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The festivals in Bhutan are numerous. Each district performs annual festivals called Tsechu & Dromche that falls on the 10th day of the month of the Bhutanese calendar. It is the spiritual occasion in honor of Guru Padmashambhava, "one who was born from a lotus flower" popularly known as Guru Rimpoche, "The precious Teacher". Festivals are also social gatherings where people from all walks of life gathered to rejoice together, dressed in all their finery.

Tsechus or the festivals are not pageants or entertainment events. They are not held for tourist's attraction. They are the genuine manifestations of religious traditions hundreds of years old which outsiders are given the opportunity to witness. We would like to see that the privilege retained, without in anyway impairing or infringing on the beauty and sacredness of the rituals. Most of the dances date back from beyond the middle Ages and are only performed once or twice each year. Each dance has its own spiritual importance and can be performed by monks or lay village elders dressed in bright costumes. Certain festivals end with the unveiling and worship of huge religious appliqués or Thongdroels. The moment of the unveiling is shrouded in secrecy and creates great excitement among all the participants.

The Dzongs come to life with color, music and terrifying masked and sword dances and other rituals. Tourists are allowed into the Dzongs to watch the spectacle, but not the inner sanctuaries.

Photography should always be discreet. It is generally allowed to take photographs at Tsechus.

The most popular festivals are Paro Tshechu, Thimphu Tshechu, Wangdue Tshechu, few in Bumthang like Jambay Lhakhang Drub and Thangbimani, and in the east such as chorten kora festival. (see festival list sent separately) .

                 NEPAL : BACK – ON TOP OF THE WORLD
 
Nepal is best-known for the Himalayas, Mount Everest and its amazing treks. Eight of the world’s 14 eight thousand meter peaks are located in Nepal, creating world-class mountaineering and trekking opportunities. But Nepal has much more to offer than just its mountains. Its capital, Kathmandu, is a bustling city with seven Unesco World Heritage sites including Boudhanath, the world largest buddhist stupa. The Nepalese lowlands in the south are subtropical and are home to tigers, elephants and rhinos. The people of Nepal are among the warmest and most welcoming in the world.
 
Its  my personal pleasure to organize some of the best travel treks in Nepal . We provide a host of leisure and travel services to our clients and these packages are prepared considering their ecological impact on the local ecosystem, economy and culture. As responsible traveler  , we are aware that we have to preserve our cultural, natural and religious uniqueness for tomorrow’s world. These consideration, we believe, are the strongest tenets of our services. While the destinations in which we operate hold potential for preparing millions of travel and trekking options, we are organizing   trekking programs that encapsulates most of what these destinations are famous for.  we also organize customized tour and trekking packages for our clients who have thirst to explore virgin routes and dream to explore beautiful country Nepal .
 
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Spring and autumn are Nepal's peak trekking seasons, but winter and summer are becoming increasingly popular as well.

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Mardi Himal base camp trek is situated in the eastern part of the Annapurna Himalayan Range. It is one of the best cultural treks in Annapurna region which is still well-preserved. That’s why it is a hidden gem of the Annapurna region. Mardi Himal base camp trek is the least visited trekking in the Annapurna region where you will be experiencing real local culture along with great mountain panorama of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna south and Hiunchuli.

