Duration: 15 Days 14 Nights
Districts covered: Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangdue, Trongsa, Bumthang, Mongar, Trashigang, Trashiyagtse

This trip will be the most exciting with lot of places being covered with different landscapes, people and cultures. Though will be little tiresome with more drives but doable. Will have 2 nights in Paro, 2 Nights in Thimphu 1 Night each in Punakha and Phobjekha under Wangdue district, 2 nights in Bumthang, 2 nights in Mongar3 nights in Trashigang and 1 night in Trongsa .

Its also a mix of cultural and historical sights that will include National Museum and Ringpung Dzong in Paro, Tashichodzong, Memorial chorten, big buddha in Thimphu. In Punakha will visit Majestic Punakha Dzong and Temple of fertility. This tour will be one of the more exciting as we will be visiting Phobjekha, that most of the people compare to Switzerland. And if you visit in winter you will also have the chance to see Black Necked Crane an endangered bird species in World.

On top as we drive away from Gangtey towards Bumthang you will see very few tourists traveling as these are the least explored places but it's a beautiful place with less modern development. As we drive still further east from Bumthang, you will be in the steeper slopes and will come across people speaking different languages then the western part. And also you will love to visit Merak the place of nomads. And also you will see unlike western side, people live on the mountainsides not in valleys.

It also includes hikes too and lot of natural places that you will enjoy.

This trip is purely a road trip and if you want to make it more relaxing, you may opt for one way flight to Yonphula airport in Trashigang in east or Bumthang airport. And also if any body wants to combine trip is North East India you may like to enter or exit from Samdrupjongkhar a south east district in Bhutan which is about 6 hours drive from Trashigang

Paro International Airport
Paro International Airport

You will be received by our people at the airport. Then will drive to Ta Dzong (Watch Tower) which was converted to National Museum in 1969 by the third king. Then will visit Paro Rinpung Dzong one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture which serves as Paro district head office as well as a monastic community. If you feel energetic then will walk down to Paa chu, cross over the cantilever bridge and get to other side where our driver will be waiting.

After lunch will drive to Thimphu. On way will stop at Tamcho to see the 15th Century Iron Chain Bridge. Then will continue to Thimphu.

Evening can stroll in Thimphu market.

Night Halt: Thimphu

Tashiho Dzong
Tashiho Dzong

After breakfast will visit National Memorial Chorten which was built by Her majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her late son His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk ("the father of modern Bhutan") the third king of Bhutan. Then will drive to Kuenselphodrang to see Buddha Statue which is one of the biggest sitting Buddha in the world measuring 169 feet tall. Then will visit Bhutan Post if you want to make some personalized stamps.

After lunch will visit Folk and Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan's living traditions. Then will visit Takin Preserve where you will find Takin, the National animal of Bhutan and it is native to only Himalayas and also the endangered species. Towards evening will visit Tashicho Dzong the beautiful fortress which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Central Monastic Body and Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of monastic body.

Evening can stroll in Thimphu town.

Night Halt: Thimphu

Gangtey Valley
Gangtey Valley

After breakfast will drive to Gangtey its a beautiful valley which is compared to Switzerland and also the place where Black Necked Crane migrates in winter from Tibet. On reaching Dochula will stop there. Its a beautiful pass with 108 stupas and also if the weather is good we will be able to see the Eastern Himalayas that fall within Bhutan including the highest peak in the country Mt. Gangkar Puensum (7,541 m). Then will continue to Gangtey.

After lunch will do a short Gantey Natural Trail which will take about 1-hour plus. It's an easy and beautiful trail that will take you through the blue pine forest, and beautiful village. After that will visit Black Necked Crane Information Center where you can see some documentary about this elusive bird and other information too. And if its in winter you can use binoculars to see those birds.

Night Halt: Phobjekha

Prayer Flags
Prayer Flags on road sides at Gyatsa under Bumthang District

After breakfast will visit Gangtey Sangacholing Monastery which was built in 1613 by Gyalse Pema Thinley grandson of Terton Pema Lingpa and also this is the only Nyingma Monastery in the western part of country. After that will drive to Bumthang. Will stop at Chendep Chorten which was constructed to pin down the demon residing that area and its in the Nepali style with eyes.

On reaching Trongsa will visit Majestic Trongsa Dzong. Then will continue to Bumthang. On reaching Bumthang will check-in to Hotel and rest.

Night Halt: Bumthang

Prayer Wheel
Old Prayer wheel at Tamshing Monastery

Will start our sightseeing with Jakar Dzong which means "Fortress of White Bird" and it was founded by Zhabdrung great grandfather Ngagi Wangchuk. Then will visit Jampay Lhakhang which is one one of the oldest temple in the country which dates back to the 7th century. And it was constructed by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in order to subdue the demon. Then will drive to Kurjey Lhakhang a place where Guru Padmasambhava left the body print in 8th century. After this will visit Tamshing Lhakhang which was established by Terton Pema Lingpa in 1501 and is the most important Nyingma Goenpa in the country.

