THIMPU -02 N / GANGTEY -01 N / BUMTHANG -02 N / PUNAKHA -01 N / PARO -03 N
( PKG-00097 )
Day 1 : Arrival at Paro by air and Transfer to Thimpu - Over Night stay at Thimpu -
Arrive at Paro International Airport. Complete Immigration formalities and transfer to Thimphu.
It is approximately 65 kilometers and is nearly 01 hour drive from Paro - Thimphu is the capital and largest city of Bhutan - It has a population of 104,200 & Check-In at Hotel - Overnight Stay at Thimphu . Check in to your hotel.
Interested Places of Bhutan are: ? Memorial Chorten – A monument, built in 1974 to honor the 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972), is a prominent landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells. ? Kuensel Phodrang – World’s Largest Sitting Buddha Statue. ?Takin Reserve - A wildlife reserve area for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. ?BBS Tower – Provides a vantage point view of the Thimphu Valley. Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan – A National Center for professional training in weaving design and production of Bhutanese Textile. Overnight stay in Thimphu.
Day 2 : Thimpu sightseeing - Full Day - Overnight stay at Thimpu -
– Early morning breakfast – Drive and visit the Memorial Chorten (Stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who was called the Father of modern Bhutan - Next the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved, Wood Craft and Painting School - The handicrafts Emporium which has beautiful and creative collection of textile arts, and indigenous fibres-Future plans of becoming a center of textile learning - Trashichhoedzong is also called fortress of the glorious religion-The dzong houses main secretariat building and is the throne of His Majesty, King Of Bhutan-During the summer months His Holiness,Je Khenpo visits the dzong.-The car will be at your disposal – Other places to visit are National Zoo, National Institute of Traditional medicine, Traditional Paper Factory(made from Daphne Plant)-Please note it is not possible to cover all the sites mentioned above in a single day-Back to Hotel-In the evening local markets like handicraft shops, weekend market(Saturdays and Sundays),Craft Bazaar(Tuesday and Wednesday) can be visited-Overnight stay in Thimphu
Major Sightseeing Covering 1) Buddha Point, 2) BBS Tower, 3) Tashicchhoe Dzong, 4)The Memorial Chorten, 5) National Library, 6) The Institute of Traditional Medicine, 7) Centenary Farmer Market, 8) Changlimithang Stadium, 9) School of Arts & Crafts, 10) Handicraft Institute, 11) Zangthopelri Lhakhang, 12) Motithang Takin Reserve (Takin Zoo), 13) Semtokha Dzong
Day 3 : Transfer from Thimpu to Gangtey
Early morning head for Gangtey - The drive from Thimphu to Gangtey is approximately 125 kilometers and is nearly 05 hours drive by road - From Thimphu drive up to Dochula pass at an elevation of 3050 meters - Guests have an opportunity to view the peaks of the eastern Himalayas - En route, stop at Dochula Pass where you will have a coffee break while appreciating the striking view of Mt. Himalaya - Guests will also visit the grand 108 stupas - After that, one can continue driving to Gangtey - It is a beautiful and tranquil place surrounded by lush forests - This evening remains free - If guests are interested, one can stroll around the Gangtey Valley and pay a visit to the exquisite Gangtey Goempo - Night stay at Gangtey
Day 4 : Transfer from Gangtey to Bumthang via Trongsa
It is approximately 200 kilometers and is nearly 07 hours drive by road - Early morning a scenic drive to Bumthang, the most historic dzongkhag with extraordinary sceneries - After breakfast, we depart from Gangtey, cross the Pele La Pass and visit the Chendebji Chorten, a large white structure beside a stream - Later stop at Trongsa for lunch and visit its huge white Trongsa Dzong with a distinctive yellow roof - After that continue your adventure to Bumthang after crossing the Yotong La Pass - Bumthang is a district in the north-central region of Bhutan and due to the great number of temples and sacred sites, it is often referred to as the spiritual heartland of the country - Bumthang valley consists of Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor valleys - Stay overnight in Bumthang
Day 5 : Bumthang Sightseeing
Bumthang is justifiably regarded as Bhutan's cultural heartland where the landscape is dotted with palaces, ancient temples and monasteries - We will take the whole day to explore the Bumthang valley by visiting the grand Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakang, Tamshing Lhakhang and Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of Bumthang - After that we lead you to stroll in the village and have a close contact with the local people and visit a local handicraft shop - In the afternoon, do a short hike to the Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery, a remarkable Tibetan Buddhist monastery - Night stay at Bumathang