  1. Kathmandu to Pokhara
  2. Pokhara to Phedi drive and trek to Deurali 5 hours trek
     
  3. Deurali to forest Camp (3050 m) 6 to 7 hours trek.
     
  4. Forest Camp to High Camp (3900 m) 6 to 7 hours trek.
     
  5. Day trip to viewpoint or base camp and back to High Camp.
     
  6. High Camp to Sidhing (3550 m) 6 hours trek.
     
  7. Sidhing to Lwang (1700m) 5 hours trek.
  8. Lwang to Phedi 6 hours trek and drive to Pokhara.
     
  9. Pokhara to Kathmandu
Brand new and exciting  adventure from  Himalayan  high Spirits Adventures –with  a taste of both Nepal and its northern neighbour –Tibet
   We begin our journey in fascinating Kathmandu ,Nepal. Then all abroad our four wheel drives for the journey of a life time- up into the ancient land of Tibet.
This is an adventure with a difference in that there will be a lot of over-land driving rather than a long Trek.We will be doing some hiking though- as part acclimatization and as part of our journey- so you still need to get fit!
 Initially we head west towards our holy pilgrimage destinations of Lake Mansasarova and Mt. Kailash. Our main trekking programme is a three day hike around Holy Mt.Kailash-revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.There is a Fully catered adventure with visits to ancient monasteries and magnificent scenery.
Then it’s onwards again;overland eastwards towards the Nepal/Tibet border and rising up high on the Horizon-Mt.Everest itself!
WE visit the Rongbuck monastery and then take a day trek out and into Everest Base Camp-the Tibetan side.This is from where all the first climbing expedition attempts up Everest stared out.
After this-it’s flat out Lhasa- the traditional capital of Tibet and the Former home of the Dalai Lama. We spend a couple of days sight seeing around this wonderful city- taking in places like the Potala Palace, Barkhor Square and the old Tibetan part of town-Jokhage and Norbulingka.There will be time for just taking it all in and maybe doing little bit of shopping.
We fly back to Kathmandu for another couple of days before heading to home.
 
