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Begin your quest with a climb to the famed Tiger's nest in Paro. What better name for an adventure designed to fly you into Bumthang, the heart of Bhutan where you will enjoy a three day cultural trek through Bumthangs surrounding valleys. Journey back towards the west through the old districts. Visit one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan in Bumthang (Me-Bar Tsho) before the pleasant sights of Gangtey Goempa and Punakha and. Enter the Capital of Bhutan, as a true Buddhist traveler and find fresh perspective in your lives!

Trip at Glance:

Day 1 – PARO- Altitude 2280m

Day 2 - PARO- Altitude 2280m

Day 3 - PARO- Altitude 2280m

Day 4 – BUMTHANG (Domestic flight 30 mins) Altitude 2700m

Day 5 - Trek

Day 6 – Trek

Day 7 –Trek Ends

Day 8 – GANGTEY 5 Hr Drive Time Altitude 3000m

Day 9 - GANGTEY Altitude 3000m

Day 10 – PUNAKHA 3.5 Hr Drive Time Altitude 1300m

Day 11 - PUNAKHA Altitude 1300m

Day 12 - THIMPHU 3 Hr Drive Time Altitude 2320m

Day 13 - THIMPHU Altitude 2320m

Day 14 - THIMPHU -

Day 15 – DEPART

 

Day 1 : Arrival in Bhutan

Elevation 2,280 mts

Welcome to the Land of The Thunder Dragon-Bhutan! On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be greeted by your guide and head of field operations. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatize you to the altitude.

Paro Valley- The beautiful valley where it all began for you is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu river that flows through the valley. Some of the important places to visit in Paro are as follow;

Paro Dzong- also known as Rinpung Dzong, this 15th century fortress is also the administrative center of the Dzonkhag (district).

 

Day 2 : PARO

Paro Valley- The beautiful valley where it all begins for you is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu river that flows through the valley. Some of the important places to visit in Paro are as follow;

Paro Dzong- also known as Rinpung Dzong, this 15th century fortress is also the administrative center of the Dzonkhag (district).

Ta Dzong- Built as a watch tower, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique Thangkas, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

 

Day 3 : PARO

Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) – A one hour hike to the cafeteria which is also a vantage viewpoint whereby you can capture a stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliffs and this is the site where Guru Padmasambhava arrived on the back of a tigress in the 8th century.

Kyichu Lhakhang- After a scrumptious lunch, we will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in the 7th Century.

 

Day 4 : Paro to Bumthang (domestic flight)

Elevation 2,700-3000 mts / Flying time 30 mins

Fly to Bumthang in central Bhutan from Paro International Airpor

 

Settle in for an early night after a long drive as tomorrow begins your 2 nights -3 days trek of cultural Bhutan.

The Bumthang Cultural Trek. Bumthang is well known as one of the main cultural centres of Bhutan and there are many opportunities to visit temples and small Bhutanese villages along the trek route. Although the trek is on the easy side, it involves a few major climbs like the one up to Pephe La with an ascent of about 500 m.

 

DAY 5 - Bumthang Cultural Trek

 

Toktu Zampa – Ngang Lhakhang (Distance 12km, four to five hours, 170m ascent, camp altitude 2,800m). The route follows the Chamkhar Chu, a river known for trout. Stop for lunch at Thangbi Lhakhang. From here the trek enters the Ngang Yul (Land of the Swan) at the centre of which lies the Ngang Lhakhang (Swan Temple). In by-gone days, the valley was populated by swans, and hence the name Ngang Yul.

 

 

DAY 6- Bumthang Cultural Trek

 

Ngang Lhakhang – Tahung (Distance 16km, six hours, 750m ascent, 670m descent, camp altitude 2,720m). The day starts out across meadows and with the view of the valley below. Then you climb gradually to Phephe La (3,360m), the highest point of the trek route. The trail passes through beautiful forested areas where many stops can be made to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. The path leads you downhill into a broad valley. Amongst several possible camping places the most likely one is uphill behind the village of Tahung.

 

 

DAY 7- Bumthang Trek ends

 

Tahung – Mesithang (Distance 16km, four to five hours, 230m descent). The trail follows the Tang Chu, another trout-filled river. On the bank of the river is the Tang Rimpoche’s Lhakhang. The trek will pass the Mebar Tsho (Flaming Lake) and lead you to Tang Ugyen Choling. Ugyen Choling Palace houses one of the most interesting museums of Bhutan. From here you will soon reach the road head.

