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Tsendenjong Tour

TSENDENJONG TOUR

Tour Name Duration Places to be visited
Tsendenjong Tour 16Nights/17 days Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Trongsa, Bumthang, Mongar, Trashi Yangtse & Trashigang.
Included in this package
Accommodation (3-Star/twin sharing)
Bhutan visa fee
Government royalty & taxes
English speaking tour guide
Transportation
Sightseeing
Daily 3 meals (B/L/D)
Bottled water
Entrance fees
Not included in this package
Flights to and from Bhutan
Personal expense/shopping
Alcoholic Beverages
4 or 5 star accommodation (extra charges will apply)
Travel insurance
Tips for guide and driver

Accommodation

There are many hotels in Bhutan general clean and up to the standard of tourists. Hotels in Bhutan are being rated by the Hotel Rating System like other countries.

Bhutan Yeodzer Tour, Treks and Travel puts you up within the best offered hotels in Bhutan

Pema Wangchuk,
General Manager
Bhutan Yeodzer Tour, Treks and Travel, Paro , Bhutan
Post Box No:1202
Email:pemasedi@gmail.com
Office # + (975) 08270243, Mobile # + (975) 17722329

The Tsendenjong means a village full of weeping cypress trees. This tour is basically planned to propose you a broad range of Bhutanese culture and traditional experiences across the country. For lesson, seeing of Bhutanese traditional buildings, temples, magnificent monasteries, stupas built on the tip of beautiful hills, valleys, riverside and mountains. Likewise offers an insight into the far remote places of the country’s Eastern regions, where much development has not been taken place due to the high mountain passes and terrains.

Your visit will feature a singular and authentic look at the Bhutanese lifestyle here.

The Eastern part of Bhutan is renowned for hand woven materials, known as Khushu Thakra. Every family has a weaving loom. Weaving is usually performed in the wintertime when there is not as much of agricultural works. Other trip highlights include the Khaling Weaving Center, school for the blind and the Kanglung College, called Sherubtse, which is currently under Royal University of Bhutan. Your trip also includes visits striking 17th century giant Chorten Kora (stupa) and likewise the cottage industry of traditional wooden bowl in TrashiYangtse.

Day Activity Place & elevation information
Day-1 Arrival at International Airport
Visit to Paro Rimpung Dzong
Visit to National Museum
Paro, 2250(M)
Day-2 Hike to Tiger’s NEST ( Taktsang) Paro, (900 m from Paro valley)
Day-3 Morning-drive to Drugyel Dzong
Afternoon-drive to Thimphu
16km from Paro TownThimphu,65km,2hrs from Paro
Day-4 Thimphu sightseeing. Thimphu
Day-5 Drive to Punakha Punakha(77 km. 3 hours. 1350 m)
Day-6 & Day-7 Drive from Punakha – Trongsa
Drive from Trongsa – Bumthang.
(128 km. 5 hours)Trongsa(128 km.
(68km.2hours)Bumthang.2600-+m)
Day-8 Tour Bumthang Valley Bumthang
Day-9 Drive from Bumthang – Mongar. (193 km. 7 hours)
Day-10 Mongar–Lhuntse-Mongar.
(Optional Excursion to Lhuntse)
Mongar & Lhuentse
Day-11 Visit from Mongar – Trashing. Trashigang(92 km. 1.h)
Day-12 Tour between TrashiYangtse –Trashigang. Trashigang–Trashi Yangtse (56 km. 2 hr.)
Day-13 Drive back from Trashigang– Mongar. Mongar
Day-14 Exploring the journey between Mongar –Bumthang Bumthang
Day-15 Bumtang-Via – Gangtey – Wangdue. Wangdue
Day-16 Drive from Wangdue – Thimphu – Paro. Paro
Day-17 Departure at Paro International Airport Paro Airport

Itineraries

Day 1: Visit to Paro Rimpung Dzong

Arrive at Paro International Airport by Druk Air. Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, a representative from Bhutan Yoezer Travel will get you and lead you to the prearranged hotel, check in and lunch. You will now start the day by visiting the National Museum, housed in the- Dzong, (Once the watchtower for Rinpung Dzong), (Fortress), it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum stands on a headland looking out over the Paro valley in all its resplendence.

Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and buttressed by two guardhouses of the Dzong.

Today, this massive fortress built in 1646 AD gave the best example of the traditional Bhutanese architecture and is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for to a monastic school of pro. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is debated one of the most beautiful in Bhutan.

Day 2: Hike to Tiger’s NEST ( Taktsang)

Ride up the beautiful Paro valley through some of the beautiful villages until Ramthangkha (10 Km from Paro Town) and embark on hiking to the Monastery. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest’’ The Monastery is perched along a rocky ledge with a sheer fall of nearly 4000ft overlooking the Paro valley.

Taktsang is one of the most venerated pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas. Even so, most people can merely see the main site called Taktsang PEL-Phu. According to legend the Tantric master Padmasambhava founded Taktsang Monastery in the eighth century. It is thought that the Guru came to this place riding on the rear of a flying tigress from Khengpajong in Kurtoe region of the east and meditated here for three months in a cave before converting the Paro valley to Buddhism.

Day 3: Morning-drive to Drugyel Dzong

Drive to Drukgyel Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16 kilometers away from Paro Town).

The Dzong, although is ruined today, but has a great historical meaning. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The name Drukgyel means “The victorious Bhutanese”.

This spot also offers a magnificent vista of Mount Jomolhari, the second highest peak of the country and considered as “Abode of the Goddess Jumo” (7315m).

Along the way back, you will experience the pleasure of travelling to one of the oldest monasteries we have in Bhutan, The Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo built Kichu Lhakhang in the 7th century to introduce Buddhism to our nation, when our nation was yet under the influence of the Bon beliefs and customs.

In the late afternoon two hours drive will take you to Thimphu (7,700 feet), the only Capital City in the world without traffic lights. Drive through the Paro Valley, which lies beneath Jhomolhari, one of Bhutan’s “Mountain Goddesses.” The drive from Paro to Thimphu is spectacular and scenic. Especially in April (spring season in Bhutan), as you will discover nature in its festive mood with rushing turquoise rivers which can be heard from miles away and mountains transformed into a Master artist’s palette- brilliant vermilion, yellows, purples, pink, oranges and reds to dazzle your senses.

Wild cherry, mountain (s) without plumes, cotton, silk and forests of rhododendron trees bloom with astonishing beauty and abundance, magnificent monasteries, stupas in the valleys and mountain heights. Go through the “Last Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom” on land.

Day 4: Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast travel to the National Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the late 3rd king). We will come across dozens of interesting people circumambulating and praying about the mantle. We then drive to the Changangkha to visit the oldest temple of the valley. The temple is the main worshiping place for the newborn. Drive to Takin National Animal sanctuary to photograph the Takin (Bhutan’s National Animal). Ride to the National Library to ensure the accumulation of old manuscripts & then visit the Folk Heritage Museum. Lunch in the town.

Afternoon: we visit the school of the 13 different Arts & Crafts, where new artists are educated in the traditional ways of painting, statue making and other arts and trades skills. After this, drive to Zilukha Nunnery & on to a viewpoint to photograph the city at sundown. If the time permits, we will impose a traditional handmade paper factory & goldsmith’s workshop. Visit Trashi Chhodzong. This old fortress now serve as the government’s head quarter, with the agency of His majesty the King the central Monastic Body.

Day 5: Thimphu – Punakha

Early rise and movement to the Dochula (3150m pass) for breakfast. If the weather is clear, the Dochu- la pass offers the most dramatic sights of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. And so we drive to Punakha for lunch at the hotel.

