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  • Arrive at Paro Airport:A�Then drive to the capital city Thimphu. Altitude: 2320m/ 7656ft above sea level.(1 hour 30 minutes drive)The flight into the Himalayas reveals scenic and breathtaking views of Himalayan Mountains of the world. If weather permits you will be able to see Mt Everest (8848m, 29,198ft) and other Himalayan mountain ranges. After checking into the hotel later visit,Your guide from Bhutan travel agency will greet you on arrival and drive you to the capital city, Thimphu. Later visit, the weekend market: Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the people crowd the stalls every day, dressed in full colour and gathered to meet and to barter, much like the street markets in London! Visit, General Post office of Bhutan: Get an insight into Bhutan through its stamps. Visit their Philatelic Bureau for their beautiful, unique and wide range of stamps and philatelic products. You can also order them from Bhutan Post and its agents around the world. All types of attractive postage stamps, picture post cards, stamp albums, envelopes, etc., are available at the philatelic counters which are best for presentation and gift purposes. The bureau also maintains prepaid customer accounts such as Ordinary account and Standing order account.

    Bhutan Craft bazaar:A�The private stalls had a variety of high-end quality products from places across the country such as wood carved national symbols, bags and western wears with touch of traditional designs, wooden and clay utensils, Bangchung, Dhapa, key hanger of jewelry boxes, bookmarks and handmade packing papers (Deysho) in different patterns, antique items and etc. The stalls have a distinctly rich outlook with fine tones of elegance, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. The craft bazaar is also an exemplary of how bamboo can be used to construct houses in the country.

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    Mini zoo:A�Here you can see just one animal a�� Bhutana��s national animal- the Takin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo.

    Kuenselcholing View Point:A�A�The view point is also the perfect place to take in some truly breathtaking views of the entire city of Thimpu and also the largest Buddha in the world is being built.

    Tashichho DzongA�: The names means a�� Means Fortress of Glorious Religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body. Overnight in Thimphu

  • THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA/WANGDUEA�A� A�(B, L, D)Altitude: 1350m/4455ft above sea level.(3 hour 30 minutes drive).

    Morning take a hike to Cheri Monastery(Includes Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wild life Sanctuary):A�Hike about 1hrs(to and fro) leds to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen). Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built this monastery in 1620 and established the first monk body here. A chance to spot birds such as Mrs Goulda��s Sunbird, Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Long-billed Thrush, Ultramarine Flycatcher.

    Zorig Chusum Institute:A�The 13 arts and Crafts institute. The two main objectives of the institute are a) to preserve and promote the traditional arts and crafts and b) to create job opportunities for the underprivileged group of the society.

    Folk Heritage museum:A�It was inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, who is the founder and patron of the Museum, on 28th July 2001.It is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of its items and artifacts used in rural households

    Memorial Chorten:A�A�This particular chorten was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of the country, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Bhutan.

    Thangtong Dewachen(Nunnery):A�It was founded in 1976 by Rikey Jadrel, who is considered as emanation of Thangthong Gyalpo(1363 a�� 1485), the builder of numerous iron chain bridges across the Himalayas. Morning driving towards Punakha/Wangdue, we come across a pass known as Dochula (3140m, 10362ft) from where a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range can be seen, especially in clear winter days. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens- a 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. Later you can also visit the Botanical garden just below Dochula Pass where there are lot of collection of rhododendrons. Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue.

  • PUNAKHA/WANGDUE TO PAROA�A� A�(B, L, D)

    Altitude: 2280m/7524ft above sea level. (4 hours drive)Morning visit, Punakha Dzong (fortress): Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung which is remarkably located between the rivers of Mo (Female) Chu (river) and Pho (Male) Chu. Until the time of second king it served as a seat of the king.

    Hike to Chimi Lhakhang(Temple of fertility):A�This Temple was built by lam Drukpa Kuenley (The Divine Madman) in 1499. It is about thirty minutes hike across fields from the road a��Wooden phalluses are often found hanging in the four corners of the houses and also phalluses are painted on the walls of houses. It is the common belief that this helps in driving away evil spirits.(30 minutes hike to and fro, gentle steep, good footh path across the valleys and villages) Later drive to Paro valley. Overnight in Paro.

  • IN PAROA�A� A�(B, L, D)

    Morning hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tigera��s nest): This is Bhutana��s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory. It is believed that in the 8th century, the great tantric master Guru Rimopche/ Padmasambhava (2nd Buddha) flew on the back of a tigress to the site where the monastery now stands. (Five hours hike to and fro, some gentle and some steep hike, some stony foot path and some good ones) If you ride a horse upward it will cost extra US$25 per person.

    Visit Farmhouse:A�A�Eating, taking bath and staying for a night at a local farmhouse gives a different variation, and a chance to see the inside of such a home, rather than just the brightly decorated exteriors. If you take hot stone bath and eat in the farm house it will cost extra US$25 per person.Later stroll around the town and see how locals live. Overnight in Paro

  • DEPART FROM PAROA�A� A�(B, L, D)

    Early breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the airport. Your escort will assist you with exit formalities and bid you farewell.

