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The Bhutan cultural beauty tour packages 19-days offers an opportunity to enjoy an in depth experience of Bhutan moving from west to east via the central valleys will discover almost whole Bhutan.

The Bhutan holiday includes road trips by car starting from the beautiful Paro valley, through the capital city Thimphu and then to the picturesque valleys of Punakha, Phobjikha and Trongsa.

You will spend a couple of days in some of these destinations visiting the sacred and ancient old temples and take excursions to villages.

  • Tour starts from the beautiful Paro valley, hiking to Tiger’s Nest and visit picturesque valleys of Punakha.
  • This 19days offers an opportunity to enjoy an in depth experience of Bhutan form west to east.
  • Visiting the sacred and ancient old temples and take excursions to rural villages.


DAY 1~ ARRIVAL PARO (2280m)

DAY 2~ PARO EXCURSION

DAY 3~ HAA VALLEY EXCURSION (2800m): 60 KM/APPROX 2HR

DAY 4~ PARO TIGER’S NEST HIKE

DAY 5~ PARO – THIMPHU (2320m): 65KM/APPROX 1HR

DAY 6~ THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (1300m): 77KM/APPROX 3HR

DAY 7~ PUNAKHA (1300m)

DAY 8~ PUNAKHA – TRONGSA (2316m): 135KM/APPROX 5HR

DAY 9~ TRONGSA – BUMTHANG (2600m – 4000m): 68KM/APPROX 2 ½HR)

DAY 10~ BUMTHANG (2600m – 4000m)

DAY 11~ BUMTHANG – MONGAR: 198KM/APPROX 8HR

DAY 12~ MONGAR – LHUNTSHE (1524m): 76KM/APPROX 3HR

DAY 13~ MONGAR – TASHIGANG: 90KM/APPROX 4HR

DAY 14~ TASHIGANG – TASHIYANGTSE: 52KM/APPROX 2HR

DAY 15~ TASHIYANGTSE– BUMDILING EXCURSION: 12KM/APPROX 5HR WALK

DAY 16~ TASHIYANGTSE – TASHIGANG

DAY 17~ TASHIGANG

DAY 18~ TASHIGANG – SAMDRUPJONKHAR 175KM/APPROX 6HR

DAY 19~ SAMDRUPJONGKHAR DEPARTURE

DAY 1~ PARO ARRIVAL (2280m)
Paro ValleyFlying into Paro is an amazing experience. The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering stunning views of the world’s highest peaks.

As you descend into Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong on the hilltop overlooking the Pa Chu (Paro river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now National Museum, above it. Bokar Tours will be there to greet you and welcome at the Paro airport.

In the evening freely stroll through the market and mingle with the local people. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro. LD

DAY 2~ PARO EXCURSION
Chime Llakhang, ParoYour day will start by a visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Songtshen Gampo. This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue a Demoness that lay across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries lie in other neighbouring countries

Drive north to visit the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, once an imposing fortress, which kept at bay invasions from the north in the 17th century.

In the afternoon drive to the Ta-Dzong (watch tower), which now serves as the national museum. The museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill takes you to the imposing Rinpung Dzong which today serves as the district’s administrative and religious centre. Walk further down and cross a traditional bridge into Paro town. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro. BLD

DAY 3~ HAA VALLEY EXCURSION (2800m): 60 KM/APPROX 2HR
Haa ValleyA day excursion to Haa valley perhaps with picnic lunch. You will drive over Chele La, the highest road pass, (3822 meters) and pass through forests of blue pines, fir, and oak. On a clear day you can see mountain Jomolhari 7314 meters, other snow capped from the pass. Explore nearby mountains dotted with the colourful prayer flags and blanketed with dwarf rhododendrons.

After a lunch, you will drive further down and arrive at Haa Valley which is sacred by the existence of Meri Puensum, three small mountains symbolizing Rigsum Geonpo: Jampelyang (manjushri), Chana Dorji (vajrapani) and Chenrizi (avaloketeshvara). A 30 minute walk will take you to the remote village. You will also visit Lhakhang Nagpo “Black Temple”. Evening, drive back to Paro. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro. BLD

DAY 4~ PARO TIGER’S NEST HIKE
Tigers Nest ParoIn the morning you drive back north of Paro valley to hike to Taktshang or “Tiger’s Nest” one of the holiest Buddhists sites in the Himalayan region. The monastery clings to a sheer rock face, almost 900 metres above the valley floor.

The uphill hike from the road point takes around 3 hours at a moderate pace. The trail passes through beautiful pine forests adorned with Spanish moss as you go further up. Stop for rest and light refreshments at the Taktshang cafeteria.

Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tigress and meditated for three months. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro. BLD

DAY 5~ PARO – THIMPHU (2320m): 65KM/APPROX 1HR
Thimphu DzongDrive to Thimphu, the capital city in the morning.

