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Stray Asia: 10 Day Bhutan Explorer Tour

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Day 1: Arrive in Paro, Transfer to Thimpu

Stop At: Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
Discover local life in Thimphu, see people playing archery, explore the farmer’s market, speak to the local stallholders and taste some of their goods. Visit Tashichho Dzong, a Buddhist monastery and fortress built in traditional Bhutanese style, surrounded by beautiful gardens, now used as the local Government offices and the residence of the King of Bhutan.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Centrally located hotel

Day 2: Thimpu

Stop At: Buddha Dordenma, Kuensel Phodrang Viewing Point, Thimphu 11001 Bhutan
Visit the National Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma and Changangkha Lhakhang. After this we’ll head further up into the hills above Thimphu to hike the Wangditse trail, a fairly flat track which the young and active King is known to frequent!
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Centrally located hotel

Day 3: Thimpu to Punakha

Stop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
It’s a scenic drive towards Punakha, up into the mountains, above the clouds, to Dochula Pass, 3050m above sea level. We’ll take a walk through the rice paddy fields and the small village to Chime Lhakang. Next we’ll visit Bhutan’s most beautiful fortress; Punakha Dzong.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Mountainside hotel with stunning views across Punakha

Day 4: Punakha

Stop At: Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Punakha Bhutan
Hike to the Khamsum, Yalley Monastery. After lunch we’ll visit the Nalanda Institute, an important place of learning for Buddhist monks. After that we’ll visit a nunnery in time to hear the evening prayer chants.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Mountainside hotel with stunning views across Punakha

Day 5: Punakha to Bumthang

Stop At: Kurje Lhakhang, Bumthang Bhutan
Drive through lush rainforest, see little farm houses seemingly in the middle of nowhere. As we drive into Bumthang valley you’ll notice a distinctly different style of architecture almost reminiscent of Austria or Switzerland. 
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Small family owned hotel on the outskirts of town.

Day 6: Bumthang

Stop At: Burning Lake, Bumthang Bhutan
Visit a sacred site known as Burning Lake before continuing towards Ura Valley. Heading back Bumthang we’ll visit Jampay Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Bhutan dating back to the 7th century. With a visit to Tamshing Monastery and Kunchosum temple, you can claim to have experienced three of the most sacred sites in Bumthang
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Small family owned hotel on the outskirts of town.

Day 7: Bumthang to Gangtey Valley

Stop At: The Tower of Trongsa Museum, Trongsa Bhutan
Visit the Trongsa Fortress, the biggest fortress in Bhutan. When we arrive in Gangtey we’ll stop at the monastery, located on a ridge overlooking the valley. Tonight, we’ll stay in a traditional farmhouse with a local family where you can observe local traditions and way of life. 
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Homestay in the local village (Note: There is no hot water or western style showers at the homestay)

Day 8: Gangtey Valley to Paro

Stop At: Paro River, Paro Bhutan
Stop into the Black Necked Crane Centre to learn more about this intriguing bird and the other animals that live in the valley. Standing 1.4 meters high, with an impressive wingspan of over two meters, it’s a rare opportunity to get up close to one of these incredible birds. After this it’s an express trip back to Paro via Thimphu where we’ll have the afternoon to relax and get ready for the Tiger’s Nest hike tomorrow!
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Comfortable resort style hotel.

Day 9: Paro: Hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery

Stop At: Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), Taktsang Trail, Paro 11001 Bhutan
Today we’ll make an early start on the hike up to the iconic Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest) one of the most sacred places in Bhutan.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Comfortable resort style hotel.

Day 10: Depart Paro

Stop At: Kyichu Lhakhang, Lamgong Gewog, Paro 12001 Bhutan
After breakfast we’ll check out and head out to explore some of the sights around Paro. First we’ll visit Kichu Lhakhang, a very old, peaceful monastery, famous for the orange trees in the courtyard that bare fruit all year round. Then we’ll visit the National Museum where you’ll see historical artefacts of Bhutanese civilisation and traditions including a gallery of intriguing masks used in important ceremonies. We’ll finish the tour with a visit to the fortress of Paro which boasts beautiful views over Paro valley, before transferring you to the airport for your departure.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Your Stray Guide will pick you up from the airport, and once the group is altogether the tour will begin.

Airports

  • Paro Airport, Paro Bhutan
Duration
10 days
Return Details
Paro
Inclusions
  • 9x Breakfast
  • 9x Dinner
  • 10x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 9 nights
  • Experienced, local Stray Guide
  • All transport (SUV, mini-van or bus) including airport transfers
  • Bhutan visa application service, services to assist with booking flights
  • Bottled water
  • Thimpu: City Tour, guided visits to Takin Park, Tashichho Dzong
  • Thimpu: Guided visits to National Memorial Chorten, the Buddha Dordenma, local craft workshops
  • Thimpu: Changangkha Lhakhang, Wangditse trail hike.
  • Punakha: Hike through local countryside to Chime Lhakang, guided visit to Punakha Dzong.
  • Punakha: Hike to the Khamsum, Yalley Monastery, guided visit to the Nalanda Institute.
  • Bumthang: Town orientation walk, Day visit to Burning Lake and Ura Valley
  • Bumthang: Visit Jampay Lhakhang, hike to Tamshing Monastery and Kunchosum temple.
  • Gangtey Valley: Visit to Trongsa Fortress, village orientation walk and nature trail walk.
  • Gangtey Valley: Visit to the Black Crane Centre
  • Paro: Hike to Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
  • Paro: Visit to Kichu Lhakhang, the National Museum and the Paro Dzong.
  • Entry/Admission - Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)
  • Entry/Admission - Buddha Dordenma
  • Entry/Admission - Punakha Dzong
  • Entry/Admission - Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
  • Entry/Admission - Kurje Lhakhang
  • Entry/Admission - Burning Lake
  • Entry/Admission - The Tower of Trongsa Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Paro River
  • Entry/Admission - Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
  • Entry/Admission - Kyichu Lhakhang
Exclusions
  • Visa application fee (approx $50 USD)
  • Cost of flights
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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