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8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour

Duration: 9 days      (Based On review(s))

8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour is the cultural tour of Bhutan including exploring the rural areas of the dragon kingdom. Tour to Bhutan visits prime locations like the colorful – Paro, the capital – Thimphu, the old capital – Punakha. En-route Thimphu to Punakha, pass along the Dochula pass which commands spectacular mountain panorama of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day. 108 chortens are erected atop a small hill at Dochula. Visit Punakha Dzong in Punakha then a day tour to Talo & Nobgang villages. Bhutan tour then further winds along the high mountain road to the beautiful valley of Phobijikha in Gangtey. Phobijikha Valley is one of the beautiful valleys in Bhutan. Bhutan holiday package the proceeds to Bumthang. En-route the enormous dzong fortress ‘Trongsa Dzong’ at a small Trongsa town. Upon arrival in Bumthang, go for sightseeing in Bumthang. Bumthang sightseeing places cover Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong. After Bumthang, trace the same route back to Paro again passing along Dochula pass. It’s one more great opportunity to watch the majestic Himalayas from the pass. Sightseeing in Paro visits Paro Rinpung Dzong including Kychu Lhakhang – the oldest temple in Bhutan. Any Bhutan travel packages prime attraction is the hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3,120m). The monastery is located outskirts of Paro town. It’s believed Guru Padmasambhava flew on a back of a flying tigress and meditated here in the 8th century. 8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour comes to an end at Paro and with great memories of the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

Trip Highlights: 

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro.
  • Paro exploding with colors and traditions.
  • Explore the tiny capital Thimphu.
  • Visit Dochula pass (3,140m) en-route Thimphu to Punakha with spectacular Himalayan views.
  • Take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang ‘the fertility temple’ dedicated to Drukpa Kunley – the divine madman.
  • Punakha Dzong arguably the most impressive monastery in Bhutan.
  • Discover one of the beautiful valleys on Bhutan ‘Phobijikha Valley’ in Gangtey.
  • Visit Bumthang – the cultural heartland of Bhutan home to oldest monasteries & temples.
  • Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang & Tamshing Lhakhang in Bumthang.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan.
  • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang – the oldest & most sacred shrines in Bhutan.
  • Witness culture, traditions & daily lifestyles of Bhutan.

ITENERARY

Your 8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour starts with a Flight to Paro, Bhutan, on Druk Air, the national airline of Bhutan. If you get a seat on the left side of the plane and if weather permits, you may have spectacular views of the high peaks of the Himalayas. After visa formalities at the Paro airport (7,590′), you are met by our Bhutanese guide and transferred to your hotel in Paro to provide you some rest. Later, in the afternoon visit Bhutan’s national museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro Dzong. You will also visit Rinphung Dzong (a dzong is a fortress-monastery). Time permitting in the evening your guide will take you to a tiny Paro town for orientation with the place and people. Overnight at hotel.
Continuing the 8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour, after breakfast, Hike to Taktsang monastery, and further drive to Thimphu, the least visited of all the Himalayan capitals ( 2 hours). In Thimphu, start sightseeing with visit to a Nunnery on the outskirts of Thimphu. You will then visit the School of Arts and Crafts (or “painting school”), where Bhutanese children can follow an eight-year program in traditional arts, such as drawing, painting, woodcarving, and sculpture. This will be followed by a visit to Textile Museum, the Heritage Museum, Changgangkha Lhakhang (temple), national Library, Traditional Hospital and see how paper is made from the daphne plant with cosmos flower petals and other plants. At the end of the day, we may also pay a visit to the great Tashichho Dzong, seat of Bhutan’s administrative and religious centre. Overnight at hotel.
In the morning you drive to Punakha, an old winter capital of Bhutan. En-route stop at Dochu LaPass, 10,000ft/3,048m to view the eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan’s highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m. The road then drops down through varied –ever changing forest, finally emerging into the highly cultivated Punakha valley. In the afternoon you will make a short trek to visit the Crown Prince’s chorten and nearby villages. You return on a different route through the village to Sonagasa (the King’s winter residence) and through to Punakha Dzong, following the Mo chu river. You will meet the vehicle and visit huge impressive Punakha Dzong. Total drive of about 3 hours. Overnight at hotel.
Drive down the valley to the town of Wangdiphodrang. Here again there is a very large fortress built in the shape of a sleeping bull. Our road gradually winds its way up towards the Pele La Pass at 11,152ft, where we make stop for views of the snow clad peaks, including that of Bhutan’s sacred peak Mt. Chomolhari. Possibly, your picnic lunch is planned at Chedebji Chorten (Stupa) patterned after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. It is a popular picnic lunch and pilgrimage for Bhutanese driving east-west road. In afternoon, we arrive in the town of Trongsa after 6 hours of driving. Trongsa is a very popular place with largest Dzong in Bhutan and certainly one of the most impressive ones. It was from here that the present royal family emerged as the most powerful force at the beginning of this century. You may love to wander around Trongsa Township. Total drive of about 6 & ½ hours. Dinner and Overnight at hotel.
On the fifth day of 8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour, in the morning you will visit the inner courtyard of historical Trongsa Dzong followed by a watchtower above the main Dzong. Watch tower (Ta Dzong) has a fine temple at the top containing original Mongol Armour and a large prayer wheel outside. After lunch, you drive across the Yotong La 11,234’and descend eventually into the valley of Chumey, the first of four Bumthang valleys. Here we will visit the Palace used primary by the second King as his summer residence, and hike for about 15 minutes that brings us to the Prakar monastery, followed by visit to Yathra Weaving centers (a Colourful wool weaving). Then we’ll drive onto the Jakar the center of Bumthang valleys. Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred in the kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. It is here that the kings were cremated and the present royal families trace their ancestry back to a famous saint called Pemalingpa, who was also a smith in Jakar Township. Total drive of about 2 & ½ hours. Overnight at hotel.
Enjoying the 8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour, after breakfast start the walk from the hotel to Jambay Lhakang (Lhakhang means temple) and continue to Kurjey Lhakang. After Kurjey, you will cross the suspension bridge over to Tamshing Lhakang. Continue walking to the Swiss farm and then on to the main town area. The vehicle will meet you at this point and drive you to visit other sights in and around Jakar; which may include homeopathic hospital, the cheese factory, the castle of the ‘White Bird’, perhaps one or two local temples and a walk around to visit woodcraft workshop, dying workshop, and the five water wheels behind Wangdicholing Old Palace. Overnight at hotel.
From the township of Jakar, you first climb out of the Bumthang valleys on the twisting mountain road towards the Yotong La (11,000ft/3,353m). Near the pass is an area of wild cane/bamboos that is a well-known habitat for Red Panda. The road then descends to Tongsa but instead of stopping here for the night you will drive on, past Chendebji Stupa, over the Pele La (11,000ft/3,353m) and start the descent until you reach your hotel located on the bank of the river. Total drive of about 7 hours. Overnight at hot

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