Today’s exploration of Thimphu will take you to visit National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan, the Kingdom’s rich culture at the National Library, the National Institute of Zorig Chusum where students undergo training course in Bhutan’s thirteen traditional arts and crafts, Folk Heritage Museum which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.

After lunch visit the Takin Preserve to see the rare national animal of Bhutan also you will visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress likes temple which lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu. This animal is associated with the country’s religious history and mythology.

Further drive towards Sangaygang will provide a bird’s eye view of the capital. Then visit the nunnery temple and followed by a visit to Tashichho Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” which is Bhutan’s administration and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty and other Government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot or Je Khenpo. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu. BLD

DAY 6~ THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (1300m): APPROX 2 ½HR/77KM (Rhododendron festival 18 – 20 April)
Dochula ChorternToday, the drive to Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan, passes through paddy lands and some of the kingdom’s dramatic river valleys and paddy lands.

The first stop is at Dochu La pass (3050m). From Dochula you can see the eastern Himalayan range on a clear day. Once you cross the pass, you wind down to the warmer valleys of Punakha and Wangdue.

En-route you will stop at Mitsina village and visit Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the temple of fertility and dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, the 15th century saint, also known as the divine madman for his outrageous methods of teaching the dharma.

It is a 20-minute walk through rice fields to the temple were you get blessed wooden phallus. Overnight stay at hotel, Punakha. BLD

DAY 7~ PUNAKHA (1300m)
Punakha DzongToday you will further drive to north of Punakha valley following the Mo Chu and then hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a splendid example of the Bhutanese architecture and art.

In the evening you will visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, which stands at the confluence of the Pho (male) river and Mo (female)  rivers.

The Dzong was first built in 1637 by the founder of Bhutan and has been witness to defining moments of Bhutanese history. It is a fine example of Bhutan’s highly refined architectural skills. Overnight stay at hotel, Punakha. BLD

DAY 8~ PUNAKHA – TRONGSA (2316m): APPROX 5HR/135KM
Trongsa Ta DzongToday, you will drive east to Trongsa passing over Pele La pass at 3390m. Trongsa forms the central hub of the kingdom and is historically place were unification of the country started. The magnificent Trongsa Dzong comes to view 13 kms to destination, straddling a ridge overlooking the Mangdechu river.

Afternoon you will visit Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648. It was seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second kings ruled the country from this ancient seat.

Bhutan’s monarchs are invested as Trongsa Penlop (Governor of Trongsa) prior to ascending the throne. Presently it serves as the headquarters of the district’s religious and civil administration.

Perched above the Trongsa Dzong is the ancient watchtower, which has now been restored from ground up and converted into a state of the art museum presenting the historical and religious heritage of the fortress. Overnight stay at hotel, Trongsa. BLD

DAY 9~ TRONGSA– BUMTHANG (2600m – 4000m): APPROX 2 ½HR/68KM
Trongsa DzongIn the morning you will drive to Bumthang going over Yotong La pass, (3425 m). Here you will get the first glimpse of the Black mountains and Himalayan peaks such as Jomolhari.

Once over the pass, the journey proceeds through hilly forests into a broad valley. Along the way you will stop at a Yathra textile weaving hand loom centre. The yathra weave are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang. You can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Overnight stay at hotel, Bumthang. BLD

DAY 10~ BUMTHANG (2600m – 4000m) – Jamba Lhakhang & Prakhar 14 – 17 Nov.
Jakar DzongExplore Bumthang, the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. Bumthang loosely means the valley of 100,000 spirits.

Your visit to sacred places and monuments will include Jambay Lhakhang, built in 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo followed by Kurjey Lhakhang, which consists of three temples surrounded by 108 stupa (chortens) symbolically representing the joint of the human body.

The short hike across the suspension bridge will lead you to Tamshing Lhakhang built in 1501 and known for its ancient religious paintings of One Thousand Buddhas and Twenty One Taras (female form of Bodhisattavas). After lunch visit Jakar Dzong, known as the ‘Castle of the White Bird’. Overnight stay at hotel, Bumthang. BLD

DAY 11~ BUMTHANG – MONGAR: 198KM/APPROX 8HR
Today you begin a long drive to the eastern region of Bhutan, which differs from western and central regions both in terms of spoken language and lifestyle.

