Well Come to Bhutan, The land of Gross National Happiness, upon landing at Paro International Air port; you will be warmly received by your guide at the exit door with a white scarf which symbolizes a pure relationship and trust on each other.
Drive to Thimphu which will take approximately an hour. You will be embraced with beautiful scenery of the paddy fields and the typical Bhutanese houses on your way. On the way we will visit Tachog Lhakhang which was built in the 14th century by Dewa Zangpo, son of Thangthong Gyalpo( known for having built many iron suspension bridges in the Himalayas). Then will continue our drive towards Thimphu (capital city) and will do check in the hotel. After that you can take few hours to let youself accustomed to our climate.
Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan since 1955. The harmonious mix of modern development with ancient traditions preserves it as a unique town. The altitude ranges from 1,200 m to 7, 160m. Your day begins with a visit to Tashichhoe Dzong( “the fortress of auspicious doctrine”), an ancient fortress built in 1641. It has been the seat of Bhutan’s government since 1952 and presently houses viz. offices of the king, the secretariat and the ministries of home and cultural affairs and finance. It is also the centre for monastic body. Now we will pay visit to the National Institute of Zorgi Chusum, (thirteen traditional crafts.) you will get a chance to catch a glimpse of traditional crafts that showcase the intellectual and capacities of our fore fathers that has been passed down for generations. Bhutanese unique artistic tradition has served an important role in shaping its distinct culture heritage in the world. You can eventually see the student keeping their interest in these wonders.
Then we will visit the Folk Heritage Museum,( a three storied restored traditional Bhutanese house which dates back to mid 19th century). Bhutanese leads a very simple life yet in a very happy and peaceful way.
After lunch we will visit the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. It is a prominent landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells. Decorated with richly painted annexes facing the cardinal directions, and features elaborate Mandalay, statues and a shrine, people circumambulate the Chorten, bustle the large red prayer wheels and pray at a small shrine inside the gate throughout the day.
Then we will visit Buddha point(Kuensel Phodrang). The statue will house over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues within it, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself. The statue will be made of bronze and gilded in gold. The Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang,( the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth Desi), overlooking the southern loom to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
On your way to Paro, drive towards east of Thimphu town to Semtokha dzong built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan, the dzong is the first of its kind built in country. It’s an important historical monument. It now serves as a Buddhist high school. We will held overnigh in thimphu.
After your breakfast drive to Punakha, old capital of Bhutan. Before you get to Khuruthang town, on the way, visit Chime Lhakhang, built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel after the site was blessed by the “Divine Madman” the maverick saint Drukpa Kinley. It stands on a round hillock. He was known as the “Mad Saint” or “Divine Madman” for his unorthodox ways of teaching Buddhism by singing, humour and outrageous behavior, which amounted to being weird, shocking and with sexual overtones. He is also the saint who advocated the use of phallus symbols as paintings on walls and as flying carved wooden phalluses on house tops at four corners of the eves. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.
In Punakha, visit Pungthang Dewa Choenpai Phodrang, “the palace of great happiness or bliss”, built in 1637-38 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of the most majestic structures with its outstanding artwork. The Dzong is nestled at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (Male River) and Mo Chhu (Female River). Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, now it is the winter residence of Bhutan’s Central Monastic Body led by His Holiness the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot). The Dzong houses the most sacred relics of the Drukpa Kagyud School. Many national historical events took place at the dzong, the most recent Royal Weeding of His Majesty the King. Over night at Hotel/Resort.
Prayer flags adorning the enormous cliffs, chirping of birds, and a stunning view of Paro valley lays a wonderful place in the world called Taktsang (Tigre’s nest), a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of an absolute rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley floor. After a short drive from your hotel, you are there at the base of the cliff that plunges the monastery. Start you trail through beautiful pine trees festooned with mosses and the fluttering of colored prayer flags. In tuned with chirping of birds and fragrance of fresh air throughout the trail would rejuvenate your you. You are yet to reach the monastery after three hours walk, stop at the Mid Way Cafeteria for a cup of tea or light refreshment and enjoy the astonishing view of the Tiger’s nest. You are left with a short distance to reach the monastery now. A Buddhist saint Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tigress in the form of Dorji Drolo and meditated there in 8th century.
After Lunch, on the way back to your hotel, drive to the ruins ofDrukgyel Dzong nestled in the upper part of Paro valley. Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and a Buddhist monastery built by in 1649 at the behest of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. In those days it had served as an important base for defense in the region until 1951 when it was razed down by fire. Also you have a panoramic view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314) snowcapped for almost all the season
On the way back,we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, (also known as Kyerchu Temple or Lho Kyerchu) is undoubtedly one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built sometimes in mid 7th century by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. It is considered to be one of the 108 temples he built in a day throughout the Himalayan regions to subdue the demons. Of which Kichu Lhakhang in Paro and Jampa Lhakhang in Bumthang are two of them. In the 8th century the temple was visited by Guru Rinpoche and it is believed that he concealed many spiritual treasures here. Because of Jowo (Buddha) as the main statue the temple was also known as Jowo Lhakhang. We will held overnight at Paro
After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.
Sustainable Development Fees
Bhutan Visa fee
Accommodations in 5 star hotel/Resorts on Double Occupancy basics.
Lunch, Dinner, Evening Tea and Snacks(Dinner & Lunch will be served at Tourism board certified restaurent only)
All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees to the sights visited.
Local English Speaking Tour Leader/Guide.
Full time luxury SUV or luxury Coaster Bus.
All necessary permits and their fees.
Plenty of drinking mineral water.
All necessary trekking arrangements (1 tent for 2 guest for trekkers).
Individual’s special gifts hamper.
Free Bhutan tourist maps and other information pamphlets.
Wearing of Bhutanese dress during your stay in Bhutan only if you are interested.
Visit traditional Bhutanese house and dinner with Bhutanese locals.
International & Domestic Airfare
Travel / Medical Insurance (recommended)
Personal expenses and any alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages
Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc.
Single room supplement charge for two Pax and above
Specialized /language guides available on supplement cost
Travel / Medical Insurance
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