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Today, Bhutan or the land of the Thunder Dragon is one of the most highly acclaimed travel destinations. This is a land of remarkable natural beauty with a pristine and intact environment and a friendly, tradition-bound people. To the discerning international traveler, Bhutan has become an exotic and enticing final frontier.

Bhutan’s present travel status comes as no surprise given that this tiny kingdom, the size of Switzerland, was zealously sequestered from the world for centuries. The door to this mythical Buddhist kingdom was opened to limited tourism only three decades ago.  Travel to Bhutan is still regulated through a policy of high value tourism.

At this time and age when tourism most often dictates national economics, travel to Bhutan is a refreshing experience. Here, a deeply ingrained sense of hospitality, a universally acknowledged ecosystem and a living culture ensures every traveler the best that any nation has on offer. Travel to Bhutan is really an exploration.

Explore a tradition and culture that has been preserved through the centuries. In Bhutan, it is not about seeing a display showcased for tourists but living and sharing an experience with the Bhutanese. From religious festivals to a celebration on a farm or a game of archery, become a part of it all. This is true interactive travel.

Bhutan Travelers is a product of the very evolution of tourism in the kingdom. From state-run tourism in the early years to privatization, Bhutan Travelers has always been there. Its strength lies in the deep understanding and insight of the nation and its people and the knowledge of clients acquired through years of experience.

Travel to Bhutan with Bhutan Travelers and we will accompany you through the most satisfying and memorable journey. We will unravel every myth and mystery and open the doors to untold adventures. Come and explore this bewitching land and leave knowing that you will return again, and again.

Bhutan Travelers packages are specially designed to suit the needs of every traveler. You can either travel to Bhutan as an individual or in large groups; we will be there every step of the way. Besides tours and treks, we also offer customized packages according to the wishes of the individual or group.

 

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Eastern Bhutan

MONGAR (alt. 1, 600m/6,000 feet)

The eight hours journey from Bumthang to Mongar is one of the most beautiful in the Himalayas crossing 4,000 m high Thrumsingla Pass. Mongar is the second largest town in the sub-tropical east and marks the beginning of eastern Bhutan. It is situated on the side of a hill in contrasts to other towns of western Bhutan which are built on the valley floor.

WHAT TO SEE IN MONGAR

Mongar Dzong:  It is the site of one of Bhutan’s newest Dzong, built in 1930s.Yet the Dzong is built in the same method and traditions of all the other Dzong, no drawings and nails have been used. A visit gives visitors an impression of how traditional Bhutanese architecture has continued to thrive through the centuries.
Zhongar Dzong Ruins:  This Dzong is the Bhutanese equivalent of Count Dracula’s castle. The present-day eerie tales that abound about the ruins of the Zhongar Dzong are as spectacular as its origin and history.  The Dzong is left all alone, preserving its ancient secrets within its weather-beaten walls.  The fortress and its chieftains once played a pivotal role in the kingdom’s power politics, the legacy of which has defined the history of eastern Bhutan.
Drametse Village:  The largest and the most exotic village give you deep insight into the life of eastern Bhutanese farmers.  Established about 400 years ago, Drametse Monastery with its unique architecture remains of the most impressive buildings in eastern Bhutan.

TASHIYANGTSE (alt. 1, 700m/6,000 feet)

Tashiyangtse is a small village with a garden aspect and a lovely place from where to launch a couple of hour’s stroll into surrounding countryside. The Dzong was built in the late 1990s when the new district was created. A very interesting art school is worth the visit and Tashiyangtse is famous for its wooden containers and bowls.

WHAT TO SEE IN TASHIYANGTSE

Chorten Kora:  Constructed near the river, is based on stupa of Boudha Chorten in Nepal, and constructed in 1740 by Lama Ngawang Loday. During the second month of lunar calendar there is an interesting celebration here, known as ‘Kora’, where people from Arunachal Pradesh come to witness it.
Bomdeling:  About one hour walk from Chorten Kora, Bomdeling is the winter resting place of a flock of a black –necked cranes.
Duksum:  On the drive to Tashiyangtse, you pass the small town of Duksum located on the Drangme Chhu River and its tributary.  Duksum is nothing fancy but it is a small weaver’s town where you can find some weavers producing some nice work.

LHUNTSE (alt. 1,700m; 5,580ft)

Lhuentse is 77km from Mongar (3 hour drive) and is one of the most isolated districts in Bhutan. The landscape is spectacular with stark cliffs and gorges and dense coniferous forests. The region is notably famed for its weavers and their special textiles generally considered best in the country. The Kurtoe region of Lhuentse is also the ancestral home of the Royal dynasty.

