After Breakfast, Check out get the permit done and drive to Thimpu via the wonderful mystic town Gedu, which is about 9000 ft above the sea and Chukha Dam. On the way visit Crocodile Park,Kharbondi Gumpha,Wankha waterfalls and halt at Chojum to take photographs of confluence of two rivers of Bhutan, Thimpu Chu and Paro Chu. Reach Thimpu in the evening. Overnight in Thimpu
After Breakfast this morning, go for sight-seeing.
National Memorial Chorten (Buddhist temple,was made in the memory of 3rd Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan
Chang Gangkha Monastery
The Institute for Zorig Chusum
National Library –
Kuensel Phodrang - World largest sitting Buddha bronze statue
Changlimthang Stadium & Archery ground.
The Folk Heritage Museum –
After breakfast today, proceed to Punakha.
- Sightseeing Paro. Overnight stay at Paro.
• Drugyel Dzong - Situated in the north end of the Paro valley built in 1649 to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invasion. It was gutted by fire in 1951, & now it is in ruined fort, but it is kept as a monument for the visitors from outside as historically this dzong is very important. On a clear day, the view of Mt. Jomolhari can be seen.
• Rinpung Dzong - Meaning: fortress of the heap of jewels. It was built during the time of Zhabdrung in 1646. It houses both administrative and monastic bodies. It is also a venue of the Paro festival (Tsechu), held once in a year during spring time.
• Taa Dzong - Meaning: watchtower. It served as a watchtower during the war to guard the dzong from the external invasion. Even if the dzong is capture by the enemy, there is always hope for the Bhutanese to regain it, if the watchtower is in their hand. It is converted into a national museum in 1968. It houses a fine collection of art, relics, religious thangkas, paintings, animals, armory and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps.
• Kyichu Lhakhang - It is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo (the 33rd Tibetan king, who is also the manifestation of avoloketeshivara, commonly known to Bhutanese as Chenrize). The legend tells that a giant demon was terrorizing the whole of Himalayan region, preventing the spread of Buddhism, so to subdue it the king built 108 temples in one day all over the Himalayan region out of which 2 are in Bhutan (Kichu Lhakhang in Paro & Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang). Kyichu Lhakhang was built on her left foot. The temple of Jokhangin Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demoness.
• Taktsang Monastry – Tiger Nest aka Taktshang is the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the floor of Paro valley where the only sounds are the murmurs of the wind and the chanting of monks. The name means ‘Tiger’s nest”, it was named because Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress. He then mediated in a cave here for three months. Later many Buddhist masters have mediated here. It is one of the very important pilgrimage sites even for the Bhutanese people.
Evening free for leisure for local shopping, Overnight at Paro.
After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Pheuntsholing, The frontier town, it is a thriving commercial centre, situated directly at the base of Himalayan foothills. It is a fascinating place where different ethnic groups mingle prominently Indian, Bhutanese and Nepalese. Evening free at leisure.