Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Magical Central Bhutan Tour (9 Nights / 10 Days)
Bhutan's beautiful unspoiled and pristine landscape, ancient Buddhist culture, imposing architecture and people will enchant you. The air and the environment are not polluted and there are no crowds.
This excellent cultural tour provides a special insight to the heart of the country – Central Bhutan, giving you a complete experience of Bhutanese culture, history, hospitality, isolated farms, quaint villages, exquisite temples and monasteries, magnificent architecture, stunning natural beauty and the picturesque scenery along the way
You will travel crossing the three high mountains passes: Dochula at 3100m, Pelela at 3300m and Yotongla, the highest at 3400m.
Bumthang is the spiritual home of the Bhutanese people and is dotted with some of the oldest historical monuments and sacred places in all of Bhutan, some dating back to the 7th century A.D, a period of which there is little modern knowledge.
The tour highlights includes travel to Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue and Trongsa and Bumthang. Besides it also includes a visit to the Gangtey valley,winter habitat of black-necked crane. This rare bird is an endangered species which migrates in winter from the plateau of Tibet and Siberia.
Magical Central Bhutan Tour 9 Night/ 10 days Itinerary Details:
Day 01: Arrive Paro, Paro drive to Thimpu
Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect Druk Air flight to Paro .During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, On arrival you will be received by your guide and driven to the capital, Thimphu .Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Thimpu
After noon Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952 - 1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still preserved. Artists are taught to paint Thankas here (sacred Buddhist scroll). Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where one can buy Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts. ; and a drive to the viewpoint of Thimphu and national animal-Takin research center. If time permits, visit Tashicho Dzong, the center of government and the monastic order. Independent tour of the town.
Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu .
Day 03: Thimphu - Trongsa (200 Km, 6 Hours)
The journey to central Bhutan takes about 7-8 hours passing through alpine and coniferous forests across three districts. While the drive can be arduous, there are, however, splendid views of mountain ranges, village hamlets and two high passes. Pack lunch will be served at Chendebji, an ancient Newari stupa like those found in Nepal .Arrive Trongsa and check into the lodge.
Day 04: Trongsa –Bumthang sightseeing (68 Km, 2 1/2 Hours)
After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong, one of the most impressive in the kingdom. Built in 17th century by Shabdrung, this is a masterpiece of architecture with several courtyards and corridors and 23 temples.
Drive to Bumthang through the most scenic landscape of lush pine forests, open fields and quaint hamlets.
On arrival in Bumthang, check into the lodge. After lunch, visit Kurje Lhakhang where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock; the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest), the Jakar Dzong (administrative centre of the region) and Swiss Farm House. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 4: Trongsa - Bumthang
After our breakfast, we will visit the magnificent Trongsa Dzong and then drive to Bumthang through the hairpin bends with the dense forest of rhododendron, conifers, alder and oak. The road then comes out into a wide open cultivated valley – which is the Chumey Valley, the first of Bumthnag’s four valleys. From here the road goes on straight until we see Jakar Dzong and then drops into bends before straightening out again in the main valley atChamkhar. The drive will take about 2hours and 30minutes. Lunch will be served at Hotel Bumthang. After lunch we will visit Jakar Dzong and the Chamkhar town. Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Bumthang.
Day 5:Halt at Bumthang.
Today’s day begins with visit to Jambay Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century, Kurjey Lhakhang, is named after the body print of Guru Rinpoche which is preserved in a cave inside the oldest of the three buildings, Tamshing Lhakhang – which was established by Terton Pema Lingpa in 1501 and is the most important Nyingma Goenba in the country. Lunch in the Bumthang hotel. After lunch we will visit Mebertsho (Burning Lake) - This is a very scared lake for Bhutanese people. Terton Pema Lingpa discovered several of Guru Rinpoche’s hidden religious treasures from this lake. Evening at leisure. Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Bumthang.
Day 6: Bumthang - Gangtey
After the breakfast, we will drive to Gangtay, Phobjikha. The drive will take about 4hours. Lunch will be at Phobjikha hotel. After lunch we will walk around the Phobjikha valley, it is a glacial valley and is the winter home of the black necked cranes. This valley is a designated conservation area and borders Black Mountain National Park. Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Phobjikha.
Day 7: Gangtey - Punakha
After the breakfast, we will drive to Punakha. The drive will take about 3hours. At Wangduephodrang we will visitWangduephodrang Dzong, was founded by the Lama Zhamdrung in 1638.
Lunch will be served at Punakha. After lunch we will visit Punakha Dzong, it was the winter capital of Bhutan until 1955 when the capital was permanently shifted to Thimphu. It still served as the winter resident for the monk body. Then we will drive to the viewpoint of Khamsum Yule Namgyel chorten.
Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Punakha.
Day 8: Punakha - Paro
After our early breakfast, we will drive to Paro via Dochula pass. At Lobesa we will visit Chhimi Lhakhang, which is located at a hilltop. We have to walk about 25minutes from the road point. This temple is also known as temple of fertility. After visiting this we will continue our journey to Paro. The drive will take about 5hours.
Lunch will be served at Dochula Cafeteria.
Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Paro.
Day 9: Halt at Paro
After early breakfast, hike to the view point of Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery. We have to walk about 1hours & 30minutes up steep from the road end. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. After enjoying the view & photographs, and refreshment at the viewpoint (Taktshang Cafeteria) we will walk back.
Lunch will be served in the town. After lunch we will visit National Museum of Bhutan and Kyichu Lhakhang. Evening stroll around the Paro town. Dinner will be served in the farm house. Over night stay in the hotel, Paro.
Day 10:Final Depart from Paro
Today we will drive to Paro international Airport to catch the flight to your next destination. Our representative will see you off from the airport.
Most hotels in Bhutan meet the recent standardization policy and are approved and classified by the government, most tourists accommodate in a 2/3 star category, All are inspected regularly and have en-suite bathrooms. Hotels and lodges become slightly more basic the further east you travel into the country. However town like Thimpu, Paro has 5 star category hotels also available and town like towns like Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang also have a variety of hotels that are comfortable. Away from town, you may find it tempting to camp outside in the forest or make a night halt at the purpose-built in cabins sprinkled along some main trekking routes. To use the special deluxe 4 and 5 star hotels take an supplement fee please Contact US for more details.
All your meals included during your stay in Bhutan. A variety of meals are available in most hotels – Most Bhutanese dishes are rich and spicy with a lot of cheese and chilli. It is advisable that visitors stick to the Chinese, Continental or Indian cuisine that is served in most restaurants. Visitors can also choose among the various vegetarian and non-veg food. You can also try out momos, the Tibetan dumplings, you may try out the ema datshi dish served with cheese and chili and other typical Bhutanese dishes.
- Airport pick ups and drops
- Transportation on comfortable vehicle by private car or Hiace as per the group size
- All necessary travel permits
- Experienced English speaking Bhutanese guide and local staff.
- Accommodation on twin sharing room basis
- All city tour with Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per our itinerary.
- All the meals during the trip full board basis (B/L/D),
- All government taxes
- Bhutan Visa fee
- Airfare To/From Paro, Bhutan
- Travel Insurance, Personal equipment, telephone calls, internet, laundry
- Personal expenses such as a drinks, beverages, tips and gratitude
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