The sacred Takila Tour

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Takila in Lhuentse is famous for a giant statue of Guru Nangsa Zelnen. The statue stands over 154 fts tall and was consecrated in 2015 although the construction work began in 2008. It is undoubtedly one of the most sacred historical and religious places in Lhuentse. Many important festivals of nearby communities take place at Takila. The popular festival of Kurtoe region called “Chha” also takes place here.


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DAY 1: PARO/THIMPHU
 
Arrive any time at Paro International Airport (2200 meters above sea level) and transfer to Thimphu. In Thimphu (2300m), if time permits, take an orientation walk in town, do some shopping and get settled.
 
Accommodations: Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)
 
DAY 2: THIMPHU
 
Hike to Tango Monastery in the first half of the day. After lunch, visit the majestic Tashichhodzong, Buddha Dodernma Statue, National Memorial Hospital, and Takin Park.
 
Accommodation: Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar).
 
 
DAY 3: THIMPHU–PUNAKHA
 
Travel towards Punakha.
On the way, stop at Dochula pass and visit the 108 Victory Stupas. Then visit Chimi Lhakhang, the fertility temple. Afternoon, visit to the majestic Punakha Dzong, the longest suspension bridge, and Galem’s house.
 
Accommodation: Zhingkham Resort (or similar)
 
 
DAY 4: PUNAKHA -BUMTHANG
 
Depart for Bumthang.
En route, visit the re-construction site of Wangduepodrang dzong.Then stop at the Trongsa for lunch.Our highest driving point will be a mountain pass- Pelela at 3140. From Yotongla pass, we gradually take a descent to the floor of Bumthang valley which is often filled by dense fogs.
 
Overnight stay in Bumthang 
 
 
DAY 5: BUMTHANG 
 
Visit Tamzhing Monastery. Then walk to the sacred Kurjey Lhakhang. Resume walking towards Jambay Lhakhang.Ramble through the small Chamkhar town in the evening.
 
Overnight stay in Bumthang.
 
 
DAY 6: BUMTHANG -TANGMACHU 
 
Leave Bumthang for Lhuentse.En route, visit the ruins of Druk Zhongkhar Dzong at Lingmithang.
 
Overnight stay in Lhuentse
 
 
DAY 7: LHUNTSE
 
Leave for Tangmachu and visit one of the most sacred statues of Guru Rinpoche nestled on a hill overlooking the valley that originates from the feet of Lhuntse Dzong. If time permits, we will visit other tourist sites.
 
Overnight stay in Takila
 
 
DAY 8: LHUNTSE-MONGAR 
 
Depart for Mongar.Visit the majestic Mongar Dzong. In the evening, go for a walk along the street of Mongar town.
 
Accommodation: Wangchuk Hotel
 
 
DAY 9: MONGAR -TRONGSA 
Leave Mongar for Trongsa.Have orientation walk in Trongsa town in the evening.
 
Overnight stay in Trongsa
 
 
DAY 10: TRONGSA- PHOBJIKHA 
 
Before departing for Phobjikha, visit the biggest fortress in Bhutan, the Trongsa Dzong. Then visit Ta Dzong which today is a museum.Travel towards Phobjikha.
Visit Gangtey Monastery and have a short walk along the Nature Trail.
 
Accommodation: Home-stay
 
 
DAY11: PHOBJAKHA - PARO 
 
In the morning, visit the Black-necked crane centre at PhobjikhaThen depart for Paro. Have an orientation walk along the Paro town in the evening to buy some gifts and souvenirs.
 
DAY 12: DEPARTURE 
 

Depart for your respective country from Paro International Airport

DAY 1: PARO/THIMPHU
 
As you land on one of the scariest airports in the world, you will be greeted by a spectacular view of high mountain peaks and lush greed paddy field. Our guide and driver will receive you at the airport in traditional Bhutanese way and transfer you to Thimphu.
En route, you will get to visit a monastery called Tachog Lhakhang which we believe was built more than 500 years ago by a famous Buddhist master who was known for building iron bridges in Bhutan.
If time permits, we will visit Thimphu town towards the evening and have a stroll. This will give you a gist of Bhutanese lifestyle. By the way, Thimphu is situated on 2300 meters above sea level.
 
