Grand tour

HIGHLIGHTS

The cultural tour is focused more into the people's daily life experience, their food, skills and cultures. We can see how they weave their traditional dresses, how they craft cups, plates and masks in their own tradition. We will spend some time with a local family enjoying how they cook Bhutanese dishes.

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Paro
Day 2: Paro,hike round trip 4 hrs
Day 3: Paro-Thimphu. 54 km/drive 1 hr
Day 4: Thimphu
Day 5: Thimphu-Punakha. 76 km/drive 3 hrs
Day 6: Punakha-Trongsa. 137 km/drive 5 hrs
Day 7: Trongsa-Bumthang. 68 km/drive 2.45 hrs
Day 8: Bumthang
Day 9: Bumthang-Ura Valley. 45 km/drive 1 hr
Day 10: Ura Valley-Mongar. 149 km/drive 5.5 hrs
Day 11: Mongar-Trashigang. 91 km/drive 3.5 hrs
Day 12: Trashigang-Trashiyangtse. 59 km/drive 2.5 hrs
Day 13: Trashiyangtse-Samdrub Jongkhar. 145 km/drive 5.5 hrs
Day 14: Samdrub Jongkhar-Guwahati (Assam). 110 km/drive 3.5 hrs

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Day 1: Paro
Arrival in Paro. After short refreshment, excursion to The National Museum (Ta-Dzong), which was actually the Watch Tower of the Paro RimPong Dzong. It was converted to the National Museum in l968. Visit the RimPong Dzong which was built in 1645 AD.

Day 2: Paro
We start to hike to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means "Tiger's Nest ". The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 4,000 ft. and offers an excellent view of Paro valley. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava meditated in the spot where the monastery is situated, having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. Picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria.

Day 3: Paro-Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu en route to Simtokha Dzong which is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 AD. It houses the largest monastic schools in the country. We visit library, art school and Buddha point where is the biggest sitting Buddha.

Day 4: Thimphu
After breakfast we visit Changgangkha Lhakhang and Pangri Zampa monastery where monks study astrology. We also visit the main Bazaar. Walking excursion to the memorial stupa in the evening.

Day 5: Thimphu-Punakha
We will drive through the Dochula pass. From there you can spectacular view of Mt. Gangkar Puensum(three brothers) if clear wethear.

Day 6: Punakha-Trongsa
Drive to Trongsa visiting Wangdi Dzong. We also visit Trogsa Dzong which is one of the biggest Dzong in Bhutan. In the evening we take an excursion around the small town and nearby village.

Day 7: Trongsa-Bumthang
Drive to Bumthang en route to Tharpaling monastery which was established in 14th century by one great Tibetan Yogi. Lunch with a local family in Chumey Village. Walking excursion around the city in the evening.

Day 8: Bumthang
We visit the following monasteries; Jambey lhakhang, this monastery was built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. It is one of 108 monasteries which he built to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region. Kurje Lhakhang (monastery) was built in 1652 against the rock face where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in the 8th century, Thangbi Monastery which was founded in 1470 by Shamar Rinpoche of the Karma Kagyupa religious school. Tamshing monastery was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa. There are very old religious paintings around the inner walls of the temple, which was restored at the end of the 19th century.

Day 9: Bumthang-Ura Valley
Drive to Ura Valley en route to Mebhar Tso (Butter Lamp Lake). The Mebar Tsho is considered one of the most sacred sites in the region as it relates to the renowned treasure reveler, Terton Pema Lingpa-incarnated disciple of Padmasambhava who discovered treasure from the lake somewhere around late 15th century. Short walking excursion through the Ura Village. Dinner and night stay with a local family.

Day 10: Ura Valley-Mongar
We drive to the eastern Bhutan visiting many small town and villages where most of houses are smaller and less people. Sometimes we hardly see people on the road. Roads are bit narrower, but less cars. You will see the different nature and culture of eastern Bhutan. We will arrive in the small town called Mongar where we stay for a night. Take a short excursion around the city.

Day 11: Mongar-Trashigang
We visit Mongar Dzong in the morning and drive to Trashigang. Excursion around the small town and visit a bazaar.

Day 12: Trashigang-Trashiyangtse
We visit Trashigang Dzong and drive to Trashiyangtse. We visit the small local own factory of wooden cup (Da-pa). Most of the Da-pa production is from Trashiyangtse District for all Bhutan as well as in India. On the way we visit the stupa called Chorten Kora.

Day 13: Trashiyangtse-Samdrub Jongkhar
Visit Trashiyangtse Dzong and drive to Samdrub Jongkhar, one of the gateway to Bhutan from India in the east. We make an excursion around the town.

Day 14: Samdrub Jongkhar-Guwahati (Assam)
We drive to Guwahati (India) and catch a flight to Delhi at noon.
 

Tour date

by request
(14 days / 13 nights)

Group size & price

from 3-12 pax:
2640 USD (low season) per person
3290 USD (high season) per person

Price includes

  • accommodation in standard hotels (certified by TCB). DBL occupancy.
  • 3 meals per day
  • transfers and transportation
  • road permit fees
  • all taxes
  • entrance fees to all monuments
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide (other languages upon request)
  • visa fee

Not included

  • airfares (as listed separately)
  • personal expenses such as beverages, spa or message
  • travel & medical Insurance
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