Embark on an unforgettable journey through the enchanting landscapes of Eastern part of Bhutan with our meticulously crafted Eastern Bhutan Tour Packages. Spanning 15 days, this offbeat adventure takes you deep into the heart of Bhutan's unexplored eastern region, including Trashigang, Trongsa, Bumthang, and Mongar. Immerse yourself in the authentic Bhutanese culture, surrounded by lush valleys, ancient monasteries, and warm hospitality.
Our Offbeat Eastern Bhutan Tour with Trashigang Trongsa Bumthang Mongar offer a unique experience, allowing you to discover the hidden gems of Trashigang, explore the historical wonders of Trongsa, bask in the spiritual aura of Bumthang, and soak in the natural beauty of Mongar. With our 15N 16D Eastern Bhutan Package Tour, you'll have the opportunity to delve deep into the rich traditions and pristine landscapes of East Bhutan. Don't miss this chance to embark on a 15N 16D Complete Bhutan Package Tour that will leave you with lasting memories. Book your Eastern Bhutan adventure today!
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Destinations Covered in 15 Nights 16 Days Complete Bhutan Tour Packages : Thimphu 3N | Punakha 1N | Trongsa 1N | Bhumthung 2N | Mongar 1N | Trashigang 2N | Pobhjikha 1N | Wangdue 1N | Paro 3N
Pickup & Drop : Paro International Airport [PBH]
|Thimphu||2,334 m||27.4712° N, 89.6339° E|
|Paro||2,200 m||27.4287° N, 89.4164° E|
|Tigers Nest Monastery||3,120 m||27.2930° N, 89.2148° E|
|Chele La Pass||3,988 m||27.3698° N, 89.3466° E|
|Haa Valley||2,670 m||27.3333° N, 89.1833° E|
|Punakha||1,274 m||27.5921° N, 89.8797° E|
|Gasa||2,850 m||27.8983° N, 89.7310° E|
|Trongsa||2,200 m||27.5002° N, 90.5081° E|
|Bumthang||2,800 m||27.6418° N, 90.6773° E|
|Wangdue||1,273 m||27.4879° N, 89.8996° E|
|Phobjikha Valley||3,000 m||27.4594° N, 90.1802° E|
|Dochula Pass||3,100 m||27.2924° N, 89.4501° E|
|Dagana||1,464 m||27.0970° N, 89.8739° E|
Welcome to the captivating Eastern Bhutan Tour, where the mystique of Bhutan unfolds over 15 unforgettable days. Our meticulously designed Eastern Bhutan Tour Packages offer a deep dive into the unexplored gems of this Himalayan kingdom.
Eastern Bhutan enjoys a favourable climate year-round, making it a destination worth visiting anytime. Let's delve into the seasonal wonders:
Spring (March to May): During spring, Eastern Bhutan is adorned with a riot of colours as nature awakens. Fruit trees blossom, valleys turn lush green, and the landscape becomes a masterpiece. The Paro Tsechu festival, celebrated with fervour, offers a chance to witness the vibrant Bhutanese culture.
Monsoon (June to August): In the monsoon, Bhutan showcases its lush side. With abundant rainfall, paddy fields thrive, and forests turn a vibrant green. This season provides an opportunity to explore Bhutan's cultural heritage through festivals like Nimalung Tshechu and Haa Summer Festival.
Autumn (September to November): As autumn arrives, Eastern Bhutan dons a clear and crisp blue sky. This is the prime time for travelers and trekkers, as the climate is cool and inviting. The landscape offers stunning views of unclimbed mountains, serene parks, and ancient dzongs. Don't miss the Thimphu Tshechu festival and other cultural celebrations during this season.
Embark on your offbeat Eastern Bhutan Tour, where adventure meets culture, and nature meets heritage. Our Eastern Bhutan Tour Packages for 15 Days promise an immersive experience in this enchanting region. Discover Eastern Bhutan's hidden treasures and create lasting memories on this extraordinary journey.
|Paro Tsechu||Paro||March 2 - 6||Marks Guru Rinpoche's birth with Thongdrel unveiling and masked dances.|
|Thimphu Tsechu||Thimphu||Sep 24 - 26||One of Bhutan's largest festivals celebrating Guru Rinpoche.|
|Punakha Drubchen||Punakha||February 24 - 26||Reenacts historical events with rituals and dances.|
|Punakha Tsechu||Punakha||Mar 01 - 03||Reenacts historical events with rituals and dances.|
|Wangdue Phodrang Tsechu||Wangdue Phodrang||October 7 - 9||Showcases colorful mask dances and Bhutanese culture.|
|Jakar Tsechu||Bumthang||October 22 - 24||Features traditional Cham dances and religious ceremonies.|
|Haa Summer Festival||Haa||July 8 - 9||Highlights Haa Valley's culture with sports, music, and cuisine.|
|Jambay Lhakhang Drup||Bumthang||October 28 - 1st Nov||Known for fire dance and purification rituals.|
|Black-Necked Crane Festival||Phobjikha||November 11||Focuses on protecting endangered cranes in Phobjikha Valley.|
|Trashigang Tsechu||Trashigang||Dec 1 - 3||Celebrates with mask dances and cultural exhibitions.|
Booking in Advance: Regardless of the season you choose, it's advisable to book your Complete Bhutan Tour well in advance. Bhutan has a sustainable tourism policy that involves a daily tariff per person [SDF], and you must go through authorized tour operators like NatureWings.
