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Bhutan is perhaps the most mysterious and diverse of all the Himalayan kingdoms, where for centuries a traditional Buddhist culture has thrived in isolation from the rest of the world. It is a country that puts its people and environment first A place where progress is measured in gross national happiness and not GDP, and A country where is not just carbon neutral, but carbon negative It’s a place of lush forested valleys, fortified monasteries, sacred mountains, and art and architecture unique to the region. This journey begins in Paro and heads straight to Thimphu, where there are two days to discover the history and heritage of this charming and serene capital. Walk in the countryside and back in time with visits to the beautiful Punakha and Haa Valleys. Here the rural lifestyle and architecture of Bhutan are explored before returning to Paro. Finish with a true highlight the spectacular Taktsang (the Tiger’s Nest), a small monastery clinging to a rocky cliff 900 meters above the valley floor. A journey through the astonishing beauty of the people, landscape, and culture of Bhutan will have your happiness levels off the scale. TOUR HIGHLGHTS Blessing by touching forehead and feel the magical charming of Buddhism The most solemn welcome ceremony of scarf offering to the travelers on arrival in Bhutan Home visit and perceive the local people happy lifestyle Specially arranged stay in the best resort at THIMPHU, BUMTHANG, PHOBJIKHA, PUNAKHA & PARO Get chance to taste traditional local delicate: Cheese; Red rice; Butter tea; Yogurt; Highland barley-wine Hike to Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery: Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face about 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley A visit to Jakar Dzong, the seat of the first king of Bhutan Trongsa Ta Dzong, Which houses a shrine dedicated to the epic hero, King Gesar of Ling Phobjikha Valley, the most significant wintering ground of the rare and endangered Black‐necked cranes Punakha (The Ethereal Ancient Capital) – The ancient capital of Bhutan Campfire Party at one of the resort, enjoy Bhutanese classic songs & dance, get chance to try the traditional costume.Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us) Flight on another airline to catch Drukair Flight Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants Hotel stay outside of Bhutan Expenditure of personal nature Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us) Tips for the guide and driver Alcoholic drink.
Day 1 : Arrive Paro By Druk Air & Transfer to Thimphu
The Flight to Paro gives you a breathtaking view of Major Himalaya peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu, and Bhutan’s own snowy peaks, the sacred Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang on a clear day. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below.
Paro Dzong and Ta Dzong on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Our team will receive you at Paro airport and after completion of arrival formalities, our team will take you for a lunch.
After Lunch, Our team will take you to Thimphu, where you will
Visit the Buddha Dordenma Statue, this massive statue of Buddha Shakyamuni measures at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. The Buddha Dordenma is located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley.
Followed by a visit to Thimphu Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of our late 3rd king of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It holds paintings and statues which provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy. (Overnight at Thimphu),
Day 2 : Thimphu Sightseeing
Morning, You will embark on a leisurely hour-long walk to the 18 Century Wangditse monastery, situated atop Thimphu. From the monastery, you can view the whole Thimphu valley. On your way back from Wangditse, stop by the Motithang Takin Preserve to see the Takin, Bhutan’s National Animal.
Followed by a visit to Thimphu Changangkha Lhakhang, The fortress-like temple perched on a ridge above central Thimphu hums with pilgrim activity. It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo. It is traditionally popular among the parents with newborns. They come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin. You too can get an auspicious name for your children from this temple. Our team will then Escort you for a lunch Afternoon, Visit the Centennial Farmers Market, where the farmer from all the district of Bhutan come to sell their agriculture and farming products. You will get to see a variety of products available in Bhutan.
Followed by a visit to the Folk Heritage Museum, A living museum of rural life which provides visitors and tourists with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
Evening with a visit to the massive Trashi Choe Dzong. The Dzong was the site of the lavish formal coronation of the fifth king in 2008 and hosts the country biggest annual festival known as Thimphu Tsechu festivities. It hosts the Office of the King, Prime Minister, Some Ministry and religious body of Thimphu district. It is also a summer residence of the religious head, Jekhenpo.
Then, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, to browse through the example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, Thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, interesting items made from local materials. (Overnight at Thimphu).
Day 3 : Thimphu to Punakha
After Breakfast, You will then depart for Punakha, The Ethereal Ancient Capital. The drive will take about 3 hours. Enroute you will stop by the Dochula Pass (10,100feet). This pass is a popular location among visitors as it offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of Bhutanese Himalayan range. The view is especially scenic on a clear day with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens gracing the mountain pass. Our team will stop there for you to take a photograph and an explanation.
