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  • Mongar to Trashigang

    Mongar to Trashigang Tour is finest destination tour for the travelers. Mongar is located in the subtropical east which is the 2nd largest town at the altitude of 1630mwhereas the Trashigang is located on the east side of the hill in contrast to other towns at the altitude of 1155m. This Trashigang was once the busiest trade with the Tibet and it is one of the rich in tropical crops and fruits due to the reasonable warm climate. It is one of the densely inhabited cities after the thimpu.


    • Two festivals held in different areas like Mongar and Trashigang
    • Beautiful rhododendron flowers can be viewed through your trail in Trashigang
    • Thimphu
    • Paro & Tiger's Nest
    • Wangdue Phodrang
    • Gangtey & Phobjikha valley


    Day 1

    The flight into Paro on Bhutan's national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will drive you to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1 hour. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Overnight at a hotel.

    Recommended Thimphu Hotels:

    - Gyelsa Boutique Inn
    - Hotel Thimphu Towers

    Day 2

    In the morning we first stop at Bhutan’s National Bank to exchange currency as well as visit the post office to view and purchase elaborate and exquisite Bhutanese collector item stamps. We then will visit the National Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in memory of the third king. Also, the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and the Takin Reserve which protects the national animal of Bhutan. After lunch visit the Textile Museum and the Arts and Crafts School. A visit to the House of Incense and House of Paper are always favorites as well. Overnight at a hotel.

     National Memorial Chorten, Takin Reserve, Textile Museum...

    Day 3

    Today we will depart for Wangdue. The drive takes about 3 hours. En route stop at Dochu La Pass for tea and biscuits and enjoy a view of the Eastern Himalayan Mountains amongst hundreds of fluttering prayer flags and beautiful hilltop chortens. We enjoy our scenic drive and stop for lunch in Lobesa. We now check into our hotel in Punakha. Rest and relax and enjoy the pristine views from your room. Later we visit the Punakha Dzong.

    This is the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Head Abbot, and the Central Monastic Body. The Dzong is built between two rivers known as Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River). After Punakha take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang in the picturesque Lobesa valley, to visit the temple of one of Bhutan’s foremost saints, Lama Drukpa Kunley, also known as the Divine Madman. Overnight at a hotel.

     Dochu La Pass, Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang

    Recommended Punakha Hotels:

    - Vara Hotel Punakha
    - Meri Puensum Resort

    Day 4

    After lunch we drive to Gangtey in Phobjikha, a glacial valley on the western slopes of Black Mountain national park. The valley is a designated conservation area and borders the Black Mountain National Park. Because of the large flock of black-necked cranes that winter here (from late October to late March), it is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country Phobjikha Valley is circled by beautiful pine covered mountains. Along the way, look for nocturnal red pandas that sleep in the trees during the day. At the valley’s center, rising dramatically from a small ridge, stands Gantey Monastery, one of the oldest Nyingma Bhuddist monasteries in Bhutan.

    Gantey Tulku Rimpoche, the head lama of Gantey Gompa, is the ninth incarnation of Terton Pemalingpa, the famous 14th-century Treasure Revealer from Bumthang, one of Bhutan’s famous Buddhist saints and an ancestor of the ruling Wangchuck dynasty. Visit the Gangtey monastery overlooks the large green expanse of Phobjikha Valley. The extensive complex consists of the gomba itself, the monks’ quarters, meditation centers, and schools.

    In the evening visit the Black-necked cranes roost in the swampy marshland from observatory overlooking the fields. Overnight at a hotel.

     Phobjikha Valley, Gangtey Monastery

    Recommended Hotels in Gangtey:

    - Dewachen Gangtey Hotel
    - Wangdue Eco Lodge

    Day 5

    Enjoy an early morning visit once more to view the magnificant Black Neck Crane. We then depart towards the village of Trongsa. The drive from Phobjikha to Trongsa takes about two and half hours. Our route crosses Pele La Pass (11,155 ft), which is marked by a chorten and an array of prayer flags. If the weather is clear we should see Mt. Jumolhari (23,684 ft) and other peaks from the pass, which marks the boundary between western and central Bhutan as well as the western border of Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. Beyond Pele La is Longte Valley where people raise sheep and yaks. We'll come to the village of Rukubji Valley, with its big school and Gompa.

    The houses here are clustered amid extensive fields of mustard, potatoes, barley, and wheat. As we drive down through rhododendrons and ferns, we’ll reach Chendebji village. This was a night halt for mule caravans traveling from Trongsa during the reign of the 2nd King of Bhutan. Just below Chendebji village is the Chendebji chorten, a large white structure beside a stream. This chorten is modeled after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu and was built in the 19th century. The last village before we reach Trongsa is Tangsibji, which affords us a full view of Trongsa Dzong and its distinctive yellow roof.