In summary, the best time to book a Offbeat Eastern Bhutan Tour Packages with Trashigang Trongsa Bumthang Mongar depends on your preferences for weather, activities, and cultural experiences. Whether you opt for the vibrant colours of spring, the clear skies of autumn, or the serenity of winter, Bhutan offers something special year-round. Planning ahead ensures you have a memorable and hassle-free visit to the Land of the Thunder Dragon.
|JANUARY||12.4 / -2.5°C||9.5 / -5.8°C||17 / 4.3°C|
|FEBRUARY||14.5 / 0.7°C||13 / 1.6°C||19 / 7.9°C|
|MARCH||16.7 / 3.9°C||14.5 / 0.6°C||22.8 / 10.4°C|
|APRIL||20 / 7.2°C||17.5 / 4.6°C||26.2 / 12.9|
|MAY||22.6 / 13.2°C||23.5 / 10.6°C||29.1 / 17.7°C|
|JUNE||24.5 / 15.3°C||25.4 / 14.2°C||29.2 / 20.1°C|
|JULY||25.8 / 15.5°C||26.8 / 14.9°C||30.4 / 20.6°C|
|AUGUST||25 / 15.7°C||25.3 / 14.7°C||29.1 / 20°C|
|SEPTEMBER||23.2 / 15°C||23.4 / 11.8°C||27.5 / 19.1°C|
|OCTOBER||21.8 / 10.5°C||18.7 / 7.4°C||26.1 / 14.3°C|
|NOVEMBER||17.8 / 5°C||13.8 / 1.4°C||22.6 / 9.6°C|
|DECEMBER||14.4 / -1.3°C||11.2 / -1.5°C||19.1 / 6.2°C|
|THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING PLACES AND THE ENTRY FEES (IN NGULTRUM)|
|Tashichhoe Dzong (Fort)||Thimphu||NU 500||Mon-Fri from 5pm & Sat-Sun from 9am to 6pm|
|Buddha Dordenma Statue||Thimphu||No Entry Fee||Time-9am to 5pm|
|Thimphu Memorial Chorten||Thimphu||NU 500||Anytime|
|Changangkha Lhakhang (Temple)||Thimphu||NU 500||Anytime between 8am to 5pm|
|Takin Preservation Centre||Thimphu||NU 300||9am to 5pm|
|Simtokha Dzong (Fort)||Thimphu||No Entry Fee||9am to 5pm|
|National Library||Thimphu||No Entry Fee||9am to 5pm on Mon to Fri|
|The Royal Textile Museum||Thimphu||NU 250||Mon to Sat from 9am to 4pm|
|National Institute for Zorig Chusum (Painting School)||Thimphu||NU 100||Mon to Fri 10am to 3:30pm|
|Folk Heritage Museum||Thimphu||NU 50||Open from 9am to 4pm on Mon to Sun|
|PUNAKHA SIGHTSEEING PLACES & ENTRY FEES|
|Punakha Dzong (Fort)||Punakha||NU 500||11am to 1pm & 3pm to 5pm (Nov to May) and other time anytime bwtn 9am to 5pm|
|Chimmi Lhakhang (Temple)||Punakha||NU 500||9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm|
|PARO SIGHTSEEING PLACES & ENTRY FEES|
|Kyichu Lhakhang (temple)||Paro||NU 500||9am to 12pm & 1pm to 4pm|
|Rinpung Dzong (Fort)||Paro||No Entry Fee||9am to 5pm (Summer) & 9am to 4pm (Winter)|
|Dobji Dzong||Paro||No Entry Fee||9am to 5pm|
|National Museum of Bhutan||Paro||NU 300||Opens from 9am to 4pm throughout the week except on govt & local holidays|
|Taktshang (Tiger Nest Monastery)||Paro||NU 1000||9am to 5pm|
|TRONGSA SIGHTSEEING PLACES & ENTRY FEES|
|Trongsa Dzong||Trongsa||No Entry Fee||9am to 5pm (Summer ) & 9am to 4pm (Winter)|
|Trongsa Ta Dzong (Watch tower)||Trongsa||No Entry Fee||9am to 5pm (Summer ) & 9am to 4pm (Winter)|
|BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING PLACES & ENTRY FEES|
|Jampa Lhakhang||Trongsa||No Entry Fee||9am to 5pm (Summer ) & 9am to 4pm (Winter)|
|Kurjey Lhakhang||Trongsa||No Entry Fee||9am to 5pm (Summer ) & 9am to 4pm (Winter)|
|Jakar Dzong||Trongsa||No Entry Fee||9am to 5pm (Summer ) & 9am to 4pm (Winter)|
|PHUENTSHOLING SIGHTSEEING PLACES & ENTRY FEES|
|Rinchending Goenpa (temple)||Trongsa||No Entry Fee||9am to 5pm|
|Palden Tashi Choling Shedra||Trongsa||No Entry Fee||9am to 5pm|
|NOTE : 50% monument fees exemption on entry fees for children of 6 years to 18 years and no fee for children of 5 years and below.|
Welcome for your most awaited East Bhutan Tour. As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down and you will see the Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking Paro Chu (river) with Ta Dzong. You will be received by our representative at the airport and on the way to Thimphu, halt at Chojum to take photographs of confluence of two rivers of Bhutan, Thumpu Chu and Paro Chu. Reach Thimphu, hotel check-in and get refresh. Rest of the day is free for leisure. You can explore various Pubs and Nightclubs in Thimphu. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
|Mojo Park||Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan||5 PM - 12 AM|
|Space 34||Chang Lam, Main Town, Thimphu||9 PM - 1 AM|
|Om Bar||Thimphu, Bhutan||5 PM - 1 AM|
|Vivacity||Sheten Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan||7 PM - 12 AM|
|Club Ace||Thimphu, Bhutan||9 PM - 1 AM|
|Barz Brothers||Thimphu, Bhutan||Open 24 hours|
|Benez Bar||Jangchhub Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan||10 AM - 11 PM|
Today it is the second day of your Eastern Bhutan Tour Packages. Say good morning in Thimphu while Sun shower the valley with its gentle warmth of love, start your day with a cup of hot Suja - Butter Tea. It is a special drink that is consumed all over Bhutan with pride. It is made of one tablespoon of tea leaves, one block of butter, salt to taste, and one table spoon of milk powder. Obviously it is a refreshing drink. Enjoy your tea, get fresh up and then jump to the breakfast table. After having sumptuous breakfast, dress up and get ready to explore some of the great attractions of Thimphu - The Capital City of Bhutan.
