Bhutan Religious Tour

Bhutan Religious Tour

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Bringing you to the centre of the country, this trip provides you with a thoroughly enjoyable spiritual tour of the heartland of Bhutan.

Bringing you to the centre of the country, this trip provides you with a thoroughly enjoyable spiritual tour of the heartland of Bhutan. Starting off with a leasurly stop over in Paro and the opportunity of enjoying many a colorful cultural sites of town, the trip then proceeds to Thimphu (capital city),

Driving through some of the most spectacular scenery and traversing the black mountain range and crossing several high passes, this trip finally ends with a day in Paro and a visit to the infamous Tatsang monastery before finally boarding the Druk Air flight for your onward journey from Bhutan.

This trip can be planned to coincide with the Punakha Festival in February, the Paro Festival in April, the Thimphu Festival in September or the Bumtha Festival in November.

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  • Day 01: Arrive Paro:
    During the journey to Paro on Druk Air flight, one can experience a spectacular view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake. On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be received by one of the Makalu Adventure representatives who will then escort you to your hotel Afte lunch we will then discuss about tour programme with the tour guide. Time permetting we will also do some sightseeing of Paro in the late afternoon followed by welcome dinner in the evening. Overnight hotel in Paro.

  • Day 02: Paro – Sight Seeing
    In the morning, Visit Drugyal Dzong (a ruined forest), which is 16 kilometers away from Paro town. Though it is in ruin but this Dzong has its historical importance for Bhutan, where Bhutanese people finally defeated the Tibetan invasion and drop them back. In a clear day person can see Mt. Jhomolhari (Mountain of Goddess) - its altitude is 7,329m. Also visit the Kyichu Lhakhang (Lhakhang means temple) which was built in 659AD by the King Songtsen Gompo of Tibet, which is one of his 108, such monasteries over various places to spread Buddhism. It exists in between the Paro town and Drugyal Dzong. It is also one of the holiest places in the country, which marks as a Buddhist country. Then lunch in Paro Town.

    After visit National Museum which is used as a watch tower for Paro Rimpong Dzong (Fortress) and was converted in museum in 1968. Visit Paro Rimpong Dzong, built in 1646AD; you can see a traditional bridge of ancient style within some walk down the town. Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

  • Day 03: Paro - Excursion to Taktshan
    Drive abut 10 km from Paro town (Satsam Chorten) from there walk up to Taktsang Monastery ("tiger's Nest). The Monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff drop of nearly 4000 ft. and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padam Sambhaya is known as the second Buddha in Bhutan meditation on that spot where the Monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. Picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria takes about 4 Hr. Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

  • Day 04: Paro – Thimphu
    On the way visit the Simtokha Dzong, that is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 AD. It houses the monistic schools in the country. Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building, the part of the Government Ministries, office of King and the Throne Room. It also houses the Central Monastic Body and the living quarters of the chief abbot and the senior monks.

    Lunch in hotel Thimphu Afternoon: Visit Memorial Chorten (a great stupa) built in memory of the Third King of Bhutan who reined the Kingdom from 1952-1972 .Visit mini Zoo in which national animals were kept and drive to Sangeygang where you can have a spectacular view of Thimpu valley. Visit the wood craft and painting schools where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive through the structure of painting and curving also. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Also Visit the National library, where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu

  • Day 05: Thimphu - Wangdue Phodrang
    Drive about 3150m to Punakha through Dochula pass. On the way you can take photo at Dochula Pass which is 26km away from Thimphu valley. Take tea and snacks. Enjoy spectacular view of eastern Himalayan snow capped Mountains and also view of Gasa Dzong at a distance if the weather is clear.

    Journey continues through various scene of green all the way to Punakha which lies between two great rivers with wonderful view of Punkha Dzong. Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River). The Dzong serves as the winter residence for the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body and also the office of the district Administration. Lunch at hotel in Punakha. Afternoon: drive to Wangdue Phodrang. Over night: Hotel in Wangdue Phodrang.

  • Day 06: Wangdue Phodrang – Trongsa
    Drive to Trongsa (142km) the journey takes about 6 Hrs on the way stop at Pelela pass where you can see the spectacular view of Himalayan Mountain which is 3340m and that pass separates the western from the other regions of the country. Lunch in Chendebji. Overnight: Hotel in Trongsa.

  • Day 07: Trongsa – Bumthang
    Visit the Trong Dzon, largest in the country, which is the ancestral home of Bhutanese Royal family which was build by Chogyel minjur Tenpa, the third Desi, in 1648. Now Dzong is the office of the district Administration and central monastic body. Also visit the Ta Dzong (Watch Tower) and stroll through the small Trongsa town. Lunch in Trongsa. Then Drive to bumthang Valley across the Yutla Pass. The journey takes about 3 hrs and is one of the most beautiful journeys to Bhutan. Enjoy the hospitality in form house or in guest house in Bumthang.Over night: Guest house in Bumthan

  • Day 08: Bumthang - Sight Seeing
    Visit the beautiful valley of Bumthang. Drive through the picturesque valley of Bumthang and also Visit Jambay Lhakhang, Kurje Lhakhang, Lunch in Guest house. Afternoon, visit Jakar Dzong, buit by Minjur Tempa, the 3rd Desi ouse.(Desi means temporary ruler appointed by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal)then drive to Member (Tsho) the burning lake. Overnight: Hotel in Bumthang

  • Day 09: Bumthang – Phubjikha
    Drive about 5 hours (174km) to Phubjikha valley which is a beautiful valley situated at an altitude of 3000m, and was open its route very recently. In the winter season one can see the endangered species of bird (Black Naked Crane). Lunch in Trongsa. Overnight: Hotel in Phdrang.

  • Day 10: Phubjikha – Thimphu
    In the morning walk around the valley for photo then drive towards Thimphu. Lunch in Wangdue Phodrang. If time will sufficient you can visit few Handicragts in the town and also you can purchase gifts for your friends to back home. Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu.

  • Day 11: Thimphu – Paro
    In the morning drive to Tango Monastery, a day hike.Picnic lunch at foothill of Tango Monastery and afternoon drive to Paro. Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

  • Day 12: Paro – Paro International Airport for Departure: Early morning drive to Paro International Airport and your Bhutanese friends from Makalu Adventure will accompany to bid farewell as you embark on your onward journey
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