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Glimpses of Bhutan

Glimpses of Bhutan

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Glimpses of Bhutan

A captivating Bhutan Culture Tour, where every step is a journey into the heart of this enchanting kingdom’s rich heritage. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Bhutanese culture, exploring ancient monasteries and intricately adorned dzongs that echo with centuries of spiritual significance. Witness colorful festivals that come alive with traditional dance, music, and elaborate costumes, offering a firsthand experience of Bhutan’s celebratory spirit.

Engage with locals in traditional villages, where age-old customs are preserved, and the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality leaves an indelible mark. Delve into the art of thangka painting, traditional weaving, and archery, essential elements of Bhutanese identity. As you traverse this cultural odyssey, the serene landscapes, adorned with prayer flags and terraced fields, serve as a backdrop to a journey that goes beyond sightseeing—immersing you in the soul-stirring essence of Bhutanese culture.

05

DAYS

Get ready to submerge in the glory, grandeur and greatness of the Himalayan Kingdom, which has today become one of the most sought after tourist destinations. Experience the elements that elevate and make Bhutan a unique country. Find out the ingredients that have made Bhutan a Happy country.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Paro

    Zoom into a cluster of quaint farmhouses that embroiders the beauty of Paro Valley. Visit National Museum, 1400-year-old Kichu temple, Rinpung Fotress, The best in Paro is hike to Taktsang Monsatry, the most renowned Buddhist structure in the entire Himalaya, built on sheer cliff wall 900m above the valley. Only the sounds are murmurs of winds, waterfall, birds and the chanting of monks.
  • Thimphu

    Capture the unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient tradition in Thimphu. Visit academy of Art & Craft, World Biggest Buddha Statue, Takin Enclaves, Memorial Stupa, Textile Factory, Indigenous paper factory, Tashi Cho Dzong “ The Glorious Fort of Happiness” & weekend market to mix with locals and get a closer view of their traditions.
  • Punakha & Wangdue

    Stop over at Dochula for the breath taking view of Eastern Himalaya. Visit Dochu-la Temple and 108 Stupas. Drive through a beautiful dense forest of spruce, pine, rhododendron and larch. Stopover at Chimi Lhakhang the “ Temple of Fertility”. The best for the day is the visit to the magnificent Punakha Fortress considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture and epitome of beauty and ancient political power. Also sock in the beauty at Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel another an impressive fine Bhutanese Art & Architecture and capture the beautiful landscape of Punakha valley with farms, rice fields and the part of Jigme Dorji National Park

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Thimphu ( 2300m) / Arrival in Paro drive to Thimphu ( 1 Hour Drive)

    As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snowcapped Himalayas. After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet by our representative in Bhutan “ Journey to Discover Bhutan ”

    Afternoon:

    Drive to Thimphu. It takes a 1 hour leisurely drive towards the Capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Passing through hills and some astounding countryside. Thimphu is situated in a large valley traversed by the Wangchuk River and overshadowed by high peaks. Enroute you will view Tachogang monastery, “the temple of excellent horse” built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Iron chain builder in Bhutan) we drive following the Thimphu River upwards passing through several villages.

    Late Afternoon Visit:

    Tashi Chodzong:

    Is the seat of the government and the center of all religious affairs of the kingdom. It houses the office of His Majesty The King of Bhutan.

    The Memorial Chorten:

    With its golden spines shining in the sun, its tinkling bells built in honour of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insights into Buddhist Philosophy in all its complexity of tantric Buddhism. This Chorten is centrally located and you will see an endless procession of elderly people circling

    Visit To Kuenselphordang “ Big Buddha” This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue, 100,000 8 inch tall and 25,000 12 inch tall statues respectively. Each of these thousands of Buddhas have also been cast in bronze and gilded. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.

    Evening Free time to scroll in and around Thimphu City

    Dinner & Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 02: Punakha ( 1200m) / Thimphu – Punakha ( 3 Hrs Drive)

    Drive to Punakha over the Dochu-La Pass (3050m) is one of the most beautiful drive in the country. The pass is dotted by 108 stupas and many colorful flags. On a clear day you will be able to see a spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayas from this pass. Walk around the pass and visit Dochula – Temple.

    Continue your drive to Punakha through the forest of rhododendrons and magnolia and with several stops on the way, you pass the villge of Lumitsawa, Thinleygang and reach the fertile valley of Lobesa.

    Afternoon:

    Visit Punakha Dzong, this dzong is one of the most beautiful and architecturally impressive Dzong in the country. It is ideally located between two rivers Pho Chu “Male River” and Mo Chu “Female River”. It was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyel and it has served as the seats of the Government till 1953. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “a person named Namgyel will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”.

    At the time there was a smaller Dzong “ Dzong Chung” that house a statute of Buddha. It has said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in from of the statue. While Palep was sleeping in front the statue; the Shadrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche.

    From this vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang, “Palace of Great Happiness.” Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo (Chief Abbot”) and central monk body. Take time to admire the impressive, colourful and detailed artistry of the surrounding, including the huge statues of Buddha, Guru Rinpoche and Zhabdung Nawany Namgyel.

    If time permits hike to Chimi Lhakhang “ The Temple of Fertility.

    Dinner & Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 03: Paro (2200m) / Punakha – Thimphu- Paro

    After a good night sleep, get an early start to witness how night slowly turns into day as you venture on your morning walk towards the extraordinary Khamsum Chorten. It takes you through farmyards and rice paddies and offers a wonderful opportunity to experience the local farming traditions.

    Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten is 30 meters (100 feet) tall and can be seen in the distance when driving or walking up from the footbridge towards the lodge. The three-levelled chorten took eight and a half years to build and was consecrated in 1999. Dedicated to the Fifth King, it was built to remove negative forces and to provide peace, stability, and harmony in an ever-changing world. It is therefore filled with every form of colorful protector imaginable.

    Afternoon leisure drive to Paro over a Dochu-la Pass.

    Evening Dinner at one of the Farm House to experience Bhutanese taste.

    Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 04: Paro ( 2300m) / Paro Tiger’s Nest Hike ( 4-5 Hrs Hike)

    Today a very special day begin with a hike to Tiger Nest Monastery ( 4-5 Hrs Hike)

    With Early Breakfast a hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of tress festooned with Spanish moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, founder of Buddhism flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff. This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist site around the world.

    After visiting the monastery, we will walk down to Taktsang cafeteria for lunch. The hike up to this very important pilgrim site is a great finish to this day of cultural immersion and your journey to this ancient kingdom of BHUTAN.

    Late Afternoon:

    Visit Kyichu Lhakhang: The 7th century monastery is one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom where the seed of Buddhism was won in Bhutan. The Tibetan King, Songsten Gempo ordered the establishment of monasteries in the Himalayan region to subdue evil spirits and to spread Buddhism. Of the 108 monasteries, which were to be built, two major ones were built in Bhutan namely the Kyichu Lhakhang and the Jampa Lhakhang in Bumthang. Evening free time to scroll in and around Paro Town.

    Evening leisure at Hotel

  • DAY 05: Departure

    Drive to Paro Airport for your onward flight, thank you for your visit and we wish you safe journey back home.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

DISCOVER BHUTAN

If you’re unsure or still deliberating where to travel in Bhutan, we’ll put you in touch with our Travel Specialists to offer you sound advice and an honest take on any places you might be considering for your trip.

