Dragon Kingdom Itinerary

Travel to Bhutan and explore the wonders of this majestic nation. Gain insight into the history and importance of Buddhism in Thimphu, then journey through Gangte and the Bunthang Valley towards Paro.

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      USD $4,030
      CAD $4,155
      AUD $4,075
      EUR €2,750
      GBP £2,355
      NZD $4,540
      ZAR R40,790
      CHF FR3,325
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Days 1-2 Thimphu

Embark on a winding trip to the valley of Thimphu. After settling in, take in the sights of the city with an orientation walk along the main street and visit a chorten that was built in 1974, in memory of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Examine an impressively rare collection of Buddhist texts in the National Library and gain some insight into Bhutanese rural life.
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Day 3 Punakha

Journey back over the Lawa La (pass) and through the scenic Punukha Valley. Visit Punakha Dzong, one of the largest monasteries in Bhutan, to admire the detailed woodcarvings and prayer halls. Add some calm and serenity to the day by checking out the 15th-century Buddhist monastery Chimi Lhakhang before walking to the Khamsum Yueling Temple for a picnic lunch.
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Day 4 Gangte

Explore the glacial Phobjikha Valley and admire the diversity of its glorious flora and fauna. Later view the Gangte Goemba, where the head lama is the ninth incarnation of the body of Pema Lingpa – the famous 14th-century blacksmith from Bumthang. Pema Lingpa became one of Bhutan's most famous Buddhist saints and teachers. Keep an eye out for rare birdlife, watch locals at work in farms and get in touch with the rural way of life.
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Days 5-6 Bumthang Valley

Head across Himalayan passes before taking a tea break at Chendebji Chorten. Stop at Trongsa for lunch and to explore the Trongsa Dzong. Drive through the Chumney Valley and the village of Zugney, where yak wool weaving is the local trade. The following day, take a walking tour though the Bumthang Valley; Padmasambhava frequented here when delivering the Buddha’s messages to Bhutan. Explore the Jambay Temple, one of the 108 temples built by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. This is one of Bhutan’s most holy religious sites; the guide will apply for special permission to gain access to this sacred place.
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Days 7-9 Paro

Jump off the plane in Paro and head to Ta Dzong, a 17th-century watchtower, which has been converted into a National Museum. After weaving through the Bhutanese antiquities, spend the afternoon relaxing with a spicy meal of phing (glass noodles and herbed vegetables) or a glass of butter tea (yak butter infused with tea leaves). Drive out of town, then hike up into the clouds to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery for an insight into Bhutan legends and Tantric mythology. Ease up for a quiet tea in the hillside or continue the hike to reach a small chorten. Perhaps sit down with another spicy meal as a group and cheers a glass of ara (rice wine) to the end of a spiritual and tranquil trip in the Dragon Kingdom.
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