Bhutan - West to East

Cultural & Theme Tours, Paro International Airport, Paro to Paro, Bhutan

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Bhutan is a small country in the Himalayas between the Tibet Autonomous Region of China and India.Besides the stunning natural scenery, the enduring image of the country for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom and clearly distinguishes it from its larger neighbours. Discover Bhutan in depth as we take you on an exclusive tour to Bhutan, to the unexplored east, which would awaken the explorer in you. Trek your way up through the monasteries and soak in the beauty of its rich heritage and architecture. Experience the hospitality of the natives with our exclusive homestays. Drive your way past the sloppy hills and flowing rivers on our road trip from west to east. Gear up to discover the Columbus in you with Offbeat Tracks.
Day 1: Phuentsholing: Arrive at Bagdogra Airport and drive to PhuentsholingDay 2: Paro: Drive to Paro after immigrationDay 3:Tiger’s Nest Monastery : Tiger’s Nest TrekDay 4: Haa Valley: Drive to Haa Valley Day 5: Thimphu: Drive to Thimphu and sightseeingDay 6:  Thimphu Sightseeing: Thimphu sightseeingDay 7: Punakha: Drive to Punakha and sightseeingDay 8: Phobjikha Valley: Drive to Phobjikha via Wangdue Phodrang and sightseeingDay 9: Trongsa: Drive to Trongsa and sightseeingDay 10: Bumthang: Drive to BumthangDay 11: Ura village visit: Drive to Ura via BumthangDay 12: Mongar: Drive to MongarDay 13: Trashigang: Mongar sightseeing and evening drive to TrashigangDay 14: Samdrup Jhongkar: Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar and sightseeingDay 15: Departure: Depart from GuwahatiDay 3, Tiger’s Nest Monastery Trek:Located on a cliff about 900 meters (3000 feet) above the Paro Valley, we need about 2 hours of hiking to arrive at this spectacular monastery, where you will appreciate the extravagant architecture and take in the beauty of the Paro Valley. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 1⁄2 hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months.Day 6, Tango Monastery: Located 14 kilometres to the North of Thimphu is the Tango Monastery which was founded by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo in the 13th century. The monastery’s excellent architecture has stayed for decades now. It consists of six temples, each with unique architecture. Have lunch at the Traditional arts and crafts museum which serves authentic Bhutanese delicacies. You can also visit the National Library and the Traditional Paper Making Factory if time permits.

What’s included

  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Local transport
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Light refreshments
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Snacks
  • All activities
  • Local guide
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Hotel pickup
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle

What’s not included

  • Guide Gratuity
  • Air/Land Fares
  • Incidental Charges

Itinerary

Day 10: Bumthang: Drive to Bumthang
Day 11: Ura village visit: Drive to Ura via Bumthang
Day 12: Mongar: Drive to Mongar
Day 13: Trashigang: Mongar sightseeing and evening drive to Trashigang
Day 14: Samdrup Jhongkar: Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar and sightseeing
Day 15: Departure: Depart from Guwahati Day 3, Tiger’s Nest Monastery Trek:Located on a cliff about 900 meters (3000 feet) above the Paro Valley, we need about 2 hours of hiking to arrive at this spectacular monastery, where you will appreciate the extravagant architecture and take in the beauty of the Paro Valley. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 1⁄2 hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. Day 6, Tango Monastery:  Located 14 kilometres to the North of Thimphu is the Tango Monastery which was founded by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo in the 13th century. The monastery’s excellent architecture has stayed for decades now. It consists of six temples, each with unique architecture. Have lunch at the Traditional arts and crafts museum which serves authentic Bhutanese delicacies. You can also visit the National Library and the Traditional Paper Making Factory if time permits.
Day 1: Phuentsholing: Arrive at Bagdogra Airport and drive to Phuentsholing
Day 2: Paro: Drive to Paro after immigration
Day 3:Tiger’s Nest Monastery : Tiger’s Nest Trek
Day 4: Haa Valley: Drive to Haa Valley 
Day 5: Thimphu: Drive to Thimphu and sightseeing
Day 6:  Thimphu Sightseeing: Thimphu sightseeing
Day 7: Punakha: Drive to Punakha and sightseeing
Day 8: Phobjikha Valley: Drive to Phobjikha via Wangdue Phodrang and sightseeing
Day 9: Trongsa: Drive to Trongsa and sightseeing
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