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This ensures that each and every member of the group gets ample attention from our guides.<br> <br> Whether you want to immerse yourself in local culture, experience village life up-close or soak in the exhilarating scenic beauty, our classic itineraries below illustrate that we meticulously plan and design tours to ensure an unforgettable experience in Bhutan. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span></font></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">But these are not all.</font></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">We understand that freedom and flexibility are keys to appreciating Bhutan fully. There are lots to see and plenty to do while in Bhutan. We welcome you to draw up your very own tour itinerary to best suit your taste and interest.You may also like to plan your trips around the many colourful festivals that take place throughout the year.<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u><o:p> </o:p> </u></b></font></span></p> <!-- <p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">We are happy to help you draw up your very own exclusive plan.<br> </font></span></p> --> <!-- COLLAPSABLE MENU--> <!-- <head> --> <!-- <title></title> --> <meta name="save" content="history" /> <style type="text/css"><!-- .save{ behavior:url(#default#savehistory);} a.dsphead{ text-decoration:none; margin-left:1.5em;} a.dsphead:hover{ text-decoration:underline;} a.dsphead span.dspchar{ font-family:monospace; font-weight:normal;} .dspcont{ display:none; margin-left:1.5em;} //--></style> <script type="text/javascript"><!-- function dsp(loc){ if(document.getElementById){ var foc=loc.firstChild; foc=loc.firstChild.innerHTML? loc.firstChild: loc.firstChild.nextSibling; foc.innerHTML=foc.innerHTML=='+ '?'_ ':' + '; foc=loc.parentNode.nextSibling.style? loc.parentNode.nextSibling: loc.parentNode.nextSibling.nextSibling; foc.style.display=foc.style.display=='block'?'none':'block';}} if(!document.getElementById) document.write('<style type="text/css"><!--\n'+ '.dspcont{display:block;}\n'+ '//--></style>'); //--></script> <noscript> <style type="text/css"><!-- .dspcont{display:block;} //--></style> </noscript> <!-- 1. COLLAPSABLE MENU HEADING - A GLIMPSE OF BHUTAN--> <div class="save" align="left"> <h1><a href="javascript:void(0)" class="dsphead" onclick="dsp(this)"> <span class="dspchar"><font size="4" face="Arial">+ </font></span><font size="2" face="Arial" color="#FF6600">A Glimpse of Bhutan (7 days)</font></a></h1> <div class="dspcont"> <!-- COLLAPSABLE CONTENT--> <font face="Arial" size="2"><i>This classic journey takes you to some of the most vibrant towns in the western region of the country, including the capital city, Thimphu. This short stay is just right for those with limited time, but a thirst to know Bhutan. From the lush green fields to the exquisite paintings on the walls of the monasteries, from the prayer flags fluttering in the wind to the red chillies drying on the rooftops  everywhere you look, colours dazzle you. Be prepared to fall in love with Bhutan! &nbsp;</i></font> <br> <br> <font face="Arial" size="2"><span lang="EN-GB"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 1: </b>Arrive at Paro by Druk Air. Your guide will take you to your hotel. After lunch, take a stroll in Paro town.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span></span></font> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Paro <o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 2: </b><span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span>Sightseeing in Paro. Take a short drive to see the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong (built 1647, a fortress that saw many a battles being fought between the Drukpas and the Tibetan invaders from the north). En route, visit the lovely Kyichhu Lhakhang (built 659 A D). After lunch, visit Paro Rinpung Dzong and Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower which is now the National Museum of Bhutan. In the evening drive to Thimphu.</font> </span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Thimphu<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 3:</b> Early start to Punakha, with a stop over at Dochhu La (3,050m). We then descend into the warm valley of Punakha. Visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong. In the afternoon, visit Chimi Lhakhang (known as the Temple of Fertility), dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley  the Divine Madman.</font> </span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Punakha<o:p> </o:p> </font></span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 4:</b> Slowly drive back to Thimphu. In the afternoon, visit some of the landmarks in the city.</font> </span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Thimphu <o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 5: </b>Continue your sightseeing of the city. Visit notable landmarks like the Memorial Chorten (stupa), the Textile Museum, Institute of Zorig Chusum and the National Library. Visit Tashichho Dzong (built 1641) which now houses Government offices, the Throne Room and the office of the King. In the evening, drive back to Paro.