Explore Eastern Bhutan
Eastern Bhutan is one of the least explored regions of the Bhutan. For a traveller the region offers one of most authentic experiences of a beautiful landscape and local culture. The entire region is awash in unspoiled natural beauty, towering cliffs and pristine forests with great variations in altitude and climatic conditions.
In addition to the regular Buddhist festivals, travellers to Eastern Bhutan will be able to experience some of the country’s most ancient spiritual practices while observing Animistic and Bon religious rituals.
The lush, breathtaking environments of the eastern region make it a perfect location for slow hikes to enjoy the flora and fauna of Eastern Bhutan. Highlight of the trip will also be knowing a bit more about the very unique textile/weaving community of the region.
Join IT Nature Club in exploring this beautiful part of Bhutan travelling through Samdrup Jongkhar,Trashigang, Mongar, Khoma and Trashiyangtse and many other places in between.
We will be travelling from Guwahati on 2nd of April 2017 and will be back in Guwahati on 11th April 2017.
Day 1 ( 2nd April 2017 )
Arrive at Guwahati and transfer to S/Jongkher which is around 5hrs of driving distance It’s a pleasant drive as we drive through the plains of Assam till the foot of the hills of Himalayas on the Bhutan side.. Samdrup Jongkhar is the small border town and lifeline of the eastern part of Bhutan. Check into hotel and relax evening.
Day 2 ( 3rd April 2017 )
Samdrup Jongkher to Tashigang : We shall start early so that we can do birding along our way to Tashigang and hope to see mammals . As we climb from sub-tropical towards the hill, we shall experience the fresh chilled air of the mountains while driving through the lush green forest with deep gorges. After our lunch at Womrong ,a gentle ascending drive will each us to the village of Khaling famous for the rich and intricate weaving. We shall also visit the only blind school of Bhutan in Khaling and drive pass Sherubtse Collage.Sherubtse College was the first accredited college in Bhutan, founded in 1966 by a group of Jesuits under the leadership of William Mackey. We shall spend the night at the little charming town of Tashigang.
Day 3 ( 4th April 2017 )
Tashigang to Mongar : We shall start early for more opportunities for sighting birds and other mammals on the way. As we climb up to the Yadi village the vegetation changes to warm broad leave forest and we shall do extensive birding before and after Korila pass.By late afternoon we shall drive to the small town of Mongar for our overnight stay.
Day 4 ( 5th April 2017 )
Mongar to khoma : We will be driving farther east to the village of Khoma, and visit Luntshe Dzong which is perched on a spur at the end of a narrow valley. On the way back drive to Khoma village which is famous for its intricate woven cloth made of silk called Kishu Thara.We shall visit the weavers and tour around the village to know about their their daily activities and experience their way of livings.Overnight at a Farm house.
Day 5 ( 6th April 2017 )
Khoma to Mongar via Takila: Morning we will do 1hr side tour towards the tallest Guru Rimpoches statue built on the hill top of Tangmachu village. Afterwards we shall continue to drive towards Mongar while stopping in between for birding and enjoying the flora of the region. In the evening we shall walk around the small town of Mongar, Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 ( 7th April 2017 )
Mongar toTashyangtshe : We shall start early for birding and resume our drive on the same road till Chazam till the connecting bridge to Tasgigang. Drive to Tashiyangtse, through Gamrichu, gradually climbing to the lush green forest and deep gorges with water falls for our visual delight. Our ascent to the valley will bring us to do our Chorten Kora , of a Nepal type of stupa. Evening stroll around the small town.Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 ( 8th April 2017 )
Tashiyangtshe to Bumdelling to Tashiyangtshe :This valley was isolated for very long time. People of this region have their own dialect who are also skilled in making wooded products, and carvings.We shall make a day excursion to the Bumdeling wildlife century, walk along the river side for birding.. Later in the day we shall visit the Zorig Chusum, the school for 13 traditional Bhutanese arts and craft. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8 ( 9th April 2017 )
Tashiyangteshe to Tashigang: We shall drive to Chakzam and continue the ascend to Tashigang. After lunch a short drive to Radhi, the village of raw silk weavers known as Bura, a popular textile tradition of the eastern Bhutan.Overnight stay at Tashigang.
Day 9 ( 10th April 2017 )
Tashigang - Samdrup Jongkher : After breakfast resume your drive to Samdrup Jhongkhar,We will be passing through farmlands and villages, with scenery of deep gorges and river with lush green forest.We will be making several stops on the drive for birding.and hope to see birds like Pied Falconet ,Red-faced Liocichla ,Gray-breasted Tesia, White-spectacled Warbler, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Scaly Thrush ,Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Pale Blue Flycatcher, Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, Pale-chinned (Brooks) Flycatcher, Blue-eared Barbet, Wards Trogan, Violet Cuckoo ,Dark- rumped swift, Rufous –bellied Eagle, Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill and the and the forktails.Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 ( 11th April 2017 )
Samdrup Jhongkher - Guwahati: After an early breakfast say goodbye to Bhutan and drive to Guwahati for the onward destination.
Cost : Rs.49000/- per person for Indian citizens/passport holders
Cost Includes :
- Pick up from Guwahati at a fixed pick up point on Day 1 by 7.00 am and drop back to Guwahati on Day 10 at fixed drop point by 7 pm and all transportation for sightseeing.
- All meals from Day 1 with Dinner to Breakfast on Day 10
- Local guide throughout the tour
- All entrance fees and taxes
Cost Does Not Include :
- Flights/Trains to/fro Guwahati
- Camera Fees
- Personal Expenses which are not part of the cost included lits
- Insurance,medical expense,rescue/evacuation expense if and when needed
- Any additional expense associated with any change or extension of travel plan due to factors beyong our control or anticipation.
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