Bhutan tour operator in Nepal ! Bhutan Tour from
to Paro flight (Gom - Kora Pilgrimage Tour
Day 01 : Arrive Paro
The first thing you will notice as you disembark
is the transparent purity of air and the absence
of noise. The Paro valley has kept its
bucolic nature inspite of the airport and the
existence of development projects. Fields, brown
or green depending on the season, cover most
of the valley floor, while hamlets and isolated
farms dot the countryside. The houses of Paro
valley are considered to be among the most
beautiful in the country. Paro is believed to
be one of the first valleys to have received
the imprint of Buddhism.
Afternoon : Visit the National
Museum (Ta-Dzong). Once the watchtower for the
Rinpung Dzong, it was converted into
the National Museum in 1968. The museum stands
on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley
in all its glory.
Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong.
A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful
wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted
by two guardhouses, to the Dzong. Today, the
Dzong is the seat of the district administration
as well as the home for the monastic school.
The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with
its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful
in the nation. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D.
Overnight at Paro.
Day 02 : Paro Sightseeing Morning : Drive to Drugyal Dzong
(a ruined fortress - 16 km away from Paro town).
The Dzong, although in ruins, holds great historical
significance. It was from this fortress that
the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions.
The name means the victorious Bhutanese. This
spot offers a magnificent vista of Mount
Chomolhari, "Mountain of Goddess"
Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse
on the way back.
A short distance south of the
road is Kyichu Lhakhang. This temple
is said to have been built in 659 by King Songtsen
Gampo of Tibet. It holds down the left foot
of an ogress whose body is so large that it
covers Bhutan and most of eastern Tibet.
Evening : Tea at the hotel
and drive for two hours (65 km) to reach the
capital city of Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.
03 : Thimphu Sightseeing
Thimphu lies in a wooded valley, sprawling up
a hillside on the West Bank of the Thimphu Chhu
[Chhu means River]. Thimphu is unlike
any otherworld capital. Small and secluded the
city is quiet and there are never the traffic
jams familiar in other Asian Capitals. It is
often said that Thimphu is the only world capital
without traffic lights. Thimphu's main shopping
street is a delight not so much for what you
can buy there, but for the picturesqueness of
the architecture and national costume. Beautiful
weaves in wool, silk and cotton, basketwork,
silver jewellery, thangkas and other traditional
crafts of the Kingdom are available in various
Morning : Visit the Memorial
Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of
the third King who reigned from 1952-1972.
Visit the National Library where
ancient manuscripts are preserved.
Visit the Painting School where
traditional art is still preserved. Artists
are taught to paint Thankas here (sacred Buddhist
Visit the Handicrafts Emporium
where one can buy Bhutanese textiles
and other arts and crafts.
Visit the Weekend market where
vendors from throughout the region arrive on
Friday afternoon and remain till Sunday. Here
you will find indigenous goods, handicrafts,
locally produced goods, etc.
Afternoon : Visit Semtokha
Dzong. This is the oldest fortress in Bhutan,
built in 1629 A.D. by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
It also houses the largest monastic schools
in the country.
Visit Tashichho Dzong -
the main secretariat building. It is from here
that the King and other prominent civil servants
run the country. The Head Abbot and the central
monastic body also reside here during the summer.
Visit Pangri Zampa Monastery,
situated just beyond Dechencholing Palace
(5 km. from Thimphu). This temple was the first
residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal
when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D. Ngawang
Chogyel, the great ancestor of the Shahdrung,
built it during the first quarter of the 16th
Day 04 : Thimphu sightseeing
/ Punakha / Wangdue Phodrang
After breakfast transfer to Punakha/Wangdue.
En-route stops at Dochula Pass (3150 m), 30
km from Thimphu, for tea and biscuits
and enjoys a view of the Eastern Himalayan
Mountains. From Dochula to Wangdue, its
another two hours drive.
Wangdue Phodrang Dzong
is perched on a spur at the confluence of 02
rivers. The position of the Dzong is remarkable
as it completely covers the spur and commands
an impressive view over both the north-south
and east-west roads. The main road climbs the
length of the spur and on the left, across the
river, comes the first glimpse of the picturesque
village of Rinchengang whose inhabitants
are celebrated stonemasons.
After lunch in Lobesa,
visit the Punakha
Dzong. This is the winter residence of Bhutans
spiritual leader, the Head Abbot, and the
Central Monastic Body. The Dzong is built between
two rivers known as Phochu
(Male River) and Mochu (Female
On the way back to Wangdue
Phodrang stop at Metshina. On a hillock
in the center of the valley below Metshina is
Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility Monastery),
built by lama Drukpa Kunley in 1499.
He subdued the demoness of the Dochu la with
his magic thunderbolt of wisdom.
