Paro Festival(19th March to 23th march 2016) Tour
On a clear day, the flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. You will see major Himalayan peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu, and then on the final approach to Paro Bhutan own snowy peaks; Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang will come into view. Bhutan’s first gift to you as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air.
On arrival at Paro airport, immigration and custom formalities and your tour escort from Bhutan View Tours & travels welcomes you at the Airport and your escort team will transferred to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The Drive will take around one hour.
Check in hotel, refresh yourself and if the time permits, drive to the BBS Tower Viewpoint for a stunning view of the valley. From here, take a visit to Takin Preserve to see Takin, Bhutan national animal.
Overnight in hotel in Thimphu
After breakfast sightseeing in capital city. Start sightseeing by visiting memorial Chorten built in 1974 in memory of the late third King of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Visit Tashichoe Dzong The fortress of the glorious religion was initially constructed in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in the 1960s. Tashichoe Dzong houses His Majesty’s secretariat, ministers’ office, and the Central Monk Body.
Visit National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), Traditional medicine center and Institute for Arts and Crafts (also known as Painting School).
After Lunch visit, a traditional paper factory, Changangkha Monastery built in 12th Century and nunnery temple.
Overnight in hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast, we begin our drive to Punakha. On the way, a drive takes us all the way up to Dochu La (3050m) to witness the magnificent view of the eastern Himalayan range (weather permitting). Dochu La is marked with 108 stupas built in memory of soldiers who lost their lives during military action against Assamese rebels and also visit Druk wangyel lhakang located at dochula. Drives continue to Punaka with thick vegetation and beautiful paddy fields, Punakha is one of the most beautiful valley in Bhutan.
On the way stop for Short hike to chimi lhakhang(temple). From the main road it takes about 20 minutes to reach lhakhang(temple).Chimmi Lhakhang is the temple of fertility, dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, popularly referred as the ‘Divine Madman’. Lunch at Punakha
After lunch Visit Punakha Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1638 at the confluence of Phochu (Male) and Mochu (female) rivers. Today the Punakha Dzong is home to the central monk body and the Je Khenpo during the milder winter months. Punakha valley is flourished with rich vegetation and the dzong is extra ordinarily renovated with detailed arts and crafts.
Overnight hotel in Punakha
After breakfast short hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten(stupa) stands out on a beautiful ridge above the Punakha valley. The temple is built by Her Majesty the queen mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk and dedicated for the well being of the kingdom, its people and all sentient beings. It is a 15-20 mins hike from the suspension bridge.
After the hike your journey starts back to Paro. Stop at dochula for Lunch after lunch continue journey to paro. On the way to paro Visit Tachogang Lhakhang(Literally the temple of the excellent horse) which is built by Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo and one must actually cross one of Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo Iron Suspension Bridge to get to the temple.
Overnight hotel in Paro
After breakfast, drive to Nyeme Zampa traditional wooden bridge just below the Paro Dzong. Park your car there, cross the wooden bridge and walk to the festival ground. Many local people in beautiful national dress will be walking on the same path. Enjoy Paro Tshechu festival, one of the biggest festival in the country. Different types of mask dances will be performed. The clown called atshara and the dancers will entertain you during the interval.
Overnight in the hotel.
Morning Visit Drukgyel Dzong (ruined) in the north of Paro valley, visit Ta Dzong above Paro Dzong, formerly a watch tower but now housing the National Museum. Ta Dzong holds unique and varied collections, ranging from ancient armor to textiles, thangkha paintings, stamps, coins, and natural history. Then walk down a hillside trail to visit Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) which means "the fortress of the heap of jewels." built in 1646 during the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It now houses Paro monk body and the offices of the civil administration.
Lunch at paro town and after lunch withness the paro Tshechu.
Overnight hotel in Paro
Your day start with the excursion hike to famous Taktsang monastery located on a cliff 3000ft above Paro valley. After breakfast drive to the starting point of the hike from the hotel.
Taktsang (tigers nest) was first blessed by Guru Rimpoche when he visited the place riding on a flying tigress in 8th century. Guru Rimpoche is believed to be meditated in this cave for three months. Later Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye, 4th Druk Desi built a monastery on the same location.
The hike is around three hours walk to the monastery, plus two and half hours visiting around with lunch hour and one hour way back to the road head.
On the way back from hike you can visit kichu Lhakhang which is one of Bhutan's oldest and most beautiful temples. In the evening take a stroll around Paro market.
Overnight hotel in Paro
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport in time to catch your onward flight. Your escort from Bhutan View Tours & Travels will escort your group till the Flight departure.
Note: the Itinerary is a sample itinerary to give you general idea of the trip schedule. We can further customize the itinerary to suit your specific interest and needs to our valued customers.
Mr. Yeshup Tshering / Ms.Yangchen lhamo /Mr. Chimi