Followed by a drive through the countryside which affords a glimpse of everyday life in the most remote of Himalayan kingdom and visits Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of the Drukpa Kuenley who is also known as the Divine Madman. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. He taught the people that religion is an inner feeling and it’s not necessary that one should be an ordained monk. He is also considered a symbol of fertility and most childless couples go to his temple for blessing. Our team will then escort you for a lunch at one of the finest restaurants in Punakha.
Visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Zhabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. It is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move En masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three-story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. It was here in 1907 that Bhutan’s first king was crowned.
Followed by a walk to Bhutan’s second longest suspension bridge for you to have a heart-pumping experience. (Overnight at Punakha).
Day 4 : Punakha - Phobjikha
Early morning, Our team will drive to Yabesa village from where you will hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten through rice fields. It was built by her majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. It is Perched high on a hill on the bank of the river and houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions. Followed by a lunch en route with a drive to Phobjikha Valley through the bustling market town of Wangdue Phodrang and up winding mountain roads through mixed forests and over high passes before descending down into the wide and picturesque Phobjikha Valley. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes (November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau.
Upon Arrival in Gangtey, Visit Gangtey Goempa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan that lies beautifully across Phobjikha Village and Then explore Phobjikha Valley with time to view the Black-Necked Cranes migration place. It’s quiet and gives you the best time to rejuvenate and enjoy the environment and healthy air. (Overnight at Phobjikha).
Day 5 : Phobjikha - Bumthang
After breakfast, Drive across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830 ft.), the traditional boundary between east and west. The pass is marked by a large white Chorten prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo. Stop en route at Chendebji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu's Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. And a visit Trongsa Dzong. Like almost all towns in the Kingdom, this Dzong architecture dominates the entire Trongsa horizon dwarfing the surrounding buildings. Built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second King ruled the country from this ancient seat. Then drive further to Bumthang, 68 km from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yotong-la pass (3,400m/ 11,155 ft.). The road winds steeply up to the pass, 28 km from Trongsa, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open cultivated valley known as the Chummey valley. (Overnight at Bumthang).
Day 6 : Bumthang
Bumthang is the general name given to the combination of four valleys Chummey, Choekhor, Tang, and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. The fascinating valley is the heartland of the nation and home to some of the oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. Its gentle sloping hills offer plenty of walking opportunities to many temples that dot this valley. The valley is also famous for the production of honey, cheese, apples and the Yathra - woolen colorful material that has multiple uses. Visit Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock. Followed by Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple) built to subdue the demon that lay across the Himalayan region. It is believed that Kyichu Lhakhang Paro, Lhakhang Karpo of Haa and Jambey Lhakhang were built on the same day. Tamshing Lhakhang, housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan and Jakar Dzong the Jakar Dzong is one of the largest and most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan and houses the administrative and monastic offices for the Bumthang district. You will then stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. (Overnight at Bumthang).
Day 7 : Bumthang - Punakha
After Breakfast, Drive to Punakha with en-route a visit Ta Dzong, a cylindrical stone structure rising five-storied, was built in 1652 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, a task entrusted to him by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. After more than 350 years, it has been resurrected into a classy museum that represents a tasteful blend of tradition and modernity. (Overnight at Punakha).
Day 8 : Punakha - Paro
After breakfast drive to Paro. With a visit to Tachog Lhakhang Enroute, one of the popular tourist spot in Bhutan. To reach the Lhakhang, one must cross the iron bridge built by great saint Thangtong Gyalpo.
Afternoon, Visit Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan's National Museum in 1968. Afterward, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Built-in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. (Overnight at Paro).
Day 9 : Paro Sightseeing
After your breakfast, You will begin our journey to Taktshang (Tigers Nest) by 8 am. At a very moderate pace, you can be up at the monastery by 11:30 am and back at the base by 2 pm. Taktshang Monastery is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. This monastery is one of the holiest sites in the kingdom and clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 2,900 feet above the Paro Valley. At about an altitude of 10,200 feet, Taktshang was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Rimpoche (learned to reincarnate monk) meditated in the 7th century A.D. No trip to Bhutan would be complete without a visit to this remarkable heritage site.
Afternoon, Drive up the valley to view the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. Nearby visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers good insight into the lifestyle of local people. While a return to Paro town visits en route Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. (Overnight at Paro).
Day 10 : Depart Paro
After breakfast transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.
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