Central Bhutan Tour (09 Nights & 10 Days)

Tour Brief

  • Durations: 09 nights & 10 days tour in Bhutan
  • Entry & Exit: Paro, Bhutan
  • Seasons: Throughout the year
  • Places of visit: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdi Phodrang, Haa, Trongsa & Bumthang

 Brief Description of the Tour

This tour will take you to explore up to the central part of Bhutan and it will be an exciting destination for all visitors. It includes some of the most significant historical and religious sites in the country. The valley in Bumthang has some of the most ancient and important oldest temples and monasteries in Bhutan. Along this, Bumthang district is a place to get the good amount of chugo, a hard-chewy dried cheese snack popular in Bhutan. Moreover, we will explore the Haa valley which was blessed by the presence of Meri Puensum, the three small mountains symbolizing RigsumGonpo: Jampelyang(manjushri), Chana Dorjee (Vajrapani), and Chenrezi (Avaloketeshvara). So, Haa valleys are believed to maintain and strengthen the peace and harmony in the region.

Tour Attractions/Highlights

  • Paro Rinpung Dzong
  • Taktshang sacred monastery
  • Old temple of Bhutan, Kyichu temple
  • Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan
  • The big Buddha, which is under construction
  • Divide Madman`s temple and Punakha Dzong
  • Phobjikha vally and Gantey monastery
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Day 01: Arrive to Paro –Thimphu

On the arrival at Paro International Airport, the representative from Tashi Yangyel Tours – For Your pleasant Bhutan Experience! Will warmly welcome & greet you all. Then, you will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan through the sound of peaceful river flowing of Paa-chu and Thim-chu. The drive will take 1 hour and 30 minutes along a river valley, past small villages and traditional farmhouses. It`s a small & charming capital city located in the heart of the Himalayas. On reaching at Thimphu, we can have a lunch in one of the restaurant. After lunch, visit Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 in the memory of third late king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the temple inside gives good examples of tantric Buddhist and its philosophy. Big Buddha Point is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue under construction in the mountains of Thimphu valley. The Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuk, the thirteenth Druk Desi. Upon completion, it will be one of the largest Buddha in the Bhutan, at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters). Mothithang mini-zoo, to see the National Animal of Bhutan Takin (Budorcas Taxicolor). The Takin as a National Animal of Bhutan is attributed to a legend of the animal’s creation in Bhutan in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kunley. Zulikha Nunnery, the Thangtong Dewachen nunnery was founded in 1976 by Rikey Jadrel and today it houses the sixty nuns engaged in Buddhist study and practices. Evening, stroll around Thimphu city, then visit Tashichho Dzong, seat of the National Government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Dinner & Overnight stay in Hotel, Thimphu.

Day 02: Thimphu –Punakha/Wangdi Phodrang

After our breakfast, we will drive to Punakha/Wangdi via Dochula Pass (3150m). Here you will have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayan Mountain ranges. The pass is adorned with 108 small Chorten and many kinds of prayer flags. The road climbs steeply through forests of blue pine, spruce and rhododendrons up to Dochula and then the road descends through lush forests to the fertile valley of Punakha & Wangdi Phodrang. The drive will take around 3 hours. Lunch will be serving on the way to Punaka/Wangi. On reaching at Lobesa, visit to Chhimi Lhakhang, which is located at a hilltop. The temple is known as ‘the temple of fertility’.  This place was founded by divine madman Lama Drukpa Kunley in the 15th century. Later, this temple was built by his cousin Lama Ngawang Chogyel. At Punakha, visit the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong. The winter resident for Central Monastic Body and head of the administrative purposes, even this is the best venue for the coronation of our kings in Bhutan. Dinner and Overnight stay in Hotel, Punakha/Wangdi.

Day 03: Punakha/Wangdi Phodrang –Phobjikha

Today after having breakfast, drive to Phobjikha valley over Lawala Pass (3280m). Here you see a yaks grazing along the roadside. The road will ascend through semi-tropical vegetation and alpine environment, with rhododendron trees and dark green dwarf bamboo till you reaches at Lawala pass and then descends till we reach to Gantey. The drive will take 2 hours and 30 minutes. On reaching at Gantey, visit to Gangtey Goenpa/Monaestry, is an important monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism, the main seat of the great treasure Pema Lingpa. Then, we will hike to Gangtey Natural Trail Hike, the most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trails in Bhutan. We can see the valley so panoramically. The hike will take 1 hour and 30 to 50 minutes. Today`s lunch will be one of the restaurants in Phobjikha valley. Dinner and Overnight stay in Hotel, Phobjikha.

Day 04: Phobjikha – Bumthang.

