10 Days Itinerary Covering : Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Trongsa - Bumthang - Ura - Bumthang- Wangduephodrang - Punakha - Paro - Haa Valley - Paro
Visiting the magnificent Kingdom of Bhutan can be an amazing experience. If you wish to observe an amazing blend of the old and new world, visit Bhutan by opting for Culture of Bhutan Tour by Indian Luxury Trains. During this tour of 10 nights and 11 days, you indulge in a number of things such as visiting the ancient monasteries, museums, villages and Dzongs, travelling via high mountain passes, shopping at craft shops, emporiums and viewing traditional Tibetan art and craft. Some of the highlights include Wangduephodrang Dzong, Taktsang Monastery, excursion to Ura and more.
As you arrive at the Paro airport, meet our tour representative who helps you with an assisted on-road transfer to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan. Being the largest and the capital city of the Kingdom of Bhutan, Thimpu holds cultural, economic as well as political importance. Upon reaching your pre-booked hotel, complete the check-in formalities at your pre-booked hotel. Have dinner. Stay overnight in Thimpu.
Post breakfast on day 2, leave the hotel for a city tour of Thimpu valley including the prime tourist attractions. The first visit of the day is to the National Library, housing a selection of valuable Buddhist manuscripts. The other attractions include the Institute for Zorig Chusum or the Painting School where students learn 13 kinds of traditional art and craft; Textile and Folk Heritage Museum- housing a collection of Bhutan’s heritage textiles and cultural elements and King’s Memorial Chorten- built in remembrance of Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the third King of Bhutan.
Thereafter, visit Government Handicrafts Emporium and Souvenir craft shops. Here you can get your hands on some amazing Thangka paintings, jewellery, hand-woven textiles, jewellery, masks, ceramics and other knick-knacks, made by the locals from local materials. The last visit is to the Trashi Chhoe Dzong – the Centre of religion and government, housing the seat of King’s throne room and the seat of Chief Abbot. Overnight stay.
Post an early breakfast on the 3rd day, begin your drive up to the Dochula Pass, lying at an altitude of 10,130 feet. This pass is quite popular for offering a majestic view of the Himalayan Mountains. The other amazing site here is the site of 108 Chortens, the fluttering prayer flags and the Mani wall. Do not miss viewing the highest peak of Bhutan, Gangkar Puensum, 7, 498 meters above the sea level (subject to clear weather). Arrive in Punakha, check-in at your hotel and continue with sightseeing.
Visit the well-known Punakha Dzong, also called Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong. An important site in the Kingdom’s history, this fortress was constructed in 1637, at the meeting point of rivers Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. Stay overnight in Punakha.
After morning breakfast, start driving across the Pelela Pass, 3100 meters above the sea level. On the way, halt at Chendbji Chorten, a structure similar to Bodhanath Chöten in Nepal, erected by Tshering Wangchuk. It becomes the venue of annual Sambha Lhundrup Molam Chenmo festival. Begin driving again. The next visit is to the Trongsa Dzong, the largest fortress in Bhutan, built with a number of levels, the home of the royal family of the Kingdom.
After exploring this amazing structure, continue towards the Bumthang Valley, crossing the Yutong la Pass, 3425 meters high pass. On the way, do not miss visiting Yathra weaving centre and the other surrounding villages. On reaching, Bumthang, check-in at your pre-booked hotel for an overnight stay.
On day 5, after breakfast, you begin sightseeing in Bumthnag. The first visit is to the Kyichu Lhakhang or Kyerchu Temple, a sacred place housing a prime Himalayan Buddhist temple. The next visit is to the a 7th century monastery Jambay Lhakhang, which was built by Songtsen Gampo, a Tibetan King. Continue sightseeing, visiting the Jakar Dzong, established in 1549 by the great grand-father of the first Shabdrung.
This site is now Bumthang’s administrative centre and also is home to the monk body of the region. The afternoon is scheduled for visiting Tamshing Lhakhang, across the river. Apart from its religious importance of being Bhutan’s most important Nyingmapa temple, this monastery also houses some very beautiful ancient religious paintings such as 21 Taras and 1000 Buddhas.
In the evening, visit another popular monastery- Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery, founded in 1984 by Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche, an important center for preservation of Tibetan culture. Stay overnight.
After breakfast, the day is scheduled for a day-trip to Ura, a beautiful village. While on the road towards Ura, you cross forest area as well. For around 20 km, you also pass sheep pastures. Cross the Ura La Pass, 3600 meters hugh pass, while enjoying a great view of the Mt. Gangkhar Puensum.
When you walk around the village, you notice that it has clustered villages, contrary to what it is in Bhutan. Your next visit is to a new temple that is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche. Consisting of beautiful paintings based on his teachings and his huge statue, this temple is placed right above the village. Back to Bumthang. On the way, visit one of Bhutan’s most important sacred sites- Membartsho. Overnight in Bumthang.
Post breakfast on the 7th day, you hit the road to Wangduephodrang. On the way, you halt at Ta Dzong, built in 1652; it is a stone structure of 5 storyes, made in a cylindrical shape, now turned in a museum. You reach Wangduephodrang town, placed to the south of Punaka. It is like a scaled-up village with a number of shops.
A beautiful lush-green place, it is known for its stone and slate carvings and bamboo products. Visit the very popular Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, erected way back in 1638, lying on the confluence of Tang Chhu and Punakha Chhu rivers. After being destroyed in a fire in 2012, it has now been restored. Later, explore the local market. Arrive in Punakha by the evening. Complete the check-in formalities at your pre-booked hotel. Stay overnight.
Have breakfast and start driving towards Paro. En-route, halt at Simtokha Dzong, constructed in 1627, Bhutan’s oldest dzong. This structure also houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies. On reaching Paro, check-in at your hotel.
The afternoon is scheduled for visiting Ta Dzong in Paro, originally a watchtower of the 17th century, transformed into National Museum of Bhutan in 1968. Later, take a downward walk for visiting Rinpung Dzong, a beautiful fortress and a huge Drukpa Kagyu Buddhist monastery, housing Paro’s administrative office and the Monastic Body. To reach this Dzong, you walk on Nemi Zam, a traditionally-covered bridge. Stay overnight.
On the 9th day of the tour, indulge in sightseeing in Paro. The list of attractions include a short trip to the most popular monastery of Bhutan- the Taktsang Monastery, also known as The Tiger’s Nest. This round-trip takes around 5 hours.
A religious Himalayan Buddhist site, this temple complex is placed in the cliff side. It was built way back in 1692. When coming back to Paro, do not miss visiting Kyichu Lhakhang, a prominent Himalayan Buddhist temple, which is also one of the oldest one in the Kingdom. Stay overnight in Paro.
After an early breakfast, begin driving towards Haa Valley through Chele-la Pass, 4200 meters high pass. From this pass, get some great views of Mt. Chomolhari Jichu Drakey. Rom here around an hour’s downward drive to Haa starts.
Enjoy the outside of the Haa Dzong, currently under the Military control. Have your lunch, on the way, followed by a visit to the Lhakhang Karpo Monastery or White Later and then Lhakhang Nagpo or Black Temple. Post sightseeing, begin driving back to Paro for an overnight stay.
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