9 Days Bhutan Tour.

This 9 days Bhutan tour is a combination of Western and Central Bhutan. You have to cross over three beautiful passes with fluttering prayer flags as you travel from Thimphu to Bumthang. The views are simple stunning and you get immense opportunities to photograph the beautiful valleys.

Trongsa is strategically located between eastern and western Bhutan so the first two Kings ruled Bhutan from Trongsa. This as a result controlled the trade between Eastern and Western Bhutan. The highlights of this Bhutan tour are visit to the Royal Museum and Trongsa Dzong or Fort and the “Burning lake”.

Sketch Itinerary for 9 Days Bhutan Tour:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu (54 kms. 1 hour drive):

Tamchog-Lhakhang

Tamchog Lhakhang.

Our guide will receive you at the Paro Airport and drive to Thimphu.

  • Visit to Tamchog Monastery built in the 15th century by Thangthong Gyalpo, the Iron Bridge Builder. He built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan.

In the evening, visit to Tashichho Dzong, seat of the National Government and the Royal secretariat.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu sightseeing:

In the morning, visit to:

  • Memorial Chorten built in the memory of our Third King, Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and for the World peace.
  • Tallest Statue of Buddha in the world at Kuenselphodrang park which stands at 51.5 m.
  • Folk Heritage Museum.
  • Zorig Chusum or the Painting School.
Takin Preserve center

Takin, the National animal of Bhutan.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Postal Museum of Bhutan.
  • Dupthop Nunnery one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples of Thimphu built in the thirteenth century by Phajo Drugom Shigpo.
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • View point at Sangaygang.

In the evening, visit Craft Bazaar and free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha (76 kms. 2 ½ hrs. drive):

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Dochu La pass (3100 m).

After breakfast, drive to Punakha. On the way, we stop at the Dochu La (3100 m) pass to explore around and to view Higher Himalayas.

  • Royal Botanical Garden at Lamperi.
  • “The Temple of Fertility”, Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in the 17th century.

After lunch, we visit:

  • The beautiful Punakha Dzong built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal which is situated between Male and Female River in 1952.
  • The longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan across Pho Chu River (160 m).

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha – Gangtey (66 km, 3 hrs): Hike to Khamsung Yulley temple:

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Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

After breakfast, drive to Yabisa village.

  • 30 minutes hike to the Beautiful Khamsung Yulley temple built by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck.

Then drive to Gangtey valley.

The Upper part of the valley is called Gangtey and Lower part is called Phobjikha valley.

On the way, visit to Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang

Lunch will be served on the way. In Gangtey, we visit Gangtey Gompa Monastery.

  • This Monastery was built by Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation.
  • Visit the Crane Information centre and explore Phobjikha valley, the roosting ground of the Rare Black necked Cranes in winter.

Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 05: Gangtey – Trongsa – Bumthang (165 km, 3 ½ hr):

Trongsa-Dzong

Trongsa Dzong.

After early breakfast, we drive to Bumthang.

On the way, we visit:

  • Trongsa Dzong, the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan, built in its present form in 1644 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa. Trongsa Dzong is the ancestral home of the present Royal Family of Bhutan.

After Lunch,

  • Ta Dzong or the Tower of Trongsa which is an ancient watch tower and now converted to the Royal Heritage Museum.

In the evening, drive to Bumthang.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Bumthang Sightseeing: (Altitude 2800 m):

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Jakar Dzong.

In the morning, we visit:

  • Jakar Dzong, which means “The Castle of White Bird”, built in 1667.
  • Visit Jambay Monastery built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the 7th century.
  • Kurjey Monastery where you can see the body print of Guru Rimpoche on a Rock.
  • Tamshing Lhakhang or the Temple of good message established by Terton Pema Lingpa and is the most important Nyingmapa temple in the kingdom.

In the evening, visit to:

  • “The Burning Lake” or Mebar Tsho. Terton Pema Lingpa discovered the treasures hidden by Guru Rimpoche in the 14th century.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07: Bumthang – Paro sightseeing:

Rinpung-Dzong

Rinpung Dzong

In the morning, drive to airport and fly to Paro.

In the afternoon, we visit:

  • Ta Dzong built in1656 and renovated in 1968, an ancient watchtower which now houses the National Museum.
  • Rinpung Dzong which literally means “the Heap of Jewels” built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Paro Sightseeing – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest:

After breakfast, hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Tiger’s-Nest-(Taktsang)-Monastery

Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

NB: You can hoist prayer flags near the Tiger’s Nest, and offer prayers inside the monastery.

After lunch, we visit:

  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal,
  • Visit Kichu monastery built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King, Srongsen Gampo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 09. Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.