The Central Bhutan tour offered by Imperial Lotus Tours is a unique and immersive experience that takes visitors on a journey through the heart of the country. This tour takes guests to the central districts of Trongsa and Bumthang, where they can explore the cultural heritage and natural beauty of Bhutan. With Imperial Lotus Tours, guests can visit historical landmarks such as the Trongsa Dzong, a fortress that dates back to the 16th century and was once the seat of power for the ruling dynasty. The tour also takes visitors to the sacred temples and monasteries of the region, including the Jambay Lhakhang and Kurje Lhakhang. The journey through Central Bhutan also includes stunning views of the Himalayas and picturesque valleys. Imperial Lotus Tours provides comfortable accommodations and expert guides to ensure that guests have a memorable and enriching experience. Overall, the Central Bhutan tour offered by Imperial Lotus Tours is an exceptional way to experience the best that this beautiful country has to offer.
Day 1: Arrival in Paro
Upon your arrival at Paro, you will be received by your guide from Imperial Lotus Tours and escorted to your hotel. After lunch, visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong, built in 1646, and the Druk Choeding temple, built in the 16th century. Then, take a stroll around Paro town and visit local handicraft shops. Overnight in Paro.
Day 2: Paro
After breakfast, hike to the beautiful Chele La Pass, located at an altitude of 3,988 meters, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayan range. Return to Paro for lunch and then visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in Bhutan, dating back to the 7th century. Overnight in Paro.
Day 3: Paro – Haa – Paro
After breakfast, take a scenic drive to Haa Valley, one of the least visited areas in Bhutan. Visit the Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple), built in the 7th century, and the Haa Dzong. Return to Paro in the evening for overnight stay.
Day 4: Paro – Thimphu
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in 1974, and the Buddha Dordenma statue, one of the largest Buddha statues in the world. In the evening, visit the Tashichho Dzong, a beautiful fortress that houses the King’s throne room and government offices. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 5: Thimphu – Punakha
After breakfast, drive to Punakha and visit the Dochula Pass, where you can see 108 chortens (stupas) and enjoy stunning views of the Himalayan range. Continue to Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. After lunch, hike to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning temple built on a hilltop. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 6: Punakha – Gangtey
After breakfast, drive to Gangtey and visit the Gangtey Monastery, one of the largest and oldest Nyingma monasteries in Bhutan. Take a nature walk in the Phobjikha Valley, a glacial valley that is home to the endangered black-necked cranes. Overnight in Gangtey.
Day 7: Gangtey – Trongsa – Bumthang
After breakfast, drive to Bumthang via Trongsa. Visit the Trongsa Dzong, one of the most impressive fortresses in Bhutan, and the Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower that now houses a museum. After lunch, continue to Bumthang and visit the Jambay Lhakhang temple, one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 8: Bumthang
After breakfast, visit the Kurje Lhakhang temple, where Guru Rinpoche is said to have left his body imprint on a rock, and the Tamshing Lhakhang temple, founded in 1501. In the afternoon, visit the Red Panda Brewery, Bhutan’s first craft brewery, and try some of their local
Day 9. Punakha – Paro
After breakfast, drive to Paro. On the way, stop at the Dochula pass to view the higher Himalayas, if the weather is clear. After lunch, visit the local market in Paro to explore and purchase some souvenirs. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Over night in Hotel.
Day 10. Paro
After breakfast, visit the Drukgyel Dzong, which was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1649 to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders. The dzong caught fire in 1951 and was left in ruins. It is now being preserved as a heritage site. Then, visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in Bhutan.
In the afternoon, visit a traditional farmhouse to experience the lifestyle of rural Bhutanese people. Enjoy a traditional Bhutanese meal with your hosts and learn about their daily activities. In the evening, attend a cultural performance where you can witness traditional Bhutanese dances and songs. Over night in Hotel.
Day 11. Depart Paro
After breakfast, transfer to Paro airport for your departure flight. End of your Journey from Imperial Lotus Tours with great memories.
Imperial Lotus Tours is delighted to offer you an exceptional journey through the enchanting kingdom of Bhutan. To ensure complete clarity about the services included in your tour package, please review the following terms and conditions regarding inclusions:
(Please note that the services mentioned above are exclusively included in your tour package. Any additional services, activities, personal expenses, or purchases (e.g. Airfare, Any expenses of personal nature such at laundry, table drinks, telephone calls etc.) not explicitly listed as included in this agreement will be at your own cost.)
Imperial Lotus Tours is committed to providing you with an enriching and seamless travel experience in Bhutan. We hope you enjoy your stay in this extraordinary kingdom and make unforgettable memories.
Imperial Lotus Tours offers a range of value-added options to enhance your travel experience in Bhutan.
1. Cultural Immersion:
Imperial Lotus Tours offers a range of cultural immersion experiences, including;
1. Traditional Bhutanese cooking classes.
2. Archery lessons.
3. Dance performances.
These activities provide a deeper understanding of Bhutanese culture and traditions, and are a great way to connect with the local people.
2. Wellness Activities:
Bhutan is known for its focus on wellness and mindfulness, and Imperial Lotus Tours offers a range of wellness activities to help you relax and rejuvenate. These include;
1. Yoga and meditation sessions.
2. Traditional hot stone baths.
3. Adventure Activities:
Bhutan is a great destination for adventure activities, and Imperial Lotus Tours offers a range of options, including;
2. Mountain biking.
3. White-water rafting.
These activities provide an opportunity to explore Bhutan’s stunning natural beauty and challenge yourself physically.
4. Customized Itineraries:
Imperial Lotus Tours can customize your itinerary to suit your interests and preferences. Whether you want to focus on cultural experiences, wellness activities, adventure activities, or a combination of all three, Imperial Lotus Tours can create a personalized itinerary that meets your needs.