Magical Bhutan Road Safari

Magical Bhutan Road Safari

On this trip you traverse across Bhutan from Paro in the west all the way to the eastern plains that border with Assam. It is a complete Bhutan tour that goes over several high passes covering all the known destinations as well as the hidden valleys of Phobjika and Bumthang.

Itinerary

(10 nights 11 days)

  • Day 1: Arrival in Paro – Thimphu (1 Hr)
  • Flight to Paro has spectacular views of the Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drakey in Bhutan are awesome. On arrival in Paro our guide will receive you and transfer to Thimphu by car/bus. One can wander on your own to stroll Thimphu streets or relax in your hotel.
  • Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing
  • Morning visit the weekend market (Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Handmade paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Lunch in town. Drive pass by Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery.
  • Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha (2 ½ Hrs)
  • Drive through Dochula pass, the second highest road pass in your trip at 3010m. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a short tea break continue to sub tropical Punakha. Afternoon visit the Souvenir Making Center and the Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country.
  • Day 4: Punakha – Trongsa (4 ½ Hrs)
  • Check out of the hotel and visit Chimi Lhakhang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus. En route, stop in Wangdi. Stroll in Wangdi town and view the Wangdi Dzong (Fortress) which happens to be the only fortress with the original roof. Continue to Trongsa over Pelela Pass at 3300m which forms the part of Black Mountain Range that divides the country into east and west. Evening relax at your hotel.
  • Day 5: Trongsa – Jakar (3 Hrs)
  • Morning visit Trongsa town and visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong (Fortress), the home of the royals and the watch tower which houses a museum now. Drive pass by the second highest road pass in your trip at 3425m (Yotong La). En route stop over the weaving place, beside the road where “Yatha” (wool weaving) is done which the Valley of Bumthang is famous for, rest of the time relax at your hotel.
  • Day 6: Jakar Sightseeing
  • Make an excursion drive to the village of Ura. En-route visit the burning lake. The drive will pass over the Shertang La pass at 3573m. On clear weather Bhutan’s highest mountain Gangkar Puensum (7540m) can be seen dominating the northern valley. Visit the Ura village and return.
  • Day 7: Jakar Sightseeing
  • Visit Jampay Lakhang, the one of the first 2 Buddhist temples built in the country. This is the home of the naked dance that is still performing annually. Visit Kurjey Temple, the site where royals are cremated, one can either walk cross the suspension bridge and visit the village of Parar and Tamshing or drive there. End your day with a walk passing by the Swiss farm. Evening stroll in Jakar town and try some local pancake and noodles.
  • Day 8: Jakar – Phobjikha (6 ½ Hrs)
  • Retrace and enjoy the drive back to the valley of Black-necked crane. Black-necked crane is one of the rare specials of the birds in the world, which migrates from Tibetan plateau to Bhutan in winters. On arrival at Gangtey visit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan. Evening relax in your hotel.
  • Day 9: Phobjikha – Paro (5 ½ Hrs)
  • Check out from the hotel, take an easy valley hike to the Gompa which take about 2 hrs and called Phobjikha Natural Trail, further drive back to Paro. If time permits, in Paro visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner.
  • Day 10: Paro Sightseeing
  • Morning hike up to Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking Paro Valley. Afternoon on your way back, we will spend some time doing archery in the village, optional visit to Kichu Lhakhang, one from the 2 oldest Buddhist temples in the country, historic Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress) and Evening at leisure
  • Day 11: Departure
  • Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport.
Booking

Features

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude

Chele La 3822 M / 12539 Ft

Best Time

Best Time

March - May and September - November

Visa

Visa

Visa on arrival for Indian Nationals with valid Voter ID card / Passport

DESTINATIONS

Destinations across the length and breadth of Himalayas

Himachal

Himachal is known for of its forests, rivers, v

Himachal

Ladakh

Drives across high mountain passes, great lakes,

Ladakh

Uttrakhand

Uttarakhand is a region of outstanding natural be

Uttrakhand

Bhutan

Opened to tourism only in 1974, Bhutan is today o

Bhutan

Sikkim

Home to India's highest peak; forest, rivers and

Sikkim