The National Memorial Chorten - Also known as Thimphu Chorten is a site for evening prayer. The chorten was build in the third King memory, and it was continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. The idea to construct this landmark was proposed by Bhutan third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (the father of modern Bhutan), who has wished to erect a monument to the World for peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after Majesty's untimely death, it served as a memorial to the late King and a monument of peace.
The Clock Tower - Located at the centre of the Thimphu Town, the Clock Tower Square is an architectural wonder one can behold during Bhutan package tour. This tower differs from every other construction or building in Bhutan. It is basically a tower with four clock faces in four directions. The tower depicts of Bhutanese architecture pattern which is basically painted or engraved on wood. The tower is decorated with many intricately carved floral patterns, paintings, and replica of dragons. The dragons on the tower are facing each clock in the tower, which is interesting to look at. The dragon is a holy animal in Bhutanese culture, and it stands for the country's independence.
As this place is a prime attraction among locals and travelers in Bhutan, most people come here in the evening to see and enjoy the exquisite carvings and paintings. This tower is one of the busiest locations in town because there are numerous restaurants, gift shops, and hotels nearby. The square is in close proximity to a number of trade fairs, concerts, and other events. The area of clock tower and its surroundings occasionally hosts live music events, which makes the place vibrant and full of life and energy. You can buy gifts for your family and friends at one of the many shopping centers in the area. There is a little playground for children that are also a great place for a picnic and a fun evening activity.
Sakyamuni Buddha - On the top of Kuensel Phodrang hill sits the statue of Great Buddha Dordenma. The 51.5-meter long gilded bronze statue would surely attract you, and the uninterrupted view of the valley would leave you spellbound. This site is also known as Buddha Viewpoint.
Changangkha Lhakhang - At Thimphu, you will come across several monasteries and temples, but Changangkha Lhakhang is the most important religious structure amongst all. The fabric is dedicated to Avalokiteshvara, a sign of compassion dating back to the 15th century, the oldest in the region, and from here, enjoy the grand view of Thimphu valley.
Takin Zoo - In here, you will find the National animal of Bhutan, "Takin". Takin is one of the most endangered species of the World, and it is available only in Bhutan, preserved in open habitat.
Trashi Chhoe Dzong - Or the Fortress of the Glorious Region is another 'must visit' site on a 10N 11D Bhutan Tour Package. Situated on the west bank of Wang Chhu River, the Trashi Chhoe Dzong is the formal coronation site of the fifth King that hosts the annual Tsechu festival. This Dzong was built in the year 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, later it was reconstructed in the 1960s in a traditional Bhutanese manner, without the use of nails or architectural plans. Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.
This is the 3rd day of your Offbeat Eastern Bhutan Tour Packages with Trashigang Trongsa Bumthang Mongar . After sumptious breakfast in the morning, get ready and start for another wonderful day excursion of Thimphu's some attractions. Visit -
Tango Monastery, also known as Tango Goemba, is a prominent Buddhist monastery located in the Kingdom of Bhutan. It holds significant cultural and religious importance in the country and is renowned for its stunning architecture and serene surroundings. During Thimphu sightseeing Tour, we will get some insights into Tango Monastery:
Location: Tango Monastery is situated approximately 14 kilometers to the north of Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. It is perched on a hilltop in the beautiful Thimphu Valley, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The trail to the Goemba is a climb of 280m & takes about half an hour to an hour through gradual trail through shaded rhododendron forests to reach the monastery.
Religious Significance: The monastery is a key center for the Drukpa Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo in the 13th century and has since been an essential place of study, meditation, and religious practice.
Architecture: Tango Monastery is a prime example of traditional Bhutanese architecture. It features intricately designed wooden facades, colorful paintings, and detailed carvings that reflect Bhutan's rich cultural heritage. The structure is a multi-story building with prayer halls, living quarters for monks, and meditation rooms.
Festivals and Rituals: Like many monasteries in Bhutan, Tango Monastery hosts various religious festivals and rituals throughout the year. The annual Tsechu festival is a significant event, featuring masked dances and religious ceremonies that attract both locals and tourists.
Visitor Experience: While the monastery primarily serves as a religious institution, it is open to visitors who want to explore its architectural beauty, learn about Bhutanese Buddhism, and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings. Visitors are encouraged to show respect for the religious practices and the monks who reside there.
