Tour to Central Bhutan

Trip Facts

Tour to Central Bhutan
Length : 10 Days - 9 Nights
Start : Paro
Finish : Paro
Trip Style : Cultural Tour
Discounts : Applicable on this trip
Group Size : Maximum 12, Avg 5
Group Leader : Certified Tour Leader from The DBT.
Transport : New Model Toyota Hiace /Coaster bus/Land Cruiser not more than 3 years old.
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Can it be Tailored? : Yes

Trip Overview

The districts of Trongsa and Bumthang have been selected as Central Circuit. Apart from the richness of culture in these two regions, TCB seeks to promote Alpine Flower tours, Nomad festivals and Matsutaki festivals. Pelela pass (3300m) divides the west and central Bhutan. Enjoy the deep pastoral feeling as you drive through the valley of meadows where sheep and yaks graze. Bamboos that grow plenty on the hillsides are trimmed by yaks. Yaks love the tender leaves and thus the dwarfed bamboos. Bird watcher; look out for a specialty called the Wren Babbler that takes refuge amongst the dwarfed bamboos. In the months of April and June, the hillsides will greet you with multiples of rhododendrons in bloom.

Outline Iteinerary

Day 01:Arrive Paro

  • Drive to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, an exciting blend of tradition and modernity

Day 02: Thimphu

  • Sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes visit to National Library, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, National Institute Zorig Chusum, Royal Textile Academy, National Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional paper factory, Takin Zoo, Handicrafts Bazaar and Emporium, local shops, etc.
  • Visit Tashichho dzong, houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room.
  • Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha (3 hour drive)

  • Stop en route at Dochula pass (3050 m) for refreshments and view 108 miniature chortens. ON a clear you can have a panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges.
  • After lunch visit the Punakha Dzong
  • Hike to Chimi Lhakhang (fertility temple) or drive to Wangdue
  • Overnight at Punakha.

Day 04: Punakha - Trongsa (5 hour drive )

  • Drive to Trongsa is via Wangdue and across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830 ft). The pass is marked by a large white chorten prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo
  • Lunch at Chendebji. View the Chendebji Chorten patterned after Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at four cardinal points
  • Arrive at Trongsa in afternoon and check into the hotel for the night.

Day 05: Trongsa – Bumthang (3 hour drive)

  • Visit the impressive Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home of the ruling dynasty. Both the first and second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. All the Kings are invested as Trongsa Penlop (‘governer’) prior to ascending the throne
  • Drive to Bumthang, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/ 11,155 ft)
  • Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 06: Bumthang

  • Visit Kurjey Lhakhang (where the saint Guru Pasmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint
  • Visit Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic schools built by Terton Pema Lingpa), Jambay Lhakhang (one of the oldest temple in Bhutan built in 7th century) and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region)
  • Stroll in the town and villages. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 07: Bumthang - Wangdue (7 hour drive)

  • Drive to Wangdue via Trongsa. Picnic will be served at convenient spot
  • If time permits visit Gangtey / Phobjikha valley
  • Overnight at Chuzomsa, Wangdue.

Day 08: Wangdue - Paro (4.1/2 hours drive)

  • Drive to Paro across Dochula pass.
  • Visit Simtokha Dzong enroute
  • ON arrival in Paro, visit National Museum and Rinpung Dzong.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 09: Paro

  • After breakfast drive to Drukgyal Dzong
  • Visit a typical Bhutanese farm house or two for a close-up view of everyday Bhutanese life
  • An excursion to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest) – a 5-hours round trip
  • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan on the way to hotel
  • Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 10: Depart Paro

  • After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.


Information on festivals and trek to Nabji Korphu and other treks are covered under Festival Tours and Trekking. Another tour to central Bhutan is also given under Trongsa Tshechu. Besides, specifically designed festival and trekking packages will be available if desired by the clients.

Date and Departure Information

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Price Details

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), Tourism Business regulating agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan, fixes the Tourist Tariff rate. This rate is valid for all the inclusive tour packages. The tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

Peak Season Rate: (March, April, May, September, October and November) Cultural Tour /Trekking – US$ 250/per person per night halt.

Low Season Rate:(January, February, June, July, August and December) Cultural Tour /Trekking- US$ 200/per person per night halt.

Price Inclusions

  • Bhutan Royalty ($65 per person per day).
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person).
  • All necessary permit fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • All meals including evening tea.
  • All accommodation in our partner hotels, which are some of the best in the country on twin sharing basis.
  • All trekking equipments and logistics including cooks, camp personnel, horsemen and ponies.
  • English-speaking tour leader, guide and driver.
  • Trekking Insurance (Our value-added service).
  • Cultural Performance (our value-added service).

Price Exclusion

  • Airfare for flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses.
  • Meals and Beverages other than the ones mentioned above (see inclusions).
  • Spa Charges.
  • Travel and Medical insurance.

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