We are pleased to suggest some sample ideas for itineraries depending on how long you want to spend in Bhutan. As well as a general description of the trip we provide a link to a brief day to day description of each tour. We have lots more information about what you can see and do and plenty of ideas about how to tailor these tours to meet your interests, so do contact us for more details.

 

 

Glimpse of Bhutan (3 days)

Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air – Thimphu

Flying into Bhutan through Drukair will be wonderful start of your trip to Bhutan.Your journey to Bhutan will be started with exciting scenery of foothills, green vegetation and landscape and Himalayan mountains covered by snow. With an exciting journey, you will finally reach to your much awaited destination, Bhutan.

On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative. On completion of airport formalities, about 2 hour drive will take you to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. On Reaching Thimphu, as you already had an exciting and tiring day, just have an overview at the city and surrounding and take a rest at the hotel.

Day 2: Thimphu – Paro, 55 km, 2 hours drive

Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan is the seat of government, home to Bhutan’s Royal family, and it is the most populated place in Bhutan. This bustling town is home to the civil servants, and foreign missions with representation in Bhutan. It is also the headquarters for a number of internationally funded development projects.

Take a morning visit to Trashichho dzong, the beautiful monastery built in traditional unique architectural style. The monastery houses Government’s office, King’s Throne room, and is the summer residence of Jekhenpo, the Chief Abbot.Then visit the National Memorial Chorten and Changangkha Lhakhang. Also visit the Folk & Textile Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan’s living traditions. Then drive to Paro.

At Paro, visit Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century. Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968. Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit historical Rinpung Dzong. At evening take a walk around Paro town. Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.

Day 3: Depart from Paro

After breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

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Four days

 

Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air

Fly into Bhutan with Drukair (Royal Bhutan Airline). As you arrive at Paro Airport, you will have magnificient view of the mountains, green vegitations, river, farmland and houses around airport. Received by our representative at the airport and after completion of airport formalities, drive to the hotel at Paro. Evening, take a visit to Paro market and town and enjoy the sceneries around you. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro – Thimphu, 60 Km, 2 Hours

Take a Morning visit to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress from where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. From the Dzong, in a clear sky has a fascinating view at the sacred snowy Chomolhari, “mountain of goddess’

After that visit 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo. One of the most sacred places in Bhutan, it reflects the introduction of Buddhism in the country.

After lunch, visit to Ta Dzong, originally built as Watch Tower, it now houses National Museum of the Kingdom and boasts antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then take a short walk from the Ta Dzong and vist Rinpung Dzong. Along the wooden galleries lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the lofe of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

After that, drive towards Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan. It will take about 2 hours drive to reach there. On the way look at the fascinating valleys, fields, rivers, mountains and hills. You can also see the Tachog lhakhang on the other side of the Pachhu, Semtokha Dzong and Buddha point enroute to Thimphu.

On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel. Evening, time for exploratory walk before dinner.

Day 3: Thimphu – Paro

Todays sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes, visit to National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. The Traditional Medicine Institute, where centuries old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practised. The Painting School, where young monks learn the art of Buddhist thangkha. Also visit mask maker workshop and workshop for fine metal craft, weaving, ceramics and paper making. Then visit, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.

After lunch, visit Tashichhodzong, ‘the fortress of the glorious dharma’. It is the centre of government and religion, site of King’s throne room, National assembly hall, and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Also visit King’s Memorial Chorten continuously circumbulated by His Majesty’s subjects, spinning prayer wheels and murmuring mantras. Then, visit Handicrafts Emporium and local shops if you like to browse through example of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Here you can buy textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, interesting items made from local materials, and all manner of unique objects.

In the evening drive to Paro for overnight stay.

Day 4: Depart from Paro

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.

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5 days

Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air – Thimphu

On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative and driven to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. In the evening stroll around Thimphu town. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Thimphu

Day 2: Thimphu – Punakha

In the morning visit to Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then, visit the National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature. You will also visit the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School).

Then, visit the Traditional Medicine Institute is worthwhile where centuries old healing arts still practiced. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.

After lunch visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays wide assortment of beautifully handwoven and crafted products. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

In the evening drive to Punakha crossing through different landscape with different vegetations along the way till you reach Dochula Pass.The Dochula Pass which is 3,050m  is the pass that divided Thimphu and Punakha. You will find the 108 stupas build on the national high way. After crossing Dochula Pass, you will acending to the lower valley of Punakha and Wangdu through the mixed coniferous forest with the warm air as you approach the zero point at Lobesa.Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 3: Punakha – Wangduephodrang – Paro

Next  morning, after the breakfast, you will visit maginificant Punakha Dzong build on the conference of Mo chu and Po chu, the 17th century fortress which has played important role in building up of modern Bhutan.Then visit to local market. On the way to Wangdiphodrang, visit the newly build stupa known as Khamsum Namgyal Chorten.

Then drive to Wangdiphodrang to visit local market. Wangdiphodrang is well known for its bamboo handicrafts and carvings made of stone.

After lunch, drive to Paro with a short stop at Dochula pass. In the clear day, you can see the Mt. Jomalhari and some of highiest peaks covered with snow from the Dochula Pass. On the way to Paro, you will visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 4: Paro

You sightseeing in Paro will start from visiting Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century. At present the Ta Dzong is taking major renovation which was damaged by earthqueak. Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history.

