Few westerners visit Bhutan's central Bumthang district with its four sacred valleys. Fewer still venture to far eastern Bhutan with its distinctive peoples, culture and its rich natural history. The 15-day tour offers a rare insight of the entire country of Bhutan including Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, the sacred Bumthang valleys and the rarely seen Eastern Bhutan.
After exploring the Paro and Thimpu's craft centers dzongs, and over the Dochu La to top at Bhutan's ancient capital of Punakha where the great Punakha Dzong stands at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mho Cho Rivers. Contining westwards we visit the alpine the alpine valley of Bhobjika where we will visit the Gangtey Gompa and then on to Trongsa and then to Jakar, Bumthang's main village. This is Bhutan's most sacred valleys, hallowed 1,200 years ago by the visits of Padmashambava the great Buddhist guru also knows as the Guru Rimpoche.
After exploring the villages, monasteries the famous yata weavers of this area we drive to little known towns of Mongar and Trashigang. Hidden deep within this remote valleys is Tashi Yangtse and sacred Chorten Kora.
DAY 1: ARRIVEL BHUTAN
Fly Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan. Afternoon visit Museum and Paro Town. Hotel.
DAY 2: PARO SIGHTSEEING
Paro valley sightseeing.
DAY 3: PARO SIGHTSEEING
Excursion to Taktsang Monastery.
DAY 4: PARO-THIMPU
Drive to Thimphu. Afternoon tour of Thimpu.
DAY 5: THIMPU
Morning tour of Thimpu. Afternoon free.
DAY 6: PUNAKHA SIGHTSEEING
Drive to Punakha. Sightseeing of Punakha & Wangdi valleys.
DAY 7: PHOBJIKA VALLEY
Drive to Gangtey Gompa, Phobjikha valley.
DAY 8: TRONGSA
Drive to Trongsa.
DAY 9: TRONGSA-JAKAR-BUMTHANG
Morning visit Trongsa Dzong. Drive to Jakar, Bumthang.
DAY 10: BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING
Bumthang valley sightseeing. Overnight Bumthang.
DAY 11: MONGAR
Drive to Mongar.
DAY 12: TRSHIGANG
Drive to Trashigang. Afternoon visit Trashigang town and Dzong.
DAY 13: TASHI YANGTSE
Excursion to Tashi Yangtse and Chorten Kora.
DAY 14: SAMDRUP JONGKHAR
Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar, the eastern border town.
DAY 15: DEPARTURE FROM BHUTAN
Drive to Guwahati Airport in India. Fly to Calcutta or Delhi. Connect to onward flight. End of tour.