Day 01| Arrive Paro & Transfer to Thimphu(65km 1hrs drive)
The flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of Himalayan scenery. Flying along the Himalayan range is a fascinating journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom. Our guide will meet you on arrival at Paro airport. Then we'll take an interesting drive of about one and a half hours to Thimphu (7,600 feet), the modern capital town of Bhutan. After lunch visit National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts as well as the world's largest book, followed by a stop at the Arts and Crafts School, also known as "Zorig Chusum," the traditional school of the 13 arts and crafts and later in the evening stroll around the town for your first experience of Bhutanese Textiles displayed in almost every shop in the town. Overnight at Thimphu
Day 02| Thimphu to Punakha Valley(3hrs drive/175km)
After breakfast, we drive over the stunning 10,000-feet Dochula Pass, one of Bhutan's most enchanting views. On a clear day, you can see the craggy peaks of Bhutan's northern Himalayan border. After a short stop at the pass, we continue to Punakha. The fertile valley of Punakha is drained by the Phochu and Mochu rivers and blessed with a temperate climate. Before Thimphu was made the capital of Bhutan, Punakha held the title as the winter capital because of its more temperate climate. Today it is the winter seat of the Je- Khenpo (the Chief Abbot) and the Central Monk Body. Later in the afternoon, we'll visit the Punakha Dzong or (Palace of Great Happiness), built at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, This majestic Dzong served as both the religious and the administrative center of Bhutan in the past. It measures some 600 by 240 feet and has a six-story, gold-domed tower. Inside are courtyards and religious statuary that hint at the depth of history and spiritual tradition embodied here. Your guide will illuminate your understanding of this intricate culture that is exotic to us, though long established here. Overnight at Punakha
Day 03| Punakha to Bumthang Valley (8hrs/257kms)
Travel through terraced farmland, deep river valleys and precariously perched farmhouses to the Bumthang Valley. On the way, visit the Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home to Bhutan’s monarch. Continuing on to Bumthang, you’ll stop in valleys of Chumey, the heart of the famous Bumthang yathra-weaving region. Here we will visit the Center of Yathra Weaving. Yathra is the name for the locally produced hand-woven woolen cloth. Distinctive patterns and bright, earthy colors enliven the fabric, which is used for a wide variety of purposes and sought after throughout Bhutan. You will also see the vegetable dye techniques on wool. After we depart the Yathra Weaving Center, drive on to Jakar, which is about 20 km from Chumey Valley. Overnight at Bumthang
Day 04| Bumthang to Khoma Village (7-8 hrs drive, 235km.)
It's going to be a long day drive today and so you will need to get an early start. Along the way, enjoy the scenery, the beauty of snowcapped mountains, flowers, grazing yaks, and the dense forest. We will stop in Ura valley where we visit the village and its temple. Ura Village has a medieval look with compact houses lined up alongside the cobblestone streets and is known for the women's typical sheepskin shawls. As we leave the Ura Village behind, the climbs to the Thrumshing La pass (3,750m/12,300 ft.) that officially divides central Bhutan with Eastern Bhutan. The road now gradually descends to Sengor and we will see some cascading waterfalls along the way. Once we cross the bridge over the Kurichu, You will set out on the mountainous road alongside cliffs, above the river valley to Lhuentse which is the original home of Bhutan’s royal family in the remote and ancient region of Kurtoe. You stop briefly to visit the Lhuentse Dzong, built in the 1600s and then continue further on to the Khurbazam Village from where it takes 10-15 mins to drive to Khoma Village. Almost all 30 houses in the village have blackstrap looms for “kishuthara” or brocaded dress. Four supplementary wefts interworked around the warp elements so that they appear to ride the surface of the cloth-like embroidery create motifs & Later in the evening you can spend your time culture exchange with locals were they will welcome you with Locally brewed alcohol called “Ara” Overnight at Khoma village in Farm House
Day 05| Khoma Vicinity visits & Transfer to Minjey(1-2hrs drive 20km)
