10 nights / 11 days Bhutan tour with multiple day hikes.

This 11 days Bhutan tour will pass through western Bhutan districts of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdiphodrang and Gangtey valley passing through the beautiful Pele La pass (3420 m) through Trongsa. The First two kings of Bhutan ruled the country from Trongsa. Trongsa Dzong is the most impressive Dzong of Bhutan built by Chogyal Minjur Tempa in 1644. The visit to Ura valley is the highlight of the trip besides other sightseeing. A very unique and famous festival, Ura Yakchhoe is held in Ura Temple every year during the Spring.

Sketch Itinerary for 11 Days Bhutan Tour:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu (54 kms, 1 hour drive:

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Tamchog Monastery.

Your Guide will receive you at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.

  • On the way, view Tamchog Monastery built by Thangthong Gyalpo, a wonder working saint (1385 – 1464).
  • Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu sightseeing:

After breakfast, we visit:

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of Third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • The Tallest Statue of Sitting Buddha (51.5 m).
  • Folk Heritage Museum.
  • School of 13 Arts and Crafts or the Painting School.
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National Memorial Chorten.

After lunch,

  • Postal Museum where you can make your own stamps.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimphu.
  • Takin Preserve center (A very unique animal).
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

In the evening, visit to:

In the evening, visit to the Craft Bazaar and free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha (76 kms, 2 hour drive):

After breakfast, drive to Punakha and visit:

  • Dochula pass with 108 stupas and also view the Higher Himalayas.
  • Royal Botanical Garden at Lamperi.
  • Chimi Lhakhang or the Temple of Fertility which was built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as “The Divine Madman”.

6-nights-7-Days-Bhutan-tourAfter lunch, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between the Male and Female River. Punakha is the winter residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan.

In the evening, walk across the Longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 m). Enjoy the great view of the Dzong and valley below.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha – Gangtey (Altitude 3120 m) (66 km, 1 ½  hrs):

After breakfast, hike to Khamsun Yulley Monastery.

  • This Chorten was built by her majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck.

We drive to Gangtey. Upper part of the valley is called Gangtey and Lower part is called Phobjikha.

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Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang includes:

  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 (razed by fire in 2012), and is under re-construction now.
  • Gangtey Gompa Monastery built in the 17th century by Tenzin Legpai Dhendup.
  • Explore Phobjikha valley, the roosting ground of the Rare Black necked Cranes in winter. In the evening, explore the valley.
  • Black necked Cranes Information centre.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05: Gangtey – Trongsa – Bumthang (165 kms, 4 hour drive):

After breakfast, drive to Bumthang. On the way, we visit:

  • Trongsa Dzong, the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1644 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa. The First two hereditary Kings ruled Bhutan from this Dzong.

After Lunch, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong or National Museum. The chapel inside the Ta Dzong is dedicated to the Trongsa Penlop, Jigme Namgyal.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Bumthang Sightseeing (Altitude 2800 m):

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Jakar Dzong

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Kurjey Lhakhang where you can see the body print of Guru Rimpoche on a Rock.
  • Jakar Dzong, which literally means “The Castle of White Bird” and built in 1667.
  • Jambay Lhakhang built in 659 AD by the King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet. In October, one of the most spectacular festival, “Jambay Lhakhang Drup” is staged here.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Tamshing Lhakhang established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa.

In the evening,

  • Membarstho, which literally means, “The Burning Lake”. The Terton Pema Lingpa discovered the treasures hidden by Guru Rimpoche in the 14th

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Bumthang – Excursion to Ura valley (51 kms.):

After breakfast, drive to the beautiful Ura valley.

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Ura valley

  • Explore the valley and visit to the Ura Temple.

After lunch, drive back to Bumthang.

  • Kencho Sum Lhakhang and Cheese factory.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08: Bumthang – Paro sightseeing:

After breakfast, drive to Badbalathnag airport and fly to Paro (Domestic flight).

After lunch, we visit:

  • Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum.
  • Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal,

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 09. Paro Sightseeing – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest:

Taktsang-(Tiger's-Nest)

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest).

After breakfast, drive to the base of the monastery.

  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery for 2 hour walk till the monastery (2 hours walk – one way). The primary Temple was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684 by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay.

NB: You can hoist prayer flags near the Tiger’s Nest, and offer prayers inside the monastery.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King, Srongsen Gampo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 10. Paro sightseeing – Excursion to Chelila pass:

Chele La Pass

Chele La Pass (3820 m).

After breakfast, excursion to Chele La Pass (3820 m).

  • This pass separates Paro valley from Haa Valley. You can see the beautiful views of the Himalayas including Mt. Jumolhari.

Packed lunch will be served.

  • On the way, back visit to the Kila Gompa nunnery, one of the oldest nunnery in Paro.

We return back to Paro valley.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 11. Paro (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.