Fly into the Himalayas with Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Carrier KB: 205: 15:35 Arrival. In clear weather, Druk Air’s flight into Bhutan provides wonderful view of the magnificient Himalayan ranges. You will see major Himalayan peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu, and then final approach to Paro. Bhutan’s own snowy peaks, Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang will come into view as you land. Bhutan’s first gift to you from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh Mountain air. Upon arrival in Paro, clear customs and immigration. Keep your copy of the visa clearance letter handy. Your visa fee has been paid and you will be received by your representative from Bhutan Travel Connection outside the terminal building and transfer to the hotel to check the room.
After breakfast whole day sightseeing in Paro and you will visit most important touristic sites as mentioned below with details.
After breakfast 07.30 hrs drive towards Taktsang to hike Taktsang Monastery. The trail begins near the Satsam (2.650m) and climbs steeply uphill to the Cafeteria (2.940m), an area of exposed ridge with panoramic view of Taktsang Monastery. This takes little more than an hour. (Ponies are provided on request to ride up till this Cafeteria, but rest of way, including return downhill must be done on foot.) You can get a good view from the Cafeteria or hike further uphill for at least another hour to the temple itself. Within the vicinity there are several other temples and sites to be seen. Lunch is served at the tea house or back to the hotel. After lunch you will visit Drukgyel Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang.
After this exciting experience you will be going back to the Hotel where your dinner will be served and you can enjoy your free evening time to stroll around Paro town.
Taktsang Monastery :( Tiger nest). Taktsang is one of the most famous pilgrimages in the Buddhist world and it miraculously perched on the side of a sheer cliff 900m above the Paro valley. It is said that Guru Rinpoche flew to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress with miraculously in the form of Dorji Drolo one of the eight manifestation of Guru Rinpoche with his consort Yeshe Tsogyal, to subdue the local demon, Singye Samdrup. He then meditated in a cave here for three months and spread Buddhism. The site has long been recognized as a ney, or holy place.
Lunch will be served after the hike to Taktsang.
After breakfast early in the morning we will drive to Thimphu by 7:00 Am (BST - Bhutan standard Time) from paro and we will reach at Thimphu by 9:00 Am
Time: 9:30 Am: we will assemble inside the hall for talk (venue and talking hall will be confirmed later)
Time: 9:40 Am: GNH resource persons will talk on Gross National Happiness as a country’s core development philosophy which covers all the points in fours dimensions/pillars that’s
1. Sustainable and Equitable Socio- Economic Development
2. Conservation of the Environment
3. Preservation and Promotion of Culture
4. Good Governance
Time: 10:40 Am: interval and tea break
Time: 11: Am: talk continuation
Time: 12:30: Am: Lunched break
Time: 1:00: Pm: question and answering section
Time: 2:00: Pm interval and tea break
Time: 3: Pm end of GNH talk
After having finished talk on GNH we will move for sight seeing and following are the destinations that we are going to visit after talk
After breakfast drive to Punakha for 3 hours en-route visit 108 Chortens (stupa) at Dochula pass (3,050m), where you have the opportunity to see the peaks of the Eastern Himalaya ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt. Gangar Punsum 7540 meters if the weather permits. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong and evening free time to stroll around Punakha town or you can relax and dinner at your Hotel.
Punakha Dzong was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and it is the second oldest and beautiful Dzong of Bhutan. Until the mid- 1950s it served as the seat of the government. At present Punakha Dzong is still use as the winter residence of the monk body more than 400 monks for 6 months. Wangchuk Monarchy is currently ruling the country. This monarchy was established in 1907. The same year, Punakha Dzong was the site of the coronation of Ugyen Wangchuck (or Deb Nagpo) as the first King of Bhutan. At that time, Punakha was the capital of Bhutan. Three years later, the dzong was enlarged substantially during the rule of the 13th desi, when Sherab Wangchuk was the chief abbot of Bhutan. Several fires between 1750 and 1849 caused damages to the Dzong. In the 1897 earthquake, the dzong was severely damaged and also suffered numerous fires. In 1986, the dzong was partially destroyed by fire