Eastern Bhutan - The Last Shangri-La XX01

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The Mountain Kingdom of Bhutan is often called the Last Shangri-La due to its stunning unspoilt beauty, the traditional lifestyle of the people and the general atmosphere of peace and tranquility there.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private Tour
Start Location: Paro, Bhutan
End Location: Paro, Bhutan
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: Spring, Summer and Autumn
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

About The Operator

Accreditations: Member of Department of Tourism, ABTO (Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators)
Years In Business: 3

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
-Accommodations
-All meals
-Transportation
-Licensed Guide
-Entry Fees to Museums

Excludes
-International flights
-Personal expenses (drinks, tips, etc.)

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu - The flight to Paro offers breathtaking view of the mighty Himalayas. On the arrival at Paro International Airport, complete your visa formalities and you will be received by your tour guide who will accompany you for the whole tour in Bhutan. After lunch, drive to Thimphu. Overnight in hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02. Thimphu – Wangdi - After breakfast, explore the Thimphu city and some sightseeing till lunch. After lunch drive to Wangdi. On the way stop at Dochula Pass, 3150 m to try your luck with Mountain View. On a clear day you can see the whole range of Eastern Bhutanese Himalayas. The pass itself decorated with prayer flags and 108 stupas which perfectly fit with the landscape. Drive to Wangdi for a night halt.
Day 03. Wangdi – Bumthang - After breakfast, visit Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. After finishing the visit at Dzong, drive through Pelela Pass 3300 m and to Chendebji Stupa. At Chendebji, you will be stop for a while to have your pack lunch and also to stretch your legs and then to drive to Bumthang through Trongsa.
Day 04. Bumthang – Mongar - After early breakfast, drive to Mongar. The drive takes around 7 hours through the highest pass in Bhutan - Thrimshing La pass at 3810 m. The road then drops to a low 640 m as it crosses the Kurichu River to make its final destination towards Mongar at 1700 m. Overnight at hotel or guest house.
Day 05. Mongar – Trashigang - After breakfast visit Mongar Dzong built in 1953 which houses the local monastic community and the District Administrative offices. Continue drive to Trashigang, the eastern most region of Bhutan passing over the Korila pass at 2440 m. Drive Across the village of Ngatshang, a small kingdom of eastern Bhutan before the Drukpa conquest in the 17th century. As you near Trashigang at 1150 m you can view the Trashigang Dzong, the Administrative centre of the valley. Lunch at tourist lodge. After lunch visit Trashigang Dzong and the town. Overnight at hotel/lodge.
Day 06. Radhi & Yongphula Gompa - After breakfast, drive to Ranjung in and out of side valleys to the bank of the Gamri Chu at (860m.) On the way, you will pass a large Tibeten-style chorten and the village of Lungtenzampa and before reaching at Runjung, the road makes a short climb to Rangjung town at (1200m.) Just above the town is the large Rangjung Wodsel Chholing Monastry, a large Nyingma goempa presided over by Garab Rinpoche. After winding up the visit at Goenpa, your drive continues east, climbing through large rice terrances and fields of corn to Radhi (1630m)This region is a centre for weaving raw silk into fabric called Mentshimatra or lungserma. After winding up the visit at Radhi drive back to tashigang for lunch. After lunch rive to Yongphula and visit Yongphula Goenpa and drive back to Tashigang. On the way, visit to Sherubtse College, Bhutan’s first college.
Day 07. Excursion to Tashiyangtshi - After breakfast, drive to Tashiyangtshi. This district is quite popular in woodcrafts, like making wooden bowls, embroidery and mask making. There is a school which offer the training for the 13 arts and crafts
Day 08. Trashigang – Bumthang - After early breakfast, drive to Bumthang back to same route. You will stop for your lunch at Kurichu town and then further drive to Bumthang.
Day 09. Bumthang – Sightseeing - After breakfast, visit the Jampey Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, walk across the bridge and visit the Tamshing Lhakhang, Kharsumphey Lhakhang and Jakar Dzong if time permits. Overnight in hotel
Day 10. Bumthang - Gantey Gompa – Punakha - After breakfast, drive back to Punakha via Trongsa. In Trongsa, visit the historical Trongsa Dzong and you can have picnic lunch at Chendebji. Drive the route via Gangtey valley and in Gangtey, visit the Gangtey renovation site where Craftsman work in the traditional way to rebuilt the dzong. Overnight in hotel.
Day 11. Punakha – Thimphu - After breakfast, visit the Dzong. His Holiness and the central monk body reside in the Punakha Dzong in winter and since it has been renovated recently, it has the best wood work and paintings in Bhutan. After the visit at the Dzong, drive further to north of Punakha Dzong to visit Khamsung Yuelley Namgyal and hike to this temple. After winding up this visit, drive back to hotel for lunch. After lunch, drive to Thimphu. On the way, visit Chhime Lhakhang, the temple dedicated to the divine madman, Lama Drukpa Kuenley whose radical ways of teaching religion has given him a special place in the hearts of every Bhutanese. Overnight in hotel.
Day 12. Thimphu – Sightseeing - After breakfast, visit Textile Museum, Folk heritage Museums, National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts and the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts where we can see sculpting, painting, slate carving, wood carving, and other related arts and back for lunch at hotel. After lunch, visit Bhutanese paper factory to see paper process in which the bark of two Himalayan shrubs; Daphne and edgeworthia undergoes a multi-stepped process to produce paper of excellent quality. Also stop at the post office to purchase colorful and award winning Bhutanese postage stamps at face value and also visit Government Handicraft Emporium. In the late after noon free time to stroll in the town. Overnight in hotel.
Day 13. Thimphu – Paro - After breakfast, drive to Paro and visit the National Museum located on a promontory overlooking the valley. The building was originally built as a watchtower for the Dzong. Visit the Ringpung Dzong which houses the office of the district governor and district monastic body. Walk down the stone path and through the traditional wooden bridge, which is one of the fine specimens of Bhutanese architecture and back to hotel for lunch. After lunch explore the village by walking. Overnight in hotel.
Day 14. Paro – Sightseeing - After breakfast, drive to Drugyal Dzong, which is 16 Kms away from the town. The Dzong though in ruins played a very important role in defending the valley from Tibetan Invasion. The word Drugyal means
Day 15. Departure - Laya Gasa Trek