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Bhutan Pilgrimage tour

Day 1. Arrival:-Arrival at Paro on national carrier; Druk Air. It is the most exciting mountain flights and befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In a clear weather, there are magnificent views of the world's highest peaks. On arrival, you will be welcomed by the representative of Experience Bhutan Travel at the airport, assist you with your luggage and drive to hotel for lunch.
After lunch, a short excursion to Dzongdrakha monastery, the cluster of cave temples seems like hanging on a cliff. It was in the 8th century, the great tantric master "Guru Rimpoche" meditated in this cave. It is a good 1 hour hike through few village houses and apple orchards. Steep short climb when you are nearing to the temple. Return to hotel Dinner and overnight at the hotel. L/D
Day 02: Excursion to Taktsang Monastery, visit historical places. O/N Hotel in Paro:-Following breakfast, drive 10km north through the beautiful valley of Paro and hike to Taktsang (tiger's Den) monastery hanging on a cliff 800m above the valley. In the 8th century Guru Rimpoche flew here on the back of a tigress in one of his eight forms called Guru Dorje Drolo and meditated for 3 months in a cave and converted Paro valley into Buddhism. Later in the 17th century, the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan Tenzin Rabgye built this present temple and named it Taktsang meaning; tiger's nest/den in the same spot where Guru meditated. This temple is one of the most sacred and also a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists from all over the world.
It takes 2 hours ascend till the closest view point and 1 hour descend to the valley. Stop at tourism café situated half way for refreshment. On your way back, you again stop at the café for lunch. After lunch, continue to walk down to the bottom of the valley where your vehicle is waiting. Drive further north and visit the Drukgyel Dzong (fortress of victorious Drukpas). It was burnt in 1951 by the tilting of butter lamp in the middle of the night so in present days it remains as ruins preserved as monument. It was built in 1647 after Bhutan stand victorious against Tibetan invasion. On your way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest and the most sacred temple in Bhutan built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gompo. The legend says that he built 108 temples throughout the Himalayan regions in a single day to subdue the demoness who was terrorizing the whole of Tibet, Nepal & Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel. B/L/D



Day 03: Drive Paro-Thimphu (60km, 2 hrs) :- Following breakfast, drive to visit Ta-dzong (national museum) an ancient tower, which served as watch tower to the Paro Rimpong Dzong until 1968 when it was converted into museum. The museum collection includes displays of spectacular thankas (religious scroll painting), ancient artifacts dating from 7th century onwards, beautiful Bhutanese stamps, temple with tree of wisdom depicting the history of Buddhism, collection of animals, birds & butterflies and the good collection of ancient armors such as canons, guns, shield, bows & arrows, spears etc. Visit the Rimpong dzong (fortress), the administrative & religious centre of Paro district. This dzong was built in 1646 by the order of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the one who unified Bhutan in the 17th century. After lunch in one of the restaurants in the town, 2 hours drive to Thimphu, the capital through windy road, deep river gorges, villages, apple orchards and rice terraces on either side. On arrival, check in to Hotel Dragon Roots. Evening at leisure. Stroll in the town, visit Bhutanese handicraft shops and buy souvenirs etc. as you like. Overnight at Hotel.BLD
Day 04: Hike to Chari & Tango Monasteries:-  Following breakfast, 15km drive north of Thimphu valley to Dodina, the dead-end of the road. Cross the cantilever/wooden bridge and hike for about an hour to Cheri monastery through the temperate forest of oak, rhododendrons and other species of hard wood trees. The view from monastery below is very photogenic. Chari Monastery was built on the mountain in 1619 and is the upper education level monastic school.
Climb down and after having your picnic lunch, drive little on the other side of the valley and walk to another monastery "Tango" This monastery dates back to 13th century but re-built in the 17th century by 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan, Tenzin Rabgye and is now the residence of his young incarnation.
Evening, return to hotel. Dinner and overnight the hotel.BLD