Tango Monastery is an integral part of Bhutan's spiritual and cultural landscape. It offers a glimpse into the rich religious traditions and the architectural beauty that characterizes the Himalayan kingdom. When visiting, it's essential to be mindful of the monastery's rules and customs and to appreciate the serene atmosphere and stunning views it provides.
Cheri Goemba, also known as Cheri Monastery, is a revered Buddhist monastery located in the Thimphu Valley of Bhutan and a must visit tourist spot during Offbeat Eastern Bhutan Tour. It holds significant historical and spiritual importance in the country and is particularly renowned as the place where the founder of Bhutan's central monastic body, the Drubkpa Kagyud School, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, meditated and established his first monastery. Here are some insights into Cheri Goemba:
Historical Significance: Cheri Goemba was founded in 1620 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan. He chose this serene location for meditation and retreat. Cheri Monastery is considered the place where he spent several years in solitary meditation and retreat, making it a historically significant site in Bhutanese Buddhism.
Location: Cheri Monastery is located about 15 kilometers north of Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. It is situated in a picturesque forested area, surrounded by lush greenery and a tranquil environment.
Monastic Community: Cheri Monastery is home to a community of monks who follow the teachings of the Drubkpa Kagyud tradition. The monks engage in religious studies, meditation, and various rituals, making it an active center of Buddhist practice and scholarship.
Architectural Style: The monastery's architecture reflects Bhutan's traditional design elements. It features beautifully painted buildings, intricate woodwork, and a central courtyard. The main temple houses an image of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and various religious relics.
Religious Festivals: Cheri Monastery celebrates various religious festivals throughout the year. One of the most important events is the annual Cheri Tsechu, which includes mask dances, prayers, and religious ceremonies. This festival attracts both locals and tourists and offers a glimpse into Bhutan's vibrant religious culture.
Hiking and Trekking: Cheri Monastery is a popular destination for hiking and trekking enthusiasts. The hike to Cheri Goemba provides a rewarding experience, with lush forests, wildlife, and stunning views of the Thimphu Valley. The trek takes a few hours to complete and is accessible to visitors of various fitness levels.
Cheri Goemba is not only a place of religious significance but also a natural sanctuary that offers visitors a chance to experience the serene beauty of Bhutan's landscape. It remains an important part of Bhutan's spiritual heritage and a symbol of the country's devotion to Buddhism and its rich cultural traditions.
As your Hot Ngaja (a Sweet Bhutanese milk tea) arrives sip into it while enjoying the beautiful valley from the room. Post breakfast heads towards Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. Punakha is much backward from the chaotic city life at an elevation of 1200 m, which makes this place quite warm in winter and chill during summer. The valley is famous for Red and White Rice farming along the Pho and Mo Chu river's stretch. En-route visit.
Dochula Pass : Is a must visit tourist destination during any Bhutan Tour Package. It is merely 1 hrs drive from the city of Thimphu. While going to Punakha from Thimphu, this magnificent view point can be seen at 10,000 feet altitude. On a clear day wide range of Eastern Himalayan snow capped mountain peaks can be seen clearly from this view point. Decorated with colorful prayer flags, 108 Chortens are the main attraction of this place.
Druk Wangyal Chorten or 108 memorial Chortens of Dochula Pass was built in 2005 on instruction by the Queen Mother of Bhutan - Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. It was build to commemorate the memory of the brave Bhutanese soldier who scarified their life in 2003 Assamese insurgents. So, when you are on Bhutan Tour, don't miss this great attraction.
Punakha Dzong : Also known as "The Palace of Great Happiness", Punakha Dzong is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley. This Dzong is the most picturesque of all Bhutan ancient fortresses and it joins the mainland by an arched wooden bridge that contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reigned the Kingdom from this Punakha valley.
Suspension Bridge : This hidden treasure in the Punakha Valley connects the rest of the valley to the old administrative center of Punakha Dzongkhag. The whole deck is covered with prayer flags and provides a perfect spot for bird watching and photography.
Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple) : Stationed at the top of a hillock, the Chimi Lhakhang is a site dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Known as the 'Divine Madman,' Lama Drukpa Kuenley is said to use songs, humor, and outrageous behavior to preach his teachings. Chimi Lhakhang temple is believed to be the temple of fertility, and the Bhutanese hold a strong belief that childless couples are blessed by Lama Drukpa Kuenley if they visit the temple and pray for a child. The road to the temple follows a picturesque rural trail through the paddy field that takes visitors to the temple from the road, and after crossing the paddy field, you will find a tiny stream from where Chimi Lhakhang is just a short climb away. Overnight stayat hotel in Punakha.
This is the 5th day of your exciting Eastern Bhutan Tour with Trongsa Lhuentse, Mongar & Trashigang. Today we will proceed towards Trongsa. Wake up early and stroll around the vicinity of Punakha. Try to explore the area and life style of the locals. If you are early riser, obviously stroll among the pathways or alleys of Punakha, stop by the fields, and experience the daily life of locals in fields or shops. Try some milk tea or butter tea from local shop. After inhaling pure air with adequate oxygen, return back to hotel, finish your breakfast and get in to the car with baggage. Today we will explore another beautiful yet important place of Bhutan - Trongsa.