 

Bhutan Tour 2


 

  • ARRIVE IN PARO AIRPORT, BHUTANArrive at Paro Airport and then drive to the capital city Thimphu. Altitude: 2320m/ 7656ft above sea level.(1 hour 30 minutes drive)The flight into the Himalayas reveals scenic and breathtaking views of Himalayan Mountains of the world. If weather permits you will be able to see Mt Everest (8848m, 29,198ft) and other Himalayan mountain ranges. After checking into the hotel later visit,Your guide from Bhutan travel agency will greet you on arrival and drive you to the capital city, Thimphu. Later visit, the weekend market: Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the people crowd the stalls every day, dressed in full colour and gathered to meet and to barter, much like the street markets in London! Visit, General Post office of Bhutan: Get an insight into Bhutan through its stamps. Visit their Philatelic Bureau for their beautiful, unique and wide range of stamps and philatelic products. You can also order them from Bhutan Post and its agents around the world. All types of attractive postage stamps, picture post cards, stamp albums, envelopes, etc., are available at the philatelic counters which are best for presentation and gift purposes. The bureau also maintains prepaid customer accounts such as Ordinary account and Standing order account.

    Bhutan Craft bazaar:A�The private stalls had a variety of high-end quality products from places across the country such as wood carved national symbols, bags and western wears with touch of traditional designs, wooden and clay utensils, Bangchung, Dhapa, key hanger of jewelry boxes, bookmarks and handmade packing papers (Deysho) in different patterns, antique items and etc. The stalls have a distinctly rich outlook with fine tones of elegance, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. The craft bazaar is also an exemplary of how bamboo can be used to construct houses in the country.

    Mini zoo:A�Here you can see just one animal a�� Bhutana��s national animal- the Takin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo.

    Kuenselcholing View Point:A�The view point is also the perfect place to take in some truly breathtaking views of the entire city of Thimpu and also the largest Buddha in the world is being built.

    Tashichho DzongA�: The names means a�� Means Fortress of Glorious Religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body. Overnight in Thimphu

  • THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA/WANGDUE (B, L, D)Altitude: 1350m/4455ft above sea level.(3 hour 30 minutes drive).

    Morning take a hike to Cheri Monastery(Includes Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wild life Sanctuary):A�Hike about 1hrs(to and fro) leds to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen). Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built this monastery in 1620 and established the first monk body here. A chance to spot birds such as Mrs Goulda��s Sunbird, Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Long-billed Thrush, Ultramarine Flycatcher.

    Zorig Chusum Institute:A�The 13 arts and Crafts institute. The two main objectives of the institute are a) to preserve and promote the traditional arts and crafts and b) to create job opportunities for the underprivileged group of the society.

    Folk Heritage museum:A�It was inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, who is the founder and patron of the Museum, on 28th July 2001.It is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of its items and artifacts used in rural households

    Memorial Chorten:A�This particular chorten was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of the country, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Bhutan.

    Thangtong Dewachen(Nunnery):A�It was founded in 1976 by Rikey Jadrel, who is considered as emanation of Thangthong Gyalpo(1363 a�� 1485), the builder of numerous iron chain bridges across the Himalayas. Morning driving towards Punakha/Wangdue, we come across a pass known as Dochula (3140m, 10362ft) from where a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range can be seen, especially in clear winter days. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens- a 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. Later you can also visit the Botanical garden just below Dochula Pass where there are lot of collection of rhododendrons. Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue.

  • PUNAKHA/WANGDUE TO PARO (B, L, D)

    Altitude: 2280m/7524ft above sea level. (4 hours drive)Morning visit, Punakha Dzong (fortress): Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung which is remarkably located between the rivers of Mo (Female) Chu (river) and Pho (Male) Chu. Until the time of second king it served as a seat of the king.

    Hike to Chimi Lhakhang(Temple of fertility):A�This Temple was built by lam Drukpa Kuenley (The Divine Madman) in 1499. It is about thirty minutes hike across fields from the road a��Wooden phalluses are often found hanging in the four corners of the houses and also phalluses are painted on the walls of houses. It is the common belief that this helps in driving away evil spirits.(30 minutes hike to and fro, gentle steep, good footh path across the valleys and villages) Later drive to Paro valley. Overnight in Paro.

  • IN PARO (B, L, D)

    Morning hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tigera��s nest): This is Bhutana��s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory. It is believed that in the 8th century, the great tantric master Guru Rimopche/ Padmasambhava (2nd Buddha) flew on the back of a tigress to the site where the monastery now stands. (Five hours hike to and fro, some gentle and some steep hike, some stony foot path and some good ones) If you ride a horse upward it will cost extra US$25 per person.

    Visit Farmhouse:A�Eating, taking bath and staying for a night at a local farmhouse gives a different variation, and a chance to see the inside of such a home, rather than just the brightly decorated exteriors. If you take hot stone bath and eat in the farm house it will cost extra US$25 per person.Later stroll around the town and see how locals live. Overnight in Paro

  • DEPART FROM PARO (B, L, D)

    Early breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the airport. Your escort will assist you with exit formalities and bid you farewell.

