Discovery Bhutan

Durations

12 Nights

Altitude

2300 –3800 m

Best Season

All Time

Destination Choice

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjekha, Trongsa & Bumthang

Tour Included​

Meals and mineral waters, Transportation, Accommodations, Tour Guide, Sight Seeing, SDF and visa

DETAIL ITINERARY

This tour will take you to beautiful region of rural Bhutan, make you authentic Bhutanese hospitality experience. A one way short in country flight will provide panoramic view of high Himalayan peaks across Bhutan.

Day 1 : Arrival to Paro

Transfer to airport for flight to Paro, your introduction to our enchanting kingdom begins on a flight over the Himalayas into the lush green valley of Paro; truly one of The world’s most spectacular sights. During your flight, You will view the world’s highest, most majestic peaks and enjoy the view of the approaching valley with its primeval alpine forest, monasteries, temples and farmhouse nestled in splendid mountain isolation. On arrival to Paro you will be received by our representative, the tour guide, and driven to the hotel, After Lunch to Paro valley Sightseeing

National Museum : National Museum(TaDzong) overlooking the Paro Valley, This is once the Watch Tower for the Rinpung Dzong. It was converted into a National Museum in 1968. It has many national treasures and a visit to the Museum will provide an excellent introduction to Bhutan and its history.

Paro Dzong: 17th century fortress today, the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the country. The Dzong was built in 1645 A. Stroll through Paro town overnight at Hotel

Day 2 : Paro to Bumthang by domestic flight

Transfer to airport for departure to Bumthang by domestic flight, Paro to Bumthang 30 minute flight will give you spectacular experience, flying over the hills, rural villages and valleys endless view of high Mountain peaks, temples on top of mountainside around the country.

Bumthang valley

Bumthang altitude 2600 m, has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Bumthang valley is one of the most spiritual and historical places in Bhutan. Guru Rinpoche’s main patron saint of Bhutan first visited Chokor valley and introduced Buddhism in Bhutan. Check in Hotel

Visits to:

  • Jakar Dzong (16th Century Fortress) is located in a picturesque location overlooking the Chokhor Valley. Dzong houses the Bumthang Administrations office and monastic school
  • Jambay Lhakhang, situated in the heart of Chokor Valley. It is one of the 108 temples, and the oldest in Bhutan, built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 659 AD
  • Chakhar Monastery: It is said that the Chakhar Gab (Sindhu Raja) built a nine-storey iron castle and later as the castle deteriorated, the Terton Dorji Lingpa built a temple on the current site. You can see many ancient artifacts inside the temple
  • Kurjey Lhakhang: This is one of the most important temples in Bhutan, which was the first site visited by Guru Rimpoche in Bhutan in the 8th Century. It was from this place that Buddhism spread in the country. The body imprint where Guru Rimpoche meditated to subdue the local demon, Shelging Karpo, can still be seen today.
  • Tamshing Lhakhang: It was built in 14th century by Pema Lingpa, the “Hidden Treasure Discoverer”. The monastery has some of the oldest paintings in Bhutan, believed to be painted by Pema Lingpa. These wall murals have not been re-touched since the monastery was first built. An iron chain made by Pema Lingpa is still in the temple and people carry the chain and circumambulate to expiate their sins.

Evening stroll through, Wangdicholing Dzong, nearby village and Bumthang town.

Day 3 : Bumthang Valley Sightseeing

Hike to Shukdra Temple, one of the four Holy Cliffs of Guru Rinpoche

Shugdrak is one of the four holy cliffs which human beings should visit during the course of a lifetime. The temple is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche and the temple is built on a rock face and resembles the Taktshang Monastery in Paro.

On the way stop at Thangbi Goemba founded in 1470 by Shamar Rinpoche. One temple has deities in wrathful manifestations and the other has three Buddhas representing the past, present and future. On the upper floor, the vestibule contains two remarkable paintings of Guru Rinpoche’s paradise and the heaven of Buddha Amitabha.