Located in the centre of Bhutan, Trongsa is perched atop a cliff and provides breathtaking views of the Black Mountains and neighboring valleys. This wonderful place of Bhutan is a treat for the eyes as it enriching visitors with its rich history and beautiful nature. Due to its strategic location, Trongsa provides visitors with numerous opportunities to learn about the local culture and rich history. Additionally, travelers will learn different way to make their Bhutan Tour more exciting and memorable. Throngsa is best visited by adventure lovers as trekking and hiking is the most sought after adventures.
Trongsa Dzong - Trongsa Dzong is the largest and one of the most majestic Dzongs in Bhutan. This Dzong has a lot of significance as it is strategically located at the middle of the country and connects north to south and east to west.
Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park - Area wise Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park is one of the country's largest national park and a place to enjoy serenity in nature. This National Park is a great place for Bird Watching also.
Chendebji Chorten - Located on a beautiful gorge on the way from Thimphu to Trongsa, it is an important site for religious practices and looks similar to the Bouddhanath stupa of Kathmandu, Nepal. The Sambha Lhundrup Molam Chenmo Festival in this Chorten attracts lots of tourists.
Thruepang Palace - This palace has lots of significance as it was built by the second King Jigme Wangchuc. This palace is the birth place of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. When King or any high ranked dignitaries visit Throngsa, they generally stay in this palace. So this place has a royal touch and while visited by the tourists, proper dress code should be maintained.
Kuenga Rabten Palace - This palace is situated around 24 km from Throngsa. It takes almost one hour to reach this palace by car. This palace was the winter home of the second king, now is used as the National Commission for Cultural Affairs. This palace has statues of Guru Rinpoche and Shakyamuni. Appropriate clothing etiquette should be maintained while visiting this palace.
Today is the 6th day of this spectacular Eastern Bhutan Tour Packages. Today we will visit and explore one of the most beautiful destinations of Bhutan - Bumthang.
The central region of Bhutan is known as Bumthang. Bumthang, which is also known as the valley of beautiful girls, can be referred as lovely field. The word "thang", on the other hand means field or flat land. Because of the large number of holy places and temples there, Bumthang is known as the spiritual centre of the nation. The altitude here varies from 2600 to 4500 meters above sea level. Some of the country's oldest palaces, monasteries, and Buddhist temples are found in this area. Stories of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) and the tertons (discoverers of holy treasures) are still pervasive in the sacred valley of Bumthang.
Bumthang is made up of four valleys - Chumey, Ura, Chhoekhor, and Tang valley. Every valley has a distinct atmosphere and specialty. The largest of the three is Chhoekor Valley. The valley has been gently and broadly sculpted by the old glaciers. Because of their picturesque splendor, the valleys attract a lot of tourists each year.
During your Bhutan Tour you will find that Jambay Lhakhang which is one of Bhutan's oldest temples is located in Bumthang. In Bumthang several locations are associated to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), who is claimed to have flown into Bhutan from Tibet on a flying tigress. To deal with a problematic local divinity, Guru Rinpoche travelled to Bumthang. Bumthang is the first place in Bhutan where Guru Rinpoche originally introduced Buddhism. Those who are interested in learning more about the history of the Buddha and Buddhism, definitely should go for a Bhutan Tour Package.
Trongsa to Bhutan is almost 80km and takes 6 hrs to reach. So, before lunch we will reach here. After hotel checking and lunch with local delicacy, we will stroll nearby location. Night stay at the hotel in Bumthang.
Today is a wonderful day. It is the 7th day of your Eastern Bhutan Tour booked from NatureWings Holidays. Today we will explore some of the interesting place of Bumthang. So, wake up early, complete your breakfast and get ready. Until boarding the bus, you can sneak peek around vicinity of your hotel. Obviously you can get a glimpse of simple village life of the simplest Bhutanese people. If you look around, you may discover that the roof of most of the house is red. It is because, chilies holds an important position in Bhutanese cuisine. So, it is no exception that those red things would be red chilies speeded over the roof top of houses to get dried. Interesting right?
Suddenly you heard a gentle horn of the bus prompting you to get board for your onward sightseeing tour. So let's get started. First we will visit:
Jakor Dzong -also known as 'Fortress of the White Bird', it was constructed in 1549 by Great grandfather of the first Shabdrung, initially as a monastery. Later it was upgraded in 1646, after the Shabdrung had firmly established his power. Jakar Dzong is now used as the administrative centre for Bumthang valley, and also houses the regional monk body.
Kurjey Lhakhang - Situated before Jambey Lhakhang, Kurje Lhakhang consists of three temples. The one on the right was built in 1652 on the rack face where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in the 8th century. Second temple is built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru's body and is therefore considered, the most holy. The third temple was built in 1990s by Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother. These three temples are surrounded by a 108 chorten wall.
Jambay Lhakhang - It is a sacred monastery built in 7th century by the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. Jambay Lhakhang is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region. Its present architectural appearance dates from the early 20th century however the inner shrine with the Future Buddha is believe to be there some 1400 years ago.
Tamshing Lhakhang - Located opposite Kurjey Lhakhang on the other side of the river, it was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa. The lhakhang has ancient religious paintings such as 1000 Buddhas and 21 'Taras' (female form of Bodhisattva). The temple was restored at the end of the 19th century.
Ogyencholing Museum - It located in the Tang valley, and this museum is a perfect place that preserves and shows the rich history and values of Bhutan. The museum houses traditional households items, artefact and gives a good insight into the heritage. It is a paradise for history lovers, and the museum shows an insight into the rural life of the country.