Day 05:Thimphu sightseeing. Evening drive to Punakha:-Following your breakfast, you enjoy full day of sightseeing that includes:
Memorial Chorten: This is a most impressive stupa built in the memory of Bhutan's third King by the order of Grand Queen mother Ashi Phuntsho Chhoden in 1974. The late King put into tangible form the three traditional pillars of Buddhism; the word, Body and Mind of Buddha. He had Tanjur, the word of Buddha, 1000 statues to represent the body of Buddha but he died before completing the mind of Buddha in the form of a stupa. So his mother built this stupa on his behalf. If anyone has the knowledge of Tantric Buddhism, it will be easier to comprehend the symbolic teachings inside the temple.
Changangkha Lhakhang: This is one of the oldest monastery built in 15th century. Located in a very beautiful spot overlooking the Thimphu valley. The main statue inside the state of Avaloketishvara, the god of compassion with 11 heads and 1000 arms.
Zilukha Nunnery: The nunnery was built in 1980s and is called "Dubthob Lhakhang", the name derived from the incarnation of saint Drubthob Thangthong Gyelpo who lived there and had the idea constructing it. Zulikha nunnery is one of the few nunneries in Bhutan and houses some 50-60 nuns.
Tashichhodzong: The biggest fort of Bhutan built in 1648. It houses secretariat building, King's throne room and other government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot.
Dechen Phodrang Monastery ( Palace of great Bliss): It is a Buddhist Monastery and became is monastic school in 1971 and now houses 450 monk students. The monastery contains a number of important historical Bhutanese artifacts including 12th century paintings monitored by UNESCO and a noted statue of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal on the upper floor. In the downstairs chapel, there is a central Sakyamuni Buddha.
In the afternoon, drive to Punakha, the winter residence of chief abbot. The road climbs for about an hour till you reach a pass at Dochula at an altitude of 3150M. Weather permitting, this pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. After hot cup of tea/coffee at the Dochula tourist's café, continue to descend a long way to Punakha & Wangdue through temperate forest of rhododendron & magnolia bloom in spring then a semi-tropical zone where orange trees, banana trees and cactuses are found in abundance. On arrival, check in to the hotel. BLD

Day 06:Sightseeing in Punakha :-Following breakfast, drive to visit the Punakha Dzong some 6-7 km away from the hotel. Punakha Dzong is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan situated in the confluence of Phochhu & Mochhu (male & female rivers). It looks like a giant ship with excellent wood work and detail of paintings. It was here that the first King was crowned in 1907. It was capital of Bhutan until 1955 when it was shifted to Thimphu. This dzong was also built by Shabdrung in 1637. Punakha dzong is still serves as winter resident of the chief abbot of Bhutan and houses both administrative & religious centre of Punakha district. Drive further north of the valley and hike for abut 45 minutes crossing over suspension bridge to new Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, a new temple built in 1999 by one of the 4 queens, Ashi Tshering Yangdon for the protection of the country. The trail leads through the rice field and village of Niengergang. The view from the temple to the valley below is photogenic. Drive back to hotel for lunch. After lunch, visit Chime Lhakhang, Dedicated to famous Drukpa Kagyud Lama "Drukpa Kuenley". The temple is situated on a hillock above Yoakha village. It is about 20 minutes walk from the road through rice terraces and village houses of Yoakha. Built in 1499 by his descendent Ngawang Chogyel. This temple is popularly know as "temple of fertility" and is the a pilgrim site for women who are unable to bear children.
Evening, return to hotel. Dinner and overnight. BLD




Day 07:Drive to Paro :-Following breakfast, drive back the same way to Thimphu crossing over Dochula pass. In Thimphu, visit weekend market (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) where you can see people selling & buying local as well as imported products. After lunch, 1 hour drive to Paro. Overnight at the hotel. BLD
Day 08:Fly out to  your own destination.

Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu
Arrival you will be received by tour manager and escorted to your hotel in kathmandu. Our tour manager will give you pre-tour briefing. Rest of time is leisure.

Day 02 : Kathmandu city tour
After breakfast, visit monkey temple (Swayambhunath Temple), Patan, Boudhanath sputa and Pashupati temple. Over night at Hotel.

Day 03 : Arrive Paro
The flight from Kathmandu to Paro, offers fascinating views of the eastern Himalayan range, including Mt. Everest. On arrival you will be received by your guide and escorted to your hotel in Paro. In the evening visit Paro town, stroll through its quaint two streets and browse through the shops. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.