Hike: From the Lodge, drive through the Kurjey road and follow Thangbi road, passing the Thangbi village and long Mani wall, The Shugdrag hike starts to the left of the road j which goes to Nasiphel. Walk up through the meadow and follow the trail which leads towards a handful of farmhouses and then bends and continues past an old water mill and then straight up to Shugdrak, beautifully situated on a cliff with stunning views of the surrounding valleys.

Day 4 : Excursion Ura & Shingkhar Village

Ura & Shingkhar village

Morning: Drive to Ura valley, visit to beautiful Shingkhar village and Ura village. Ura village is the highest settlement village located on the way to Eastern Bhutan highway, this will also give you how local Bhutanese farm high elevations and carry on their lifestyle traditions.

Village trails hike from Shingkhar to Ura

This trail is ancient beautiful trail’s easy cultural day hike that connects between Ura and Shingkhar Village. You can start hiking through the Shingkhar Village and walk through the dirt road for few minutes and hike through fir forest will lead you to Somrang Village, you can visit Somrang village temple. Continue and to Ura the hike will take about 1 hour. Ura village is the highest settled village located on the way to Eastern highway Evening Drive back to Bumthang

Day 5 : Bumthang- Trongsa – Phobjekha

After breakfast, we drive to Trongsa in central Bhutan. The 79 KM journey takes us through via Yotongla La (3436 m), and on a clear day it gives a panoramic view of the Black Mountain Ranges and it’s one of the highest roads in the country.

Visit to:

Visit the impressive Trongsa Dzong built in 1644, which represents Bhutan’s link with its historical monarchy since it is the ancestral home of the first king of Bhutan, Ugyen Wangchuk. This is also the investiture site for future kings ascending the Golden Throne of Bhutan. Trongsa Dzong represents the very best opportunity to capture the true essence of Bhutanese monastic and parliamentary architecture.

Tower of Trongsa Museum

  • Visit The Tower of Trongsa Museum, the Ta Dzong was historically the watchtower over the Trongsa Dzong, built in 1652, which was inaugurated on the 10th of December 2008. This is a living museum which represents a tasteful blend of tradition and modernity. The museum has on display about 224 items used over the years by Wangchuck dynasty. You will see the Raven Crown worn by the first King in 1907, the radio of the third king and many other objects of interest.
  • After Lunch, Drive to Phobjekha

Phobjikha valley

The drive from Trongsa to Phobjekha takes about three hours through some pristine and protected nature in the country. En route You can pass by Chendebji chorten a Nepalese style Stupa, beautiful Rukupji village and crosses over pelela pass at 3300 m and Gangtey Pass (3140 m), then drop into the Phobjikha Valley. The Phobjikha Valley is one of the roosting grounds of the Black-necked cranes (grus nigri collies.) Each year in winter, the birds migrate from Tibet and Siberia.

Overnight : Lodge

Day 6 : Phojekha to Wangdue – Punakha

Morning Phobjekha and Gangtey Sightseing, Phobjekha Nature hike – Gangtey Gompa

Morning: Visit Crane information’s centre to see the Crane preservation Project, they have a nice display on community and RSPN working together to preserve the Crane.

From the crane center walk down to valley where the crane feeds in Winter, Hike starts across the valley from the 14th century temple Khewa Lhakhang you can visit the temple it has very old statue of Budha. Hike uphill by the side of the valley through the pine forest and villages to the Gangtey Gompa at the valley Hill top. Visit the 16th century Gangtey Goempa monastery, headed by Gangtey Truelku reincarnations lama.