After lunch, you will drive up the Paro valley to ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. Nearby visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people.

While returning from Drukgyel Dzong, on the way visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 5: Paro Depart

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.

 

 

 

Day six

Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air – Thimphu

Druk Air flight to Paro offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by our representative and then transfer to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Evening stroll around Thimphu town. Dinner and overnight stay at Thimphu Hotel.

Day 2: Thimphu

This is your day to discover Thimphu. After breakfast visit Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then visit National Library which hold a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts.

After that visit Painting School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here you will see, students at work producing intricate design on cloth and also visit the Traditional Medicine Institute is worthwhile where centuries old healing arts still practiced. Later visit, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.

After lunch, visit the Handicrafts Emporium and local shops for souvenirs ranging from Bhutan’s fine traditional arts, textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and woodcarvings, jewelers to other interesting items made from local materials. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha – Wangduephodrang, 90 Km, 3 Hours

After breakfast drive to Punakha with a short stop at Dochula pass (3,050 m) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan.

Later visit to Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress that is the seat of the district administration and the winter residence of the monk body, followed by a stroll of the local market. Then visit, Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, the newly built stupa.

After that drive to Wangduephodrang to visit ruins Dzong which was burned down in 2012 and local market. Overnight at the hotel in Wangduephodrang.

Day 4: Wangduephodrang – Paro, 125 Km, 4.1/2 Hours

After breakfast drive to Paro enroute visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, before it  houses the School for religious studies.

In the afternoon visit Paro Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as watch tower, the museum houses a fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan ‘s exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to Rinpung Dzong, the seat of administration and the monk body. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 5: Paro

Begin this day with a short drive to the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. From this fort Bhutanese repelled several invasion by Tibetan armies. Nearby visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people.

Then take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the spot where Guru Rinpoche arrived on the back of a tigress and meditated. The temple is perched on a sheer rock face. The excursion to monastery’s view point takes about 5 hours for round trip. While return to Paro town visit enroute Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 6: Paro Depart

After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.

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Day seven

Day 1: Arrive Paro

Flying into Bhutan through Drukair will be wonderful start of your trip to Bhutan.Your journey to Bhutan will be wonderful with exciting scenery of foothills, green vegetation and landscape and Himalayan mountains covered by snow. With an exciting journey, you will finally reach to your much awaited destination, Bhutan.

On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative. On completion of airport formalities, you will be transferred to the hotel. Evening take a stroll around town’s main street. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro

After breakfast, take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to monastery takes about 5 hours for round trip.

After lunch, visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum. The museum collection includes ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons and country’s exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong situated at commanding height, overlooking Paro valley. This Dzong is symbolic as the religious and secular centre of all affairs of the valley.

In the evening, visit a traditional farm house which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people. Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.

Day 3: Paro – Punakha, 125 km, 4.1/2 hours

After breakfast drive to ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. From this fortress, Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. Then visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples of the Kingdom.

After that drive to Punakha with a short stop at Dochula pass (3,080m) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road.

Later visit Punakha Dzong, built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region. Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has now been fully restored.

Evening visit to local market. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 4: Punakha – Wangduephodrang – Thimphu, 90 km, 3 hours

After breakfast, drive to Wangduephodrang, visit the ruins Dzong of Wangdu and local market.

In the afternoon, drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan. It will take about 3 hours drive to reach there. Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 5: Thimphu

In the morning, visit to Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot.

Bhutan’s National Library is located close to the Thangkha painting school and contains arguably the best collection of religious and historic literature in the Himalayas. The country has its own brand of Himalayan medicines and this can be seen at the Indigenous Hospital. The Textile and Folk Heritage Museum opened in year 2001 is fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. The Memorial Chhorten, a pious landmark for Thimphu’s residents, was erected in 1974 by the mother of Third King, in memory of her son. After that,visit the Handicrafts Emporium which displays wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 6: Thimphu – Phuentsholing, 179 km, 6 hours

After breakfast, drive to Phuentsholing en route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, which once houses the School for Buddhist studies. The drive on this route is very pleasant with numerous scenic spots en route.

Just before, arriving Phuentsholing, visit Kharbandi Goemba, the monastery built in 1967. It houses the large and attractive statues of Sakyamuni, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Guru Rinpoche.

Overnight at the hotel in Phuentsholing.

Day 7: Phuentsholing – Siliguri, 160 km, 4 hours

After breakfast drive to Siliguri passing through lush green tea gardens enroute. Our representative will bid you farewell.

 

 

Day eight

The Himalayan Splendour (8 days)

Day 1: Arrive Paro, and transfer to Thimphu

In clear weather, flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of Himalayan scenery. On arrival, you wll be met by our representative and drive to Thimphu ( 55 km, 2 hours ) , the modern capital town of Bhutan.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu

The full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes visit to: National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature with some works dating back several hundred years: Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School), where a six year training course is given in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan: Traditional Medicine Institute, the rich herbal medicines abundant in Kingdom is prepared here: Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, the fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions: Memorial Chorten; the beautiful stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s third King: Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot: Handicrafts Emporium, which displays wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu – Trongsa

After early breakfast, drive to Dochula pass (3,050m). If the weather permits, you can see a range of high Himalayan peaks towards the north east. Following peaks can be seen from this pass, on a clear day ; Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

Further drive onwards arriving Wangduephodrang town for lunch. Then proceed to Tongsa across Pelela pass (3,300 m ), the traditional boundary between east and west. The pass is marked by a large prayer flag and the ground is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo. Stop enroute at Chendbji Chorten, which was built in 18th century by a Lama named Shida, it is Nepalese in style with eyes painted at four cardinal points.

