10 Day Programme with Jambay Lhakhang Drup/Festival

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Day 01. Arrive and transfer to Thimphu. (68kms, 1.5hrs).

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After refreshment,

  • Visit the National Museum, housed in the ancient watch tower of Paro Rinpong dzong. Tour of the museum will provide you with a great introduction of Bhutan.

Then drive to Thimphu, the capital city.

  • En route visit the Tamchogang Lhakhang and the famous Iron Chain Bridge, built by Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo.
  • Stop at Chuzom, the confluence for the three styles of stupas.
  • Visit the Semtokha dzong.

O/N at hotel.

Day02. Thimphu Sightseeing.

  • National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the third king.
  • Drive to Kuenselphodrang, for the Giant Buddha Statue (51m/169ft tall), known to be one of the tallest in the world.
  • Takin Preserve for the National Animal Takin,and some other species of Deer.
  • Visit the Drupthob Nunnery, where you can see the female Buddhists nuns practicing and chanting prayers.
  • Next visit the Zorig Chussum, Institute of The 13 Traditional Arts and Crafts.
  • Institute of Traditional Medicines, where the ancient art of Bhutanese healing is still practiced.

O/N at Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu to Punakha. (77kms, 3.5hrs).

Today we drive over the Dochula pass 3050m into Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan.

  • Stop at the Dochula pass and visit the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang, built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo wangchuk to honor the great kings of the Wangchuck dynasty.

Drive down to Lobesa where we stop for lunch. After lunch,

  • Hike to the nearby Chimmi Lhakhang 20mnts one way.
  • Then in the afternoon, visit the mighty and elegant Punakha dzong.

O/N at Hotel.

Day04. Punakha to Bumthang (170kms, 7hrs).

It is a long drive to get to Bumthang, but we stop in Trongsa to break the journey.

  • Visit the Heritage Museum and after lunch, continue your drive to Bumthang.
  • En route stop at Chumey, at the weaving centre that specializes in woolen products woven from yak and sheep wool.

Day 05. Bumthang Sightseeing.

  • Visit Tamshing Lhakhang , built by Pema Lingpa, one of the foremost Treasure Discoverers of Bhutan.
  • Hike to Kurjey Lhakhang on the other side of the Chamkhar Chhu.
  • Jambay Lhakhang, where the festival is being held, dive into the festival ground and mingle with the crowd. All people attending the festival will be dressed in their finest clothing and bring picnic lunch. Just outside the festival ground is a fair held annually with the festival, with many different stalls selling different produce from different regions of the country. Enjoy the Festival for the rest of the afternoon.

O/N at Hotel.

Day06. Bumthang Festival.

Attend the festival, and if you feel bored with the festival

  • Visit the Mebar Tsho (The Burning/Flaming Lake).

In the evening attend the festival, the main show of this festival is performed during midnight.

Day. 07. Bumthang to Phobjikha. (154kms, 6hrs).

Drive back through the town of Trongsa and then up the Pelela pass 3300m, and continue down the highway till the junction, the road to Phobjikha branches off to the left ascending up again to the Lawala pass 3300m. Then the road descends down to Gangtey Valley, where the magnificent Gangtey Sangacholing Monastery dominates the valley.

  • Visit the monastery.
  • Then, take the Nature Trail down to the valley floor of   Phobjikha Valley. This is a wonderful hike through the pine forest overlooking down into the roosting places of the Black Necked Cranes. There are many spots where you can look down and scan for the elegant birds.

O/N at Hotel.

Day 08. Phobjikha to Paro. (135kms, 5 hrs).

Backtrack to Wangdiphodrang and then into Thimphu and to Paro.

O/N at Hotel.

Day 09. Hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest).

Start the hike as early as possible so that you have enough time in the afternoon.

  • After the hike, visit the Drukgyal Dzong, which is in ruins.
  • On the way back, visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, a 7th century.

Day 10. Departure, fly back from Paro to your next destination. 

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