This 15 days Bhutan Odyssey Tour is the best choice for thoroughly understand and experience this amazing land-lock country, which with colorful yet pure culture and of limited material yet happy people. route of this tour includes: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey/Phobjika Valley, Trongsa, Bumthang, Mongar, Trashigang, Samdrup Jongkhar and Guwahati.
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Paro - Haa - Thimphu - Punakha - Phobjikha Valley - Trongsa - Bumthang - Mongar - Trashigang - Trashiyangtse - Samdrup Jongkhar - Guwahati
Tashi Delek! Welcome to Bhutan, the country with the happiest people in the world. Meet tour guide at Paro Airport then transfer to your hotel. After lunch, we will have a short sightseeing tour around Paro. we will visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes qntique thangkha, textiles, weapons, household objects and sorts of artifacts. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which means Fortress of the heap of jewels. “Dzong” are large monasteries and district administrative centres, which were once strategic forts. Overnight in Paro
After a leisurely breakfast, we will hike to Taktsang Monastery. The walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to cafeteria). The Monastery is an important pilgrim site for Buddhists. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is also called “Tiger’s Nest”. Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought against Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snow dome of sacred Chomolhari, “Mountain of goddess” can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. On the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight in Paro
Paro - Haa
Today we will have an excursion tour to the Haa Valley. This is one of the most picturesque disctricts of Bhutan. Reached via the beautiful Chelila Pass, Haa Valley is characterized by its surrounding rugged and mountainous terrain and unique architecture. Overnight in Paro
Paro - Thimphu
After breakfast, you will checkout of your hotel in Paro then be escorted to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan (approximately 1.5 hours driving). Enjoy a full day of sightseeing tour of Thimphu, including a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, completed by the Royal Queen Mother as a memorial stupa for the Third King. Continue on to 12th century Changangkha Temple and the Zilukha Nunnery. If your visit coincides with the weekend, you can walk through the Thimphu Market. Overnight in Thimphu
Today, we will continue our visit in Thimphu to the handmade paper mill, School of Arts and Crafts (closed on Sundays). Students learn 13 different main stream arts in Bhutan and polish their skills in this school. Then head to National Library and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. After lunch, we will have a hike to Tango and Cheri Monasteries (45minutes), two of the most ancient monasteries in the Thimphu region. Overnight in Thimphu
Thimphu - Punakha
After breakfast at hotel, check out and head for Punakha. Drive over the Dochu La Pass, a popular destination among tourists because of its 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan range, before descending into the Punakha valley (approximately 3 hour driving). Punakha was the capital of Bhutan till 1955. On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang. Overnight in Punakha
Punakha - Phobjikha Valley
We will leave Punakha today for Phobjikha Valley (approximately 3 hours) via the bustling market town of Wangduephodrang. Drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forests, and over a high pass down into the picturesque Phobjikha Valley. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes (November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau. After lunch visit the Phobjikha Sanctuary to view the majestic black necked cranes (Nov-Mar only) and Gangtey Gompa Monastery, dating back to the 16th century. Overnight in Phobjikha
Phobjikha Valley - Trongsa
Depart over the Pele La pass on the Black Mountain range towards Trongsa. Enroute visit the beautiful 18th century Chendebji Chorten. Trongsa is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s ruling dynasty. Visit Trongsa Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan and the Ta Dzong museum housing a collection of historical artifacts of the Royal Family. Overnight in Trongsa
Trongsa - Bumthang
After breakfast proceed towards Bumthang (2.5 hrs), the spiritual heart of the kingdom. Bumthang is home to some of Bhutan’s oldest Palaces, Buddhist temples and monasteries. On arrival, visit Jakar Dzong (Dzong of the White Bird) and 16th century Tamshing Lhakhang containing ancient Buddhist wall paintings. After lunch visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom and 7th Century Jambay Lhakhang. Overnight in Bumthang
Enjoy a day exploring some of the many sites around Bumthang, including the 16th century Tang Ugyen Chholing Palace museum containing an overview of traditional rural life in Bhutan and the pool of Mebartso (The Lake of Fire) where Pemalingpa (founder of the Nyingmapa sect) is said to have found treasure hidden by Guru Rinpoche. Overnight in Bumthang
Bumthang - Mongar
The journey to Mongar takes about 6 hours with spectacular views en route. Drive through Ura village before climbing sharply to the highest point on Bhutan’s road network, Thrumsing-La Pass (4,000m). From here, the road gradually passes through picturesque alpine valleys, pine forests, maize fields and hamlets to reach Mongar town. Visit Mongar Dzong, built in the 1930’s using the traditional process without either plans or the use of nails. Overnight in Mongar
Mongar - Trashigang
Drive to Trashigang (3 hrs) through leafy forests filled with ferns and over Kori-La Pass (2,450m) before descending through cornfields and banana groves to reach the famous road zigzag just below Yadi. Trashigang is the main township of the largest district in the country. After lunch visit Trashigang Dzong. Overnight in Trashhigang
Trashigang - Trashiyangtse
We will have an excursion tour today to Tashiyangtse. Visit the temple of Gom Kora and Doksum Village where you can see women busily weaving traditional Bhutanese fabric before reaching Tashiyangtse, the administrative centre for this district. The area is famous for its unique wooden crafts. Visit the Tashiyangtse Dzong, and the dazzling white stupa of Chorten Kora and the nearby institute for Zorig Chusum, where student are trained in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Overnight in Trashhigang
Trashiyangtse - Samdrup Jongkhar
Today, we will take a long mountain road trip to Samdrup Jongkhar with approximately 9 hours. Samdrup Jongkhar is the gateway to eastern Bhutan and Assam, India. Overnight in Samdrup Jongkhar
Samdrup Jongkhar - Guwahati
After breakfast, embark on an Indian vehicle to transfer to Guwahati (approximately 5hours), the capital town of the Indian north-eastern state of Assam, for your onward flight. Our service of this tour is officially ended. The whole team of Bravo Asia Tours look forward to meeting you in your next trip to Asia.