Kenchosum Lhakhang - It situated a short walk from Tamshing Lhakhang. Here Kencho refers to the divine being, and sum refers to three. From Khaine Lhakhang in Kurtoe, eastern Bhutan the statues of three Buddha’s (past, present, and future) are believed to have flown here. Kenchosum Lhakhang was founded in the 8th century by Pema Lingpa. The modern structure and the scenic beauty of this place make it worth visiting.
Ura Valley - The Ura valley situated at an elevation of 3100m above the sea level is the highest among the four valleys in Bumthang Dzongkhag. The village comprises of the total household around 300 with clustered traditional houses. It located 48km distance from Dzongkhag. This region’s people are primarily yak and sheepherders. Women of Ura valley typically cover their head with a white scarf. Ura is known for the famous Ura Yakchoe festival that takes place in May month. Fascinating Ura temple located in the centre of the village.
Red Panda Brewery - Red Panda Brewery and Swiss cheese factory is owned by Mr. Fritz Maurer Swiss national. It is quite interesting to visit this place. You can witness the process which results in unfiltered Weiss beer at the brewery. The tour starts with a walk through the Red Panda plant and ends with the sampling of freshly brewed beer at the brewery. Red Panda Beer prepared in less volume with aromas of clove, lemon and bananas.
Bumthang Swiss Cheese Factory - Cheese factory offers not just insight but also a diversity of cheese to buy. Even apple cider, wine, apple brandy and clover honey are available in Swiss cheese factory. It is the best place to taste the fresh local made cheese in a cheese factory. Fresh cheese taste will be rubbery, and a hard cheese could be grainy and crumbly.
Sheep Breeding Centre - The source of income and livelihood for highland herders are sheep. Systematic breeding sheep farm was established in 1974 at Dechenpelrithang considering the importance of sheep for highlanders. The objective of sheep breeding centre is to purse economic self-reliance in wool and woolen products. Sheep breeding centre has become one of the sightseeing places for tourist.
Today is the 8th day of this Eastern Bhutan Tour with Mongar. After early breakfast, we will proceed to Mongar. Located in the eastern region of Bhutan, serves as an excellent starting point for your Eastern Bhutan Tour. This less-explored area of Bhutan is rich in cultural heritage and offers a unique and authentic experience. When you visit Mongar, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture by witnessing festivals like the Mongar Tshechu and exploring the intricate architecture of Mongar Dzong, a testament to Bhutanese craftsmanship. The region is also a window into the authentic Bhutanese way of life, as you interact with friendly locals and learn about their traditions. Eastern Bhutan is known for its dramatic landscapes, with lush forests, terraced fields, and picturesque valleys, making it a haven for trekking and hiking enthusiasts. Adventure opportunities abound, from white-water rafting to birdwatching in protected areas like Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary. Eastern Bhutan also offers a glimpse into unique craftsmanship, with traditional weaving centers showcasing intricate textiles. If you're seeking a quieter, off-the-beaten-path travel experience that combines cultural immersion, serenity, and adventure, then an "Eastern Bhutan Tour" of Mongar is the perfect choice.
Today is another wonderful day of this 15 Days East Bhutan Tour. Today is the 9th day and we will proceed for Trashigang Tour. Trashigang, located in eastern Bhutan, is a district of cultural significance with a rich history and vibrant traditions. The Trashigang Tshechu, featuring colorful mask dances and cultural performances, is a highlight. The region's diverse geography, from deep gorges to mountain peaks, offers trekking and hiking opportunities. Trashigang Dzong, perched on a hill, is an architectural gem and a must visit during Offbeat Eastern Bhutan Tour with Trashigang. The district is known for traditional crafts like bamboo products, and visitors can observe rural Bhutanese life, including farming and traditional clothing. Nearby Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary is ideal for birdwatching. Trashigang also serves as a gateway to explore neighboring districts and experience the quieter, off-the-beaten-path side of Bhutan.
Today is a wonderful day. It is the 10th day of Offbeat Eastern Bhutan Tour Packages with Trashigang Trongsa Bumthang and Mongar. Today whole day is free to enjoy the various sightseeings of TrashiGang and the beauty and serenity of the places. Visit :
Trashigang Dzong: This impressive fortress, also known as the "Castle of the Auspicious Hill" is a must-visit during Trashigang Tour. It overlooks the town and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. If you visit this Dzong during Tshechu, you'll witness traditional Bhutanese dances, masked performances, and religious rituals that provide a deep cultural experience.
Rangjung Woesel Choeling Monastery: This serene monastery is located just outside Trashigang and offers a peaceful environment for meditation and reflection.
Merak and Sakteng: These remote villages in the Trashigang district are known for their unique culture, traditional dress, and stunning landscapes. Exploring these areas provides an off-the-beaten-path experience.
Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary: Ideal for nature enthusiasts, this sanctuary is home to diverse flora and fauna, including the rare black-necked crane. It's a great place for birdwatching and nature walks.
Sherubtse College: Bhutan's first college, Sherubtse College, is located near Trashigang. While you may not be able to tour the campus, its picturesque location is worth a visit.
Chorten Kora: Located in nearby Trashi Yangtse district, this stupa is a remarkable structure resembling Nepal's Swayambhunath stupa. It's an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists.
Traditional Crafts Workshops: Explore local workshops in Trashigang to witness the craftsmanship of traditional Bhutanese products, including bamboo and cane items.
