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ID: 1260
Offered by Company : ID 1915
Country : Bhutan
Destinations : bumthang (Bumthang)
Duration : 13 – 14 day(s)
Minimum Price : $200 USD ( Per Day)
Maximum Price : $240 USD ( Per Day)
Type : Private,Customized
Season : All Year Round
Trip Categories : Culture Tour, Festival Tour
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Paro Museum, Paro Rinpong Dzong (fort), Kyichu Lhakhang (oldest monastery), Hike/ride horses to Taktsang Monastery, Bumthang (Jambay Lakhang festival), Textile Museum, the Folk Heritage Museum, the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school) and the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts, Thimphu (Tango and Cheri Hike)
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Day 1. Arrive in Paro from Bangkok/Delhi/Kathmandu

During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalaya Mountains, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

In the afternoon you can visit the following places:
• Paro Museum
• Paro Rinpong Dzong (fort)
• Kyichu Lhakhang (oldest monastery)

In the evening you can stroll through the town. Overnight in Paro.

Day 2. Paro to Thimphu (2-hour drive)

After breakfast you can hike/ride horses to Taktsang Monastery, which is Bhutans 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. Afterward you will visit the Drugyal Dzong (victory dzong).

Day 3. Thimphu Sightseeing.

Morning 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), and the Takin reserve, which contains the national animal of Bhutan. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichodzong, and Simtokha Dzong (the oldest fortress in the kingdom). Overnight in Thimphu

Day 4. Thimphu to Wangdue/Punakha (3-hour drive)

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. Overnight in Wangduephodrang.

Day 5. Wangdue to Trongsa (5-hour drive)

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 evening. Overnight in Trongsa.

Day 6. Trongsa to Bumthang (3-hour drive)

In the morning youll visit Trongsa Dzong and the 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 or you can attend the first day of the festival (you can discuss it with your guide)
• 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 in the afternoon you can spend the evening exploring Bumthang town.

Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 8. Bumthang (Jambay Lakhang festival)

The festivals are the most colorful of all Bhutanese gatherings and are celebrated as religious festivals, commemorating the deeds of Buddha, to honor Guru Rimpoche who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. You will attend the Jambay Lakhang festival. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 9. Bumthang (festival)

This festival is the second cultural highlight of your tour. Here, masks of glorious demonic demons and animals arouse your senses as you watch the purification take place. The valley dwellers dress in their finest clothes and join together to exorcise evil spirits and rejoice. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 10. Bumthang to Wangdue (7-hour drive)

Morning drive back 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 11. Wangdue to Thimphu (3-hour drive)

In the morning you will drive back to Thimphu. After lunch, visit the Textile Museum, the Folk Heritage Museum, the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school) and the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts. In the evening you can stroll through Thimphu town. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 12. Thimphu - Thimphu (Tango and Cheri Hike)

Morning, drive towards the north of Thimphu and do the hike to Tango and Cheri Monastery. The hike to Tango will take you about an hour. The three storey tower and the surrounding buildings were built in the 18th Century by the 8th Desi (secular rular) and it is also the home of seventh reincarnation of highly respected lama. Picnic lunch will be served and after lunch hike to Cheri monastery, this monastery was built by the great Shabdrung and he also established the first monk body here. O/N in Thimphu.

Day 13. Thimphu - Paro

Morning, at leisure. Visit the Handicrafts emporium for your last minute shopping and after lunch drive to Paro. Catch on with the activities that you missed earlier. O/N in Paro.

Day 14. Departure

Morning, transfer to the Air-port for your departure, where your guide will bid you good bye.
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