Bhutan and Myanmar Journey

Bhutan and Myanmar Journey

TripGrade: Easy
An Easy Grade Trip - as the name suggests if a trek not that difficulties to trek around. This trip reaches up to 3000 meters high in altitude. The trails will not be that rugged and are highly suitable for family trips. The trips are generally around of a week or little bit more.

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Have you ever been mesmerized by the beauty of nature? If not, then this is the chance for you to absorb into the remote wilderness on a week-long journey. This tour comprises of the adventure in Bhutan and Myanmar.

Initiating at Paro, you spend the night at a luxury hotel. Paro is the only city in Bhutan, with access to the airport and you spend 2 nights here. There is only an airport in Bhutan, hence the journey of the country is carried out through the road. The next one is a two-night stay in Thimpu, residing in heritage and luxury hotel and another two-night stay in Punakha. The accommodated hotels are the complete experience of the cultural heritage and authenticity of the traditions. The journey concludes at Paro, where the remainder of the night is spent at the well-maintained luxury hotel / Resort. They are mostly located near the oldest temple in Bhutan, of the 7th Century.

Additionally, explore the depths of Bhutan by lunging through the remote valleys and high passes of ParoThimpu, and Punakha. The journey is a completely new experience of the untamed and untouched land of mountains, Dzongs (ancient fortress), and unique villages. Bhutan is known as the Land of Thunder Dragon.

Next, you travel to Myanmar, also known as Burma. After recovering from the war in the past, the country is stepping towards the new era of light and modernity. It is a beautiful country in the east but is less explored to date. Here you surely get carried away by the undoubting tranquility of ancient temple cities and lush greenery. The country is adorned with one of the most peace-loving people and villages. Looking at that you will make your stay more than memorable. The country is blessed with some of the most beautiful cultural heritage and traditions.  It is passed down along the time from generation to generation. You can certainly witness many pagodassacred sitestemple towns, and monasteries.

You can see the stunning landscapes, green forests, peaceful pagodas, and temples. Apart from that, you meet the very heartwarming people and observe their welcoming nature. From Yangon to Bagan, Burma will hold no bar to excite and impress with every moment in the country. Burma has a whole of lot tale to tell, which is otherwise shaded in the deep relics of the country. Join us and discover the thrilling experience of Burma blossomed with unique and mysterious stories witnessed first-hand.

What's more in Journey of Bhutan and Myanmar

  • Ancient Temples of Bagan
  • Entertaining cruise to Mandalay
  • Visiting Burma’s Jewel City
  • Hike up to Tiger Nest Monastery
  • Visiting Dzongs and temples of Bhutan
  • Remote monasteries and spiritual temples.
  • Incredible Himalaya and admire the mountainous pastures.
  • Unique aspects of Mahayana Buddhist Culture.

On your trip you take an overnight halt in Calcutta, India to join the route from Bhutan to Myanmar.

Trip Outline

Day 01: Arrival at Paro
Day 02: A visit to Historical Places near Paro
Day 03: Commuting short distance for Thimpu (60kms, 2 hours’ drive)
Day 04: An Adventurous Hike
Day 05: Sightseeing Thimpu and Taking a ride to Punakha
Day 06: Embracing Punakha
Day 07: Journey back to Paro via Thimpu
Day 08: Concluding flight back to Calcutta
Day 09: Arriving at Yangon
Day 10: Heading for Bagan
Day 11: Visiting Mt. Popa
Day 12: Airport Flight to Mandalay
Day 13: Boat Ride and more Pagodas
Day 14: Magnificent Inle Lake
Day 15: Inle sightseeing
Day 16: Departing Yangon

Starting Price

USD 2499 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Paro

Departure from: Paro

Day 1

Arrival at Paro

The first stop is at Paro. The journey from Kathmandu to Paro is perhaps one of the most exciting rides to Paro while gliding along the beautiful mountains and deep valley; a perfect welcome from the country. When the skies are clear, you can witness the majestic views of the tallest peaks of the world. Once you arrive at the airport, you will be greeted by our representative of Adventure Mission Nepal, who will assist you with transportation and luggage. You will be escorted to the hotel for lunch.

After lunch, the journey begins at the Dzongdrakha monastery, which is a cluster of cave temples representing like the structure is hanging on the cliffs. The monastery was built in the 8th century and once a place of meditation, utilized by great Guru Rimpoche. It is a 1-hour hike through the scenic villages and apple orchards. Finally, there is a steep short climb before reaching the temples.

Day 2

A visit to Historical Places near Paro

Once you had your lunch, you will be escorted to a drive of 80 km north to the Chele La pass. En route, you will have a lunch, followed by a visit to Drukgyel Dzong. The ancient fort was burnt down in 1951, hence the present structure is nothing but ruins of the past history. On returning, you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples of Bhutan, built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. There goes the legend that the king built 108 temples throughout the Himalayan foothills in a single day to subdue the demons terrorizing the nation of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. The overnight stay is at the hotel in Paro.