Day 6 : Transfer from Bumthang to Punakha
It is approximately 200 kilometers and is nearly 07 hours drive by road - This morning we take a short time to stroll around the town and later start for a long drive to Punakha - This is a scenic drive, passing many small villages, waterfalls with spectacular landscape, crossing Black mountains, the ever-changing vegetation and finally arriving in the warm valley of Punakha. As the valley is at a lower elevation of about 1250 meters / 4100 feet above sea level, it enjoys subtropical climate with warm summers and pleasant winters - After a short rest at the hotel, we guide you to today's highlight - Punakha Dzong. It is a very beautiful Bhutanese architecture located at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers - Night Stay at Punakha
Day 7 : Transfer From Punakha/Wangdue To Paro
After breakfast drive to Punakha/Wangdue. After lunch visit Chimi Lakhang Temples lies in the fertile Lobesa villge of Punakha Valley. The temple is dedicated to the divine madman-Saint Drukpa Kuenley and the temple is also known as the Temple of Fertility. The temple is accessible by 20-25 minutes from the village near the junction of the road that branches out to Wangdue and Punakha. We first walk through the village of Sosokha and then gradually hike through the paddy fields to Lobesa Village and arrive at the temple. The temple is associated with Lama Drukpa Kuenley lived in Bhutan around the 1500s. He was a highly accomplished Buddhist master but he was called Divine Madman for his humorous approach and sexual overtones in his teachings. As per the legend, Lama Drukpa Kuenley subdued a demoness here who was terrorizing the residents of the valley and marked the site for the temple to be built later by his cousin. It’s a general belief that if a childless couple visits the temple and wishes for fertility, they will be blessed by Lama Drukpa Kuenley and will be able to bear children. Nobody knows exactly how and when the tradition of seeking fertility blessing started in Chimi Lhakhang but today, the temple is famous as the Temple of Fertility. Overnight stay in Paro.
Day 8 : Paro Sight Seeing - Chela La ( Pass) & Haa Valley - Overnight stay at Paro -
After Breakfast: Excursion to PARO Extra Point: Chele La (Pass) & Haa Valley Only (Border of the Bhutan and China): At an elevation 3,988 meters is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. About an hour's drive along a thickly-forested road, is this Pass-a botanical paradise. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake. It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Here, visitors can see cascades of wild roses; purple and yellow primulas; and swathes of deep blue iris covering the forest floor. The top of the pass bloom with rhododendrons in a variety of colors-pale pink, deep pink, burnt orange, mauve, white and scarlet.
In Evening: Stroll Through the Market of Paro & Overnight Stay at Paro.
Day 9 : Paro Sightseeing -Full Day - Overnight stay at Paro -
Early morning breakfast-Morning excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also called the Tiger’s Nest-Guru Rinpoche/Padmasambhava is believed to have meditated here for three years, three months and three days in 8th Century-The monastery clings to a cliff which is 800 metres above the ground-Walk of 2 hours-Back to hotel for Lunch-After Lunch visit to Drukgyel Dzongs, was a fortress built to commemorate victory over the invading Tibetan forces-Destroyed by fire in 1950-KyichuLhakhang is one of those 108 monasteries constructed miraculously by King Songten Gampo in one night,-Other places to visit are Jangsarbu Lhakhang,Druk Choeding,Dungtse Lhakhang-Adventure sports like trekking, hiking and bird watching is also available in Paro-Please note it is not possible to cover all the places mentioned in a single day-In the evening free to visit local markets-Overnight stay in Paro
Day 10 : Departure transfer to Paro Airport (PBH)
Paro Airport (PBH) is the sole international airport of the four airports in the Kingdom of Bhutan - It is 06 kilometers i.e. 3.7 miles from Paro in a deep valley on the bank of the river Paro Chhu - Paro is one of the most tranquil and beautiful valley in Bhutan - Paro is the name of district or Dzongkhag and as well as the name of its town center - Paro Dzongkhag is situated in the north-western part of Bhutan - It covers a total area of 1258 square kilometers With surrounding peaks as high as 5,500 meters / 18,000 feet it is considered one of the world's most challenging airports and only a select number of pilots are certified to land at the airport - Forwarding Journey
Duration: 9 Nights 10 Days
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