Rural livelihoods Central and East

"tour takes the traveler to remote and rural villages of Central and Eastern Bhutan"

This tour takes the traveller to remote and rural villages of Central and Eastern Bhutan. Farm stays and encounters with local manufacturers provide a unique insight into rural life. The main cultural highlights are Taktsang (Tigernest), Punakha Dzong, sacred temples in Bumthang valley, Membartsho and Gom Kora.

This itinerary is part of the specially designed agritourism tours, which are developed by our Swiss partner Tina Roner from Mountain Grassroots GmbH. Tina worked in the agriculture and forestry sectors in rural Bhutan and guides since many years regularly tours to Bhutan.

The agritourism tours explore rural life in Bhutan. The majority of Bhutanese live in rural areas and depend on farming as their main source of livelihood. The Agro-tourism tours offer travelers the opportunity to stay with farming families, visit local manufactures and explore rural villages off the beaten track. Authentic encounters with local residents are combined with short hikes and Bhutan’s main cultural highlights.
From the travel price of our agro-tourism tours are 5% donated to the Swiss non-for-profit Mountain Grassroots Association for agricultural development projects in Bhutan.

Tour NameRural livelihoods Central and East
Duration16 days / 15nights
Off Season CostsUSD: 2,950 Per person.
Peak Season CostsUSD: 3,700 Per person.
Dates

Note: For groups of less than three, the Royal Government of Bhutan imposes surcharges; surcharges are separated from minimum daily tour prices. You can also visit Tourism Department official website http://www.tourism.gov.bt/plan/minimum-daily-package

Tour Itinerary

This agritourism tour is designed by our Swiss partner Tina Roner from Mountain Grassroots GmbH. For reasons of originality we refrain from detailing our itinerary online. For more information or to book this tour please contact info@mountain-grassroots.com

Day 01: Arrive to Paro

Day 02: Drive to Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong

Day 03: Drive to Bumthang

Day 04: Sightseeing in Bumthang

Day 05: Hike to Tang valley, visit Membartsho

Day 06: Sightseeing in Tang valley

Day 07: Drive to Ura

Day 08: Long drive to Mongar

Day 09: Sightseeing in Mongar

Day 10: Drive to Trashiyangtse, visit Gom Kora

Day 11: Hike and sightseeing in Trashiyangtse

Day 12: Sightseeing in Trashigang

Day 13: Flight to Paro

Day 14: Hike and sightseeing in Paro

Day 15: Visit Taktsang (Tigernest)

Day 16: Departure from Paro

1. A sustainable development fee of $65 per person per night. This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.
2. 2% Government Tax per Person per Night.
3. All Meals.
4. Daily Mineral Water.
5. English Language Speaking Guide.
6. Comfortable and Luxurious Imported Cars for Internal Transportation with Skilled Driver.
7. Entrance fees for Museums.
8. The Government set package rates is valid for accommodation on twin sharing basis.
9. A minimum of 3 star accommodation in hotels/guesthouses and overnights in basic farm-stay (4 & 5 star may require an additional premium).

  1. Airfare international & Domestic.
  2. Travel Insurance.
  3. Personal shopping.
  4. Alcohol.
  5. Laundry.
  6. Tips for Guide & Driver.