 

Bhutan Tour 3


 

  • Arrive at Paro Airport and then drive to the capital city Thimphu.

    Altitude: 2320m/ 7656ft above sea level.(1hour30 minutes drive):A�The flight into the Himalayas reveals scenic and breathtaking views of Himalayan Mountains of the world. If weather permits you will be able to see Mt Everest (8848m, 29,198ft) and other Himalayan mountain ranges. After checking into the hotel later visit, Your guide from Bhutan travel agency will greet you on arrival and drive you to the capital city, Thimphu.
    Tshendhen Incense Factory in Paro,A� was established about eleven years ago. Today, it produces varieties of incense sticks. The owner, Aap Chencho, a former monk, said he wanted to open an incense factory while he was still a monk.
    According to Tshering Dorji, the benefits of offering incense are manifold. The former Lam Neten said a�?as the dirty clothes become clean after washing, similarly, the incense stick can also clean the impurities and act as an offering to Kencho Suma�? Currently, Aap Chenchoa�?s factory has 13 workers and can produce about four hundred packets of incense every day.Mini zoo: Here you can see just one animal a�� Bhutana��s national animal- the Takin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo.

    Kuenselcholing View Point:A� A place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). It is again a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.

    Tashichho Dzong :A�The names means a�� Means Fortress of Glorious Religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.

    Later stroll around the city and later dinner at typical Bhutanese restaurant with cultural show.

    Overnight in Thimphu

 

  • IN THIMPHU(B, L, D)Morning visit the weekend market:Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the people crowd the stalls every day, dressed in full colour and gathered to meet and to barter, much like the street markets in London!

    Later take a hike to Cheri Monastery(Includes Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wild life Sanctuary):A�Hike about 1hrs(to and fro) leds to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen). Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built this monastery in 1620 and established the first monk body here. A chance to spot birds such as Mrs Goulda��s Sunbird, Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Long-billed Thrush, Ultramarine Flycatcher.

    Paper factory:A�The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century of Bhutanese history. The handmade paper constitutes as valuable National heritage of Bhutanese cultural identity and is preserved through all the ages. The Traditional paper is recognized and held high esteem both in home and outside world.

    General Post office of Bhutan: Get an insight into Bhutan through its stamps. Visit their Philatelic Bureau for their beautiful, unique and wide range of stamps and philatelic products. You can also order them from Bhutan Post and its agents around the world. All types of attractive postage stamps, picture post cards, stamp albums, envelopes, etc., are available at the philatelic counters which are best for presentation and gift purposes. The bureau also maintains prepaid customer accounts such as Ordinary account and Standing order account.

    Bhutan Craft bazaar:A�The private stalls had a variety of high-end quality products from places across the country such as wood carved national symbols, bags and western wears with touch of traditional designs, wooden and clay utensils, Bangchung, Dhapa, key hanger of jewelry boxes, bookmarks and handmade packing papers (Deysho) in different patterns, antique items and etc. The stalls have a distinctly rich outlook with fine tones of elegance, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. The craft bazaar is also an exemplary of how bamboo can be used to construct houses in the country.Later leisure time for you to take rest and prepare for the next journey.

    Overnight in Thimphu.

 

  • THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA/WANGDUEA�A� A�(B, L, D)A�A�Altitude: 1350m/4455ft above sea level.(3 hours drive).Morning driving towards Punakha/Wangduewe come across a pass known as Dochula (3140m, 10362ft) from where a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range can be seen, especially in clear winter days. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens- a 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.Later you can also visit the Botanical garden just below Dochula Pass where there are lots of collections of rhododendrons.Later visit, Punakha Dzong (fortress): Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung which is remarkably located between the rivers of Mo (Female) Chu (river) and Pho (Male) Chu. Until the time of second king it served as a seat of the king.

    Hike to Chimi Lhakhang(Temple of fertility): This Temple was built by lam Drukpa Kuenley (The Divine Madman) in 1499. It is about thirty minutes hike across fields from the road a��Wooden phalluses are often found hanging in the four corners of the houses and also phalluses are painted on the walls of houses. It is the common belief that this helps in driving away evil spirits.(30 minutes hike to and fro, gentle steep, good footh path across the valleys and villages)

    Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue

 

    • PUNAKHA/WANGDUE TO PAROA�A� A�(B, L, D)
      Altitude: 2280m/7524ft above sea level.(4 hours drive)
      MORNING drive to Paro. On the way a picnic lunch at Dochula pass area.Later drive to Paro and visit, Rimpung Dzong:A�The Bhutanese Dzongs are huge architectural structures constructed for a variety of functions throughout the country, from administrative buildings to monasteries and temples, yet they are carefully and thoughtfully designed and are strikingly beautiful.A� The Rimpung Dzong, known as the a�?fortress of the heap of jewelsa�? in the picturesque setting of the Paro valley, is of course no exception, built in the time of the dynamic spiritual and political leader Zhabdrung in 1644.A� Once a year, as part of the Tsechu festival, one of the oldest Thongdol (gigantic scroll paintings) is ceremonially unfurled here.

