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Itinerary for East to West Cultural Holidays

Itinerary Details
DayDescription
Day 1Meet & Greet upon arrival at Gauhati Airport by Himalayan travel experts Guide and We will drive for almost 3 hours in the state where biggest river of India's " Brahmaputra" flows and forms a world biggest river island, the state where world famous Kaziranga national park located is known for one horned Rhino, Over night in a small town at the Indo-Bhutan border called Sundrup Jongkhar. This city is the biggest of the East of the country, and it's an important commercial center. Visit of Zangtopelri Lhakhang and sightseeing of the city to explore the local market. Over night at Samdrup Jongkhar
Day 2Samdrup Jonkhar- Tashi Gang 180 KM 7/ 8 hours drive. After breakfast in the hotel drive to Tashigang through forest, farms and banana groves, Tashigang clings to a steep hillside above the Gamri river, is the principal township district. Visit Tashigang Dzong, Once an important centre of trade with Tibet, Tashigang is in the heart of eastern Bhutan. It is one of the largest towns in the region and the second largest district in Bhutan. Tashigang Dzong, built in 1667 by Mingyur Tebpa, is on a high promontory overlooking the confluence of two rivers and it was the seat of control for the whole of eastern Bhutan from the late 17th until the beginning of the 20th century. Tashigang is also the main market for all the six districts in eastern Bhutan; people from Merak and Sakteng, a remote Eastern region stroll through the town with their unique yak-hair hats and distinctive costumes. Over night at Trashigang
Day 3Drive to Tashi Yangtse Tashi Gang to Tashi Yangtse is 2 hours' driving from Tashi Gang and borders the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. On the way visit the sacred temple of Gom Kora about 45 minutes north of Tashigang. Guru Rinpoche meditated here and left his body print on the rock. The temple itself contains murals, said to date from the 15th Century, and a variety of sacred relics can be seen here, as well as a passageway enabling you to test your sin level! The small town of Tashi Yangtse is concentrated around the large Chorten Kora, modelled after the Bodnath Stupa of Kathmandu in Nepal and much revered and visited by pilgrims. The town is also famous for its wooden cups and bowls made using water-driven and treadle lathes; it is also a centre for paper manufacture. Few Western Bhutanese have visited Tashi Yangtse as it is so far east and certainly few Western tourists make it this far either! After lunch visit Chorten Kora and the Institute of Thirteen Arts and Crafts, and take in the experience of rural village life in this remote corner of the country. You may be interested to visit a local school or a remote rural village. Over night at Trashiyangtse
Day 4Tashi Yangtse to Mongar. 4/5 hours Drive. Beginning the long drive back west we will travel from Tashi Yangtse to Mongar, which takes about 4/5 hours. However we will take an excursion on the way to Drametse, a monastery and small village about an hour off the road. The monastery was founded in 1511 by the great-granddaughter of Pema Lingpa (known as the treasure hunter) and there are about 60 married Nyingma lay monks who live here. Overnight in Mongar.
Day 5Mongar to Bumthang. 7/8 hours Drive. Today we retrace our steps from Mongar to Bumthang - a 7/8-hour drive. On the way we will stop to visit Ura village, quite a large village situated at 3100m and dominated by its temple. Ura is in the highest of Bumthang's valleys and is believed to be the home of the earliest inhabitants in Bhutan. The village has about 40 houses closely set along cobbled streets, giving it a medieval atmosphere. Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 6Bumthang Sightseeing. Visit Jampey Lhakhang, Kuje Lhakhang, and Tamsing Monastery. Jampey Lhakhang is one of the oldest monastery in Bhutan built in 07th century. Kuje Lhakhang is where Guru Rinpoche left the imprint of His body in the cave He was meditation. Tamsing Monastery is the private monastery where we can wash our sins if we carry the coat of nail thrice around the shrines. This coat of nail is made my Pemalingpa Himself. Also visit the Jakar Dzong. Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 7Bumthang to Punakha. 7/8 hours drive After breakfast in the hotel we will drive to Punakha on the way visit Gangtey (at 3300 metres). Enjoy the views of the immense and remote Phobjikha valley and the black mountain ranges. Visit Gangtey Gompa one of Bhutan's oldest monasteries. Phobjikha where the villagers continue to live a traditional Bhutanese rural lifestyle. This is the site where black-necked cranes visit in their hundreds in November each year after spending the summer in Tibet. Overnight in Punakha .
Day 8Punakha to Thimphu. 2/3 hours drive. Today we return to Thimphu. In the afternoon visit Tashicho Dzong, built in 1641, which housed the original National Assembly and is now home to Government offices, the throne room and offices of the King. Take an evening walk around town and soak in the atmosphere of this magical capital with its busy shops and bazaars and photogenic citizens in national dress. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 9Thimphu Sightseeing and drive to Paro. Thimphu sightseeing. We will visit the weekly market, Next visit Changangkha temple perched on the hill top overlooking the town. Here devotees flock throughout the day to circumambulate and turn the prayer wheels. The temple also contains beautiful wall paintings and hundreds of religious scriptures written in gold. In the afternoon you can take in more of the sights and culture of the capital, with a visit to the Handmade Papermaking Factory and the Folk Heritage Museum. Later in the evening drive to paro Overnight in Paro.
Day 10Paro Taksang Day Hike. Take a day walk to the Tiger's Nest, the sacred Taktshang monastery which clings to the rock face 900 metres above the valley floor. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress. He subsequently meditated here for three months. It is one of Bhutan's most holy sites and draws pilgrims not only from Bhutan but also from neighbouring Buddhist countries. You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery. On the way back you can visit the ruined Drukgyel Dzong (fortress of victory), constructed to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644 and destroyed by a butter lamp fire in 1951. Nearby you can also visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, a temple of historical significance and one of the most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Overnight in Paro.
Day 11Early in the morning your guide will accompany you to the airport to see you off onto your flight and wish you Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck).

Booking the Tour

* All the Foreign National Tourists visiting Bhutan must travel through all-inclusive package Tourism, for which there is a fixed tariff set by the Royal Government of Bhutan.
* This tariff includes:
accommodation, Meals, Transportation within the country, Guide services, sightseeing and entrance fees for the museums and monuments.
* All tours must be booked through a Local Travel Operator/Travel Agent.
Please find our bank address below to transfer the tour payment.
1. Bhutan National Bank, Thimphu, Bhutan.
Bank Acocunt No: 0005610423001
2. Bank Address:
Bhutan National Bank, P.O Box 439, GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT

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