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Today you will arrive in the beautiful city of Paro by your Tashi Air flight. Tashi Air is Bhutan’s Premier Private Air Carrier and offers you the chance to behold the fascinating landscape as you approach Paro. Gaze down at the majestic mountains and the lofty Paro Dzong nestled on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu River. You can also see the Ta Dzong which earlier used to be a watchtower and is currently the National Museum above the Paro Dzong from the aircraft.On your arrival at the Paro airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted on your drive to Thimphu (55 kilometers, approximately 01-hour 30 minutes drive). On your arrival in Thimphu you will check in to your hotel for overnight stay.Overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Following breakfast, you will proceed on your guided sightseeing tour of Thimphu. The tour included visit to the National Library which is home to an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. You will also visit the Institute for Zorig Chusum, commonly known as the Painting School. Here students undergo training in the thirteen traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan in a course lasting six years. Later you will visit the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum which is a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese living traditions and material culture.In the afternoon, after having Lunch (on your own) you will visit the King’s Memorial Chorten which is continuously circumambulated by devotees while chanting mantras and spinning the prayer wheels present here. The idea of constructing this important landmark was conceived by His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wanchuk, Bhutan’s third King. He is also known as the Father of Modern Bhutan and wished for this monument to be erected in hopes of world peace and prosperity. The monument was completed in 1974, after the untimely death of His Majesty. Today it stands as both a monument to peace and a memorial to the late King.You will later visit the Handicrafts Emporium that is run by the Bhutanese government and also small local shops where you can witness examples of traditional arts and handicrafts. You can pick up some exquisite thangka paintings, hand-woven textiles, wood and slate carvings, jewelry, mask, ceramics, and other unique souvenirs made from local material. In the evening you will drive past the majestic Trashichhoedzong, or the “Fortress of the Glorious Religion”. This landmark serves as the center of the Bhutanese government and religion, the Monarch’s throne room, and the seat of the Chief Abbot or Je Khenpo. It was built in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the religious and political unifier of Bhutan and reconstructed in the 1960s. It is built in the traditional Bhutanese style without the use of any architectural plans or nails. After a full day’s sightseeing, you will return to your hotel for overnight stay.Overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu. (Breakfast)
Early this morning you will have your breakfast at the hotel and leave for your day excursion to Punakha (75 kms / approximately 03-hours 30 minutes drive one way).You will first drive up to the Dochu-la Pass (3,088 m / 10,130 ft). You will stop here briefly to soak in the breathtaking view and admire the Chorten, Mani Wall, and prayer flags that have been erected to decorate the highest point on the road. If the weather Gods are kind and bless you with clear skies, you can view the following peaks at this pass. (From left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m), Kangphugang (7,170 m), Zongphugang (7,060 m), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana, and finally Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.After you have admired the view at Dochu-La Pass, you will continue your drive to Punakha where you will visit the Punakha Dzong. The Dzong was built strategically at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the center for religious and administration of the region. Punakha Dzong holds a very important part in the history of Bhutan and forms an important landmark for the country. It was damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake and subsequently restored. Today the Dzong has been fully reconstructed by the present King. You will also visit the Chimi Lakhang Temple. Later return to Thimphu after the sightseeing.Overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu. (Breakfast)
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will check out and prepare for your drive to Paro. En route you will visit the Simtokha Dzong. Built in 1672, this Dzong is the oldest in Bhutan and presently houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.On arrival in Paro, you will transfer to the hotel for Check In and relax. In the afternoon you will proceed for sightseeing in Paro. You will begin with a visit to the Ta Dzong which was once a watchtower. It was built in the 17th century to act as a defense for the Rinpung Dzong during the inter-valley wars. The Ta Dzong was inaugurated as the National Museum of Bhutan in 1968. Explore the different exhibits inside the museum and understand the history and culture of Bhutan.Later, you will walk down a picturesque hillside trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong. It was built in 1646 by Shabdrun Ngawang Namgyal who is the first temporal and spiritual ruler of Bhutan. The Rinpung Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (District Administrative Head), and the Thrimpon (Judge) of the Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge known as Nemi Zam.Overnight stay at hotel in Paro. (Breakfast)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Later you will proceed for an exciting excursion to the most iconic landmark of Bhutan, the Taktsang Monastery. It is also known as the Tiger’s Nest and is a must-see for anyone visiting Bhutan. The monastery is located outside Paro and the total time for the excursion is approximately five hours.It is believed that Guru Rinpoche arrived at the spot of this monastery on the back of a tigress and meditated. That is why it has earned the name “Tiger’s Nest”. Nestled on the side of a steep hillside, the monastery is a majestic landmark that you must visit during your stay in Bhutan. After you have clicked photos and caught your breath from the climb, you will head back to Paro.En route you will visit the Kyichu Lakhang. It is one of the old and most sacred shrines ob the Bhutanese Kingdom.Overnight stay at hotel in Paro. (Breakfast)
After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will be met and assisted by our representative at the hotel lobby for Check out & transfer to the airport for your Flight to return home. With the memories, experiences and photographs of a lifetime, this trip will draw to an end. We would love to hear your stories, and your feedback. Please write to us with anything you would want to share with us, as this keeps us motivated in our effort to provide beautiful holiday experiences to our guests. (Breakfast)
Note: Above Itinerary is just indicative. Do not consider it as a Final Schedule. Date & Time of Tours can be changed by Local Agent / Tour Operator.
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