WHAT TO SEE IN LHUNTSE

Lhuentse Dzong:  Religious and civil head quarter for Lhuentse was built early 16th century.
Khoma Village:  Clustered of rustic Villages famous for weaving traditions.  Weavers from this region have been weaving for the Royal Family for generations.
Other attractions:  Khini Lhakhang in Metsho village, Khentangbi or Jigme Namgyal Ngagtshang, Khenpajong, Singye Dzong, Ethnic Festivals, Kishutharas (hand-woven fabrics with intricate designs), Aja Nye Trek via Phuningla, Rodongla Trek via Khini Lhakhang.


TRASHIGANG (alt. 1, 100m/3,775 feet)

In the far East of Bhutan, on the bank of Gamri Chu (river), lies Trashigang, the country’s largest district. Trashigang, once the centre of a busy trade with Tibet, is today the junction of east west highway with road connecting to Samdrup Jongkhar and then to the Indian state of Assam. This town is also used as the market place for the semi nomadic people from Merak and Sakten whose costume are unique in Bhutan.

WHAT TO SEE IN TRASHIGANG

Trashigang Dzong:  Built in 1659, the Dzong serves as the administrative seat for the district as well as the home of the monk body. The Dzong commands a remarkable view over the surrounding countryside.
Gom Kora:  Gom Kora, surrounded by rice fields and clumps of banana trees looks like an oasis in an arid landscape.  During the festival that is held once in every year, people from east and as far as from Tawang come here to witness it and quite often some lend up in tying their nuptials as a result of circumambulation of large holy boulder.

SAMDRUP JONGKHAR

The road from Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar was completed in 1960s and enables the eastern half of the country to access and benefit from trade with the south as well as across the Indian border. There is little to see in this area but it is used as a convenient entry and exit town.

WHAT TO SEE IN SAMDRUP JONGKHAR

Other attractions:  Deothang Shedra, Zando Pelri Lhakhang, Birwatching in Narphung, Morong and Bangtar, Samdrup Jongkhar Town.

PHUNTSHOLING

The gateway to the south, it is a thriving commercial centre on the northern edge of the Indian plains. Situated directly at the base of the Himalayan foothills ,Phuentsholing is a fascinating mixture of Indian and Bhutanese, a perfect example of mingling of people and their culture Being the frontier town Phuentsholing serves as the convenient entry/exit point for Bhutan and also the important link to visit the Indian state of West Bengal , Sikkim and Assam.

WHAT TO SEE IN PHUNTSHOLING

Kharbandi Gompa: The beautiful monastery situated at alt. of 400m/1,300 feet, in a garden of tropical plants and flowers.  From the monastery garden there is a fascinating view of Phuentsholing town and surrounding plains.
Zangtho Pelri:  A small temple built in the centre of Phuentsholing town represents the heaven of Guru Rinpoche.   Other attractions:  Gedu Collge of Management, Phuntsholing Town, Birdwatching in Asenabari and Toorsa River.




Mount Jumolhari Trek
11 - 25 May 2016

Punakha Dromchoe
02 - 09 March 2017

Thimphu Festival
11 - 21 October 2016

Ura Yakcho Festival
03 - 13 May 2017

Jambay Lhakhang Festival
09 - 22 November 2016

Himalayan Wilderness
07 - 20 September 2016

Merak - Sakten Trek
10 - 27 November 2016

Paro Spring Festival
08 - 21 April 2017

 
Festival Schedule 2016
Bhutan Festivals
Punakha Festival
17 - 19 Feb 2016
Punakha Drubchen
13 - 16 Feb 2016
Gomkora Festival
16 - 18 March 2016
Tour of the Dragon (Biking Race)
03 September 2016
Paro Spring Festival
19 - 23 March 2016
Domkhar Festival
16 - 18 April 2016
Ura Yakchoe Festival
18 - 20 April 2016
Nimalung Festival
13 - 15 June 2016
Kurjey Tshechu Festival
15 June 2016
Wangdi Tshechu Festival
9 - 19 October 2016
Thimphu Drubchen
6 - 10 October 2016
Black Necked Crane Festival
11 November 2016
Tamshing Phala Chhoepa
11 - 13 October 2016
Thimphu Tshechu Festival
11 - 13 October 2016
Thangbi Mani Festival
15 - 17 October 2016
Jakar Tshechu Festival
7 - 9 November 2016
Jambay Lhakhang Drub
14 - 17 November 2016
Mongar Tshechu
5 - 9 December 2016
Trashigang Tshechu
8 - 10 December 2016
Trongsa Tshechu Festival
7 - 9 January 2016
Lhuntse Tshechu Festival
7 - 9 January 2016
 
 
       
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