Complete Bhutan Tour
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas. Bhutan borders China to the north and India to the south, east and west. To the west, it is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim; farther south it is separated from Bangladesh by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. Bhutanâ€™s capital and largest city is Thimpu. 17 days Complete Bhutan Tour includes visiting highlights of BhutanÂ The Land of the Thunder DragonÂ then breathtaking visit to central Bhutan, Paro Valley:The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutans old monasteries and temples, then to eastern places like Bumthang Valley: This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism in Bhutan,Punakha: the old winter capital, Tashigang , Tashiyangtse , Trongsa & Mongar. Towering cliffs, Pristine forest, great variations in latitude &altitude & climate conditions are the eastern character. There is animistic Bonpo tradition in this area which is a practice earlier than Buddhism came into existence. Explore Phobjikha valley and also visit Gangtey Monastery, the most important Nyingma Gomba in the country. Enjoy Dangmechu River which is the largest river that flows in the eastern district. Trashigang town was a trading point with Tibet in the past.
Visit Trashigang Dzong (1659),also termed as Sky Dzong overlooking Dangmechu river. Trashiyangtse has Chorten Kora, a Boudhanath Stupa of Nepal Modeled Chorten. Mongar Town is a settlement on top of the hill, main business place in eastern Bhutan, visit Mongar Dzong , newly built Dzong , Zhongar Dzong, Dramitse Lhakhang , AjaNey ,sacred site of a Rock. Visit some of the other villages in the area including Jambay, Kurjey and Thangbi Lhakhangs and the castle of the â€˜White Bird. In Trongsa visit Ta Dzong which is now a temple dedicated to the legendary Ling Gesar and stroll around the small town.
|Day 01:||Arrive Paro from Kathmandu|
|Day 02:||Drive to Thimphu, Sightseeing|
|Day 03:||Thimphu Sightseeing|
|Day 04:||Drive to Punakha, Sightseeing|
|Day 05:||Hike to Pumikot, Pokhara|
|Day 06:||Gangtey â€“ Tongsa|
|Day 07:||Tongsa – Mongar|
|Day 08:||Visit Mongar Dzong, drive to Tashigang (3 hrs).|
|Day 09:||Day Excursion to Tashiyangtse.|
|Day 10:||Drive to Bumthang (10 hrs)|
|Day 11:||Bumthang sightseeing.|
|Day 12:||Bumthang â€“ Trongsa|
|Day 13:||Trongsa â€“ Punakha|
|Day 14:||Punakha â€“ Thimphu|
|Day 15:||Drive to Paro, Hike to Taktsang monastery.|
|Day 16:||Paro sightseeing.|
|Day 17:||Paro – Kathmandu|
Day 01: Arrive Paro from Kathmandu
Upon arrival, you will be received by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Time permitting, stroll around Paro town. Overnight Paro.
Day 02: Drive to Thimphu, Sightseeing
After breakfast, drive Thimphu for 2 hrs, en route visit Tachogang Lhakhang built in 15th century by Thangthong Gyalpo (Great Iron Bridge Builder). Further stop will take you to Chhuzom where you will observe three stupas built in different architecture; Bhutanese, Tibetan, Nepali all of which finds a place of stand at the confluence of Thim chu and Pa chu. After Chuzom, he road passes via scattered villages set in the midst of apple orchards until you stop at Simtokha (7 kms from Thimphu) to viist Simtokha Dzong oldest dzong of Bhutan built in 1627. On arrival in Thimphu, check into your hotel. Overnight at Thimphu
Day 03: Thimphu Sightseeing
There are a good many things to see in the capital which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it. Thimphu is relatively small having a population of approximately 35,000 people and the streets are wide and tree lined.
In the morning you will visit the indigenous hospital specializing in herbal medicine, the Late Kings Memorial Chorten, the National Library, the indigenous hospital specializing in herbal medicine, handmade paper factory, and the nunnery at Zilukha. In the afternoon, tour of the school of fine arts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum the thirteen crafts); the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the weavers at work and also varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, jewellery etc. on display.Overnight at Thimphu.
Day 04: Drive to Punakha, Sightseeing
In the morning we drive to Punakha, the old winter capital. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs via a series of zigzags over the Dochu La Pass, 10,000ft/3,048m. On a clear day panoramic views can be had of the eastern Himalaya, including Bhutan’s highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m. The road drops down through varied forest finally emerging into the highly-cultivated Punakha valley. In the afternoon we explore Punakha, Bhutan’s old winter capital, which lies at the confluence of the Mo and Pho rivers. The large fortress with its temples, hall and towers overlooks the town and provides excellent views. Further, we hike to Chimi Lhakhang, the divine mad monks temple. It is a beautiful walk passing through a lovely village and the temple can be visited, overnight at Meri Phuensum Resort, Punakha.
Day 05: Drive to Gangtey (Phobjikha), sightseeing
After breakfast, we drive for about 2/3 hours to Gangtey via the small town of Wangdiphodrang. The approach to Phobjikha is through a forest of oak and rhododendron. Phobjikha is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home of black necked cranes which migrate here from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. Explore Phobjikha valley and also visit Gangtey Monastery, the most important Nyingma Gomba in the country. Overnight at Phobjikha.
Day 06: Gangtey Tongsa
This is a long days drive of 5-6 hours depending on road conditions but it is a journey you are not likely to forget. Leaving Gangtey, the road winds up through varied forest up to the Pele La Pass from where the views are spectacular. The journey then continues along a road in places literally carved out of impressive cliffsides, to Tongsa. In Tongsa, we have chance to wander around this pleasant township from which the present royal family emerged as the most powerful force at the beginning of this century. Overnight Trongsa.