 

 

Day 8 – Gangtey

Elevation 3,000m/ Drivetime 5 hours

En route is Trongsa, the ancestral home of the ruling Wangchuck dynasty. Trongsa, literally means "New Town" in the Dzongkha language. Trongsa is where the current monarchy had its origin in Bhutan. Each Heir in the line of the Wangchuck succession has held the post of Trongsa Penlop or Governor before wearing the Raven Crown.

Trongsa Dzong - The foundations of Trongsa Dzong were laid in the 16th century by Terton Pema Lingpa. The Dzong flourished during the 17th century under Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyal. With its massive structure looming high above the meandering Mangde ChuValley, the Dzong commands the east-west road.

Taa Dzong - Built as a watch tower over the Trongsa Dzong, the Taa Dzong has since been turned into a Heritage Museum. A book on this prominent Dzong is written by Christian Schicklgruber entitled The Tower of Trongsa, Religion and Power in Bhutan.

Phobjikha Valley-The valley of Phobjikha or Gangtey Goempa is well known as the winter abode of the endangered Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis).Bhutanis home to a dwindling number of around six hundred black necked cranes with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from the Tibetan plateau. These elegant, shy birds can be seen from early November to end of March.

 

Day 9 – Gangtey

Black-Necked Crane Information Centre – the centre has informative displays about the cranes and the valley environment. Here you can use powerful spotting scopes to see what the pamphlet on ‘Field Guide to Crane Behaviour’ tells you. The weather is sometimes misty in which case you could always browse the library and handicraft shop, and watch videos at 10am and 3pm. There is also a centre for the valley’s fledgling ecotourism initiative and mountain-bikes or lectures on the local ecosystem can be arranged (additional costs apply).

Overlooking the Phobjikha valley is the Gangtey Goempa. This is an old Nyingmapa monastery that dates back to 17th century.

Nature Hike along the valley of Phobjikha.

 

Day 10 – Punakha

Elevation 1,300m / Drive time 7 hours

Punakha Dzong – Built in 1637, the Punakha Dzong is the winter home of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan)and the monk body of Thimphu. It is a splendid example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the confluence of the male (Pho) and female (Mho) rivers, portraying a medieval image from a distance. The dzong was partially destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship.

 

Day 11 - Punakha

Elevation 1300-1400m

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten - a wonderful hour long trek up to a monastery built by the third Queen Mother Gyalyum Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck this Chorten is a slpendid example of Bhutanese architecture and its art and is the only one of its kind in the world. It took nine years to build and its details have been drawn from religious scripture.

Chhimi Lhakhang- Take a 20 minute stroll across terraced fields through the village of Sopsokha from the roadside to the small temple located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina. Ngawang Chogyel built the temple in 15th century after the ‘divine Madman’ Lama Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there. It is a revered pilgrim site for women who seek blessings in order to be able to have children.

 

Day 12 - THIMPHU

Elevation 2,320 m / Drivetime 3 hours

Dochula Pass – The Druk Wangyal Lhakhang and the 108 chortens was built by the present Queen Mother of Bhutan Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to pay tribute to the selfless service and visionary leadership of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck and to liberate the souls of the soldiers lost in the great victory over foreign militants.

Thimphu Dzong (Tashichho Dzong)– the largest Dzong in Bhutan, is also the seat of the offices of the King of Bhutan and the Monk body.

The National Memorial Chorten – a serene monument built in honour of our Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

Thimphu Town discovery.

 

Day 13 - THIMPHU

Day hike to Tango Goemba. The Tango Goemba site has had religious significance since the 12th century when it was the home of the Lama who brought the Drukpa Kagyupa school of Buddhism to Bhutan. The monastery was built there in the 15th centry by Drukpa Kunley ("The Divine Madman"). Tango is the highest center of Buddhist learning in the country; almost every Je Khenpo (religious head ofBhutan) completed the 9-year program there. On graduating, monks traditionally spend 3 years, 3 months and 3 days in mediation at the nearby Cheri Goemba retreat, built in 1619 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the founder or first unifier of Bhutan. It is currently the home of the seventh reincarnation of the fourth Druk Desi, or ruler, of Bhutan.

