Arrival at Paro international airport and meet with the guides and Transfer to Thimphu by car which takes almost 1 hrs. Take Lunch at Paro or drive to Thimphu directly. En-route visit Tachog Lhakhangl ocated on the way to Thimphu one must cross one of Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo bridges to get to the temple, it was the man who built the iron chain bridges in Bhutan in the late 1300s, and is said to have built 108 of these bridges around Tibet and Bhutan. Many of them are still in use today, showing how strong and durable the bridges are. The Temple itself is private, but can still be entered by tourists if permission is given. The temple is relatively small and has many fruit trees, orange and apple, around and inside of it. The people who take care of the temple also herd cattle, and can be seen caring for them as you continue your tour around the area. The iron chain bridge might look frightening at first, but once you start crossing it, it becomes very fun. While crossing you will notice that it acts a lot like a trampoline, and while jumping is fun, be sure to be careful! When standing on the bridge and looking forward against the current of the river, it feels and looks as if you are flying on the bridge! There is a separate bridge next to this one that is specifically for cattle to use, as crossing over an iron chain bridge is very difficult and dangerous for them.One arrival at Thimphu - Check into the hotel and later visit the following places in Thimphu. National Memorial Chorten: This monument was built in 1974 in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wang chuck. It was originally the idea of Bhutan/’s third king, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wang chuck to erect a monument for world peace and prosperity, but could not be done due to his untimely death. So after his death, it was built to in his memory and to serve as a monument for world peace. Towards the evening after office hour visit Tashichho Dzong: Meaning /“fortress of the glorious religion/”. Was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. It is one of the largest dzongs in Bhutan. The Dzong houses the throne room and office of His Majesty and is the seat of government and religious affairs in the kingdom. The northern portion of the dzong has the summer residence of the central monastic body and His Holiness the Je Khenpo (chief abot). It is open to visitors only during the Thimphu Tsechu (held in autumn) and during winter when the monk body moves to Punakha. Evening free if time permits scroll Thimphu City Centre. Overnight at Thimphu
After breakfast visit the following places in Thimphu: Buddha Dordenma Statue Buddha point: This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue, 100,000 8 inch tall and 25,000 12 inch tall statues respectively. Each of these thousands of Buddhas have also been cast in bronze and gilded. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall. The Buddha Dordenma is located at top a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley. The statue fulfils an ancient prophecy dating back to the 8th century A.D that was discovered by TertonPemaLingpa (Religious Treasure Discoverer) and is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world. Takin Preserve Centre: It is just located in Thimphu above Mothithang. The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that the animal was created by the great Buddhist yogi, DrukpaKuenley, and it can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas. Taxonomists place the animal in a category of its own as it is not similar enough to any other animal to fit established categories. Simply Bhutan Project which is a living museum and a photo studio with a mission to engage and empower youth entrepreneurs through preservation, promotion and showcasing of Bhutanese tradition and cultural diversity. It is a new initiative taken by YDF for the benefit of the youth in particular and the country as a whole. The project constitutes two major components specifically the youth and the culture. The youth are the future leaders of the country while the culture is one of the four pillars of Gross National Happiness (GNH), and it is of utmost importance that youth are involved in the preservation and promotion of our rich culture. Through this innovative initiative, the project will generate employment opportunities to young job seekers and provide skills through training and workshops. Moreover, the project is geared towards raising fund to support YDF in conducting the many youth related programs, now and in future. Thus, the project is one of a kind in the country. Simply Bhutan is targeted to tourists and visitors coming to Bhutan, wherein they will not only experience a glimpse of ancient Bhutan and the life styles then, but also have the opportunity to participate and be a part of Bhutanese culture. To add value to the experience, the visitors will also receive true Bhutanese hospitality and be served with Bhutanese tea and snacks. Evening free. Overnight at hotel
After breakfast proceed to Taktshangor Tiger/’s Nest, which is 2 hours up hills walk from the road point. /“Tiger/’s Nest/” is one of the most famous places to visit in Bhutan and one of the holiest sites in Bhutan. It is perched on a steep granite cliff at 2950 metres overlooking northern paro valley. The place is especially venerated because of its association with Guru Rimpoche and is believed that more merit is gained if we meditate even for a minute in Tasktshang than many months in other places. The main temple was built in 1692 and the temple was badly damaged by fire several times with the most recent one being in 1998. Lunch in the Taktshang Cafeteria and walk down hills to visit Kyichu Lhakhang: Consists of twin temples and the older one is one of the 108 temples built by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet in 659 AD. This temple is deeply venerated for its antiquity and the role it plays in Bhutan History. The construction of this temple and JampaLhakhang in Bumthang marked Bhutan for the first time on Buddhist map. The temple contains one of the most sacred statues of the country /– the jowo which is the image of Buddha at 8 years and is similar to the one which is present in the Jokhang temple in the Potola Palace in Lhasa, in Tibet. In the afternoon visit Ta Dzong: Strategically located on a hill above the dzong and built in 1649 is the Ta Dzong. /“Ta/”means to seewatch and /“dzong/” means fortress. This monument served as a watch tower to the ParoDzong. There is said to be an underground tunnel that leads to the water supply below. The structure was converted to the National Musuem in 1968. Ta Dzong holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, exquisite postage stamps, coins and handicrafts and a small natural history collection. Dungtse Lhankhang: This temple was built by a famous Tibetan saint popularly known as Changzampa or the iron bridge builder in 1421. It is the only temple of this kind in Bhutan. It is in the form of a stupa and it contains some of the rarest and unique frescoes paintings in the region. The paintings are unique also because they depict the progressive stages of tantric Buddhist philosophy as well as the most important deities and figures of Drukpa Kagyu School of Buddhism.Evening scroll Paro town and visit some handicraft shop. Overnight at hotel.
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