+975 17110849

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Sight Of Western Bhutan

Sight Of Western Bhutan

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Sight Of Western Bhutan

A captivating Bhutan Culture Tour, where every step is a journey into the heart of this enchanting kingdom’s rich heritage. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Bhutanese culture, exploring ancient monasteries and intricately adorned dzongs that echo with centuries of spiritual significance. Witness colorful festivals that come alive with traditional dance, music, and elaborate costumes, offering a firsthand experience of Bhutan’s celebratory spirit.

Engage with locals in traditional villages, where age-old customs are preserved, and the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality leaves an indelible mark. Delve into the art of thangka painting, traditional weaving, and archery, essential elements of Bhutanese identity. As you traverse this cultural odyssey, the serene landscapes, adorned with prayer flags and terraced fields, serve as a backdrop to a journey that goes beyond sightseeing—immersing you in the soul-stirring essence of Bhutanese culture.

07

DAYS

This trip is designed for a lasting impression and includes the best cultural and natural aspects of western Bhutan. We spare no effort to make your trip a most memorable experience, to the extent of customizing the itinerary to suit your best interest.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Paro

    Zoom into a cluster of quaint farmhouses that embroiders the beauty of Paro Valley. Visit National Museum, 1400-year-old Kichu temple, Rinpung Fotress, The best in Paro is hike to Taktsang Monsatry, the most renowned Buddhist structure in the entire Himalaya, built on sheer cliff wall 900m above the valley. Only the sounds are murmurs of winds, waterfall, birds and the chanting of monks.
  • Thimphu

    Capture the unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient tradition in Thimphu. Visit academy of Art & Craft, World Biggest Buddha Statue, Takin Enclaves, Memorial Stupa, Textile Factory, Indigenous paper factory, Tashi Cho Dzong “ The Glorious Fort of Happiness” & weekend market to mix with locals and get a closer view of their traditions.
  • Punakha & Wangdue

    Stop over at Dochula for the breath taking view of Eastern Himalaya. Visit Dochu-la Temple and 108 Stupas. Drive through a beautiful dense forest of spruce, pine, rhododendron and larch. Stopover at Chimi Lhakhang the “ Temple of Fertility”. The best for the day is the visit to the magnificent Punakha Fortress considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture and epitome of beauty and ancient political power. Also sock in the beauty at Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel another an impressive fine Bhutanese Art & Architecture and capture the beautiful landscape of Punakha valley with farms, rice fields and the part of Jigme Dorji National Park

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro – Thimphu

    As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snowcapped Himalayas. After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet by our representative from “Journey To Discover BHUTAN”

    Afternoon:

    Visit Kyichu Lhakhang:

    It is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. The legend tells that a giant demon was terrorizing the whole of Himalayan region, preventing the spread of Buddhism, so to subdue it the king built 108 temples in one day all over the Himalayan region out of which 2 are in Bhutan (Kichu Lhakhang in Paro & Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang). Kyichu Lhakhang was built on her left foot. The temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demoness.

    Paro Dzong built in 1646, which houses the administrative center of the Paro district and religious institute for monks. The Paro Dzong may be familiar to people who watched Bertolucci’s film “The Little Buddha” walk down to the coach crossing over the traditional wooden covered bridge called “Nymezampa” which spans over the Paro river. Good place to take the Photo of Dzong, with cantilever bridge and Paro River.Their after drive to Thimphu- Stop at Tachog Lhakhang view point to take a picture of iron bridge and the 15 Century old Monaste

    Tashi Chodzong- the seat of the Central government and the center of all religious affairs of the kingdom. It houses the office and throne room of His Majesty The King of Bhutan. Just below the Dzong we can have glimpse of the King’s Palace.

    After visiting the Dzong free time to scroll in and around Thimphu city.

    Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 02: Punakha ( 1400m) / Thimphu Sightseeing: Dochu-La to Punakha

    Visit the following places of cultural interest in Thimphu:

    The Memorial Chorten:

    With its golden spines shining in the sun, its tinkling bells built in honour of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insights into Buddhist Philosophy in all its complexity of tantric Buddhism. This Chorten is centrally located and you will see an endless procession of elderly people circling

    Visit To Kuenselphordang “ Big Buddha”

    This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue, 100,000 8 inch tall and 25,000 12 inch tall statues respectively. Each of these thousands of Buddhas have also been cast in bronze and gilded. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.

    Afternoon:

    Drive to Punakha Over a Dochu-La ( 3050m) This Pass is one of the most beautiful pass in Bhutan dotted by many colorful prayer flags and 108 chortens. On a clear day you will be able to see a spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayas from this pass. Walk around the pass and visit Dochula Lhakhang .

    Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 03: Punakha Exploration / Punakha – Gangtey

    Morning

    In the morning after breakfast hike to the grand Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. The Chorten is 30 meters (100 feet) tall and can be seen in the distance when driving. The three-leveled chorten took eight and a half years to build and was consecrated in 1999. Dedicated to the Fifth King, it was built to remove negative forces and to provide peace, stability, and harmony in an ever- changing world. It is therefore filled with every form of colorful protector imaginable.

    Thereafter visit the dzong is one of the most beautiful and architecturally impressive Dzong in the country. It is ideally located between two rivers Pho Chu “Male River” and Mo Chu “Female River”.

    Late Afternoon rafting along the Pochu side

    Diner & Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 04: Gangtey (The valley of Blacknacked Crane)

    Drive to Gangtey and Phobjikha valley are some of the most stunning areas in the country. The wide flat valley without any trees after a hard climb through the dense forest is an extremely an experience in Bhutan. In contrast to some parts of Bhutan, where modern development is already very apparent, Gangtey is a place with natural beauty, untouched scenery, local tradition and culture and unconstrained peacefulness. Unlike rest of the Bhutan you walk from one stunning viewpoint to next, in phojbjikha you will have constant breathtaking view wherever you venture. It is also the winter habitat for the Black necked cranes migrating from Tibet.

    Afternoon: Visit Thahung village

  • DAY 05: Gangtey (3100m) / Gangtey – Paro

    Easy and beautiful morning walk along the nature trail, this pleasurable walk will give you nice feeling for Phobjikha valley Their after we depart to Paro,

    Dinner and Over Night at Hotel.

  • DAY 06: Taktsang Hike

    With Early Breakfast a hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of tress festooned with Spanish moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, founder of Buddhism flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff.

    This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist site around the world. After visiting the monastery, we will walk down to Taktsang cafeteria for lunch.

    Free time to scroll in and around Paro city.

  • DAY 07: Departure

    Drive to Paro Airport for your onward flight.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

DISCOVER BHUTAN

If you’re unsure or still deliberating where to travel in Bhutan, we’ll put you in touch with our Travel Specialists to offer you sound advice and an honest take on any places you might be considering for your trip.

+975 17110849

Your Travel Plans
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
Name

Featured Tours

Our itineraries are ready to go but you aren’t bound by it. We can customize it for you. Just remember. There’s no right time to travel’. The moment wanderlust bites, step out and hit the road
  • Colors of Bhutan

    5 Nights 6 Days

    Discover the Land that is synonymous with peace, tranquility and happiness.

    View Trip

  • Kingdom in Cloud

    8 Nights 9 Days

    Embark on a fascinating journey into Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its well…

    View Trip

  • Bumdra Luxury Camp

    6 Nights 7 Days

    In this over night camping we will be blessed by visiting the two most revered…

    View Trip

  • Walking & Hiking

    7 Nights 8 Days

    Bhutan sits on the roof of the world, isolated as much by choice as by its own geography…

    View Trip

Continue reading

Experience Bhutan

Experience Bhutan

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Experience Bhutan

A captivating Bhutan Culture Tour, where every step is a journey into the heart of this enchanting kingdom’s rich heritage. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Bhutanese culture, exploring ancient monasteries and intricately adorned dzongs that echo with centuries of spiritual significance. Witness colorful festivals that come alive with traditional dance, music, and elaborate costumes, offering a firsthand experience of Bhutan’s celebratory spirit.

