Bumthang is the spiritual heartland of Bhutan and here you will discover the rich pageantry and festive atmosphere of the Jambay Lhakhang Drup, where you will be able to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan.
Tshechu is a Buddhist festival in honor of Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian tantric saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. Local villagers gather in a spirit of festivity, celebration and deep faith to witness unique masked dances and celebrations. Also visit sacred sites in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang.
Upon arrival at the Paro International Airport, you will be received by our Guide and Driver who will drive you to Thimphu. You will enjoy the drive from Paro-Thimphu through the valley and beautiful landscapes. Visit National Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordhenma and Tashichhodzong before you finally retire for the night.
Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Zoo, National Library, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Folk Heritage Museum and Royal Textile Academy.
En-route Dochula Pass, Botanical garden at Lam Peri and then Chimi Lhakhang before reaching Punakha. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong and suspension bridge.
Drive to Bumthang via Trongsa (8 hrs) over Pele La pass (3,420 m) on the Black Mountain range. En-route visit beautiful Chendebji Chorten, built in the 18th century and enjoy the panoramic view of Trongsa Dzong.
In the morning witness the mask dance festival at Jambay lhakhang. Later part of afternoon visit Kurjey Lhakhang and Tamshing Lhakhang. If time permits visit the Red Panda beer factory and the cheese factory.
In the morning witness the mask dance festival at Jambay lhakhang. Later part of afternoon visit a nunnery at Bepzur and visit Mebartso (The burning Lake). It is here that Terton Pemalingpa (founder of the Nyingmapa sect) is said to have found a treasure hidden by Guru Padmasambhava.
Start early today for Gangtey, about 6 hrs from Bumthang. The wide and picturesque Phobjikha valley is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes (November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Visit Gangtey Goempa (Monastery), the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan and explore Phobjika Valley with time to view the Black-Necked Cranes. Overnight at your hotel in Phobjikha.
Morning visit to view the Black-Necked Cranes center before departing for Paro (approx 7 hrs). From Gangtey the road gradually descends into Wangduephodrang valley before climbing up towards Dochu La Pass.
Morning hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Later afternoon, photo shot wearing traditional Gho and Kira and witness or practice Archery match.
Depart for Haa, the westernmost valley in Bhutan. This is a beautiful drive (3.5 h) that is relatively free of traffic. The road takes us back to Chuzom (river conﬂuence) where we catch a glimpse of the three shrines in Nepali, Tibetan and Bhutanese style which were built to ward off evil spirits, and then traverses left past Dobje Dzong, an ancient prison which now houses a monastery. Picturesque and quaint villages dot the hillsides for the rest of our drive to Haa.
After breakfast, depending on your flight timing our Guide and Driver will drive you to Paro Airport for your onward journey.