Day 3

Commuting short distance for Thimpu (60kms)

On the third day, following the breakfast, you will resume the journey with a visit to Ta-Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which is now converted into a museum. The museum houses some of the spectacular displays of scroll paintings, ancient artifacts dating back in the 7th century, Bhutanese stamps, Temple of wisdom (a tree depicting history of Buddhism), a collection of animals, birds and insects, a whole set of modern warfare collection of armors, canons, guns, bows, and spears. Then, there is a visit to Ripon Dzong, the administrative and religious center of Paro district. The ancient Dzong was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, also known as the unifier of Bhutan. After a small halt for lunch at the local restaurant, there is a 2-hour drive to Thimpu, the capital. The journey to Thimpu is filled with chilly winds, driving along the river gorges, apple orchards and rice fields. On arrival, check in at the Hotel. The evening is mostly spent with your leisure time, usually strolling in the town, where you can visit many handicraft shops and local traditional shops.

Estimated Walking Distance: 2 Hrs drive

Day 4

An Adventurous Hike

Following breakfast on day 4, you will be driven north of the Thimpu valley to Dodina, which is the dead end of the road. From there, you will have to cross the wooden cantilever bridge and begin hiking for about an hour to Chari monastery. The way to the monastery is through the temperate forest of oaks, rhododendrons and other trees. The view from the monastery speaks for itself. The monastery was built on the mountain in 1619, currently hosted at the higher level monastic school.

Climbing down the way, you can have your lunch. Then take a drive to the other side of the valley, making a walk to another monastery in the region known as Tango. This ancient monastery was built in the 13th century, but a restoration was performed in the 17th century by the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan, Tenzin Rabgye.

Day 5

Sightseeing Thimpu and Taking a ride to Punakha

Today, you begin your journey with a visit to a memorial chorten (stupa), which was built in the memory of the third king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The stupa was built by his mother, the late grand queen Ashi Phuntsho Choden in 1974. Then, visit Changangkhang Lhakhang, situated on the top of the peak overlooking the valley. It is one of the oldest temples in Thimpu, dedicated to the god of compassion. After visiting the temple, you will take a drive to Sangaygang viewpoint to capture some picturesque moments. En route, there will be a visit to the mini zoo, the house of the national animal of Bhutan, ‘Golden Takin’. There is also a stop at Dubthob nunnery; it is a collection of temples, a secretariat building and Trashichho Dzong.

After taking lunch at one of the local restaurants, you will visit the national library, containing ancient Buddhist manuscripts and books on History, culture, heritage, etc. Then, there will be a ride to the Folk Heritage Museum built by her majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk in 2001. This museum shows the daily account of the life of a Bhutanese people; also some of the possessions are kept in the museum. A visit to National Institute for Zorig Chusum. The institute was established by the Royal Bhutan government in the year 1971 in order to preserve and promote the Bhutanese culture and to promote the economy of the country by providing quality products and services. Bhutan is largely known for its ancient culture and rich traditions, which can be clearly seen in the form of the traditional arts and crafts, housed in the institute. There is also a Textile Museum, inaugurated by Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck in 2001. The whole traditional Bhutanese textile industry is displayed in the museum. The museum also serves as the center for conservation, restoration and documentation of Bhutanese textiles. Following the museum, there will be a visit to the Philatelic Bureau to witness stamps and handicraft emporium. The place is the best place for Bhutanese fabrics, jewelry and other handicraft items.

In the late afternoon, you will make a 3-hour mountain drive to Punakha. It is known as the old winter capital, which can be accessed through the Dochu La pass. If the weather condition is favorable, you can lay eyes upon the famous eastern Himalayan ranges. Take a stop for refreshments and then begin descending for Punakha. The journey to Punakha is filled with temperate and sub-tropical forests. Once you arrive at Punakha, you will be checked in at the hotel.

Day 6

Embracing Punakha

Today, you will take a drive to Punakha Dzong, which is 6-7 km from the Hotel. Punakha Dzong is one of the most impressive Dzong of Bhutan, located in between the two most famous rivers: Po Chu and Mo Chu. The view of the Dzong can best be described as the giant ship of excellent woodwork and paintings. The site is known for the King crowning in 1907. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until 1955 when it was shifted to Thimpu and this Dzong served as major administrative headquarter during that time. The Dzong was built by Shabdrung in 1637. The Dzong currently serves as the winter residence of the Chief Abbot of Bhutan and is an administrative and religious center of Punakha District.

Then the journey continues with a drive to the northern valley, followed by a hike for about 45 minutes to reach Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten temple. The temple was built by the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon to serve the purpose of protecting the country. The trail from the temple leads to the rice fields and the village of Niengergang. The view from the temple down the valley is majestic. Once your visit is complete, you will be escorted back to the hotel, where you will be welcomed with lunch. After lunch, there is a visit to Chime Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Drupka Kuenley Lama. The temple is located on the hillside above Yoakha village. The road to the temple is through the rice fields and village. Built-in 1499 by Ngawang Chogyel, the descendant of the Lama; the temple is popularly known as the ‘temple of fertility’. This is the sacred pilgrim site for women, who cannot bear children.

