Ideal for those who want to discover the true Bhutan, this ultimate cultural tour explores the cultural valleys of the west, spiritual central Bhutan & the rugged east. Journey Across Bhutan traverses incredible landscapes of high mountain passes with incredible Himalayan views, mixed forests, beautiful countryside and Alpine meadows rich with diverse flora and fauna. Beginning in the gentle valley of Paro, home to the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), you will visit ancient fortresses, sacred monasteries, remote temples, farm houses, palaces and monastic schools across the country to the eastern border town of Samdrup Jongkhar. This is a special and unique tour is designed for the enthusiastic traveller with a longer holiday program in mind and a desire to discover the true Bhutan. Journey Across Bhutan can also operate Paro – Trashigang – Paro.


TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

The ‘Journey Across Bhutan’ cultural tour is ideal for those who want to discover the true Bhutan. This ultimate tour explores the cultural valleys of the west, spiritual central Bhutan & the rugged east.

  • Explore Bhutan’s central valleys, rich with ancient historical and sacred Buddhist sites.
  • Journey to the rugged, remote and seldom visited Eastern Districts.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
  • Visit ancient palaces and museums featuring historical memorabilia of Bhutan’s Royal Family.
  • Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions.
  • Drive over high mountain passes affording sensational views of the Himalayan peaks.
  • Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
  • Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.
  • Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
  • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
  • Incorporate a Value-Added Option such as a cooking lesson or meditation session with a monk.


TOUR ITINERARY

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall and he will have you check into the hotel upon arrival. Today, we will take it easy and have you acclimatize to the altitude.

After a hearty breakfast in your hotel, you will catch a domestic flight to Bumthang. The flight is about 30 minutes long but this will save you a lot of time and more over, driving one way to Bumthang is enjoyable but driving both ways can be a pain, given the length of the drive time. On arriving in Bumthang your vehicle will already be at the airport to pick you up.

Bumthang is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and it is also the spiritual heartland of Buddhism in Bhutan. It is a beautiful valley with a wide variety of fauna and flora. In A.D. 747, a Buddhist saint, Padmasambhava (known in Bhutan as Guru Rimpoche), came to Bhutan from India at the invitation of one of the numerous local kings. After reportedly subduing eight classes of demons and converting the king, Guru Rimpoche moved on to Tibet. Upon his return from Tibet, he oversaw the construction of new monasteries in the Paro Valley and set up his headquarters in Bumthang. According to tradition, he founded the Nyingmapa sect–also known as the “old sect” or Red Hat sect–of Mahayana Buddhism, which became for a time the dominant religion of Bhutan. Guru Rimpoche plays a great historical and religious role as the national patron saint who revealed the tantras–manuals describing forms of devotion to natural energy–to Bhutan. Following the guru’s sojourn, Indian influence played a temporary role until increasing Tibetan migrations brought new cultural and religious contributions.



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