You enter Bhutan through Paro. You will cover Thimphu, Punakha, Central Bhutan and then the East, which will also be your exit point from Bhutan. It is a well balanced itinerary that allows you to gain insight on the ways of life and cultures and history of Bhutan, more or less, as a whole. The East truly has much to offer in terms of scenery and history. This tour will lead you through the important places of the nation; as well as the most beautiful and scenic areas.
DAY 01. Arrive Paro
Once in Paro, you will be met by the company guide who will be with you throughout the visit. Check into your hotel and enjoy leisure time in the afternoon, to take a stroll around Paro. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
DAY 02. Paro (Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Drugyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang)
Paro is a most picturesque valley. In the morning, visit Ta Dzong, built in 1656. Initially a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it has now been converted into a National Museum. Follow a trail down to Rinpung Dzong, literally translating to “Heap of Jewels”, right below the Ta-Dzong.
After lunch, visit Drugyel Dzong, about16 km away from Paro town, built in 1644. This ruined fortress has great historical importance for the Bhutanese people as it is where they had defeated Tibetan invasion centuries ago. If weather is clear, catch a most spectacular sight of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari, also known as the Goddess Mountain, one the highest in the world. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until a fire in 1951 caused by butter lamp, destroyed it. Next visit the Kyichu Lhakhang. Indeed one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating back to the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Many elderly pilgrims go round the monastery in order to gain good merit. In the evening, enjoy free time to explore the quaint and tranquil Paro town. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
DAY 03. Paro – Thimphu (Semtokha Dzong, Tashichhodzong, Memorial Chorten, Handicrafts Emporium)
Drive to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, passing through idyllic countryside, with villages and paddy fields on either side of the road. En route, you will visit Semtokha Dzong, one of the oldest fortresses of the country, which now houses the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. Once in Thimphu, first stop will be Tashichhodzong; the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. It also serves as summer residence for the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then, visit the National Memorial Chorten. The building of this landmark was originally made by Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who had wanted to erect a monument for world peace and prosperity. Then proceed to the Handicrafts Emporium, where you can see a wide range of traditional handicrafts. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the evening, around Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 04. Thimphu (National Library, Zorig Chusum, National institute for Traditional Medecine) – Dochu La Pass – Punakha (Punakha Dzong)
Start the day with a visit to the National Library, safeguarding a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. After that, visit the Institute forTraditional Medicine, where Bhutan’s famed traditional herbal medicines are compounded and dispensed. Next will be the Zorig Chusum, where students undergo a six-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. After lunch, proceed to Punakha across Dochu-la pass (3,088m). Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. Visit the beautiful Punakha Dzong, which served as the seat of the Government until 1955. A magnificent fortress, in which, the much mediatized Royal Wedding of the Fifth King of Bhutan took place to the beautiful Queen Jetsun Pema in October 2011. The Dzong also serves as winter residence of Je-Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and the Central Monastic Body. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
DAY 05. Punakha – Wangduephodrang (Wangdue Dzong) – Gangtey (Phobjikha, Gangtey Monastery)
After breakfast, drive to Wangduephodrang and visit the Dzong, built in 1638 and situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tsang Chu rivers. Unfortunately, the Dzong caught fire on the 24th of June 2012, literally destroying it to the grounds save for the lower walls, much to the horror and anguish of the Bhutanese people. Currently it is still under construction and is expected to continue until 2021. Wangdue district is famous for its fine bamboo work and stone carvings.Then drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest to Phobjikha.
It is home to the famous black-necked cranes, during the winter; that even have a festival here in their honor, every year on 12th November, soon after their arrival from the Tibetan plateau. On their arrival they are said to circle the famous Gangtey monastery, the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition, three times upon arrival and departure respectively. Explore Phobjikha valley and also visit Gangtey Gompa (Monastery), the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. Stay overnight at the guesthouse.
DAY 06. Gangtey (Phobjikha) – Chendebji Chorten - Trongsa
In the morning explore Phobjikha valley, hopefully sighting some black-necked cranes, if you are there at the right time of year. Then, a three and a half hours drive will take you to Trongsa district: the ancient seat of power of the kingdom. Travel via the Pelela pass (3300 m), the traditional boundary between east and west of Bhutan. Further down the road; stop at Chendebji Chorten, built in the 18th century by a Tibetan lama. Once in Trongsa, dinner and overnight at the lodge.
