On arrival from Gowahati to the gate to Bhutan it will take around 6 hours by car. Then after reaching Samdrup Jongkhar , met by our representative and check into the hotel.
Evening take a stroll around town city centre. There is little to see in this area, other than the busy market which straddles the border. It is also convenient entry and exit point for tourists those wishing to visit Indian state of Assam and other north eastern states along with Bhutan.
After breakfast, we will start journey towards tashigang and after 1.5 hours you will reach Narphung traditionalvillage. After one hour again we will reach to a small town called wamrong.
After 2 hours drive we will reach to khaling town. In Bhutanese language meand, ‘Kha’ means Bird and ‘ling’ means valley. This is one of the most enchanting, haunting and lush green fertile valley, blessed with innumerable variety of birds and their songs.One of the oldest school established in 1978 is located here known as ‘Jigme Sherubling Higher Secondary School’. At Khaling , we also get opportunity to explore Bhutanese textile weaving.
After half an hour we will reached Kanglung and visit Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang and then proceed to eastern town of Tashigang. Once the centre of a busy trade route with Tibet, Tashigang is today the junction of east-west highway with road connecting to Samdrup Jongkhar and then to the Indian States of Assam. This town is alsoused as the market place for the semi nomadic people from Merak and Sakteng whose costumes are unique in Bhutan. And also it is home of Sherubtse college , on eof the Royal University of Bhutan’s famous academic institutes.
On arrival in Tashigang check into the hotel.
Over night at the hotel in Tashigang (altitude 1150m)
After breakfast full day excursion to Tashiyangtse. It is a rapidly growing town and administrative center of the district. Situated in a small river valley, it is a lovely spot from which there are fascinating walks in the surrounding countryside.
En route visit Gom Kora. Located 24 km from Tashigang , the temple of Gom Kora is set on a small alluvial plateau overlooking the river. Surrounded by rice fields and clumps of banana trees . it looks like an oasis in an arid landscape. It is one of the famous places where guru rinpoche meditated in order to subdue a demon who dwelt in a huge black rock.
On arrival in Tashiyangtse, visit Choeten Kora. This dazzling white stupa is situated in the riverbank below the town. Constructed in 1740 by lama Ngawang loday, it is built in the same style as bhdhnath stupa in Nepal, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. During the second month of the lunar calendar there is an interesting celebration here, known as ‘Kora’. Over night in tashigang at hotel.
After breakfast excursion to Ranjung to visit Ranjung Woesel Monastery, this was found by Garab Rimpochhe in 1990.
Then drive back to Tashigang and visit Tashigang Dzong, built in 1659, the Dzong serves as the administrative seats for the districts as well as the home of monk body. The Dzong commands a remarkable view over the surrounding countryside. After lunch, proceed onward to Mongar, on the way we will cross through Korela pass. Which is 3000mts. Then we will reach Mongar,the second largest town in the sub-tropical east, mongar like Tashigang, is situated on the side if a hill in the contrasts to other towns of western which was built on the valley floor. Over night at Mongar hotel.
One of the most isolated districts in the country which is 2300mts. The landscape here is spectacular with stark cliffs and gorges and dense coniferous forests. The region is notably famed for its weavers and their special textile generally considered to be the best in the country. The kurtoe region of lhuntse is also the ancestral home of Royal dynasty.
Drive back to Mongar and over night at hotel.
After breakfast we will move towards Bumthang. On the way after two hours we will see the Namling water fall.
Then after two hours then embark on one of the most scenic journey to bhmthang . it is one of the most beautiful journey in the Himalayas crossing 4,000m high Thrumshing la pass. Gushing waterfalls,steep cliffs with even steeper drops, blazing flower and conatantly changing vegetation combine to make this journey as varied as it is beautiful.
En route visit fascinating Ura valley (3100m) which is highest of the four Bunthang valleys. Villages in Ura clustered houses, which is quite unusual in Bhutan. after 1 hour over night at Bumthang.
After this vist jaker Dzong, founded by great grand-father of the first zhubdrung . This Dzong was built in 1549. The Dzong is now used as administrative centre for Bhumthang valley , and houses the regional monk body.
After lunch, visit burning lake which is consider to be one of the greatest pilgrimage sites of Bhutan. pema lingpafound several of guru rinpoche`s hidden treasures here. The importance of this site is indicated by the extensive array of prayer flags and the small clay offerings called `tse tsa` in rock niches.
after breakfast visit kurje Lhakhang , consisting of three temples. The one on the right was built in 16 52 on the rack face where guru medited in the 8thcentury. Second temple is built on the site of a cave containing a rock whith the im print of guru`s body and is therefore considered the most holy. The
third temple was built in 1990s by ashi kesang, the queen mother. These three temples are surrounded by 108 chorten wall.