Kishuthara weaving: is the main source of income for the people in this place. Kishuthara is a fabric made by silk on silk weaving with intricate hand laced patterns. It is highly regarded and the most expensive handwoven Bhutanese textiles in Bhutan. Today is a special day for textile lovers because you see this famous textile at its originating place. You view the weaving technique as well as have the opportunity to interact with the different weavers in the village to better understand and study their weaving techniques, process, and tools. You can try weaving with the weavers. Later drive to Lhuentse, which is one of the most rural and isolated districts in Bhutan. The landscape is spectacular with stark cliffs and gorges, beautiful conifer and pine forests and remote villages with rice, millet, and cornfields. Kurtoe region of Lhuntse is the ancestral home of Bhutan's royal family & then drive to Menji village to see the distinct textile weaving and hike to statue of Padmasambhava 148 feet 30-foot high lion throne and 17-foot high lotus seat in the form of Guru Nangsi Zilnoen is being built in Takela, Lhuntse to bring peace and harmony to the world as prophesied by Lord Buddha. This will be the world's largest statue of Guru Padmasambhava. Evening freely strolls in the village. Overnight in Farmhouse
Day 06| Discover Shagzo Village
After breakfast drives around 10 mins from your stay and goes check Shagzo or the traditional art of woodturning is an ancient art that has been passed down for generations. Shagzo is vibrantly practiced in Bhutan and the master artisans are known as Shagzo. Bhutan’s abundant and wide range of woods like tashing (Juglans regia), hashing (Taxus baccata), baashing (Picea spinulosa), and tsenden shing (Cupressus corneyana), sermaling shing (Acer camphellii) and etometo (Rhododendron arboretum) have enabled the Bhutanese Shagzopa to create a variety of exquisite functional and decorative products like turned wooden bowls, cups, plates, and containers of various shapes, sizes and colors unique to Bhutan. Shagzopa is known for producing a variety of highly prized utilitarian wooden articles, turned with expertise from special wood burls and roots of trees. Most of these wooden articles, which come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, are actually made to be used in daily life, apart from being good showpieces and souvenirs. Specially turned wooden articles are saved as family heirlooms. The prices of these articles are measured in terms of the quality of wood used, the quality of lacquer finish, uniqueness, size, and colors. Traditional turned wooden articles are not only popular with the Bhutanese, but also with foreigners. Overnight stay in Farmhouse at Minjey.
Day 07| Minjey to Bumthang(209.5 km 5-6hrs drive)
After breakfast, we will drive to Bumthang. The drive will take about 8hours. Lunch picnic pack lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at Bumthang
Day 08| Bumthang / Gangtey / Phobjikha (190Km,7 hrs Drive)
After breakfast drive to Gangtey / Phobjikha. In the mountains east of Wangduephodrang lies black-necked crane Bhutan the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quiet, remote valley is the winter home of black-necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. Dinner and overnight stay Gangtey
Day 09| Gangtey -Paro Valley(180.59 km 4-5 hrs drive)
Retrace the drive back to Paro. After lunch visit Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Continue further to stroll around the old Paro town and peep into some local handicraft stores. I could get some opportunity to see the traditional game, Archery match going on. Evening stroll in the town.
Day10| Hike to the famed Tiger's Nest Monastery
On your last full day in Bhutan, strap on your hiking boots and spend the day winding your way up the trail to the legendary Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). The steep one- to three-hour climb will bring you face-to-face with one of Bhutan's most iconic sites. If you're feeling adventurous and are longing for a more remote experience away from other tourists, several more monasteries - including Zangthopelri and Ugyen Tshemo - await further up the hill with fewer tourists and more views. When you're done soaking it all in, make your way back down to the Paro Valley for a stop at Bhutan's oldest temple: Kyichu Lhakhang. Then return to Paro for a farewell dinner with your guide. Traditional Bhutanese Dishes to try before you go include Ema Datshi (chili and cheese), Jasha Maroo or Maru (spicy chicken), and Phaksha Paa (pork with red chilies).
Day 11| Departure
Farewell, traveler! Pack your bags, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and then head to the airport to catch your flight!
Tashi Delek & See You Again