Eastern Bhutan Tour – 14D/13N

Eastern Bhutan Tour – 14D/13N

Day 1:

A Flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see Everest, Kanchenjunga and many more. The first glance you will see is Paro valley and Airport. Upon arrival, our guide will meet you there and escort you to the hotel. Once everything is settled in the hotel, we will proceed in making a plan for the trip…

Day 2:

On the second day of sightseeing of Paro Valley, visiting Paro Museum and Paro Dzong…

Paro Museum:

National Museum of Bhutan is a cultural museum in the town of Paro in western Bhutan. Established in 1968, in the renovated ancient Ta-dzong building, above Rinpung Dzong under the command of His Majesty, the King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third hereditary Monarch of Bhutan. The necessary infrastructure was created to house some of the finest specimens of Bhutanese art, including masterpieces of bronze statues and paintings. Suitable galleries were constructed to house the extensive collections. Works of art were elegantly displayed on scientific lines.

Paro Rinpung Dzong:

Rinpung Dzong is a large dzong – Buddhist monastery and fortress – of the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school in Paro District, Bhutan. It houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag.

On the same day sightseeing at Drugyel valley and Jomolhari mountain and visiting ruins of Drugyel dzongs, which is under construction.

Drugyal Dzong:

Drugyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan.

Jomolhari Mountain:

Jomolhari or Chomolhari sometimes known as “the bride of Kangchenjunga”, is a mountain in the Himalayas, straddling the border between Yadong County of Tibet, China and the Thimphu district of Bhutan.

Day 3:

From the morning hike up to legendary Taktsang monastery (tigers nest) with horse riding (those who can’t walk).

Paro Taktsang, is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and the temple complex is located in the Cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan.

A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen taktsang or “tiger lair” caves in which he meditated.
The temple devoted to Padmasambhava (also known as Gu-ru mTshan-brgyad Lhakhang, “the Temple of the Guru with Eight Names”) is an elegant structure built around the cave in 1692 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye; and has become the cultural icon of Bhutan. A popular festival, known as the Tsechu, held in honor of Padmasambhava, is celebrated in the Paro valley sometime during March or April.

Later if time permits we shall visit kichu lhakhangand Dumtse lhakhang located at few miles from paro town.

Kyichu Lhakhang, is an important Himalayan Buddhist temple situated in Lango Gewog of Paro District in Bhutan.

Jangtsa Dumgtseg Lhakhang is a Buddhist temple in western Bhutan. The temple is notable as it is in the form of a chorten, very rare in Bhutan.

Day 4:

After breakfast we will drive for Haa Valley passing Chelela.

Then in early morning dive to Haa .Road goes over highest motor road pass in Bhutan,chelela.

Explore Haa valley and after that we will visit Chungdu Lhakhang before leaving Thimphu.

The local deity Chungdue:

The famous Lama Pema Lingpa also documented the activities of another local deity known as Chungdue. Chungdue was responsible for meteor storms, cyclones, wildfires, rocks splitting apart, earthquakes, and a number of other mystical disasters. Fortunately the Guru Padmasambhava arrived in the late 8th century and subdued the deity.

Day 5:

Sightseeing Thimphu valley,our guide will take to this following places in Thimphu.

  • Chimi Incense Factory
  • Centenary vegetable market
  • National Textile museum
  • BUDDHA DORDENMA STATUE:
  • Craft Bazaar
  • Tashi Choe Dzong

Chimi Incense Factory:

Chimi Incense was established in 2002 and it is located in Dechencholing under Thimphu Dzongkhag.

As Chimi Poe Jorkhang have a shop in capital (Thimphu) in Bhutan.

It has experienced labors and the requirements of raw materials are collected within Bhutan.

The incense stick is handmade and it was made from traditional equipments. We are dealing in different range of incense products which are prepared from environment friendly materials.

All the fragrances of our Incense sticks have been developed from natural scents and hence have a fresh appeal to the users.

