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Places covered : Paro – Thimphu – Punakha – Paro

Highlights of Bhutan - Walk In The Cloud

Thimphu : Memorial Chorten, Folk and Textile Museum, Sitting Buddha, Tashichhodzong.
Punakha : Dochula – la Pass, Punakha Dzong, Chimmi Lhakhang.
Paro : Ta Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang, Hike to Taktsang, Drukgyel Dzong.

This morning ensure to be at airport at least 02 hours before the flight departure time. You will be met on arrival by your tour guide who will then escort you to Thimphu. The road to Thimphu runs down through the valley, to Chuzom (Confluence) at the entrance of the valley, where the Paro – Thimphu rivers meet. Three Chorten’s of different style mark the confluence of these 02 rivers. Shorty before reaching Chuzom, you will see on your left Tschogang Lhakhang, ‘the temple of the excellent horse’. It is a private temple, built in 15th century, as the result of visitation from Balaha, the excellent horse, a manifestation of Chenrezig, the compassionate Buddha. The road passes along a narrow valley with high, rocky cliffs on the left, and then the valley opens out into farmland on the approach to Thimphu. Upon arrival in Thimphu relax for a while and acclimatize or walk around the town to get the feel of it.

Stay overnight in Thimphu.

This morning start the tour of Thimphu city with a visit to Memorial Chorten built in memory of the lake King; visit the Folk & Textile museum; School of Fine Arts (Thangka painting and other traditional arts) where the traditional arts are being revived by the Government; Indigenous Medicine Hospital, where herbal medicine, acupuncture and the ancient art of healing that was passed down from Tibet is still being practiced today; Statue of sitting Buddha the biggest in Bhutan and Sangay point to have a bird’s eye of the Thimphu valley. Later in afternoon visit Changgangkha temples, Drub throb nunnery; and then

visit Tashichhodzong, seat of the Royal Government and Central Monastic Body. It was rebuilt in the early 1960’s after a fire destroyed most of the building. The amazing thing about this building is that it was built without a single drawing or a single nail

Stay overnight in Thimphu.

This morning take a scenic drive on the mountain route towards the former capital of Bhutan, passing through Dochula Pass. A large Chorten and a forest of prayer flags greet you on arrival at Dochula Pass. On a clear day you can view an endless chain of Himalayan peaks. Enjoy a cup of hot tea/coffee and then drive further to Punakha, the winter residence of the Je Khenpo and the monks of Tashichhodzong. Later in the afternoon proceed to visit the beautiful Punakha Dzong, situated at the confluence of two mighty glacial rivers, the Mo Chu (River) and Pa Chu, which descend from the lofty heights of the Himalayas. Later hike on to Chimmi Lhakhang situated near the river on a small plateau. It was built by the famous ‘divine madman’, Drukpa Kuenley, a famous pilgrim site for the infertile women who wish to bear children.

Stay overnight in Phunakha.

This morning drive back to Paro enroute stopping at Semthoka Dzong. Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal was one of the greatest builders of Dzong in Bhutan. To consolidate his newly acquired domain in western Bhutan and to defend himself from both the internal foes and external enemies he started constructing this Dzong. The present place where the Dzong stands is at the boundary common to three prominent western regions: Sha (Wangdiphodrang), Wang (Thimphu) and Pa (Paro). Continue the drive to Paro and upon arrival visit Ta Dzong, originally built as watchtower and now houses the National museum. The extensive collection included antique Thangka paintings, textiles, weapons & armor, household object and a rich assortment of the natural and historic artifacts. (Note: Ta Dzong/Museum is closed on every Sunday and Monday).

Check-in at the hotel of your stay and later in the afternoon take a short drive to northern part of the valley to visit to Drukgyel Dzong ruins that was once a strategic post to withhold invading Tibetan forces from the north. Also visit the temples of Kichu Lhakhang.

Stay overnight in Paro.

Taktsang Monastery Day 05. PARO
This morning hike up to Taktsang monastery (The Tiger’s Nest), for people unaccustomed to the altitude it takes about three hours at an average walking speed to reach the temples. Enroute stop at teahouse for a refreshing drink and have an excellent view of the monastery. The path may at times appear to somewhat hair-raising but it is well defined and there is no danger whatever of falling off. Taktsang monastery is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world and it contains 13 holy places. Taktsang, the “Tiger’s Lair”, gets its name from the story of its foundation. In the 8th century, Guru Rinpoche came to Taktsang in a miraculous manner, flying on the back of a tigress from Khenpajong in the region of Kurteop. According to Bhutanese tradition, the tigress was a form taken by one of the Master’s consorts for the occasion. Guru Rinpoche meditated for three months in a cave at Taktsang and converted the Paro valley to Buddhism. The evening is free for you to walk around the town.

Stay overnight in Paro.

This morning in time proceed to airport to board flight for onward destination.


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