Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Wangdue - Trongsa - Bumthang - Bumthang - Phobjikha - Trongsa - Bumthang - Thimphu - Paro
Arrive Paro from Bangkok by Drukair flight KB 141 at 8.25. There will be special reception for the Korean guests arriving on June 1 (as it will be thigration formalities, our representative who will be your tour guide throughout your tour will receive you. Then drive to Thimphu which will take you through Chunzom (confluence of Pachu- the river flowing through Paro valley & Wangchu –the river flowing through Thimphu valley). On the way, enjoy walking over a suspension bridge to view 15th century iron chain bridge suspended over the Pa chu and also walk for about 10 minutes to visit Tachog Lhakhang (temple), this 15th century temple located on the base of a mountain across the Pa chu on the Paro-Thimphu highway.
Dinner and overnight at Namgay Heritage hotel or similar in Thimphu.
After breakfast, we will travel to Punakha & Wangdue through Dochula Pass 3140 m). At Dochula, in the clear spring sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. You can take photos at the beautiful 108 chortens. You will also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (monastery) which was built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck ( the Queen Mother of Bhutan). You will have refreshment (tea/coffee and snacks) at Dochula Pass Cafeteria and then travel onto Punakha.
Distance: 129 km, estimated driving time: 8 hours ( due to poor road conditions)
After breakfast walk through paddy fields for about 20 minutes to visit the Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing. Then travel to Trongsa with lunch enroute.The drive will take you through Nobding village and dense forests of oak and blue pine trees and through the subtropical vegetation. The journey will also take you through Pele la pass (3300m). Throughout your trip you will come across the beautiful sceneries of rural Bhutan, with scattered settlements far from the road which makes for good photographing. You will also pass through open meadows, and valley of yak herders and several other villages via Chendebji Chorten ( Stupa) . On arrival at Trongsa, check into your hotel
Distance: 68 km, estimated travel time: 3 ½ hrs ( due to poor road conditions)
After breakfast visit National Museum and Trongsa Dzong. Then travel to Bumthang passing through Yotong La Pass (3400 m). Just before reaching Bumthang visit “Yathra” Weaving Centre . After lunch visit Tamshing Lhakhang. Then take a gentle and pleasant walk crossing a suspension bridge to Kurjey Lhakhang. After visiting Kurjey Lhakhang take another few minutes walk to Jambay Lhakhang and also visit Jakar Dzong. In the evening check into a farmhouse in Bumthang valley to get an insight into the village life in Bumthang Valley. Enjoy authentic traditional Bhutanese dinner with family members of the farmhouse.
Early morning you can observe the farming family go about their daily farming activities and you can see the family preparing breakfast for you. After breakfast travel for about an hour to the beautiful lush but remote Tang valley. Tang valley is one of the four valleys in Bumthang district. The people of this valley raise sheep and at a higher elevation yaks are raised too as the soil this valley is not so rich for cultivation.
After breakfast travel to Phobjikha valley through Trongsa and Pelela Pass. Phobjikha valley is part of the beautiful Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (formerly known as Black Mountains National Park), one of Bhutan’s most important nature sanctuaries. Each winter it is home to a flock of 300 rare and endangered black-necked cranes. The surrounding hills and mountains are home to nomadic shepherds and yak-h erders. This is one of the most remote and untouched regions in Bhutan. Overnight at Dewachen Hotel or Gakiling Guest House or similar in Phobjikha Valley.
After breakfast visit Gangtey Monastery and take a short hike from Gangtey Monastery along the Gangtey Nature Trail enjoying spectacular view of several villages in Phobjikha valley. You will end your hike at Black Necked crane center and visit the Black necked crane center (cranes will start immigrating to this area by Novermber and leaves this area by mid March). From black crane center take short walk through fields and farmhouses where you can have free interaction with local people and visit their houses. Then travel to Thimphu with lunch enroute a through Nobding village which is about 45 minutes drive from Phobjikha valley and also through Wangdue Phodrang and Dochula Pass.
After breakfast, travel for about an hour to Paro and drive further forabout 20 minutes to the base of Taktsang Monastery and then hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The walk up to the viewpoint will take about 1 – 1 ½ hrs depending on your fitness and from View Point you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Take photos with great view of Taktsang behind you. Then walk further up to the monastery, which will take about 1 hour. After visiting the monastery, walk downhill back to the road on the way stop for lunch at the viewpoint cafeteria and then walk further downhill to the road point. Overnight at Tashi Namgay Resort or similar in Paro.
After early breakfast you will escort you to the Paro airport for your onward journey.
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