Bhutan have numerous wildlife species ranging from critically endangered species to most common species of the world representing one of the world’s richest biodiversity area. For tourism perspectives, birding, direct animal sighting is popular in some specific locations having undiscovered forests. However to sight direct wildlife (except bird species) is of enormous difficulty for passionate nature lover due to vastness of the forest coverage and the geographical area.
*Bird watching in Lamperi Botanical Park
*Admire the beauty of Royal Botanical garden
* Trekking through pristine Himalayan region.
* Discover 48 species of Rhododendron
* Explore the world’s biologically outstanding park the Royal Manas Park.
The ecosystem in Bhutan is diverse, because of its location, great geographical and climatic variations. Bhutan’s high, rugged mountains and deep valleys are rich with spectacular biodiversity, making one of the world’s ten most important biodiversity ‘hotspots’. For centuries, Bhutanese have treasured the natural environment and have looked upon it as the source of all life. This is a special and unique tour; it is designed for nature lover and explorer to discover Bhutan to its best.
On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our company representative. You will take fascinating drive of about 2 hours to the capital Thimphu and check into your hotel. Enjoy the walk around the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupas built in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952 – 1972.
Start the day by visiting the gigantic Buddha Dordenma Statue. Then walk around takin zoo and drive to Sangay Gang viewpoint to have a full view of Thimphu valley. Travel towards the Royal Botanical Garden. After that you will discover Simply Bhutan/Folk heritage museum. Visit Trashichho Dzong – The main secretariat building. It is from here that the King and other prominent civil servants run the country. The Head Abbot and the central monastic body also reside here during the summer. Then visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved.
After breakfast, drive to Punakha. On the way, halt at Dochula for a hot cup of tea/coffee and on a clear day; explore the most spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. Towards Punakha take a short village hike to Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of ‘divine madman’ and check into your hotel. Watch the mystical, the symbol of united Bhutan, the Dzong which lies between two rivers, Pochu and Mochu, meaning male and female rivers. Then hike to suspension bridge. It is the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. It connects to the adjoining villages. After that, adore the beauty of Nunnery Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup lhakhang.
Travel towards Gantey via Wangduephodrang and check into your hotel. Explore the pristine valley and visit the famous 17th century Gantey Gompa monastery, enriched with paintings. Then hike to small village with some homes that are spread far and wide. You can watch the rare spices of black-necked crane at the Black Necked Crane Park in Gangtey.
On the way, halt and explore the most spectacular view of Pele la and Yotungla pass. We also get the glimpse of the Black mountains. As we continue onwards take the view of Trongsa Dzong which is the largest fortress in Bhutan and admire the beauty of Mangde River. After that, visit the watchtower of Trongsa the Royal Heritage Museum.
Zhemgang is a region blessed with incredibly rich biodiversity. It is one of the most remote and least developed regions. The inhabitants of Zhemgang are famous for their rich culture, particularly their folk songs and dances. They are also famed for their skill at crafting various goods out of bamboo such as Bangchungs (matted bamboo bowls), Palangs (alcohol containers), Balaks (hats), mats and boxes. Start the day by visiting Zhemgang Dzong which is beautifully situated at the peak of a triangularly shaped ridge that rises sharply from the Mangdechu, facing the village of Trong and the town of Zhemgang. Then visit the heritage villages in Zhemgang which include Bjokha Village, Trong heritage village, and Dangkhar heritage village. Then visit Duenmang hot spring which is located at the bottom of the valley an hour hike downhill from the road.
Then head towards Marang Jungle Camp. The Jungle camp is located beautifully on the bank of a river. The visitors can enjoy the wilderness and escape into serenity. The visitors can choose to spend their time by exploring the wildlife or rafting along Bhutan’s largest river basins or they can simply choose to sit outside their luxury camps and immerse in nature. After breakfast travel towards Panbang. Unlike any other places, Panbang offers a number of breathtaking adventurous activities. Some of the most exciting adventures include rock climbing, bicycling, mountain biking and bungee jumping. If you want a quite time into nature, leisure activities like fishing, bird watching tours, and butterfly tours are an absolute delight.
Panbang district lies adjacent to the Royal Manas National Park. The park was established in 1966 and is Bhutan’s first protected area. The park is home to over 86 different mammals, 365 birds and 900 plant species. The Royal Manas National Park provides ample opportunities for the tourists to explore wildlife and have the safari of their life. Panbang community is known for its sub-tropical biodiversity richness and is home to Bhutan’s largest river basins namely Drangmechu and Mangdechu river basins. This provides adventure enthusiasts with the opportunity of exploring the rich biodiversity while enjoying thrilling white river rafting along the Drangmechu River to Manas or along Mangdechu River to Manas.
After an early breakfast you can either hike for about 6 hours to reach Bjokha village, enjoying the landscape and walk or you can drive through the farm road to Bjokha and spend the day exploring Bjokha village. Bjokha is one of the most remote and lease developed of all the places in Zhemgang. The unique feature of Bjokha is the production of handmade cane and bamboo products which is the main source of livelihood of the people. Items like the Bangchungs (round Tiffin-like plates) and small storage containers are made and sold off to the other parts of Bhutan. In the past when there were no roads (till 2014) people had to walk for 4 – 5 days to reach Bjokha from the main town of Zhemgang.
From here on you will drive back to Gomphu and stay the night at the Eco lodge in Gomphu.
After early breakfast drive towards Trongsa and stop for photographs on the way when you come across good spot for your pictures.
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.
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).
The journey to Mongar takes about 6 hours with spectacular views. 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.
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.
Visit the temple of Gom Kora and Doksum Village where you can see women busily weaving traditional Bhutanese fabric before reaching Tashiyangtse, the administrative Centre for this district. The area is famous for its unique wooden crafts. Visit the Tashiyangtse 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.
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.
After breakfast, your guide will arrange an Indian vehicle your transfer to Guwahati, the capital town of the Indian northeastern state of Assam, for your onward flight.