</font> </span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Paro<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 6: </b>Today you will trek up the mountain to view the enchanting Taktsang Monastery (Tiger s Nest) that clings dramatically on a huge rock cliff, 900m above the valley. The 2-3 hours hike (each way) takes you through pine forest with spectacular view of the valley below. In the evening visit a traditional farmhouse and enjoy a meal with the local family.</font> </span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Paro<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial"><font size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 7: </b>Your guide will see you off at the airport for your departure.</font></font> <br> </span> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font size="1" face="Arial"><a href="#top">back to top</a></font></span> </div> <!--COLLAPSABLE CONTENT END--> <!-- 2. COLLAPSABLE MENU HEADING - IN SEARCH OF THE CRANES--> <div class="save" align="left"> <h1><a href="javascript:void(0)" class="dsphead" onclick="dsp(this)"> <span class="dspchar"><font size="4" face="Arial">+ </font></span><font size="2" face="Arial" color="#FF6600">In Search of the Black Necked Cranes (8 days)</font></a></h1> <div class="dspcont"> <!-- COLLAPSABLE CONTENT--> <font face="Arial" size="2"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">In Search of the Black-Necked Cranes tour takes you to the beautiful glacier valley of Phobjikha, which is one of the roosting grounds for the heavenly birds, who fly in every winter from northern Tibet to escape the bitter cold. The week-long travel takes you through the vibrant tapestry of the rich Bhutanese culture and tradition and opportune you to witness the natural wonder up close.<o:p>&nbsp;</i> </font> <br> <br> <font size="2" face="Arial"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 1:</b> Arrive at Paro by Druk Air. Your guide will meet you at the airport. After lunch, take a walk in the town and visit the nearby Paro Rinpung Dzong and Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, now the National Museum of Bhutan. In the evening, enjoy Bhutanese meal at a popular restaurant.</font> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font size="2" face="Arial">Night halt: Paro<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font size="2" face="Arial">&nbsp;<o:p><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 2:</b> After breakfast, visit the lovely Kyichhu Lhakhang (built 659 A D) en route to see the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong (built in1647, a fortress that saw many a battles being fought between the Drukpas and the Tibetan invaders from the north). After lunch proceed to Thimphu, an hour s long drive. En route, visit Simtokha Dzong (the oldest Dzong built in 1629) and see some notable landmarks of the city. In the evening, take a stroll in the town.</font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font size="2" face="Arial">Night halt: Thimphu<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font size="2" face="Arial">&nbsp;<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 3: </b>Full day sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit some of the important landmarks in the city  Tashichho Dzong, the Memorial Chorten (Stupa), Folk Heritage Museum, Institute of Traditional Medicine, Institute of Zorig Chusum, National Library and the Textile Museum. In the evening take a stroll in the town. </font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font size="2" face="Arial">Night halt: Thimphu<o:p>&nbsp;<o:p> </o:p> </font></span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font size="2" face="Arial"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 4:</b> Drive to Punakha with a stopover at Dochhu La (3,050m). Enjoy the view of the spectacular Himalayan ranges in the horizon on a bright day. Descend to the warm Punakha valley. In Punakha, visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong and proceed to Gangtey  the home of the black-necked cranes.</font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font size="2" face="Arial">Night halt: Gangtey (Phobjikha)<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font size="2" face="Arial"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 5:</b><span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>At Gangtey, visit the Gangtey Monastery and then drive down to the enchanting Phobjikha valley. Visit the Royal Society for Protection of Nature and meet the locals. You might catch the sight of the heavenly bird if visiting early spring/late autumn. The wide valley provides plenty of trails to take easy walks. In the evening visit the local farm house or take a stroll in the village.</font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font size="2" face="Arial">Night halt: Paro <o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font size="2" face="Arial"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 6: </b>After breakfast drive back to Thimphu. En route take an easy hike in the paddy fields to visit the famous Chimi Lhakhang, dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley  the Divine Madman. Slowly drive back to Thimphu.</font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font size="2" face="Arial">Night halt: Thimphu<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font size="2" face="Arial"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 7: </b>Drive to Paro. Today, you will trek up the mountain to view the enchanting Taktsang Monastery (Tiger s Nest) that clings dramatically on a huge rock cliff, 900m above the valley. The 2-3 hours hike (each way) takes you through pine forests with spectacular view of the valley below. In the evening, visit a traditional farmhouse.