Our heritage tours take you to experience the places, artifacts, and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of Bhutan. This tour includes cultural, historic and natural sightseeing programs. We have included architecture, storytelling and visiting communities that have preserved their traditional way of life. Some of the highlights during your visit:
- The Royal Textile Academy, here you will see the efforts in preserving the art of weaving which is an integral part of Bhutanese culture. The mandate of the RTA is to to preserve, promote and educate people on the unique characteristics of Bhutanese textiles.
- Reconstruction sites of the Drugyal Dzong and Wangdue Dzong. One can personally witness the efforts the Royal Government is placing on the preservation and restoration of these historic sites that have amazing traditional architecture styles.
- Meeting local authors and experts to learn more about the oral culture of Bhutan. Spend time over dinner talking to our experts who have worked hard on preserving various Bhutanese cultural elements.
- Travel to Punakha and live in a homestay with Bhutanese hosts to witness traditional practices of promote community tourism efforts
- Tigers Nest hike
Additionally, we are open to having your areas of interest also covered during your visit.
Travel is the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations, and can involve travel by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, bus, airplane, or other means, with or without luggage, and can be one way or round trip. Travel can also include relatively short stays between successive movements.
The origin of the word "travel" is most likely lost to history. The term "travel" may originate from the Old French word travail, which means 'work'. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the first known use of the word travel was in the 14th century.
It also states that the word comes from Middle English travailen, travelen (which means to torment, labor, strive, journey) and earlier from Old French travailler (which means to work strenuously, toil). In English we still occasionally use the words "travail", which means struggle. According to Simon Winchester in his book The Best Travelers' Tales (2004), the words "travel" and "travail" both share an even more ancient root: a Roman instrument of torture called the tripalium (in Latin it means "three stakes", as in to impale).