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  • Journey Across Bhutan

    Ideal for those who want to discover the true Bhutan, this ultimate cultural tour explores the cultural valleys of the west, spiritual central Bhutan & the rugged east. Journey Across Bhutan traverses incredible landscapes of high mountain passes with incredible Himalayan views, mixed forests, beautiful countryside and Alpine meadows rich with diverse flora and fauna.

    Beginning in the gentle valley of Paro, home to the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), you will visit ancient fortresses, sacred monasteries, remote temples, farm houses, palaces and monastic schools across the country to the eastern border town of Samdrup Jongkhar. This is a special and unique tour is designed for the enthusiastic traveller with a longer holiday program in mind and a desire to discover the true Bhutan. Journey Across Bhutan can also operate Paro – Trashigang – Paro.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    The "Journey Across Bhutan" cultural tour is ideal for those who want to discover the true Bhutan. This ultimate tour explores the cultural valleys of the west, spiritual central Bhutan & the rugged east.

    • Explore Bhutan’s central valleys, rich with ancient historical and sacred Buddhist sites.
    • Journey to the rugged, remote and seldom visited Eastern Districts.
    • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
    • Visit ancient palaces and museums featuring historical memorabilia of Bhutan’s Royal Family.
    • Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions.
    • Drive over high mountain passes affording sensational views of the Himalayan peaks.
    • Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
    • Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.
    • Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
    • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
    • Incorporate a Value-Added Option such as a cooking lesson or meditation session with a monk.

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our Bhutan Senses Travel (BST) representative will meet you at Paro airport exit doors following customs formalities. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rinpung Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa. Dzong’s are large monasteries and district administrative centres, which were once strategic forts. Before dinner at the hotel there will be an orientation on Bhutanese etiquette by your guide. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

     Paro Ta Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong

    Recommended Paro Hotels:

    - Bhutan Mandala Resort
    - Metta Resort & Spa


    Day 2

    After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to cafeteria). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is an important pilgrim site for Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. Afterwards drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, and 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

     Taktsang Monastery, Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang


    Day 3

    Enjoy a day trip to the Haa Valley, one of the most picturesque districts in Bhutan. Reached via the beautiful Chelela Pass (3900m), Haa Valley is characterised by its surrounding rugged and mountainous terrain and unique architecture. Overnight at your hotel in Haa.

     Chele La Pass (3900m)

    Recommended Hotels Haa Valley:

    - Risum Resort
    - Lechuna Heritage Lodge


    Day 4

    Drive to the capital, Thimphu (1.5 hours). Once a rustic village sitting in a broad river valley, Thimphu is today the nation’s capital. Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, including a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, completed by the Royal Queen Mother as a memorial stupa for the Third King. Continue on to 12th century Changangkha Temple and the Zilukha Nunnery. If your visit coincides with the weekend, you can walk through the Thimphu Market. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

     National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Temple and Zilukha Nunnery

    Recommended Hotels in Thimphu:

    - Kisa Thimphu Hotel
    - Namgay Heritage Hotel


    Day 5

    Continue sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit the School for Arts and Crafts, The National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, the Traditional Paper Factory and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. If there is time, you may visit the nursing pen for the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, and Tashichho Dzong, ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’ housing some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.

    Other options for the day include a hike to Tango and Cheri Monasteries (45 mins), two of the most ancient monasteries in the Thimphu region. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

     School for Arts and Crafts, The National Library, Folk Heritage Museum, Tashichho Dzong


    Day 6

    Drive over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into the Punakha valley (3 hrs). In the Dochu-La area there are vast Rhododendron forests that grow to tree size and bloom in late April/early May covering the mountains in a riot of glorious spring colour.

    Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan. On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of Drukpa Kuenly. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha/ Wangdue.

     Dochu La pass, Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang

    Recommended Hotels in Punakha:

    - Meri Puensum Resort
    - Vara Hotel Punakha


    Day 7

    Transfer to Phobjikha Valley (3 hrs) via the bustling market town of Wangdue Phodrang. Drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forests, and over a high pass down into the picturesque Phobjikha Valley. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes (November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau. After lunch visit the Phobjikha Sanctuary to view the majestic black necked cranes (Nov-Mar only) and Gangtey Gompa (Monastery), dating back to the 16th century. Overnight at your hotel in Phobjikha.

     Phobjikha Valley, Gangtey Monastery

    Recommended Hotels in Phobjikha Valley:

    - Dewachen Gangtey Hotel
    - Wangdue Eco Lodge


    Day 8

    Depart over the Pele La pass (3,420m) on the Black Mountain range towards Trongsa. Enroute visit the beautiful 18th century Chendebji Chorten. Trongsa is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s ruling dynasty. Visit Trongsa Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan and the Ta Dzong museum housing a collection of historical artefacts of the Royal Family. Overnight at your hotel in Trongsa.