</font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font size="2" face="Arial">Night halt: Paro<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font size="2" face="Arial"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 8:</b>Your guide will see you off at the Paro International Airport. </font> </span> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font size="1" face="Arial"><a href="#top">back to top</a></font></span> </div> <!--COLLAPSABLE CONTENT END--> <!-- 3. COLLAPSABLE MENU HEADING - AMAZING BHUTAN--> <div class="save" align="left"> <h1><a href="javascript:void(0)" class="dsphead" onclick="dsp(this)"> <span class="dspchar"><font size="4" face="Arial">+ </font></span><font size="2" face="Arial" color="#FF6600">Amazing Bhutan! (12 days)</font></a></h1> <div class="dspcont"> <br> <!-- COLLAPSABLE CONTENT--> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><font face="Arial" size="2"> <o:p></font></i><font size="2" face="Arial"><i>Amazing Bhutan takes you to the mystical valleys of central Bhutan. Bumthang houses some of the most revered and ancient monasteries in Bhutan with equally fascinating tales of miracle and magic. You will experience the majestic wilderness and rugged splendour of the country at its best, making it nothing less than a feast for your souls and your senses.<br></i> <font size="2" face="Arial"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><br> Day 1:</b> Arrive at Paro by Druk Air. Your personal guide will take you to your hotel. After lunch, take a leisurely walk in the town and visit the nearby Paro Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum of Bhutan.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span></font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Paro <o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 2:<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span></b>After breakfast, visit the lovely Kyichhu Lhakhang (built 659 A D). Drive along the picturesque Paro valley to view the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong (built 1647, a fortress that saw many a battles being fought between the Drukpas and the Tibetan invaders from the north). On a clear day you will enjoy the view of Mount Jhomolhari in the distance. In the evening drive to Thimphu.</font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Thimphu<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 3: </b>Full day sightseeing in Thimphu. Indulge yourself in some of the notable landmarks of the city  The Memorial Chorten (Stupa), Folk Heritage Museum, Institute of Traditional Medicine, National Library, National Institute of Zorig Chusum, Tashichho Dzong and the Textile Museum. In the afternoon take a short drive to see the Tango and Cheri Monasteries. Stroll in the town and visit the local weekend market in the evening. Stroll in the town and visit the local weekend market in the evening.</font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Thimphu<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 4: </b>Early start to Punakha, with a stop over at Dochhu La (3,050m). Enjoy the spectacular view of the Himalayan range in the horizon on a bright day. In Punakha, visit the magnificent 17th Century Punakha Dzong. Take a walk in the paddy fields to visit Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the  Temple of Fertility , dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley  the Divine Madman. </font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Wangdue Phodrang<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 5:</b> Drive to Trongsa and visit the charming Trongsa Dzong that sits dramatically on a low-raising ridge. Pop into Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower and now a museum. After lunch, continue the journey to Bumthang.</font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Bumthang<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 6:<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span></b>A traveller s delight, Bumthang valley houses some of the most revered monasteries in the country. Visit the Jakar Dzong, the seventh century built Jambay Lhakhang and the Kurjey Lhakhang. In the afternoon, continue the tour and visit Tamshing Lhakhang. Evening explore the town and the local shops.</font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Bumthang<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><strong>Day 7: <span style="font-weight:normal">Drive to Ura and visit the picturesque Ura village and the new Ura Monastery. On the way back to Bumthang visit the Membartsho (The Burning Lake). In the evening get up close with the locals and visit the Swiss Farm and indulge in some Swiss delicacies.</span></strong><br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Night halt: Bumthang<o:p> </o:p> </i></font></span> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b>Day 8: </b><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">Start early to drive back to visit the charming Phobjikha valley. Visit the Royal Society for Protection of Nature. Explore the valley and meet the locals. You might catch sight of the rare and endangered black-necked cranes if visiting early spring or late autumn. </span></strong></span><strong> <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-weight:normal"><o:p> </o:p> </span></strong></font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Gangtey<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 9:<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span></b>In the morning, visit the Gangtey Monastery. Drive back to Wangdue Phodrang.