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Bhutan Valley Tour

10 Nights 11 Days
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Bhutan Valley tour provides visitors with the perfect insight while highlighting many traditional landmarks and culture customs of the Bhutanese people.

Itinerary - Bhutan Valley Tour

Day
1
Arrival in Paro

Our Bhutanese tour guide will meet you at Paro airport and transfer you to the Hotel. Free evening walk with your guide.

Overnight in Hotel.

Airport-Pick Up
Accommodation
Guide
Day
2
Sightseeing around Paro

Early morning drive towards Paro. We visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visit Paro’s Rimpung Dzong, on the way down we cross the 16th century cantilever bridge. Also visiting the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress, built in 1647 which is 18 kms from Paro. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. We take a visit to a farm house and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living.

Overnight at a hotel.

Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accommodation
Guide and Transport
Day
3
Drive from Paro to Thimphu for sightseeing

Early morning we take a scenic drive to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, approx 90 minutes drive from Paro. Sightseeing in and around Thimphu valley we visit the National Library, which holds a collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, as well as the institute for Zorig Chusum commonly known as Painting School, textile and Folk Heritage Museum which provides an insight into Bhutanese material culture and everyday way of life. Also visiting the National Memorial Chorten, Trashichho dzong an impressive monastery, Bhutanese Handicrafts displaying a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. In the evening we explore the vibrant Thimphu Bazaar.

Overnight at a hotel.

Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accommodation
Guide and Transport
Day
4
Drive from Thimphu to Punakha

Driving 3 hours leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. You will see Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Junipers and pine forests with chirping sounds of the many rare species of birds found in Bhutan. We then drive onto Lobesa where you take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple, it is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Continuing North to visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 which strategically occupies the land between the two rivers Phochu and Mochu.

Overnight at a hotel.

Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accommodation
Guide and Transport
Day
5
Drive from Punakha to Trongsa

Approximately 6 hours after our early breakfast to Wangdiphodrang we continue on to Tongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m). The pass is marked by a white chorten and many prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo. Stopping at Chendebji Chorten for lunch. You can see the chorten with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. Finally reaching towards Trongsa you can view the stunning Trongsa Dzong from a distance.

Overnight at a hotel.

Meals - Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accommodation
Guide and Transport
Day
6
Drive from Trongsa to Bumthang

Trongsa (2,300m) literally meaning new town forms the central hub of the nation and historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched. Visit the Trongsa Dzong which was built in 1648 and is the biggest and most impressive of all the fortresses in the country. This Dzong is the ancestral home of Bhutan`s royal family. Both the first and second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. All five Kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop (‘governer’) prior to ascending the throne. The monastic body shifts to Trongsa for the winter and to Bumthang in the summer. Above the town is Ta Dzong watch tower which is presently under renovations to make way for the new Museum on Bhutanese Monarchy.

After the tour of Trongsa we drive to Bumthang, 68 kms away from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m). The road winds steeply up to the pass, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley. Stopping in Chumey village there are many shops selling yathra, a woolen textile. Bumthang is famous for yathra a distinctive strip of woven woolen fabric in numerous colours and patterns mostly made using ancient dyeing techniques .The Road follows the valley down and it climbs through blue pine forests to Kiki La (2,860m). We then descent down to the Choekor Valley or central of Bumthang. Overnight at a hotel.

Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accommodation
Guide and Transport
Day
7
Sightseeing around Bumthang

Bumthang valley comprises of a combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitudes varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. Home to many of prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries. Visiting the Jakar Dzong built in 1667 and it`s seat of district administration and regional monastic body of Bumthang. Jambay Lhakhang founded in 7th century by the Tibetan king Songsen Gampo it is one of the oldest monasteries in the country. Kurje Lhakhang, where the patron saint of Buddhism in Bhutan subdued a local demon and left his body imprint. Tamshing founded in 1501 by Terton (Treasure Revealer) Pema Lingpa the incarnation of Guru Rinpoche. The monastery has very ancient religious paintings like 1000 Buddhas and 21 Taras (female form of Buddhisattvas) in Bhutan. Visit a farmer’s house for refreshments and observe the traditional way of living. We also visit a Swiss farm which produces cottage, swiss cheese, honey, a large variety of fruit juice and spirits. The Brewery that manufactures the famous Red Panda Beer (weiss beer) also located here. Take a leisurely walk in Chamkhar town.

Overnight at a hotel.

Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accommodation
Guide and Transport
Day
8
Drive from Bumthang to Phobjikha

Driving about 7 hours to the glacial valley of Phobjikha. On the slopes of valley the great monastery of Gangtey is situated, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quite, remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. The unique black necked crane festival is held on the valley floor every November.

Overnight at a hotel.

Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accommodation
Guide and Transport
Day
9
Drive from Phobjikha to Paro

An easy drive via Wangdiphodrang.

Overnight at a hotel.

Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accommodation
Guide and Transport
Day
10
Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger's Nest)

The trail to the Tiger's Nest climbs through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. You stop at the cafeteria which offers magnificent up close views of the tigers nest for refreshments. Then we continue the hike for short while until you see Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months.

Overnight at a hotel.

Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accommodation
Guide and Transport
Day
11
Departure

Transfer to the international airport for your final departure from Bhutan

Meals - Breakfast
Airport-Drop

Cost Includes - Bhutan Valley Tour

01. Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport

02. Standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) for the duration of the tour.

03. Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks - for the duration of your stay.

04. Drinking water for the duration of the tour.

05. Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides

06. Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan.

07. Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations, if required.

08. Monument and museums entrance fees at all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary.

09. Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.

10. Government royalty (35% of $200), which goes to the country's health and education projects.

11. All route access and monument entry permits and fees.

12. All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.
 

Cost Excludes - Bhutan Valley Tour

01. International airfare and airport departure tax.

02. Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip, see the travel insurance page).

03. Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry.

04. Alcoholic and cold drinks.

05. Personal clothing and equipment.

06. Tips for tour guides, porters, driver, hotel lobby and in restaurants. (Tipping is expected)

07. Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

Trip Highlights - Bhutan Valley Tour

01. Sightseeing in and around Paro and Thimphu

02. Panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains

03. Chimi Lhakhang Temple

04. Shopping in Bumthang village

05. Visit Trongsa Dzong fortress and the Swiss Farm

06. Taktsang monastery (The Tiger's Nest)

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Bhutan Valley Tour

Group Size (Min.): 1

Max. Altitude: 3,400 m

Best Season: Jan-Jun / Sep-Dec

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