After visiting the monastery, drive down to Punakha, Lunch en-route at a local restaurant. Drive to Wangdue and to Punakha to visit Chimilhakhang : The temple dedicated to the 15th century iconoclast and patron saint of fertility, Lam Drukpa Kinley, also fondly remembered as the ‘Divine Madman.’ The temple is visited by people from all over the world, especially by couples who are barren. Evening drive to Home stay Tucked away in the village of Jawana (which means the village beneath the cliff), about half an hour drive from the main road near Punakha Dzong is a Bhutanese treasure called Aum Wangmo Homestay

Aum wangmo Home stay

Chimi Wangmo the host lady will welcome you with warmth happiness into her home is obvious from the welcome tea and her homemade snacks to the best home cooked meals. Well maintained, the farmhouse with two modern toilets/bathrooms.– cooking and eating authentic Bhutanese cuisine, helping out with the farm chores, enjoying hot-stone baths and sleeping in mud-rammed houses. Taking a hot stone bath is relaxing and therapeutic and adds to the experience of a farmhouse stay. Yummy authentic Bhutanese meals at the homestay, not typically found at restaurants and hotel buffets. Rice is the main crop that is planted from spring to autumn, and many fruit trees and vegetables are also planted for the family’s consumption.

Overnight : Home stay

Day 7 : Punakha Valley Sightseeing

After typical Bhutanese break fast, Engage in Farm House activities, hot stone baths, darts, Archery and field work.

Village hiking to Nubgang

After Lunch, we drive to Nubgang village and hike down towards home to stay through villages with its quaint farming activities and the rural life in general. You can view the magnificent Punakha Dzong from this hike. Those not hiking may choose to relax at the farm house. Overnight: Home stay.

Day 8 : Punakha to Thimphu

After breakfast drive to Punakha Dzong Parking: Visit Punakha Dzong most significant Dzong, a magnificent castle-fortress that served as the old capital of Bhutan. It is considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture. Built in 1637 on the confluence of the Pho Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river) It is in this monument that the Kings of Bhutan are crowned and the head of the central monastic body in Bhutan (Chief Abbot) winter resident

After the Dzong drive to Thimphu capital city takes you through beautiful Dochula pass at 3150 m. On a clear day, offering panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan ranges. Lunch at Dochula

Afternoon: Thimphu Sightseeing visit to:

  • Kuenselphodrang where the world’s biggest Buddha statue is built overlooking the valley.
  • Thimphu Trashichhodzong, important Central Secretariat of the Government
  • the Memorial Chorten where many locals come to Prayers

Day 9 : Thimphu to Thimphu Sightseeing

Hiking to Cheri Goemba monastery

Drive 30 minutes to Dodena and hike about 40 minutes through beautiful forest trails to Cheri Monastery, built in 1620. Cheri monastery is one of the main retreat centers and a popular pilgrimage site in the country. You can see a beautiful painting of Guru on the solid rock on the way. Picnic lunch will be served near the river bank near wooden bridge

After lunch, visit to:

  • The Arts and Craft school (Zorig Chusum)
  • the Indigenous hospital, Traditional Medicine Centre which includes a herbal medicine
  • Takin Zoo, National Animal of Bhutan
  • Evening: Free time for shopping, leisurely stroll around town.

Day 10 : Thimphu to Paro

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Bhutan Post office where you can see beautiful collections stamp.
  • Tamchog Lhakhang (temple) which has an iron chain bridge cast made in the 14th century by Thangthong Gyalpo

 

After lunch, visit to:

  • Drugyal Dzong “Fortress of Victory” Dzong beautifully rebuilt after many years in ruins.
  • Kychu Lhakhang (temple). This is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. The inner temple was built by a Buddhist Tibetan King, Srongtsen Goempo in the 7th century. Evening to walk around Paro town

Overnight: Hotel

Day 11 : Paro to Tiger Nest Hike

Taktsang hike trail is up hill which takes about 4 to 5 hours round trip with the visit to temple. On the way up, you can take pony ride till cafeteria which makes much easier. Today, we go to a place that has become a must for every visitor to Bhutan – the hike up to the “Tiger’s Nest” or Taktshang monastery. This is religious edifice, about 800 meters above the Paro valley floor, is built on a dizzying ledge of a gigantic granite cliff that hangs on a mountainside. It was here that Padmasambhava, an eighth century master who is considered to be the second Buddha in the Himalayan Buddhist world, mediated and concealed religious teachings for the future generations. The cave where Guru meditated in the 8th century can be still seen under the main Temple.

Day 12 : Paro to Departure

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