9 nights / 10 days Bhutan Tour.

This 9 nights 10 days Bhutan tour will lead you as far as Bumthang, the Cultural hub of Bhutan. Bumthang is a very beautiful valley consisting of four smaller valleys: Tang, Choekhor, Ura and Gyetsa valleys. The highlights of this 10 days Bhutan tour include the hike to the Tiger’s nest in Paro besides other sightseeing in western and central Bhutan. You will pass through some of the beautiful mountain passes which are above 3000 meters. The visit to the Ogyen Choling Palace Museum in Bumthang is awesome.

Sketch Itinerary for 10 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 Paro Airport and drive to Thimphu.

On the way, view Tamchog Monastery built in 15th century by Thangthong Gyalpo popularly known as the Iron Bridge builder.

In the evening, we visit:

  • Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu sightseeing:

After breakfast, we visit:

  • Tallest Statue of Sitting Buddha in the world.
  • National Memorial Chorten built in honor of our 3rdKing, late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Folk Heritage Museum.
  • Painting School also called the School of Thirteen Arts and Crafts (Zorig Chusum).
Buddha-Statue

Tallest statue of sitting Buddha in the world (51.5 m).

After lunch, we visit:

  • General Post office where you can make personalized stamps.
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Thimphu built in the 13th century by Phajo Drugom Shigpo.
  • 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:

After breakfast, drive to Punakha.

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The Dochula Pass at 3100 m.

  • On the way, we visit 108 stupas at the Dochu La pass and also view the Higher Himalayas.
  • Royal Botanical Garden at Lampelri.
  • Chimi Lhakhang, which was built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as “The Divine Madman”.

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 the evening, walk across the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 m) built across Pho Chu river. You can enjoy the beautiful view of the Dzong and valley below.

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 monastery. This monastery was built by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck.
Wangdiphodrang-Dzong

Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

Then drive to Gangtey. On the way, visit to:

  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638. This Dzong was razed by fire in 2012 and is under re-construction.

Note: The Upper part of the valley is called Gangtey and lower part is called Phobjikha.

While in Gangtey, we visit:

  • Gangtey Monastery founded in 1613 by Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson of Pema Lingpa.
  • Crane Information centre.
  • Explore Phobjikha valley, the roosting ground of the Rare Black necked Cranes in winter.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

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

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

  • Trongsa Dzong built in 1644 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa. The First Two Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this Dzong.

After Lunch, we visit:

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

In the evening, drive further to Bumthang.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Bumthang Sightseeing (Altitude 2800 m):

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Jakar Dzong

After breakfast, we visit:

  • 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”, built in 1667.
  • Jambay Lhakhang built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659 on the same day as Kichu Lhakhang in Paro.

After lunch, we visit:

  • Tamshing Lhakhang or Temple of the good message, established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa.

In the evening, we drive to Tang valley and visit:

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

In the evening, free to stroll in the town.

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. The Famous Ura festival is held here in the Spring.

After lunch, drive back to Bumthang.

In the evening, we visit:

  • Visit 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 (Flight to Paro by Domestic flight):

After breakfast, drive to Badbalathnag airport and fly to Paro.

After lunch, we visit:

  • Ta Dzong built in1656 and renovated in 1968, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum.
  • Rimpung Dzong which literally meaning “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 09. Paro Sightseeing – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery:

Taktsang-(Tiger's-Nest)

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest).

After breakfast, we drive to the base of the monastery and hike.

  • Taktsang Monastery hike is for 2 hour walk (One way).

NB: You can hoist prayer flags near the Tiger’s Nest.

After lunch at the Taktsang Cafeteria, we visit:

  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

On the way back,

  • Visit Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King, Srongsen Gampo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 10. Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.