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Bhutan Tour

Duration

12 Nights / 13 Days

Places Covered

Delhi - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Wangdiphodrang - Gangtey - Tongsa - Bhumthang - Mongar - Tashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar - Guwahati

Overview

Bhutan Tour

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi - Paro

Begin your Tour.
Arrive into Paro
Welcome to your "Bhutan Tour"
On arrival in Paro, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 2 Paro

After breakfast, visit 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.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3 Paro - Thimphu Drive

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.
Later, in the 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.
Overnight: Hotel

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. .
Later in the afternoon 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.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 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.
Later in the afternoon 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: Hotel

Day 6 Gangtey - Tongsa, 65 km

After an early breakfst ,proceed for a 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.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 7 Tongsa - Bhumthang, 68 km

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: Hotel

Day 8 Bhumtang

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. administration.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 9 Bhumthang - Mongar

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.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 10 Mongar - Tashigang

This morning, 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: Hotel

Day 11 Tashigang

Morning excursion to Tashi Yangtse. 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.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 12 Tashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar

After an early breakfast, drive in the south to the small frontier town of Samdrup Jongkhar. Along the way see Sherubuste, the only college in the country, the blind school and the weaving centre in Khaling.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 13 Samdrup Jongkhar - Guwahati

This morning after breakfast transfer to Guwahati airport to catch the return flight you your onward destination with sweet and unforgettable memories of your "Bhutan Tour" excorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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