Travel Style: Small / Big Group
Start Location: Paro
End Location: Paro
Duration: 9 nights /10 days
Accommodation: Hotels / Farm House
Period: All Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers
There is a great variety of people, architecture and scenery in central Bhutan. Because it takes a little extra time to get here, the countryside and hotels see fewer tourists than in Thimphu, Paro and Punakha. In fact, until the 1970s the only way to reach this part of Bhutan was on foot or atop a sure-footed horse.
-Flight into Paro brings breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains. If the weather permits you will be able to see Himalayan Mountains. The landing, flying through the Paro valley between the 4000 meters high mountains.
-Visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom, built in 1629. The complex has survived in its original form and serves today, as religious college, in which, amongst other subjects, Dzongkha is taught
-Textile museum the foundation was laid in 2000 under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck. It was established with the aim of preserving and promoting Bhutanese textile arts, National Library and sees the ancient manuscripts preserved there, visit Jungshi paper factory, third king’s memorial Chorten.
-Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, mini Zoo here you can see just one animal, Bhutan's national animal the Takin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over), nunnery temple and Tashichho Dzong, the main Government Secretariat building, where the government ministries, the Office of His Majesty the King and the Throne Room, the offices and living quarters of the monk body and the Chief Abbot’s housed.
-Drive to Trongsa, forms the central hub of the kingdom and is historically the place from where attempts at the unifying the country were launched. As you continue onwards you can view the incredible massive Trongsa Dzong, an architectural Wonder! Trongsa medieval watch tower and the great Mangde Chu (river) enhance Trongsa dzong in its exceptional beauty and grandeur
-Sightseeing Trongsa Dzong, the dzong was built in 1648; it was seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second kings ruled the country from this ancient seat. All the five kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop (“Governor”) prior to ascending the throne, presently the administrative seat of the district and the home of the monastic school. Built at split-levels on a narrow spur, the Dzong offers magical wonder and visit Ta Dzong preached above the Trongsa Dzong this is watchtower which once stood guard the Trongsa Dzong. Now was restored from ground up and this is museum presenting the rich historical and religious heritage of Trongsa Dzong.
-Explore Bumthang, Bumthang is general name for the four valleys of Ura, Chumey, Tang and Chokhor and is considered to be one of the most beautiful and sacred valleys of Bhutan. These four valleys of Bumthang are dotted with temples, monasteries, prayer flag and stupas. Wherever you visit, myth, legend, folktale and superstition surround you. The traditional stone houses with colorful paintings, intricately carved wooden structures and lush evergreen conifer forest add to the beauty and charm.
The valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in the kingdom. It is also the religious heartland where many saints and masters meditated leaving their imprints as sacred places of worship and pilgrimage Tales of Pedmasambhava dominate these holy shrines. If the weather is clear, you will enjoy the view of green valley, dotted with hundreds temples, thousand flags and beautiful Chamkhar river flow through the valley. The valley is also called mini Switzerland of Bhutan, Today’s sightseeing in Bumthang includes Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in the Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.
-Visit to Kuenga Rabten, visit the winter palace of the second monarch King, this building is now use as National Library; large nunnery; and Yuruing Choling, the first king’s winter palace.
-Visit to a yathra (textile weaving) handloom, where the yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms.
-Visit Kujey Lhakhang and pray, one of the most sacred places, because Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. From there you can hike 30minutes to Tamshing Lhakhang lies on the other side of the river opposite the Kurje Lhakhang. It was built by Terton Pemalingpa (treasures discover) the ancestors of Royal Family; Kenchosum Lhakhang; and Mebar Tsho (Lake of Burning Fire), this is a sacred lake for the Bhutanese who believe that Pema Lingpa discovered religious treasures from the lake.
-Visit Chimey Lhakhang the monastery of fertility and visit Punakha Dzong which stands majestically at the junction of the two rivers- Pho Chu and Mo chu. The Dzong is said to be the most beautiful of dzong in Bhutan; it is an outstanding structure with intense artwork, and the winter residence of the Je khempo (chief abbot). Also this is the second dzong built in Bhutan by Shebdrung Nawang Namgyel in the year 1637.
-Hike to Taktsang monastery, the hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 to 3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 900 meters from the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. It is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time.
-Visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attract visitors due to the strategic location of the fort, the fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mountain Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the dzong. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. The third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck housed it into the National museum in the 1960s. It served as a watch tower during the 17th century to guard the region from the Tibetan invasion. It was converted to the National Museum in.
It houses a fine collection of Bhutanese art, relics, religious thankas, The seven floor museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks, and walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Kichu Lhakhang(Monastery) it is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, Rimpung Dzong (fortress of the heap of jewels) it was built during the time of Zhabdrung (deeply revered to this day as dynamic political and spiritual leader) in 1644. It houses both administrative and monastic bodies.
This Standard Package includes:
• Standard hotels(2-3 stars)
• All meals
• Transport/transfers within Bhutan
• Entrance fees and permit
• Sightseeing and trekking as per itinerary with English speaking guide
• necessary arrangements
• 35% royalty to the government
• 24 hours service from Guide and tour operator
Not included in the cost
• Travel Insurance
• Airport taxes
• Expenses of personal nature
• Excess baggage
• Tips to guides and drivers
|Day 01: Arrival Paro, transfer to Thimphu
|Day 02 : Thimphu Full Day Sightseeing
|Day 03: Drive from Thimphu to Trongsa
|Day 04: Morning Trongsa Sightseeing, afternoon drive to Bumthang
|Day 05:Bumthang Sightseeing.
|Day06: In Bumthang
|Day 07: Morning Punakha Sightseeing, afternoon drive to Paro
|Day 08: Paro Full Day Sightseeing
|Day 09: Excursion Tiger Nest
|Day 10: Fly to onward destination
(Note: These are sample itinerary planned to give you a general idea of trip to Bhutan. We can tailor, and make tour programs to meet individual needs and preferences.)