This trip is designed for those who are interested
in seeing a greater part of the country. The
tour provides an insight into the remoteness
of the country’s Far East, where development
is minimal due to the high passes and terrain.
Your visit will feature an authentic look at
the Bhutanese lifestyle. You will see firsthand
and up close how people live and work.
The East is famous for hand woven textiles,
known as Khushu Thakra. Every household has
a weaving loom. Weaving is usually done in winter
when there is less agricultural work. Other
trip highlights include the Khaling Weaving
Center, school for the blind and the Kanglung
College, called Sherubtse, which is currently
the only University in Bhutan.
DAY 1 : Paro. (2250 M)
Arrive at Paro International Airport by Druk
Air. On arrival at Paro International Airport,
your tour representatives will receive you.
Check in hotel/lunch. Start the day by visiting
the National Museum (Ta- Dzong). Once the watchtower
for Rinpung Dzong (Fortress), it was converted
into the national Museum in 1968. The museum
stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro
valley in all its glory.
Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises
gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with
shingle roofing and buttressed by two guardhouses
of the Dzong.
Today, this massive fortress built in 1646
AD is the seat of the district administration
as well as the home for the monastic school.
The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with
its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful
DAY 2 : Hike to Tiger’s NEST
(800 m from Paro valley)
Drive up to Ramthangkha (10 Km from Paro Town)
and walk to the Monastery. The name Taktsang
means “Tiger’s Nest’’
The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with
a sheer drop of nearly 4000ft overlooking the
Taktsang is one of the most venerated pilgrimage
sites in the Himalayas. However, most people
can only visit the main site called Taktsang
Pel-phu. According to legend Padmasambhava founded
Taktsang Monastery in the eighth century. It
is believed that the Guru came to this place
on the back of a tigress from Khengpajong in
the Kurtoe region and meditated here for three
months in a cave before converting the Paro
valley to Buddhism.
DAY 3 : Paro – Thimphu. (65
km. 2 hours. 2350 m)
Drive to Drukgyel Dzong (a ruined fortress –
16 kms away from Paro Town).
The Dzong, although in ruins today, holds historical
significance. It was from this fortress that
the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions.
The name means “The victorious Bhutanese”.
This spot also offers a magnificent vista of
Mount Jomolhari, “Abode of the Goddess
On the way back you will have the pleasure of
visiting one of the oldest monasteries we have
in Bhutan, The first King of Tibet; Songtsen
Gampo built Kichu Lhakhang in the 7th century
to introduce Buddhism to our country, when our
country was still influenced by the Bon beliefs.
In the late afternoon two hours drive will
take you to Thimphu (7,700 feet), the only Capital
City in the world without traffic lights. Drive
through the Paro Valley, which lies beneath
chomolhari, one of Bhutan’s “Mountain
Goddesses.” The drive from Paro to Thimphu
is spectacularly scenic. Especially in April
(spring season in Bhutan), as you will find
nature in it’s festive mood with rushing
turquoise rivers which can be heard from miles
away and mountains transformed into a Master
artist’s palette- brilliant vermilion,
yellows, purples, pink, oranges and reds to
dazzle your senses.
Wild cherry, mountain ((s) without s) plums,
cotton silk and forests of rhododendron trees
bloom with astonishing beauty and abundance.
Magnificent monasteries, stupas in the valleys
and mountains tops. Experience the “Last
Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom” on earth.
DAY 4 : Thimphu sightseeing.
After breakfast visit the National Memorial
chorten (built in memory of the late king).
We will encounter lots of interesting people
circumambulating the chorten. We then drive
to the Changangkha Temple via the R.I.C.B housing
colony, which offers a good location to photograph
the temple. Drive to Takin National Animal sanctuary
to photograph the Takin (Bhutan’s National
Animal). Drive to the National Library to see
the collection of old manuscripts & then
visit the Folk Heritage Museum. Lunch in town.
Afternoon: we visit the Institute of Arts
& Crafts, where young artists are trained
in the traditional ways of painting & statue
making. Drive to Zilukha Nunnery & on to
a viewpoint to photograph the city at sunset.
If the time permits, we will visit a traditional
hand made paper factory & goldsmiths workshop.
