Bhutan Tour: from Paro to Guwahati

14 days/ 13 nights

Traditional Dance in Bhutan

Traditional Dance in Bhutan

Day 1  Arrive by Druk Air – Paro

During this flight one will enjoy the view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari& Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro Airport a representative of Atlas Tour and Travel will receive you and drive to the hotel to check in. After lunch, visit Ta Dzong former Watch Tower which now houses the National Museum and then visit Rinpung Dzong which houses the monastic school and the office of the civil administration and walk down passing close by crossing the Bhutanese typical wooden roofed bridge to Paro town. After a short stroll in town drive back to hotel for the night halt.

 

Day 2 Paro- Excursion to Taktsang

After breakfast drive up to the Ramthangka (base camp) of Taktsang and then hike up to the most famous monastery Taktsang, the Tiger’s nest. This magical monastery clings to the vertical granite cliff of 3,000′ above the valley floor. It is believed that Guru meditated here in the 8th century. The disciples of Guru built the temple, which was later enlarged by Zhabdrung in the 17th century. After lunch walk back down. Drive to hotel for overnight stay.

Paro Dzong

Paro Dzong

Day 3 Paro -Thimphu

After Breakfast drive to Thimphu. On the way visit TachogangLhakhang-these were founded by Tibetan Saint, ThangtonGyalpo (1385-1464) and continue drive to Thimphu. Check in the hotel. Visit National Institute for ZorigChusum– this institute, commonly known as “the painting school” operates four to six years course that provide instruction in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts, Folk Heritage Museum- the house replicates a traditional farm house and is furnished as it would have been about a century ago, ChangangkhaLhakhang – it is right above Thimphu Valley, this temple and monastic schools were established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama PhajoDrugomZhipo, Buddha Point/ KuenselPhodang – Is the largest Buddha statue in the country, from there you can get a good over view of the Thimphu and Memorial Chorten– built in the year 1974 in the memory of our third king of Bhutan, His Majesty the King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk valley. Overnight at hotel.

 

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong

Day 4 Thimphu-Punakha

After breakfast, drive to Punakha-approximately 3-hours’ drive through picturesque valleys and mountains slopes dotted with typical Bhutanese villages. From the Dochula pass, at over 10,000ft, vast panoramic views of the high snowcapped peaks of the Bhutanese Himalaya can be enjoyed on a clear day. Continue drive down into Punakha valley. On the way visit ChhimiLhakhang-this was built in 15 century (dedicated to lam Dukpa Kinley also known as divine mad man). It is a pilgrim site especially for childless couple and is a half an hour walk across a local village and rice field. Everyone in the kingdom believes that the Lam’s blessing will help a women conceive. After lunch visit Punakhadzong – built in 1637 by zhabdrung. It is one of the most beautiful dzong in the country. Later walk around Punakha and khuruthang town. Overnight at hotel.

 

 

Day 5 Punakha -Phobjikha

After breakfast, drive to Phobjikha-a bowl-shape valley on the western slopes of Black Mountain. After lunch visit GanteyGoenpa as it is a major attraction with an old monastery date back to the 16 century. Later walk around the valley which is also the winter home to the rare black-necked cranes, which migrate, from remote parts of Tibet, China and Siberia during winter to this valley. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 Phobjikha- Trongsa-Bumthang

After breakfast drive to Trongsa via Pele la pass (3,150 m) a wonderful opportunity for photographs. Visit TrongsaDzong – seat of the district administration, built in the 1648 and visit Trongsa Museum. And drive to bumthang.Overnight at hotel.

