14 days Bhutan Tour discovers Western to Eastern Bhutan: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, Tang Ugyen choling, Bumthang, Mongar, Samdrup Jongkhar and Trashigang.This is the best tour to Bhutan has to offer from culture to mountain scenery.The tour also gives you a glimpse of village life. The beautiful Bhutan Tour is starting from Paro and ending at Samdrup Jongkhar to Guhati Assam India. Eastern Bhutan Tour is a least explored areas of Bhutan with stunningly beautiful landscapes and culturally intact villages.The eastern Bhutan has a few tourists compare to western Bhutan. Eastern Bhutan tour is a great tour to avoid crowds of travelers in Paro, Thimpu and Punakha. For booking enquire regarding Bhutan Tour Package, please email us at [email protected] and call or leave message on WhatsApp at + 977 9851023742.
Trip Name: Eastern Bhutan Tour
Trip Duration: 14 Days
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Trip Season: Sep to Dec,Jan to June
Trip Altitude:1200m- 4400m
Trip Cost: USD 2860
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Trip Package: Standard
Mode of Transfer: Bus/Car/Flight
Start/End of Trip: Kathmandu /Kathmandu
Eastern Bhutan Tour 14 days
14 days Eastern Bhutan Tour explores all the major towns of Bhutan. The eastern Bhutan is more wild than western Bhutan. In western Bhutan, you can see far fewer tourist than the western Bhutan. The eastern Bhutan tour are worthwhile since there are several monasteries and villages.
Eastern Bhutan Touris the least explored region of Bhutan. It offers one of the most authentic experience for adventure lover travelers. The unspoiled natural beauty, pristine forest with great variations in altitude and climatic conditions, towering cliffs and the regular Buddhist festivals, tour in Eastern Bhutan will give you some of the country's most ancient spiritual practices while observing Animistic and Bon religious ritual. The Western to Eastern Bhutan tour starts at Paro from the western Bhutan and ends at Samdrup Jongkhar of Eastern Bhutan. The Western Eastern Bhutan tour citric includes Paro, Taktsang Monastery, Thimpu, Punakha, Bumthang, Trongsa, Mongar, Lhuntse, Tashi Yantse, Tashigang and Samdrup Jongkhar.
The 14 days Bhutan Tourbegins in Paro an enchanting valley sliced by the Paro River means chhu, and punctuated with clusters of sturdy three-story rammed-earth farm houses painted in Buddhist symbols crowned with roofs sprinkled with red peppers spread out to dry in the morning sun. An orientation in Paro includes a hot lunch prepared in Karchung's new home, just below the road to Tiger's Nest, Bhutan's most spiritual place. A day trip to Tiger's Nest, Bhutan's most sacred site, where it is believed Buddhism was introduced into Bhutan by Guru Rinpoche, who flew into the country on the back of a tigress.
Leaving Paro, we drive to Bumthang, the religious heart of the country where the footstones at the entrance of sacred temples are rubbed smooth from centuries of wear. Experience rural life as it existed centuries ago at the historical Ogden Choling, a 400 year old manor in Tang valley. The owner descends from a noble family that once looked after all the villages in the region before the social reforms in the 1950's abolished serfdom and the family then gave or sold the land at nominal rates to the villagers. A two night stay gives you a deeper understanding of Bhutan's traditional architecture and customs and rural life today.
More exploration awaits us at Trashigang and beyond.At the final days of tour, we visit Trashiyangste, drive to Samdrupjongkhar and exit into beautiful northern tea land of India, Assam. Any individual regardless their age, interest and fitness level can join this 14 days tour in Bhutan.
Relatively few travelers travel to Eastern Bhutan, the remote and rugged Eastern Bhutan is a treasure trove of extraordinary textiles, welcoming villages, bird-filled forests, steep river valleys, and ancient temples. To share these wonders with you, we have crafted this 13 nights 14 days western to eastern Bhutan tour.
Day 01: Arrive in Paro, Bhutan(2250m).
The flight to Paro on a clear day is one of the most spectacular flight with view of Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsering ghang. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be received by our Bhutan tour guide and transfer to the hotel. Evening take a stroll around Paro market and town. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02: Paro Sightseeing Tour
Breakfast and Paro tour visit Ta Dzong or National Museum, which is among the best natural history museums in Asia. Ta Dzong offers a unique and varied collections ranging from ancient armor to textiles, thangkha paintings and natural life. Then walk down the trail to visit Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), built during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646. It now houses the Paro monastic school and office of the civil administration. Also Rinpung Dzong is the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in spring.
In the afternoon, visit Drukgyel Dzong or the Fort of Drukpa victory. From this fortress Bhutanese repelled invasion by Tibetans throughout the course of history. Looming above the smoldered ruins is the snowcapped peak of Mt. Chomolhari. Also visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House, nestled below the dzong. Then drive towards Paro town en route visiting Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries of the Kingdom reflecting introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.
Day 03: Paro – Thimphu (2350m, 55km, 2 hours)
Breakfast and excursion to Taktsang Monastery view point. It is one of the most famous of Bhutan's monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called 'Tiger's Nest. This is an important pilgrimage sites in Bhutan.
