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Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines And Bhutan Airlines – Amedewa Tours And Trek

Fly to Bhutan with Amedewa Tours And Trek, we are registered travel and tour operator under Tourism council of Bhutan and representatives of Drukair and Bhutan Airlines.

We offer free consultation, any day departures, block flight seats, guaranteed Bhutan Visas and memorable trip with tailored made packages to our valued clients

For any queries kindly mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com or Contact us at Amedewa Tours.

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Home Stays/Farm House in Bhutan | Amedewa Tours and Trek

Travel  Bhutan, the last Shangri La with Amedewa Tours and experience the local culture and traditions.

If you are one of those who is curious about Home Stays/Farm House in Bhutan and  local lifestyles, this experience will offer you to explore the local cultural like no other and mingle with local families and see their daily routines.

A night or two stays offers a good time to bond with the locals and enjoy authentic Bhutanese cuisine meals.

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HOTSONE BATH

Hotstone Bath - Amedewa Tours

Most of the homestays in Bhutan offers Hotstone Bath which is considered as natural healing process for ailments like joint pains and stomach disorders.

Selected stones from the river bank are baked in fire till red and then dipped in the wooden tub of cold water with addition of some medicinal herbs to enhance the experience.

 

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How to get your Bhutan visas/Road permits done with Amedewa Tours And Trek, Bhutan

Bhutan Visa and Road permits

It is mandatory that all tourist other than India, Maldives and Bangladesh to the obtain the visas and road permits before their arrival to Bhutan

Your Bhutan visas can be arranged by a registered tour and travel operator under Tourism Council of Bhutan, Royal Government of Bhutan like our self, Amedewa Tours And Trek.

For International Tourist 

To get your visas approved you must remit the tour payment in USD to the tour operator having beneficiary account of USD with Bhutan National Bank

To transfer the payment to Bhutan National Bank from any place outside India and Bhutan

Please request your bank to remit through Bhutan National Bank Ltd, Correspondent Bank as follows .

  1. Bank Address: Standard Chartered Bank Ltd ( Correspondent Bank) One Madison Avenue , New York

NY 10010-3603

Swift Code: SCBLUS33

CHIPS ABA:0256

FED ABA: 026002561

  1. Beneficiary Bank account: 358-202-171-9001 (USD A/C)
  1. Beneficiary Bank: Bhutan National Bank, P.O BOX 439, GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu Bhutan

Swift Code: BNBTBTBT

  1. Beneficiary/Ultimate Beneficiary: Amedewa Tours And Trek maintained with BNBL(Bhutan National Bank limited)

The document required is a scan copy of your passport having a validity of minimum 6 months, which can be mailed to your tour operator. 

We will start applying for your visas online on Tourism Council of Bhutan system and we will mail a Visa confirmation code which must be produced at the check in counter at Paro International Airport and your actual visa will be stamped on your passport at the counter on arrival. 

For Regional Tourist (India, Maldives and Bangladesh nationality) 

Upon confirmation of your tour to Bhutan with your tour operator you will be required to send a scan copy of your passport having a validity of minimum of 6 months if you want to opt for E permit(online permit) and avoid visiting the immigration office in person to get your permits done

E permits or your Road permit to Bhutan will be processed before your arrival to Bhutan and mailed to you prior to your actual travel dates for convenience

Please note that only Passport will be entertained for the E permits or with voter ID one can get their road permit done from the respective immigration offices in Bhutan by personally being present at the immigration office.

Documents required for those Using Voter ID to get the road permit done in Bhutan 

  • All Hotel confirmation vouchers in Bhutan
  • Few passport size photograph
  • Tour itinerary 

For Regional tourist only Passport for E permits is applicable

Voter ID/ Passports  for adult and birth certificate for child can be used to obtain the road permits at the Immigration offices in Bhutan

 

 

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Bhutan Tour – Ultimate guide to Bhutan

The kingdom of Bhutan is sandwiched between the two giants India and China and being a mountainous country may be considered as one of the reason why she was never colonised keeping her culture and traditions intact.

Bhutan open its door to Tourism only in 1974 to raise revenue and promote Bhutanese culture and traditions to the outside world.

There is two flights in operation, DrukAir and BhutanAirlines which flies to sectors like Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai, Kathmandu, Bangladesh and Guwahati.

Planning a Festival Tour 

Festival season  requires at least 3 months of advance booking specially if you are coming for a festival tour of Thimphu, Paro and Punakha. otherwise if you are on a normal cultural tour, the entire season of the year is suitable.

You can check the festival calendar with us.

Peak season: March, April, May, September, October and November.

Off season:  January, February, June, July, August and December 

We expect rainfall on the month of July, August so trekking is not suggested on those rainy days validity. and is suitable on March to June and September to October.

We can expect snowfall on the month of December to March for those who likes snowfall.

Are you flexible with your travel dates?

With festival happening for few days at each district of Bhutan, it is requested that one should have a flexible travel dates so that we can suggest the best suitable festival tour for late booking or if you have particular festival tour in mind please contact us prior to 3 or 4 months in advance.

Document required on your arrival to Bhutan.

  • Passport of minimum 6 months validity.
  • Visa confirmation code emailed by your travel agent which will be then processed and your actual visa will be stamp on your passport at Paro airport.

 

 

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Getting into Bhutan

One can enter Bhutan directly by flying to Paro International airport or travel by land to Bagodogra airport, or nearest train station at Hashimara India which is around an hour drive to reach Phuentsholing Bhutan. 

It takes 5 hours from Bagdogra to Phuentsholing approximately which is around 170 km. 

Flying to Paro Bhutan

The flights operates through sectors like Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai, Kathmandu, Dhaka and Guwahati. 

The flight takes you through some of the highest mountains in the world.
One can enjoy the view of Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse to your flight to Bhutan. 

Travel by Land to Bhutan

The Tourist can enter either by Phuentsholing, Gelephu or Samdrup Jonkhar.
Phuentsholing is mostly used by the tourist entering by land to Bhutan and it is around 170km from Bagdogra airport. 

It takes approximately 5 hours to reach and after processing your permits at immigration it is another 5 hours drive to reach Thimphu. 

Samdrup Jonkhar is another sector to enter Bhutan. It takes you through Trashigang, Mongar, Bumthang, Trongsa and then to Thimphu which usually takes three to four days.
Gelephu, Tourist entering by this sector will take nine to ten hours to reach Thimphu and it passes through sub-tropical areas of Bhutan. 

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Things to do in Thimphu for a Unique Experience

Simply Bhutan Museum

Simply Bhutan Museum

Simply Bhutan Museum is located right near the city in Thimphu showcasing Bhutan’s unique culture and tradition with its ancient architectural designs.

It provides a unique experience as visitors are firstly welcome by a local drink “ARA” traditional liquor made from wheat, maize, barley, or rice.

There will be an experienced guide to assist inside in the museum and trying out Bhutanese costumes, “GHO” for Men and “KIRA” for Women, play archery, hear songs and dances performed by locals which is overall an awesome experience.

There are also souvenirs shops and restaurant.

Fall in love with Bhutanese Dishes

Fall in love with Bhutanese Dishes

Amongst the Bhutanese dishes, The Spicy Ema Datsi or Kewa Datsi is a mixture of chilli with local cheese or potato with red rice is one of the dishes that shouldn’t be missed while in Bhutan.

Tashichho Dzong

Tashichho Dzong

Tashichho Dzong was constructed in 1216 AD by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. The fort now houses the the throne room, offices of the king, ministries of Home Affairs and Finance.

The Dzong is few minutes drive from Thimphu town right next to the bank of Wang Chhu (River)

It also hosts the annual colourful Thimphu Festival.

Hike to Tango Monastery, A refreshing hike

Hike to Tango Monastery, A refreshing hike

Around 14 kilometres away from Thimphu valley is the institute for Bhutanese studies and residence of Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye, reincarnation of fourth Desi (secular rule)

The hike to the monastery can take 1 to 2 hours with scenic view of the mountains and after the hike one might try the hotstone bath and get relaxed.

Hotstone Bath

Hotstone Bath

Hotstone Bath is considered as natural healing process for ailments like joint pains and stomach disorders.

Selected stones from the river bank are baked in fire till red and then dipped in the wooden tub of cold water with addition of some medicinal herbs to enhance the experience.

Pack lunch on any hike

Pack lunch on any hike

Grab a pack lunch during any of your day hikes to enhance your stay in Bhutan.

Experience Bhutanese culture with Farm house

Experience Bhutanese culture with Farm house

After a busy day of sightseeing, Farm stay gives an opportunity to mingle with the locals to know more about the people and their culture.

One can also grab a Bhutan’s Druk 11000 beer and enjoy the rest of your evening. Get the best Bhutan Tour Packages with Amedewa – Bhutan Travel Agency

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Best time to visit Bhutan

The best time to visit Bhutan with popular festivals 

Punakha festival.

Thimphu Festival  and Paro festival 

Jakar festival and Black Necked Crane Festival 

Bhutan has four season, Summer, Winter, Spring and Autumn.

Summer (June, July And August)
Winter (December, January and February)
Autumn (September, October and November)
Spring (March, April and May)

The late spring has Rhododendron blooming the valleys with festival in Paro and other districts of Bhutan.

The temperature gets favorable by May until from June to September when monsoon hits and can expect some rainfall.

During October to November , the sky is clear and fresh with Thimphu festival around in the capital and in the month of January and February, we can expect snowfall.

Check the tentative Bhutan festival dates for 2023

To know more about the Best time to Visit Bhutan, Mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com or Phone/WhatsApp at +97517306726

 

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Explore Dochula Pass with Amedewa Tours & Trek

Dochula Pass offers a 360-degree view of the Himalayan Mountains and it is more scenic during the winter with snow-capped mountains.

It is one of the favourite spots for tourist which is on the way to Punakha.

Whenever you plan to trip Bhutan, make Dochula Pass your first priority. You can also explore more information about Dochula Pass with Amedewa Tours & trek.

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Bhutanese Traditional Bath – Hot Stone Bath

Hot Stone Bath

It is one of the unique experiences that Bhutan has to offer. The Hot Stone Bath takes place in a wooden tub after collection of selected stones from the river bank which is then heated and mixed with water in the tub.

It is believed that the minerals from rock, and herbs all combined together produce benefit for joint pains, stomach disorders, hypertension, and arthritis.

