Meals: Room only
In the morning, board your flight to Paro. On arrival, you will meet our representative who will transfer you to Thimpu, the capital to the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is one of the smallest capitals in the world. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. After taking rest for some time visit Trashi Chhoe Dzong, also called Fortress of the Glorious Religion situated on north of the city on west bank of the Wang Chhu. The Dzong was the site of the lavish formal coronation of the fifth King in 2008 and hosts the city’s biggest annual bash, the colorful Tsechu festivities. Opening times 5-6PM Mon-Fri, 8AM-6PM Sat & Sun. National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum commonly known as the Painting School where students undergo a 6 years training course in Bhutan 13 traditional arts and crafts. Spend rest of the evening at leisure.
After breakfast, proceed for sight-seeing. Buddha View Point, another place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point also known as Kuensel Phodrang. It is again a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Simtokha Dzong, monastery was built in 1627 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It houses the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. The carvings behind the prayer wheel in the courtyard are a major attraction of this temple. Memorial Chorten, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a chorten in Thimphu, Bhutan, located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital. Textile Museum, is worth a visit to get to know the living national art of weaving. Exhibitions introduce the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and textiles made by women and men. Takin Mini Zoo, The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that the animal was created by the great Buddhist yogi, Drupa Kunley, and it can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas. In the evening, return to your hotel.
After breakfast this morning check-out of the hotel and proceed to Paro. Upon arrival at Paro, check into hotel and later go for sight-seeing. Drukgyal Ruin Dzong, this was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of Paro valley. The Dzong was built by Tenzing Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. It is believed to be one of the 108 temples built to subdue a demoness residing in the Himalayas and is also one of the oldest Temples in Bhutan. National Museum of Paro, housed inside the revamped Ta-Dzong building in Paro, National Museum of Bhutan is a cultural museum that has put on display the antique items gathered from different parts of the country. Rinpung Dzong, is a fortress-monastery that serves both as a civil administrative center and as a monastic home for a community of monks. Most Dzong's were built in the mid-1600s to protect the inhabited valleys from invasion by Tibet. The Paro Dzong was started in 1644 on the order of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of modern day Bhutan. Unlike most of the Dzong's in Bhutan, it survived the massive 1897 earthquake mostly unscathed, though it was damaged by fire in 1907.
Morning after breakfast, hike up the hill to visit famous Tiger’s nest temple. Taktsang Monastery also known as Tigers Nest Temple. The most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called Tiger’s Nest. Precariously perched on the edge of 1,200 meter cliff, this monastery creates an impressive sight, and is the unofficial symbol of Bhutan. It is about 2 hour up-hill hike or ride a horse from the parking lot to the monastery. If the full hike sounds a bit tough you can hike for 1 hour to the cafetaria, a wooden tea-house restaurant which offers a good view of the monastery. After visit to the monastery spend the evening at leisure in Paro town for some souvenir shopping and get a feel of local Paro town.
This morning, you will be transferred to Paro Airport to board your flight.
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