10 Days Central Bhutan Tour
10 Days Central Bhutan Tour. Central Bhutan includes districts like Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, and Bumthang. The Country is a Photographers paradise and client interested to take the picture can always take the opportunity to shoot the magnificient picture of people,arts and crafts and natural landscape of the Country. Whether it is majestic snowladen Mountain or a sparkling waterfall on the way towards Trongsa or a sunset, Bhutan is nature at its best- pristine, wonderful, and a rarity in the World.
- Trip Name: 10 Days Mountain Kingdom Tour.
- Max Altitude: 4200M
- Best Season: All year round
- Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel approved by TCB
- Transportation: Private Cars depending upon the Group size.
- Trip Type: Private.
- Route: 2N Paro | 2N Punakha | 1N Gangtey | 1N Trongsa | 2N Bumthang | 1N Paro
- 10 Days Mountain Kingdom Tour.
- Village walk in Phobjikha.
- Visit Largest & Historic Trongsa Dzong.
- Visit the Oldest Village in Bumthang.
- Enjoy 25 minutes of amazing flights from Bumthang to Paro.
- Visit the Old capital of Bhutan.
Outline Tour Itinerary
- Day 01: Arrival at Airport & Drive to Thimphu
- Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing
- Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha
- Day 04: Punakha to Gangtey
- Day 05: Gangtey to Trongsa
- Day 06: Trongsa to Bumthang
- Day 07: Bumthang Tour
- Day 08: Bumthang to Paro via Flight.
- Day 09: Tiger Nest Hike at Paro
- Day 10: Paro to Airport and See Off.
Day 01 Arrival at Paro Airport and Drive to Thimphu
Upon arrival at Paro Airport drive to Thimphu. Thimphu is about a 1-hour pleasant drive from the airport. After checking into Hotel relax for some time.
Our Guide will take you to visit the Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). We finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Overnight in Hotel
Day 02 Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast, visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). We finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Over night in Hotel.
Day 03 Thimphu to Punakha
After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. On the way, stop a while to view Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th century. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.
Lunch at Punakha. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male river) and Mo Chu (Female river). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping, the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 04 Punakha to Gangtey
After breakfast drive to the beautiful valley of Gangtey. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang includes: visit to Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Drive further to Gangtey. On arrival check in to Gangtey Gompa House. Visit Gangtey Gompa Monastery, from outside. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. Dinner and overnight at the Guest House.
Day 05 Gangtey to Trongsa
Trongsa Tour.We start early today. After breakfast drive to Trongsa via. Gangtey. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang, it includes: visit to ruins of Wangdiphodrang Dzong (from outside) built in 1638 which was recently destroyed by the fire now under construction. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of Buddhist religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Drive further to Gangtey. While in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Gompa. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. Packed lunch will be served at Gangtey. After Lunch, drive to Trongsa. Visit Trongsa Dzong, the most impressive dzong in Bhutan, built in its present form in 1644 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, the official who was sent by Shabdrung to unify eastern Bhutan and enlarged at the end of the 17th century by Desi Tenzin Rabgay. Trongsa Dzong is the ancestral home of the present Royal Family and first two hereditary kings ruled Bhutan from this Dzong. Then Visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower. The chapel inside the Ta Dzong is said to be dedicated to the Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal. Over night in Hotel.
Day 06 Trongsa to Bumthang
Bumthang tour.After breakfast, drive to Bumthang. Lunch at Bumthang. After lunch, visit Jakar Dzong, which literally means “The Castle of White Bird”. The current structure was built in 1667 and is said to be the largest Dzong in Bhutan and then visit Lamey Goemba, a large palace and monastery built in 18th century by Dasho Phuntsho Wangdi. Visit Jambay Lhakhang said to have been built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659 on the same day as Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. The temple was visited by Guru Rimpoche during his visit to Bumthang and was renovated by Sindhu Raja after Guru Rimpoche restored his life force. Under the temple is said to be a lake in which Guru Rimpoche hid several Terma. In October one of the most spectacular festival, “Jambay Lhakhang Drup” is staged here. Over night in Hotel.
Day 07 Bumthang Tour and Ura Valley Excursion
Bumthang to Ura Valley Excursion. Ura is a town in Ura Gewog in Bumthang District in northeastern Bhutan. Matsutake Festival. The town is famous for the Matsutake Festival that takes place every year.
Day 08 Bumthang to Haa via Paro
The flight takes about 25 minutes from Batpalathang to Paro airport. Our team will be waiting outside the airport and drive you to Haa and on the way visit Chelela Pass the highest road point in Bhutan. Overnight at Ugyen Farm House.
Day 09 Paro Tiger Nest Temple
Hike the popular Tiger Nest Temple.
After breakfast, a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, the trail climbs through a beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.
After lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”), the center of civil and religious authority in this valley, built-in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 10 Airport and See Off
Your 10 Days Central Bhutan Tour ends here. Our team from Tour Bhutan will be waiting for you to drop you at the airport. Please make sure that you check your documents before leaving the hotel rooms. Trashi Delek.
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Hotels, Resorts & Farm House Used for the Tour
Hotel in Paro
Rema Resort in Paro is 3-star Hotel with modern amenities. located on a hilltop Overlooking the stunningly picturesque valley of Paro offers an ideal space for any visitors looking for a quiet and peaceful.
Hotel in Thimphu
Jumolhari Boutique Hotel in Thimphu is centrally located in the heart of the city on the Chang Lam at Clock Tower Square. The hotel is situated close to the shopping center and mojo park.
Hotel in Punakha
Hotel Vara in Punakha. Hotel Vara is majestically nestled in the valley of Lobesa overlooking the blossoming and verdant valley with panoramic elongate between Punakha and Wangdue.
Hotel in Gangtey
Dewachen Hotel in Gangtey, Encircled by pine forests in the hidden valley of Phobjikha – Gantey Gompa, home to the very rare Black Necked Cranes, the Dewachen Hotel features sixteen rooms
Hotel in Trongsa
Yangkhil Resort in Trongsa. This hotel is in a fantastic location and has stunning views of the valley. Lovely hotel and staff, you can see the Trongsa Dzong from most of the hotel rooms.
Hotel in Bumthang
Swiss Guest House in Bumthang. One of the oldest and longest-serving classic Bhutanese lodges in Bumthang, Swiss Guest House continues to serve its long-honored traditions of hospitality.