(12 nights 13 days)
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.
- Day 1: Delhi/Kolkata - Paro (2200 M) Arrive in Paro by air from Kolkata/Delhi in the morning. After freshening up at your hotel leave to see the National Museum- the first of its kind it has a collection that covers everything from natural history to religious paintings. Later drive up to the Paro Dzong and walk through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Evening stroll in Paro town to take a peek into some local handicrafts stores. Overnight in a hotel
- Day 2: Paro Do a full day excursion to the pristine & exotic Haa Valley going over the highest motorable pass in Bhutan - Chele La.
- Day 3: Paro - Thimphu (2350 M) 65 kms / 1 ½ hrs After a leisurely breakfast drive to reach the capital city Thimphu. Later visit the Memorial Chorten built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang- the oldest temple in the valley & Zilukha Nunnery. Overnight in a hotel. Please note: those interested in hiking could leave after an early breakfast to do a steep climb through densely forested hill side to the stunningly located Taktsang (Tiger’s nest) monastery; and then drive to Thimphu.
- Day 4: Thimphu - Punakha Valley (1260 M) 77 kms / 2 ½ hrs Drive to Punakha valley; Bhutan’s winter capital over Dochu– stop here to see the exquisite 108 Chortens and stunning views of snow clad Himalayan ranges. Later visit the Punakha Dzong, located at the intersection of the Po Chu & Mo Chu rivers this is one of the most scenically situated dzongs in the country. Later do as short but sweet hike charming Chimi Lhakhang – Fertility Temple. Overnight in a hotel.
- Day 5: Punakha Valley- Phobjikha Valley at Gangtey (3000 M) 60 kms / 2 hrs Today we drive towards central Bhutan, but into the hidden & pristine Phobjika Valley – winter home to the rare & endangered Black Neck Cranes. It is also a protected wildlife conservation area within Jigme Singye Mountains National Park. Later visit the imposing Gangtey Gompa, located atop a hilltop this is the largest and only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan. Overnight in a hotel.
- Day 6: Phobjikha Valley at Gangtey Do an early morning walk into the valley: an immensely pleasurable experience. Visit the Norsen carpet factory in Tibiting. In winters do a walk on the Gangtey Nature Trail to spot the Black Necked Cranes.
- Day 7: Gangtey - Bumthang Valley at Jakar (2800 M) 150 km / 5- 6 hrs From Gangtey we head back to the main highway, carry on over Pele La (3390 M) and enter central Bhutan. At Trongsa we stop to take a look at the impressive Trongsa Dzong. Moving onwards to Bumthang Valley we cross another high pass Yotong La (3425 M) and we also stop to see the weavers of Zugney & Chumey. is the cultural and spiritual centre of the country. Overnight in a hotel.
- Day 8: Jakar Bumthang valley is the spiritual & cultural heart of the country. Today we visit Jakar Dzong – the largest in the country, Wangdichholing Palace, and the over 1500 yr old Jambey Lakhang. We also see a Swiss Cheese Factory.
- Day 9: Bumthang Valley- Mongar (1600 M) 198 kms / 7 hrs The journey from Bumthang to Mongar is one of the most beautiful in the Himalayas, crossing two high passes Sheylang La (3596 M) & Thrumshing La (3780 M). Mongar marks the beginning of eastern Bhutan. The second largest town in the subtropical east, Mongar, like Trashigang further east, is situated on the side of a hill in contrast to other towns of western Bhutan which are built on the valley floor. Overnight in a hotel.
- Day 10: Mongar - Trashigang (1150 M) 90 kms / 4 hrs Today we cross over Kori La (2298 m) to reach Trashigang on the bank of Gamri Chu River. This is the country's largest district and was once the center of a busy trade with Tibet. This town is also the market place for the hill people from Merak and Sakteng who are remarkable for their exceptional features and costumes.
- Day 11: Trashigang Do a driving excursion of 55 km / 1 ½ hrs each way to one of the last motorable villages on the eastern side – Trashiyangtse. See the beautiful dzong here. You could also buy handicrafts made by students of Local Institute for Zorig Chusum (it teaches 12 traditional art forms).
- Day 12: Trashigang- Samdrup Jongkhar 180 kms / 6 hrs Drive to the border town; Samdrup Jongkhar. The scenery and vegetation changes drastically as you drive through light mountain jungle.
- Day 13: Samdrup Jongkhar - Guwahati Airport 110 kms /3 hrs - FLY BACK Leave after breakfast to be dropped at Guwahati Airport around noon. Board an afternoon/late flight back home.