This trip is the same as our 7-day
, but in addition, we visit the beautiful
valley of Bumthang, the religious heartland of Bhutan, where
we can visit some of the kingdom’s most ancient Buddhist
temples and monasteries.
Arrive in Paro
then transfer to Thimphu, the capital.
, the nation’s capital,
and visit its temples, Dzong, monasteries, craft schools, and the
After breakfast travel along the winding mountain
road to Punakah
and visit the beautiful Punakha
Dzong built at the confluence of two rivers. Then on to Wangdue Phodrang
to visit the Wangdue Phodrang
Dzong. Founded in 1638, this massive fort, monastery and government
administrative center sits on a high ridge which commands the valleys
and river below. Spend the night in Punakha.
Drive through the mountains and villages to central
Bhutan and the district of Bumthang
. Here are located some of
the kingdom’s most precious and ancient Buddhist sites. Spend
the next two nights in Bumthang.
Explore the sights of Bumthang—the Jamgay
Lhakhang (temple), where in 746 A.D. Guru Rimpoche
meditated in a cave and left
a print of his body; the Kurjey Lhakhang, built in 700 A.D. and
considered to be one of the most sacred temples in Bhutan; the
17th century Jakar
Dzong (the Dzong of the White Bird),
overlooking the Chhokor valley; and some of the local cottage industries.
Return to Wangdue to spend the night and more sightseeing in the evening.
Return along the mountain roads, past clear fast-running
rivers, terraced valleys and small villages to the town of Paro,
located in a broad rice-terraced valley beside a willow lined river.
Spend the day visiting the many sights of Paro—The
National Museum, The Rinpung Dzong, and the ruins of the Drugyel
Dzong, built in 1649 to control the road to Tibet, it was destroyed
by a butter lamp fire in 1951.
This day will be spent hiking up to the Paro Taksang Monastery (also
known as the "Tiger's Nest") where according to legend,
Guru Rimpoche flew from Tibet on the back of a tiger.
Depart from Paro airport.
These trips are fully guided by an experienced,
professional English-speaking Bhutanese guide. They include all
meals, lodging, admissions, and transportation within Bhutan.
Price per person:
Minimum Number of Persons
| February–May, August–November:
||Three or more
Prices subject to change without notice.