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Bhutan “The Land of Thunder Dragon” is today “The Land Of Happiness”. Check how this country claims to be the land of happiness, find their reason of happiness with this 7 days tour of “The Last Shangri-La”.
Fly scenic flight from Kathmandu to Paro (recommended left hand side seat for mountain views including Mt. Everest). Explore Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan.
Explore Punakha and Paro on the last leg of tour. Hike to iconic Taktsang Monastery hanging on the high cliff. And then fly to onward destination via Kathmandu or Delhi with sweet memories and promise to come back soon.
|Day 1||Fly Kathmandu-Paro. Drive to Thimphu|
|Day 2||Thimphu Sightseeing|
|Day 3||Drive to Punakha (3 hrs)|
|Day 4||Drive to Paro (3 hrs)|
|Day 5||Paro Sightseeing|
|Day 6||Hike to Paro Taktsang Monastery|
|Day 7||Final Departure|
Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. you will be greeted by your guide upon arrival at Paro Airport and drive to Thimphu, check in hotel. After while followed by sightseeing in Thimphu:-
This was built in 1974 in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Throughout the day people circumambulate the chorten, whirl the large red prayer wheels and pray at a small shrine inside the gate. Like the early birds, old aged people go early morning till the dawn to circumambulate and pray the whole day and the students pass by and do around 3 rounds before they leave for their schools. People often go there or whenever they get the time they go there and their stressful mind gets relaxed, because the moment you step your feet inside the gate you feel so peace and becomes more peaceful when you hear the rings of bells.
Buddha Statue– one of the world largest Buddha statue built on top of the Kuensel Phodrang 51m tall over looking on the top of the Thimphu town. People over call it as a Buddha Point. The best part is when you reach up there you can see the whole Thimphu town, if you get a chance to go up there at night you could see the street lights on and through that street lights we could see Thimphu town in a crown shape of our King, and It’s really beautiful that you can’t get your eyes off.
Takin Zoo– Takin is national animal of Bhutan and it’s still preserved in a large fenced area and its mini zoo in the capital city. It is worthwhile taking the time to see these odd looking mammals, which look like a bit of a cross between a gnu and a bison. Best time to see them is early morning when they gather near the fence to feed. Just short distance can view whole Thimphu city area from Sangay Gang, a BBS tower area.
ThimphuDzong– The largest Dzong, is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan and Je-khenpo (Head about of Religious) namely TrashiChhoeDzong. It was not the original ThimphuDzong; in 1216 Lama GyalwaLhanangpa built a blue stone dzong (dho-nyendzong) and few years later Lama PhajoDrukgomShigpo took over the dzong. In 1641 Zhabdrung acquired the dzong from the descendants of Lama Phajo and renamed it as TrashiChhoeDzong (Fortress of glorious religion).
Night over stay in Hotel DrukDay 2: Thimphu Sightseeing
Changangkha Lhakhang- Popular fortress temple built in 12th Century by son of Lama Phojo Drukgom Shigpo
National Institute of Zorig Chusum- after lunch, visit to this institute commonly known as painting schools,
National Library- It was established in 1967 to preserve ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts. It is a fine example of traditional Bhutanese Architecture and also a good resource for books about Bhutan. Most of the books are of Tibetan-style, printed or written on long strips of handmade paper. Other displays include some great historic photos, a copy of letter sent from Druk Desi (secular ruler).
Folk heritage museum- It is restored three-storey, rammed-earth and timber building replicates a traditional farmhouse, furnished as it would have been about a century ago, this almost –living museum is included in the admission and provides an interesting glimpse into traditional Bhutanese life. It also includes traditional noodle press, leopard skin bags and yak haired hats.
Textile museum- The art of Bhutanese art of weaving and is also display of all the products and major weaving techniques and styels of local dress and type of textiles made by women and men.
Craft Bazer- Is the display of all the Bhutanese handicraft items, especially comes from a different part of the country and is especially display for only Handicraft items.
Night stay in hotel Druk
After a good breakfast drive to Punakha via Dochula pass.
