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Eastern Bhutan Tour

Discover Bhutan's Quaint Eastern Frontier, where tranquility, pristine natural elements and its quaint appeals are still order of the day.

9

Days

VILLAGETOUR

Eastern Bhutan Tour Trip Map, Route Map

In the fast changing world, where a subject tend to outlive its relevance in a hurry, Eastern Bhutan Tour in particular contradicts the very idea. As it instill a  sense of pulsating stillness. Its pervading quaint charms, exhibits an impression where time have come to grinding halt long time ago, in a way,  far removed from the melodrama of modern world.This region popularly called eastern circuit, over the time, have seen only  few visitors. It’s  least explored, owing reasons to well guarded isolation, largely, contributing in retaining its tradition, cultural, natural elements in nascent and pristine form. This journey not only expose you to the natural beauty of the regions, it’s social, cultural, traditional dimensions and some of the oldest spiritual practice in the country but also  unique community of Brokpa in Merak.The trip  solely focus on  Bhutan’s oriental quaint frontier with port of entry and exit in Samdrup Jongkhar – a sleeping town in far east. The journey commences from pick up from Gawahati in India and take its course through Samdrup Jongkhar, Trashigang , Trashiyantshe, Radi and Merak. Discover some major landmarks monuments, visit to local weaving villages –  and its trademark back strap wooden loom, manufacturing finest quality textile, using traditional dye and introduction to the exotic community of Merak and more all along the way. Along the course, in few places the accommodations especially in Radhi and Merak are simple and basic in guest house or farm house. Perhaps it add charm of its own. And also some hiking to Merak and short walk to visit the villages. Some long drive are interrupted in between by the visit to roadside villages.This is certainly  different tour  on offer  than our conventional ones. This was conceived out of our past satisfied guests request to see more of classical  Bhutan in its quaint villages and vegetation. This is form of tribute to all our past guests.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Guwahati- Samdrup Jongkhar
Meet the representative and transfer to Samdrup Jongkhar (2-3hrs). After completing border formalities, enter Bhutan side and briefly stroll around. Instead of staying in the town, we will drive another 45mins up the hill to a newer and slightly better hotel than in the town to Hotel Trashiling, Deothang.

Day 2: Samdrup – Trashigang
After breakfast, we ‘ll drive north to Trashigang, with the gradual gain in altitude, change in vegetation is distinct. We will pass through number of villages and we will stop in some of them. Today is fairly long journey that could take over 6hrs.  Overnight in a decent hotel: Druk Deojothang or Lingkhar.

Day 3: Drive to Tashiyangtse
After early breakfast, drive to Trashiyangtse using a lower road via Gomkora temple. It should take less than 3hrs and with a stops along the way, we should be there in time for  Lunch. Trashiyangtse is a small, quiet town but it boast of production of finest Wooden Bowls and Containers and a School for Traditional Arts. Visit the School (when in session) and see their art works. Visit the Wood workshop and then visit famous Chorten Kora, a stupa that was built as replica of Boudanath in Nepal. Overnight in a simple and clean Guest House /Home stay. and on the way back visit Gom Kora Temple.
*Every spring Chorten Kora comes alive with festival, which is one of the prominent festival in eastern Bhutan. Although remote, it draws large crowd from all over the country.

Day 4: Radhi (home stay)
Following breakfast, retrace our drive part of the way and make a turn-off from Doksum towards Ramjar, Bartsam and Bidung villages.  These are some of the largest rural settlements in Eastern Bhutan. We will stop and explore the area, meet locals, visit their homes and descend to Ranjung, a small satellite town  of Trashigang. Then a short climb up the hill is Radhi village, surrounded by vast expanse of terrace rice-field, its aptly considered as the rice bowl of eastern Bhutan, and with sub-tropical fruits. Not to miss is to witness the women folks in action in traditional back strap loom using raw silks and traditional dye, to make a fine quality textiles locally called “Burha”Overnight in Home Stay/Guest House.

