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Bhutan Textile Tour

12 Days / 11 Nights (Tour Code: BUT-05)
Bhutan is well known for its exquisite textiles. Intricate woven patterns and designs with vibrant color and textures exhibits the unique and magnificent textile art of Bhutan that has been passed down for countless generations. Although the skills and arts of weaving are widespread, it is mostly seen in the central and eastern part of Bhutan. Weavers, almost all of whom are women, are very innovative in their designs and produce a wide range of sophisticated and beautiful textiles without the loss of the traditional character of the textile artistry. The hand woven textiles of Bhutan are being increasingly appreciated by the textile specialist, collector and user and are prized for their unmatched quality, unique designs, vibrant color and authenticity.

Day 1: Paro

Arrive Paro, transfer to hotel for overnight halt. Evening, take a leisurely walk through Paro town.

Day 2: Paro

After breakfast, hike to Taktsang Monastery. Literally meaning ‘Tiger’s Nest’ because Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress and then meditated in a cave for three months in eight century. It is precariously perched on the right side of a cliff, at 2950 metres above sea level and is considered one of the holiest places of pilgrimage for the Buddhist world today. It is about 4-5hrs walk up and down. Overnight halt in the hotel.

Day 3: Paro - Thimphu

After breakfast, visit Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery) and then to Drugyel Dzong, about 14 km away from Paro town, which was built in 1649 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to commemorate the victory of Bhutan over Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian warlord, Gushri Khan in 1644. Drukgyel Dzong captured the eyes of western visitors when it was featured on the cover of the National Geographic magazine in 1914. Above the ruined fortress, appears the towering peak of Mount Jomolhari, “mountain of goddess” which is about 7,315m high.

Afternoon, visit Ta Dzong (now National Museum) and then Paro Dzong. Then drive to Thimphu (about 1 hr 30 m drive). On arrival, transfer to hotel for overnight halt.

Day 4: Thimphu

Morning, visit many strategic points to take photographs of Tashichhoedzong, Thimphu town, valleys, fluttering prayer flags, stupa, monasteries and many other scenic spots.

After lunch, visit mini zoo, where Bhutan’s national animal, takin can be seen closely. Then visit Textile Musuem and Handicrafts Emporium. Overnight halt in the hotel

Day 5: Thimphu

After breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdue (about 2 hrs drive). Enroute, halt at Dochula pass (10500 feet) to photograph the spectacular view of snow capped eastern Himalayan Mountains, if the weather is clear.

After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong, serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region and then take a walk to Khamsum Yuela Chorten, which is about half an hour hike. Enroute there are lots of opportunities to take the photographs. Overnight halt in the hotel.

Day 6: Thimphu - Punakha

After breakfast, visit Chimi Lhakhang, a revered temple popularly recognized as a pilgrimage site for childless couples to receive blessings. Situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, it is about 20 minutes pleasant walk across the rice fields from the road to the temple and then visit Wangdue Dzong. After lunch, drive to Trongsa (about 4 hrs drive) and upon arrival transfer to hotel for overnight halt.

Day 7: Punakha

Morning , visit to a strategic location to take the photographs of Trongsa Dzong Ta Dzong, mountains, valleys, people and towns. After lunch drive to Bumthang (about 2 hrs drive) and on arrival transfer to hotel for overnight halt.

Day 8: Punakha - Trongsa

Visit to Jakar Dzong, Jampel Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Tamzhing monastery, villages and towns will provide immense opportunities of taking photographs. Overnight halt in the hotel.

Day 9: Trongsa

Morning, drive to Ura village for a day long photo excursion. It is about 1.30 hours drive from Bumthang towards the east of Bhutan. Situated at an elevation of 10,170 feet, Ura is quite a large village with closely packed houses along the cobblestone paths that reveal the village in a medieval atmosphere. A visit to this village will bring you a closer contact with people and their village life. Overnight halt in the hotel.

Day 10: Trongsa - Bumthang

After breakfast drive to Punakha,(about 6 hrs drive), enroute visit Gangtey Gompa at Phobjikha , founded by Pema Thinley, the grandson of Terton Pema Lingpa, the popular Nyingmapa saint of Bhutan. The pristine green valley is also the winter residence of rare and endangered black-necked cranes that migrate from Tibet to Bhutan in late autumn in a group of 200 to 300. Overnight halt in the hotel.

Day 11: Bumthang

Morning, drive to Paro (about 3hrs 20 m drive) with impromptu stops enroute to take the photographs of beautiful landscapes, lush green valleys, terraced rice fields, typical Bhutanese houses, people and many unexpected scenic sopts. Upon arrival, check into hotel for overnight. Evening, take a leisurely walk through Paro town.

Day 12: Bumthang

Transfer to airport for your next destination.

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