Bhutan Nature Tour
Unlike other countries, Bhutan doesn’t have concrete jungles; we hardly see any builds up to four stories in other areas and up to seven stories in Thimphu, in fact it’s well painted, crafted and decorated. The program under panoramic views takes us through the beautiful buildings, roads, scenic drives, comfortable ride to countryside to enjoy the best greenery and landscapes of the country. One of the most amazing journeys in Bhutan.
No. of nights: 12
Mountain Pass: Dochula Pass 3100m – Pelela Pass 330m – Yotongla Pass 3350m
- Government Royalty of US $ 65 per night per person
- sightseeing within Bhutan as per the itinerary
- Accommodations in best 3 star hotels on twin sharing basis
- All meals (breakfast, lunch &dinner)
- Full time English speaking guide
- entrance fees and permits
- All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
- One time visa processing fee of US$ 40 per person
- Flight tickets
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone, internet
- Soft drinks and alcohol
- Mineral water in hotels and restaurants
- Travel insurance
- Shopping and entertainment
- Gratuities to guide, driver, etc.
- Luxury star hotels and resorts available at an additional cost
- Specialized guides (Foreign language,photography, Bird watching, Buddhism, flora and fauna) available at an additional cost.
“Itinerary can be customized based on your interest & time”
Day 01: Paro – Thimphu
On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative. After completion of the airport formalities, drive to Thimphu. Check into your hotel. Visit Changangkha lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimphu built in 12th century. It is popular temple for pilgrims and for new born babies. Takin Preserve Park, Takin is the national animal of Bhutan.Royal Textile museum,provides fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Craft Bazaar, has got a wide range of authentic Bhutan made art and craft products. In the evening freely stroll around the market. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha
After breakfast visit Simply Bhutan, a living museum and a photo studio.Painting school teaches the techniques of traditional paintings, sculpture and other forms of traditional arts and one can view the students at work. National library holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts some dating back to several hundred years.
After lunch drive to Punakha. Dochula pass (3100m/10,200ft). On a clear day to the east of the pass, the snow covered mountain peaks of the Himalayas are seen and among them is the Mt. Gangkar Phuensum at 7497m, which is the highest peak in Bhutan. Druk Wangyal Chorten (Stupa) at Dochula built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. And, also visit Druk wangyal Lhakhang (Temple) at Dochula built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (head of the state of Bhutan) Jigme Singye wangchuk. In the evening freely stroll around the marked. Overnight, stay in a hotel in Punakha.
Day 03: Punakha - Trongsa via Gangtey
After breakfast drive to Gangtey. In
the mountains east of Wangduephodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley.
Phobjikha lies a few kilometers, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This
quiet, remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate
from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a
milder climate. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. Overnight,
stay at hotel in Gangtey / Phobjikha.
Day 04: Gangtey / Phobjikha –Bumthang
After breakfast visit Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648, where crown prince of Bhutan traditionally becomes the Penlop (governor) of Trongsa prior to be crowned as the king of Bhutan. Ta Dzong, Built as watchtower to guard Tongsa Dzong. Then drive to Bumthang. Visit Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Overnight, stay at a hotel in Bumthang.
Day 05: Bumthang
After breakfast visit Kurje Lhakhang where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock. Visit Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic school), and Swiss Farm House. Evening freely stroll around town. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Bumthang.
Day 06: Bumthang – Mongar
Drive to Mongar over Thrumsungla pass. The drive will take about 5hours. Lunch, we will take hot pack lunch. Continue the journey to Mongar. Visit Mongar Dzong, built in 1930s. Yet the Dzong is built in the same method and traditions of all the other Dzongs. No drawings and nails have been used. Evening freely scroll around town. Overstay stay at a hotel in Mongar.
Day 07: Day Excursion to Lhuentshi
After breakfast drive to Lhuentshi. En route we will pass by the many villages. At Lhuentshi , take a short hike to Khoma village, which is famous for Kushuthara textile or others finely designed pattern textiles. Visit Lhuentshi dzong. Drive back to Mongar. Overnight stay at a hotel Mongar.
Day 08: Monger - Bumthang
After breakfast drive to Bumthang. Bumthang valley is home to some of the holiest pilgrimages and scared monasteries in the country. On reaching Tang, we will visit Mebar Tsho (burning lake). Overnight stay in Bumthang.
Day 09: Bumthang–Punakha
After breakfast drive back to Punakha. En-route visit Wangduephodrang Dzong and town. Overnight, stay at hotel in Punakha.
Day 10: Punakha – Thimphu
After breakfast drive to Thimphu. En-route visit Khamsum yuley Namgyel Chorten, built in 1990 by queen mother and dedicated to the King and for the well-being of Bhutanese. Visit Memorial Chorten (Stupa) was built in 1974 in the memory of the Third king of Bhutan ,Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue. The statue sited at kuensel phodrang is one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world, Tashichho Dzong ( Fortress), which houses most of the government offices, throne room and office of the king.In the evening freely stroll around the market. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 11: Thimphu to Haa
After breakfast drive to Haa. Then visit Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple), Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple), Haa Dzong(fortress), Katso Lhakhang (temple) of Guru Rimpoche built against the rocky ledge. Hike around Katso village (alt. 8840 ft), this is a fairly easy hike of about one hour walk through this beautiful valley. Evening freely scroll around town. Overnight,stay at hotel in Haa.
Day 12: Haa to Paro
After breakfast drive to Paro via Chelela pass. On a clear day there is a superb view of Mts. Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake. Visit Paro Dzong (fortress) built is 1646. It houses the district monastic body and most of the government administrative offices. National Museum (Ta- Dzong), once a watch tower built to defend paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), during inter valley wars of 17th century was later inaugurated as National Museum in 1968. Kichu lhakhang is one of the oldest and most scared shrines of the kingdom built in 7th century by Tibetan King songshen. Visit Farm House. In the evening freely stroll around the market. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Paro.
Day 13: Departure
After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.