Visiting Bhutan is a unique experience in its own right and exploring the Bumthang Valley allows us to delve into one of the most untouched and traditional areas of this fascinating country. Not only does this area provide opportunities for stunning mountain walks, but due to its remoteness it has also retained a unique cultural identity.
Explore the beauty of the mighty Himalaya at an easy pace as we walk over a high pass and through meadows, forests of Blue pine and bamboo groves, stopping at local villages and meeting the welcoming locals.
The dzong with a delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1647 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders led by Mongolian warlord, Gushri khan 1644. Historically & strategically this Dzong withstood all its glory and had captured western eyes in 1914 vide National geographic magazine. The glory of Drukgyal Dzong remained even when it was destroyed by fire in 1951. Since than the dzong has been in ruins. On a clear day one can see the commanding view of Mount. Jhomolhari from the village.
Literally meaning Tiger's nest; built around the cave in which Guru Padmasambava meditated in the eight century, clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 800 meters above paro valley. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche landed on this spot in a miraculous manner, flying on the back of a tigress. For local people it is a place for pilgrimage but for tourist a hike up to the view point cafe opposite the monastery is breathtaking, thrilling and mystical.
Kathmandu is known as Kantipur, the kingdom of Nepal. Here you will visit the temple of the living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of her devotees from balcony of her temple residence, Kathmandap-the source of the name Kathmandu. It was allegedly made from the timber of a single tree. Next, on to the Durbar Square area with its array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient palace of the Nepalese Royalty.
It is situated about 35Km. east of Kathmandu city and from here one can see Mt. Everet and other peaks of the Himalayas. Nagarkot is located between Kathmandu valley in the west and Indravati in the east. The top of Nagarkot commmands accelerating views in all direction. The altitude of Nagarkot is 2229Mt. Above from sea level. It is also very popular for the viewing sunrise and sunset.
Spectacular flight to Paro with breathtaking views over the Himalaya; drive to Thimpu and visit Semtokha Dzong and Trashichi Dzong.
Visit Memorial Chorten, handicraft emporium and painting school; drive to Punakha, stopping at Dochula, Chimi Lhakhang and Punakha Dzong.
Visit Wangdi Dzong and the weavers in Chumey en route to Bumthang.
Spend the day at Domkhar Festival
To Thangbi Lhakhang, to start our trek; camp at Ngang Lhakhang (2800m).
Gradual climb to Phelhe La Pass (3465m); descend to Takung Valley through beautiful forests.
Gradual walk up and then down to Gamling; drive via Mebar Tsho (Flaming Lake) to Trongsa.
Drive to Wangdi after visiting Trongsa Dzong and Museum.
Drive to Paro; and visit Rinpung Dzong and the Paro Museum.
Hike to Tiger’s Nest monastery;
Fly to Kathmandu