Engage with locals in traditional villages, where age-old customs are preserved, and the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality leaves an indelible mark. Delve into the art of thangka painting, traditional weaving, and archery, essential elements of Bhutanese identity. As you traverse this cultural odyssey, the serene landscapes, adorned with prayer flags and terraced fields, serve as a backdrop to a journey that goes beyond sightseeing—immersing you in the soul-stirring essence of Bhutanese culture.

06

DAYS

A visit to Bhutan is not just confined to treks, cultural trips, landscape and the Kingdom’s exotic flora and fauna. There are lots one can do, and experience the various mediums and modes of entertainment. If you want to feel and taste what most Bhutanese do, this is the package.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Paro

    Zoom into a cluster of quaint farmhouses that embroiders the beauty of Paro Valley. Visit National Museum, 1400-year-old Kichu temple, Rinpung Fotress, The best in Paro is hike to Taktsang Monsatry, the most renowned Buddhist structure in the entire Himalaya, built on sheer cliff wall 900m above the valley. Only the sounds are murmurs of winds, waterfall, birds and the chanting of monks.
  • Thimphu

    Capture the unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient tradition in Thimphu. Visit academy of Art & Craft, World Biggest Buddha Statue, Takin Enclaves, Memorial Stupa, Textile Factory, Indigenous paper factory, Tashi Cho Dzong “ The Glorious Fort of Happiness” & weekend market to mix with locals and get a closer view of their traditions.
  • Punakha & Wangdue

    Stop over at Dochula for the breath taking view of Eastern Himalaya. Visit Dochu-la Temple and 108 Stupas. Drive through a beautiful dense forest of spruce, pine, rhododendron and larch. Stopover at Chimi Lhakhang the “ Temple of Fertility”. The best for the day is the visit to the magnificent Punakha Fortress considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture and epitome of beauty and ancient political power. Also sock in the beauty at Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel another an impressive fine Bhutanese Art & Architecture and capture the beautiful landscape of Punakha valley with farms, rice fields and the part of Jigme Dorji National Park

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    You will experience an unforgettable flight and an adrenaline rush as you see views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake, before you land at Paro International Airport. The landing at Paro, considered one of the most challenging will also be an enthralling experience. Our company’s representatives will receive and escort you to a hotel.

    After a brief stopover, your Bhutanese expedition will begin with visits to places of historical importance in Paro. It will be the National Museum of Bhutan, the Majestic Paro Rimpong Dzong and Kyichu temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built by King Songtsen Gyempo of Tibet in 659AD.

    Towards the evening, there will be a bonfire dinner and a Bhutanese cultural program. You can watch and participate in the Bhutanese dances. The steps are not very difficult. From the old and traditional note to modern music, you will hear all the genres.

    The last dance of every program called as the “Tashi Labey” is a song of gratitude and prayers for a good life and the opportunity to meet again. Usually, everyone is expected to participate in this last dance.

    Night halt at hotel.

  • DAY 02: Paro Halt / Taktshang Excursion and a game of Degor

    After breakfast, we drive to Taktsang viewpoint and begin the hike up to Taktsang Monastery – “The Tiger’s Nest.” We follow an ancient path marked by river-powered prayer wheels to the holiest Buddhist Shrine in Bhutan and the ultimate point of pilgrimage. A blend of the spiritual and architectural wonder, the monastery is perched on a 1000m cliff overlooking the valley. Legend has it that the great Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet to Taktsang on the back of a tigress to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D.

    On the way back, we visit Drugyel Dzong,”Castle of the Victorious Drukpa,” located 16 kilometers from Paro town. In ruins now, this Dzong was built to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the invading Tibetan forces in the 16th and 17th centuries.

    En-route to the hotel, amidst the beautiful pine trees and the Paro Chhu (river) nearby, we will play a game called Degor, a traditional Bhutanese game which is often mistakenly referred in literatures as a kind of shot put by foreign authors. It differs from shot put in many ways. It is played with a pair of spherical flat stones that are hurled at two targets (pegs) fixed in the ground at a distance of about 20 meters apart. The game is played all over Bhutan, but is normally played more in rural areas. Although there are no restrictions, the game is normally played in Bhutan by men.

    The only required equipment for playing the game is a pair of flat spherical stones for each player. The size and weight of the stones differ from player to player depending on his choice and strength. A player can have as many stones of any size as he wants, but can play only two at a time.

    Degor can be played as a team game or individual game. If there are three persons, the game is played as on individual gaming basis. If there are four or more persons, it is preferred to be played in two teams that compete against each other. There is no fixed numbers of players on the teams, but too many players make the game slower and cumbersome. So, normally seven players on each team is the maximum number for an ideal game. Unlike shot put, each player hurls a pair of spherical stones to the targets from one end to the other by swinging the arm below the shoulders. The target pegs are nailed into the ground with their tips at ground level. As in horseshoes, the players try to make their stone land and remain closest to the target peg. A point is scored if the distance between stone and the peg is less than the distance between the thumb and middle finger of an outstretched palm. If two or more stones of opponent teams fall in same range, the closest stone will score the point. If all stones in the range belong to one team, then the team will score as many points as the number of stones. There is no fixed point score at which the game ends, but it is normally fixed at odd numbers up to 21, depending on the number of the players and the time the teams have.

    Unlike in archery, in Degor the best players play first to occupy the areas near the target. The players playing later are allowed to hit the stones of opponent players that have been played before with their own stones to displace them from the target and replace them with their stones. But it is more difficult if the stones played beforehand are heavy and solid. So, players prefer heavier stones so that these cannot be easily displaced or can be used as a better force to displace other players’ stones.

    Betting on the game differs from region to region and the occasion of the game being played. If the game is being played between villages, there may or may not be a bet. At times it is just played for the fame of victory. However, the game is mostly played to celebrate some occasions such as New Year and other major holidays. On such occasions, the betting is normally fixed on a grand feast and party where the loser will have to stand for the party solely or major chunk while the winner could share a little part. This kind of betting usually occurs for merrymaking and socializing within the communities or among the friends.

    Night halt at hotel.

  • DAY 03: Thimphu ( 2300m) / Paro- Thimphu

    After an hour journey, we reach Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. We will check into a hotel and then visit some of the capital’s landmarks.

    Thimphu has lots to offer and the pick for you will firstly be the Memorial Chorten, one of Bhutan’s most beautiful stupas, built in memory of the Third King, Late His Majesty Jigmi Dorji Wangchuck, known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. A short drive from there will take you to Buddha Point, where the statue of the World’s largest Future Buddha (Maitreya) will be seen. From there we will move to the Handicraft’s Emporium, Weaving Centre and Changangkha monastery, one built in the 12thcentury. There will also be visits to the Takin zoo, Sangaygang, which offers a view point of Thimphu valley and a Nunnery.

    Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, after which we visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and the Wood Craft and Painting school.

    In the evening, we will visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks.

