Paro – Thimpu – Bumthang – Punakha
The centre circuit comprises of the two central Districts of Trongsa and Bumthang. The Centre circuit boasts unique attractions and is home to many sacred monuments in the country. The two Districts in the centre circuit also defined much of our History and till the early 1950’s was the seat of power for our two Kings. In this circuit one may attend the Nomads festival of Bumthang and delve into the wonders of a living culture of our nomads and participate in the Matsutake festival of Ura and taste the high altitude mushroom and drown in the Red panda beer. One can also witness numerous festivals including the annual tshechu of Trongsa and Bumthang, the Jampa Lhakhang tshechu, or witness the Ura tshechu that is unique. You may also visit the Ta Dzong that is now turned into a museum with its dominating four towers or visit the Wangdue Choling palace in Chamkhar built by our 1st King Ugyen Wangchuck. You may also trek the Thrumshingla National Park and try and spot the six species of globally threatened birds that includes the Rufous necked hornbill, Rufous-throated wren-babbler, Satyr Tragopan, Beautiful nuthatch, Ward’s trogon and Chestnut-breasted partridge.
Itinerary & Highlight
Day 01. Arrival in Kathmandu:
Transfer to hotel for check in and briefing on the trip. An inductory sightseeing trip to downtown Kathmandu or explore around hotel depending on your flight arrival.
Day 02. Kathmandu:
Guided sightseeing covering all the major sightseeing points in and around Kathmandu, covering the prominent landmarks such as: Soyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Patan, Kumari (the living goddess) Temple and Durbar Square Kathmandu.
Day 03. Kathmandu to Paro and Thimphu:
Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for flight to Paro, then drive to Thimphu (65Kms.) about 2hrs. Check in hotel.
Day 04. Thimpu:
Sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit to Memorial Chhorten, Changangkha Lhakhang, Mothithang mini zoo to see the National Animal of Bhutan (Takin), Zulikha Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum and National Library. Lunch in Thimphu town. Afternoon, Paper Factory, Weaving Center and then Handicraft Emporium. Evening at Leisure.
Day 05. Thimphu to Trongsa:
Drive to Trongsa over dochula pass, Phobjikha valley. After lunch, continue the journey to Trongsa crossing Pelela pass. At Trongsa, visit most impressive dzong in Bhutan. It shows one of the most artistic and magnificent works of traditional Bhutanese architecture.
Day 06. Trongsa to Bumthang:
Drive to Kuenga Rabten Palace. It is 1 hour drive from Trongsa to the south. It was the winter palace of the King Jigme Wangchuck. Drive back to Trongsa. At Trongsa, visit the impressive Trongsa Dzongtake. Afternoon, drive to Bumthang. Evening stroll around the Bumthang Town.
Day 07. Bumthang:
Sightseeing in Bumthang. Visit to Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, then walk over the Chamkhar chhu till Tamshing Monastery. Afternoon, visit to Jakar dzong, Cheese and honey factory. Evening, visit the farm house for dinner and local drinks like suja (butter tea) and Ara.
Day 08. Bumthang to Punakha:
Early in the morning drive to Punakha. Afternoon, hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, which is located at a hill top. The temple is also known as ‘the temple of fertility. The hike will take about 30minutes from the road end then continue the journey to Punakha.
Day 09. Punakha to Thimphu:
Hike to Khamsum Yule Namgyel Chhorten. The hike will take about 45minutes.Then we will visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong. Lunch at Punakha. Afternoon, drive to Thimphu. Evening stroll around the Thimphu town.
Day 10. Thimphu to Haa:
Drive to Haa. The drive will take about 5hours. Visit Haa Lhakhang Karpo. Aftrnoon, stroll around the Haa (small town).
Day 11. Haa to Paro:
Drive to Paro over Chelela pass. The pass is about 3800m. Just below the Pass towards Paro, we can see the Mounatin Jhomolhari. On reaching Paro, we will make a hike to Taktshang, Tiger’s Nest. Walk about 2hours 30 minutes upsteep. On way back, it will just take about 1hour 30 minutes. Lunch will serve at Taktshang cafeteria. Afternoon, return to Paro visiting Kyichu Lhakhang and stroll around the Paro town.
Day 12. Paro to Kathmandu:
After breakfast, transfer to Paro Airport for flight to Kathmandu . Check in hotel and rest.
Day 13. Kathmandu:
After breakfast, visit Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur. Return to hotel for refreshment. Evening, sightseeing and shopping around downtown Kathmandu and Thamel Street. Farewell dinner will be served at typical Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show.
Day 14. Transfer to airport:
Departure from Kathmandu or make extension as per your time-frame.
– Depending on the number of trekking members.
– Hotel accommodation for 4 nights in Kathmandu on twin-sharing basis.
– Hotel accommodation for 9 nights in Bhutan on twin-sharing basis.
– Breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu.
– Meals (including breakfast, lunch and dinner) in Bhutan.
Mode of Transportation:
– Guided city sightseeing with private vehicle in Nepal and Bhutan as per the itinerary.
– Airfare: Kathmandu/Paro (Bhutan)/Kathmandu with tax (subject to increment on fare revise).
– Airport pickups and drops upon your arrival and departure from Kathmandu and Bhutan.
Inclusive (in addition to the above plan)
– Services as per the above mentioned plan.
– Tour arrangement as per the itinerary and option.
– Government registered, professional tour guide.
– All entry fees to the sightseeing points as per the itinerary.
– Bhutan visa and other permit surcharges.
– A bottle of mineral water per person each day.
– Farewell dinner at typical Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show in Kathmandu.
– Government tax and surcharges.
– Bar bill
– Your personal insurance.