Day 01 Bangkok – Paro- Thimphu (1 hour) Day 02 Drive to Thimphu(1 hour) Day 03 Thimphu - Punakha Valley via beautiful Dochu La pass 3050m, Chhime Lhakhang(3 hours) Day 04 Magnificent visit to Punakha Dzong, hike to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyel Chorten Day 05 Punakha valley to Paro,Chhuzom,Tamchok Lhakhang(5 hours) . Day 06 Paro valley spiritual day excursion to Tiger Nest. Day 07 Paro-Bangkok
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Day1. Bangkok – Paro
The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. On arrival at Paro international airport, you will be received by our representative from Bhutan Dynasty Travel and will escort you to the hotel. After lunch we will visit the National Museum of Bhutan, built in 1656 and used as watch tower, It has a magnificent views over Paro valley, (Ta Dzong) which contains works of art, handicrafts, costumes, armors and rare stamps. And down to visit Rinpung Dzong-‘Fortress of a heap of jewels.’ The trail then leads across Paro Chhu(river)via a traditional covered bridge(Nyamai Zam) and then past the main archery ground. If time permits take a leisurely walk around Paro town.
Day2. Drive to Thimphu(1 hour) Market days: The weekend market in Thimphu, takes place every weekend, starting from Friday evening and running through to late afternoon on Sundays. It draws traders from all across the country, many of whom will travel several days to sell their goods and it’s awesome for the Kodak moment. So your itinerary may be adjusted to include one of these market days if you wish.
National memorial Chorten: It was built in 1974 in the memory of our Third king H.M Jigme Dorji Wangchuk , who had wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity, died before his plan came to fruition. However the Royal family and Cabinet resolved to fulfill his wishes.
Folk Heritage Museum: it is a restored three-storey traditional rammed mud and timber that resembles the rural household in the Thimphu area during the mid 19th century, domestic tools equipments that were used by rural families of that period and also provides you a glimpse of lifestyle, items and artifacts of Bhutanese villages and rural households.
The national institute of Zorig Chusum: is the centre for Bhutanese Art education. It was set up by the Government of Bhutan with the sole objective of preserving the rich culture and tradition of Bhutan and training students in all the traditional arts forms. The curricula cover a comprehensive course of drawing, painting, wood and slate craving, embroidery, sculptures, weaving and paper making.
Buddha Point (kuensel Phodrang): Another place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point. It is a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk and take a glimpse of the valley
Mini Zoo: is the best place to see our National animal, takin, a strange looking beast which some say looks like a moose. Originally a mini-zoo, it was converted into a preserve when it was discovered that the animals refrained from inhabiting the surrounding forest even when set free. The reason for declaring Takin as a National Animal of Bhutan is attributed to a legend of the animal’s creation in Bhutan in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as Divine mad man to the west.
Day3. Thimphu - Punakha Valley via beautiful Dochu La pass 3050m, Chhime Lhakhang(3 hours)
This drive is truly awe inspiring as it zig zag up to the 3,140m high mountain pass of Dochu La with its forests of fluttering prayer flags, maze of memorial chortens and, on a clear day sweeping views of the main Himalayan range. You will be serve hot tea/coffee at the cafeteria with a beautiful view of Himalaya. Time to stretch the legs with the short walk across rice fields and villages to the Chimme Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint popularly known as “Divine Madman.” Infamous for his colorful and sometimes outrageous adherence to the Buddhist faith. The temple sits atop a picturesque hill surrounded by rice fields. Drupa Kuenley built a chorten on the side in the 14th century, and it has long been a pilgrimage for childless couples.
Day4. Magnificent visit to Punakha Dzong, hike to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyel Chorten
Visit Punakha Dzong located in between two rivers, mo Chu (Female River) from its left and pho Chu (Male River) from its right; it was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in commanding position at the confluence. The Dzong was called Druk Pungthang Decchen Phodrang(the palace of Great Happiness) in olden days and arguably the country’s most attractive dzong. It served as the seat of the kingdom’s government until the time of the second king and today serves as the winter home of Je khempo, the chief abbot of the Bhutan, along with the retinue of 1,000 monks. It is one of the most impressive dzong in Bhutan. For further exploration of this scenic valley hike up through the farm land to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyel Chorten,a shrine built by royal family a startlingly ornate and elaborate structure with images of Vajra Kila and superb view of Punakha Valley. The hike will take around 3 hour’s. After lunch, visit Wangdue Phodrang Dzong built in 1638, the third oldest Dzong in Bhutan. Day5. Punakha valley to Paro,Chhuzom,Tamchok Lhakhang(5 hours)
Retrace our steps back over the Dochu La Pass for a second chance to see wonderful view of the Himalayan range. Returning to Chhuzom or confluence we catch a glimpse of three Chortens in Nepali,Tibetan and Bhutanese style which were built to ward off evil spirits near the check point. Time permitting the journey can break with the visit to Tamchok Lhakhang built by Thangthong Gyelpo or the Iron bridge builder as he known. This former saint from the 15th century introduced the art of building suspension bridges with iron chains. On the final leg the road snakes alongside the Pa Chhu, through apple orchards and rice paddies, past quaint homesteads to our hotel.
Day6. Paro valley spiritual day excursion to Tiger Nest.
After breakfast, we will drive back to Paro and conclude our visit to the Dragon Kingdom with a hike to the magical temple known as Taktsang (the "Tiger's Nest). Taktsang is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the Himalayan World. The temple itself is perched on a granite cliff that drops 2,000 feet to the valley floor. The name is derived from a legend that Guru Rinpoche flew across the mountains to this spot on the back of a tigress,
reaching a cave in which he meditated for three months, converting the people of Paro Valley to Buddhism during his stay. The path takes us through a forest of oak and rhododendron, arriving at a small chorten surrounded by prayer flags. With a little more effort, we will reach a teahouse and a spectacular view of Taktsang. That will be our lunch stop. Those who choose can hike further, to an overlook that is almost at eye level with the temple.