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11 Night 12 Day, Tour, Bhutan
Note: If you use this itinerary, you should have to buy Sikkim package with Indian single entry visa and Sikkim special permit.

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  • 1
    Flight into Paro by Bhutan's National Airlines Druk Air and stay overnight in Paro

    The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering the most beautiful scenery of the world's highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong (Fort), the national museum and the Paro town. Stay overnight at the hotel in Paro.

  • 2
    Paro - Taktsang - Thimpu

    In the morning drive to Satsam Chorten and then hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, the most photographed in Bhutan. The monastery has been rebuilt after a disastrous fire destroyed it some years ago. The monastery can only be viewed from afar as it is not open to the public. The view is however worth the steep 1 & half hour walk up a wide mountain path. Here it is being said that Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigeress in the 8th century. Walk back to the road point and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Over night at Hotel

  • 3
    Thimpu - Thimpu

    Soon after your breakfast, there will be sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes Memorial Chorten is a most impressive stupa built in the memory of Bhutan's third King by the order of Grand Queen mother Ashi Phuntsho Chhoden in 1974. National Library holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts and also modern academic books. Handicrafts Emporiums displays wide range of products such as beautifully woven fabrics for man & women, crafted products & other decorative items. Painting School is famous for traditional thanka paintings. You can also buy from here if you like them. The price can be negotiated a bit. Traditional medicine Institute was established with the help of Italian government to improve traditional medicine. The rich herbal medicines abundant in the kingdom are prepared here. Tashichhodzong, the biggest fort of Bhutan built in 1648. It houses secretariat building, King's throne room and other government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot.

     

  • 4
    Thimpu - Punakha

    3 hours drive to Punakha, the winter residence of chief abbot. The climbs for about an hour till you reach a pass at Dochula at an altitude of 3050M. This pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. However, the peaks can be seen only on a clear day especially in the month of October to Mid-February. The road then descends a long way to Punakha & Wangdue through temperate forest of rhododendron & magnolia bloom in mid-March & last till May, then a semi-tropical zone where orange trees, banana trees and cactuses are found in abundance. After your lunch at the hotel in Punakha, visit the outskirt of Punakha Dzong situated in the confluence of two rivers. Entering inside the courtyard of the Dzong can be permitted only if the head lama is moved to Thimphu for his summer residence. Stay overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

  • 5
    Punakha Wangdue - Trongsa

    Drive to Trongsa via Wangdue is 145km and takes about 6 hours crossing the Pilela Pass (alt. 3.300m). After the pass, the road descends gradually till you reach Trongsa, en-route stop at Chendebji Chorten built in Nepalese style by Lama Sidha in the 18th century. The view of Trongsa Dzong is stunning from 16 km away. The Dzong seems as if it a km away, but actual distance that you have to cover will be almost 16km. Stay overnight at the Sherubling lodge in Trongsa.

  • 6
    Trongsa - Bumthang

    Morning, visit the outskirt of Trongsa dzong, and also visit he Kuengarabten nunnery and the dzong. After lunch, 3 hours drive to Bumthang, one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. 29km from Trongsa is the Yotongla Pass (alt, 3,400m) and after the pass the landscape looks different as dense forest of conifers stretches. Cross a small pass and then descend to the valley of Chamkhar. Overnight at the lodge in Bhuthang.

     

  • 7
    Bumthang - Bumthang

    Bumthang is the general name given to a complex of 4 valleys (Chumey, Choekor, Tang & Ura) with altitude varies from 2600m to 4000m. After your breakfast, visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred temples in Bhutan. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche came here in the 8th century and meditated for several days until his body got imprinted on the back of a rock. He then manifested into different forms and subdued Sheiling Karpo, the local deity of Bumthang valley and converted him into Buddhism. On your return, visit Jambay Lhakhang built in 7th century AD by King Songtsen Gompo of Tibet. It is one of the 108 temples built by him all over NEPAL, Tibet & Bhutan. After lunch, visit Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa, the treasure discoverer. It contains interesting Buddhist paintings and also visits Koncho Sum lhakhang, which is close to Tamshing. Stay overnight at lodge in Bumthang.

  • 8
    Bumthang Mongar 196km 8 hours drive

    After your early breakfast, drive to Mongar in the eastern part of Bhutan. The windy road traverses crossing Urala Pass, Thormsingla pass at 3,800mts. And passes through a forest of conifers with underbrush of rhododendron and descends till Limithang and further the road reaches its lowest point at the bridge over the Kurichu river. The road starts climbing again and after about 13km drive, the road branches. One goes to north to Lhuntse district (65km) and the other continues for about 12 km to Mongar. Stay overnight in lodge at Monager.

  • 9
    Mongar Trashigang 96km

    After your breakfast, 3 hours drive to Trashigang, crossing over the Korila pass (alt. 2,450m) lies 18km beyond Mongar. After the pass, the first village that you come across is the village of Nagtshang. From here the road descends rapidly through cornfields and banana groves abd arrives to another village called Yadi. After about 20km drive, the road reaches its lowest point at a Sheri river bridge. After a while the road follows Gamri River ultimately reaching to Trashigang. Stay overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

  • 10
    Trashigang - Trashigang

    Visit the Trashigang town located on a spur and backing on the side of a mountain, it defies any precise description. Also visit the Trashigang Dzong stands at the extreme end of the spur, overlooking the Gamri River. This Dzong was built in 1659 on orders from the Trongsa Penlop Minjur Tempa. This dzong is named Trashigang, meaning "the fortress of the auspicious mountain". This site had probably been occupied, when the king of eastern Bhutan settled and built a small fort. If time permits, the visit of Chorten Kora (50km) can be made. Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

  • 11
    Trashigang - Shamdrupjongkhar 180km 7 hours drive

    After your breakfast, drive to the border town of Shamdrupjongkhar. Most of the time the road traverse ridge to ridge giving lovely glimpses of the surrounding countryside and also passes through villages of Wamrong and Riserbo hospital. Stay overnight at the hotel in Shamdrupjongkhar.

  • 12
    Shamdrupjongkhar - Guwahati (Assam India)

    After breakfast drive to Guwahati, the capital town of Indian state of Assam, for flight to Delhi/Calcutta or onward tour program.

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    Quick facts
    • Fly In:
      Paro
    • Drive Out:
      Samdrupjongkhar
    • Tour Duration:
      11 Night 12 Day
    3
    Strenuous : Strenuous
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