    Thimphu has several discotheques and entertainment centers. In the evening, we will visit some of them, especially the Drayangs, which are entertainment centers, whose popularity is steadily rising.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • DAY 04: Punakha ( 1300m) / Thimphu – Punakha/Wangduephodrang

    We begin the journey to Punakha early morning. About 45 min from Thimphu, is the Dochula pass (3,100m), offering visitors their first glimpse of the eastern Himalayan range, snow-capped peaks with elevations of 6000m to 7554m. It is a spectacular sight and the beauty is augmented by the 108 stupas (chortens) at Dochula pass. The journey further descents down to the low lying sub tropical valley of Punakha, which served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still is home of the Chief Abbot in winter months. On the way to Punakha, you will hike for about one hour (round trip) to Drukpa Kuenley’s monastery, built in the 15th century. A monastery where the Phallus is worshipped, it is associated with Lam Drukpa Kuenley, the “Divine Madmonk”. Punakha Dzong (Fortress), built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal has played a prominent role in the civil and religious life of the Kingdom. From far, it resembles a giant ship, rocked on a mass of still water as it is built at the confluence of two rivers – the Pho (male) and Mo (Female) rivers. Destroyed four times by fire and an earthquake in 1897, the Dzong has been now been fully restored in its original splendour. The Fortress contains some of the most sacred and significant religious relics of the nation.

    We check into a hotel and after lunch, we will play Bhutan’s traditional and national game, archery.Traditional Bhutanese archery differs from Olympic standards in technical details such as the placement of the targets and atmosphere. The distance to the target is about 130 metres (430 ft). The relatively small targets are cut from wood and brightly painted, usually measuring about 3 feet (91 cm) tall and 11 inches (28 cm) wide. Traditionally, Bhutanese bows are made of bamboo, and arrows from bamboo or reeds, fletched with feather vanes. Arrows may be painted and tipped with metal arrowheads. The quiver may be wooden, with an animal hide covering and a woven strap. Bhutanese archery teams number at 13 players; teams take turns shooting two arrows at a time first in one direction, then in the opposite direction. The first to score 25 points wins, however because the scoring system is complicated, winning can take a very long time. For example, a second hit by an opponent can invalidate the other player’s score. In addition, the interplay of wider socializing and festivities, with archery as the nominal focus, give Bhutanese archery competitions an excruciatingly slow pace. In the past, the most traditional matches could last for as long as a month, though modern matches tend to span a number of days.

    Traditional Bhutanese archery is a social event and competitions are organised between villages, towns, and amateur teams. There is usually plenty of food and drink complete with singing and dancing. Attempts to distract an opponent include standing around the target and making fun of the shooter’s ability. You can also try Khuru. “Khuru” means “Darts” in Bhutan.

    It’s a popular traditional Bhutanese sport. It involves throwing darts outdoors with a target approximately 10 meters (33 ft) to 20 meters (66 ft) away.

    While playing the game players actually stand near the “Target” as other players are throwing the darts from far away using all their strength. Every time when they hit the paperback-sized target players “Sing and Dance” . Usually “Khuru” players build their own pair of Khurus. As you can build your own Khurus without a lot of effort. People of all status can play Khuru.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • DAY 05: Thimphu ( 2300m) / Punakha – Thimphu

    We begin our journey back and en-route we will visit ruins of the majestic Wangduephodrang Dzong, which was razed to the ground by a tragic fire in 2012. We will have lunch at Lamperi National Park. Upon arrival at Thimphu, we will stroll around the town. A cultural program, including “Chhams”, (religious dances) will be organized during dinner.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • DAY 06: Thimphu – Paro Airport

    Early morning, you will be driven from Thimphu to Paro for your onward journey out of Bhutan. Our representative will escort you.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

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Hidden Gems of Bhutan

Hidden Gems of Bhutan

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Hidden Gems of Bhutan

A captivating Bhutan Culture Tour, where every step is a journey into the heart of this enchanting kingdom’s rich heritage. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Bhutanese culture, exploring ancient monasteries and intricately adorned dzongs that echo with centuries of spiritual significance. Witness colorful festivals that come alive with traditional dance, music, and elaborate costumes, offering a firsthand experience of Bhutan’s celebratory spirit.

Engage with locals in traditional villages, where age-old customs are preserved, and the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality leaves an indelible mark. Delve into the art of thangka painting, traditional weaving, and archery, essential elements of Bhutanese identity. As you traverse this cultural odyssey, the serene landscapes, adorned with prayer flags and terraced fields, serve as a backdrop to a journey that goes beyond sightseeing—immersing you in the soul-stirring essence of Bhutanese culture.

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DAYS

From an exhilarating flight to spectacular views of the architectural masterpieces of the Himalayan Kingdom, embodied in the scores of Dzongs (Fortresses) and monasteries, a virgin landscape preserved and unsoiled, including flora and fauna that will enthrall you, a journey to some of Bhutan’s most beautiful places is an experience you cannot forget. Taking you to Bhutan’s most sacred valley, this package has almost everything you would wish for.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Paro

    Zoom into a cluster of quaint farmhouses that embroiders the beauty of Paro Valley. Visit National Museum, 1400-year-old Kichu temple, Rinpung Fotress, The best in Paro is hike to Taktsang Monsatry, the most renowned Buddhist structure in the entire Himalaya, built on sheer cliff wall 900m above the valley. Only the sounds are murmurs of winds, waterfall, birds and the chanting of monks.
  • Thimphu

    Capture the unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient tradition in Thimphu. Visit academy of Art & Craft, World Biggest Buddha Statue, Takin Enclaves, Memorial Stupa, Textile Factory, Indigenous paper factory, Tashi Cho Dzong “ The Glorious Fort of Happiness” & weekend market to mix with locals and get a closer view of their traditions.
  • Punakha & Wangdue

    Stop over at Dochula for the breath taking view of Eastern Himalaya. Visit Dochu-la Temple and 108 Stupas. Drive through a beautiful dense forest of spruce, pine, rhododendron and larch. Stopover at Chimi Lhakhang the “ Temple of Fertility”. The best for the day is the visit to the magnificent Punakha Fortress considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture and epitome of beauty and ancient political power. Also sock in the beauty at Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel another an impressive fine Bhutanese Art & Architecture and capture the beautiful landscape of Punakha valley with farms, rice fields and the part of Jigme Dorji National Park
  • Gangtey

    Capture some breathtaking view of Phubjikha valley, home of the graceful endangered Black –Necked Crane, the Biggest Nymimapa Monastery in Western Bhutan. Weave your journey through beautiful villages, springs, waterfall, and numerous species of birds, mammals & flowers.
  • Trongsa & Bumthang

    Head interior to Mangde valley, the bastion of power exemplified by Trongsa Dzong and the watch tower” The Museum of Kings” Drive to Bumthang “The Valley of one thousand Plains” The beautiful spiritual heartland teeming with monuments and temples built more than a thousand years ago.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

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Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro – Thimphu

    After an unforgettable flight into Paro International Airport, wherein you would have feasted on some of the wonders of the Himalayas, such as views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including Bhutan’s Jomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake, you will have a thrilling landing. At the airport, you will be received by representatives of our Company, who will escort you to a Hotel. After lunch at the hotel, you will be driven to Thimphu.

    Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 02: Explore Thimphu Valley

    The morning will be dedicated to sightseeing. You will visit the weaving centre, Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Changangkha monastery, built in the 12th century, Takin zoo, Buddha Point, where the statue of the world’s largest Buddha is being constructed; a Nunnery and the Arts and Craft school. You will also be taken to Sangaygang, a place from where you can have a bird’s eye view of Thimphu town and the surroundings.

    After lunch, visit National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved, the Folk Heritage museum and the Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks.

    Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 03: Thimphu – Punakha / Wangdue

    Taking about three to four hours, the drive from Thimphu traverses thorough a constantly changing landscape of vegetation, waterfalls, flowers, mountains and meadows. After a 45 minutes drive, we will stop at the popular Dochula pass (3,100m), from where on a clear day, we can see the entire eastern Himalayan range, comprising snow-capped mountains with heights ranging from 6000m to 7554m. Apart from its wealth of extremely beautiful flowers, the 108 Buddhist stupas exquisitely built around a mound adds to the grandeur of the place.

