Trip Name: Jewel of the East
Trip Style: Classic
Service Level: Luxury
Trip duration: 15 Days/ 14 Nights
Physical demand: **
The trip to the east of Bhutan will take you through an almost primitive landscape without much development.The natural environment is pristine, the drive through dense forests mesmerizing. The trip also cuts across all the entry points of in the west, central and eastern Bhutan. The journey will definitely be a rewarding one. Enjoy.
Accommodation by regions
- Uma Resort
- Aman Kora
- Hotel Zhiwaling
- Aman Kora
- Tashi Taj
- Terma-lingka Resort
- Aman Kora
- Uma Resort
- Damchen Resort
- Yangkhill Resort
- Aman Kora Resort
Day 1 Paro/Thimphu
Welcome! Your local tour executive will receive you at Paro international air port. After refreshment, you will be taken for an orientation tour of Paro. You will visit Rinpung dzong, Ta-dzong (National Museum) and the ruins of Drukgyel dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. In the evening, you can leisurely go around Paro Town. After your tour of paro, you will travel to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
Day 2 Thimphu sightseeing
In the capital, you will taken for a morning visit to the folk heritage museum, painting school, and national library at Kawajangsa at the outskirts of Thimphu and the memorial chhorten in the heart of the city. You will visit the historic Changangkha monastery, Takin zoo at Motithang, and Sangaygang view point after lunch. You will also be taken to Kuenselphodrang or more popularly known as Buddha point where one of the tallest statues of Lord Buddha is being constructed. Towards evening, you will visit the Tashichhodzong, the seat of the Monarchy and the central monastic body.
Day 3 Thimphu/Trongsa
After early breakfast, you will be driven to Trongsa. There will be a stopover at Dochula from where you will be able to view the majestic mountain ranges and peaks on a clear day. Lunch will be served in Wangduephodrang. After lunch, you will continue the journey to Trongsa across Pelela, the mountain pass that divides east and west. Along the way, you will stop at Chendebji Chorten. You will halt for the night in Trongsa.
Day 4 Trongsa /Bumthang
Early in the morning, you will be taken to the south of Trongsa to visit the historic Royal Palace of Kuenga Rabten, the resident of the second king of Bhutan. on your return, you will visit the Trongsa Dzong followed by Ta Dzong overlooking the giant fort, now housing a museum. Towards the afternoon, you will be driven to Bumthang.
Day 5 Bumthang sightseeing
Bumthang Valley offers endless opportunities to experience the cultural and religious diversity of Bhutan. In the morning, you will visit two of the most religious sites in the country, Kuje Lhakhang and Jampa Lhakhang. After lunch you will visit Jakar Dzong, overlooking the valley and later visit the town.
Day 6 Bumthang/ Mongar
The journey to eastern Bhutan is like taking a walk in the woods; the serpentine roads cut across deep valleys, mountains, waterfalls, lush vegetation and precarious cliffs. It is marked with breathtaking landscape and scenery. It is also the land of weavers known for producing one of the finest textiles in the country. Mongar is 197Kms away from Bumthang and takes about seven hours.
On the way, there will be a stopover at Thrumshingla National Park and later at Lingmithang birding paradise to explore its rich natural biodiversity. You will view the ruins of Zongar dzong on the way.
Day 7 Mongar/TrashiYangtse
Mongar town, by far, is the biggest one in eastern Bhutan. It is home to Mongar dzong, and Aja pilgrimage. You can visit the dzongs and Yagang temple followed by lunch break. Later, you will be driven to Tashiyangtse, the winter home to the endangered black necked crane.
Day 8 Trashiyangtse/Trashigang
Trashiyangtse offers wide range of cultural hikes and sightseeing. The landscape is covered with natural beauty. You will visit Dongdi Dzong, Chorten Kora and Institute of Zorig Chu Sum. On your journey back to Trashgigang in the evening, you will visit Gom Kora temple by the riverside.
Day 9 Trashigang Sightseeing
Trashigang is a hot tub of cultural and ethnic diversity. Here you can come in touch with the highlanders of Merak and Sakteng. Trashigang also offers a variety of cultural tour and hikes. You can visit Radhi village, a very popular place for the production of locally woven silk garments in the country. Visit to Trashigang Dzong, excursion to Rangjung and Radhi village/excursion to Yongphula and Kanglung will be highlights of the trip. However, itinerary can be adjusted according to your wish.
Day 10 Trashigang/Bumthang
You will start early in the morning. On your journey back to Bumthang, you will have lunch in the scenic valley of Sengor and stop at the Thrumsingla – the highest point on the road – to take photographs.
Day 11 Bumthang/ Punakha
You travel to Punakha early in the morning. On the way, when you cross Pelela, you will take a detour to the valley of Phobjikha, the winter home to black necked crane.
Day 12 Punakha/Thimphu
The old capital of Bhutan, Punakha, offers a remarkable experience to visit monuments that have shaped the country’s history. The pungthang dewa chenpoi phodrang or the palace of great happiness is built at the confluence of Phochhu and mochhu. After visiting the dzong, you will take short hike to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyal stupa perched on the majestic blue pine hill of Sirigang. After the visit, you will be driven back to the capital.
Day 8 Thimphu/Paro
After breakfast, you will be driven to North Thimphu. From the road point, it is a gentle hike uphill to Tango monastery. The trail runs through a beautiful forest. Tango monastery is the leading Buddhist University in the country. After the hikes, you will be driven to Paro for the night halt.
Day 9 Paro/Tiger Nest Hike
The following morning, you will hike to the legendary Taktshang or the Tiger’s Nest. From Taktshang, perched on a precarious cliff, you will have a great view of the valley besides visiting the inner sanctum of one of the most sacred sites in the kingdom.
Day 15 Exit
Your tour executive will see you off at the airport.