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Bhutan Textile Tour

 Visit the national emporium and see various textile products from different parts of Bhutan.


  • 12 day trek
  • 11 days adventure touring


  • 11 nights camping


  • 12 Dinner
  • 12 Lunch
  • 10 Breakfast


  • Great views of Mt. Jomolhari (7,300m), Jichu Drake (6794m), Tsherimgang (6,789m), Masang Gang (7165m) and a number of unclimbed peaks.

Bhutan’s artistic life is manifested in the country’s weaving traditions.From the exquisitely woven Kishuthara, a collector’s delight, to garments made from yak hairs and sheep wools,weaving is an integral part of everyday life. This tour also allows you to observe other aspects of Bhutan: its Buddhist culture, nature and people.
 In the capital city, we visit the national emporium and see various textile products from different parts of Bhutan. We also observe weavers at work and tour the national textile museum.
In Bumthang, central Bhutan, we look at how the local people weave garments called Yathra out of sheep wool and yak hair. Another regional speciality is Bumthang Mathra.

As you get closer to Paro by air, the panoramic views of the Himalayas are sensational, including the Everest and other famous Himalayan Peaks. On arrival, you will be met by your Bhutanese Guide and driven to your hotel. After lunch sightseeing includes:
Ta Dzong: An ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan. The tower is more than 340 years old and has over 3000 artworks and masterpieces that display more than 1500 years of cultural heritage of Bhutan. The museum exhibits provide a glimpse of rich Bhutanese textile tradition, the skill of the Bhutanese weavers through the ages and finest cotton, silk and wool textiles from all over Bhutan. It also shows the evolution of Bhutanese national dresses – gho and kira, monk’s dresses and religious costumes.
Paro Rinpung Dzong: It literally means “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646.
In the evening visit the Bhutanese textile and handicraft shops around Paro and have your first introduction to the Bhutanese textiles. Overnight stay in Paro

After breakfast, hike to Taktshang Monastery.

Taktsang Monastery: Taktsang Palphug Monastery more famous as Paro Taktsang is a Buddhist temple complex which clings to a cliff, 3120 meters above the sea level on the side of the upper Paro valley.

After lunch sightseeing includes:

Ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong: It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. Peak of Jumolhari (7,329m) ‘Mountain of the Goddess’ can be seen on a clear day from here.

On the way back to Paro, you will visit a carpet weaving factory. You will interact with the carpet weavers. Overnight stay in Paro

Driving Distance: 65 Kms

Driving Time: 1 to 1.5 hours

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu.

Eastern Bhutan Textile Tour (16 days)

On the way visit:

Tamchoglhakhang: built in the 13th century by Thangthong Gyalpoalso know as the Iron bridge builder.

Lunch at Wangsisina Heritage Home

Wangsisna Heritage Home: the traditional Bhutanese house is home to the 19th Druk Desi (Deb Raja) Druk Tenzin. Built before the 17th century, this house is also associated to the epic Bhutanese love story of GasaLamai Singye and Changyul Bum Galem. It is said that this was the house where the two lovers could finally become one

Chhimi Lhakhang: Situated along the path to Punakha, this temple is renowned as the Temple of Fertility. It was constructed in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the Divine Madman.

Following lunch, you can embark on an exploration of Punakha’s notable attractions:

Punakha Dzong: This majestic fortress, constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637, stands at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers. It serves as the winter residence for the monastic community.

In the evening, take a leisurely stroll around the charming town of Punakha. You will spend the night in Punakha.

Driving distance: 70 Kms

Driving time: 2.5 hrs

After breakfast, drive to Wangdue.

Then continue discovering:

Rinchengang Village: A small clustered village in Wangduephodrang just opposite where the Dzong was built before. It takes about 20 minutes hike upfill from the nearest road. Drive to Gangtey.

While in Gangtey, sightseeing includes:

Gangtey Gompa: Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re- incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation.

Phobjikha Valley: Phobjikha Valley is one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in the Himalayas and the winter place for the endangered Black Necked Cranes. From November to February is a good time to see the cranes.

Visit the local carpet weavers and interact with them. Try weaving for yourself! Overnight stay in Phobjikha

Driving Distance: 120 kms

Driving Time: 4.5-5 hrs

After breakfast, drive to Trongsa. On the way stop at Pelela Pass (3300m) and then the Chendebji Chorten built by Tshering Wangchuk in the style of the great Boudhanath Stupa of Nepal.

Lunch at Chendebji and then drive further to Trongsa.