Later drive to Thimphu, the capital town passing via idyllic countryside, through villages and paddy fields. En route visit the Simtokha Dzong, one of the oldest fortresses of the country which now houses the School for religious and cultural studies. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 04: Thimphu sightseeing tour
Breakast and Thimpu guided tour visit National Library - it holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts, modern academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags. Arts and Crafts School or Painting School - famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Textile and Folk Heritage Museum - the fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.
Memorial Chorten - the beautiful stupa built in the memory of Bhutan's third King. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Trashichhodzong - the beautiful fortress/monastery which houses Secretariat building, King's Throne room and other government's offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot. Handicrafts Emporium - it displays wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 05: Thimphu to Punakha (1310m, 75 km, 3 hours)
Morning, in Thimphu visit to local market and town and drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,080m) offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day. Arrive Punakha and check into the hotel. Visit to Punakha Dzong, built by Shabdrung Ngawang, Namgyal in 17th century and situated at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers in the afternoon.
Day 06: Punakha to Gangtey/Phobjikha ( 2900m, 70km, 3 hours) via Wangduephodrang.
Breakfast and drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang is also famous for its bamboo work, slate & stone carving. Drive to Phobjikha valley through a forest of oak and rhododendron. Phobjikha is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. Explore Phojikha valley and also visit to Gangtey Monastery; the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. Overnight Guest House/Camp.
Day 07: Gangtey to Trongsa (2200m, 128km, 4.1/2 hours)
Morning explore Phobjikha valley for Black Neck Cranes and later drive to Tongsa across Pelela pass (3,300m). This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between western and central Bhutan. Further ahead stop en route at Chendbji Chorten, built in 18th century in Nepalese style. The landscape around Tongsa is spectacular and for miles on end the dzong seems to tease you so that you wonder if you will ever reach it. On arrival, check into the lodge.
Day 08: Tongsa to Bumthang/Jakar(2800m, 68km, 3 hours)
Morning visit to Tongsa Dzong (2,200m) by built in 1647 by the Shabdrung, it is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan. Then visit the Ta Dzong, standing on the side of the mountain and built to guard Trongsa. After lunch proceed to Bumthang, one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. 29 kms ahead of Trongsa cross Yutongla pass (3,400m) and from here again the landscape looks different and dense forests of conifers stretches. The arrival of Bumthang begins with wide, open cultivated Chumey valley. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 09: Bumthang Excursion
Visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in Bhutan as Guru Rinpoche meditated here. From Kurje monastery; a tarmac road heads south along the right bank of the river to the Jambey Lhakhang. Like Kyichu Lhakhang in the Paro valley, this temple is said to be the first that King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet constructed in 7th century. Afternoon visit to Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa. It contains interesting and ancient Buddhist paintings. Later see the Jakar Dzong, "the dzong of the white bird". Evening take a stroll through Bumthang market area. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 10: Bumthang to Mongar (1700m, 198 km, 7 hours)
The journey continues eastwards winding through more rugged terrain. The drive, with spectacular views will take about 7 hours. Pass through Ura village in Bumthang before climbing sharply to the highest motorable pass in the Kingdom, the Thrumshingla pass (4000m). Gradually drop down to Sengor, watching cascading water falls on the way. The descent stops at 700m on a bridge over the Kurichu. Ascent again through pine forests, maize fields and eastern hamlets to Mongar town. Visit Mongar Dzong; built albeit quite recently, the dzong still maintains the architectural traditions of old dzongs. Overnight at the lodge in Mongar.
Day 11: Mongar to Trashigang (3773m, 96 km, 3 hours)
This trip of about 96 kms takes 3 hours passing through Kori la pass (2,450m), the place marked by a pretty chorten and a stone wall. The drive through leafy forest filled with fern, corn fields and banana groves of Yadi which is a recent settlement. Trashigang is the centre of the biggest and most populated district in the country. Visit Trashigang Dzong, standing at the extreme end of the spur, overhanging the Gamri River. It serves as the administrative seat for the district and part of the dzong is occupied by the Drukpa monastic community. Overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.
Day 12: Trashigang Excursion
24 km from Trashigang, visit the temple of Gom Kora, set on a small alluvial plateau, overlooking the river. Gom Kora is a famous place where Guru Rinpoche subdued a demon. Further ahead reach to Doksum village where you can see women busy in weaving traditional Bhutanese fabric and a chain bridge dating of the 15th century. Visit to Trashiyangtse Dzong, situated at the alt. of 1,850 m. In former times Trashiyangtse was important centre because it lies on one of the caraven routes leading from western and central Bhutan.The dzong is new and near by are the Art school and the famous chorten Kora.
Day 13: Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar(252m, 180 km, 6 hours)
Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar road completed in 1965 and it takes about 6 hours. Along the way, pass by Sherubtse College, the only college in country founded in 1978. We also visit the Zangtho Pelri temple built in 1978 by the late Minister of Home Affairs. It represents Guru Rinpoche's paradise. Driving ahead, reach to Khaling to visit the Blind School and Weaving Centre. Deothang, 80 kms from Khaling is the centre of Technical training college and road maintenance head quarters for the east. From here the road descends fairly rapidly to the plain through a dense tropical forest with an abundance of teak, bamboo and ferns. Overnight at the lodge in Samdrup Jongkhar.
Day 14: Depart Samdrup Jongkhar to India or Nepal.
After breakfast transfer to Bhutan border where you can continue tour to Guahati, Asam India.