After lunch we visit Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful Dzong from the architectural period of opinion. It was established in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. The Dzong is situated at the intersection of two rivers, the Pho-Chu & Mo-Chu. After the Dzong we will take further ride to learn a modest hike to Nyzergang and visit the grand Khamsum Yuelly Namgyal Chorten. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha

Day 6: Punakha – Trongsa

We will drive to Trongsa. It is 128 kilometers and 5 hours drive away to the east from Punakha. Wangdue is another District and is only a half hours drive from Punakha. In 1638 wangdue Dzong was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, one year after the Punakha Dzong.

The route will go up all the way to Pele-la pass at 3300m. It is the main turning point between east & west and from here we will drive continued towards Trongsa. Along the path we may come across Yak herders camps and Yaks if your visit is during winter, we will also see high Himalayan nomadic villages like Rukubji and Chendebji. All the houses clustered together and aside from their subjects.

Day 7: Trongsa – Bumthang.

Trongsa is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s Royal Family. Both the First and Second King ruled the Kingdom from this ancient seat. All the Kings of Bhutan have to become Trongsa’s Penelope (Honorary post of Governor) prior to being crowned as the Druk Gyalpo (King of Bhutan). Trongsa Dzong (Fort) is one of the largest & the most impressive in the nation. It was first established in 1648 and later blew up several times. Because of being located on a high commanding position on the only connecting road between the eastern and western parts (where the trail actually goes through the Dzong), the residing here in this Dzong, the Trongsa Penlop was successfully able to hold the whole of eastern regions very effectively for many centuries. Travel to the ancient watchtower (Ta- Dzong), which is fixed above the town and it is the museum immediately.

Close to three hours drive from Trongsa; we will turn over to the far-famed valley of Bumthang. Bumthang is made up of four major valleys, Chummey, Tang, Ura and Chokhor in (Jakar). A few miles after crossing the Yotong La Pass (3400m), you will encounter buckwheat fields and the only straight road in the nation going into the first valley of Bumthang, Chummey. The primary development center of the province is situated in Chokhor commonly known as the Jakar valley where you can find out a small morsel of the modern touch with Swiss influence. Along the way stop at Chumey village to see girls weaving Yathra the traditional woolen materials used for different intents on a traditional handloom. The finished products are all displayed in a shop outside in the open & for sale. Overnight lodge in Bumthang.

Day 8: Bumthang – Bumthang

Bumthang is different from all the other valleys in Bhutan. It is very spacious and open ranging in altitudes from 2600m to 4000m. Bumthang is a paradise for hikers and Trekkers, not to observe the numerous beautiful and important Buddhist monasteries and pilgrimage sites, fixing it the Cultural and Historic heartland in Bhutan.

One could spend months exploring this fascinating valley. Nearly every little valley or hill has a backdrop of interesting myths and legends about Kings, Buddhist masters and Serpents. Bumthang is especially dominated by the religious influence of Padmasambhava (believed to be the second Buddha 8th A.D) and his reincarnation the Treasure Revealer. Terton Pemalingpa 1450-1521,borned from Bumthang, who is also known to have discovered many sacred Buddhist texts and other treasures hidden by Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) in various places.

Take a walk up to Tamshing monastery, founded by Terton Pemalingpa, where about 200 monks reside. Visit the Wangdichholing Palace, Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, and the oldest monastery in the Kingdom. All the Kings of Bhutan are taken for their cremation rites to Kurjee Monastery. See some more temples.

Ride to the sacred Mebartsho (meaning Burning Lake) which will take 15 to 20 minutes from Jakar. The grandness of this site is indicated by the extensive array of prayer flags and is regarded as one of the most holy places for Buddhist pilgrims. After this visit drive back to Chamkhar and stroll the beautiful town of Bumthang.

Day 9: Bumthang – Monger

After Breakfast the drive will bring you through the pine forests, keeping the Jakar Dzong view behind us. Assuming a half hour drive you will pass over the Tang Chu climbing towards Tangsebgi village. The movement reaches the Ura valley the highest and easternmost part valley of Bumthang. It is almost 2 hours away and our driveway is through the forest of blue pine, poplar, we will then ascend up till the high pass of shooting at 3600m/11800 foot. From this level if you look towards the northward, in clear weather one can watch the spectacular white Gangkar Punsum (7541m/2974ft) the highest peak of Bhutan.

