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Overview

Experience Bhutan like locals. This tour is the best way to see Bhutan at leisure. Start from India Bhutan border and drive through incredible landscapes to reach Paro and Thimpu. Carry on towards Central Bhutan and spend a couple of days in the lap of nature. Drop down south towards Tashigang and experience the contrast in East and West Bhutan before exiting via India Bhutan border in Assa. This trip is an Epic Journey which will leave lifetime memories that you will cherish forever!

FAQs

Package includes:

  • Accommodation (Standard 3* on twin sharing basis)
  • All meals (B/Fast and Dinner at hotel, lunch outside)
  • Services of Expedition Vehicle
  • Certified English speaking guide to show you around
  • All monument fees
  • All royalties and taxes applicable in Bhutan
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Highlights

Paro,Rinpung Dzong, Tashichhoe Dzong, Thimphu, Punakha, Dochula Pass, Wangdue Phodrang, Bumthang, Jambey lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, Mebartsho (The Burning Lake), Phobjikha valley, Trongsa dzong, Gangtey Monastery, Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival: Paro – Thimphu

 

On arrival, guests will be received at the airport by our guide who will orientate you on the driving rules and regulations of Bhutan. Drive to Paro town for lunch and to freshen up. After lunch, visit the National Museum and Paro Rinpung Dzong, the District Administrations’ and Religious activities’ centre.

Start drive to Thimphu and check-in at your hotel and then go out in town to mingle with the locals. Or visit the Takin Preserve to see the National animal of Bhutan, a weird animal that looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Later go visit Tashichhoe Dzong, the Dzong is a fortress in the evening to see the seat of the Government and Religious activities. The King and the Chief Abbot’s office are in this building.

Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu

 

Day 2: Thimphu Excursion

 

Have breakfast at the hotel and start off the day by driving towards north of Thimphu to Tango/ Chari Monastery, the drive is about half hour up and once you are there you can hike up the to Tango monastery (45 mins up). It is one of the renowned Buddhist colleges in the country and also the residence of a high Lama (reincarnated).

 

Come back down to town for lunch and then visit the School of 13 Arts and Crafts and the Folk Heritage Museum. Later, around evening time (after 5pm), visit Tashichhoe Dzong, the Center of Administrations and Religious activities of the country. This Dzong houses the King’s and Chief Abott’s office.

Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu

 

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha

 

Have a leisurely breakfast and drive to reach Dochula Pass (3000m) and stop for a view of the snow capped Himalayas. Continue drive towards Punakha. Stop at Lobesa village and have lunch before going for a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility), it is dedicated to Lam Drukpa Kuenley (Divine Mad Man) and is the place from where Phalluses originated as the symbol of fertility and protection and can be seen everywhere in Bhutan, on house walls and roofs and altars. After that drive to your hotel and relax for the day.


Overnight at a hotel in Punakha/ Wangdue Phodrang

 

Day 4: Punakha - Bumthang

 

After breakfast go for a short walk in the valley and then drive toward Bumthang. On the way you will cross here takes you up to the third pass, Yotungla at 34oom. The air is much cooler and from there you will descend towards the valleys of Bumthang, the hills are much gentler and the valley wider, Bumthang is known as the ‘Switzerland of Bhutan’.
Overnight at a hotel in Bumthang

 

Day 5: Bumthang

 

This will be a day of relaxation and rest from all the motorcycle riding as you will spend most of the day visiting local places of interest.


Jambey lhakhang
Jambay Lhakhang was built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in 659 AD. The temple was blessed by Guru Rimpoche during his visit to Bumthang. It is said that Guru Rimpoche was the one who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. It was renovated by Sindhu Raja after Guru Rimpoche restored his life with his magical powers. Many believe that there is a natural lake under the temple in which Guru Rimpoche took refuge on several occasions.

Kurjey Lhakhang
The Kurjey Lhakhang is a monastery located in the Bumthang Valley of Bhutan. The Kurjey Lakahng Temple Complex is a 20 minute hike from the Jambay Lhakhang. According to legend, Guru meditated in a cave there to subdue an evil spirit and left an imprint of his body in the cave to serve as a reminder to all evil beings of his wrath. A cypress tree stands behind the temples, it is believed to have grown from Guru Rinpochhe’s staff. The Kurjey Lhakhang Temple complex consists of 3 major temples and surrounding Chortens. The first one dates back to the 17th Century, second one was built by the first King in the 1900’s and the last one was built by the Queen Grandmother in the 1980’s


Tamshing Lhakhang
The Tamshing Lhakahng is home to Lama Sungtrul Rinpoche, the present day speech reincarnation of Pema Lingpa, the ‘Treasure revealer’.The temple was constructed in 1501 by the great Pema Lingpa himself. Before 1960 Tamshing was privately owned. The core mission of the Tamshing monastery is to teach the Dharma, perform religious service for the community and educate the young monks under its care. Since the monastery is not state run the monks find it a challenge to support the operation of this monastery and survive off donations from the devout. Most of the young monks in the monastery are under the age of 15 and are either orphans or come from very poor families who can’t afford to send their children to even the state run schools


Mebartsho (The Burning Lake)
It is not a lake as such but a small stream instead which gets collected into a small pool. This is the place where Pema Lingpa discovered his first treasure. The villagers didn’t believe that he found the treasures there. So, to prove that he was not lying he jumped in the lake with a burning butter lamp in his hand, when he came out he had some more treasures in his hand and the lamp was still burning.
Overnight at a hotel in Bumthang

 

Day 6: Bumthang – Phobjikha valley

Drive towards Trongsa, visit Trongsa dzong, which played a very important role in the unification of Bhutan between the 17th and 19th Century, after that visit the Ta Dzong, the watch tower which has now been converted into a museum. Lunch will be at the museum restaurant.

