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JEWEL OF THE EAST

Itinerary

Your flight in the kingdom’s only airline, the Druk Air will offer breathtaking Himalayan mountain scenes including the world’s highest peak, the Mt. Everest. On arrival, welcome reception by your local tour executive at Paro international airport and will drive for the arrival refreshment. In a while after brief fresh up, visit the Paro Dzong and National museum. After the lunch visit the sixth century Kichu temple and ruin of Drugyal fort built in seventeenth century. Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and home to more than seventy thousand population is your destination.

Nestled between the mountain hills, the main Thimphu stretches over five kilometer north south with wangchu river dividing the valley symmetrically. The home to business, central monastic body, government officials, and the Royal families offer myriads of cultural and nature activities. Visit to seventeenth century forts, historic temples and monasteries, fascinating museums, well-protected zoo, and gentles hikes are the highlights of tours in the capital.

The valley enriched by unspoiled natural beauty was a home to the past Royal families and natives of Mangde. This historically recognized place today is transformed into culturally significant icon. From the capital Thimphu, barely seven hours drive tour includes cultural and nature activities en route mountain pass of Dochula, Wangdue, Chendibji and finally in Trongsa.

Early drive to south of Trongsa for sightseeing at Kuengarabten palace, the winter resident of the second king. The incident of giving away of children and eyes by a philanthropic prince Dreme Kuenden to the people in destitute took place in this very locality. Up on completion, visit the main shrine inside the Trongsa Dzong followed by entry to Ta Dzong overlooking the giant fort. Not so lately, push off to Bumthang, the heavenly wide-open valley of charming natives, the Bumtaps.

Defined as the Switzerland of Bhutan, Bumthang offers unparallel historical and cultural diversity withholding majority of national heritages since from time immemorial. Although, geographically located on the high mountain terrain, nonetheless, the rich biological diversity acclaims home to several endangered flora and faunal species making a perfect place for nature lovers and wilderness seekers. However, while in Bumthang, immerse yourself into historical culture visit and nature exploration.

Eastern Bhutan welcomes travelers into a world of unexplored trekking, historical and cultural escapades, breathtaking scenery, textiles highlights and natural wonders. The districts of Mongar, Lhuntse, Tashi Yangtse, Tashigang and Samdrup Jongkhar include the eastern circuits. Mongar, which is situated 197 Km away from Bumthang, is approximately seven hours drive through beautiful natural mountain terrain. On the way stopover at Thrumshingla National Park and Limithang birding paradise to explore it’s rich natural biodiversity. In addition, visit the Jarung Khasung stupa located in the close proximity of Kurichu Bridge at Lingmithang.

Located in the eastern boulevard, the booming Mongar was once home to the legendary figures of the past. Besides, the production of finest textiles in the country is known to exist here still today. Culturally, the place houses the ruin of Zhongar fort built in the seventeenth century, Mongar Dzong in 1930s and prominent Aja pilgrimage, the invention of thousand letters “Aa” by Guru Rinpochhe in the eighth century. In the morning hour accessibility to the forts and Yagang temple will be acquired followed by lunch break in the hotel. Drive to Tashiyangtse, the winter homeland of the migratory birds from Tibet, the black neck crane.

Tashiyangtse, one of the farthest eastern districts after Tashigang is gloriously set over gentle scrolling landscape in accord with pristine nature. The place offers wide range of cultural hikes and sightseeing through its boastful natural beauties and remarkable communities. Unfold your visit to Dongdi Dzong, Chorten Kora and Institute of Zorig Chu Sum above the main town. Evening visit to Gom Kora temple, host to the grand eastern spring festival. Settlement in Trashigang marks the end of today’s program.

Regarded as the farthest and the biggest district in the country, Trashingang is also a home to minority ethnic groups of Merak and Sakteng region featuring unique culture and tradition. Under its vast landmass, diverse cultural attractions are distributed unevenly in different localities. Amongst those, excursion to Radhi village is a commonly featured tour for majority of tourists as Radhi is very popular place for the production of locally woven silken garments in the country. Due to the vastness of localities in Trashigang, tour program will be customized to suite the interest of groups or individual. However, visit to Trashigang Dzong, excursion to Rangjung and Radhi village/excursion to Yongphula and Kanglung will be highlights of the host company.

