Thimphu: During this flight one will enjoy the
view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other
Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt.
Jhomolhari & Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival
at Paro Airport a representative of Atlas Tour
and Travel will receive you and drive to Thimphu.
Buddha Point/ Kuensel Phodrang-Is the largest
Buddha statue in the country, from there you can
get a good view of the Thimphu valley.
Memorial Chorten- built in the year 1974 in the
memory of our third king of Bhutan, His Majesty
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. People from all walks
of life congregrate here to pray for thier beloved
ones and during office hours, you can see only the
old people from different villages and towns circumambulating
the monastery. You can request to
them to take pictures with you as a memoriblia
Motithang Takin Preserve – houses the rare national
animal of Bhutan. Takin is listed by international
conservation agencies as a vulnerable species
and it is a rare animal found only in Bhutan,
Nepal and Burma.
Traditional Medicine Institute - In Bhutan, equal
emphasis is given to both allopathic and traditional
medicines. The rich herbal medicines made up
from medicinal plants are prepared and dispensed
Folk Heritage Museum - the house replicates a
traditional farmhouse and is furnished as it would
have been about a century ago.
National Institute for Zorig Chusum – or the
school of Arts and crafts is an institute where student
undertake a six year course on the 13 traditional
arts and crafts of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel.
Vegetable Market : This is the biggest vegetable
market and here you can see local farmers with
cash corps, etc.
Thimphu - Punakha: After breakfast, drive to
Punakha – approximately 3-hour drive through
picturesque valleys and mountain slopes dotted
with typical Bhutanese villages. From the
Dochula pass, at over 10,000ft, vast panoramic
views of the high snowcapped peaks of the
Bhutanese Himalaya can be enjoyed on a clear
day. Visit Royal Botanical Park, where you will
walk through the Rhododendron garden and if
you can coincide your visit with the
Rhododendron Festival, you can experience a
whole lot of the local community at their best.
From local dishes to dances, there is so much to
After Breakfast, drive towards Burichhu, where
you will camp for the night by the Punatshangchhu
river. Walk along the cantilever bridge, pictures
and visit wayside roads where they sell local
products like chillies, tamarind, etc.
We will end the night with dinner and drinks with
This road will take you to Gelephu. On the
way, we will do birdwatching, visit Tsirang market
and understand a different aspect of Tsirang communities.
A visit to a village
From hereon, we will venturing to one of the most
important part of the tour, Zhemgang Dzongkhag
, the land of the Khengpas. History reveals that
the Khengpas once ruled some parts of Assam as
well. This is evident in the castle of Bjoka, where
one side of the wall is built with thiner and darker
stone slabs which were brought by the Assamese
subjects. The Other part is of thicker and shiner
slabs which were contributed by Bhutanese subjects.
In the morning, we will drive towards Tama Goenpa
(1500 m) , a temple built in 16th century. The
remains of the Great Treasurer revealer, Tertoen
Pema Lingpa was kept on the mound resembling
From the mound, we can see the Tama Lhakhang,
which is the starting point for the 1-2 hrs birding
trek. However, this will also take you through a
rich vegetation of forests and reach at our camp in
Berti. We will spent the night sleeping under stary
skies by the Mangdechhu chu sipping local Ara.
To relax you from the extensive driving in the past
two days, we will not drive at all. We will spent
the entire day in the Bertii village interacting
with the villagers, helping them in thier household
chores and field work like planting paddy,
crops like maize, etc. depending on the seasons.
Lunch will be cooked at one of the local houses.
Since the government has leased out community
fishing where local people are allowed to fish to
generate income, you can expect freshly caught
fish for your lunch. We have host of other activities
that you will personally get to experience the
life of a Bhutanese villager.
Since Berti is also the habitat for the endangered
White-bellied Heron, this is our chance to observe
and learn about them.
At night, we can arrange a cultural dance program.
However, this may incur additional charges.