 

Kichu Lhakhang(Monastery):A�It is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.

 

Overnight in Paro.

 

  • GANGTEYA� TO PARO A� (B, L, D)Altitude: 2280m/7524ft above sea level.(4 hours drive)Morning you will hike across Gangtey Nature Trail: (Duration: Half day: two hours at a quicker pace): This is one of the most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trail. In this trail you have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Goemba(Monastery), it also leads to sloping area of green grass, flanked by pine trees on either side. You will even come across some villages, rivers, crane roosting ground.Later drive to Paro.On the way a picnic lunch at Dochula pass area.Later drive to Paro and visit,Rimpung Dzong: The Bhutanese Dzongs are huge architectural structures constructed for a variety of functions throughout the country, from administrative buildings to monasteries and temples, yet they are carefully and thoughtfully designed and are strikingly beautiful.A� The Rimpung Dzong, known as the a�?fortress of the heap of jewelsa�? in the picturesque setting of the Paro valley, is of course no exception, built in the time of the dynamic spiritual and political leader Zhabdrung in 1644.A� Once a year, as part of the Tsechu festival, one of the oldest Thongdol (gigantic scroll paintings) is ceremonially unfurled here.Kichu Lhakhang(Monastery): It is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.Overnight in Paro.

 

  • IN PAROA�A� A�(B, L, D)Morning hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tigera��s nest):
    This is Bhutana��s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory. It is believed that in the 8th century, the great tantric master Guru Rimopche/ Padmasambhava (2nd Buddha) flew on the back of a tigress to the site where the monastery now stands. (Five hours hike to and fro, some gentle and some steep hike, some stony foot path and some good ones) If you ride a horse upward it will cost extra US$25 per person which we will provide free of cost.

 

Visit Farmhouse:Picturesque farm houses dot the valley amongst fields and hillsides. We welcome you to enjoy the hospitality of the Paro farmers. Thrill yourself as the farmers welcome you to their homes with genuine smiles. The two to three-storied Bhutanese farm houses are handsome in appearance, with colorfully decorated outer walls and lintels, and are traditionally built.A� A visit to a farm house gives an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of a farming family. (If you take hot stone bath in the farm house it will cost extra US$25 per person.)Later stroll around the town and see how locals live.

 

Overnight in Paro

 

    • DEPART FROM PAROA�A� A�(B, L, D)
      Early breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the airport. Your escort will assist you with exit formalities and bid you farewell.

 

Bhutan Tour 4


 

  • ARRIVE AT PARO AIRPORT(B,L,D)Arrive at Paro Airport and then drive to the capital city Thimphu.Altitude: 2320m/ 7656ft above sea level.(1 hour 30 minutes drive)The flight into the Himalayas reveals scenic and breathtaking views of Himalayan Mountains of the world.If weather permits you will be able to see Mt Everest (8848m, 29,198ft) and other Himalayan mountain ranges. After checking into the hotel later visit,Your guide from Bhutan travel agency will greet you on arrival and drive you to the capital city, Thimphu.Tshendhen Incense Factory in Paro,A� was established about eleven years ago. Today, it produces varieties of incense sticks. The owner, Aap Chencho, a former monk, said he wanted to open an incense factory while he was still a monk.According to Tshering Dorji, the benefits of offering incense are manifold. The former Lam Neten said a�?as the dirty clothes become clean after washing, similarly, the incense stick can also clean the impurities and act as an offering to Kencho Suma�?Currently, Aap Chenchoa�?s factory has 13 workers and can produce about four hundred packets of incense every day.Mini zoo:A�Here you can see just one animal a�� Bhutana��s national animal- the Takin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo.

    Kuenselcholing View Point:A� A place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). It is again a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.

    Tashichho DzongA�: The names means a�� Means Fortress of Glorious Religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.Later stroll around the city and later dinner at typical Bhutanese restaurant.

    Overnight in Thimphu

 

  • IN THIMPHUA�A� A�(B, L, D)

 

Morning visit the weekend market: Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the people crowd the stalls every day, dressed in full colour and gathered to meet and to barter, much like the street markets in London!Later take a hike to Cheri Monastery(Includes Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wild life Sanctuary): Hike about 1hrs(to and fro) leds to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen). Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built this monastery in 1620 and established the first monk body here. A chance to spot birds such as Mrs Goulda��s Sunbird, Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Long-billed Thrush, Ultramarine Flycatcher.

 

Paper factory:A�The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century of Bhutanese history. The handmade paper constitutes as valuable National heritage of Bhutanese cultural identity and is preserved through all the ages. The Traditional paper is recognized and held high esteem both in home and outside world.

