|Max Elevation||4000 m|
|Min Elevation||2, 250 m|
|Season||March, April, May, June, November, December|
|No. of Days||13 Days|
Day 1 :
•Arrive at Paro international airport
• Drive through the valleys of the rugged mountains and on the way enjoy the serene Pa-Chu and Wang-Chu, arrive at Thimphu. The drive is approximately 55 mins. On the way take a short break at Chuzom (meeting of two rivers).
• After lunch, check out the largest sitting Buddha in the world ( Buddha Drodenma) overlooking the capital City of Bhutan, Thimphu. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the city’s modern and traditional structures nestled in the Thimphu Valley.
•Visit the very beautiful Memorial Chorten, another tourist hotspot. This is a stupa constructed in memory of our late Third King by his mother in the year 1974.
• Visit Tashichhoe Dzong, the biggest fort and very important fort. The fort was manually constructed by Bhutanese craftsmen. Besides the kings office, the Dzong houses the administrative offices and also the monastic body.
• Night halt in Thimphu, Hotel Taraphyendling.
•Right after breakfast,drive to Punakha, approximately 2 hrs drive.
• On the way, stop at Dochu-La and enjoy the Panoramic view of the younger Himalayas. Also enjoy the 108 stupas built in a circular design constructed for the well being of all the people of Bhutan,the royal family and also for all the sentient beings of the world by the Royal family.
• Drive down to Punakha. On the way, hike to the Divine madman’s temple where many people within Bhutan as well as guests across the world come to receive the blessings of fertility. You will get to walk through the traditional buildings and paddy fields and also don’t miss out on the signs and symbols on the houses.
• Enjoy lunch Chimi Lhakhang.
• After lunch, head towards Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful Fort in Bhutan. This fort is also very significant in Bhutan as this is where our monarchs are crowned and also other important events of the country are held. As a matter of fact, this amazing fort is the winter residence of the monks who lives in Thimphu Dzong during the summer. Enjoy the architecture and engineering of the Dzong by the Bhutanese craftsmen.
• Night halt at Hotel Lobesa
•Drive towards Bumthang, approximately 5:30 hrs drive.
• On the way Visit Trongsa Dzong, the longest dzong in Bhutan. Trongsa provides a strategic central location to control Bhutan and for centuries it was the seat of Wangchuck dynasty. The Dzong contains a notable printing house, responsible for the printing of many religious texts in Bhutan.
Lunch at Trongsa
• After lunch proceed towards Bumthang.
• After breakfast Visit Jambey Lhakhang. The jambey lhakhang is one of the 108 temples built by the first Buddhist Tibetan king, Songtsen Goenpo in 6 century on a single day to pin down an ogress. The ogress was causing obstruction to the spread of Buddhism, and therefore the temple was constructed on her body parts that spread across Tibet, Bhutan and border lands.
• After lunch visit Kurje Lhakhang. The name kurjey means ‘body imprints’ and it was derived when Guru Rimpoche mediated and left his body print on the cave where he meditated. A large tree behind the temple is believed to be terma (hidden treasure) that was left there by Guru Rimpoche. You can walk to the sacred water or holy water known as kurjey drubchu that cures illnesses.
After that visit Tamshing Lhakhang. The temple was built by Pema lingpa a treasure discoverer in 15 century. The temple houses many treasures that was discovered by Pema lingpa and the coeval wall paintings include his paintings and are amongst the earliest in the country.
• Night halt at Bumthang, Yoezerling resort.
Day 5,6 & 7 :
• Owl trek. This three day trek around Bumthang offers both fantastic views of an unspoiled natural environment endowed with a diverse array of flora and fauna as well as an opportunity to visit ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries.
The trail takes you though forests of blue pine, birch, maple, spruce, juniper, bamboo and a beautiful, rugged landscape draped in countless varieties of rhododendrons. As you walk along the tranquil ridges and mountains of Bumthang you will be treated to unparalleled views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unclimbed peak in the world. There is an abundance of avian wildlife in this area and pheasants such as the beautiful Himalayan Tragopan are a common sight around April-May.
One of the best times to undertake this trek is in late spring, between April and early June when the rhododendrons are in full bloom. When trekking through this area in autumn there is a possibility of encountering Himalayan Black bears so caution should be exercised. If it is possible to schedule your trek during one of the local festivals you will be able to enjoy additional insight into the traditions and culture of this region.
