On arrival at NJP Railway Station / Bagdogra Airport you will be received by our office executive who will assist you to board your vehicle to Phuentsholling. The drive is through doors, land of breath taking beauty, sloping tea gardens and spectacular view. Upon arrival proceed for check-in at hotel. The evening is free for leisure and shopping. Overnight stay at Phuentsholling.
Phuentsholing: is a border town in southern Bhutan. Phuentsholing lies opposite the Indian town of Jaigaon, and cross-border trade has resulted in a thriving local economy. Phuentsholling is uniquely more urban than other Bhutanese towns, having absorbed the neighboring culture, but distinctly far more quiet and orderly than its neighbor.
After breakfast at hotel proceed to prepare permit. Then drive to Thimphu. Enroute experience breath taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jumolhari, Mount Jichu Drake also view the confluence of rivers the Wang Chu and the Paro Chu. Upon arrival proceed for check-in at hotel. The evening is free for leisure and shopping. Overnight stay at Thimphu.
Thimphu: is the capital city of Bhutan. It is a gallery of traditional Bhutanese art, architecture, culture and tradition and above all still so ethnic and pure. For most part of its history, Bhutan has tried consciously to save its cultures from the blunt influences of the western world. All these make Thimphu and other parts of the country a unique destination.
After breakfast we will start our day with the visit to:
• National Memorial Chorten which is continuously circumambulated by the faithful, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (“the father of modern Bhutan”) .
• Buddha Point: One of the biggest Buddha in the world. It was constructed through donations from devotees all around the world.
• Painting school: It’s a non profitable organization established by government to encourage the youth into the unique arts and crafts.
• Folk Heritage Museum: It is one of the oldest traditional houses. This house has been around 150 years old. It once belonged to one of the affluent family. Government has converted the house into museum in 2001 in Thimphu providing visitors and tourists with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life. The Folk Heritage Museum with a three storied, 19th century traditional house provides you a glimpse of the Bhutanese lifestyle, and artifacts from the rural households. One can come across typical household objects, tools and equipments.
After lunch we will visit:
• National Textile Museum: National Textile Museum which was opened in June 2001 is worth a leisurely visit to get to know the living of national art of weaving. Changing exhibitions introduce the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and textiles made by women and men. The small shop features work from the renowned weaving centre in Lhuntshe Dzongkhag, in north-eastern Bhutan.
• Tashichodzong: The beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the government’s office and King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je khenpo, the Chief Abbot. The fortress is opened from 9am till 5pm during weekends and during weekdays it’s open after 5pm till 6pm.
After breakfast at hotel in Thimphu drive up to Dochula Pass. If the skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass- Masagang (7158 m), Tsendagang (6960m), Trigang (7060m), Jejegangphugang (7158 m), Kangphugang (7170 m), Zongphugang (7060m) and Gangkar Puensum the highest peak in Bhutan. Later drive to Paro. Upon arrival proceed for check-in at hotel. The evening is free for leisure and shopping. Overnight stay at Paro.
Dochula Pass: is the most known pass in the Bhutan. It is mostly covered with white clouds, where on a clear day you can see spectacular view of the mighty Himalayas mountain ranges. The 108 Chortens at the Dochula pass gives the passer the beauty of the fresh and high altitude vegetation around, Bhutan being the Buddhist country the construction of 108 Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens brings multi fold merit to all sentient beings. Within and around the Dochula pass you will see lot of prayer flags and Mani walls. Then Drive to Paro,
Paro: Paro is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area. In addition, the Paro Valley is wide and verdant and is recognized as one of the most beautiful in all Bhutan. Prefer to stay in Paro if you are someone who is fond of nature and would like to spend quiet and peaceful time. Along with Jakar and Punakha, Paro forms the 'golden triangle' of popular tourist destinations in Bhutan.
In Paro We will visit:
• National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here an intriguing collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom.
• Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, walk further down to Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge.
Today after the leisurely breakfast we will proceed for an excursion to the famous place called Taktshang Monastery (5hrs hike)
Taktshang Monastery (Tiger Nest) is located at top of about 800 meter cliff in Paro. It takes slightly more than an hour and a half to reach the monastery on foot from the nearest road point. Taktshang or the Tigers lair as the monastery is widely regarded is one of the most important in Bhutan. Its history is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD. The cave was named Taktshang after Guru Rinpoche flew into the cave from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in eastern Bhutan riding on a tigress. Later in 1692 the fourth Druk Desi Tenzin Rabgye started to construct monastery and finally completed after three years in 1694.
“Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktshang”, says one tourist. Indeed it’s true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss..
On the way back into town we will visit:Drukgyel dzong: Drukgyel Dzong was one of the four principal Dra Dzong (defense fortress). Accounts differ on the founder of Drukgyel Dzong. It is said to have been caused by the fire when a butter lamp fell in the central tower. Only the ruins of giant walls, charred gigantic wooden posts, beams and watch towers can be seen of what was once an important fortress that repelled several invasions from the north
Kyichu Lhakhang: It was built sometimes in mid 7th century by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. It is believed to be one of the 108 temples built to subdue a demons residing in the Himalayas. It is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
After you have done with your breakfast will drop to your onward destination. As you go home let the everlasting memory of the radiant Himalayas and this beautiful serene kingdom linger in your mind and prompt you now and again to revisit this place.
Ms Mr. Ashok Sharma, Ms. Priyanka Rai & Mr. Mahesh Ba
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