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14 Nights - 15 Days
Availability : 25th Nov - 9th Dec
Tour Details:
Duration 14 nights and 15 days
Tour Date 25th November 2019 – 9th December 2019
Guide Knowledgeable with good command over English
Tour Highlights Cultural sightseeing, Festival, short hikes, interaction with the local people, beautiful landscape and nature.
Tour Itinerary:
Day 1, 25th November: The charming valley of Paro (Paro)

On the flight to Paro, you will be able to see some of the highest peaks like mt.Everest, Kenchenjanga, Makula and other Bhutan high peaks such as Jomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tserim Gang.

Receive by our representative visit the following places:
National museum: Beautiful displays rich in cultural and nature history of Bhutan. You will have a good introduction on Bhutan.
Paro Rimpong Dzong: Regal and imposing, dzongs are arguably one of the most distinct and important structures of Bhutan and are the architectural masterpiece and are as fascinating as their functions and beauty. Original Paro dzong was built in 16th Century but brunt down by fire in 1907 and was rebuilt in the same year with the same architectural design. Hike down to the wooden bridge and free time in the town.

Overnight hotel

Day 2, 26th November: Takshang and its temples (Paro)

Bhutan’s most scenic icon and important place for pilgrimage and refuge for over 1200 years the Takshang or the Tiger’s nest clings 900 meters on the steep cliff over Paro valley.  It is the highlight of the most of the tours and most visited temple in Bhutan. The total hike will take about 4hrs. Overnight hotel.

Day 3, 27th November: Thimphu and its charms (Paro – Thimphu)

En route to Thimphu, take a short hike down to the 14th century suspension bridge made out of iron chains. Built by an engineer and Buddhist poet called Thangtong Gyalpo or Lama Chazampa, it is still in use.

Visit the following places of interests upon arrival in Thimphu.
Painting school: It is the centre of learning for Bhutanese artists and crafts, depending upon one’s interest; one can specialize in any of the thirteen arts and crafts.
Zoo: See the famous national animal of Bhutan called takins. Usually fond above 3000m, they are quite rare.
Handmade Paper factory In the evening stall around the town and meet locals. Overnight Hotel

Day 4, 28th November: Tango Buddhist University (Thimphu)

Drive for about forty minutes and hike an hour to the famous Tango Buddhist University. The forth-temporal leader Gyltse Tenzin Rabgay built tango in 17th century. The present reincarnation of him resides and studies there. It has one of the finest paintings in the country. You will have an opportunity to interact with monks and learn about their lives and the Buddhism in general.

After lunch in Thimphu visit
Buddha point: It has the biggest sitting Buddha and the stunning view of the Thimphu town.
Textile museum: The visit to the museum is an introduction to the Bhutanese living arts.
Tashichhodzong: It houses central monastic body and the throne room of the king.

Overnight hotel

Day 5, 29th November: Dochula pass and the rice fields of Punakha (Thimphu – Punakha)

After 45 minutes of drive you will get to beautiful Dochula pass 3150m and enjoy the panorama Bhutanese Himalayas. Walking around the 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens. This hill of 108 religious monuments in the middle of the pass reflects Bhutan’s spiritual and artistic traditions.

As you descend from the pass, you will observe dramatic changes in vegetation. At the lower elevations in Punakha and Wangdue, cacti, banana plants, poinsettias and other semi- tropical plants dominate the exotic landscape.
Continue your drive towards Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong. Built in 1637 between the confluence of the Po chu (male river) and Mo chu (female river), this fortress monastery is the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Je Khenpo or Head Abbot, and the central Monk Body comprising of over 350 monks.

Stop at Lobesa and take a short hike to Chhi- med (means no dogs) Lhakhang in the picturesque valley, to visit the temple of Bhutan’s foremost Saint, the Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popular known as the Divine Madman. Overnight hotel

Day 6, 30th November: The valley of rare Cranes (Punakha – Phobjikha)

The drive will take you through the rich vegetation of Sha valleys and to the famous Black mountain ranges. It is the longest mountain ranges in the country. Visit the beautiful village and the Nyimapa School of Gangtey Gompa. This is the biggest Nyimapa School in the western part of Bhutan. Hike down to the valley through the beautiful trail with the stunning landscape and also called as the valley of the rare black necked cranes. Overnight hotel.

