Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport - Thimphu
Your tour guide will meet you and take you on a short one-hour drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan's capital, at 2320 metres. You can stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan's iron bridge builder.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Thimphu
Sightseeing in Thimphu, where you can visit the National Memorial Chorten, the National Library, the National Painting School and Changangkha Temple. Browse the striking collection of intricate textiles at the National Textile Museum and visit the Folk Museum.
Day 3: Punakha via the Dochu La Pass
In the morning drive to Punakha via the Dochu La Pass, where we will stop for a hot drink and to enjoy views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges. In the afternoon visit Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility), built in the 15th century by the 'Divine Mad Man' (Lama Drukpa Kuenley).
Day 4: Punakha to Bumthang via Trongsa
Drive from Punakha to Bumthang via Trongsa, the gateway to central Bhutan. You can stop to visit the impressive Trongsa Dzong which commands the eye from miles away. Visit the new museum in the watchtower dedicated to the Royal Wangchuk dynasty, which tells the stories of the Dzong and features personal belongings of the Kings and Queens of Bhutan. Continue your journey through some of Bhutan's most beautiful landscapes to Bumthang.
Day 5: Sightseeing in the Bumthang valleys
A day of sightseeing in the Bumthang valleys. Your guide will take you on a fascinating tour of a variety of sacred sites including Jamba Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang and Tamshing Lhakhang. Visit Jakar Dzong (Bhutan's largest) and you may be interested to see Bumthang's famous swiss cheese factory.
Day 6: Excursion to the Tang valley
Today we take an excursion to the remote Tang valley. Stop to visit Membar Tsho (the burning lake), which is one of Bhutan's most important pilgrimage sites. Then on to Drangchel, Pema Lingpa's birthplace. You will also see some picturesque villages and temples and can walk up to visit Ugyenchholing Palace, which is now a museum and gives an interesting insight into life in an aristocratic family in the last century.
Day 7: Bumthang - Gangtey
Start your journey back west to Gangtey in the remote Phobjikha valley. Visit Gangtey Gompa (one of Bhutan's oldest monasteries and recently extensively renovated) and explore the valley where the villagers continue to live a traditional Bhutanese rural lifestyle. This is the site where black-necked cranes visit in their hundreds in November each year after spending the summer in Tibet. Overnight in Gangtey.
Day 8: Bumthang Sightseeing
Day 9: Bumthang - Mongar
The drive from Bumthang to Mongar will surely enchant you as it offers one of the most spectacular views of the country. Evergreen junipers and colorful Rhododendrons cover the hillsides, as fresh new scenery unfolds with every twist and turn of the winding road.
Sound of the rushing streams and cascading waterfalls greets you as you look down at the valley looming in the distance below the precipitous rock face. You will be so captivated by its beauty that the seven hours journey will hardly be noticed.
Day 10: Mongar - Trashigang Via Trashiyangtse
TRASHIYANGTSE: (altitude 6,000 feet) Driving from Mongar to Trashigang you take the left road to Trashiyangtse before crossing Chazam (Bailey bridge) to Trashigang. The road traverses north and takes about 2 hours to reach at Trashiyangtse. Tashiyangtse Dzong is half-hour walk from the main road. Established in 1656, the Dzong was completely renovated in 1976.Tashiyangtse is a small village with a garden aspect and a lovely place from where to launch a couple of hour's stroll into surrounding countryside.
The drive is again a picturesque with sub tropical forest blooming with different vegetation and wild life the place is paradise for nature lovers. On your way to Trashigang you will make several stops before turning back for Trashigang. Gomkora: 15 miles from Trashigang before arriving Trashiyangtse is a popular pilgrim site where Guru Rinpochey had meditated and subdue the demon that dwelt in the vicinity. This is also the venue for Gomkora Festival held in early spring.
Duksom. A small village with many shops and small eating places, this is a small shopping area for the surrounding villages, you will find women weaving cloth in particularly colorful patterns using back strap looms. Continue your drive North to Chorten Kora, a large stupa designed similar to Nepal's Boudnath stupa, this large white stupa was constructed in 1740 by Lama Nawang Lodey. During the second month of Lunar calendar that is March or April the people in Trashiyangtse celebrate a festival known as Chorten Kora. You have arrived in Trashiyangtse, stroll the bazaar before you turn back to Trashigang.
Day 11: Trashigang
Day 12: Trashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar
After breakfast we will resume our drive to Samdrup Jongkhar the border town between Bhutan and India, the drive. En route we visit the Zangdo Pelri temple at Kanglung, a twon with clock tower and the college campus, this is the only degree college in Bhutan. The road climbs through fields of corn and potatoes crossing through Yongphu La Pass (7190 feet) and swoops along the top of the Bartsam valley, cuts across a ridge into another valley, then winds down again and enters into Khaling. Khaling is the home to the National institute for the disabled.
After visiting the institute you will drive few kilometers further and then visit Khaling National Handlomm Development project, operated by the National Women's Association. The hand woven products manufactured from this institute are sold in Thimphu market. You can purchase any hand woven products that you may like. You will continue the drive through sub tropical forest to tropical forest when you arrive in Samdrup Jongkhar.
Day 13: Departure
If you have tour organized in India, then you should let your Indian agent pick you up this morning from Samdrup Jongkhar. Otherwise our vehicle can drop you at the Guhati Airport (A small surcharge will be added above your cost) if this service is required.
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Tour Booking Guide
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When to Visit Bhutan
Although monsoon which is around June and July is not recommended for travelling by most travellers, it can actually be a great time to see the greenery around Bhutan's wildernesses. Since this is also the basic summer season, it offers vibrant green foresting and flourishing paddy fields against a backdrop of clear blue sky after the rain.
About Bhutan Mystery Tours
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