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Cultural Tours

1.Roar of the Dragon Tour

Detail Itinerary

Day 01

Arrive at Paro - Thimphu

Arrive in the morning at Paro and go sightseeing - National museum and Paro Rinpong Dzong. Lunch at town. In the evening drive one hour to Thimphu, the capitial of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02

Thimphu sightseeing

In the morning visit Memorial Chorten ( a huge stupa ) and the Changangkha monastery built in 12 century. Also visit the Takin zoo, view point of Thimphu valley, Nunnery monastery and lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, visit the arts and crafts school, Post office and archery ground. In the evening visit the Tashichho Dzong & Buddha point. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03

Thimphu - Punakha/ Wangdi

Take a morning drive to Dochula pass (3,100m), which offers a spectacular view of the 108 stupa or chortens. From the pass have a panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan peaks over 6000m to 7554m snowcapped Mountains. Have lunch in the village, and hike to Chimey Lhakhang. Visit Punakha Dzong. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04

Punakha/ Wangdi - Paro

Take a 4 hours drive to Paro and lunch on the way. After lunch, stroll through town and Kyichu Monastery, the oldest in Paro valley, built in 659 A.D. Visit the Drugyel Dzong, located 16 Km. away from the Paro town and local farmhouse. Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 05

Paro - Taktsang monastery hike

After breakfast drive half an hour and start the hike to Taktsang. It takes about 5 hours round trip. The famous Tiger's nest, the Taksang Monastery, is perched some 1000m/3,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06

Delhi/Bangkok/ Katmandu

After breakfast drive to Paro international Airport and fly out.

2.Festival Tour

Tour Summary:

Day 01

Punakha Festival and Drubchen Tour

Trip Highlights:

Venue: Punakha Dzong (Fortress) grounds
Total Duration: 12 days
Other places: Paro, Thimphu, Wangduephodrang

Held in the massive grounds of the historic Punakha Dzong, Punakha Drubchen is one of Bhutan's most significant religious events, wherein one is taken back to the 17th century, as a scene from the period is enacted. In the 17th century, Tibetan forces from across the border attacked Bhutan. Bhutanese emerged victorious under the leadership of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It is said that during that period, there were no standing Bhutanese military force. Then emerged the "Pazaps" the local militiamen from the eight great villages (Tshogchens) of Thimphu, who were victorious. To commemorate the victory, Zhabdrung introduced the Punakha Drubchen.
During the Drubchen, the entire battle is re-enacted with local men dressed as pazaps emerging and showcasing the victory.
The Tsechu follows the Drubchen.

Day 02

Thimphu Drubchen and Tshechu Tour

Trip Highlights:

Venue: Tendrelthang grounds inside the historic Thimphu Dzong (Fortress)
Total Duration: 12 days
Other places: Paro, Punakha, Wangduephodrang
Entry and Exit: Paro

Perhaps one of the countrys biggest religious festivals, Thimphu Tsechu has its roots in 1867, when the then fourth Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay, initiated the Tsechu. However, the dances were performed strictly by monks and were few in numbers.

In the 1950s, the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, introduced numerous Boed chhams (mask dances performed by lay monks), adding color and variety to the festival.
One of the highlights though is the Thimphu Dromchoe, celebrated three days before the Thimphu Tsechu, the Dromchoe is dedicated to Palden Lhamo, Bhutans chief protective deity.
Introduced by Kuenga Gyeltshen in 1710, who was recognized as the reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, son of Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel, legend has it, that the deity Pelden Lhamo appeared before Kuenga Gyeltshen and performed the dances while he was in meditation. Based on these dances, Kuenga Gyaltshen initiated the Dromchoe.

Day 03

Trashigang Tshechu

Trip Highlights:

Venue: Trashigang Dzong (Fortress) grounds
Total Duration: 15 days
Other places: Western, Central and Eastern Bhutan
Entry Paro

Exit: Guwahati, Assam, India.
Held within the confines of Bhutan's largest district in Trashigang dzong, the three day tsechu is observed during the 7th to 11th days of the tenth month of the Bhutanese calendar (December).
The unfurling of the Thongdrol of Neten Chudrug (Sixteen Arhats) on the 10th day is one of the highlights of the tsechu. The Thongdrol of Guru Tshengyed is also displayed on the last day.

