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Bhutan is culturally rich. As His Majesty says, it is because of our unique culture and tradition that we could remain sound as a sovereign nation. Nothing can save Bhutan from falling into the hands of nuclear powerhouses like India and China if Bhutan cannot maintain its distinct identity. And such a profound meaning lies concealed in every Bhutanese way. Our dress, gho, and Kira have their own meaning and significance. The colorful painting on our walls, the figurines that hang on our houses, and even the phallus that swings down our roofs have different importance and tell stories. Thus, in this Cultural and Heritage Tour To Bumthang, we will take you to Bumthang, the Switzerland of Bhutan, and make to familiar with Bhutanese arts and crafts, culture, and tradition.

Day 1: Paro –Thimphu:

Arrive at Paro International Airport.
Travel to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. En route, visit Tachog Monastery.
Afternoon, visit National Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma Statue, Kuenselphodrang Park, and Traditional Handmade Paper Factory.

Overnight stay at Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)

Day 2: Thimphu

Hike to Cheri Monastery.
Afternoon, visit Takin Park, Centenary Farmers’ Market, Institute of Traditional Arts and Crafts, and the majestic Tashichhodzong which houses the office of His Majesty the King.

Overnight stay at Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)

Day 3: Thimphu–Punakha:

Travel towards Punakha.
On the way, stop at Dochula pass and visit the 108 Victory Stupas. Then visit Chimi Lhakhang, the fertility temple.
Afternoon, visit to the majestic Punakha Dzong, the longest suspension bridge, and Galem’s house.

Overnight stay at Zhingkham Resort (or similar) 

Day 4: Punakha-Bumthang

Leave Punakha for Bumthang.
En route, stop at the reconstruction site of Wangduepodrang dzong.
Then stop at the Trongsa Dzong and the museum at Ta Dzong.
Our highest driving point will be a mountain pass- Pelela at 3140 meters and Yotongla pass. From there we gradually take a descent to the floor of Bumthang valley which is often filled with dense fog.

Overnight stay in Bumthang 

Day 5: Bumthang

Visit Tamzhing Monastery. Then walk to the sacred Kurjey Lhakhang. Resume walking towards Jambay Lhakhang.
Ramble through the small Chamkhar town in the evening.

Overnight stay in Bumthang

Day 6: Excursion-Ura Valley

Drive to Ura valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan.
En route, visit Tang Membar Tsho, the highly revered and sacred burning lake.

Have a familiarization walk through the valley and enjoy the mesmeric natural beauty.

Overnight stay in Bumthang

Day 7: Bumthang-Phobjikha

Travel to Phobjikha.
Visit Gangtey Goenpa and stroll along the Nature Trail at Phojikha valley, the winter habitat of endangered Black-necked Cranes.

Overnight stay in a home-stay

Day 8:Phobjikha-Paro

Travel back to Paro.
En route, visit Semtokha Dzong, the oldest dzong in the country.
Afternoon, visit the National Museum, Paro Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, and have an orientation walk along the silent street of Paro Town.

Overnight stay at Bhutan Mandala Resort

Day 9 Paro-Taksang Monastery

Hike to Taksang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest.
In the evening, visit to one of the nearby homestays and have a hot-stone bath.

Overnight stay at Bhutan Mandala Resort

Day 10 Paro

Drive to Haa through Chele La (3,988 m).
Picnic at Chelela Pass. Then visit Lhakhang Karpo.
Drive back to Paro.

Overnight at Bhutan Mandala Resort

Day 11: Departure

We will see you at Paro International Airport. We hope that you had a wonderful and memorable stay in our dragon kingdom.