Early drive to Bumthang en route Mongar.

Early hotel check out to catch up the bright day visit to Phobjikha, the winter home to black necked crane, the migratory bird from Tibet. With breakfast in Trongsa, three hours non-stop drive will reach you to Phobjikha for a short sightseeing. Wangdue will be the lunch spot and 20 minutes drive towards north will be your today’s destination, the Punakha.

The remarkable Punakha was once the old capital of Bhutan where the historic events, coronation of the first king and the first national assembly session were accounted to have held here. Still today, the place is a winter resident of central monastic body and the chief Abbot. The glorious Punakha fort is built at the confluence of male and female rivers holding defensive significance of the past. The flamboyant architectural design of the giant fortress richly showcases the typical 13 traditional arts and architectures of Bhutan. As a day visitor, only the courtyard and the main shrine inside the fort are opened for visitation. After the visit, drive to the north of Punakha to hike to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyal stupa perched on the majestic blue pine hill of Sirigang. It is 45 minutes leisurely hike over the gentle hills and enjoy the panoramic view of Kabesa valley from the exterior top floor of the stupa. Drive back to Thimphu after the lunch.

Excursion to Tango and Cheri Monasteries situated in the north of Thimphu valley. These two monasteries still retain the Buddhism sanctity luring thousand of devotees during auspicious days. Apparently at Tango Monastery, higher Buddhism studies are taken up by multitude of Buddhist Scholars from across the kingdom. On the other hand, Cheri Monastery houses the meditation centre for Buddhist Scholars and enthusiasts seeking the spiritual path. After the hike proceed to Paro.

The highlight of this excursion will be graded as an incredible journey as the “Tiger Nest Hike” unveils the era of rescue by Guru from the period of darkness. Taktshang, literally means the Tigers Lair, is adventurously perched on the rocky cliff elevating 1000 meters from the basement. The history dates back to eighth century when the Guru Rinpochhe flew on the back of tigress from Tibet en route Singye Dzong in the northeast Bhutan in the eighth century. His mission to subdue evil spirits dwelling in the Himalayan region of Bhutan was brought to fruition after meditating for three months in the existing cave. Up on his blessing, the current stature of the monastery was initiated in 1694 and unfortunately the old structure was engulfed by fire in 1998 and it was revamped in 2004, which you will behold on your visit. The fascinating hike could vary in duration depending on the physique of an individual. However, on an average it is only three hours hike. Further, option lies at your decision, whether to make up till the nest or enjoy the breathtaking up view of the nest from the cafeteria viewpoint.

See off by your tour executive at exit terminal and fly back to your onward destination.

  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits – Museum Fees
  • Standard Room in 3 Star Hotels – Upgrade to 4 & 5 Star can be arranged on Additional Cost.
  • Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner with Evening Tea
  • Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) Licensed Professional Driver
  • SUV for FIT & Toyota Van from 3 – 8 Pax & Toyota Coaster Coach from 8 – 20 Pax
  • Decade old TCB Licensed Tour Guide
  • All Sightseeing with Walks and Hikes
  • Bottled Mineral Water

Bhutan Government uphold a strategy of “High Value-Low Impact” tourism policy, which serves as the purpose of creating an image of exclusive and high-yield destination among travelers.  Therefore, Admire Bhutan Travels has initiated its tourism policy – to maintain its environment, ecological friendly, preservation of social-cultural and economically viable, prevent from overrun mass tourism and while at the same time to ensure visitors get the most out of their trips. The minimum cost outlined by Admire Bhutan Travels offers the charm of the isolated Himalayan kingdom, which was founded on the principle of sustainability.

  • Single Individual: USD 3,710/-
  • Group of 02 Members: USD 3,570/-
  • Group of 03 Members and Above: USD 3,150/-
  • One Time Bank Transfer Charges: USD 45/-
  • Round Trip Air Tickets
  • International Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Entertainment Cost – Pub & Nightclubs
  • Tips for Tour Guide, Driver and Hotel Staffs
  • Donations to Monasteries and Temples
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