• Return from Owl trek
• Night halt at Yoezerling resort
• After breakfast, journey toward Phobjekha, Wangdiphodrang. The Phobjikha Valley is a vast glacial valley at an elevation of about 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) on the west side by the Black Mountains (Bhutan) (range above 5,000 metres (16,000 ft) elevation) that separates western and central Bhutan. The valley also hosts one of the eight Lings built by a great Buddhist saint Longchenpa which is called Ngelung Drechagling. The valley is covered by a rich sward of grass in the marshy land where special variety of dwarf bamboo (Yushania microphylla) grows on which the black-necked cranes feed. The Nake Chuu and Phag Chuu River runs through this valley. Scenic views of the Phobjikha Valley are best below the spur of Gangteng Monastery and from the Ngelung Drechagling Lhakhang. The valley is known for its seed potato crop as the soil and atmospheric conditions in the valley are free from insects and diseases that normally affect this crop. The crop is mainly exported to India where there is great demand for this variety. This has generated interest in the valley to convert the wetlands or marshy lands of the valley into farms by draining the area of its water logging to produce cash crops. However, interest to preserve the habitat of the black-necked crane in the valley, the religious significance that is attached to the black-necked cranes, and the tourism that has developed around the famous Gangten Monastery and the cranes.
• Enjoy the natural/ leisure hike which is 90mins .
In the Phobjikha valley in particular, the black-necked cranes have a celebrity status, as witnessed by the Crane Festival held every year on 12 November, soon after their arrival from the Tibetan Plateau in the late October. The festival is celebrated in the courtyards of the Gangten Gonpa and in the entire Phobjikha Valley. The festival is attended by a large number of local people. On this occasion, children wearing crane costumes perform choreographed crane dances. During this period, cranes are seen flying at high altitudes over the mountains. Many tourists also visit the valley to witness this festival.
• Night halt at Phobjekha
• After breakfast drive towards Paro(4:30 hrs)
• Visit Dungtse Lhakhang. Dungtse Lhakhang, the little three storied chorten-shaped temple, was built in 1421 by Thangtong Gyelpo to subdue the ogress on the top of whose head it is said to be built. It was restored in 1841 by the 25th Head Abbot of Bhutan, Sherab Gyeltshen and the names of the Paro donors can still be seen written on the wooden pillars of the ground floor.
Men of great stature and strength known as the “Nya goe” were employed in the construction to lift the massive pillars used in the temple. It is said that on the day of construction, the founder himself appeared in the form of five vultures, and circled the temple showering his blessings before taking flight to Tibet. One can also see the central tower (utse), the pinnacle of the temple, chained from four directions to the roof of the temple. It is believed that while the consecration was being performed the central tower moved, attempting to fly to Tibet. Thus to stop it from its flight the central tower was chained down.
This temple is unique in Bhutan as its paintings show the progressive stages of Tantric Buddhist philosophy as well as the most important deities and figures of the Drukpa Kagyudpa School.
Lunch at tourist hotel.
• Visit Paro Dzong. Rinpung Dzong, also known as Paro Dzong, is a traditional Bhutan architecture in style with a complex of courtyards, temples, offices and accommodating area surrounded by towering walls. The dzong’s full name – Rinche Pung Dzong is literally translated as Fortress on a Heap of Jewels. It gets such a name because of its large collection of treasured buildings. All the buildings are equipped with huge windows with elaborate wooden carvings of Bhutan traditional motifs. As the finest example of Bhutanese architecture, Rinpung Dzong is always listed in the top attractions in Bhutan. No matter you are in which corner of Paro Valley, you can see Rinpung Dzong easily.
During 17th and 18th century, Paro Dzong was an important bastion for the Kingdom of Bhutan against invasion from the north. At present, it houses the Monastic Body and government offices, and serves as the religious, military, administrative, and social centers of their district. Rinpung Dzong is also the site of colorful Tsechu when a series of dances are performed by masked dancer in honor of Guru Rinpoche. Some scenes of film Little Bhutan directed by famed Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci was filmed in this dzong.
• leisure Walk through the Paro town and check out the many handicraft shops.
• Night halt at Mandala Hotel
• After breakfast, hike to Bumdra. The Bum Dra trek is one of the most beautiful short duration trek in Bhutan with only one night camping in the wild. But the scenery and landscape may well be worth compared to all of the other treks and also in terms of the adventure and the experience that goes along as you hike up. Also called the ‘The Trek of the Thousand Dakinis’ (celestial female beings) you can even explore the numerous sacred and holy caves where the angels had convened. You can also get a spectacular view of the Taktsang Monastery from the top which you will not see from the usual tourist route.
on the way, enjoy the beautiful mountains, clouds hovering over the serene valley of Paro and observe many arts/works of nature in its pure and original structure/hue
• For the night, camp at Bumdra. Camping in extreme weather such as cold temperatures and snowy conditions can be expected and extremely enjoyable; Camping on the snow can be peaceful, picturesque and an out door adventure.
Day 12 :
• Return to Paro
• Night halt at Mandala Hotel
• Fly out of Bhutan