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Bhutan is a small landlocked kingdom that captivates the world with its breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and a unique commitment to prioritizing the well-being of its citizens. Known as the "Land of the Thunder Dragon," Bhutan stands out not only for its stunning natural beauty but also for its unconventional approach to measuring progress and success through Gross National Happiness (GNH).
Despite its small size, Bhutan boasts an incredibly diverse and picturesque landscape. From the lush green valleys to the towering peaks of the Himalayas, the country is a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
Fly in Paro
Welcome to Bhutan. On a clear day, one will experience breathtaking views of major Himalayan peaks, Jomolhari and JichuDarkey in Bhutan from your flight. Upon arrival Bhutan's first gift to you will be clean fresh mountain air. Obtain your Bhutan visa which will be pre-paid, and after clearing Immigration and Customs, you will be met outside at the exit point by Bhutan Sky Trails representatives and escort you around for the sightseeing, onward to your hotel.
Visit Ta Dzong (National Museum), which towers above the Paro Dzong and viewing its well-interpreted collection of historic artifacts makes for a great prologue to the journey yet to come.
Visit Paro Dzong. This massive fortress is located in the Paro valley and is approached by a gently sloping flagstone road and a beautiful wooden bridge roofed with shingles and abutted by two guardhouses. Today, the Dzong is the Administrative seat of the district of Paro and it also contains a state monastic community of about 200 monks. The central tower ("Utse") of the Dzong is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The Dzong was built in 1646 A.D.
Paro - Taktsang - Thimphu
Hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. The Icon monastery of Bhutan, This monastery clings to a cliff was built in 17th century. The monastery was burnt in 1998 and was rebuilt in its original form. The mountainside viewpoint for this dramatically situated and most sacred site is accessible by walk of about 5 hours round trip. There is also a cafeteria at mid-point, where one can enjoy refreshments and meals.
Visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the most sacred temples in Bhutan and built in 659 AD by Tibetan Buddhist king SongtsenGampo.After wards drive to Thimphu for the overnight stay. It’s around an hour drive from Paro.
Visit the Memorial Chorten built in 1974, in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the country from 1952-1972. Next visit the Buddha Dordema located at Kuenselphodrang, it is 51.5 meter bronze statue overlooking the Thimphu valley. Stop by Takin preserve to see Bhutan’s national animal. VisitZilukha nunneryto grasp the role of woman in Bhutan’s spiritual realm.Visit traditional paper making unitand the local market, this is a wonderful opportunity to witness daily life of people. End the day with visit ofTashichhoDzong, the main secretariat building. This massive fortress houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the office and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot.
Thimphu - Punakha
Transfer on approximately 2 hours 30 minutes’ drive over Dochula Pass (3.150 m) to the lower valley of Punakha. Stop at theDochula pass for hot cup of tea/coffee and a chance to stretch your legs, use proper toilet facilities. On a clear day one can view the Himalayan ranges with 108 stupas named as “DrukWangyelChorten” that have been erected here by the Queen Mother.
After reaching the village of Sobsokha take a short walk through the rice pounding village to take a short walk to visit Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility shrine, built in the 15th century by lama Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the “the Divine Madman.” The cheerful flying phallus that one sees painted on homes throughout Bhutan is a tribute to this saint, whose presence distracts and thus repels evil spirits.
Also visit the beautiful Punakha Dzong, the winter residence of the central monastic body. The dzong was damaged by fire in 1986, but recently renovated using traditional building techniques without using of nails, plans of power tools. It is beautifully located at the confluence of Pho chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river).
Punakha - Phobjikha
This morning drive to the north of the valley around 30mins and take a hike, which is around 1-2 hour to Khamsum Yule Namgyelchorten, which took more than 9 years to complete it. The walk through rice fields, passing by farm houses is very scenic and beautiful.