Accommodations: Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)
 
DAY 2: THIMPHU
 
Today, we will begin our day by hiking to Tango Monastery. This monastery is the only tertiary education centre for all the Buddhist monks in the country. The monastery is particularly important for all the Bhutanese because it is the seat of the famous and revered HH Gyalsey Tulku. After offering our prayers, we will return to Thimphu and visit the majestic Tashichhodzong which houses the office of His Majesty the King and other high ranking government officials. The dzong also shares its space with the abbot of central monastic body, HH Je Khenpo.
Our next visit will be at Buddha Dodernma Statue. This statue is considered as the tallest statue of Buddha Dodernma in the world. Then we will visit National Memorial Hospital and Takin Park to see the national animal of Bhutan, Takin which looks like sheep.
 
Accommodation: Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar).
 
DAY 3: THIMPHU -PUNAKHA

 
Today, we will begin our journey towards Punakha.
On the way, we will stop at Dochula pass to visit the 108 Victory Stupas—Druk Wangyel Chorten. The stupas were built to commemorate the victory of Bhutanese over the Indian militants in 2003.
Our next stop will be at Sobsokha. There, we will be visiting a temple called Chimi Lhakhang. The temple was built in 17th century by a Buddhist master who rather was known as the Divine Madman. The temple is famous among the childless couples. It was believed, in fact proven, that a couple without child will be blessed if they ask and pray to the Divine Madman with utmost faith and belief. This is why it is called the temple of fertility.
This afternoon, after having lunch in your hotel, we will visit the majestic Punakha Dzong which was once the capital fortress of Bhutan. The dzong is scared as well as spectacular as it stands tall right at the confluence of two rivers. From there, we will walk for a few minutes to have an unusual walk along the longest suspension bridge. If time permits, we will visit the house of Galem. Galem is the Bhutanese version of Juliet (from Romeo and Juliet) and her love story is as legendary as Romoe and Juliet or Layla and Majnu in other parts of the world.  
 
Accommodation: Zhingkham Resort (or similar)
 
 
DAY 4: PUNAKHA - BUMTHANG 
 
Today, we have a long journey ahead. We will have early breakfast and depart for Bumthang.
En route, we will stop at the re-construction site of Wangduepodrang dzong for a while. At Trongsa, we will break for lunch. Then, we shall resume our journey.
Our highest driving point will be a mountain pass- Pelela at 3140 meters and Yotongla pass (3100M). From Yotongla, we gradually take a descent to the floor of Bumthang valley which is often filled by dense fogs.
 
Accommodation: Hotel Bumthang 
 
DAY 5:BUMTHANG  

Bumthang is known for two things. One, its landscape—many people call it as the Switzerland of Bhutan. Two, it is the holiest district known for having many holy sites and temples.
Thus, our day will be by visiting to Tamzhing Monastery. We will offer our prayers there and then begin walking to the sacred Kurjey Lhakhang. The trail is not too long and it meanders through the forest which is in abundance of rhododendrons, blue alpine and juniper trees.
Kurjey Lhakhang is the holiest site for pilgrims. It is here at Guru Rinpoche subdued a demon and constructed a small temple. After seeking blessings, we will continue walking towards Jambay Lhakhang. This temple is one of the oldest temples in the Buddhist community. It was built in 7th century, even before Buddhism came to Bhutan.
In the evening, we will ramble through the small Chamkhar town in the evening.
 
Overnight stay at Bumthang.
 
 
DAY 6: BUMTHANG - TANGMACHU
 
We will have early breakfast and leave for Lhunetse. First we will be climbing up the Thrumshingla pass, winding through the alpine forest. From there, it will be a long gradual descent till Lingmithang.
We will stop there and visit the ruins of Druk Zhongkhar Dzong. There abound stories about the king and how misfortune struck to him and his family after he had cut off the hands of the architect or the head carpenter who built the dzong. He feared that the architect would replicate his dzong elsewhere in future.
Lhuentse is almost four hours from there.
 
