Historic Central Bhutan

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Historic Central Bhutan - 9 Days | 8 Nights

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US$ 1840 / per person

Historic Central Bhutan

Highlights

  • Explore the key cultural sites of western and central Bhutan.
  • On this journey, you will discover some of the most sacred monasteries, medieval fortresses and temples.
  • Visit local farm house and village.
  • Enjoy a walk around Phobjikha valley.
  • Visit to Switzerland of Bhutan.
  • Hike to Tiger’s Nest.

Historic Central Bhutan tour will take you all the way to Bumthang, the cultural heartland of the country. Focused on age old historical and rich cultural sites of Bhutan. The route is along a   spectacular winding road that passes through lush valley and hilly forest with a scenic landscape.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Paro international airport.

During the journey, one will experience breath-taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by your guide and take you to Thimphu which is 54 km from Paro Airport and about 45 minutes drive. Later in the afternoon  visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan); Changgangkha Monastery; visit the mini zoo where you will see national animal of Bhutan Takin, and the majestic Tashichhodzong. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu

After breakfast, visit Buddha statue, School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school); Traditional paper factory, visit Post office were you can personalize your stamp,  Traditional Paper Factory, visit weaving centre, Semtokha Dzong. Evening: Stroll through the town. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha

 After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive Punakha  after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. On the way to Punakha, you will stop at Metsina village and take a 20 minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple. After Lunch you will visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated inbetween the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight hotel in Punakha

Day 4: Punakha – Bumthang

After early Breakfast you will start your drive to Bumthang. You will reach Pelela pass( 3300m) and stop for few minutes for the photo and stretch your muscle. Your next stop will be at Trongsa for lunch. After lunch you will visit Trongsa Dzong. After dzong continue your drive Bumthang. Overnight at hotel in Bumthang.

Day 5: Bumthang.

After early Breakfast you will start sightseeing  with  Kurjey Lakhang, where Guru Rinpochee left his body imprints inside cave. You will also visit Jambay lakhang, Tamshing lakhang, Kenchosum Lakhang, Jakar Dzong, Mebartsho(Burning Lake) and Kharchu Dratshsng. Evening you can stroll freely in the town.  Overnight hotel in Bumthang.

 Day 6: Bumthang – Phobjekha.

After early  breakfast you will be driving to Phobjekha. Along the way you will stop at the Yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the Yathras are designed with unique Patterns that have been conserved long way back in Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms.  Phobjekha valley which is a famous for winter roosting place for Black necked crane.  In Phobjekha valley you will be hiking  Gangtey  Natural Trail. The most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trails in Bhutan. The trail hike starts from the mani (like Chhorten) stone wall to the north of the Ganagtey Gonpa and ends in Khewa Lhakhang. The hike takes about 1hr 30minutes through the pine forest and small bamboo plants. You can see the Phobjkha valley so beautifully from this hike. It is one of the best hike places for the Nature lovers. During the winter months, we can see the endangered species of birds Black Neck Cranes. . Overnight hotel in Phobjekha.

 Day 7: Phobjekha – Paro

After early breakfast Drive to Paro with a stop at Dochula for lunch . After lunch proceed towards Paro. You will visit Paro Dzong. It was built in 17th century and now houses government offices and religious institutions. Then you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 8th century . Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 8: Paro. Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

In the morning you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) 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. The Moanstery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Lunch will be served at the Cafeteria. Explore the monastery and hike back to the valley in the afternoon. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 9:  Departure

Drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.

At a Glance

Tour duration: 9 Days | 8 Nights

Tour type: Cultural tour with religious sights

Festival:

  • The March departure may attend the Paro and Talo festival
  • The April departure may attend the Domkhar and Rhododendron festival
  • The June Departure may attend the Nimalung festival
  • The September departure may attend the Thimphu, Gangtey and Tamshing festival
  • The  October departure may attend the Jambay lahkhang festival


Best time:
January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December

Activity type: Cultural tour, Historical sites, Village tour, Religious sites and day hike

Places covered: Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, Bumthang, Phobjikha and Paro

Maximum elevation: 3436m

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Tea, coffee and snacks
  • Complementary bottled water in car
  • Hotels
  • Transport
  • Guide
  • Government levy
  • Visa fee
  • Entrance fees
  • Permits
  • Sightseeing

Exclusions

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Beverages other than tea and coffee
  • Sleeping bag on trek
  • Laundry
  • Internet bill
  • Phone bill
  • Other bills of personal nature

Accommodation

  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels (upgrade with supplement)
  • Homestay accommodation certified by Tourism Council of Bhutan
  • Camping (optional)

Insurance

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.