CENTRAL BHUTAN TOURS (11NIGHTS/12DAYS)
Tour code no: BSTT/08
Day 01: Arrive at Paro International Airport and Drive
this flight one will enjoy the view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other
Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari & Mt. Jichu Drake
in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro Airport a representative of Bhutan Soul Tour and
Travel will receive you and drive to Thimphu.
Point/ Kuensel Phodrang – Is the largest Buddha statue in the
country, from there you can get a good view of the Thimphu valley.
Chorten – Built in the year 1974 in the memory of our third king of
Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
Dzong – The “fortress of the glorious religion” was
initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the
1960s. Tashichho Dzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and
the central monk body.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02. Thimphu – Sightseeing
Lhakhang – It is right above Thimphu Valley, this
temple and a monastic school was established in the 12th century on a site
chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo.
Takin Preserve – Houses the rare national animal of
Bhutan. Takin is listed by international
conservation agencies as a vulnerable species and it is a rare animal
found only in Bhutan, Nepal and Burma.
Medicine Institute – In Bhutan, equal emphasis is given
to both allopathic and traditional medicines. The rich herbal medicines made up
from medicinal plants are prepared and dispensed here.
Institute for Zorig Chusum – The school of Arts and crafts is an
institute where student undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts
and crafts of Bhutan.
Bhutan – Is an integrative living museum that gives a
quick introduction to various aspects of traditional life in Bhutan.
Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha
breakfast, drive to Punakha – approximately 3-hours drive through picturesque
valleys and mountain slopes dotted with typical Bhutanese villages. From the
Dochula pass, at over 10,000ft, vast panoramic views of the high snowcapped
peaks of the Bhutanese Himalaya can be enjoyed on a clear day. Continue drive
down into the Punakha valley. On the way visit Chhimi Lhakhang – This was founded in 15 Century by Lama Dukpa
Kinley also known as divine mad man. It is half hour walk across a local
village and rice field. After lunch visit Punakha
Dzong – built in 1637 by Zhabdrung. Overnight
Day 04. Punakha – Phobjikha
After breakfast, drive to Phobjikha. Visit Gantey
Goenpa as it is a major attraction with an old monastery dated back to the
16 century. Later, walk around the valley which is also the winter home to the
rare black-necked cranes. Which migrate
from remote parts of Tibet, China and Siberia during winter to this valley.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 05. Phobjikha – Halt
Phobjikha Valley. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06. Phobjikha – Chumey
After breakfast drive to
On the way visit Trongsa
Dzong – seat of the district administration, built in 1648. And visit Tower of
Trongsa, which has been converted into a museum from a watchtower that once
guarded Trongsa Dzong. Continue drive to Chumey. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07. Chumey – Bumthang
After breakfast visit yathra weaving central. Which Yathra are made into colourful scarves,
bags, blankets and sweater. Visit Tharpaling monetary and hike till Kikila pass, which is about 4
to 5 hours hike. Drive to Bumthang. Overnight
Day 08. Bumthang – Halt
You will explore our
neighboring palace, Wangdichhoeling, a past home to the 2nd King, and now home
to the auspicious prayer wheels next door. Heading up valley, you will take in
the grand Kurjey Lhakhang,
considered one of Bhutan’s most auspicious monuments, that was once the resting
place of Guru Rimpoche, and Jambay
Lhakhang, home to the early winter festivals that draw thousands of
Bhutanese for their annual blessings. Heading back into town and across the
Bumthang Chhu, you will enjoy a visit to the sin alleviating Tamshing Monastery followed by quick
visits to the valleys unique cottage industries – Red Panda Brewery, Bumthang
Cheese/Dairy Facility and the Bumthang Distillery, home to numerous distinctive
Day 09. Bumthang – Tang valley
Drive up to
Tang valley and visit the mystical Ugyen
Choling Palace. After lunch drive back to Bumthang on the way take short
walk on the riverside to Menbar Tsho (the burning lake). Overnight at hotel.
Day 10. Bumthang – Paro
After breakfast, fly to Paro. Duration of flight about 30 minutes. On arrival at Paro.
Lhakhang – One of the oldest and most sacred temple in
the kingdom, dating back to the 7th century.
Dzong – Former Watch Tower which now houses the
Dzong – Which houses the monastic school and the
office of the civil administration and walk down passing close by crossing the
Bhutanese typical wooden roofed bridge to Paro town.
Day 11: Paro – Excursion to Taktsang
breakfast, drive for half an hour and start the hike, which is about 5 hours
(round trip.) The trail is along an ancient path marked by river-powered prayer
wheels. As you reach Taktsang you will be struck by the architectural wonder of
this most pious Buddhist shrine in Bhutan. Perched some 1000m, 3000ft on a
cliff overlooking the valley; it would justifiably qualify as one of Bhutan’s
wonders. Tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998. It has been rebuilt to its original glory. 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. Hence the name, Taktsang, or the “Tiger’s Lair.”
back to Ramthangka. If the time permits, drive further north to visit another
symbolic structure, which is now under reconstruction. Drugyel Dzong, or
“”Castle of the Victorious Drukpa,” which was also built by the Shabdrung to
commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetans in the 16thcenturies. From here,
the Jomolhari Peak (“Mountain of the Goddess”) can be seen on a clear day (Alt.
7,329m/24,029ft.). Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Paro – Departure
breakfast, drive to Paro international airport for your onward flight. The
representative of Bhutan Soul Tour and Travel will see off and bid farewell.