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This itinerary covers all the important sights of the main lands of Western Bhutan (Thimphu,Punakha and Paro valleys). It provides a good introduction to the Bhutanese Culture and lifestyle...Personal insurance Drinks and Beverages Tips/ Gratitude Airfare Meals

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Day wise Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrive At Paro. Drive to Thimphu and Sightseeing. (65 Km Approx 1 to 1 ½ Hr Drive)

    The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. The journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas ; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence.

    On arrival, in Thimphu check-into the hotel. After some rest sightseeing in Thimphu:

    Trashicho Dzong ( Fortress) :

    The Thimphu fortress Tashichho Dzong known as ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’ was originally built in the 17th century. Today it is the largest Dzong in the country and it houses the throne room, the office of His Majesty the king and a number of important ministries offices and the highest religious authority of the country. It is also the summer residence of the Monastic body.

    Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu city centre. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. (Altitude 2,330m)

  • Day 2 : Morning Sightseeing in Thimphu. Later Drive to Punakha and Sightseeing. (70 Km Approx 2 ½ Hr Drive)

    After breakfast we will be visiting the following sites:

    Memorial Chorten:

    It is a Tibetan style stupa buit in 1974 for the late third king of Bhutan by his mother. Many important religious ceremonies like teaching blessing often take place at this vibrant place. Throughout the day many locals mostly the elderly Bhutanese in their colorful traditional clothing are always spotted circumambulating the chorten in deep prayers and mediations reciting the special mantras while spinning their prayer wheels.

    Buddha point:

    The gigantic 51 m tall Buddha made of bronze and gilded with gold is placed at Kunesel Phodrang overlooking the entire Thimphu valley. As per the old prophecy of the yogi master Lama Sonam Zam that building such type of Buddha at this particular place would bring immense peace to the whole world and also dedicating to the coronation of his majesty the 5th King of Bhutan in 2008 the project was initiated. The massive three-storey base houses a large chapel, while the body itself is filled with 125,000 smaller statues of Buddha.

    Institute for Zorig Chusum :

    The institute of Zorig Chusum showcases the 13th arts and crafts of our country. A visit to the school will enable you to see and interact with the students who study and practice the traditional arts of carving, weaving, painting, embroidery and the art of statue making. They undergo a training of 6 years at the institute.

    Folk Heritage Museum:

    Folk heritage museum was founded by her majesty the queen mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo in 2001. It is an old three story 19th century house which belonged to an aristocratic family in that era which is know turned into a museum showcasing the rich culture and traditions of a typical Bhutanese family. The museum gives you a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, in addition to artifacts from rural households; it also displays an impressive collection of typical household objects, tools and equipment.

    National Library:

    The national library of was established in 1969 to preserve and promote the ancient Bhutanese literature on religion, cultural, history and social traditions. It is also a very crucial institution for research and development of the old traditional Bhutanese Literature. It also houses the world’s largest book.

    After lunch we will drive to Punakha Valley Via Do Chu La pass ( 3100 mtrs). After some time at the pass continue our drive Punakha Valley. Later at
    Punakha Visit the following sites:

    Punakha Dzong :

    Palace of Great Happiness or Bliss, built at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This majestic dzong served as both the religious and the administrative center of Bhutan in the past. It measures some 600 by 240 feet and has a six-story, gold-domed tower. Inside are courtyards and religious statuary that hint at the depth of history and spiritual tradition embodied here. Your guide will illuminate your understanding of this intricate culture that is exotic, though long established here.

    Chimi Lhakhang :

    located on a ridge surrounded by beautiful paddy fields. From road point, it takes about 10-15 minutes’ walk through Sobsukha village to reach the monastery. Also known as Fertility temple, it is associated with Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as ‘Divine Madman’. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon.

    Evening drive pass Wangdue town and its market.

    Overnight at the hotel in Punakha & Wangdue. (Altitude 1,300m)

  • Day 3 : Early Morning Drive to Paro and Sightseeing in Paro. (135 Km Approx 3 ½ Hr Drive)

    After early breakfast drive to Paro valley once again traversing the high pass of Dochula. Later at Paro visit the following sites:

    Ta Dzong :

    Originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

    Rinpung Dzong:

    Meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

    After lunch excursion to Chelela pass :

    At an elevation of 3,988 meters, it is considered to be one of the highest motor able passes in Bhutan. About an hour’s drive along a thickly-forested road, this pass is a botanical paradise. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jumolhari and Jichu Drake.
    It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind.

    En route also visit:

    Dzongdrakha temple :

    Often called as mini Taktsang, Dzongdrakha is a cliff-side temple complex on the western side of Paro valley. Four shrines make up the complex, dedicated to Drolma (Tara), Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity), Guru Rinpoche and the Buddha of the Future, Maitreya.

    Evening take a stroll around interesting city centre of Paro .

    Overnight at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2,230m)

  • Day 4 : Hike to Tigers Nest and Sightseeing in Paro.

    After breakfast hike to tigers nest:

    Taktshang Monastery ( Tigers Nest ) : Taktshang Monastery “The Tiger's Lair”, the national symbol of Bhutan. Clinging to a black rock face, 900 meters above the valley floor, nestles Taktshang Lhakhang, one of the holiest and the most beautiful site of Bhutan. Taktshang, the tiger's lair, acquires its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th Century Guru Rinpoche, widely revered as the second Buddha, arrived from Tibet flying across the mountains on the back of a tigress. The hike to the Monastery is a gradual climb through lush meadows, oak and rhododendron forest, past quaint hamlets, fluttering prayer flags and rotating prayer wheels. The hike takes you about 4-5 hours from the car park.

    Later if time permits also visit:

    Kyichu Lhakhang :

    one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

    Later free time for leisure and shopping in Paro Valley.

    Overnight at hotel in Paro. ( Altitude 2,230m)

  • Day 5 : Depart

    Drive to Paro International airport and see off by our representatives.

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Cancellation & Refund Policy :
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* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.

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Welcome to Boonserm Tours & Travels. We are a prominent travel operator situated in Bhutan. We are serving the travel industry of Bhutan since 2001. Our journey started in Thimphu when Mr. Tashi Namgay and Mr. Tashi Dorji laid the foundation brick of the company. They are travel enthusiasts themselves and have a vast knowledge about Bhutan tourism sector. Under their guidance, Boonserm Tours & Travels has been succeeding speedily. Read More...

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