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Journey Across the Kingdom  (16 Days/15 Nights)


This tour package would take you across the kingdom - from broad western valleys to central alpine valleys and then to the warmer Eastern parts of Bhutan. As you would climb from one mountain pass into another and drop down into valleys, you would be astonished to learn that people of one valley speak an entirely different language from the next. You would be going into the eastern land of the Sharchops - the Easterners. 

 

The itinerary also includes a short three days trek through three beautiful valleys in central Bhutan where you will truly be taken back to the middle ages. You would be camping in the middle of these wide and open alpine valleys. The trek would be a real wilderness experience.    

   

                      "...scarcely touched by modern times." -    

 

 


Journey Across Kingdom itinerary 

 

Day 1:
Arrival at Paro

Arrive at Paro by Druk Air flight. Reception will be arranged for you on arrival. Lunch. Stroll through Paro town in the evening.
Night halt: Paro

Day 2:
Paro Valley Sightseeing

After breakfast drive to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong (the Fortress where Drukpas won over joint Tibetan-Mongol Invasions in 1700s). Along the way, one can view the sacred Mount Jhomolhari (7,314m) The abode of the Goddess Jhomo. Visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan dating back to 8th Century. 

End the day by visiting typical farmhouse to experience the daily life of Bhutanese people.
Night Halt: Paro.

Day 3:
Paro Taktsang.   Afternoon drive to Thimphu

Full day excursion to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) monastery. Drive to Satsam Chorten and then hike up to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) built on the face of a 1000 m rock cliff. This is one of the holiest sites in the Himalayas for Lamaist Buddhists.  

 

Evening drive to Thimphu.
Night halt: Thimphu 
 

Day 4:
Sightseeing in Thimphu

Thimphu valley sightseeing for full day which includes: Memorial Chorten (Stupa), Bhutan Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, National Library, School of Fine Arts, Institute of Traditional Medicine, Tashicho-dzong (the seat of the Royal Government), Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional Handmade Paper Factory and Handicrafts Emporium.
Night halt: Thimphu.

 

Day 5:
Thimphu - Punakha

Proceed to Punakha with sightseeing at Dochula pass (3,050 m)(Stunning scenery of the Himalayan Peaks). Afternoon - visit Punakha Dzong & stroll through countryside.
Night halt: Punakha. 

 

Day 6:
Punakha to Wangdue. Afternoon drive to Trongsa

Morning visit Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. Then proceed to Chendibji Chorten (Nepalese style Buddhist stupa) on the way. Lunch at Trongsa. Afternoon view Tronsa dzong from outside learning its history and visit Ta Dzong (Watch Tower).  Evening free or take a stroll through Trongsa town.
Night halt: Hotel in Trongsa  

 

Day 7:
Tongsa - Bumthang

After breakfast, proceed to Bumthang across Yotong La pass (3,400 m). Visit the various monasteries in the valley: Jakar Dzong, Jambay Lhakhang (8th Century) , Kurje Monastery (8th Century) and Tamshing Lhakhang (15th Century).
Night halt: Hotel in Bumthang 

 

Day 8:
Bumthang - Mongar

Early morning drive to Mongar across Thrumsengla pass  (3,800 m). The mountains of eastern Bhutan can be seen in clear weather.
Evening visit Mongar Dzong and stroll the Eastern Bhutan Countryside.
Night halt: Mongar. 

 

Day 9:
Mongar to Trashigang and back to Mongar

On the way visit Gomphu Kora Monastery. Visit Trashigang Dzong and town. Proceed for Mongar.
Night halt: Mongar.

 

Day 10:
Mongar - Bumthang

Return journey.
Night halt: Trongsa. 

 

Day 11: 
Rest Day in Bumthang

Take a stroll in the beautiful Bumthang valley. Or visit one of those ancient temples that dot the countryside. It's a rest day after many days of driving around!!

  

Day 12:
Bumthang Gangtey/Gogona

After breakfast, drive early to Gangtey. Visit Gangtey Monastery.
For a closer view of the country, we are going to trek through three beautiful wilderness valleys at the heart of the country. After lunch trek from Phobjikha valley into Gogona Valley via Tsela Pass.
Night halt: Camp in Gogona Valley. 

 

Day 13:
Gogona to Khotokha

After breakfast, gradually climb to Shobe La Pass (3800m). Then descend into Khotokha valley.
Night halt: Camp at Khotokha valley 

 

Day 14:
Khotokha to Punakha

After breakfast, climb Tashila Pass. From there it is all down hill to Chuzomsa where our transport would pick you up. You would be in a hotel in Punakha for the night.
Night Halt: Hotel in Punakha 

 

Day 15:
Punakha to Paro via Thimphu

After breakfast, head to Thimphu. Do some souvenir shopping or visit the Vegetable market (if you previously missed). In the afternoon, head for Paro. Late Afternoon free to stroll through town. 

 

Day 16:
Paro Airport: Departure from Bhutan

After early breakfast, you would be driven to airport for your outbound flight. 

 

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