 Begining in kathmandu is an excellent launchung point for the adventure ahead.we take time to soak up new sights and sounds,visiting the famous temples of boudhanath and swyambunath and the scared Hindu area of Pashupatinath located on the banks of the holy Bagmati river.Take a short walk to Thamel where you will be amazed with the wonderful array of shops and restaurants.A pre-trek briefing,to discuss any last minute arrangements and distribution of duffel and sleepping Bags.
   The early morning flight to Lukla (2827m)is spectacular ,flying parallel to the himalayn range "Your Trekking Adventure has Begun"
From Lukla we make our way slowly up through beautiful village and country side.Stopping along the way to visit monasteries and other cultural landmarks.Gradually winding our way up through forests and high passes , we become fitter and more acclimatized-ready for the excitement of Namche Baaar- abubbling melting pot of markets. we visit some of the surrounding village,famous for their involvement with Sir Edmund Hillary -Thame Khunde and Khumjung.The view get even more spectacular as we head for the incredibly beautiful plateau of Tengboche (3867m)with 360 degree panaromic view of Mt.Everest and other Himalayan peaks.Tengboche is home to one of the most isignificant Buddhist monasteries in Nepal.This time adventure really begins as you trek slowly up into the dizzling,heights of above the 5000m,into the lap of Everest itself.Come and follow foot step of the great mountaineers and see the Nepal from the top of the World- or very nearly!!
We go in search of  the magnificent high altitude lakes of Gokyo in the Eastern Nepal,taking in the spectacular scenery of the high Himalayas and the predominantly Buddhist culture of this area.
Spending time above 5000m altitude exploring the lakes and Gokyo Ri and the longest glacier in Nepal-the Ngomzompa  Glacier with views of the Everest so close you will think you can climb it! Then crossing one of the most challenging trekking passes- Cho-La and onwards and upwards to Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp before re-tracing  our steps down through Tengboche and Namchee Bazaar. Finally taking the thrilling plane flight out of Lukla to our Nepal home base of Kathmandu where we enjoy some R and R before heading for home.
Expect this trip and the sights ,sounds and people of Nepal to change your life forever.
This is a  10th  time adventure or Himalayan High   Spirits Adventure and we are offering you an experience of a lifetime.
 Flying first into the amazing capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. Himalayan High Spirits Adventures start the excitement with a coupel of days of sightseeing and cultural highlights.
Then another flight takes us into a land up that up until a few years ago, was unknown to many in the western world-Bhutan. The Kingdom of Bhutan. this is a land of stunning scenery, cultural pride and the wonderful pronouncement of the importance of the gross national happiness being more important then the gross national Product.we have 16days here to get to know the people and places and at least soak up a little o the Bhutanese magic.
This trip includes 6 days Camping trek- the Druk path Trek between Paro and the Capital, Thimphu. one of the most popular treks for its stunning scenery, it follows a wilderness trail past several remote lakes and meditation retreats.
It is a medium grade trek suitable or those of good fitness and health going to a maximum altitude of 4235m.
After the trek,we have 8 day road journey into the heart of the country, crossing several high passes to the Bhumthang valley. there will be time to get out and take in the beautiful scenery and many of the Dzongs (Buddhist  monastaries) and just explore the area.
we will have days in both Thimpu and Paro,before returning to Kathmandu.  
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No Day Date Where Notes
1 Monday 9/4 Arrive Kathmandu
Kathmandu
Transferred to hotel/Group meeting/settle in rooms
3 Wednesday 9/5 Fly to Paro,Bhutan Arrival at Par National carrier:Druk air.it is the most exciting mountain flights and befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In a clear weather, there are magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks. on arrival ,you will be welcomed by representative of Experience Bhutan Travel at the airport ,assist you with your luggage and drive to Hotel for lunch.
4 Thursday 9/6 Excursion Taktsang monastery Following breakfast at the hotel, drive 10 km north and hike to Taktsang(tiger’s den) monastery hanging on a cliff 900km above the valley. it takes about 2 and half hrs uphill at an average pace through the forest of pine till the closest view point and 1 hrs descend to the valley. We stop at tourism café situated half way for refreshment. In 8th century Guru Rimpoche flew here on the back of tigress in one of his eight forms(Guru Dorje Drolo) And meditated for 3  months in cave and converted Paro valley into Buddhism. On our way back,stop at the café for lunch continue downhill and drive back to Hotel.
5. Friday 9/7 Witness Paro Festival Following breakfast ,drive to the festival ground near the Paro dzong. Your accompanied guide will take care of the sitting arrangement(depends on how early you go there).Paro Tshechu or festival is an annual festival performed  an honor of Guru Rinpoche.The dances are mostly religious.Day by Day program will be given to you for your convinence by our guide.Lunch will ne in one of the best restaurant in the town.Overnightt in  Hotel.