Early morning, we will scout for the White-bellied
heron by the Berti chu and after lunch, head
towards the main road. We will then head towards
Dakhphel and enroute, we will observe for
the Rufous-necked Hornbill, Great Hornbill and
the endangered Golden Langur licking for salt by
the roadside. Furtherup, we towards Shemgang,
we will also look for the endangered Beautiful
Nuthatch and do birdwatching on the way. We
will then visit the Zhemgang Dzong. Lunch will
be served at Zhemgang.
After lunch, we will return to Tingtibi and observe
the local women making turmeric powder
and also visit the Paper factory. Return to the
In the morning, a river rafting all the way to Pantang
eco-lodge will be arranged. The river rafting
will be carried out by the River Guide’s of Panbang,
a community based organization that employ local
youths who are trained professionally. A maximum
of 4 hours rafting will be done. The route
will take you through deep gorges and scenic areas.
On the way, we will stop by to visit the Khenrig
Namsum Cooperatives where local girls and
boys are employed to produce local pickles like
radish pickles, banana chips, etc. As we go along
in the raft, we will reach the Durmein Tsachhu
or hotspring. You can either take a dip as the it is
very medicinal and of great religious importance.
Guru Rimpoche, the Second Buddha is supposed
to have found the place. Just nearby, you can also
see group of capped Langurs licking on the rocks.
Tea time will be arranged in between and we will
then further raft towards pantang after crossing
the confluence of Mangdechhu and Chamkhar
Chhu that flows from Bumthang. We will then
stop at point just belowe the Pantang ecolodge.
Lunch maybe late but be assured the food served
will be great at pantang. Afternoon will be spent
In the evening we will meet local people sing and
dance with them near a bonfire.
After breakfast, we will go to the local temple
and witness the festival of Choedpa where masks
dances are held for three days. We will spend
the entire day and watch Atsaras and local
people immersed in gaiety. Lunch will be at
Patang Eco- lodge. A short visit to houses will
be conducted to know about the local people.
Evening will be spent observing the Bonism
priestress perform- ing religious puja and learn
more about bonism. A catch and release fly fishing
can also be arranged.
We will move towards Panbang after breakfast
and those of you who did not get enough of river
rafting, another session of river rafting can be
arranged from the famous twin waterfall. Otherwise,
after a merrriment by the twin waterfall, we
will move towards Panbang and stay at the hotel.
After check in at the hotel, we will move towards
Royal Manas National Park office by crossing the
Manas River in a boat and do elephant safari for
the rest of the day. There are chances of spotting
Gaur, Asiatic Water Buffola, Asiatic Elephants,
Early morning, we will move towards Bjoka village
to see the anscetral house of the local ruler,
the Bjoka Khoche. They are supposed to have
ruled parts of Assam, India and Bhutan in the
19th century. One side of the house has unique
architecture. Half of the wall is constructed by
thin slabs of stones which were brought by the
Assamese subjects while the thicker brighter ones
were built by the Bhutanese subjects.
Since the village is also famous for the Bamboo
weaving, we will visit locals house and witness
some of them weaving Bangchus.
We will move back towards Tingtibi and halt over
nigt there. We can visit the local paper factory,
visit local shops producing local products, walk
around the town, etc.
We will drive towards Trongsa and visit the musuem
of the Wangchuck Dynasty and The Trongsa
Dzong, imposing structures built on hilltops.
Stroll along shops in the evening.
In the morning we will drive towards Phobjikha
valley, the largest wetland in the country and
also the largest wintering ground for the endangered
Black-necked Cranes. After dropping at the
Gantey Goenpa, we will walk along the Gangtey
Nature trail, watch the cranes and visit the Blacknecked
Crane Information Centre. In the evening,
we will visit local houses.
Early morning drive towards Thimphu and halt
After breakfast, drive to Paro international airport
for your onward flight. The representative
of Atlas Tour and Travel will see off and bid farewell
Mr Mr. Langa Dorji
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Discover Bhutan Tour - 10 D / 9 N
Thimphu - Punakha - Phobjikha - Trongsa - Bumthang - Paro
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