West to East Bhutan Cultural Tour
Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Bhutan is a land filled with snow-capped peaks, glaciers, sparkling lakes, raging rivers, green terraced fields and flower-strewn valleys. The North is dominated by the high peaks of the Himalayas. The inner central region is filled with temperate valleys and the South is where the steamy tropical jungles are found. Restrictions on the numbers of tourists help to preserve the country's natural assets and a way of life that has remained unchanged for millennium. Visitors will see monasteries perched at the tops of mountain peaks, ancient Buddhist art and sculpture, dense forests and spectacular valleys.
DAY 01: Arrive PARO/THIMPU (L,D)
Morning flight into Paro, Bhutan. On this flight, you can see breathtaking views of the Great Himalayas. Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be welcomed to the Kingdom by your guide. Lunch served in Paro. After lunch sightseeing in Paro. Overnight Paro at Tashi Namgay Resort.
DAY 02: PARO – THIMPHU (B,L,D)
Morning, hike up to “Taktsang”, popularly known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Afternoon, sightseeing in and around Paro Valley including visit to the National Museum.
The drive from Paro to Thimphu is spectacularly scenic with magnificent monasteries and stupas in the valleys and mountaintops. Overnight Thimphu at Hotel Pedling.
DAY 03: THIMPU (B,L,D)
Full day of sightseeing. Some of the highlights of Thimphu includes:
- Weekend market.
- Purchase world's most beautiful postage stamps from General Post Office
- Arts and Crafts school and the Traditional Medicine Institute.
- Memorial Chorten Built in memory of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, popularly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. A multi-storied stupa that will introduce you to the vitality of Tantric Buddhism.
- Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia
- Visit Botanical garden (Zoo) where one can see Yak and Takin, the National wild animal of Bhutan.
- Drive up to viewpoint and take a hike beyond to see the clear picture of Thimphu Valley.
- Downtown Thimphu on foot visiting Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts & Crafts stores. Buy stunning kiras which can be used and bed covers or wall decoration, jewelry and many more.
Transfer to Punakha for Overnight in at Hotel Meri Phuensum.
DAY 04: THIMPHU TO GAGTEY & PHOBJIKHA VALLEY (B,L,D)
Visit Magnificent Punakha Dzong and have early linch.
After lunch, drive to Gangtey and Phobjikha valley. Phobjikha valley has been declared as the first eco-tourism destination of Bhutan by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN). The valley falls under the Black Mountain Natural Park. Phobjikha valley is the winter home to rare and endangered black necked cranes (grus nigricllis), which migrate, in large flocks to Bhutan from Tibet & Sikang, Yunnan and Tonkin in eastern China. For centuries the cranes have captured the human imagination with their intelligence, poise, sociality, beauty and freedom, which have given rise to several myths, legends, folktales and songs. Cranes fly back to their summer homes in mid - late February. There are lots of other wild animals in the surrounding valleys like wild boar, barking deer, Himalayan black bear, red fox, leopard and many species of birds. Overnight Phobjikha at Hotel Dewachen.
DAY 05: PHOBJIKHA – TONGSA (B,L,D)
Morning, visit the Nature Education center, the carpet factory and the Sacred Gangtey Monastery, which dominates the valley. After Lunch, continue your journey towards Central Bhutan. Overnight Tongsa at Hotel Tashininjay.
DAY 06: TONGSA – BUMTHANG (B,L,D)
Tongsa is the ancestral home of Bhutan's Royal Family. Both the First and Second King ruled the Kingdom from this ancient seat. All the Kings of Bhutan has to become Tongsa Penlop (Honorary post of Governor) prior to being crowned as the Druk Gyalpo (King of Bhutan). Tongsa Dzong (fort), one of the largest in the country was first built is 1648 and later enlarged many times. Because of being situated on a highly commanding position on the only connecting route between the eastern and western sectors (where trail actually runs through the Dzong), the Tongsa Penlop was able to control the whole of eastern region very effectively for many centuries. Visit the ancient watch tower (Ta Dzong), which is situated just above the town.
After lunch, drive to Bumthang. The drive to Bumthang takes 2-3 hrs. Tales of the great Guru Padmasambhava dominates this holy valley. View the Jakar Dzong "The Castle of White Bird". A stop will be made on the way in the Chumey Valley where one can see girls weaving Yatha the traditional woollen material used。Overnight Bumthang at River Lodge.
DAY 07: BUMTHANG (B,L,D)
Different from all the other valleys in Bhutan, Bumthang is very spacious and open ranging in altitude from 2,600m to 4,000m. Bumthang is a heaven for hikers and trekkers, not to mention the numerous beautiful and important Buddhist monasteries and pilgrimage sites, making it the Cultural and Historic center of Bhutan. One could spend months exploring this fascinating valley. Almost every little valley or hill has a background of interesting myths and legends about Kings, Buddhist masters and Serpents. Bumthang is combined of four main valleys, Chumey, Tang, Ura and Choskhor (Jakar). Commonly known as Jakar valley where you can see a little bit of modern touch with Swiss Influences. Visits to the important cultural and historic sites in the special valley. Overnight Bumthang.
DAY 08: BUMTHANG - MONGAR (B,L,D)
Today we will be leaving Central Bhutan and moving towards Eastern Bhutan. As we move towards east, you will find less settlement and less development and more olden style lifestyles. Accommodation will be very basic and simple. Driving across Thrumshing La Pass, the highest motorable road, landscape is beautiful and you will enjoy the drive. Check in to Hotel Wangchuk for Overnight at Mongar.
Day 09: MONGAR - TASHIGANG
Morning, look around Mongar town. After lunch, drive to Tashigang, the largest district in Bhutan. Check in to Lingkhar Lodge for Overnight in Tashigang
Day 10: TASHIGANG
Full Day sightseeing in and around Tashigang District. Visit Rangjung Monastic School and Nunnery. Overnight Tashigang
Full day in Tashigang to enjoy the natural beauty of Eastern Bhutan. Overnight Tashigang.
Day12: TASHIGANG – SAMDRUPJONGKHAR
Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar, the eastern border town. There will be sightseeing stops en-route. Overnight Samdrup Jongkhar in a hotel.
Drive to Guwahati Airport in India (nearest) for departure from the Kingdom by flight. TASHI DELEK!
Price per person per night in USD
Price is inclusive of following services
|01 - person||290||
|02 - persons||280|
|03 - persons||270|
|04 - person & above||250|