Bhutan east west cultural tour

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  • Duration: 15 days

This is one of the long and popular cultural tours for travelers in Bhutan. This tour takes you to western and central part of Bhutan and gives you a glimpse of its rich religious and cultural heritage all along the way. This trip will enable you to discover Bhutan’s pristine environment, rural lifestyle, pilgrimage sites, Buddhist religious sites, different dialects, art and craft, culture and tradition.

Day 1
Arrive Paro and transfer to hotel for overnight at hotel.
Day 2
Paro: After breakfast, hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest, about 4-5hrs walk up and down). Lunch at Taktsang cafeteria. Overnight halt in the hotel
Day 3
Paro – Thimphu: After breakfast, visit Drukgyel Dzong (fortress) and Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery). Catch towering view of Mount Jhomolhari from the base of Drukgyel Dzong. Afternoon, visit Ta Dzong (now National Museum) and then Paro Dzong. Then drive to Thimphu (about 1 hr 30 m drive). On arrival, transfer to hotel for overnight halt.
Day 4
Thimphu: Morning, visit National Library, Institute of Traditional Arts, Folk Heritage Museum and National Institute of Traditional Medicine. After lunch, visit Tashichhoedzong, Textile Musuem and Handicrafts Emporium. Overnight halt in the hotel.
Day 5
Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdue: After breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdue (about 2 hrs drive). Enroute, halt at Dochula pass (10500 feet) to see the spectacular view of snow capped eastern Himalayan Mountains. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong and Khamsum Yuela Chorten. Overnight halt in the hotel.
Day 6
Punakha/Wangdue – Trongsa: After breakfast, visit Chimi Lhakhang (about 20 minutes leisure walk across the rice fields from the road) and Wangdue Dzong. After lunch, drive to Trongsa (about 4 hrs drive) and upon arrival transfer to hotel for overnight halt.
Day 7
Trongsa – Bumthang: Morning visit Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong. After lunch drive to Bumthang (about 2 hrs drive) and on arrival transfer to hotel for overnight halt.
Day 8
Bumthang: Full day sight seeing includes; Jakar Dzong, Jampel Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang and Tamzhing monastery. Evening, stroll through town. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 9
Bumthang – Mongar: Drive to Mongar (about 7 hrs drive). On arrival, transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 10
Mongar – Trashigang: After breakfast, visit Mongar Dzong and then drive to Trashigang (about 3 hrs drive). On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon, visit Trashigang Dzong.
Day 11
Trashigang – Mongar: Morning, drive to sacred Chorten Kora (about 1 hr 30 m) and then drive to Mongar (about 2 hrs drive). Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 12
Mongar – Bumthang: Drive to Bumthang (about 7 hrs drive). On arrival, check into hotel for the overnight.
Day 13
Bumthang – Wangdue: After breakfast drive to Wangdue,(about 6 hrs drive), enroute visit Gangtey Gompa at Phobjikha. Overnight halt in the hotel.
Day 14
Wangdue – Paro: Morning, drive to Paro (about 3hrs 20 m drive). Evening, take a leisurely walk through Paro town. Overnight halt in the hotel.
Day 15
Transfer to airport for your next destination.
Capital: Thimphu
King: Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Population: 741,822 (2012) World Bank
Currencies: Bhutanese ngultrum, Indian rupee
Official language: Dzongkha Language
Government: Unitary state, Constitutional monarchy, Parliamentary system