 

General Post office of Bhutan:A�Get an insight into Bhutan through its stamps. Visit their Philatelic Bureau for their beautiful, unique and wide range of stamps and philatelic products. You can also order them from Bhutan Post and its agents around the world. All types of attractive postage stamps, picture post cards, stamp albums, envelopes, etc., are available at the philatelic counters which are best for presentation and gift purposes. The bureau also maintains prepaid customer accounts such as Ordinary account and Standing order account.

 

Bhutan Craft bazaar:The private stalls had a variety of high-end quality products from places across the country such as wood carved national symbols, bags and western wears with touch of traditional designs, wooden and clay utensils, Bangchung, Dhapa, key hanger of jewelry boxes, bookmarks and handmade packing papers (Deysho) in different patterns, antique items and etc. The stalls have a distinctly rich outlook with fine tones of elegance, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. The craft bazaar is also an exemplary of how bamboo can be used to construct houses in the country.

 

Later leisure time for you to take rest and prepare for the next journey.

 

Overnight in Thimphu.

 

  • A�THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA/WANGDUEA�A� A�(B, L, D)

 

Altitude: 1350m/4455ft above sea level.(3 hours drive).Morning drive to Punakha/Wangdue, we come across a pass known as Dochula (3140m, 10362ft) from where a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range can be seen, especially in clear winter days. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens- a 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.Later you can also visit the Botanical garden just below Dochula Pass where there are lot of collection of rhododendrons.You can even go for hikes, cycling and go for bird watching activities whereby you will see Whiskerd Yuhina, White Nated Yuhina, Rufous Vented Yuhina, Strip Throated Yuhina, Rufous Sidia, Brown Parrot Bill, Misses Goulda��s Sun Bird, Green Tailed Sungird etca��.Later hike to Chimi Lhakhang(Temple of fertility): This Temple was built by lam Drukpa Kuenley (The Divine Madman) in 1499. It is about thirty minutes hike across fields from the road a��Wooden phalluses are often found hanging in the four corners of the houses and also phalluses are painted on the walls of houses. It is the common belief that this helps in driving away evil spirits.(30 minutes hike to and fro, gentle steep, good footh path across the valleys and villages)

 

Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue

 

  • PUNAKHA/WANGDUE TO GANGTEY VALLEY/PHOBJIKHAA�A�A�A�(B, L, D)

 

Altitude: 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level (5 hours drive)Morning visit, Punakha Dzong (fortress): Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung which is remarkably located between the rivers of Mo (Female) Chu (river) and Pho (Male) Chu. Until the time of second king it served as a seat of the king.Later visit Rinchengang Village which is one of the oldest vilaage in Wangdue. Ita��s been more than 1 century old.Later drive to Gangtey.Overnight in Gangtey.

 

  • GANGTEY VALLEY/PHOBJIKHA TO TRONGSAA�A� A�(B, L, D)Altitude: 2600m/ 8580ft above sea level.(5 hours drive)Morning you will hike across Gangtey Nature Trail: (Duration: Half day: two hours at a quicker pace): This is one of the most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trail. In this trail you have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Goemba(Monastery), it also leads to sloping area of green grass, flanked by pine trees on either side. You will even come across some villages, rivers, crane roosting ground.Later visit the Black Necked Crane Observation center and then drive to Trongsa.On the way you can visit Chendibji Village.Later drive to Trongsa.

 

Overnight in Trongsa

 

  • TRONGSA TO BUMTHANGA�A�A�A�(B, L, D)Altitude: 2600m/ 8580ft above sea level.(3 hours drive)Morning visit, Trongsa Dzong: It was built by Chhogyel Mingyur Tempa (sent by Zhabdrung to unify Eastern Bhutan to bring under the rule of the Desi) in the year 1644The dzong dominates the horizon, dwarfing the surrounding buildings. Both the First and the Second King ruled the country from this Dzong.

 

Trongsa Museum: Situated strategically above the Trongsa dzong, the Ta Dzong served as the watch tower for centuries. It was built by Choeje Minjur Tempa in 1652.The museum is equipped with state of the art technology and includes a media room where visitors can watch a documentary programme on the history of the monarchy.The Ta Dzong was renovated and converted as a museum at a cost of Nu. 97 millions with funds from the Austrian government. The museum is dedicated to the coronation and centenary celebrations.Later drive to Bumthang valley.On the way visit Hand Loom shops, villages and take pictures along the way.Overnight in Bumthang.

 

  • IN BUMTHANGA�A� A�(B, L, D)Morning day excursion visit to Ogyen Choling Palace: It is a village in the Tang valley of Bumthang district. It is located on a commanding spur at an elevation of 3000m, on the east side of the Tang Chu. Visitors have to cross the Tangchu suspension bridge near Kizom and climb up to the village on foot. The trek takes about 45 minutes. Kizom is approximately 33 km from Jakar. The palace has been converted in a museum these days. (Gentle steep hike).

 

Visit, Mebar Tsho(Lake of Burning Fire):This is a sacred lake for Bhutanese who believe that Pema Lingpa discovered religious treasures from this lake in the 12th century.Later visit the farm house in BUmthang.Overnight in Bumthang.

