Bhutan Pawo the Best Package Eastern-Central-Western Tour
Paro focus for culture tour to witness the living cultural of Bhutan with a uniqueness, most countries culture has been losing with an adoption of other cultures
Day 01: Arrive Paro by Druk air or Bhutan airline
While travelling you can witness the wide range of Himalayan ranges you will get the fascinating panoramic views of highest mountains in the world, Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, including Bhutan’s famous sacred mountains Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. The flight offers an exciting descent into the kingdom.
After completing the formalities our local guide shall welcome you and drive you to hotel. Serving a welcome refreshment in hotel, drive to Paro fortress (Fortress on a heap of jewels). The Paro Rimpong Dzong was building in 1645 to defend the valley from Tibetan enemies. And visit to Ta Dzong, which has been as a watch tower in old days and now it serves as country national museum. Visiting the museum, you will know in-depth of the Bhutanese traditional cultural and heritage.
Day 02: The Valley of Paro
Distance from road point: 5 hour to make a round trip by walk.
Morning we will take a pleasure trip to Taksang Monastery which is famously known as “The Tiger’s Nest or Tiger’s lair”. Taksang is considered as the most sacred place in Bhutan where Guru Rinpoche one of the holiest figure in Mahayana Buddhism, flew to the present location on a back of a tigress in 8th century. The monastery was built in 1692 by Gyelsay Tenzin Rabgay and it is the place, it is believed that in the cave the saint Guru Rinpoche had mediated for 3 years, 3 months and 3 days. Today it is a culture emblem of Bhutan. A trip to Bhutan is partial without a visit to this holistic site. The visit to Paro Taksang will give you the most thrilling experiences. Lunch will serve in the mid-way at cafeteria.
We resume hiking to base point and drive to farm house for a hot stone bath, giving the relief on joint pain.
Day 3: Paro to Thimphu (56 km, 1 hour, 20 minutes)
Drive to Thimphu, the capital and largest city of Bhutan. About 5km south of Thimphu lays Simtokha Dzong which is one of the oldest Dzong in the country and was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1627, Zhabdrung was considered a unified of the Bhutan. It is the first structure that incorporates both monastic and administrative facilities. The Dzong houses monastic studies. Visit to the Memorial Stupa which is also known as Thimphu Chorten. It was built in 1974 as a memorial to the late third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and visit Trashichho Dzong also knew as Thimphu Dzong. Presently Trashichho Dzong houses are the secretariat room, throne room, and offices of the king of Bhutan and summer residence to central monastic body. In the evening, visit handicrafts Emporium & Textile and Fork Heritage Museum.
Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha (77 km 2 hours 30 minutes)
In Morning, Thimphu sightseeing which includes visiting of National Library, Painting School and Traditional Medicine Institute. Right after the visits headed towards Punakha acrossing Dochula pass where there are 108 memorial stupas known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens” which was built by the eldest Queen mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. The Punakha Dzong, which is the old capital town of Bhutan. Visit Punakha, also known as Punthang Dechen Phodrang. Punakha Dzong is the most mesmerizing Dzong in the country. This Dzong was the second Dzong built in country. Later visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.
Day 5: Punakha–Wangduephodrang– Gangtey (70 km, 3 hours)
Drive towards Gangtey via Wangduephodrang. Wangdue Dzong was damaged by fire in 2012 and major restoration works are carried by the government. Entering through intense forest which comprises of oak and rhododendron tress finally arrives to Gangtey (2900m). Evening stroll around Gangtey Village and visit Gangtey Gompa, a seat of great Terton (treasure discoverer) Pemalingpa who has discovered the treasurer from Mebar Tso (Burning Lake) in Bumthang which is an important monastery of ancient Buddhism in the country.
Day 6 : Gangtey – Trongsa (120 km, 4 hours 30 minutes)
Morning visit to Phobjikha valley which is well known for Black Necked Cranes. Phojikha valley is one of the most mesmerizing and most preferred place in country for sightseeing. The cranes are the winter visitors during late October to mid-February, black-naked crane festival is held every year in 11th November. After lunch drive to Trongsa crossing 11220 ft Pele la.
Day 7 : Trongsa– Bumthang (68 km, 3 hours)
Morning visit to Trongsa Dzong, which is the largest Dzong fortress in Bhutan. The Dzong was built in 1648 and it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Later visit Ta Dzong, “The watch tower” which was built to guarded Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion. Ta Dzong gives visitors an insight into the importance of Trongsa Dzong in Bhutan. After lunch head towards Bumthang, which is also known as “The spiritual and cultural heartland of Bhutan”.