6 Saturday 9/8 Same as above  
7 Sunday 9/8 Start of Druk path Trek
Actual trek Duration:5 days
Max elevation
Grade:Medium
Trek: National Museum-Jele Dzong
Following breakfast,drive to the point where starts trek. For the first couple hrs, follow the farm road that goes through villages and apple orchards.The trial ascends gradually through the forest of chir pine , spruce; silver fir etc to the camp below Jele Dzong .if weather permits,Paro valley can be seen with views of snow –capped mountains behind.Altitude:3,350m,Distance:10 km Time about 5 hours. Overnight in tent.B/L/D
8 Monday 9/9   Jele Dzong- Jangchulakha
Following breakfast;begin with climb; past the Jele Dzongs(if care taker is present you can visit the temple inside) following the ridge and enter the thick forest of junipers.The trail then takes you through thick temperate forests and rhodendron trees. You may see yak herders around camp site.Altitude; 3550m, Distance ;10 km time :6 hrs. Overnight in Tent
9 Tuesday 9/10   Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso
The trail follws the ridge making up and downs and is said to be long and bit challenging.On a clear day,there are beautiful views of the mountains and the valleys. Distance 11km and takes about 5 hrs (altitude.3650m)
10 Wednesday 9/11   Jimilangtsho-Simkotra Tsho
Following breakfast start with another gradual climb past several false summits and arrive to lake Junetsho.Stop for lunch here and then start uphill for another 2 hours until you arrive to the camp area above the lake Simkotra .Overnight in Camp
11 Thursday 9/12   Simkotra Tscho –Thimpu
It is another long climb past several false summits,then a long rocky traverse to group of cairns atop Labana pass at 4210m.The trial descends gently and traverses above a broad valley to another crest. Along this stretch of trial,there are great views of Dochula and Mt.Jomolhari and other mountains.Pass through stone wall and soon come to some prayer flags on a hill above thetrial that mark a seldom-used sky burial site.Another long traverse leads to crest and trial drops and crosses a final ridge called Phumela pass at 4080 m.weather permitting;there are stunning views of thehighest mountain in Bhutan(Mt.Gangkharpuensum)  and other Himalayan peaks.Above Phajoding ,the trial  is marked by a small stone stupa .Below sprawls the entire Thimpu valley.Descend downhill through an area forested with blue pine.Taking it leisurely, you reach Motihang(above Thimpu) in above 1.5 hrs. You will be well- come by our representive and driver with some refreshment and drive to hotel  for a hot shower and nice lunch. After,lunch,you can stroll in the town ,visit handicraft shops ,do shopping meet people as you like .Overnight in Hotel
12 Friday 9/13 Thimpu sight seeing Following breakfast, go for sight seeing of the places of internet inThimpu. Visit the weekend market(Friday Till Sunday) to see people from all walks of life buying and selling local as well as imported products.
Momorial Chorten: This is a most impressive stupa built  in the memory of Bhutan’s third King by the order of Grand Queen mother Ashi phuntso Chhoden in 1974 .it is a multi storoed stupa with numerous paintaings and complex statues inside the monument provide a rare insight of the Buddhist philosophy.Everyday there will be any devotees circumabulating the stupa with prayer beads in their hands.Changangka Lhakhang :one of the oldest and most scsred temples in Thimpu valley situated on a top of knoll overlooking the Thimpu city built city in 15th century dedicated to the god of compassion.Drive further up and visit the zoo to see Bhutan national animal “ The Takin”. National Library: It hold a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts,manuscript and also modern academic books. National Institute for Zorig Chusum (thirteen traditional arts &crafts). The Royal Government of Bhutan has sponsored and established in this national institute in the year 1971 to preserve and promote culture and to contribute to the country’s economy  through quality products and services. In the course of history Bhutan has developed a unique artist tradition ,which has played   a vital role in modeling its distinct cultural heritage and this tradition is reflected in thirteen traditional arts&crafts. You can see the students making clay statues,slate carving ,wood carving,sewing,drawing,paintings etc.
Handicrafts Emporium:  It displays wide range of products such as beautifully woven fabrics for man & women,crafted products &other decorative items.
After lunch, visit Traditional Medical institute: It was established with the help of EU to improve traditional medicine.Different medical herbs,minerals,animal products are used for prepare  traditional medicines. Folk Heritage Museum: One of the oldest house in Thimpu ,having seen restored and transformed into Folk Heritage Museum in the year 2001 under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo. This museum is meant to serve  an account of everyday rural life for the young urbanized generations and as a place  for preserving objects related to this life ,in case this way of life dissppears as time passes . Textile Museum: This museum was inaugurated under the patronage of Queen Ashi Sangay Choden in June 2001. Many intricate designs of Bhutanese textiles are displayed here. It will also serve as center for conservation ,restoration and documentation of  Bhutanese textiles. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
