Eastern Bhutan Culture Tour (13N/14D)

Tour Overview

This tour takes you to Eastern Part of the country to experience and explore some its diverse culture and traditions comprising with some sightseeing around the valleys, short trip to visit Dzongs and temples, art and architecture which will help you to outline and explore. Also this tour incorporates some Day excursion to visit some of the breath taking places and photographic hotspots.

Tour Highlight

Closing Timing of monuments in various places


School of 13 Arts & Crafts – Sunday & Government Holiday

National Textile Museum – Sunday & Government Holiday

Centenary Farmer’s Market – Monday – Wednesday


National Museum (Ta-Dzong)

Day 01: Arrival: Paro – Thimphu

 Distance: 65km (1.5hrs)
Elevation: 2,250mts / 7,382ft

Paro: It is a broad and beautiful green bowl valley surrounded by jagged Himalayan Mountains and forested hillsides, crossed by beautiful rivers and dotted with medieval fortresses. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 AD and has been the legislative, executive, judicial and religious centre for the people of Paro. Also the nations home of National Museum and International Airport.

After landing you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver and will be chauffeured to the Capital City of Bhutan.Thimphu (2320m): Is the capital of Bhutan with a population of about 100000 and is the nation’s largest city. It depicts strong national character in its architectural style yet it is legislative, executive, judicial and religious centre of the government.

Check in hotel and after that  we will visit the following places:

Buddha Point

Memorial Chorten

Tashichho Dzong

Evening: Free to explore Thimphu town and Bhutanese Authentic Local Craft Bazaar

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu – Sightseeing

Morning: Hike to Cheri Monastery (15km/30-45min)

After lunch visit the following places:

School of Thirteen Arts & Crafts

National Textile Museum

Centenary Farmer’s Market (Open: Thursday – Sunday)

Overnight in Thimphu

 Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha

Distance: 77km (2.5hrs)

Elevation: 1,200mts / 3,900ft

The journey to Punakha includes the 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten commonly known as Dochula standing at 3150m above the sea level. The Druk Wangyel Chorten was built to celebrate the

Stability and progress brought to Bhutan by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth king of Bhutan. The pass provides spectacular 360 degree panaromic view of Himalayan Mountain Range.

After checking into hotel visit the following places:

Chimmi Lhakhang (45 min hike round trip)

Punakha Dzong

Suspension Bridge

Evening: Free to explore Punakha Town.

Overnight in Punakha

Day 04: Punakha – Phobjikha

Distance: (78km/3hrs)

Elevation: 3,000mts / 9,843ft

After breakfast drive to Phobjikha. The Phobjikha Valley is a vast U-shaped glacial valley, also known as Gangteng Valley named after the impressive Gangteng Monastery, where the graceful black-necked cranes in Bhutan from the Tibetan Plateau visit the valley during the winter season to roost. On arrival in the Phobjikha Valley in the last week of October, the black-necked cranes circle the Gangteng Monastery three times and also repeat the process while returning to Tibet.

After checking into hotel visit the following places:

Gangtey Goempa

Gangtey Natural Trail (1.5hr)

Black Neck Crane’s information center

Overnight in Phobjikha

Day 05: Phobjikha – Trongsa

Distance: 120km (4-5hrs)

Elevation: 2,300mts / 7546ft

After breakfast drive to Trongsa. Trongsa is situated on a steep ridge and offers spectacular views of the deep valleys surrounding it. It was considered crucial to controlling the kingdom in earlier years due to its strategic position. Trongsa forms the central hub of the nation and is historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched.

After reaching check into hotel and visit the following places:

Chendebji Chorten

Trongsa Dzong

Ta Dzong

Evening: Free to explore Trongsa Town

Overnight in Trongsa

Day 06: Trongsa – Bumthang

 Distance: 68Km (2hrs)

Elevation: 2,600mts / 8,530ft

Bumthang Dzongkhag consists of four main valleys Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor. Choekhor is the largest of the four mountain valleys and is widely considered as ‘Bumthang Valley. The valleys are broad and gentle carved by the ancient glaciers.

