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This is a very suitable itinerary for someone with longer holiday and who wishes to understand Bhutan in depth. This trip leads you all the way from the very modern Bhutan in the west to the extreme remote places in east Bhutan. Even in such a small country you will be surprised to see the big difference in life style, influence of the western culture and more between the two ends of the country. By the end of the trip you will get a very good idea about how Bhutan was many many years ago.

Due to the long distance drive, limited holiday period and limited hotels, very few tourists make this trip. But if anyone is confused about choosing this trip then this is the trip you should make it. One don’t get to travel again and again so might as well do it at one go.

ITINERARY

Day 01 | Arrival in Paro
Day 02 | Paro Sightseeing
Day 03 | Paro – Thimphu (1.2 Hr)
Day 04 | Thimphu sightseeing
Day 05 | Thimphu – Punakha (2 .5 Hrs)
Day 06 | Punakha – Phobjikha (3 Hrs)
Day 07 | Phobjikha – Trongsa (4 Hrs)
Day 08 | Trongsa – Tang (5 Hrs)
Day 09 | Tang – Jakar (2 Hrs)
Day 10 | Jakar Sightseeing
Day 11 | Jakar – Mongar (7 Hrs)
Day 12 | Mongar – Lhuntshe (3 Hrs)
Day 13 | Mongar – Trashi Yangtse (5 Hrs)
Day 14 | Trashi Yangtse – Trashigang (3 Hrs)
Day 15 | Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar (6.5 Hrs)
Day 16 | Samdrup Jongkar – Guhauti (India) (4 Hrs)

* Itinerary can be customized as per your requirement/duration
* Itinerary is subject to flight and hotel availability

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Day 01 | Arrival in Paro

Flight to Paro has spectacular views of the Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drakey in Bhutan are awesome. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner.
Overnight at Paro | Altitude 2200m

Day 02 | Paro Sightseeing

Visit Kichu Lhakhang, one from the 2 oldest temple in the country, historic Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress) and hike to Tiger’s Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro Valley. Evening at leisure.
Overnight at Paro

Day 03 | Paro – Thimphu (1 Hr)

Visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17th century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Continue driving to Thimphu.
Overnight at Thimphu | Altitude: 2300m

Day 04 | Thimphu sightseeing

Morning visit the weekend market (Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Handmade paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Lunch in town. Drive pass by Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery.
Overnight at Thimphu

Day 05 | Thimphu – Punakha (2 ½ Hrs)

Spend morning in Thimphu. Afternoon drive through Dochula pass, the second highest road pass in your trip at 3010m. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a short tea break continue to sub tropical Punakha. Afternoon visit the Souvenir Making Center and the Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country.
Overnight at Punakha | Altitude 1350m

Day 06 | Punakha – Phobjikha (3 Hrs)

Check out of the hotel and visit Chimi Lhakhang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus. En route visit Wangdi town and continue to Phobjikha over the highest road pass on your trip at 3140m.Visit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan.Evening relax in your hotel or take a stroll.
Overnight at Phobjikha | Altitude 2900m

Day 07 | Punakha – Trongsa (4 Hrs)

Check out from the hotel, take a 2 hrs Phobjikha Natural Trail. The trail ends beside Gantey Monastery, further drive to Trongsa over the Pelela pass at 3300m which forms the part of the Black Mountains that divides the country into east and west. In the afternoon visit the watch tower which houses a museum now. A quick stop for photo opportunity at Chendipje and Kukhubji, evening relax in your hotel.
Overnight at Trongsa | Altitude 2200m

Day 08 | Trongsa – Tang (5 Hrs)

Morning visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong (Fortress), the home of the royals. Drive pass by the second highest road pass in your trip at 3425m (Yotong La). En route stop by the weaving place, beside the road where “Yatha”(wool weaving) is hand done which Bumthang is famous for. Pass Jakar town and drive on the dirt road for 1 hr. 30 min to the most remote valley of Tang. Cross the bridge and walk uphill for 35 min to the Ugyencholing palace which houses a museum and has a guest house.
Overnight at Tang | Altitude: 2800m

Day 09 | Tang – Jakar (2 Hrs)

Morning visit the museum that has a historic private collection of the lord of the valley. Walk downhill for 30 min. Continue drive. En route visit the Burning Lake of Mebar tsho. Evening spend your time independently.
Overnight at Jakar

