Day 1 – Pick-up from Paro airport & transfer to Thimphu hotel. Overnight stay at Thimphu:
Fly with the wings of the Dragon to spectacular breath taking bird eye view of Paro International airport. Upon arrival in Paro, you will be greeted by the Driver. Driving across the Paa chu river and Thim chu river will bring you closer to the nature. While you are fully engaged and lost with beauty of nature amongst the massive mountains, you arrive & check at hotel, Thimphu (altitude 2400m). Overnight stay at Hotel Thimphu.
Thimphu sightseeings :
- Tashichhoedzong (Outside) – Meaning: Fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 and rebuilt into present structure by late king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (Father of Modern Bhutan) in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.
- Memorial Chorten – It was built in 1974 in the memory of third king late Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is regarded as the father of modern Bhutan. The temple inside gives good examples of trantric Buddhist and its philosophy.
Day 2 – Sightseeing Thimphu. Overnight stay at Thimphu.
Visit the following places :
- Semtokha Dzong – Semtokha is 6 km from Thimphu; it is on a hill stand and was built in 1629 by Zhabdrung. It is the oldest fortress in the kingdom built by Zhabdrung. It now houses the cultural and Buddhist studies.
- The Institute for Zorig Chusum – It is also called as National Institute For Zorig Chusum. The school teaches the paintings and also making of
sculpture and statues. It offers an eight-year course,
- which provides instructions in many of Bhutan’s traditional arts to boys and girls from throughout the country whose aptitude is more of artistic than academic
- National Library – the National Library was established in 1967 to preserve many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts. Besides the lot of collection of the religious texts, we do have the good collection of English –language books, modern academic texts and science.
- The Folk Heritage Museum – This Folk Heritage Museum is a showcase the 19 century farm house and the living style of the Bhutanese family. It was founded by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck
Day 03: Excursion to Gangtey:-
After breakfast, drive to Gangtey (9,840 ft.). Gangtey is the home of Black Necked Crane which migrates from the arid plains of Tibet in the north. It is a beautiful valley of Bhutan. You can also visit Gangtey Gompha. Evening return back. Overnight stay at Punakha.
Day 4 – Punakha/Wangdue Overnight stay at Punakha.
Late morning drive (70 kms / 2.30 hrs) to Wangduephodrang, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. In Wangdue, stop at Mehsina village & visit Chime Lhakhang – The Temple of Fertility built in 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kinley. (This monk is popularly known as the Devine madman for his philosophy, “Salvation through sex”). Afternoon drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, and visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 5– Punakha – Paro: In the morning, after breakfast , start for Paro , the picturesque town in Bhutan enroute
- Simtokha Dzong is a small dzong, Built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan, the dzong is the first of its kind built in Bhutan. An important historical monument and former Buddhist monastery, today it houses one of the premier Dzongkha language learning institutes.
- National Museum of Bhutan: Situated right above Rinpung Dzong in Paro, the National Museum of Bhutan is a house that showcases Bhutan’s culture. Built in 1968, the museum stands inside the ancient Ta-dzong building. The museum houses the collection of finest specimens of Bhutanese culture and art and its highlights are paintings and some bronze statues, which are simply masterpieces. The items are demonstrated in large galleries and you can get to know a lot about Bhutan’s art and culture from these objects.
- Ta Dzong – Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968.
- Rinpung Dzong – Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam.
- Nya Mey Zam Bridge – “The Bridge with No Fish ” is the bridge that connects Paro Town to Dzong ..It is one of finest specimens in Bhutan and local believes if one sees a fish in the river , it is ill omen..The earlier bridge which could be folded during war was washed away by flood in 1969.Overnight in Paro.
Day 6 – Paro Sightseeing with Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest Treks)
- Drukgyal Dzong: Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro valleyin Paro District of Bhutan. The Dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet
- Kyichu Lhakhang – Kyichu Lhakhang, (also known as Kyerchu Temple or Lho Kyerchu) is an important Himalayan Buddhist temple situated in Lamgong Gewog of Paro District in Bhutan. The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songsten Gampo
- Taktsang Monastery: If you can brave the risky cliffs on a high mountain, Paro will astonish you in the form of Taktsang Monastery. After covering 1200 metres on a fierce cliff you will reach this sacred site, also known as the Tiger’s Nest. Take a deep breath after reaching the spot and then comfort your eyes and soul with the stunning view of the scenic surroundings and the valley lying underneath. The Taktsang Monastery was established by Sain Guru Rinpoche who came to Bhutan in 747 CE. Construction of the complex was completed in 1694. Discovering the Tiger’s Nest after 3 hours of trekking is real adventure but you may also opt for a horse ride from the parking lot.
- Overnight in Paro
Day 7 – Drop to Paro International airport. Depart Bhutan. Tashi Delek!
Depart from the hotel & drive to Paro International Airport. Drop to Paro international airport. Warm wishes from Kingdom of Himalayas with happy ending see off. Depart from Paro International Airport. Tashi Delek!
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