West East -West Bhutan Tour

Package Duration 18 Days / 17 Nights
Pacakge Validity N.A.
Destination Covered Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Trongsa - Bumthang - Mongar - Lhuentse - Trashigang - Nagsephel - Phobjikha - Dochula - Paro
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Tour Itinerary :

Day 1: Paro to Thimphu

The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drakey peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide and transfer to the capital city of Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu

After breakfast, you will visit Memorial Chorten (built in the memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952 to 1972), and the giant Buddha statue on the hill overlooking Thimphu which is reputed to be the Largest Bronze Buddha shakyamuni in the world; Changangkha Monastery, the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the Takin. After lunch, you will visit the nunnery temple, National institute of traditional medicine and Folk heritage museum. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu town and absorb the lifestyle of the people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha

After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La ( 3100 meters), where on clear days you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive down hills through the forest of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice fields and along the bank of the Punakha River. On the way you will stop at Metsina village and take a 20 minute walk through the rice fields to the Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive blessing from the Lama’s wooden Phillips! After lunch, visit the Punalha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight hotel in Punakha

Day 4: Punakha to Trongsa

After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Trongsa. On the way you will be visiting Phobjekha valley which is a famous for winter roosting place for Black necked crane. Continue your journey along spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter high pele la pass. You will stop in chendabjee for Lunch. After your lunch you will continue your drive to Trongsa. Overnight hotel in Trongsa

Day 5: Trongsa to Bumthang

After Breakfast this morning you will drive to Kuenga RabtenIt its about 23 kilometers, one hour pleasant drive from Trongsa. Kinga Rabten was the winter palace of the second King and it offers a good insight into the early days of the Bhutan’s monarchy. The first floor of the palace was used to store a food, the second was the residence of the riyal attendants and the army, and the third housed the royal quarters and the king’s private chapel. After that you will visit Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. After Dzong then you will visit Ta Dzong, this watchtower, which once guarded Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion, stands impressively and provides visitors an insight into historical significance of Trongsa in Bhutan’s history. Your lunch will served at Ta Dzong Cafeteria. After your lunch you will continue your drive to Bumthang and on the way you stop a Yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the Yathra are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Check in to hotel on arrival. Overnight at hotel in Bumthang.

Day 6: Bumthang

Today whole day you will doing sightseeing within Bumthang only. Your sightseeing includes:
Jambay Lhakhang, Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo miraculously built 108 temples in 7th century in order to consecrate the Himalayan region. Jambay Lhakhang is one of those temples. This is the venue for Jambay Lhakhang Festival during October or November.

Kurjey Lhakhang, it takes about 30 minutes of hike north to reach Kurjey Lhakhang. It was during 8th century a king from Bumthang, known as Sendhu Raja had invited Guru Rimpoche (Precious Master), who brought Buddhism into Bhutan, to cure him from a dreadful disease. Guru meditated at Kurjey for three months, left his body print on the rock and subdued the local deities including powerful Shelging Karpo, who had stolen the king’s life force and was the cause of King’s disease. Kurjey is complex of three temples, on the right beneath a giant cypress tree, the main temple built in 1652 by Minjur Tempa, Trongsa Penlop. This temple houses the cave where Guru Rimpoche had meditated and left his body imprint. The middle temple was built by the First King of Bhutan during his tenure as Trongsa Penlop in 1900. The third temple is recently constructed under patronage of Her Majesty queen mother Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuk.

Tamshing Monastery, located opposite Kurjey Lhakhang was founded by Bhutan’s religious treasure discoverer, Terton Pema Lingpa in 1501. Believed to be the reincarnation of Guru Rimpoche, he discovered many religious treasures around the country. The mural paintings inside the temple are known to be unrecorded ancient painting. The best way to enjoy the serene and the beauty of valley is to hike for about one hour from Kurjey over Chamkhar River to arrive at Tamshing.

Konchogsum Temple, ten minute walk south will bring you to Konchogsum temple. The temple was restored in 1995 and looks new, but it actually dates back to 2nd century.

Mebartsho (Burning Lake), it is about 20 minute drive from the hotel where you stay and then about 10 minutes of walk. Pema Lingpa in the early 16th century discovered many religious items from a pond here.
Evening you can stroll freely in the town. Overnight in the same hotel.

Day 7: Bumthang to Mongar

You will begin your journey to Eastern Bhutan, which is different from western and Central Bhutan in terms of development and lifestyle. The steepness of the region leads itself to some spectacular views, with rushing waterfalls and sheer drops. The drive on this day is an exhilarating 7 hours, particularly the Thrumshing La (pass), which peaks at 3, 750 meters. Stop for a picnic lunch at the Sengor village. You can walk on the certain stretches of the road to relax your muscles while your will be following behind you. Check in to the hotel on arrival at Mongar. You can wander around mongar town in the evening and sit down to relaxing dinner. Overnight at hotel in Mongar.

Day 8: Excursion to Lhuentse

After breakfast, you will drive to Lhuentse. It is among the few remote district of Bhutan and is famed for its intricate and colourful weaving a. Formerly known as Kurtoe, the region is ancestral home of the Bhutan’s royal family. Explore Khoma Village to see the variety of textiles that are woven here. You can see women weaving textiles with their nimble hands. Any of the houses will be happy to have you walked into their houses for a cup of locally made wine,”ara”. In the evening, you will drive back to Mongar. Overnight at hotel in Mongar.

Day 9: Mongar to Trashigang

Trashigang is the eastern-most point on the highway. Trashigang Dzong sits on a jagged piece of land jutting out from the town and is the first landmark that can be seen from the road winding up to Trashigang. The Dzong was built in 1659 and commands a spectacular view over the valley for which it is the administrative center. The Dzong is significant for the fact that it only has one courtyard.
A short distance is Radhi considered one of Bhutan’s most renowned weaver villages. Trashigang is also a melting pot of hill tribe people who come to the town to trade. The villagers of the remote Merak and Sakteng areas come to Trashigang to trade yak’s butter for the provisions that they need in the mountains. Merak and Sakteng are located about 50 miles east of Trashigang close to the border with India’s Arunachal Pradesh. Evening you can stroll around small Trashigang town. Overnight hotel in Trashigang.

Day 10: Excursion -Trashiyangtse

After breakfast you will drive to Trashiyangtse. On the way you will visit Gom Kora temple, behind which is a large black rock. It is said that Guru Rimpoche meditated in a cave in the rock and that you can see the impression of his thumb, his hat, and his body on the rock. Continue your drive to Trashiyangtse and visit Chorten kora.
Trashi Yangtse borders the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The old trade route from east and west Bhutan used to travel through Trashiyangtse. In the evening, you will drive back to Trashigang. Overnight hotel in Trashigang.

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Tour Detail :

Includes :

  • Hotel
  • Sightseeing