Heartland of Bhutan Tour

This tour touches two of Bhutan’s most historical places, Trongsa and Bumthang, which have played a very important role in the history of Bhutan. Bumthang valley is a synonym for mysticism, a land with several religious significances, including the Burning Lake from where the great Treasure Discoverer, Terton Pema Lingpa is said to have discovered religious artifacts. Truly Bumthang is known as the ‘CULTURAL HEART LAND OF BHUTAN’. You can feast on scores of architectural wonders and listen to amazing stories; elements that make Bhutan special


TOUR OUTLINE

DAY 01: Bangkok/ Delhi/ Katmandu – Paro – Thimphu:

DAY 02: Discover Thimphu valley:

DAY 03: Thimphu to Punakha/Wangduephodrang:

DAY 04: Punakha/Wangdue – Trongsa:

DAY 05: Trongsa to Bumthang:

Day 06: Bumthang Exploration:

DAY 07: Bumthang – Phobjekha:

DAY 08: Phobjekha – Paro:

DAY 09: Taktsang Experience:

DAY 10: Paro – Bangkok/ Katmandu/ Delhi:

 

DETAIL ITINERARY

DAY 01: – Bangkok/ Delhi/ Katmandu – Paro – Thimphu:

After experiencing a memorable flight along skies offering you views of the Himalayan Treasures such as Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Bhutan’s Jomolhari amd Jitchu Drake, your flight will gradually descend, yet again enchanting you with Paro Valley’s beauty from above. The landing is thrilling and supposed to be one of the most challenging.

At the airport, you will be received by representatives of our company who will escort you to a hotel. After lunch there we drive to Thimphu.

Overnight at a hotel.

DAY 02: – Discover Thimphu valley:

Today 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 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. 

After lunc(at Bhutan kitchen) you can visit Art school where you will see students at work in different field of arts such as painting, sculpturing, woodcarving, weaving etc. 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. If you are interested you can also visit traditional medicine centre which showcases samples of various medicinal plants and its treatment.

In the evening you can visit Tashichodzong, the capital building of Bhutan. Dinner out at a Restaurant in the town.

DAY 03: – Thimphu to Punakha/Wangduephodrang:

The journey to Punakha would take about 3 hours and it is a scenic drive through beautiful forests of rhododendron and fields of dwarf bamboo, green meadows, beautiful wildflowers, gushing waterfalls and constantly changing vegetation.

About 30 min from Thimphu, is the Dochula pass (3,100m), offering visitors their first glimpse of the eastern Himalayan range, snow-capped peaks with elevations of 6000m to 7554m. It is a spectacular sight and the beauty is augmented by the 108 stupas (chortens) at Dochula pass.

The journey further descents down to the low lying sub tropical valley of Punakha, which served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still is home of the Chief Abbot in winter months. On the way to Punakha, you will hike for about one hour (round trip) to Drukpa Kuenley’s monastery, built in the 15th century. A monastery where the Phallus is worshipped, it is associated with Lam Drukpa Kuenley, the “Divine Madmonk”.

Punakha Dzong (Fortress), built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal has played a prominent role in the civil and religious life of the Kingdom. From far, it resembles a giant ship, rocked on a mass of still water as it is built at the confluence of two rivers – the Pho (male) and Mo (Female) rivers. Destroyed four times by fire and an earthquake in 1897, the Dzong has been now been fully restored in its original splendour. The Fortress contains some of the most sacred and significant religious relics of the nation.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 04: Punakha/Wangdue – Trongsa:

 After breakfast, we will hike to the Khamsumyuly chorten which is about one and half hours.  Your journey to central Bhutan will begin as you drive towards east via Wangduephodrang to Trongsa. The drive takes us through Pelela pass (alt. 3,300m), the traditional boundary between eastern and western Bhutan. The pass is marked by large prayer flags. Few minutes descend from the pass will take us to Chendebji Chorten, which was built in 19th century by a lama named Shida. It resembles the Boudhanath stupa in Nepal, with eyes painted at four cardinal points.

Lunch will be at a resturant, after which we 

DAY 05:- Trongsa to Bumthang:

In the morning visit Trongsa Dzong, another majestic architectural masterpiece and once ancient Bhutan’s capital. It is very historic and every King, before ascending the Throne must, as the Crown Prince serve as the Penlop (Governor) of Trongsa.

One of the most sacred regions in the Kingdom, Bumthang valley is a blend of the abstract and concrete with innumerable legends surrounding the area.  From Trongsa, we drive for 68 kms and reach Bumthang. Overnight at the hotel

Day 06:Bumthang Exploration:

You will be visiting Kurje Lhakhang where the Great Indian Saint Guru Padsambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock.  The other is Jamphel lhakhang, which was built in the 7th century by Songsten Goembo, the Tibetan Buddhist King. Jakar Dzong (the fortress of white bird) built in the 17th century by Tenzin Rabgay (the fourth Desi) is another famous landmark.

You will also be visiting, Tamshing lhakhang built in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa (the founder of religious treasures). Kunchosum lhakhang and Membertsho (the flaming lake) are other places. Legend has it that Pema Lingpa discovered several religious text from the lake.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 07:– Bumthang – Phobjekha:

We begin the return journey and drive to Wangduephodrang, which is about a 6-hour drive. Lunch will be served at Chendibji. 

We will move further to Phobjikha valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan and home to the very rare black necked cranes, who migrate from Tibet to Bhutan to winter (from November -March). There will also be a visit to Gangtey Gompa, one of the oldest Nyingmapa monasteries, that resembles a Dzong.

After visiting the monastery, do the beautiful nature trail hike which is for one and half hour.

Overnight at a hotel in Phobjekha.

DAY 08:– Phobjekha – Paro:

We proceed to Paro, a five hours drive and lunch at a local restaurant in Paro town. After lunch, we will stroll through town and visit the Paro Rimpong Dzong, which was built in 1646 and Kyichu Monastery the oldest in Paro valley, built in 659 A.D.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 09: – Taktsang Experience:

One of Bhutan’s holiest shrines and an amazing structure that crosses all boundaries of architectural masterpiece, Taktsang (Tiger’s Lair) monastery is perched some 1000m/3000ft on a cliff overlooking a valley. It is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D.  Taktshang monastery is the ultimate pilgrim site for all Buddhist, especially in Bhutan.

The hike to the monastery takes about 5 hours (up and down), and follows an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels.

On our way back to the hotel, we will visit the Drugyel Dzong (”Castle of the Victorious Drukpa”), located 16 Km. away from the Paro town. Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. On a clear day, we can see, Mt Jomolhari "Mountain of the Goddess"  (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.).  If time permits, we will visit a local farmhouse.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 10:– Paro – Bangkok/ Katmandu/ Delhi:

After breakfast, you will be driven to Paro international Airport for your journey out of Bhutan.

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