Central Bhutan is known to have the maximum number of historic monuments and temples in Bhutan and this region is often referred to as deeply religious region with as many as 116 monuments and temples, the most sacred being Kurje Lhakhang, Jampa lhakhang, Tamzhing monastery and Kenchosum lhakhang.

There are ongoing festivals throughout the year, some festivals are very unique, can only be seen in few years. If you are ready to know more about Bhutan and the places from where Buddhism came into Bhutan, this is the package.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: You are expected to arrive at Paro through the only airline to Bhutan, Druk Air. We assure you a unique travelling experience across Himalayan Mountains. On arrival you and your family will be greeted by one of our tour executive and will drive to Thimphu which is about an hour’s drive from paro.

Upon reaching Thimphu we will visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), then to Changangkha Lhankhang, textile museum and finally the mini-zoo, to meet the national animal of Bhutan, Takin. Continue to the adjacent viewpoint Sangaygang that offers a spectacular view over Thimphu city. From there we will visit the Zilukha nunnery temple, a traditional paper factory, the Tashichodzong (Fortress of Thimphu).

Day 2: After breakfast we will take a short ride of 20 minutes to Dodena and then hike to Tango Monastery. In the afternoon we can explore Thimphu town, connect with the warmth of its people. We can also visit National Library that houses much of Bhutan’s rich documentation about our history and, The Zorig Chusum School of 13 traditional arts/crafts and the Textile Museum that captivates the details of Bhutanese hand loom and embroidery.

Day 3: Drive to Gangtey valley passing through Dochula Pass (3140m) to experience one of the Bhutan’s most symbolic treasures, the Druk wangyal chorten’s, a collection of 108 chortens built to represent the greatness of the fourth king. We will pass through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons and arrive at Gangtey village, where we will visit GangteyGompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. From Gangtey, we can see the Phobjikha Valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes. Over night stay at Gangtey.

Day 4: After breakfast we will drive to Bumthang via Trongsa. On reaching Trongsa, We will visit the Trongsa Dzong (built in 1648) and the Watch Tower of Trongsa. The Dzong is a gigantic structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built. After visiting the Dzong and the museum in Trongsa we will drive to Bumthang, 68 km from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/ 11,155 ft). On arrival in Bumthang, we will check in to our lodge.

Day 5: Bumthang consists of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. The vally is dotted with many prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries. The day will start off with a short visit to Tamshing Lhakhang, built by terton Pema lingpa which is housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and Mebartsho (popularly known as the burning lake). Later, we will visit Jakar Dzong from where you can get a great view of the flat Bumthang valley. In the evening, you might love to take a walk around the town.

Day 6: Start early for a short hike to Thangbi  Goemba (monastery) founded in 1470 by Shamar Rimpoche. Coming back we will visit the KurjeLhakhang, having one of Bhutan’s biggest statue of Guru Rimpoche the place where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock, followed by a visit to Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple) which was built in conjunction with Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro by Tibetan King Songsten Goenpo in the 8th Century.

Day 7: Drive to Punakha, with an halt at Chendebji. Before reaching Punakha,we will take a 20minutes hike down the low-lying rice valley of Lobesa to meet one of Bhutan’s most charming and eccentric historic figures nicknamed ‘The Divine Madman’ at the Chhimi Lhakhang, the fertility monastery. Evening shall be spent relaxing in your hotel or you can stroll through the new town of Punakha.

Day 8: After breakfast we will visit Punakha Dzong, the former capital of Bhutan and also one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan built by the first Shabdrung in 1637. We will also hike to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel monastery from where you can see wonderful views of Punakha valley. After that we will be move back to Paro

Day 9: Saving the best for the last, We will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley .It is Bhutan’s most famous monastery where Guru Rinpoche (Second lord Buddha) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave . The hike makes for a nice half-day excursion so After lunch take some rest, we will go on a sightseeing, including places like Paro Rinpung Dzong (fortress of Paro), 
 National Museum (watchtower), Kyichu Lhakhang (oldest monastery). In the evening we can explore Paro town.

Day 10: Fly to your next Destination.

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