BHUTAN 2 NIGHTS THIMPU 1 NIGHT PUNAKHA 2 NIGHTS PARO
Paro to Thimphu
Arrive Paro airport & proceeds for Thimphu which is 1 hours drive. On arrival at Thimphu check in at hotel & you will be taken care by our hotel’s premium hospitality. Overnight stay in Thimphu.
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”) who had wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.
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.
Drive to Punakha
After breakfast drive to Punakha with a stop at Dochula pass (3080m).Here we can view and admire the Chorten, Mani wall, and prayer flags which decorates the highest point on the road. If the sky is clear, the following peaks can be visible from this pass(left to right): Masagang(7,158m), Tshendagang(6,960m), Terigang(7,060m),Jejegangphugang(7,158m),Kangphugang(7,170m), Zongphugang(7,060m),a table mountain dominates the isolated region of Lunana- finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. We will have lunch on the way. After that we will visit to Chimi Lhakhang which is a short hike. Chimi Lakhang Temples lies in the fertile Lobesa villge of Punakha Valley. The temple is dedicated to the divine madman-Saint Drukpa Kuenley and the temple is also known as the Temple of Fertility. Check in hotel
Drive to Paro
After having scrumptious breakfast we will visit to Punakha Dzong. It is situated near two rivers-- the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River.) Asia has a rich tradition of river personification. Punakha Dzong is one of the largest Dzongs in Bhutan. Take the suspension bridge to arrive at the Dzong. Punakha Dzong was initially called Druk Pungthang or Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness), for many years until the second king of Bhutan assumed power. Punakha Dzong happened to be the seat of the Government for a long time. After that we will drive to Paro. Lunch will be at Paro. After lunch we will be going for a sightseeing at:
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 visit: Drugyel Dzong, this Dzong, with a delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over Tibetan invaders. Historically and strategically this Dzong withstood all its glory and was featured in 1914 vide National Geographic Magazine. On a clear day, one can see view of Mount. Jumolhari from the dzong. Evening will walk around Paro city where you will get opportunity to find out some unique Bhutanese Handicraft in the local shop. Overnight at Paro.
Drop to your on ward destination
After breakfast proceed to paro airport .Like all good things, your Bhutan tours will come to an end. We will be happy to see you back.
TOUR COST INCLUDES:
Accommodation as per the itinerary
Transfer & sightseeing as per the itinerary by Non AC Toyota hiace (sharing by 8 pax). And small suv for 2 & 4 pax . Above 8 pax Toyota coaster will be provided.
Services of an Escort cum Guide will be as per the itinerary for Bhutan Portion only.
Current Bhutan State & Hotel tax as on 01/01/2014.
TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDES:
Government Service Tax as applicable
During High Season (MAR, APR, MAY, SEP, OCT, NOV), most of the hotel in Bhutan are full with charter for Inbound Movement. You are requested to send the booking request for mentioned period well in advance. At such time Bhutan Hotel may Charge High Season surcharge which will be mentioned with the confirmation sent over the mail.