Day 04

Paro Festival

Trip Highlights:

Venue: Paro Dzong (Fortress) grounds
Total Duration: 12 days
Other places: Paro, Thimphu,
Wangduephodrang
Entry and Exit: Paro

One of the highlights of the Bhutanese calendar year, like other trips, it could be integrated into a classical cultural tour. The three to four day festival sees hundreds of people from nearby districts dressed in their finest attire to witness the festival. It is a photographer's delicacy and for those who are interested in traditional Bhutanese attires.
Mask dances performed by the monks convey several religious meanings, the core one being the triumph of the good over evil.

Day 05

Gomphu Kora Tsechu

Trip Highlights:

Venue: Gomphu Kora (Fortress) grounds
Total Duration: 12 days
Other places: Western, Central and Eastern Bhutan.
Entry: Paro
Exit: Guwahati

Gomkora Tsechu, is one of the most celebrated festivals in Eastern Bhutan, with the Dakpa tribe from Tawang, the bordering Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, participating in the festive. Traditionally, the festival served as an occasion for the people to choose their spouse. While this practice has dwindled today, it is still alive, with young people finding their partners during the evenings as people circumambulation the lhakhang.

Gomkora derives its name from Gomphu Kora & Gom meaning meditation; Phu cave and Kora circumambulation. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated in the cave for three months during which time he subdued the demon, Mongkhapa, locally known as Sewang Nagpo, who fled Tibet and had hidden in a rock at Gomkora.

Day 06

Chorten Kora Tsechu

Trip Highlights:

Venue: Chorten Kora
Total Duration: 12 days
Other places: Western, Central and Eastern Bhutan.
Entry: Paro
Exit: Guwahati

A festival where circumambulation is the essence, the Chorten Kora Tsechu honors, the sacrifice of a pious Dakini princess from neighboring Arunachal Pradesh in India, who entombed herself alive when the chorten was constructed, as the Yeshe Semba, to meditate on behalf of all beings.
There are two major circumambulation events. The first is Dakpa Kora (circumambulation of the Chorten by the Dakpas, people from Tawang in neighboring Arunachal Pradesh) held on the 15th day of the first lunar month, and a Drukpa Kora (circumambulation of the Chorten by the Bhutanese) festival held at the end of the first lunar month which celebrates the stupa.

3.Finding Shangri-La tour

Detail Itinerary:

Day 01

Arrive at Paro to Thimphu

A flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as the Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsrim Gang. The first glance you will see of Bhutan is the Paro valley and its small airport. Our guide will welcome and escort you for sightseeing, which consists of visits to the National Museum, Paro Dzong (fortress) the head quarters of Paro District, and Kyichu Lhakhang, built by Tibetian King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. In the evening drive for one hour to Thimhpu. On the way stop at the Tamchoe Monastery view and Chuzom. Overnight at the hotel

Day 02

Thimphu sightseeing

In the morning visit Memorial Chorten ( a huge stupa ) and the Changangkha monastery built in 12 century. Also visit the Takin zoo, view point of Thimphu valley, Nunnery monastery and lunch at a local restaurant.

Sightseeing includes visits to the Weaving centre, Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third king of Bhutan, Changangkha monastery built in the 12th century, Takin zoo, view point of Thimphu valley and the Nunnery monastery. After lunch visit the Wood Craft and Painting school where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive, the post office and archery ground. In the evening, visit the Tashichhodzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks. Overnight at the hotel

Day 03

Thimphu to Punakha/ Wangdi

After breakfast proceed to Punakha, which is about 3 hours drive through beautiful forests of rhododendron and dwarf bamboo along with a breathtaking scenery of the landscape, green meadows, beautiful wildflowers, gushing waterfalls and constantly changing vegetation. About 45 minutes from Thimphu, lies Dochula pass (3,100m), offering visitors their first glimpse of the eastern Himalayan range. There you will see spectacular view of the 108 stupa or chorten at the Dochula pass. From the pass have panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan peaks over 6000m to 7554m snowcapped Mountains. After the pass, descent down to the low lying sub tropical valley, Punakha, which served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is still home of Chief Abbot in winter months. Punakha Dzong, was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and has played prominent role in civil and religious life of the Kingdom. Destroyed four times by fire and an earthquake in 1897, the Dzong has been now fully restored in its original splendor. On the way visit ruins of the Wanduephodrang fortress, gutted by fire in 2012. It was built in 1638 by the Zhabdrung. Visit Wangdue town and have lunch. After lunch, hike for about 1 hour round trip to Chime Lhakhang (Drupa Kuenley's) Divine monastery, which was built in 15 century. Drive to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04

Punakha/ Wangdi - Paro

In the morning, drive for 4 hours, which is a 125 km drive to Paro. After lunch drive to Taktsang view point, and hike up, following an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels to the site of the famous Tiger's nest, the Taksang Monastery. Tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998, rebuilt, it is perched some 1000m/3,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley. It was said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. On the way, visit the Drugyel Dzong, located 16 Km. away from the Paro town. Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, Jomolhari "Mountain of the Goddess" can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.). If time permits, visit local farmhouse. Overnight at the hotel

Day 05

Paro to Taktsang monastery hike

After breakfast drive to Paro international Airport and fly out.

