Eastern Bhutan Tour (14 days)

Itineraries:

Day 1

Fly into Paro by Drukair flight or Bhutan Airlines. After immigration and customs formalities, you will be received by the representative of Soedhar Bhutan Travels. Check into your respective hotel, get some refreshments. Travel to Thimphu. Getting everthing settled in the hotel and making a plan for trip.

Day 2

On the second day sight seeing of Paro valley, visiting Paro museum and Paro Dzong. On the same day sight seeing the Drugyel valley and Jhomolhari Mountain and visiting Ruins of Drugyel Dzong which is under construction.

Day 3

From the morning hike, up to the legendary Taktsang Monastary (Tiger’s Nest) with horse riding. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. This temple is one of the most holy sites in the kingdom and clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley a nd visit Kichhu Lhakhang and Dumtse Lhakhang located at a few miles from the Paro town.

Day 4

Then in the early morning drive to Haa. The road goes over highest motorable road pass in Bhutan, Chelia La. Explore the Haa valley including Jurney Drak Hermitage and Chungdu Lhakhang before leaving to Thimphu.

Day 5

Sight seeing Thimphu valley, go to weekend Centenary Vegetable market and visiting the statue of Buddha Dordenma in Kuensel Phodrang overlooking Thimphu city, about 100 metres (330 ft) above the Wang Chuu river bed.If you are interested in arts and handicrafts of BHUTAN visit National Textile Museum and National Institute for Zorig Chuzum (13 varieties of arts and crafts).

Day 6

Drive uphill to the Dochula pass from Semtokha. Visiting Chimi Lhakhang the temple of Drukpa Kuenley(Devine Madman). On the way you will see the beautiful chortens when you reach to the summit of the Dochula pass and colorful rhododendron forest above the pass. Sight seeing and visiting Punakha Dzong standing in it best height between Pho Chu( Male) and Mo Chu (female) river.

Day 7

Then drive to Wangdi Phodrang Dzong and the town near by. Travel uphill to the Pelela and enjoy the scene of nature and the village around till you reach down to Trongsa. There you get a chance to visit Trongsa Dzong and Museum. Chökhor Raptse Dzong at Trongsa which was built in 1644. After that drive towards Bumthang

Day 8

Sight seeing Bumthang valley. Start visiting Chumey and Zungney village. This place is known for its woolen and yak hair textiles called Yathra. After lunch, visit the famous Jakar dzong and the old Wangdichholing palace. The Jakar Dzong or the “Castle of the White Bird” dominates the Chamkhar valley and overlooks the town.
Choekhor Valley Trip: Spend one day around Choekhor valley visiting Jampey Lhakhang, Kurjay Lhakhang and walking to Bumthanf Tamshing Goenpa.

Day 9

Tang Valley Trip: On the second day explore and travel around Tang valley visiting Membar Tsho (Burning Lake). The Burning Lake, Mebar Tsho is located along the way to the Tang village over the feeder road under Bumthang valley.

Day 10

Drive to Lhuntse valley in the early morning. Lhuntse is culturally part of eastern Bhutan.This region is renowned as a textiles producing region and as the ancestral homeland of the Bhutanese royal family. Visit world’s largest statue GURU PADMASAMBHAVA at Takila. Then travel to Mongar valley trough Korila pass.

Day 11

Sight seeing of Monger town and visit Mongar Dzong. Then drive towards Trashiyangtse along the Drangme Chu river. On the way visit Gom Kora which is located before Doksum Town near the confluence of two rivers.

Day 12

Visit Chorten kora and Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary.Bumdeling Sanctuary currently covers the northern half of Trashiyangtse and it is also famous for black necked crane during winter.

Day 13

Drive to Trashigang and visit Trashigang Dzong and town. Travel to Radhi and Rungjung and visit the village the monastic school founded by Garab Rimpoche. Drive uphill towards Kanglung valley from Trashigang and visit Kanlung Monastry and Sherubtse College (Bhutan’s First College). Take a time to go to Yongphula pass and enjoy the grassland scene.

Day 14

Departure to Paro by flight from Youngphula airport or drive back to Paro via Bumthang or exit to India from Samdrup Jongkhar (South East Border Town).