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Bhutan Mountain Tour


This is a very suitable itinerary for someone with longer holiday and who wishes to understand Bhutan in depth. This trip leads you all the way from the very modern Bhutan in the west to the extreme remote places in east Bhutan. Even in such a small country you will be surprised to see the big difference in life style, influence of the western culture and more between the two ends of the country. By the end of the trip you will get a very good idea about how Bhutan was many years ago.

Due to the long distance drive, limited holiday period and limited hotels, very few tourists make this trip. But if anyone is confused about choosing this trip then this is the trip you should make it. One doesn’t get to travel again and again so might as well does it at one go.

Season: Year-round

No. of nights: 13

Mountain Pass: Dochula Pass 3100m – Pelela Pass 330m – Yotongla Pass 3350m, Thumshingla Pass

  • Great option for second trip to Bhutan
  • Avoiding crowds in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha
  • All major sights of Eastern Bhutan
  • Scenic Mongar to Bumthang drive
  • 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, then drive for about 2 hours from Paro airport to Thimphu. After reaching Thimphu 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, established in 2001, 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. En-route visit Dochula Pass (3100m/10,200ft). On a clear weather 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 Wangyel Chorten (Stupa) at Dochula was 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 market. Overnight, stay at 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. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km, 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 a 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 a king of Bhutan.

Ta Dzong, built as a watchtower to guard Trongsa 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.  Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple),Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic school),Swiss Farm House. Evening freely stroll around the town. Overnight, stay at the hotel in Bumthang.

Day 06: Bumthang – Mongar

Drive to Mongar over Thrumsingla pass. Then drive will about 5hours. We will take our hot pack lunch. Continue the journey to Mongar. After reaching there, 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 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 other finely designed pattern textiles. Visit Lhuentshi Dzong. Drive back to Mongar. Overnight stay 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 Bumthang.

Day 09: Bumthang–Punakha

After breakfast drive back to Punakha. Before reaching Punakha visit Wangduephodrang Dzong and town. Overnight, stay at a 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 wellbeing of Bhutunease. 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 hotel in Thimphu.

Day 11: Thimphu to Haa

After breakfast drive to Haa. 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 stroll around the town. Overnight stay 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 in 1646 houses the district monastic body and most of the government administrative offices of Paro District. National Museum (Ta- Dzong), once a watch tower built to defend paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) during inter valley wars of 17th century. Later was 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 Songchen Gampo. In the evening freely stroll around the market. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Paro.

Day 13: Paro – hike to Taktsang (tigers’ nest)

After breakfast drive to tigers’ nest hike point. Taktsang is built on a cliff. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhva) arrived in a tigress and mediated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in cave in the 8th century where the monastery stands now.  Overnight, stay at hotel in Paro.

Day 14: Departure

After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.

 


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