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Amazing Bhutan trip 11D/10N

The Highlights

  • Paro
  • Thimphu
  • Punakha
  • Gangtey
  • Trongsa
  • Bumthang
  • Dochula pass
  • Many monasteries and historical sights

Description

It is easy to come up with many valid reasons to plan a trip to Bhutan. Allow us to give you a few:

  • Bhutan’s nature is protected by the government and offers thousands of breathtaking views. You won’t find any plastic bags here because they are simply… banned!
  • If you currently live in a city, Bhutan is the ultimate place to enjoy vast open space.
  • How many of your friends have visited Bhutan? Probably not a lot… you will have cool stories to share after your Bhutan trip.
  • The crime rate in Bhutan is almost zero; you won’t find a safer country.
  • Bhutan is the world’s only capital with no traffic lights.
  • Bhutan is one of few countries that have kept their cultural authenticity.
  • Exploring Bhutan is like traveling back in time; many rural areas have remained unchanged for centuries.

If you are a real traveler and love authenticity, Bhutan is the ultimate place to visit.

Itinerary

Day 1: Paro (2,280 m ASL)

  • Upon arrival at the airport, you are welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
  • After lunch, you visit Ta Dzong, built in 1656 and renovated in 1968. Ta Dzong is an ancient watchtower and now houses the National Museum. Beneath the museum is the Rimpung Dzong, literally meaning “the heap of jewels”. It is the centre of the civil and religious authority in this valley, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Dinner and overnight stay are at the Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.

Day 2: Paro – Thimphu (2,320 m ASL) 

  • After an early breakfast, you set course to Satsam Chorten. Upon arrival, a 2-hour walk takes you to the viewpoint point of the Takstang Monastery. The trail leads you uphill through beautiful pine forest. Many trees are covered with Spanish moss and some are decorated with colorful prayer flags. You have a break in the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria), from where you take a short walk to reach the viewpoint of the Taktsang Monastery.
  • After lunch, you visit the Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the late Tibetan king, Srongsen Gampo.
  • From Kichu Lhakhang, you drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong. The Great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval “Bhutan”, built this one in 1647. An accidental fire destroyed the Dzong. After the fire, it was left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories. While you visit the ramparts, you can have a spectacular view on Mount Jhomolhari (7,314 m ASL) on a clear day.
  • In the evening, you head towards Thimphu. En route, you halt at the Tamchog Monastery, built in the 15th century by Thangthong Gyalpo.
  • Dinner and overnight stay are at Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 3: Timphu sightseeing 

  • Today you start with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji.
  • Next stop is Dupthop Lhakhan, one of Bhutan’s few remaining nunneries and the National Library. The library conserves many ancient Buddhist manuscripts.
  • After lunch, you go to the Traditional Medicine Institute. In this institute, they still prepare the medicines according to traditional ancient practices. In Lungtenzampa, you can observe the royal silver smiths and the Bhutanese paper factory.
  • Another highlight of Thimphu is the Tashichho Dzong, where the national government and the Central Monastic Body have their seats. It is also the summer residence of the Je Khenpo, Bhutan’s chief abbot.
  • You end your day with a visit to the Handicrafts Emporium, where you have the possibility to buy some souvenirs for your loved ones.
  • Dinner and overnight stay are at Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 4: Thimphu sightseeing

  • In the morning, you visit the Folk Heritage Museum, the Textile Museum, the Changangkha Lhakhang and the Philatelic office.
  • After lunch, you go to the world’s largest Buddha statue and the Cheri Monastery.
  • Dinner and overnight stay are at Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 5: Thimphu – Punakha (1,310 m ASL)

  • First we enjoy our breakfast before visiting the Folk Heritage Museum, the Textile Museum, the Changangkha Lhakhang and the Philatelic office. After lunch, after a hike you will see the largest Buddha statue in the world and the Cheri Monastery. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.
  • A visit of the Punakha Dzong is planned after lunch. This Dzong was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The location of the Dzong is in the middle between the Pho Chu (Male river) and the Mo Chu (Female river). For a long time the Government used this Dzong as their seat. Guru Rimpoche predicted that a person with the name Namgyal would arrive at an elephant shaped hill. A smaller building close by, houses a statue of Budha. Shabdrung ordered the construction to Zowa Palep. He demanded that the architect would sleep in front of the Dzong. While he was asleep Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri to show him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. Based on this vision the architect designed the new Dzong without making any drawings. The Dzong received the name Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang, which means Palace of Great Happiness. War materials of the battle with the Tibetans are saved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo. The First National Assembly by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk was held here in 1952. Dinner and overnight in Punatsangchhu Cottages or similar. 

