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Trashigang Tshechu Eastern Bhutan

Tour Route

Paro/Taktsang/Thimpu/Punakha/Bumthang/Mongar/Trashugang/Samdeup/Guwahati

Tour Program

Day 01. Arrive Paro (By Druk Air): After Pick up from Airport, drive to hotel.  Later drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 02. Paro, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery: A very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) monastery - After breakfast a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, from there a 3 walk till the viewpoint point of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.  In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu Sightseeing: The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.  Visit to Buddha Point and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch ,Visit Bhutan Post office to see wide range of stamps.  we drive Mini zoo to see National Animal, TAKIN. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Over night in Hotel.

Day 04. Thimphu - Punakha: (72 Kms, 3 hours drive). After breakfast Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas.  In Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952.Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 05. Punakha – Bumthang : After breakfast drive to Bumthang.( 7 hrs). Lunch at Trongsa. At Trongsa we will visit Trongsa dzong; it is the most impressive dzong in the country. It shows one of the most artistic and magnificent works of traditional Bhutanese architecture.Then we will continue our journey to Bumthang, (3400m)
Dinner and over night stay at Bumthang.

DAY 06. Bumthang Halt.  After breakfast sightseeing in Bumthang
visit to Jambay Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century, Kurjey Lhakhang, is named after the body print of Guru Rinpoche which is preserved in a cave inside the oldest of the three buildings, Tamshing Lhakhang which was established by Terton Pema Lingpa in 1501 and is the most important NyingmGoenba in the country.After lunch visit Jakar dzong, castle of the white bird, Mebertsho (Burning Lake) - This is a very scared lake for Bhutanese people. Terton Pema Lingpa discovered several of Guru Rimpoche hidden religious treasures from this lake.Evening at leisure.Dinner and over night stay at hotel,


DAY 07. Bumthang-Mongar
After our breakfast, we will drive to Mongar, over Thrumshingla pass (3800m). The drive will take about 6-7hours.On the clear days we will the white summit of the highest peak in Bhutan, Gangkar Puensum at 7545m. Today we will drive through the forest of rhododendron, conifer and the forest of semi-tropical and subtropical. Mongar marks the beginning of our eastern Bhutan experience. The towns in eastern Bhutan are built on the sides of the hills, in contrast to western Bhutan where the towns develop on the valley Dinner and overnight at hotel.


DAY 08. Mongar-Trashigang
After visiting Mongar Dzong we will drive to Trashigang. The drive will take about 4hours. Today we will drive through the leafy forest with ferns and the Korila Pass (2333m). We will also pass through the scattered villages and cornfields and banana groves and the eight zigzags of Yadi. After lunch we will be visiting the Trashigang dzong, and stroll around the Trashigang town.Dinner and over night stay in hotel, Trashigang.


DAY 09. Trashigang Halt
Enjoy the Trashigang festival. We can also see the people of Merak and Saketen with their different costumes.Lunch in the hotel, Trashigang.After lunch we will continue with the festival.Evening at leisure.Dinner and over night stay in hotel.

DAY 10: Trashigang-Samdrup Jongkhar
After our breakfast, we will drive to Samdrup Jongkhar. The drive will take about 6hours and 30minutes. On reaching Khaling, we will visit the Khaling handloom, where young women are weaving and keeping our textile in alive in this modern world. Then we will continue the journey to Samdrup Jongkhar through the thick forest and scattered villages of the east.Dinner and over night stay in hotel, Samdrup Jongkhar.

DAY 11: Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati (India)
 All the clients have to have their Indian visa. They have to get the Indian visa prior to their visit to Bhutan from the Indian embassies abroad. After the completion of the immigration formalities you will drive to Guwahati (India) by the Indian car.
Tour Ends

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