Across The Kingdom

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$3200.00

Duration

8 days

Tour Type

Trip Overview

Embark on an unforgettable Bhutan Dzong tour, venturing into the heart of the majestic Himalayan kingdom. Bhutan, the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” captivates with breathtaking scenery, profound spirituality, and unique architecture. This curated itinerary explores magnificent dzongs (fortress-monasteries) – testaments to Bhutan’s rich history. Encounter sacred pilgrimage sites and immerse yourself in vibrant culture through traditional handicraft centers.

Thimphu: Modernity Meets Ancient Roots

Your Bhutan Dzong tour begins in Thimphu, the capital city. Here, modern life blends seamlessly with ancient traditions. Explore the imposing Tashichodzong, a magnificent fortress housing the government, monastic body, and a prestigious theological school. Witness the intricate architecture and absorb the significance of this historical landmark, a key stop on your dzong adventure. Delve deeper into Bhutan’s culture at the National Handicraft Corporation. Skilled artisans showcase their talents, weaving intricate tapestries, crafting delicate sculptures, and producing colorful textiles. Find a unique souvenir to commemorate your Bhutan Dzong tour.

Punakha and Bumthang: Architectural Grandeur and Spiritual Heart

Leaving Thimphu, embark on a scenic journey to Punakha, the former capital. Nestled at the confluence of two rivers, Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness,” takes center stage. Explore its courtyards, admire the intricate woodwork and religious murals, and learn about its historical significance as a former seat of power.

Next, delve into Bhutan’s spiritual heart, the sacred valley of Bumthang. Dotted with ancient monasteries and temples, this valley exudes serenity. Explore the Jakar Dzong, an architectural marvel perched atop a hill. Marvel at Kurjey Lhakhang, a sacred cave temple believed to enshrine a footprint of Guru Rinpoche, a revered Buddhist saint.

Mebartsho’s Spiritual Significance and Paro’s Historical Treasures

On your return journey to Paro, stop at Mebartsho, a natural wonder revered as a holy burning lake. Witness the flickering flames dancing on the water’s surface, believed to be fueled by divine intervention. Continue to Paro, where a visit to the impressive Drukgyel Dzong, the evocative Kyichu Lhakhang (one of Bhutan’s oldest temples), and the National Museum, brimming with historical artifacts, completes your cultural immersion.

This carefully crafted itinerary offers a glimpse into the heart of Bhutan. Prepare to be captivated by its stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and the warm hospitality of its people.

Trip Itinerary

We will go to the Tashichodzong, also known as "the castle of the auspicious religion," in the morning to see the memorial chorten for the late King Jigme Dorjee Wngchuk.

We'll take a tour through the city center in the afternoon to the Handcraft Development Corporation, where a variety of traditional handicraft items from Bhutan are on exhibit.

After breakfast in the morning, go to the pleasant and productive Punakha valley by crossing the breathtaking Dochula pass (3,100 m).

We will tour the famous Punakha Dzong, which served as the old capital of Bhutan, in the late afternoon. The beautiful Dzong is scattered between the Phochu and Mochu rivers.

Early-morning drives via the Yotola Pass to the valley of Bhumathang (3440 m). With its abundance of temples and holy sites, the valley is revered as a very sacred location by the Bhutanese.

We're going to drive to Mebartsho in the morning (the burning lake). This is the location where Guru Rimpoche buried some sacred objects that Terton Pema Lingpa later found. It is a holy place and a popular pilgrimage destination. Visit the Swiss farm to purchase delicious local cheese.

We are going to the Jakar Dzong in the afternoon (the castle of white birds). The administrative hub of Bhumathang is housed in this Dzong, which dates back to 1549. The most revered and well-known monastery in Bhumathang is Kurjey Lhakang.

We will go to Thimpu in the early morning via Tongsa and Wangdiphodrang.

We'll visit Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakang, and the National Museum in the morning.

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Trip Information

Max Guests

16

Min Age

12

Tour Location

Country

Languages Support

Price Includes

  • BHUTAN TOUR/TREK PACKAGE IN TWIN SHARING ROOM ON FULL BOARD BASIS IN THE BEST AVAILABLE HOTELS/RESORTS/LODGES
  • ALL TRANSPORT BY A COMFORTABLE JAPANESE VAN/COACH AS PER GROUP SIZE
  • ALL SIGHTSEEING WITH A GOOD ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE AS PER ITINERARY
  • ALL NECESSARY AIRPORT/HTL/AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Price Excludes

  • ALL INSURANCE
  • Bhutan Visa Fee
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES SUCH DRINKS, LAUNDRY, TIPS, ETC
  • Kathmandu to Paro Flight Cost 450$
  • Bhutan Visa Fee 50$

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