 

  • BUMTHANG TO PAROA�A� A�(B, L, D)

 

Altitude 2280m/7524ft above sea level.Morning fly from Bumthang to Paro(35 minutes flight)Once we land in the airport, we shall drive to the Chelila pass, which is the highest road point in Bhutan at about 14000 feet. We shall stop at the pass and hike along the ridge through prayer flags and alpine vegetation of dwarf rhododendrons, juniper, and gentians edelweiss. If the weather is clear, which generally is at this ti me of the year, we shout get fantastic view of the sacred mountain, Mt, Jjhomolhari. We shall picnic at the pass and also look for high altitude birds, such as rose finches, grosbeaks, blood pheasants and Himalayan griffons. The view from the pass will also orient us on the places that we will be visiting in the next two weeks. On the way back we shall visit an ancient monastery, Dzongdradkha, build on a cliff face.Overnight in Paro.

 

  • IN PAROA�A� A�(B, L, D)

 

Morning hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tigera��s nest): This is Bhutana��s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory. It is believed that in the 8th century, the great tantric master Guru Rimopche/ Padmasambhava (2nd Buddha) flew on the back of a tigress to the site where the monastery now stands. Three hours hike to and fro, some gentle and some steep hike, some stony foot path and some good ones) If you ride a horse upward it will cost extra US$15 per person.

 

Visit Farmhouse:A� Eating, taking bath and staying for a night at a local farmhouse gives a different variation, and a chance to see the inside of such a home, rather than just the brightly decorated exteriors.Later stroll around the town and see how locals live. If you take hot stone bath and eat in the farm house it will cost extra US$25 per person.Later stroll around the town and see how locals live.

 

Overnight in Paro

 

  • DEPART FROM PAROA�A� A�(B, L, D)A�A�

 

Early breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the airport. Your escort will assist you with exit formalities and bid you farewell.

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Bhutan Tour 5


 

    • ARRIVE AT PARO AIRPORT(B,L,D)Arrive at Paro Airport and then drive to the capital city Thimphu.Altitude: 2320m/ 7656ft above sea level.(1 hour 30 minutes drive)The flight into the Himalayas reveals scenic and breathtaking views of Himalayan Mountains of the world.If weather permits you will be able to see Mt Everest (8848m, 29,198ft) and other Himalayan mountain ranges. After checking into the hotel later visit,Your guide from Bhutan travel agency will greet you on arrival and drive you to the capital city, Thimphu.Tshendhen Incense Factory in Paro, was established about eleven years ago. Today, it produces varieties of incense sticks. The owner, Aap Chencho, a former monk, said he wanted to open an incense factory while he was still a monk.According to Tshering Dorji, the benefits of offering incense are manifold. The former Lam Neten said a�?as the dirty clothes become clean after washing, similarly, the incense stick can also clean the impurities and act as an offering to Kencho Suma�?Currently, Aap Chenchoa�?s factory has 13 workers and can produce about four hundred packets of incense every day.Mini zoo:A�Here you can see just one animal a�� Bhutana��s national animal- the Takin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo.Kuenselcholing View Point: A place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). It is again a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.

      Tashichho DzongA�: The names means a�� Means Fortress of Glorious Religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.Later stroll around the city and later dinner at typical Bhutanese restaurant.

      Overnight in Thimphu

    • IN THIMPHU (B, L, D)Morning visit the weekend market: Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the people crowd the stalls every day, dressed in full colour and gathered to meet and to barter, much like the street markets in London!Later take a hike to Cheri Monastery(Includes Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wild life Sanctuary): Hike about 1hrs(to and fro) leds to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen). Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built this monastery in 1620 and established the first monk body here. A chance to spot birds such as Mrs Goulda��s Sunbird, Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Long-billed Thrush, Ultramarine Flycatcher.Paper factory:A�The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century of Bhutanese history. The handmade paper constitutes as valuable National heritage of Bhutanese cultural identity and is preserved through all the ages. The Traditional paper is recognized and held high esteem both in home and outside world.

