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BHUTAN

Itinerary:-

Day 1: Phunstholing  Arrival

Arrive Phuntsholing. You will be welcomed by our Guide who will be waiting for your arrival. After border formalities are finished will check into hotel and if there is time will stroll in Phuntsholing town. Night halt at Phuntsholing.

 

Day 2: Phuntsholing to Paro

After breakfast will drive to Paro which is 6 hr drive from Phuntsholing which will take you through various kind of vegetation and altitude. On reaching Wangkha will stop for a lunch and after lunch will continue our journey to Paro. After reaching Paro will check in to hotel.

Towards evening will visit

•             Paro Ta Dzong(watch tower) which is the National Museum of Bhutan.

•             Paro Rinpung Dzong(Heap of Jewel) used for administrative purpose and monastic bodies.

In the evening will stroll in Paro town. Dinner and night halt at Paro.

 

Day 3:Hike to Paro Taktshang(Tigers nest), Evening Drive to Thimphu

After early breakfast will hike to Paro Taktsang which is one of the most popular monastery visited by the tourist. It was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup, a cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) flew to this location from Khenpajong, Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then performed

meditation in one of the caves here and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and blessed the place. Subsequently, the place came to be known as the "Tiger's Nest". Guru Padmasambhava is known for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen caves in which he meditated.

In the afternoon will visit

•             Drugyel Dzong; fortress which was built to commemorate a victory over Tibetan.

•             Kyichu Lhakhang; one of the oldest temple in bhutan.

In the evening will drive to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. Dinner and overnight at Thimphu.

 

Day 4: Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast will visit;

•             Memorial Chorten which was built by Her majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her late son His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk ("the father of modern Bhutan") the third king of Bhutan.

•             Folk and Textile Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan's living traditions.

•             National Library

•             Indigenous hospital

•             The Painting School, where young monks learn the art of painting Buddhist thangkha.

•             Handicraft emporium.

•             Changangkha Lhakhang (Temple)

 

In the afternoon will hike to Wangditse(Sangaygang) where we can visit a temple and from there we can see the view of whole Thimphu town. And on the way we can visit mini zoo where you can see takin the national animal of Bhutan. And then will visit Trashichho dzong, the beautiful fortress which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot.

 

Day 5: Thimphu to Punakha

After breakfast will drive to Punakha which is about 4 hours drive from Thimphu. On the way you will stop at Dochula (3150m) and there you can see 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten. If you wish we can stop for tea and snacks as there is a cafe. You will then drive down further through temperate forests into semitropical range of orange and cactuses.  When we reach to Punakha we will see Punakha dzong built on the confluence of Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River). Today it is the winter residence of the Je- khenpho the chief abbot and also serves as the administration center of the Punakha district.

 

Day 6: Punakha to Thimphu

After breakfast will drive towards Wangduephodrang and on the way will visit Chimi Lhakhang which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th century (This monk is popularly known as the Devine madman for his philosophy, “Salvation through sex”). He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “The Temple of Fertility”.

After that will continue to drive towards Wangduephodrang and visit Wangduephodrang Dzong which was built in 1638, but it was gutted completely by fire in 2012 and at present we can see the ruins of it and soon will start the reconstruction work.

After lunch will drive back to Thimphu, dinner and night halt at Thimphu.

 

Day 7: Thimphu to Phuntsholing, Departure

Drive to Phuntsholing for your next destination. Our guide and driver will bid you farewell and we wish you a safe and pleasant journey back home and hope to see you again in Bhutan.

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