13 Saturday 9/14 Drive to Punakha(71km,2-3 hrs) Following breakfast ,3 hrs drive to punakha,the winter residence of chief abbot.The road climbs for about an hour till you reach a pass at Dochula at an altitude of 3150m. weather permitting,this pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas.you can stop several places and even walk to near by forest to watch various species of Birds. Lunch will probably at Dochula cafeteria depends on weather and bit of hike that you decide to make on and around the pass.After having  you nice lunch,continue driving cautions and slow. The road descends all the way to Punakha & wangdue through temperate forest of Rhododendron &magnolia bloom in spring then a semi-tropical zone where orange trees,banana trees and cactuses are found in abundance .On arrival,chick in to the hotel.
After the lunch ,do the sightseeing in Punakha valley.(Altitude:1300mts/42900ft). Visit the Punakha Dzong some 7-8 km away from the hotel. Punakha Dzong is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan situated in the confluence of Phuchhu&Mochhu(male &female rivers).It looks like a giant ship with excellent wood work and detail of paintings. It was here that the first King was Crowned in 1907.It was capital of Bhutal until 1955 and then it was shifted to Thimpu.This Dzongs was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637. This dzong still serves as winter resident of the Chief lama of Bhutan and houses both admiministrative & religious centre of Punakha district. Drive further north of the valley and hike for about 45 minutes crossing over suspension bridge to new Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel chorten, anew temple,the paradise of Guru Rimpoche through the rice field and village of Niengergang.The view from the Temple to the valley below is Photogenic.Overnight in Hotel.
14 Sunday 9/15 Punakha Bhumthang(Distance:211km
6-7 hrs)
Following break fast, drive to Bhumthang ,Central Bhutan.The road passes (alt.3,300m),the boundary between western and central Bhutan.It is a journey you are not likely to forget.The scenery is certainly stunning so you need to make occasional stops to take beautiful pictures enroute. In places the road is literally carved out of impressive cliff sides.Descending from the other side it is along way down to Trongsa .The Dzong looks superb from a great distance.It is a longest monastery/fortress in gthe Kingdom built along the ridge at a very strategic location for political reason. It was from here that the present Royal family emerged as the most powerful force at the beginning of 20th century. This dzong was built in 1648 by the order of Shabdrung Rimpoche.After short stop at Trongsa Town for refreshment ,continue your drive to Bhumthang ,one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. From Trongsa you drive across the Yotong La Pass(3400m) and descend eventually into the valley of chumey&Chamkhar, the heart of the famous Bhumthang Yatha weaving region.This central area of Bhutan is where the colorful wool weaving is famous.Drive Further up cross Kikila pass at 2900mts and finally descend doen to the valley of chamkhar.Over night at Hotel.
15 Monday 9/16 Bhumthang/Sight seeing Following breakfast ,drive around the valley and visit the historically important temples in Bhumthang. Bhumthang is the general name given to a complex of 4 valley viz:Chumey,Choekor,Tang&Ura with altitude varies from 2600m to 4000 m. Visit  Kurje  Lhakhang ,one of the most sacred temples in Bhutan.It is believed that Guru Rimpoche came here in the 8th century and medicated for several days until his body got imprinted on the back of arock. He then manisfisted into different forms and subdued Sheiling Karpo,the local deity of Bhumthang valley and converted him into Buddhism.Cross the suspension bridge of Chamkhar riber and visit Tamshing Lakhang on the other side of the river founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa,the treasure discoverer.It contains intresting Buddhist paintings dating back to 16th century .And also visit Koncho Sum Lhakhang which is close to Tamshing.On your way bacj visit,swiss farm,cheese factory(buy some swiss cheese if you like).Finally visit the Jakar dzong (castle of white bird) .Retire of the day .Overnight at the hotel.
16 Tuesday 9/17 Bhumthang /Wangdue (193 km)/5-6 hrs Drive back to Wangdue Following at  the most  same road.Hot lunch will be served en route.With time you can visit the most isolated and scenic valley of Phobjikha en route. This valley is the winter home of Endangered Black –Necked Cranes.Over night in hotel.
17 Wednesday 9/18 Wangdue/Paro(135 km)/3-4 hrs Wangdue- Paro
18 Thursday 9/19 Return to Kathmandu/By Flight Drive to Airport for your onward Flight.
19 Friday 9/20 Free day in Kathmandu  
20 Saturday 9/21  Mountain Flight  Early morning mountain flight over Everest
21 Sunday 9/22 Departure You will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport for your onward Flight.
         
