Cultural Trek

Cultural Trek

Cultural Trek Duration : 11 Days
Places Covered : Paro - Thimphu - Tongsa - Bumthang - Ngang Lhakhang - Ugyenchholing - Bumthang - Punakha - Paro
Tour Code : VH-24

This is an exclusive trekking itinerary to discover the nooks and crannies of the fascinating Bumthang Valley. The route meaders through the country side of Bumthang. This happens to be an excellent option to meet the Bhutanese people and understand their social life.
Season: The months ranging from March to May and from September to November are the ideal time to undertake the trek.

Day 1 : Arrive Paro
As you arrive at Paro the representative from Holiday Moods, a part of the adventures India will welcome you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where you will be staying for the night.

Day 2 : Paro
This is the entitled for the sightseeing trip around Paro. First head for the Paro Dzong, which was initially a watch tower but later on transformed into the National Museum in the year 1967. The main exhibits in this museum include armors, thangkha paintings of antic origin, weapons and textiles of different varieties. The Rinpung Dzong is another watch tower worth to be visited. It was built in the 17th century to prevent the attacks of the Tibetan invaders. Now it stands as the administrative center and the residence of the monastic groups. In the afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, located at the edge of the valley of Paro. It was constructed by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. There is also the ancient monastery of Kyichu Lhakhang, it is also an interesting place to be visited. Stay for the night in the Paro hotel.

Day 3 : Paro Thimpu
Thimpu is the modern capital of Bhutan. Take a fascinating drive to it. On the way, you will find, Simthoka Dzong, one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan standing on hill summit . After visiting it, take your lunch and set for the Stupa built in the memory of the late king in the year 1974. You can try the Bhutanese traditional medicine, still practiced here. The painting School having extensive collection of the thangkha painting is also a great place to visit. There is also the National Library comprising ancient Buddhist texts and scriptures. Tashichhodzong, the "fortress of the glorious religion" is also a venue worth a visit. Stay in the hotel in Thimpu for the night.

Day 4 : Thimpu Tongsa
The drive from Tongsa enroute Dochula pass (3,100m) is a nice one. This is the place from where one can have exclusive view of the picturesque Bhutanese peak, such as, table mountain, Masagang, Gangchey Ta, Jele Khang and Gangkar Puensum, Stop for having lunch at Wangdiphodrang and then continue the journey until you cross the Petele Pass at 3,300 meters. Stay in the Tongsa Lodge for the night.

Day 5 : Tongsa Bumthang
The morning marks the visit to the Tongse Dzong, the domicile of the Royal Family of Bhutan. Then it is the time to visit the watch tower of Ta Dzong. From there move to Bhumtang and keep the afternoon free for visiting the Jakar Dzong, another towere built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal during 17th century. Visit the Manastery of Kurje, where the body imprint of Guru Padmasambhava was left in the 8 th century. The temple was built much later in the 17th century. Stay for the night in Bumthang Lodge.

Day 6 : Bumthang - Ngang Lhakhang
From Bumthang starts the trekking itinerary. Trek along the Chamkar Chu River. You will be passinf numerous villages, forests, meadows, temples on the way. The forests are loaded with blue pine and scrub bamboo. It is somehow a relaxing schedule. The walk will range for 6 hours to reach the camp in the village at an altitude of 2,900 meters.

Day 7 : Ngang Lhakhang Ugyenchholing
The trekking track lead you to the Phepe La Pass. The way will take you through the vast stretch of Junipers. The pass stands on the altitude of 3,340 meters. It will gradually lead y to the Tang Valley finally taking you to the village of Ugyenchholing. The camping ground lies at an height of 2, 850 meters by the river. The walk will be for around 7 or 8 hours.

Day 8 : Ugyenchholing Bumthang
Go for morning walk till the Ugyenchholing Dzong. Explore the village and its neighborhood. After that take a drive to Jakar along the Tang Chu river, follow the way until the main road appears. The Membertsho Lake falls on the way; it is also a nice place to visit and is regarded as the venue where the religios treasure was discovered by Terton Pemalingpa in the 12 th century. It is considered as a holy lake and is visited by bulk of religios enthusiasts who visit the place on every auspicious occasions and offer lamp lit by butter. The lodging for the night will be at Bumthang.

Day 9 : Bumthang Punakha
In the morning, visit Jambey Lhakhang. It is a monastery built by Tibetan King in 7th century. It is believed that the Buddha of Compassion was reincarnated here. Another important place to visit is the Tamshing Lhakhang lying at the other side of the river. It comprises various religious exhibits. Then drive to Punakha and have the lunch on the way. Stay in the hotel in Punakha for the night.

Day 10 : Punakha Paro
It is the day to relax. You will be reaching Paro at lunch time, In the evening, go for shopping in the Paro market and collect the extensive range of goodies.

Day 11 : Paro Depart
Take the breakfast in the hotel in the early hour of the morning and then reach the airport to catch the flight to the next destination.

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