Ura, Chumey, Tang, and Choekhor are the four major valleys of Bumthang Dzongkhag. Choekhor, the largest of the four mountain valleys, is known as the ‘Bumthang Valley.' The valleys have been sculpted by prehistoric glaciers and are vast and gentle. Each year, a huge number of tourists visit the broad and picturesque valleys. Bumthang's name is considered to come from two places. The first is that it is named after a Bumpa, a holy water vessel with a form similar to that of the valley. Because Bum means "girl" and Thang means "flat region of ground," the Valley of Beautiful Girls is the second derivation. Buckwheat, rice, and potato farms abound in these rich valleys. Dairy farms and apple orchards are other typical sights in this area. This tranquil area is one of the most tranquil in the kingdom. In terms of historical and spiritual heritage, this dzongkhag is one of the most well-endowed. Bumthang is home to some of Bhutan's oldest and most revered temples, including Jambey Lhakhang. According to tradition, Tibetan ruler Songtsen Gampo erected this ancient temple in 659 A.D. as part of a network of 108 temples built at the same time to tame an evil demon that ruled the Himalayan area. It is Bhutan's oldest lhakhang. Many additional temples and shrines in Bumthang are worth seeing, and many of them are related to Guru Rinpoche's visit in 746 A.D.
Day 01 Arrive: Paro to Thimphu
Following your arrival and completion of visa formalities and luggage pickup, you will be greeted by our tour agent, who will serve as your tour guide throughout your stay in Bhutan. In Thimphu, check into your accommodation.
Free till lunchtime for some relaxation, refreshment, and food after an early morning trip. In the afternoon, you have the option of visiting any or all of the following locations: - Tashichho Dzong, a Buddhist monastery and fortification on the outskirts of Thimpu, Bhutan's capital. Lama GyalwaLhanangpa is claimed to have built the first ThimphuDzong (the Dho-Ngyen Dzong) in 1216.The National Memorial Chorten was built by Bhutan's third king,
H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who is also known as the "father of
modern Bhutan." The
Chorten is located in the center of the capital city, Thimphu and is
designed like a Tibetan style Chorten.Overnight at hotel in
After an early morning meal, you have the option of visiting:- The Buddha Point, also known as Kuensel Phodrang, is the world's tallest seated Buddha statue, standing 167 feet tall. In 2001, the Folk Heritage Museum opened its doors to the general public.
when it's finished Its cultural riches and rich Bhutanese tradition give valuable insights into the Bhutanese way of life.
The National Textile Museum of Bhutan is the country's second most prominent museum, which opened its doors in 2001. A visit to this museum will allow you to get up up and personal with the living national art of weaving.
National Institute of Zorig Chusum: The art and crafts
currently taught in Bhutan, were introduced to the country in
the 15th century by Trenton PemaLingpa.
National Library was established in the 1967. Its mission is
to preserve the literary treasures of the nation which
constitute a significant element of Bhutans rich and vibrant
The Motithang Takin Preserve also known as the Thimphu
Zoo by many is a small natural preserve for the Takin
Bhutan’s national animal.
The Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory is a small paper
factory located in Thimphu that produces paper using
traditional Bhutanese methods. The paper products
produced at the factory are made from Daphne or Mulberry
plant bark. Overnight in a hotel in Thimphu
Day 03:Thimphu to
You will travel to Punakha through Dochula Pass after an early breakfast. We'll stop for tea at Dochula (3,100 m), which offers spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks on a clear day.
The Punakha Dzong, also known as the Pungtang Dechen Phortang Dzong, is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Po Chhu Rivers, which together create the Puna Tsang Chu, a tributary of the Brahmaputra River. In 1638, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal Wangchuck erected the Dzhong. In Punakha, spend the night in a hotel.
Day 04: Punakha to Trongsa
We'll be travelling down to Trongsa after an early breakfast.
