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Tour Name

Experience Bhutan

Tour Activities

Exploring Bhutanese life

Best Time:

Mar. –May, & Aug. – Dec.

Tour Type

Cultural tour

Duration

10 Nights/111 Days.

Well come to Bhutan. ‘Experience Bhutan tour’ is a tour package covering western and central Bhutan as far as to Bumthang , designed to give maximum experience of Bhutanese life and activities to the outsider.  This tour package includes the insight of authentic village living to evolving urban life style.

The understanding of interrelation of religion and society existing in harmony with environment that expounds the true happiness is something that you would have learned at the end of this trip. The scenic beauty of the country as you drive around is unfathomable. Enjoy the tour with your heart.


TOUR OUTLINE

Day 1: Arrive in Paro:
Day 2:Thimpu Sightseeing:
Day 3: Thimphu to punakha:
Day 4: Punakha- Day excursion to Tsherang:
Day 5: Punakha toTrongsa:
Day 6: Trongsa to Bumthang:
Day 7: Day excursion to Tang valley:
Day 8: Bumthang to Wangdi
Day 9: Wangdi to Paro.
Day 10: Tiger Nest Hike:
Day 11: Departure from Paro


DETAIL ITINERARY


Day 1: Arrive in Paro:
The flight into Paro brings over breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains. On the clear days you will be able to see Mt Everest (8848 meters) and other Himalayan mountain ranges. The landing into Paro airport gives you life time experience as the plane meanders through the mountains and touches the ground safely. You will be greeted by your tour guide from Lonely Bhutan tours and trek and transfer you to your hotel. The beautiful valley of paro is home to many Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and temples.

Later visit Ta Dzong (watch tower) which served as watch tower to the Dzong below during 17th century to guard the region from the Tibetan invasion. In 1968 it was renovated and converted into National Museum, which houses the collection of fine Bhutanese art, relics, religious thankas, etc. Visit Kichu Lhakhang (Monastery) one of the oldest monastry in the country built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. You can either walk or drive to Rimpung Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung (deeply revered to this day as dynamic political and spiritual leader). It houses both administrative and monastic bodies. In the evening drive to Thimphu.

Day 2:Thimpu Sightseeing:
You will begin your sightseeing with Memorial Chorten, a monument built in memory of our 3rd king. You will continue to visit a giant Buddha statue, 165 feet tall claimed as the tallest Buddha statute in the world.  Next you will visit a 12th century Changangkha monastery, popularly known as children’s monastery for all the childrens born in Thimphu region are considered to have received protection by the guardian of this monastry. You can see our National animal, Takin at motithang Zoo. You can visit Art school where you will see students at work in different field of arts such as painting, sculpturing, woodcarving, weaving etc. All together in Bhutan we practice 13 different arts. You must also visit Folk heritage museum which exhibits the life style of an old Bhutanese family before Thimphu was overtaken by urban life style. Indeed if you visit farmhouse in the village you will see the same style of live and activities still followed. If you are interested you can also visit traditional medicine centre which showcases samples of various medicinal plants and its treatment. You can also visit textile museum which brings out the fascinating old time charm of traditional weaving. Visit Tashichhodzong, “the fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion, site of the monarch’s throne room and seat of the Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by Shabdrung, it was reconstructed in the 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans

Day 3: Thimphu to punakha:
Drive toDochula pass and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Himalayan mountain range.From the passthe drive is through beautiful thick woods occasionally passing farm lands and settlements. On reaching punakha ,  you can take a exciting hike of 20 minutes to fertility temple founded by divine mad man. The walk does not involve steep climb or steep decend. Here you would learn the legendary story of divine mad man and also the story of phallus, the powerful thunderbolt. If you have noticed, you would have seen the paintings of phallus on the walls and also hanged down from the four corners of the roof.
After lunch visit Punakha Dzong the winter seat of spiritual leader of Bhutan.Punakha was also the old capital of Bhutan. Overnight  hotel in Punakha.

Day 4: Punakha- Day excursion to Tsherang:
The shortest distance to reach the southern Bhutanese people is Tsherang about 3 to 4 hours drive from Wangdi. In Tsherang you can visit a village and the town. It would be good experience to learn the life style of this Nepalese origin southern Bhutanese people living in Bhutan. We also have eastern Bhutanese resettled in Tsherang.  After lunch in Tsherang town you have to drive back to Punakha.

Day 5: Punakha toTrongsa:
Trongsaa is about 5 hours drive with fantastic view of several beautiful landscapes. You will divert from the main road to Phobjekha valley to do the nature trail and visit Gangtay monastery. Later You will cross Pelela pass (3300 meter) and drive through pastures and meadows occasionally coming across farmlands to Trongsa. In the evening you can wonder around Trongsa town and meet the people of Trongsa.

Day 6: Trongsa to Bumthang:
Trongsa Dzong is the largest Dzong of Bhutan. It was built by Minjur Tempa in 17th century under the command of of Shabdrung ngawang namgyel. With the builbing of this Dzong whole of Eastern Bhutan was brought under the control of shabdrung in 17th century and thus he completed the unification of the whole country into one.
In the afternoon drive to Bumthang through yotongla pass. You can stop in chume village for a break and see yathra fabric.  Continue driving to Chamkhar valley for overnight hotel.

Day 7: Day excursion to Tang valley:
Tang is one of the four main valley of Bumthang . The drive to Tang takes you through beautiful pine woods and colorful blossome of rhododendron bushes. You would also see scattered villages and farm lands.  Visit ugyencholing Museum , which is a beautiful museum in the heart of the valley. This museum is quite different from other as the museum depicts the life and activities of a noble family who lived in the region.

Day 8: Bumthang to Wangdi:
Enjoy the drive back to wangdi.

Day 9:Wangdi to Paro.
Today you drive back to Paro. On the way back you can visit wangdi Dzong and Druk wangel Lhakang at Dochula pass. Once in Paro depending on the time you can visit Paro around

Day 10:Tiger Nest Hike:
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan 's most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Lunch would be served in the Cafeteria on the way. Hike back to Paro and in the afternoon and visit Kichu Lhakhang and Drugyel Dzong. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 11:Departure from Paro
Drive to airport for onward departure to Bangkok

ACCOMMODATION


Hotel / Resort