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The Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan offers unique experiences at every turn of your journey. This tailor-made tour is specifically designed for those holidaymakers looking for once in a lifetime experience of long stay holiday to Bhutan. The 2-week long journey enters from the east overland and exits by Paro International Airport covering Samdrupjongkhar, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Mongar, Lhuentse, Bu...

The Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan offers unique experiences at every turn of your journey. This tailor-made tour is specifically designed for those holidaymakers looking for once in a lifetime experience of long stay holiday to Bhutan. The 2-week long journey enters from the east overland and exits by Paro International Airport covering Samdrupjongkhar, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Mongar, Lhuentse, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang, Punakha, Thimphu and Paro. You’ll experience everything Bhutan has to offer – the splendid and famous sights of the Buddhist Kingdom, majestic mountain views, untouched wilderness, stunning flora and fauna, interesting villages and meeting the most friendly, hospitable and welcoming Bhutanese people!  Better get to packin' !

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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: Arrival to Samdrup Jongkhar via Guwahati, India

• On arrival in Guwahati our local representative will pick you up and transfer to Samdrup Jongkhar (110-km) through the flat plains and famous Assam tea garden, crossing the mighty Brahmaputra River.

• The rest of the day is free to explore this fantastic town and all of the fun attractions, sightseeing and shopping. 

• Tonight enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with BGT. 

• Accommodation in Samdrup Jongkhar.

Visited:
Guwahati

Day 2: Travel to Trashigang

• After breakfast, travel to Trashigang. Admire the diverse flora and fauna along the highway and often see Langur monkeys, kingfishers, eagles and other birds by the roadside.

• Afterwards, you’ll encounter a stretch of road called Melong Bra, where the highway is cut through sheer cliffs after crossing Narphung. You may like to stop at Narphung to see some local products including the famous homemade butter tea

• Lunchtime is at Wamrong. 

• Continue to Khaling via Kharungla Pass. We will visit the National Handloom Development Centre at Khaling supported by the National Women’s Association of Bhutan, where you will witness the traditional style of weaving in the eastern region of Bhutan.

• Continuing down the road will reach you to Trashigang, which is the largest and most populated district in Bhutan. If you’re lucky, you may encounter the nomadic people from Merak and Sakteng, who come to Trashigang on shopping trips periodically.

• Accommodation in Trashigang.

Visited:
Samdrup Jongkhar, Tashigang

Day 3: Countryside Excursion to Bartsham–Bidung–Radhi Villages

• An unforgettable day of countryside sightseeing is in store for you traversing through the breathtaking Bartsham village first. Enjoy walking through the idyllic villages of pure air surrounded by the forested hills. Stop along the way to observe a local farm work where you learn about the farmer’s way of life.

• Discover the Chador Lhakhang Monastery, built in the 12th century.  The monastery runs a Buddhist College (Shedra) offering 12-year courses in liturgical studies, rigney (grammar), Buddhist philosophy, astrology, rituals, other Buddhist practices plus 3 years of retreat.

• Later travel to Radhi via Bidung village for about one and a half hours. The journey passes through several villages and you will have the opportunity to meet the locals.

• Visit the renowned Rangjung Woesel Choeling Monastery, located on a small hillock overlooking Rangjung town.

•If time permets, explore the exciting countryside tour towards Radhi village, which is known as the “Rice Bowl of the East” and famous for the raw silk textiles.  

• Accommodation in Trashigang

Visited:
Bartsham , Radhi

Day 4: Little temple of Gomkora Lhakhang

• Leaving Trashigang after breakfast, you’ll head to Trashiyangtse. On the way you visit the little temple of Gomkora Lhakhang, a sacred meditation site of Guru Rinpoche.

• Continue your journey to Trashiyangtse where you visit the old dzong.

• Next, discover the new Trashiyangtse Dzong (the current administrative centre) and the College of Rigney in Trashiyangtse where students learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

• In the evening, enjoy some leisure time exploring a picturesque Trashiyangtse town.

• Accommodation in Trashiyangtse.

Visited:
Tashigang, Trashi Yangste

Day 5: Visit the Mongar Dzong

• This morning you will return from Trashiyangtse and head to Mongar. This is the place of origin of the famous Drametse Nga Chham, a masked dance with drums. The dance is ubiquitous feature of many festivals and is included to the UNESCO list of oral and intangible heritage.

• Stop at places to view scenery, observe local people, villages, and farm for photography. 

•  Accommodation in Mongar.

Visited:
Trashi Yangtse, Mongar

Day 6: Guru Padma Sambhava statue

• Leave Mongar behind and drive to Lhuentse. Further heading into Khoma village we explore the countryside of Khoma, famous for intricate patterns and expensive hand woven Bhutanese textile called ‘kishuthara’ (silk textile kira) worn by ladies in Bhutan during special occasions. 

• Later, we visit the temple Lhuentse Dzong. Monks residing in the dzong are friendly and welcoming to tourists.

