CENTRAL EASTERN BHUTAN TOUR

The tour gives you a deep insight into the life, history, culture, and nature of this Himalayan kingdom. Khoma village, Ura Valley, and Trongsa are the destinations that you will not want to miss. Trongsa Dzong is the biggest Dzong in the country, and you will be rewarded with the fantastic view of the Mangde River when you visit this sacred place. Select region-wise tour packages for an immersive experience.
15 DAYS | 14 NIGHTS
15 D | 14 N
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CENTRAL EASTERN BHUTAN TOUR
Location : Bhutan

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DAY 1
Thimphu sightseeing

  • Arrive at Paro International Airport, drive to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. 
  • On the way, we will stop at Tachogang Lhakhang (Temple of The Excellent Horse). 
  • Post Lunch  visit National Memorial Chorten, erected by Bhutan’s Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk for world peace and prosperity. The iconic Tibetan-style building later became a memorial to the Third King after he passed away.
  • Buddha Point (Buddha Dordenma Statue), a giant 51.5m statue overlooking Thimphu valley. 
  • Evening at leisure. 
  • Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 2
Thimphu sightseeing

  • Hike to Tango monastery in the morning. This is a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 400m, and it will take about 1 hour to reach the monastery
  • Visit Changangkha Lhakhang after lunch. Bhutanese parents traditionally come to choose auspicious names for their newborns, or receive blessings for the young children. 
  • The National Institute for Zorig Chusum, commonly known as the ‘Arts And Crafts School’ or the ‘Painting School’.
  • Visit the most iconic constructions in Thimphu – Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of The Glorious Religion). 
  • Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 3
Thimphu - Gangtey

  • Drive to Gangtey, en route stop at Dochula pass at 3,050m. The picture of 108 chortens gracing along the hillside with the backdrop of snowcapped Himalayan peaks is breathtaking and unforgettable.
  • Arriving in Gangtey, and check in .
  • Visit Gangtey Goemba or ‘Gangtey monastery’. Located on the crest of a hill atop Gangtey valley, the monastery looks out to the fertile valley, where it is also the winter home of the rare Black Necked Cranes. The birds migrate from late October to March, and you can see them during this time of the year in Gangtey.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Gangtey.
DAY 4
Gangtey - Bumthang

  • Start on the scenic Gangtey Nature Trail. The pleasant walk will begin at the hilltop overlooking Gangtey Goemba, descend to beautiful flower meadows and trail towards the village of Semchubara. 
  • Following the trail, we will pass through ancient blue pine forest before heading down to a valley viewpoint. The hike will end once we reach the spectacular Khewang Lhakhang (Khewang temple).
  • After that, visit the Black-necked Crane Visitor Centre, where you will find out more about the rare bird species. 
  • Next, drive on to the spiritual heartland of Bhutan Bumthang, comprised of four smaller valleys namely Tang, Ura, Choekhor and Chumey. The region is home to some of the oldest palaces, Buddhist temples and monasteries in the entire kingdom.
  • En route visit at Yathra Weaving Center. Where they make the  unique woven textile with deep colours and eye-catching designs. 
  • Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang.
DAY 5
Bumthang Seightseeing

  • Visit the  famous Jambay Lhakhang, one of the sacred temples built by the 7th-century Tibetan king Songsten Gampo. 
  • Visit the imposing and important temple complex Kurjey Lhakhang. The sacred site is where the body (kur) print (jey) of Guru Rinpoche is preserved, located in a cave in the oldest of the three buildings of the complex.
  • See the holy water at Kurjey Drupchu, located near Kurjey Temple. Kurjey Drupchu is belived to have been blessed by Guru Rinpoche himself.
  • From Kurjey Drupchu, either drive or walk to Tamshing monastery, the walk will be around 1 hour. The building, formally called Tamshing Lhendup Chholing (Temple of the Good Message), is the most important Nyingma goemba in Bhutan
  • Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang.
DAY 6
Bumthang Sightseeing

  • After breakfast, drive to Tang valley, the most remote area in Bumthang and visit the holy Mebar Tsho (The Flaming Lake). 
  • Next, do the Bushman hike. This hike will begin at the beautiful village at Tang valley and end at the imposing Lhodrak Kharchu Monastery. 
  • Afterwards, walk on to Lhodrak Kharchu Monastery
  • Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang.
DAY 7
Bumthang - Mongar

  • Continue the journey eastwards, winding through rugged terrain to Thrumsingla pass. At 3,780m, it is one of the highest points on the road network. 
  • The drive to Mongar is one of the most astonishing trip in Bhutan. Throughout the trip, we will be welcome with the sight of sharp cliffs, untouched fir forests and green pastures, and also beautiful rhododendron.
  • The tranquil town of Mongar is famous for its lemon grass, which is used to produce an essential oil.
  • Visit to Mongar Dzong, one of the newest dzongs in Bhutan. Yet, unlike the others sittings on strategic positions, Mongar Dzong stands on a small slightly sloping area overlooking the town.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Mongar.
DAY 8
Mongar - Lhuntse