A wooden effigy of the Lamas thunderbolt is
preserved in the Lhakhang, and childless
women go to the temple to receive a wang (blessing)
from the saint.
Its a 20-minute walk across
the rice fields from the road at Sopsokha to
the temple. The trail leads across rice fields
to the tiny settlement of Pana. There are very
few monks at the temple which is surrounded
by a row of prayer wheels and some very beautiful
slate carvings. Overnight at Wangdue
05 : Wangdue Phodrang / Trongsa It takes almost four hours to drive between
the windswept town of Wangdue and Trongsa.
The route crosses the Black Mountains
via Pele la (3240 m) before entering the broad,
heavily cultivated Mangde Chhu Valley.
From Pele la the road drops through more dwarf
Bamboo and patches of fir trees emerging into
the abundant evergreen forest of the Longte
Valley. The road follows the Nikka Chhu
(River) to the village of Chendebji which
is on the opposite side of Nikka Chhu. Two kilometers
beyond Chendebji village is Chendebji Chorten,
a large white structure beside a stream.
Stop for a picnic lunch at Chendebji.
Continue drive to Trongsa.
Day 06 : Trongsa / Bumthangsightseeing
Trongsa means 'the new village.' and the founding
of Trongsa first dates from the 16th century,
which is indeed relatively recent for Bhutan.
It was the Drukpa lama, Ngagi Wangchuk
(1517-54), the great grandfather of Shabdrung
Nawang Namgyel, who founded the first temple
at Trongsa in 1543. The landscape around Trongsa
is spectacular, and for miles on the end the
Dzong seems to tease you so that you wonder
if you will ever reach Trongsa. The view extends
for many kilometers and in the former times,
nothing could escape the vigilance of its watchmen.
Trongsa is separated from both
the east and the west by mountain passes.
The town had a large influx of immigrants from
Tibet in the late 1950s and early 1960s
and Bhutanese of Tibetan descent
run most shops here. The Tibetans are so well
assimilated into Bhutanese society that
there is almost no indication of Tibetan flavour
in the town.
Morning : Visit the Trongsa
Dzong and the Watch Tower. The Trongsa
Dzong was the ancestral home of the ruling dynasty.
It is also the district administration office
of the Trongsa district. It was built in 1648
The landscape around Trongsa is
spectacular, and for miles on end the Dzong
seems to tease you so that you wonder if you
will ever reach it. Backing on to the mountain
and built on several levels, the Dzong fits
narrowly on a spur that sticks out into the
gorge of the Mangde River and overlooks the
routes south and west.
The view from the Dzong extends
for many kilometers and in former times nothing
could escape the vigilance of its watchmen.
Furthermore, the Dzong is built in such a way
that in the old days, no matter what direction
a traveler came from, he was obliged to pass
by the Dzong. This helped to augment its importance
as it thus had complete control over all east-west
Visit the Ta-Dzong, an ancient
Watch Tower of the Trongsa Dzong is located
on top of a steep hill about 1 km beyond the
Trongsa Dzong. The watchtower displays many
interesting armors used by the Bhutanese soldiers
during the olden days.
Lunch at the hotel and leave for
Bumthang (68 Km). The journey takes about 3
hrs and is over one of the most scenically beautiful
routes in Bhutan.
07 : Bumthang Sightseeing The Bumthang region encompasses four
major valleys: Choskhor, Tang, Ura and Chhume.
The Dzongs and the most important temples are
in the large Choskhor valley, commonly
referred to as Bumthang valley. There are two
versions of the origin of the name Bumthang.
The valley is supposed to be shaped like a Bumpa,
a vessel that contains holy water, and Thang
meaning field or flat place.
The religious connotation of the name aptly
applies to the sacred character of the region.
The less respectful translation relates to the
particularly beautiful women who live here
bum means girl.
It would be difficult to find
so many important temples and monasteries
in such a small area anywhere else in Bhutan.
Morning :Jakar Dzong
is in a picturesque location overlooking the
Choskhor Valley. The current structure
was built in 1667 and is said to be the largest
Dzong in Bhutan, with a circumference of
more than 1500 m. Its official name is Yuelay
Namgyal Dzong, in honour of the victory
over the troops of Tibetan ruler Phuntsho
The extensive palace of Wangdichholing
was built in 1857 on the site of the battle
camp of the Penlop of Trongsa, Jigme Namgyal.
It was the first palace that was not designed
as a fortress. Wangdichholing was the early
home of the third king, who moved the court
to Punakha in 1952.