Unpon arrival in Trongsa, check into the lodge. Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.

Day 4: Trongsa – Bumthang

After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong. Built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second King ruled the country from this ancient seat. Then visit the Ta Dzong (watch tower), dedicated to Buddhist epic hero, King Gesar of Ling.

Later drive to Bumthang through the most scenic landscape of lush pine forests, open fields and quaint hamlets. On arrival in Bumthang, check into the lodge. After lunch, visit to Kurje Lhakhang where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock; the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic school), the Jakar Dzong (administrative centre of the region) and Swiss Farm House.

Stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 5: Bumthang – Punakha

After breakfast explore fascinating valley of Bumthang. Then proceed to Trongsa where lunch would be served in local restaurant, famous for its traditional cuisine.

On the way,visit Wangduephodrang Dzong and town en route to Punakha. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 6: Punakha – Paro

In the morning, visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned here in 1907.

After lunch, drive to Paro (150 kms) en route visit Simtokha Dzong. The Simtokha Dzong, which was built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. It houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies before the Institute  shifted in Taktse, Trongsa. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 7: Paro

Today’s sightseeing in Paro valley includs: Visit Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, which was built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century and  it was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968. Now the Ta Dzong is under major renovation which was cracks down due to the earthquake in 2009. After a short while, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district.

After lunch drive to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to commemorate Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644. In the evening visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 8: Paro Depart

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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Day nine

Kingdom in the Sky (9 days)

Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air – Thimphu

 Druk Air’s flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of the Himalayan scenery, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom, provided if the weather is clear.

On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative. Then, there will be an interesting drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu

The sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes, visit to National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature with some works dating back several hundred years ;Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as Painting School) where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan; Textile and Folk Heritage Museum which provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Then visit National Memorial Chorten, dedicated to Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (“the father of modern Bhutan”).
After that visit Trashichhodzong, the impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.Then visit Handicrafts Emporium: which displays wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu – Trongsa

After early breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

Then continue onwards, reaching Wangduephodrang town in time for lunch. Take lunch at Wangduephodrang town, and then continue on to Trongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830 ft), the traditional boundary between east and west. Stop en route at Chendbji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes panted at four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.

Arrive at Trongsa late afternoon and check into the lodge for the night.

Day 4: Trongsa – Bumthang

In the morning, visit Trongsa Dzong. Built in 1648 it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. All four Kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop (‘governor’) prior to ascending the throne, and the present Crown Prince now holds the post.

Then drive to Bumthang over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/ 11,155 ft). On arrival in Bumthang, check in at your lodge. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 5: Bumthang

Todays full day of sightseeing in Bumthang includes visit to: Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock; the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple); Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan); and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region).

Evening stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 6: Bumthang – Punakha

After breakfast, explore further the fascinating valley of Bumthang. Then proceed to Punakha, stopping along the way at Trongsa for lunch, which would be served in local restaurant, famous for its cuisine.

En-route visit Wangduephodrang Dzong and town. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 7: Punakha – Paro

After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. Punakha was Bhutan’s capital until 1955, and Punakha Dzong still serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan’s first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages from fire, earthquake and flood over the centuries. The latest flood, in October, 1994, caused great damages to the fortress but miraculously spared its most holy statue. Also visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, the newly built stupa.

In the afternoon, drive to Paro. En-route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest dzong in Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 8: Paro

Today’s full day of sightseeing in Paro valley includes, visit to Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history.

After lunch, we drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, 18 km from Paro town on the north side of the valley. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. En route, we also visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the kingdom. In the evening before dinner, visit a traditional farmhouse for an opportunity to interact with a local family and learn something of their lifestyle. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 9: Depart Paro

After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

 

Day ten

The Himalayan Jewel (10 days)

Day 1: Arrive Paro – Thimphu

The flight by both the airlines will take you over the great Himalayas, offering you the most scintillating scenery of the world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the silvery Pa-chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley, the Paro dzong (fortress) and the Ta dzong (watch tower). Our representative will meet you at Paro airport. And then drive to Thimphu, the capital city with  an exciting blend of tradition and modernity.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu

This is your day to discover Thimphu. After breakfast visit Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then visit National Library which held a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts.

After that visit Painting School, which is famous for traditional thangkha paintings. And also visit the Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries ago, old healing arts still practiced. Later visit, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.

After lunch, visit the Handicrafts Emporium and local shops for souvenirs ranging from Bhutan’s fine traditional arts, textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and woodcarvings, jewelers to other interesting items made from local materials. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu – Trongsa

After early breakfast, drive to Dochula pass (3050 m) for tea stop. If weather permits you can see a range of high peaks towards the north east along the eastern Himalayan ranges.