     Pele La pass, Chendebji Chorten, Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa Ta Dzong Museum

    Recommended Trongsa Hotels:

    - Yangkhil Resort
    - Puenzhi Guesthouse


    Day 9

    After breakfast proceed towards Bumthang (2.5 hrs), the spiritual heart of the kingdom. Bumthang is home to some of Bhutan’s oldest Palaces, Buddhist temples and monasteries. On arrival, visit Jakar Dzong (Dzong of the White Bird) and 16th century Tamshing Lhakhang containing ancient Buddhist wall paintings. After lunch visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom and 7th Century Jambay Lhakhang. Overnight at your lodge in Jakar, Bumthang.

     Jakar Dzong, Tamshing Lhakhang, Kurje Lhakhang, Jambay Lhakhang

    Recommended Hotels in Bumthang:

    - The Village Lodge Bumthang
    - Kuenzang Norling International Hotel


    Day 10

    Enjoy a day exploring some of the many sites around Bumthang, including the 16th century Tang Ugyen Chholing Palace museum containing an overview of traditional rural life in Bhutan and the pool of Mebartso (The Lake of Fire) where Pemalingpa (founder of the Nyingmapa sect) is said to have found treasure hidden by Guru Rinpoche. Overnight at your lodge in Jakar, Bumthang.

     Tang Ugyen Chholing Palace museum, Mebartso pool


    Day 11

    The journey to Mongar takes about 6 hours with spectacular views en route. Drive through Ura village before climbing sharply to the highest point on Bhutan’s road network, Thrumsing-La Pass (4,000m). From here, the road gradually passes through picturesque alpine valleys, pine forests, maize fields and hamlets to reach Mongar town. Visit Mongar Dzong, built in the 1930’s using the traditional process without either plans or the use of nails. Overnight at your lodge in Mongar.

     Thrumsing-La Pass (4,000m), Mongar Dzong

    Recommended Mongar Hotels:

    - Druk Zhongar Hotel
    - Dolma Hotel Mongar


    Day 12

    Drive to Trashigang (3 hrs) through leafy forests filled with ferns and over Kori-La Pass (2,450m) before descending through cornfields and banana groves to reach the famous road zigzag just below Yadi. Trashigang is the main township of the largest district in the country. After lunch visit Trashigang Dzong. Overnight at your lodge in Trashigang.

     Kori La Pass (2,450m) Trashigang Dzong

    Recommended Trashigang Hotels:

    - Druk Deothjung Resort
    - Hotel KC Trashigang


    Day 13

    Visit the temple of Gom Kora and Doksum Village where you can see women busily weaving traditional Bhutanese fabric before reaching Trashiyangtse, the administrative centre for this district. The area is famous for its unique wooden crafts. Visit the Trashiyangtse Dzong, and the dazzling white stupa of Chorten Kora and the nearby institute for Zorig Chusum, where student are trained in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Overnight at your lodge in Trashigang.

     Trashiyangtse Dzong, Chorten Kora


    Day 14

    After breakfast drive to Samdrup Jongkhar, the gateway to eastern Bhutan and to Assam, India. It is about 9 hours drive from Trashigang with many beautiful villages and landscapes on the way. Overnight at your hotel in Samdrup Jongkhar.

    Recommended Hotels in Samdrup Zongkhar:

    - Menjong Hotel
    - Tashi Gasel Lodge


    Day 15

    After breakfast, your guide will arrange an Indian vehicle your transfer to Guwahati, the capital town of the Indian north-eastern state of Assam, for your onward flight. Tashi delek.

     

     

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    Notes:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Bhutan Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Bhutan Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    PARO
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    Bhutan Mandala Resort

    • Offering a hot tub and sauna, Bhutan Mandala Resort is located in Paro. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site.
    • Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Rooms include a private bathroom fitted with a bath.
    • Paro Airport is 3 km from the property.

    HAA
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    Risum Resort

    • Good accommodation is available here in clean and cosy pine-clad rooms, with hot-water bathrooms, heaters and, on the upper floors, balconies. A new block of 14 suite rooms offer more luxurious options and swankier bathrooms. The hotel is east of the road linking the two sections of town, so is the most central lodging option in Haa.
    • An excellent photo album in the restaurant has information on outlying monasteries, including Wantsa Goemba, a short walk behind the resort.
    • The property has a multi cuisine restaurant specialization in Indian, Chinese and Bhutanese food. The Bhutanese food in particular is very delicious despite being spicy. Alongside the restaurant is a bar, one may not find a huge selection of alcohol however be sure to find the Bhutanese Whiskey, Rum and Brandy. Apart from that the property provides safe parking area, room service and additional Hot water may be requested for drinking or shower.