After our breakfast in the hotel, we will drive to Bumthang via Pelela pass and Yotongla pass through Trongsa, the ancestral home of Royal Family.  The drive will take 6 hours and 30 minutes through alpine environment and semi-tropical vegetation with rhododendron trees and dark green dwarf bamboo. You will stop by at Chendebji Chhorten, the chorten is patterned after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu and was built in 19th century to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was killed at this spot. As you enter Trongsa valley, the huge fortress of Trongsa Dzong, the most impressive dzong in Bhutan appears on the far side of a deep valley and visit this Dzong on arrival. Then we will visit Tower of Trongsa-Religion and Power in Bhutan. The Tower of Trongsa is a museum in which aspects of Bhutanese culture and history are explained by beautifully objects, while for others it is as scared place of encounter with the gods. Lunch will serve at Trongsa. Then we will continue our drive to Bumthang through the hairpin bends with the dense forest of rhododendron, conifers, alder and oak crossing Yotong La, 3425m. The road then comes out into a wide-open cultivated valley – which is the Chumey Valley, the first of Bumthnag’s four valleys. From here the road goes on straight until we see Jakar Dzong and then drops into bends before straightening out again in the main valley at Chamkhar. It was the winter palace of our second King Jigme Wangchuck. The palace is an impressive building with superb woodwork and decorations. Dinner and Overnight stay in Hotel, Trongsa.

Day 05: Bumthnag Halt

Today, visit to Jambay Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century. Kurjey Lhakhang is named after the body print of Guru Rinpoche which is preserved in a cave inside the oldest of the three buildings. Tamshing Lhakhang – which was established by Terton Pema Lingpa in 1501 and is the most important Nyingma Goenba in the country. Lunch will be one of the restaurant/hotel in Bumthang. After lunch we will visit Mebertsho (Burning Lake) - This is a very scared lake for Bhutanese people. Terton Pema Lingpa discovered several of Guru Rinpoche’s hidden religious treasures from this lake. Evening we will visit to Farmer’s House for Bhutanese tea, alcohol and hot stone bath (Dhotsho). We can also organize over night stay in farmer`s house. Dinner and Overnight stay in Hotel/Farmer`s house, Bumthang.

Day 06: Bumthang – Punakha/Wangdi Phodrang

After our breakfast, we will drive back to Punakha via Yotongla pass (3425m) and Pelela pass (3420m) through Trongsa valley. Today`s, drive will take almost 8 hours to reach at Punakha, the oldest capital of Bhutan. Today, the road will have many ups and downs, sharp hairpin bends through different river valleys and temperatures. The lunch will be on the way to Punakha. Dinner and Overnight stay in Hotel, Punakha/Wangdi Phodrang.

Day 07: Punakha/Wangdi Phodrang - Paro

After breakfast, we will drive back to Paro. The road ascends up to the Dochula Pass (3150m) and descends till reach to Semtokha. Today, drive will take almost 5 hours and lunch will be on the way to Paro. On reaching at Paro, visit to Paro Rimpung Dzong, the center of civil and religious authority in this region and drive to the village of Drukgyel and visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1649 to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invasion. Dinner and Overnight stay in Hotel, Paro.

Day 08: Paro – Haa (Day Excursion)

Today, we will drive to Haa for the day excursion via Chelela pass, which is 3988m above the sea level. This pass is the one of the highest passes in the Bhutan, while we are travelling by motorable road. The drive will take 2 hours and 30 minutes, through beautiful valley and forest of blue pine, silver fir, hemlock, spruce and large tress. Today, up to Chelela pass, we will ascend and then we will descend down till Haa. Lunch will be one of the restaurants in Haa town. After lunch, visit to Lhakhang Karpo (white temple) and Lhakhang Nakpo (black temple). These temples were built in the 7th century, by the Tibetan 33 Dharma King Songtsen Gampo, along the time of Kyichu temple was built. Then, we will drive back to Paro, through same road.  Dinner and Overnight stay in Hotel, Paro.

Day 09: Paro Halt

Today after having breakfast, we will make a hike to Paro Taktshang Monastery, the most famous and sacred monastery in Bhutan. Taktshang means “Tiger`s Nest” named after Guru Rinpoche reportedly flew to this site riding on the back of a flying tigress in the 8th century. We have to walk about 2hours and 30minutes up steep from the road end. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Lunch will be served at Taktshang cafeteria. While coming back, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, it is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo (the 33rd Tibetan king, who is also the manifestation of avoloketeshivara, commonly known to Bhutanese as Chenrize).

Evening at leisure, dinner and overnight stay at Paro Hotel

Day 10: Paro-Airport.

After our breakfast, we will drive to Paro International Airport for your onward flight. Our guide and driver will bid you farewell here at the airport. We wish you a very safe and pleasant flight for your onward destinations.

Duration: 09 Nights/10 Days in Bhutan

Season

High Season (March to May, September to November)

Low Season (December to February, June to August)
No. of PersonTour Fee (US $)/PersonTour Fee (US $)/Person
1 PersonUS $1000US $1000
2 PersonUS $1000 per personUS $1000 per person
3 Person & aboveUS $1000 per personUS $1000 per person

The above price covers the following services.
 A Sustainable Development Fee (SDF): US $65 per person per night
 A minimum of 3 stars accommodation (4 & 5 star require an additional premium)
 All meals (3 meals in a day)
 A licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide (English Speaking)
 All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
 Entry fees and all internal taxes
 Mineral water
 FIT Surcharges, and
 Visa fees
The above price shall not include the following:
 Air fare.
 Airport Taxes
 Medical Expenses
 Travel Insurance
 Drinks, and
 Laundry

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