Centenary vegetable market:

A weekend in Thimphu is incomplete if you don’t visit the Thimphu Centenary Farmer’s Weekend Market. One of the largest domestic farmers’ markets in the country, it is always bustling with village folks and Thimphu residents alike, it is essentially a set of stalls on the banks of the Wang Chhu river, just north of Changlimithang Stadium. There is generally a healthy amount of haggling in pursuit of the best prices for the fresh, organic produce.Farmers from as far as Lingshi in the north, Tashiyangtse in the east, and Sarpang, Dagana and Tsirang in the south bring their farm products out to Thimphu for this weekend market. The vendors start arriving on Thursday and stay until Sunday.

National Textile museum:

Her Majesty, the Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, inaugurated the National Textile Museum in 2001. She is also the patron of the museum and has helped in boosting both national and international interest in Bhutan’s textiles and textile art traditions. Bhutan’s textiles are an integral part of its cultural and heritage and are unique for their diversity and sophistication. Textile Museum at Thimphu has given a new platform to the nation’s textiles and Bhutanese weavers and boasts of an invaluable collection of antique textile artifacts of Bhutan. Some of the museum’s gems are the pearl robe from Tsamdrak Goenpa, crowns of Bhutan’s Kings, Namzas (dresses) and other accessories worn by the Royal Family, personal bedding of His Holiness Zhabdrung Jigme Dorji and the first version of the Raven Crown.

BUDDHA DORDENMA STATUE:
This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue, 100,000 8 inch tall and 25,000 12 inch tall statues respectively. Each of these thousands of Buddha’s has also been cast in bronze and gilded. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.

The Buddha Dordenma is located atop a hill in Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley. The statue fulfills an ancient prophecy dating back to the 8th century A.D that was discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa (Religious Treasure Discoverer) and is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world.

Craft Bazaar:
Craft Bazaar – A one stop place to witness Bhutanese culture and buy Bhutan made art and craft product. The Bazaar in its 80 stalls covers all aspects of the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. At this Bazaar craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts. And also visit other handicraft stores.

Tashi Chhoe Dzong:
Tashi Chhoe Dzong a a Buddhist monastery and fortress on the northern edge of the city of Thimphu in Bhutan, on the western bank of the Wang Chu. It has traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi (or “Dharma Raja”), the head of Bhutan’s civil government, an office which has been combined with the kingship since the creation of the monarchy in 1907, and summer capital of the country.

Day 6:

On your way to Punakha, stop at Dochula pass offering visitors their first glimpse of the Eastern Himalaya range and admire the grand 108 stupas or chorten. If it is in good weather, take in the enchanting views of Mt.Himalaya proceeding to Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to divine madman and a scared place where people pray for children. Next embrace the highlight Punakha Dzong a very beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, with rich Buddhist collections. You will also visit suspension bridge nearby (longest bridge).Overnight at Punakha (Hotel).

Day 7:

After breakfast we will drive to Wangdue Phodrang Dzong and town nearby. The Wangdue Phodrang dzong was founded by the Zhabdrung in 1638 atop a high ridge between the Puna Tsang Chhu and the Dang Chhu, clearly chosen for its commanding view of the valleys below. Wangdue is important in the history of Bhutan because in the early days it was the country’s second capital. Sadly the Dzong caught fire on 24 June 2012 and was virtually destroyed save for the lower walls. The mammoth task of rebuilding is expected to continue until 2021.

After that we will drive towards Trongsa. There you will get a chance to visit Trongsa Dzong and Museum.

Trongsa Dzong is the largest Dzong fortress in Bhutan, located in Trongsa (formerly Tongsa) in Trongsa district, in the centre of the country. Built on a spur overlooking the gorge of the Mangde River, a temple was first established at the location in 1543 by the Drukpa lama, Ngagi Wangchuk son of Ngawang Chhojey. In 1647, his great-grandson Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (Shabdrung or Zhabdrung being his title), constructed the first dzong to replace it, called Chökhor Rabtentse Dzong with a shorter version of Choetse Dzong.

Ta Dzong Museum

Ta Dzong is located strategically above the Trongsa Dzong on the left bank of the Mangde river. It is a short, steep walk from the main Trongsa town. A road now also makes Ta Dzong accessible from behind. The building is a massive circular five-storey tower flanked by two lower towers. Two smaller, free-standing towers are below the main building. After that we will drive towards Bumthang.

