12 Nights / 13 Days
Delhi - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Wangdiphodrang - Gangtey - Tongsa - Bhumthang - Mongar - Tashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar - Guwahati
Begin your Tour.
Arrive into Paro
Welcome to your "Bhutan Tour"
On arrival in Paro, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast, visit Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress
where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries
ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of
goddess" looms directly over the dzong. Along the way, see
the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples
built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. After lunch visit Ta
Dzong, originally built as watch tower, now houses
National Museum of the Kingdom. It boasts antique
thankhas, textile, weapons and armory, household objects
and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
Then walk down the train to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning
'fortress of the heap of jewels" which has a long and
fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the
courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall paintings.
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu, the capital town
passing via idyllic countryside, through villages and
paddy fields. Enroute visit the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest
fortress of the country now houses the School for Bhutan
Later, in the afternoon sight-seeing of Thimphu valley, visiting Taschihhodzong; the seat of the Government, Memorial Chorten, the Stupa built in the memory of Bhutan's third King and Handicrafts Emporium displaying rich traditional crafts of the Kingdom.
Morning, in Thimphu visit to National Library which has
fascinating collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts and
texts, the Painting School: famous for traditional
thankhas paintings and traditional Medicine Institute
where centuries old healing arts still practiced.
Then proceed to Punakha across Dochula pass (3050 M) which provides a superb view of the highest peaks of Bhutan, such as Gangkar, Puensum, table Mountain, Masakhang etc. On arrival check-in at the hotel. .
Later in the afternoon visit Punakha Dzong. Punakha until 1955, served as the capital town of Bhutan and still it is the winter seat of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Punakha Dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang, Namgyal in 17th century and situated at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers.
After breakfast drive to Wangdiphodrang, 17 km to visit
Dzong which is pierced on a spur at the confluence of the
Sunkosh and Tangmachu rivers. The dzong was built in 1638.
The position of the Dzong is remarkable as it completely
covers the south and east-west. Wangdi district is famous
for its bamboo work, slate and stone carving.
Later in the afternoon drive for 3 hours to arrive at one of the most beautiful open valleys in Bhutan - Gangtey. Gangtey is the winter heaven to the rare Black Necked Crane, migrating down from the Tibetan Plateau. On a hillock overlooking the small villages is the Gangtey Monastery. This is the only Nyingmapa temple in the country.
After an early breakfst ,proceed for a five hours drive
upwards to the Pele La Pass, crossing over the Black
Mountains which divide western and central Bhutan Pass
through rich rhododendron and Yak settlements. Cross the
Nikarchu bridge to enter the Tongsa regions in Central
Bhutan. A great white stupa built in Nepalese design from
18th century stands below the road.
The approach to Tongsa is through the winding roads which make journey quite time consuming. Lunch stop at Tongsa. Tongsa Dzong at an altitude of 2200 M is the most impressive of the Dzongs in Bhutan. Built in 1647 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is a mater piece in architecture.
In the morning visit the outer premises of Tongsa
After lunch, 2-3 hours drive to Jakar (Bhumthang) across the Yontola Pass at 3404 m.
Arrive Jakar (Bhumthang).
This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and
also the heartland of Buddhism. Here the great teachers
meditated and left in their walk many sacred grounds. The
Guru and his lineage of Tertons, teasure finders, have led
to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. Visit the
famous Kurjey, Jamby and Tamshing Lkhakhangs. Also the
Jakar Dzong, seat of the distt. administration.
The journey continues eastwards, winding through more
rugged terrain. The drive with spectacular views, will
take about 6 hours. Pass through Ura village before
climbing sharply to the highest motor road pass in the
Kingdom, the Thrushingla Pass - 12465 ft. Gradually
descend to Sengor watching cascading waterfalls along the
way. The descend stops on a bridge over the Kurichu before
climb begins again through pine forests, maize fields and
eastern hamlets to Mongar town. The Mongar Dzong, albeit
built not too long ago, still maintains the architectural
traditions of the old dzongs.
This morning, drive across Korila Pass (2298 m) to
Tashigang. Korila Pass is marked by a pretty chorten and a
stone wall. The drive from here takes down through
Nhatsang and Yadi villages. After Yadi a gorgeous view of
the 18 beds can be seen till arrival at Manas Chu, the
biggest river in Bhutan.
Morning excursion to Tashi Yangtse. Visit Chorten Kora and
Gom Kora, built in the 17th century by Minjur Tempa. It is
believed that Guru Padmasambhava meditated at the site of
the temple in the 8th century to subdue a demon who dwelt
in the rock. This little temple contains the statues of
Guru Padmasambhava and Avalokiteshvara.
After an early breakfast, drive in the south to the small
frontier town of Samdrup Jongkhar. Along the way see
Sherubuste, the only college in the country, the blind
school and the weaving centre in Khaling.
This morning after breakfast transfer to Guwahati airport
to catch the return flight you your onward destination
with sweet and unforgettable memories of your "Bhutan
Tour" excorted by Vardhman Vacations.
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