Overnight stay in Takila 
 
 
DAY 7: LHUNTSE 
 
Today, we will leave for Takila early in the morning. We will be visiting the famous and scared statue of Guru Nangsa Zelnen. This is the most happening pilgrimage site in the eastern Bhutan. The construction of this massive structure, about 155 feet tall, began in 2008 and was completed in 2015.  The popular festival of Kurtoe region called “Chha” also takes place here. The statue is nestled on a hill overlooking the valley that originates from the feet of Lhuentse Dzong.
If time permits, we will visit other tourist sites before traveling back to our hotel.
 
Overnight stay in Lhuentse
 
DAY 8: LHUNTSE- MONGAR  

We will be departing for Mongar today.
Mongar is not the biggest dzongkhang in the country but it has the highest number of gewogs (sub-districts) in the country with 17. Today, it is one of the fastest developing districts in eastern Bhutan. Mongar is known for producing lemon grass, a plant that can be used to produce essential oil.
After lunch, we will be visiting the majestic Mongar Dzong.
In the evening, go for a walk along the street of Mongar town.
 
Overnight stay at Wangchuk Hotel
 
 
DAY 9: MONGAR- TRONGSA  

Because we have a very long journey ahead, we will leave for Trongsa very early. We will be travelling through the same route, via Bumthang.
In the evening, you may have an orientation walk in Trongsa town.
 
Overnight stay in Trongsa
 
DAY 10: TRONGSA- PHOBJIKHA 
 
Today, we will rise early and visit the biggest fortress in Bhutan, the Trongsa Dzong. In the olden days, this dzong served as the capital of eastern Bhutan and during the time of civil wars, Trongsa was considered as the powerhouse of the eastern bloc. The father of the first king rose to his fame in this dzong. Even the first king served as the chieftain in this dzong before becoming the first hereditary king of this dragon kingdom.
After visiting the dzong, we will head towards the Ta Dzong which today is a museum.
Then only, we will begin our journey towards Phobjikha.
As soon as we reach Phobjkha, we will visit the scared Gangtey Monastery to offer our prayers. Then we shall have a short walk along the Nature Trail.
 
Overnight stay at home-stay
 
DAY 11: PHOBJIKHA - PARO 
 
In the morning, visit the Black-necked crane centre at Phobjikha
Then we will depart for Paro. On the way, we will stop at Semtokha and visit the oldest fortress in the country.
In the evening, we will visit the Paro town to buy gifts and souvenirs for your families and friends back at home.
 
 
DAY 12: DEPARTURE
 
Today, you will have to depart for your respective country from Paro International Airport. We hope you had a good trip and that you will come back.
 

GROUP SIZE: Any group Size                                                           
MEALS : Full Board
TRIP ACCOMMODATION : Tourist Standard Hotel,
generally 3 to 4 star category.
ROUTE: Paro, Thimphu,Punakha and Wangdue
TRIP TYPE :Cultural Tour 

TRIP SEASONS: Throughout year                                   
BEST MONTHS:Throughout year
TOUR  MONTHS: Throughout year
LEAN SEASON : USD 200  Per person
PEAK SEASON:
USD 225 Pes person 
SINGAL INDIVIDUAL: USD 40 per night
GROUP OF 2 PERSONS:USD 30 per person per night
VISA FEE: USD 40 (One time)

 







 


INCLUDED
  • Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees and taxes.
  • Accommodations in listed or similar hotels (pleasant hotels 3-4 star type) during the tour and in tents during the trek.
  • All meals, including evening tea/coffee etc through-out the trip.
  • All land transfers, sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • Experienced Culture Tour Guide.
  • Bottled water in the vehicle and other camp serivce.
NOT INCLUDED
  • Flights in and out of Bhutan.
  • Travel insurance, Drink, Visa fees, Laundry 

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