Tour

Hotel in Paro

8 Days Bhutan Cultural Tour

Metta Resort is situated among the Bhutanese local communities together with the farmhouse and villages. Walking distance to the oldest Kichu Monastery and Paro town. Read the Reviews

Hotel in Thimphu

Thimphu Hotel

Seven Suits Hotel is centrally located in olakha Thimphu. It is 10 minutes drive from main city and recently opened for business.

Hotel in Punakha

Festival in Tashigang

Hotel Vara is nice 3 star hotel over looking punakha valley. The rooms offers best view of paddy field, local markets and strrets of lobesa valley.

Hotel in Gangtey

Hotel in Gangtey

Dewachen Hotel and Spa is the only best 3 star hotel in Phobjikha with large room fitted with Bukhari(firewood heater) to heat the rooms. The room doesnot have TV but offers the best view of Phobjikha valley.

Farmhouse in Haa

Farm House in Haa for 8 days Tour

Ugyen Farm House in haa is TCB approved farm house for tourist to stay in Haa. They offer the unique haa speciality called hoentay(barley momo) and medicinal hotstone bath.