Day 8:

Sightseeing Bumthang valley. Start visiting Chumey and Zungney village. This place is known for its woolen and yak hair textile called yathra. After lunch, visit the famous Jakar Dzong and the old Wangdicholing palace. And will head for sightseeing at Chamkar valley.

Day 9:

Tang valley trip –on the second day explore and travel around tang valley visiting member tsho (burning lake) Mebar Tsho – the Burning Lake, according to the legend Terton Pema Lingpa had a vision of the sacred treasures that Guru Rimpoche had hidden within the lake centuries earlier. However the people of Tang and the local ruler were cynical of his claims. In order to prove his claims, Pema Lingpa held a butter lamp in his hand as he jumped into the lake. After remaining under water for a long time he re-emerged holding a chest and a scroll of paper with the butter lamp held in his hand still burning bright. Thereafter, the lake came to be known as Mebartsho (the burning Lake).

The Burning Lake, Mebar Tsho is located along the way to the Tang village over the feeder road under Bumthang valley.  It takes approximately thirty minutes drive to the Mebar Tsho from Chamkhar town.

Mebar Tsho is considered one of the most sacred sites in the region as it is related to the renowned religious treasure reveler (Terton) Terton Pema Lingpa.  Pema Lingpa is considered an incarnated disciple of Padmasambhava who discovered treasure within the lake in late 15th century.

Today this small fresh water lake is a sacred pilgrimage site for the Bhutanese with bright multicolored prayer flags surrounding it and a small altar dedicated to Terton Pema Lingpa has also been set up. On auspicious days people offer butter lamps at the lake. Many tourists visit the site to observe spectacular beauty of this important historical and religious site.

Day 10:

Drive to lhuntse valley in the early morning. Lhuntse is culturally part of eastern Bhutan. Lhuntse District is one of the 20 dzongkhag comprising Bhutan. It consists of 2506 households. Located in the northeast. This region is renowned as a textile producing region and as the ancestral homeland of the Bhutanese Royal family.

After that we will visit world’s largest statue GURU PADMASAMBHAVA at Takila.

Then travel to Mongar valley through korila pass.

Day 11:

Sightseeing of monger town and visit Monger Dzong. The Mongar Dzong was established in 1930 to replace the original Shongar Dzong, although the original utse (central tower) dates from an earlier age. It’s unusual because it has two entrances. There are four lhakhangs in the utse, including a goenkhang (chapel dedicated to protective deities) and a Sangay Lhakhang.

Then drive towards Trashiyangtse along the drangme chu river. On the way visit Gom kora which is located before Doksum town near the confluence of two rivers.

Day 12:

Later visit to Chorten Kora. Chorten Kora is an important stupa next to the Kulong Chu River in Trashiyangtse, in East Bhutan. Nearby is a town of the same name. The stupa was built in the 18th century by Lama Ngawang Lodrö, the nephew of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in order to subdue a harmful demon believed to have been living at the site where the chorten is now located. The stupa is modeled after the famous Boudhanath stupa in Nepal popularly known as Jarung Khashor.
Chorten Kora took twelve years to construct and was consecrated by Je Yonten Thaye. The demon that had harmed the people of the valley was apparently subdued and banished. Thereafter, it is said that the people of the valley continue to live in peace and harmony.
After that we will visit The Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary. Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, which contains the former Kulong Chu Wildlife Sanctuary, covers 1,520.61 square kilometres in northeastern Bhutan at elevations between 1,500 metres and 6,000 metres

Day13:

Drive to Tashigang and visit Trashigang Dzong and town.

Trashigang Dzong is on a thin promontory overlooking the confluence of the Drangme Chhu and the Gamri Chhu. It was built in 1667 by Mingyur Tenpa, Bhutan’s third desi. The entire eastern region was governed from this Dzong from the late 17th century until the beginning of the 20th century.

After that travel to Radhi and Rangjung. Drive up hill towards Kanglung valley from Trashigang and visit Kanglung monastery and sherubtse College (Bhutan’s first college). Later we can visit Yongphula paa and enjoy the serene.

Day 14:

Deperature to Paro by flight from Yongphula airport or drive back to Paro by Bumthang

Or exit to India from Samdrup Jongkhar (south east border town).

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