         
 
                                           Programme For April 2018

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No Day Date Where Notes
1 Monday 4/4 Arrive Kathmandu
Kathmandu
Transferred to hotel/Group meeting/settle in rooms
3 Wednesday 4/5 Fly to Paro,Bhutan Arrival at Par National carrier:Druk air.it is the most exciting mountain flights and befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In a clear weather, there are magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks. on arrival ,you will be welcomed by representative of Experience Bhutan Travel at the airport ,assist you with your luggage and drive to Hotel for lunch.
4 Thursday 4/6 Excursion Taktsang monastery Following breakfast at the hotel, drive 10 km north and hike to Taktsang(tiger’s den) monastery hanging on a cliff 900km above the valley. it takes about 2 and half hrs uphill at an average pace through the forest of pine till the closest view point and 1 hrs descend to the valley. We stop at tourism café situated half way for refreshment. In 8th century Guru Rimpoche flew here on the back of tigress in one of his eight forms(Guru Dorje Drolo) And meditated for 3  months in cave and converted Paro valley into Buddhism. On our way back,stop at the café for lunch continue downhill and drive back to Hotel.
5. Friday 4/7 Witness Paro Festival Following breakfast ,drive to the festival ground near the Paro dzong. Your accompanied guide will take care of the sitting arrangement(depends on how early you go there).Paro Tshechu or festival is an annual festival performed  an honor of Guru Rinpoche.The dances are mostly religious.Day by Day program will be given to you for your convinence by our guide.Lunch will ne in one of the best restaurant in the town.Overnightt in  Hotel.
6 Saturday 4/8 Same as above  
7 Sunday 4/8 Start of Druk path Trek
Actual trek Duration:5 days
Max elevation
Grade:Medium
Trek: National Museum-Jele Dzong
Following breakfast,drive to the point where starts trek. For the first couple hrs, follow the farm road that goes through villages and apple orchards.The trial ascends gradually through the forest of chir pine , spruce; silver fir etc to the camp below Jele Dzong .if weather permits,Paro valley can be seen with views of snow –capped mountains behind.Altitude:3,350m,Distance:10 km Time about 5 hours. Overnight in tent.B/L/D
8 Monday 4/9   Jele Dzong- Jangchulakha
Following breakfast;begin with climb; past the Jele Dzongs(if care taker is present you can visit the temple inside) following the ridge and enter the thick forest of junipers.The trail then takes you through thick temperate forests and rhodendron trees. You may see yak herders around camp site.Altitude; 3550m, Distance ;10 km time :6 hrs. Overnight in Tent
9 Tuesday 4/10   Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso
The trail follws the ridge making up and downs and is said to be long and bit challenging.On a clear day,there are beautiful views of the mountains and the valleys. Distance 11km and takes about 5 hrs (altitude.3650m)
10 Wednesday 4/11   Jimilangtsho-Simkotra Tsho
Following breakfast start with another gradual climb past several false summits and arrive to lake Junetsho.Stop for lunch here and then start uphill for another 2 hours until you arrive to the camp area above the lake Simkotra .Overnight in Camp
11 Thursday 4/12   Simkotra Tscho –Thimpu
It is another long climb past several false summits,then a long rocky traverse to group of cairns atop Labana pass at 4210m.The trial descends gently and traverses above a broad valley to another crest. Along this stretch of trial,there are great views of Dochula and Mt.Jomolhari and other mountains.Pass through stone wall and soon come to some prayer flags on a hill above thetrial that mark a seldom-used sky burial site.Another long traverse leads to crest and trial drops and crosses a final ridge called Phumela pass at 4080 m.weather permitting;there are stunning views of thehighest mountain in Bhutan(Mt.Gangkharpuensum)  and other Himalayan peaks.Above Phajoding ,the trial  is marked by a small stone stupa .Below sprawls the entire Thimpu valley.Descend downhill through an area forested with blue pine.Taking it leisurely, you reach Motihang(above Thimpu) in above 1.5 hrs. You will be well- come by our representive and driver with some refreshment and drive to hotel  for a hot shower and nice lunch. After,lunch,you can stroll in the town ,visit handicraft shops ,do shopping meet people as you like .Overnight in Hotel
12 Friday 4/13 Thimpu sight seeing Following breakfast, go for sight seeing of the places of internet inThimpu. Visit the weekend market(Friday Till Sunday) to see people from all walks of life buying and selling local as well as imported products.
Momorial Chorten: This is a most impressive stupa built  in the memory of Bhutan’s third King by the order of Grand Queen mother Ashi phuntso Chhoden in 1974 .it is a multi storoed stupa with numerous paintaings and complex statues inside the monument provide a rare insight of the Buddhist philosophy.Everyday there will be any devotees circumabulating the stupa with prayer beads in their hands.Changangka Lhakhang :one of the oldest and most scsred temples in Thimpu valley situated on a top of knoll overlooking the Thimpu city built city in 15th century dedicated to the god of compassion.Drive further up and visit the zoo to see Bhutan national animal “ The Takin”. National Library: It hold a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts,manuscript and also modern academic books. National Institute for Zorig Chusum (thirteen traditional arts &crafts). The Royal Government of Bhutan has sponsored and established in this national institute in the year 1971 to preserve and promote culture and to contribute to the country’s economy  through quality products and services. In the course of history Bhutan has developed a unique artist tradition ,which has played   a vital role in modeling its distinct cultural heritage and this tradition is reflected in thirteen traditional arts&crafts. You can see the students making clay statues,slate carving ,wood carving,sewing,drawing,paintings etc.