The Textile Museum– Fantastically preserved textiles and traditional weaving at your viewing pleasure.

Paper making factory – on the other side of the valley across the river find out all about the art of traditional Bhutanese rice paper making.

Centenary Farmers’ Market – Fridays through Sundays most of the Capital’s population congregate on the banks of the Thimphu Chhu (river) where the weekend market is held. Here villagers from the valley and other nearby places come to sell a wide variety of exotic vegetables and ware.

 

 

Day 14 - THIMPHU

Buddha Point at Kuensel Phodrang, is also open to visitors. The 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma , Vajra Throne Buddha symbolizes indestructibility. The Buddha statue itself is completed awaiting finishing touches, but visitors can drive up to the Buddha point and view the tallest statue of Lord Buddha. The view of Thimphu valley from the Buddha point is spectacular and beautiful, especially at night.

Sangaygang is about 15 minutes from the main city on a hillock overlooking the capital where the Bhutan Broad Casting Tower is stationed. From there you can relish the beautiful scene of the whole of Thimphu City. On the way up or down from the hillock, you can also see the national animal of Bhutan-the Takin.

The Folk Heritage Museum– Dedicated to connecting people with past Bhutan through an exhibition of artefacts used in rural households and our way of life years ago.

Simtokha Dzong – Take a 3 mile drive South of Thimphu, to Semtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in the Kingdom.

Farewell dinner.

 

Day 15 : Departure from Paro

Elevation 2,280 mts / Drivetime 1 hour

 

Accommodations is on twin sharing basis


2. All meals with evening tea


3. Full time services of an English speaking guide

4. All entry fees to Museums and monuments


5. Full time service of an imported SUV/coaster and driver
(s)

6. Complimentary bottled water

7. Permit services

8. 10% Discount at Terton Gallery on Antiques and Kelly Dorji artworks.

 

1. Room and hotel up gradation (supplement).

2. Tipping of Guide, Driver


3. All alcohol and Bar bills.

4. Laundry bill, phone bills and other bills of a personal nature.

5. Hire of knowledgeable resource person; (differs from person to person).

6. Airfare

 

These rates for Standard rooms on twin sharing & for Indian Nationals Only. Guests of other nationalities may mail queries for rates.

 

Visa Formalities:

1. On confirming the trip. We will raise an invoice and ask for scanned passport copy.

2. After transferring the payments, you can mail the scanned passport copy. We will process the visa approval on behalf of the guest and mail it to you.

3. We will also book, purchase and deliver the Druk Air tickets on your behalf.

4. Actual visa is stamped on the visitor's passport on arrival at the port of entry.

Note: (The Government will process the visa only on depositing the full tour payment with them.)

 

Weather and Clothing:

During summer, days are normally warm but the nights can be little chilly especially if it rains. In the spring and autumn, days are pleasant and nights are little cold. In winter, days can be little chilly and the night temperature can be below freezing point. June, July and August is the monsoon season with heavy rains. Having a rain coat handy throughout the year on both trek and cultural tour is recommended.

We would advise layer-able cotton clothing for summer. If the temperature drops due to rain you can add more layers to keep yourself warm. In the spring and autumn, layer-able light woollen cloths are recommended and thick down jackets in the winters and high altitude treks.

 

Features

Nights: 14   Days: 15

3000 m

Moderate

2

Paro

Thimpu

Location

Aktivität

  • Birdwatch
  • Trekking
  • Bonfire
  • Hiking
  • Jogging
  • Nature Photography
  • Nature walk

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Kelly
Tour code : BH/TER/003
About : In Bhutan Gross National Happiness is valued more than gross Domestic Product. So it’s no wonder that we choose to put service above price for all our guests. In a world travel market where emphasis has been laid on price competition, we pride ourselves in being competitively service based. This means we work that much harder to prove that we spearhead Bhutanese hospitality, which is amongst the best in the world. We are licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.While facilitating group travel is second nature to us, we know that many travelers sometimes enjoy private trips. Whether you are taking a solitary sojourn or holidaying with just your friends or family, we offer you a chance to visit Bhutan.