Apart from landscape & Dzongs architecture Bhutan also has a Best Hot Stone Bath that you would love to take. Experience Bhutanese best Ancient Traditional Hot Stone Bath with Amedewa Tours & Trek.

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Travel Tips And Guide to Bhutan | Amedewa Tours & Trek | Local Bhutan Travel Agency

How to get to Bhutan?

Flying to Paro International Airport.

Druk Air, Royal Bhutan Airlines and Bhutan Airlines connects to Paro international airport from sectors like Singapore, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai, Dhaka, Guwahati.

The Paro International Airport is just 10 to 15 minutes drive from Paro city and an hour drive to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan.

Things to do in Bhutan before you leave:

Paro Tiger’s Nest HikeParo Tiger’s Nest Hike - Amedewa Tours & Trek

Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of the treks not to be missed, with breath taking view of along the trek, Monastery itself is one of the important pilgrimage sight in Bhutan.

The Hike takes 5 to 6 hours in total and with pony ride till the cafeteria to the half way of the monastery might help some of the hikers.

The café also has a great view for selfies and offer buffet lunches and tea/coffees.

River Rafting in PunakhaRiver Rafting in Punakha - Amedewa Tours & Trek

Rafting is usually done along the Mo Chu (Female River) in Punakha which has steady rapids and is safe.

With majestic view of the Punakha fort, it is one of the best things to do in Punakha.

Gears to Carry

Hiking/Trekking gears

Warm clothes if travelling in winter and light jackets on summer

Rain coats during the monsoon season

Changangkha LhakhangChangangkha Lhakhang - Amedewa Tours & Trek

The Monastery is perched on a ridge above central Thimphu.

People come here to get auspicious name for the new born babies and get blessed from the local deity.

Mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com or visit www.amedewa.com for any Bhutan Tours & Travel Services.

 

 

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Simtokha Dzong | Thimphu Attractions | Amedewa Tours And Trek

Simtokha Dzong

Simtokha Dzong is the oldest of Bhutan’s dzongs (fortified monasteries), having been built in 1629 in the archetypal style pioneered by Zhabdrung Rinpoche, Bhutan’s national unifier. Despite various restorations and remodels throughout the years, its current appearance is regarded to be roughly compatible with its original appearance. The site is often referred to as the Sangag Zabdon Chho dzong—the “Palace of Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras,” though it is most commonly known as Simtokha Dzong.

According to legend, Zhabdrung was recognized as the reincarnation of the former Drukpa lineage leader, which resulted in a power struggle in Tibet over succession. Various prophecies, on the other hand, forewarned the Zhabdrung of the enemy’s impending arrival. One prophecy was of a dream of a black raven flying southward, which he took to be a manifestation of Yeshe Gonpo (a protective deity) advising him to seek sanctuary in the southern valleys, was one of the prophecies he received.

Zhabdrung heeded the warning and traveled south to western Bhutan, where he found allies among local magnates who were also Drukpa lineage members. He gathered under his power the heads of numerous important families, particularly those from Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdi Phodrang, and Paro. With Zhabdrung at the head, the basis of the present state of Bhutan was born.

The soldiers of Zhabdrung were attacked at Simtokha in 1629, some thirteen years after fleeing Tibet, by a coalition of five opposing Buddhist schools, the so-called “five groups of lamas,” who were united in their desire to see Drukpa rule reduced. The coalition’s first onslaught failed, and there was an uneasy period of nearly five years while the coalition bided its time.

The Tibetan soldiers crossed into western Bhutan and encountered Zhabdrung’s forces at Simtokha dzong, but were repulsed after a bloody struggle. Nonetheless, the dzong’s damage was readily restored, and Zhabdrung’s prestige was significantly strengthened, assisting his upcoming unification of the rest of Bhutan.

Explore more with us at Amedewa Tours And Trek | Local Bhutan Tour Operator

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Buddha Point Thimphu Amedewa Tours and Trek – Bhutan Tour Package

Buddha Dordenma statue or commonly known as Buddha Point sits at the top of the hill overlooking the entire valley of Thimphu.

Construction of Buddha Point began in 2006 and concluded until 25th September 2015.

The completed structure is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world which is 169 feet (52m) and contains 125,000 miniature buddhas inside.

Various religious ceremonies are held every year by the monastic body of Bhutan which last for months.

it gives an amazing 360 panoramic view of Thimphu valley and watch sunrise if you hike early in the morning from your hotel.

There is an easy hiking trail from Kuensel phodrang park for people looking for easy normal day hikes.

Want to Explore more! Contact us at Amedewa Tours or mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com

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Phuentsholing Bhutan Tour – Amedewa Tours And Trek

Phuentsholing is located in the southern part of Bhutan and one of the busiest town in the country. Just opposite to the Phuentsholing gate of Bhutan is the India border town and is not very far from Bagdogra airport and NGP station/ Ali puar station.

Most of the regional tourists make their visit through this entry point and then get their entry permit done at the immigration office in Phuentsholing.

It is recommended to start processing your route permit early as there will be queue and takes some time to get the route permit.

Things to do in Phuentsholing
Crocodile Breeding Centre

Crocodile Breeding Centre - Phuentsholing

It is located near the riverbank of Amo chu. The breeding center has endangered mugger crocodiles and few of the ponds are also filled with fishes and tortoises.

Timing: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Zangdo Pelri Lhakhang

Zangdo Pelri Lhakhang -  Phuensholing

It is located in the middle of the town and therefore can be reached easily on foot from most of the hotels in phuentsholing.

It is pleasant to visit in the evening as weather cools down and is less crowded.

Karbandi Goenpa

Karbandi Goenpa - Amedewa Tours & Trek-  Phuensholing

Driving uphills on your way to Thimphu, shortstop to Karbandi monastery gives an amazing panoramic view of Phuentsholing town and Bengal plain.

Timing: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Waterfall on Phuentsholing Thimphu Highway

Waterfall on Phuentsholing Thimphu Highway

Drive to Thimphu takes around 5-6 hours from Phuentsholing. Since it’s a long drive through winding roads of the Himalayas, taking a short stop at points like this is refreshing.

Restaurants on the way to Thimphu

Restaurants on the way to Thimphu - Amedewa Tours & Trek

The restaurant has local Bhutanese dishes and delicious dumplings with few Indian cuisines. It gives amazing view of Chukha Dam with a VIP room.

Get your Tour Customized with us !

Visit www.amedewa.com or mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com for any assistance.

Useful Links:

Getting into Bhutan

How to make tour payment to Bhutan?

Bhutan visa information

Travel Tips to Bhutan

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Druk Wangyel Festival – Amedewa Tours & Trek

The Druk Wangyel festival was established in 2011 and it is held annually on 13th December at Dochula Pass attracting lots of visitors from outside the country.

Unlike any other festival in Bhutan, Druk Wangyel Festival is performed by Royal Bhutan Army rather than monks as a tribute to the wise leadership of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth king of Bhutan.

The Grandeur of the 108 stupas also known as “Druk Wangyel Chorten” stands at an elevation of 3100m on the east-west road from Thimphu to Punakha. A 360 degree panoramic view of snow covered Himalayan mountain ranges are visible from the pass on clear winter days. It is popular among tourists to capture beautiful pictures and it is common to see Bhutanese families enjoying the weekends and holidays to picnic near the chortens with packed lunch and hot butter tea.

The 108 Stupas also known as “Druk Wangyel Chorten” were built under the commandment of Queen mother, Azhi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, to commemorate the memory of the soldiers killed in the 2003 war against insurgents from India and victory under the guidance of His Majesty The Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

Highlights of the festival 
  • Experience one of the unique festival in Bhutan.
  • Explore culture of Bhutan.
  • Relax and enjoy pristine environment of Bhutan.
Druk Wangyel Festival Tour

 

Day 1: Arrival to Paro International airport

Welcome to Bhutan! Representative from Amedewa Tours will receive you and drive to Thimphu.

Druk Wangyel Festival

Activities for today

Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing

Druk Wangyel Festival

Activities for today

Day 3: Drive to Punakha

Druk Wangyel festival

 

Activities for today

Day 4: Punakha to Paro

Druk wangyel festival

 

Activities for today

Day 5: Paro Sightseeing

Paro valley

Activities for today

Day 6: Paro Tiger’s Nest

Paro Bhutan

Activities for today

Day 7: Outbound journey
  • We bid farewell today and drop you to Paro airport.

Package cost: USD 1360 for 1 pax.

USD 1300 per head  for 2 pax and above.

USD 1120 per head for 3 pax and above.

 

What’s Included

    • Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees, museum/monument fees and taxes.
    • Accommodations in minimum 3 star Hotel/Resort or Farm stays if interested
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) including evening tea/coffee etc through-out the tour in Bhutan.
    • All land transfers, sightseeing with entrance fees.
    • Experienced English Speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide.
    • Bottled water in the vehicle and other comp. services.
    • Tour SUV with well experienced driver with pick and drop to airport
    • Return souvenir gift from Bhutan

Not Included

    • Flights into and out of Bhutan
    • Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, tips, and others.
    • Archery cost and river rafting
    • Travel Insurance (Recommended but not available in Bhutan)

Email us at travelamedewa@gmail.com or visit www.amedewa.com

WhatsApp: +97517306726

Get your Tour Customized with us!

Useful Links:

Getting into Bhutan

How to make tour payment to Bhutan?

Bhutan visa information

Travel Tips to Bhutan

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Payment Via Credit/Debit Card to Bhutan Online Pay Tour Payment – Amedewa Tours And Trek

To make easy online tour payments to Bhutan, we also accept online payment via card.

If you wish to do an online payment, you will be charged 3.5% on the total payment, 2% charged by the card company, 1% by your bank, 0.5% by the bank in Bhutan.

Mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com and we will get back to you with invoice for the online payment.

Otherwise, payment through Bank wire can also by availed with less bank charges.

Please check  Bank wire for more info.

Cancelations:

In case if your tour gets cancelled, we will refund the online tour payments to the same card through which we received the payment.

All charges for the cancellation have to be born by you.

Airline Cancellation Policy

Airline tickets will be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  • 100 % refund permitted for the tickets cancelled more than 30 days from the date of travel.
  • 50 % refund permitted for the tickets cancelled between 30 – last 10 days from the date of travel.
  • Cancellation made less than 10 days from the date of travel, no refund.
  • No cancellation charges will apply on infant fares.
  • An administration fee of USD 25/- per ticket will be applicable for all cancelled tickets, once we issue the ticket.
  • In the high tourism season, we have to buy the tickets before 2 –3 months the date of travel. But in low tourism season, we have to buy before 2-3 weeks, prior to the date of travel.

