Pilgrimages to center Bhutan
Duration : 11 Night/12 Days
This pilgrimages tour combines with three days famous Bumthang cultures treks. Culture treks pass through the two different valleys in Bumthang crossing Fife la pass Alts.3700m. above sea level on second day.
Day 1: Enter Bhutan amidst its breathtaking landscape from Kathmandu, Kolkata or Bagdro – and take in sights of some of the world’s tallest peaks, Everest, Kanchen Dzonga, Lhotshe and Jomalhari. You will be warmly received by our friendly, traditionally dressed representative with the offering of a white welcome scarf.
- Transfer to hotel in Paro (about 25-minute drive from airport).
- Arrival at hotel and relax with welcome tea followed by check-in at hotel.
- Stroll around Paro town, which was developed after the airport was built in 1983.
- Visit Ta Dzong (watch tower) which was built in 1649 by Paro Governor Tenzin Drugda to protect the fortress below. The Ta Dzong was almost destroyed in 1965 but was restored by the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk into the National Museum of Bhutan in 1968.
- Visit Paro Dzong which was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Rimpoche. It was built to protect Paro Valley from frequent Tibetan invasions. Today this Dzong serves as the administrative office of Paro district and houses 110 monks.
- Visit Kichu Lhakhang which was founded by Tibetan king Songtshen Gyambo in 659 AD. It was built to subjugate the demon occupied lands all over the Himalayas and prevented the spread of Buddhism. The king built 108 temples in a day to overcome the demon.
- Over night hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery, the holiest monastery in the Buddhist World
Day 3:Transfer to hotel in Thimphu (about 1.5-hour drive from airport).
- Arrival at hotel in Thimphu, relax with welcome tea followed by check-in at hotel.
- Rest till lunch in hotel / nearby restaurant.
- After lunch, take a 10-min drive to Changangkha Temple (built in the 15th century by famous Lama Nima). Inside the temple is “God of Compassion” made out of platinum. You may witness blessing of a newborn baby in this temple.
- Drive to Mini Zoo, Bhutan’s only zoo to see the national animal Takin.
- Drive to Sangay Gang, lookout point of the Thimphu city.
- Visit nunnery founded by 16th Drubthob Tshangthong Gyalpo in 1976. More than 40 nuns study Buddhism in this nunnery.
- Visit Zorichusum (meaning 13 arts and crafts) which is popularly known as the painting school. Students in this school learn traditional arts and crafts like painting, sculpture, wood carving, weaving and embroidery.
- Visit the National Library which consists of 2 buildings. On the ground floor of the old building is the largest book in the world and religious books on the upper floor. English books are kept on the ground floor in the new building.
- Drive to Thimphu Tashicho Dzong, a fortress built in 1772 by the temporal ruler Zhidar and Younten Thaye the Chief Abbot.
- Over night hotel in Thimphu.
- Day 4
- Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Punakha, old capital of Bhutan (about 3-hour drive from Thimphu).
- Stopovers on the way at enchanting Docula pass (3040m above sea level). On a clear day one can see panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayas Mountains ranges.
- Arrive at Punakha Valley (1300m above sea level), a fertile valley were farmers grow two crops in a year.
- Visit Punakha Dzong which played an important role in the olden days. It was Bhutan’s second monastery school after the Cheri Monastery. The first king was crowned inside this Dzong in 1907. It is residence to the Centre Monk’s Body and Chief Abbot in winter.
- Hike to Chemi Lhakhang through a nice walk along the rice field and through farm houses. The temple was built by Lama Nawang Chogyel in 1499 and is today a popular temple where barren women come to pray for a child. The temple is popularly known as the Fertility Temple.
- Over night hotel in Punakha.
Day 5:After breakfast visit the Trongsa Dzong, Bhutan’s largest Dzong. The site was founded in the 16th Century by Lama Nagi Wangchuk but was enlarged in 1652 by first Governor of Trongsa, Chogay Minjur Tempa. Over night hotel in Bumthang.
Day 6:Start the day visiting the Jampa Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan founded by the 7th king of Tibet, Songtshen Gyampo in 659 AD. This temple was one of the 108 temples built by him throughout Tibet and Himalayas to overcome a giant demon. While Kichu Lhakhang in Paro was built on the left foot, Jampa Lhakhang was built on the left knee of demon to subjugate the frontiers.
- Twenty minutes walk to Kurji Lhakhang, the place where Guru Rimpoche meditated for 3 months to subdue the local deity who has taken the life force of the King Sindu Raji. You can see the body imprint of Guru Rimpoche in this temple.
- Walk half an hour to the 3rd temple Tamshing Lhakhang which means ‘temple of good message’. This temple was founded by Lama Pema Lingpa in 1501. The temple contains original wall painting from 1501 which it was never repainted.
- Visit Wangdicholing Dzong built by Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal in 1851. It is considered a masterpiece of architecture in the country.
- Visit Jakar Dzong, founded in 1649 by great grandfather of Zhabdrung Nawang Nangyal. It was later in 1683 by the 4th Druk Desi Gaysay Tenzin Rabgay, who added a tower water reservoir.
- Over night hotel in Bumthang.
Day 7 : Treks starts from Thangbi Gompa, it is twenty minutes drive from the hotel. The trail follow 1 km walk along the farm road, till small mani wall chorten,take trail going right. After ten minutes walk reach to suspension bridge crossing Chamkhar Chu. Trail continues right side of Chamkhar Chu, through meadows and forest of Blue Pine and draft bamboo. After an half hours reach to small village, from here take half hour to reach to camp site.
Day 8 :Trail start climbing from the camp site through the dense forest, first thirty minutes it is muddy. After three to four hours walk reach to the top of Fhepe la pass(3450m).The pass is marked with some prayer flags and small stupa(chorten). Trail goes down on the other side on ridge till reached to camp site.
Day 9: 1 hours walk to Ugyen Chholing Palace, across suspension bridge over Tang Chu, walk on the hilltop from where overlooks the surrounding valley. The palace was founded by great Nyingma master, Longchen Rabjampa in 14th century. Later his direct descendents took over his possessions and contributed to spreading his teaching. The Trongsa Penlop, Tshoki Dorji had built the palace, which is seen today. The preserve its legacy and provide a place for religious studies, research and solitude, the family who owns Ugyen Choling has turned the complex into a museum in 2001.
- Over night hotel in Bumthang.
Day 10: Drive back to Wangdi crossing two passes, Yotong la (3334m) and Pele la (3300m)
- It is opportunity to see Black Mountain and Mt. Gangkar Puensum from Yotongla pass and Mt. Jomolhari, Mt Jichudraki and Mt. Drakigang from Pelela pass, if you have missed while going.
- Over night hotel in Wangdi.
Day 11: Drive back to Paro, crossing Dochula pass. Today tried to leave early in the morning to get great view of Eastern Himalayas Mountains Ranges from pass.
- Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 12: After breakfast at hotel, our guide and driver will take you in the Air port for departure.