Arcadia Bhutan Travels | 10 Days Tour
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10 Days Tour

Itinerary
Day 01 Arrive at Paro and proceed to Thimphu.

Elevation 2,300m | Drive time 01 hours
Thimphu being the capital, it is most populace city in Bhutan, the Royal family and all government headquarters are concentrated in Thimphu. On the way we will visit Tamchhog Zam (Iron Bridge), the bridge is made of iron chain and the materials are from 15 century.

Memorial Chorten
It is a monument is built in 1974 as the memory of the Third King of Bhutan and to World Peace.Visitors will find elderly Bhutanese people circumambulating the Chorten throughout the day.Chorten literally means ‘Seat of Faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments, the ‘Mind of Buddha’. The chorten is an extraordinary example of Buddhist architecture and artwork with its gorgeous paintings and intricate sculptures.The chorten is a large white structure crowned with a golden spire. It is located close to the center of Thimphu city and is one of its most iconic monuments.

Changangkha Lhakhang
It’s the home of Buddhist master Lam Nima, son of Phajo Drugom Zhipo. It’s one of the oldest temples in Thimphu where people around Thimphu valley visit to seek help and blessings from the local deity. From the temple we can enjoy the panoramic view of Thimphu city.

Trashi Chhoe Dzong
‘Fortress of glorious religion” constructed in 1641 and restored in 1960s. It’s the office of His Majesty the King and the secretariat, and houses two ministries and other offices.

The coronation of the present King took place in this fortress in 2008. The Dzong is open for tourist only after 5:00 PM on working days and weekend it is open all day long.

Day 02 Thimphu to Punakha

Elevation 2,300m | Drive time 03 hours

Buddha Point
It is one of the largest statues of sitting Buddha (Made of Bronze glided in gold) in the world at the height of 169” (51 meters) approximately; the place gives you a bird’s eye view of Thimphu city.

Dochula Pass
It is located approximately 3,140m above sea level and it is a mountain pass to go to Punakha. It’s a breath-taking viewpoint where you can see panoramic view of Himalayan ranges that fall in Bhutan. There are also 108 Chortens (Stupas) built beautifully to mark the spot.

Chimi Lhakhang/ Temple of fertility
The temple is founded by, the divine madman; popularly known as Drukpa Kuenly, a teacher, who the phallic symbol is associated, In 15th century.  It’s a pleasing 20 minutes walk to the temple through local field and village. While passing through the village we will have time to interact with the locals… The temple believed to behold the blessings of fertility.

Punakha Dzong
“The palace of great happiness or bliss”, is the administrative centre of District, in Punakha Bhutan. Constructed by Ngawang Namgyal, in 1637. It is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures. Punakha Dzong was the administrative centre and the seat of the Government of Bhutan until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu.

It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.

Day 03 Punakha

Elevation 1,300m | Local Sightseeing

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
It is a glorious example of the Bhutanese architecture and artistic traditions. Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck commissioned building of the stupa, which took about nine years to build. It is located on a ridge at Kabisa Gewong in Punakha overlooking several villages. This temple has been dedicated for the well being of the kingdom, its people and all sentient beings.

It is walk/hike through rice fields before you start climbing a moderately inclined trail surrounded by pine trees. It takes about 1 hour from the car park to hike up to the temple, and from the temple you will enjoy the magnificent view of mo-chhu valley below.

Sangchchen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery
The temple is located on a ridge beside the neighboring Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang amidst pine trees. The temple complex also has a learning and meditation centre for the nuns, and it also provides them other trainings such as embroidery, tailoring, statue making, and the famous thangka painting. There is a majestic bronze statue of a height of 14 foot Avalokiteshwara. The statue is also considered as one of the biggest statues in the country made by the unique handwork of many local Bhutanese artisans. Besides, the other statues present here include of Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Namgyel Namsum, Saint Padmasambhava, and the 21 Taras, Tsela Namsum and the Tsepamay (Buddha of Longevity).

Day 04 Punakha – Gangtey

Elevation 3,100m | Drive time 03 hours

 

Phobjikha is a bowl-shaped glacial valley because of the large flock of black-necked cranes that winters here; it is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country. In addition to the cranes there are also barking deer, wild boars, sambars, serows, Himalayan black bears, leopards and red foxes in the surrounding hills. The stream drains the marshy valley. Some people know this valley as Gangtey after the goemba that sits on a ridge above the valley.

Day 05 Gangtey – Bumthang

Elevation 3,100m | Drive time 06 hours

Today we will drive towards Bumthang through the winding road, and as the road widening are underway we will experience bumpy ride, but the scenery are never out of your window. We will drive-through Trongsa districts, and cross two passes, Pelala pass 3300m, and this pass separates western Bhutan from central Bhutan, and the Yotongla pass 3400m.

Day 06 Bumthang

Elevation 3,100m

Jambey Lhakhang
Temple of Maitreya , and the temple is one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsän Gampo in 659 CE on a single day, to pin down an ogress to earth forever. It was divined that the supine demoness was causing obstruction to the spread of Buddhism, and temples were constructed on her body parts that spread across Tibet, Bhutan and the borderlands.

Kurjey Lhakhang
This large and important temple is named after the body (kur)print (jey) of Guru Rimpoche, which is preserved in a cave inside the oldest temple out of the thrtemple buildings.

Jakar Dzong
The fortress of the white bird derives its name from the account of Lam Ngagi Wangchuk, Zhabdrung’s great grandfather, witnessing an auspicious omen of a white bird landing on the site where he was building a temple. The Dzong standing today was later built in 1646.

Jakar town
We will walk the street and explore the jakar town also known as Bumthang town.

Day 07 Bumthang

Elevation 3,100m

Bumthang (Tang Valley)
Elevation 3,100m | Drive time 01hours

Mebartsho (the burning lake)
The running river is called the burning lake due to a legend in which a treasure discoverer revealed some sacred Buddhist treasures after diving the lake with a butter lamp burning and later coming out with the lamp still burning.

The Tang valley is located in the eastern part of of bumthang valley, we will visit the Family museum and after the visit we will walk about an hour from the Ugyenchholing Palace to the valley.

Tag Remochen
While one the way back we will visit Tag Remochen, a temple built in 17th century.

En – route to Bumthang we will visit the Nunnery monastery at Bazor.

Day 08 Bumthang – Paro (Domestic Flight)

Elevation 2,200m | Flight to Paro (30mins)

Today we will catch the domestic flight to Paro so that we don’t have to drive the same way back to places we have passed trough. (Airfare at the most USD $200)

Paro Valley
The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The valley is also home to Mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley.

Paro Rimpung Dzong
Also called the Rinpung Dzong, the Fortress of the Heap of Jewels, Paro Dzong was built in 1645 by the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It is an imposing square fortress, representative of typical Dzong architecture, with a central tower and courtyards housing the administrative quarters and the monastic section.

Day 09 Paro Tiger's Nest

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Temple)

Taktsang Lhakhang is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. This temple is one of the most holy sites in the kingdom and clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley.

It was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Rimpoche meditated in the 7th century A.D. Legend states that Guru Rimpoche flew to the site atop the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have travelled to meditate in it.

In order to arrive at the temple visitors must trek for around 2-3 hours through beautiful, shady pine forests. No trip to Bhutan would be complete without a visit to this remarkable heritage site.

Day 10 Depart Paro

Depending on flight time you we will drive to airport and bit farewell….