Village Walks: Take leisurely walks through the nearby villages to gain insights into rural Bhutanese life, observe farming practices, and interact with the friendly locals.
After Breakfast, start for journey towards the Pobhjikha Valley. Phobjikha Valley (3000 m) is a treat for all nature lovers, and an idle place for spotting various birds, including the famous Black Necked Cranes that migrate to this valley. Being one of the most important wildlife preserves in Bhutan, this serene and untouched beauty of nature away from the hustle-bustle of the city life is a pleasure to enjoy with the happiest people surrounding the entire region that makes this place worth the visit. The Phobjikha Valley is the largest and the widest in Bhutan and is known for the panoramic vistas with tranquil nature that not only call the nature lovers to witness its beauty but also traps the adventure buffs who wish to follow the trekking and hiking routes while exploring the untouched beauty of nature. The valley is famous for rare endangered Black Necked Cranes. Soak the beauty of the most beautiful valley and enjoy the serenity, tranquility of the valley. Overnight at hotel in Phobjikha Valley.
Enjoy the Sunrise from your Pobhjikha Resort and start for Wangdue.Post lunch session is at leisure at the river side cottage/resorts.In evening go for Bazo Town.
Bazo - After crossing the Fo-Chu-Mo-Chu river,driver along the Wangdue phradong and visit newly developed small beautiful town , Bazo Town in Wangdue.
In the morning, after breakfast , start for Paro, the picturesque town in Bhutan enroute -
Simtokha Dzongis a small dzong, Built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan, the dzong is the first of its kind built in Bhutan. An important historical monument and former Buddhist monastery, today it houses one of the premier Dzongkha language learning institutes.
National Museum of Bhutan - Situated right above Rinpung Dzong in Paro, the National Museum of Bhutan is a house that showcases Bhutan's culture. Built in 1968, the museum stands inside the ancient Ta-dzong building. The museum houses the collection of finest specimens of Bhutanese culture and art and its highlights are paintings and some bronze statues, which are simply masterpieces. The items are demonstrated in large galleries and you can get to know a lot about Bhutan's art and culture from these objects.
Ta Dzong -Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan's National Museum in 1968.
Rinpung Dzong - Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam.
Nya Mey Zam Bridge - "The Bridge with No Fish " is the bridge that connects Paro Town to Dzong ..It is one of finest specimens in Bhutan and local believes if one sees a fish in the river , it is ill omen..The earlier bridge which could be folded during war was washed away by flood in 1969. Overnight in Paro.
Drukgyal Dzong - Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro valley in Paro District of Bhutan. The Dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet.
Kyichu Lhakhang - Kyichu Lhakhang, (also known as Kyerchu Temple or Lho Kyerchu) is an important Himalayan Buddhist temple situated in Lamgong Gewog of Paro District in Bhutan. The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songsten Gampo.
Taktsang Monastery - If you can brave the risky cliffs on a high mountain, Paro will astonish you in the form of Taktsang Monastery. After covering 1200 metres on a fierce cliff you will reach this sacred site, also known as the Tiger's Nest. Take a deep breath after reaching the spot and then comfort your eyes and soul with the stunning view of the scenic surroundings and the valley lying underneath. The Taktsang Monastery was established by Sain Guru Rinpoche who came to Bhutan in 747 CE. Construction of the complex was completed in 1694. Discovering the Tiger's Nest after 3 hours of trekking is real adventure but you may also opt for a horse ride from the parking lot. Overnight in Paro.
|Location||Approx 11.7 km from Paro town, Bhutan|
|Elevation||3,120 meters (10,236ft) above sea level|
|Duration of the Tiger's Nest hike||5-6 hours (Back and forth)|
|Tiger's Nest Trekking Distance||4 Miles (6.43 Kilometers) - Round Trip|
|Tiger's Nest Trek Difficulty||Moderate - Steep Ascend|
|Best Months to Visit Tiger's Nest Monastery||March, April, May and September, October, November, December|
|Gears needed to hike Tiger's Nest||Normal hiking shoes, Water bottle, Some snacks, energy bars, Camera, Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Walking Pole/Stick|
|Opening time of Tiger's Nest Monastery||(October-March) 8 am-1 pm and 2 pm-5 pm |
(April-September) 8 am-1 pm and 2 pm-6 pm daily
Chele-La-Pass- Drive to Chele La Pass which (3,988m) from which on a clear day the view sweeps away to Bhutan's second highest sacred peak, Mt Jhomolhari(7314m).
Paro Airport View Point - This is finest valley view point to look after Paro Valley and Paro Airport . This view point overlooking the Paro river along with the all the Dzongs and Monastry. Overnight in Paro.
To get into Chele La, you need to start early. As it is located at very high altitude (13,000 ft / 3,988 m), you will get almost nothing to eat there. So do a heavy breakfast and packed up your bags with heavy lunch and bottled drinking water. Soon after you leave the Paro City, you will notice the topographical changes and find yourself among the thick forest of pine, far and spruce. The road is smooth, heavily thick with evergreen dense conifers and beauty around it is mind blowing. On the way enjoy the scenic unadulterated beauty of nature and feel the freshness of air. It's amazing. Soon you will encounter with snow all around. As you go higher, more snow you experience on both side of the road along with trees gently covered with milky loose snow. Finally reach the highest point of the pass. Generally it is very windy and bone chilling cold. On a clear sunny day one can witness the spectacular views of Mount Jumolhari (2nd highest peak in Bhutan), Jichu Drake, other northern peaks. The view from here is really awesome. The place is heavily decorated with colorful prayer flags all around. You can stroll the adjacent area and capture the beauty through your lenses. There is a small shop run by local people where you can enjoy hot 2 minute maggi noodles and tea. After spending some memorable moment there, either you can proceed for Haa valley (25k,m / 1hrs) or return back to Paro. Rest of the time is free for leisure. Overnight at Paro hotel.
