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Across Bhutan Tour

TRIP OVERVIEW

17 Days Across Bhutan Tour is one of the most exclusive tours which is designed for the discerning travelers.  This particular tour is preferred by travelers who are seeking meaningful and truly memorable travel experience in Bhutan. It is a fantastic transverse east-to-west tour covering the best of across Bhutan. In this trip you will be enjoying a birds’ eye view of the countryside, relaxing in stunning exclusive lodges, and embarking on off beaten trek in a remote areas of eastern and central Bhutan.

HIGHLIGHT
  • 17 Days Across Bhutan Tour is one of the most exclusive tours of Bhutan
  • Meaningful and truly memorable travel experience in Bhutan.
  • Fantastic transverse east-to-west tour covering the best of across Bhutan.
  • Enjoy a birds’ eye view of the countryside, relaxing in stunning exclusive lodges, and embarking on off beaten trek in a remote areas of eastern and central Bhutan.
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Tour Type Classic
  • Destination Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Phobjikha - Bumthang - Mongar - Lhuntse - Trashigang

During this flight one will enjoy the view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari & Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro Airport a representative of Rabsel Nima Bhutan Adventure will receive you and drive to Thimphu.

After arrival to Paro, you will visit:

  • Kyichu Lhakhang – One of the oldest and most sacred temple in the kingdom, dating back to the 7th century.
  • Ta Dzong – Former Watch Tower which now houses the National Museum
  • Rinpung Dzong – Which houses the monastic school and the office of the civil administration and walk down passing close by crossing the Bhutanese typical wooden roofed bridge to Paro town.

Overnight at Tashi Namgay Resort (3 Star) at Paro.

After breakfast, drive for half an hour and start the hike, which is about 5 hours (round trip.) The trail is along an ancient path marked by river-powered prayer wheels. As you reach Taktsang you will be struck by the architectural wonder of this most pious Buddhist shrine in Bhutan. Perched some 1000m, 3000ft on a cliff overlooking the valley; it would justifiably qualify as one of Bhutan’s wonders. Tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998.  It has been rebuilt to its original glory. It is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. Hence the name, Taktsang, or the “Tiger’s Lair.”

Overnight at Tashi Namgay Resort (3 Star) at Paro.

After breakfast, fly to Yonphu La, Trashigang from Paro Airport. Duration of flight about 45 minutes.  On arrival at Yonphu La then drive to Trashigang. En-route to Trashigang, you will pass by the country’s first collage called Sherubtse Collage which was established in 1965 and next to that is located the Kanglung Monastery and continue further through several villages. The dominant language of the region is Sharchopkha instead of Dzongkha.  Trashigang is used as the market place for the hill people from Merak & Sakteng, who are known for their exceptional features and for their costume made of Sheep skin and Yak wool. The hat they wear is unusual but has a significance of its own. We might be able to meet a few of these people. After arriving to Trashigang, we will visit the Trashigang Dzong which is the administrative center for the Trashigang dristrict.

Overnight at Doejong Resort (3 Star) at Trashigang.

After breakfast drive to Merak.  Visit local community, temples and mingle with local. Witness native dances of Merak and Sakteng – Achulamoa Cham and folk dances which is worth witnessing.  Drive back to Trashigang.

Overnight at Doejong Resort (3 Star) at Trashigang.

After breakfast drive to Trashiyangtse, on the way visit Gom Kora temple and continue drive to Yangtse. The main attractions in this valley, is a great stupa, Chorten Kora built in 1940 and modeled on the style of the Boudhnath stupa in Nepal. After lunch walk to old dzong which is about 1 hour (Both ways). Later visit Trashiyangtse town is small but very beautiful with traditional designs and colors of the houses. This place is also famous for wooden products like dapa (wooden plate), phob (cup) and others. One of the traditional painting schools is located in Tashiyangtse.   Drive back to Trashigang.

Overnight at Doejong Resort (3 Star) at Trashigang.

After early breakfast drive to Mongar. Afternoon visit Mongar Dzong and stroll around the town.

Overnight at Wangchuk Hotel (3 Star) at Mongar.

After early breakfast drive to Lhuntse. The steepness of the region lends itself to some spectacular views, with rushing waterfalls and sheer drops. Lhuntse district is one of the most rural and isolated districts in Bhutan. The landscape is spectacular with stark cliffs and gorges, beautiful conifer and pine forests, and remote villages. The Kurtoe region of Lhuntse is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s Royal family. And also consider being the best for KishuThara textiles. Visit Khoma village known as weaving village and one of the largest Guru Rinpochoe statue at Takila. Drive back to Monger.

Overnight at Wangchuk Hotel (3 Star) at Mongar.

After breakfast drive to Bumthang and you would notice a change in the weather condition and that the place becomes cooler. Stop at Sengor where you would get to see the locals there. On the way there are a few places where we will stop.

Overnight at Village Lodge (4 Star) at Bumthang.

Morning  drive  to visit  Jampa Lhakhang, a ten minute drive from Jakar town. Walk from Jampa Lhakhang through fields and meadows to Kurjey Lhakhang. On the way you will pass a beautiful Chorten and the newly built temple, Zangdo Palri.   The trail continues past a water source, Kurjey  Drupchhu (Holy water).  After crossing suspension bridge, will take to Padmasambhava Lhakhang.  Hot lunch will be served. After lunch visit Tamshing Lhakhang – This temple is also known as Tamshing Lhendrup Chholing (Temple of the Good Message).  And visit Khonchosum Lhakhang.

Overnight at Village Lodge (4 Star) at Bumthang.

Morning drive up to Tang valley and visit the mystical Ugyen Choling Palace.  After lunch drive back to Bumthang on the way take short walk on the riverside to Menbar Tsho (the burning lake). After back to Chamkhar visit the Red Panda beer factory.

