Bhutan cultural Touring includes traveling by vehicle through the Bhutanese countryside, with optional walks and day hikes to visit temples, monasteries and villages. Culture tour also include visiting museum, handicraft shops and weekend market where you will be introduce to Bhutanese food and eating habit. This tour will introduce you to Bhutan and its unique culture and tradition. Cultural tours are an excellent way to experience the people and culture of Bhutan. Each night, one stays in comfortable guesthouses or well done small hotels. While not as demanding as trekking, these trips are well suited for those travelers who wish to learn about Bhutan’s culture and environment without the physical demands of trekking..

PLACES COVERED Thimpu-Punkha-Kathmandu-Pokhara-Sarankot-Pokhara-Kathmandu
DURATION OF TRIP 12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS
MINIMUM  REQUIRED 2 PAX
 ACCOMMODATION BUDGET ACCOMMODATION
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION PICKUP BHUTAN/DROP KATHMANDU
RETURN TIME Approximately 6:30 PM/Depends on onward Journey
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing,  sunscreen.
BASIC INCLUSION
Accommodation in 3 /4 star Category hotel in twin sharing basis with breakfast
Kathmandu- Pokhara by flight
Pokhara- Kathmandu and Pokhara-Phedi by luxirious transportation
Yoga classes in Kathmandu both hotels with expert yoga teacher
Bed and Breakfast
Private Car From arrival till Departure
BASIC EXCLUSION
Entrance Tickets To monuments
Gratuity Recommended
Meals Unless specified
1

Day-01:- Arrive Paro Airport

Your arrival at Paro Airport and Transfer to Thimpu. Overnight at Hotel.

2

Day-02:- Thimpu-Punkha

Thimpu – Punkha 3-4 hours’ drive. Overnight at Hotel.

3

Day-03:- Punkha-Paro

Punkha – Paro 5-6 hours’ drive. Overnight at Hotel.

4

Day-04:- Paro

Exploration day at Paro. Overnight at Hotel.

5

Day-05:- Arrival in Kathmandu

Drive to Paro Airport for your departure or join Nepal trip. Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel.

Stay Overnight at Hotel.

6

Day-06:- Kathmandu to Pokhara

Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight (30 minutes). Overnight at Hotel.

7

Day-07: Drive to Phedi and trek

Drive to Phedi and trek to Dhampus. Overnight at Guest House.

8

Day-08: Australian Camp

Trek to Australian Camp from Dhampus. Overnight at Guest House.

9

Day-9: Day-09: Trek to Sarankot

Trek to Sarankot from Australian Camp. Overnight at Guest House.

10

Day-10: Back to Pokhara

Drive back to Pokhara and Sightseeing of Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.

11

Day-11: Back to Kathmandu

Drive or fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.

12

Day-12: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. Overnight at Hotel.

13

Day-13: Transfer to Airport

Transfer to airport for your departure.

 

PRICES BASED ON BUDGET ACCOMMODATION FOR UPGRADE PLEASE EMAIL

General Inclusion:

For Bhutan:-

  • Accommodation in 3 /4 star Category hotel in twin sharing basis with breakfast
  • Lunch and Dinner in local restaurants and hotels.
  • Experienced English Speaking Tour Guide licensed by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
  • All Surface transfer transportation
  • Private transport within Bhutan (Toyota coach / Tucson / Santafe / Land cruiser / Prado) as per itinerary.
  • Museum & Monuments entrance fee.
  • Bottled water during the tour.
  • Government Royalty & visa fees

