Adventure. Culture. Nature
Bhutan Tour Packages
Bhutan Tour Packages
Alpine Bhutan Travel
Tours to the Fabled Kingdom
One of the best ways to see a country with a rugged terrain but stunning scenery like Bhutan is to go around in the comfort of a car. Bhutan Cultural Tours listed here are expertly designed Bhutan tour itineraries keeping in mind the winding and undulating roads of Bhutan, travel time and key attractions. Meticulous planning has gone into each of the tour itineraries. Each Bhutan tour itinerary is different from the other in the sense that each offers a unique experience of Bhutan - be it travelling from Southern Bhutan by road or meeting a weaver in East Bhutan. There is flexibility built into the tour itinerary so that just in case you come across a stunning scenery around the corner, you can stop there and make the most of it.
Bhutan is accessible by road.
There is only one airport in Bhutan, and most tourists with limited time on their hand would fly in and out of Bhutan. However, for those tourists with time on hand and some adventure on their mind can drive into Bhutan from neighbouring Indian towns. Driving through the endless tea gardens in the Indian plains to the subtropical forests of Bhutan. Observe the plains of Ganges rising suddenly into Himalayan foothills and mountains, as the winding road climbs into the misty mountains and disappear...
The rice bowl valleys of Bhutan... Paro, Thimphu and Punakha-Wangdue grow the famed Bhutanese red rice. Be it in during the planting season or harvesting season, you will encounter the farmers in their fields, whistling a song as they go about their business. You will be taken back to the bygone innocence of time when each family grew their own food!!
Just about 50 years ago, Bhutanese economy was a self-sufficient one, growing whatever they needed on their farms from cereals to spices, from fruits to nuts. However, as in other mountainous countries, one commodity had to be bought all the way from the sea...the salt.
Salt was so scarce and so important in those days that it was accepted as a form of currency, and bartered widely in the country. Salt came mostly from India. After the harvesting season, in winter, able-bodied men from the valleys would make a trip to India. They would take produce from Bhutan like corn flakes, dried cheese and yak hair to barter with salt in India. They would bring back salt on their back and mules to last a year for the whole valley.
Historic Central Bhutan Valleys (10 Nights/11 Days) US$ 2000
tour package is designed to cover all the historic valleys of Bhutan. You
would be moving from one historic valley to another in the heartland of
the Drupka people. Some of the temples in these valleys date back to the
7th century when Guru Padmasambava first introduced Buddhism in Bhutan. A
stream of Buddhist lamas coming to Bhutan over the centuries established
monasteries and temples in various parts of these valleys.
Valley of the Cranes (7Nights/8Days) US$ 1400
Necked Cranes, one of the highly endangered birds, winter here in this
high and beautiful alpine valley of Phobjikha in Central Bhutan. Cranes
by the end of October from Siberia and parts of China. They would stay
here browsing in the marshes and the fields left fallow. Since the
villagers here are gentle and respect the cranes as some celestial
creatures, the cranes also seem to mingle comfortably with the
villagers. You would be surprised to learn that the cranes seem to feel
uneasy with outsiders, and won't allow people to get as close to them as
the locals. However, you will get enough opportunity to take close up
pictures and watch the graceful dances of the crane to court their mates.
Across the Kingdom (15Nights/16Days) US$ 2900
©March 2007 Alpine Bhutan Travel. Pictures © Christine Potocnik