Tour Cancellation Policy:

The tours booked and subsequently cancelled will be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  • Within 30 days or more before the arrival date in Bhutan – No charges
  • Within 21 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 10% of the rate
  • Within 14 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 15% of the rate
  • Within 07 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 30 % of the rate
  • Within 04 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 50 % of the rate
  • Less than 03 days or without notice – 100% of the rate
  • After arrival in Bhutan – 100%
  • An administration fee of USD 50/- will be applicable for all cancelled tours, once we issue the VISA.

Delayed Arrival or Departure

  • There are no charges/fees for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or roadblocks. However, the tourist must bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

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Bhutan Tour Amedewa Tours And Trek – Bhutan Tour operator

Bhutan is one of the best travel destinations in the world and if you planning a visit, we are here to assist you.

We offer wide range of tour activities in Bhutan and make it a memorable one.

Flights to Bhutan

There are flights from Singapore, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai, Dhaka, Guwahati to Paro international airport in Bhutan and return with Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines.

Planning a trip to Bhutan, the only carbon negative country in the world! Here is a tentative 7 Days Discover Bhutan Travel Plan.

DAY 1:  ARRIVAL TO PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Arrival To Paro International Airport - Amedewa Tours and Trek

Representative from Amedewa Tours And Trek will receive you with “Tashi Khadar”, traditional way of welcoming guest.
Drive to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan which is an hour drive.
Visit Iron bridge on the way.
Visit Tashichodzong.
National Memorial chortoen.
Try dinner at the farm house and mingle with Bhutanese families.
Halt at the Hotel/Resort.

DAY 2:  THIMPHU TOUR

Thimphu Tour - Amedewa Tours and Trek

If interested Try our national dress, GHO for men and KIRA for women.
Buddha Dordenma.
Simply Bhutan Museum.
Simtokha Dzong.
Bhutan Postal museum to get your own personalized stamps.
Centenary Farmer’s market and rows of Handicraft shops.
If interested visit pubs and grab a beer and relax.

DAY 3:  THIMPHU/PUNAKHA

Punakha Dzong Tour - Amedewa Tours and Trek

Visit Dochula Pass.
Punakha Dzong.
A short hike to Chimi Lhakhang
Suspension bridge.
Hike Khamsum Yully Namgyel Chorten.

DAY 4: PUNAKHA/PARO

Paro Ringpung Dzong Tour - Amedewa Tours and Trek

Visit Paro Ringpung Dzong.
National museum.
KIchu Lhakhang.
Handicraft shops and stroll Paro Town.

DAY 5: PARO/CHELELA PASS/HAA/PARO

Chelela Pass Tour - Amedewa Tours and Trek

Drive to Chelela Pass, highest motorable road end in Bhutan.
Then continue your drive to Haa valley.
Short day hike to Lhakhang Karpo, White temple.
Lhakhang Nagpo, Black temple.
Stroll small Haa town for some time.
Spend the night at Homestay in Haa or return to stay at the resort in Paro.

DAY 6: HIKE TIGER’S NEST

Tiger's Nest - Amedewa Tours and Trek

Hike Tiger’s nest after early breakfast.
Visit Kichu Lhakhang.
Hotstone bath in the evening and relax.

DAY 7: DEPART BHUTAN

We bid farewell to our valued guest.

For the travel month of March, April, May, September, October and November

PACKGE COST: USD 1630 for 1 pax
                            USD 1570 per head for 2 pax  
                            USD 1390 per head for 3 pax and above.

For the travel month of January, February, June, July, August and December.

PACKGE COST: USD 1360 for 1 pax
                            USD 1300 per head for 2 pax
                            USD 1120 per head for 3 pax and above.

 

TOUR INCLUDES

Bhutan Tour Visa
All taxes, surcharges and royalties
Accommodation in 3 star hotel/resort
All three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
English Speaking Tour Guide
Trying Bhutanese Costume (to be returned at the end of the tour)
Tour SUVs with well experienced driver
Entry/Museum/Monument fees
Return souvenir gift from Bhutan

TOUR EXCLUDES

Flight to Bhutan
Any Personal expenses
Laundries, alcoholic drink
River rafting and Hotstone Bath

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Paro Festival tour of Bhutan for 2023 – Bhutan festival tour 2023

The annual Paro Festival is one of the most popular events in Bhutan, it is held for 5 days and starts on the 10th day of 2nd Bhutanese lunar month and ends on the 15th day.

The festival is followed by mask dances, cultural programs and locals gather in their best colourful attires and spend time together with friends and families but most importantly it is believed that one can gain merits by attending the festival.

It also offers an opportunity to witness Bhutan’s culture and history.

On the last day of the festival, a large Thangkha (Embroidered Painting), the Guru Thongdrel is displayed to the public.

Venue: Paro Bhutan
Festival Date: 1-5th April 2023
Email: travelamedewa@gmail.com for any customization and confirm the festival dates with us.
Tentative itinerary

7 DAYS PARO FESTIVAL TOUR | BHUTAN LAND OF HAPPINESS

DAY 1:  ARRIVAL TO PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Paro International Airport - Amedewa Tours

A representative from Amedewa Tours and Trek will receive you with “Tashi Khadar”, traditional way of welcoming guests.
Drive to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan which is an hour drive.
Visit Iron bridge on the way.
Visit Tashichodzong.
National Memorial Chorten.
Try dinner at the farm house and mingle with Bhutanese families.
Halt at the Hotel/Resort.

DAY 2:  THIMPHU TOUR

Thimphu Tour - Amedewa Tours

Visit Buddha Dordenma.
Simply Bhutan Museum.
Simtokha Dzong.
Bhutan Postal museum to get your own personalized stamps.
Centenary Farmer’s market and rows of Handicraft shops.
If interested visit pubs and grab a beer and relax.

DAY 3:  THIMPHU/PUNAKHA

Punakha Tour - Amedewa Tours

Visit Dochula Pass.
Punakha Dzong.
A short hike to Chimi Lhakhang
Suspension bridge.
Hike Khamsum Yully Namgyel Chorten.

DAY 4: DRIVE TO PARO FROM PUNAKHA

Paro festival

Visit Paro Ringpung Dzong.
National Museum.
KIchu Lhakhang.
Handicraft shops and stroll Paro Town.

DAY 5: PARO FESTIVAL

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Atten Paro festival.
Try our national dress, GHO for men and KIRA for women.
Get dressed in our national costume and attend the festival.
Visit Drugyel Dzong.
Watch Archery match where locals play on public holidays and on weekends.
Hot stone bath in the evening and relax.

DAY 6: HIKE TIGER’S NEST

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Hike Tiger’s nest after early breakfast.
Visit Kichu Lhakhang.

DAY 7: DEPART BHUTAN

We bid farewell to our valued guest.

PACKGE COST: USD 1630 for 1 pax
                            USD 1570 per head for 2 pax
                            USD 1390 per head for 3 pax and above.

 

TOUR INCLUDES
Bhutan Visa
All taxes, surcharges, and royalties
Accommodation in 3-star hotel/resort
All three meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
English Speaking Tour Guide
Trying Bhutanese Costume (to be returned at the end of the tour)
Tour SUVs with a well experienced driver
Entry/Museum/Monument fees
Return souvenir gift from Bhutan

 

TOUR EXCLUDES
Flight to Bhutan
Any Personal expenses
Laundries, alcoholic drink
River rafting and Hotstone Bath

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Punakha Dzong Bhutan Travel – Amedewa Tours and Trek

Punakha Dzong

It is located at the confluence of Pho Chu (male river) and Mo chu (female river). This dzong was the central administrative body from 1637 to 1907 when Punakha was the capital of Bhutan.

Because of the its historical importance, many important functions and occasions are being conducted including the royal wedding of the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to Jetsun Pema on the  13 th of October, 2011

This dzong is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan, its structure being one of most architecturally picturesque gives amazing view from the vicinity and is one of the most photographed structure in Bhutan.

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Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten – Amedewa Tours and Trek

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten was built by Queen Mother in 2004 which overlooks the Punakha valley, it is about 45 minutes drive to reach the base camp from Punakha town and then hike along the trail that crosses a suspension bridge.

Unlike any other stupas, it was built to provide peace and harmony in the country.

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14 Days Tour of Bhutan – Amedewa Tours and Trek

Tentative Itinerary for 14 Days Tour of Bhutan – Amedewa Tours and Trek

Day 01: Arrive Paro by Druk Air

Paro International Airport

Your Bhutan Tour begins today ! The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport, and after completion of arrival formalities, you will be transferred to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, an exciting blend of tradition and modernity. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 02: Thimphu sightseeing

Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes, visit to;

National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Will meet a lot of locals circumambulating the Chorten and offering prayers.

Buddha Dordenma Statue: A gigantic Buddha statue in the mountains overviewing Thimphu Valley. The statue will house over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself.

Institute for Zorig Chusum: Can see and learn about 13 different types of traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts. Commonly known as Painting School where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

Simply Bhutan museum: Whereby you can try archery, watch local dances, ancient Bhutan artefacts.

Trashichhodzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King, and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and the central monk body. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Visit Changlingmithang National stadium where Archery (traditional game) match for locals takes place.

Day 03: Thimphu Hiking

Today after breakfast we will drive to the road end and start our hike to Tango and Cheri monastery.  Approximately Tango is a 1-2-hour hike and Cheri (opposite hill) is 45 min-1-hour hike. We will take packed lunch to have it on the way in a very scenic environment.

Although most tourists complete both the hikes, if you wish to only do one of the two hikes, we can do a simpler hike after lunch at different locations where there is no steep climb.

If time permits, stroll local handicraft markets, farmers market (if the day falls on Fri-Sun).

Day 04: Thimphu to Punakha/Wangdiphodrang

After early breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chortens (108), prayer flags and mountain views. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m),  Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

Continue onwards, reaching Punakha town in time for lunch. Visit Punaka Dzong and then suspension bridge and a short hike to the fertility temple 😀

Day 05: Punakha hiking and River Rafting/Full day hike

Option 1: 45 min to 1-hour hike to Kamsumyulley Chorten to see amazing view of the chorten and also amazing view of Punakha Valley from the Chorten. Hear stories and historical background of the Chorten, offer your prayers and homage to the Chorten.