Handicrafts Emporium:  It displays wide range of products such as beautifully woven fabrics for man & women,crafted products &other decorative items.
After lunch, visit Traditional Medical institute: It was established with the help of EU to improve traditional medicine.Different medical herbs,minerals,animal products are used for prepare  traditional medicines. Folk Heritage Museum: One of the oldest house in Thimpu ,having seen restored and transformed into Folk Heritage Museum in the year 2001 under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo. This museum is meant to serve  an account of everyday rural life for the young urbanized generations and as a place  for preserving objects related to this life ,in case this way of life dissppears as time passes . Textile Museum: This museum was inaugurated under the patronage of Queen Ashi Sangay Choden in June 2001. Many intricate designs of Bhutanese textiles are displayed here. It will also serve as center for conservation ,restoration and documentation of  Bhutanese textiles. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
13 Saturday 4/14 Drive to Punakha(71km,2-3 hrs) Following breakfast ,3 hrs drive to punakha,the winter residence of chief abbot.The road climbs for about an hour till you reach a pass at Dochula at an altitude of 3150m. weather permitting,this pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas.you can stop several places and even walk to near by forest to watch various species of Birds. Lunch will probably at Dochula cafeteria depends on weather and bit of hike that you decide to make on and around the pass.After having  you nice lunch,continue driving cautions and slow. The road descends all the way to Punakha & wangdue through temperate forest of Rhododendron &magnolia bloom in spring then a semi-tropical zone where orange trees,banana trees and cactuses are found in abundance .On arrival,chick in to the hotel.
After the lunch ,do the sightseeing in Punakha valley.(Altitude:1300mts/42900ft). Visit the Punakha Dzong some 7-8 km away from the hotel. Punakha Dzong is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan situated in the confluence of Phuchhu&Mochhu(male &female rivers).It looks like a giant ship with excellent wood work and detail of paintings. It was here that the first King was Crowned in 1907.It was capital of Bhutal until 1955 and then it was shifted to Thimpu.This Dzongs was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637. This dzong still serves as winter resident of the Chief lama of Bhutan and houses both admiministrative & religious centre of Punakha district. Drive further north of the valley and hike for about 45 minutes crossing over suspension bridge to new Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel chorten, anew temple,the paradise of Guru Rimpoche through the rice field and village of Niengergang.The view from the Temple to the valley below is Photogenic.Overnight in Hotel.
14 Sunday 4/15 Punakha Bhumthang(Distance:211km
6-7 hrs)
Following break fast, drive to Bhumthang ,Central Bhutan.The road passes (alt.3,300m),the boundary between western and central Bhutan.It is a journey you are not likely to forget.The scenery is certainly stunning so you need to make occasional stops to take beautiful pictures enroute. In places the road is literally carved out of impressive cliff sides.Descending from the other side it is along way down to Trongsa .The Dzong looks superb from a great distance.It is a longest monastery/fortress in gthe Kingdom built along the ridge at a very strategic location for political reason. It was from here that the present Royal family emerged as the most powerful force at the beginning of 20th century. This dzong was built in 1648 by the order of Shabdrung Rimpoche.After short stop at Trongsa Town for refreshment ,continue your drive to Bhumthang ,one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. From Trongsa you drive across the Yotong La Pass(3400m) and descend eventually into the valley of chumey&Chamkhar, the heart of the famous Bhumthang Yatha weaving region.This central area of Bhutan is where the colorful wool weaving is famous.Drive Further up cross Kikila pass at 2900mts and finally descend doen to the valley of chamkhar.Over night at Hotel.
15 Monday 4/16 Bhumthang/Sight seeing Following breakfast ,drive around the valley and visit the historically important temples in Bhumthang. Bhumthang is the general name given to a complex of 4 valley viz:Chumey,Choekor,Tang&Ura with altitude varies from 2600m to 4000 m. Visit  Kurje  Lhakhang ,one of the most sacred temples in Bhutan.It is believed that Guru Rimpoche came here in the 8th century and medicated for several days until his body got imprinted on the back of arock. He then manisfisted into different forms and subdued Sheiling Karpo,the local deity of Bhumthang valley and converted him into Buddhism.Cross the suspension bridge of Chamkhar riber and visit Tamshing Lakhang on the other side of the river founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa,the treasure discoverer.It contains intresting Buddhist paintings dating back to 16th century .And also visit Koncho Sum Lhakhang which is close to Tamshing.On your way bacj visit,swiss farm,cheese factory(buy some swiss cheese if you like).Finally visit the Jakar dzong (castle of white bird) .Retire of the day .Overnight at the hotel.