4.On the trail of the Dragon tour

Detail Itinerary:

Day 01

Bangkok/ Delhi/ Katmandu - Paro - Thimphu

Arrive at Paro International Airport. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by a representative of our company, who will escort you to the Hotel. After lunch drive further to Thimphu.

Day 02

Explore Thimphu valley

Sightseeing includes visits to the weaving centre, Buddha point, Memorial Chorten ( a huge stupa ) built in memory of the third king of Bhutan, Changangkha monastery built in the 12th century, Takin zoo, view point of Thimphu valley and Nunnery. After lunch at a local hotel, visit National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved, the Wood Craft and Painting school where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive and the Folk Heritage museum and the Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks. Overnight at the hotel

Day 03

Thimphu to Punakha/Wangdi

After breakfast proceed to Punakha, which is about 3 to 4 hours drive. About 45 min from Thimphu, lies Dochula pass (3,100m), offering visitors their first glimpse of the eastern Himalayan range. There you will see a spectacular view of the 108 stupa or chorten. From the pass, one can also see a panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan peaks, which are over 6000m to 7554m. The journey then descents to low lying sub tropical valley, Punakha, which served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still it is home of Chief Abbot in winter months. Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal has played a prominent role in civil and religious life of the Kingdom. Destroyed four times by fire and an earthquake in 1897, the Dzong has been now fully restored in its original splendour. On the way to Punakha, hike for about 1 hour round trip to (Drupa Kuenly) Divine monastery, which was built in the 15th century. In the afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong and drive for half an hour and hike to the Khamsumyuly chorten. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04

Punakha/Wangdi - Bumthang

After breakfast drive to Bumthang, 190 kms, 7 hours journey through the districts of Wangdue Phodrang and Trongsa. across Pelela pass (alt. 3,300m), the traditional boundry between east and west. The pass is marked by a large prayer flag and the ground is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo, spectacular view of the snow-cap mountains, areas mostly cover with rhododendrons flowers, Magnolia, fir and pine forest. Short break at Chendebji Chorten, which was built in 19th century by a lama named Shida, it is Nepalese in style with eyes painted at four cardinal points. Lunch at Trongsa. After lunch visit Trongsa Dzong one of the most impressive and important Dzongs in Bhutan, also ancient capital of Bhutan. Drive for a further 68 km to Bumthang. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05

Bumthang Sightseeing

Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred in the Kingdom with innumerable legends surrounding the area. Sightseeings include visit to Kurje Lhakhang (where the saint Padsambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock), Jampel lhakhang which was built in the 7th century, Jakar dzong (the fortress of white bird) built in 17th century by Tenzin Rabgay (the fourth Desi), Tamshing lhakhang built in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa (the founder of religious treasures). Then visit Kunchosum lhakhang and Membertsho (the flaming lake), which is a gorge where the river runs through.

Day 06

Bumthang - Wangduephodrang

Drive to Wangdi, 170km or 6 hours drive. After lunch drive further to Wangdue and enroute visit Phobjikha valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan and home to the very rare black necked crane. The birds migrate from Tibet to Bhutan to winter here (from November -March). Visit Gangtey Gompa, one of the oldest Nyingmapa monasteries.

Day 07

Wangdue - Paro

Drive for about 4 hours to reach Paro. After lunch stroll through town and visit the Paro Rimpong Dzong, which was built in 1646, and Kyichu Monastery the oldest in Paro valley, built in 659 A.D. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08

Taktsang monastery hike

After breakfast drive half an hour and start the 5 hour round trip. Follow an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels to Taktsang Monastery, perched some 1000m/3,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley. It is said that to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. On the way, visit the Drugyel Dzong, located 16 Km. away from the Paro town. Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, Jomolhari peak or "Mountain of the Goddess" can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.). If time permit visit local farmhouse. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09

