This journey takes you from the more populated valleys of Thimpu and Paro to the lesser visited Tongsa, Bhumtang in Central Bhutan and Mongar, Trashingang and Samdrup Jongkhar in the east. Winding mountain roads with staggering scenery, hilltop monasteries and wonderful history will fill your days. Bhutan is like nowhere else in the world.
On arrival at Kathmandu Airport you will be met with a floral welcome and then transferred to your hotel.
This morning you will enjoy a city tour of Kathmandu and then visit Swayambhunath, one of the oldest Buddhist stupas overlooking the entire Kathmandu Valley. In the afternoon, you will visit Hindu Temples and other impressive sites in Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhadgaon. B
The flight today takes you over the Great Himalayas and valleys of Bhutan. You will be greeted and transferred to your hotel.
Full day guided tour of Paro including the major sites of Tiger’s Nest and the National Museum. V
Morning visit to the Drukgyel Dzong and the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang. Drive to Thimpu (2 hrs), stopping briefly at the confluence of the Paro and Thimpu rivers and the 17th century Simtokha Dzong. On arrival in Thimpu, enjoy a guided tour of the major sites including Trashichhodzong and Memorial Chorten.
Morning visit to the National Library and the Textile and Folks Heritage Museum. Drive to Punakha (3 hrs) making a brief stop at the Dochu la pass to admire the spectacular views and pray flags.
Before leaving Punahka, visit the major sites including the 17th century Punakha Dzong. Then drive to Gangtey (3 hrs) in the Phobjikha valley, one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan. En route, visit Wangduephodrang. During the afternoon visit the Gangtey Monastery.
Enjoy bird watching in the Phobjikha valley before driving to Tongsa (4 ½ hrs) across the Pelela Pass (3300m). En route visit the Nepalese – style 18th century Chendbji Chorten. Rest of the day is at leisure.
This morning you will visit the Tongsa Dzong, the most impressive dzong built in 1648, and the Ta Dzong before driving to Bumthang (3hrs).
Full day tour of Bumthang, including a visit to the sacred site of Kurje Lhakhang and the Jambey Lhakhang temple.
Drive eastward to Mongar (7 hrs), winding through rugged terrain and crossing the Thrumshingla pass. Gradually descend to Sengor. Visit Mongar Dzong.
You will be driven to Trashigang (3 hrs). This afternoon, visit the Trashigang Dzong overhanging the Gamri River.
Your full day excursion includes a visit to the temple of Gom Kora; Doksum village where you will witness women busy weaving, along with a 15th century chain bridge and Trashiyangtse Dzong.
On your way to Samdrup Jongkhar (6 hrs), you will drive past Sherybtse College and visit the Blind school and weaving centre at Khaling.
Today you will cross the border and enter India to stay one night at Guwahati (2 ½ hrs), the capital city of Assam. In the evening visit Kalakshetra, a multi –art complex.
Fly to Kolkota. In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of Kolkota’s major sites.
Free day for last minute shopping. This evening you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.