Day 8 : Bumthang Excursion
Having more numbers of ancient temples and sacred sites Bumthang falls under the most historic Dzongkhag. Bumthang is well known for its brewery and it produces the famous “Red Panda Wheat Beer”. Morning visit to Jambay Lhakhang and drive Chamkhar town. It is one of the oldest temples founded by Songtsen Gampo to subdue the demoness that was residing in the Himalaya. The main relics include the past, present and future Buddha and it has one of the most magnificent festivals in the country which comprises of fire ritual and the ritualistic naked dance. Then visit Kurje Lhakhang which houses the imprint of Guru Rinpoche who is believed to be mediated in a cave for three months. A tall cypress tress beside the monastery is believed to have sprouted from the walking stick of Guru Rinpoche. Afternoon visit to Jakar Yugyal Dzong commonly known as Jakar Dzong. Jakar Dzong or the “Fortress of the white Bird” is the Dzong of the Bumthang District in Central Bhutan. Later visit Tamshing Lhakhang which is the important Nyingma Gompa in Bhutan and it was founded by Pema Lingpa in the year 1501.Tamshing lhakhang houses ancient religious painting like one thousand Buddhas and 21 Taras (female form of Buddhistava). Evening visit to local handicrafts and market in the town
Day 9 : Bumthang– Mongar (198 km, 7 hours)
The journey resume towards eastwards twisting through more jagged terrain. The 7 hours journey takes you through spectacular views while passing through URA village and the highest motor able pass in the kingdom, the Thrumshingla pass 4010 meters above sea level. Upon approaching Sengor, visitors are welcomed by the splendid cascading waterfall on the way and later by Maize fields and eastern hamlets to Mongar town. Visit to Mongar Dzong which holds the Architectural traditions of old Dzongs.
Day 10: Mongar – Trashigang (96 km, 3 hours).
The three hours journey takes through a mesmerizing place marked by Chhorten and stone wall called Kori la pass which is 2450 m above sea level. The journey continuous through flourishing forest crammed with ferns and later welcomed by beautiful corn fields and banana groves upon reaching Yadi. Beautiful Gamri river flows till the junction to Dametsi Monastery which is the home of the Dramitse Ngacham or Drum Dance originate by Lama Kunga Gyaltsen. About 1000m from this point lies Trashigang. Trashigang is the eastern terminus of the Lateral Road and Bhutan’s main highway leading to Phuntsholing in the southern west. Trashigang is the largest district in Bhutan. Trashigang is served by Yongphulla Airport. Visit Trashigang Dzong which was built in 1659 by Trongsa Penlop Minjur Tenpa and had served as an administrative headquarters and monastery.
Day 11: Trashigang (excursion to Trashiyangtse)
Visit Gom Kora temple which is 24 km away from Trashigang. It is believed that during 8th century Guru Rinpoche, Buddhist Saint mediated in order to subdue a demon. It is also believed that Guru left his body imprint on the rock. Further continuing the journey will reach to Doksum village where all the women will be busy weaving the traditional Bhutanese Fabric followed and visit to Trashiyangtse Dzong which is one of the oldest Dzong in Bhutan. The Dzong was built by Pema Lingpa in 15th century the fortress houses the statue of Chuchizey (Avaloketshvara), visit Chorten Kora built in 17th century and return to Trashigang.
Day 12: Trashigang– Bumthang (289 km, 10 hours)
After breakfast head back to Bumthang and lunch will be served enroute. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 13: Bumthang– Punakha( (205 km, 6 hours)
After breakfast visit native market and drive to Punakha. Lunch will be served at one of the famous restaurant in Trongsa. Upon reaching Wangduephodrang take a short tea/coffee break then continue the journey towards Punakha hotel for overnight. Enjoy the evening with stone-bathe.
Day 14: Punakha– Paro (125km, 4 hours 30 minutes)
Morning visit native markets and after lunch head towards Paro for overnight stay.
Day 15: Paro Depart
After breakfast from the hotel, head towards the airport for flight to onwards destination.
3 persons & above
Low Season: Dec, Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul & Aug
High Season: Mar, April, May, Sept, Oct & Nov
Thank you & Tashi Delek
- Bhutan Government Royalty of US$ 65 per person per night.
- Bhutanese Tourist Visa fee of US$40 per person is charged (one time).
- FIT surcharges of US$40per person per night for a single person and US$30 per person per night for the two persons.
- Twin sharing hotel rooms at 3 star hotels.
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner & light refreshments) at 3-star hotels/tourist standard restaurants.
- English speaking tour guide service.
- All transfers and excursions by private vehicles.
- All entrance fees to museums and monuments.
- All internal taxes and fees.
- Mineral drinking water.
- Single room supplement of US$40/room/night during low season and US$ 50/room/night during high season (optional).
- Travel assurance (recommended).
- 4 star and 5-star accommodations and meals (optional).
- Other personal expenses like overseas calls, laundry, etc.