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BEST OF EAST BHUTAN TOUR

Explore the Untouched Splendor of the Mystic kingdom of Bhutan - the Land of the Thunder Dragon!

Sector: Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Trongsa-Bumthang-Pobjhika-Wangdue-Paro

Tour duration: 9 Days 8 Nights


Tour Program:

Day

Trip Details

1

On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representative and commuted to Thimphu, the Capital of Bhutan (approx one hour drive), where you will be checked into your hotel for rest and refreshment.

 Later, we shall proceed for a local sightseeing tour of Thimphu wherein we shall visit The Memorial Chorten(a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan) , The School of Arts & Crafts and the magnificent statue of Buddha Dordenma built on a hillslope 100 metres above Wangchu River overlooking Thimphu capital city. Overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu.

2

Today, we drive to Punakha (Approx 2 ½ hours) through some of the Kingdom’s richest agricultural land and most dramatic river valleys.  

The first stop after leaving Thimphu on the journey east is Dochu La pass around 3100 m high and way above the clouds.  Only an hour's drive from Thimphu, it offers visitors their first glimpse of the Eastern Himalayan range. From the pass the road curls its way down into the relative lowlands of the Punakha Valley. Before Thimphu was made the permanent capital of Bhutan, Punakha was the Winter Capital because of its more temperate climate.

Later, we shall visit the beautiful Punakha Dzong( known as the  “the palace of great happiness”), located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley. We shall also visit the Chhimi Lhakhang monastery. Overnight stay at hotel in Punakha.

 

3

Today morning, we leave Punakha and proceed towards the town of Trongsa (Approx. 5 hours). Enroute, we shall visit Wangdue phograng Dzong and Chendebji Chorten.  Overnight stay at hotel in Trongsa.

4

After breakfast, we will visit the Trongsa Dzong – the biggest fortresses in Bhutan and the watchtower located above the Trongsa market. Later, we start our journey to Bumthang ( Approx. 2 ½ hours). The journey takes us over spectacular passes of Yongtala Pass and Kilakha Pass into the beautiful Bumthang Valley that is famous for its scenic beauty. The terrain changes quickly from rhododendron forests to conifers. Later, we shall visit Lamey Goemba monastery on top of a high hill, giving visitors a panoramic view of the surrounding area and the seventh century temple of Jambay Lhakhang. Overnight stay at hotel in Bumthang.

5

Today, we go for a sightseeing tour of Bumthang, wherein we shall visit Chakhar Lhakhang (Iron Castle). It was 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.

Later, we shall also visit Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message) and the sacred Membarstho lake  (The burning Lake) at sunset. Overnight stay at hotel in Bumthang.

6

Today, we shall leave Bumtang and proceed back towards Wangdue(Approx. 6 ½  hours) via Gangtey. Enroute, we shall visit the Gangtey Gompa at the beautiful Phobjikha valley. The gently sloping hill sides of Phobjikha is known as "the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas". This is the winter home of black-necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climates. Overnight stay at Wangdue.

7

Today, we drive to the town of Paro (Approx. 4 hours) via Thimpu, wherein you will be checked into your hotel. In the evening, if interested you can take a relaxed stroll in the local Paro market. Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.

8

Today, we shall for a local sightseeing tour of Paro, wherein we shall visit the famous Taktsang Monastery, also known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, located on a high cliff towards the north of Paro town. Later, we shall visit the popular Paro Dzong, located above the Paro river. It is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture with its inward sloping walls that rise to an impressive height. We shall also visit Kichu Lhakhang temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.

9

After breakfast, we shall drive to Paro International Airport for your onward journey with memories of a lifetime!  

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