8 nights / 9 days Bhutan Tour with multiple day hikes.

This  9 days Bhutan tour is a combination of western and Central Bhutan. On this 8 nights 9 days Bhutan tour, the sightseeing covers four districts of Western Bhutan and two districts of Central Bhutan namely, Trongsa and Bumthang. The Pele La pass (3420 m) separates Western Bhutan from Central Bhutan. Besides the highlights to western Bhutan, you will visit the Trongsa Dzong, Ta Dzong museum in Trongsa, Jakar Dzong, Jambay Lhakhang and many others old monasteries and temples in Bumthang.

Sketch Itinerary for 9 days Bhutan Tour:

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

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Tamchog Monastery.

Meet and Greet at the Paro Airport and drive to Thimphu.

  • On the way, view Tamchog Monastery built in 1420 by Thangthong Gyalpo. He built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan.

In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the Central Monastic Body and the National Government.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu sightseeing:

After breakfast, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten built in the memory of our Third King, Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tallest Statue of Buddha.
  • Folk Heritage Museum.
  • School of 13 Arts and Crafts or the Painting School.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Postal Museum where you can make your own stamps.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple of Thimphu built in 13th century by Phajo Drugom Shigpo.
  • Takin Preserve center,
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Dupthop Nunnery one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

In the evening, visit 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 ½ hrs. drive):

After breakfast, drive to Punakha and we stop at the Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas.

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Dochula pass.

  • Royal Botanical Garden at Lamperi.
  • Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in the year 1499. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.

After lunch, we visit:

Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) in 1952.

  • Punakha Suspension bridge across Pho Chu River.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha – Gangtey (Altitude 3120 m) (66 km, 3 hrs): Hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

After breakfast, drive to Yabisa village:

  • Hike to the Beautiful Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck.

Drive to Gangtey. The Upper part of the valley is called Gangtey and Lower part is called Phobjikha valley.

Wangdiphodrang-Dzong

Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang includes:

  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang

Lunch will be served enroute:

  • Gangtey Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation.
  • Visit the Crane Information centre and explore Phobjikha valley, the roosting ground of the Rare Black necked Cranes in winter.

Dinner and overnight in Guest house.

Day 05: Gangtey – Trongsa – Bumthang (165 kms):

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

  • Trongsa Dzong, the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan, built in its present form in 1644 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa. Trongsa Dzong is the ancestral home of the present Royal Family and first two hereditary kings ruled Bhutan from this Dzong.

After Lunch,

  • Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower. The chapel inside the Ta Dzong is dedicated to the Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal.

Drive further to Bumthang.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Bumthang Sightseeing: (Altitude 2800 m):

Jakar-Dzong

Jakar-Dzong.

After breakfast, we visit:

  • Kurjey monastery where you can see the body print of Guru Rimpoche on a Rock.
  • Jakar Dzong, which literally means “The Castle of White Bird”. The current structure was built in 1667.
  • Visit Jambay Monastery built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659 on the same day as Kichu Lhakhang in Paro.

After lunch,

  • Tamshing Lhakhang or the Temple of good message established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa and is the most important Nyingmapa temple in the kingdom.

In the evening, visit to:

  • Membarstho, which literally means, “The Burning Lake”. It was here that the Lama Pema Lingpa discovered the treasures hidden by Guru Rimpoche in the 14th century.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07: Bumthang – Paro sightseeing:

After breakfast, drive to Badbalathang 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.
  • Paro Rimpung Dzong which literally means “the Heap of Jewels” 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 08. Paro Sightseeing – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest:

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Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

After breakfast, drive to the base of the monastery.

  • Hike to the Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

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

After lunch, we visit:

  • Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal,
  • On the way back, visit Kichu monastery built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King, Srongsen Gampo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 09. Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.