After breskfast visit Jambay Lhakhang, this monastery was built in the 7th century by tibeten king, songtsen gempo. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by his to subdue evil spirits and Himalayan region its present architectural appearance dates from the early 20th century.
tamsing Lhakhang , located acrossthe river from kurje Lhakhang, this temple was founded in 1501 by terton pema lingpa, the rein carnation of guru padsambhava. The monastery has very ancient religious paintings like 1,000 buddhas and 21 taras ( female form of buddhistava ) . the temple was restored at the end of the 19th century.
Tangbi Goemba, A walk of half an hour north of kurje Lhakhang leads to this monastery, found in 1470 by shamar rinpoeche of the kagyupa religious school. The temple has two sanctuaries and a temple of terrifying deties.
On the way we will visit the famous yathra (woolen fabric) weaving.
The road passes through the Yutong la pass (3400 Mts). After this we will reach to Trongsa.
visitor will see the impressive Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648. It was a very important town culturally as well asstrategically, the seat of power, due to its location. Its located between central and Western Bhutan. The landscape of this small town are simply spectacular.On arrival we will put the visitor in hotel or Guest house. After breakfast proceed to visit Trongsa Dzong which was built by ShabdrungTrongsa Dzong, built in 1648. It was a very important town culturally as well as strategically, the seat of power, due to its location. Its located between central and Western Bhutan. The landscape of this small town are simply spectacular. , Then visit the Watchtower on the hillside above the town. The main purpose was to Guard Trongsa Dzong but now it hav turn into museum.
On route visit Chendebji Chorten built by a Tibetan Lama. The most important aspect of this chorten is that, it is built and painted eyes in four cardinal points.
pass which is 3400 mts. Between Trongdsa and Punakha. This is the grazing place for yaks during winter times.
Then reach at Punakha and over night at hotel.
After breakfast chimi Lhakhang
Chimi Lakhang Temples lies in the fertile Lobesa villge of Punakha Valley. The temple is dedicated to the divine madman-Saint Drukpa Kuenley and the temple is also known as the Temple of Fertility.The temple is accessible by 20-25 minutes from the village near the junction of the road that branches out to Wangdue and Punakha. We first walk through the village of Sosokha and then gradually hike through the paddy fields to Lobesa Village and arrive at the temple.
The temple is associated with Lama Drukpa Kuenley lived in Bhutan around the 1500s. He was a highly accomplished Buddhist master but he was called Divine Madman for his humorous approach and sexual overtones in his teachings. As per the legend, Lama Drukpa Kuenley subdued a demoness here who was terrorizing the residents of the valley and marked the site for the temple to be built later by his cousin.It’s a general belief that if a childless couple visits the temple and wishes for fertility, they will be blessed by Lama Drukpa Kuenley and will be able to bear children. Nobody knows exactly how and when the tradition of seeking fertility blessing started in Chimi Lhakhang but today, the temple is famous as the Temple of Fertility.
Visit Punakha Dzong build in 1938, the second Dzong Build Zhabdrung in Bhutan. It had served as seat of government till 1955 and still serve as the winter residence of central monk body and the Je Khempo, the Ch ief abbot of Bhutan. In the dzong there are massive golden status of Zhabdrung, Guru Rinpoche and lord Buddha build in 18th century and many other relics.
Nights at hotel in Punakha
Khamsum yulley chorten
A 30-minute drive from the Punakha Dzong will bring you to the base of the hill on which this temple is built. From the car park, you have to cross a suspension bridge and walk through rice fields before you start climbing a moderately inclined trail surrounded by pine trees. It takes about 1 hour from the car park to hike up to the temple, and 30 minutes to hike down. During the summer, the walk c ould be a bit muddy, so be prepared. A hiking pole is recommended.
The 1 hour walk to the temple will take you through rice fields.The 30 minute walk to the temple will take you through rice fields.
The Best View of the Punakha Valley
The best view of Punakha is enjoyed from the top of this temple. If the caretaker is convinced that you will not take pictures inside the temple, and only shoot out of the temple, you will be allowed to take your cameras. On the top floor, you can step outside. Enjoy the view.
Asia, Bhutan, Punakha. Sangchen Lhuendrup Choling Nunnery, newly opened in 2010.
Sangchen Lhuendrup Choling Nunnery: It is a newly opened nunnery (2010) and it was built by the King's maternal grandfather. It sits on top of a ridge and offers grand view of the valley below.
Over night at hotel.