</font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Wangdue Phodrang <o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b>Day 10:&nbsp;</b><span style="mso-bidi-font-weight:bold"> Drive back to Thimphu. Take a drive up Sangaygang to enjoy the bird s eye view of Thimphu city and visit the Takin Preserve Centre. Visit Simtokha Dzong (built 1629), the oldest Dzong in Bhutan. Continue to Paro.<o:p> </o:p> </span></font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Paro<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 11: </b>Today, you will trek up the mountain to view the enchanting Taktsang Monastery (Tiger s Nest) that clings dramatically on a huge rock cliff, 900m above the valley. The 2-3 hours hike (each way) takes you through pine forests with spectacular view of the valley below. In the evening, visit a traditional farmhouse.</font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Paro<o:p> </o:p> </font></span></i> <br><br> <font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span lang="EN-GB">Day 12: </span></b> <span lang="EN-GB">Your guide will see you off at the Paro International Airport.<br> </span></font> <br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font size="1" face="Arial"><a href="#top">back to top</a></font></span> </div> <!--COLLAPSABLE CONTENT END--> <!-- 4. COLLAPSABLE MENU HEADING - TO THE FAR EAST--> <div class="save" align="left"> <h1><a href="javascript:void(0)" class="dsphead" onclick="dsp(this)"> <span class="dspchar"><font size="4" face="Arial">+ </font></span><font size="2" face="Arial" color="#FF6600">To the Far East (15 days)</font></a></h1> <div class="dspcont"> <br> <!-- COLLAPSABLE CONTENT--> <font face="Arial"><i>This tour practically takes you from one end of the country to the other offering you an extensive journey along the road less travelled. Although the long overhaul drive may sound daunting, the road trip is no less than a scenic drive that takes you across mountains, through valleys and villages, and over high passes to the very heart of Bhutan and beyond. It s a journey complete on its own.</i><br></font> <br> <font face="Arial" size="2"><span lang="EN-GB"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 1:</b> Arrive at Paro by Druk Air. Your guide will take you to your hotel. After lunch, take a walk in the town and visit the nearby Paro Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum of Bhutan.</span></font> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Paro <o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br><br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 2:<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span></b> After breakfast, visit the lovely Kyichhu Lhakhang (built 659 A D). Visit the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong (built 1647, a fortress that saw many a battles being fought between the Drukpas and the Tibetan invaders from the north). On a clear day, you will enjoy the view of Mount Jhomolhari (7,314m) in the distance. After lunch drive to Thimphu. Visit some of the notable landmarks of the city - The Memorial Chorten (Stupa), The Textile Museum. In the evening take a stroll in the town. </font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Thimphu<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br><br> <font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span lang="EN-GB">Day 3: </span></b> <span lang="EN-GB">Continue your visits to some of the landmarks of the city  Folk Heritage Museum, Institute of Traditional Medicine, National Library, National Institute of Zorig Chusum, Tashichhodzong, the Handicrafts Emporium and the Zilukha Nunnery. In the afternoon take a short drive to see the Tango and Cheri Monasteries.</span></font> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Thimphu<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br><br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 4: </b> Early start to Punakha, with a stop over at Dochhu La (3,050m). On a bright day, you will enjoy the spectacular view of the Himalayan range in the horizon. We then descend into the warm valley of Punakha. Take a walk in the paddy fields to visit Chimi Lhakhang, dedicated to Drukpa Kunley  the Divine Madman. Visit the magnificent 17th Century Punakha Dzong. Take a short drive to view the Khasum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten perched neatly on the hilltop overlooking the Punakha valley.</font> </span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Wangdue Phodrang<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br><br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 5: </b>Drive to Trongsa and as you approach the town, enjoy the view of the magnificent and charming Trongsa Dzong that sits dramatically on a low-raising ridge. Pop into Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower and now a museum. After lunch, continue the journey to Bumthang.