Majestic Central Bhutan Tour 2015
20th - 29th May 2016!
Day 1 Arrive Paro – Thimphu
Day 2 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 3 Thimphu – Trongsa (7 hrs drive)
Day 4 Trongsa - Bumthang (2 ½ hrs drive)
Day 5 Bumthang Sightseeing
Day 6 Bumthang – Punakha (7 hours drive)
Day 7 Punakha - Thimphu (2 ½ hrs drive)
Day 8 Thimphu - Paro sightseeing
Day 9 Paro Tiger’s Nest hike
Day 10 Paro - Flight departure
20th - 29th May 2016, fixed departure tour!
Day 01: Arrive Paro – Thimphu
You will have a wonderful view of the mountains of Nepal and Bhutan while you fly into Bhutan. Upon arrival at the Paro airport, you will be received by the representative and then drive to Thimphu for an hour. After checking in at the hotel, you could have lunch.
In the evening you can stroll around the Thimphu city to see the life of people in Bhutan’s capital. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu sightseeing
Visit the school of Arts and Crafts which was established to preserve and promote our age old practice. The students here are taught 13 different traditional arts and crafts. Visit the folk Heritage museum, to see the house of living traditions in some of the rural areas or the living house in olden days. Drive to Buddha point to see one of the largest statues of the Buddha in the world. And visit the mini zoo to see the Takins which is our national animals.
After lunch you can visit the Handicraft emporium for your souvenir shopping. Visit the Memorial stupa which was built in the memory of our beloved 3rd King in1974. Overnight halt stay at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu – Trongsa (7 hrs drive)
After your breakfast drive towards Trongsa with short stop at Dochula pass (3100 meters). If the weather is clear, you could have a superb view of the Bhutan’s Himalayas from the pass. Continue your drive to Trongsa with your lunch stop en-route. You can see Chendipji chorten (stupa) after an hour drive from Pelela pass, the chorten which is in Syambunath design of Nepal. And it was built here to cover up the remaining ashes of the demon which was burnt there. Overnight in Trongsa.
Day 04: Trongsa - Bumthang (2 ½ hrs drive)
Drive to Bumthang over Yotongla pass, 4300 meters with few stops on the way. After your lunch drive to the town, visit Wangduecholing Palace, the old palace which was used during the first and second king’s reign only. But now the palace is used as a monastic school yet, quite interesting to see around. And then visit the Chamkhar town and have a free evening, so you can walk back to the hotel from the town if you like. Night halt in Bumthang.
Day 05: Bumthang Sightseeing
The valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in the kingdom. It is also the religious heartland where many saints and masters meditated leaving their imprints as sacred places of worship and pilgrimage Tales of Padmasambhava dominate these holy shrines. In the morning visit, Jampa Lhakhang which was built by Tibetan King Songtshen Gempo in the 7th century to pin down the left Knee of the ogress. And then visit Kurji monastery were body imprints of Guru Rimpoche from the 8th century remains preserved upon a rock. Then short hike to Tamzhing Monastery. If the weather is clear, you will enjoy the view of green valley, dotted with hundreds temples, thousand flags and beautiful chamkhar river flow through the valley. The valley is also called mini Switzerland of Bhutan. After Lunch, drive to visit Tang Member Tsho (Burning Lake), Saint Pemalingpa had discovered several hidden treasure from the Lake. Night halt in Bumthang.
Day 06: Bumthang – Punakha (7 hours drive)
Today you will drive little over 200 kilometers until you reach Punakha. Check in at the hotel and take rest. Overnight stay in Punakha.
Day 07: Punakha - Thimphu (2 ½ hrs drive)
After breakfast visit beautiful Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The dzong is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) two famous rivers of Bhutan. Punakha was the old capital of Bhutan, and winter capital for the central monk body at present. Drive to Thimphu. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 08: Thimphu - Paro sightseeing
Drive to Paro just for about an hour after your breakfast. Today you will visit the National museum, the museum which houses numerous collections of arts and artifacts. This museum is also rated as one of the best museum in Asia. It was originally built in the 17th Century as a watch tower for the dzong below. So visit the Paro Ringpung dzong built in 1646 and now serves as head of the administration for Paro district.
After lunch, visit Kyichu monastery dating back to the 7th Century. This is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan built by Tibetan king Songtshen Gempo to pin down the ogress. Afterwards visit the historical Drugyel Dzong which is a ruin fortress now, built by Shabdrung in 1649 to commemorate the winning victory over the Tibetans in 1644. Thus, Drugyel Dzong means the Bhutanese victorious fortress. You can stroll around the town in the evening for your last minute souvenirs shopping. Overnight stay in Paro.
Day 09: Paro Tiger’s Nest hike
The hike will take about 4 hours for a round trip with lunch stop. It’s an uphill hike.
Taktsang monastery is perched on the face of a cliff 800 Meters, above the Paro valley. It is a memorable spiritual journey. It was here that the great Tantric master, Guru Padmasambhava flew in from Tibet on the back of a flying tigress to propagate his teachings in Bhutan. Lunch at the cafeteria and walk back all downhill and drive back to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 10: Paro - Flight departure
Our guide and driver will see off you at the airport for your departure.
One Person: US $ 2610.00
Two Person: US $ 2295.00 each
Three Person and above: US $ 2025.00 each
- Government Royalty
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Tea and snacks
- Three - Four Star Hotels
- Entrance fees
- Mineral Water
- Druk Air fares
- Visa Fee