After breakfast we will move towards Thimphu and after one hour drive we will reach Dochula pass(3080 m). It is marked by 108 chorten called ‘Druk Wangyal Chorten’ and colourful prayer flag around the area. This chortens are build under initiatives of her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk for His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo and his people for their victory over the war at southern Bhutan in 2003.If the sky is clear you can see some mountain peaks of eastern Himalaya.
On route visit simtokha dzong.Simtokha Dzong is a small dzong, located about 3 miles south of the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. Built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan, the dzong is the first of its kind built in Bhutan. An important historical monument and former Buddhist monastery, today it houses one of the premier Dzongkha language learning institutes. It recently underwent renovation
opened under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuk. It holds many types of textile products of past and modern and the crown of the Kings of Bhutan and dress. Moreover the first version of the raven crown can be seen in it.It is in three storied traditional Bhutanese building build around 19th century. It holds varieties of grains that is consumed by ancestors and water mill (mill’s stone dates back 150 years), traditional hot stone bath and typical Bhutanese kitchen garden
buddha point (kuensel phodrang) memorial chorten and national library.
located at a short drive from Thimphu city center, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, The largest statue in the country and then walk around the park near Buddha point and take a glimpse of the valley(Thimphu)
If the time permits, visit National Memorial Chorten (the stupa build in the remembrance of third king of Bhutan and allowed to get inside the Chorten only during the auspicious days in lunar calendar). The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into the Buddhist philosophy.
After lunch we will drive to National library
Visit the National Library (Saturday, Sunday and Govt. holiday remains closed), established in 1967 to preserve many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan text. It contains vast varieties of Buddhist texts and manuscripts of some hundreds years back and it also contains modern academic books mainly written on Himalayan culture and religion.
Over night at hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast, we will drive towards the Motithang Takin Preserve originally established as mini-zoo. It is five minute walk from the road to view the area. There are takin, the national animal of Bhutan and some few other wild animals.
Then drive down towards the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (commonly known as Painting school)established in 1971 to promote and preserve the arts and crafts in Bhutan. In this you can see mainly the students at work and the different types of paintings, curving, casting and other skills of thirteen arts and crafts are exhibited as the output of the students.
Move towards the vacant vegetable market. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday many farmers and small business venders gather on the bank of Wang Chhu to sell vegetables and other food stuffs. Out here you will get opportunity to mingle with the farmers and other local people.
After this we will drive to the main town of Thimphu and we will walk around the market to see or buy any Bhutanese traditional dress or things.
Conclude the sightseeing of the day by visiting the Tashichho Dzong (fortress of the glorious Religion). This fortress is secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, office of the king and various others important government officers. It is the summer residence of His Holiness the Je Khempo (Chief Abbot) and the central monastic body. Below the Dzong there is excellent example of traditional Bhutanese Cantilever Bridge.
Night hold in Thimphu hotel.
On the way to paro we will reach chhuzom.Then at chhuzom you will see three different style of stupas;Nepalese,Tibetan and Bhutanese adorn this confluence.
On the way to paro on the right side of the hill you will see the private temple and down you can see that traditional wooden bridge there called Tacho gang.
Ta Dzong (museum)
On a ridge immediately above Rinpung Dzong is the Ta Dzong, built as a watchtower to protect the Dzong from intruders and warring factions. In 1968 Paro’s Ta Dzong was inaugurated as the National Museum, and now holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, together with small natural history collection.
Rinpung Dzong (paro)
Explore the Rinpung Dzong which the locals call the ‘fortress of a heap of jewels’. Built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the dzong stands on a hill above Paro Township. It is linked by the traditional cantilever bridge (called the Nemi Zam) over the Pa chu where one may pose a photograph. Experience a walk up a paved stone path running alongside the imposing outer walls. Once inside the Dzong, you will be welcomed by the monks, architecture and the ancient frescoes.
Taktsang Monastery (tiger nest)
Often called the Tiger’s Nest, perched on the cliffs, has awestruck many a visitor. “Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang”, says one tourist. Indeed it’s true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss. For those not choosing the spiritual side it is the dramatic, artistically built monument that becomes a hiker’s delight. Take a trip to this dramatically set Buddhist relic hanging from a cliff. Experience the uphill climb as you ascend more than two thousand feet from the valley floor.
Go back in time and history and visit the 7th century Kyichhu temple. As the name suggests, the temple is a reservoir of peace, where you will really feel at peace here. Next to the temple is the house that is now turned into a museum dedicated to the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. One can come across photographs and other artefacts belonging to Rinpoche.
Then walk to paro town….
Day 15 :End of the tour.. depart from paro airport ….
On the flight, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful seen of mountains such as Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Jomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsering ghang if the weather is clear
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