10 Days Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Paro and Sightseeing.  After checked-in at hotel, visit Ta Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture as well as a local religious administrative Centre. Next visit Paro Museum an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics.

Day 02: Paro to Thimphu (55km-1½hours). Today, we will drive to the capital city Thimphu. Thimphu (2400m/7875ft) is the Centre of government, religion and commerce. The capital has an interesting combination of tradition and modernity, and includes some of the most advanced and remotest parts of the kingdom. Upon arrival visit National Library established in the late 1960s primarily to conserve the literary treasures which form a significant part of Bhutan’s cultural heritage and Painting Schoolthe Institute offers you a glimpse of novices learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.  It is a hands-on trip for you. Later visit National Post Office where you can make stamps with your own photos. In the evening visit Tashichhodzong “fortress of the glorious religion” was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s.  Tashichhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. In the evening visit Handicrafts Shop a wide assortment of colorful, hand woven textiles and other craft products is available for purchase at the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and many smaller handicrafts shops around the town.

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (70km-3hours). Today after breakfast you will drive to Punakha (1300m/4265ft) the former capital of Bhutan. On the way after 45 minutes’ drive from Thimphu will reach at highest pass between Thimphu and Punakha the place called Dochula pass (3140m) where you can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on clear day. Proceed to Chhimi Lhakhang a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and a sacred place where people pray for children. Upon arrival check in hotel and visit Punakha Dzong Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) rivers, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan which houses some rich Buddhist collections.

Day 04: Punakha to Trongsa (169-7hours). After breakfast we will drive to Trongsa (2300m/7545ft) via Pele-la pass (3300m) the highest pass between Wangdue and Trongsa. The Pele-la pass separates the western and central Bhutan. You may stop at Pele la for a while for photo shooting on clear weather. Upon arrival check in hotel and visit Trongsa Dzong the home of the royals and now the administrative and monastic body.

Day 05: Trongsa to Bumthang (68km-3Hours). Today after breakfast you will visit Ta Dzong(watch tower) a museum dedicated to the monarchs of the kingdom of Bhutan. Drive to Bumthang about 68km, which would take 3hours. On the way to Bumthang you will pause at Chumey waving Centre, where you could find handicraft items. Upon arrival visit Jakar Dzong Centre of the Bumthang region. It played an important role as the fortress of defense of the whole eastern Dzongkhag. It was also became the seat of the first king of Bhutan. At present the Dzong is use as administrative and monastery body.

Day0 6: Bumthang Sightseeing. After breakfast you will visit Jampa Lhakhang one of the first two Buddhist temples built in the country built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century A.D. next visit administrative and monastery body. Next visit Wangdichholing Palace built in 1857. As it was the first palace not constructed as a fortress. The palace was the principal residence of the first king and was used by the second and third, but it is now vacant. The King's aunt presently owns the palace. Also visit Kurje Lhakhang the site where royals are cremated. Hike to Kunzang Drak Hike It is two hours walk above Drangchel, Tang Valley. It is one of the most important sites related to Tertoen Pemalingpa, the great treasure discoverer in Bhutan. He constructed the Goenpa in 1488, and many of his sacred relics are kept here including the gilded stone bearing his footprint.

Day 07: Bumthang to Phobjikha (193km-7½hours). Today after breakfast you will drive to Phobjikha. Gangtey is a beautiful place situated at an altitude of 3000m. From Gangtey, one can closely view the picturesque black mountain ranges as well as the beautiful Phobjikha valley which is one of the biggest and the most beautiful valleys in the country. During winters, we can also see the famous Black Necked Cranes there. Upon arrival visit Gangtey Monasterythe only Nyingmapa Monastery in western Bhutan

Day 08: Phobjikha to Paro (195km-7½hours). Morning pause for a while for photo shooting at Gangtey valley and drive to Paro. On the way to Paro take a short break if necessary.

Day 09: Hike to Taktsang Monastery (3-4 hours walk round trip). After breakfast you will hike to Tiger’s Nest.

“Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang”, says one tourist. Indeed it’s true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss. Tiger Nest: Taktshang monastery is located atop an 800 meter cliff in Paro.
Taktshang or the Tigers lair as the monastery is widely regarded is one of the most important in Bhutan. Its history is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD. The cave was named Taktshang after Guru Rimpoche flew into the cave from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in eastern Bhutan riding on a tigress. Later in 1692 the fourth Druk Desi Tenzin Rabgye started to construct monastery and finally completed after three years in 1694. On return visit Kichu lhakhang one of the oldest temples to have been built in Bhutan by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century AD

Day 10: Departure

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