Bhutan Tour
Places to Visit : Paro - Thimpu - Wangduephodrang - Trongsa - Bumthang - Gantey - Gogona - Khothangkha - Tikke Zampa - Wangduephodrang - Paro
Itinerary Detail
Day 1.
Arrive Paro (Flight)
Kyichu Buddhist Temple in ParoYour dream to visit the Dragon Kingdom finally unfolds as it comes into view from the small window of the Druk Air the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks and as it descends to the Paro airstrip you would definitely hold your breath for a few seconds. We at Indian Horizons welcome you to this beautiful valley that would attract you with its rich terraced farmland and also famous for the oldest temples, monasteries and the national museum. After fresh up with Indian Horizons guide proceed on a excursion to the Taktsang monastery "Tiger's Nest". The interesting location of this monastery on the cliff-side overlooking the valley is awesome. Later visit the perfectly symmertical Rinpung Dzong, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. Proceed to Ta Dzong located on the hillside built as a watchtower during inter-valley wars of the 17th Century to defend Rinpung Dzong. Overnight at Paro.  
Day 2.
Paro - Thimphu
Morning after breakfast with Indian Horizons escort drive to Thimphu. Before reaching Thimphu visit the 17th Century Simtokha Dzong on a lofty ridge that was built in 1627 and houses the school for Buddhist studies. Later proceed to the burnet ruins of Drugyel Dzong (victorious fortress) located eighteen kilometers from Paro town on south side of the valley. This Bhutanese monastery repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. Evening explore Thimphu and its local market. Overnight at Thimphu.  
Day 3.
In Thimphu
This bustling town on the banks of the river encircled by the hills and the center of government, religion and commerce would attract you and leave you spell bound. After breakfast with Indian Horizons guide begin your sightseeing tour. The Indian Horizons guide would take you first to the Tashichho Dzong on the bank of the river in which the main secretarial building houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. If you are a lover of golf than try your skill at the nine hole circuit of the Bhutan's only golf course which would definitely arouse the feeling in you to take the photography that would be a feeling of peace in walls of your living room. After lunch the Indian Horizons guide would take you to the Thangka Painting School, Folk Heritage Museum, Traditional Medicine Hospital, Traditional Papper Factory, Handi Craft Emporium, Textile Museum, National Library, Mini Zoo and Nunary School. Evening visit the market of the Thimpu Town to collect your precious shopping gifts for your family members back home. Overnight at Thimpu.  
Day 4.
Thimphu - Wangduephodrang
If you are lucky to be at Thimphu on weekend you would be able to witness the weekend market that holds a special significance to understand the culture. Later drive to Punakha the old capital of Bhutan until 1955. Your drive to Wangduephodrang is quite interesting as you pass through the pine forest and small villages, which suddenly opens up at the breathtaking views of the Eastern Himalayas that takes you through the Dorchula Pass at 10,500 feet. As you view this region it would appear that God have covered the land with a white shawl as if to protect it from the cold. Your lunch would be hosted at Dochula Hotel where food would be served to your in traditional style and with a cup of hot coffee after lunch enjoy the panoramic views. After lunch drive to Punakha the former capital of Bhutan and visit the Punakha Dzong built during the 17th Century by the first Shabdrung to serve as the religious and administrative center. The Punakha Dzong strategically built at the junction of the two rivers houses sacred temples including the Marchen where the embalmed body of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal lies in state. The Dzong has been fully restored by the present King. While you proceed towards Wangduephodrang visit the Metshina Village. If you wish to visit the Chimi Lakhang, a fertility temple you have to walk 20 minutes through the rice fields. Overnight at Wangduephodrang.  
Day 5.
Wangduephodrang - Trongsa
Morning after breakfast drive to Trongsa famous for the ancestral home of the royal family. Your drive to Trongsa is spectacular crossing 3300 meter high Pele La and if you are lucky you would be able to see yaks. Once you reach Trongsa fresh up yourself and walk around the town. Overnight at Trongsa.  
Day 6.
Trongsa - Bumthang
Morning after breakfast experience the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture at Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong. Later proceed to Bumthang famous for its picturesque valleys, hilly forests and the heart of the religious activities. As you proceed towards Bumthang you would stop at the textile weaving factory (yethra) and watch weavers designing patterns unique to Bumthang. Once you reach Bumthang explore Jakar Dzong, Udee, Jambey Lhakhang and Kurjey Lhakhang one of the most sacred places as Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint on the cave while meditating. Evening relax at your own. Overnight at Bumthang.  
Day 7.
In Bumthang
Gantey MonasteryMorning after breakfast with Indian Horizons guide excursion to Ura Valley to catch the glimpse of the Jakar Dzong. On reaching Ura Village walk through the cobblestone streets and explore the culture, temples and clothing of the women wearing the sheepskin shawl. Indian Horizons would organize your lunch in the village and you would be given a royal hospitality by the locals. Later drive back to the Bumthang enroute to Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake) where some of Guru Rinpoche's treasures were found in the 15th century by the famous treasure discover Pema Lingpa. This place also offers a good place to meditate. You will also have a chance to tour Tamshing Lhakhang, a treasure house of religious Buddhist paintings. Overnight at Bumthang.  
Day 8.
Bumthang - Gantey After breakfast drive to Gantey passing through the dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons and finally arrive at the Gantey village famous for the Gantey Gompa, and the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. This place holds a special interest to tourist as you can experience the Black Mountain Range and the Phobjika Valley which is famous for the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes. Overnight at Gantey.  
Day 9.
Gantey - Gogona (Trek 15km, Time 6-7 Hours)
The day begins with a hot cup of coffee. After breakfast with Indian Horizons expert proceed to the Phobjika Valley passing through the meadows and mixed forest of rhododendron, bamboo, juniper, and magnolia. On reaching Tsele La Pass you stop for some moments and further proceed to reach to the camp Gogona. Overnight at Gogona  
Day 10.
Gogona - Khothangkha (Distance 16km, 6-7 hours)
Morning after breakfast follow the trail that goes gently uphill and would reach you to the Shobju La Pass at 3,410m. From here you would follow the downhill trail passing through the old coal mine and a miner's camp and finally reach you to the Chorten Karpo where you would camp for the night. Overnight at Camp.  
Day 11.
Khothangkha - Tikke Zampa ( Conclusion of the trek - 12km,5 hours)
Morning after breakfast climb to the Tashi La Pass at 2,800m and descend downhill to the road where Indian Horizons driver would meet you and drive you back to Wangduephodrang for overnight stay. Overnight at Wangduephodrang.  
Day 12.
Wangduephodrang - Paro
After breakfast drive to Paro stop enroute for lunch and shopping at Thimphu. On arrival at Paro check in the hotel. Indian Horizons would make your evening special organizing a typical Bhutanese dinner in a traditional farmhouse. Overnight at Paro.  
Day 13.
Conclude your Dragon Kingdom Journey
Indian Horizons representative would be in time at your hotel to escort you to the Paro airport to connect your onward destination flight.  
The above itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This Trip can be modified according to your time and requirements.