12 Days 11 Nights

Day01: upon arrival to Paro airport your guide will welcome to Bhutan and the check in hotel. After check in hotel visit Dungtse Lhakhang a Chorten like temple which was believed to be built by Tibetan Buddhist master called as Thangthong Gyalpo in 1433, who is popularly known as iron chain bridge builder. Next visit Paro museum an ancient watch tower housing the National museum, with abundant culture relics. And then visit Paro Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture as well as the a local religious administrative center. If time permits go around the Paro town which lies on the banks of the Paro Chuu, the main street, only built in 1985, is lined with colorfully painted wooden shops fronts and restaurant

Overnight: Paro

Meals: lunch and dinner

Day 2 :Paro - Thimphu (By Car, Approx. 1.5 Hrs 55 km).                                        

You will be escorted to the capital Thimphu, passing by Tamchog Lhakang Iron Bridge. Hotel check-in, then head for Buddha Dordenma Statue and Takin Sanctuary, where you'll see Bhutan's unique National Animal Takin. Visit national Memorial Chorten, Tibetan style Chorten is one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu, and for many Bhutanese it is the focus of their daily worship. Then visit Institute for Zorig Chusum the Institute offers you a glimpse of novices learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.  It is a hands-on trip for you. The Folk Heritage Museum This museum provides glimpse into the traditional Bhutanese life. The artifacts which are kept inside the house remind the visitors about how the rural Bhutanese live today.  Before going to Bhutan Post Office Headquarters where you can make stamps with your own photos (USD 4 for 12 stamps, at your expense). Later visit Thimphu Dzong (Trashichho Dzong), the largest religious building in Thimphu as well as the central administrative center (open after 5 pm, Monday to Friday). if time permits visit changangkha lhakhang, semtokha dzong.
Tips:
1.  It is suggested to store photos in SD card/ USB device for stamp printing, or else you may need to line up for taking photos.
2. Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.

Overnight: Thimphu
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3:Thimphu - Punakha, (By Car, Approx. 3 hrs 55 km).

AFTER the breakfast you will drive to Punakha,on the way stop at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the grand 108 stupas. If in good weather, take in the enchanting views of Mt. Himalaya. Proceed to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and a sacred place where people pray for children. Next embrace the highlight - Punakha Dzong, a very beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, with rich Buddhist collections. You will also visit Suspension Bridge nearby (the longest bridge in Bhutan). If time permits visit Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (2 hours round trip hike)

Overnight: Punakha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Punakha to Phobjikha (70km-3Hours).Drive to Phobjikha (3000m/9845ft) valley a paradise for nature lovers and hikers, so one can enjoy the hike around the remote valley of Phobjikha.

Phobjikha valley is one of the winter roosting grounds of the rare Black-necked Cranes, where they come in hundreds after spending their summer in Tibet and then migrates to the Himalayas of Bhutan to spend their winter – they arrive in the months of September and October and fly back to Tibet between February and March. After check in hotel visit Gangtey Goempa the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan. A good short walk is the Gangte Nature Trail(1hour 30 minutes) which leads downhill from the Mani stone wall just north of the Gangte Goemba to the khewang Lhakhang.  Later visit Black Necked Crane Information Centre which provides all the information about birds.

Day05: Phobjikha to Trongsa (125km -4½ hours).  After breakfast we will drive to Trongsa (2300m/7545ft) via Pele-la pass (3300m) the highest pass between Wangdue and Trongsa. The Pele-la pass separates the western and central Bhutan. On the way to Trongsa we will be passing by one Stupa called as Chendepji Chorten which is believed to be built by lama shida from Tibet in 19th century. Upon arrival check in hotel and visit Trongsa Dzong the home of the royals and now the administrative and monastic body.

Day 06: Trongsa to Bumthang (68km-3hours). Morning we will visit Ta-Dzong (watch tower) a museum dedicated to the monarchs of the kingdom of Bhutan. The museum is equipped with state of the art technology and includes a media room where visitors can watch a documentary program me on the history of the monarchy. Precede to Bumthang (2600m-4500m / 8530ft-14765ft) the religious heart land. After arrival, check in hotel and visit Kharchu Monastry The buildings are composed of the Guru lhakhang, Tshokhang (Prayer hall) capable of housing about 500 monks, residences for high lamas and teache  rs, classrooms, Library, Monastery offices, Monks’ hostels, Kitchen, store and dining room.

Day07: Bumthang Sightseeing.  After breakfast visit Jakar Dzong Centre of the Bumthang region. It played an important role as the fortress of defense of the whole eastern Dzongkhag. It was also became the seat of the first king of Bhutan. At present the Dzong is use as administrative and monastery body. Next visit Wangdichholing Palace built in 1857. As it was the first palace not constructed as a fortress. The palace was the principal residence of the first king and was used by the second and third, but it is now vacant. The King's aunt presently owns the palace. Later visit Jampa Lhakhang one of the first two Buddhist temples built in the country built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century A.D. Also visit Kurje Lhakhang the site where royals are cremated. Afternoon visit Tamshing Lhakhang there is very old religious paintings around the inner walls of the temple, which was restored at the end of the 19th century. Later visit Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake) Mebar Tsho is considered as one of the most sacred sites in the region as it is related to the renowned religious treasure reveler (Terton) Terton Pema Lingpa.

Day 08: Bumthang to Dochula (240km-8Hours). Early morning after breakfast we will drive back to Dochhula via Punakha to see the clear view of Himalayan Mountain ranges.

 Day09: Hike to lungtsutse and drive to Thimphu for leftover sightseeing. After breakfast you will make a Hike to Lungtsutse it takes around 4-5 hours round trip depending on your walking pace. It’s a lovely temple situated above the Dochula Stupas. The hike starts from the Dochula Parking Area. The Hike trail is a very comfortable one with very gradual ascend to the Temple. Upon reaching the temple, you will view the spectacular Himalayan Range of Mountains, and the low lying valleys of Punakha and Wangdue. After that drive to Thimphu, check in hotel and visit Changangkha Lhakhang situated at a top small hound overlooking the Thimphu valley was built in the 13th century by the illustrious Lam Phajo Dugom Zhigpo. Later visit, Sangay Gang the best place for photographers and you could capture whole Thimphu valley.On the way back we will visit the small zoo dedicated to the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan.

 Day 10: Hike to Tango Monastery and afternoon drive to Paro. After breakfast you will hike to Tango Monastery. Monastery is located 14 KM to the north of Thimphu valley near Cheri Monastery. After reaching the road point you need to hike uphill for about an hour. The word Tango in Bhutanese language means “horse head”. Now it houses the monastic body. After hike you will drive to Paro. Check in hotel and visit Kichu Lhakhangone of the oldest temples to have been built in Bhutan by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century AD. Late visit Drugyel Dzongnow the old ruinsbuilt by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646, to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders

Day11: Thimphu to Paro hike to Taktshang (3-4 hours round trip). After breakfast you will drive to Paro and hike to Taktshang, the Tiger’s Nest. “Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang”, says one tourist. Indeed it’s true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss.

Taktshang monastery is located atop an 800 meter cliff in Paro. 
Taktshang or the Tigers lair as the monastery is widely regarded is one of the most important in Bhutan. Its history is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian saint who came to Bhutan in

the 8th century AD. The cave was named Taktshang after Guru Rinpoche flew into the cave from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in eastern Bhutan riding on a tigress.

Day 12: Departure 

 

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