Drive onwards to Wangdue Phodrang town for lunch. Then continue on to Trongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830 ft), the traditional boundary between east and west. On the way to Trongsa, visit Chendbji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes panted at four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.

Arrive at Trongsa late afternoon and check into the lodge for the night.

Day 4: Trongsa – Bumthang

After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong. Built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat.
Then drive to Bumthang, 68 km from Trongsa, a journey of over the Yutong-la pass which gives you a wonderful sightseeing with the hight of 3,400m/ 11,155 ft. On arrival in Bumthang, check in at your lodge.

Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 5: Bumthang

After breakfast, visit Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock, the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region).

In the evening stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 6: Bumthang – Gangtey / Phobjikha

After breakfast drive to Gangtey / Phobjikha. In the mountains east of Wangduephodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. The quite and remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north.Then visit Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley.

Overnight at the lodge in Gangtey / Phobjikha.

Day 7: Gangtey / Phobjikha – Punakha

In the morning drive to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. Punakha Dzong still serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan’s first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. Also visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, the newly built stupa.

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha / Wangduephodrang.

Day 8: Punakha – Paro

After breakfast, drive to Paro en route visiting Simtokha Dzong. This dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan.
In the afternoon, reaching Paro,visit the Ta Dzong, the museum (which in the past served as the watch tower for the Paro dzong below). Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. Before reaching the Dzong,walk through the traditional bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring.If there is still some time left visit a farm house to test some unique drink/snacks served in traditional style. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 9: Paro

In the morning, visit Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Zhabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644. Then take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery. Legend says that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime.

While returning to hotel visit en route, Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 10: Depart Paro

After breakfast, our representative will escort you to the airport in Paro and bid you farewell.

 

 

 

Day eleven

An Enchanting Realm (11 days)

Day 1: Arrive Paro

On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by our representative and transfer to the hotel in Paro

In the evening take a stroll around town’s main street. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro

Early morning visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) and then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history.

After lunch, visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. Then visit a traditional farm house which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people.

In the evening, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 3: Paro – Thimphu

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Enroute stop at Chuzom (confluence) where Pachu river joins Wangchu river and you will have a beautiful view over the bridge. Befor reaching Thimphu, on the way, visit to Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom.

In the afternoon, visit the Memorial Chhorten, after that visit Trashichhodzong (the seat of the government and the monk body). The you will visit the Handicrafts Emporium, and the Textile Museum. Then visit local market. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha

After breakfast, visit National Library, Painting School and Traditional Medicine Institute. After lunch, drive to Punakha by crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan, Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters.
On arrival at Punakha, check into the hotel. In the evening visit Punakha Dzong, the fortress of 17th century and later visit to Khamsm Yulley Namgyal Chhorten. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 5: Punakha – Wangduephodrang – Gangtey

After breakfast drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang. Visit remarkable Wangdi Dzong construction and a local village house offering good insight into lifestyle of people. Further ahead pass through dense forests and oak, rhododendron tress, reaching at Gangtey (Phobjikha).

Evening take a walk around Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in this region. Overnight at Camp / Guest House.

Day 6: Gangtey – Trongsa

After breakfast, explore Phobjikha valley, which is famous for Black Necked Cranes. These cranes migrate from Tibetan Plateau to escape its harsh winters.

After lunch drive to Trongsa crossing 3,300m high Pele la pass. Evening visit to Trongsa market. Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.

Day 7: Trongsa – Bumthang

Morning sightseeing in Trongsa include visiting Trongsa Dzong, the master piece of Bhutanese architecture and Ta Dzong, the watch tower, built to defend this Dzong and surrounding region.

After lunch, proceed to Bumthang, the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and the heartland of Buddhism. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 8: Bumthang

After breakfast, visit Tamshing Lhakhang, the treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. Then visit, Jakar Dzong, the administrative centre of the valley.

Afternoon visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places. Later visit Jambay Lhakhang, the ancient monastery dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the country.

In the evening visit local shops. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 9: Bumthang – Wangduephodrang

After breakfast drive to Wangdue. Lunch would be served enroute at one of the famous restaurant in Trongsa town.

In the evening take a stroll around Wangdue town, visiting shops, local market and mingling with people. Overnight at the hotel in Wangduephodrang.

Day 10: Wangduephodrang – Paro

After breakfast, visit Chimi Lhakhang. It is situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, and is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behaviour to dramatise his teachings and his is commonly known as ‘Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child. It is about 20-25 minute walk across field from the road head to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. It then follows a tiny stream downhill to Yoaka and across more fields before making a short climb to Chimi Lhakhang.

Afteroon drive to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 11: Paro (Excursion to Haa valley)

After early breakfast, drive to Haa via Chele-la pass. At Chele-la pass, one can have a  super-views of Mount. Chomolhari & Jichu Drakey. This is a very good place to walk around for few minutes enjoying the view.

The Haa Dzong is presently occupied by military, but the view from outside is stunning. After picnic lunch visit to the famous Monastery Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) followed by visit to Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple). The central shrine in Lhakhang Nagpo is said to have no difference with that of Lhasa JOWO in Tibet. The construction of the Lakhang Karpo is believed to have been assisted by the locality.