Paro - Bangkok/ Katmandu/ Delhi

After breakfast drive to Paro international Airport and fly out

5.Experience Bhutan Tour

Detail Itinerary

Day 01

Bangkok/ Delhi/ Katmandu - Paro - Thimphu

Arrive at Paro international Airport. During the journey to Paro, an unforgettable experience will be the breath taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. The landing at Paro airport will be another experience. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives of our tour guide, who will escort you to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. It is 55skm from Paro. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be taken for sightseeing, which includes the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Visits to the Handmade paper factory and Archery ground, Weaving centre, Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) and Changangkha monastery built in the 12th century. Also visit the Takin zoo, view point of Thimphu valley and Nunnery. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02

Thimphu sightseeing

In the morning take an hour's ride and then hike to Tango monastery, built in the 12th century and is today seat of a Buddhist university. Also visit Cheri monastery, built in the 16th century by Zhabdrung. Both hikes provide a very scenic picnic of nature. In the evening visit the Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building, built in 1642. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks. Overnight at the hotel

Day 03

Thimphu - Punakha/Wangdi

It is about a 3 hours drive. En-route, about 45 min from Thimphu, lies Dochula pass (3,100m), offering visitors their first glimpse of the eastern Himalayan range. A landmark sight there is the 108 stupa or chorten at the Dochula pass. One can have a panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan peaks over 6000m to 7554m, snowcapped mountains. The journey then descends to sub tropical valley, Punakha, which served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is still home of the Chief Abbot during the winter months. Punakha Dzong, was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and has played prominent role in civil and religious life of the Kingdom. Destroyed four times by fire and an earthquake in 1897, the Dzong has been now fully restored in its original splendour. On the way to Punakha, hike for about 1 hour round trip to Chimi Lhakhang, (Drupa Kuenley's) Divine monastery, which was built in the 15th century. In the afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong and drive for half an hour and hike to the Khamsumyuly chorten. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04

Punakha - Gangtey/ Phobjikha valley

After breakfast drive to Gangtey (105km and about 4hours drive) via Wangduephodrang. The road goes gradually up to Lawala pass (1100 feet) passing through Nobding village, and the ground is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo, with a spectacular view of the snow-cap mountains, areas mostly covered with rhododendrons flowers, Magnolia, fir and pine forest. Phobjikha valley at 3,000m in the Black Mountains is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan and is home to the very rare black necked crane. The birds migrate from Tibet to Bhutan to winter here (from October-March). There will also be a visit to Gangtey Gompa, one of the oldest Nyingmapa monasteries that look like a small fortress. Overnight at Farm house or hotel.

Day 05

Gangtey/ Phobjikha valley hike

The day's hike will be around the beautiful Phobjikha valley. This valley is mostly covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo and pine trees. Houses have impressive art and wood carvings. Overnight stay at Farm house or hotel.

Day 06

Gangtey - Paro via wangdi

In the morning drive for 6hour to Paro and on the way visit Wangdue town and have lunch. Stop at Dochula pass. Overnight at hotel

Day 07

Paro - Taktsang monastery hike

After breakfast drive half an hour and start the hike. It takes about 5 hour round trip. Follow an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels to the site of the famous Tiger's nest, the Taksang Monastery, which today stands majestically perched some 1000m/3,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley. It was said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. On the way, visit the Drugyel Dzong, located 16 Km. away from the Paro town. Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, Jomolhari "Mountain of the Goddess" can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.). Take a stroll through town and visit the Paro Rimpong Dzong, which was built in 1646 and Kyichu Monastery, one built in 659 A.D. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08

Paro - Bangkok/Delhi/Katmandu

After breakfast drive to Paro international Airport and fly out.

6.Bhutan Up-close Tour

Detail Itinerary

Day 01

Bangkok - Paro - Thimphu

Arrive at Paro international Airport. During the journey to Paro, one will experience a breath taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan and particularly exciting is the section through the Bhutanese foothills and the thrilling landing. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives of our tour guide, who will escort you for sightseeing, visiting the National museum of Bhutan, visit Paro Rimpong dzong and lunch at Paro Town. After lunch visit Kyichu temple, which was built by King Songtsen Gyempo of Tibet in 659 AD. In the evening drive to Thimhpu, the capital of Bhutan and visit the Tashichho Dzong (fortress), the main secretariat building, built in 1642. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks.
It is a 55km drive from Paro to Thimphu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02