    The journey forward from the pass descends to the sub-tropical valley of Punakha, which served as Bhutan’s capital in the past and holds some of the country’s most priceless treasures, especially Buddhist relics. The Punakha Fortress is an architectural masterpiece and resembles a gigantic ship on an ocean floor from afar, and girdled by two (Male and Female) rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is still home of the Chief Abbot in winter months. On the way to Punakha, we will hike for about 1 hour round trip to the monastery of Drupa Kuenley, “Divine Madmonk,” which was built in the 15th century.

    Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal has played prominent role in civil and religious life of the Kingdom. Destroyed four times by fire and an earthquake in 1897, the Dzong has been now fully restored in its original splendour.

    After Lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit Punakha Dzong and then drive for half an hour and hike to the Khamsumyuly chorten.

    Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 04: Trongsa – Bumthang

    After breakfast walk by Tongsa Dzong, built by Shabdrung in 1647. Another majestic architectural masterpiece and once ancient Bhutan’s capital, it is very historic and every King, before ascending the Throne must, as the Crown Prince serve as the Penlop (Governor) of Trongsa.

    We will also visit the Ta Dzong (watch tower) and then drive to Bumthang which is about 3 hours. 29 Kms from Tongsa we reache the Yutong La pass (alt. 3,400 m) and after a further 13 kms drive, the road enters into a wide, open and cultivated valley known as Chumey valley. On arrival in Bumthang, check into a hotel.

    Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 05: Bumthang

    One of the most sacred regions in the Kingdom, Bumthang valley is a blend of the abstract and concrete with innumerable legends surrounding the area. You will be visiting Kurje Lhakhang where the Great Indian Saint Guru Padsambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock. The other is Jamphel lhakhang, which was built in the 7th century by Songsten Goembo, the Tibetan Buddhist King. Jakar Dzong (the fortress of white bird) built in the 17th century by Tenzin Rabgay (the fourth Desi) is another famous landmark.

    You will also be visiting, Tamshing lhakhang built in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa (the founder of religious treasures). Kunchosum lhakhang and Membertsho (the flaming lake) are other places. Legend has it that Pema Lingpa discovered several religious text from the lake.

    Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 06: Bumthang – Trongsa – Gantey / Phobjikha

    After breakfast proceed to Gantey/Phobjikha via Trongsa. The approach to Phobjikha valley is through a forest of Oak and Rhododendron. Phobjikha is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home of black necked cranes which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters.

    Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 07: Gantey / Phobjikha – Wangdue – Thimphu- Paro

    After breakfast, explore Phojikha valley and also visit Gangtey Monastery. Then we drive to Paro via Wangduephodrang.

    Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 08: Paro

    We will visit Kyichu Monastery, one of Bhutan’s oldest, built in 659 A.D. by the Buddhist Tibetan King Songsten Goembo. A short drive from there will take us to the ruins of Drugyel Dzong (”Castle of the Victorious Drukpa”), which was built to commemorate the victory of Bhutanese forces over the Tibetans in the 16th and 17th centuries. You will also visit the National Museum and Paro Rimpong Dzong. You can take a stroll of the town after which you can call it a day.

    Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 09: Paro – Takstang monastery hike

    One of Bhutan’s holiest shrines and an amazing structure that crosses all boundaries of architectural masterpiece, Taktsang (Tiger’s Lair) monastery is perched some 1000m/3000ft on a cliff overlooking a valley. It is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. Taktshang monastery is the ultimate pilgrim site for all Buddhist, especially in Bhutan.

    The hike to the monastery takes about 5 hours (up and down), and follows an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels.

    Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 10: Departure

    After early breakfast, we drive to the airport for flight to onward destination

“The Last Shangri-la”.

DISCOVER BHUTAN

If you’re unsure or still deliberating where to travel in Bhutan, we’ll put you in touch with our Travel Specialists to offer you sound advice and an honest take on any places you might be considering for your trip.

+975 17110849

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Featured Tours

Our itineraries are ready to go but you aren’t bound by it. We can customize it for you. Just remember. There’s no right time to travel’. The moment wanderlust bites, step out and hit the road
  • Colors of Bhutan

    5 Nights 6 Days

    Discover the Land that is synonymous with peace, tranquility and happiness.

    View Trip

  • Kingdom in Cloud

    8 Nights 9 Days

    Embark on a fascinating journey into Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its well…

    View Trip

  • Bumdra Luxury Camp

    6 Nights 7 Days

    In this over night camping we will be blessed by visiting the two most revered…

    View Trip

  • Walking & Hiking

    7 Nights 8 Days

    Bhutan sits on the roof of the world, isolated as much by choice as by its own geography…

    View Trip

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Meeting Bhutanese

Meeting Bhutanese

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Meeting Bhutanese

A captivating Bhutan Culture Tour, where every step is a journey into the heart of this enchanting kingdom’s rich heritage. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Bhutanese culture, exploring ancient monasteries and intricately adorned dzongs that echo with centuries of spiritual significance. Witness colorful festivals that come alive with traditional dance, music, and elaborate costumes, offering a firsthand experience of Bhutan’s celebratory spirit.

Engage with locals in traditional villages, where age-old customs are preserved, and the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality leaves an indelible mark. Delve into the art of thangka painting, traditional weaving, and archery, essential elements of Bhutanese identity. As you traverse this cultural odyssey, the serene landscapes, adorned with prayer flags and terraced fields, serve as a backdrop to a journey that goes beyond sightseeing—immersing you in the soul-stirring essence of Bhutanese culture.

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DAYS

In Bhutan, every district, community and village is unique, with festivals that are little known, even to the urban Bhutanese. In this program, Journey to Discover Bhutan offers a rare opportunity to travel to a distant community/village and immerse oneself in the life of the people there. It’s a great chance for those keen on indigenous communities, anthropological studies and, who’d rather venture off the beaten track.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Paro

    Zoom into a cluster of quaint farmhouses that embroiders the beauty of Paro Valley. Visit National Museum, 1400-year-old Kichu temple, Rinpung Fotress, The best in Paro is hike to Taktsang Monsatry, the most renowned Buddhist structure in the entire Himalaya, built on sheer cliff wall 900m above the valley. Only the sounds are murmurs of winds, waterfall, birds and the chanting of monks.
  • Thimphu

    Capture the unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient tradition in Thimphu. Visit academy of Art & Craft, World Biggest Buddha Statue, Takin Enclaves, Memorial Stupa, Textile Factory, Indigenous paper factory, Tashi Cho Dzong “ The Glorious Fort of Happiness” & weekend market to mix with locals and get a closer view of their traditions.
  • Punakha & Wangdue

    Stop over at Dochula for the breath taking view of Eastern Himalaya. Visit Dochu-la Temple and 108 Stupas. Drive through a beautiful dense forest of spruce, pine, rhododendron and larch. Stopover at Chimi Lhakhang the “ Temple of Fertility”. The best for the day is the visit to the magnificent Punakha Fortress considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture and epitome of beauty and ancient political power. Also sock in the beauty at Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel another an impressive fine Bhutanese Art & Architecture and capture the beautiful landscape of Punakha valley with farms, rice fields and the part of Jigme Dorji National Park
  • Gangtey

    Capture some breathtaking view of Phubjikha valley, home of the graceful endangered Black –Necked Crane, the Biggest Nymimapa Monastery in Western Bhutan. Weave your journey through beautiful villages, springs, waterfall, and numerous species of birds, mammals & flowers.
  • Trongsa & Bumthang

    Head interior to Mangde valley, the bastion of power exemplified by Trongsa Dzong and the watch tower” The Museum of Kings” Drive to Bumthang “The Valley of one thousand Plains” The beautiful spiritual heartland teeming with monuments and temples built more than a thousand years ago.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snowcapped Himalayas. After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet our representative from Journey to Discover Bhutan. 

