Night Stay in Phuentsholing
After breakfast, proceed to Thimphu approximately 6 hours ride. The road climbs steeply up and down mountainous ranges through zig-zag mountain routes. On the way, we will stop at Kharbandi Gompa. This beautiful monastery was built by Royal Grandmother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedon in 1967, offering a splendid view of Phuentsholing and the Indian plains from the splendid monastery gardens of tropical plants and flowers. Lunch is served en route.
Before reaching Thimphu, we will visit Semtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in the kingdom, build by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1627. Overnight in Thimphu.
Enjoy full day sightseeing including, Handicraft Emporium which has a wide variety of displaying assortment of beautifully hand-woven and handcrafted products; National Textile Museum , under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuk opened its exhibition; Folk heritage Museum aka Phelchy Toenkhyim, dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition and demonstration.
After lunch, continue on to National Institute for Zorig Chusum (Painting School), National Institute of Traditional Medicine. Next visit National Library which was established in 1967 with the primary objective of collecting and preserving mainly ancient Bhutanese written and printed documents.
Drive to Punakha over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks snowclad mountains bodering Tibet from the pass before descending into balmy Punakha valley. Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. Visit Punakha Dzong which is located between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) the "Palace of Great Happiness" built in 1637.
After lunch, visit to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of Drukpa Kuenly, who is known as the Divine Madman for his accentric behaviours. He is also considered a symbol of fertility and many childless couples go to his temple for blessing. Overnight in Punakha/ Wangduephodrang.
After breakfast, drive back to Thimphu. On arrival visit to the Tashichhodzong, National Memorial Chorten, completed by the Royal Queen Mother in the memory of her son the Third King who passed away in 1972, Kuensel Phodrang, The Motithang Takin Preserve also known as the Thimphu Zoo and 12th century Changangkha Temple.
After lunch, continue to Paro. On arrival in Paro you may enjoy a visit to the downtown area, stroll and explore the markets. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery, the wooded structure stands bravely on a cliff in the upper Paro Valley. The walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. It is said that the great Guru Rimpoche have flown here on the back of a tigress and set up this monastery when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century.
After lunch visit to the Drukgyel Dzong, with the delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans invasions. On the return drive to Paro, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo to subdue the ogress that lay across the whole of the Himalayas.
In the morning drive to the Phuentsholing (6hrs). Phuentsholing town is the gateway to Bhutan from Indian state of West Bengal. Situated directly at the Himalayan foothills, Phuentsholing is a fascinating mixture of Indian and Bhutanese, a perfect example of mingling of people and their culture. Being the frontier town, it serves as the entry/exit point to Bhutan by road.
After breakfast drive to Baghdogra airport for flight to your onward destination. Tashi Delek.
Mr Mr. Aniruddha Das
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