Bhutan, LAND OF THUNDER DRAGON

Paro

Day 1:Paro – Thimphu (60 Km. 01 Hour)

Depart Druk Air to Paro. If you are lucky, you will have glorious view of the snow-capped Himalayas. The remarkable and steep descent into the Paro valley is an awe-inspiring beginning to an adventure of a lifetime. After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet the Bhutanese representative from Thunder Dragon Treks, who will receive you and drive to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan for lunch. Enroute visit the National Museum (Tak Dzong) (one of the fine museums in Asia that would shed further light to your adventurous trip to Bhutan and Paro Rimpong Dzong, administration centre and religious institute of the valley. After lunch Visit the Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 in memory of the third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk lovingly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. Next before sunset drive up to Sangaygang hill above Thimphu for a fabulous view of the city. The hill is popular for people to put up flags and the hill is a hue of multi-colored prayer flags fluttering in the wind. En route you shall also visit the mini zoo to see the national animal “Takin”. Over night Hotel, Thimphu.

Day 2:Thimphu – Punakha (77 Km. 2 ½ Hours)

Morning we depart for Punakha. Stop at Dochula (3,050 m), on clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. Many colorful prayer flags also dot the pass. You will stop at Metshina Village en route and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chhimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple. Return Lunch will be served near by restaurant and after lunch Continue driving and check into Hotel. we will drive towards the north of Punakha valley for a stunning nature drive to view Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten. If you are interest, you can hike to visit the Chorten. Drive to back to visit Punakha Dzong, one of the most impressive Dzong in its architecture. It is ideally located between two rivers Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female). Overnight Hotel Punakha.

Punakha Valley
Tshechu is a religious festival

Day 3:Punakha – Trongsa – Bumthang (218 Km. 7 Hours)

Early breakfast drive to Bumthang. Thereafter we shall drive through the tropical vegetation to Nobding and Pele la pass (3,300 m) after that descend through the open meadows and valley of yak herders and several other villages. Lunch will be served at Chendebji restaurant after lunch short drive visit Trongsa Dzong. Then depart for Bumthang over Yongtong La pass (3,340 m), enroute stop in Chhumey at a weaving center run by a local family. They have an array of famous local sheep-wool textiles. Overnight lodge in Bumthang.

Day 4:Bumthang – Sightseeing

Bumthang is a general name given to combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. It is home to many prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries. Today we shall visit the following places of interests. Start the morning with visit to Jambey Lhakhang, the other temple built by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo, in the 7th century. Next visit Kurjey Lhakhang complex. It consists of three temples. The one on the right was where Guru meditated in the 8th century.Your guide will explain the fascinating stories connected to this place. After lunch drive up the hill to visit the Jakar Dzong. Name Jakar, meaning white bird and The Dzong is now the seat of district administration and monastic body of Bumthang valley The last stop for the day will be Tamshing Lhakhang, located in a village across the river from Kurjey Lhakhang. It is the seat of Bumthang’s famous son saint Pema Lingpa. A skilled tantric master and an artist he sculpted the main statues and painted the frescoes, which can be seen even today, mostly in original state. Evening leisure. Overnight Hotel, Bumthang.

kurjey lhakhang
Dzong

Day 5:Bumthang – Wangdue (197 Km, 6 ½ Hrs)

Today, you will retrace your journey back. Lunch will be served at Chendebji restaurant. Before check into Hotel visit Wangdue Dzong, sitting right above from the bridge is the dzong of Wangdue Phodrang, town’s most visible feature. Overnight at a hotel in Wangdue.

Day 6:Wangdue – Thimphu (70 Km, 2 Hrs)

Morning drive to Thimphu. Before lunch visit the National Library. This repository houses ancient religious and historical manuscripts. Those of you interested in whetting your intellectual appetite may do so here. Next visit Textile Museum: This museum displays the finest art of weaving from various regions of Bhutan. You will also be able to see the different fabrics and the intricacies of weaving. There will be a brief audiovisual program on textiles of Bhutan. After lunch visit weekend market many vegetables locally produced are brought for sales at the market. One gets the opportunity to intermingle with the local people. Then Tashi Cho Dzong allowed to visit after the office hours and during the holidays. (Seat of government’s offices and central monk body summer residence). Overnight in Thimphu. Evening at leisure for independent exploration of Thimphu city. Overnight Hotel, Thimphu.

Thimphu
khamsum yulley namgyal chorten

Day 7:Thimphu – Paro – Hike to Taktsang

Morning we drive straight away to the north of Paro valley to Ramthangkha, from where we start our hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). It takes a little less about hour and half one way. Return Lunch will be served at Taktsang cafeteria. Walk downhill to the road and enroute visit Drukgyel Dzong (now in ruins) which reveal the reminiscence of ancient architecture and followed by visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by Songtsen Gompo, which denotes the spread and emergence of Buddhism in the country. Overnight Hotel, Paro.

Day 8:-Paro – Depart

Your journey into the Dragon ends. You will having breakfast first in hotel, after breakfast you will drive back to Paro. On Arrival at Paro, transfer to the airport. Take the flight and back to home with lovely memories.

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