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Authentic Experience in Bhutan
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Trongsa Dzong in Central Bhutan
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Kila Goenpa Nunnery
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18D17N BHUTAN authentic


For travelers who want to discover Bhutan in depth, covering from west to eastern Bhutan.


  • Scenic road trip from Western to Eastern Bhutan

  • Visiting the major sites in Western, Central and Eastern Bhutan

  • Spend time with local villagers and have great fun time with the adorable school kids in schools with MAD projects


Day 01: Flight To Paro (2,300m)

Arrive at Paro and proceed to Thimphu. 

Elevation 2,300m | Drive time 01 hours 


Upon arrival in Paro, we will begin our journey after lunch where you'll visit the ancient fortresses the Paro 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. After which, proceed to Drukgyel Dzong, a UNESCO-protected location and perhaps the most important archeological site in the country. After that, visit the Kyichu Lhakhang – a centuries-old Buddhist temple.

Day 02: Paro to Haa

Drive time 03 hours


An early start in the morning to see more of picturesque Paro and make our journey to visit the Kila Goenpa Nunnery located on a cliffside enroute to Haa Valley. Upon arrival in Haa in the afternoon, get some insight into local life with a home visit to a farmhouse before returning to your hotel for a relaxing evening.



Day 03: Haa to Thimphu

Elevation 2,300m | Drive time 04 hours

Thimphu being the capital, it is most populace city in Bhutan, the Royal family and all government headquarters are concentrated in Thimphu. 

Memorial Chorten 

It is a monument is built in 1974 as the memory of the Third King of Bhutan and to World Peace. Located close to the center of Thimphu City, it is one of the most iconic monuments of Bhutan. You will find elderly Bhutanese people circumambulating the Chorten throughout the day. 


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. 

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.


Day 04: Thimphu to Punakha

Elevation 1,300m | Drive time 03 hours 

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 15th century temple believed to behold the blessings of fertility. The temple is founded by, the divine madman; popularly known as Drukpa Kuenly, a teacher, who the phallic symbol is associated. The temple is a pleasing 20 minutes walk through local fields and village. 

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 05: Exploring Punakha​​


We will visit the market in the early morning. Morning market is the best opportunity to be involved in the bustling activities in Bhutan. Great time to engage with the locals. 

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 06: Punakha to Phobjikha 

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 07: Phobjikha - 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 08: Exploring Bumthang

Today, we will be up early to visit some schools and there will be opportunity to photograph village life. We will spend the rest of the day in Bumthang visiting the historical sites. Spend some time in the Lhakangs and catch the monks during their prayer sessions or in the classrooms.


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 9: Bumthang to Mongar 

Drive time 05hours 


We will make our journey toward the east today. Enroute, we will make quick stop at Mebartsho. Also known as 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. 

Day 10: Mongar to Lhuentse (Day Excursion)


Early morning, we will make our way towards the northeastern corner of Bhutan for the ancient region of Kurtoe or Lhuntse as it is known today. It is the ancestral home of Bhutanese's Kings and hosts several of the sacred sites of pilgrimage in the country. One of the most isolated districts in Bhutan, the landscape is spectacular with stark cliffs towering above river gorges and dense coniferous forests. This region is famous for its weavers and their distinctive textiles are generally considered to be the best in the country. Kurtoep women are especially adept at weaving a textile called Kishuthara.  

We will visit some of the attractions in the region including the Lhuntse Dzong, Khoma village (famous for weaving), Singye Dzong, the beyul Khenpajong and the Phunying Pass. The textile products of Khoma village in Lhuntse are stated to be the best in the country. The weaving handicraft looms are common sight in almost every household.

Day 11: Mongar to Trashigang

Drive time 03hours

Today, we head further east to Trashigang (Auspicious Mountain) as it's a good base for excursions to Trashi Yangtse, Khaling, Radi, Phongme and elsewhere in eastern Bhutan. The picturesque town is at the foot of a steep wooded valley with the tiny Mithidang Chhu channelled through it. 

We will also make a visit to Trashigang Dzong, which dates from 1659. This Dzong is organized around a rectangular courtyard protected by battered walls, with a single entrance on a south-facing front. Today, it continues to house a thriving monastic community, as well as the central administration for Bhutan’s Trashigang District.


Day 12: Exploring Trashigang

We will visit some rural schools and local villages around Trashigang today. 


Day 13: Trashigang to Trashiyangtse (Day Excursion)

Drive time 02hours

Start off in the morning, we will head up north towards another isolated district, Trashiyangtse. Some areas of interest in Trashiyangtse include the ruins of Tshenkharla Dzong, a historically significant site that dates back to the 9th century and was the first dzong to have been constructed in Bhutan. The ruins are still standing and surrounding it, one can come across the remnants of the settlement such as large stones used for pounding grains. It was built by a Tibetan Prince named Lhasey Tsangma, who settled in the region after being exiled from Tibet.

Another impressive historical site is the ancient iron chain bridge spanning the Kholung Chu River, which still stands to this day. The great Yogi Duptho by Thangthong Gyalpo built the bridge during the 15th century.

Trashiyangtse is known for its excellent wooden cups and bowls made by local artisans using avocado wood and maple wood. It is also famous as a centre of paper making. Craftsmen use the tsasho technique to produce paper with a bamboo frame, which produces a distinctive pattern on the paper.


Day 14: Trashigang to Bumthang

Drive time 08hours

We will make a long drive back to Bumthang today making several stops along the way for breaks and enjoy the scenic views of the valleys. 


Day 15: Exploring Bumthang (Tang Valley)

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, if time permits,  we will visit the Nunnery monastery at Bazor 


Day 16: Bumthang to Paro

Elevation 2,200m | Fligth to Paro  (30mins) | Drive to Paro 10hours


We recommend taking the domestic Flight to Paro so that we don’t have to the long drive the same way back to places we have passed through. 


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. 

​Day 17: 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 18: ​Departure


Departure via Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines. Your guide and driver will accompany you to the airport and bid their farewells there. 

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