River rafting in the Mochu river and towards evening enjoy a pleasant riverside view with a bottle of wine and complimentary fresh air to prepare for long drive next day J  .

Option 2: 5-6 hours hike from Khamsum Yulley Chorten to Punakha Dzong via Jiligang.

Day 06: Drive to Trongsa (Approximately 4 hours drive)

On to Trongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830 ft), the traditional boundary between east and west. 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.

Stop en route at Chendbji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes panted at four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.

Enjoy view of Trongsa Dzong from the viewpoint.

Arrive at Trongsa late afternoon and check into the hotel for the night.

Day 07: Drive Trongsa to Bumthang (Approximately 3-hour drive)

After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong. Built-in 1648 it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. All four Kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop (‘governer’) prior to ascending the throne, and the present Crown Prince now holds the post. The Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built.

Then drive to Bumthang, 68 km from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/ 11,155 ft). The road winds steeply up to the pass, 28 km from Trongsa, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley.

On arrival in Bumthang, check-in at your hotel overnight in Bumthang.

Day 08: Bumthang

Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. It is home to many of prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries.  Visit to Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock. The Jambey Lhakhang (7th-century temple), Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Bumthang is also known for handicrafts and local handmade clothes made of yak’s wool. If time permits, visit local weaving centre.

Day 09: Bumthang / Gangtey / Phobjikha (190 km, 7 hours’ drive)

Phobjikha Valley is well known for black-necked cranes and its scenic view.

After breakfast drive to Gangtey / Phobjikha. In the mountains east of Wangduephodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quite, remote valley is the winter home of black-necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. Overnight at the lodge in Gangtey / Phobjikha.

Day 10: Phobjikha to Paro (5 hour Drive)

Drive to Paro en route visit Simtokha Dzong if time permits. This dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.

Day 11: Paro Sightseeing

Visit to Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) and now houses the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, built-in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Easy stroll of Paro town and get enough rest and prepare for tomorrow’s long day steep hike.

Day 12: Paro (Finally the famous Hike to Tiger’s nest)

After Breakfast proceeds to Taktsang Palphug Monastery more famous as Paro Taktsang is a Buddhist temple complex which clings to a cliff, 3120 meters above the sea level on the side of the upper Paro valley, Bhutan.

The Taktsang Palphug Monastery is one of the most famous touristic destinations of the country and the cultural icon of Bhutan.

Visiting the Paro Taktsang Monastery is an unforgettable experience thanks to its unique location and the views of surrounding majestic mountains and emerald green valleys.

After lunch, drives up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built-in 1647 by the Zhabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644.

If interested go to hotstone bath and relax in the evening

Day 13: Paro/Chelela Pass/Haa velley

After Breakfast  Drive to Chelela pass ( highest motorable road end in Bhutan)

Visit Lhakhang Karpo and stroll Haa town in the evening.

Return to Paro in the evening.

Day 14: Depart Paro

Your Bhutan Tour ends today, after early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Note: The Bhutan Tour itinerary may change its sequence depending on the availability of hotels in each place planned to halt. How much of the itinerary is covered in each day is depended on how much time the tourist spends on each site.

Festival Option: If you are planning to come during Paro Tsechu (April 4-8), we will cover itinerary of Paro first/last and then finish the rest. We can have a discussion on it anytime you wish plan Bhutan tour with us.

 

Travel month: March, April, May, September, October, and November

Package cost: USD 3380 per head for 1 pax

                           USD 3280 per head for 2 pax

                           USD 2960 per head for 3 pax and above

 

Travel month: December, January, February, and June, July and August

Package cost: USD 2800 per head for 1 pax

                           USD 2695 per head for 2 pax

                           USD 2370 per head for 3 pax and above

 

What’s Included?
  • Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees, museum/monument fees and taxes.
  • Accommodations in minimum 3-star Hotel/Resort
  • All meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)including evening tea/coffee, etc through-out the tour in Bhutan.
  • All land transfers with pick and drop to the airport, sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • Experienced English-Speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide.
  • Bottled water in the vehicle during Bhutan tour .
  • Tour SUV or Toyota or Hyundai Mini Bus with a well experienced driver
  • Return souvenir gift from Bhutan after Bhutan tour
Not Included
    • Flights into and out of Bhutan
    • Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, tips, and others.
    • Hot stone bath
    • Archery cost and river rafting

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Bhutan Postal Museum Attraction in Thimphu – Amedewa Tours and Trek

The Bhutan Postal Museum, Evolution of Communications Systems in Bhutan, was founded in 2015 to commemorate the 60th birthday of His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The museum’s primary goal is to portray the story of Bhutan’s progress and development through the evolution of the country’s communications and postal systems. Anecdotes, relics, and the vast collection of stamps created by the country throughout the years are used to tell the story.

From the earliest mail couriers to Bhutan’s often odd and highly collectible stamps, the museum’s five exhibits illustrate the development of Bhutan’s postal system.

The first gallery is utilized for temporary exhibitions that change with the country’s important occasions and stamp launches.
The second gallery  examines the evolution of communication during the pre-postal era, when government decrees and messages were delivered by messengers.

The third gallery depicts the evolution of Bhutan’s postal and telegraph systems, with antique postal and telegraphic equipment, devices, and furnishings on display.

The stamp issues dedicated to the Wangchuck Dynasty are on display in Gallery IV, together with information on the monarchy’s establishment in 1907 and a brief biography of Bhutan’s consecutive monarchs.

Bhutan’s postal stamps are on exhibit at Gallery V, to promote the country’s independence, rich culture, and fauna and flora. Bhutan’s famous ‘Talking Stamps,’ for example, are on show. It is also an interactive area where the visitors will be educated through activities and programs as well as documentaries about the postal system is screened.

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Handicraft Market Thimphu – Amedewa Tours & Treks

Bhutan’s arts and crafts are unique in the World and there are plenty of gifts/souvenirs you can choose from a wide variety of handicrafts all available in one place at the famous handicraft market located in Norzin Lam just above Taj hotel. A whole lane of bamboo huts provides you lots of options to choose from; paintings, traditional attires, handwoven bags & scarves, religious items, handmade papers and many more made by the local artists and artisans.

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12 Days Bhutan Tour Cultural Tour – Amedewa Tours And Trek

 

12 Days Bhutan Cultural Tour 

Amedewa Tours And Trek

 

 Day 01: Arrive Paro by Druk Air 

Paro International Airport

The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river)  meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport, and after completion of arrival formalities you will be transferred to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, an exciting blend of tradition and modernity. and we will start our cultural tour of Bhutan in the next day.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 02: Thimphu cultural tour 

Today’s full day of Bhutan cultural tour include the following

National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Then proceed to Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue under construction in the mountains of Bhutan. The statue will house over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself, the Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth Desi Druk, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as Painting School) where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan;

After lunch visit changgangkha lhakhang  and visit  Folk Heritage Museum: These museum which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.

Trashichhodzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Visit Changlingmeythang  National stadium where Archery match for locals takes place.

Drive to farm stay where by you can visit monk/lama and get blessed.

If interested you can have dinner at the farm house where by you will get local Bhutanese cuisine.

Day 03: Thimphu cultural tour 

Today after breakfast we will drive to the road end and start our hike to Tango monastery, It was founded by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo in the 13th century and built in its present form by Tenzin Rabgye, the 4th Temporal Ruler in 1688.

And later hike to Cheri monastery, established in 1620 by Ngawang Namgyel 1st zhabdrung Rinpoche, the founder of the Bhutanese state.

Visit simply Bhutan museum, culture tour of Bhutan and also try archery, national game of Bhutan  and overnight halt at Thimphu.

Day 04: Thimphu to Punakha/Wangdiphodrang

After early breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m),  Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Then continue onwards, reaching Punakha  town in time for lunch. then continue to visit Punaka dzong and then suspension bridge and a short hike to the  fertility temple.

In the evening drive to wangdi phodrang and stroll town Halt at Punakha in the evening.

Day 05: Punakha / Trongsa (200 Km, 7 hours’ drive)

on to Trongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830 ft), the traditional boundary between east and west. 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.

Stop en route at Chendbji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes panted at four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.

Arrive at Trongsa late afternoon and check into the hotel  for the night.

Day 06: Trongsa / Bumthang (68 Km, 3 hours’ drive)

TRONGSA DZONG

After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong. Built in 1648 it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the  first and second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. All four Kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop (‘governer’) prior to ascending the throne, and the present Crown Prince now holds the post. The Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built.

Then drive to Bumthang, 68 km from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/ 11,155 ft). The road winds steeply up to the pass, 28 km from Trongsa, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley.

On arrival in Bumthang, check in at your hotel  overnight in Bumthang.

Day 07: Bumthang

BUMTHANG VALLEY

Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. It is home to many of prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries.  Visit to Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock. The Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 08: Bumthang / Gangtey / Phobjikha (190 km, 7 hours’ drive)

PHUBJEKHA VALLEY

After breakfast drive to Gangtey / Phobjikha. In the mountains east of Wangduephodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quite, remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. Overnight at the lodge in Gangtey / Phobjikha.

Day 09: Gangtey / Phobjikha / Punakha (70 km, 3 hours’ drive)

After breakfast drive to Punakha. Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. Punakha was Bhutan’s capital until 1955, and Punakha Dzong still serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan’s first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages from fire, earthquake and flood over the centuries. The latest flood, in October, 1994, caused great damages to the fortress but miraculously spared its most holy statue. Also visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a stupa. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha /Wangduephodrang.

Day 10: Punakha / Paro (125 km, 4.1/2 hours’ drive)

PARO RINPUNGDZONG

After breakfast, drive to Paro en route visit Simtokha Dzong. This dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies. Afternoon visit to Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) and now houses the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro and administrative office  of Paro district. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 11: Paro (Hike to Tiger’s nest)

After Breakfast proceeds to Taktsang Palphug Monastery more famous as Paro Taktsang is a Buddhist temple complex which clings to a cliff, 3120 meters above the sea level on the side of the upper Paro valley, Bhutan.

The Taktsang Palphug Monastery is one of the most famous touristic destinations of the country and the cultural icon of Bhutan.

Visiting the Paro Taktsang Monastery is an unforgettable experience thanks to its unique location and the views of surrounding majestic mountains and emerald green valleys.

After lunch, drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Shabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644.