The three giant hills looming over the fringes of Haa valley were called “Me Rig Puen Sum” especially after the incidence of the Lhakhang Karpo construction. Today the three hills are popularly known as “Rig Sum Goenpa” signifying three deities-Jambayang Chana Dorji and Chenrizig. Later, other Buddhist saints like Guru Rinpoche and “Machi Labdorn” came to the Jungney Drag in Haa and blessed the locality. The principal religion followed is Drukpa Kagyud.
After the arrival of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the chief guardian deity of Haa became Ap Chundu.

After lunch, drive back to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 12: Depart Paro

After early breakfast in the hotel and drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

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Day thirteen

Nature’s Bounty (13 days)

Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air

On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative and transfer to the hotel. In the evening take a stroll around town’s main street. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro

After breakfast, visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum. The museum collection includes ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons and country’s exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong situated at commanding height, overlooking Paro valley. This Dzong is symbolic as the religious and secular centre of all affairs of the valley.

Afternoon visit Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined fortress from where Bhutanese repelled several invasion by Tibetan armies. Then visit a traditional farm house to get an idea on lifestyle of local people.

In the evening, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 3: Paro – Thimphu

After breakfast proceed to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Enroute stop at Chuzom (confluence) where Paro river joins Thimphu river. Nearby Thimphu, visit to Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom.

Afternoon, in Thimphu, visit to King’s Memorial Chhorten and Trashichhodzong, beautiful medieval fortress/monastery. Then, visit Handicrafts Emporium, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum and followed by visit to local market.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha

In the morning, visit National Library, Painting School and Traditional Medicine Institute.

After that drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,050m) which hearlds the most enchanting views of Bhutan and you can see and feel the 108 stupas build on the fragile hilltop on the national high way. On arrival at Punakha, check into the hotel.

In the evening visit Punakha Dzong, the fortress of 17th century and later visit to Khamsm Yulley Namgyal Chhorten. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 5: Punakha – Wangduephodrang – Gangtey

After breakfast drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang. Visit majestic Wangdue Dzong and interesting local market. Further ahead pass through dense forests and oak, rhododendron tress, reaching at Gangtey (Phobjikha).

In the evening take a walk around Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in this region. Overnight at Camp / Guest House.

Day 6: Gangtey – Trongsa

In the morning explore Phobjikha valley which is famous for Black Necked Cranes. The cranes migrate here from Central Asiatic plateau to escape its harsh winters.

After lunch drive to Trongsa crossing 3,300m high Pele la pass. In the evening visit Trongsa market. Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.

Day 7: Trongsa – Bumthang

Morning sightseeing in Trongsa include visiting Trongsa Dzong, the master piece of Bhutanese architecture and Ta Dzong, the watch tower, built to defend this Dzong and surrounding region.

In the afternoon drive to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 8: Bumthang

Today is full day sightseeing in Bumthang. After breakfast, visit Tamshing Lhakhang, the treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. Then visit, Jakar Dzong, the administrative centre of the valley.

In the afternoon visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places. Later visit Jambay Lhakhang, the ancient monastery dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the country.

In the evening stroll around the local market. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 9: Bumthang (Excursion to Ura valley)

Bumthang to Ura is 48 km, about one and a half hour drive. To reach here, the road climbs to amazingly open countryside, only occasionally running into forest. Large sheep pastures line the road up to 20 km behind the southern tip of the Tang valley. The route crosses Ura la pass (3,600m) with a magnificent view of Mount. Gangkhar Puensum. Villages in Ura have clustered houses, which is quite unusual in Bhutan. Above Ura village (3,100m) is a new temple dedicated to Guru Rinpoche. Inaugurated in 1986, it contains a huge statue of the master and remarkable paintings of the cycle of his teachings. Since last 25 years Ura has been transformed from a marginal community to prosperous valley.

Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 10: Bumthang – Wangduephodrang

Start the day by visiting Bumthang market, and then drive to Wangdue. Lunch would be served enroute at one of the famous restaurant in Trongsa town.

Evening take a stroll around Wangdue town, visiting shops, local market and mingling with people. Overnight at the hotel in Wangduephodrang.

Day 11: Wangduephodrang – Paro

After breakfast, visit Chimi Lhakhang. It is situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, and is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behaviour to dramatise his teachings and due to this also known as ‘Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. It is about 30 minute walk across field from the road to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. It then follows a tiny stream downhill to Yoaka and across more fields before making a short climb to Chimi Lhakhang.

Afteroon drive to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 12: Paro (Excursion to Haa valley)

After early breakfast, drive to Haa via Chele-la pass. At Chele-la pass, one can have a superb views of Mount. Chomolhari & Jichu Drakey. This is a very good place to walk around for few minutes enjoying the view.

The Haa Dzong is presently occupied by military, but the view from outside is stunning. After picnic lunch visit to the famous Monastery Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) followed by visit to Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple). The central shrine in Lhakhang Nagpo is said to have no difference with that of Lhasa JOWO in Tibet. The construction of the Lakhang Karpo is believed to have been assisted by the locality.