For Nepal:-

  • Airport pickup & drop
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu first one night after your arrival (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar category) and Pokhara (Hotel Mount Kailash or similar category), in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • Last 2 night before your departure at Gokarna Forest Resort or Soaltee Crowne Plaza with breakfast
  • Meals, accommodation, insurance and other expenses of trekking crew (guide and porters) 2 people will have one porter and highly experienced English speaking guide.
  • Accommodation in lodge with breakfast during the trek
  • Necessary permit, TIMS and national park fees
  • Necessary equipment during the trek [Duffle Bag and trekking pole if necessary]
  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private vehicle with guide
  • Kathmandu- Pokhara by flight
  • Pokhara- Kathmandu and Pokhara-Phedi by luxirious transportation
  • Yoga classes in Kathmandu both hotels with expert yoga teacher
  • All Government taxes, VAT and service charge

PRICES BASED ON BUDGET ACCOMMODATION FOR UPGRADE PLEASE EMAIL

General Exclusion:

For Bhutan:-

  • Flight tickets Bangkok-paro-Bangkok( US$ 660)
  • Alcoholic and cold drinks
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Expenses

For Nepal:-

  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and trekking days. (Meal costs about 5 – 7 dollar per item depending on place where you eat)
  • City sightseeing entry fee in Kathmandu (Entrance fee cost RS 200+250+500+1000)
  • Bangkok-Paro- Kathmandu US$ 700
  • Paragliding (US$ 85) and flight ticket PKR-KTM ( US$ 120)
  • Any other activities or items not mentioned in the itinerary.

VISA INFORMATION

OVERVIEW

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All Individual visa seekers are requested to apply for the Indian Visa through Online application link , in order to make an application for getting the Indian visa.

The duly signed physical copy of the application form completed in all respect and submitted successfully, is to be submitted at the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to Indian Mission/ Post, on the scheduled date of interview along with the requisite supporting documents. The instructions for filling the form and scheduling the appointment can be seen at Instructions for Online Visa Application. Important technical information for filling online Indian visa application can be referred at Technical Instructions.

The applicants are also requested to visit website of the Indian Mission concerned for detailed information about Indian visa.

ONLINE VISA APPLICATION

All Individual visa seekers are requested to apply for the Indian Visa through online application link. Or can apply by typing the URL: http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/ in the address bar of web browser, in order to make an application for getting the Indian visa. In either case, no hand written application form will be accepted by any of the Indian Mission/ Post, where-ever online Visa facility has been implemented. The application form completed in all respect and submitted succesfully, is to be submitted at the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to Indian Mission/ Post in absence of IVAC, on the scheduled date of interview along with the requisite supporting documents. The instructions for filling the form and scheduling the appointment can be refered at Instructions for Online Visa Application. Important technical information for filling online Indian visa application can be referred at Technical Instructions. If you have already applied online for Indian Visa online and want to know the status of your application,

VISA CATEGORIES

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VISA PROCESSING TIME

Upon receipt of the Visa Application through Indian Visa Application Center or directly, the Indian Mission/ Post requires a minimum of three working days to process the case and issue a visa depending upon the nationality and excluding special cases.

PHOTO REQUIREMENTS

Online India Visa Application allows the Applicant to upload a digital photograph of self to complete the online visa application.

Guidelines/procedure to upload a digital photograph

The digital photograph to be uploaded along with the Visa application should meet the following requirements:

Format – JPEG

Size

Minimum 10 KB

Maximum 300 KB

The height and width of the Photo must be equal.

Photo should present Full face, front view, eyes open.

Center head within frame and present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin.

Background should be plain light colored or white background.

No shadows on the face or on the background.

Without borders.

Make sure that photo presents full head from top of hair to bottom of chin. Head should measure 1 inch to 1-3/8 inches (25mm to 35mm). Make sure eye height is between 1-1/8 inches to 1-3.

FEE FOR INDIAN VISA

The visa fee depends upon the type of applied for and duration of visa. Visa fee is divided into various types depending upon the case viz; Basic fee, special fee, processing fee by out-sourcing agency. During the online registration process, at the end of the process the basic fee shall be displayed. However, this fee shall be indicative only and final fee shall be charged while submitting the application at the respective counters Fee once received are non-refundable even if the visa application is withdrawn, the visa is not granted, or if visa issued is of shorter duration of period than applied for or otherwise issued or returned at a time or on terms and conditions that may vary from those sought by the applicant. For further information on this, please check with local embassy office or Indian Visa Application center office or websites for information on applicable fee and payment methods.

