(15 days/14 nights)
Bhutan has the finest textile with its intricate patterns, designs, skills and creations, which are unmatchable anywhere in the world. Weaving is the only dominated art of the women in Bhutan – they mostly weave the traditional dress called kira for woman and gho for man, however, new fashion trends are emerging rapidly. In this textile touring, witness the best-known Kishuthara weaving (multi-coloured silk patterning on a kira) in Khoma village in Lhuentse (Eastern Bhutan) and the famous Yathra weaving in Bumthang (Central Bhutan).
No textile tour would be complete without experiencing the visit to the Bhutan Textile Museum and Handicraft Emporium of this little known Himalayan country
Day 1: Arrive Paro (2280 m):
Fly to Paro Airport where you will be met by the representative from Make My Holidays in Bhutan and transfer you to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (L, D)
Day 2: Sightseeing in Paro:
after breakfast, visit Ta Dzong (ancient watch tower), which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan. Next, we walk down a hillside trail to visit the Paro Dzong (also known as the Rimpung Dzong); built in 1644 that today serves as the civil administrative centre and the local monastic body of Paro Dzongkhag (district).
After lunch, drive to the ruined Drukgyel Dzong, a fortress where the Bhutanese repelled invasions by the Tibetan. On a clear day, enjoy a splendid view of Bhutan’s sacred mountain, Mt Jumolhari. On your way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples built in the 7th century. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Paro – Thimphu (2320 m) (Distance: 54 km, 1 ½ hrs)
Today is a special day with a hike to Paro Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest).
The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900m above the Paro valley and takes about a 2-hour climb on a well-maintained trail through beautiful pine forest, trees festooned with Spanish Moss and fluttering prayer flags. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew to Paro Taktsang cliff in the form of Guru Dorji Drolo, mounted on a flaming tigress in the 8th century.
In the evening, Drive to Thimphu. On the way, stop a while to view Tamchog Lhakhang- a private monastery. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Sightseeing in Thimphu (2320 m):
Your day begins with a visit to National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Next visit is to the tallest and the largest statue of sitting Buddha. We then visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Preserve Centre (Takin:national animal of Bhutan).
After lunch, visit the Folk Heritage Museum, a showcase of the Bhutanese artifacts used in rural households and the Painting School to find out a quick look of students learning 13 traditional arts and crafts.
In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong, which houses some ministries, the office and throne room of His Majesty the King and the Central Monk Body. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Thimphu: Hike to Cheri Monastery:
After breakfast, drive to Dodena at an altitude of 2,600m. Walk about an hour to Cheri Monastery.
After lunch, witness the archery Match in Changlimithang. And if time permits, visit Centenary Farmer’s Market on the banks of the Wangchhu River selling farm produces, local arts and crafts, etc. You will have ample time to interact with the locals. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Thimphu – Trongsa (2300 m) (201km, 6 ½ hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Trongsa. The first stop will be at Dochu La Pass (3160 m). This is a beautiful and breathtaking place for photo stops, and you can see the Higher Himalayas if the weather permits. Follow the route to Trongsa crossing the Black Mountains via Pele La Pass at an altitude of 3,300m and en route stop off at Chendebji Chorten (stupa) located just below the road. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Trongsa – Bumthang(2800 m)(68 km, 3 hrs drive)
After breakfast, visit the Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of the present Royal Family where the first two Kings ruled from this Dzong and also visit the Ta Dzong (ancient watch tower).
After lunch, continue the journey to Bumthang, the most beautiful valley and cultural heartland of Bhutan. En route we will stop at the Yathra Weaving Factory at Chumey, where they use yak and sheep wools for yathra products.Enjoy the scene of the weavers on their looms in action. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Sightseeing in Bumthang (2800 m)
After breakfast, visit the Jakar Dzong, the Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet, the Kurjey Lhakhang, built in 1652 and named after the body imprint of Guru Rimpoche who introduced the Buddhism in Bhutan, the Tamshing Lhakhang, built in 1501 which is the most important Ningma temple in Bhutan. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Bumthang – Mongar (2600 m) (Distance: 200 km, 7 ½ hrs drive)
After breakfast, drive to Mongar. On the way, visit the Mebar Tsho (burning lake) located along the way to Tang village, where the renowned treasure reveler, Terton Pema Lingpa, discovered treasures from the lake in the late 15th century. En route stop off at the Ura Shelthang La, where you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Bhutan’s highest peak, Mt Gangkar Puensum at 7,500m. Later, stop at Sengor village and Namling where you can view the breathtaking landscapes of the cascading waterfalls and admire the diverse flora and fauna in these places. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Mongar – Lhuentse( 1720 m)(Distance: 78 km, 3 ½ hrs drive)
Lhuentse is the ancestral home of the Royal Family of Bhutan. Visit the Lhuentse Dzong, built in the 17th century before having lunch. Next, drive back to Tsazam Bridge and explore into the countryside visit to Khoma village crossing Kurichu River for about one and a half hours. Overnight in Farmhouse.
Day 11: Weaving Tour in Khoma Village
Your special day of the entire tour begins today with a visit to the best-known weaving centre in Khoma village in Bhutan. Khoma is famous for its artistic weavers and special textiles. Enjoy and observe the women folks weaving different types of textiles, and if you like you can also buy textiles at a reasonable price. Walk through the village and explore some of the interesting small villages and ancient temples. After lunch at Lhuentse, drive back to Mongar. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 12: Mongar – Trongsa via Bumthang:
After breakfast, we set out a long return journey to Trongsa via Bumthang. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Trongsa – Punakha (1310 m) (129 km, 6 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Punakha. We will photo stops during the journey. En route visit the ruined site of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong razed by fire in 2012, which is perched on a ridge overlooking the Punatshangchhu and Dangchhu Rivers. Enjoy some leisure time either in Khuruthang town. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 14: Punakha – Paro (2280 m) (130 km, 5 hrs)
After breakfast, visit the Punakha Dzong built in 1637, which is strategically located at the confluence of the Phochhu (male) and Mochhu (female) Rivers, then continue to the Chimi Lhakhang en route, which is dedicated to the legendary Lama Drukpa Kinley (known as the Divine Madman). The monastery is also revered as a sanctum of fertility.
We then drive to Paro. The evening is at leisure to relax or go for shopping to buy souvenir items. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 15: Paro: Departure:
After breakfast, drive to airport and farewell.