Thimphu sightseeing - Punakha/Wangdi

Morning sightseeing including the weaving centre, Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa ) built in memory of the third king of Bhutan, Changangkha monastery built in the 12th century, Takin zoo, view point of Thimphu valley, Nunnery monastery, Art & craft school.
After that for about 3 hours, drive through beautiful forests of rhododendron and fields of dwarf bamboo breathtaking scenery of the landscape, green meadows, beautiful wildflowers, gushing waterfalls and constantly changing vegetation. About 45 minutes from Thimphu, lies Dochula pass (3,100m), offering visitors their first glimpse of the eastern Himalayan range. There you will see spectacular view of the 108 stupa or chorten. From the pass have panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan peaks over 6000m to 7554m snow capped Mountains. After the pass, descent down to low lying sub tropical valley, lunch at Lamperi.
Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still it is home of Chief Abbot in winter months. Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal has played a prominent role in civil and religious life of the Kingdom. Destroyed four times by fire and an earthquake in 1897, the Dzong has been now fully restored in its original splendor. Visit Punakha Dzong and after that drive to Wangdi and visit ruins of Wanduephodrang, which was gutted by fire in 2012. The dzong was built in 1638 by the Zhabdrung. Also visit Wangdue town.
Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 03

Punakha - Paro

An early morning drive for 4 hours to Paro; on the way stop at Dochula pass. Upon arrival at Paro, hike for 4 hours round trip to Taktsang monastery, this consists of following an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels. The Monastery, tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998, was rebuilt and it today stands majestically perched some 1000m/3,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley. Legend says that the Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D.
In the evening visit the Drugyel Dzong, located 16 Km. away from the Paro town. Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Jomolhari "Mountain of the Goddess" can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.). Stroll through town and Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04

Paro - Bangkok

After breakfast drive to Paro international Airport and fly out.

7.Bhutan Sojourn Trip

Detail Itinerary

Day 01

Bangkok/ Delhi/ Katmandu - Paro - Thimphu

Arrive at Paro International Airport, where you will be received by representatives of our tour guide, who will escort you to the Hotel. After lunch drive further to Thimphu.

Day 02

Explore Thimphu valley

Sightseeing includes visits to the Weaving centre, Buddha point, Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third king of Bhutan, Changangkha monastery built in the 12th century, Takin zoo, view point of Thimphu valley, Nunnery monastery. After lunch, visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved, the Wood Craft and Painting school where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive and the Folk Heritage museum and the Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03

Thimphu - Punakha/Wangdue

After breakfast, proceed to Punakha, which is about 3 to 4 hours drive through beautiful forests of rhododendron and fields of dwarf bamboo, a breathtaking scenery of the landscape, green meadows, beautiful wildflowers, gushing waterfalls and constantly changing vegetation. About 45 min from Thimphu, lies Dochula pass (3,100m), offering visitors their first glimpse of the eastern Himalayan range. From the pass one can have a have panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan peaks. The journey then descents down to low lying sub tropical valley, Punakha, which served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is home of Chief Abbot in winter months. Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal has a played prominent role in civil and religious life of the Kingdom. On the way to Punakha hike for about 1 hour round trip to Chimi Lhakhang, (Drupa Kuenly's) Divine monastery, which was built in the 15th century. Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong and drive half an hour and hike to the Khamsumyuly chorten.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04

Punakha/Wangdue - Trongsa

Early morning drive to Trongsa via Wangdue Phodrang across Pelela pass (alt. 3,300m), the traditional boundary between east and west. The pass is marked by a large prayer flag and the ground is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo.Stop enroute at Chendbji Chorten, which was built in 18th century by a lama named Shida, it is a replica of the Boudanath Chorten in Nepal, with eyes painted at four cardinal points.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05

Trongsa - Bumthang

After breakfast walk by Tongsa Dzong, built by Shabdrung in 1647 and visit the Ta Dzong (watch tower), dedicated to Buddhist epic hero, King Gesar of Ling. Then drive to Bumthang which is about 3 hours. 29 Kms from Tongsa road reaches the Yutong La pass (alt. 3,400 m). Further 13 kms ahead, the road enters into a wide, open,cultivated valley known as Chumey valley. On arrival in Bumthang, check into the hotel.

Day 06

Bumthang

Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred in the Kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. Full day sightseeing include visit to Kurje Lhakhang (where the saint Padsambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock), Jampel lhakhang which was built in 7th century, then jakar dzong (the fortress of white bird) built in 17th century by tenzin rabgay (the fourth desi), Tamshing lhakhang built in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa (the founder of religious treasures). Then visit Kunchosum Lhakhang and Membertsho ( the flaming lake) in fact it is a gorge where the river runs through but the story says that pema lingpa discovered religious text from this lake.Also worth seeing are the woodcraft workshop, Traditional hospital, and the cheese factory.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 07

Bumthang - Trongsa - Gantey / Phobjikha

After breakfast proceed to Gantey/Phobjikha via Trongsa. The approach to Phobjikha valley is through a forest of Oak and Rhododendron. Phobjikha is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home of black necked cranes which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08

Gantey / Phobjikha - Wangdue - Thimphu - Paro

After breakfast explore Phojikha valley and also visit to Gangtey Monastery, than drive to Paro via Wangdue Phodrang.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09

Paro

Morning sightseeing including Kyichu Lhakhang, Drukgyel Dzong, Ta-Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong and Paro's market.
Overnight at hotel

Day 10

Paro - Takstang monastery hike

After breakfast, hike full day excursion to the Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) monastery.
Overnight at the hote.