    Built in 1648 AD it is presently the administrative seat of the district and the home of the monastic school. Built at split-levels on a narrow spur, the Dzong is an architectural wonder. The view from here extends for many miles and in the old days, it was a vigilance point for both the eastern and western routes. Thus, the strategic importance of this Dzong. Continue onwards to central Bhutan. Today is a long day of driving to reach our destination tonight in Jakar. We will take ample breaks and rest stops. Tonight we overnight at local Lodge in Jakar valley of Bumthang; Bhutanese family hospitality at its finest! Overnight at a hotel.

     Pele La Pass, Chendebji Chorten, Trongsa Dzong

    Recommended Hotels in Bumthang:

    - Jakar Village Lodge
    - River Lodge Bumthang

    Day 6

    In the morning we visit the historical Jakar Dzong, built in 1646 A.D. by MinjurTenpa, the third Druk Desi (Temporal Ruler). In 1683 A.D. It was extended by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay, the fourth Desi. Visit several ancient and sacred monasteries such as the Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Kencho Sum Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang and Jakar Dzong. Return to our lodge for lunch and in the afternoon we take an excursion to the Thangbi Monastery, an 18th Century temple Evening: Visit a local farm house and enjoy Bhutanese hospitality; perhaps try a local favorite; Arak! Stops along our way to watch expert textile weavers at their ancient and back strap looms; here is the best place for purchase of quality Bhutanese textiles. Overnight at a hotel.

     Jakar Dzong, Kurjey Lhakhang, Kencho Sum Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang

    Day 7

    After an early breakfast, gear up for a fantastic drive to Mongar. The journey is long and crosses Thrumshing La, which at 3,800m, is the highest pass. Check in at hotel/guest house. Mongar is the district headquarters but hardly more than a transit town. It is also the first town built on a slope instead of the usual valley. This is characteristic in eastern Bhutan where there are few valleys. The true homeland of the Eastern People; the Sharchogpas, begins from Mongar. Overnight at a hotel.

    Recommended Hotels in Mongar:

    - Trogon Villa Lodge
    - Wangchuk Hotel Mongar

    Day 8

    Visit the Mongar Dzong to attend a full day at the remote and unique Mongar Festival. Today you will witness Mongar Festival- Bhutanese “country style”. Mongar Dzong is a new Dzong just completed recently. It was built in the 19th century, restored in 1953 and again in 1990 after being demolished by a fire. The administrative scat and the monk body reside in the Dzong. Enjoy and evening strolls through Mongar quaint village. Overnight at a hotel.

     Mongar Dzong, Mongar Festival

    Day 9

    From Mongar we drive to Trashigang; we stop for lunch and continue onwards to visit the Trashigang Dzong and attend Trashigang Festival. Again your senses are awakened and you are transported into another time and place. Converse with Bhutanese locals as you gain merit from the religious ritual of purification you now witness. Good Fortune is yours. Overnight at a hotel.

     Trashigang Dzong

    Recommended Trashigang Hotels:

    - Lingkhar Lodge
    - Druk Deothjung Resort

    Day 10

    Spend another day at Trashigang to deeply enjoy the festive atmosphere of the local festival. Overnight at a hotel.

     Trashigang Festival

    Day 11

    After an early breakfast, drive to Khaling. Enroute, visit Sherubtse, Bhutan's only college and the sacred Zangtokpelri Monastery. At Khaling, visit the blind school and Traditional weaving centre and return to Trashigang in the evening; Dinner in Kanglung at a local house and then return to Trashigang. Overnight at a hotel.

     Visit Khaling, Zangtokpelri Monastery

    Day 12

    Begin our return drive westward as we today drive back to Bumthang. We enjoy many stops along our route and watch for photo opportunity and local yak herds. Overnight in Bumthang.

    Day 13

    Departing Bumthang we drive to Wangdue Phodrang. Stop in Trongsa town for lunch and arrive in Wangdue Phodrang to check into our hotel. Tonight we will tour the Wangdi Dzong courtyard; a most impressive Dzong perched strategically high on a hilltop. Tonight you may hear the sound of jackals in the nearby hills. Overnight in Wangdue - Gangtey.