  • Drive to Lhuntse. The region is the ancestral home of the Kings and hosts a number of the sacred sites of pilgrimage in the country. 
  • Visit Khoma village, known for Kishuthara – a fine quality weaves with intricate patterns, The village produces some of Bhutan’s most sough-after and expensive Kishuthara weavings.
  • Stop at the Clay-pot making factory to see the local process of creating clay pots.
  • After that, we will get to the giant statue of Guru Padmasambhava in Takila. 
  • Overnight at the hotel in Lhuntse.
DAY 9
Lhuntse Seightseeing

  • Visit Dungkar Naktshang, the ancient home of the Dungkar Chojie and the ancestral home of the Wangchuck Dynasty. The Dungkar expedition is a thrilling and magical voyage into Bhutan’s past.
  • Post lunch, visit the Lhuntse Dzong, popularly known as Lhundub Rinchentse. The ancient structure stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the fertile Kuri Chhu valley, with near-vertical drops on all sides. 
  • Overnight at the hotel in Lhuntse.

DAY 10
Lhuenste - Bumthang

  • Post breakfast drive to Ura valley, the highest out of the four valleys in Bumthang district with sightseeing en-route.
  • On arrival to Ura, stay at Singkhar village. 
  • Here we can learn more about the local life at the highest valleys in Bumthang, see the traditional houses and also visit the temple in the village. The people here are mostly sheep and yak herders.
  • Overnight at the farm house in Ura valley.
DAY 11
Bumthang - Trongsa

  • Start drive to Trongsa –The historic town is known as the gateway to the east of Bhutan and also renowned for breathtaking scenes of the deep valleys surrounding it.
  • Trongsa Dzong, our first stop in the town, sits high above the roaring Mangde Chhu river. 
  • Trongsa is also home to an impressive museum. The watchtower of Trongsa has been turned into a museum about the Wangchuck dysnasty, and is a great place for you to understand more about the kingdom’s history.
  • Take 1-hour drive to explore Kinga Rabten, the winter palace of Bhutan’s 2nd King. 
  • From the palace, hike or drive to visit Karma Drubdey Nunnery, home of about 127 Buddhist nuns. 
  • Overnight at hotel in Trongsa.
DAY 12
Trongsa - Punakha

  • Drive to Punakha Bhutan’s old capital. 
  • First stop in the old capital is the renowned Punakha Dzong (Palace of Great Happiness), also the former seat of the Bhutan government until the 1950s. 
  • See another famous landmark – Pho Chhu suspension bridge. 
  • Post lunch enjoy the scenic walk through rice fields and pine trees to get to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. It will take about 1 hour to hike to the stunning chorten.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Punakha.
DAY 13
Punakha - Paro

  • Return to Paro. En route, stop at Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility, the hike is of 25 minutes passing farm lands of Lobesa village.
  • Visit the astonishing Paro Rinpung Dzong (Fortress of The Heap of Jewels).
  • Right next to the impressive dzong is the former watchtower of Paro – Ta Dzong, or the National Museum of Bhutan
  • Then on to Sangay Wood Turning Factory, you can use the chance to try creating your own wooden bowls and cups.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.
DAY 14
Paro sightseeing

  • Hike to the Taksang Monastery - clinging to a steep cliff at more than 3,000m, the hike to the monastery will take approximately 4-5 hours. 
  • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most imposing temples in the country. It is said that the Tibetan King Sontsen Gampo built 108 temples in the Himalayan region in the 7th century, and Kyichu Lhakhang is one of them. 
  • Special meal with a local family in the late afternoon. 
  • Evening at Leisure.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
DAY 15
Depart Paro

  • Post breakfast at the hotel, drop to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
  • We hope you take back happy memories and await your return for another exciting trip with us.
INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis at 3* hotel.
  • All meals in the holiday packages (starting from first day lunch and departure breakfast)
  • Entrance fees to various monuments.
  • Bhutan Visa Fees.
  • Pickup Airport / Railway Station, (India) and drop by a private vehicle (Luxury / Comfortable vehicle).
  • Bottled water once in a day.
  • One time complimentary drinks on arrival & departure time.
  • Internal route permit throughout the Bhutan.
  • All hotel taxes / service charge.
  • Evening tea / coffee with snack (Everyday).
EXCLUSIONS

  • Any airfare / railway ticket to / from India.
  • Any beverages except for 2 times.
  • Any Indian Visa.
  • Any laundry.
  • Any riding gears.
  • Any tips to guide / driver (expedition team).
  • Any itinerary extension will be subject to additional cost.
ENTRY POINTS
  • Paro Airport
  • Hasimara Railway Station
  • Phuentsholing Bus Stop
PARTNERS
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