Bhutan: The Kingdom of Happiness [Ex Paro]

6 Nights / 7 Days
Nestled in the eastern Himalayas between China and India, the small kingdom of Bhutan opened itself to the outside world only in the 1960s. hitherto, it had been largely mysterious even to its neighbours but abandoning its self-imposed policy of isolation had it grappling to find a precarious balance between modernization and the preservation of its culture and traditions. having always been politically independent, a rich and distinctive culture developed in the country over the ages.
Thimpu 2 N Punakha 2 N Paro 2 N

Highlights

  • Thimpu town
  • National Memorial chorten
  • Visit changangkha monastery
  • Folk heritage museum
  • Scenic drive to kuenselphodrang
  • Buddha Statue
  • Takin zoo
  • Dochula Pass
  • Khasmsum yulley (45mins hike) excursion from paddy field
  • Chhimi lhakhang
  • Tashichhoe dzong (fortress of the glorious religion)
  • Visit tamchog lhakhang
  • Tiger Nest (Taktshang Monastery)
  • Rinpung dzong "fortress of the heap of jewels"
  • Ta dzong - national museum with an excellent collection of arts, relics, religious and thangkas
  • Kyichu Lhakhang (Oldest temple in Bhutan)
  • Drukgyel dzong

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Day 1 - Thimphu

Distance: 50 kms. / driving time: 1 hrs. / altitude of thimphu: 2350 mts.

Our valued guest will be welcomed and greeted by our guide at Paro international airport and travel to the capital city of Bhutan. On the way, you can stop by and take pictures of the natural beauty of Paro valley.

On arrival in Thimphu, you will be checked in a hotel. And you can explore Thimphu city in the evening by walk. Overnight stay at Thimphu


Day 2 - Thimphu local sightseeings

After breakfast visit Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha statue) by a luxury car, a place for refreshing with a huge statue of Buddha on the top of the Kuensel Phodrang, national memorial Chorten (monument) located at the heart of the city & folk heritage museum, it serves the authentic Bhutanese food. And you can understand Bhutanese rural life in this museum. In the afternoon, visit Changangkha monastery, this temple is famous for people in Bhutan, we take our newborn baby for naming and getting a blessing from a monk. Takin preserve centre, the national animal of Bhutan can be seen here. In the evening we can visit Trashichodzong (fortress of the glorious religion).

Overnight stay at Thimphu.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Memorial Chorten

Day 3 & 4 - Thimphu Punakha

Distance: 80kms. /driving time: 3hrs. /elevation of Punakha: 1200m

After breakfast travel to Punakha. En-route to Dochula-pass (108 stupas) and see the Himalayan peaks. Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637 in the middle of Pho chhu (male) and Mo chhu (female). Punakha is still the winter residence of his holiness Je-Khenpo and king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, a first national assembly was held at Punakha in 1952 and also a place where royal wedding and coronation of the kings of Bhutan are held. Visit Khasmsum Yulley (45mins hike) excursion from a paddy field, a nunnery visit the temple of fertility know as Chhimi Lhakhang

Trashichodzong

Day 5 - Punakha Paro

Distance: 124 kms. / driving time: 4 hrs. / altitude of paro: 2280 mts.

After breakfast move to Paro. On the way visit the Tamchog Lhakhang – it is situated between Thimphu and Paro and it was built in the 13th century by Thangthong Gyalpo known as the iron bridge builder situated on a hilltop, we have to cross traditional cantilever bridge vivid and dynamic with prayer flags.

In afternoon visit ta dzong which is the national museum with glamorous arts, relics, religious Thangkha collections Than Rinpung Dzong- meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels". The dzong now serves as the administrative and judicial seat of Paro. Farmstay in Paro offers accommodation, they have barbecue and views of the mountain, overnight stay at Paro

Dochula Pass

Day 6 - Paro sightseeing or Hike to Tiger nest

Paro Rinpung Dzong – regal and imposing, dzongs are arguably among the most distinctive and important structures in Bhutan. This dzong is the headquarters of the Paro district, housing the head administrator and staff, as well as a monastic body with about 200 monks. From the dzong, hike down to the bridge and then take a short drive for an opportunity to explore the town of Paro.

Kyichu Lhakhang -it is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the kingdom dating back to the 7th century (the other is Jambey Lhakahng in Bumthang). The Lhakhang complex is composed of two temples. The first temple was built by Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and in 1968, h.m. Ashi Kesang, the queen mother of Bhutan, built the second temple in the original pattern.

In the evening walk through Paro town. Meditation and offer butter lamp in Kyichu Lhakhang.

Or optional: Hike to Tigernest monastery.

After breakfast, a day hike to Paro Taksang (2hrs hike from base camp) also known as “tigers nest” which is one of the eminent monasteries in Bhutan (900 m) above the Paro valley and is a Buddhist temple enclosed by a green valley and Mountains and a waterfall. The trail passes from a prayer wheel which is believed to send a blessing to all the aesthetic life on earth. The journey starts under a fine pine tree.

Overnight at Paro


Day 7 - Check-out from the Hotel Departure

After breakfast check out from the hotel and move to Paro airport for your onward journey.

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