• We drive back to Phayul Resort at Autsho for overnight by the riverside with a delightful garden, offering a relaxed vibe and fine rural atmosphere.

• Accommodation in Phayul Resort

Visited:
Mongar, Lhuentse

Day 7: Cross the Kurichhu River

• After early breakfast, drive to Bumthang. Along the highway admire the diverse flora and fauna, which is also the hotspot for birding in the Yonkola area.

• Continuing on, you’ll come across Namling where you can view a breathtaking landscape of the cascading waterfalls followed by a small village called Sengor, a tiny settlement of shingle roofs and lush fields in the remote outpost in eastern Bhutan.

• Stop off at the Ura valley where you’ll see spectacular views of countryside, forests and large sheep pastures. Ura village has characteristically close-clustered houses which are quite unique in Bhutan. 

• Accommodation in Bumthang.

Visited:
Lhuentse, Bhumtang

Day 8: Beautiful valleys of Bhutan

• Today enjoy a sightseeing tour in one of the most beautiful and rich spiritual valleys of Bhutan. From the hotel you can walk to Jambay Lakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet (it is full of history and mystery).

• Next, take a walk for about 30 minutes to Kurjey Lakhang (the important seat of religious activities in Bumthang).

• Later we visit the Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery, perched on the hill just above the town of Bumthang. Here the monks are busy with their prayers, chantings and the drums in the backdrop.

• We’ll have delicious Bhutanese feast at Aum Sherab Dema Farmhouse for dinner. 

• Afterwards you can try your hand at archery and relax in stone bath.
• Accommodation in Bumthang.

Visited:
Bhumtang

Day 9: Visit to the Yathra Weaving Centre at Chumey village

• Today our journey takes us to Trongsa. You’ll be awestruck by the majestic architectural masterpiece of Trongsa Dzong with a distinctive yellow roof.

• After visiting the Dzong, we'll drive to Kinga Rabten, the old winter palace of the second King Jigme Wangchuk. The journey passes through open countryside high above river gorge and come across the farming fields & villages.

• The evening is at leisure to relax and enjoy, we have allowed some time for this and also to explore the idyllic Trongsa town and its surroundings.

• Accommodation in Trongsa.

Visited:
Bhumtang, Trongsa

Day 10: Discover the Chimi Lhakhang

• Today we head to Punakha via Wangdue Phodrang and Punakha. The journey passes through the awe-inspiring mountains and lush vegetation along the highway and will photo stops during the journey.

• Continue to Wangdue Phodrang. En route you will see the fortress-like Wangdue Phodrang Dzong.

• The evening is at leisure to relax – so why not take a walk to the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan built over the Phochhu River?

• Accomodation in Punakha.

Visited:
Trongsa, Punakha

Day 11: Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten

• Begin the day with a short hike to the fascinating temple Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. It is majestically located on a ridge with stunning views of the countryside.

• A 30-minute drive from the Punakha Dzong takes us to the base of the hill and then cross a suspension bridge and walk through rice fields before climbing a moderately inclined trail surrounded by pine trees for about 1 hour from the car park.

• The afternoon and evening is at leisure to relax in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Why not stroll in the great atmospheric Thimphu town? 

• Accommodation in Thimphu.

Visited:
PunakhaThimphu

Day 12: Hike Cheri Monastery

• Let leave the city life for a while to somthing more calm. Among sacred sites, we will hike to Cheri Monastery that passes through the green forest for about 40-minutes. 

•Cheri Monastery is home to many sacred relics and also a meditation center, located north of Thimphu. Here, you will also have the opportunity to interact with Buddhist monks including retreat, meditations, mindfulness movement experiences, teachings, dialogue, transmissions, and a religious ceremony.

• Another must see place to tick off on your list, Kuenselphodrang, the largest Buddha Dordenma statue in the world, on a hill offering a panoramic view of the Thimphu valley.

• Afterwards, relax or explore the Centenary Farmers Market on the banks of the Wangchhu River selling farm produces, local arts and crafts, etc. 

• Accomodation in Thimphu.

Visited:
Thimphu

Day 13: Tiger’s Nest Monastery

• This morning you’ll take a short hike to the beautiful Paro Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest).

• Afterwards, why not relax rest of the day with a hot stone bath in a farmhouse in Paro? 

• Accommodation in Paro.

Visited:
Paro

Day 14: Depart Paro

• Today your trip ends. Your guide will transfer you to the airport

We hope you liked your stay! Tashi Delek!

Visited:
Paro

Guwahati Samdrup Jongkhar Tashigang Bartsham Radhi Trashi Yangste Trashi Yangtse Mongar Lhuentse Bhumtang Trongsa Punakha Thimphu Paro

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.

For 2 Adults
Season Price Per Adult
Prices Starting From
January 2020 to February 2020 $2,850
March 2020 to May 2020 $3,550
June 2020 to August 2020 $2,850
September 2020 to November 2020 $3,550
December 2020 to December 2020 $2,850

Included in price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 local agency support

Not included in price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance

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