This Sacred central Tour will take you deep into the heart of Central Bhutan, till Bumthang valley. You will trave crossing the three high mountains passes: Dochula at 3100m, Pelela at 3300m and Yotongla, the highest at 3400m.
Bumthang is the spiritual home of the Bhutanese people and is dotted with some of the oldest historical monuments and sacred places in all of Bhutan, some dating back to the 7th century A.D, a period of which there is little modern knowledge.
The tour highlights includes travel to Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue and Trongsa and Bumthang. Besides it also includes a visit to the Gangtey valley,winter habitat of black-necked crane. This rare bird is an endangered species which migrates in winter from the plateau of Tibet and Siberia.
Please take note that the featured itineraries are completely flexible and it intends to give you a general idea of the trip and it can be furthur customized or modified according to your needs. Factors like weather, flight scheduled, health of the visitors, preferences etc, may dictate change in itineraries. Therefore we reserve the right to change this programme in the interest of the visitors.
Day 01. Arrival at Paro. Paro – Thimphu
The flight to Paro on Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your Bhutanese escort from Medieval Bhutan Tours will greet you on arrival, and then drive you to the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in this region. After this we will have lunch in the Paro town. Then we will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Dinner and over night stay in the hotel, Thimphu.
DAY 02. Halt at Thimphu.
The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten built in honour of our late king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. We then drive to the view point of Trashichhodzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). and Folk Heritage museum.
Lunch will be served in the town. After lunch we will be visiting the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium and shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu.
Evening at leisure.
Diner and over night stay at hotel, Thimphu.
DAY 03. Thimphu – Trongsa
After our breakfast we will drive to Trongsa, through the Dochla Pass (3150m). It is very popular pass for viewing the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges on the clear days. The view is so great and spectacular. Then the road will descend to 1300m above sea level, Wangduephodrang valley. The vegetation is made up of rhododendron, magnolia bloom in early spring and through the subtropical and broadleaf forest. The drive will take about 6 – 7 hours.
Lunch will be served at the Chendebji Restaurant or Pack lunch.
Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Trongsa.
DAY 04. Trongsa – Bumthang
After our breakfast, we will visit the magnificent Trongsa Dzong and then drive to Bumthang through the hairpin bends with the dense forest of rhododendron, conifers, alder and oak. The road then comes out into a wide open cultivated valley – which is the Chumey Valley, the first of Bumthnag’s four valleys. From here the road goes on straight until we see Jakar Dzong and then drops into bends before straightening out again in the main valley atChamkhar. The drive will take about 2hours and 30minutes.
Lunch will be served at Hotel Bumthang.
After lunch we will visit Jakar Dzong and the Chamkhar town.
Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Bumthang.
DAY05. Halt at Bumthang.
Today’s day begins with visit to Jambay Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century, Kurjey Lhakhang, is named after the body print of Guru Rinpoche which is preserved in a cave inside the oldest of the three buildings, Tamshing Lhakhang – which was established by Terton Pema Lingpa in 1501 and is the most important Nyingma Goenba in the country.
Lunch in the Bumthang hotel.
After lunch we will visit Mebertsho (Burning Lake) – This is a very scared lake for Bhutanese people. Terton Pema Lingpa discovered several of Guru Rinpoche’s hidden religious treasures from this lake.
Evening at leisure.
Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Bumthang.
DAY 06. Bumthang – Gangtey.
After the breakfast, we will drive to Gangtay, Phobjikha. The drive will take about 4hours.
Lunch will be at Phobjikha hotel. After lunch we will walk around the Phobjikha valley, it is a glacial valley and is the winter home of the black necked cranes. This valley is a designated conservation area and borders Black Mountain National Park.
Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Phobjikha.
DAY 07. Gangtey – Punakha.
After the breakfast, we will drive to Punakha. The drive will take about 3hours. At Wangduephodrang we will visitWangduephodrang Dzong, was founded by the Lama Zhamdrung in 1638.
Lunch will be served at Punakha. After lunch we will visit Punakha Dzong, it was the winter capital of Bhutan until 1955 when the capital was permanently shifted to Thimphu. It still served as the winter resident for the monk body. Then we will drive to the viewpoint of Khamsum Yule Namgyel chorten.
Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Punakha.
DAY 08. Punakha – Paro.
After our early breakfast, we will drive to Paro via Dochula pass. At Lobesa we will visit Chhimi Lhakhang, which is located at a hilltop. We have to walk about 25minutes from the road point. This temple is also known as temple of fertility. After visiting this we will continue our journey to Paro. The drive will take about 5hours.
Lunch will be served at Dochula Cafeteria.
Dinner and over night stay at hotel, Paro.
DAY 09. Halt at Paro.
After early breakfast, hike to the view point of Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery. We have to walk about 1hours & 30minutes up steep from the road end. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. After enjoying the view & photographs, and refreshment at the viewpoint (Taktshang Cafeteria) we will walk back.
Lunch will be served in the town.
After lunch we will visit National Museum of Bhutan and Kyichu Lhakhang.
Evening stroll around the Paro town.
Dinner will be served in the farm house.
Over night stay in the hotel, Paro.
DAY 10. Depart from Paro.
Today we will drive to Paro international Airport to catch the flight to your next destination. Our MBT representative will see you off from the airport.