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Shugdra monastery is also one of the great four Cliffs (Dra in the local language) of Bumthang valley. Guru Rimpoche had visited all four cliffs and mediated there to gain the power to subdue the local deity Sheling Karpo. It is believed that later, Terton Pema Lingpa revealed treasure from this site. The site is located in upper Chhokor Toed Dharma valley of Bumthang, 45 minutes drive on a dirt road from Bumthang town. Legends have it that the cliff on which the monastery is nestled looks like a flying Garuda. Locals say that the actual name of the monastery is not shugdra but chungdra (cliff of garuda).

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 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. We will also come across the 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 ad ever-quiet Chamkhar town in the evening.

Overnight stay in Bumthang

Day 6: Shugdra Excursion

Today, we will visit the Shug-dra Monastery to offer our prayers and receive blessings.
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: Hike to Taksang Monastery

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

Overnight stay at Bhutan Mandala Resort

Day 10: Paro to Haa

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 have had a wonderful and memorable stay in our dragon kingdom.