Bhutan West to East Traverse

Bhutan West to East Traverse 14 Days / 13 Nights

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Trip Type:
Bhutan Classic Circuits

Maximum Altitude:
3300m

Durations:
14 Days

Trip Starts:
Paro, Bhutan

Trip Ends:
Guwahati, India

Accomodation:
Hotels and guesthouses

Best Time For Travel:
March to May, September to December

Trip Over View

The spectacular introduction to this magical country would definitely be this journey from the western to eastern borders along Bhutan's national highway is the ultimate and all-embracing cultural exploration of the Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan. This trip offers you maximum coverage of the country letting you enjoy every moment.

You will explore in depth Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang and Gangtey in the west; Trongsa and Bumthang in central Bhutan; and Mongar and Trashigang in the east. You will witness the spectacular events which take place in Mongar and Trashigang at the year-end Tshechu festivals. You will hike to the sacred Tiger’s Nest, visit the great stupa of Chorten Kora, and see the legendary and beloved cranes which find sanctuary in Bhutan every autumn. You can also opt for some exciting short walks and they are optional.

This trip explores the hidden mystery & beauty of Bhutan and offers a unique and richly nuanced tour, allowing you to truly experience the last Himalayan kingdom. This is just the right trip for those who love travelling.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Flight to Paro.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Paro.

Day 03: Paro-Thimphu.

Day 04: Sightseeing of Thimpu.

Day 05: Thimphu-Punakha and Wangdi.

Day 06: Punakha to Phobjika.

Day 07: Phubjika to Bumthang via Tongsa.

Day 08: Bumthang.

Day 09: Bumthang-Mongar.

Day 10: Mongar-Tashiyangtse.

Day 11: Sightseeing of Tashiyangtse.

Day 12: Tashiyangtse to Tashigang.

Day 13: To Samdrup Jongkhar.

Day 14: Guwahati drop.

Day 01: Flight to Paro
We meet our representative at the airport and get transferred to hotel. After some rest, we take a walking tour of the township.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Paro
We visit Drugyal Dzong, the National Museum, Paro Rinpung Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Paro-Thimphu
Today, we will set off on foot or possibly on horseback for the Takstang Moanstery (Tiger's Nest), clinging on a sheer cliff of some 500ft. We return downhill and drive for two and half hours to Thimpu - the capital town of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Sightseeing of Thimpu
We visit Tashichho Dzong - the seat of central government where both the temporal and spiritual heads of the country resides. Other points of interests include the Memorial chorten and the local Nunnery.

Day 05: Thimphu-Punakha and Wangdi
We drive via Dochu La Pass to Punakha - the former winter capital of Bhutan. Here we visit Punakha Dzong and Wangdue Phodrag valley; overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Punakha to Phobjika
After 2 hours of driving along the highway to east to the village of Nobbing, we approach the diversion road to Phubjika valley (one hour). Here, we visit the Gangtey Gompa, an old monastery set atop a hill overlooking the valley. Phubjika is one of few glacial valleys in Bhutan. It is very wide, beautiful and also the chosen winter home of the black-necked Crane as it migrates from Central Asian plateau.

Day 07: Phubjika to Bumthang via Tongsa
We drive via the Pele La Pass (3300m), a pass in the Black Mountains that is considered the boundary between western and central Bhutan to Bumthang. En route, we visit the great white stupa built in 18th century. Overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Bumthang
Today is a full day of sightseeing in central Bumthang, including a short hike to visit Wangdi choling Dzong, Kurjey and Tamshing Lhakhangs; overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Bumthang-Mongar
We drive via Membertso Lake, Ura village, and Thrumshing La Pass to Mongar; overnight in Mongar (lodge).

Day 10: Mongar-Tashiyangtse
We follow the road to Tashigang for some 15 km before taking a turnoff to Tashiyangtse which is another 2 hours scenic drive from here climbing through to the ridge. Terraced fields and houses along the slope make for some splendid views.

Day 11: Sightseeing of Tashiyangtse
This is a very recent administrative center, created in 1992. The district still retains the charm of medieval towns. At an altitude of 1850m, it has a very pleasant climate. Nearby the tall and impressive Chorten Kora is one of the only two temples in Bhutan built in Nepalese style. Tashiyangtse is a host to a great festival celebrated every year. Today, we visit to the old Dzong across the thatched bamboo bridge.

Day 12: Tashiyangtse to Tashigang
We retrace our drive to Tashigang about 2 and half hours drive. We stop in Doksum village en route, where we get to see women weaving in traditional manner. Tashigang, though a small town acts as the trading center for the many remote regions of eastern Bhutan. We visit the local Dzong and overnight hotel.

Day 13: To Samdrup Jongkhar
Today we will have 6 to 7 hours long drive to the small frontier town of Samdrup Jongkhar. The drive is adventurous and scenic through an ever changing landscape. Along the way, see Sherubste - the only college in the country, the school for blind and the weaving center in Khaling.

Day 14: Guwahati drop
Our tour in Bhutan comes to an end today. After breakfast, we drive to Guwahati (3 hours) and exit to India.

  • Includes

    • Best available regular hotels and guesthouse accommodation on twin sharing.
    • English speaking local Guide.
    • All intercity transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
    • 3 meals a day.
    • Bhutan visa fee.
    • Sightseeing admission fees.


    Excludes

    • All airfares.
    • Travel Insurance and emergency evacuation.
    • Expenses of personal nature like drinks, tip, telephone, laundry etc.
    • Extra expenses due to nature or unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, road blockade, no show etc.
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