The road trip includes a short stop at Ura village about 50 kms from Bumthang. It is a scenic route that goes over the Thrumshingla pass (3,780 m) and then descends into one of the best birding areas in the country between Yongkola and Lingmethang (770m). As you climb up from Lingmithang you will see the ruins of a 12th century fortress that once served as the home of the most powerful of Eastern Bhutan’s feudal lords. Overnight stay at hotel, Mongar. BLD

DAY 12~ MONGAR – LHUNTSHE (1524m): 76KM/APPROX 3HR
LhuentsheToday you will further drive to Lhuentse, one of the most isolated districts in Bhutan. The landscape is spectacular, with stark cliffs towering above river gorges and dense coniferous forests. The region is famous for its weavers, and their distinctive textiles are generally considered to be the best in the country.

The Kurtoe region of Lhuentse is the ancestral home of the monarchy. A statue of Guru Padmasambhava 148 feet high on a 30 foot high lion throne and 17 foot high lotus seat, in the form of Guru Nangsi Zilnoen, is being built in Takela, Lhuentse, for world peace and harmony. In the evening return to Mongar. Overnight stay at hotel, Mongar. BLD

DAY 13~ MONGAR – TASHIGANG: 90KM/APPROX 4HR
Mongar BhutanYour day will start bit early today with a visit Mongar Dzong, which is more modern than most Dzongs having been built in 1953. We will then head to Trashigang, passing through several villages.

En-route we will trek to the Drametse Goempa, a 16th century monastery, which is about 18km from the highway. Drametse is the largest and most important monastery in the Eastern Bhutan

After returning from Drametse we continue the drive to Trashigang. In the evening, freely stroll through the town, absorbing the culture of eastern Bhutan. If you wish to experience lifestyle of a local farmhouse of Bhutanese farmer, we can guide you to prepare your own traditional Bhutanese meal.

Enjoy the dinner prepared by you with “Ara”, a local brew distilled from rice and wheat. Overnight stay at farmhouse or hotel, Tashigang. BLD

DAY 14~ TASHIGANG – TASHIYANGTSE: 52KM/APPROX 2HR
Culture of BhutanToday you drive to Trashiyangtse district, which shares borders with the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. On the way you will stop at Gomphu Kora, a site where Guru Rinpoche meditated and subdued a demon that dwelt in a big rock. A temple was then built at the site.

Continue drive to Chorten Kora with a stop at Duksum the small town where many villagers coming for shopping.

Chorten Kora is similar to the stupa of Boudhanath in Nepal and was built in 1770. During the second month of the Bhutanese lunar calendar an interesting celebration known as “kora” takes place here and people from neighboring Arunachal Pradesh also join in the festivities. The area is also known for its exceptional woodcraft. Overnight stay at hotel, Trashiyangtse. BLD

DAY 15~ TASHIYANGTSE– BUMDILING EXCURSION: 12KM/APPROX 5HR

Chorten in Eastern Bhutan

Today hike or drive to Bumdeling the winter roosting grounds of the engdangered Black-necked cranes on the banks of the Kulongchu river.

They arrive in huge flocks in early November. You can also further hike to Rigsum Goemba, the temple of Compassion, Power and Knowledge. Overnight stay at hotel, Tashiyangtse. BLD

DAY 16~ TASHIYANGTSE – TASHIGANG

Village in BhutanToday, you drive to Trashigang town, once a bustling centre of trade with Tibet when Bhutan exported cotton textiles and rice and imported salt and Chinese cloth from its northern neighbour.

In the afternoon you will visit Trashigang Dzong that sits on a rocky spur overlooking the Gamri River. The dzong commands a remarkable view of the surrounding countryside. Built in 1658 it is practically impregnable, protected on three sides by the river and ravines, and from behind by the mountains. Today it serves as the district centre for civil and religious governance. Overnight stay at hotel, Trashigang. BLD

DAY 17~ TASHIGANG RANGJUNG DAY EXCURSION 
Trashigang DzongToday you drive to the small township of Rangjung, which sits at the base of seven villages and is the seat of the well-known Rangjung Yoedselcholing Monastery. From Rangjung, you take a three-hour exploratory walk to Radhi village, one of the rice bowls of the east, which is famous for its raw silk weaves.

You will pass through tracts of maize and paddy plantations as you walk to Radhi village where you can observe women weaving on back strap looms. You can also visit the nunnery monastery and meet the nuns. They will be happy to see you. In the evening, return to Trashigang. Overnight stay at hotel, Tashigang. BLD

DAY 18~ TASHIGANG – SAMDRUPJONKHAR 175KM/APPROX 6HR
Weaving in BhutanToday is the last day of your tour and you will drive to the southeastern border town of Trashigang passing through the country’s oldest college and the national handloom weaving centre in Khaling.

After climbing up to Yonphula, 32 kms from Trashigang town, you slowly descend to the foothills as conifer forests give way to broadleaf vegetation. Overnight stay at hotel, Samdrup Jonkhar. BLD

DAY 19~ SAMDRUPJONKHAR DEPARTURE

Today you will exit Bhutan and entry India. You will help with exit and entry visa formalities. B

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