Day 04 : Excursion to Taktshang
After an early breakfast, drive to the foot of the Taktshang cliff before walking uphill for 2 hours to reach this monastery, giddily perched on a sheer 800m rock face. Taktshang means ‘Tiger’s Nest’ as legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this spot on the back of a tigress in the eight century. He meditated here making this temple a sacred pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. Lunch at the Taktshang Cafeteria. The trip to and fro takes four hours for which riding ponies can be arranged.

Day 05 : Paro Sightseeing
Drive to Drukgyel Dzong, the fortress of the victorious Drukpas. Although gutted by a fire, the fortress once served to repel Tibetan invasions. On the way back visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse to get a glimpse into the daily life of the Bhutanese. In the afternoon, visit the National Museum and Rinpung Dzong (built in 1645 A.D). After evening tea, drive to Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 06 : Thimphu Sightseeing
Morning, enjoy a cultural show at Royal Academy of Performing Arts and visit the weekend market if on a weekend. Visit the National Library where many rare and ancient manuscripts are preserved and the School Arts & Crafts.

Day 07 : Thimphu Sightseeing
In the morning, visit the Memorial Chorten, a stupa conceptualized by the Third King to ward off negative influences. It was later built in his memory by the present King and the Queen Mother. Other important places include the Folk Heritage Museum for an insight into the medieval lifestyle of the Bhutanese; the National Library which contains collections of literature and scriptures; the Textile Museum for ancient Bhutanese textile collections; a Nunnery, the 12th century Changgangkha temple; and a drive to the viewpoint of Thimphu and national animal-Takin research center. If time permits, visit Tashicho Dzong, the center of government and the monastic order. Independent tour of the town.

Day 08 : Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdiphodrang (77Km. 3hrs)
Thimphu - Punakha/Wangdiphodrang. After an early breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdiphodrang. On the way, stop at Dochula Pass (Alt. 3050m. Distance 26 Kms.) for tea/coffee and enjoy spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan range. In Puankha, visit Chimi lhakhang, built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley or the Divine Madman. The temple is renowned for blessing barren women with fertility. In the evening the Punakha Dzong, straddling a junction between two rivers. Overnight at Hotel in Wangdiphodrang.

Day 09 : Wangdiphodrang - Trongsa (129Km. 4.30Hrs)
After an early breakfast, drive to Trongsa which takes about 6 hrs. with picnic lunch at Chendebji . Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.

Day 10 : Trongsa – Bumthang (68Km. 2.30Hrs)
After viewing Trongsa Dzong, one of the most impressive Dzongs built in the 17th century by Shabdrung. It is an architectural masterpiece with courtyards and corridors and 23 temples. After an early lunch, depart for Bumthang over Yongtong La pass (3340m) En route, observe the Yathra weaving center at Zungey.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11 : Bumthang – sightseeing
After breakfast explore the beautiful valley which open and spacious at elevations ranging from 8’500 ft to over 13’000 ft. It is a haven for trekkers and hikers. It is also home to many prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries.

Visit to Tamshing Lhakhang, the treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings and Jakar Dzong, the administrative centre of the valley.

Afternoon visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred temples here. Later visit Jambay Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan king, Tsongtsen Goembo. Evening visit to local shops. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 12 : Bumthang – Mongar (198Km. 7hrs)
The journey continues eastwards winding through more rugged terrain. The drive with spectacular views will take about 7 hours. Pass through Ura village in Bumthang before climbing sharply to the highest motorable pass in the Kingdom, the Thrumshingla pass (4,000 m). Gradually drop down to Sengor, with cascading waterfalls on the way.

The descent stops at 700m, on a bridge over the Kurichu. Ascent again through pine forest, maize fields and eastern hamlets to Mongar town. Visit Mongar Dzong, built quite recently. Overnight at the lodge in Mongar.

