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Enchanted Bhutan

This tour will bring you to the centre of Bhutan. It provides you with a thoroughly enjoyable cultural tour of the spiritual heartland of Bhutan.

Your tour can either start with a leisurely stop in Paro, giving you time to acclimatize and enjoy the many colourful cultural sites of  Paro. In addition to a full cultural tour of Thimphu, Punakha and Wangdi, you will travel to Tongsa and, the cultural heartland of Bhutan, the Bumthang valley. In November you can plan your trip to coincide with the annual festival in Bumthang. You will be driving through some of the most spectacular scenery in Bhutan, as you traverse the Black mountain range and cross several high passes. The Pele-la pass, at 3,300 metres, is often covered in mist. It marks the boundary between East and West and not only the landscape changes but also the climate, the houses and the customs differ as you descend towards Tongsa, the base of the first king of Bhutan. The road winds around the mountain and the yellow roofs and white walls of Tongsa Dzong appear and disappear again and again before you finally arrive in the small town.

Two hours from Tongsa is the town of Jakar, the main town in the Bumthang valley (2700metres)  where you will spend a few days touring the sites linked to so many of Bhutan’s religious and historical legends. Stories abound of the actions of Guru Rimpoche and Pema Lingpa in these parts. Additional attractions include the weaving centers and the supplies of cheeses, apple juice and honey that are produced here using Swiss methods.  Nicknamed the Switzerland of the East, Bumthang even produces metal stoves on the traditional Swiss model.

The farms of the expansive, high-altitude Bumthang plateau produce buckwheat and potatoes rather than the Bhutanese red rice so you can try a different menu here. The area is ideal for gentle treks and day walks into the countryside, passing through villages where the farmers are going about their daily lives, ploughing with oxen, sifting wheat, grinding flour or weaving. Watch the birds swooping over the rivers and the fields of cosmos flowers and relax.

This trip can be planned to coincide with the Punakha Festival in February, the Paro Festival in April, the Thimphu Festival in September or the Bumthang Festival in November.

Enchanted Bhutan Itinerary (11 Days)

  • Day 1: Arrive Paro. Free time for a stroll around town.
  • Day 2: Drive to Punakha & sightseeing in Punakha valley.
  • Day 3: Drive to Trongsa & short hike option from view point to Trongsa Dzong.
  • Day 4: Drive to Bumthang & sightseeing the Bumthang vallley.
  • Day 5: Full programme of Sightseeing in Bumthang.
  • Day 6: Return drive to Wangdi & visit Wangdi Dzong.
  • Day 7: Drive to Thimphu.Afternoon Sightseeing in Thimphu.
  • Day 8: Full programme of sightseeing in & around Thimphu.
  • Day 9: Thimphu & Paro sightseeing.
  • Day 10: Hike to Taksang temple. Afternoon in Paro town.
  • Day 11: Flight Departure from Paro.