While in Trongsa, visit:

Trongsa Dzong: The most impressive Dzong in Bhutan. Built by ChogyalMinjur Tempa, the official who was sent by Zhabdrung to unify Eastern Bhutan. Trongsa Dzong is the ancestral home of the present Royal Family. The first two hereditary kings ruled Bhutan from this Dzong.

Ta Dzong: an ancient watch tower. The chapel inside is said to be dedicated to the Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal. Overnight in Trongsa.

Driving Distance: 68 kms

Driving time: 2.5-3 hrs

After breakfast, drive to Bumthang. While in Chumey Valley in Bumthang, visit the Yathra weaving factory.

Yathra: is a hand-woven fabric made from wool of yak and sheep. It is made in vibrant colours giving it a special and attractive look. As a fusion of western and traditional designs, Bhutanese today make woollen clothes, bags, scarfs and many new modern designs from Yathra. Chumeyis known for the beautiful Yathra woven by the locals. Most of the women in this valley, especially in Zungye village, earn their lively hood by weaving Yathra which is supplied to towns in Bhutan.

Overnight in Bumthang

After breakfast, sightseeing includes:

Jakar Dzong: meaning “Castle of White Bird”. The current structure was built in 1667.

LameyGoemba: a large palace and monastery built in 18th century by Dasho Phuntsho Wangdi. Jambay Lhakhang: built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet it holds the most spectacular, “Jambay Lhakhang Drup”. Chakhar Lhakhang: meaning the “Iron Castle” because the original palace was made of iron. Kurjey Lhakhang: named after body print of Guru Rimpoche.

After lunch, signtseeing includes:

Tamshing Lhakhang: meaning the “Temple of the Good Message”, established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa.

Membarstho: means “The Burning Lake”.

The evening ends with visit to a local handloom weaving house and opportunity to interact with the weavers. Overnight in Bumthang

Driving Distance: 190 kms

Driving time; 7-8 hrs

After breakfast, drive to Mongar. Stop over at places to view the beautiful scenery and for photography. The drive from Bumthang to Mongar shall take you across the highest point in Bhutan’s motorable road. The point is known as the Thrumsingla Pass at an altitude of 4000m.

Picnic lunch on the way.

The evening ends exploring Mongar town. Overnight stay in Mongar

Driving Distance: 78 Kms

Driving time: 3-3.5 hrs

After breakfast, visit Mongar Dzong.

Mongar Dzong: rebuilt in 1953 it is unique as it has two entrances.

Drive to Lhuntse.

Lhuntse one of the most isolated districts in Bhutan. The Kurtoe region in Lhuntse is the ancestral home of the Royal family of Bhutan.

Lhuntse Dzong: the dzong lies on the eastern side of the the Kuri Chhu (River), perched on a hill top. The formal dzong was built in 1654 by the Trongsa PenlopMinjurTenpa after winning a battle. The dzong was named LhuentseRinchentse.

Overnight stay in a guesthouse/Home Stay in Lhuntse

After breakfast, hike to Khoma village (1-2 hour walk). Khoma Village is most known for the most famous

and expensive hand woven Bhutanese textile, “Kishuthara”.

Kishuthara weaving: is the main source of income for the people in this place. A fabric made by silk on silk weaving with intricate hand woven patterns, it is regarded as tge most expensive textile in Bhutan.

Walk back to Lhuntse. Overnight stayin a guesthouse/ Home stay in Lhuntse

Driving Distance: 218 kms

Driving Time: 8-8.5 hrs

Day 15: Trashigang/Mongar/SamdrupJongkhar (180m)

Driving Distance: 92/180 kms

Driving Times: 3-3.5 hrs/7-8 hrs

After breakfast, visit the Trashigang Dzong.

Trashigang Dzong: lies on the headland of the dzongkhag that gives us the confluence of the Drangme Chhu and the GamriChhuit.

After lunch, continue onward to Mongar and Samdrupjongkhar. Overnight stay in Samdrupjongkhar

Driving Distance: 92/180 kms

Driving Times: 3-3.5 hrs/7-8 hrs

After breakfast, visit the Trashigang Dzong.

Trashigang Dzong: lies on the headland of the dzongkhag that gives us the confluence of the Drangme Chhu and the GamriChhuit.

After lunch, continue onward to Mongar and Samdrupjongkhar. Overnight stay in Samdrupjongkhar

After breakfast, meet your Indian guide at the border gate which divides Bhutan and India and drive onward to Guwahati, India. You can also return to Paro.

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