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 signifies a pure relationship and trust for each other. Then we will take a drive to hotel for Check-in. Take few hours to acclimatize to the altitude.
After lunch, will visit Ta Dzong, built in1656 and later renovated in 1968, (former Watch tower ) which now houses the National Museum. The route through the museum ensures that you walk clockwise where you can have an amazing view of Paro valley. You can see an impressive collection of thangkas, both ancient and modern, depicting many important saints and teachers, the artifacts of Bhutanese warriors, viz. the masks, collection of varieties of wild stuffs, etc.
Just below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong, literally means “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The fortress was used on numerous occasions to defend the Paro valley from invasions by Tibetan. Moreover it was formerly the meeting hall for the National Assembly however now it houses, a monastic school and a centre for civil and religious authority in this valley t. After a short walk down the dzong will takes you to the shore of Pa-Chhu (Paro River). Cross the typical Bhutanese wooden roofed bridge called Nyamai Zam and will reach to Paro town. After a short tour in the town will drive back to hotel.
Prayer flags adorning the enormous cliffs, chirping of birds, and a stunning view of Paro valley lays a wonder 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 mind. 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 of Drukgyel Dzong nestled in the upper part of Paro valley. Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and a Buddhist monastery built in 1649 at the behest of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. During those days it had served as an important base for defense in the region until 1951 when it was razed down by fire. You wil also get an opportunity to view Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314)which remains under snow for almost all the season On the way back, will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, (also known as Kyerchu Temple or Lho Kyerchu)which is believed to be an oldest temples in Bhutan, built sometimes in mid 7th century by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. It is still revered as one of the 108 temples he had 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 had concealed many spiritual treasures here. Because of Jowo (Buddha) as the main relics inside the temple, was also known as Jowo Lhakhang.
Drive to Thimphu which takes approximately an hour. You will enjoy the scenery of the paddy fields and the Bhutanese traditional houses on the sides of the road. 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).will continue your drive toward Thimphu (capital city) and check in the hotel.
Thimphu has been the capital of Bhutan since 1955. The harmonious mix of modern development with ancient traditions presents it as a unique town in the region. 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. throne room and 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 to witness the traditional crafts that speak about high intellectuall and capacities of our fore father 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 even see the students keeping their interest in these wonders.
Then 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.
And then we will visit the Bhutan National Library, established in 1967 with the primary objective of collecting and preserving mainly ancient Bhutanese written and printed resources. It is also a major scriptural repository and research centre and provides facility that is dedicated for the preservation and promotion of the rich literary, cultural and religious heritage of our country.
Now, will drive to the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, which was initially started in 1967. The institute trains students on traditional medicine for six year that culminate in producing traditional physicians to offer better health service in the country. The institute also offers a three year diploma course for the compounders, who learn how 2 translate the herbs into medicine. The Institute mainly supplies traditional medicines and medical services, and conducts research on traditional medicinal plants to identify the ingredients and develop new products.
Will then visit National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. It is an iconic landmark at the heart of the city embraced with golden spires and bells. Adorned with richly painted annexes facing the cardinal directions, and elaborate Mandalay, statues and shrine. People circumambulate the Chorten chanting mantras, bustling in with prayer wheels in their hands purposefully praying for the wellbeing of the king, country and all sentient beings.
After that we will visit Changangkha Lhakhgang which was built in the 12th century on a site, prophesied by Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo, (founder of Drukpa kagyed school in Bhutan) who came to Bhutan from Ralung in Tibet. Many Bhutanese couple comes here to bless their new born baby with auspicious names.
After your breakfast, we will take a drive to LamPelri Botanical garden via Dochula Pass (3,050 m). The road climbs steadily up through a forest covered with pine and cedar, and moreover adorned with rodhadendron. The stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan snowcapped mountain ranges can be seen especially on clear winter days. The beauty of this place with spiritual and artistic monument blends with the beauty of natural environments further beautifying the a unique cluster of 108 Namgyal Khangzang built by eldest Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. As we descend further down the hill along the series of vegetation, you will reach at the LamPelri Botanical Garden.
After eating lunch at Dochula View point resort, we will drive back towards Thimphu town, where we will be going to Semtokha Dzong, built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (unifier of Bhutan), the Dzong is the first of its kind built in Bhutan. It’s an important historical monument. It now houses a Buddhist high school.
Then will visit Buddha point/Kuensel Phodrang. The statue house over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues within it, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself. This statue are 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.
After that we will visit Motithang Takin zoo, (wildlife reserve area for takin) the National Animal of Bhutan. Originally a mini-zoo, it was converted into a preserve when it was discovered that the animals refrained from inhabiting the surrounding forest even when set free. The reason for declaring takin as a National Animal of Bhutan is attributed to a legend of the animal’s creation in Bhutan in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kinley.
By the name Drukpa Kinley, popularly called by the epithet “The Divine Madman” is credited with creating the takin with unique features. Drukpa Kinley, who was not only a religious preacher but also a proficient tantric, was requested by the people of Bhutan during one of his religious lectures to conjure a miracle before them. The saint agreed to do so provided he was served, a whole cow and a whole goat for lunch. Once served, he devoured the food of both animals and left out the bones. He then took out the head of the goat and fixed it to the skeleton of the cow and uttered abracadabra and the magic worked. With a snap, he created a live animal, which had the head of the goat and the body of the cow. The animal sprang up and moved on to the meadows to graze. The animal was then given the name dong Gyem tsey (takin). Since then this animal has been a common sight in the hills of Bhutan. Because of this magical creation with high religious connotation, the animal has been adopted as the National Animal of Bhutan.
So finally we will visit the Drubthob Gonpa/Zilukha Nunnery. The place also has an astonishing view of the majestic, TashiChhoe Dzong (Fortress of Glorious Religion), Gyalyong Tshogkhang (National Assembly Hall) and government cottages nearby. A golf course spans much of the district adjoining the lower eastern part. Option: if you happen to be in Thimphu on the Weekends, you can opt for another plan.
Option: if you happen to be in Thimphu on the Weekends, you can opt for another plan.
Vendors from across the country arrive on Thursday afternoon to Thimphu weekend vegetable market. People from the farms nearby places come to sell their vegetables and foodstuffs. This is the only time where, Thimphu residents will get fresh and organic stuffs. You are yet to see the locally produced textiles just opposite to the Centenary Market. People across the country come here to sell their indigenous goods, collection of stalls and textiles. We will continue our visit to Folk Heritage Museum and will offer lunch a typical Bhutanese style lunch.
Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.
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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