DAY 07. Trongsa (Trongsa Dzong, Ta Dzong) – Bumthang
Morning visit to Trongsa Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1644. It was the main seat of power of the Wangchuk dynasty. The first two kings of Bhutan ruled from there. Due to its strategic location, the king could control trade on the east and west of the country. Next visit the Ta Dzong, an old watch tower that is now converted into a national museum, giving tremendous insight into the history of the kingdom; and truly the most fascinating museum in Bhutan. After lunch get on a road that winds steeply up to Yutong-la pass (3,400m), then runs down through dense coniferous forest through the Chumey valley, for about three hours and a half to Bumthang, the central heart of Bhutan. Dinner and Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
DAY 08. Bumthang (Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong)
Bumthang is the general name given to a group of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura, with altitudes varying from 2,600 to 4,000m. In the morning, visit Kurje Lhakhang, the place where Guru Rinpoche is known to have left behind his body print in a cave after meditating for three months, to subdue an evil spirit causing illness to the then ruler of Bumthang. Then go on to visit the Jambey Lhakhang. After lunch, visit Tamshing Lhakhang, supposed to be built by Pema Lingpa, and considered the most important Nyinma monastery in Bhutan. Proceed to Jakar Dzong, “the castle of the white bird”. Then take a stroll through Bumthang’s market area. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
DAY 09. Bumthang – Mongar (Mongar Dzong)
The journey continues eastwards to Mongar, winding through more rugged terrain, on a drive of about 6 hours, with spectacular views en route. Drive takes you up into the hills above the valley and then past Ura village, before climbing sharply to the highest point on Bhutan’s motorable road network, Thrumsing-la pass (4000 m). Enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic spot en route. Once at the destination, first stop will be Mongar Dzong, built in the 1930s and one of Bhutan’s newest dzongs. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Mongar.
DAY 10. Mongar – Trashigang (Trashigang Dzong)
Today, drive 3 hours to Trashigang from Mongar, the principal township of the biggest and most populated district in the country. After lunch, visit Trashigang Dzong, serving as the administrative seat for the district. Local monastic community occupies part of the dzong. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.
DAY 11. Trashigang (Temple of Gom Kora) - excursion to Trashiyangtse (Trashiyangtse Dzong, Chorten Kora, Zorig Chusum) - Trashigang
After breakfast, visit the temple of Gom Kora, 24 km from Trashigang. Guru Rinpoche is said to have subdued a demon here, trapping it in a rock. Pass the Doksum village, on the way to Trashiyangtse. Trashiyangtse, was once an important center because it lies on one of the caravan routes leading from western and central Bhutan. Visit the Trashiyangtse Dzong, built in the late 1990s when the new district was created. If time permits, also visit the white stupa of Chorten Kora, and the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum, where students are trained in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Drive back to Trashigang in the evening. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.
DAY 12. Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar (Sherubtse College, Zangtho Pelri) – Samdrup Jongkhar
The journey then continues to Samdrup Jongkhar, to the Indian border, on a drive that takes about 6 hours. Pass Sherubtse College in Kanglung, which was founded in 1978; a degree-granting institution affiliated to the University of Delhi. Visit the nearby Zangtho Pelri temple representing Guru Rinpoche’s paradise, built in 1978. From here, drive to Deothang, the site of a famous 19th century battle fought during the Duar Wars, in which the forces of Jigme Namgyal defeated the British. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Samdrup Jongkhar.
DAY 13. Samdrup Jongkhar – Guwahati
After breakfast, your guide will bid you farewell. The Indian driver and car arranged for you by the company will drive you to the airport in Guwahati, the capital town of the Indian northeastern state of Assam, for your outbound flight. It will take about 4 hours.
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1. When and how to visit Bhutan?
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By Air: Druk Air, the national carriers is the only service operator in the kingdom and operates several flights per week from Bangkok (Thailand), Delhi & Kolkata (India) and Kathmandu (Nepal) to Paro (Bhutan). The Paro International Airport is located about an hour and a half drive from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
Paro airport is daylight restricted, and the flights are totally dependent on the weather. As a result, sometimes flights are delayed. It is therefore a good idea to keep at least 24 hours of transit time for connecting flights out of Paro. You might also want to consider traveling on a non-restricted ticket so that if you miss a connecting flight, you can be rerouted or seated on the first available carrier.
Sometimes flights into Paro are disrupted because of unfavorable weather conditions. If this occurs, the flight will stop for the night at the transit airport. To be prepared, you may want to carry your essential personal items in your carry-on luggage.
By Land: Phuentsholing, a Bhutanese town in the southwest has road access to India. It is located about 170 km from the Indian domestic airport at Bagdogra, West Bengal. Phuentsholing is about 172 km from Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan and is about 6hours drive distance. And S/
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Trip Length: 12 nights/13 days
1pax = USD 3250
2 Pax = USD 3150 per person
3 Pax & above = USD 3200 per person.
The above price is inclusive of the followings:
- Government Royalty USD 65/person/night
- All government Taxes.
- Lodging (3* hotel – Twin Sharing)
- Meals (Three Meals a day)
- Comfortable Land Transportation within Bhutan.
- Service of guides (English Speaking)
- Camping Equipment & Haulage of trekking tours.
- Visa Fee of USD 40/person
- Mineral Water
- Tea/coffee with snacks ever evening at hotel
- Trying and wearing of our Traditional Costumes and photo shoot.
The above price shall be exclusive of the following:
- Travel Insurance Coverage
- Medical Expenses
- Sleeping bags on treks.
- Tips to guide and driver, others
- Personal bills and others