After reaching check into the hotel and visit the following places:

Jambay Lhakhang

Kujey Lhakhang

Tamshing Lhakhang

Farm house

Evening: Free to explore Bumthang Town

Overnight in Bumthang

Day 07: Bumthang – Day excursion to Tang Ugyen Chholing Palace

 Distance: 40km (1-2hrs)

After breakfast drive to Tang Ugyenchholing Palace

En-route enjoy the view of Tang Valley

Ugyenchholing Palace

Evening: Drive back to Bumthang for night hold.

Overnight in Home Stay

 Day 08: Bumthang – Mongar

 Distance: 198km (8.5hrs)

Elevation: 1,600mts / 5,250ft

The journey from Bumthang to Mongar is one of the most beautiful in the Himalayas crossing 4,000m high Thrumshing la (pass). Gushing waterfalls, steep cliffs with even steeper drops, blazing flowers and constantly changing vegetation combine to make this journey as varied as it is beautiful. Mongar marks the beginning of Eastern Bhutan. The second largest town in the sub-tropical east, Mongar like Trashigang further east, is situated on the side of a hill in the contrasts to other towns of Western Bhutan which was built on the valley floor.

En-route visit Ura Village

After Checking into hotels visit Mongar Dzong

Evening: Free to explore Mongar Town

Overnight in Mongar

 Day 09: Mongar – Day Excursion to Lhuntse

Distance: 76km (3hrs)

Elevation: 1,700mts / 5,577ft

After breakfast drive to Lhuntse. Lhuntse is one of the most rural and isolated district in the kingdom of Bhutan. The Kurote Regoin of Lhuntse is the ancestral home of the Royal Family of the Bhutan.

Visit the following Places in Lhuntse:

Lhuntse Dzong

World’s tallest Statue of Guru Rinpoche at Takila

Khoma Village

Evening: Drive back to Mongar for the night hold

Overnight in Mongar

Day 10: Mongar – Trashigang

Distance: 91Km (3hrs)

Elevation: 1,100m/3,610ft

Trashigang Dzongkhag is the largest district in the country. Its aboriginal inhabitants are known as the Tshanglas. Trashigang dzong sits majestically on a high ridge overlooking the Dangmechu and the Gamrichu. It was built in 1651 and over the years has played a crucial role as the administrative center of the district. In the 17th century it was also essential in defending the province as it withstood several Tibetan attacks that were launched from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

En-route visit Drametse village

Trashigang Dzong

Evening: Free to explore Trashigang Town

Overnight in Trashigang

Day 11: Trashigang – Day Excursion to Tashiyangtse

 Distance: 55km (2.5hrs)

Elevation: 1,750mts / 5,741ft

Tashiyangtse is a rapidly growing town and administrative center of the district. Situated in a small river valley, it is a lovely spot from which there are fascinating walks in the surrounding countryside.

En-route visit Gom Kora

After reaching Tashiyangtse visit the following places:

Chorten Kora

Trashiyangtse Dzong

Evening: Drive back to Trashigang for the night hold

Overnight in Trashigang

Day 12: Trashigang – Paro (Domestic Flight – Approx. 1 hr)

Distance: 527km (17-18hrs)

After Breakfast drive to Yonphula Airport to catch a domestic flight to Paro. After landing, drive to hotel for checking into hotel and visit the following places:

National Museum

Rinpung Dzong

Kyichu Lhakhang:

Evening: Free to explore Paro Town

Overnight in Paro

 Day 13: Paro -“Hike to Tiger’s Nest” (Approx. 4 – 5 hrs)

Bhutan’s most picturesque landmark, Taktshang the Tiger’s nest clings to the side of a steep cliff 300 meters above the Paro valley. The place was first visited by Guru Rimpoche, founder of the tantric form of Buddhism in Himalayan countries, in the 8th century.  It was said that he meditated there for about three months.  The original temple was built in the 17th century, but tragically, it was consumed by fire in 1998.  Like a phoenix, the temple was rebuilt to its fullest glory in 2003.  Takshang is considered to be the 10th-holiest site in the Buddhist world.

Evening: Relax at the hotel or free to explore further

Overnight in Paro

Day 14: Departure

After breakfast, following your flight schedule transfer to Paro International Airport for your onward journey


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