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Day 1: Arrive in Bhutan
Upon arrival in Paro you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. We will go for sightseeing if time permits. You may stroll around the local market in the evening.
Day 2: Paro Sightseeing Tour
Paro Sightseeing - visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to its strategic location. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On a clear day Mount Chomolhari (7320 meters) can be seen towering over the dzong. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower which is locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was made home to the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven storey museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. We take a short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks. We then walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Evening is at leisure.
Day 3: Hike to Taktsang – Thimpu.
We will have a day hike to Taktsang monastery. Horses can be arranged at additional charges. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2-3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came here in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. During the end of the 17th century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint mediated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Stroll back to the Resort. In the afternoon drive 2 hours to Thimphu. The drive will be a pleasant one mainly due to the well maintained roads throughout Bhutan.
Day 4: Thimpu Valley – Mottithang Mini Zoo.
Sightseeing visit the Indigenous hospital where traditional old art of healing is still practiced, Art & Craft School, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. PM visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the 15th century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare Takin national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Then visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple. You will be free to spend some time in the market.
Day 5: Wangduephondrang to Dochula Pass.
Drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang via Punakha crossing the Dochula pass at 3100 meters. On a clear day you will be able to see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan- Mt.Gangar Punsum (7520 meters). The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the Punakha Dzong which served as the old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place here to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Proceed 45 minutes to Wangduephodrang and view the Dzong from outside and stroll around the market area.
Day 6: Gangtey Valley Excursion.
We will have a day excursion to the Gangtey Gompa valley at an altitude of 2800 meters. The only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan is located here. This beautiful valley is also home to the rare Black Necked Cranes migrating from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. Currently there are 200 to 300 cranes residing in this valley and the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) is taking every measure to ensure the safety of the Cranes. The village folks are not allowed to make loud noise or fish in the river that runs through the valley while the cranes reside in the winter valley for 4-5 months. Explore the fascinating glacier valley and return to the Hotel.
Day 7: Trongsa village to Bumthang
Today we drive about 6-7 hours crossing 3 passes over 3000 meters. The route offers magnificent views of the Himalayas and beautiful landscape through scattered hamlets and forest of rhododendrons and pine. Picnic lunch will be served at the 18th century Chendebji Chorten. After one and half hour arrive at a small town known as Trongsa meaning new village. The town mainly consists of fresh Tibetan refugees but the most impressive of all is the Trongsa Dzong. The whole of eastern Bhutan was controlled from this fortress during the mid 17th century. Visitors are not allowed inside the building. Proceed for another 2 hours to Bumthang visiting the Chume weaving center. Spend Overnight at Hotel.
Day 8: Bumthang sightseeing –Jakar Dzong.
Bumthang, situated at an altitude of 2600m, has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Comprised of four smaller valleys, the deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend. Here tales of Guru Padmasambhava and his re-incarnation known as Tertons still linger in most nooks and corners. It is also known for its woolen material (yathra) which can be seen hung outside the houses for sale. Sightseeing - Visit the Jakar Dzong, the 7th century Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey monastery, Tamshing and Kunchosum monastery. This sightseeing is a round trip so it is more interesting done on foot.
Day 9: Mongar to Thumsing La –Ura Village.
Today will be the longest drive (almost 8-9 hours) to Mongar winding through a more rugged terrain. On the way visit the Mebartso meaning burning lake. Time permitting we will make a short visit to the Ura village. The drive from Ura is all the way uphill crossing the highest motor road pass named Thrumshing la in Bhutan situated at 4050 meters. The panoramic view from the pass is just thrilling. The descending route from the pass goes through alpine & rhododendron forest reaching Sengor for lunch stop. This small village is a open vast land surrounded mainly by pine forest. The drive from here is hair rising as the roads are narrow and the bends gets sharper. But the scenic beauty is truly enchanting passing cascading waterfalls, terraced fields and scattered farm houses. After descending to an altitude of 700 meters the climate gets warmer. Mongar is located on a hill side and is a new town. The Dzong built not long ago maintains the architectural traditions of old dzongs.
Day 10: Transhigang –Kori La Pass – Trashigang.
The road from Mongar to Trashigang begins through lush forests and ferns passing over Kori la pass. We descend rapidly through corn fields and banana grooves passing the Yedi village. Follow the Gamri River until the bifurcation to Drametsi perched atop a steep hill. It is also famous for the dance called Drametsi Nga cham (Drum dance). Trashigang lies 30 kilometers from the junction and lies on top of a steep hill. This district is the biggest and most populated in the Kingdom. The Dzong is built strategically on the spur going out towards to the Gamri River. Overnight the hotel.
Day 11: Tashi Yangtsi –Duksum to Trashingang.
Sightseeing - Drive 2 hours to Tashi Yangtsi. On the way visit Gom Kora monastery located near a river. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche turned into a Garuda to subdue a demon and the imprints of serpent and his body can be seen. There is also a passage leading from one end to the other end of the huge boulder and it is believed that the sins of who ever cross the passage will be forgiven. Our next stop is at Duksum- a small village boasting of the oldest iron suspension bridge built during the 15th century by Drupthob Chazampa, builder of iron bridges. Further ahead lays the beautiful Chorten Kora- a huge white washed stupa surrounded by a small community who make the famous wooden bowels (Dapa). Drive back to Trashigang.
Day 12: Drive to Mongar.
Drive back to Mongar. Overnight at the Hotel
Day 13: Drive to Bumthang.
Drive to Bumthang. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 14: Drive to Wanguephondrang.
Drive to wangduephodrang. Overnight at the Resort.
Day 15: Drive to Paro.
Drive to Paro. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 16: Paro Airport.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to your home country. Arrive home with fond of memories of your holiday with us. Thank for joining Eastern Bhutan Tour.
Note:The daily tarrif per night for both the high season and the low season is set by the government of Bhutan. In addition; there is a government surcharge per night for individual travelers and for groups of two. For group of three or more there is no government surcharge.
Tourist high season rate: March to May and Sep to Nov.
1 pax group: USD 250 per night per person + surcharge of USD 40/night/person.
2 pax group: USD 250 per night per person + surcharge of USD 30/night/person
3 pax group and above: USD 250 per night per person, no surcharge.
Tourist low season rate: December to February and June to August.
1 pax group: USD 200 per night per person + surcharge of USD 40/night/person.
2 pax group: USD 200 per night per person + surcharge of USD 30/night/person
3 pax group and above: USD 200 per night per person, no surcharge.