      General Post office of Bhutan:
      A�Get an insight into Bhutan through its stamps. Visit their Philatelic Bureau for their beautiful, unique and wide range of stamps and philatelic products. You can also order them from Bhutan Post and its agents around the world. All types of attractive postage stamps, picture post cards, stamp albums, envelopes, etc., are available at the philatelic counters which are best for presentation and gift purposes. The bureau also maintains prepaid customer accounts such as Ordinary account and Standing order account.Bhutan Craft bazaar:The private stalls had a variety of high-end quality products from places across the country such as wood carved national symbols, bags and western wears with touch of traditional designs, wooden and clay utensils, Bangchung, Dhapa, key hanger of jewelry boxes, bookmarks and handmade packing papers (Deysho) in different patterns, antique items and etc. The stalls have a distinctly rich outlook with fine tones of elegance, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. The craft bazaar is also an exemplary of how bamboo can be used to construct houses in the country.Later leisure time for you to take rest and prepare for the next journey.>Overnight in Thimphu.
    • THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA/WANGDUE (B, L, D)A�
      Altitude: 1350m/4455ft above sea level.(3 hours drive).Morning drive to Punakha/Wangdue, we come across a pass known as Dochula (3140m, 10362ft) from where a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range can be seen, especially in clear winter days. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens- a 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.Later you can also visit the Botanical garden just below Dochula Pass where there are lot of collection of rhododendrons.You can even go for hikes, cycling and go for bird watching activities whereby you will see Whiskerd Yuhina, White Nated Yuhina, Rufous Vented Yuhina, Strip Throated Yuhina, Rufous Sidia, Brown Parrot Bill, Misses Goulda��s Sun Bird, Green Tailed Sungird etca��.Later hike to Chimi Lhakhang(Temple of fertility): This Temple was built by lam Drukpa Kuenley (The Divine Madman) in 1499. It is about thirty minutes hike across fields from the road a��Wooden phalluses are often found hanging in the four corners of the houses and also phalluses are painted on the walls of houses. It is the common belief that this helps in driving away evil spirits.(30 minutes hike to and fro, gentle steep, good footh path across the valleys and villages)Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue.
    • PUNAKHA/WANGDUE TO BUMTHANGAltitude: 2600m/ 8580ft above sea level.(6 hours drive)
      Morning drive from Punakha to Bumthang.
      Overnight in Bumthang.
    • IN BUMTHANG

      Morning visit,A�Jambay Lhakhang:A�It is one of the 108A�monasteries built by King Songtsen Goenpo in the 8thA�century to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.Later visit, Kurjey Lhakhang:A�Means body print. It dates back to 8th century when Guru Rimpoche first visited Bhutan. It is after his visit to the Monyul (country in the darkness); Buddhism was introduced in the country.Then hike across to Tamzhing Lhakhang: a�?Temple of good messagea�?. It was built by Terton Pema Lingpa (Treasure Discoverer) in 1501AD. We can see the paintings done by him on the wall and an iron jacket which was also made by him.

    Visit, Mebar Tsho(Lake of Burning Fire):This is a sacred lake for Bhutanese who believe that Pema Lingpa discovered religious treasures from this lake in the 12thA�century.

    Overnight in Bumthang.

    • IN BUMTHANGA�(B, L, D)Altitude: 2600m/ 8580ft above sea level.(3 hours drive)Morning visit, Trongsa Dzong: It was built by Chhogyel Mingyur Tempa (sent by Zhabdrung to unify Eastern Bhutan to bring under the rule of the Desi) in the year 1644The dzong dominates the horizon, dwarfing the surrounding buildings. Both the First and the Second King ruled the country from this Dzong.Trongsa Museum: Situated strategically above the Trongsa dzong, the Ta Dzong served as the watch tower for centuries. It was built by Choeje Minjur Tempa in 1652.The museum is equipped with state of the art technology and includes a media room where visitors can watch a documentary programme on the history of the monarchy.The Ta Dzong was renovated and converted as a museum at a cost of Nu. 97 millions with funds from the Austrian government. The museum is dedicated to the coronation and centenary celebrations.Later drive to Bumthang valley.On the way visit Hand Loom shops, villages and take pictures along the way.Overnight in Bumthang.
    • IN BUMTHANGDay excursion to Ura Valley: From Jakar to Ura is 48 km., about one and a half hoursa�� drive.A� To reach here, the road climbs through amazingly open countryside, only occasionally running into forest.A� Sheep pastures line the road up to 20 km. behind the southern tip of the Tang valley.A� The road crosses Ura-la pass (3,600m), on the approach to which there is a magnificent view of Mt.A� Gangkar Puensum.A� Villages in Ura have clustered houses, which is quite unusual in Bhutan.A� Above Ura village (3,100m) there is a new temple is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche.A� Inaugurated in 1986, it contains a huge statue of the Guru and remarkable wall paintings of the cycle of his teachings.A� Within the last 25 years Ura has been transformed from a marginal community to a prosperous valley.Overnight in Bumthang.
    • A�BUMTHANG TO GANGTEY VALLEY/PHOBJIKHAA�A� A�(B, L, D)Altitude: 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level (5 hours drive)Morning drive to Gangtey and on the way visit, Trongsa Dzong: It was built by Chhogyel Mingyur Tempa (sent by Zhabdrung to unify Eastern Bhutan to bring under the rule of the Desi) in the year 1644The dzong dominates the horizon, dwarfing the surrounding buildings. Both the First and the Second King ruled the country from this Dzong.Trongsa Museum:A�Situated strategically above the Trongsa dzong, the Ta Dzong served as the watch tower for centuries. It was built by Choeje Minjur Tempa in 1652.The museum is equipped with state of the art technology and includes a media room where visitors can watch a documentary programme on the history of the monarchy.The Ta Dzong was renovated and converted as a museum at a cost of Nu. 97 millions with funds from the Austrian government. The museum is dedicated to the coronation and centenary celebrations.

      Overnight in Gangtey.

