Destination : Paro to Bumthang
Duration : 10 Nights and 11 Days
Starts: Paro
Ends : Paro
Transportation: By car (Sante-Fe, Creta, Prado or Tucson)
Activities :  Architecture /Forts / Market / Bazaar / Takin zoo / Handicraft stores/ Bhutanese textiles/ Arts and Crafts

Tour at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Paro
Day 2: Paro
Day 3: Paro to Thimphu
Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha
Day 5: Punakha to Gangtey/ Wangdiphodrang
Day 6: Gangtey to Trongsa
Day 7: Trongsa to Bumthang
Day 8: Bumthang
Day 9: Bumthang to Thimphu
Day 10: Thimphu to Paro
Day 11: Depart Paro
Highlights of the Trip

The only International Airport in the country will be your final destination before you step on to the land of the ‘Thunder Dragon’ Kingdom, now globally referred to as Bhutan. A common sight  here  is the snowcapped mountains, beautiful tiny hills, scattered and clustered settlement of farm houses in the centre of the terraced farmland or around the paddy fields. If its during the winter  season, be prepared for the fresh cold breeze and  during the Summer  time, expect warm beautiful sunshine greeting you.

Day 1: Arrive in Paro
Your Bhutanese host, an experienced, English speaking cultural tour guide and his driver will be eagerly waiting for you  to drop you at your hotel, after you done with you paper works with the Druk Air officials.

After making yourself at home in your hotel, in the evening walk through the Paro town with its unique structures of lanes with complete mix of modern concrete buildings.

Overnight at Paro.

Day 2: Paro- National Museum and Two Temples
Having done with breakfast, drive to the National Museum (Ta- Dzong) which was once upon a time used as a watch tower. Then walk down a hillside trail to the Rinpung Dzong. After lunch, visit to the two most ancient temples of the region, by the name  Kyichu Lhankhang and ruins of Drukgyel Dzong which is being reconstructed in honour of the 6th crown Prince of Bhutan.

Overnight  at Paro.

Day 3: Paro- Thimphu
Journey to Thimphu after breakfast in Paro. Visit to one of the most ancient Dzongs (fort) in the country; Semtokha Dzong, built in 1629.  This monastery later in the early 1990s  was also used as a school for the study of Bhutanese language and culture.

Later in the afternoon, sightseeing of the Thimphu valley with its clustered settlements,  mostly modern concrete tall buildings. Stroll through the craft bazaar.

Night halt at Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu- Punakha
Visit the National memorial chorten and the gigantic magical Tashichho Dzong, followed by the visit to the handloom emporium,  the school of 13 crafts, firm manufacturing incense sticks, National museum/ nunnery

Drive to Punakha  is approximately 3 hours  and is another experience. Reaching the Dochula Pass with a clear sky, one can enjoy the views of the younger Himalayas with snow covered. The  mark of the alpine vegetation starts towards Punakha. Rhododendrons in bloom are a rare sight which are enjoyed not just by the guests, but even the Bhutanese. On reaching Punakha, check into the hotel and as per your comfort, visit Punakha Dzong.

Overnight  at Punakha.

Day 5: Punakha to Wangdiphodrang to Gantey Goenpa (Phobjikha)
En route to Gangtey Goenpa, stop by to visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong which was constructed in the year 1638  and which  is being reconstructed after  a fire in  2012 razed it completely to the ground. The name is said to be given by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal who then derived the name from a boy’s name.

Continue on the journey to the land of the black necked crane through the alpine vegetations  The history of Gangtey dates back to the time of establishment of the Vajrayana tradition of Buddhism, by Guru Rinpoche , who was instrumental  in making Bhutan a Buddhist country. Reaching Gangtey, enjoy the pleasures of the place by taking a stroll to the monastery of Gantey Goenpa. Given the favorable weather condition, you will even have the chance to sleep under the stars or simply in the guest rooms.

Overnight  at Gangtey.

Day 6:  Gangtey to Trongsa
Explore Gangtey and look out for the migratory and a rare species of the very beautiful black necked cranes who visit Bhutan in the fall and return to Tibet before the start of the Spring. Enjoy your lunch and drive towards Trongsa crossing the Pelela pass which is  approxmately 3300m/10830ft.

Evening explore Trongsa market.

Overnight  in  Trongsa.

Day 7: Trongsa to Bumthang
In the morning visit  Trongsa Dzong, one of the most historically significant  as well as the largest of all the Dzongs (forts) in the country. Built on a spur overlooking the Mangde river, a temple was first constructed in the year 1543. It is also a major monastic complex, with around 300 monks. During the summer months, the monastic community relocates to the Bumthang valley.Trongsa Dzong also contains a notable printing house responsible for printing of many religious texts in Bhutan.

The small town surrounding the Dzong are also situated on a spur, a wild rocky area above the ravines of the Mangde Chu valley with the  scenic backdrop of the Black Mountains on its southwest.

Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 8: Bumthang
With altitudes varying from 2600 to 4000m/8530-13,125 ft. Bumthang is one of the most sought after tourist destinations. Jakar is a town in Bumthang, and the name Jakar implies a “white bird” in reference to its myth, where a roosting white bird signalled the present auspicious location for the fort to be constructed.

There are many significant Buddhist sacred sites nearby the town of Jakar known as Kurjey Lhakhang, which holds a body print of Guru Rinpoche; Jambay Lhakhang, one of the 108 monasteries that in mythology was miraculously constructed by a Tibetan King in one day.

Jakar district is also the site of Bathpalathang Airport, a local airport.

Overnight at a lodge in Chamkhar-Bumthang.

Day 9: Bumthang to Thimphu
 In the morning, explore a couple of handicraft shops and then start on the return journey to Thimphu, will stop for lunch at Trongsa. Then the group will drive through the mountains and down towards the Wangdiphodrang valley. Will stop in Wangdi to freshen up and enjoy coffee/tea with light snacks.

Overnight at Thimphu.

Day 10: Thimphu to Paro
No scheduled programmes. The day would be left in the hands of the guest to do what they like to. Lunch in Thimphu and head towards Paro.

Overnight  at Paro.

Day 11: Depart Paro
After breakfast and exchange of  goodbye greetings, head towards the Paro airport for your next flight to onward destination.

Pricing Detail and time to visit Bhutan

Category Months for Travel 1 – 5 Pax 6- 10 Pax 10 Pax & more
A March/ April/ May/ September/October & November US $ 260 per day US $ 240 each per day US $  215 each per day
B January/ February / June/July/ August & December US $ 230 per day US $ 210 each per day US $ 195 each per day

 

*The charge  of the trip for 11 days & 10 nights  INCLUDES accommodation in a 3 star hotel, an English speaking experienced  guide,bottled mineral water, tourist SIM with 4G, 3  meals (light refreshments to carry as well), a professional tourism driver with a luxury SUV transportation, fees & taxes.However, cost DOES NOT INCLUDE :

  1. Airfare to Bhutan
  2. Travel & medical Insurance coverage.
  3. Alcohol beverages, Internet, telephone etc…,
  4. Laundry, riding pony, tips and other expenses of personal nature.
  5. Meals in 5* hotels
  6. Bhutan visa fee.
  7. Language speaking Guide
  8. Overseas call