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Days 1-2 Your exciting journey begins as you depart your home country/city. Depending on your travel arrangements, you may spend the night at a layover destination prior to arriving in Bangkok Thailand (See Travel Information). Upon arrival at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, your No Limits Adventures guide will greet you at the airport. You will take a brief walk from the airport's main terminal to the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel which is connected by a 200 meter airconditioned underground walkway and checked into your room.
Day 3 In the morning, everyone will gather per your guide's instructions and return to the airport for your group's flight into Bhutan. Access into Bhutan is carefully controlled and tourists can not simply fly in on their own, so it is important to board the flight together. The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all the mountain flights. You will receive three gifts as you enter Bhutan. First will be the cool, clean, fresh air you feel as you step off the plane. The second will be warm welcome you will receive and the third - the enchanting Paro valley. Our transportation is waiting for us to take us to our initial accommodations. We check in and lunch at the hotel. After lunch you will visit the National Museum of Bhutan where you will have time to admire the museum’s collections of rare Bhutanese artifacts and art, traditional weaving and other eclectic pieces. After the museum you will visit the Paro Dzong which now houses the offices of the district administration and the district monk body. In the evening you will explore the town of Paro. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 After breakfast you will drive to Punakha across the Dochula Pass (3100m). The pass is marked by a large massive Choeten, 108 smaller choetens (Druk Wangyal Choetens) and prayer flags. The pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. Tea stop at the pass. Resume your journey to Punakha. Check in and lunch at the hotel. After lunch you will make an excursion to Chimi Lhakhang - a Buddhist temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenlay who is also known as “Divine Madman” in the west. It is an easy hike through the village of Yuwakha and rice fields. Evening you will visit the YANA Expeditions owned farmhouse located about 10 minutes from your hotel. A visit to the farm house would offer you a closer look at the Kingdom’s unique culture, which dictates simple hospitality extended to any and all guests, even to perfect strangers. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 Early breakfast and start your journey to Trongsa. On route you will visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The location of the Dzong is remarkable as it completely covers the spur and commands an impressive view over both the north-south and east-west. Lunch will be served on route at Chendebji. After lunch you will resume your journey to Jakar via Trongsa. After Trongsa the road starts ascending to the Yutongla (3400m). As you descend from the pass, your first stop will be at Chumey village. Here you will have time to admire the village weavers weaving woolen fabric popularly known as “Yathra.” Yathra is a specialty of Bumthang valley. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 6 After leisurely breakfast visit Jambay Lhakhang (Built: 7th Century), one of the 108 temples built by Buddhist King Songtsen Goenpo to pin down an Ogress who was disturbing the propagation of Buddhism in the Himalayas. Next you will hike to visit Kurjey Lhakhang which has a body imprint (Kurjey) of Guru Rinpoche. The hike is easy and offers good views of the Chamkhar valley. You will then visit Jakar Dzong (Fortress of the White Bird) which now houses the office of district administration and district monk body. Back to hotel for lunch. After lunch explore other side of Jakar valley on foot. It’s a moderate hike and you will have time to explore Tamzhing Monastery and Swiss farm. Dinner and overnight at Guest House.
Day 7 Morning you will witness the Nimalung Tshechu (Festival). Back to hotel for lunch. After lunch explore Jakar. Evening at your leisure. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 8 After breakfast you will say good bye to Jakar to go to Wangdiphodrang. On route you will visit the Ta Dzong (Watch Tower) in Trongsa, which once guarded the Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellions. The Ta Dzong stands impressive and provides an insight into historical significance of Trongsa in the country’s history. Next you will visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong - built in 1644 by Choegyal Minjur Tempa. It’s the most impressive Dzong in the country - most aesthetic and magnificent works of the Bhutanese architecture. Resume your journey to Wangdiphodrang. Lunch will be served at Chendebji Choeten. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9 After breakfast you will visit the Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan till 1955 and it still is the winter residence for the central Monk Body. Then you will hike to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyal Choeten built by Her Majesty Queen Azhi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck in 1994. Its a moderate hike through the rice paddies. The view of the surrounding valley is magnificent. Lunch in local restaurant in town. Afternoon drive to Thimphu.
Day 10 Morning you will visit the National Library - a tall stately building in the traditional Bhutanese style that is repository of precious historical and religious manuscripts written in gold. Next you will visit the Institute for Zorig Chusum - a painting school where the traditional style of Thangka painting is passed on to the next generation. Lunch in local restaurant in town. After lunch drive to Paro.
Day 11 Day Excursion to Taktshang literally known as Tiger’s Nest. This is one of Bhutan’s most sacred places, and an important pilgrimage destination. You will walk along a trail that slowly rises above the valley to a ridge where prayer flags rustle in the wind next to a massive prayer wheel. Just beyond is the Taktshang Cafeteria at 9200 ft., where you will stop to enjoy hot drink and the striking views of the Monastery across the valley. Depending on your energy level, you may relax in the pleasant atmosphere of the cafeteria until lunch or continue on for a mile of steep climbing to another dramatic viewpoint. You return to the cafeteria for a delicious buffet of typical Bhutanese food. You may also want to try Emadatsi (A chili cheese dish), vegetables with cheese sauce and other dishes. Evening you will visit the Drukgyel Dzong which was built in 1649 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory of the Bhutanese armies over the Tibetan intruders. On route you will visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight at hotel.
Days 12-13 After breakfast, everyone is returned to the Bhutan International Airport and bid a found farewell. The flight will return you to Bangkok Thailand where you can catch your return flights to your home country.