The three giant hills looming over the fringes of Haa valley were called “Me Rig Puen Sum” especially after the incidence of the Lhakhang Kdarpo construction. Today the three hills are popularly known as “Rig Sum Goenpa” signifying three deities-Jambayang Chana Dorji and Chenrizig. Later, other Buddhist saints like Guru Rinpoche and “Machi Labdorn” came to the Jungney Drag in Haa and blessed the locality. The principal religion followed is Drukpa Kagyud.
After the arrival of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the chief guardian deity of Haa became Ap Chundu.

After lunch, drive back to Paro. The drive will be under 3 hours. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 13: Depart Paro

After breakfast transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.

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Day 14

The Last Shangrila (14 days)

Day 1: Arrive Paro

On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative and will then be transferred to the hotel. Evening take a stroll around Paro market and town. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro

Vist Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), built during the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646. Also Rinpung Dzong is the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in spring.

Afternoon drive up the valley to the Drukgyel Dzong or the Fort of Drukpa victory. From this fortress Bhutanese repelled invasion by Tibetans throughout the course of history. Looming above the smoldered ruins is the snowcapped peak of Mt. Chomolhari. Also visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House, nestled below the dzong. Then drive towards Paro town en route visiting Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries of the Kingdom reflecting introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 3: Paro – Thimphu

After early breakfast, take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery. A very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, which is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’.

Afterwards, drive to the capital, Thimphu. En route visit the Simtokha Dzong, one of the oldest fortresses of the country which now houses the School for religious and cultural studies. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu

This is your day to discover Thimphu. After breakfast visit Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then visit National Library which hold a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts.

After that visit Painting School, which is famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here you will see, students at work producing intricate design on cloth. Also visit to Traditional Medicine Institute is worthwhile where centuries old healing arts still practiced. Later visit, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.

After lunch, visit the Handicrafts Emporium and local shops for souvenirs ranging from Bhutan’s fine traditional arts, textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and woodcarvings, jewelers to other interesting items made from local materials. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 5: Thimphu – Punakha

After visiting the local market and town, drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,O8Om). In Bhutan, the passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. Dochula pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day.

Upon arrival in Punakha, check into the hotel. Then visit the Punakha Dzong which is situated at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers.

The Dzong once served as the capital town of Bhutan and still it is the winter seat of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 6: Punakha – Wangduephodrang -Gangtey (Phobjikha)

After breakfast drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang. Visit local market at Wangdu town,. Further ahead pass through dense forests and oak, rhododendron tress, reaching at Gangtey (Phobjikha).

Evening take a walk around Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in this region. Overnight at Camp / Guest House.

Day 7: Gangtey (Phobjikha) – Trongsa

Morning explore Phobjikha valley for Black Neck Cranes and later drive to Tongsa across Pelela pass (3,300m). En route visit the beautiful 18th century Chendebji.
The landscape around Tongsa is spectacular and for miles on end the dzong seems to tease you so that you wonder if you will ever reach it. On arrival, check into the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Tongsa.

Day 8: Tongsa – Bumthang

Morning visit Tongsa Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan and the Ta Dzong (museum housing a collection of historical artefacts of the Royal Family).

After lunch drive to Bumthang via Yongtala Pass and Kilakha Pass. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 9: Bumthang

In the morning visit Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom where Bhutan’s patron saint Guru Rinpoche meditated and also visit 7th century Jambay Lhakhang. Like Kyichu Lhakhang in the Paro valley, this temple is said to be the first that King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet constructed in 7th century.

Afternoon visit Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa. It contains interesting and ancient Buddhist paintings. Later see the Jakar Dzong, “the dzong of the white bird”.

Evening take a stroll through Bumthang market area. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 10: Bumthang – Mongar

Check out from the hotel after breakfast and drive to Mongar. The drive takes more than seven  hours and the views en-route is spectacular. You will get to see interesting village sights and panoramic views of the valley of Sengor.

Afternoon, visit Mongar Dzong, built albeit quite recently, the dzong still maintains the architectural traditions of old dzongs. Overnight at the lodge in Mongar.

Day 11: Mongar – Trashigang

The first part of the journey is through leafy forest filled with ferns. After driving through the Kori-la pass (2,450m/8,040ft), marked by a pretty chorten and a mani wall, we descend rapidly through corn fields and banana groves to reach the famous zigzag road just below Yadi, a fairly recent and now fast growing settlement.

After that follows the Gamri river until the bifurcation to Dametsi, this temple perched on top of steep hill was founded by Choeden Zangmp and is the most important monastery of eastern Bhutan. This is the place from where famous Naga Chham, mask dance with drums originated.

After lunch visit Trashigang Dzong, standing at the extreme end of the spur, overhanging the Gamri river. It serves as the administrative seat for the district and part of the Dzong is occupied by the Drukpa monastic community. Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

Day 12: Trashigang (excursion to Trashiyangtse)

After breakfast, visit the temple of Gom Kora, set on a small alluvial plateau, overlooking the river. Gom Kora is a famous place where Guru Rinpoche subdued a demon. Further ahead reach to Doksum village where you can see women busy in weaving traditional Bhutanese fabric and a chain bridge dating of the 15th century.

