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Bhutan Classic Tour - From the West to the East

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This tour is perfect for those seeking adventure through Bhutan's meandering roads. With the addition of majestic wonders, Bhutan's wild west may come across slightly daunting, but the views of the landscape and wildlife en-route will swiftly take your mind off the trek! Trek up to the Bumthang Valley and the remote, unspoilt villages in the east. To sum up, it's a trip tr...

This tour is perfect for those seeking adventure through Bhutan's meandering roads. With the addition of majestic wonders, Bhutan's wild west may come across slightly daunting, but the views of the landscape and wildlife en-route will swiftly take your mind off the trek! Trek up to the Bumthang Valley and the remote, unspoilt villages in the east. To sum up, it's a trip transcending thousands of years of culture, history and nature. Leave the mundane behind and discover Bhutan! 

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Tour itinerary includes
  • Mountain
    Mountain
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Local population
    Local population

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Passing Through the Valley of Paro

During the flight over to Paro, you'll be able to spot some of the highest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest, Kenchenjanga and Makula.
Upon arrival you'll meet our representative who'll accompany you to several of the must-see's.
The National Museum, boasting beautiful displays of cultural and natural history, is one of the high- lights of this incredible country.

You'll also discover Paro Rompong Dzong - dzongs are possibly one of the most distinct and important structures in Bhutan.
Finally, you'll hike down to the wooden bridge and enjoy some free time exploring the town.

Visited:
Paro

Day 2: Stop 2: The Takshang and its Temple

For over 1,200 years, the Takshang, or 'Tiger's Nest,' has remained Bhutan's most iconic, scenic site for pilgrimages and asylum seekers.

At 900m high, it clings to the side of a cliff in Paro Valley.

This sight is definitely a must-see in Bhutan, hence why it is the most visited, breathtaking temple in the country. 


Hike time: 4 hours 

Visited:
Paro

Day 3: 'The Capital with No Traffic Lights'

On the way to Thimphu, stop off at Ta-chhogagang Temple and hike to the Suspension Bridge made of iron chains.

It was built by the greatest Buddhist engineer and poet, Thangtong Gyalpo or Lama Chazampa. 

The biggest town of Bhutan boasts many places of interest: painting schools - the learning centre for Bhutanese arts and crafts, and the zoo, where you can see the national animal of Bhutan - the takin!

Found above 3000m, these huge creatures are very rare, so be sure to bring along your camera!

In the evening, why not head to town and meet the locals?

Visited:
Paro Thimphu

Day 4: Exploring the ​Tango Buddhist University 

Hike to the famous Tango Buddhist University. You'll have the opportunity to interact with monks, learning about their lives and about the fascinating religion of Buddhism.

On your way back, stop at Buddha Point, which has the biggest Buddha statue and a stunning view of Thimphu Town.

Pay a visit to the Textile Museum to see Bhutanese Living Arts. 

Lastly the Tashichodzong, which houses the central monastery, is where you'll see the King's throne! 

Visited:
Thimphu Tango

Day 5: Dochula Pass and the Rice Fields of Punakha

Visit Dochula Pass, a whopping 3150m high, to take in the panorama of the Bhutan Himalayas.

Spend some time walking around photographing the 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens,  which reflect the spiritual and artistic traditions of Bhutan.

At lower elevations in Punakha and Wangdue, you might see banana plants, poinsettias and exotic plants.

Continue your drive towards Punakha and head to Punakha Dzong.

Stop at Lobesa and take a short hike to Chhi-med Lhakhang.

In the evening, hike to Rinchengang Village for a unique cultural experience. 

Visited:
Dochula Punakha

Day 6: Hike to the Valley of Rare Cranes

This drive will take you through the Sha Valley's rich vegetation, up to the famous Black Mountain Range, the longest mountain range in the country.

Pay a visit to the village and the Nyimapa School of Gangtey Gompa, the biggest of its kind in western Bhutan. 

Then, hike to the valley to see a stunning landscape aka. the Valley of Rare Black-Neck Cranes.  

Visited:
Punakha

Day 7: Chendepji and the Tower of Trongsa

Transfer to Trongsa. Stop off at Chendepji Stupa. As you approach, you'll get what is a stunning view of Trongsa Dzong with its impressive Watch Tower behind. 

