Zhemgang Sojourn Tour

Zhemgang Sojourn Tour

Package Duration
17 Days / 16 Nights
Destination Covered
Thimphu - Punakha - Zhemgang - Trongsa - Wangduephodrang

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  • Description :
    Thimphu : Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Motithang Taken Preserve, Traditional
    Medicine Institute, Folk Heritage Museum and National Institute for Zorig Chusum
    Punakha : Chimi Lhakhang and Punakha Dzong
    Tsirang:Burrichu camp
    Zhemgang: Zhemgang Dzong, Castle of Bjoka, Tama Goenpa, Birtii Village, Rafting
    in Panthang, Twin waterfall in Panbang
    Trongsa: Museum of Wangchuk Dynasty, Trongsa Dzong,
    Wangduephodrang: Gangtey Goenpa in Phobjikha

  • Day 1: Thimphu

    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

    Day 2: Thimphu

    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.

    Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha

    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

    Day 4: Punakha - Tsirang Camp at Burichhu

    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
    a bonfire

    Day 5: Tsirang - Gelephu

    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

    Day 6: Gelephu to Zhemgang

    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
    the Elephant.
    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.

    Day 7: Bertii, Zhemgang

    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.

    Day 8: Bertii, Zhemgang

    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

    Day 9: Pantang, Zhemgang

    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.

    Day 10: Pantang

    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.

    Day 11: Panbang, Zhemgang

    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,

    Day 12: Panbang

    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.

    Day 13: Tingtibi, Zhemgang

    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.

    Day 14: Trongsa

    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.

    Day 15: Phobjikha

    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.

    Day 16: Thimphu

    Early morning drive towards Thimphu and halt

    Day 17: Thimphu

    After breakfast, drive to Paro international airport
    for your onward flight. The representative
    of Atlas Tour and Travel will see off and bid farewell

Contact Detail

Atlas Tour & Travel

Contact Person :-

Mr Mr. Langa Dorji

Address :-

P.O. Box 820, Norzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan - 820

Phone :

+975-2-325581 / 325582, 2-326241

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