    Day 14

    Depart Wangdue Phodrang and enjoy a leisure drive to Thimphu. Stop at the high pass along the route for tea and snack. Arrive Thimphu and check into your hotel. This afternoon after lunch is your free time for shopping and we visit Dechen Phodrang Monastic School and paper factory to see hand-made paper. Evening at your leisure; ask your expert Bhutanese guide to assist you in your special request. Overnight at Thimphu's hotel.

     Dechen Phodrang Monastic School

    Day 15

    Return to Paro then visit Taktsang Monastery - a heritage site depicting glorious history of Bhutan. Return back to the hotel for an overnight stay. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Paro.

     Taktsang Lhakhang

    Recommended Hotels in Paro:

    - Metta Resort & Spa
    - Naksel Paro Hotel

    Day 16

    Morning breakfast at the hotel. Later on drive to airport for a return flight back home.






    • 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



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    Gyelsa Boutique Inn

    • Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Gyelsa boutique offers accommodation in Thimphu. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site.
    • Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain units include a seating area where you can relax. You will find a kettle in the room. Each room has a private bathroom fitted with a shower.
    • There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
    • The nearest airport is Paro Airport, 23 km from Gyelsa boutique.

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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.

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    Jakar Village Lodge

    • Jakar Village Lodge (JVL) is a 4 star lodge and it is located just below the Jakar Dzong, commanding the most majestic view of the Chokor Valley of Bumthang.
    • The lodge is just one kilometer away from the Chamkhar Town,and five minutes walk from the Dzong.
    • Jakar Village Lodge has been slotted at rank #21 among the "Best Bed & Breakfast" establishment in Asia 2009 and ranked # 4 in Bhutan by Trivago Top Hotel, largest European travel community.


    River Lodge Bumthang

    • Set in an idyllic and strategic spot at the entrance of Bumthang’s Chamkhar town, River Lodge is justifiably the mythical district’s hospitality master.
    • Established in 1997, it has served guests from all corners of the globe. Renowned for its multi-facet services, including spa and sauna, River Lodge Bumthang is a synonym for Excellence, a haven for peace and bliss and an ideal holiday resort.
    • It is a perfect blend of the traditional and modern, with the Lodge’s stunning Bhutanese architecture moulded with the latest modern amenities.

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    Trogon Villa Lodge

    • Trogon Villa Lodge is located in the midst of what is considered one of the best birding location in not only Bhutan,The strerch of road from namling Brag to Limithang is a Birdwatchers’s Paradise.
    • The inspiration for the name of the eco-lodge comes from the rare Ward’s Trogon.The Ward’s Trogon is an extremely elusive bird known to reside in temperate and subtropical forests across the Himalayas, Myanmar, and Vietnam. However, due to habitat loss and degradation, the Ward’s Trogon has been listed on the list of globally endangered birds. Yongkola, the location of the eco-lodge, is one of the few places in the world where one can catch a glimpse of the Ward’s Trogon unperturbed in its natural habitat.

    • Yongkola, where Trogon Villa is located, lies in between Bumthang and Mongar. It is 142 kilometers away from Jakar and 56 kilometers away from the town of Mongar. Yongkola has long been recognized as one of the hotspots for birding in Asia. The eco-lodge provides a picturesque view of the beautiful rolling hills of Yongkola while being conveniently located next to the highway. There are many reasons for choosing Yongkola as the location upon which Trogon Villa has been built. Aside from being one of the premier spots in the country for carrying out bird watching activities, the eco-lodge also offers a timely respite for tourists plying the long and arduous Bumthang to Mongar route. Trogon Villa’s location amidst the fertile farmlands also guarantees a steady supply of fresh and organic vegetables from the farms of the local community, thus creating a synergy that will benefit both parties.

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    Lingkhar Lodge

    • Situated in quiet countryside of small but bustling town of Trashigang in Eastern Bhutan,the Lingkhar Lodge is located within an hour's drive from the Yonphula domestic airport.
    • The resort comprises six luxurious cottages with nine deluxe rooms and three special suites. All rooms have the valley and countryside views. The rooms are decorated with traditional Bhutanese touches in-fused with modern facilities.
    • Located on the right banks of Rongthung Chu, 10 km from the Trashigang town.
    • Short walk from the beautiful Rongthung village.
    • Perfect tropical retreat.
    • Offers exotic local dances and cultural performances on prior reservations.

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    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).

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    Metta Resort & Spa

    • Metta Resort and Spa offers accommodation in Paro. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site.
    • All rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units include a seating area where you can relax. Every room includes a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Extras include bathrobes and slippers. Metta Resort and Spa features free WiFi .
    • There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
    • The resort also offers car hire. The nearest airport is Paro Airport, 5 km from the property.