Bumthang Tour 14 Nights
I promise you that this journey to Bhutan for 14 Nights 15 Days will be a Bhutan Travel Package that will be engraved in your mind for ever.
Bumthang is a district in Central Bhutan. Your Journey will start from Paro in Western Bhutan and will reach you to Bumthang and depart from Paro. Your tour starts and ends in Paro because Paro is where the only airport of Bhutan is situated.
Day 01: Arrival into the Kingdom of Bhutan
Today, you will fly into the Kingdom of Bhutan and Druk Air will land on the only air strip in the country which is in Paro.
Paro is a beautiful valley and the airport lies on the once paddy fields of the farmers in Bonday. There are still traditional Bhutanese houses on either side of the Air Strip and this feels unique and exciting.
When flying on Druk Air, you will see the Mountains of Bhutan like the Jichu Drake and the sacred mountain Goddess The Jumolhari Peak.
On landing at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by the Representatives of Bhutan Jewel Travel and from here on, we will take care of you while you are in Bhutan.
The first day in Bhutan: Check in at Paro Hotel. Freshen up and depending on the time in hand and how tired or active the Guests are…the sight seeing can begin…Or you can relax in your Hotel Room.
Night Halt in Paro
Day 02 : Paro and Thimphu:
After breakfast, you will visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong (Fortress) built in 1646 and over looking the Paro valley.
Visit to the Paro Museum named the Ta-Dzong which is a six storied ancient watch tower. Its like entering a maize and beware of low beams. Many rare artifacts are on display and your Guide will guide you through this Museum.
Have your lunch and take a drive to the Drugyel Dzong built in 1649 which is the “Victory Fortress”. Victory Fortress because this is where the Bhutanese managed to win the battle against the Invading Tibetans. Here you will be transported back 100’s of years as you enter the courtyard. Every thing is in ruins as there was a big fire in the year 1950 and from here you can see the magnificent Jumolhari Mountain peak.
Evening drive to Thimphu. Thimphu is the Capital city of Bhutan. We say Thimphu CITY but be warned its hardly as big as a village else where in the World.
Night in Thimphu
Day 03 : Thimphu Sight seeing:
Today you will visit sights in Thimphu like the Memorial Chorten(stupa) built by the Great Queen Mother in memory of the Third King of Bhutan. It’s a very busy place for prayer and religious ceremonies. Then there is the National Library, the National Animal “Takin” Zoo. The post office where you will get Bhutan Post cards and stamps.
Afternoon visit the oldest Fortress in Bhutan called the Simtokha Dzong .
Night in Thimphu
Day 04 : Thimphu To Punakha
Thimphu to Punakha is about 77Kms but it’s a winding road through forests on both sides of the road.
Starting from Thimphu,after about 45minutes to 1 hour drive you will reach the first pass between Thimphu and Punakha,known as the Dochula Pass.
Dochula Pass is situated at a altitude of about 3500 meters and you will be stopping here to enjoy the 108 stupas and the temple build by the Queen Mother of Bhutan for the well being and long life of the fourth King of Bhutan, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Here the locals come often to offer prayers and hoist prayer wind flags. Thus you will see thousands of wind prayer flags and no matter what,you will feel the calmness and peace at heart. Then to top up this beautiful feeling, beyond many low lying hills, you will see the Himalayan Range of Mountains and if the weather is clear and you have good eye sight, you will be able to see the far Gasa Dzong. Here we will serve you tea and snack to shun out the cold.
Then we move towards the Punakha Valley, a down hill road and if we have enough time in hand we can visit the Botanical Garden at Lamperi where there is a sacred lake. Locals usually come here to make their wishes and have picnics.
Check In at Punakha Hotel and have lunch.
After lunch visit the Punakha Dzong. This Fortress built in 1637 AD lies between the confluence of two rivers,known as the Mo Chu and Pho Chu, which in English means “Female River and Male River”. This fortress was built from a dream in ancient Bhutan times and thus its so unbelievable that this Dzong was never mapped on anything but just built from the mind. Your Guide will narrate the entire story. Let me not reveal everything then the Guide may be bored having nothing to say.
Day 05 : Punakha and Trongsa
After breakfast, we start journey towards Central Bhutan. But first we visit the windy Wangduephodrang Town and Dzong. This Dzong was built in 1638, a year later to the Punakha Dzong.
The Wangdue town is smack between the Western-Central high way on one side and the steep slope of rocky hill on the other and poses a lot of risk to human life. Thus, 2010, a new town ship at a more secure location called Bajothang is where this town will be shifting. Thus donot be surprised if you find this town like a ghost town with all shops closed or removed completely.
After a visit here, then we move towards Trongsa, also the ancient place from where the Royal Family of Bhutan hails. If time permits visit the Trongsa Dzong which is situated at such an important and strategic location where in ancient times no matter from which direction one came from, you will be seen.
