This trip is the same as our 10-day Bhutan Explorer
but also visits
the city of Trongsa. Located in the middle of the country, between
high mountain passes, Trongsa is the ancestral home of the royal
family. The crown prince of the royal family becomes the Penlop,
governor, of Trongsa before being crowned king.
Arrive in Paro
then transfer to Thimphu, the capital.
, the nation’s capital,
and visit its temples, Dzong, monasteries, craft schools, and the
Drive through the mountains and villages to central
Bhutan and the city of Trongsa
. The Trongsa Dzong is one of
the most picturesque examples of Bhutanese architecture. From the
original temple, which was built in 1543, the dzong has been enlarged
over and over during the centuries.
Drive over the mountain passes to Bumthang
, the heartland of Bhutan.
Here are located some of the kingdom’s most precious and
ancient Buddhist sites. We spend the next three nights in the town
5th & 6th Days:
For the next two days explore the sights
of Bumthang—the Jamgay Lhakhang (temple), where in 746 A.D.
meditated in a cave and left
a print of his body; the Kurjey Lhakhang, built in 700 A.D., considered
to be one of the most sacred temples in Bhutan; the 17th century
Jakar Dzong (the Dzong of the White Bird); and some of the local
In the morning return to Trongsa, with time for
some local sightseeing in the afternoon.
Travel to Wangdue
, where we 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.
Travel to Punakha
, at one time Bhutan’s
capital city. Built in 1637, The Punakha Dzong, suffered many fires
and earthquakes over the years. Walking across the cable suspension
bridge over the Mo Chhu River, you enter the massive wooden gates
of the dzong to visit its courtyards, monastery, and chapels.
After breakfast we return along the mountain roads,
past fast-running rivers, rice-terraced valleys and small villages
to the town of Paro, located in a broad rice terraced valley beside
a willow-lined river. In the afternoon we visit 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 fire in 1951. As an alternative,
you may choose to spend the day 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.