Overnight at Village Lodge (4 Star) at Bumthang.

After early breakfast drive to Phobjikha. En-route visit Chumey Yathra Center and Trongsa Dzong – seat of the district administration, built in 1648. And visit Tower of Trongsa, which has been converted into a museum from a watchtower that once guarded Trongsa Dzong. Continue drive to Phobjikha.

Overnight at Dewachen Resort (3 Star) at Phobjikha.

Explore Phobjikha Valley.

Overnight at Dewachen Resort (3 Star) at Phobjikha.

After breakfast, drive to Punakha approximately 3 hours drive. Lunch near Chimi Lhakhang. After lunch visit Chhimi Lhakhang. This was built in 15 Century (dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley also known as divine mad man). It is half hour walk across a local village and rice field. Visit Punakha Dzong (old capital of Bhutan) built in 1637 by Zhabdrung. It is one of the most beautiful Dzong in the country.

Overnight at Four Boutique Hotel (3 Star) at Punakha.

Drive up to suspension bridge and hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten that has great views of Punakha valley. This beautiful monument was built under the royal patronage of Her Majesty Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, The Mother of the 5th King. Walk back to the bridge. Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at Four Boutique Hotel (3 Star) at Punakha.

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu-approximately 3 hours drive through picturesque valleys and mountain slopes dotted with typical Bhutanese villages. From the Dochula pass, at over 10,000ft, vast panoramic views of the high snowcapped peaks of the Bhutanese Himalaya can be enjoyed on a clear day. And you even have an opportunity take a picture of Dochula, 108 stupas. Continue drive to Thimphu.

Later visit

  • Memorial Chorten – built in the year 1974 in the memory of our third king of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Motithang Takin Preserve – houses the rare national animal of Bhutan. Takin is listed by international conservation agencies as a vulnerable species and it is a rare animal found only in Bhutan, Nepal and Burma.
  • Thimphu Centenary Farmers Weekend Market – Thimphu weekend market is one of the largest domestic market for Bhutanese farmers. The weekend market is crammed into a set of stalls on both banks of the Wang Chhu, just north of Changlimithang Stadium. It’s an interesting place to visit, where village people jostle with well-heeled Thimphu residents for the best and cheapest vegetables and food stuffs. The market essentially is a farmers market, where every week vendors from throughout the region start arriving by Thursday evening and stay at the market till Sunday. And
  • Tashichho Dzong – Is a Buddhist Monastery and fortress on the northern edge of the city of Thimphu. It has traditionally been the seat of the Dharma Raja, the head of Bhutan’s civil government, an office which has been combined with the kingship since the creation of the monarchy in 1907, and summer capital of the country.

Overnight at City Hotel (3 Star) at Thimphu.

After breakfast visit

  • Buddha Point/ Kuensel Phodrang – Is the largest Buddha statue in the country. From there one can get a good view of the Thimphu valley. Plant sapling at Happiness Garden, Kuensel Phodrang.
  • Traditional Medicine Institute – In Bhutan, equal emphasis is given to both allopathic and traditional medicines. The rich herbal medicines made up from medicinal plants are prepared and dispensed here.
  • Folk Heritage Museum – the house replicates a traditional farmhouse and is furnished, as it would have been about a century ago.
  • National Institute for ZorigChusum – or the school of Arts and crafts is an institute where student undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

After lunch drive to Paro and walk around Paro Town.

 Overnight at Tashi Namgay Resort (3 Star) at Paro.

After breakfast, drive to Paro international airport for your onward flight. The representative of Rabsel Nima Bhutan Adventure will see off and bid farewell.

 

THANK YOU – KADRINCHOE LA!

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Local flight from Paro to Yonphu la
  • Bhutan VISA fee
  • Government royalty & taxes
  • Dedicated English speaking tour guide
  • Dedicated tour vehicle and driver
  • 3-star accommodation (twin sharing)
  • Daily 3 meals (B/L/D)
  • Airport transfers
  • Mineral Bottled water
  • Entry fees to parks and monuments

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

  • Flights to and from Bhutan
  • Personal expense/shopping
  • Beverages (alcohol)
  • 4 or 5 star accommodation (extra charges will apply)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and driver

Tashi Namgay Resort

This resort is located conveniently opposite to the Paro airport away from the fuss of urban life. Boasting tradition and modern design ideas, this perfect blend offers you all the opulent amenities of modern life. The open field layout of the resort with lush green lawn provides yet another spiritual experience.

  • FREE WIFI FREE WIFI
  • TV TV
  • RESTURANT RESTURANT
  • SPA SPA
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City Hotel Thimphu

This hotel is another example of tranquil get away from the midst of everyday life yet in the heart of a town. It features modern furnishings to offer you an unbeatable comfort with modern amenities as well.

  • FREE WIFI FREE WIFI
  • TV TV
  • RESTURANT RESTURANT
  • SPA SPA
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Terms & Conditions

Reservations and Payments: 

  • Reservations will be confirmed, based upon availability, upon receipt of the Booking Form and 100% payment to the Tour Operator.

Tour cancellation policy:

The tour cancellation policy is as follow:

  • 90 days+           100% refund of trip cost
  • 30-89 days        75% refund of trip cost
  • 15-29 days         50% refund of trip cost
  • 00-14 days        100% cancellation fee

Flight cancellation policy:

The flight cancellation policy is as follow:

  • 30 days+ 90%         refund of ticket cost
  • 10-29 days       75% refund of ticket cost
  • 04-09 days      50% refund of ticket cost
  • 00-03 days      100% cancellation fee

Note: Fee applicable for date change and passenger name change.

Insurance:

  • Client is responsible for travel insurance, including health and accident insurance coverage and medical evacuation.

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