Day 1 - ARRIVAL AT IXB/NJP – TRANSFER TO PHUENTSHOLING
On arrival at NJP/IXB, you will be greeted by our official and transferred to Phuentsholing (298 Mts/977 Fts), a small Town at the Indo-Bhutan border. Have your lunch in an Indian Hotel. Post lunch Immigration formalities will be done and you Will be transfer to hotel. Evening at your own leisure. Overnight at Phuentsholing.
Day 2 - TRANSFER TO THIMPHU
After Breakfast, check out from Hotel & Transfer to Thimphu. (178KMS/09Hrs) which lies at an elevation of 2300m. Thimphu lies in a beautiful valley, sprawling up a hillside on the west bank of the Thimphu CHHU River and has a total area of about 1809 sq. kms. Evening at your own leisure. Visitors can enjoy relaxing walk in the valley at evening. Be sure to sink your teeth into momo kopi, steam dumplings filled with finely chopped cabbage, onions, cheese and butter. Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3 - THIMPHU CITY TOUR
After Breakfast: Go for Major Sightseeing Covering1) Buddha Point, 2)BBS Tower, 3)Tashicchhoe Dzong, 4)The Memorial Chorten, 5)National Library, 6)The Institute of Traditional Medicine, 7)Centenary Farmer Market, 8)Changlimithang Stadium, 9)School of Arts & Crafts, 10)Handicraft Institute, 11)Zangthopelri Lhakhang, 12)Motithang Takin Reserve (Takin Zoo), 13)Semtokha Dzong. In Evening: Stroll Through The Market of Thimphu & Overnight Stay.
Day 4 - EARLY MORNING TRANSFER TO WANGDUE/PUNAKHA VIA DOCHU LA PASS
After early Breakfast, check out from Hotel & Transfer Wangduephodrang, (70 Kms/2hrs), with a stop en route for tea at Dochu LA pass (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayans. In Wangdue, stop at Mehsina village & visit Chime lhakhang – the Temple of fertility built in 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kinley. (This monk is popularly known as the Divine Madman for his philosophy, “Salvation through Sex”), Chendebji chorten, Wangduephodrang Dzong, Phobjikhs valley on the same slope overlooking the valley is the Gangtey Gompa. Have your lunch in your way at restaurant and in afternoon drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, and visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1937. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 5 - TRANSFER TO TRONGSA
Drive down the valley to the town of Wangdiphodrang. Our road gradually winds its way up towards the Pele La Pass at 11,152ft, where we make stop for views of the snow clad peaks, including that of Bhutan’s sacred peak Mt. Chomolhari. We again make a stop for tea / coffee at Chedebji Chorten (Stupa) patterned after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. On arrival in Trongsa, check in the hotel and after lunch we visit the inner courtyard of historical Trongsa Dzong. Trongsa is a very popular place with largest Dzong in Bhutan and certainly one of the most impressive ones. It was from here that the present royal family emerged as the most powerful force at the beginning of this century. From the fortress we walk up to the watch tower for 20 minutes passing the town of Trongsa. Overnight at hotel in Trongsa.
Day 6 - TRANSFER TO BUMTHANG
After Breakfast: Transfer to Bumthang, Switzerland of Bhutan, (which is Approx 212 Km/ 8 Hours) .Bumthang consists of the four mountain valleys of Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor ("Bumthang"), Bumthang directly translates as "beautiful field" & Overnight Stay at Bumthang.
Day 7 - BUMTHANG CITY TOUR
After Breakfast: Visit: 1) Mebar-Tsho (Burning Lake), 2) Kurje Monastery, 3) Jakar Dzong, 4) Jambay Lakhang, 5) Tamshing, 6) Koenchog SumLakhang, 7) Jakar Lhakhang, 8) Wangdue Choling & Overnight Stay.
Day 8 - TRANSFER TO MONGAR
The journey continues eastwards winding through more rugged terrain. The drive withspectacular views will take about 7 hours. Pass through Ura village in Bumthang before climbing sharply to the highest motorable pass in the Kingdom, the Thrumshingla pass (4,000 m). Gradually drop down to Sengor, watching cascading water falls on the way. The descent stops at 700m, on a bridge over the Kurichu. Ascent again through pine forest, maize fields and eastern hamlets to Mongar town. Visit Mongar Dzong, built albeit quite recently, the dzong still maintains the architectural traditions of old dzongs. Overnight at the lodge in Mongar.