After lunch will drive to Mebartsho(Burning Lake) - Which is a very sacred lake for Bhutanese people. Terton Pema Lingpa discovered several of Guru Rinpoche's hidden treasures from this lake. Towards evening will visit Swiss Brewery and try out the local beer of that region.

Night Halt: Bumthang

Thrumshingla Pass
Thrumshingla Pass (3800 meters), Highest point on Northern East-West Lateral Highway

After breakfast will drive to Mongar and on the way will pass through the beautiful Ura Village and also Thrumshing La the highest pass on this northern lateral high way. The drive is beautiful as when we ascend from Ura towards Thrumsingla will pass through rhododendron, conifer and the forest of Fir, Spruce, and Hemlock. Then within few hours drive will reach to sub-tropical forest. So you will experience different vegetation and climate zones; very cold Thrumshing La, very hot at Lingmethang one of the hottest part in east and moderate on reaching to Mongar.

Night Halt: Mongar

Magnolia
Magnolia in full bloom at Korila on way to Trashigang from Mongar

After breakfast will visit Mongar Dzong and after that will drive to Trashigang and on the way will pass through Kori La (2450 meters). Will pass through the scattered village and will also come across the people speaking different dialects compare to western Bhutan. After Lunch will visit Trashigang Dzong which stands on the extreme end of the spur overhanging the Drangme Chu river. After that will stroll around Trashigang town. Then will Check-in to the hotel and Rest.

Night Halt: Trashigang

Chorten Kora
The Historic Chorten Kora Stupa in Trashiyangtse

Today will take a day excursion to Trashiyangtse and on will stop at Gomphu Kora one of the popular places in eastern Bhutan which is blessed by Guru Rinpoche. After that will continue to Trashiyangtse and on reaching Trashiyangtse will visit Chorten Kora which is similar to the Boudhanath stupa in Nepal. After that will spend some time in Trashiyangtse town which is unique in Bhutan as all the buildings in this town are of traditional architecture.

If you wish to visit Rignay School, an institute for Traditional Arts and Crafts will take you there. Then will drive back to Trashigang.

Night Halt: Trashigang

Guest at Merak
Our Guest with with Local people of Merak

After breakfast will drive to Merak it is a village where the nomadic people stay. Their livelihood was purely on animal and their product until recently with some modern development such as electricity and road connectivity.

On reaching Rangjung will stop by to see Rangjung Woesel Choling Monastery. Then will continue to Merak. Will spend some time there. Then will drive back to Trashigang.

Night Halt: Trashigang

Kalij Pheasant
Kalij Pheasant, Since most of the drives are in jungle you will come across lot of wild life

After breakfast will drive to Mongar. On way will take an excursion to Drametse Lhakhang one of the popular Lhakhang in eastern Bhutan. Then will continue to Mongar. On reaching will check-in to Hotel, and after that if you want can stroll around in Mongar town.

Night Halt: Mongar

Namling
Our Guest with Driver at Namling

After breakfast will drive to Trongsa and its a long drive. Will make some stops when needed. On reaching Trongsa will check-in to hotel and rest.

Night Halt: Trongsa

Grey Langur
Grey Langur on way.

After breakfast will visit Royal Heritage Museum. Then will continue to Punakha. Will make some stops when we need. On reaching Punakha will check-in to hotel and have rest.

Night Halt: Punakha

Guest Dinning
Guest Dinning in one of the restaurant in Punakha

After breakfast will drive to Sangchen Dorji Lhundrup Nunnery; it's the place where the nuns study and from there you will have a beautiful view of Tobesa village. Then will drive to Punakha Dzong which is one of the most majestic fortress in the country which is located in between 2 rivers, Mo chu(Female river) and Pho Chu (Male river). Today it is the winter residence of the Je-Khenpo the chief abbot and also serves as the administrative center of the Punakha district. After that if you want can walk to Suspension Bridge spend some time. Then will go for lunch.

After lunch will visit Chimi Lhakhang which was blessed by Lam Drukpa Kuenley who is also known as Devine Madman for his philosophy of "Salvation Through Sex". And its also known as Temple of Fertility.

After that will drive to Paro. Will ake some stops on way as when you want. On reaching Paro will chek-in to hotel and rest and prepare for the next day Hiking to Tigers Nest.

Night Halt: Paro

Birds Eye View Taktshang Monastery
Birds Eye View Taktshang Monastery

Today after breakfast will drive to Taktshang Base and then will hike to Taktshang (Tiger's Nest) which is one of the most popular tourist sites. Its the place blessed by Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century, though the monastery was only construced in 1692 by Desi Tenzin Rabgay.

The hike will take on average 5 to 6 hours up and down.

In the evening will go for Farm Dinner and also if you want can try Traditional Hot Stone Bath.

Night Halt: Paro

Depending on the flight time will reach you to airport and seeoff.

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