Take a trip to Trongsa Szong, which was previously the summer home for the royal family.

The museum contains roughly 244 items used by the Wangchuck dynasty for centuries. 

It also displays the famous Raven Crown worn by the first King. 

Visited:
Chendepji Trongsa

Day 8: A New Use for Hair? Yathra!

Drive towards Bumthang, crossing Yotongla Pass at a staggering 3425m in height.

Stop at Chumey and Zungney villages, renowned for their woollen and yak hair textiles called Yathra.

After lunch, visit the famous Jakar Dzong and the ancient Wangdichholing Palace.

Free time in town, before an overnight stay at a hotel.

Visited:
Bhumtang Yotongla

Day 9: Bhutan's Cultural Heart

Today, you will be discovering a number of sights, starting with Jambay Lhakhang.

Built by King Tsongtsen Geombo of Tibet, it is one of the oldest temples in the country, dedicated to the Buddha Myatriya. 

Next stop: the famous Kurjey Lhakhang - this is the place where the Guru Rimpoche came for the first time to Bhutan in 8 AD and converted the king and his people to Buddhism. 

Thangbi Village and its Temple are also well-worthy of a visit.

The temple has rare, ancient paintings which date back to the 15th Century. 

Visited:
Yotongla

Day 10: Paradise for Bird Lovers

Prepare for the most beautiful drive in the country. En route you'll stop off at the picturesque village of Ura.

Most of the inhabitants are lay monks and nuns. Explore the village, before heading off towards the Thrumshingla Pass.

At 3700m, you'll come across a panorama of snow-capped mountains and staggering landscapes. 

Look out for some cascading waterfalls and remote villages.

This area is also one of the many hotspots for bird watchers! 

Visited:
Yotongla

Day 11: Ancestral Home of the Kings

The father of Bhutan's first King came from this region.

It is also home to the most famous and expensive fabric called Kushetahra.

Pass the left side of Kuri Chu River, the villages of Menji and Tangmachu to Lhuentse. 

Upon arrival in the village, take a tour to the Dzong and explore the area on foot.

On the way back, visit Khoma Village, known for its textiles woven out of pure silk.

You can also take a look at the gorgeous Mongar Dzong.  

Visited:
Tangmachu Lhuentse

Day 12: Zig-zag of Yedi

Drive towards Korila Pass, at an altitude of 2400m. Descend to the village of Yedi.

From here, you'll be heading down the famous zig-zag road of Yedi.

Take a detour to see the fabrication of lemon grass oil.

The lemon grass grows abundantly on the eastern mountains, and creates a source of income for the local farmers.

Visit Trashigang Dzong in the evening or enjoy free time in the town.  


Day 13: The Raw Silk Villages

Drive in the direction of Radhi and Rungjung. Take a visit to the village monastic school, founded by Garab Rimpoche.

Then continue rowards Radhi and Phomey villages. You'll be able to visit some local farmhouses and meet the friendly farmers! 

Visited:
Radhi

Day 14: Wild Tea of Narphung

Stop off at Kanglung College and visit the nearby Temple.

The Khaling Weaving Centre, founded by National Women Associations, is also worth a visit!

The institution trains Bhutanese women the art of weaving.  

Stretch your legs in Narphung village, famous for its homemade tea. 

After Narphung, you'll plunge through the dense sub-tropical forest to Samdrupjongkhar. 

Visited:
Kanglung

Day 15: Assam Tea and Burmaputra River

The border is just a few minutes from the hotel. When you get to India, you'll drive through the tea garden in Assam. 

Stop at immigration for your visa formalities, then cross the Brahmaputra, the longest river in India (cameras at the ready!), before the airport.

Visited:
Kanglung

Paro Thimphu Tango Dochula Punakha Chendepji Trongsa Bhumtang Yotongla Tangmachu Lhuentse Radhi Kanglung

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $2,290 / 15 days
Excluding international flights
For 2 For 4 For 6
Price per person in High season $2,910 $2,740 $2,680
Price per person in Low season $2,700 $2,230 $2,170

Included in price:

  • Accommodations in 3* hotels
  • Meals (BLD)
  • Visa fees
  • English guide
  • Transportation
  • Fees for museums
  • Bottled water in the car

Not included in price:

  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Insurance

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