Due to high altitude ((13,000 ft / 3,988 m) this pass is best visited between ends of April to end of June. This is summer season and best view of snow clad mountains, the magic of rhododendron, and vibrant landscape of the valleys surrounding the pass can be witnessed. This is best time for family vacation, picnic and trekking. After June i.e. from July to end of September monsoon will cover the area and travelling becomes risky. From October to March winter prevail the area and entire region comes under thick blanket of snow. Unbearable bone chilling cold ruin the normal life here and it become inaccessible too. So, if anyone wants to experience this pass, let’s book your Bhutan Tour Package from Kolkata between ends of March to end of June.
|PLACE / LOCATION||DISTANCE||ALTITUDE (M)|
|Chelela - Gangkarpo||2 hrs walk||3900 - 4100 m|
|Gungkarpo - Kalela||1.30 hrs walk||4100 - 3700 m|
|Kalela - Nigula (camp site)||4 hrs walk||3700 - 3800 m|
|Ningula - Sagala||6 hrs walk||3800 - 3700 m|
|Sagala - Talung||3 hrs walk||3700 - 3000 m|
After early breakfast, start for Paro Airport with a sweet Bhutan Holiday memory and cherish ur memories forever.
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According to NatureWings Holidays, September is the best time to visit Bhutan. During September temperatures are very soothing and favorable, it's neither hot nor cold. So day long travelling, sightseeing tours, hiking are very relaxing and enjoyable. If you want to enjoy Bhutan with its most pleasant weather condition, travel in September.
On the other hand, summer in Bhutan is very pleasant other that plains of Himalayan base. Due to high altitude, mostly 2000 m+ altitude, Bhutan is very pleasant in April to June also. So when it is scorching heat in Indian subcontinent during summer, you definitely can choose a Bhutan Package Tour to Chill.
Bhutan tour before Covid-19 Pandemic was very pocket friendly. It was around 25K to 30K at that time for 5N 6D tour. After two and half years lock down phase Bhutan opened its door for tourism on 23rd Sep 2022 with new tourism policy. As per new Tourism Policy of Bhutan 2022, all regional tourist must pay SDF (Sustainable Development Fee) Rs.1200/Person/night excluding package price (Flight, Hotels, Meals, Guides, Transportation & Monument fees). This has hiked the Bhutan Tour Package Cost. More over all important monuments entry fees also has been increased. Air fare to travel Bhutan also has increased. So if any guest opting for 7N/8D (FIFO - Paro to Paro) Fly-In-Fly-Out package, it may cost approx 58K/Person for 2 pax and 47K/Person for 4 pax and 42K/Person for 6 pax travelling together.
However, if you book your Bhutan Package Tour from Bangalore with NatureWings, you might get a chance to enjoy some discounts over your Customized Bhutan Tour Package Booking.
Any regional guest whether it be Indian, Bangladeshi or Maldivian national, do not need a visa for Bhutan Trip. Apart from this country, depending upon peak season and tourist influx, it can take upto 7 days to 12 days to obtain visa for Bhutan Package Tour from India.
Ngultrum (Nu) is the currency of Bhutan.
Yes, Bhutan is one of the safest countries in Asia. The crime rate here is almost negligible. If any women travelling Bhutan as solo, it is good to book all hotels in advance. A tour guide is a must to travel Bhutan, so she needs a tour guide to accompany her wherever she will be travelling. NatureWings is one of the best Bhutan Tour Operator and provide the best tour guide.
Bhutan is 100% smocking free country. Smoking tobacco is strictly banned in Bhutan. You cannot smoke publicly in Bhutan.
But, if you can't help without smocking, there is a provision for tourists. Any tourist can enter Bhutan with maximum 200 no's of sticks, for that the carrier need to pay 100% tax on actual value. In some luxury hotels, there are smoking rooms where you can enjoy your cigar.
Yes, it is possible to organize Bhutanese Cultural Dance show in your Hotel itself. If you are on Bhutan Group Tour, then generally Hotels allow to organize the Dance Show in their Conference hall. Please get in touch with NatureWings Tour Coordinator well in advance to organize the same.
When you are on Bhutan Tour Package from USA, it is advised to drink packaged mineral water to avoide any water borne diseases and infection.
The top hotels in Bhutan are:
Hotel Amodhara - Thimphu
Hotel White Tara - Thimphu
Hotel Pema Karpo - Punakha
Hotel Kingaling - Punakha
Hotel Drukchen - Paro
Gawaling - Paro
Hotel Le Meridien - Thimphu, Rating: 4.5/5
Hotel Taj Tashi - Thimphu, Rating: 4.5/5
Hotel Amankora - Thimphu, Rating: 5.0/5
COMO Uma Paro - Paro, Rating: 4.5/5
Le Meridien Riverfront - Paro, Rating: 4.5/5
Naksel Boutique Hotel & SPA - Paro, Rating: 4.5/5