Then drive to Phobjikha, the valley of the Black Necked Cranes. This is the winter nesting grounds for the endangered Black Necked Cranes, they start arriving by October end and leave for the Tibetan plateau by February. Visit the Crane Centre for information on the cranes.
Overnight at a Hotel/ Guest house in Phobjikha valley

 

Day 7: Phobjikha – Paro

 

After breakfast go for the Nature Trail hike that takes you around the valley said to be a glacial valley, and in winter as close as possible to the cranes. Come back and drive up the small on which the beautiful 17th Century Gangtey Monastery stands, which you can visit; it is also the largest privately owned Nyingmapa Buddhist School.

Drive towards Paro after that, you can stop at Wangdue Phodrang and visit the recently burnt dzong if you’d like or continue straight to Thimphu. Lunch can be either at Wangdue Phodrang or at Dochula pass, whichever you’d prefer.
Overnight at a hotel in Paro

 

Day 8: Paro: Taktsang hike

 

Have early breakfast and drive up to the base of Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The most famous and sacred site among all the places in Bhutan. Guru Padmasambhava is said to have come riding on a flying tigress to this place and meditated in a cave for 3 months, it wasn’t until Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal came to this place and meditated that it gained the popularity that it has now. The present structure is said to be built in the 15th century but was destroyed by fire in 1998 and has been restored.

The walk is about 2 hours till the top through wide pathways which was built during the restoration works. One hour into the climb there is a tea point from where you get a very good view of the monastery, they also serve lunch here. From there it’s about another 45 minutes climb to the 2nd view point and the highest point in the hike.
Overnight at a hotel in Paro

 

Day 9: Depart

 

 

Experience Bhutan like locals. This tour is the best way to see Bhutan at leisure. Start from India Bhutan border and drive through incredible landscapes to reach Paro and Thimpu. Carry on towards Central Bhutan and spend a couple of days in the lap of nature. Drop down south towards Tashigang and experience the contrast in East and West Bhutan before exiting via India Bhutan border in Assa. This trip is an Epic Journey which will leave lifetime memories that you will cherish forever!

FAQs

Package includes:

  • Accommodation (Standard 3* on twin sharing basis)
  • All meals (B/Fast and Dinner at hotel, lunch outside)
  • Services of Expedition Vehicle
  • Certified English speaking guide to show you around
  • All monument fees
  • All royalties and taxes applicable in Bhutan
Download
brochure
Other Tours of Bhutan
Price / Date

 

 

Date : 9 November 2014 - 16 November 2014

For Indian Nationals :

Price per person : 49,500 INR

Car Hire with driver : 45,000 INR

Self Drive Car Hire : 1,45,000 INR

For Foreigners : 

Price per person : 2,000 USD

Car Hire with driver : 800 USD

Self Drive Car Hire : 2,300 USD

 

 

 

Interested? Please write to us with your requirements and we will do our best to get back to you at the earliest!

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Experience Bhutan like locals. This tour is the best way to see Bhutan at leisure. Start from India Bhutan border and drive through incredible landscapes to reach Paro and Thimpu. Carry on towards Central Bhutan and spend a couple of days in the lap of nature. Drop down south towards Tashigang and experience the contrast in East and West Bhutan before exiting via India Bhutan border in Assa. This trip is an Epic Journey which will leave lifetime memories that you will cherish forever!

FAQs

Package includes:

  • Accommodation (Standard 3* on twin sharing basis)
  • All meals (B/Fast and Dinner at hotel, lunch outside)
  • Services of Expedition Vehicle
  • Certified English speaking guide to show you around
  • All monument fees
  • All royalties and taxes applicable in Bhutan
Download
brochure
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FAQs

Package includes:

  • Accommodation (Standard 3* on twin sharing basis)
  • All meals (B/Fast and Dinner at hotel, lunch outside)
  • Services of Expedition Vehicle
  • Certified English speaking guide to show you around
  • All monument fees
  • All royalties and taxes applicable in Bhutan
Download
brochure
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Date
From
To
Distance
Driving Time
1
09/11/2014
Paro
Thimphu
50 Kms
1 Hrs
2
10/11/2014
Thimphu
Thimphu
50 Kms
2 Hrs
3
11/11/2014
Thimphu
Punakha
70 Kms
2 Hrs
4
12/11/2014
Punakha
Bumthang
220 Kms
5 Hrs
5
13/11/2014
Bumthang
Bumthang
50 Kms
2 Hrs
6
14/11/2014
Bumthang
Phobjikha Valley
171 Kms
4 Hrs
7
15/11/2014
Phobjikha Valley
Paro
185 Kms
4 Hrs
8
16/11/2014
Paro
Taktsang Hike
10 Kms
1 Hrs
9
17/11/2014
Paro
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