Bhutan tour with Bumthang Extension gives the full insight of the Bhutanese art & architecture, culture and traditions and discovers the hidden natural beauty of the country located high up in the Himalayas. The tour goes around visiting the important touristic landmarks and also witnessing the snow-capped mountains of the Dragon Kingdom. Explore the stunning and wide valley of Bumthang; Bumthang has four main valleys known as Ura, Chumey, Tang, and Choekhor. You get to experience the Bhutanese rural live-styles in Bumthang Valley and visit some of its great monasteries like Kurje Lakhang, Jambey Lakhang, and Tamshing Lakhang. In Paro, set out for the most popular hike to the Taktsang Monastery perched in a vertical cliff, also called the ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The tour covers other important cultural and religious monasteries and shrines like Punakha Dzong, Chime Lakhang, Paro Rinpung Dzong, plus several others. From beginning to end, the tour explores around many religious and cultural landmarks of Bhutan en-route passing over high mountain passes, deeply forested valleys, interesting villages and witnessing majestic mountain panorama plus discovering Bhutanese culture and traditions.
What to expect ?
Explore Paro exploding with colors and tradition and witness breathtaking bird’s eye view of the world’s greatest mountain series onboard flight in/out from Paro. Explore Bumthang- the religious heartland home to oldest monasteries & temples, visit stunning Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang & Tamshing Lhakhang in Bumthang and Jakar Dzong - “the castle of the white bird”.
Day 01: Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air) – Transfer to hotel.
Your 8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour starts with a Flight to Paro, Bhutan, on Druk Air, the national airline of Bhutan. If you get a seat on the left side of the plane and if weather permits, you may have spectacular views of the high peaks of the Himalayas. After visa formalities at the Paro airport (7,590?), you are met by our Bhutanese guide and transferred to your hotel in Paro to provide you some rest. Later, in the afternoon visit Bhutan’s national museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro Dzong. You will also visit Rinphung Dzong (a dzong is a fortress-monastery). Time permitting in the evening your guide will take you to a tiny Paro town for orientation with the place and people. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Hike to Taktsang, Drive to Thimphu and sightseeing
Continuing the 8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour, after breakfast, Hike to Taktsang monastery, and further drive to Thimphu, the least visited of all the Himalayan capitals ( 2 hours). In Thimphu, start sightseeing with a visit to a Nunnery on the outskirts of Thimphu. You will then visit the School of Arts and Crafts (or “painting school”), where Bhutanese children can follow an eight-year program in traditional arts, such as drawing, painting, woodcarving, and sculpture. This will be followed by a visit to Textile Museum, the Heritage Museum, Changgangkha Lhakhang (temple), national Library, Traditional Hospital and see how paper is made from the daphne plant with cosmos flower petals and other plants. At the end of the day, we may also pay a visit to the great Tashichho Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s administrative and religious center. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Thimphu-Punakha; Village Walks
In the morning you drive to Punakha, the old winter capital of Bhutan. En-route stop at Dochu LaPass, 10,000ft/3,048m to view the eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan’s highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m. The road then drops down through the varied ever-changing forest, finally emerging into the highly cultivated Punakha valley. In the afternoon you will make a short trek to visit the Crown Prince’s chorten and nearby villages. You return on a different route through the village to Sonagasa (the King’s winter residence) and through to Punakha Dzong, following the Mo chu river. You will meet the vehicle and visit huge impressive Punakha Dzong. Total drive of about 3 hours. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Punakha-Trongsa
Drive down the valley to the town of Wangdiphodrang. Here again, there is a very large fortress built in the shape of a sleeping bull. Our road gradually winds its way up towards the Pele La Pass at 11,152ft, where we make a stop for views of the snow-clad peaks, including that of Bhutan’s sacred peak Mt. Chomolhari. Possibly, your picnic lunch is planned at Chedebji Chorten (Stupa) patterned after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. It is a popular picnic lunch and pilgrimage for Bhutanese driving east-west road. In the afternoon, we arrive in the town of Trongsa after 6 hours of driving. Trongsa is a very popular place with the largest Dzong in Bhutan and certainly one of the most impressive ones. It was from here that the present royal family emerged as the most powerful force at the beginning of this century. You may love to wander around Trongsa Township. Total drive of about 6 & ½ hours. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Trongsa sightseeing and drive to Bumthang (Jakar)