Then continue your drive Phobjikha valley, Phobjikha is popular for the endangered Black- necked Cranes (Grus nigricollis) that migrate to Bhutan. These large birds migrate from northern Tibet to Phobjikha valley to escape its harsh winter. Visit Gangtey Monastery beautifully located on a hill top and founded in 1613. After the visit of monasterytake a nature trail walk for about 2 hours that will give you great opportunity scenic of view of the valley.
Phobjikha -Trongsa - Bumthang
Today drive to Bumthang stopping along the way, the drive is very scenic across Pelela pass (3,300 m) to Trongsa ascending through farm houses and Chendbjichorten, built in Nepalese style with gigantic Buddha’s eyes painted at the four cardinal points. After reaching visit of Trongsa Dzong built in 1652, ChogyalMinjurTenpa, the third Desi (temporal ruler) was sent by Zhabdrung to unify the eastern Bhutan. He rebuilt the dzong in its present form. Ta dzong ‘watchtower’ is built to guard the Trongsa Dzong from the inter-region and outside invaders. It was renovated and converted in museum in 2008, it shows case some of the rare and priceless artifacts of the kingdom and history of monarchy.Continue your drive across Yotongla pass (3,325 m) passing by beautiful Chumey valley.Bumthang region encompasses four major valleys: Chumey, Chokhor, Tang and Ura.
Bumthang - Bumthang
Visit JakarDzong, “monastery of the white bird”, built in 17th century. Visit Jambaylhakhang built in 7th century by the Tibetan Buddhist king SongtsenGampo. VisitKurjey Lhakhang, the monastery where Guru meditated, is one such place, and according to local lore, one can see the imprint of Guru Rinpoche’s body on the rock where he once sat. Then walk for approximately 30 minutes across Chamkharchhu to Tamshinglhakhang built in 1501 and founded by the great “revealer of treasures, Pema Lingpa. It contains exquisite paintings and statuary, said to date back to back to the time of the great revealer himself. Explore nearby places and afternoon is free time to explore down town chamkhar.
Bumthang - Mongar
Drive to Mongar 7hrs (193 km), it is one of the most spectacular drives in the country crossing two passes and wild roads that cling to the hills and the unparalleled scenic beauty and lush valleys. On the way make a pilgrimage to Me-bartsho(Burning Lake) .Terton Pema Lingpa discovered treasures which were hidden by Guru Rinpoche.
Ura has a beautiful Buddhist Monastery surrounded by typical Bhutanese farmhouses. The drive begins to highest point on your trip Thrumshing la pass (3,780 m) the border of MonggarDzonkhag. Journey to eastern Bhutan officially begins.
Mongar -Lhuntse - Mongar
Take a day excursion trip to Lhuntse, visit Lhuntsedzong built in 1654. Stop by Khoma village
Which is famed for its weavers on special textile weavings,you can also make a detour to visitGuru NangseyZilnon bronze statue of Guru Rinpoche measuring 154 feet sitting on lotus, which is located at Takila above Tagmachu village.
Mongar – Trashigang
After breakfasts visit the MongarDzong and begin your scenic drive to Trashigang 4hrs (91 km) via Kori la pass (7584 ft). Visit Ngatshang Lhakhang on the way.
After lunch visit TrashigangDzong built in 17th century. It is also district administration office of Trashigang and houses the clergy.Explore Trashigang town and free time to relax.
Trashigang – Trashigang
Take a short day trip to Ranjung and Radhi village. Visit RanjungWoeselcholing monastery founded by Garab Rinpoche in 1990 and it is a Nyingmapa monastery. Radhi village is also known as “Rice pounding village”. Rice field turns into golden color in autumn season. You see lots of weaver in the area which they are famed for.
Trashigang - SamdrupJongkhar
Drive to SamdrupJongkhar through lush valley. It’s very beautiful drive and different then the drive in western Bhutan. On the way visit the NWAB’s handloom factory and weavers. The lowest point on your trip will be SamdrupJongkhar.
SamdrupJongkhar - Guwahati
This morning you will say good-bye to your guide and driver. You will be transferred to Guwahati which is 3 hrs (110 km).
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