Dochula Pass– (3140m) The 108 chortens was built by the present Queen Mother of Bhutan AshiDorjiWangmoWangchuck to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Indian militants and to liberate the souls of the souls lost. From here we can view beautiful Bhutan Himalaya snow & mountain. At the same time can visit Druk WangyelLhakhang, inside can see images of fourth king battling rebels in the Jungle, monks with laptops and Druk air plane, alongside a modern history of the kingdom.
Chimi Lhakhang– On a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina is the yellow-roofed ChimiLhakhang, built in 1499 by the cousin of Lama DrukpaKinley in his honor after he subdued the demoness of the nearby Dochula with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom’. A wooden effigy of the Lama’s thunderbolt is preserved in the Lhakhang, and childless women go to the temple to receive a Wang (blessings) from the saint.]
Punakha Dzong– Built and served as the capital and seat of government until Thimphu was promoted to the top job in the mid-1950s. Guru Rinpoche foretold the construction of Punakhadzong, predicting that ‘a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant’. When Zhabdrung visited Punakha he chose the tip of the trunk of the sleeping elephant at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu as a place to build a dzong
Hold night at Hotel DhensaDay 4: Drive to Paro (3 hrs)
After breakfast we will drive to
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten:
7 km north on Punakha, is the huge Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, perched high on a hill on the opposite bank of the river. The 30m-tall chorten (also known as the Nyzergang Lhakhang) took eight years to build and was consecrated in1999. The chorten is dedicated to the fifth king His majesty the King Jigme khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
later in the afternoon, drive to Paro via Simtokha Dzong.
Simtokha Dzong – Five miles from Thimphu, on a lofty ridge, stands SimtokhaDzong the oldest fortress in the Kingdom, built by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal in 1629 and it is said to be the 1stDzong built in Bhutan. It was once attacked by the Tibetians and was repelled and the leader of coalition, Palden lama was killed. Later on the expansion and restoration was performed by the Third Druk DesiMingyurTenpa in 1670s.This site said to guard the demon that was vanished into the rock nearby hence it was named Simtokha, from simmo(demoness) and do(stone).
Over stay in Hotel ZhiwalingDay 5: Paro Sightseeing
Right after breakfast, we will begin sightseeing tours in Paro:
Ta- Dzong– Built as a watch tower the Ta Dzong; it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique Thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
Paro Dzong– also known as Rinpung Dzong,this 15th century massive fortress/monastery, is also the administrative center of the dzongkhag. The correct name of the dzong is Rinchenpungdzong but in short people call it Rinpungdzong meaning ‘fortress on a heap of jewels’. The dzong survived the 1897 earthquake but was severely damaged by fire in 1907. It was formerly the meeting hall for National Assembly both for monastic body as well as for the district government.
Later, we visit Kyichu temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built by King Songtsen Gyempo of Tibet in 659AD. Legend has it that it is one of the 108 temples that the King built within a year around the Himalayan region.
14Kms away from Paro town stand the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong built by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal in 1649 in order to control the Tibetan Invasion. The Dzong was named “Druk” (Bhutan) “gyul” means (Victory) to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644. This place was, one of the major trade route between Tibet and Bhutan.Day 6: Hike to Paro Taktsang Monastery
A visit to Bhutan is incomplete without going to Paro Taktshang (Tiger’s Lair), one of the most sanctified and sacred temples in Bhutan.
Our journey to the Lair will begin after half an hour drive to the base of the temple. It is a five hour round trip along an old trail, with prayer flags fluttering. Taktshang is not just a sacred place, but an architectural wonder. Perched some 1000 meters on a hill overlooking a valley, it is believed that the great Indian Saint and Budddhist Master, Guru Padma Sambhava flew on a tigress in a wrathful form to this place in 746 AD, to subdue evil forces who were obstructing the spread of Buddhism. The trek, which will take about five hours (up and down) is an unforgettable one and promises every visitor an enthralling experience.
Evening walk around Paro tiny town and followed by with dinners with cultural show.
Over night stay in Hotel ZhiwalingDay 7: Final Departure
After breakfast, you will be driven to Paro international Airport for your flight out of Bhutan.
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