Museum in Trongsa

Museum in Trongsa

Day 7 Trongsa-Bumthang

Whole day sightseeing.
-JambayLhakhang. Is a sacred monastery built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, SongtsenGampo. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.
-ChakharLhakhang. Besides the main road, a short distance beyond Jambay Temple is Chamkhar (Iron Castle). It is the site of the palace of the Indian King SendhaGyab also known as Sindhu Raja.
-KurjeyLhakhang (Kurjey means, “Body imprint”). The temple to the right was built by MinjurTempa in 1652. It was built around the cave in which Guru Rinpoche meditated and left his body imprint.
-TamshingLhakhang. This temple is also known as TamshingLhendrupChholing (Temple of the Good Message).
-JakarDzong. The fortress is now used as an administrative center of the valley and summer residence of monks.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 8 Bumthang – Mongar

After breakfastdrive to Mongar. The trip crosses two passes and takes in numerous sheer drops on which is one of the most spectacular drives in the country. And you would notice a change in the weather condition and that the place becomes warmer. On the way there are a few places where we will stop. After reaching Mongar we can go to the small town and mingle with the locals there. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9 Mongar – Lhuntse – Mongar

After early breakfast drive to Lhuntse. The steepness of the region lends itself to some spectacular views, with rushing waterfalls and sheer drops. Lhuntse district is one of the most rural and isolated districts in Bhutan. The landscape is spectacular with stark cliffs and gorges, beautiful conifer and pine forests, and remote villages. The Kurtoe region of Lhuntse is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s Royal family. And also consider being the best for KishuThara textiles. Visit LhuntseDzong and weaving village. Drive back to Monger. Overnight at hotel.

Mongar Dzing

Mongar Dzing

Day 10 Mongar-Trashigang

After breakfast visit MongarDzong- this is built in keeping with traditional by not using any drawings or nails and then visit YakgangLhakhang. Drive to Tashigang. En route stop to visit Drametse monastery was founded by AniChotenZangmo, PemaLingpa’s granddaughter, who fled from Bumthang to escape a proposal of marriage from the local king. She fled east and when she found a place ideally suited for meditation and practice she named it ‘Drametse’ which literally means ‘the peak where there are no enemies’. AniChoetenZangmo’skudung (remains) is preserved to this day in the monastery as the most important relic.
Continue drive to Tashigang the journey will take 3 and half hours. Afternoon visit TrashigangDzong which stands on the hill slope below the main street. The Dzong built in the mid-17th century, serves as the Administrative seat for the district, as well as the home of the monk body.Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 11 Tashigang- Excursion to Rangjung/Radhi/Phongmey

Excursion driveto Radhi and PhongmeyGewog. Visit Phongmey monastery, Khardung nunnery and RadhiLhakhang. Also visit Radhi villages and have lunch at the Radhi. After lunch drive to Rangjung and visit RangungWoeselChholing Monastery – this was founded by His Holiness GarabDorjeRinpoche in 1990. Overnight at hotel.

Trashigangi

Trashigang

Day 12 Trashigang – Trashiyangtse – Trashigang

Early breakfast and drive to Tashiyangtse. On the way visit the GomphuKora temple and continue drive to Yangtse. The main attractions in this valley, is a great stupa, ChortenKora built in 1940 and modeled on the style of the Boudhnath stupa in Nepal. After lunch visit the Trashiyangtse town is small but very beautiful with traditional designs and colors of the houses. This place is also famous for wooden products like dapa (wooden plate), phob (cup) and others. One of the traditional painting schools is located in Trashiyangtse. Drive back to Trashigang. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 Tashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar

After breakfast drive to SamdrupJongkhar, passing through several villages.On the way – visit hand loom (weaving center) in Khaling and then visit National Institute for the Disabled student. This very well –organized institution tries to assimilate students from all over Bhutan who are blind or otherwise disabled into the local educational system by providing special resources and training School. Continue drive to SamdrupJongkhar. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 SamdrupJongkhar–Guwahati

After breakfast drive to Guwahati airport for your onward flight. The representative will see you off and bid farewell.

TASHI DELEK!

Price per package from £ 1800.00 GBP per person

Package price includes: accommodation in double/twin sharing room, food and beverages (excluding alcohol) as per the “Minimum Meal Entitlements”, transport according to the programme, English speaking driver- guide, admission fees for sightseeing spots listed in itinerary, Government Royalty Charges.

Price does not include: international flights, personal travel insurance, optional tips, visa fee -20 USD, alcohol,  personal expenses.

• Single supplement:  £360 GBP per person travel individually; £270 GBP per person travel in group of 2 people (the rate subject to exchange rate GBP-USD). Supplement for 4* and 5* hotels.

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