Day 11

Paro - Delhi/ Bangkok/ Katmandu

Early breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

8.Across the Himalayas Tour

Trip Highlights:

Name of the tour: Across the Himalayas Tour
Starting Point: Paro, western Bhutan
Exit Point: via Samdrup Jongkhar, south-east Bhutan, for onward flight from Guwahati, Assam
Best Season: March through May, & September through November
Highlights: Festivals, History, Culture, Lifestyle, GNH, Flora and Fauna, Landscape

Tour Summary:

This is a cultural-tour equivalent of Bhutan's most challenging trekking route, the Snow Man Trek in the high Himalayas. In 16 days, the tour will traverse through the historical and cultural bastions of the Kingdom, starting from the entry in western Bhutan and all the way to the east, descending to the Indian plains via south-eastern districts and finally exiting via Guwahati, the capital of the Indian state of Assam. The beauty and majesty of this tour is that it provides a very comprehensive picture of the Kingdom - apart from history and culture, the different lifestyles of the people in each valley not to speak of immeasurable natural beauty and a plethora of flora and fauna along the way.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01

Bangkok/Delhi/Katmandu - Paro

Highlights: Spectacular views of Mt Everest (8,848 m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m) and Lhotse (8,414 m); and a literal adrenaline-pumping landing on the roof of the world.
Travel by Druk Air, Bhutan's national airline, to Paro, the country's only international airport. The flight is exhilarating to say the least, as the route traverses parallel to the mighty Himalayas enabling passengers to see the world's highest peak, Mt Everest, and many more. The descent affords a panoramic view of Bhutan's foothills culminating into a thrilling landing at what is considered one of the world's most challenging airports.
Meet your guide at the airport and head to the hotel for lunch. Devote the afternoon to sightseeing around the Paro valley famed for its natural beauty, historical monuments, agricultural farms and quintessentially Bhutanese village communities. Visit the National Museum, formerly a watch tower, and then the Castle on a Heap of Precious Jewels or Rinpung Dzong. Wind up the day with a stroll around Paro town.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02

Discovering Paro Valley

Highlights: Hike to the Tiger's Lair, the most famous Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas, built on a sheer rockface.
After breakfast, drive for half an hour and start hiking up to the temple that is renowned in the Himalayan Buddhist world as one of the most popular sites of pilgrimage. The five-hour round trip follows an ancient but oft-trodden footpath flanked by water-driven prayer wheels.
The temple, precariously perched on a hair-raising ravine about 1,000 metres above the valley floor, is considered sacrosanct as it was in a cave within this temple that the eight century tantric saint, Padmasambhava, subdued the evils who obstructed the teachings of the Buddha. The saint is believed to have come to Taktshang in a fiery wrathful form riding a tigress. Over the years, many Buddhist saints have meditated in and around the temple and discovered numerous hidden treasure teachings.
Visit the ruins of Drugyel Dzong enroute. The fortress known as the "Castle of the Victorious Drukpa", is a symbol of Bhutan's victory over the Tibetan invasions in the 17th and 18th centuries. We can also get a view of the sacred mountain, Jumolhari, along the way. On the way back to our hotel, we will visit the 7th century Kyichu Temple, believed to have been built on a place that resembled a knee of a giant ogress.