Day 7

Journey back to Paro via Thimpu

On this day, you will drive back to Thimpu, the same way you arrived at, crossing Dochu La pass. While reaching Thimpu, you can visit the weekend market to witness locals doing their daily chores. After having lunch in Thimpu, again a 2-hour drive to Paro.

Day 8

Concluding flight back to Calcutta

On the last day of the journey, you will be escorted to the airport, after having a healthy breakfast. The flight is concluding flight back to Calcutta, where you begin your journey to Myanmar.

Day 9

Arriving at Yangon

On arriving at the airport, representative from Adventure Mission Nepal will escort you to the hotel. The journey will begin with the sightseeing of Shwedagon Pagoda, which is over 2500 years old and perhaps one of the oldest religious monuments of Myanmar. Followed with a visit to another 2000 year old Pagoda, Sule Pagoda. There is also a visit to the old colonial style building in the city center and lastly Botahthaung Pagoda, located near the Yangon River. There will be a break for the dinner at Karaweik, the Royal Barge, where you will be entertained with the cultural shows. The overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 10

Heading for Bagan

The journey begins with the breakfast and moving ahead to Yangon airport to depart for Bagan. Arriving Bagan, you will be transferred to the hotel. The journey at Bagan begins with a sightseeing tour of Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the 11th century, remarkably noted as the first Buddhist building.
Then follows a visit to Ananda Temple, a remarkable representation of 4 Buddha images in standing position. Also the depiction of whole lifetime of Buddha from birth to his Enlightenment. Followed by a visit to Thatbyinnyu Temple- the highest white building in Bagan, Htilominlo Temple, Dhamanyangyi Temple, Manuha Tempe-built by King Manuhar in 1059 and Myinkabar Gubyaukgyi Temple-known for its wall paintings. The last one of the day is a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda in the evening to witness the beautiful Ayeyarwaddy River. The night stay is at the hotel in Bagan.

Day 11

Visiting Mt. Popa

Today, after having breakfast at the hotel, you will escort for a trip to Mount Popa. It is an extinct volcano situated at the height of 1500 meters. The Mount Popa is a marvelous example of the lush green environment amidst a barren land. You will then have to climb 730 meters of high conic flattop through 777 steps. The temple at the top is a home to Myanmar’s famous legend of 37 Nats (spirits). The place is a home to the spirits, which people of Myanmar both rightly feared and revered. Taking the ride back to Bagan to stay a night at the hotel.

Day 12

Airport Flight to Mandalay

Once you have done your breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to the Nuang U Airport to catch a flight to Mandalay. Upon arriving the Mandalay airport, you will be transferred to Amarapura, the ancient capital at a distance of 11km south to Mandalay. You will be taken to the U Bein Bridge- a 1.2 km long wooden bridge, built 200 years ago. The sightseeing includes Taungthaman Lake and Mahagandayon Monastery- where a thousand monks reside for their study and religious activities. Moving on to the Mandalay, the tour continues to the Mahamuni pagoda- temple of Bronze Buddha, covered in gold leaves, Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery- well known monastery for wood carvings, Atumashi Monastery, Kuthowdaw Pagoda- the place for housing the world’s first book from 729 marble slabs with Buddhist scriptures and preaching’s. Afterward, you will have the chance to enjoy the beautiful sunset at the Mandalay Hill. The overnight stay will be at the hotel in Mandalay

Day 13

Boat Ride and more Pagodas

Today, you will be taken on a boat ride to Mingun- home to the second largest ringing bell in the world. Following up with a visit to Pahtodawghyi Pagoda, Mya Theindan Pagoda and then proceeding to Sagaing Hill, full of monasteries and pagodas. Last visit it to Kaung Hmu Daw, a dome-shaped pagoda, which is the exact replica of Mahazedi Pagoda in Sri Lanka. Night stay is at the hotel in Mandalay.

Day 14

Magnificent Inle Lake

Coming to Myanmar and not visiting Inle Lake is nothing less than a sin. On this day, you will take a domestic flight to Heho. On reaching Heho, you will be escorted to Pindaya- a natural limestone cave known for the housing of more than 8000 Buddha Images. Then you will be escorted to Nyuang Shwe to finally reach a hotel at Inle Lake.

Day 15

Inle sightseeing

After having a breakfast, you will be taken on a boat ride to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Ngaphechaung Monastery and then the floating gardens. After the completion of the tour, you will be transferred to the Heho airport for final departure to Yangon. Arriving in Yangon, you will have a chance to visit the local China town for some shopping. The night stay is at the hotel in Yangon.

Day 16

Departing Yangon

On the last day of the journey, you will be taken to some of the last sightseeing such as Bogyoke Market- a market of gems, arts and crafts, Chaukhtatgyi- a large Buddha statue, and Kabaraye Pagoda. Once completed, the journey will finally end with a transfer to Yangon airport for departure.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Paro, Thimpu, Yangon, Bagan, and Mandaley, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


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GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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