VISA PROVISION

Sl. No. Type of Visa Period for which granted Entry – Single (S), Multiple (M), Double Documents required with application Extendable in India
1 Tourist 180 days M No
2 Transit 15 days S/ Double Return/ onward journey ticket No
3 Business 5 years M Documents to prove bonafide purpose (Company’s letter etc.) Yes
4 Employment 1 year/ period of contract M Proof of employment (appointment document), terms and conditions Yes
5 Student Period of course/ 5 years M Proof of admission in Indian Institution Yes
6 Foreigners of Indian Origin 5 years M Proof of being of Indian Origin Yes

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Online application form:

This application form is meant for those foreigners who are applying for visa from outside India.

Each online application form is meant for one person only. Separate application has to be filed for each applicant.

Furnish information exactly in the manner asked for in the forms, especially the names, address and date of birth.

Applicants are required to verify the application details before submitting the online application. They have an option to save the online application form, in case it is not to be submitted.

Once the online application form is submitted by the applicant, then further modifications are not allowed. Hence applicants are requested to check and validate the details before submitting the online application form.

Applicants are requested to keep the Application Id (generated automatically after the submission of online form) for further communications.

  1. Appointment Scheduling:

Applicant can schedule the appointment as per his/ her convenience with the concerned Indian Mission.

Each applicant to schedule a separate appointment with the Indian Mission

  1. Process for filling up online application form:

Applicant shall access the Visa Application system online through the following link: http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/.

Applicant visits the above mentioned web link and selects the Indian Mission from where he intends to apply for the Visa from the tab “Select Mission”.

Applicant fills the application on-line as per the forms standardized by the Ministry.

After filling the form and submitting it, the system shall automatically generate a Application Id. Applicants are requested to keep this Application Id for further communications with the concerned Indian Mission.

System will automatically ask the Applicant for the following confirmation: “Select ‘Yes’ if the applicant want to seek appointment and make payment online or ‘No’ if the applicant just want to print the submitted application form.”

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If the response from applicant is “yes” then the system automatically takes the link to perform the following:

Selection of Date and Time of appointment at the concerned Indian Mission

Calculation of Visa fee, service charge, VAT etc. as applicable according to the Visa type

E Payment using service provider’s payment system

In case the facility of Appointment Scheduling and e-Payment is not available for the concerned Indian mission, then applicant has to take the printout of the online application form and visit the concerned Indian Mission to submit the same along with supporting documents and make the payment.

Indian Culture: Traditions and Customs of India

India’s culture is among the world,s oldest; civilization in India began about 4,500 years ago. Many sources describe it as “Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara” — the first and the supreme culture in the world, according to the All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) organization.

Western societies did not always see the culture of India very favorably, according to Christina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London. Early anthropologists once considered culture as an evolutionary process, and ”every aspect of human development was seen as driven by evolution,” she told Live Science. “In this view, societies outside of Europe or North America, or societies that did not follow the European or Western way of life, were considered primitive and culturally inferior.  Essentially this included all the colonized countries and people, such as African countries, India, and the Far East.”.

However, Indians made significant advances in architecture (Taj Mahal), mathematics (the invention of zero) and medicine (Ayurveda). Today, India is a very diverse country, with more than 1.2 billion people, according to the CIA World Factbook, making it the second most populous nation after China. Different regions have their own distinct cultures. Language, religion, food and the arts are just some of the various aspects of Indian culture. Here is a brief overview of the culture of India.