Day 07: Tongsa – Mongar
From Tongsa we drive across the Yotung La (3425m)and descend eventually into the valley of Bumthang, the heart of the Bhutanese weaving industry (3 hrs). The area, centered around the town of Jakar, is of great spiritual significance and encompasses four valleys. From Bumthang, it takes about 7/8 hours to drive overland to Mongar. The road crosses two passes (Shertang La at 3573m and Thrumshing La at 3800m) and traverses several wild roads that cling to the side of the hills. It is one of the most spectacular drives in the country descending 3200m in a distance of 84km. From Jakar, the drive passes through wide pasturelands and fields to the valley of Ura (3000m) and just before the pass there is a magnificient view in clear weather of Bhutans highest peak, Gangkar Puensum (7540m) to the north. Time permitting visit Ura Lhakhang and continue drive to Mongar passing through Sengor and Namling which has the reputation for being the most hair-raising section of the road across Bhutan. From Lingmithang (650m), the road climbs through corn and potato fields for about half an hour to the small town of Mongar at 1600m. It is the first town built on a mountainous side instead of in a valley. The valleys in Eastern Bhutan are usually little more than riverbeds and mountain slopes that rise abruptly from the rivers flatten out as they approach their summits. Overnight at Mongar.
Day 08: Visit Mongar Dzong, drive to Tashigang (3 hrs)
In the morning, we visit Mongar Dzong, built in the year 1953 and we continue our journey to Tashigang. Leaving Mongar, the road climbs past fields of corn to the Kori La pass (2400m) from where the road drops into the upper reaches of the Manas Chu drainage, switchbacking down through corn fileds. En route at Ngatshang visit Guru Lhakhang, a small private goemba that can be figured out from the small buildings alongside the road. The road descends further through the village of Yadi and following the Gamri Chu you arrive at Cha Zam (cha is iron, zam means bridge) from which point it is a gradual climb uphill for about half an hour to the town of Tashigang at 1100m. Afternoon visit Tashigang dzong built in the year 1667, and the small town. Overnight at Tashigang.
Day 09: Day Excursion to Tashiyangtse.
A full day excursion to Tashiyangtse visiting Gom Kora and Chorten Kora, Picnic pack lunch and return to Tashigang for overnight.Overnight at Tashigang.
Day 10: Drive to Bumthang (10 hrs)
A full days drive to Bumthang with a picnic pack lunch en route. An early start is recommended to cover the long distance in about 10-11 hours. Overnight atBumthang.
Day 11: Bumthang sightseeing.
After breakfast, we start our walk to Tamshing, a small but important village, where we will have chance to wander around the bazaar. The round trip takes about 4 hours, and you may wish to visit some of the other villages in the area including Jambay, Kurjey and Thangbi Lhakhangs and the castle of the ‘White Bird. Overnight Bumthang
Day 12: Bumthang Trongsa
Today we drive back to Trongsa (3 hrs). Afternoon in Trongsa visit Ta Dzong which is now a temple dedicated to the legendary Ling Gesar and stroll around the small town. Overnight Trongsa
Day 13: Trongsa Punakha
Leaving Tongsa, we return west, stopping to visit the Chendebji Chorten, a large white monument said to conceal the remnants of an evil spirit vanquished here. Continuing across the spectacular Pelela pass (3,300 m) we come to the valleys of Punakha and Wangdi. Overnight Meri Puensum Resort, Punakha.
Day 14: Punakha Thimphu In the morning, we drive for 3 hrs through blossoming hills and pine forests, and cross the Dochula pass (3,100 m) to reach Thimpu in time for lunch. Aftrenoon at leisure or stroll around town. Overnight Thimphu
Day 15: Drive to Paro, Hike to Taktsang monaster
Early morning drive to Paro (2 hrs) and visit Paro valley, site of the famous Tiger’s Nest, the Taktsang Monastery where the legendary Guru Padmasambhava is believed to have flown from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat the demons who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan. The walk is long, and can be steep in places, but the views are stunning. After lunch at the cafeteria, return to Paro. Overnight at Paro.
Day 16: Paro sightseeing
A full day of sightseeing in Paro; includes tour of Bhutan’s national museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro Dzong (monastery/fortress). The museum holds a fantastic collection of Bhutanese national treasures ranging from ancient armour to textiles and thangkha paintings. Then, we drive to the head of the valley and visit Drukgyel Dzong built in a location that was chosen for its control over the route to Tibet. A spectacular view of Mount. Jumolhari (23,996ft /7314m) can be seen from here. Also visit the impressive Rinpung dzong and time permitting make short walks to visit private village homes. Overnight Paro.
Day 17: Paro – Kathmandu
Early morning transfer to the airport for your return flight to Kathmandu.
- 2 Nights superior hotels in Kathmandu on bed & breakfast .
- Standard Room at A Grade hotels/resorts/guest houses/lodges (twin share basis)
- All meals (incl. evening tea/snacks) in Bhutan
- All Hotel Tax & Service Charges
- Visa Processing
- All inland travel permits
- Govt Royalty & Taxes
- Transportation & Transfers
- Local Sightseeing with entrance fees where applicable
- Services of an English speaking local guide
- Complimentary bottled water in car
- Bhutan Visa fee
- Druk Air flights ( Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu )
Does not includes:
- Travel and medical insurance coverage
- Table drink/beverage
- Communication charges, laundry, tips
- Other expenses of personal nature