The landscape of Ura valley is different from that of the others, with round sweeping slopes, rich pastures and extensive areas. At the bottom you will envision the great and unusual small town with its cluster of big houses united by the paved flagstone alleys, a rare sight in Bhutan. The big community monastery dominates the small town. It is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche (the great teacher). Ura festival usually takes office in the 2nd week of May & sometime in June, depending on the Bhutanese lunar calendar.

Thrumshingla National park starts from here, and if one wishes you can travel to the field office at Ura. It spreads out from Monday to Friday and closed on national holidays. The ride from here will conduct you through the National Park. In that respect is also the Rhododendron Flower Park this way (only worth picking up in springtime). Today you will pass over the highest tip of the road in Bhutan. The Thhrumshing La Pass at about 3800 m. And you will see big changes in vegetation and villages. Night Mongar.

Day 10: Mongar – Lhuntse -monger. (Optional Excursion to Lhuntse)

Later on an early breakfast take an excursion to Lhuntse (another district in the easterly region of Bhutan). In this portion of the District, visiting this this part of the area you will be affected by their specialists of the most beautifully hand woven textile called Khusuthakra traditionally famous and used most popularly by our royal families.

Their weaving tradition has been handed down through the centuries from the mother to the daughter. Evening drive back to Mongar.

Day 11: Mongar – Trashing

After breakfast drive to Trashigang, crossing a low pass between these two Districts called Kori – La Pass 2400 m. You will pass through villages like Yadi and cross the Chakzam, the iron Bridge. Trashigang is considered to be one of the largest Districts in Bhutan and it accommodates the headquarters of Trashigang. The 3rd Temporal Ruler of Bhutan Menjyur Tenpa built the Trashigang Dzong in the 17th century overlooking the convergence of Drangme Chu & the Gambri Chu. Night Trashingang.

Day 12: Trashigang – Trashi Yangtse –Trashigang.

(Trashi Yangtse 53 km. 1.5 hours or Rangjung, Radi)

You can select any one of these excursion options and explore the remote eastern regions of Bhutan. If you induce a longer period you can drive to the southeast Khaling Weaving center and the only blind school as well as the only University in Bhutan at Kanglung.

DAY 13: Trashigang– Mongar or Trashigang –Samdrupjongkhar (optional)

After breakfast follows the same road back to Mongar and having free time on this day, explore anything you have dropped or you receive an option to visit to Samdrupjongkhar (Eastern Bhutan Border town between India and Bhutan). If you like to travel to this place, the number of days might unfold.

Day 14: Mongar – Bumthang.

After breakfast drive to Bumthang crossing the highest Pass on the way backwards.

Day 15: Bumtang-Via – Gangtey – Wangdue

Gnagtey Gonpa was built on a small hillock surrounded by blue pine trees. A descendant of Pema Lingpa (the great Bhutanese saint of Bumthang) built the Gonpa in the 16th century and it is a Nyingmapa monastery.

At the end of the 17th century, it was enlarged once and at present it is headed by the 9th bodily reincarnation called Gangtey Trulku. It is lead by the family houses of Gomchens (layman), who worship and exercise at the monastery.

Further down you will reach the Phojikha valley. This position is set aside for the migration of the black neck crane. The masses out here have become friendly with the endangered species and every consecutive year beginning of the 2nd week of November to the 1st week of April the fields and marshes of this undisturbed valley offer a truly glorious view as you see the cranes.

Day 16: Wangdue – Thimphu – Paro

Ride back to Thimphu for lunch and last full point for shopping. You could too visit some more sights in Thimphu. In the evening ride back to Paro for tomorrow’s release.

Day 17: Departure.

A representative from our company will bid you a farewell and safe journey home.