Kurjey Lhakhang is named
after the body print of Guru Rinpoche,
which is preserved in a cave inside the oldest
of the three buildings that make up the temple
complex. The first temple is the oldest and
was built in 1652 by Mingyur Tenpa, when
he was Penlop of Trongsa. Ugyen Wangchuk,
the first king of Bhutan in 1900 when
he was still Penlop of Trongsa, built the second
temple. The third building in the complex is
an elaborate three-storey lhakhang built by
Ashi Kesang Wangchuk, in 1984 under the
guidance of Diglo Khyentse Rimpoche.
Tamshing Goemba (also known as
Tamsing lhendup Tsholing, literally temple
of the good message) was established in
1501 by Pema Lingpa and is the most important
Nyingmapa Goemba in the kingdom. Pema
Lingpa built the structure himself, with the
help of Khandroms (female celestial beings)
who made many of his statues.
A short distance below Tamsing
is a small rural-looking town Konchogsum
Lhakhang the source of many interesting
stories. The history of this temple dates back
to the 6th century, however the current structure
dates from 15th century, when Pema Lingpa restored
it. The small statues of the 3 Buddhas (past,
present & future) in the sanctuary are said
to have flown straight from Khaine Lhakhang
in Kurtoe. Hence the name of this Lhakhang is
Konchogsum Konchog (divine being), sum
Its a five-minute walk from
the parking spot alongside the road to Membartsho
(Burning Lake), which is actually a wide place
in the Tang Chhu. Pema Lingpa found several
of Guru Rimpoches terma here. A
wooden bridge crosses the river and is a good
vantage point to look down into the lake. Overnight
Day 08 : Bumthang sightseeing
(URA valley exploration)
Southeast of Jakar 48 km, URA is the highest
of Bumthang Valleys and is believed by
some to have been the home of the earliest
inhabitants of Bhutan. The road crosses
the bridge to the east of jakar, and then travels
south along the east bank of
the Bumthang Chhu. It climbs and winds
around a ridge and heads east past the National
Breeding Center. Pass the turn off to Tang valley
and Membartsho and cross a bridge over
the Tang Chhu. The road starts climbing from
here past a few small villages and blue pine
forests. As the road climbs, you can look back
at excellent views up the Choskhor and Chhumey
Ura is quite a large village.
The Lhakhang dominates the town and is reached
by turning off the road to Mongar on a short
unpaved road that leads off the main road east
of the village. There are about 40 closely packed
houses along cobblestone streets, giving the
town a medieval atmosphere. The Geyden Lhakhang
dominates the village.Evening drive back to
Bumthang. Overnight at Bumthang.
Day 09 : Bumthang sightseeing
After breakfast drive to Phobjikha. Follow
the same route back to Trongsa & Wangdue
and after you cross Pele La the road diverts
to Gangtey Valley which is just 5 km.
The gravel road to Gangtey descends through
fields of bamboo, emptying into a lowland valley
of grass that falls within the borders of the
Black Mountain Natural Park. To the Bhutanese,
going to Gangtey is like going back in time,
an interesting perspective given that they themselves
live in a country right out of the pages of
King Arthurs Court.
Day 10 : Phobjikha / Paro sightseeing
Phobjikha is a glacial valley on the western
slopes of the black mountains. The valley
is a designated conservation area and borders
the Black Mountains National Park. Because
of the large flock of black-necked cranes that
winters here, it is one of the most important
wildlife preserves in the country. In addition
to the cranes, there are also muntjacks (barking
deer), wild boars, sambars, Himalayan black
bears, leopards & black foxes in the
valley and surrounding hills.
Morning : Your first stop
should be at the RSPN (Royal Society for Protection
of Nature) its open 7 am 7 pm Monday
to Friday. It has formative displays about the
cranes and the valley environment. The center
of the valley is wetland and is the winter residence
of a flock of 200 300 rare and endangered
black-necked cranes. Gangtey Goemba overlooks
the large green expanse of the Phobjikha
Valley. The extensive complex consists of
the goemba and several other buildings, which
include monk, quarters, meditation centers,
school and small hotel. In the front of the
yellow roofed goemba is a Tibetan style chorten
with a wooden roof.
Drive to Thimphu (optional)
for lunch or continue drive to Paro.
Day 11 : Paro ( Excursion to
Taktsang Monastery )
Taktsang is the most famous of all Bhutanese
monasteries. It is perched on the side of
a cliff 900 m above the floor of the Paro
valley, where the only sounds are the murmurs
of the wind, and water and the chanting of the
monks. The name Taktsang means Tigers
Nest; the Guru is said to have flown
on the back of a tigress to the site of the
monastery where he meditated in a cave
for three months.
The monastery itself is closed
to tourists except by special permit. However
the one-hour walk to the viewpoint, where there
is a small wooden teahouse provides a close-up
view of the monastery. Its also a good
warm-up hike if you are going trekking.
In the evening visit a farmhouse
for traditional hot stone bath
and local hospitality.