Essence of Bhutan

A unique experience to discover the magical land of dragons

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01/01/2021 31/10/2022 1990 € 2100 € Per person "starting from" in low season

 

Essence of Bhutan
9 days - 8 nights

Day 1: Paro to Thimphu
Driving Distance: 55 km
Minimum Altitude: 2195 m, Maximum Altitude: 2334m

Flying into the country’s only international airport, in the beautiful Paro valley, the clear mountain air, forested ridges, imposing monasteries and welcoming Bhutanese people in striking national dress, provides a breath-taking first impression.

We will drive towards Thimphu. We will visit the following sites:

  •  Visit Kuensel Phodrang and Soak in the panoramic view of the Thimphu valley from the site of the gigantic Lord Buddha, a 51-meter bronze Buddha statue gilded in gold.
  • The beautiful Memorial Chorten/stupa in town is another favorite with the tourists and a regular sight for congregation of devout Buddhists circumambulating the Chorten from dawn till dusk. The main statue of the Buddha inside the Chorten is said to grant wishes for the earnest and honest hearted.
  • Visit the Takin preserve center where you can see the National animal of Bhutan.
  • Then visit Postal Museum. The postal museum narrates the story of the evolution of communication, transportation and postal services in Bhutan's history. Its five galleries trace the development of the Bhutanese postal system, from the earliest mail runners to Bhutan's idiosyncratic and highly collectable modern stamps.
  • Visit the Tashichho Dzong/Fortress of the Auspicious Religion and office of the Golden throne of the Dragon King of Bhutan.

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 2: Thimphu to Punakha
Driving Distance: 77 km
Maximum Altitude: 3150m, Minimum Altitude: 1242m

After breakfast drive towards Punakha. On the way stop over at the Dochula Pass (3150 meters) and on a clear day enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains. The 108 small stupas built over a small hill is also a beautiful sight. The road from the Pass winds down to the warm and fertile valleys of Punakha.

On the ways visit the following sites:

  •  Chimi Lhakhang which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley {popularly known as “The Divine Madman”}
  • Sangchhen Dorji Lhendrup Nunnery
  • Visit the Pungthang Dewachenpo Dzong (Fortress of Great Bliss)

Overnight in Punakha

Day3: Punakha-Trongsa
Driving Distance: 139 km
Maximum Altitude: 3420m, Minimum Altitude: 1242m

After breakfast we will drive to the base and hike up to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten. It was built by the Queen Mother to bring peace and harmony for all living beings. It is one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. It is a beautiful 45 minutes uphill hike from the base of the hill through the rice field.

After the hike, we will head towards Trongsa, It was considered crucial for controlling the kingdom in the earlier years due to its strategic position and it also served as the capital of the country long time ago. The largest fortress found in the country with the watch tower located above it is now converted as National Museum of the country.

  • Visit Chendebi Stupa on the way.
  • Visit Trongsa Dzong- The largest fortress over looking Mangdi Chu (River)
  • Visit the Ta Dzong (watch tower), which now serve as the Royal Heritage Museum built in 1652 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa.

Overnight in Trongsa

Day 4: Trongsa to Bumthang
Driving Distance: 79 km
Maximum Altitude: 3425m, Minimum Altitude: 2200m

Bumthang region encompasses four major valleys; Chokhor, Tang, Ura and Chhume. The dzongs and most important temples are in the large valley of Chokhor. It is commonly referred as Bumthang valley.

  • Visit the yathra shop on the way to Chumey valley.
  • Visit Jakar Dzong- The castle of the white bird overlooking chamkhar town built in 1549 by Yongzin Ngagi Wangchuk.
  • Visit Ugyencholing Palace Museum
  • In the evening explore Tang Village

Overnight in Bumthang

Day 5: Bumthang
Day Halt

As the Bumthang district is the most historic place in the kingdom we have many sacred sites which date back since 7th Century. Guru Rinpoche (The second Buddha) visited Bumthang in 746 AD to subdue the evil spirit (Sheljing Karpo) who took over the soul of Sindhu Raja-Local king of Bumthang.

  • Visit Tang Mebar Tsho (The Burning lake) discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa
  • Visit Ken cho sum Lhakhang (Temple) on the way
  • Visit Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple)
  • Kurjey Lhakhang where you will be able to see the body prints of Guru Rinpoche on a rock.
  • Visit Jampa Lhakhang, built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gonpo in 7th Century, one of the oldest temple in Bhutan among his 108 temples build around Asia.

Overnight in Bumthang

Day 6: Bumthang –Gangtey
Driving Distance: 157 km
Maximum Altitude: 3425m, Minimum Altitude: 2900m

The valley of Gangtey is well known as the winter home of the black-necked cranes. Bhutan is home to around six hundred black-necked cranes with Gangtey/Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from Tibetan plateau. These elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March. Overlooking the Phobjikha valley is the Gangtey Monastery. This is an old monastery that dates back to the 17th century.

  • Longtey Hike
  • Visit the Gangtey Monastery
  • Gangtey Nature Trail Hike
  • Black crane neck center

(Option traditional Hot stone bath)

Overnight in Gangtey

Day 7: Gangtey–Paro
Driving Distance: 175 km
Maximum Altitude: 3250m, Minimum Altitude: 1224m

After breakfast we will head back to Paro. On the way we will visit Tachog Lhakhang and the Iron Bridge built by the Drobthop Thangthong Gyelpo, The Saint Iron Bridge Builder.

We will visit the following sites once we get to Paro:

  • Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong, fortress built in late 17th century.
  • Visit national Museum to familiarize yourself with Bhutanese culture and tradition.
  • Dumtse Lhakhang, the temple in the shape of stupa, built by the Drobthop Thangthong Gyelpo, the Iron bridge builder saint.
  • In the evening explore the Paro town for your leisure.

Overnight in Paro

Day 8: Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest Temple)
No journey to Bhutan is complete without a visit to Takstang monastery. After breakfast drive through Paro valley-one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan with its slate-roofed farmhouses, graceful willow trees and rushing glacial river beneath snow covered peaks to take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, (one of the most sacred places in Bhutan due to its association with Guru Rinpoche). It is believed that Guru Rinpoche reputedly flew to Paro Taktsang cliff in the form of Guru Dorji Drolo, mounted on a flaming dakini-tigress in the 747 A.D., where he meditat

Overnight in Paro

Day 9: Departure from Paro International Airport
Drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will then bid you farewell.

Price per person in double room in Low Season: starting from 1990 euro
Price per person in double room in High Season: stating from 2420 euro
Single supplement: euro 105

LOW SEASON: January, February, June; July, August, December
HIGH SEASON: March, April, May, September, October, November

The price includes:

  • accommodation in a double room for 08 nights in a 3/4 star hotel
  • meals as scheduled
  • English speaking guide for the whole tour
  • car / minivan available for the whole tour
  • support
  • Bhutanese entry fee
  • visa

The price does not include:

  • Flights to Bhutan
  • drinks, meals not mentioned
  • tips (around USD 10 per day)
  • currency adjustment
  • everything not expressly specified in "the price includes"