GELEPHU CULTURAL TOUR (7 NIGHTs/8 DAYS)

Gelephu is a region of the Dzongkhag of Sapang. It is located in Southern Bhutan on the border with India and this makes it a hub for cross-border trade. Gelephu is a warm, fertile region with plenty of rainfall.

Gelephu is one of the areas through which visitors can enter Bhutan overland through the Indian state of Assam and it is also a gateway to the Royal Manes National Park, the oldest nature preserve in the Kingdom of Bhutan. It’s incredible biodiversity includes hundreds of rare animal and plant species that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world such as Golden Languor, Genetic Dolphins and the Asian One-horned Rhinoceros. The park is the most biologically diverse protected area in the kingdom as well as one of the most outstanding nature preserves worldwide.

The two most defining aspects of the Gelephu region are the new Gelephu Airport and the Gelephu Hotsprings (Tshachu).

 

Day 1: Arrival at Paro International airport

On your arrival you will be received by Guide and driver from Bhutan Dendroium Tour and Trek (BDTT) and then visit National Museum (known as Ta Dzong since it has been turned into National Museum, was the watch tower of Paro Dzong in 17th century). Paro Dzong (also known as Rinpung dzong is the venue for the annual Paro Tsechu festival held every spring). And lunch in Paro town after lunch visit Sangchen chokor Monstery in paro. (It takes 50minutes drive from Paro town. From there we can see the beautiful view of the Paro town.).

And then visit Dumtse lhangkhang, the monastery was built in 1421 (other sources say 1433) by an eminent Tibetan lama named Thangtong Gyalpo (1385–1464), also known as Chagzampa, Overnight- Paro.

Day 2: Morning Fly to Gelephu from Paro International airport to Gelephu domestic airport

On your arrival you will be received by or guide and driver from Bhutan Dendrobium Tour and Trek. And to the take Gelephu on the way enjoyed your trip in Gelephu town and other temple and Monastery, on reaching checking Hotel and after lunch sightseeing in Gelephu town some temple.

Brief write up on Lhakhang in Gelephu, Visit Tali Dratshang is located at about 10 minutes drive from the Gelephu Main Town. It is was constructed in the  1971/-1972 by Lam Therchung.Initially the Lhakhang  was only one storey but later in the year 2000,another storey was added on to it. Again in the year 2014-2015, major renovation was carried out. The main Statues comprise of Tempa, Guru Rinpoche and Zhabdrung. It is winter residence of the Sarpang Monastic body.Every Year in the month of January/February; annual Tshechu is performed at the courtyard of the Dratshang in which thousands of people gather to witness the Tshechu.

Visit The Gyenyen Lhakhang is just few meters away from the Tali Dratshang and was constructed in the year 2003   when there was security issue in the southern parts of the country.It is a Goenkhang, a seat of the Protective deity,

Threma Lhakhang is located towards the north of the Gelephu Town and about 20 minutes drive from the main Town.It was constructed sometimes in Year 2002 as per the instruction of His Eminenence Garab Rinpoche. As it is clear from the name of the Lhakhang, the main statue inside the,

lhakhang is Threma Lathog. On every auspicious day, the Throema practitioners gather in the Lhakhang to perform Throema. Apart from these Lhakhangs,there are also other Lhakhang within the Town area viz Nimalung Dratshang and Tharpaling Dratshang. Overnight in Gelephu

Day 3: Gelephu to Sarpang-Tsirang

Visit Sarpang Dzong. The Sarpang Dzongkhag is situated in the central southern foothills bordering India. The area of the dzongkhag stretches from Lhamoy Zingkha in the west to Manas National Park in the east. It encompasses a total gewographical area of approximately 2288 km2 (Source- LUPP). Its topographic features have undulated terrain with an elevation ranging from 200m to 3600 m above mean sea level.

Sarpang Gewog Sarpang geog comprises of 9 villages with 233 households. The total area of the geog is about 22 Sq. Km and total arable land is about 1215 acres. The forest coverage account to about 38% of the total geographical area of the geog. Orange is the most important cash crop in the geog and it occupies about 31 acers of the arable land.

There are 7 RWSS schemes and 10 sanitation facilities. In the education sector, the geog has one high school and one primary school located at Sarpangtar village. And visit Sarpang Dzong and after that transfer to Tsirang on Reaching the Tsirang checking Hotel and after lunch visit Tsirang dzong, Damphu is the administrative headquarters and capital of Tsirang District. Bhutan. It is located on the north-south highway running from  Wangdue Phodrang to Sarpang and Gelephu on the border with India. It contains the Tsirang Dzong. At the 2005 census, its population was 1,666. And free time in Tsirang town. Overnight in Tsirang

Day 4: Tsirang to Punakha

After breakfast transfer to Punakha on reaching Lobesa for lunch after lunch Hike to Chhimi Lhakhang (the monastery of fertility) after that visit Punakha dzong (majestically located at the junction of the two rivers Pho Chu and Mo Chu, meaning male and female river, it was built in 1637AD, and was the capital of Bhutan since 1955 AD). Overnight in Punakha

Day 5: Punakha to Phobjikha

After breakfast transfer to Gangtey. On reaching Gangtey visit Gangtey Gompa Monastery and Black Necked Crane information center in Phobjikha valley (the wintering home for the black necked crane).And visit Norsang Carpet Factory (Established in 1992 by a local woman, it has a small hall housing eight weaving). Overnight at Phobjikha

Day 6: Phobjikha to Thimphu

After breakfast Transfer to Thimphu on reaching lunch after lunch visit Memorial Chorten (the stupa built n 1974 in the memory of our third king Jigme Dorji Wang chuck). And then visit Folk heritage Museum (This museum provides glimpse into the traditional Bhutanese life.). Evening visit Tashichho dzong(the fortress of the glorious religion, houses the throne room of his majesty the King, the main secretariat building and the central monastic body. Overnight at Thimphu

Day 7: Thimphu to Paro

After breakfast Transfer to Paro and drive till the hiking point to Taktshang monastery (the monastery perched on the side of a cliff at a height of 900 meters above the Paro valley), round trip hike to Taktshang monastery which is about 3-4 hours from the car point. Lunch at the cafeteria (view point).After lunch sightseeing of Drugyel dzong (the fortress in ruins built in commemoration over Tibetan invasion in 17th century.And then drive back via same route and then visit Kichu lhakhang (one of the oldest temple in Bhutan, which dates back to 7th century before Buddhism came to Bhutan).Towards evening stroll in and around the town for last shopping in Bhutan Overnight at Paro

Day 8: Departure  

Breakfast in hotel and then drive to airport the next destination. See off by the guide and the driver from Bhutan Dendroium Tour and Trek