Bumthang lies in Central Bhutan and is a hub for Buddhism. You cannot have a Buddhism Tour in Bhutan, without reaching and exploring the many sacred sites and temples in the Bumthang Valley, also known as the “Switzerland of Bhutan”.
One of the Sacred Sites in Bumthang is the Kurjey Monastery. Here in this site, Guru Rimpoche meditated and left his body imprint on a rock lying inside the second temple of the three temples. People from all over the country visit Bumthang and make it an important travel visit to the Kurjey Monastery.
Day 1: Paro: Arrive at Paro International Air port:
Clear immigration and customs, Bhutan Jewel Travel representative and Guide will meet you at the exit of the Paro airport, and take you to the hotel. Check in at the hotel and refresh yourself with tea and snacks. As per the time in hand then make a visit to the National Museum of Bhutan(The Taa Dzong) and Paro Rinpung Dzong.(Dzong meand Fortress in Bhutanese) Overnight at Paro.
Day 2: Paro:
Day Hike to the Sacred Taktsang Monastery also worldwide known as the “TIGER’s NEST”. Today after an early heavy breakfast, take the 4-5 hours leisure round trip Hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro. Lunch will be served at the Taktsang Cafeteria, which is little more than midpoint of reaching the monastery. From here it’s a beautiful sight of the Monastery. Paro Hotel for the night.
Day 3:Paro To Thimphu:
Visit and Hike to the Kila Goempa (In English the Kila Nunnery) In the morning, hike to the Kila Goenpa for a beautiful walk up hill and enjoy the views in all directions and the Paro valley below.
If you do not want another hike, the visit the Kitchu Temple(Oldest temple in Bhutan) driving through paddy fields on both sides of the road towards this Temple. And then visit the ruined Drugyel Dzong from where, on a clear day you will see the Mt.Jumolhari, the “Sacred Mountain Goddess.” Lunch in Paro. Afternoon drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
Day 4: THIMPHU:
After breakfast, visit the Bhutan’s National Library to see some unique and historic books. Visit the traditional Painting School and then the Traditional Paper Factory. After lunch, check out the souvenir and handicrafts shops and a visit to the Post Office which has one of the most unique stamps in the world. You can post a post card to your loved ones at home. Night Halt in Thimphu.
Day 5: Thimphu: Day excursion to the 13th century Phajoding Monastery built by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo:
Phajoding Monastery lies right above the Thimphu Valley and when people do the full Druk Path Trek, they end their trek through this monastery and reach Thimphu for the night halt. Picnic Lunch will be served on this route. Night Halt in Thimphu.
Day 6: Thimphu To Punakha Valley:
After breakfast drive towards the Punakha Valley which is warmer than Thimphu and Paro. Enroute, stop at the Dochula Pass which is a beautiful Pass between Thimphu and Punakha situated at a level of 3100 meters above sea level.Dochula is a picture perfect place with 108 stupas known as the Druk Wangyel Chorten and the Temple and backed behind and around by thousands of prayer flags and on a clear day, you can see the lovely Himalayan Range of Mountains too. Visit the Punakha Dzong. Night halt in Punakha Valley.
Day 7: Punakha To Trongsa:
Drive to Trongsa with a stop at Chendebji Chorten. Check in at Trongsa Hotel and after lunch we will take an excursion to the Kuenga Rabten Palace, an ancestral home of the present ruling Kings of Bhutan, the Wangchuck Dynasty. Night Halt in Trongsa.
Day 8: Trongsa To Bumthang:
In the morning you can stroll around the Small Trongsa Town and make a visit to the the Trongsa Dzong(Fortress) and the Armour Musuem in Trongsa known as the Taa-Dzong. After lunch we start our journey towards the Bumthang Valley. Check In at Bumthang Hotel and rest for the night.
Day 9: Bumthang Sight Seeing:
Today you will be visiting many holy sites of monasteries and dzongs, including the Jambay Lhakhang, Tamzhing Monastery and Kuenchosum Lhakhang. After lunch you will.