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Bhutan The Dragon Kingdom

Bhutan, The hidden jewel tucked away in the verdant valleys and hills of the Himalayas is said to be ''The Las Shangri-La''. A land steeped in history, a rich and continuing tradition of Buddhism, uncertain pass beauty, ancient fortresses and monasteries, a royal family that even today hold its power - Bhutan has all this and two weeks that you spend here allows you to live, experience and cherish for your life.

13 Days

Route

Start From

Delhi

Ends Here

Delhi

Highlights

  • Explore unique monasteries
  • Sweeping mountains and fertile valleys
  • Learn about the traditional lifestyles of the Bhutanese people
  • Experience this fascinating Buddhist Kingdom

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Day 7 Bumthang

Jakar Dzong, Bumthang

After breakfast, we leave for Bumthang which has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Comprised of four smaller valleys, the deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend. Here, tales of Guru Padmasambhava and his re-incarnation known as Tertons still linger in most nooks and corners.

 

It is also known for its woollen material (yathra) which can be seen hung outside of houses for sale. We visit the Jakar Dzong, 7th century Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey monastery, Tamshing and Kunchosum monastery. This sightseeing is a round trip so it is more interesting if it’s done on foot. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 13 Paro – Delhi – Journey Home

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Paro airport to board your late morning flight to Delhi.

At Delhi airport you will be received by a Vasco representative and in time you will be transferred to the international terminal to board your flight back home.

Day 2 Delhi – Paro – Thimphu

  • 65 km

  • 2 hr

Thimphu Market

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Delhi airport to board your early morning flight to Paro. Arrive at Paro International Airport where you will be received by a Vasco representative.

 

Paro is situated in a beautiful valley at 2280 metres and is a fitting introduction to this charming kingdom. Your guide will meet you and take you on a short one-hour drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, at 2320 metres. You can stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s iron bridge builder. Take a late afternoon walk around town and soak in the atmosphere of this magical capital with its busy shops and bazaars and photogenic citizens in national dress. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 5 Gangtey

Black Necked Crane

After breakfast, we leave for full day Gangtey excursion. Gangtey Gompa in the Phobjikha Valley is a 16th century monastery. It is the only monastery in Bhutan, which follows the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. The Phobjikha valley is home to rare Black Necked Crane, an endangered species, which migrate from the Tibetan plateau in winters. About 250-300 of these reside in this beautiful valley. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 6 Gangtey – Bumthang

  • 132 km

  • 6 hr

Bumthang

After breakfast, we drive to Bumthang and in the process cross 3 passes that are over 3000 meters. The route offers magnificent views of the Himalayas and beautiful landscape through scattered hamlets and forest of rhododendrons and pine. Proceed further for another two hours to Bumthang to visit the Chume weaving center. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 8 Bumthang

Ura Monastery

After breakfast go for excursion to Ura village (2HRS DRIVE) and visit the new Ura monastery. On the way visit the Mebartso meaning burning lake. Stroll around the village and return back to hotel. Evening we walk to the Swiss farm where apple juice, cider, cheese etc. are made. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 11 Wangdi – Paro

  • 135 km

  • 5 hr

Punakha Dzong

After breakfast, we drive to Paro via Lobesa and visit Punakha Dzong built at the confluence of the Po and Mo Chu Rivers in the 17th Century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel served as capital of Bhutan until 1955. The Dzong houses sacred artefacts and the embalmed body of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 3 Thimphu

Tashichho Dzong

After breakfast, we leave for morning sightseeing - visit the Indigenous hospital where traditional old art of healing is still practiced, Art & Craft school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, 15 century. In the afternoon visit the Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drubthob nunnery temple and Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point), Tashichho Dzong and Handicraft centers. Overnight is at Hotel.

Day 10 Trongsa – Wangdi

  • 130 km

  • 6 hr

Wangdue Phodrang

After breakfast, we drive to Wangdue Phodrang. Check-in at hotel upon arrival. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

 

Wangdue Phodrang District is a dzongkhag (district) of central Bhutan. This is also the name of the dzong (built in 1638) which dominates the district, and the name of the small market town outside the gates of the dzong. The name is said to have been given by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal who was searching for the best location for a dzong to prevent incursions from the south. The word "wangdue" means unification of Country, and "Phodrang" means Palace in Dzongkha.

Day 9 Bumthang – Trongsa

  • 68 km

  • 2 hr

Photo Credit: Chuck Moravec Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa

After breakfast we drive to Trongsa. The town mainly consists of fresh Tibetan refugees but the most impressive of all is the Trongsa Dzong. The whole of eastern Bhutan was controlled from this fortress during the mid 17th century. Visitors are not allowed inside the building. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 1 Arrive Delhi

Terminal 3, Delhi International Airport

Upon arrival at Delhi in the evening, you are received by a Vasco representative and escorted to the Hotel. You are welcomed in the hotel in a Traditional Indian style on arrival and check into the hotel. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 12 Paro

Photo Credit: Göran Höglund Taktsang Monastery, Paro

After breakfast we go for a day hike to Taktsang monastery. (Horses can be arranged with an extra cost). The hike through pine forests all the way uphill takes about three to four hours. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint mediated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Stroll back to Hotel and you have the evening at leisure. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 4 Thimphu – Gangtey

  • 140 km

  • 05 - 06 hr

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Gangtey. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival.

 

The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. The surprise of finding such a wide, flat valley without any trees after the hard climb through dense forests is augmented by an impression of vast space, and extremely rare experience in Bhutan where most of the valley’s are tightly enclosed. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

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