10 days Bhutan Panorama
 
Distinctive and remote, Bhutan offers beauty, history and adventure! Make your way to delightful Thimphu - the world´s only capital city without traffic lights. Head out into the countryside and amaze at the spectacular Himalayan scenery, visit imposing monasteries and learn the Buddhist traditions of the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Meet the relaxed local people, see the extraordinary 'Tiger's Nest' monastery and soak up this privileged travel experience.

This popular Bhutan cultural tour provides an in-depth view into the ancient way of life and rich culture that still thrives in Bhutan today through the western and central valleys of Paro, Haa, Thimphu, Punakha Wangduephodrang and Bumthang. It is a well paced tour, designed to provide the opportunity to really savor the unique highlights of Bhutan’s most beautiful valleys which offer diverse mountainous landscapes, a rich Buddhist heritage including monasteries, temples and chortens, historical fortresses and an extremely hospitable people. You will discover the vibrant history of Bhutan visiting Dzongs, Museums, villages, valleys, towns and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley.
 
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Brief Itinerary
 
Day 01: Fly to Paro – drive to Thimpu
Day 02: Visit attractions of Thimpu.
Day 03 Thimphu - Punakha
Day 04: Punakha – Bumthang
Day 05: Explore Bumthang
Day 06: Bumthang – Gangtey (Phobjikha Valley)
Day 07: Gangtey - Wangdu
Day 08: Wangdu - Paro
Day 09: Paro Haa Valley – Paro
Day 10: Hike to Tiger’s Nest
Day 11: Depart from Bhutan
Day 01: Fly to Paro (2200m /7200ft) - Thimpu (2335m / 7660ft): During your flight to Paro, you will experience spectacular views of the Himalayan Peaks including sacred Jhomolhari and Jichu Drakey in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be received by our representative. Then, drive one hour through the relaxing countryside of terraced rice fields interspersed with rhododendrons and pine forests to Thimpu, a unique capital city at meters. En route, visit 15 century Iron Bridge built by Thangtong Gyalpo (1385-1464) - a great yogi, physician, blacksmith, architect, and a pioneering civil engineer.

Afternoon, you will visit National Memorial Chorten, a monument to world peace and prosperity. Then visit the Tashichhodzong - the ‘Fortress of the Glorious Religion’ houses the Throne Room of His Majesty the King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the main Secretariat Building and the Central Monk Body. Its courtyard is open to visitors during the off-office hours- on weekdays after 4 pm (winter), 5pm (summer) and on weekends. Overnight in Thimpu. (L/D)

Day 02: Sightseeing in Thimpu: Visit Buddha Park on a hilltop to see the biggest statue of Buddha in the world. The view of Thimpu valley from the park is just amazing. Then visit Textile museum, Painting school, Folk Heritage Museum and National Library which give you an insight of Bhutanese culture, tradition and arts. Overnight in Thimpu.  (B/L/D)

Day 03 Thimphu - Punakha (1245m / 4085ft): Today, make your way to Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan, enjoying the views from Dochu La Pass over 3000 meters. The 108 memorials was built by the present Queen Mother of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over indian militants and to liberate the souls of the souls lost.

Drive down through beautiful forests and hamlets; visit Chime Lhakhang on the way. Chime Lhakhang also known as the Temple of the Divine Madman, a uniquely-adorned 15th century temple said to bless visiting couples with fertility. Continue driving to Punakha and explor the historic island fortress Punakha Dzong. Built in 1637, the dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chief Abbott, the Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship. Overnight in Punakha. (B/L/D)

Day 04: Punakha – Bumthang (2800m / 9020ft): After early breakfast, set off on the road to Jakar. The road climbs from Chuzomsa steadily for about 2 hours and crosses the black mountains at Pele la pass (3420m). From here, on a clear day, you can see the Mt. Jumolhari, and other mountains across the valley. After the pass, you are now in Mangde region and people speak different dialect here. Continue drive to Trongsa, en-route stopping at Chendebji chorten and other places along the way to stretch your legs, to admire the landscape or to take pictures.  Lunch at Trongsa and take a peek at the Dzong, which is considered one of the largest and certainly the most impressive of all Dzongs in Bhutan. Trongsa Dzong is a rambling collection of buildings that trail down the ridge, with remarkable street like corridors and wide stone stairs running down. It was from here that the present royal family emerged as the most powerful force at the beginning of this century. The first two hereditary kings ruled the country from here and it is still a tradition that the crown prince first serves as the Trongsa Penlop before ascending to the throne. From Trongsa, it is another 68km/ 2 ½ hour’s drive to Jakar across Youtongla pass (3425m). After the pass, descend into Chume, the first of the four Bumthang valleys. Stop at the roadside village of Zugney to see the weaving deep colored wool textile, a pattern typical to these parts of the country. Overnight at Jakar. (B/L/D)