While returning to hotel visit en route, Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

If interested go to hotstone bath and relax in the evening

Day 12: Depart Paro

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

 

 Hotels:

 Hotel Thimphu Tower or Jambhayang Resort or hotel Amodara or any equivalent in Thimphu

Zhimkhang Resort or Drudchu resort or Zangdopelri resort or any equivalent in Punakha

Hotel phunzhi or Yangkhil resort or equivalent in Trongsa

Leki Guest house or Swiss Guest house  or any equivalent in Bumthang

Janka resort or Tenzingling resort or any equivalent in Paro

 

Travel month: March, April, May, September, October and November

Package cost :
  • USD 2885 per head for 1 pax
  • USD 2800 per head for 2 pax
  • USD 2510 per head for 3 pax and above

 

Travel month: December, January, February and June, July and August

Package cost :
  • USD 2400 per head for 1 pax
  • USD 2300 per head for 2 pax
  • USD 2020 per head for 3 pax and above

 

INCLUSIONS:
  • 11 Nights accommodation in min 3 star Hotels/resorts
  • Tour car like Hyundai Creta or Kia Seltos or any equivalent with well experienced driver
  • Bhutan visa and all taxes and surcharges
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Museum/monument/entrance fees
  • All sightseeing and airport transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Daily mineral bottled water
  • Return souvenir gift from Bhutan

 

EXCLUSIONS:
  • Hotel outside Bhutan
  • Personal Expenses/hot stone bath and expenses for playing archery.
  • Tips to driver or Guide.
  •  River Rafting expenses in punakha
  •  Expenses for Hotstone bath and night outs
  •  Mountain Biking
  •  Flight to Bhutan and outbound flight
  •  Alcoholic drink

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Punakha Suspension Bridge | Bhutan Tour And Travel Guide

Suspension Bridge in Punakha 

Amedewa Tours & Treks

 

Punakha, Bhutan’s former capital, is a charming hamlet nestled in the Punakha-Wangdue Valley. Among the elegance of this small town is the magnificent Punakha suspension bridge, which connects the old administrative centre of Punakha Dzongkhag to the rest of the valley and is Bhutan’s second longest suspension bridge. It stretches 160-180 meters in length and is located high over the fast river Pho Chu

It is said to have been constructed by a Buddhist monk Thangthong Gyalpo and refurbished several times over the years, but it was once one of the eight bridges that acted as a forerunner to many of our modern suspension bridges.

The bridge connects the villages of Shengana, Samdingkha, and Wangkha to the Wangchuk Kings’ Palace, is an important element of Bhutan’s architectural heritage. Because the Dzong being located at the confluence of the rivers Pho Chu and Mo Chu, it is susceptible to flash floods generated by glacial lakes. It is, nonetheless, astonishingly stable for a 520-foot-long suspension bridge. The east side of the river is a suitable starting place for multi-day treks in the neighbouring mountains, and the bridge provides a wonderful view of the river and valley.

Though crossing the bridge is an adventure in and of itself, it connects Punakha to a number of important and holy sites worth seeing. This Bhutanese hanging bridge is draped with colourful prayer flags and makes a great place for bird viewing and nature photography, not to mention the panic attacks it causes some tourists when it sways slightly due to the strong winds from the running river below. Because the bridge is suspended, it has some inherent elasticity that causes it to sway in heavy winds, although not as much as you might imagine. Unlike the others, it is supported by cables anchored to large cement blocks on the banks. This is owing to the bridge’s stabilizing cables, which taper off at both ends. The deck is constructed of solid wood planks that are nested within the deck truss.

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Dumste Lhakhang Buddhist temple – Attraction in Paro

Dumste Lhakhang | Buddhist temple

Attraction in Paro

 

The road leading to the National museum, right above Paro town is Dumste Lhakhang. It was built by Thang Thong Gyalpo in 1421 to subdue the ogress on the top of whose head It is said to be built. One can also the central tower of the temple chained down from four direction as it was believed that the central tower moved, attempting to fly to Tibet during the consecration. The temple shows paintings of various stages of Tantric Buddhist philosophy and important deities as well as figures of Drukpa Kagyu.Dumste-Lhakhang-Buddhist-temple-Attraction-in-Paro

 

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Hotel Norpheling in Thimphu – Amedewa Tours And Trek

Hotel Norpheling

Rating: 3 Star

Hotel Norpheling is located in Thimphu along Simtokha – Babesa road, behind Express car wash/express fitness Gym, few minutes’ walk from Bank of Bhutan ltd (BOBL) head office, with easy access to all main places of attractions. It has 14 elegant designed rooms of three categories with all modern amenities and wide range of cuisine ranging from Bhutanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian and Continental prepared by internationally trained chef, it is one of the best place to spend your time with friends and families.

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Tachog Lhakhang and Iron bridge Attraction in Bhutan – Amedewa Tours And Trek

Tachog Lhakhang and Iron bridge Attraction in Bhutan

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Tachog Lhakhang is located along the Thimphu Paro highway, just above the Pa Chhu (river). Tachogang meaning “temple of the hill of the excellent horse” was built by the great Yogi, poet and iron bridge builder Thang Thong Gyalpo in the 15th century.

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To reach the temple, one has to pass through the iron bridge which is bit shaky but fun at the same time to cross. The temple is relatively small with apple and orange fruit trees and it is privately run by decedents of Thang Thong Gyalpo.

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The Postcard Dewa Luxury stay in Bhutan – Amedewa Tours And Trek

The Postcard Dewa Luxury stay in Bhutan

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Twenty minutes from Bhutan’s capital city, The Postcard Dewa is nestled in a forest, this Bhutanese mountain hideout is just close enough to take in the city of Thimphu but far enough from the bustle Bhutanese mountain hideout is just close enough to take in the city of Thimphu but far enough from the bustle. With no more than 15 luxurious rooms, the hotel is the perfect place to wind down in the lap of nature and enjoy pristine views of the Khasadrapchu valley and Raidak river.

Rating: 5 star

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Kurjey Lhakhang | Temple in Bumthang | Amedewa Tours

Kurjey Lhakhang is one of the must see temple in Bumthang, it consist of three temple , the first one is where Guru Rinpoche meditated during the 8th century, the second is considered the most holly which contains the imprint of Guru’s body and third one was built by queen grandmother, Ashi Kesang Wangchuck in the 90’s.

The first of the three temples is the Guru Lhakhang built in 1652. Just below the cave is the figure of a snow lion with Jachung ( Garuda ) above it.

The second temple, the Sampa Lhendup Lhakhang was built by Ugyen Wangchuck, the first king of Bhutan. It  has an imprint of Guru Rinpoche’s body.

The third temple was built in 1984 by Ashi Kesang Wangchuck, the queen mother to the third king of Bhutan.

It is also the final resting place of three great kings of Bhutan and those temples are enclosed by 108 chortens.

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Thimphu Memorial Chorten | Bhutan travel guide

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Thimphu Memorial Chorten

The Memorial Chorten of Thimphu dates back to the year 1974 when it was erected in memory of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who had passed away in 1972. The stupa is located in the southern central part of the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu.

The breathtakingly beautiful stupa otherwise known as the Jangchup Chorten has been designed to show how beautiful and visible religious structure can be. The rich architectural designs in the interior of the stupa as well as the exterior makes it even more attractive to not only tourists and foreigners, but even locals seem to be in awe of its beauty despite the existence of many other such stupas around the country.

People from around the country visit this religious site and circumambulate only in a clockwise direction reciting prayers for not only one self but for the benefit of all sentient beings who are suffering in samsara. People of all ages can be seen around the chorten either praying, circumabulating or prostrating or whirling the large red prayer wheels. Good-natured people visit the chorten to offer old people and monks food and snacks to encourage them to gain strength to accumulate more merits, cool and fresh fruit drinks to quench their thirst from the scorching heat, and clothes to keep them warm on cold windy days, medicines and money as well. It is these small acts of kindness that spreads smiles on people’s faces and makes Bhutan an even more happier country.

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Dechenphu Lhakhang | Bhutan Tour and Travel Guide

Dechenphu Lhakhang 

History 

Dampa, the son or possibly the grandson of Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, who propagated the Drukpa school of Buddhism throughout Bhutan, constructed Dechenphu monastery in the 12th century on the western slope of Thimphu valley. The monastery was established on land that has been associated with Genynyen, a warrior god, since ancient times. Kunga Singye, the 7th abbot of the Ralung monastery in Tibet, who came to Dechenphu with Damtrul Loden Gyalpo, the illegitimate grandson of Dampa and also the reincarnation of the founder himself, appointed Geynyen, the spirit guardian of Thimphu valley, as the official protector of the Drukpa Kagyu teachings.

The Gönkhang, a fortified tower that still stands as the centre of Dechenphu Lhakhang, was built by Kunga Singye. The majority of goenkhangs are built to house powerful protective deities. According to legend, Kuenga Sangay was required to subjugate the spirit and transform the god into a protective deity. The spirit of Jagpa Melen (another name for Geynyen, meaning “Fire Fetching Brigand and Supreme Warlord”) withdrew into a large stone known as the Thimphu, which means ‘Disappeared into the Stone’. It is believed that when Bhutan is most in need, the warlord will return from the stone and rescue the country.

The Dechenphu Lhakhang was rebuilt between 1996 and 1998. Despite the fact that the demolished structures were from the early to mid-twentieth century, their arrangement was representative of the original plan. With the growing number of pilgrims visiting the monastery, the present layout provides for a considerably greater courtyard space. Most of the visitors are Bhutanese residents, as international tourists are not permitted to enter this sacred site. Pilgrims visit the monastery to seek the deity’s protection before embarking on a new venture, or to seek Genyen’s blessing for their infants in general.

 

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Chorten in Bhutan | Amedewa Tours And Trek

Chorten in Bhutan

Chorten in Bhutan can be seen almost everywhere, from hilltops to the valleys and along the highways, Chorten are worshiped by walking around in clockwise direction. They were built to house the remains of Buddha or other saintly person. The eight main events of Buddha’s life from birth to his death is commemorated through eight different kind of stupas known as “Desheg chorten gye” or eight stupas of the Buddha.