Day 03

A Sojourn in Thimphu

Highlights: The power centre and the capital city of the Happy Kingdom. Also the hub of commerce and culture.
The drive from Paro to Thimphu is just under an hour. There are great many places to see in Bhutan’s capital. In the morning we will drive to Buddha Point which provides a spectacular 360 degree close-quarter view of entire Thimphu and the adjoining areas. This is the site of the world's tallest statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. Our next destination is the 12th century Changangkha Temple, Takin Zoo and the viewpoint at Sangaygang. On our way back, we stopover at a nunnery, the Folk Heritage Museum and the Textile Museum.
After lunch, we will proceed to Tashichho Dzong, a 17th century castle-fortress which today houses the offices of the King, Chief Abbot and government ministries. We will also take the opportunity to see the nearby parliament complex, the School of Arts and Crafts, vegetable market, and then spend the rest of the day watching an archery match and strolling around the town

Day 04

Thimphu - Punakha/Wangdi

Distance: 77 kilometres, Time: 3 hours
Highlights: A panoramic view of the snow-capped eastern Himalayas and a multitude of alpine flowers and birds; Bhutan's ancient capital and Temple of Fertility.
The three to four-hour drive from Thimphu traverses thorough a constantly changing kaleidoscope of vegetation, waterfalls, flowers, mountains and meadows. In about 45 minutes we will reach the famous Dochula pass (3,100m) where on a clear day we can see the entire eastern Himalayan range, teeming with 6,000m to 7,554m snow-capped mountains. The pass also known for its abundant species of extremely beautiful flowers has 108 Buddhist stupas exquisitely built around a mound, adding to the natural splendor of the place.
From the pass we descend to the sub-tropical valley of Punakha. Punakha served as the ancient capital of capital and still possesses the country's main treasures in the form of Buddhist relics. Resembling a gigantic ship on an ocean floor from afar, and girdled by two (Male and Female) rivers, the castle-fortress also represents the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture.
After lunch in a small nearby village together with a rural farming household, we will walk along a footpath flanked by an endless view of ripening paddy fields to the Temple of Fertility - Chimi Lhakhang. This temple, built in the 15th century to honour the "Divine Madman", a saint iconoclast who is also associated with phallus worship, attracts barren couples from all over to receive fertility blessings from an anointed phallus.
Night halt in Punakha.

Day 05

Punakha/Wangdi - Trongsa

Distance: 120 km; Time: 6 hours
Highlights: Landscape, semi-nomads, diverse vegetation, and sighting of high altitude birds and animals enroute Before heading for Trongsa in central Bhutan, we will visit the ruins and reconstruction work underway at Wanduephodrang, a fortress which was built in 1638 but was gutted in 2012. We take a short leisurely stroll in Wangdue town. If lucky, we might be able to sight the White-Bellied Heron cavorting on the river bank. This is one of the rarest birds in the world.
The journey to Trongsa is a gentle climb, from the sub-tropical to the sub-alpine region with the highest point at Pelela Pass (3,300m) Consequently, we will notice the vegetation transform right before our eyes. To reach the pass, we will be skirting the periphery of the world's largest winter habit of the exotic and the rare Black-Necked Crane. Pelela pass itself is historically significant as the boundary between eastern and western Bhutan before the country was unified. From Pelela we drop to the slightly lower valleys inhabited by the semi-nomads who live off yaks and whose lifestyles have largely resisted the forces of modernization.
After lunch at the 18th century Chendebji, a replica of the Boudanath Stupa in Nepal, we continue eastward to Trongsa proper, the bastion of the powerful governors in ancient Bhutan who eventually unified the country and became the progenitors of Bhutan's hereditary monarchy.
Night Halt in Trongsa.

Day 06

Trongsa - Bumthang

Distance: 70 km; time: 3 hours
Highlights: Trongsa palace-fortress, Black Mountain range, and local textile
We begin our day with a visit to Trongsa Dzong, the biggest palace-fortress in the Kingdom reputed to have been built without using a single iron nail. This fortress has for centuries been the vanguard of powerful warriors, one of whom even led successful expeditionary forces against British-Indian army in the southern boundaries of his domain. We complete our Trongsa sojourn with a visit to the Watch Tower, Ta dzong, which is today preserved as the Museum of Bhutanese Kings.
The drive to Bumthang is initially an upward ascent for nearly half the journey till we reach the highest point at Yotong La pass (3,400 m). After a brief stopover to view the Black Mountain range, we drive towards Chumey entering the country's most expansive and beautiful valley known as Bumthang or a Meadow of Beautiful Vase. The women of Chumey are known for their skills in weaving the exquisite Yathra - a clothing with intricate floral patterns woven out of sheep's wool.
Night halt in Bumthang.

