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Bhutan with Bumtang

Bhutan with Bumtang - 8 night 9 days

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Day 1,  KTM - PBH(by Druk Air) – Transfer to hotel in Thimpu
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane.Your Bhutanese escort  will greet you on arrival, and then drive you a short distance to your hotel in Thimpu.


Day 2 Thimphu - Punakha

Morning in Thimpu and  later drive over the Docchu-La pass to Punakha. The teahouse at the pass offers beautiful views of the Himalayan range in the distance. This is a 3 hour drive with e stops en route. The pass here is marked by colourful prayer flags and many chortens (stupas). Here it is being said that a demon was terrorizing the  Afternoon visit the magnificent Dzong spanning the MoChu and Po Chu rivers. This is the winter residence of the monastic body and the Je Khenpo (chief Abbott). Dinner and overnight at hotel Meri Puensum.


Day 3Punakha – Trongsa – Bumthang
Today our drive is spectacular and passes over many valleys. We stop at the Chendibji Chorten at the top of a highest pass of the Black mountains and then continue into Central Bhutan. The golden roofed Trongsa Dzong spans the valley that divides east and west Bhutan and is another architectural feat, which can be seen for 20 tantalising and winding miles before it is finally reached. Afternoon visit the impressive Trongsa Dzong and then drive to Bumthang via Yotongla pass (3,400 metres). Enroute visit the joint Australian/Bhutanese wool project at Chumey valley. Watch the single loom weaving process and buy yak wool rugs or scarves if you wish. There is also a wonderful selection of textiles from all over Bhutan on display and for sale at this roadside stop. You will probably see Yaks on the high passes on the way to Bumthang. Eventually the road winds down into the beautiful Bumthang valley, the cultural heart of Bhutan. Rice paddies give way to fields of barley and potatoes as the climate is too cold for rice.  Dinner and overnight at Rinchenling Lodge.


Day 4 :  1 Full day  In Bumthnag  for
Sightseeing
Morning visit
Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic schools built by Terton Pema Lingpa) and Kurjey Lhakhang (where the Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock). We also visit Jambay Lhakhang(one of the oldest temple in Bhutan built in 7th century) and Jakar Dzong (seat of the district administration).
In the afternoon hike to Thangbi valley across the suspension bridge and visit the Thangbi Lhakhang built in the 14th century.  Dinner and overnight at hotel Rinchenling lodge.


Day 5Bumthang – Gangtey – Wangdu
In the morning we drive to Wangdue which takes about 6 hours via Gangtey. Gangtey lies in the flanks of the Black Mountains. There is an old monastery of Gangtey Gompa dating back to the 17th century. A few kilometers past the Gompa on the valley floor are the fascinating valley of Phobjikha. The gentle sloping hillsides of Phobjikha is described as " the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas". This is the winter home of black-necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate. We further continue our drive to Wangdue. Overnight at hotel Dragon Nest.


Day 6 Wangdue – Paro
After breakfast a short drive will take us to Lobesa and visit Chhimi Lhakhang, the walk through the rice terraced fields for the visit to Chhimi Lhakhang. After the visit drive over Docho-la pass (3050m) and Paro is a picturesque valley with quaint clusters of hamlets amid terraced paddy fields. Although the site of the nation’s first airport Paro still retains tradition by way of architecture and farming. In the evening take a walk around the main street of Paro’s main shopping district. Dinner and overnight at hotel.


Day 7, Paro sightseeing
After breakfast drive the winding road to the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Chomolhari, can be seen the on a clear day from Drukgyal village.  You can visit a typical Bhutanese Farm House of a local family for a close up view of everyday Bhutanese life. We then drive to Shari to hike up (or horse ride) to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The horse ride up or hike to the cafeteria will take around one and half hour. At the view point enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. After lunch at the café walk back to the road point and then drive to
visit the Ta Dzong (an ancient watchtower) which now houses the National Museum. This dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
We also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The dzong is now used as an administration centre and school for monks. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

 

Day 8 : Paro - Haa - Paro :

The drive will give you the opportunity to drive you through the deep pine forest and into the narrow valley of Haa. Haa is made up of five counties and is closed to outside world until 2002. There is a military camp by the Indian Army. Visit Wangchuk Dzong which dates back to 1915 and also visit lhakhang Nakpo (Black temple) is said to have been built by pigeon emanation of King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. After the visit drive to Paro via Chelela pass (3,810 m) which takes two hours drive to cover 68 kms. From the pass you will get a good view of the highest mountains of Bhutan and the Himalayan peaks. Dinner and overnight at hotel.


Day 9 Paro - Kathmandu
Take to the airport and fly to Kathmandu this day

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