Eight Stupas of the Buddha:

Stupa of heaped lotus Commemorate the Buddha’s birth and symbolise the lotus which sprung during his birth.
Stupa of enlightenment built in Naranjana to celebrate his enlightenment and defeat of the inner demons.
Stupa of many doors built in Varanasi to remember his first sermon and path to enlightenment.
Stupa of miracle built in Sravasti to buddha’s victory over comtemporary teachers.
Stupa of descent from heaven built in Sankyasya to represent Buddha’s return from the celestial world.
Stupa of reconciliation built in Rajagrha to celebrate his success in bringing together his followers after Devadatta tried to split them into factions.
Stupa of victory built to represent his victory over evil forces.
Stupa of Nirvana symbolises the death of Buddha.
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Tashichho Dzong | Buddhist Monastery in Thimphu

Tashichho Dzong, the Buddhist monastery and castle in the capital, is the summer residence of the Je Khenpo, the country’s chief abbot of the central monastic body. It also served as the seat of the Druk Desi who was the leader of Bhutan’s civil government until 1907. The Dzong was destroyed by fire and earthquake serval times and the leaders of the monastic body reconstructed the Dzong. When Thimphu became the capital of Bhutan after moving from Punakha, the current Dzong was reconstructed by the third King,  Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

The old Dzong was modified to suit its purpose as the seat of administration. Tashichho Dzong has thirty temples, chapels, and shrines, as well as the annual Thimphu Tshechu festival, are located within the Tashichho Dzong, which is surrounded by beautiful gardens and well-kept lawns at the present day. The dzong now houses the King’s throne room and offices, the cabinet secretariat, and the ministries of home affairs and finance, with other government offices to the south. A tiny tower known as Ney Khang Lhakhang is west of the dzong and houses a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha as well as guardian deities.

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Tour Discount | Bhutan | Amedewa Tours And Trek

We are offering 10% discount on all Bhutan tour packages. The minimum daily package rate is set by the Tourism Council of Bhutan which must be paid only in USD prior to the trip.

The minimum daily package rate is set as below:

  • USD 200 per person per night for the month of January, February, June, July, August and December.
  • USD 250 per person per night for the month of March, April, May, September, October and  November.
  • On the day of departure, tourist are limited to breakfast only and chargeable for any extra requirements on usage basis.

We are registered under Tourism Council of Bhutan.

Discounts on Bhutan Tour 
  • Children below 5 years accompanied by their guardians are not chargeable.
  • Children from 5 to 11 years are given 50% discount on the minimum daily package rate.
  • Full time students below 25 years with valid identity card from the institutions are 25% discount from the sustainable development fee.
  • In a group of 11 to 15 people, 50% discount is given to 1 person and 100% discount in a group of 16 persons or more.
  • After the 8th night of the tour, 50% discount is given on the sustainable development fees.
  • After the 14th night of the tour, 100% discount is given on the sustainable development fees.
  • Children and full time students are not eligible for this discount.
Surcharges
  • USD 40 per person per night for one person
  • USD 30 per person per night for a group of two persons.
  • No surcharges for a group of three person and above.
  • In a group of 3 persons with a child of 5 years and below, it shall be treated as a FIT group of two persons and surcharges will be applicable.
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Jakar Bumthang festival | Bhutan Festival Tour

Jakar Festival in Bumthang

Jakar festival is held in Bumthang for three days inside the courtyard of Jakar Dzong with different mask dances performed by the monk body of Jakar Dzong and folk songs and dances are performed by the  villagers as a offering to the local deity of the valley. People and tourist gather to receive blessing for peace, prosperity and long life as attending such festival washes off all sins and bless one with good health.

Tentative festival date: 22-24 October, 2023
Day 1: Arrival in Paro International Airport

Jakar festival

 

Upon arrival you will be greeted by your driver and guide from Amedewa Tours And Trek.

Halt at min. 3 star rated hotel or resort in Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu cultural sightseeing

Jakar festival

Local Sightseeing of Thimphu

Halt at min. 3 star rated hotel or resort in Thimphu.

Day 3:  Day hike in Thimphu

Jakar festival

 Activities for today
  • Hike to Dodeydrak monastery and if time permits explore trail from Buddha Dordenma to Changangkha.
  • Visit Homestays and mingle with locals if interested.

Halt at min. 3 star rated hotel or resort in Thimphu.

Day 4: Drive to Punakha

Dochula pass

Activities for today

Halt at min. 3 star rated hotel or resort in Punakha.

Day 5: Punakha to Trongsa

Punakha

Activities for today
  • Stop en route at Chendebji chorten.
  • Visit Trongsa Dzong.

Halt at min. 3 star rated hotel or resort in Trongsa.

Day 6: Trongsa to Bumthang

Bumthang

Activities for today
  • Visit Jakar dzong
  • Stroll Bumthang town

Halt at min. 3 star rated hotel or resort in Bumthang.

Day 7: Bumthang sightseeing

Bumthang sightseeing

Activities for today
  • Kurjey Lhakhang
  • Jambhay Lhakhang
  • Tamshing Lhakhang
  • Visit local weaving center

Halt at min. 3 star rated hotel or resort in Bumthang.

Day 8:  Jakar festival

Jakar festival

 

Activities for today
  • We will spend the entire day witnessing Jakar festival.

Halt at min. 3 star rated hotel or resort in Bumthang.

Day 9:  Bumthang to Gangtey

Gangtey

Activities for today
  • We will drive to Gangtey and make multiple stops for photography

Halt at min. 3 star rated hotel or Homestays in Gangtey.

Day 10: Gangtey valley

Gangtey sightseeing

Activities for today
  • Gangtey goenpa
  • Black necked crane center
  • Explore Gangtey nature trail

Halt at min. 3 star rated hotel or Homestays in Gangtey.

Day 11: Gangtey to Paro

Paro Bhutan

Activities for today
  • We will drive to Paro and halt at the hotels or resorts in the evening.

Halt at min. 3 star rated hotel or resort in Paro.

Day 12: Paro sightseeing

Paro Ringpung Dzong

Activities for today

Halt at min. 3 star rated hotel or resort in Paro.

Day 13: Drive to Haa via Chelela Pass

Jakar festival

Activities for today

Halt at min. 3 star rated hotel or resort in Paro.

Day 14: Paro Taktsang 

 

Jakar festival

Activities for today
Day 15: Outbound journey

Jakar festival

Activities for today
  • We bid farewell today and drop you to Paro airport

Package cost: USD 3630 for 1 pax 

USD 3550 per head for 2 pax 

USD 3190 per head for 3 pax and above 

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Motithang Takin Preserve | Amedewa Tours And Trek

Motithang Takin Preserve

The Motithang Takin Preserve, on the outskirts of Thimphu Valley, is one of Bhutan’s protected areas. Motithang is dedicated to the conservation of Bhutan’s national animal, the takin. The location is surrounded by a dense forest of alpine trees, which provide a spectacular view of the snow-capped peaks on a clear day.

According to legend, Drukpa Kunley, a Bhutanese yogi and poet renowned as “the Divine Madman” for abandoning the monastic life of a monk in favour of a more cheerful and enjoyable way of life created the unique animal called Takin by grafting the head of a goat onto the body of a cow in the 15th century.

When people questioned him about his extraordinary abilities, Drukpa Kinley took a bullock’s bones and feet and a goat’s head and skin, placed the head on top of the bones, wrapped the skin around the bones, breathed life into the animal. The takin, which is half goat and half bullock, was the animal he created. After then, the animal was given the name “Dong Gyem Tsey” – Takin. Due to its significance with Bhutanese religious history and mythology, the takin was proclaimed the country’s national animal on November 25, 2005.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List classifies the takin as vulnerable. There are barely a few thousand of these creatures left in the wild, according to some estimates. The ones in Thimphu Zoo, which were transported down from the highlands in 1974, are doing quite well. The animal has grown in popularity as a tourist attraction.  The magnificent creatures can now graze freely in their protected, forested habitat without fear of being hunted down for their meat and horns by smugglers involved in the illicit wildlife trade.

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Things To See in Thimphu | Bhutan Travel Tips

Things To See in Thimphu

Here are the list of the things to see in Thimphu:

National memorial chorten

National Memorial Chorten

 

The Memorial Chorten is one of the best Things to see in Thimphu which dates dates back to the year 1974 when it was erected in memory of the third King od Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who had passed away in 1972. The stupa is located in the southern central part of the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. The breathtakingly beautiful stupa otherwise known as the Jangchup Chorten has been designed to show how beautiful and visible religious structure can be.

The rich architectural designs in the interior of the stupa as well as the exterior makes it even more attractive to not only tourists and foreigners, but even locals seem to be in awe of its beauty despite the existence of many other such stupas around the country. People from around the country visit this religious site and circumambulate only in a clockwise direction reciting prayers for not only one self but for the benefit of all sentient beings who are suffering in samsara.

People of all ages can be seen around the chorten either praying, circumambulating or prostrating or whirling the large red prayer wheels. Good-natured people visit the chorten to offer old people and monks’ food and snacks to encourage them to gain strength to accumulate more merits, cool and fresh fruit drinks to quench their thirst from the scorching heat, and clothes to keep them warm on cold windy days, medicines and money as well. It is these small acts of kindness that spreads smiles on people’s faces like a virus and makes Bhutan an even more happier country.

Buddha Dordenma statue in Thimphu

Buddha dordenma in Thimphu

The construction of the gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue began in 2006 and got completed in 2015. The statue houses over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha. It is one of the best Things to see in Thimphu.

Buddha dordenma view

Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the glorious religion) 

 

Tashichhodzong in Thimphu JPG

Tashichho Dzong, the Buddhist monastery and castle in the capital, is the summer residence of the Je Khenpo, the country’s chief abbot of the central monastic body, and the seat of the Druk Desi, the leader of Bhutan’s civil government, which has been integrated with the monarchy since the monarchy was established in 1907. The lovely fortification was destroyed four times by fire and severely damaged by an earthquake. It was reconstructed by the leader of the monastic body at the moment each time. After the capital was moved from Punakha to Thimphu, the current Dzong was rebuilt as the seat of administration by the third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, using a different plan from the old one.

From the older Dzong, only the central Utse tower, the Lhakhang Sarp (new temple), and the main Gönkhang (protector temple) remain. Thirty temples, chapels, and shrines, as well as the annual Thimphu Tshechu festival, are located within the Tashichho Dzong, which is surrounded by beautiful gardens and well-kept lawns at the present day. The dzong now houses the King’s throne room and offices, the cabinet secretariat, and the ministries of home affairs and finance, with other government offices to the south. A tiny tower known as Ney Khang Lhakhang is west of the dzong and houses a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha as well as guardian deities.