Day 07

Stopover in Bumthang

Highlights: Monuments and structures which bring alive the exploits of saints and kings This is the valley of myths and legends. One of the oldest surviving man-made structures in Bhutan, a temple dedicated to Buddha Shakyamuni, Jambay Lhakhang, was built in 639 AD as part of an oath by Tibetan emperor Songsten Gampo to subdue a demoness who lay spread-eagled across the Himalayas obstructing the teachings of the Buddha. Our next visit will be the Castle of the White Bird (Jakar Dzong) whose central tower (utse) is the tallest in Bhutan. The castle currently serves as the administrative centre for the district.
From Jakar, we drive a short distance to Chakhar and then to Kurjey Lhakhag. Albeit oblivious today, Chakhar is the site of the legendary "Nine-Storied Iron Castle" built by Sindhu Raja (king) in the 8th century and the innumerable myths surrounding it. Kurjey, meaning "Body Imprint on Rock", has temples built against a wall of cliff. The imprint belongs to the 8th century saint Padmasambhava who mediated in a rock cave and, using his tantric powers as well as guile and guise, subdued the evils who tormented the people in the vicinity.
After lunch at our hotel, we drive to Tamzhing monastery which preserves the remains of the works of Terton Pema Lingpa who, in the 15th century, discovered many secret tantric teachings hidden by Padmasambhava. Pema Lingpa was an artist and sculptor extraordinaire but, more importantly, one of the five "King Tertons" - treasure revealers - of Vajrayana Buddhism. Our last visit for the day is the "Burning Lake" in Tang where Pema Lingpa, challenged by a local warlord, took a dive into a pool with a lighted butter lamp on his head and re-emerged from the lake with the lamp intact and holding a hitherto unknown statue in his hands.
Night halt in Bumthang.

Day 08

Stopover in Bumthang - Mongar

Distance: 180 kms; time: 8 hours Begin the day early, probably around 6 am, for our journey to Mongar. From our hotel in Bumthang, it is a beautiful drive upward across farms and villages, and gentle undulating valleys till we reach the pass at Thrumshingla.
Today we have a long drive about 193 km, it take 8 to 9 hours drive. Enroute, enjoy the scenery of nature beauty of Snowcap Mountains, flowers, yak and deep forest, you'll make a stop in URA valley for view of temple and village. Ura Village has a medieval look to it because of the cobblestone streets, and the typical clothing of the women includes a sheepskin shawl.
Sengor Valley separates Central from Eastern Bhutan. Eastern Bhutan is the least traveled area of the country and is where many of the kingdom's most ancient spiritual sights are found. Begin your journey to the East is one of the most beautiful. Out of Ura, the highway climbs steeply to Thrumshing La (the second highest pass, 3,800m-12,465ft.) along the West to East highway. The descent from Thrumshing La to Lingmithang is amazing for a number of reasons. The road drops from 3,800 meters to 650 meters in only a few hours passing from pine forest through semi-tropical forest to orange groves.
Arriving at Mongar marks the beginning of your eastern Bhutan experience. Many towns in eastern Bhutan are built on the sides of the hills which contrast to the west where they develop on the valley floor. Mongar Dzong was built in 1953 by the orders of the Third King, Jigme Dorje Wangchuck. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09

Mongar to Trashigang

After breakfast drive about 93 km it take 3 hour drive, morning visit the Mongar Dzong. Begin your trip to Trashigang, passing through several villages. In the afternoon, you can visit Trashigang Dzong and stroll through the town, absorbing the culture of eastern Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10

Trashigang to Tashiyangtse and back

After breakfast drive 48km it's an hour more to Tashiyangtse is a small town rich in Bhutanese arts and legend. On the drive to Tashiyangtse you pass the small town of Duksum located on the Drangme Chhu and its tributary. It is a few kilometers past Gom Kora A large boulder sits in the garden of Gom Kora (Gom Kora) Temple and its is said that if anyone can climb below the rock and emerge from its summit, he will be forgiven of his sins. Duksum is nothing fancy but it is a small weaver's town where you can find a fair amount of weavers producing some very nice work. Every year in spring, Chorten Kora is the sight of one of the most famous festivals in Bhutan. Although quite remote the Chorten Kora Tshechu attracts people from all parts of the country.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 11

Trashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar in the south

The 6-7 hours drive down south to the Samdrup Jongkhar is about 180 km. the route takes you through Kanlung the University called (Sherubtse College - the only one in the Bhutan) town; pass the till village of Khaling where you will have a heartwarming experienced at the blind school and weaving center beside highway. Most of the road is built on ridges and lined in places by stone chortens; a common site is the dwellings raised on stilts and roofed with bamboo mats, the last ridges you will cross in the military camp at Deothang2850feet. Descend down into broader town SamdrupJongkhar.
Overnight at hotel

Day 12

Samdrupjongkhar - Gauhati and fly out

After breakfast drive 154 km its take 3 hour to Gauhati Airport.

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