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Day 1 : Arrival in Phuentsholing / Pick Up from Hasimar Distance: 20KM / 30 Minutes
You will be received in Hasimara and transferred to Phuentsholing by Innova or Xylo where you will be warmly received by our local Guide in the afternoon in Phuenthsoling.
After the Immigration formalities are completed, we ascend up the winding roads across the gorgeous green mountains through scanty settlements along the way. We can view the spectacular views of scenic ridges far across the sky and as we climb up hill, you can feel the breadth of freshness in the air and experience serenity in the wilderness of vast forested land. Reach Thimphu in the afternoon and check in your Resort. If you wish, you may stroll around the town in the evening. Overnight in your hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2 : Thimphu Sightseeing (2300m)
In Thimphu, we shall move around for sightseeing in and around Thimphu valley. Firstly, you will visit the grand National Memorial Chorten (temple), iconic monument constructed in memory of our third king of Bhutan. Here, we can find young and old customarily circumambulating the chorten and huge prayer wheels rotating with bell chimes. Memorial Chorten stands in the heart of Thimphu with its grandeur in intricate Bhutanese sculptures, designs and paintings.
We ascend up the hill Kuenselphodrang to see 169 feet (51.4 meters) tall statue of Shakyamuni Buddha called the Dordenma. This bronze statue gilded in gold is although still under construction, it is open to tourists and safe to visit. While descending down the hill, you will enjoy taking pictures of spectacular Thimphu valley with a wide view of the city.
We shall visit another viewpoint of BBS Tower at Sangeygang which also tripods you to capture a different angle of astonishing Thimphu city. While driving down, we stop at Takin Park. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan found only in eastern Himalayas.
Next, visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, a 12th century monastery is often flocked by people for blessings from the protective deity Tamdrin. Here, it is believed to be auspicious to be christened with a name for new born babies.
Then we further move down to the Institute of Zorig Chusum (the 13 crafts) which is the school for traditional art and crafts where we see the students amid their work.
By late afternoon, visit Tashichhodzong, the archetype of ancient Bhutanese engineering which was constructed without using any nails or work plans. It houses the throne room, King’s office and many vital government agencies. The construction dates back to as early as 13th Century which was renovated several times until 1952 when the capital was moved to Thimphu.
In the evening, explore through temporary huts of locally made traditional goods queued along the road.
Night halt in Thimphu.
Day 3 : Thimphu to Punakha (1350m) Distance: 71km / 3 Hrs
It is about 3 hours journey from Thimphu to Punakha. After 45 minutes drive uphill, stop at Dochula, a mountain pass at 3100 meters, from where on a clear day you can capture incredible view of distant snow capped Himalayan mountain ranges. 108 Druk Wangyal miniature chortens (temples) maintain the serenity of the place. Then, we descend down the mountains through meandering roads and myriads of colourful rhododendron shrubs that bloom in April & May.
Before reaching Punakha, stop at Chhimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility situated on a spherical hillock built in 1499. Walk about 15 minutes through a village and paddy fields. There is an interesting history behind this sacred place about Drukpa Kuenley whose crazy wisdom of teaching Buddhism through sexual references using wooden Phallus as one of the symbols for driving away evils, because of which he is commonly referred as ‘The Divine Madman’.
In the afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong across a cantilever bridge built by Zhabdrung in 1637 at the confluence of two big rivers – Pho chu (male) and Mo chu (female). This Dzong holds a great significance in history of Bhutan. It was here that the first king was crowned in 1907, the first National Assembly was held in 1953, and wedding of the 5th King of Bhutan in 2011 was held here as well. It is also the winter resident of Je Khenpo (the Chief Abbot). The four great wooden pillars at the main temple have intricate designs of traditional architecture skillfully crafted and decorated with gold and silver. Massive wall paintings exhibit the life of Buddha.
Day 4 : Punakha to Paro Distance: 130Km / 3.5 Hrs.
Drive to Paro. Close to Paro, either visit to Tachogang Lhakhang (literally, temple of the excellent horse) built by Tibetan monk Thangtong Gyalpo in 15th century. It is situated on a hillock across an iron bridge constructed in a traditional style, or visit Ta Dzong which had been an ancient watchtower and now converted to the National Museum. This iconic structure standing on a hilltop houses a collection of ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons, coins and stamps.
In Paro, visit Ta Dzong which had been an ancient watchtower and now converted to the National Museum. This iconic structure standing on a hilltop houses a collection of ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons, coins and stamps.
Then visit Rinpung Dzong an ancient fortress built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 to protect the valley from foreign invasions. This dzong now houses Paro’s monk body and the offices of the civil administration and is symbolic as the religious and secular center.
Check-in the Hotel.
Day 5 : Paro Taktsang Hike (tiger’s Nest) (3120m) Distance: 68 Km / 2.30 Hrs
Hike to Taktsang Monastery. Built in 1692, Takshang literally means ‘Tiger’s Nest’ in Paro, is perched amazingly on a rocky cliff believed to be the cave where Guru Rinpoche, the whisperer of Buddhism in Bhutan, flew on a tigress’s back and meditated for years to subdue evil demons.
A hike of 2 to 3 hours uphill to the monastery is irresistibly gratifying. The view of incredible grandeur of the structure clinging on a crag will leave a lasting impression of your journey to Bhutan. On return, take lunch in the cafeteria.
Lunch in Cafeteria half way down on the hill. Afternoon, drive in to one of the oldest temples called Kyichu Lhakang which is believed to have been constructed in 7th century by Buddhist Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. This temple is considered to be very holy and holds great significance of Bhutanese history. Overnight in hotel, Paro.
Day 6 : Paro to Haa Via Chele La Distance: 68 Km / 2.30 Hrs
Early morning, drive to Haa valley via Chele La, another beautiful tourist destination. The drive to Chele La is through dense spruce and larch forests. Chele La Pass is one of the highest vantage points in Bhutan, from which you can marvel at commanding views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys. On a clear day, you can view Mt. Jumolhari(Bhutan's most sacred peak at over 22,000 ft) along with Jichu Drake and adjoining peaks to the North West, as well as the view of both the valley (Paro and Haa).
You will witness the untainted beauty of natural valleys.
After lunch, you may wish to do biking and photography around the valley and enjoy the village excursions.
In the evening, if you are interested, you can enjoy the Hot-stone bath, a traditional way of healing with minerals.
Overnight in Haa in a Farmhouse where you will experience Bhutanese way of life with the family with traditional Bhutanese dinner.
Day 7 : Depart from Haa to Phuentsholing / Drop in Hasimara Distance: 215+20 KM / 6.5 + .5 Hrs
After breakfast, drive to Phuentsholing.
Will be further transferred to Hasimara train station.
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