Pick up from Paro airport and If you reach early and if we have time on the same day you reached will visit century old Dungtse lhakhang which one of old unique temple. Then drive up to visit Ta dzong (watch tower) built in 1951 to use as a watch tower to defend Ringpung dzong and Paro valley during the time of war and converted into national museum in 1967 which recorded in UNESCO world heritage. Unfortunately original museum was destroyed by the earthquake in September 2011 but one can still see a magnificent collection of Bhutanese artifacts like costumes, religious Tahngka paintings, arm weapons, and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps in new gallery. Then will visit Paro Ringpung dzong which is one of the finest example of Bhutanese architecture. If still feel energetic you can take a short walk down to the cantilever bridge.In the evening will drive to Thimphu and on the way will stop to pictures of magnificent 15 century temple called Taachog lhakhang which was built by great iron builder Drupthop Thangthong Gyalpo.And take a short walk down to the river to see a 15 century old iron chain bridge built by the same builder of temple. After you arrive at Thimphu you can take a leisurely walk around the town to feel the atmosphere of capital. Dinner and night halt at Thimphu.
After breakfast will visit; Memorial Chorten which was built by Her majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her late son His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk ("the father of modern Bhutan") the third king of Bhutan. Kuenselphodrang where you can see largest buddha statue in Bhutan which is about 169 feet tall. Folk and Textile Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan's living traditions. The Painting School, where young monks learn the art of painting Buddhist thangkha and Changangkha Lhakhang (Temple) and also will visit Bhutan post
In the afternoon will drive Sangaygang from where will have the view of whole Thimphu town. And on the way we can visit mini zoo where you can see takin the national animal of Bhutan. And then will visit Nunnery followed by Trashichho dzong, the beautiful fortress which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Dinner at night halt at Thimphu.
After breakfast will drive to Punakha which is about 4 hours drive from Thimphu. On the way you will stop at Dochula (3150m) and there you can see 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten. If you wish we can stop for tea and snacks as there is a cafe. You will then drive down further through temperate forests into semitropical range of orange and cactuses. When we reach to Punakha we will see Punakha dzong built on the confluence of Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River). Today it is the winter residence of the Je- khenpho the chief abbot and also serves as the administration center of the Punakha district. After that will do a short hike about 1 hours to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten from where you will have a stunning view a Kabesa viallage and the Mochu River, with all paddy fields in the back of rivers. Overnight at Punakha .
After breakfast will drive towards Wangduephodrang and on the way will visit Chimi Lhakhang which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th century (This monk is popularly known as the Devine madman for his philosophy, “Salvation through sex”). He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “The Temple of Fertility”.
After that will continue to drive to Paro, dinner and night halt at Paro
After early breakfast will hike to Paro Taktsang which is one of the most popular monastery visited by the tourist. It was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup, a cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) flew to this location from Khenpajong, Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then performed meditation in one of the caves here and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and blessed the place. Subsequently, the place came to be known as the "Tiger's Nest". Guru Padmasambhava is known for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen caves in which he meditated.
In the afternoon will visit Drugyel Dzong; fortress which was built to commemorate a victory over Tibetan. Kyichu Lhakhang; one of the oldest temple in Bhutan.
In the evening will stroll in Paro town. Dinner and overnight at Paro.
After breakfast will drive to Paro International airport for your flight to next destination. Our driver and tour guide will bid farewell.
Mr. Abhinav Purushottam
1B, Nayagaon, Rampur, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India - 482008
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