Visit Trashi Chhodzong. This old fortress now
serves as the center of administration, housing
His Majesty the King of Bhutan’s office,
the central Monastic Body as well four branches
DAY 5 : Thimphu - Punakha. (77 km.
3 hours. 1350 m)
Early rise and drive to the Dochula (3150m pass)
for breakfast. If the weather is clear, the
Dochu- la pass offers the most spectacular views
of the eastern Himalayas mountain ranges. Then
we drive to Punakha for lunch at hotel.
After lunch we visit Punakha Dzong, the most
beautiful in Bhutan. It was built in 1637 by
Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. The Dzong is located
at the convergence of two rivers, the Pho-chu
& Mo-chu. After Dzong we drive further to
take a small hike to Nyzergang to visit the
Khamsum Yuelly Namgyal Temple. Night Punakha
DAY 6 : Punakha – Trongsa. (128
km. 5 hours. 2200 m)
We will drive to Trongsa. It is 128 kilometers
and 5 hours drive from Punakha. Wangdue is another
District and is only a half hours drive from
Punakha. In 1638 wangdue was Dzong was built
by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal one year after
the Punakha Dzong.
The road will climb all the way to Pele-la
pass at 3300m. It is main landmark between east
& west and from here we will drive all the
way down to Trongsa. On the way we will come
across Yak herder’s camps and encounter
Yaks especially during the winter, we will also
see high Himalayan villages like Rukubji and
Chendebji. All the houses cluster together separate
from the fields.
DAY 7 : Trongsa - Bumthang. (68 km.
2 hours. 2600-+m)
Trongsa is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s
Royal Family. Both the First and Second King
ruled the Kingdom from this ancient seat. All
the Kings of Bhutan have to become Trongsa’s
Penlop (Honorary post of Governor) prior to
being crowned as the Druk Gyalpo (King of Bhutan).
Trongsa Dzong (Fort), is one of the largest
& most impressive in the country. It was
first built in 1648 and later enlarged many
times. Because of being situated on a high commanding
position on the only connecting route between
the eastern and western sectors (where the trail
actually runs through the Dzong), the Trongsa
Penlop was able to control the whole of the
eastern region very effectively for many centuries.
Visit the ancient watchtower (Ta- Dzong), which
is situated above the town.
About three hours drive from Trongsa; we will
reach to the famous valley of Bumthang. Bumthang
is made up of four main valleys, Chummey, Tang,
Ura and Choskhor (Jakar). A few miles after
crossing Yotong La Pass (3400m), you will encounter
buckwheat fields and the only straight road
in the country entering the first valley of
Bumthang, Chummey. The main development center
of the province is situated in Choskhor commonly
known as the Jakar valley where you can see
a little bit of the modern touch with Swiss
influence. On the way one can see girls weaving
Yathra the traditional woolen materials used
for different purposes on a traditional handloom.
The finished products are all displayed in a
shop outside in the open & on sale. Over
night in Bumthang
DAY 8 : Bumthang – Bumthang.
Bumthang is different from all the other valleys
in Bhutan. It is very spacious and open ranging
in altitudes from 2600m to 4000m. Bumthang is
a heaven for hikers and Trekkers, not to mention
the numerous beautiful and important Buddhist
monasteries and pilgrimage sites, making it
the Cultural and Historic heartland in Bhutan.
One could spend months exploring this fascinating
valley. Almost every little valley or hill has
a background of interesting myths and legends
about Kings, Buddhist masters and Serpents.
Bumthang is especially dominated by the religious
influence of Padmasambhava (believed to be the
second Buddha 7th –8th A.D) and his reincarnation
the Treasure revealer. Terton Pemalingpa 1450-1521,
who is known to have discovered many sacred
Buddhist texts hidden by Padmasambhava (Guru
Rimpoche) in various places.
Take a walk up to Tamshing monastery, founded
by Terton Pemalingpa, where about 200 monks
reside. Visit the historical temple. Visit the
Wangdichholing Palace, Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey
Lhakhang, and the oldest monastery in the Kingdom.