On the fifth day of 8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour, in the morning you will visit the inner courtyard of historical Trongsa Dzong followed by a watchtower above the main Dzong. Watchtower (Ta-Dzong) has a fine temple at the top containing original Mongol Armour and a large prayer wheel outside. After lunch, you drive across the Yotong La 11,234’and descend eventually into the valley of Chumey, the first of four Bumthang valleys. Here we will visit the Palace used primary by the second King as his summer residence, and hike for about 15 minutes that brings us to the Prakar monastery, followed by a visit to Yathra Weaving centers (a Colourful wool weaving). Then we’ll drive onto the Jakar the center of Bumthang valleys. Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred in the kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. It is here that the kings were cremated and the present royal families trace their ancestry back to a famous saint called Pemalingpa, who was also a smith in Jakar Township. Total drive of about 2 & ½ hours. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Bumthang Valley – sightseeing and walks in Jakar
Enjoying the 8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour, after breakfast start the walk from the hotel to Jambay Lhakang (Lhakhang means temple) and continue to Kurjey Lhakang. After Kurjey, you will cross the suspension bridge over to Tamshing Lhakang. Continue walking to the Swiss farm and then on to the main town area. The vehicle will meet you at this point and drive you to visit other sights in and around Jakar; which may include homeopathic hospital, the cheese factory, the castle of the ‘White Bird’, perhaps one or two local temples and a walk around to visit woodcraft workshop, dying workshop, and the five water wheels behind Wangdicholing Old Palace. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Bumthang – Punakha
From the township of Jakar, you first climb out of the Bumthang valleys on the twisting mountain road towards the Yotong La (11,000ft/3,353m). Near the pass is an area of wild cane/bamboo that is a well-known habitat for Red Panda. The road then descends to Tongsa but instead of stopping here for the night you will drive on, past Chendebji Stupa, over the Pele La (11,000ft/3,353m) and start the descent until you reach your hotel located on the bank of the river. Total drive of about 7 hours. Overnight at hotel, Punakha.
Day 08: Punaka – Paro, en-route visit Fertility Temple
Relishing the 8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour, today you will drive past Wandgue town and Dzong along the east-west high way. On reaching a junction called Lobeysa, you will take a diversion and drive towards the valley of Punakha to visit a ‘temple of fertility’ or ‘Chimi Lhakhang’.Chimi Lhakhang was built by lama Drukpa Kunley in 1499. He subdued the demoness of the Dochu la with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom.’ A wooden effigy of the Lama’s thunderbolt is preserved in the Lhakhang, and childless women go to the temple to receive a wang (blessing) from the saint. It’s a 20-minute walk across the rice fields from the road at Sopsokha to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana. There are very few monks at the temple, which is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels and some very beautiful slate carvings. Walk back to meet your transport and continue to drive towards Thimphu along Dochu La pass where we make a short stop once again to view the Eastern Himalayas. Descend from the pass brings you the village of Hongtsho, a Tibetan settlement and then onto Thimphu. After lunch in Thimphu, drive in the evening to Paro. Total drive of about 5 hours. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Paro – Departure (by Druk Air).
An early breakfast served at your hotel and then drive a short distance to the Paro airport where your Bhutanese escort will bid you farewell at Paro airport as your 8 Nights 9 Days Bhutan Tour terminates today. Good-bye and happy journey back home.
- Drinking water
- All internal taxes and charges
- A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
- Monuments entrance fees where applicable
- Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- All land transportation by private vehicle
- A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
- Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
- Route Permit
- Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
- 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
- Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
- Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
- Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
- Airfare & Travel Insurance
Where to meet ?
We will provide you meeting location after reservation is confirmed.
During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature will be an asset.