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Journey Across The Blue Sky

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June 10, 2024

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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 Bluesky 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. 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.

Departure & Return Location

Paro International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
  • Hotel Accomodation
  • Local English speaking guide/tour leader.
  • All meals in Bhutan.
  • All transportation in destination location
  • All entrance fees and permits

Price Excludes

  • All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.
  • Medical / Travel Insurance
  • Any Private Expenses
Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Paro

As your Druk Air flight weaves through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. As you touch down, keep your camera at the ready, as we have noticed how passengers slowly disembark and then stand on the tarmac totally bewildered. Then move through to immigration where you will present your Visa Approval letter and Passport for the official stamp. As you clear the Immigration check, please make your way to the baggage delivery area and here you will meet your Guide for the first time. You will be then transferred to hotel as we suggest a settling in to your hotel for relaxation and refresh , a leisurely lunch and then an easy day of touring Paro town and the nearby temples, perhaps even a stroll of the Main Street for some interesting Himalayan artifacts or textiles. (Overnight at Paro)

Day 2Paro Valley Exploration

This morning you will drive to Chele la Pass which is 35km drive which makes an interesting road excursion and is an excellent jumping-off point for day walks. Chele la separates Haa and Paro Valley and at 3810m, it is one of the highest motor able pass in Bhutan. The drive till Chele la is through dense spruce and larch forest according to seasons. On the clear day, there are spectacular views of Ms. Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and adjoining peaks to the North West, as well as view of Haa and Paro Valley. Drive back to Paro Valley for lunch and in the afternoon, you could visit the National Museum where an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lays the dominating Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge, and guests are then driven to the town temple, built in 1525, to view ancient wall paintings. (Overnight at Paro)

Day 3Paro - Thimphu

Today you will travel to Thimphu Valley which is approximately 1.5 hours’ drive and upon arrival at Thimphu you will pay a visit to The National Memorial Chorten, completed in 1974, contains finely executed wall paintings and delicately fashioned statues which provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. We will also visit the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums. These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Followed by a visit to the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. If time permit, your sight will also include Tashichho Dzong. This impressive fortress/monastery houses the secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot and central monk body. (Overnight at Thimphu)

Day 4Gangtey Valley

It’s an early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Dochu La and on to the Phobjika Valley. Sights on the way include one of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. The journey continues over the 3,050m (10,000ft) mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. The descent down thru the Punakha Valley along the Kingdom’s only east-west highway has you continuing on through the scenic village of Wangdi. Carrying on the highway follows the scenic Dang Chhu before climbing thru forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing the Pele La pass, a small side road splinters off to the hidden Phobjika Valley. On arrival you will have time to visit the striking Gangtey Goemba, sitting at the head of the valley, and perhaps a stroll thru the quaint Gangtey village. (Overnight at Gangtey)

Day 5Trongsa

Today’s journey onward to Trongsa is perhaps long, but certainly memorable with dramatic landscapes of terraced farmland, crossing the Black Mountain Range that divides western and central Bhutan. However this stretch of road is very rough and can take nearly an hour to rejoin the east-west highway and ascend to Pele la pass (3420m), marked by the prayer flags. On a clear day, from near the pass, you can see the Mt. Jumolhari, Kangbum and Jichu Drake peaks to the far west and stunning views of the rolling mountains, hills and valleys in the front. The road after the pass drops through hillsides of dwarf bamboos, a yak country with lush pasterlands, evergreen forests, passing small kgebji village. Lower down, the vegetation changes to broadleaf species, and on the opposite side, you will see a cluster of houses of Rukubji village, followed by large Chendebji Chorten, at a lovely spot. This large Chorten is patterned after the Syambunath in Kathmandu and was built in 19 century. After Chendebji, the road passes through farms, villages, and the valley narrows and then widens again, and the road turns the corner into wide Mangde river valley. After a while, you will see the Trongsa Dzong and the town on the opposite side of the valley. There is a nice view point to look across the valley, the road follows the side valley to cross the bridge at the upper reaches of Mangde Chhu river at Bjee Zam check-post. The road then goes through a beautiful waterfall and arrives in Trongsa. Upon reaching Trongsa you may take time to stroll this quaint village and official business permitting, perhaps visit the Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home to Bhutan’s monarch where you will often find novice monks reciting mantras or practicing on sacred horns, flutes or drums. (Overnight at Trongsa)

Day 6Trongsa - Bumthang

Morning visit Ta Dzong, the watchtower built to defend this Dzong. Then proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation. The drive onward to Bumthang takes you over the picturesque Yotong La and down into the Chhume Valley, home of Bhutan’s famous Yatra weaving. Here you will have a chance to browse the traditional textiles and perhaps see the weavers create their intricate handiwork. Heading up valley to check in the hotel and balance of the day can be spent browsing the shops or days at leisure. (Overnight at Bumthang)

Day 7Explore Bumthang Valley

This morning you will explore old palace, Wangdichhoeling, home to the 2nd King, and the auspicious prayer wheel. Heading up valley, you will take in the grand Kurjey Lhakhang, built in 1652 by Mingyur Tempa and considered one of Bhutan’s most auspicious monuments – in fact, it is recognised as the resting place of Guru Rimpoche. In the afternoon, we can explore Jambay Lhakhang, home to the early winter festivals that draw thousands of Bhutanese for their annual blessings. . Heading back into town and across the Bumthang Chhu, you will enjoy a visit to the sin alleviating Tamshing Monastery followed by quick visits to the valleys unique cottage industries – Red Panda Brewery, Bumthang Cheese/Dairy Facility and the Bumthang Distillery, home to numerous distinctive (Overnight at Bumthang)

Day 8Punakha

Today you will start with an early departure for the lengthy drive to Punakha. Upon entering the Punakha Valley you may stop to stretch your legs for a short walk thru the valley floor to the Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built by the “Divine Madman in 1499. (Overnight at Punakha)

Day 9Punakha - Thimphu

An early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain passes of Dochu La and on to the Thimphu Valley. Sights along the way includes visit to the impressive Punakha Dzong. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order’s head and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region. Upon arrival at Thimphu, you can settle in at the hotel for relaxation and later in the evening drive to Kuensel Phodrang, (Buddha Point) which is another place from where one can get a complete view of the town of Thimphu. The point has the largest statue of the Buddha. (Overnight at Thimphu)

Day 10Thimphu - Paro

This morning you will drive to Paro with a good breakfast and then begin with a hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four to five hour return trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. The balance of the day can be spend browsing shops in town buying some souvenir to take home for your family. (Overnight at Paro)

Day 11Departure

Early morning transfer to airport.

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