    Afternoon Visit Paro Dzong built in 1646, which houses the administrative center of the Paro district and religious institute for monks. The Paro Dzong may be familiar to people who watched Bertolucci’s film “The Little Buddha” walk down to the coach crossing over the traditional wooden covered bridge called “Nymezampa” which spans over the Paro river. 

    Over Night at Hotel.

  • DAY 02: Paro – Wangdue( 1300m) Sha Jena Valley with Local Family

    With Early breakfast drive to Thimphu. It takes a 1½ – hour leisurely drive towards the Capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Passing through hills and some astounding countryside. Thimphu is situated in a large valley traversed by the Wangchuk River and overshadowed by high peaks. Enroute you will view Tachogang monastery, “the temple of excellent horse” built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Iron chain builder in Bhutan) we drive following the Thimphu River upwards passing through several villages.

    Visit the following places of cultural interest in Thimphu

    The Memorial Chorten:

    With its golden spines shining in the sun, its tinkling bells built in honour of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insights into Buddhist Philosophy in all its complexity of tantric Buddhism. This Chorten is centrally located and you will see an endless procession of elderly people circling around it.

    The Arts and Craft Institute: This is a vocational training institute where the art of painting, woodcraft and sculpturing are taught to students with the objective of preserving the rich and pristine heritage.

    Kuengzang Phordang: to see World Biggest seated Buddha

    Afternoon:

    Drive to Wangdue over the Dochu-La Pass (3050m) is one of the most beautiful drive in Bhutan. On a clear day you will be able to see a spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayas from this pass. The pass is also dotted by many colorful prayer flags and 108 chortens.

    Walk around the pass and visit Dochula – Temple. Their after descend through the forest of rhododendrons and magnolia to Lobesa.

    After several stops on the way, you pass the village of Lumitsawa, Thinleygang and reach the fertile valley of Lobesa. Drive for another 45 minutes to Jenna Valley.

    Evening you have a opportunity to mingle with the local people scroll in and around their village.

    Tonight you will be experiencing “Hot Stone bath” with Typical Bhutanese Dinner with your Local Bhutanese Family.

  • DAY 03: Sha Jenna – Bumthang (2800m)

    Drive to Bumthang, throughout your drive you will see the ever-changing beautiful sceneries of rural Bhutan, with scattered settlements far flung from the road to Nobding. Continue your Journey over Phele pass (3350m 11000ft) surrounded by Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park and descend through a landscape of open meadows, valley of yak herders and several other villages en route to Chendebji Chorten, a village notable for its 19th-century Chorten modeled after the famous Sawayambhunath Stupa in Katmandu, Nepal. The chorten, built by Tibetan lama Shida, is the westernmost monument along the route of early Buddhist missionaries and it covers the remains of an evil spirit killed on this spot. Lunch will be served at Trongsa

    Afternoon

    You will drive to visit the massive and architecturally the most impressive Dzong of the country “The Trongsa Dzong”. This Dzong has played a vital role in shaping the political history of the country. Their after we departed towards the Bumthang valley. The Bumthang region encompasses four valleys—the Choekhor (Jakar), Tang, Ura and Chhumey. The Bumthang valley has most of the sacred monasteries and it is called the heart land of Buddhism in the country. We drive over the Yotung la pass (11,600ft. and descend down to Chumey Valley to Zuney, where you will be able to see the weaving center (“Yathra” woolen cloths). Drive another 30 minutes to Jakar and on arrival you will check in at the hotel.

  • DAY 04: Bumthang Sightseeing

    Morning: Visit following place of cultural interest and religious sacred sites.

    • Zangdopleri Lhakhang built by Grand Queen mother and
    • Kurjey Lhakhang: legend has it that the body imprint of Guru Rimpoche was left behind while meditating in a cave in this temple.
    • Thereafter we take a gradual hike to Tamshing monastery built by Terton Pema Lingpa

    Afternoon:

    • Jambay Lhakhang built by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo in the 7th Century, which denotes the spread and emergence of Buddhism in the country
    • Jakar Dzong, the castle of white bird which houses the administrative center and institute for monks and
    • Karchu Dratshang, the institute for monk under his eminence Namkai Ningpo Rinpoche, where you will have the opportunity to see the evening prayer ceremony and also the monk debating session.

    Drive back to your hotel.

    Typical Local dinner at Farm House ( Buck-wheat Noodles, Soba Pancake etc.)

  • DAY 05: Bumthang – Trongsa – Wangdue

    Morning:

    You will depart early morning from the hotel and drive to Wangdue district via Trongsa to Chendebji Chorten. Through out your journey, you will be able to see the best sceneries of dense forest and also the villages along the way. You will have a lunch at Chendebji Hotel.

    Afternoon:

    You will drive over Phele La pass and descend to Nobding. Continue your drive to Wangdue for your overnight night halt at Wangdue.

    Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 06: Punakha – Thimphu

    In the morning drive to visit Punakha Dzong, This dzong is one of the most beautiful and architecturally impressive Dzong in the country. It is ideally located between two rivers Pho Chu “Male River” and Mo Chu “Female River”. It was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyel and it has served as the seats of the Government till 1953. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche.

    Take time to admire the impressive, colourful and detailed artistry of the surrounding, including the huge statues of Buddha, Guru Rinpoche and Zhabdung Nawany Namgyel. Their after Drive to Thimphu over a Dochu-la Pass. Visit Kuengzang Phordang to see the world largest Buddha seated Statue in the world.

    Dinner and Overnight at Local Bhutanese Family living.

  • DAY 07: Thimphu – Paro – Tiger’s Nest Hike

    With Early Breakfast depart Paro for a hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of tress festooned with Spanish moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Visitors are permitted to hike up to the viewpoint from where you can see the monastery hanging on a cliff. We will obtain a special permit to allow you to visit the monastery. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, founder of Buddhism flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff. This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist site around the world. We can arrange a horse ridding till the cafeteria, if you feel that you would prefer to have horse ride. After visiting the monastery, we will walk down to Taktsang cafeteria for lunch.

    Afternoon:

    You will walk downhill to the base and drive towards the north of Paro valley to visit Drukgyel Dzong (now in ruins), which reveals the ancient architecture. On the way back, we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. We drive back to hotel.

    Over Night at Hotel

  • DAY 08: Departure

    Drive to Paro Airport for your onward flight

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Journey into Far East

Journey into Far East

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

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OVERVIEW

Journey into Far East

A captivating Bhutan Culture Tour, where every step is a journey into the heart of this enchanting kingdom’s rich heritage. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Bhutanese culture, exploring ancient monasteries and intricately adorned dzongs that echo with centuries of spiritual significance. Witness colorful festivals that come alive with traditional dance, music, and elaborate costumes, offering a firsthand experience of Bhutan’s celebratory spirit.

Engage with locals in traditional villages, where age-old customs are preserved, and the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality leaves an indelible mark. Delve into the art of thangka painting, traditional weaving, and archery, essential elements of Bhutanese identity. As you traverse this cultural odyssey, the serene landscapes, adorned with prayer flags and terraced fields, serve as a backdrop to a journey that goes beyond sightseeing—immersing you in the soul-stirring essence of Bhutanese culture.