Day 10 | Jakar Sightseeing

Visit Jampay Lakhang, the one of the first 2 Buddhist temples built in the country. This is the home of the naked dance that is still performed annually. Visit the Kurjey Temple, the site where Bhutan’s royals are cremated. One can either walk cross the suspension bridge and visit the village of Parar and Tamshing or drive there. End your day with a walk passing by the Swiss farm. Evening stroll in Jakar town and try some local pancakes and noodles.
Overnight at Jakar

Day 11 | Jakar – Mongar (7 Hrs)

Today drive takes you through Thrumshingla, the highest road pass in the country at 3900m making this the most spectacular drives in the country, descending 3200m just in a distance of 84 km. En route visit Ura village, made of cluster of large stone houses.
Overnight at Mongar | Altitude 1800m

Day 12 | Mongar – Lhuntshe (3 Hrs)

Make an excursion to the north and visit the province of Lhuntshe, ancestral home of the Bhutan’s royal family. Visit the picturesque Lhuntshe Dzong (Fortress). This region is famous for bamboo basket and silk brocade dress.
Overnight at Mongar

Day 13 | Mongar – Trashi Yangtse (5 Hrs)

Drive pass by the famous Yadi loops to the province of Trashi Yangtshe famous for wooden containers made here using water-driven and treadle lathes. En route, visit Gom Kora temple. Visit Chorten Kora, the biggest and most important white washed stupa in the country. Stroll around the town.
Overnight at Trashi Yangtse | Altitude: 1900m

Day 14 | Trashi Yangtse – Trashigang (3 Hrs)

Visit the School of Arts crafts and the Drive to Trashigang. Afternoon visit Trashigang Dzong (fortress) which is perched majestically on the tip that overlooks the deep gorge and Ranjung Monastic School. Evening stroll in town.
Overnight at Trashigang | Altitude: 2100m

Day 15 | Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar (6 ½ Hrs)

Drive pass by the first Bhutanese college. En route, stop to visit the government handloom factory. Evening- relax in your hotel.
Overnight at Samdrup Jongkhar | Altitude 180m

Day 16 | Samdrup Jongkar – Guwhati (India) (2 Hrs)

Transfer to the Guhauti Airport for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport.

PARO

Accentuating the natural beauty are the many elegant, traditional-style houses that dot the valley and surrounding hills. Paro town has been growing rapidly in recent years and there are plenty of restaurants, bakeries and cafes to choose from. One of the distinctive features of Paro town is that …
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THIMPHU

Thimphu is the most modern city in Bhutan with an abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs and shopping centers, however it still retains its’ cultural identity and values amidst the signs of modernization.Thimphu is one of the few towns in Bhutan that have been equipped with ATM…
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PUNAKHA

On October 13, 2011, the wedding of the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and his fiancé, Jetsun Pema, was held at the Punakha Dzong. Punakha valley has a pleasant climate with warm winters and hot summers. It is located at an average elevation of 1200 meters above sea level. Owin…
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WANGDUE PHODRANG

Festivals One of the most notable sites in the district is Phobjikha Valley. This valley is the habitat of rare and endangered Black Necked Cranes that roost there during their annual migrations. The residents of the valley have garnered much acclaim for their conservation efforts to preserve th…
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BUMTHANG

Bumthang Dzongkhag consists of four main valleys Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor. Choekhor is the largest of the four mountain valleys and is widely considered as ‘Bumthang Valley’. The valleys are broad and gentle carved by the ancient glaciers. The wide and scenic valleys draws a…
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TRONGSA

 

 

 

 

 

 

This town is situated on a steep ridge and offers spectacular views of the deep valleys surrounding it. The various hotels, guesthouses and restaurants all offer stunning views from their balconies. Trongsa Dzong is easily visible from anywhere in the town and is always an impressive sight as it i…
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LHUNTSE

The landscape is spectacular, with stark cliffs towering above river gorges and dense coniferous forests.  The region is famous for its weavers, and their distinctive textiles are generally considered to be the best in the country.  Kurtoep women are especially adept at  weaving a textile called K…
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SAMDRUP JONGKHAR

There are several well maintained hotels, most of which serve a good mix of Bhutanese, Indian and continental cuisine. As a border town, Samdrup Jongkhar is often used as the entry point for merchants and tourists entering Eastern Bhutan overland. A little way outside the town you can find the …
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