Trekking in Nepal
Tourism Licence No: 1948/072

Western And Central Bhutan Tour - 12 Days

  • Overview
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Trip Highlights

  • Place of the Thunder Dragon
  • Thimpu and Paro Sightseeing
  • Chimi Lhakhang temple, which dedicated to the saint Drukpa Kuenley
  • Panoramic views of the snowcapped mountain range of Bhutan
  • Sightseeing tour in Bumthang valley
  • Trongsa Dzong, site of emergence of present Royal family of Bhutan
  • Crossing the spectacular Pelela pass
  • Chendebji chorten, a large white monument said to conceal the remnants of an evil spirit
Bhutan tour offers the highlights of western and central Bhutan and focuses main on Paro Tsechu tour- it is the biggest of the Tsechus of Bhutan. There is a black mountain who separates western Bhutan and the rest of the country, extending roughly north- south with virgin forest providing a natural habitat for much wildlife such as Himalayan black bears, leopards, red pandas and all about more than 450 species of birds.

Western Bhutan tours
The paradise of the Drukpa people is comprised of the Haa valley, Paro valley, thimphu, Ounakha valley, Wangdue Phodrang and Phobjika valley.  These parts of Bhutanese known for its alluring scenery with orchards, magnificent mountains and pristine rivers that flow through the main towns of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha and unique two storey houses with brightly painted window designs. Then we will cross the high passes such as Cheli La (3988m), Dochula(3050m) and Pele La (3300m) from where we can feel refresh and take enjoyment taking some stunning views of the mountains and the valleys.

Central Bhutan Tour
We will visit Trongsa, and the rich broad valleys of Bumthang. We will drive over the passes of Yotang La(3400m) Shertang La(3573m) and Thrumshing La (3800m). Central Bhutan is known for its buckwheat and apple production and its sturdy stone houses and its plethora of monasteries. We will visit the Trongsa Dzong one of the most picturesque examples of Bumthang, the architecture and explore Bumthang, the cultural heartland of Bhutan and home to the some of the kingdom’s most valuable and ancient Buddhist sites.
Our trip coincides with the well known Ura yakchoe festival in Ura village. This festival of Ura is about an old woman who was sitting outside her house and she had a mysterious visitors, a Lama who asked her for a glass of water and she went inside to bring water when she came back with water she find that the Lama vanished leaving  one sack.  With curiosity she checked the big and found a statue inside that sack. This relic has benn passed on from generation to generation and now it’s owned by the descendants of the woman. That’s why every year this festival is celebrates and the relic is displayed to the public.
 
Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Bhutan Paro from Bangkok or Kathmandu, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Paro sightseeing tour, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Thimphu, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Tour to Thimphu, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05: Drive to Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06: Drive to Bumthang, Overnight at Hotel, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: Full day in Bumthang valley, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08: Ura valley Excursion and attend the festival, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09: Return back to Bumthang, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Drive to Trongsa, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Drive to Paro, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Departure

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation under twin sharing with breakfast.
  • Lunch and Dinner in local restaurants and hotels.
  • Experienced English Speaking Tour Guide licensed by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
  • Private transport within Bhutan (Toyota coach / Tucson / Santafe / Land cruiser / Prado) as per itinerary.
  • Museum & Monuments entrance fee.
  • Bottled water during the tour.
  • Government Royalty

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1

​Flight to Paro Bhutan.

At first you have to choose your flight from Kathmandu or Delhi or Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan. Upon your arrival at Paro airport you will meet our guide with your name card outside the airport and he transfers you to the hotel.
At afternoon after refreshing we will visit the national museum, which is housed in an ancient watch tower. This museum is collection of painting, textiles, crafts, arms, utensils, stuffed animals, insects, gallery of philatelic collection and a shrine with the trees that has four sides with statues representing the four school of Lamaism, Sakya, Gelug, Nyingma and Kagyu with emphasis on Drukpa Kagyu sub sect. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Lunch & Dinner)

Day 2

​Paro sightseeing tour

Wake up early morning and have breakfast after breakfast; we will explore the main highlights of Paro valley that includes the Paro Rinpung Dzong, Kichu temple, ruins of Drugyel Dzong and a typical farm house. At afternoon we hike to the legendary Taktstang monastery, famed as tiger’s nest. This monastery is located at the top on a sheer cliff overlooking the valley and it is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of the tiger to defeat the five demons, in the means to spread Buddhism in Bhutan. This hike is about 2 hours from the teahouse or you can ride the pony too.  And you can hike further uphill which is about 45 minutes to get a closer look at Taktsang and the surrounding temples.  Stay night at Paro valley. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 3

​Drive to Thimphu.