En way to Wangdiphodrang Valley, take in the scenery. To begin, we shall travel to Chimmi Lhakhang. The monastery was built in 1499 by NgawangChoegyel, the 14thDrukpaheirarch, on a tiny hill near the hamlet of Lobesa.
The Chendebji Chorten, a huge Buddhist Stupa, is located 2 kilometres from Chendebji hamlet. The Chendebji Chorten is a huge white building created in the style of Nepal's famed Bodhunath Stupa in Kathmandu. The Trongsa Dzong, also known as the Cheokhor Rabdentse, is a fortress in Trongsa, Bhutan.
one of the largest and most impressive Dzong in Bhutan. The Dzong is located on a cliff overlooking the Mangde Chu
river gorge. The Dzong was built at the site of a temple that was constructed in 1543, by a Drukpa Lama. Overnight
at hotel in Trongsa
Day 05: Trongsa to Bumthang
We will go to Bumthang and see the Jakar Dzong after breakfast. The Jakar Dzong is located in Bumthang's Chamkhar valley, above the Jakar hamlet. The Dzhong was formerly the location of a monastery that was being built during Lama NgagiWanchuck's tour to Bhutan. During the building of the Dzong, a white bird is said to have emerged from the edifice and perched on the site. A white bird is considered fortunate in Bhutanese culture. King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet constructed Jambay Lhakhang in 659 AD.The temple
was blessed by Guru Rimpoche during his visit to
Bumthang. The Kurjey Lhakhang is a monastery located in
the Bumthang Valley of Bhutan. The Kurjey Lhakhang
Temple Complex is a 30 minute hike from the JambayLhakhang temple. According to legend Sendhu Raja, the King
of Bumthang was very ill and invited Guru Rinpoche the founder of Buddhism in Bhutan to give him a cure for his
Namkhe Nyingpo Goemba is located on a hill just east of the
town of Jakar, the administrative center of the Bumthang
district. The monastery was established in 1970 and is home
to about 300 monks who are learing about the Nyingampa
Buddhism.Overnight in a hotel in Bumthang
Day 06: Bumthang to Gangtey
You will drive to Gangtey and visit Gangtey Goemba after breakfast. The Gangtey Monastery, also known as the GangteyGoempa, is a significant monastery and temple associated with the Nyingmapa Buddhist school. The Monastery is located in central Bhutan, in the Wandue Phodrang Dzongkhag.
In Gangtey, spend the night in a Hotel.
Day 07: Gangtay to Paro
You will travel to Paro after an early morning meal, stopping to see:- The Simtokha Dzong is a tiny Dzong located roughly 5 kilometres south of Thimphu. Sangak Zabhon Phodrang is the official name of the Dzong, which approximately translates to "Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras." The legendary Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is claimed to have built the Simtokha Dzong, Bhutan's first stronghold. In the year 1629, the fortification was built. After lunch, we'll drive to Paro and see the National Museum of Bhutan, which is situated inside the six-story circular Ta Dzong. The Ta Dzong, located above the Rimpung Dzong, is a mediaeval watchtower.The Ta Dzong was constructed in 1656. The Paro Dzong is probably Bhutan's best known and most
iconic Dzong. This is probably the first building you will notice when you land at Paro International Airportand will
probably be your first memory of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Paro
Day 08: Paro
We'll take you on a morning trek up to Taktsang Monastery, commonly known as "Tiger's Nest," after an early breakfast. The Taktshang monastery, perched perilously and beautifully atop a very high cliff, is a true source of pride for the Bhutanese people. It defies all architectural standards and astonishes visitors from all over the world. It's quite a sight to see.
The Kyichu Jowo Temple is one of Bhutan's oldest temples. The temple was erected in the 7th century AD by Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.
Day 09: Paro to departure
After an early breakfast, we will drop you off to the Paro Airport for your flight to your next destination.
Government Taxes/GST/Service Charges
Mineral water on coaches & buses
Tips & gratuities for drivers & guides
Drinks (either with meals, vehicles or during tours, unless otherwise indicated)
Waiting or additional transfer fees
Anything not mentioned in inclusions