Bhutan often revered as the ‘Land of the Peaceful Dragon’ is still regarded as one of the last ‘Shangri-La” in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness, its spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and its unique ancient Buddhist monasteries. Central Bhutan tour offers beautiful Himalayan views, beautiful landscape, cultural heritage, ancient monasteries, ancient cities thus this tour become more popular than other tours in Bhutan. Central Bhutan sees fewer tourists than western Bhutan, and nature lovers will enjoy the opportunities for day hikes along undiscovered trails.
*Visit one of the largest statues of Buddha
*Explore breath-taking view of Himalayan ranges from Dochula
*Walk around the beautiful 108 Chorten (stupas)
*Village hike to Chimi Lhakhang
* Admire the second oldest and second largest Dzong (Punakha Dzong)
* Visit and watch endangered species of birds (Phobjikha)
*View the undiscovered nature towards Bumthang
* Hike the most iconic landmark (Tiger’s nest)
Bhutan is full of surprises if you have a bit longer time to hold on. There’s more to see and to do on this wondrous country. Bhutan is the sort of place you visit once and long for forever. Travel around and surround yourself with stunning scenery, fascinating history, mouth watering food, mountain, villages and most importantly the amazing people. The central tour is for 11 days, from Paro to Thimphu, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Trongsa and Bumthang.
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.
After an early 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 breakfast drive towards Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and get mesmerized by the striking Khamsum Yulley monastery. The Chorten was built in 2004.It is about 30 minutes walk uphill from the footbridge in Yepaisa village. Then 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.
Travel to the most fascinating part of the country. 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. Travel further up towards Bumthang and check into your hotel.
Bumthang have the most incredible valleys namely Tang, Ura, Choekhor and Chumey. The mountains, green farms and small waterfalls add to the beauty of these provinces. It is also the religious heartland where many saints and masters meditated leaving their imprints as sacred places of worship and pilgrimage. Start the day by visiting some of the most visited monasteries like Jambay lhakhang, then toward Kurje Lhakhang and Tamshing lhakhang. After that, explore Tang Member Tsho “Burning Lake” and drive to Tang valley then hike towards Ugyencholling to discover the Dzong, museum and cluster village of Ugyencholling.
Drive toward Tharpaling monastery an important landmark of Bhutan, a monastic school where an ancient specific monastic tradition is taught. Then take a hike to Petseling Monastery. It offers fine views of the central Bumthang valley. You can also hike beyond the monastery across the ridge and feel the spirit of the mountains and monastery and return to town.
Travel from Bumthang to Punakha and stop for photographs on the way when you come across good spot for your pictures.
Drive back to Paro. Then visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics. Then experience the beauty of Paro Dzong, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture as well as a local religious administrative center.
Start the day by hiking Taktsang “Tiger’s nest”. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge at a height of 9000m above Paro valley and Picnic lunch at Taktsang cafeteria. Later After that, go to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Then stroll around Paro town for shopping and checkout amazing handicraft.
After breakfast, bid farewell to your guide and be transferred to the airport for flight.