All the Kings of Bhutan are taken for their
cremation rites to Kurjee Monastery. Visit some
Drive to the sacred Mebartsho (meaning Burning
Lake). The importance of this site is indicated
by the extensive array of prayer flags and is
considered as one of the most holy places for
Buddhist pilgrimage. After this visit drive
back to Chamkhar and stroll in town.
DAY 9 : Bumthang - Mongar. (193 km.
After Breakfast the drive will take you through
the pine forests keeping the Jakar Dzong view
behind us. Taking a half hour drive you will
cross the Tang Chu climbing towards and through
Tangsebgi village. The drive reaches Ura valley
the highest and most eastern part of Bumthang.
It takes around 2 hours drive through blue pine
trees, villages and onto the high pass of sheltheng
la 3600m/11800 ft. Looking towards the north
in clear weather one can see the high white
Gangkar Punsum (7541m/2974ft) the highest peak
The landscape of Ura valley is different from
that of the others, with round sweeping slopes,
fertile pastures and wide fields. At the bottom
you will see the large and unusual village with
its cluster of big houses united by the paved
flagstone alleys, a rare sight in Bhutan. The
big community monastery dominates the village.
It is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche (the great
teacher). Ura festival usually takes place in
the 2nd week of May & sometime in June,
depending on the Bhutanese lunar calendar.
Thimshingla National park starts here and
if one wishes one can visit the field office
at Ura. It is open Monday to Friday and closed
on holidays. The drive from here will take you
through the National Park. There is also the
Rhododendron Flower Park this way (only worth
seeing in spring time). Today you will cross
the highest point of the road in Bhutan. The
Thimshing La Pass at around 3800 m. and you
will see a lot of changes in vegetation and
villages. Night Mongar.
DAY 10 : Mongar – Lhuntse -Mongar.
(Optional Excursion to Lhuntse)
After an early breakfast take excursion to Lhuntse
(another district in the eastern part of Bhutan).
In this part of the District, villages produce
the most hand woven fabric, which is called
This tradition has been passed down through
the centuries. Evening drive back to Mongar.
DAY 11 : Mongar - Trashing. (92 km.
After breakfast drive to Trash gang, crossing
a low pass between these two Districts called
Kori – La Pass 2400 m. You will go through
villages like Yedi and cross the Chakzam, the
Trashigang is considered to be one of the Biggest
Districts in Bhutan and it holds the headquarters
of Trashigang. The 3rd Temporal Ruler of Bhutan
Menjyur Tenpa built it in the 17th century overlooking
the convergence of Drangme Chu & the Gambri
Chu. Night Trashingang.
DAY 12 : Trashigang – Trashi
(Trashi Yangtse 53 km. 1.5 hours or Rangjung,
You can choose any one of these excursion options
and explore the remote eastern parts of Bhutan.
If you have a longer period you can drive to
the southeast Khaling Weaving center and blind
school as well as the only University in Bhutan.
DAY 13 : Trashigang– Mongar.
After breakfast follow the same route back to
Mongar and having free time on this day, explore
anything you have missed.
DAY 14 : Mongar - Bumthang.
After breakfast drive to Bumthang crossing the
highest Pass on the way back.
DAY 15 : Bumtang-Via – Gangtey
Gnagtey Gonpa was built on a small hillock surrounded
by blue pine trees. A descendant of Pema Lingpa
(the great Bhutanese saint of Bumthang) built
the Gonpa in the 16th century and it is a Nyingmapa
At the end of the 17th century it was enlarged
once and at present it is headed by the 9th
reincarnation called Gangtey Trulku. It is under
renovation at present. It is run by the family
houses of Gomchens (layman), who worship and
work at the monastery.
Further down you will reach the Phojikha valley.
This place is reserved for the migration of
the black neck crane. The people out here have
become friendly with the endangered species
and every consecutive year starting from the
2nd week of November to the 1st week of April
the fields and marshes of this undisturbed valley
offer a truly magnificent sight as you watch
DAY 16 : Wangdue – Thimphu –
Drive back to Thimphu for lunch and last stop
for shopping. You could also see some more sights
in Thimphu. In the evening drive back to Paro
for tomorrow’s departure.
DAY 17 : Departure.
Representative from our company will bid you
a farewell and safe journey home.