Mountain Journeys in Bhutan is the road back to undisturbed nature. Nowhere in the Himalayas is the natural heritage more rich and varied than in Bhutan. The kingdom has also been referred to as the 'Valley of Medicinal Herbs'. The kingdom is also one of the leading countries in environmental conservation. Over 70% of Bhutan's area is still under forest cover. Many parts of the country have been declared wildlife reserves, and are the natural habitats of rare species of both flora and fauna. In mountain journeys, we take you back to primitive wilderness that still exists in the mountains of Bhutan.
Bhutan Odyssey (10 Nights/11 Days)
Day 01: Arrival Paro. Transfer to Hotel in Paro.
Evening visit to Paro market and town.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02: Paro
After breakfast, visit to Ta Dzong (National Museum) which used to be watchtower for Paro Dzong in the olden days.
Then we walk down a hillside trail to Rinpung Dzong.
Afternoon, we visit to Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro
Day 03: Paro-Thimpu
After a hearty breakfast, we set off for Thimpu, the modern capital city of Bhutan. En route, we meet Chuzom at the entrance to the Paro valley where the Paro and Thimpu rivers meet. We visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the kingdom, shortly before reaching Thimpu.
After reaching Thimpu, we visit the National Memorial Chorten, majestic Tashichhodzong, the Handicrafts Emporium and the main shopping area.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu
Day 04: Thimpu- Punakha
In the morning, we go to visit the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (the centre for learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan), the National Institute of Traditional Medicine and the National Textile Museum.
After lunch, we drive to Punakha which is 3 hours drive from Thimpu. En route, we stop at Dochu-la pass (3,088m) for refreshments.On a clear day, there will be breathtaking mountain views from this spot.
Upon arrival at Punakha, we check into the hotel. In the evening we visit Punakha Dzong, a 17th century fortress.
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha
Day 05: Punakha- Wangduephodrang- Gangtey (Phobjikha)
After breakfast, we drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang. We will stop there to visit Wangduephodrang Dzong stretched along a spur at the confluence of two rivers. We will also visit a local village house to gain insight into the lifestyle of the local people.
Then drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley.
In the evening, we take a stroll around Gangtey village and Gompa.
Overnight at guest house or camp under the stars
Day 06: Gangtey- Tongsa
In the morning, we explore Phobjikha valley which is also the
the winter home of black necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau.
After lunch, drive to Tongsa, crossing Pele-la pass (3,300m). Evening visit to Tongsa market.
Overnight at the lodge in Tongsa
Day 07: Tongsa â€“ Bumthang
Early morning we visit to Tongsa Dzong, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Also we visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) which used to serve as a watchtower for Paro Dzong in the olden days.
After lunch, we proceed to Bumthang. Bumthang is the religious heartland of the nation.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bumthang
Day 08: Bumthang
Bumthang is common name given to a group of four valleys- Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitudes ranging from 2,600 to 4,000m. Bumthang is also a home to many ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries.
We will also visit Tamshing Lhakhang which contains interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings.
Later, we will visit Jakar Dzong, 'the castle of the white bird', the administrative centre of the region.
In the afternoon, we will visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in Bhutan as Guru Rimpoche (reincarnation of Sakyamuni Budha) used to meditate there.
Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang
Day 09: Bumthang â€“ Thimpu
After an early morning visit to Bumthang's market, we will set off on the 7 hour drive back to Thimpu. The drive will be through mountains and passes with beautiful scenaries.
On arraival at Thimpu, we check into the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimpu
Day10: Thimpu- Paro
Free in the morning for shopping and leisure.
After lunch, 2 hours drive to Paro
Overnight at the hotel in Paro
Day 11: After breakfast, drive to the airport for departure
**End of Arrangements**
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