14

DAYS

In 14 days, travel through the historical and cultural bastions of the Kingdom and enrich yourselves with a very comprehensive picture of the Kingdom. Apart from history and culture, the different lifestyles of the people in each valley not to speak of the immeasurable natural beauty and a plethora of flora and fauna await you.

This cultural-tour can be equaled with Bhutan’s most challenging trekking route, the Snow Man Trek in the high Himalayas.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Paro

    Zoom into a cluster of quaint farmhouses that embroiders the beauty of Paro Valley. Visit National Museum, 1400-year-old Kichu temple, Rinpung Fotress, The best in Paro is hike to Taktsang Monsatry, the most renowned Buddhist structure in the entire Himalaya, built on sheer cliff wall 900m above the valley. Only the sounds are murmurs of winds, waterfall, birds and the chanting of monks.
  • Thimphu

    Capture the unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient tradition in Thimphu. Visit academy of Art & Craft, World Biggest Buddha Statue, Takin Enclaves, Memorial Stupa, Textile Factory, Indigenous paper factory, Tashi Cho Dzong “ The Glorious Fort of Happiness” & weekend market to mix with locals and get a closer view of their traditions.
  • Punakha & Wangdue

    Stop over at Dochula for the breath taking view of Eastern Himalaya. Visit Dochu-la Temple and 108 Stupas. Drive through a beautiful dense forest of spruce, pine, rhododendron and larch. Stopover at Chimi Lhakhang the “ Temple of Fertility”. The best for the day is the visit to the magnificent Punakha Fortress considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture and epitome of beauty and ancient political power. Also sock in the beauty at Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel another an impressive fine Bhutanese Art & Architecture and capture the beautiful landscape of Punakha valley with farms, rice fields and the part of Jigme Dorji National Park
  • Gangtey

    Capture some breathtaking view of Phubjikha valley, home of the graceful endangered Black –Necked Crane, the Biggest Nymimapa Monastery in Western Bhutan. Weave your journey through beautiful villages, springs, waterfall, and numerous species of birds, mammals & flowers.
  • Trongsa & Bumthang

    Head interior to Mangde valley, the bastion of power exemplified by Trongsa Dzong and the watch tower” The Museum of Kings” Drive to Bumthang “The Valley of one thousand Plains” The beautiful spiritual heartland teeming with monuments and temples built more than a thousand years ago.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

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Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snowcapped Himalayas. After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet by our representative from “Journey To Discover Bhutan” 

    Afternoon: Visit Kyichu Lhakhang: Our journey begins with a visit to the auspicious kyichu Lhakhang. The 7th century monastery is one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom where the seed of Buddhism was won in Bhutan. The Tibetan King, Songsten Gempo ordered the establishment of monasteries in the Himalayan region to subdue evil spirits and to spread Buddhism. Of the 108 monasteries, which were to be built, two major ones were built in Bhutan namely the Kyichu Lhakhang and the Jampa Lhakhang in Bumthang.

    Paro Dzong built in 1646, which houses the administrative center of the Paro district and religious institute for monks. The Paro Dzong may be familiar to people who watched Bertolucci’s film “The Little Buddha” walk down to the coach crossing over the traditional wooden covered bridge called “Nymezampa” which spans over the Paro rive.

    Evening leisure at hotel.

    Dinner & Over night at Hotel

  • DAY 02: Bumthang

    Paro-Bumthang (30 Mins flight)

    Bumthang is the most eastern point of your pilgrimage through the Land of the Thunder Dragon. It is considered by the Bhutanese as the spiritual hub of the country.

    Visit the place of interest in Bumthang:

    Jambay Lhakhang: The monastery is believed to have been built in the year 659 AD by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, on the same day as Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro, in order to subdue a demons. It was here that Guru Rinpoche conducted the first sermon on Tantric Buddhism for his host King Sindhu Raja, the local ruler and his family.

    Kurjey Lhakhang: The monastery is named after the body (kur) print (jey) of Guru Rinpoche who was invited to meditate here in 746 AD to subdue evil spirits and demons. There are three temples; the oldest temple was built in 1652 on the rock face where Guru Rinpoche meditated. The body imprint of the great master can be seen distinctly in the rock cave enshrined in the temple. A wall of 108 chortens surrounds the temple grounds and symbolizes Buddha’s victory over the evil spirits. The Cypress tree which is seen near the temple is believed to have grown from the Guru’s walking stick.

    Tamshing Lhakhang (temple of good message): The monastery is located in a village across the river from Kurjey. It was built by Pema Lingpa in 1501 and is the most important Nyingma Lhakhang in the Kingdom. Being a skilled tantric master and an artist, Pema Lingpa sculpted the main statues and painted the frescoes, which can be seen even today, mostly in original state. He also created a 25 kg suit of chain-mail armor and it is believed that you will be freed from your sins if you carry it around the lhakhang three times.

    Evening leisure at Hotel

  • DAY 03: Bumthang (Jakar) – Tang Ugyenchoilng

    This morning we depart to Tang valley, it is 24kms following the dirt road which gives access to this valley. Enroute visit the Mebartsho (flaming Lake), where the Terton Pema ling has discovered the religious treasure from this lake and view the Kunzangdra monastery, built by Teteron Pemalingpa and continue your journey passing through several villages and Tang Primary school and Rimochen monastery. After 20 minutes drive, you will reach to Kizom where you will hike about an hour to Ugyencholing.

    Brief historical account of Ugyen Choling begins with a visit of the great Tibetan master of Buddhism, Longchen Rabjam (1308 -63). He is the most celebrated writer and philosopher of Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism and is regarded as the synthesizer of the doctrine and methods of Dzongchen “school of great perfection”.

    With its size and magnitude of the complex has initiated to house as a historical museum to ensure its continuity with the following commitments:

    Preserving and maintaining Ugyen Choling as a religious and cultural legacy.- Continuing the traditional religious observance and rituals Providing a place for religious studies, research and solitude.

    Reviving and enhancing traditional skills and providing an outlet for local handicrafts.

    After noon visit the Museum and evening walk in the village.

  • DAY 04: Bumthang

    Bumthang:

    Tharpaling Monastery is situated above Chumey valley at 3,600m. A 10 km feeder road goes up to the monastery from Gyetsa village in Chumey valley. The main part of the monastery was founded by Longchenpa or Lonchen Rabjam (1308-1363). This monastery was also used as place of meditation by Jigme Lingpa, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

    Chodrak Monastery: A place where Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated and the first settlement here is attributed to the Drukpa Kagyupa master, Lorepa (1187-1250), who founded Choedrak. Above Chodrak Monastery, there is a meditation cave of Guru Rinpoche, and Longchenpa, where Longchenpa wrote part of the Seven Treasures. Longchenpa was a critical link in the transmission of the Dzogchen teachings. He was abbot of Samye, one of Tibet’s most important monasteries and the first Buddhist monastery established in the Himalaya, but spent most of his life travelling and retreat.

    Samteling Goempa:

    Situated on a hill in the middle of upper Chumey Valley and in front of Tharpaling Goempa, Samteling is home to the descendants of Longchen Rabjam (1308 – 1363), settled here when he first arrived in Bhutan in the 14th century.

    Evening Leisure at Hotel and Archery session at Farm House

  • DAY 05: Bumthang – Mongar

    Today’s drive is without doubt one of the most spectacular Journey! The drive will take us through magnificent forests, prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, countless waterfalls, and villages little changed for centuries. Eastern Bhutan is more remote than the western regions and each day in this medieval land will evoke perennially special memories.

