Manas Winter trek offers wild life adventure, trekking through wild areas of dense forest along the Mangdi Chu to Wild Life sanctuary of Manas near the Indian border. The area of Khen Dzonghka has very little contact with the outer world and the ethnic tribe of Khengpas lead a life quite different to the other people of Bhutan. This trek is ideal for winter months Nov/Feb. Manas Wildlife National Park, the home of Bengal Tiger, Rhino-ceros, many species of wild animal and birds is considered to be number one for wildlife adventure. A challenging Fishing of Maseer can also be enjoyed.
Day 01 :
Fly from Kathmandu to Paro. You are transferred to hotel. You stay overnight in Paro. You arrive Paro by Druk Air flight which will offer you great views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Tsrim gang and Jichu Drake. The moment you step out of the plane you will see the difference. Bhutan welcomes you with cool, clean fresh air. Peace and quietness is just another bonus. Our representatives will escort you to resort. If time prevails visit the National museum & Rinpung Dzong. You stay overnight in Paro.
Day 02 :
Paro valley sightseeing. You stay overnight in Paro. This day is planned for sightseeing in Paro. You visit the old fort ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, which offers a very scenic drive of a typical Bhutanese landscape. The dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. On a clear day the Mt. Jhomolhari(7314metres, 24000 feet),the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the Dzong. Afterwards visit the Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. This unusual round building is believed to be in the shape of a conch shell. The centerpiece of this Museum is a complex four-sided carving depicting the history of Buddhism and its propagation. One side is Sakyamuni and the great teacher Atisha, representing the Sakya School. On the next lies Geylup, a disciple of Dalai Lama. Another is Nyingma lineage, the head is Guru Padmasanva, and the final is Drukpa Kagyu with the figure of Vajra Dhara. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning "Heap of Jewels"), built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. Here you can see finest example of Bhutanese architecture enroute you visit the near by Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demons that lay across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries lie in other neighboring countries.
Along with these you are quite attracted by the Paro's market and farm houses.
Day 03 :
Excursion to Taktsang Monastery. You stay overnight in Paro. You go for hike to Taktsang monastery. Horses can be arranged with an extra US $ 5/- The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Stroll back to Resort.:
Day 04 :
Morning drive to Thimphu. Check in at hotel. In afternoon you go to enjoy cultural show. You stay overnight in Thimphu.
Day 05 :
Drive from Thimpu to Tongsa. En route you go for sight seeing. You stay overnight in Tongsa.
Day 06 :
Drive from Tongsa to Shemgang. En route you go for sight seeing. You stay overnight in Shemgang.
Day 07 :
Drive from Shemgang to Tingtibi. You can enjoy bird watching here in Tingtibi.
You stay overnight in Tingtibi.
Day 08 :
Drive from Tingtibi to Gonphu. You begin your trek from here.
Day 09 :
Trek from Gonphu to Panthang.
Day 10 :
Trek from Panthang to Pangbang.
Day 11 :
Trek from Pangbang to Manas and your trek ends here.
Day 12 :
You rest at Manas. This day you can visit Wild Life Sanctuary to enjoy wild life and natural scenery.
Day 13 :
Rest at Manas.
Day 14 :
Drive from Manas to Siliguri (India)
Day 15 :
Drive from Siliguri to Bagdogra Airport for departure.