Day 6: Punakha – Gangtey (3,120 m ASL) 

  • Today you discover the Gangtey valley. In the valley of Wangdiphodrang, you have a break at the Wangdiphodrang Dzong.
  • From Wangdiphodrang, you continue your trip to Gangtey. Upon arrival in Gangtey, you visit the outside of the Gompa Monastery. The temple is founded in 1613 by Gyaltse Pema Thinley. Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The current Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is already the ninth re-incarnation. The monastery is affiliated with other Nyingmapa monasteries, like the Tamshing in Bumthang. Sometimes you can spot black-necked cranes in this valley during winter.
  • Dinner and overnight stay are at Hotel Dewachen or similar.

Day 7: Gangtey – Trongsa – Bumthang (2,800 m ASL) 

  • A 6-hour drive takes you from Gangtey to Bumthang. You visit the Dzong in Trongsa along the way.
  • In Bumthang, dinner and overnight stay are at the Swiss Guest House or similar.

Day 8: Bumthang sightseeing

  • After breakfast, you visit Jakar Dzong, the “castle of the white bird”. Several Terma are hidden by Guru Rimpoche in a secret lake under the temple. Each year in october, a spectacular festival, Jambay Lhakhang Drup, takes place here.
  • After lunch, you continue to Kurjey Lhakhang and the “temple of the good message”, Tamshing Lhakhang. This is the most important Nyingmapa temple in the whole of Bhutan.
  • In the evening, you go to the “burning lake”, Membarstho.
  • Dinner and overnight stay are at the Swiss Guesthouse or similar.

Day 9: Bumthang – Thimphu (2,320 m ASL) 

  • Breakfast is served early, as today you have a long drive ahead. You have lunch along en route.
  • Dinner and overnight stay are at Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 10: Thimphu – Paro (2,280 m ASL)

  • Today you are transferred from Thimphu to Paro.

Day 11: departure

  • In the early morning, you are transferred to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

Included

  • Accommodation based on twin share (supplement for a single room: 40$/day per room)
  • All meals
  • All transportation within the country
  • All sightseeing and excursions, as mentioned in the itinerary
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide during your stay in Bhutan
  • Visa fee (40$/person)
  • A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours

Excluded

  • Insurance: we strongly advise taking a travel insurance as nature can be unpredictable in this mountainous area. 
  • Airport tax and porter
  • Flight tickets Druk Air (Royal Bhutan Airlines)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, incidentals, portage, bellboy tips or any other services
  • Mineral water, soft drinks, etcetera
  • Camera fees
  • Any cost arising due to calamities such as landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etcetera (extra costs will be charged to the client and have to be paid on the spot)
  • Anything not specified in the inclusive list

What to bring

  • Mundooz voucher
  • Things to bring
  • 12 passport pictures (many permits are necessary, depending on the regions you visit)

Visa and entry formalities

  • Under the policy of “High Value, Low Tourism Impact”, traveling to Bhutan is highly regulated. All foreigners must obtain a visa before visiting Bhutan except visitors from Bangladesh, India and the Maldives. Our licensed tour operator will pre-arrange all the visa. Upon arrival, the visa is stamped in your passport. Independent traveling of citizens of non-visa exempt countries is prohibited.
  • FIT (Free Independent Traveler) is a surcharge by the Bhutanese government of US$30 per person per day for two people and US$40 per day for single travelers. If you travel with a minimum of 3 people, you don’t have to pay these FIT surcharges anymore. However, it is important to know that in order to take advantage of the FIT surcharge waiver, guests must arrive and depart together on the same scheduled Druk Air flights.

Best time to visit

Bhutan has two main seasons:

  • From the end of February until the end of May
  • From the end of September until the end of December

The rainy season is in June, July, August and halfway through September. It is better to avoid these months.

Notes

Please contact us at info@mundooz.com if you have any questions about this tour.

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Beautiful serene place

I've just come back from this 11-day Bhutan trip. This country really has something special and unique, it's such a beautiful and serene place. Bhutan's people are very friendly and respectful, you'll feel so welcome. March is a great season to visit.
I'm very happy with the services of Mundooz and can highly recommend them.