Night in Trongsa Town. Trongsa Town has shops lined up in such a way that they look like they have been arranged in a “V” shape.
Day 06 : Trongsa To Bumthang.
Remember Bumthang is the last district in Central Bhutan and you have been on an enjoyable journey up till today just to reach Bumthang.
After breakfast in Trongsa, visit the Trongsa Ta-Dzong (Ancient Watch Tower) but now a Museum dedicated to the Bhutan Royal Family. There are a lot war weapons in display and a short video visual is screened at certain intervals.
After lunch and pack up, we start towards Bumthang Valley. Bumthang is known as the Switzerland of Bhutan. Night in Bumthang
Day 07 and 08 : Bumthang Sight seeing: There are so many places to visit and enjoy in Bumthang,like the White Bird Dzong (jakar), the Burning Lake (Membar Tsho), Jambay Temple(Lhakhang), the weaving center, swiss dairy farm, Bhutan Red panda local beer factory, Bumthang Sheep farm and many many more.
On One of these two days, a day excursion with pack lunch to the URA Valley. This is to get a sense of the Bhutanese Village life and enjoy the walk through this village.
Both Nights in Bumthang
Day 09 : Bumthang To Gangtey:
Gangtey is where the Bhutan’s widest and biggest valley is situated, known as the Phobjikha Valley. This Valley is situated at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level.
Phobjikha Valley is worldwide know for being the winter roosting place for the World’s Endangered “Black Necked Cranes”. About the beginning of November they arrive in this valley and leave by early February the following year. Every year on November 11th, the Black Necked Crane Festival takes place in a temple in Gangtey. This festival is celebrated to create awareness about the Endangered Black Necked Cranes and coincides with the Birth Anniversary of the Fourth King of Bhutan .
Enjoy the Valley and visit the Gangtey Goempa. And if your visit is in November you can witness the locals and students from the Gangtey Community dance and sing during the 11th November Black Necked Crane Festival.
Night in Gangtey. Oh..by the way there is no electricity in Gangtey, but Generators are used and put off later at night. There is no electricity because its to preserve and protect these Cranes, as the electric poles and extended power lines cause accidents to these cranes.
Day 10 ,11 and 12 : A short three nights trek through the fields, and meadows of Gangtey, Gogona, and Khotokha. You will enjoy this trek as you will hike through rich flora of juniper trees, bamboo groves, magnolia and rhododendron bushes.
You will pass through Tselela Pass,the Khotokha Valley and two nights camping on 10th Day and 11th day. On your trek, we will provide you will authentic homemade bhutanese food but surely with less chilly. We Bhutanese eat chilly like vegetables and No No..we would not even ask you to try this.
On day 12, you will hike from Khotokha Valley to Chuzomsa which is a descending hike. After you pass through Khotokha, you will reach the Tashila Pass. Tashila Pass is famous for a rope way, on which logs/timber is transported and brave villagers ride on this rope way in a wooden box to reach the road head at Chuzomsa. Its spine chilling when you are hanging in a wooden box and dangling all the way till you reach Chuzoma after 45 minutes of holding your breath on this rope line.
Anyways NOT TO WORRY, we will not put you in this wooden box..but will continue our trek from here.
Fill up your empty water bottles as thereafter there is scarcity of water.
Night halt in Dangchu. Camp and enjoy looking up at the stars.
Day 13 : Trek Ends at Chuzomsa: From Chuzomsa, we will drive to Paro, and en route to Thimphu to have lunch and enjoy Thimphu before you depart from Paro.
Evening to Paro and night in Paro.
Day 14 : Paro “The Taktsang Hike”:
Taktsang is a World famous and renounced Monastery which precariously hangs from a cliff of about 900 meters.
Taktsang means The Tigers Nest. It got its name from the fact that Guru Rimpoche the spiritual ancient leader and Guru of Buddhism and Bhutan, came here flying on the back of a Tigress and legend has it that the Tigress was his favorite Consort, the Angle Yeshey Tshokey.
The hike will take a maximum of 4-5 hours round trip. Lunch will be served on the way. At first its an uphill hike but its worth the sweat when you see this monastery. After the initial view of this monastery, you will ascend slowly and then descend and pass by the most beautiful water fall.
Visit the Monastery, offer your prayers, take blessings or just enjoy the whole charm, beauty and calmness of this beautiful Monastery.
Day 15 : Depart Bhutan
Its sad but like the Buddhist saying goes “We are borne to Die” so” did me meet to part”
We will escort you to the Paro Airport and bid fare well with the hope that we meet some day, as Bhutan Jewel Travel believes that “We part to meet again”
Tashi Delek and Safe Journey
FOOT NOTE: Dear Guests, This is a personalized itinerary that has cultural sightseeing and a short trek and visits to as many places that you can make it while in Bhutan. However, if time permits, apart from the places and sights mentioned in this itinerary, we will take you visiting to many other sights, including walks through villages, watch an archery match, or visit local markets etc.