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14 Days

Remote Bhutan

In this tour, you will visit four regions of eastern and central Bhutan – including the sacred valleys of Paro and Bumthang, and the “bustling” city of Thimphu – the seat of the world’s newest democracy in 2008. Plus you will discover the isolated regions of eastern Bhutan where few tourists venture.

We will visit fortress-like Dzongs (temples), see traditional handicrafts being made, and make visits to smaller villages on one of our famous “village strolls”. Depending on the timing of the tour we will include local religious dance festivals on the itinerary.

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The flight to Bhutan takes you over the great Himalayas, offering (clouds permitting!) the most scintillating scenery of the world’s highest glacial peaks. Upon your arrival representative from Truly Bhutan will receive you and transfer you to your hotel through the fascinating valley of Paro.

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After breakfast, visit Ta Dzong (national Museum). Rinpung Dzong (the fortress of the heap of Jewels built in the 17th century). After lunch visits the ruined Drukgyel Dzong, the place of the historic war between Tibet and Bhutan in the 17th century; Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century during the reign of the first Tibetan king. Evening leisure walk in Paro mini town. Overnight in hotel.

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Morning hike to Taktsang Monastery, the hike will take about an hour uphill to the viewpoint and another hour to the monastery. Guru Rinpoche visited and meditated in the 8th century at this particular site & Lunch at the cafeteria on way down. Later stroll down the road and drive to Thimphu for about one and a half hours. Thimphu is the modern capital town of Bhutan, it has about 100,000 inhabitants.

Overnight in hotel.

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Depart to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,100m). The pass offers the most spectacular view over the greater eastern Himalayas including the highest peak of Bhutan, a Short excursion of about an hour to the temple of  “the Divine Madman”, through villages and the rice fields, and Arrive at Punakha the capital city of Bhutan till 1955. The Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot, resides there during the winter and later in the evening visit Punakha Dzong.

Overnight in hotel.

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Depart to Trongsa via Gangtey. Phobjikha is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home of the rare black-necked crane, which migrates from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. Explore Phobjikha and also visit Gangtey Monastery. Continue your journey crossing Pele la Pass (3,300m), the traditional boundary between east and west. Stop for late lunch at Chendbji Chorten.

Arrive in Trongsa and check into the lodge overnight.

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In the morning visit Trongsa Dzong. Then visit Ta Dzong (watchtower museum). Drive to the Kuenga Rabten Palace, south of Trongsa. After lunch drives about 3 hours to Bumthang.  Stop at Chumey weaving center producing a typical woolen product from Bumthang valley.

Overnight at Bumthang.

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Morning – visit Kurjey Lhakhang; Jambay Lhakhang; short visit to Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in the 15th century by Pema Lingpa, the treasure revealer; Jakar Dzong, the Dzong of white bird, which houses the administrative seat of the district.

Evening, take a stroll through the Bumthang market area.

Overnight in hotel.

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The journey continues eastwards winding through more rugged terrain, spectacular views will take about 6 to 7 hours. Pass through the picturesque Ura village before climbing sharply to the highest motorable pass in the Kingdom, the Thrumshingla pass – 3,700 m (12,465ft).

Gradually drop to Sengor, watching cascading waterfalls on the way. The descent stops at 2,130ft on a bridge over the Kurichu.  Vegetation becomes more tropical and we ascend again through pine forests, maize fields, and eastern hamlets to Mongar town. Visit the recently built Mongar Dzong.

Overnight at a local hotel.

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This trip of about 96 km passes through Kori la pass (2,450m). The road descends rapidly through cornfields and banana groves arriving at the famous zigzags of Yadi, which is a recent settlement. We then follow the Gamri River until the bifurcation to Drametse; this temple perched on top of a steep hill was founded by Chorten Zangmo and is the most important monastery in eastern Bhutan. The famous masks dancing with drums originated from here. About 30km onwards lies Trashigang, the biggest and most populated district in the country. In the evening Visit Dzong.

Overnight at the Hotel.

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Today, we’ll visit Rangjung Monastery one of the Nyingmapa monasteries overseen by Garab Rinpoche. Although it’s relatively new it has unique Tibetan-style architecture and paintings that are completely different from other temples. A few km beyond is Radhi village, well known for raw silk weaving in the east.

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24kms from Trashigang visit the temple of Gom Kora, set on a small alluvial plateau overlooking the river. Gom Kora is the famous place where Guru Rinpoche is dedicated in order to subdue a demon. In former times Trashiyangtse was an important center because it lay on one of the caravan routes leading from western and central Bhutan.

Evening return to Trashigang.

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Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar for about six hours. Enroute stop Wamrong Zangdopelri.

Overnight in hotel.

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Morning drive to the Guwahati airport in Assam(India) about three hours from Bhutan border for flight to onward destination.

  • Inclusion
  • Exclusion
  • Insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium update).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
  • Route Permit
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
  • All land transportation by private vehicle
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable
  • Drinking water
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable development fee of $200. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
  • Airfare & Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.

Our Host

Bhutan is one of the most unusual and beautiful countries in the world. You’ll find a land that is blessed with abundance, a deep connection to the past, and a culture that is unique. Truly Bhutan’s Host is second to none. Handpicked, highly experienced, and scrupulously trained, they bring a wealth of skill and knowledge to each trip. They are fun and friendly, whose aim is to ensure that each trip remains an unforgettable experience. Creating colorful, discovery-oriented tours in a combination of safety and comfort is the mission of our guides. All Host have earned the tour guide’s certificate from the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

Damchoe Lhendrup

Damchoe Lhendrup | Culture & Trekking Expert

Dechen Dema

Dechen Dema | Culture & Trekking Expert

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