Day 13 : Mongar – Trashigang (90Km. 4hrs)
This trip of about 96 km takes 3 hours passing through Kori la pass (2,450m), the place marked by a pretty chhorten and a stonewall. The first part of the journey is through leafy forest filled with ferns. Later road descends rapidly through cornfields and banana groves and the famous ziazags of Yadi, a recent settlement. About 30 km onwards lies Trashigang at 1000m. Trashigang is the biggest and most populated district in the country. Visit Trashigang Dzong, standing at the extreme end of the spur, overlooking the Gamri River. It serves as the administrative seat for the district and the monastic school. Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

Day 14 : Trashigang (Excursion to Trashiyangtse) (52Km. 2.30hrs)
24 km from Trashigang, visit the temple of Gom Kora , set on a small alluvial plateau, overlooking the river. Gom Kora is the spot where Guru Rinpoche subdued a demon. Further ahead reach Doksum village where you can see women weaving traditional Bhutanese fabric and a chain bridge dating back to the 15th century. Visit to Trashiyangtse Dzong, situated at the altitude of 1,850m. Evening return to Trashigang. Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

Day 15  Optional : Trashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar (180Km. 6hrs.)
This 6-7 hours drive to the small town in the south bordering Assam is about 180 kms. This route passes through Kanglung, the site iof Bhutan ’s only university, Sherubtse College. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16 : Samdrup Jongkhar - Gauhati Airport (110Km.3hrs)
You can drive to Gauhati, which is 2-3 hours to connect your onward flight to Delhi/Kolkotta. Representative of Mission Eco Trek will bid you farewell.

OR

Day 15 : Trashigang – Bumthang (289 km, 10 hours)
After breakfast drive back to Bumthang with lunch en route.
Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 16 : Bumthang – Punakha (205 km, 6 hours)
Morning visit Bumthang market and drive to Punakha. Lunch will be served in Trongsa town.
Overnight at hotel in Punakha.

Day 17 : Punakha – Paro (125 km, 4.1/2 hours)
Morning free time in Punakha. After lunch drive to Paro for overnight stay.

Day 18 : Departure
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination - See more at: http://www.missionecotrek.com/bhutan/depth_of_bhutan.php#sthash.Bsbtxp78.dpuf
Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu
Arrival you will be received by tour manager and escorted to your hotel in kathmandu. Our tour manager will give you pre-tour briefing. Rest of time is leisure.

Day 02 : Kathmandu city tour
After breakfast, visit monkey temple (Swayambhunath Temple), Patan, Boudhanath sputa and Pashupati temple. Over night at Hotel.

Day 03 : Arrive Paro
The flight from Kathmandu to Paro, offers fascinating views of the eastern Himalayan range, including Mt. Everest. On arrival you will be received by your guide and escorted to your hotel in Paro. In the evening visit Paro town, stroll through its quaint two streets and browse through the shops. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.

Day 04 : Excursion to Taktshang
After an early breakfast, drive to the foot of the Taktshang cliff before walking uphill for 2 hours to reach this monastery, giddily perched on a sheer 800m rock face. Taktshang means ‘Tiger’s Nest’ as legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this spot on the back of a tigress in the eight century. He meditated here making this temple a sacred pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. Lunch at the Taktshang Cafeteria. The trip to and fro takes four hours for which riding ponies can be arranged.

Day 05 : Paro Sightseeing
Drive to Drukgyel Dzong, the fortress of the victorious Drukpas. Although gutted by a fire, the fortress once served to repel Tibetan invasions. On the way back visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse to get a glimpse into the daily life of the Bhutanese. In the afternoon, visit the National Museum and Rinpung Dzong (built in 1645 A.D). After evening tea, drive to Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 06 : Thimphu Sightseeing
Morning, enjoy a cultural show at Royal Academy of Performing Arts and visit the weekend market if on a weekend. Visit the National Library where many rare and ancient manuscripts are preserved and the School Arts & Crafts.

Day 07 : Thimphu Sightseeing
In the morning, visit the Memorial Chorten, a stupa conceptualized by the Third King to ward off negative influences. It was later built in his memory by the present King and the Queen Mother. Other important places include the Folk Heritage Museum for an insight into the medieval lifestyle of the Bhutanese; the National Library which contains collections of literature and scriptures; the Textile Museum for ancient Bhutanese textile collections; a Nunnery, the 12th century Changgangkha temple; and a drive to the viewpoint of Thimphu and national animal-Takin research center. If time permits, visit Tashicho Dzong, the center of government and the monastic order. Independent tour of the town.

