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|Bhutan Tour Package
12 Nights / 13 Days
Places Covered: Delhi - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Wangdiphodrang
- Gangtey - Tongsa - Bumthang - Mongar - Tashigang - Samdrup
Jongkhar - Guwahati
Day 1: Delhi - Paro flight 1115/1500
Assistance and transfer to Druk Hotel or similar. Afternoon
Day 2: Paro
After breakfast, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress
where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago.
The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess"
looms directly over the dzong. Along the way, see the 7th century
Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan King
Songtsen Gampo. After lunch visit Ta Dzong, originally built
as watch tower, now houses National Museum of the Kingdom. It
boasts antique thankhas, textile, weapons and armory, household
objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
Then walk down the train to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning 'fortress
of the heap of jewels" which has a long and fascinating
history. Along the wooden galleries lining the courtyard of
the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall paintings.
Day 3: Paro - Thimphu drive
- 54 km/2 hours
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu, the capital town passing
via idyllic countryside, through villages and paddy fields,
Enroute visit the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the
country now houses the School for Bhutan studies.
Afternoon sight-seeing of Thimphu valley, visiting Taschihhodzong;
the seat of the Government, Memorial Chorten, the Stupa built
in the memory of Bhutan's third King and Handicrafts Emporium
displaying rich traditional crafts of the Kingdom.
Day 4: Thimphu - Punakha
Morning, in Thimphu visit to National Library which has fascinating
collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts and texts, the Painting
School: famous for traditional thankhas paintings and traditional
Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts still practiced.
Then proceed to Punakha across Dochula pass (3050 M) which provides
a superb view of the highest peaks of Bhutan, such as Gangkar,
Puensum, table Mountain, Masakhang etc. On arrival check-in
at the hotel. .
After lunch visit Punakha Dzong. Punakha until 1955, served
as the capital town of Bhutan and still it is the winter seat
of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Punakha Dzong built by Shabdrung
Ngawang, Namgyal in 17th century and situated at the junction
of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers.
5: Punakha - Wangdiphodrang - Gangtey, 146 km
After breakfast drive to Wangdiphodrang, 17 km to visit Dzong
which is pierced on a spur at the confluence of the Sunkosh
and Tangmachu rivers. The dzong was built in 1638. The position
of the Dzong is remarkable as it completely covers the south
and east-west. Wangdi district is famous for its bamboo work,
slate and stone carving. .
After lunch at Wangdiphodrang, drive for 3 hours to arrive at
one of the most beautiful open valleys in Bhutan - Gangtey.
Gangtey is the winter heaven to the rare Black Necked Crane,
migrating down from the Tibetan Plateau. On a hillock overlooking
the small villages is the Gangtey Monastery. This is the only
Nyingmapa temple in the country. Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 6: Gangtey - Tongsa, 65
Five hours drive upwards to the Pele La Pass, crossing over
the Black Mountains which divide western and central Bhutan
Pass through rich rhododendron and Yak settlements. Cross the
Nikarchu bridge to enter the Tongsa regions in Central Bhutan.
A great white stupa built in Nepalese design from 18th century
stands below the road. .
The approach to Tongsa is through the winding roads which make
journey quite time consuming. Lunch stop at Tongsa. Tongsa Dzong
at an altitude of 2200 M is the most impressive of the Dzongs
in Bhutan. Built in 1647 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is a mater
piece in architecture.
Day 7: Tongsa - Bumthang, 68
In the morning visit the outer premises of Tongsa Dzong.
After lunch, 2-3 hours drive to Jakar (Bhumthang) across the
Yontola Pass at 3404 m.
Arrive Jakar (Bhumthang). Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 8: Bumthang
This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also
the heartland of Buddhism. Here the great teachers meditated
and left in their walk many sacred grounds. The Guru and his
lineage of Tertons, teasure finders, have led to the sprouting
of many temples in the valley. Visit the famous Kurjey, Jamby
and Tamshing Lkhakhangs. Also the Jakar Dzong, seat of the distt.
9: Bumthang - Mongar, 198 km/7 hours
The journey continues eastwards, winding through more rugged
terrain. The drive with spectacular views, will take about 6
hours. Pass through Ura village before climbing sharply to the
highest motor road pass in the Kingdom, the Thrushingla Pass
- 12465 ft. Gradually descend to Sengor watching cascading waterfalls
along the way. The descend stops on a bridge over the Kurichu
before climb begins again through pine forests, maize fields
and eastern hamlets to Mongar town. The Mongar Dzong, albeit
built not too long ago, still maintains the architectural traditions
of the old dzongs.
Day 10: Mongar - Tashigang,
Drive across Korila Pass (2298 m) to Tashigang. Korila Pass
is marked by a pretty chorten and a stone wall. The drive from
here takes down through Nhatsang and Yadi villages. After Yadi
a gorgeous view of the 18 beds can be seen till arrival at Manas
Chu, the biggest river in Bhutan. Overnight at Tashigang.
Day 11: Tashigang
Morning excursion to Tashi Yangtse with packed lunch. Visit
Chorten Kora and Gom Kora, built in the 17th century by Minjur
Tempa. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava meditated at the
site of the temple in the 8th century to subdue a demon who
dwelt in the rock. This little temple contains the statues of
Guru Padmasambhava and Avalokiteshvara.
Day 12: Tashigang - Samdrup
Jongkhar, 180 km
6 to 7 hours drive in the south to the small frontier town of
Samdrup Jongkhar. Along the way see Sherubuste, the only college
in the country, the blid school and the weaving centre in Khaling..
The drive is on up/down road.
Day 13: Samdrup Jongkhar - Guwahati,
Drive to Guwahati in India for onward programme.