Bhutan the Last Shangrila

PARO - ARRIVAL

DAY 1: You will be received by the representative of Himalayan Adventures Tours & Travel Bhutan and escorted to the hotel. Welcome drinks will be served. Visit the Ta Dzong rated as one of the finest natural Museum in South Asia, and is filled with antique thanka paintings, textiles, weapons and armour. Drive to see the Rinpung Dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now use as an administration center and school for monks. Dinner and overnight in Paro.
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

PARO DAY EXCURSION

DAY 2: Morning hike up to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's nest). The climb up to the viewpoint will take approximately 3 hours. Enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tiger and landed there in the 8th century, and meditated for three months.After tea in the café, walk back to the road point and drive to hotel for lunch. Afternoon visit Kyichu temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. Dinner and overnight in Paro.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

PARO - THIMPHU

DAY 3: Morning: On the way to Thimphu, visit Tachogang Temple or the "Temple of the Hill of Excellent Horse". The exact date of the temple's construction is not certain, but it was probably around the year 1433. Check into hotel. Free time to relax. Overnight in Thimphu.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THIMPHU INSIGHT

DAY 4: Visit Changangkha temple, which is the temple of Chenrizig or Compassionate Buddha. See the Traditional Painting School of Arts & Crafts where children are taught centuries old craft, and the National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life. Thimphu sightseeing includes a visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. See the traditional Incense and Paper Factory.Visit Zilukha Nunnery where the nuns meditate and practice Buddhism. Walk around the National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in honor of the late King. Visit Tashichho Dzong, its history is very old, dating back to the 13th century, which houses His Majesty's Throne Room and home to the Monk Body. Overnight in Thimphu.
Meals included: Breakfast

THIMPHU - PUNAKHA

DAY 5: Drive to Punakha (70Km) via the Dochula pass. An hour's drive from Thimphu will take you to this pass (3050mts) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day. Drive onto Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male) river and the Mochu (female) river. Visit the Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple. Walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the divine Madman Lama Drukpa Kuenley where couples unable to have siblings come here to pray. Walk around the streets of Wangdue.
Meals included: Breakfast

PUNAKHA - TRONGSA

DAY 6: Drive to Trongsa via Pele la pass at an altitude of 3,150 metres, a wonderful opportunity for photographs. Visit the beautiful Trongsa Dzong built in 1648, the ancestral home of the Royal Family.Tour Ta Dzong, the watchtower that once guarded Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion, stands impressively and provides visitors an insight into historical significance of Trongsa in Bhutan's history. Overnight in Trongsa.
Meals included: Breakfast

TRONGSA - BUMTHANG

DAY 7: Here the great teachers meditated and left in their wake many sacred grounds.Check into hotel. After Lunch, tour the Jakar Dzong, seat of the district administration, built in the 17th century during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first religious King of Bhutan. The dzong is now used as the administration centre for Bumthang valley. Visit the famous Kurjey, Jambay and Tamshing Lhakhangs.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

BUMTHANG DAY EXCURSION

DAY 8: Ura Valley is one and a half hour drive from Bumthang. En-route cross Ura La (3600 m pass) with a magnificent view of Mount Gangkar Puensum. Closely cluttered houses are the characteristics of the villages in Ura, which is a unique feature in Bhutan. Above Ura village a new temple dedicated to Guru Rimpoche - founder of Buddhism in Bhutan can be visited which contains the paintings of the cycle of his teachings. Explore the village and stroll around. Drive back to Bumthang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

BUMTHANG - MONGAR

DAY 9: The drive, with spectacular views, will take about six hours. Watch cascading waterfalls along the way. The descent stops at 2,130 ft on a bridge over the Kurichu.The Mongar Dzong, albeit built not to long age, still maintains the architectural traditions of the old dzongs.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MONGAR - TRASHIGANG

DAY 10: The road from Mongar to Trashigang, the eastern most region, begins through lush forests and ferns passing over the Kori La at 8,000 ft. After about an hours journey you reach the village of Ngatshang, the site of one of the fiefdoms before unification of the nation. Descending rapidly through corn fields and banana groves, you reach Yadi village. Follow the Gamri river until the bifurcation to Drametsi. This temple, perched atop a steep hill, was founded by Nun Choden Zangmo in the 16th century. This is the place from where the famous Drametsi Nga Chham, mask dance with drums, originated. About 30 kilometres onwards lies Trashigang, at 3,775 ft. Trashigang is the center of the biggest and most populated district in the nation. View the dzong, built strategically on a spur going out towards the Gamri Chu.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY EXCURSION TO TRASHIYANGTSE

DAY 11: Excursion to Gom Kora and Tashiyangtse and sightseeing around Trashigang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

TRASHIGANG - RANGJUNG - MONGAR

DAY 12: In the morning, drive to the Rangjung Monastery. After lunch at Rangjung, drive back to Mongar.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MONGAR - BUMTHANG

DAY 13: After breakfast, stroll around Mongar town area. Drive back to Bumthang for overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

BUMTHANG - GANGTEY

DAY 14: After early breakfast, drive to Gangtey Gompa with picnic lunch. Visit Gangtey Gompa, which now houses one of the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The valley is also the winter home to the rare black-necked cranes (Grus Nicorocolis), which migrate, from remote parts of Tibet, China and Siberia to winter in this valley. Overnight at guesthouse, Phobjikha.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

GANGTEY - WANGDUE

DAY 15: Morning stroll around Gangtey to get a view of the black-necked cranes. Drive to Wangdue for overnight halt. Evening stroll around Wangdue town
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

GANGTEY - WANGDUE

DAY 15: Morning stroll around Gangtey to get a view of the black-necked cranes. Drive to Wangdue for overnight halt. Evening stroll around Wangdue town
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

WANGDUE - THIMPHU

DAY 16: After breakfast hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chhorten – temple built by the Queen Of Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world. Transfer to Thimphu.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THIMPHU DAY EXCURSION

DAY 17: About 7 miles from Thimphu, the Tango Monastery is a lovely place for an afternoon excursion. The monastery dates back to the 13th century and was rebuilt in the 15th century by the "Divine Madman", Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Drive to see the Takin Zoo, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. Drive to the BBS tower to get a glimpse of the Thimphu valley at night.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THIMPHU - PARO

DAY 18: Transfer to Paro, driving through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing rivers and natural forests to Paro. Drive to Drukgyal Dzong (fortress) now in ruins, which were built in 1646 by Shabdrung to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

PARO INSIGHTS

DAY 19: Drive to Pamesa village to visit the Pamesa Lhakhang built by Terton Sherab. Meditate in the Lhakhang and stay the night there. OR You can come to your hotel for the overnight stay.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

HAA DAY EXCURSION

DAY 20: Day excursion to Haa valley. Take a packed lunch. Visit the Haa Dzong. Drive back to Paro for overnight. In the evening, visit a farmhouse and try our traditional drinks and snacks. Try the stone bath.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

PPARO - DEPARTURE

DAY 21: In the morning, your guide will escort you to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



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