Visit Trashiyangtse Dzong, which overlooks the town and was built in the late 1990s when the new district was created. If tme permits, visit the dazzling white stupa of Chorten Kora on the riverbank below the town and Art School. In the evening, return to Trashigang. Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

Day 13: Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar

Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar. On the way, visit Sherubtse College, the only college in country founded in 1978. Also visit the Zangtho Pelri temple built in 1978 by the late Minister of Home Affairs. It represents Guru Rinpoche’s paradise. Stop at Khaling to visit the Blind School and Weaving Centre. From here the road descends fairly rapidly to the plain through a dense tropical forest with an abundance of teak, bamboo and ferns. Overnight at the lodge in Samdrup Jongkhar.

Day 14: Depart Samdrup Jongkhar

After breakfast transfer to Bhutan border where you will be picked up by Indian agent for onward program. Our representative will bid you farewell.

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Day 15

Depth of Bhutan (15 days)

Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air

Druk Airways flight to Bhutan is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. You will have  a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an exciting descent into the Kingdom.

On arrival at the Paro airport, (after customs and visa formalities), you will be received by our representative and transfer to the hotel in Paro.

In the evening take a stroll around town’s main street. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro

In the morning visit to Ta dzong, formerly a watchtower but now housing the National Museum. Ta Dzong holds a unique and varied collection, ranging from ancient armour to textiles, thangkha paintings, stamps, coins, and natural history. Then walk down a hillside trail to visit Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) built in 1646 during the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It now houses Paro’s monk body and the offices of the civil administration.

After lunch, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined fortress from where Bhutanese repelled several invasion by Tibetan armies. On the way back visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse to get a glimpse into the daily life of the Bhutanese.

In the evening, visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 3: Paro – Thimphu

After breakfast proceed to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Enroute stop at Chuzom (confluence) where Paro river joins Thimphu river. Nearby Thimphu, visit to Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627. It now houses the School for Buddhist studies.

Later, in Thimphu, visit King’s Memorial Chhorten, a huge Stupa built in memory of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, (1952-1972) and also visit Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery. Then, visit Handicrafts Emporium & Textile and Folk Heritage Museum.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha

After breakfast, visit National Library, where many rare and ancient manuscripts are preserved, and visit Painting School and Traditional Medicine Institute.

After lunch, drive to Punakha across Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130 ft). The highest point on the road is marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag fluttering on the hill. On a clear day, there is a breathtaking view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas from this spot. On arrival, check into the hotel.

Evening visit Punakha Dzong , the fortress of 17th century and followed by visit to Khamsm Yulley Namgyal Chhorten. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 5: Punakha – Wangduephodrang – Gangtey

After breakfast drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang. Visit magnificent Wangdue Dzong and town’s local market.

Then drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forests, and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley, one of the loveliest high altitude valleys in Bhutan.

Evening take a walk around Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in this region. Overnight at Camp / Guest House.

Day 6: Gangtey – Trongsa

After an early breakfast, explore Phobjikha valley which is famous for Black Necked Cranes. These cranes migrate here from Central Asiatic plateau to escape the harsh winters.

After lunch drive to Trongsa crossing 3,300m high Pele la pass. Evening visit to Trongsa market. Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.

Day 7: Trongsa – Bumthang

Morning visit to Trongsa Dzong, the master piece of Bhutanese architecture and see Ta Dzong, the watch tower, built to defend this Dzong and surrounding region.

After lunch, proceed to Bumthang, one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the holy heartland of Buddhism. Enroute observe the Yathra weaving center at Zungey. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 8: Bumthang

In the morning visit Tamshing Lhakhang, the treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. Then visit, Jakar Dzong, the administrative centre of the valley.

Afternoon visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom as Bhutan’s ‘patron saint’, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated here. From Kurje monastery, a tarmac road heads south along the right bank of the river to Jambey Lhakhang. This temple, erected by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, is one of the two oldest in Bhutan (the other being Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro).

Evening visit to local market. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 9: Bumthang – Mongar

Check out from the hotel after breakfast and proceed on a drive to Mongar. The drive takes about six hours and the views en-route is spectacular. You will get to see interesting village sights and panoramic views of the valley of Sengor.

Afternoon, visit Mongar Dzong, built albeit quite recently, the dzong still maintains the architectural traditions of old dzongs. Overnight at the lodge in Mongar.

Day 10: Mongar – Trashigang

The first part of the journey is through leafy forest filled with ferns. After driving through the Kori-la pass (2,450m/8,040ft), marked by a pretty chorten and a mani wall, we descend rapidly through corn fields and banana groves to reach the famous zigzag road just below Yadi, a fairly recent and now fast growing settlement.

After that follows the Gamri river until the bifurcation to Dametsi, this temple perched on top of steep hill was founded by Choeden Zangmp and is the most important monastery of eastern Bhutan. This is the place from where famous Naga Chham, mask dance with drums originated. About 30 km onwards lies Trashigang at 1000m. Trashigang is the centre of the biggest and most populated district in the country.

After lunch visit Trashigang Dzong, standing at the extreme end of the spur, overhanging the Gamri river. It serves as the administrative seat for the district and part of the Dzong is occupied by the Drukpa monastic community. Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

Day 11: Trahigang (Excursion to Trashiyangtse)

After breakfast, visit the temple of Gom Kora, set on a small alluvial plateau, overlooking the river. Gom Kora is a famous place where Guru Rinpoche subdued a demon. Further ahead reach to Doksum village where you can see women busy in weaving traditional Bhutanese fabric and a chain bridge dating of the 15th century.

