Day 01: Arrival in Paro to Thimphu
(Elevation: 2,320m, Distance: 65km, Time: 1.2 hr)
Our representative will receive you from the airport. After that we will drive to Thimphu. On the way visit TachogangLhakhang. TachogangLhakhang, ‘temple of the hill of the excellent horse’, rises in austere surroundings on the left bank of the river. This private temple was founded by the Tibetan saint, ThangtongGyelpo (1385-1464), while he was meditating here, ThangtongGyelpo had a vision of the excellent horse Balaha-an emanation of Avoloketeshvaras. He decided thereupon to build a temple at this spot in addition to one of his famous iron bridges (later carried away by floods in 1969).You will be again stopped at the conjunction of river. There you can see the three different styles of stupas, namely the Bhutanese style stupa, Nepali style stupa and Tibetan style stupa. Upon reaching Thimphu, you will check-in the hotel. Refresh for a while. Your guide will coordinate you for the lunch. After lunch you will be going for sightseeing.
Visit Memorial Chorten.
This stupa was built in 1974 by Her Majesty AshiPhuntshoChodenWangchuck in the memory of her son Bhutan’s late third King His Majesty JigmeDorjiWangchuck, who is popularly regarded as the Father of Modern Bhutan.
TashichhoeDzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty JigmeDorjiWangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body. Evening leisure in the Town. Overnight in Thimphu Hotel.
Day 02: Thimphu (sightseeing)
Visit Largest Buddha Statue.
Visit Buddha Dordenma Statue. It is a bronze statue gilded in gold. It is one of the largest Buddha Statue in the world, at a height of 51.5 metres (169 ft). The statue alone is being built at a cost of US$ 47 million by Aero sun Corporation of Nanjing, China, while the total cost of the Buddha Dordenma Project is well over US$ 100 million.
The Lhakhang was built in the 12th Century on a site chosen by Lam PhajoDrugomZhigpo, who came from Ralung, Tibet. It is an old fortress-like temple perched on a ridge above Thimphu and it has a beautiful view of Thimphu from the courtyard. The main chapel houses a unique statue of the seated Avoloketeshvaras, the Buddha of Compassion.
The School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Craftswhere students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
Which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo. It can weigh as much as 550 pounds.
Traditional Bhutanese paper making factory.
The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century of Bhutanese history. The handmade paper constitutes as valuable National heritage of Bhutanese cultural identity and is preserved through all the ages. The Traditional paper is recognized and held high esteem both in home and outside world. Jungshi Paper Factory was established in November 1990 as an undertaking of the Royal Government of Bhutan. The unit now boasts as a major and sole dealer in handmade paper and its products.
A living museum of rural life which provides visitors and tourists with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
It was built in 1629 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal. It is the oldest fortress of The Kingdom and now houses the School for Buddhist studies. The site is said to have been chosen to guardover a demoness that had vanished into the r meaning demoness and „do? Meaning stone). Overnight in Thimphu Hotel.
Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha
(Elevation: 1,350m, Distance: 174km, Time: 3 hrs)
After Breakfast drive to Punakha. On the way visit DrukWangyalLhakhang as well as 108stupas. The DrukWangyalLhakhang, a temple in Dochula, offers an interesting example of traditional Buddhist culture meeting the 21st century. The Queen Mother AshiDorjiWangmoWangchuck completed construction of this temple in 2008, in commemoration of Bhutanese causalities in the 2003 conflict with Assamese Militants.
After refreshment at Dochula Pass Resort (tea & snack) you will continue your journey to Punakha. Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. Punakha had served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907 and the 1st National Assembly was held here. Enroute stop and take a short hike to Chime Lhakhang. Chime Lhakhang is a small 15th Century temple famous for its fertility endowments or rites due to the blessings of Lam DrukpaKuenley. The temple sits on a hillock shaped, as only DrukpaKuenley could describe it “like a woman?s breast”. You will have lunch at Lobesa Village. After lunch we will visit PunakhaDzong.
PunakhaDzong (fortress) is historically important and stands as the symbol for a unified Bhutan. PunakhaDzong (the Palace of Great Happiness) built in 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The Dzong is beautifully located in between the two rivers called Pho (male) and Mo (female) Chhu (river). It was the capital of Bhutan till 1955. The establishment of the Wangchuck Dynasty on 17th December, 1907 took place here and the first National Assembly was also held in the Dzong in 1953. PunakhaDzong continues to be the winter residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and the central monk body.VisitWangdue Valley and Dzong. Overnight in Punakha Hotel.
Day 4: Punakha to Paro
After breakfast we will drive back to Paro. On the way you can also stop at Royal Botanical Park, Lampelri for a short period of time. After that we will drive to Paro we will stop at the river side of Parochu were we will take photo graphs. On arrival Paro we will visit the following places:
Visit National Museum.
National Museum was built as a watch tower. Unlike the rectangular shape of the Dzongs, Ta Dzong is conical, more like that of a European castle. Since 1967 the Dzong was re-established as the National Museum and holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps.
This is also known as the “fortress of the heap of jewels”. It was built during the time of ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal in 1646 after the small Hungrel fortress built by Lam DrungDrung was offered to Zhabdrung. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional cantilever bridge.
This is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King SongtsenGampo in the 7th century to subdue the ogress that lay across the whole of the Himalayas. Overnight in Paro Hotel.
Day 05: Paro (Excursion)
After morning breakfast we will drive to a point where a hike to a Taktshang monastery starts. Then we will start our hike towards taktshang monastery.
Hike to the Tiger’s Nest.
Built amazingly on a cliff, it brings pride to the Bhutanese about the work of their ancestors. It is said that Guru Rimpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and Meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Rinpoche reportedly flew to this site riding on the back of a flying tigress late in the 9th century. We have to walk about 2hours up steep from the road end. You can also take horse ride if you are not able to walk. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. ParoTaktshang is one of the holiest places in the world. Lunch will be served at a convenient place.
This Dzong, with a delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal to commemorate his victoryhe o land of the thunder dragon or the land of dr caught fire in 1951 and now it only remains as ruin. Shopping (if desired) or leisure in the town at evening.
You will have supper with the President/Representative of the company and bidding farewell to the Guest(s). Hold night at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m).
Day 06: Departure
After breakfast, we will drive to Paro International Airport for your onward flight. Our guide and driver will bid you farewell here at the airport. We wish you a very safe and pleasant flight for your onward destinations.
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Bhutan, a buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ is a sovereign state landlocked in the Eastern Himalayas in South Asia. Bhutan borders China to the north and India to the south, east and west. To the west, it is separated from Nepal by the Indian State of Sikkim; and further south it is separated from Bangladesh by the Indian states of Assam andWest Bengal. Thimphu is Bhutan's capital and largest city. Bhutan is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or Dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. Experience Bhutan at a glance on this epic 6 days trip to Bhutan and discover this majestic Himalayan country in a unique way.
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