Today from Paro city we will drive towards to Thimphu valley the capital city of Bhutan. 2hours of drive brings us to Thimphu. Stay night at Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 4

​Tour to Thimphu

Morning after breakfast, we begin our sightseeing with a view of the colorful weekend market, here people from different places near or far distances come to sell or buy the fresh produce. This is the place where the village folks jostle with the well heeled resident of Thimphu for the best and cheapest vegetables and other food stuffs. Weekend also provides opportunity to see the traditional of archery played in the nearby grounds.
        During these days in the Thimphu, we will also visit the school of traditional arts and painting. The indigenous hospital, the heritage museum, textile museum, Tashicho Dzong, the nunnery at Zilukha, handicrafts workshops and shops, handmade paper factory, gold and silver smiths, memorial chorten, zangdopelri temple and mini zoo to see. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 5

​Drive to Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang

From Thimphu we will drive to Punakha and then Wangdue Phodrang. As we leave Thimphu valley, the road climbs up to Dochula pass. On the way we will stop to get stunning panoramic views of the snowcapped mountain range of Bhutan. Nearby the pass there are many Pagoda and hundreds of prayers flags fluttering in the wind. After us passes the road drops through changing vegetation into semitropical lowland Punakha wangdi valley at around 1400m. These two valleys are at lower elevation of approx. 1400m and it is therefore warmer with semi- tropical climate or vegetation such as cactuses, bananas and oranges groves. Then we will visit Punakha Dzong the former winter capital of Bhutan.  The head Abbot and monks of central monastic body reside in Punakha Dzong during the winter months and in Thimphu during summer. And we will drive to the village which lies between Punakha and wangdi which takes 20 minutes of hike towards to Chimi Lhakhang temple, which dedicated to the saint Drukpa Kuenley also known as the “Divine madman”. He is well known person as he taught Buddhist teachings in the way that is unlike the stiffness of clergy and society of time. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 6

​Drive to Bumthang

After breakfast we pass the road from Punakha and pass through the town of Wangdiphodrang and begins to climb up from Chuzomsa for 2 hours and crosses the black mountains at Pele La pass. From here if day is clear then we can see Mt. Jumolhari and other mountains across the valley. After passing that now we are in Mangde region and here people speak different dialect. We continue our drive towards to Trongsa, en route stopping at Chendebji chorten and other places along the way to stretch your legs to admire to take picyures. We take lunch at Trongsa and take a peek at the Dzong, which is known as the largest and certainly the most impressive of all Dzong in Bhutan. On the way we stop at the roadside village of Zugney to see the weaving of Yathra. Stay night at Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 7

Full day in Bumthang valley

Taking breakfast, we start the sightseeing tour in Bumthang valley. We will drive towards to Jambay Thakang, there we visit Chakar temple and continue to Kurjey monastery complex. Visiting Kurjey, we start a gentle walk across the suspension bridge over the Chamkhar Chu River to Tamshing Lhakang. And we walk towards to the village to a smaller Kunchok sum temple and then continue the walk through the farmland to swiss area. Now return back to the hotel at afternoon, visit the new monastery of Namhai nyingpo, the traditional hospital. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 8

Ura valley Excursion and attend the festival

About 50 km from Tang across a pass to the Ura valley, it is the last and highest of the Bumthang valley. Our trail descends into Ura by long loops across fields and pastures villages. In Ura valley Characteristically have very closely clustered houses, which is unusual in Bhutan. People from different locations across the country to involve you with hundreds of high- spirited local on lookers dressed in their finest clothes and jewelry to pay respect and to be blessed at the “Tshechu” social gathering. We can truly appreciate the essence of Bhutanese people and a preserved steadfast culture.  It is a rare privilege bestowed to only a limited number of visitors each year. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 9

​Return back to Bumthang

After watching the festival all day and spent one night there. Today it’s time to return back to Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 10

​Drive to Trongsa

Returning back through the same way across Yotongta pass and descend into Trongsa, which takes approximately 3 hours.  After arriving at Trongsa in the afternoon we visit huge and historical Trongsa Dzong, site of emergence of present Royal family of Bhutan. We visit Ta Dzong which now houses the temple dedicated to Jigme Namgyel, father of the first king of Bhutan. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 11

Drive to Paro

Today we leave Trongsa and drive back towards to Paro. On the way we stop to visit the Chendebji chorten, a large white monument said to conceal the remnants of an evil spirit vanquished here. Continue crossing the spectacular Pelela pass then we descend into the valleys of punakha and wangdi. Drive onwards through blossoming hills and pine forests, we arrive at Dochula pass for another Chance to get the panoramic views of the eastern Himalayan range, Including Bhutan highest peak Gangkar phuensum. Further continue drive to Paro. Overnight at Hotel, (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 12

Departure

Today it’s time to leave Paro valley. We will drop you to airport to take your departure flight. (Meal Included: Breakfast).

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation under twin sharing with breakfast.
  • Lunch and Dinner in local restaurants and hotels.
  • Experienced English Speaking Tour Guide licensed by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
  • Private transport within Bhutan (Toyota coach / Tucson / Santafe / Land cruiser / Prado) as per itinerary.
  • Museum & Monuments entrance fee.
  • Bottled water during the tour.
  • Government Royalty

Cost Excludes

 
  • Tourism Development Fund of US$10 per person
  • Visa Fee of US$40 per person
  • Air ticket(flight fare)
  • Bank fee of US$30 only
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Gratuities, bar bills, telephone bills, personal expenses, and laundry.
Note 
  1. The above itinerary can be customized according to your preferences. If you want to make any changes please write here.
  2. The above trekking can also be done in camping. If you are interested in camping trek, for the pricewrite here.
  3. The above price is standard rate, If you want deluxe rate please Contact Us

Trip Extension 
• Home stay in Nepal
• Volutourism in Nepal
• Rafting in Nepal
• Mountain flight in Nepal.
• Bhutan paro tour 
• Cycling tour

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Trip Facts

Duration: 12 Days
Accomodation: Hotel
Seasons : All Season
Type: Easy
Activities : Tour / Sightseeing
No. of Pax : 1-12 pax.
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : Kathmandu

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