DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT PARO - THIMPHU Druk Air flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along the Himalayan range over the foothills, each flight is a mesmerizing feat and offers exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at the airport you will be accorded a very warm reception by a Representative of Himalayan Kingdom Tours and transfer to restaurant for lunch. After lunch we will visit the National Museum, Rinpung Dzong built in 1645 A. D and then drive to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 02: THIMPHU Thimphu Sightseeing, after breakfast our today’s sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes, visit to National Memorial Chorten, Traditional Medicine Institute, National Library, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, School of 13 Arts and Crafts, Takin mini zoo, Zilukha Nunnery, Post Office for stamps, Traditional paper factory, visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products and also Textile Museum. Then visit to Trashichhodzong, 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. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 03: THIMPHU – PHOBJIKHA VALLEY After breaks start journey to Phobjikha Valley via Wangduephodrang. Our drive passes through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons. On the way, stop at Dochula Pass. Enjoy the view of the eastern Himalayan Mountains. Here you may spend some time, photographing the Druk Wangyal Chortens, built in 2004. Next you can see Wangdi Dzong sitting on a promontory, commanding an archer’s view of two rivers. Visit the Dzong continue to Phojikha. Overnight at Phojikha valley. Overnight stay at the Hotel
DAY 04: PHOBJIKHA VALLEY –PUNAKHA After breakfast we begin with short hike and photography around the valley and blacked necked crane Phobjikha valley is the winter habitat of the black-necked Cranes, visit Gangtey Gonpa the oldest Nyingma Buddhist Institute in Bhutan after that continue our journey to Punakha. Before reaching Punakha short excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who was known as the famous saint of Bhutanese people is affectionately known as “Divine Mad Monk”. Then drive on to Punakha Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan and check –in our hotel and free time. Overnight at the hotel in, Punakha.
DAY 05: PUNAKHA- PARO After breakfast drive to north-Punakha for a short excursion to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten. Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten stands majestically on a strategic ridge above the Punakha valley. Thragthung Dudjom Lingpa visualized it out of Buddhist treasure teachings. It is a sacred religious edifice, which will help to ward off negative forces, promote peace, stability and harmony. It is the only one of its kind in the world. This chorten is a fine architectural and divine manifestation and constructional designs are drawn from the scriptures and not from the technical books. The Chorten is also an esoteric embodiment of positive forces prevailing over all negative influences in the three forms of existence. According to Lamas, the Chorten is a quintessence of Buddhism and in ious ways it will promote the health and happiness of people, and subjugate all evils. Visit Punakha Dzong, which lies between two rivers, known as Phochu and Mochu, symbolizing the co-existence of the masculine and the feminine currents of different colours, uniting at this confluence. Then drive to Paro which takes about 3. 5 hrs. Overnight at Paro.
DAY 06: PARO You will have an early breakfast and walk about 2 hours to Taktshang Monastery perched giddily on a rocky ledge, with a waterfall cascading as if from the blue. Taktshang means ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Guru Padmasambhava, known as the Second Buddha, alighted from flying tigress and meditated at this shrine in the second half of the 8th century. As a result, it is the dream destination for Buddhist pilgrims from the world over. If desired, pony ridings would be arranged. Visit to Kyichu temple which dates back to the 7th century. Kyichu temple is one of the last three surviving temples. In the 7th century 108 such temples were built by a Tibetan King. To date only three have survived, two in Bhutan and one in Tibet, known as the Jokhang. Visit a Bhutanese farm house to see how a Bhutanese farmer lives. Bhutan typical show in the evening Overnight stay at the hotel
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