Language

India has 28 states and seven territories, according to the World Health Organization. There is no official language in India, according to a Gujarat High Court ruling in 2010. Many people living in India also write in Devanagari script. In fact, it is a misconception that the majority of people in India speak Hindi. Though many people speak Hindi in India, 59 percent of India residents speak something other than Hindi, according to The Times of India. Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil and Urdu are some other languages spoken in the country.

Religion

India is identified as the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism, the third and fourth largest religions. About 84 percent of the population identifies as Hindu, according to the “Handbook of Research on Development and Religion” Edited by Matthew Clarke (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013). There are many variations of Hinduism, and four predominant sects — Shaiva, Vaishnava, Shakteya and Smarta.

About 13 percent of Indians are Muslim, making it one of the largest Islamic nations in the world. Christians and Sikhs make up a small percentage of the population, and there are even fewer Buddhists and Jains, according to the “Handbook.”

Food

When the Moghul Empire invaded during the sixteenth century, they left a significant mark on the Indian cuisine, according to Texas A&M University. Indian cuisine is also influenced by many other countries. It is known for its large assortment of dishes and its liberal use of herbs and spices. Cooking styles vary from region to region.

Wheat, Basmati rice and pulses with chana (Bengal gram) are important staples of the Indian diet. The food is rich with curries and spices, including ginger, coriander, cardamom, turmeric, dried hot peppers, and cinnamon, among others. Chutneys — thick condiments and spreads made from assorted fruits and vegetables such as tamarind and tomatoes and mint, cilantro and other herbs — are used generously in Indian cooking.

Many Hindus are vegetarians, but lamb and chicken are common in main dishes for non-vegetarians. The Guardian reports that between 20 percent and 40 percent of India’s population is vegetarian.

Much of Indian food is eaten with fingers or bread used as utensils. There is a wide array of breads served with meals, including naan, a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, and bhatoora, a fried, fluffy flatbread common in North India and eaten with chickpea curry.

Architecture and art

The most well-known example of Indian architecture is the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to honor his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles. India also has many ancient temples.

India is well known for its film industry, which is often referred to as Bollywood. The country’s movie history began in 1896 when the Lumière brothers demonstrated the art of cinema in Mumbai, according to the Golden Globes. Today, the films are known for their elaborate singing and dancing.

Indian dance, music and theater traditions span back more than 2,000 years, according to Nilima Bhadbhade, author of “Contract Law in India” (Kluwer Law International, 2010). The major classical dance traditions — Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam and Kathakali — draw on themes from mythology and literature and have rigid presentation rules.

Clothing

Indian clothing is closely identified with the colorful silk saris worn by many of the country’s women. The traditional clothing for men is the dhoti, an unstitched piece of cloth that is tied around the waist and legs. Men also wear a kurta, a loose shirt that is worn about knee-length. For special occasions, men wear a sherwani, which is a long coat that is buttoned up to the collar and down to the knees. The Nehru jacket is a shorter version of a sherwani.

Customs and celebrations

The country celebrates Republic Day (Jan. 26), Independence Day (Aug. 15) and Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (Oct. 2). Diwali is the largest and most important holiday to India, according to National Geographic. It is a five-day festival known as the festival of lights because of the lights lit during the celebration to symbolize the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness. Holi, the festival of colors, also called the festival of love, is popular in the spring.

Weather

India is situated in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan.
The climate in India varies from a tropical monsoon climate in the south to a temperate climate in the north. If you are thinking of Visiting Delhi (the capital of India) then best to visit it in October, November, February and March. That’s when the nights are cool and the days are filled with a little sunshine. May, June and July are very hot with temperatures over 45 degrees (113 Fahrenheit). It is a dry heat and is sometimes accompanied by dusty desert winds. Most of the rain falls between July and September but they are not the tropical rains you’ll experience in India’s coastal cities.

  • Kathmandu and Pokhara city
  • Sunrise, sun set view from Sarangkot
  • Mountain views and land scape
  • Explore the Bhutan
  • Visiting monasteries and Tiger nest
  • Bhutanese food and culture

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