Glimpses of the Himalayan Kingdom (5 nights/ 6 days)

TOUR CODE:  BHN-06

 

  

 

Day 1 : Arrive Paro International Airport

Flying into Paro, Bhutan is a unique experience altogether. The flight offers views of the majestic eastern Himalayas, and the arrival into a solitary runway at the country’s only airport is a mind-boggling event with the landscape and weather conditions dictating a steep descent into a narrow valley.  

 

You will be received by our representative and your guide, and driven to hotel for check in and refreshment. After lunch, visit Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted by two guard houses to the Dzong. Today, this massive fortress built in 1645 AD is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower( Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation. Visit the National Museum ( Ta-Dzong).Once the watch tower for the Rinpung Dzong ( Fortress), it was converted into the national Museum in 1968 (one of the best museums of Asia). The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in all its glory.

 

Visit the sacred Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple of  the country built by a Tibetan King in 6th century. Take a joy ride to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong (a ruined fortress - 16kms, 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. On a clear day you can get a beautiful view of the Mt. Chomolhari (7329m). In the evening walk around Paro town and interact with the local people. Overnight Paro. (Alt; 2280m)

 

Day 2 : Paro – Punakha/ Wangdue (128km/ 4.5hr)

After breakfast, drive to Wangdue via the winding river of Wangchu. Stop for a hot cup of coffee at Dochu La pass ( 3150m) where you can get spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayan Mountains on a clear day and also walk around the 108 stupas which decorates the pass. En route visit Royal Botanical Garden in Lamperi. Situated at an altitude range of 2100 metres to 3800 metres, the Royal Government of Bhutan has created the country's first Royal Botanical Park in an area of high conservation value. The park features a variety of forest types, spectacular scenery, natural rhododendron groves, endangered wildlife and a lake. 

 

After check in resort. Visit Punakha Dzong, "Palace of Great Happiness". Punakha Dzong is the former winter Capital and at present day hosts the administrative seat of the district. Also the winter residence of the central monastic body and its Chief Abbot. The Dzong lies between two rivers, the Pochu and Mochu, male and female river. 

 

Then drive to Gasa road and hike up to the Khamsum Yuelling Chorten. Its about 1.5 hours round trip. This beautiful massive Stupa was built by the Queen of Bhutan for world peace. 

 

Evening, take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang  to visit the temple of the Bhutan’s foremost saint, Lama Drukpa Kunley, also known as the “Divine Madman”. This temple is called the Temple of Fertility as it is believed that childless couples who come here to pray for a child is usually blessed with a child. Overnight Punakha/ Wangdue. (Alt; 1240m)

 

Day 3 : Wangdue Phodrang – Thimphu (78km/ 3hrs)

On rise visit Wangdue town & Dzong. This classic fortress has many sacred temples hidden within its structure. Explore the unique town of Wangdue and you can also take a look at the weekend fresh market.

 

Enroute visit Simtokha Dzong, one of the oldest fortress of Bhutan built in 1629 and it houses the largest monastic schools in the country. 

 

Stop by the newly opened farmers market which opens on Friday, Saturday and sunday. Interact with the locals from various villages. This was previously the weekend market. After check in and refreshment in the resort, you will be driven to the Dear Park for meditational session and practice. A lama (Buddhist master) will teach you the secret Tibetan meditation which you can continue back home. These ancient meditation can purify your being and change your life if practiced on a regular basis. 

 

Evening, embark on a walking tour which includes; Memorial Chorten/ Changlingmethang Stadium/ General Post Office/ Hongkong Market/ Clock Tower and more. Take a quick drive to Buddha Gang to have a view of Thimphu valley. Overnight Thimphu. (Alt; 2320m)

 

Day 4 : Thimphu  Sightseeing & Yoga Experience

Morning, drive to the animal sanctuary where the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin, is found in captivity. Walk around the BBS tower which is also known as the “romantic point” and lovers often come here to look at the panoramic view of the Thimphu valley. En route visit Nunnery temple. You can show your devotion here by praying with the Buddhist nuns. 

 

Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved.  They also have on display the largest Picture Book on Bhutan in the world.  

Visit the Traditional Medicine Centre which includes hospital and herbal medicine manufacturing unit based on the Tibetan system of medicine.  The centre also trains indigenous medicine doctors known as “Dungtso”.

Visit the Zorig Chuksum “School for Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts”  followed by a visit to Textile Museum, Handicraft Emporium  and some local shops for antiques. 

Visit the Tashichhoe Dzong, the main secretariat building, the office of the King and Throne room and also the house of the State Monastic Body. 

Visit the Bhutanese Paper Factory, This traditional handmade paper is still being widely used around the country. 

 

In the evening, you will be having a yoga session with a yogi. You will be instructed and guided on many important aspects of yoga exercise and yogic meditation. (Nightclub Optional) Overnight Thimphu. (Alt; 2320m)

 

Day 5 : Excursion to Taktsang

Early morning, drive to Paro. This is a scenic drive of 53km which takes about 1.5 hr. On arrival, spend the day hiking up the forested path to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan’s most famous and scenic icon. The climb is steep and takes about 4 hours round trip. An important place of pilgrimage and refuge for more than 1200 years, Taktsang Monastery clings to sheer cliffs two-thousand feet above Paro Valley, and from your closest vantage point on a rocky ledge directly across from it, you will still need 200-300 mm lenses and a steady tripod to get tight photographs. 

 

This sacred place got its name when Guru Rinpoche rode there on the back of a flying tiger and meditated in a cave behind the present-day monastery. Sadly, in 1998, the central temple was destroyed by fire, leaving the country in mourning for their holiest of spiritual places. But religious leaders and the King quickly developed a plan to rebuild Taktsang and donations started pouring in from Buddhist centers all over the world, and today, the magnificently rebuilt exterior is complete. Tiger’s Nest is once again the subject of cloud-shrouded posters that say, “Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon.” Picnic lunch on the hillside cafeteria. Special permit will be arranged for you to enter the Tiger’s Nest monastery but you will not be allowed to take pictures of the inside shrines. The shrines carries the beautiful auras left by the great saints who meditated in the past hence it has been said one can easily get into a meditational state by just sitting silently. 

 

Evening, visit a typical village home for a traditional Bhutanese style dinner accompanied by the local liquor called “Ara” (tastes somewhat like the Japanese Sake). Then luxuriate in the Bhutanese equivalent of a Jacuzzi called a “Chu Tsen.”  River rocks are heated and dunked into a large wooden tub with herbs.  This type of bath is considered to have medicinal properties of healing. Overnight Paro. (Alt; 2280m)

 

Day 6 : Departure

Our representative will bid you farewell at the Airport. Tashi Delek!

 

 

 

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