Places covered : Paro - Thimphu - Wangdue - Trongsa - Jakar - Tang
Valley - Bumthang - Gangtey - Punakha - Paro
Highlights of Discover Bhutan Tour
: Taktsang monastery (Tiger's Nest), Drukgyel Dzong ruins, Kyichu
Lhakhang, Rinpung Dzong.
Thimphu : School of Fine Arts, Zandog
Pelri , Changgangkha temples, King's Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong.
: Wangdue valley , Dochu La Pass , Wangdue dzong , Pele La pass ,
Chendebji Chorten , Trongsa Dzong .
Bhumthang : Yotong La pass ,
Bumthang valleys , Flaming lake , Pemalingpa's miracles.
Jakar : Kurjey Lhakhang , Jambay Lhakhang , Tamshing Lhakhang.
Gangtey : Pele La pass , Gangtey valley , Nyingmapa.
Punakha : Punakha
Dzong , Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk , Simthoka Dzong.
01. ARRIVE PARO AND PROCEED TO THIMPHU
During this flight, one will
experience breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga and other
Himalayan peaks including the sacred Chomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in
Bhutan. On arrival at Paro our representative will meet you outside the
arrival hall and escort you to Thimphu. The drive to Thimphu from Paro is
approx. 2 hours and covers a distance of nearly 41 miles. On arrival check
in at the hotel and proceed for lunch. Relax in the afternoon and later in
the evening walk around the city.
Stay overnight in Thimphu.
Day 02. IN THIMPHU.
breakfast enjoy a full day tour of Thimphu, visiting the National
(ancient Buddhist manuscripts); School of Fine Arts
(Thangka painting and other traditional arts); Royal Dance Academy
handmade paper studio; Zandog Pelri
and Changgangkha temples
; Folk and Textile Museums
, site of the Dragon Throne and
main monastery of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot); Handicraft Center
and a scenic drive above the valley to see the small Takin zoo
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
Stay overnight in
Thimphu. Day 03. THIMPHU TO TRONGSA VIA
After an early breakfast take the scenic drive on
the mountain route towards the former Capital of Bhutan passing through Dochu
(Alt. 10,000 Ft). On a clear day one can view stunning scenery
of Himalayan ranges. Descend to Wangdue valley
and visit the Wangdue
, the most picturesque in Bhutan. Rest for a while and have lunch
at a good local restaurant. After lunch continue to Pele La pass
stopping at Chendebji Chorten
(17th Century Nepalese style Chorten).
A magnificent view of Trongsa Dzong
can be seen from here even
before we reach there. Upon arrival in Trongsa check in at the hotel and
Stay overnight in Trongsa.
Day 04. TRONGSA - JAKAR
This morning after breakfast climb up to the
watchtower to see relics of the Tibetan warrior-king Gesar of Ling, before
continuing over the Yotong La pass
, through beautiful countryside,
golden fields and rural villages where red chilies are drying on the
rooftops, to the legendary Bumthang valleys
. Lunch enroute. Stop at
a weavers' workshop along the way to see the colourful woollen textiles of
Bumthang, used for bright sweaters, scarves, blankets and bags. Check in on
arrival and relax.
Stay overnight in Bumthang.
Day 05. TANG VALLEY (BUMTHANG)
Bumthang is considered the most
sacred and religious of all the valleys in Bhutan. Tang is the most remote
of Bumthang's valleys
. View the White Bird Dzong
around some of the ancient temples and the sacred pool of Mebartso, the "flaming
of Pemalingpa's miracles
, where legend says some day
the keys to Shangri La will be found. At the Swiss Farm, taste the delicious
cheese and apple juice made in the area.
Stay overnight in
Bumthang. Day 06. FULL DAY JAKAR
Today after breakfast hike for 2 hrs to Thankabi
Lhakhang in the morning with a picnic lunch. After lunch visit Kurjey
& Jambay Lhakhang
, and Tamshing Lhakhang
Return to the hotel in the evening and relax.
Stay overnight in
Day 07. BUMTHANG - GANGTEY
Depart Bumthang and re-cross the Pele
(glorious views!) following the National Highway to the forest
road, which leads up to the remote and beautiful Gangtey valley
overnight at the monastery lodge or guest farmhouse (very basic
accommodation, but the best available)
Dinner and retire for the
Stay overnight in Gantey.
Day 08. GANGTEY - PUNAKHA
In the morning after breakfast visit the
remote and beautiful Gangtey valley
, site of the only Nyingmapa
(Old Sect) monastery west of the Black Mountains. After lunch, drive on to
Punakha. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Later visit the Punakha Dzong
Stay overnight in Punakha. Day
09. PUNAKHA - PARO.
This morning after breakfast drive on to Paro
via Thimphu visiting enroute the 108 stupas dedicated to His Majesty the
King by her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk
lunch drive further to Paro via Simthoka Dzong
, the oldest in
Bhutan. Arrive Paro and check in at the hotel.
Stay overnight in Paro. Day 10. IN PARO
highlight of this day will be a hike to Taktsang retreat at Taktsang
(Tiger's Nest). This is about 3 hrs walk uphill and can also
be done on horseback. Lunch will be served enroute. Return downhill on foot.
Afternoon sightseeing in Paro includes a visit to the northern part of the
valley to Drukgyel Dzong ruins
(Monastery Fortress) that once was a
strategic post to withhold invading Tibetan forces from the north; visit the
famous Kyichu Lhakhang
- one of the 108 sacred Lhakhangs built by
the Buddhist King Srongtsen Gompa of Tibet
. Visit the district Dzong
called Rinpung Dzong
- Fortress of a Mountain of Jewels, which is
now the seat of the administration and an institute for monks.
Stay overnight in Paro. Day 11. LEAVE
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport in time to
connect to the flight for onward destination.