Dechenphug Lhakhang | Things to see in Thimphu 

 

Dechenphu lhakhang

Dampa, the son or possibly the grandson of Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, who propagated the Drukpa school of Buddhism throughout Bhutan, constructed the monastery in the 12th century on the western slope of Thimphu valley. The monastery was established on land that has been associated with Genynyen, a warrior god, since ancient times. Kunga Singye, the 7th abbot of the Ralung monastery in Tibet, who came to Dechenphug with Damtrul Loden Gyalpo, the illegitimate grandson of Dampa and also the reincarnation of the founder himself, appointed Geynyen, the spirit guardian of Thimphu valley, as the official protector of the Drukpa Kagyu teachings. The Gönkhang, a fortified tower that still stands as the centre of Dechenphug Lhakhang, was built by Kunga Singye. The majority of goenkhangs are built to house powerful protective deities.

According to legend, Kuenga Sangay was required to subjugate the spirit and transform the god into a protective deity. The spirit of Jagpa Melen (another name for Geynyen, meaning “Fire Fetching Brigand and Supreme Warlord”) withdrew into a large stone known as the Thimphu, which means ‘Disappeared into the Stone’. It is believed that when Bhutan is most in need, the warlord will return from the stone and rescue the country.

The Dechenphug Lhakhang was rebuilt between 1996 and 1998. Despite the fact that the demolished structures were from the early to mid-twentieth century, their arrangement was representative of the original plan. With the growing number of pilgrims visiting the monastery, the present layout provides for a considerably greater courtyard space. Despite the higher number of visitors, all visitors ought to be Bhutanese residents, as international tourists are not permitted to enter this sacred site. Pilgrims visit the monastery to seek the deity’s protection before embarking on a new venture, or to seek Genyen’s blessing for their infants in general.

Begana Chorten

Begana Chorten | Things to see in Thimphu

It is a miniature duplicate of the 14th-century Bodnath stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, while the Begana chorten was built in the late twentieth century. The location is also known by its Tibetan name, Jarumhkhasor, which is also used to refer to the Bodnath. The Lokpalas, the guardians of the four directions, are represented by the eyes of the “Mystic Buddha” gazing from each face of the chorten. Legend has it that this form of chorten (or stupa) is linked to pathways that marked the early introduction of Buddhism, though this may be mythical.

Pangri Zampa | Things to see in Thimphu 

Pangri Zampa Monastery | Things to see in Thimphu

Pangri Zampa is located on the Thimphu river’s west bank. Although it has a nearly 500-year history, it is best known for being Bhutan’s Royal College of Astrology, which it has held since 2003. On the west, north, and south sides of the monastery, there are student dorms, classrooms, and administrative buildings, as well as two temples on the northeast and southeast corners. The structure was constructed in two stages over the course of 100 years.

Zhabdrung, the unifier of Bhutan’s arrival coincided with the second stage. The dream that brought Zhabdrung to Pangri Zampa is documented in a biography written by one of his students. Zhabdrung had a dream about a large black raven flying into the “southern valleys” while in Tibet (i.e., Bhutan). In his dream, Zhabdrung reached the summit of a cypress tree and paced the raven as it flew low over the mountains, pacing it until it landed on a cypress tree at Pangri Zampa, which he later identified as Pangri Zampa. Despite the raven’s natural appearance, the dreaming Zhabdrung recognized it as Mahakala, the Buddhist dharma’s fierce guardian.

Mahakala is typically shown with a raven’s visage and is regularly summoned to defeat bad spirits. The temple was built on the southeast corner of the monastery, next to the Kabesa bridge, by Zhabdrung. His dwelling is on the upper floor, which today houses his statue. A mermaid statue depicting ‘Menmo’, a water goddess and consort of Gengyen Jagpa Melen, the guardian deity of Thimphu who resides at Dechenphug, is housed within this temple.

In the current period, the monastery is frequently consulted to identify the most fortunate timing of major national events. For instance, the head astrologer predicted the best time for HM King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck’s coronation in 2008. Pangri Zampa also helped with divining dates for royal weddings and crown prince naming rituals, among other things.

Phajoding Monastery

 

Phajoding Monastery

Phajoding Monastery, positioned at 3,600 meters (11,800 feet), is one of Thimphu’s highest-altitude sanctuaries, offering stunning views of the valley below. Its full name is believed to be Phajoding Thubten Jago Phungpo Wogmin Nampar Gyalwai Khangzang, which translates to “The Temple of the Buddha’s Doctrine, Vulture Peak Mountain, and the Akanishtha Mansion of Complete Victory.”

 According to some traditions, the monastery’s namesake, Phajo Dugom Zhigpo who popularized the Drukpa school of Buddhism throughout Bhutan, founded it in the 13th century. However, no constructions from that time period have survived. The existing structures date from the mid-eighteenth century, when Sherab Wangchuk, Bhutan’s 13th Druk Desi, restored and extended the temple.

The Phajoding monastery’s current layout consists of a loose cluster of roughly ten temples. The largest is the Jampa Lhakhang, a three-story structure enclosed by thick shabkhor walls built in the mid-eighteenth century. The Khangzangand Wogmin lhakhangs, located higher up on the slope to the north, are two nearby monuments dating from the mid-18th and late-18th centuries, respectively.

All three monuments were completely repaired between 2013 and 2018, at a cost of around Nu 200 million, thanks to a grant from the Indian government. Restoration work at such altitudes was difficult, especially because there were no roads appropriate for construction equipment connecting the site to the lower valley. Instead of destroying extensive swaths of forest to preserve the site’s holiness, the conservators created a system of ropeway towers to transport construction materials up the mountainside from a base at Sangaygang, approximately five kilometres to the east. The path of the ropeway line may be seen as a small breach in the trees extending eastward from Phajoding in the satellite view below.

Clock Tower Square | Things to see in Thimphu

Clock Tower Square | Things to see in Thimphu

Clock Tower Square is a square in Thimphu, Bhutan, where the iconic four-faced clock tower can be found. The square is also surrounded by numerous businesses, hotels, and restaurants. With beautiful Bhutanese carvings and paintings, the Clock-tower has a classic Bhutanese architectural perspective. On all four faces of the tower are typical hand-crafted dragons with golden paintwork, symbolizing the county as an independent dragon kingdom. The tower contains lovely flower carvings and paintings, which add to its beauty. With multi-coloured wood frontages, small arched windows, and sloping roofs, the shops, restaurants, and hotels on the clock tower square are a blend of fine traditional and modern architectural Bhutanese design. The three-story buildings that surround the area are all small and the cafes and restaurant serve delicious Bhutanese cuisine and a blend of western quick bites infused with traditional delicacies.

The spot is perfect for catching up with Thimphu because of the water fountains and traditional Bhutanese Mani Lhalhor (prayer wheels). The area is frequently used as a venue for a variety of events and activities, including fund-raising events, movie award ceremonies, trade displays, live musical performances, and more. It is perfect to witness the amazing view of the rolling mountains and the enclosing Thimphu valley from Clock Tower Square.

Bhutan Postal Museum | Things to see in Thimphu 

Bhutan Postal Museum | Things to see in Thimphu

The Bhutan Postal Museum, Evolution of Communications Systems in Bhutan, was founded in 2015 to commemorate the 60th birthday of His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The museum’s primary goal is to portray the story of Bhutan’s progress and development through the evolution of the country’s communications and postal systems. Anecdotes, relics, and the vast collection of stamps created by the country throughout the years are used to tell the story.

From the earliest mail couriers to Bhutan’s often odd and highly collectible stamps, the museum’s five exhibits illustrate the development of Bhutan’s postal system.

Gallery I is utilized for temporary exhibitions that change with the country’s important occasions and stamp launches.

Gallery II examines the evolution of communication during the pre-postal era, when government decrees and messages were delivered by messengers.

Gallery III depicts the evolution of Bhutan’s postal and telegraph systems, with antique postal and telegraphic equipment, devices, and furnishings on display.

The stamp issues dedicated to the Wangchuck Dynasty are on display in Gallery IV, together with information on the monarchy’s establishment in 1907 and a brief biography of Bhutan’s consecutive monarchs.

Bhutan’s postal stamps are on exhibit at Gallery V, to promote the country’s independence, rich culture, and fauna and flora. Bhutan’s famous ‘Talking Stamps,’ for example, are on show. It is also an interactive area where the visitors will be educated through activities and programs as well as   documentaries about the postal system is screened.

Folk heritage museum | Things to see in Thimphu 

Folk Heritage Museum

The Folk Heritage Museum, also known as Phelchey Toenkhyim, was founded on July 28th, 2001, on the initiative of Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, the Queen Mother of Bhutan. Through displays, demonstrations, educational activities, and documentation of rural life, it aims to connect people to Bhutan’s rural history. Her Majesty is also the Museum’s founder and patron. It hosts educational and cultural demonstrations on a regular basis.

The main exhibit is the museum structure, which is a three-story traditional rammed mud and timber house that has been rebuilt. The house is designed and built in the style of a typical Wang household in the mid-nineteenth century. The longevity and performance of the building materials are demonstrated by the structure’s age.

Household artifacts and typical domestic tools and equipment utilized by a family in a rural household at that period are displayed from the ground to the top floor.

Hike to Wangditse Lhakhang | Things to see in Thimphu 

Wangditse hike

The lhakhang was founded in 1715 by Druk Rabgye, the 8th Druk Desi (Bhutan’s secular leader, under Bhutan’s dual system of governance). The site was formerly known as Zhabden Lhuendrubtse (Natural Peak of Profound Meaning) when the temple was first built, but that name was quickly dropped. The master of ceremonies noted that dignitaries from all over the country had made the effort to attend the temple’s consecration ceremony, which was led by Zhabdrung Chogley Namgyel (1708-36), of Zhabdrung Rinpoche’s “speech incarnation” line. He renamed the lhakang Wangditse, meaning Peak of Conquest, since he thought it was fortunate that the central government was able to put such far-flung provinces under its control.

Wangditse Lhakhang, with Tashiccho Dzong—the seat of government administration—overlooks the Thimphu valley’s centre. Although it is commonly referred to as a lhakhang (temple), it is also known as a dzong (fortress-monastery) due to its intimidating, fortress-like aspect. The lhakhang became the seat of Thimphu dzongpens (governors), many Druk Desi, and even reincarnations of the Zhabdrung in succeeding years. Earthquakes wreaked havoc on the region on a regular basis. Taschichhodzong, in the valley’s centre, was destroyed by an earthquake in 1897.