Visit Trashiyangtse Dzong, which overlooks the town and was built in the late 1990s when the new district was created. If tme permits, visit the dazzling white stupa of Chorten Kora on the riverbank below the town and Art School. In the evening, return to Trashigang. Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

Day 12: Trashigang – Bumthang

After breakfast drive back to Bumthang with lunch enroute. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 13: Bumthang – Punakha

Morning after visiting Bumthang market, drive to Punakha . Lunch would be served in Trongsa town. Enroute at Wangduephodrang take a short break for tea / coffee and then proceed to Punakha hotel for overnight stay.

Day 14: Punakha – Paro

Morning free time in Punakha. After lunch drive to Paro for overnight stay.

Day 15: Paro Depart

After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.  Hope you have a very pleasant and memorable stay in Bhutan with us and wish to see you again. Tashi Delek.

 

 

 

 

Treking

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Duration: 6 days, Max. Elevation: 4,520m

Seasons: April to June & Sept to Oct.

Start: Gynekha (Thimphu)

Finish: Chamgang (Thimphu)

This six day trek takes you into an area adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes. As you walk amidst the shimmering lakes you’ll be treated to stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta and many more.

During the trek an entire day will be dedicated to visiting some of the more picturesque lakes, fishing and resting. The trail also takes you through several Bhutanese villages so you can get a good idea of traditional Bhutanese village life as you make your way back from the lakes.

While this is a somewhat strenuous trek, it is well worth the effort because of the tranquility and beauty of natural landscape that you will enjoy during the journey. The best time to embark on this trek is between April-June or September –October.

Dagala Trek Map

itinerary

DAY 1: GYNEKHA – GUR

Distance 7 km, 5 hours, 550 m ascent, 210 m descent, camp altitude 3,290 m. The trek starts at beautiful Gynekha village and begins with a short descent to the river. After crossing the river you start climbing until you reach a huge rock platform from where you have a picturesque view of the valley and After another two hours of trekking you will reach your campsite at Gur (3,290m), amidst abundance of wild flowers.

DAY 2: GUR – LABATAMA

Distance 12 km, 5 hours, 1,220 m ascent, 110 m descent, camp altitude 4,300 m. On the second day, the trail takes you across the high ridges from where you can truly appreciate the rugged beauty of your surroundings and the mountain vegetation. The path winds through refreshing meadows  which freshens your mind. Weaving through tiny streams, you will climb gently through scattered birches and rhododendrons to arrive at Pagalabtsa pass (4,250m) marked by huge cairns. From the pass, you will have spectacular views of Kanchenjunga (Sikkim) and most of the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. Descending from the pass one will view whole Dagala range meadows and yak herders camp. Lunch at nearby yak herder’s camp. You will descend into the Labatama valley and then ascend gradually through the valley passing some yak herder huts till you reach Utsho Lake (4,300m) where golden trouts are in abundance. Our campsite is right next to the lake.

DAY 3: LABATAMA

This day will be dedicated to relaxing and recuperating at Labatama. It is an ideal to taker an excursion to any of three nearby lakes: Reli Tsho, Hen Tsho and Jama Tsho. Hikers are encouraged to take the opportunity to engage in some trout fishing as the location is ideal. These lake are full of trouts and your trekking leader will tell you mystic stories about these lakes. Lunch by the lakeside with spectacular view around can be a memorable experience. After lunch, you can also attempt to climb the Jomo peak at an altitude of 5,050m. Return to camp by dusk and prepare for the next day.

DAY 4: LABATAMA – PANKA

Distance 8 km, 6-7 hours, 260 m ascent, 520 m descent, camp altitude 4,000 m. The trail climbs along the western side of Dala Tsho up to a saddle at 4,520m. From here onwards you will have a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayan peaks all through the descent. The mountain peaks visible such as Everest (Nepal), Kanchenjunga (Sikkim), Masangang, Tiger Mountain, Tsendagang and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. From the saddle the path descends, passing some yak herder huts to Doccha Chuu River. You will follow the river for a while, staying higher up on the slope until you reach Panka. Here the Himalayan monal peasants are common sight, besides yaks and horses. We will camp at Panka (4,000m).

DAY 5: PANKA – TALAKHA

Distance 8 km, 5-6 hours, 180 m ascent, 110 m descent, camp altitude 3,080 m. This day entails the crossing of several passes but none of them require a major climb. You should keep your eyes open for different varieties of blue poppy (June-July) and mountain birds while in this area. . Lunch at the point, where one trail leads to Talakha and other to Wangduephodrang. After lunch, an hour’s gradual climb brings you to the last pass, Tale La (4180m) from where the views of Dagala range and Thimphu is superb. Start a long descent through forest of spruce, birch, juniper and rhododendrons to Talakha Goempa (3080m).

DAY 6: TALAKHA – CHAMGANG

Distance 6 km, 3 hours, 440 m descent. From the monastery it’s a short walk down to the feeder road which will lead you to the village of Chamgang.

 

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