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ID: 1259
EIGHTEEN DAYS TOUR - BHUTAN MONASTERY TOUR
Offered by Company : ID 1915
Country : Bhutan
Destinations : paro (Paro), thimphu (Thimphu)
Duration : 17 – 18 day(s)
Minimum Price : $200 USD ( Per Day)
Maximum Price : $240 USD ( Per Day)
Type : Private,Customized
Season : All Year Round
Trip Categories : Adventure Tour, Culture Tour
 
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Sight seeing like the Dzongs(Forts), Takin Reserve,National Museums,Oldest Temples of Bhutan, Traditional weaving centers, 4-5hrs hike to Paro Taktsang( Tigers Nest,Tangbi Monastry, Tharpaling Monestery, Tango and Cheri Monestery

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Day 01: Arrive Paro from Bangkok/Delhi/Kathmandu

The flight to Paro crosses the Himalaya Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. Upon arrival in Paro, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you can visit the Paro Dzong. It was built in 1646 and now houses overnment offices and religious institutions, as do all the dzongs (forts) currently. You can then tour the National Museum, formerly the watchtower for the dzong. It now houses a collection of fine arts, paintings, thankas, statues, and antiques. Afterward you will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. In the evening you can stroll through the Paro town. Overnight in Paro.

Day 2: Paro - Thimphu (hike to Taktsang Tigers Nest Monastery)

After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tigers Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. In the afternoon you will drive to Thimphu. In the evening you can explore Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and absorb the lifestyle of the people. You can also visit some interesting handicraft shops. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 3 Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast you will visit the Kings Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin, and a traditional paper factory. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the weekend, you can stroll through the market to see the variety of food of the country, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese, and mangoes. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. Its fun to wander the aisles, taking in the bustling atmosphere of the market. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu - Wangduephodrang, with excursion to Punakha

After breakfast you will drive to Wangduephodrang, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. After lunch you will drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, and visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637. On the way back from Punakha, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple, where you may receive a special fertility blessing if you wish. Overnight in Wangduephodrang.

Day 5: Wangduephodrang - Trongsa, with stop in Gantey

You will begin the day by driving to Gantey. Youll pass through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons and arrive at Gantey village, where youll visit Gantey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. From Gantey, you can see the picturesque Black Mountain range as well as Phobjika Valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes. From there youll head to Trongsa, the ancestral home of the royal family. The route is along a spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La, and at certain times of year its possible to see yaks. You can browse through the Trongsa shops and town in the afternoon. Overnight in Trongsa.

Day 6: Trongsa - Bumthang

In the morning youll visit Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture, and youll also see Ta Dzong, the watchtower built to defend this dzong. After lunch, youll proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation, with lush valleys and hilly forests. Along the way you will stop at a yethra (textile weaving) factory, where the yethras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. You can spend the evening strolling through Bumthang town. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 7: Bumthang sightseeing

After breakfast you will visit the following places:
• Jakar Dzong (fortress)
• Jambey Lhakhang (one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan)
• Kurjey Lhakhang (temple of Guru Rinpoches body print)
• Tamshing Lhakhang (see old Buddhist paintings)
• Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake)
• Short hike to Thangbi Monastery

You can spend the evening exploring Bumthang town. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 8: Bumthang (hike to Tharpaling Monastery)

Today you will hike to Tharpaling Monastery. Youll begin the hike in the morning, since this is a fairly lengthy hikeabout three hours to the monastery. Its a picturesque trail through the forest. The monastery itself is somewhat large, with several temples, and about 100 monks live in the nearby huts. From the monastery, you will have a beautiful view of Chumey Valley, and you can have a relaxing lunch while you take in the scenery. In the evening you can relax in the town. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 9: Bumthang - Mongar

You will begin your journey to eastern Bhutan, which is different from western and central Bhutan in terms of development and lifestyle. The steepness of the region lends itself to some spectacular views, with rushing waterfalls and sheer drops. The drive on this day is an exhilarating 8 hours, particularly the Thrumshing La (pass), which peaks at 3,750 meters. You can wander around Mongar town in the evening and sit down to a relaxing dinner. Overnight in Mongar.

Day 10: Mongar - Trashigang

In the morning you will visit Mongar Dzong, which is more modern than most dzongs in Bhutan (though architecturally it looks the same), having been built at the request of the third king in 1953. You will then head to Trashigang, passing through several villages. In the afternoon, you can visit Trashigang Dzong and stroll through the town, absorbing the culture of eastern Bhutan. Overnight in Trashigang.

Day 11: Trashigang, with excursion to Tashiyangtse

Today you will visit Tashiyangtse, which is a small, pretty, quiet town. The people are known for making wooden bowls and containers, which are said to be the best in Bhutan. Just below the town is the Chorten Kora. Along the way to Tashiyangtse you will stop at the Gom Kora temple, behind which is a large black rock. It is said that Guru Rinpoche meditated in a cave in the rock and that you can see the impression of his thumb, his hat, and his body on the rock. You will also visit the abandoned iron chain-link bridge behind the village of Duksum. It is said that this is the last remaining bridge of those built by a Tibetan bridge builder by the name of Thangtong Gyalpo in the 15th century. Later in the day you can relax in Trashigang and enjoy a nice dinner. Overnight in Trashigang.

Day 12: Trashigang - Mongar

In the morning you can visit the weaving center in Khaling (which is operated by the National Womens Association of Bhutan), Sherubtse College in Kanglung (Bhutans first college), and Zangdopelri Monastery. From there you will head back to Mongar. Overnight in Mongar.

Day 13: Mongar – Bumthang

Drive the spectacular 8-hour route back to Bumthang, with stops for lunch and tea in nearby villages. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 14: Wednesday Nov. 16: Bumthang Wangduephodrang
Youll begin the day at the Bumthang market, and then drive to Wangduephodrang, where you can stroll through the town and visit the shops. The nearby villages are known for their slate and stone carvings and bamboo work. Overnight in Wangduephodrang.

Day 15: Wangduephodrang - Thimphu

In the morning you will drive back to Thimphu. After lunch, you will tour the Textile Museum, the Folk Heritage Museum, the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, and Simtokha Dzong (the oldest fortress in the kingdom). and you can explore the interesting handicraft shops. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 16: Thimphu (hike to Tango and Cheri Monastery)

In the morning you can hike to Tango Monastery, which was built by the Divine Madman in the 15th century. Its a center of study for monks, and it affords a great view of the Thimphu Valley. After lunch, you can hike to Cheri Monastery, which was built in 1620 and housed the first monk body. The Shabdrungs fathers ashes are contained inside the monastery. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 17: Thimphu - Haa - Paro (6 hour drive)

You will set out for Haa, one of Bhutans most unspoiled areas. It was just recently opened to visitors and is unmarked by tourism. Haa is a pristine valley where the farmers grow wheat, barley, millet, and potatoes. On the way to Haa, you will pass through old-fashioned villages and thick conifer forests. You will visit Lhakhang Karo and gain some insight into the valleys history. You will also visit the Wangchulo Dzong. A few minutes drive from the dzong is the main town of Haa. You can take a walk to Katso Village from the main town and explore the area. After lunch you will drive to Paro over the Cheli La pass at 3,900m. If the time permits you can visit a traditional farmhouse in the evening and, if you wish, enjoy a typical Bhutanese dinner. Overnight in Paro.

Day 18: Depart Paro for Calcutta
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