Day 9 - TRANSFER TO TRASHIGANG
This trip of about 96 km takes 3 hours passing through Kori la pass (2,450m), the place marked by a pretty chhorten and a stone wall. The first part of the journey is through leafy forest filled with ferns. Later road descends rapidly through corn fields and banana groves arriving the famous ziazags of Yadi, which is a recent settlement. After that follows the Gamri river until the bifurcation to Dametsi, this temple perched on top of steep hill was founded by Choeden Zangmp and is the most important monastery of eastern Bhutan. This is the place from where famous Naga Chham, mask dance with drums originated. About 30 km onwards lies Trashigang at 1000m. Trashigang is the centre of the biggest and most populated district in the country. Visit Trashigang Dzong, standing at the extreme end of the spur, overhanging the Gamri river. It serves as the administrative seat for the district and part of the Dzong is occupied by the Drukpa monastic community. Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.
Day 10 - TRASHIGANG (EXCURSION TO TRASHIYANGTSE)
24 km from Trashigang, visit the temple of Gom Kora, set on a small alluvial plateau, overlooking the river. Gom Kora is a famous place where Guru Rinpoche subdued a demon. Further ahead reach to Doksum village where you can see women busy in weaving traditional Bhutanese fabric and a chain bridge dating of the 15th century. Visit to Trashiyangtse Dzong, situated at the altitude of 1,850m. In former times Trashiyangtse was important centre because it lies on one of the carven routes leading from western and centre Bhutan. The Dzong is new and near by are the Art School and the famous Chhorten Kora. Evening return to Trashigang. Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.
Day 11 - TRANSFER TO BUMTHANG
After breakfast drive back to Bumthang with lunch enroute. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 12 - BUMTHANG TO GANGTEY/PHOBJIKHA(190KM.7 HOURS DRIVE)
After breakfast drive to Gangtey / Phobjikha. In the mountains east of Wangduephodrang liesthe beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is ituated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quite, remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. Overnight at the lodge in Gangtey / Phobjikha.
Day 13 - TRANSFER TO W / DUE OR PUNAKHA
After breakfast Transfer to Wangdue and Night stay at Wangdue.
Day 14 - TRANSFER TO PARO
After Breakfast, check out from Hotel & Transfer to Paro. Paro is Destination of Scenic beauty, the only International airport of Bhutan in Paro. It has a population of 39,800 (which is approx 1 and half hours/65 KM from Thimphu). – visit the historic ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, built in 1647. Paro’s Main street features shops on both sides, all crammed with brasswares, silk and cotton scarves, incense sticks, silver filigree jewellery, gho (Bhutanese National Dress for Men) which can be matched with elaborately embroidered boots, kira (wrap-around sarong worn for Bhutanese Women) and prayer flags that one could string across any open space to seek blessings for loved ones and friends. Evening at your own leisure. Overnight in Paro.
Day 15 - PARO CITY TOUR
After Breakfast: Visit -1) View of Taktshang Monastery, 2) Kichulanka Monastery, 3) Ta Dzong, 4) Paro Rinpung Dzong (Museum), 5) Nya-mey Zam, 6) Dungtse Lhankhang, 7) Kila Gompa, 8) Druk Choeding. In Evening: Stroll Through the Market of Paro & Overnight Stay in Paro.
Day 16 - CHELE LA PASS & HAAVALLEY
After Breakfast: Excursion To PARO Extra Point: Chele La (Pass) & Haa Valley Only (Border of the Bhutan and China): At an elevation 3,988 meters is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. About an hour's drive along a thickly-forested road, is this Pass-a botanical paradise. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake. It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Here, visitors can see cascades of wild roses; purple and yellow primulas; and swathes of deep blue iris covering the forest floor. The top of the pass bloom with rhododendrons in a variety of colors-pale pink, deep pink, burnt orange, mauve, white and scarlet. In Evening: Stroll Through the Market of Paro& Overnight Stay at Paro.
Day 17 - TRANSFER TO PHUENTSHOLING
After breakfast check out from Hotel proceeds to Phuentsholing.
Day 18 - PHUENTSHOLING TO BAGDOGRA DROP
After breakfast check out from Hotel and proceeds to Bagdogra airport. And tour end with sweet memories.