CENTRAL BHUTAN TOUR
Tour to central Bhutan covers Trongsa and Bumthang for at least 10 days. On this tour you will be driving though three high passes from west to central part. The centre region is blessed with several unique features and is home to many sacred monuments. After crossing Wangdue Phodrang, which is the last part of western Bhutan, you will enjoy the splendid beauty of the nature until you get to Trongsa and then to Bumthang. You can also opt for a domestic flight from Bumthang to Paro.
1 / TRONGSA
Trongsa is the ancestral home of the royal family.
Location: Central Bhutan, east of Wangdue Phordang
Distance from Thimphu:129 km (05 hrs)
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TRONGSA DZONG: It was built in 1648, holds a great historical importance as it was the ancient seat of the both first and second kings. Trongsa Dzong is the longest Dzong in the country.
TA DZONG:It is a cylindrical stone structure rising five storeys, housing a collection of historical artefacts of the Royal Family.
KUENGA RABTEN: It was the winter palace of the second King and is now looked after by the National Commission for Cultural Affairs. There is a nunnery which is about 30 minutes’ walk.
SEMJI VILLAGE: It is an ideal place for bird watching. It is 7km drive from the town.
Other attraction: Nabji trek, Thurepang Palace.
2 / BUMTHANG / JAKAR
It’s a place from where Buddhism evolved. It has some of the Bhutan’s oldest palaces, Buddhist temples and monasteries.
Location: Central Bhutan, east of Trongsa
Distance from Trongsa: 68km (1hr 30mins)
Elevation: 2,750 m (8,530ft)
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JAMBAY LHAKHANG: It was built in the 7th century by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo.
MEMBARTSHO (The Burning Lake):It is considered to be one of the greatest pilgrimage sites where Pema Lingpa found several of Guru Rinpoche’s treasures
KURJEY MONASTERY: Situated before Jambay Lhakhang, it consists of three temples, each has significant importance.
TAMSHING MONASTERY: It is opposite to Kurje Monastery, containing ancient Buddhist wall paintings.
JAKAR DZONG: Dzong of the White Bird, The Fort was initially built as a monastery in 1549 but now used as administrative centre for Bumthang valley and houses the regional monk body.
CHAKHAR MONASTERY: It was named Chakhar, meaning iron castle. It looks like an ordinary house because of its simplicity.
LHODRAK KHARCHHU MONASTERY: It was founded by Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche in 1984.
TANGBI GOEMBA: It was founded in 1470 by Shamar Rinpoche of the Kagyupa religious school. It takes half an hour walk from Kurje Monastery.
NGANG MONASTERY: Another few hours walk from Tangbi Goemba leads you to Ngang Monastery. In winter, masked dances are performed for three days in honour of the founder of the temple.
URA VALLEY: Ura is 48km from Jakar. You can have a magnificent view of Mt. Gangkhar Puensum(Bhutan’s highest mountain) as you pass through Ura-Sharthangla pass (3,600m). In evening one can opt for farm house.
TANG UGYEN CHHOLING PALACE: It’s a museum containing an overview of traditional rural life in Bhutan, it is said to have found treasures hidden by Guru Rinpoche. You can walk around Tang valley which is famous for sheep rising from which they make yarn.
UGYENCHHOLING PALACE: It was the house of Trongsa penlop (governor) in 19th century. It is now a museum which exhibits the lifestyle of that century.
TANG RIMOCHEN MONASTERY: The site is named after the tiger stripe markings on the cliff. Footprints of the Guru Rinpoche and his consorts Mandarava and Yeshe Chhogyal are found below the lhakhang.
Other attraction: Kenchosum Monastery, Kunzangdra Monastery, Pelseling Goempa, Palrithang, Duer hot spring, Royal Heritage Trail, etc