    • IN GANGTEY VALLEY/PHOBJIKHAA�A� A�(B, L, D)A�A�A�A�Morning you will hike across Gangtey Nature Trail:(Duration: Half day: two hours at a quicker pace):A�This is one of the most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trail. In this trail you have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Goemba(Monastery), it also leads to sloping area of green grass, flanked by pine trees on either side. You will even come across some villages, rivers, crane roosting ground.Later visit Gangtey Monastery and visit the Black Necked Crane Observation center.Later stroll around the valley.

      Overnight in Gangtey.

    • GANGTEY VALLEY TO PAROA�A� A�(B, L, D)Altitude: 2280m/7524ft above sea level.(5 hours drive)Morning drive to Paro valley and later visit, Rimpung Dzong:A�The Bhutanese Dzongs are huge architectural structures constructed for a variety of functions throughout the country, from administrative buildings to monasteries and temples, yet they are carefully and thoughtfully designed and are strikingly beautiful.A� The Rimpung Dzong, known as the a�?fortress of the heap of jewelsa�? in the picturesque setting of the Paro valley, is of course no exception, built in the time of the dynamic spiritual and political leader Zhabdrung in 1644.A� Once a year, as part of the Tsechu festival, one of the oldest Thongdol (gigantic scroll paintings) is ceremonially unfurled here.

      Kichu Lhakhang(Monastery):A�It is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.

      Overnight in Paro.

    • IN PAROA�A� A�(B, L, D)A�A�A�A�Morning visit, the opening ceremony of the famous Paro Festival:A�The day begins with the famous mask dances. Festivals in the Land Of Thunder Dragon are rich and happy expressions of its ancient Buddhist culture. These festivals are held in all districts in honor of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. There is simply no better way of experiencing the colour, passion and sheer vibrancy of Bhutan than by attending one of the numerous religious festivals that take place around the year.Tsechus are held on auspicious days and months in the Bhutanese calendar, and last up to four days in which a series of highly stylized masked dance rituals are performed. Attendees adorned in astounding colour gather from far and wide, sporting exotic masks and taking part in the myriad events that are on offer, from games of chance at the local fairs to elaborate mystic rituals. An experience that is not to be missed!The Paro tsechu in spring is a major attraction in Paro district. People come from neighbouring districts to participate in the festivity. On the final day, the best time to go is early in the morning as the monks of the Paro Dzong prepare to display a giant appliquA� thangkha, the Guru Throngdel, inside the dzong.Day 1: (inside the dzong)
      Dance of the Lord of Death and his Consort (Shinje Yab Yum): Bodhisattva Manjusri a�� representing the wisdom of all Buddhas a�� takes on the appearance of the terrifying Lord of Death (Shinje). His wrathful buffalo face guards the four continents.

    Dance of the Lords of the Cremation Grounds (Durdag):A�A dance that takes place in cremation grounds. The dancers wear skull masks and represent protectors of the religion who live in the eight cremation grounds on the periphery of the symbolic Mt. Sumeru.The Black Hat Dance (Shanag):A�The black hat dancers assume the role of yogis with the power to subdue and create life. The dancers wear brocade robes, wide brimmed black hats and aprons with the face of a protective deity. This is an important dance that is also used in purification ceremonies during the construction of dzongs, temples, chortens.

    Dance of the Drum from Dramitse (Dramitse Ngacham):A�A dance inspired in meditation. The dance is a vision of Guru Rinpoche and his celestial palace, Zangdopelri. Here, Gurua��s attendants are transformed into hundreds of peaceful and terrifying deities. The dance originated in Dramitse Monastery in eastern Bhutan and is considered a Bhutanese heritage.

    Dance of the Eight Kinds of Spirits (Degye):A�A dance of the gods of the three worlds (sky, earth, underground). The gods protect the doctrines of the Buddha and subdue the spirits who make the world unhappy. Endless happiness is recovered. The dance is performed by the gods (believed to be incarnated in the dancers themselves) to renew faith and wisdom.

    Religious song (Chhoeshay):A�This commemorates the opening of the gateway to the pilgrimage site of Tsari in eastern Tibet by the founder of the Drukpa School of Buddhism, Tsangpa Jarey.

    Later you can also go around seeing people playing archery, dancing, putting up the stalls and eating the delicacies prepared by them.

    Overnight in Paro.

    • IN PAROA�A� A�(B, L, D)Early morning hike down to Paro and then drive to Tigera��s nest base and start hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tigera��s nest): This is Bhutana��s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory. It is believed that in the 8th century, the great tantric master Guru Rimopche/ Padmasambhava (2nd Buddha) flew on the back of a tigress to the site where the monastery now stands. Three hours hike to and fro, some gentle and some steep hike, some stony foot path and some good ones) If you ride a horse upward it will cost extra US$15 per person.Visit Farmhouse:A�A�Eating, taking bath and staying for a night at a local farmhouse gives a different variation, and a chance to see the inside of such a home, rather than just the brightly decorated exteriors.Later stroll around the town and see how locals live. If you take hot stone bath and eat in the farm house it will cost extra US$25 per person.Later stroll around the town and see how locals live.Overnight in Paro.