Some of the roof components and shattered timbers were later repurposed for use at Wangditse. When explosives used at the dzong site during reconstruction unexpectedly damaged Wangditse, Taschichhodzong resurfaced in the temple’s history. Shortly after, in the 1960s, the lhakhang was repaired. After a windstorm blew away part of the roof in 1995, causing damage to different wall paintings, and interior antiquities, another renovation was required thirty years later. The most recent renovation (as of now) was completed in 2020, with the structure being completely restored.

Simtokha Dzong | Things to see in Thimphu 

Simtokha Dzong | Things to see in Thimphu

It is the oldest of Bhutan’s dzongs (fortified monasteries), having been built in 1629 in the archetypal style pioneered by Zhabdrung Rinpoche, Bhutan’s national unifier. Despite various restorations and remodels throughout the years, its current appearance is regarded to be roughly compatible with its original appearance. The site is often referred to as the Sangag Zabdon Chho dzong—the “Palace of Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras,” though it is most commonly known as Simtokha Dzong.

According to legend, Zhabdrung was recognized as the reincarnation of the former Drukpa lineage leader, which resulted in a power struggle in Tibet over succession. Various prophecies, on the other hand, forewarned the Zhabdrung of the enemy’s impending arrival. One prophecy was of a dream of a black raven flying southward, which he took to be a manifestation of Yeshe Gonpo (a protective deity) advising him to seek sanctuary in the southern valleys, was one of the prophecies he received. Zhabdrung heeded the warning and traveled south to western Bhutan, where he found allies among local magnates who were also Drukpa lineage members. He gathered under his power the heads of numerous important families, particularly those from Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdi Phodrang, and Paro. With Zhabdrung at the head, the basis of the present state of Bhutan was born.

The soldiers of Zhabdrung were attacked at Simtokha in 1629, some thirteen years after fleeing Tibet, by a coalition of five opposing Buddhist schools, the so-called “five groups of lamas,” who were united in their desire to see Drukpa rule reduced. The coalition’s first onslaught failed, and there was an uneasy period of nearly five years while the coalition bided its time. The Tibetan soldiers crossed into western Bhutan and encountered Zhabdrung’s forces at Simtokha dzong, but were repulsed after a bloody struggle. Nonetheless, the dzong’s damage was readily restored, and Zhabdrung’s prestige was significantly strengthened, assisting his upcoming unification of the rest of Bhutan.

Cheri (Chagri) Monastery | Things to see in Thimphu 

Cheri ( Chagri ) monastery | Things to see in Thimphu

It was founded in 1620 by Ngawang Namgyal, the first Zhabdrung Rinpoche and the foundation of modern Bhutan, and is the oldest institution on Bhutanese land. After encountering a conflict regarding reincarnation identification and successor of power in Tibet, Zhabdrung fled to Bhutan and took refuge at Pangri Zampa. He survived many threats to his life during the next few years, including raids by Tibetan invaders at Paro and an arrow shot almost missing him while traveling near Thimphu on horseback. The peripatetic lama eventually settled in northern Thimphu and established Cheri (Chagri) Monastery as his headquarters.

It’s unclear why Zhabdrung chose Cheri as his “headquarters,” but there were a number of characteristics that made northern Thimphu a plausible choice. To begin with, by the time the monastery was constructed in 1620, Zhabdrung had already spent a large amount of time meditating at the adjacent Tango monastery, which was only a few kilometers to the east. Second, when his father died in 1619, the body was surreptitiously transferred to Thimphu, where it was incinerated at Tango; the burying of the remains at a nearby spot was likely of utmost concern. Third, northern Thimphu was the Zhabdrung’s initial refuge in the southern valleys, so it’s only natural that the area appealed to him psychologically. Aside from local assistance, the Zhabdrung had made friends with a wealthy Chapcha devotee and the Raja of Cooch Bihar just a year before, both of whom lavished him with presents.

Zhabdrung went around Bhutan in ensuing years to form alliances, build new dzongs, and attend to spiritual matters, although he regularly returned to Cheri. Aside from using it as a personal dwelling, the monastery also operated as a guesthouse for visiting guests. Chagri is also known for its population of gorals, a goat-like creature that is near-threatened. They can be spotted roaming the grounds and the steep mountains.

Tango Monastery | Things to see in Thimphu 

Tango monastery | Things to see in Thimphu

Tango Goemba is located near the northern end of the Thimphu valley, on a south-facing cliffside. The word “Tango,” or more accurately “Rtamgo,” refers to the god Hayagrva (Tamdrin), who is a manifestation of either the Bodhisattva Avalokitevara or one of his or her attendants.

Phajo Drugom Shigpo (1184-1251), one of Bhutan’s most influential religious figures, founded the temple, and his descendants were instrumental in the establishment of many other sites of worship throughout Bhutan. Phajo wanted to spread the Drukpa sect of Buddhism throughout the “southern lowlands” after arriving in Bhutan from the remote Ralung monastery in west-central Tibet (present-day Bhutan). For the following couple hundred years, the monastery’s history is a mystery.

When Ngawang Namgyal (1594-1651), the future unifier of Bhutan, who was eventually named the first Zhabdrung Rinpoche, visited Bhutan, Mipham Tshewang Tenzin was in charge of Tango monastery. Zhabdrung accepted his host’s offer to use the facilities at Tango and entered a deep cavern to meditate, where he “propitiated the black-foreheaded wrathful Mahakala,” a formidable defensive force. He used the deity’s might to stop his rival, the Tseng Desi, from invading Bhutan via southern Tibet. Bhutan’s independence was aided by the defeat of the Tseng Desi and his allies.

Motithang Takin Preserve | Things to see in Thimphu 

Motithang Takin Preserve

The Motithang Takin Preserve, on the outskirts of Thimphu Valley, is one of Bhutan’s protected areas. Motithang is dedicated to the conservation of Bhutan’s national animal, the takin. The location is surrounded by a dense forest of alpine trees, which provide a spectacular view of the snow-capped peaks on a clear day.

According to legend, Drukpa Kunley, a Bhutanese yogi and poet renowned as “the Divine Madman” for abandoning the monastic life of a monk in favour of a more cheerful and enjoyable way of life created the unique animal called Takin by grafting the head of a goat onto the body of a cow in the 15th century.

When people questioned him about his extraordinary abilities, Drukpa Kinley took a bullock’s bones and feet and a goat’s head and skin, placed the head on top of the bones, wrapped the skin around the bones, breathed life into the animal. The takin, which is half goat and half bullock, was the animal he created. After then, the animal was given the name “Dong Gyem Tsey” – Takin. Due to its significance with Bhutanese religious history and mythology, the takin was proclaimed the country’s national animal on November 25, 2005.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List classifies the takin as

vulnerable. There are barely a few thousand of these creatures left in the wild, according to some estimates. The ones in Thimphu Zoo, which were transported down from the highlands in 1974, are doing quite well. The animal has grown in popularity as a tourist attraction.  The magnificent creatures can now graze freely in their protected, forested habitat without fear of being hunted down for their meat and horns by smugglers involved in the illicit wildlife trade.

Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory | Things to see in Thimphu 

Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory

The Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory is situated on a hilltop with a panoramic view of Thimphu’s landscape. The word “jungshi” literally means “natural,” and this is reflected throughout the entire paper-making process.

The authentic Bhutanese paper known as Desho is created at the Jungshi handmade paper business using traditional processes. This age-old Bhutanese custom is being preserved and promoted by the Jungshi paper plant. It also makes a variety of other items, including stationery and greeting cards. The paper business exemplifies the government’s commitment to bolstering the local economy by conserving traditional arts such as papermaking. On a daily basis, Jungshi makes roughly 1,500 sheets of paper.

The paper is manufactured with Himalayan materials such as the bark of the Daphne Papyri (found at altitudes of 3,000 feet and above), the bark of the Edgeworthia Papyri (found at altitudes of 3,000 feet and above), and different additional components such as flowers and leaves to provide textures and patterns.

Steps included in the paper making process:

The bark of the shrubs is soaked in water to break down its structure, then strained and sent into the factory. The stringy material is put into a grinder, which spits the pulp into a large vat, similar to a massive bowl of oatmeal.

The magic happens in the next phase. The screen is lifted out, aligned with the rising stack of wet paper, released on top of it, and peeled off from the opposite edge, leaving the fresh sheet of paper behind.

Stacks of paper may be found all over the plant, some wet, some dry, and some stacked and pressed for flatness. Dry paper is hung sheet by sheet from an easel, brushed off, and inspected for quality.

After being stamped with the Jungshi brand, the completed paper is either delivered from the factory or placed in the site’s paper shop. According to the United Nations, the majority of demand for Bhutanese handmade paper originates from Sweden and the United Kingdom. Greeting cards, gift wrap, stationery, books, and certificates are all made of paper.

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Khoma village | Explore colorful Bhutanese textile

Khoma village

The beautiful history of the Kishuthara kira in Khoma. It is a type of Kira with the most intricate patterned silk textile weaved by the women of this village. The weaving culture of Kishuthara in this village started during the time of the most famously known business man of Himalayan region called “Tshongpoen Norbu Zangpo”. It was during the trade fair at Tibet; Tshongpoen Norbu Zangpo gave his intricate patterned cloth to Yoesel Dema to wear during the trade fair, a woman from Khoma village staying at his home as a guest. When she reached back to her village, she first started to weave similar patterned cloth from the fibre extracted from nettle plant and named the cloth piece “Kishuthara” derived from the local term “Ki-shu” ( Fiber extract of nettle plant) and “Tha-ra”( weave).

Due to high demand from the market almost all women of Khoma village are engaged in weaving Kishuthara, which is the main source of income. Besides the income from Kishuthara and agriculture product, the handloom weaving culture of Kishuthara and village being surrounded by secret religious site “Nye Sangay Drado” (end Nye of Sangay Dzong). The village has now become the centre of attraction for Domestic and International Tourists which increases their source of income through providing services to the tourist like home stays. The home-stays in Khoma village provides a clear sky above our heads, as well as an aura of tranquillity and serenity away from the usual city chaos. It is surrounded by pine trees on mild slopes and is ornamented by delicious-looking orange trees and other flowers, adding to the beauty of the location.

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