Day 08 : Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdiphodrang (77Km. 3hrs)
Thimphu - Punakha/Wangdiphodrang. After an early breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdiphodrang. On the way, stop at Dochula Pass (Alt. 3050m. Distance 26 Kms.) for tea/coffee and enjoy spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan range. In Puankha, visit Chimi lhakhang, built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley or the Divine Madman. The temple is renowned for blessing barren women with fertility. In the evening the Punakha Dzong, straddling a junction between two rivers. Overnight at Hotel in Wangdiphodrang.

Day 09 : Wangdiphodrang - Trongsa (129Km. 4.30Hrs)
After an early breakfast, drive to Trongsa which takes about 6 hrs. with picnic lunch at Chendebji . Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.

Day 10 : Trongsa – Bumthang (68Km. 2.30Hrs)
After viewing Trongsa Dzong, one of the most impressive Dzongs built in the 17th century by Shabdrung. It is an architectural masterpiece with courtyards and corridors and 23 temples. After an early lunch, depart for Bumthang over Yongtong La pass (3340m) En route, observe the Yathra weaving center at Zungey.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11 : Bumthang – sightseeing
After breakfast explore the beautiful valley which open and spacious at elevations ranging from 8’500 ft to over 13’000 ft. It is a haven for trekkers and hikers. It is also home to many prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries.

Visit to Tamshing Lhakhang, the treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings and Jakar Dzong, the administrative centre of the valley.

Afternoon visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred temples here. Later visit Jambay Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan king, Tsongtsen Goembo. Evening visit to local shops. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 12 : Bumthang – Mongar (198Km. 7hrs)
The journey continues eastwards winding through more rugged terrain. The drive with spectacular views will take about 7 hours. Pass through Ura village in Bumthang before climbing sharply to the highest motorable pass in the Kingdom, the Thrumshingla pass (4,000 m). Gradually drop down to Sengor, with cascading waterfalls on the way.

The descent stops at 700m, on a bridge over the Kurichu. Ascent again through pine forest, maize fields and eastern hamlets to Mongar town. Visit Mongar Dzong, built quite recently. Overnight at the lodge in Mongar.

Day 13 : Mongar – Trashigang (90Km. 4hrs)
This trip of about 96 km takes 3 hours passing through Kori la pass (2,450m), the place marked by a pretty chhorten and a stonewall. The first part of the journey is through leafy forest filled with ferns. Later road descends rapidly through cornfields and banana groves and the famous ziazags of Yadi, a recent settlement. About 30 km onwards lies Trashigang at 1000m. Trashigang is the biggest and most populated district in the country. Visit Trashigang Dzong, standing at the extreme end of the spur, overlooking the Gamri River. It serves as the administrative seat for the district and the monastic school. Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

Day 14 : Trashigang (Excursion to Trashiyangtse) (52Km. 2.30hrs)
24 km from Trashigang, visit the temple of Gom Kora , set on a small alluvial plateau, overlooking the river. Gom Kora is the spot where Guru Rinpoche subdued a demon. Further ahead reach Doksum village where you can see women weaving traditional Bhutanese fabric and a chain bridge dating back to the 15th century. Visit to Trashiyangtse Dzong, situated at the altitude of 1,850m. Evening return to Trashigang. Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

Day 15  Optional : Trashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar (180Km. 6hrs.)
This 6-7 hours drive to the small town in the south bordering Assam is about 180 kms. This route passes through Kanglung, the site iof Bhutan ’s only university, Sherubtse College. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16 : Samdrup Jongkhar - Gauhati Airport (110Km.3hrs)
You can drive to Gauhati, which is 2-3 hours to connect your onward flight to Delhi/Kolkotta. Representative of Mission Eco Trek will bid you farewell.

OR

Day 15 : Trashigang – Bumthang (289 km, 10 hours)
After breakfast drive back to Bumthang with lunch en route.
Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 16 : Bumthang – Punakha (205 km, 6 hours)
Morning visit Bumthang market and drive to Punakha. Lunch will be served in Trongsa town.
Overnight at hotel in Punakha.

Day 17 : Punakha – Paro (125 km, 4.1/2 hours)
Morning free time in Punakha. After lunch drive to Paro for overnight stay.

Day 18 : Departure
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination - See more at: http://www.missionecotrek.com/bhutan/depth_of_bhutan.php#sthash.Bsbtxp78.dpuf
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