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Delhi - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Wangdiphodrang - Gangtey - Tongsa - Bhumthang -Mongar - Tashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar - Guwahati(12 Nights/13 Days)

Day 1/Delhi - Paro flight 1115/1500 hours
Welcome and garlanding at the airport by our tour executive then transfer to Druk Hotel or similar. Afternoon at leisure. Night stay in Paro.

Day 2/Paro
After leisurely breakfast in the hotel, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess" looms directly over the dzong. Along the way, see the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. After lunch visit Ta Dzong, originally built as watch tower, now houses National Museum of the Kingdom. It boasts antique thankhas, textile, weapons and armory, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Then walk down the train to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning 'fortress of the heap of jewels" which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall paintings. Night stay in Paro.

Day 3/Paro - Thimphu (54 km/ 02 hours)
After breakfast in the hotel proceed for Thimphu, the capital town passing via idyllic countryside, through villages and paddy fields, Enroute visit the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the country now houses the School for Bhutan studies. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing of Thimphu valley, visiting Taschihhodzong; the seat of the Government, Memorial Chorten, the Stupa built in the memory of Bhutan's third King and Handicrafts Emporium displaying rich traditional crafts of the Kingdom.Overnight stay at Thimpu.

Day 4/Thimphu - Punakha
Morning visit the National library which has fascinating collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts and texts, the Painting School famous for traditional thankhas paintings and traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts still practiced. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong. Punakha until 1955, served as the capital town of Bhutan and still it is the winter seat of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Punakha Dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang, Namgyal in 17th century and situated at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. Overnight stay at Punakha.

Day 5/Punakha - Wangdiphodrang - Gangtey, 146 km
After breakfast drive to Wangdiphodrang, 17 km to visit Dzong which is pierced on a spur at the confluence of the Sunkosh and Tangmachu rivers. The dzong was built in 1638. The position of the Dzong is remarkable as it completely covers the south and east-west. Wangdi district is famous for its bamboo work, slate and stone carving. After lunch at Wangdiphodrang, drive for 3 hours to arrive at one of the most beautiful open valleys in Bhutan - Gangtey. Gangtey is the winter heaven to the rare Black Necked Crane, migrating down from the Tibetan Plateau. On a hillock overlooking the small villages is the Gangtey Monastery. This is the only Nyingmapa temple in the country. Overnight stay at Gangtey.

Day 6/Gangtey - Tongsa, 65 km
Five hours drive upwards to the Pele La Pass, crossing over the Black Mountains which divide western and central Bhutan Pass through rich rhododendron and Yak settlements. Cross the Nikarchu bridge to enter the Tongsa regions in Central Bhutan. Hault for lunch stop at Tongsa. Tongsa Dzong at an altitude of 2200 M is the most impressive of the Dzongs in Bhutan. Built in 1647 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is a mater piece in architecture. Night stay in Tongsa.

Day 7/Tongsa - Bhumthang, 68 km
In the morning visit the outer premises of Tongsa Dzong. After lunch, 2-3 hours drive to Jakar (Bhumthang) across the Yontola Pass at 3404 m. Arrive Jakar (Bhumthang). Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 8/Bhumtang
This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. Here the great teachers meditated and left in their walk many sacred grounds. The Guru and his lineage of Tertons, teasure finders, have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. Visit the famous Kurjey, Jamby and Tamshing Lkhakhangs. Also the Jakar Dzong, seat of the distt. administration. Overnight at Bhumtang.

Day 9/Bhumthang - Mongar, 198 km/7 hours
The journey continues eastwards, winding through more rugged terrain. The drive with spectacular views, will take about 6 hours. Pass through Ura village before climbing sharply to the highest motor road pass in the Kingdom, the Thrushingla Pass - 12465 ft. Gradually descend to Sengor watching cascading waterfalls along the way. The descend stops on a bridge over the Kurichu before climb begins again through pine forests, maize fields and eastern hamlets to Mongar town. The Mongar Dzong, albeit built not too long ago, still maintains the architectural traditions of the old dzongs. Overnight at Mongar.

Day 10/Mongar - Tashigang, 91 km
Drive across Korila Pass (2298 m) to Tashigang. Korila Pass is marked by a pretty chorten and a stone wall. The drive from here takes down through Nhatsang and Yadi villages. After Yadi a gorgeous view of the 18 beds can be seen till arrival at Manas Chu, the biggest river in Bhutan. Overnight at Tashigang.

Day 11/Tashigang
Morning excursion to Tashi Yangtse with packed lunch. Visit Chorten Kora and Gom Kora, built in the 17th century by Minjur Tempa. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava meditated at the site of the temple in the 8th century to subdue a demon who dwelt in the rock. This little temple contains the statues of Guru Padmasambhava and Avalokiteshvara.

Day 12/Tashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar, 180 km
6 to 7 hours drive in the south to the small frontier town of Samdrup Jongkhar. Along the way see Sherubuste, the only college in the country, the blid school and the weaving centre in Khaling.. The drive is on up/down road. Overnight at Samdrup Jongkhar.

Day 13/Samdrup Jongkhar - Guwahati, 110 km
Drive to Guwahati in India for onward programme.

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