Day 5: Radhi to Merak
Today we will use the local outback vehicle and drive along the country road. The road is mostly farm road without tar and it is quite bumpy and difficult to use during the rainy season. We will pass chaling village, cross a pass and descend into Damnongchu valley. Short drive uphill afterwards, arrive in the first “Brokpa” ( yak herders) village of Gengu with a temple. Shortly after, you arrive in Merak village. Overnight in a basic accommodation (Home stay or a Guest House, where our driver and the Guide will prepare simple meals)

Day 6: Explore Merak
After breakfast, today the whole day will be devoted to visit in and around the Merak village. It involves visit to the local home, if possible school, interaction with people and delving deeper into their their social, cultural and religious structure of this unique community. Merak is a large village with about 60 or so households, located at an elevation of 3480m.

Day 7: Merak to Trashigang
After early breakfast, retrace our drive back to Trashigang, probably using the local vehicle for the first part and later getting back into our own vehicle. Upon arrival in Tashigang, visit Tashigang Dzong (fortress/monastery) and check into your comfortable hotel.

Day 8: Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar
Early morning drive to Samdrup Jongkhar, savoring the kaleidoscope of changing vegetation as we drive downhill.  Also stop at villages along the way.  Free evening in Samdrup Jongkhar. You can either rest in hotel or take a stroll in market for  souvenir shopping. Overnight in hotel

Day 9:  Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati
Transfer to Guwahati (either to the airport or to the city center)

Extension Trip to Upper Assam
If you have time at your disposal, it can add a great deal of value with the extension trip towards upper Assam. It has some of the amazing sights and attraction that can contribute to your memorable moments. For instance Kaziranga National Park, world famous Assam tea Garden, Majuli Island – one of the largest river island in the world, this can conveniently placed  prior or after the eastern Bhutan tour.  Please click the hyper link – for details information on Upper Assam – The  Unexplored Frontier

  • Group SizeAny number of participants.

  • MealsFull Board

  • Trip AccommodationSimple hotels/Guest Houses (best available in Samdrup Jongkhar and Trashigang). In Radhi and Merak we use only available simple guest house or farm house stay.

  • Route1.Gawahati To S/Jongkhar - 185 kms - 3-4hrs
    2. S/jongkhar to Tashigang-180 kms - 6 hrs
    3. Tarashigang to Trashiyantse - 55 kms - 2 hrs.
    4. Tashigang to Radhi - 26 kms - 1 hrs
    5. Merak - Tashigang (- not available unpaved farm road 4hrs)

  • Trip Type Cultural Tour
    Village Tour

  • Trip SeasonsDuring the month of May & June, it can be hot especially in Samdrup Jongkhar and Tashigang. But substainically pleasant in Radhi and Merak area.Monsoon also influence the region in july and August. Rest of the months are best time to travel to the region. Festival like Trashigang, Gom Kora festival and some indigenous community based ritual in Merak can add a new dimension to your experience which falls during best time.

  • Best MonthsApril, October, November

  • Good MonthsFebruary, March, May, June, December

  • Lean MonthsJanuary, July, August, September

Prices & Dates

Starting from low season USD$ 1400 – 2100, also it is based on number of participants and travel dates.
Contact us for details.

Included

  • Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees and taxes.
  • Accommodations in listed or similar hotels (pleasant hotels 3-4 star type)
  • All meals,including evening tea/coffee etc through-out the tour in Bhutan.
  • All land transfers, sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • Experienced English Speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide.
  • Bottled water in the vehicle and other comp. services.

Not included

  • Flights into and out of Bhutan
  • Optional Travel/Medical Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others.

Accommodations

Especially in Radhi and Merak, accomodation tend to get basic in guest house or Home stay, largely due to its remoteness.


Hotels in Trashigang

Hotels in Samdrup Jongkhar

Trip Guide/Leader

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  • Kinley Tenzin

    Kinley Tenzin

  • Kezang Norbu

    Kezang Norbu

  • Pema Namgay

    Pema Namgay

  • Yeshi Dorji

    Yeshi Dorji

Reviews / Testimonials

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