Explore the best of Bhutan- the land of Thunder Dragons, Wolder of Punakha fortress and Hike to Tiger Nest.
A scenic flight from Kathmandu over the soaring snowcapped peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Choholmari will bring you to Paro, is only International Airport of Royal Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan. This West Bhutan tour takes you to the Bhutanese Capital Thimpu, Paro, Phunaka, Tiger Nest and Wangduepodrang. During the tour you will have deep experience of Druk (Bhutan local) experience, Drukpa cusine, Buddhist culture and urban natural atmosphair.
This trip begins to unfold right after you land at Paro is called Paa Cho. During the cultural exploration of Paro you can witness the Paro Ringpung Dzong which is one of Bhutans most remarkable and eminent dzongs, and possibly the finest paradigm of Bhutanese architecture. The vegetable market adds the live in the streets of Paro. A trip to the cliff hanging Taktsang Monastery 900m above Paro Valley. A short hike with the minimum facilities and much more myth is worthwhile Hike from bottom to the cave.
Now, the trip heads towards Bhutanese Capital Thimpu. Trashi Choe Dzong Dechen Phodrang Changangkha Lhakhang, Changlimithang Stadium and Archery Ground, Zangto Pelri Lhakhang and several other monuments in Thimpu are significant monuments, you will be visiting for insightful tour of Thimpu and drive up the highest and tallest Buddhist Stature, where you grave the all thimpu valley with the river in your camera for good memory. Your west Bhutan trip continues towards to the second most popular place and fortress Punakha. The major attraction of Phunaka valley is Chimli Lakhang Temple which is also well known as fertility temple. The temple jam-packed with baby monks stands high on the hilltop, offering the magnificent views of the valleys. Phunaka is also popular for marvelous statues, paintings and the enlightening preaching of Buddha. We visit the grand Punakha Fortress it devided 2 parts (Monastry part and Administration part for office). Furthermore this trip takes you to Wangduepodrang. The major highlight of Wangduepodrang is Wangdue Dzong. Despite of being burnt very recently the dzong is still an eminent pride of Wangduepodrang. Visiting around Bhutanese village and river valley is just beautiful.
Fly Kathmandu Arrive Paro International Airport
During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received and escorted to your hotel by our company representative. After hotel, self exploring around the Paro city. Hotel with full board basis.
Paro – Sightseeing
Morning: Drive to Drugyal Dzong – a ruined fortress – 16Kms away from Paro town. The Dzong, although in ruins, holds great historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The name means the victorious Bhutanese. This spot offers a magnificent vista of Mount Chomolhari, “Mountain of Goddess” 7329 meter. Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse on the way back. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon, Visit the National Museum – Ta-Dzong. Once the watchtower for the Rimpung Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The Museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in all its glory. Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing an abutted by two guardhouses, to the dzong. Today, the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower Utse of the Dzong, with the superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D. Evening: Tea at the hotel and drive for two hours 65 km. to reach the capital city of Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.
Thimphu – Sightseeing
Morning; Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952 – 1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still preserved. Artists are taught to paint Thankas here – sacred Buddhist scroll. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where one can buy Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon: Visit Simtokha Dzong. This is the oldest fortress in Bhutan, built in 1629 AD by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It also houses the largest monastic schools in the country. Visit Tashichho Dzong – The main secretariat building. It is from here that the King and other prominent civil servants run the country. The Head Abbot and the central monastic body also reside here during the summer.Visit Pangri Zampa Monastery, situated just beyond Dechencholing Palace 5km. from Thimphu. This temple was the first residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D. It was built during the first quarter of the 16th century by Ngawang Chogyel, the great ancestor of the Shabdrung.
Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdiphodrang 77km.
After an early breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdi. On the way, halt at Dochula for a hot cup of tea/coffee and on a clear day, the most spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. Lunch at the hotel. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, the former winter capital and presently administrative seat of the district. It is also the winter residence of the central monastic body. The Dzong (fortress) lies between two rivers, the Pochu and Mochu, meaning male and female rivers. It was built in 1637 A.D. visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong, perched on a promontory 13 kms away from Punakha. The Dzong was built in 1638 A.D. Overnight in Wangdi.
Punakha – Thimphu
Return to Thimphu. After lunch stroll around Thimphu town for shopping. If the day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, visit the weekend vegetable market.
Thimphu – Paro
After an early breakfast, drive back to Paro for a short trek to Taktsang monastery 10km. from Paro Town. The name Taksang means “Tiger’s nest”. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava, the second Buddha, alighted here upon the back of a tigress. Picnic lunch at Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 4 hrs. Evening : casual stroll through Paro Town for shopping and visit to some village homes.
Departure from Paro Airport.
After breakfast, process to final departure. Drive to airport and fly to onward destination/Kathmandu.
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