Day 05: Full day in Bumthang Valley: Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred places in the Kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. It is here that the Kings are cremated and the present royal family traces their ancestry back to the famous saint, Pemalingpa.

You will spend the day visiting Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a demon and left his body imprint on a rock, the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and Jakar Dzong (administrative headquarter of the region). Also enjoy a stroll in the village in the evening. Overnight at Jakar. (B/L/D)

Day 06: Bumthang – Gangtey / Phobjikha Valley (2900m/ 9500ft): Retrace your drive across Yotongla pass and descend into Trongsa, which takes about 2 ½ hours. Visit huge and historical Trongsa Dzong (fortress), site of emergence of present Royal family of Bhutan. Also visit Ta Dzong (watch tower) which now houses the temple dedicated to Jigme Namgyel, father of the first King of Bhutan. After lunch, leaving Trongsa, return west, stopping to visit the Chendebji Chorten, a large white monument, a said to conceal the remnants of an evil spirit vanquished here. Continuing across the spectacular Pelela pass (3420m), then descend to Gangtey in Phobjikha Valley. The beautiful Phobjikha Valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century.  The village of Phobjikha lies a few km. down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quiet, remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Visit the Gangtey monastery and the surrounding villages in the afternoon. Overnight at Gangtey. (B/L/D)

Day 07: Gangtey - Wangdu (1300m / 4300ft): drive back to Wangdu. (B/L/D)

Day 08: Wangdu  – Paro (2200m / 7200m): Further drive through blossoming hills and pine forests, we arrive at Dochula pass (3,100m) for another opportunity to get the panoramic views of the eastern Himalayan range, including Bhutan's highest peak Gangkar Phuensum. Further continue drive towards Paro via Thimphu. After lunch in Paro, visit visit National Museum of Bhutan which display the Bhutanese way of life, art, artifacts and natural history. Followed by Rinpung Dzong, a fortress-monastery overlooking the Paro valley has a long history. Built on 1644 by Ngawang Namgyal, the fortress-monastery served as an effective defense against numerous invasion attempts by the Tibetans. Overnight at Paro. (B/L/D)

Day 09 Paro – Haa Valley – Paro : Start the day early with a one-hour drive to Haa via the Chele-la pass (3988 meters). You will have a superb view of the mountains Chomolhari and Jichu Drake, and if the weather is favorable you will stop here to stroll around.

Haa remains one of the least visited areas in the country and retains the air of an unspoiled, primeval forest. It is sometimes also known as Hidden-Land Rice valley. It is still fairly undiscovered by tourists, as it has not been long, Haa was opened for tourist. The enchanting Haa valley boasts two large temples: The White (Lhakhang Karpo) and the Black (Lhakhang Nagpo) Temple. These are well worth a visit; join the pilgrims to there on foot. Return to Paro in the late afternoon. (B/L/D)

Day 10 In Paro / hike to Tiger’s Nest (3000m / 9850ft): Rise early to make the hike to the magnificent Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The hike is about two miles and takes about 3 hours to reach the picturesque Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery that clings to a cliff 3,000 feet above the valley floor. Tiger’s Nest is a sacred pilgrimage site, where the great tantric mystic Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) is believed to have flown on the back of the tiger to bring the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan. Overnight at Paro. (B/L/D)

Day 11 Depart Paro: After breakfast, depart Paro for your onward journey. (B)

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Trip Facts
Duration
9 Nights / 10 Days
Country
Bhutan
Trip Type
Bhutan Tour
Trip Grade
Easy
Max Altitude
3900 meter
Group Size
Min: 2 person
Max: 16 persons
 
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