West to Bumthang (14 days)


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

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. This location was the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the 13th Desi Druk. The statue will house over one lakh (one hundred thousand) smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself, will be made of bronze and gilded in gold. Upon completion, it will be one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world, at a height of 51.5 metres (169 ft).

Day 3

On the second day 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. Punakha valley is famous in Bhutan for rice farming. Both red and white rice are grown along the river valley of Pho and Mo Chu, two of the most prominent rivers in Bhutan.

Day 4

From early morning drive to Wangdi Phodrang Dzong and the town near by. The town shares its name with the dzong built in 1638 that dominates the district. The name is said to have been given by Ngawang Namgyal, the Zhabdrung Rinpoche, who was searching for the best location for a dzong to prevent incursions from the south. Drive to Phobjikha valley where you will get a chance to visit Gangtey Goenpa and the place is also famous for seeing one of the endangered species black necked cranes which can be seen on the month of November to February.

Day 5

From Phobjikha drive over Pelela to Trongsa. There you can visit Trongsa Dzong and Museum. Chökhor Raptse Dzong at Trongsa which was built in 1644, used to be the seat of power of the Wangchuck dynasty before it became rulers of Bhutan in 1907. Traditionally the King of Bhutan first becomes the Trongsa Penlop (governor) before being named Crown Prince and eventually King. Then drive to Bumthang Valley.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

Choekhor Valley Trip: Spend one day around Choekhor valley visiting Jampey Lhakhang, Kurjay Lhakhang and walking to Bumthanf Tamshing Goenpa.

Day 8

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.According to the legend Terton Pema Lingpa had a vision of the sacred treasures that Guru Rimpoche had hidden within the lake centuries earlier. However the people of Tang and the local ruler were cynical of his claims. In order to prove his claims, Pema Lingpa held a butter lamp in his hand as he jumped into the lake. After remaining under water for a long time he re-emerged holding a chest and a scroll of paper with the butter lamp held in his hand still burning bright. Thereafter, the lake came to be known as Mebartsho (the burning Lake).

Day 9

Drive back to Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 10

Visiting Chari and Tango Monastry which is located at the Northern part of Thimphu valley. 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). Then in the mid afternoon, after having lunch, drive back to Haa. The road goes over highest motorable road pass in Bhutan, Chelia La.

Day 11

Next morning explore the Haa valley including Jurney Drak Hermitage and Chungdu Lhakhang before leaving to Paro.

Day 12-13

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 and visit Kichhu Lhakhang and Dumtse Lhakhang located at a few miles from the Paro town.
Visit the Paro National Museum which shows varieties of art and art facts from all over Bhutan. The Museum is housed in the ancient watch tower to Paro Dzong. After visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong, which is an ancient castle fortress built in 1645. If there is time, visit Bumdra Lhakhang and Chumbu Naye.