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Day 1 : First day
Arrival Paro International Airport: During the journey to Paro, all will experience from the left hand side of the plane breath taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Jhomolhari and Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives of Bhutan Retreat who will escort you to the hotel.
Day 2 : Second day: Paro - Thimphu
Morning: Drive to Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16 km away from Paro town). Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. The peak of Mount Jhomolhari “Abode of the Goddess Jhomo” can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7314m) and lunch at the hotel.
Afternoon, visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong).This was actually the Watch Tower of the Paro Rinpung Dzong. It was converted into the National Museum in 1968. It is located on the top of a hill above the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro valley and the river.Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong. This massive fortress is located in the Paro valley and is approached by a gently sloping flagstone road and a beautiful covered wooden bridge and guard houses. Today, the Dzong is the Administrative seat of the district of Paro and it also contains a state monastic community of about 200 monks. The central tower of the Dzong, is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The Dzong was built in 1646 A.D. Evening: Tea at the hotel and drive to Thimphu (Capital). This 2 hour drive snakes along the Paro and Thimphu rivers offering gorgeous scenic views at every turn. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 3 : Third day: Thimphu - Thimphu
Morning: Visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thankas (sacred Buddhist scrolls). Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Lunch at the hotel.
Afternoon, we will visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 Ad. Visit Tashichho Dzong – the main Secretariat Building. This massive structure houses part of the Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot.
Visit Pangri Zampa Monastery which is situated just beyond Dechencholing (5kms. from Thimphu ). This Lhakhang was the residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D.
Day 4 : Fourth day: Thimphu - Punakha/Wangduephodrang (77 km)
After an early breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdi. On the way halt at Dochula for a hot cup of tea/coffee and witness a most spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. After lunch, we will visit Punakha Dzong which houses the district administration offices. It is also the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot. Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan. The Dzong (fortress) lies between two rivers known as Pochu and Mochu which means “Male River and Female River.” It was built in 1637 AD. Visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong which is 13 km from Punakha. Wangdiphodrang Dzong and its small town are perched on a hill between two rivers. This is another District Administration Office housed in a fortress. The Dzong was built in 1638AD. Overnight: Hotel
Day 5 : Fifth day: Punakha - Paro
After an early breakfast, drive back to Paro to take a short trek to Taktsang Monastery (10 km) from Paro Town. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest”. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m. and overlooks the Paro Valley and river. It is believed during the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated at the spot where the monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. Picnic Lunch at Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 4 hrs.
Day 6 : Paro International Airport
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