Day 7, 1st December: Chendepji and the tower of Trongsa (Phobjikha – Trongsa)

Drive to Trongsa through the mountains adorned with draft bamboos and yaks. You can make numerous stops to take a picture of villages and beautiful nature. Stop at Chendepji and walk around the 18th century Nepali styled stupa. During the reign of the second king this place was used as the night halt along with his caravan of mules.

As you get closer to Trongsa, you will have a stunning view of Trongsa dzong with its watchtower behind.

Visit Trongsa Dzong, once the home of the royal families in summer. Built in 17th century, it is one of the most strategically located dzong in the country.

The Ta- Dzong or Watch Tower of Trongsa was converted to museum in 2008. The museum has about 244 items used over the years by the Wangchuck dynasty. It also displays the famous Raven Crown used by the first king. Overnight hotel

Day 8, 2nd December: Yathra villages (Trongsa – Jakar)

The road gradually leads towards the Yontongla pass (3425m) and descends through the rhododendrons forest to Chumey valley. Visit Buli village and its beautiful monastery and also visit Nimalung monastery and hike down to Prakhar village. Try to visit some farmhouses to see woven weaving in their homes.

Hike across the suspension bridge and continue towards Jakar for overnight. Overnight hotel

Day 9, 3rd December: Heart of cultural (Jakar)

Discover the following places:
Jambay Lhakhang: Built by the king Tsongtsen Geombo of Tibet, it is one of the oldest temples in the country.  The temple is dedicated to the future Buddha Myatriya or B
Kurjey Lhakhang:The word kurjey means body imprint. This is the place where the Guru Rimpoche came for the first time to Bhutan in 8 century and converted the local king and people to Buddhism. One can still see the cave where he meditated and left his body imprint.
Thangbi village and its temple
Tamshing Lhakhang: It has some of the rare and old paintings dating back to 15th century.

Stall around Bumthang town. Overnight hotel

Day 10, 4th December: Drive through the Thrimshingla National Park (Jakar – Mongar)

This is the most beautiful drive in the country. On the way stop at the picturesque village of Ura. Most of the inhabitants are lay monks and lay nuns. The head lama of the village is said to be hereditary.

Stall for a while in the village.  The drive towards the Thrimshingla pass 3700m, is beautiful with its panorama of snow capped mountains and beautiful landscape.

The road was blasted out of sheer cliffs with a guard- railed edge that drops clear out of sight. You will be driving through the beautiful landscape, high water falls and remote villages. This area is also one of the hotspot for bird lives. Overnight hotel

Day 11, 5th December: Enjoy the beautiful Festival (Mongar)

Attend the beautiful festival full of colors and happiness. You will witness beautiful dances in beautiful traditional attires. Some of the dances date back to 14th and 15th century. It has been passed on from generations to generations without and hindrance. You can also interact with the locals from different parts of the region. In the evening stall around the town and continue enjoy the local festivities.  Overnight hotel.

Day 12, 6th December: Zig – zag of Yedi (Mongar – Trashigang)

Stop at the Korila pass (2400m) for few minutes and descend to the village of Yedi. From Yedi, you will be descending through the famous zig- zag road of Yedi. Stop on the way to see the fabrication of lemon grass oil. The grasses are grown wild on all the mountains of east. It is one of the cash incomes for the farmers. Visit Trashigang dzong in the evening. Free time in the town. Overnight hotel.

Day 13, 7th December: The raw silk villages (Trashigang)

In the morning attend Trashigang festival.  Like the other festival, you will witness beautiful dances danced by the monks and lay people.

Drive towards Radhi and Rungjung. Visit the village the monastic school founded by Garab Rimpoche. Continue towards Radhi and Phomey villages. You can visit some farmhouse to interact with the local people. Stall around the town in the evening. Overnight hotel

Day 14, 8th December: Wild tea of Narphung (Trashigang – Samdrupjongkhar)

On the way stop at Kanglung collage and visit near by temple. Visit the Khaling weaving centre founded by National Women Associations. It trains Bhutanese women in weaving.

You will be driving through the beautiful landscape and villages.

Starch your legs at the village of Narphung. This village is famous for home made tea. It is very good for making butter tea. After the Narphungla pass at 2200m, you will plunge through the dense sub- tropical forest to Samdrupjongkhar. Overnight hotel

Day 15, 9th December: Assam tea and Burmaputra River (Samdrupjongkhar – Gauwahati – Delhi)

The border is few minutes away from the hotel.

In India, you will be driving through the famous tea garden of Assam. Stop at the Indian immigration for your visa. You will be crossing the Brahmaputra, longest river in India before reaching the cross road to the airport and the town.