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Central Bhutan Tour

Central Bhutan Tour
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11 day(s)
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Great climates

Central Bhutan Tour

Day 1: KTM/PBH - Paro
On arrival you will be met by a representative of All Bhutan Connection outside the terminal after you have cleared immigration and customs.A spectacular descent through mountainous valleys brings you into the Kingdom of Bhutan. The beautiful airport is your first glimpse of what’s ahead.  On arrival, after clearing customs and immigration exit the terminal, where you are met by your English speaking guide and driver. Settle into your hotel and then after some morning tea you will commence the day’s sightseeing which will include The National Museum housed in a 12th century watchtower and the Kyichu Lhakang and a local nunnery.
Overnight Hotel – Dinner at a local restaurant

Day 2: Paro - Paro
Make an early start to hike to Takstang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) located spectacularly 800m above the valley floor. Stop at the tea house half way before attempting the second and more strenuous part of the hike. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche flew to this mountain on the back of a Tigress bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. Monastery permits will be obtained if possible to allow you to enter the temple where Guru Rimpoche meditated for several years. Return to the teahouse for lunch before returning to “earth”.Visit the Drukygel Dzong which affords a marvelous view of Mt Jomolhari from its ruined ramparts. Local archery may be in progress. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

Overnight Hotel – Dinner at the lodge

Day 3: Paro - Thimphu
Depart this morning for Thimphu, a lovely drive of about 1 hours along the valley floor.  Immaculately tended rice terraces and traditional Bhutanese homes with their colourful woodwork and whitewashed walls decorated with Buddhist motifs cling to the hillsides. Depending on the season, Chillies may be drying on the rooftops or in the fields. Check into your hotel on arrival.  After lunch at the hotel or a local restaurant, the remainder of the day is dedicated to the city sights including the National Heritage Museum, the Textile Museum and the Memorial Chorten to Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third King of Bhutan.

Overnight Hotel - Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4: Thimphu - Thimphu
After breakfast, visit the Sangaygang viewpoint for a wonderful view over the entire valley. Visit the Botanical gardens if you wish and quick visit to a small park where you may see the rather odd looking are rare Takin. In the afternoon a hike to either the Tangbo Monastery or to the Phajodring Monastery (time permitting). The Tango hike is short (but steep) and offers fantastic views over snow covered peaks and the valley below from the Monastery.

Overnight Hotel - Dinner at a local restaurant

Day 5: Thimphu - Punakha
Drive from Thimphu to Punakha via the Docchu-la pass. This journey will take 3 - 4 hours. The scenery is quite different, heavily forested, winding mountain roads climbing to 3,300 metres. On a clear day you can see the whole Himalayan range from the teahouse and the 108 memorial chortens that mark the top of the pass. After a brief stop continue to the Punakha valley and one of the most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan, the winter seat of the monk body from Paro. Check into our guesthouse hotel with commanding views over the valley and after lunch drive up the valley for our afternoon hike to the Khamsum Chorten, built in honour of the present King by his mother. The view at from the top is well worth the climb as is the beautiful artwork within the temple.

Overnight Hotel – Dinner at the Hotel

Day 6: Punakha – Wangdue  - Gantey
Visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong spanning the Mo Chu and Po Chu rivers, which dissect this beautiful valley. This is one of the finest examples of Dzong architecture in the country and you may wander at your leisure through its many courtyards. Thence to Wandgue, crossing the river dominated by the Wandgue Phrodang Dzong and after a brief stop for refreshments at a local teashop continue over the black mountains to the Probjikha valley. The scenery changes dramatically from verdant forest to dwarf bamboo before entering the Probjikha Valley and descending to about 3,000 metres. The Gaikaling Bhutanese Guesthouse has a commanding view over the Valley below and the Monastery above. Time allowing you can take a walk around the valley with your guide, or visit the Crane Observation Centre.  The rare black crane migrates from Yunan in China in October. To protect the cranes’ environment the valley is solar heated and there are no telephone wires. Afternoon witness Black neck crane festival and mixed with the local people and interact.

Overnight:  Gaikaling Bhutanese guest house – Dinner at the lodge

Day 7: Gantey – Trongsa - Bumthang
Depart for Bumthang via Trongsa . The magnificent Dzong marks the border between East and West Bhutan.  The magnificent golden roofed Dzong appears to be tantalisingly close, but it takes a further 21 kilometres to reach after the first glimpse. Afternoon  visiting the Dzong and watchtower, continue to the Bumthang Valley in the heart of Bhutan where rice paddies give way to fields of maize and orchards.  Overnight at lodge – Dinner at the lodge

Day 8: Bumthang – Bumthang
Morning sightseeing in Bumthang, visiting like Jamphel Lhakhang, Kurjee Monastery, Tamshing lhakhang. Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon drive to visit Member Tscho and swiss farm house and visiting Jakar Dzong, visit Namkhenimpo lhakhang and walk in small chamkhar town

Overnight: Rinchenling Lodge. Dinner at the lodge

Day 9: Bumthang - Wangdue
Today retrace your steps, out of the Bumthang Valley and back over the black mountains. You’ll be surprised how different the scenery looks going in the direction.
Our destination is Wangdue and your hotel overlooks the Dzong.

Overnight Hotel – Dinner at the hotel

Day 10: Wangdue – Thimphu -  Paro
Make an early start for Thimphu where you will have lunch and a chance to make any purchases before continuing on to Paro. You may wish to visit the weekend markets where you may engage in some gentle bargaining or the visit the Government sponsored Handicrafts Centre to make last minute purchases. Later in the afternoon continue on to Paro for your last night in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Overnight Hotel – Dinner at the hotel

Day 11: Paro – Haa back Paro
A half day excursion to the beautiful Haa Valley will be arranged for today. If you would like to make an alternative arrangement then you can discuss this with your guide.

Overnight Hotel – Dinner at the hotel

Day 11: Paro – Depart

We will have early breakfast in the hotel and drive to the airport for flight onward destination.

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