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Bhutan-Land of Thunder dragon

10 days, Bhutan

Kathmandu Bhutan Tours


Day 01: Arrive in Paro / Bhutan (Lunch / Dinner)
Welcome to Bhutan, the Last Shangri-La. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by our local guide, 45minute drive to Thimphu capital city of Bhutan, upon arrivan check in to the hotel. Today we will take it easy to acclimatize to the altitude. Dinner at resort, first taste of Bhutanese cuisine and some light sight-seeing if time permit.

Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
After breakfast, visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). We finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) (72 Kms, 3 hours drive).
After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. On the way, stop a while to view Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th century. He subdued the demons with his "Magical Thunder bolt". The Temple is also known as "The Temple of Fertility".Lunch at Punakha. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male river) and Mo Chu (Female river). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted,"..a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant". There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping, the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952. In the evening, hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 04: Punakha - Gangtey – Trongsa(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
We start early today. After breakfast drive to Trongsa via. Gangtey. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang, it includes: visit to Wangdiphodrang Dzong (from outside) built in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of Buddhist religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Drive further to Gangtey. While in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Gompa. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema

Day 05:Trongsa- Bumthang (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
After breakfast, drive to Bumthang. Lunch at Bumthang. After lunch, visit Jakar Dzong, which literally means "The Castle of White Bird". The current structure was built in 1667 and is said to be the largest Dzong in Bhutan and then visit Lamey Goemba, a large palace and monastery built in 18th century by Dasho Phuntsho Wangdi. Visit Jambay Lhakhang said to have been built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659 on the same day as Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. The temple was visited by Guru Rimpoche during his visit to Bumthang and was renovated by Sindhu Raja after Guru Rimpoche restored his life force. Under the temple is said to be a lake in which Guru Rimpoche hid several Terma. In October one of the most spectacular festival, "Jambay Lhakhang Drup" is staged here. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 06: Bumthang Sightseeing (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
After breakfast, Visit Chakhar (Iron Castle) Lhakhang, it is the site of the palace of the Indian King, the Sindhu Raja who invited Guru Rimpoche to Bumthang. The Original palace was made of Iron and hence the name Chakhar. The saint Dorji Lingpa built the Current building in 14th century. Its correct name is Dechen Phodrang. We then visit Kurjey Lhakhang that is named after body print of Guru Rimpoche, built in 1652 by Minjur Tempa. Visit Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa and is the most important Nyingmapa temple in the kingdom. After lunch, visit Membartsho (Literally means "Burning Lake"), a short distance up the road leading to Tang valley. The Terton Pema Lingpa discovered several of Guru Rimpoche's hidden Terma / relics here. In the evening, visit Mathra factory & Cheese Factory. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 07: Bumthang -Thimphu(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Early breakfast, drive to Thimphu. (7-8Hour drive) Overnight in Hotel.

Day 08 Thimphu -Paro (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
After breakfast drive to Paro a beautiful valley. Upon arrival check in to the hotelafter short rest, drive north of Paro Valley, brings you to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt Jhomolhari.

Day 09 Explore the Paro valley (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
After breakfast, hike up to the Taktsong Monastery (Tiger's nest). The 2.5 hours hike to the cafeteria is also the view point to enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. After lunch, retrace your path and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.Evening ends with a walk through Paro's main shopping district.

Day 10 Paro –Fly home (Breakfast / Meal on Board)
Bid farewell to Bhutan for your returning flight back home

Trip & Facts

    Trip Facts

  • Group Size:Minimum 2 Pax
  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Season: Spring & Autumn
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Tented Camp
  • Transportation: 4WD drive, Airplane
  • Walking Hours a day: 4 to 7 approximately
  • Duration: 11 Days

Day 01: Arrive in Paro / Bhutan (Lunch / Dinner)
Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) (72 Kms, 3 hours drive).
Day 04: Punakha - Gangtey – Trongsa(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 05:Trongsa- Bumthang (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 06: Bumthang Sightseeing (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 07: Bumthang -Thimphu(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 08: Thimphu -Paro (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 09: Explore the Paro valley (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 10: Paro –Fly home (Breakfast / Meal on Board)


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