    THIMPHU
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    Kisa Thimphu Hotel

    • Kisa- “where peace prevails”. Located in the heart of Thimphu, Kisa Hotel has 34 well appointed guest rooms overlooking the national stadium – changlimithang.
    • Hotel staff are well trained to provide guests a most welcoming stay. Besides being socially and environmentally responsible, cleanliness is an important feature in the hotels.
    • Hotel will bring you it own unique experience but the same sense of comfort and friendly service.

    PUNAKHA 
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    Meri Puensum Resort

    • Lying approximately 5 kms from Punakha village and with good views of the valley area.
    • The 20 rooms are spacious and there are lovely views down across the river and the valley.
    • There is a large dining area and bar where you can relax after a day exploring the Puankha valley.

    Vara Hotel Punakha

    • Located in the valley of Lobesa overlooking the blossoming and verdant valley with panoramic elongate between Punakha and Wangdue. This three star hotel started operation in early 2014 and is one of the best three star hotel in Punakha and Wangdue area.
    • Vara Hotel allows travelers to explore the wonders of valleys and offers the spectacular view of mountains landscape and oasis of tranquility and peacefulness. Enjoy your stay in one of its lovely big rooms, cozy restaurant and an upstairs bar.
    • The hotel offers 18 Deluxe Rooms and 1 Suite. Free WiFi (public areas).

     WANGDUE PHODRANG
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    Dewachen Gangtey Hotel

    • Dewachen Gangtey Hotel features sixteen double rooms with modern bathroom fittings, comfortable bedding. The restaurant is cozy with magnificent views and the meals prepared by a professional chef are delicious. The Luxury hotel or lodge is located in the pine forest with beautiful view of the valley and the surrounding mountains.
    • There is no electricity in the valley. The hotel has its own generator supplying electricity for two hours in the evening and two hours in the morning. It is then turned off after the dinner time. The rooms are heated by individual wooden stove (Bukhari). When the generator is not in use, a dim solar powered light or candles are used. At night, during the colder months, guests are provided with hot water bag. For hot shower, you have to ask for hot water in the bucket.

    Wangdue Eco Lodge

    • Set in Wangdiphodrang, Wangdue Eco Lodge features a garden and shared lounge. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Guests can dine in the restaurant or a drink at the bar and free WiFi is available throughout the property.
    • At the resort the rooms have a balcony with a mountain view. With a private bathroom fitted with a shower and free toiletries, certain rooms at Wangdue Ecolodge also boast a river view.

    BUMTHANG
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    The Village Lodge Bumthang

    • The Village Lodge Bumthang is located in the centre of the beautiful valley of Bumthang, the lodge offers nine well heated rooms with private bathrooms.
    • The peace and quiet and the beauty of nature provide our guests with a restful stay. Set amidst farmlands and a rural landscape, the lodge is equipped with modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay for our guests.
    • It is conveniently located for outdoor activities as you can go for a walk, a bicycle ride or picnicking in and around the area.

     

    Kuenzang Norling International Hotel

    • Kuenzang Norling International Hotel is located on a small verdant valley of Bumthang,a holy place of Guru Rinpoche popularly known as second Buddha amongst Bhutanese people.It is few minutes away from the main Chamkhar town of Bumthang and opposite of Domestic Airport.

    MONGAR
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    Druk Zhongar Hotel

    • Located on the road leading out of town towards Trashigang, Druk Zhongar is one of the best available accommodation establishment here with 18 spacious comfortable rooms, attached bath, running hot and cold water. Few rooms have decent valley views and the food is quite palatable here.
    • The other available facilities are: restaurant cum bar, IDD telephone, souvenir shop, laundry, TV, room service, internet facility.

    Dolma Hotel Mongar

    • Total Rooms:8
    • Room Facility: Attached bath Balcony () Cable TV Choice of double & twin beds Complimentary bottled water Emergency torch (on request) Room heating Room service Tea /coffee maker in rooms (on request) Wake-up calls
    • Room Services: 24 hrs service

    TRASHIGANG
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    Druk Deothjung Resort

    • Druk Deothjung resort is located 3 km away from the Trashigang town, overlooking the valleys of Drangmey Chhu.
    • This former government guesthouse has charming architecture and fine views down on the dzong, but in return you'll have to put up with simple rooms, patchy hot water and tiny bathrooms.
    • The two top-floor deluxe rooms are marginally better but it's still too basic for some groups. The 'resort' is at Kelling, 1km uphill from the town centre.

    Hotel KC Trashigang

    • This modern, marbley place is comfortable but uninspiring, with a range of rooms, a few of which take advantage of the wonderful valley views. Best are the huge suites with kettle and fridge. Standard rooftop rooms are a bit claustrophobic because of the low ceilings.

    SAMDRUP JONGKHAR
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    Menjong Hotel

    • Address: PO Box:118, Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan
    • Contact: +975-07251094
    • Fax: +975-07254726
    • Email: reservationmh13@gmail.com