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Central Bhutan Tour

TRIP OVERVIEW

This classic tour is a tour across six western and central districts of Bhutan offering you in-depth understanding of Bhutanese culture. Bhutanese way of life is simple yet colorful rich in history and uniqueness. The display of such can be seen in the form of its complex art and architecture, religion, traditions, Bhutanese way of dressing and speaking, Bhutanese way of eating and many more. Some of the ways can be seen immortalized in some of the famous museums in Paro, Thimphu and Paro with different cultural significance. This 12 day package is a journey that will culminate Bhutanese way of living and its sovereignty in its entirety.

HIGHLIGHT
  • Visit to Tashichoedzong , Buddha Dordenma and memorial chorten in Thimphu.
  • Visit to Dochula pass on the way to Punakha where you will visit the famous 15th Century Temple of Fertility (Chimi Lhakhang)
  • Visit to Phobjikha valley, winter home to one of the endangered birds species: black-necked crane.
  • Visit to Bumthang district and some of its famous sites such as the Yathra center in Chumey displaying one of the finest weaving art native to the district called Yathra.
  • Visit to Mebar Tsho, the famous lake from which the 15th century treasure hunter terton Pema Lingpa uncovered Buddhist treasures.
  • Visit to the National museum in Paro displaying finest and age old Bhutanese arts.
  • Excursion to Paro Taktshang, the Tiger’s Nest Temple complex for a spiritual and soul lifting end to your adventure in Bhutan.
  • Duration 12Days
  • Tour Type Classic
  • Destination Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Phobjikha - Trongsa - Bumthang

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 lunch visit:

  • Buddha Point/ Kuensel Phodrang – Is the largest Buddha statue in the country, from there you can get a good view of the Thimphu valley.
  • Memorial Chorten – Built in the year 1974 in the memory of our third king of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tashichho Dzong – The “fortress of the glorious religion” was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashichho Dzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.

Overnight at hotel.

  • Changangkha Lhakhang – It is right above Thimphu Valley, this temple and a monastic school was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo.
  • 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.
  • 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 Zorig Chusum – 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 breakfast, drive to Punakha – 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. Continue drive down into the Punakha valley. On the way visit Chhimi Lhakhang – This was founded in 15 Century by Lama Dukpa Kinley also known as divine mad man. It is half hour walk across a local village and rice field. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong – built in 1637 by Zhabdrung.  Overnight at hotel.

After breakfast, drive to Phobjikha.  Visit Gantey Goenpa as it is a major attraction with an old monastery dated back to the 16 century. Later, walk around the valley which is also the winter home to the rare black-necked cranes.  Which migrate from remote parts of Tibet, China and Siberia during winter to this valley.

Overnight at hotel.

Explore Phobjikha Valley. Overnight at hotel.

After breakfast drive to ChumeyOn the way visit 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 Chumey. Overnight at hotel.

After breakfast visit yathra weaving central. Which Yathra are made into colourful scarves, bags, blankets and sweater. Visit Tharpaling monetary and hike till Kikila pass, which is about 4 to 5 hours hike. Drive to Bumthang. Overnight at hotel.

You will explore our neighboring palace, Wangdichhoeling, a past home to the 2nd King, and now home to the auspicious prayer wheels next door. Heading up valley, you will take in the grand Kurjey Lhakhang, considered one of Bhutan’s most auspicious monuments, that was once the resting place of Guru Rimpoche, and Jambay Lhakhang, home to the early winter festivals that draw thousands of Bhutanese for their annual blessings. Heading back into town and across the Bumthang Chhu, you will enjoy a visit to the sin alleviating Tamshing Monastery followed by quick visits to the valleys unique cottage industries – Red Panda Brewery, Bumthang Cheese/Dairy Facility and the Bumthang Distillery, home to numerous distinctive spirits.

Overnight.at hotel,

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).  Overnight at hotel.

After breakfast, fly to Paro. Duration of flight about 30 minutes.  On arrival at Paro.

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 hotel.

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.”

Descend back to Ramthangka. If the time permits, drive further north to visit another symbolic structure, which is now under reconstruction. Drugyel Dzong, or “”Castle of the Victorious Drukpa,” which was also built by the Shabdrung to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetans in the 16thcenturies. From here, the Jomolhari Peak (“Mountain of the Goddess”) can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.).  Overnight at hotel.

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

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 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 (soda/juice/alcohol)
  • 4 or 5 star accommodation (extra charges will apply)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and driver

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