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Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon - Map & Itinerary

Days 1-2: Tour starts in Paro

Day 1: This morning the tour will start in Paro. We will then transfer to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

Day 2: We have a full day to explore Thimpu with visits to the Cultural Heritage Museum, Takin Park, Dechen Phodrang Monastery supported by WF and the all important Dzong.

Days 3-4: Thimpu - Gangtey

Day 3: Our scenic drive today takes us over the Dochu La Pass, through mountain forests to the Phobjika Valley in Gangtey.

Day 4: Today we stroll from Gangtey Monastery through the local villages in the Phobjika Valley taking in the lifestyle and culture of the people.

Day 5: Gangtey to Bumthang

Day 5: We drive via Trongsa visiting the monastery and later a a local textile outlet en route to the Bumthang region where we spend the next few nights.

Day 6: Chokhor Valley

Day 6: Today we will walk to Kharsumphey and Tamshing villages with good views of Kurje Lhakhang on the other side of the Chamkhar River and enjoy a local style lunch at a farm.

Days 7-8: Chokhor Valley - Tang Valley

Day 7: A full day's hike today will take us between two of the Bumthang valleys passing Padselling Monastery on our way to the Tang Valley and our homestay.

Day 8: Our challenging yet rewarding trek today will take us to Thowadra Monastery 'highest rock' at an altitude of 3400m where we will enjoy a well earned picnic lunch.

Days 9-10: Tang Valley - Punakha

Day 9: Our long drive today will take us via Trongsa - home to a magnificently located dzong, to the old capital of Punakha.

Day 10: We take a beautiful walk this morning to a revered chorten and then visit the stunningly located Dzong in the old capital.

Days 11-13: Punakha - Paro

Day 11: Leaving Punakha behind we head back to Paro for an afternoon visit to "the fortress of the heap of jewels" otherwise known as Paro Dzong.

Day 12: Today we take a walk to visit the iconic Tiger's Nest monastery which hangs in the rocks above the valley, and later explore the town.

Day 13: The tour ends today in Paro. Depending on your flight departure time, there may be some time for last minute souvenir shopping before transferring to the airport,