</font> </span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Bumthang<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br><br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 6:</b> The eye pleasing Bumthang valley houses some of the most revered monasteries in the country. Visit the Jakar Dzong, the seventh century built Jambay Lhakhang, the Kurjey Lhakhang and the Chakhar Lhakhang, also known as the  Iron Castle . In the afternoon, continue the tour and visit another two important monasteries in the valley  the Tamshing Lhakhang and the Kenchosum Lhakhang. Evening explore the town and the local shops. </font> </span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Bumthang<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br><br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><strong>Day 7: <span style="font-weight:normal">Drive to Mongar and en route visit the Membartsho (The Burning Lake) and the picturesque Ura village. Your journey takes you over one of the highest passes in the country, the Thrumshingla pass (3,800m) with a panoramic view of the mountains of the East. Stroll in the town.</span></strong><br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Night halt: Mongar<o:p> </o:p> </i> </font> </span> <br><br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b>Day 8: </b><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">Drive to Trashigang through the temperate forests of the East. Explore the Trashigang Dzong that sits in the heart of the town. Stroll in the town in the evening.</span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-weight:normal"><o:p> </o:p> </span></strong> </font> </span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Trashigang<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br><br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Day 9:<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span></b>Visit the quaint little Trashi Yangtse town famous for its high quality wooden bowls. Along the journey, visit Gompo Kora, the most revered monastery in the east.</font> </span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Trashigang<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br><br> <span lang="EN-GB"> <font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 10: </b>Drive back to Mongar with a detour to Dramitse Goemba. The famed Dramitse Nga Cham (Mask Dance), proclaimed as a masterpiece of oral intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO in 2007 originated here following a vision of a descendent of Terton Pemalingpa, the treasure revealer.</font> </span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Mongar<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br><br> <span lang="EN-GB"> <font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 11: </b>Leave for Bumthang. In the afternoon visit Bumthang s very own Swiss Farm where you can enjoy Swiss inspired local produce.</font> </span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Bumthang<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br><br> <span lang="EN-GB"> <font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 12:<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span></b>Leave early for Gangtey. Visit the Gangtey Monastery and drive down to the lush Phobjikha valley  the winter home for the rare and endangered black-necked cranes. In the evening take a stroll in the glacier valley.</font> </span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Gangtey/Phobjikha<o:p> </o:p> </font> </span></i> <br><br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 13: </b><span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span>Leave for Thimphu. In the afternoon take a short drive up Sangaygang to enjoy the view of the city and visit the Takin Preserve Center to see the animal which is found only in the Eastern Himalayas. </font> </span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Thimphu</font> </span></i> <br><br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 14:<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span></b>Leave for Paro. Today, you will trek up the mountain to view the enchanting Taktsang Monastery (Tiger s Nest) that clings dramatically on a huge rock cliff, 900m above the valley. The 2-3 hours hike (each way) takes you through pine forests with spectacular view of the valley below. In the evening, visit a traditional farmhouse.</font></span> <br> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2">Night halt: Paro</font></span></i> <br><br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial" size="2"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Day 15: </b>Your guide will see you off at the Paro International Airport.</font></span> <br><br> <span lang="EN-GB"><font size="1" face="Arial"><a href="#top">back to top</a></font></span> </div> <!--COLLAPSABLE CONTENT END--> </div> </div> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <center> <br> <font size="2" face="Arial"><img border="0" src="tcbabto.jpg" width="200" height="120"></font> <p class="MsoNormal" align="center"><font size="1" face="Arial">We are registered with the Tourism Council of Bhutan and a member of the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators</font> <p class="MsoNormal" align="center"><a href="privacy_policy.htm"><font size="1" face="Arial" color="#FF6600"><span style="line-height: 121%; language: en-US" lang="en-US">Privacy Policy & Terms of Use </span></font></a> <p class="MsoNormal" align="center"><font size="1" face="Arial"><span style="line-height: 121%; language: en-US" lang="en-US"> All Rights Reserved 2010</span></font> <p class="MsoNormal" align="center">&nbsp;</p> </center> </body> </html>