    Driving about 2 we will reach the most lovely valley of Ura (10168 feet). A little before Ura we should get an even better view of Gángkár Puensum. The bird life along this route is very rich and we should always be alert to coveys of Blood Pheasants scuttling by. Upon reaching on the pass we will descend through a wonderland of moss-draped trees and into the village of Sengor. As we drive further down, the scenery gets even more magical and layers after layers of mountains keeping appearing just like a Chinese wall painting. After an hour we will have lost over 10,000 feet of altitude and you can see the changes in vegetation. The stretch of road from the Thrumsingla pass down to Limethang is considered by many experts as the best birding circuits in the country.

    After having driven to the bottom of the valley we shall cross the Kurichu River, which is the only river in Bhutan that originates from Tibet (all others are from snow melt and glaciers), we will again ascend through Chirpine forests and lemon grass carpeted hills to Monggar (5248 feet).

    Monggar has recently become the most important town in Eastern Bhutan. The Lemon Grass grows wild in most parts of Eastern Bhutan and the extraction of its oils is a major source of income for the relatively poorer farmers of East Bhutan.

  • DAY 06: Mongar – Lhuntshi

    With early breakfast drive to Lhuntshe visit to newly concreted 154 feet Statue of Guru Rinpoche ( The World’s Tallest Guru Rinpoche Statue) in Takila. It was prophesied by lord Buddha and the great Dzongchen masters to bring peace and harmony in the world.

    If time permit visit Lhuntshi Dzong

    Dinner and over night at Hotel

  • DAY 07: Lhuntshi Exploration

    Dungkar Nagtshang

    Dungkar Nagthang in northern Lhuentse is the original home of Bhutan’s royal family, the Dungkar Choeje. Of the two remaining Nagtshangs, one was built by the first king, Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck. A trip to Dungkar is a journey not only retracing the advent of Bhutan’s Wangchuck dynasty but also of the origins of much of Bhutanese nobility which traces their roots to this village.

    Village of Kishuthara ( Khoma)

    Kishuthara is a beautiful and highly coveted cloth carefully hand-oven over months and sometimes years by women from Khoma and Kurtoe gewogs in Lhuentse. These women are taught the art of weaving when they are barely about 7 years and a trip to, say, Khoma village is greeted by a row of women in a makeshift textile cottage, weaving intricate designs and patterns, an art that has taken centuries to evolve. The clioths are woven using the backstrap loom (Pangtha).

  • DAY 08: Lhuntshi – Mongar – Bumthang

    Early morning departure to Jakar, in the Choekhor Valley, for this second and final longer drive on your journey through the Kingdom. The route between Mongar & Jakar is one of the most spectacular drives in the country. When crossing the Thrumsing La (Bhutan’s highest pass at 3780 metres) you are now officially departing eastern Bhutan & entering western Bhutan.

    En route visit the Ura valley, the highest valley in Bumthang, and believed by some to have been the home of Bhutan’s earliest inhabitants. The cobbled streets of the very traditional village of Ura give a medieval feel and the old women of this region still wear sheepskin shawls on their backs which double as a blanket and cushion.

    Overnight at Hotel

  • DAY 09: Bumthang – Gangtey

    Bumthang – Gangtey ( 8 hrs Drive)

    Phobjikha Valley is one of the most stunning areas in the country. The wide flat valley without any trees after the hard climb through dense forest is an extremely rare experience in Bhutan. In contrast to some parts of Bhutan, where modern development is already very apparent, Phobjikha is a place with natural beauty, untouched scenery, local traditions and culture, and unconstrained peacefulness.

    Today our pilgrimage takes us back towards west Bhutan following the only east west highway over Yotong la Pass into Trongsa valley.

    We will briefly visit the Trongsa Museum housed in the Ta Dzong (watch tower). This watch tower on the hill above the Dzong has been converted in to a state of art museum in 2008.

    We will also visit the Trongsa Dzong. This commanding Dzong is perhaps the biggest and the most spectacular sited Dzong in Bhutan. The Dzong’s strategic location gave it great power over this part of the country. The Dzong is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s royal family. The first two hereditary kings ruled from this dzong.

    After the visit we will continue driving through the alpine forest of fir, juniper, hemlock and rhododendron where you will arrive at Chendebje Chorten. The chorten is at a lovely spot by the river side. The large chorten was built in the 19th century by a lama from Tibet to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was killed there. Chendbji is considered as boundary between eastern and western Bhutan.

    Our journey continues over Pelela pass (3400 m) and wind our way into glacier valley of Phobjikha filled with dwarf bamboos. The valley is one of the most important wildlife preserve in the country, because of the large flock of black necked cranes that migrates from Tibet in the winter.

  • DAY 10: Gangtey – Punakha

    In the Morning we will go on a beautiful 1 hrs hike ‘The Gangtey the nature trail’. It is one of the most beautiful hike in a valley. Their after visit Gangtey Goemba that overlooks the large green expanse of the valley. The monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the Gomchens (lay monk) who take care of the monastery.

    We will decent 1600 meters just in 2 hrs winding our way through Wangdi into Punakha valley. Stop briefly to view the ruin of Wangdiphodrang Dzong. The Dzong was destroyed by fire in June 2012.

    Afternoon:

    Visit Beautiful Punakha Dzong: The Dzong is considered one of the most important and beautiful Dzongs in the Kingdom. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637, and was the seat of the government every winter until Thimphu was established as the permanent capital in 1955. It is still the winter residence of the Dratshang (Central Monastic Body).

    Take time to admire the impressive, colourful and detailed artistry of the surroundings, including huge statues of Buddha, Guru Rinpoche and Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, as well as paintings of one-thousand Buddhas.

    Evening leisure at Hotel

  • DAY 11: Punakha – Thimphu (3hrs Drive)

    After breakfast we will travel up the valley north and cross the Mo Chhu to hike up and pay respect to the grand Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. The Chorten is 30 meters (100 feet) tall and can be seen in the distance when driving. The three-leveled chorten took eight and a half years to build and was consecrated in 1999. Dedicated to the Fifth King, it was built to remove negative forces and to provide peace, stability, and harmony in an ever- changing world. It is therefore filled with every form of colorful protector imaginable.

    Afternoon Drive to Thimphu Over a Dochu-La Pass dotted by 108 Stupas.This pass is one of the most beautiful pas in country.

    Evening leisure at Hotel

  • DAY 12: Thimphu – Paro

    Morning visit places of interest in Thimphu:

    The Mini Zoo

    The mini zoo used to exhibit various indigenous wild animals, which were later released back into the wild by order of the 4th King, who declared that such a facility was not in keeping with the Bhutan’s environmental and religious convictions. The zoo now only features the Takin, which is the national animal of Bhutan.

    Takins are one of the larger and stockier goat antelopes. They were originally released with the rest of the animals, but had become so familiar with people that they were found wandering Thimphu’s streets looking for food. The only solution was to put them back into captivity. The preserve is located on the way to the Radio Tower.

    Post Office:

    Bhutan being one of the best stamp designing in the world, it worth to make a short visit to post office and you can make your own postage stamp.

    Kuengzang Phordang:

    To see World Biggest seated Buddha & for a bird wye of Thimphu Valley.

    Afternoon: drive to Paro

  • DAY 13: Taktsang Hike

    With Early Breakfast a hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of tress festooned with Spanish moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, founder of Buddhism flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff. This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist site around the world.

    After visiting the monastery, we will walk down to Taktsang cafeteria for lunch. Free time to scroll in and around Paro city.

  • DAY 14: Departure

    Drive to Paro Airport for your onward flight.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

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    Bhutan sits on the roof of the world, isolated as much by choice as by its own geography…

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